LIMA — As Comfort Keepers of Lima co-owner Wally Kincaid embarks on 20 years of business at 1726 Allentown Road said he is most proud of being able to help seniors live more meaningful lives.
Since 1998, Wally Kincaid and Peggy Kincaid have provided the Lima-area with home services for aging adults, new mothers and others needing assistance who want to live in their own home, according to a news release.
The company’s mission is to treat each client with respect and dignity and to care for them like just like family.
They offer weekly, hourly and daily services to fit each individual’s needs. Those services include companionship, meal preparation, light housekeeping, grocery shopping, incidental transportation, laundry, recreational activities.
“It’s great to know that I’ve helped a lot of seniors remain independent and have helped families and their their parents age in place.”
Although Kincaid said he has had a strong 20 years of business, he admits that there is more competition now than there was 20 years ago.
“There’s more competition and fewer caregivers, which I think it is due to the aging population,” said Kincaid.
There is a higher need of personal caregivers right now than ever before, according to a news release. The number of seniors in the United States is expected to double to 70 million, which would cause an increase of families that are challenged with taking care of their aging loved ones.
“I think what is going to help the industry more than anything is that Medicare started to realize how much more cost effective it is to keep them in place when they don’t need to be placed,” said Kincaid. “Sometimes there is placement way too early. Generally they don’t want to give up their independence or their homes.”
Kincaid does free consultations to find the best solution for the client’s needs.
Overall he is grateful the success of the business and the impact that he has had in the community.
“I see a lot of growth,” said Kincaid. “Through the help of the parent company Sodexo we are finding better ways through technology to assist them in staying in place. I’m just proud that we were the first franchise office and that even though we took a gamble, it has paid off.”
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