Seniors Helping Seniors

Thursday, March 22, 2012

More than hot weather in Michigan

March 22, 2012
For Immediate Release

More than Hot Weather in Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – There are a number of reasons Seniors Helping Seniors® In-Home Services was selected as one of West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For. The outlook for this rapidly growing franchise is definitely not grey – even if their workforce is.

Seniors Helping Seniors In-Home Services provides non-medical care for seniors by seniors. Their mission is to help seniors maintain their independence in their own home for as long as possible with the dignity and respect they deserve. Because there are about 10,000 boomers turning 65 every day, this is a rapidly growing industry; and there is a reason Seniors Helping Seniors franchises are being awarded at a record pace. They have awarded four franchises in Michigan in the past 3 months.
The business has found a way to give healthy, active seniors an opportunity to do something meaningful and fulfilling while at the same time supplementing their retirement income.  The organization has found that there are a number of benefits that come from having a more mature workforce. Senior workers are dependable, they have a strong work ethic and they understand the aging process. One of the slogans used is …a way to give and receive® because the company is striving for a win-win situation for both their Providers as well as their Receivers of service.

While this can be a great way for seniors who want some part time work to make better use of their free time it is also a hot market and one of the fastest growing franchise segments. Entrepreneur Magazine’s 500 ranked Seniors Helping Seniors at #164, they were also ranked #44 in the Fastest Growing Franchises in the country.

Founded as a non-profit in 1998, there are now about 200 Seniors Helping Seniors Franchises across the country. “Our Grand Rapids office was the 4th in Michigan when we opened in late 2009. This past weekend we granted our 13th franchise partner in Michigan and we cover 17 franchise territories across the state. We plan to have approximately 30 territories granted by 2013, which will cover most of the state,” says Dave VanderLinde, Michigan’s Franchise Development Director.

While the automotive and other industries struggle in this economy many workers have left Michigan for other job opportunities. Michigan was the only state to lose population in the 2010 census. But those leaving are not the 70, 80 and 90 year olds being served by home care franchises. After all, many retired seniors want to stay in the home that they have been in for 50 years, they have roots. But for many families their children and support system are leaving the area increasing the need for the services provided by home care agencies.

Seniors Helping Seniors in-home services provides a variety of help including companion care, transportation, around-the-clock in-home care, basic handyman services, shopping, cooking, cleaning, personal grooming, respite care, Alzheimer’s and dementia care and more. 

For more information on Seniors Helping Seniors in-home services, or its franchise system:
Contact: Dave VanderLinde Jr.     
Phone:  (616) 234-0190    

Monday, March 12, 2012

West Michigan's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For - Winner 2012!

Winners of the 2012 West Michigan's Best and Brightest Companies to Work For were announced just last week and Seniors Helping Seniors of West Michigan is proud to have made the list!

The workforce at Seniors Helping Seniors In-Home Services is a bit different from other area businesses. As the name implies, caregivers who work for the company are mature, loving, caring and compassionate seniors who enjoy providing non-medical services for other seniors in the West Michigan area.

Seniors Helping Seniors Franchises can be found across the country and the first office in Michigan was opened in Oxford, MI back in 2008. In less than 4 years the company has grown from one location in Michigan to 13 Franchise locations in 2012.

"We are very excited about 2012. We have an office in Kalamazoo opening in May which will allow us to better serve even more seniors here in West Michigan. We also have franchises opening in Ann Arbor, East Lansing,  Saginaw and Pleasant Ridge over the next few months. Over the next 2 years we plan on granting all the available franchise territories within Michigan," states Dave VanderLinde Jr. Franchise Development Director for the state of Michigan.

Our business model is different from every other home care agency that is out there because our services are exclusively for seniors by seniors. There is a growing demand for the services we provide throughout the Grand Rapids area and there is also a growing number of seniors who are looking for a way to supplement their retirement income.

To learn more about becoming a Provider for Seniors Helping Seniors or to learn more about starting a senior care franchise to serve your community call 616-234-0190.