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Signature HealthCARE held a ribbon-cutting ceremony last week to celebrate the opening of the first standalone office for Silver Angels, an agency that provides home and community-based services in Elizabethton, Tenn. and the surrounding area.
Signature also operates Pine Ridge Care & Rehabilitation Center in Elizabethton.
Silver Angels originated as HCBS, which was launched four years ago and led by Charles Hewgley. The rebranding is part of the effort to expand the program, particularly to clients outside of Signature.
The dream of creating a unique home-care business that relates to the nursing home market has been a longtime passion for Hewgley, Signature President and CEO Joe Steier and Doug Hornsby, CEO of Silver Angels.
“Our purpose is to provide the community more choices for their long-term health care needs and be a local business partner that provides jobs in Carter County, that both pay well and are rewarding in one’s heart,” Hornsby said. “I firmly believe that we are accountable to serve others as we would expect to be served ourselves. Service starts in the heart, and with the spirit of giving of one’s time and spirit.”
Silver Angels meets the needs of area residents who don’t require around-the-clock nursing care but might need some assistance to ensure they can remain comfortably in their own homes. The home care agency offers home-delivered meals, light housekeeping, home modifications, shopping assistance, pet assistance, personal emergency response systems, extended companion care, short-term respite care for families and several other services.
Home-based services are expected to be in high demand as baby boomers continue to reach retirement age in the coming years. The number of Americans aged 65 and older is projected to more than double by 2050, to 88.5 million, according to a report issued last year by the U.S. Census Bureau.
In some cases, home-care services are being seen as a less-costly alternative to traditional nursing home care. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is urging states to move individuals to less restrictive care and Medicaid programs are shifting funding from nursing homes to home care. AARP, a nonprofit membership organization for individuals aged 50 and over, also is aggressively promoting home care.
Elizabethton was chosen as the site of the first Silver Angels office, at 411 Bemberg Drive, for its location in upper-east Tennessee and close proximity to other rural communities. The Silver Angels leadership team is exploring the idea of franchising the brand.
For more information, contact the Silver Angels office at (423) 543-1250 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.