September 11, 2020

New Company Aims to Keep Mom and Dad Out of the Nursing Home

GAINESVILLE, Florida – A new company has launched with one purpose: to help residents of Alachua, Columbia, and Marion Counties age in place.

Ovation Home Care provides in-home services that enable aging seniors to live where they want, whether in their own home or with an adult child. Without an essential level of care and support, many seniors have no choice but to enter a long-term care facility.

The launch of the company comes not a minute too soon, says Brent Pope, founder and CEO. “People are concerned about COVID19, and rightly so. Residents of long-term care facilities have not fared well. When we ensure that clients receive the care and support they need at home, it can literally add years to their lives.”

Ovation Home Care is an independent senior care company led by Pope and his wife/partner, Terri Pope, OTR. As an occupational therapist with a background in geriatrics, she brings a unique perspective to the endeavor.

“Before we launched, I spent several years heading occupational therapy services at Alabama’s only PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) facility. By getting into the participant’s home and working with the families, we made it possible for nursing home eligible seniors to remain in their homes,” Terri Pope said. “PACE is a comprehensive approach. Our end goal here is to bring a wider scope of services to clients.”

Services are provided by certified nursing assistants, home health aides, and homemaker/companions, all of whom work under the guidance of Terri Pope and the company’s registered nurse. As a Florida home health agency, Ovation Home Care provides direct supervision to its caregivers, which they wouldn’t be able to do as a nurse registry.

“Some senior care companies take that route,” Terri Pope said, “But we feel like it’s really important to have an ongoing, positive, hands-on influence on the individuals we’re sending into people’s homes.”

Although their company aims to help individuals stay out of long-term care facilities, they say they understand that’s not always possible.

“My mom lived with us for about a year before we got to the point where long-term care became the most appropriate arrangement,” Brent Pope said. “But we wouldn’t trade that year for anything. That’s partly why we’re doing this. We want to help others enjoy having mom or dad around as long as possible.”

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Contact: Brent Pope, CEO.