Home Instead

Cortland County Home Instead Senior Care

Posted by  //  February 18, 2019  //  Local Business

Home Instead Senior Care celebrated 10 years of service to our community this past October.  Although located in the historic Phoenix building downtown Auburn, Home Instead Senior Care has provided non-medical home care over the last decade to hundreds of seniors wishing to age in their own homes in Cortland County, as well as the surrounding Finger Lakes counties.  “Our services have enabled older adults to remain independent far longer than they would have been able if it weren’t for our caregivers” said Sal Santora, co-owner. “My wife Nancy and I started this business in 2008 because we were seeing my own mother aging and in need of more supervision.  We didn’t know where to turn and realized there were others who were having the same experience.”

As the largest growing sector of the population, seniors 65 and older will outnumber children under 5 for the first time in history by the year 2020.  And according to aging research, current baby boomers are expected to double the number of people over the age of 85 by the year 2030. Add to that the increasing number of Alzheimer’s and dementia diagnoses and families face many challenges.  For those wishing to age in place, resources are limited, and many rely on an adult child or a neighbor to help with groceries, meals, rides to appointments, laundry, and cleaning. More and more baby boomers are deferring retirement and remaining in the work force longer which limits the time adult children can devote to caring for an aging parent or parents.  “Often one sibling is taking on more than the others because of proximity to the parent(s). We see the stress this puts on families,” said Nancy Santora.

The Santoras commented, “We are proud to be a part of this community for ten years and our success is due to a strong team of dedicated caregivers and a cohesive administrative team comprised of AnnMarie Bates, Liza Kelly, and Melissa Slater.  These key staff members believe in our mission to provide individualized attention to each client and caregiver situation.” The office was nominated and awarded the 2016 Excellence in Small Business Award. “It was an exciting event for our office.  We realized that after the early years of being an unknown entity, the community recognized that our efforts were improving the lives of seniors in our community. That’s what makes it all worthwhile”, agreed the Santoras.

With homecare available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, the Home Instead Senior Care office has been providing not only services, but employment opportunities in Cortland County for a decade.  Some of the caregivers work a full schedule, some a few hours a week, overnights, or just weekends. This flexibility has made employment at Home Instead Senior Care an option for those who have recently retired from the typical 9-5 job, or those who may want to supplement their income by doing something meaningful and personal to them.

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