Local Entrepreneurs Launch a New A Place at Home
SOUTH PORTLAND, OR, AUGUST 7, 2018 – Local entrepreneurs Jerome and Kyara Philips have been awarded the right to open an A Place at Home franchise in the South Portland area. The new location is scheduled to launch this fall.
A Place at Home offers a model of senior care distinct from other options. Their senior care model includes in-home care, care coordination, community placement and staffing services. The company launched in 2012 in Omaha, NE, where it grew to serve over 800 clients and employed hundreds of caregivers, CNA’s, CMA’s, nurses, and other professional staff members. In 2017, founders Jerod Evanich and Dustin Distefano launched the NorEast Franchise Group in the hopes of serving seniors from coast-to-coast.
As a former social worker navigating the child welfare system, Jerome Philips has six years of experience working directly with families in need of services. Prior to that, he had four years of experience training and developing workers in the tech industry. He has a BS in Human Development and an Associate’s degree in Organizational Design, an educational background which offers extensive training in healthy aging, family dynamics, and care planning. He will serve as Operations Manager for the new franchise.
In addition to being Jerome’s wife and business partner, Kyara Philips will serve as the Lead RN for the new franchise. She has over eighteen years of nursing experience including being the RN Team Lead for nearly eight years at Kaiser Permanente.
The Philips’ decided to launch the business after personally experiencing the challenges of caring for Jerome’s father during an unexpected and persistent illness. “It helped us become aware of both the needs of seniors and the challenges they face in navigating their way to appropriate care. As a result, we’re passionate about maintaining the quality of life for seniors no matter what their circumstances are. We’re also committed to providing an understanding and supportive work environment for caregivers.”
The couple felt A Place at Home stood out as an innovative company offering superior senior care while maintaining a passion for the success of both employees and franchisees.
“We felt a real alignment with A Place at Home’s Core Values,” Jerome adds. “We’re focused on listening to each individual’s needs, on doing what we say we’re going to do, on listening before speaking and on living life with integrity.”
A Place at Home’s core values are summed up in its We are CARE model: compassionate, accountable, respectful, and ethical. Founder Jerod Evanich notes, “If a franchisee has a personal foundation built on these values, we can parlay their professional background and acumen into helping them become successful business owners.”
Evanich and Distefano will not award a franchise unless they feel the candidates are shining examples of the We are CARE philosophy.
Evanich and Distefano felt the best way to forward A Place at Home’s mission of providing top-notch senior care across the country was to expand services to local communities through franchising. “We wanted to share the continuum of care model across the nation to assist seniors with the complexities of the aging process by providing them with one compassionate, professional care company they can depend on.”
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Dustin Distefano, CFE
Co-Founder and Head of Franchise Development
ABOUT A PLACE AT HOME
A Place at Home (a NorEast Franchise Group) offers a range of customized in-home care services, care coordination and assistance in identifying and transitioning to senior living alternatives. The company is dedicated to preserving the quality of life for seniors by giving them the support they need to stay as independent as possible for as long as possible. Those who would like to explore franchising should contact the owners to start a conversation. Visit aplaceathomefranchise.com or a aplaceathome.com for more information.