Gavin Densmore of Home Care Seminars founded his home health care business in May of 2000. His wife picked out our name, Helping Hands of America. I am pleased to say that after 14 years not only am I still married to the same wonderful woman, but we are still in business today and continue to have a stellar reputation training agencies, and providing care to seniors in their homes!
The reason I founded it was pretty straight forward; I was out of work and looking for something to do. Historically, I had made my career selling software; little software packages, big software, it didn’t matter. I had done it for 20 plus years and was pretty good at it. Then one day, the company I was working for folded. Technically they didn’t fold up, more like slipped away in the night! All of us showed up one day to find the front doors chained shut! The long and short is that after having done the same thing for 20 plus years, and working for companies that had a declining interest in my well being, I thought it might be high time for a change.
As you can imagine, I was pretty disillusioned with software and working for someone else that had that much concern for me and my family. So, I had the brainstorm to own my own company! The question was, “What kind of business to get into?”
I looked at a variety of businesses prior to settling on the home health care business. Having narrowed the field, I then started looking at franchisors to form a relationship with. It wasn’t until I meet with a banker (to discuss borrowing a BUNCH of money) and he asked, “So what do you get for your $40,000?” that it dawned on me that a) I got exactly one weeks worth of training and b) the right to buy someone else’s proprietary software. In other words, not a whole lot!
I have always been a DIY kind of a guy and I thought with the right amount of insurance, and a solid dose of common sense, I could start my own Home Care Agency.
Well, that was fourteen years ago and we are still caring for North Carolina seniors in their homes. It has proven to be both heartwarming and a way to gain financial independence / peace of mind. Personally it offers the chance to run my own show, utilize my God-given talents, and perhaps most importantly, treat people the way that I would like to be treated. Our clients truly appreciate the difference we make in their lives and the lives of their families (not the same life impact in the software industry) each and every day! More importantly, they look forward to our employees showing up each day!
If Home Care Seminars had been around when I first started my company, it would have saved me a great deal of time, effort, and money. The tools we make you aware of in the telephony technology and scheduling sections alone would warranty the seminar.
When you attend one of our seminars, you will be benefiting from over 42 years of home care experience. Some of our lessons we learned the hard way; in other words, we’ve taken the pain out of them for you! You can rest assured that what we pass along to you in class has been tested, and proven, repeatedly in the field.