Member of the Month
Member of the Month — January 2021
Name: Mike Doughty
Title: Executive Director
Business: Senior Home Help
Address: 11550 Willow Grove Road, Camden, DE 19934
Phone: (302) 538-6027
Tell us a little about your business/organization: how did it begin; what are your services/products, etc.
We help adults with health issues be more comfortable and maintain their dignity. We provide them with compassionate and caring unskilled home care services (companion services, etc.) in the comfort and security of their own homes, across all three counties in Delaware: New Castle, Kent, and Sussex.
Tell us about how your business got started.
My father, at the ripe old age of 78, wanted to help my older brother start a business assisting the more mature adults with using computers. One day, while talking with a builder, the builder mentioned he knew a couple of friends that helped the elderly with in-home health care, and he should talk with them. My father did, and Senior Home Help was born.
Tell us something that makes your business/organization unique.
We are a father and son family-owned and operated business with the owners coming from New Zealand. In addition, our Registered Nurses, with over thirty years of experience in health care, have worked in many different states. Together, with our diverse backgrounds and experiences, we bring a refreshing and different approach to running the business, developing our people, and ensuring our clients get the care they desire with dignity and compassion.
What do you see for the future of your business/organization?
We have been very fortunate to have experienced steady and sustainable growth over the last year, during a time when many business owners have encountered very difficult times. We are currently working on becoming a Skilled Home Health Care Agency to allow us to help our clients following hospitalization or post discharge from a skilled nursing facility. Further in the future, we will introduce Geriatric health care management services to help people navigate the confusing world of health care, as they ensure their loved ones are getting needed and appropriate care outcomes. Ultimately, we will expand the business into other states by franchising the business.
How has the Chamber helped your business/organization grow?
Being in business can feel isolating at times. The Chamber has helped us meet colleagues and make valuable connections with people in a wide variety of businesses. That has gone a long way to help us feel part of a larger and supported community.
What is your best advice to other businesses/organizations?
Develop a natural sense of curiosity. Take a lot of advice, ignore it all, and do what you feel is best after listening to others.
Be confident in yourself. Lean on your natural talents – the things you find easy and do well. Find other people who have natural talents that can complement yours and work together.
Do you want to be a future Member of the Month?
Enter your business card in the drawing at the
Any Sunset Business Mixer
Last Wednesday of the Month (see Event Calendar for details)
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm