Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

November 18, 2011

Seniors Helping Seniors opens Central Indiana site



Seniors Helping Seniors in-home services is opening its doors to help senior citizens in Boone, Hendricks, and Morgan counties remain self-sufficient. The non-medical home care organization provides companionship, transportation, meal preparation, overnight stays, and home maintenance services — all by fellow senior citizens who get paid for their work.

Susan and Jerry Ellis, who are new franchise partners of the Seniors Helping Seniors organization, say they were inspired to bring the service to central Indiana because they know firsthand the kind of help that is needed to bring a quality of life to older adults, especially as they become more frail.

“Both of our mothers suffered from dementia and Alzheimer’s,” Susan said in a press release. “We were never able to find acceptable in-home care and we found it challenging to identify services in the community.”

Susan has actively supported older adults in the central Indiana community, with a focus on eliminating senior hunger through Elders At the Table, an advocacy coalition. As executive director, she works with seniors, legislators, and local and state official to highlight the issue. She has also served as public policy chair for the Indiana Geriatrics Society, vice president of the Marion County Council on Aging, as a legislative team member for AARP Indiana, and as a member of the Sigma Phi Omega Society in Gerontology.

Jerry is a Vietnam veteran who turned his well-learned technology skills into a career where he worked as an IT director and consultant for both large corporations and in his own business.

“Seniors Helping Seniors services bring a very unique approach to helping older adults and their caregivers meet the challenge of aging,” he said. “To us, the peer-to-peer relationships make all the difference. Understanding the growing need and answering that need with supportive, caring seniors who really understand the issues, was the perfect fit for our community.”

Susan said they hope Seniors Helping Seniors will be become the first place people turn to for help.

“We offer all types of non-medical in-home services to help both those who give services and those who receive them to stay active and involved,” she said.

She quotes a Harvard University study that showed that 95 percent of people interviewed want to “age in place” and stay in their own homes as long as possible.

Philip and Kiran Yocom co-founded Seniors Helping Seniors in-home services, which began as a non-profit organization serving Berks County, Pa., more than 10 years ago. The original Seniors Helping Seniors center continues that tradition, providing more than 1,000 hours of service every month.

The organization has grown to more than 150 franchises in more than 35 states.

For more information on the central Indiana group, visit the website at www.seniorshelpingseniors.com/WestCentralIN/, e-mail to jerrye@shsindiana.com, or call 204-2522 or 888-890-2674.