Meet Nora. When she was young, Nora’s grandmother developed dementia and came to live with her family. Because her grandmother kept trying to leave and “find her way home,” Nora’s parents had to put locks on the inside of all their doors. During that time, Nora also had to come straight home from school to look after her grandmother. While she remembers her time with her grandmother fondly, she admits there were moments when the constant care felt like a burden. Today, the scenario would be somewhat different, had her family had access to a senior home health care franchise in their local area.
Nora is fortunate, because today her mother and father are still able to take care of themselves, but her good friend Lydia is on the brink of a breakdown, trying to care for her older parents on her own, and Nora wants to help.
These scenarios repeat themselves every day across the country, as our population ages and elderly dementia-related illnesses (including Alzheimer’s) rise accordingly.
“More than six million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s. By 2050, this number is projected to rise to nearly 13 million. Also, more than 11 million Americans provide unpaid care for people with Alzheimer’s or other dementias.”
It is clear that the demand for elder care is going to be fueled by a steep rise in the number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease, if it nearly triples by 2050.
What is being done for this growing segment of our population? People like Nora are observing the challenge and shortfalls in senior care that their own families and those close to them have experienced, and are exploring home health care franchise opportunities. Nora would like to combine her compassion for seniors and her professional skills into a rewarding business for herself while making a positive contribution to her local community.
Nora is particularly interested in Sapphire Senior Care, a home health care franchise dedicated to keeping seniors safely in their own homes. Of the many things she learned about Sapphire Senior Care in her research, a few things caught her attention.
- She felt she could take pride in a home health care franchise like Sapphire Senior Care that seniors and their families could rely on. She especially liked their strong values and sincere desire to build cherished relationships with clients, their families, and their franchise owners.
- Sapphire Senior Care offers nationally recognized caregiver training programs.
- They have expertise in working with Alzheimer’s/Dementia clients. Specifically, their caregiver training is inspired by “A Positive Approach to Care™” by Teepa Snow, a dementia expert.
Dementia: A Positive Approach to Care™
At the very basic level, Alzheimer’s is one of the many forms of dementia, and the most common. Dementia itself creates many struggles and challenges for everyone involved. That is why anyone interested in a senior home health care franchise opportunity should make sure there are dementia resources and expertise available. Sapphire Senior Care staff understands the progression a senior affected by dementia goes through, and their abilities at each step of the journey.
“Just like gems, each person is precious, valuable, and unique, and given the right setting and care, can shine.” – Teepa Snow
The GEMS Model: Everyone Will Shine
This model helps caregivers understand and recognize the shifts in the seniors’ skills and abilities at each stage in their journey through dementia. Just as gemstones need different settings and care to show their best characteristics, so do people. Rather than focusing on a person’s loss when their brains change, seeing individuals as precious, unique, and capable encourages a care partnership and is the core of this model.
SAPPHIRE = True Blue – Optimal Cognition – Healthy Brain
DIAMOND = Clear and Sharp – Routines and Rituals Rule
EMERALD = Green and On the Go with a Purpose – Naturally Flawed
AMBER = Caught in a Moment of Time – Caution Required
RUBY = Deep and Strong in Color – Others Stop Seeing what is Possible
PEARL = Hidden Within a Shell – Beautiful Moments to Behold
Providing supportive settings for everyone, including care providers, allows them to use what they have to be their best. Sapphire Senior Care, a GEMS advocate, believes that everyone living with cognitive decline given the opportunity will shine.
And that is why our friend Nora believes a senior home health care franchise with Sapphire Senior Care is just the right fit for her.
The Right Hard Skills
As with any business, doing well depends on having both hard and soft skills necessary to operate it effectively. There are many skills that will serve you well as a Sapphire Senior Care home health care franchise operator. They include:
- Business acumen
- Established track record in business management or ownership
- Sales skills and expertise
- Marketing skills and expertise
- Accounting and budgeting abilities
- Customer service skills and expertise
- Human resources or staffing experience
It is not necessary to possess all of these skills, but as you can see, many of them would serve you well as the owner of a new home health care franchise opportunity.
It Comes From the Heart: Soft Skills
This is a business about caring deeply about people. These “skills” come from the heart, and you will know if you possess them.
- Respect for seniors and their families
- Able to build strong relationships
Helping Those That Need it Most with a Senior Home Health Care Franchise
As the demand for in-home senior care skyrockets everywhere, Sapphire Senior Care not only represents an exceptional business building opportunity, but also an opportunity to truly help those that need it the most.
Are you ready to help us serve more seniors nationwide, and help them thrive? A Sapphire Senior Care home health care franchise is a career choice you can truly take pride in, while realizing your business ownership dreams. Contact us today!