Twenty-eight years as a physical therapist stirred a desire in Michele Scott to serve the needs of and advocate for the elderly. “I’ve watched my patients, against their will, move into long-term care facilities because they cannot find personalized and adequate assistance in the community,” she says.
She opened a Home Helpers franchise serving the Tulsa, Oklahoma area to provide comprehensive home care for seniors, new mothers, and others needing recuperative and continuing assistance. Her franchise also supports Direct Link, Home Helpers’ proprietary line of medical alert systems, including fall sensors and automated medication dispensers.
“We strive to be the family for the clients when their family can’t be there,” Scott says.
Scott worked with several SCORE mentors to launch her franchise business. She also attended the Simple Steps to Starting Your Business four-week workshop.
Joseph Gagliardi guided Scott through the process of preparing for and opening her franchise. Chris Borne stepped in to advise on marketing and advertising, while Isabell Estes served as a go-to for all things franchising. “When you have a SCORE mentor, you are learning from someone who has already arrived at where I want to be,” she says. “Experience is an invaluable tool. Experience can’t be purchased, it can only be earned or shared.”