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Home Helpers and Direct Link of the Valleys filling growing need for home health care

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 9th, 2013


Dena Ellis, Joe Clark and Tyson Rogers are launching a new home care agency to meet the needs of residents of the Sauk Valley, Rock Valley and Illinois Valley. (Photo submitted)


DIXON — As more than 70 million Americans will reach age 65 in the next two decades, the need for in-home senior care continues to soar. Local entrepreneurs and siblings Dena Ellis and Tyson Rogers along with Dena’s fiancé, Joseph Clark, are lending a helping hand by launching a local home care agency in Dixon, to meet the needs of residents in the Sauk Valley, Rock Valley and Illinois Valley.

As part of the nation’s leading franchise specializing in comprehensive home care for seniors, new mothers and other individuals needing recuperative and continuing care, Home Helpers & Direct Link of the Valleys began serving the local community on Nov. 20, 2012.

Ellis is a lifetime resident of the Sauk Valley area. A Registered Nurse for nearly 10 years and former Assistant Director of Nursing at a senior care and rehabilitation facility, Ellis has been caring for people most of her life. While Ellis saw the benefits of the traditional care facility system, she couldn’t help but feel there was a better way to help people maintain the best quality of life. An environment that was familiar to them with care that was individualized would bring a higher level of dignity, respect and independence for people at a time of their lives where they should be surrounded by the familiar. Determined to make a difference in the lives of others in need, she found Home Helpers.

“In a society where family members sometimes live hundreds of miles from each other, Home Helpers can step in to fill the role of a good neighbor,” says Ellis, who also serves and as the Director of Care. “Because our customers decide how often and when they need us, Home Helpers is an affordable and convenient choice.”

Ellis’s fiancé, Joseph Clark, is also familiar with the benefits and challenges of home healthcare, as he has worked in the private sector of this industry for many years. He has also provided assistance to a life-long family friend who needed care as she recuperated from a stroke.

“I’m pleased about the opportunity to help local seniors lead healthier, happier and more rewarding lives in the comfort of their own homes,” Clark said.

Home Helpers offers free in-home consultations and works with clients individually to tailor flexible care plans to meet their specific needs and budgets. A Home Helper Caregiver can be available on an hourly, daily or weekly basis, day or night, and provide 24 hour live-in care. Although senior citizens who are looking to remain independent in their own homes are the service’s primary customers, Home Helpers also offers loving care to expecting/new mothers, and those recovering from a recent illness or injury. In fact, Home Helpers’ services can be tailored to meet anyone’s personal requirements.

All Home Helpers Caregivers are reliable professionals who have been thoroughly screened, background checked and formally oriented to each client’s specific needs. All Home Helpers Caregivers are employees, not subcontractors, and they are all bonded and insured.

Direct Link’s exclusive line of medical alert systems are monitored 24/7 by a CSAA 5-Diamond Certified Care Center, enabling seniors to live independently at home for as long as safely possible. The Direct Link product suite includes land-line and cellular personal emergency response systems (PERS), automated medication dispensers, GPS client-tracking Care Watch and remote vital signs monitoring units. If a Direct Link unit is activated or a reading is abnormal, the device alerts Home Helpers staff, 911 or any pre-established contacts, thereby easing family anxieties and maximizing client independence.

After nearly 15 years in corporate business management, Rogers is excited to use his experience to do something that really helps people lead a happier and healthier life. “We strive to deliver the same quality of care we’d expect for our own families while offering clients a more affordable alternative to assisted living or nursing care facilities,” Rogers said. “We can even work together with these facilities to supplement clients’ needs either with compassionate caregivers or our Direct Link line of medical alert systems.”

“We are just very excited at the opportunity for our family to help other families,” added Ellis.

For a free consultation call 815-677-9655 or visit their website at www.TheValleysHomeCare.com. On Facebook, search Home Helpers of the Valleys.

For more information about Home Helpers services & Direct Link products, visit www.HomeHelpers.CC and www.DirectLink911.com.

About Home Helpers

Founded in 1997, Cincinnati-based Home Helpers is one of the nation’s leading senior care franchises specializing in comprehensive home healthcare and companionship for seniors, new mothers, those recovering from illness or injury and individuals facing lifelong challenges. Home Helpers currently has a presence in more than 600 communities across North America and is seeking qualified franchise candidates in strategic communities throughout the country. Home Helpers was recently ranked the #1 Senior Care Franchise and “Best of the Best” by Entrepreneur magazine for the fifth straight year and continues to lead the way in the senior care industry.

Home Helpers is affiliated with Direct Link® Help At The Touch Of A Button, a provider of medical alert units, including a 24-hour personal emergency response system, an automated medication dispenser and vital signs monitoring units that enable seniors to feel safer and live independently at home for longer than might otherwise be possible.

Home Helpers does not discriminate against anyone on the basis of religion, race, sex, color, national origin, ethnicity, disability, age or sexual preference in connection with employment or acceptance, treatment, or participation in its programs, services and activities. For more information visit the company’s website at www.HomeHelpers.CC.














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