David and Lynn Vance, Owners and General Managers
David and his late wife Cindy answered the call to serve seniors with quality home care in the fall of 2008. David, who previously practiced law as a healthcare attorney, and Cindy, a lifelong homemaker, both lost parents to cancer and faced significant caregiving issues along the course of the disease. An appreciation for the challenges family members face when seeking to provide reliable home care for their loved ones led David and Cindy to start Senior Helpers of the Bluegrass in January of 2009. David loves being part of an organization that meets this need for Lexington, Frankfort and the greater Bluegrass Region. Lynn has been a Client Services Manger since Senior Helpers of the Bluegrass opened its doors in January of 2009. Lynn has Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Kentucky University and worked for the Kentucky Cabinet for Human Resources for 14 years. Her years at home raising her daughter allowed her the time to provide homecare to a grandmother that was recovering from a hip replacement as well as caring for her own mother who was diagnosed with terminal cancer. David and Lynn married in August 2016.
Gabriel Huffman – Director of Operations
Gabriel joined the Senior Helpers team in January 2017 but has been working professionally with Central Kentucky seniors and their families for nearly a decade. Gabriel has been a member of the Bluegrass Continuity of Care Association, has served on the Bluegrass Elder Abuse Prevention committee, the Walk to End Alzheimer’s committee, and the Next Best Years of Your Life conference committee, previously served as Vice President of the Kentucky Association of Senior Services, and currently serves as Treasurer of the Bluegrass Aging Consortium. His mission is to serve aging adults and their families by guiding them to solutions for meeting their individual needs while providing the highest quality of home care possible. Gabriel was born, raised, and currently resides in Lexington. He considers himself richly blessed to share the journey of life alongside his bride of over 18 years, Blair, while together raising their two sons Isaiah (17) and Caleb (15).
Let my mouth be filed with thy praise and with thy honour all the day. Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength faileth. -Psalm 71:8-9
Lorri Mills - Community Relations Coordinator
Lorri Mills has worked in community relations in eldercare since 2002. She has served on the conference committees for the Next Best Years and The Challenges and Opportunities of Aging for many years. She also has been a Board member for Faith in Action and LexCare and is a member of Bluegrass Aging Consortium, Bluegrass Continuity of Care Association and the Professional Women’s Forum. She has also served on the Fayette County Elder Abuse Council, The Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Central KY Providers and the Women’s Club of Central KY.
Melanie Qualls Hedger- Human Resources Manager
Melanie has lived in Lexington all her life and has 17 years of social and community service experience with Homelessness, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities, HIV/AIDS Awareness, and at-risk youth. Melanie also enjoys providing arts, music and gardening activities to Senior Adults. Melanie has a BA in Social Work from the University of Kentucky and has been a state registered nurse aide since 2002.
Lisa Corio- Client Service Manager
Lisa has an equivalent of 10 years experience with caring for Seniors at senior Helpers and wiht family members. She also has training as a Nursing Assistant
Lisa worked as a caregiver with Senior Helpers for 3 years. For an additional 2 years, Lisa served as a scheduling coordinator helping to find the best caregiver for each client. Now, as Client Service Manager, Lisa has the experience to help families acquire the in-home care that they need. Lisa oversees the client’s care with a belief that a person’s later years of their life should be their best years.
Michelle Rudzik - Human Resource Assistant
Michelle enjoys meeting and hiring quality caregivers with experience, skill and a passion to serve our clients. Michelle's close relationship with her grandmother created a respect and concern for the aging. Her grandmother was self-sufficient until her dementia diagnosis at age 94. She has been with Senior Helpers since 2010. Enjoys her family, friends, design, and entertaining. Michelle has a BA degree from the University of Kentucky.
Carolyn Fridrich - Receptionist
Carolyn has had a soft spot in her heart for the elderly since I was about three years old. Later in life, she had the opportunity to work for 14 years in Sun City, Arizona, a retirement community for Senior Citizens. In 1995, she moved to Kentucky and in 2011 was hired by Senior Helpers as a caregiver. Again she is back working with the elderly and loving it. In the fall of 2013, Carolyn was asked to join the Senior Helpers office staff as receptionist.
Senior Helpers has taken a bold step by telling the world that age does not erase hopes and dreams. And by implementing the Virtual Dementia Tour companywide, Senior Helpers has further demonstrated its commitment to those it serves. Senior Helpers is proud to support Second Wind Dreams® on this mission by encouraging donations, raising awareness, and sensitizing the world to dementia as a corporate partner.
What is the Virtual Dementia Tour?
Learning to create a positive environment for those with dementia can only come from attempting to walk in their shoes. Created by P.K. Beville, a specialist in geriatrics, this valuable, easy to follow experiential tour is designed to instill hope in professional and family caregivers, providing them with a tool to move from sympathy to empathy and better understand the behaviors and needs of their loved ones and patients.
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