NEBRASKA CITY – Seniors Helping Seniors has been active in southeast Nebraska and southwest Iowa for nearly a decade, but held an open house Friday for their first store-front type location.
David and Darcy Carpenter said the downtown space gives the franchised service for in-home seniors space for its 30 employees. The south Eighth Street location also increases visibility for a service that has helped 300 people in its nine-year tenure.
Carpenter: “We really are a business. We have a sign, we have an office. You know, we are official now.”
She said it is a business model that benefits both clients and employees.
Carpenter: “We were so taken with the concept of the seniors helping other seniors … and we knew, when we would start taking care of people that we would, you know … it would be very rewarding. We didn’t realize how rewarding it would be for the people that worked for us.”
Eileen Thayer, the mother of four boys, grew up on a farm near Nebraska City. Her mother later worked at the canning factory and her father ran the Eagles Club.
Thayer said she would not have been able to stay in her home the last three years without Seniors Helping Seniors.
The company offers services including companionship, light housekeeping and meal preparation, as well has small household repairs.