TROY — A new business providing area seniors the assistance they need to remain at home has opened in Troy.
ALN Senior Care & Home Services, based in Troy and serving people throughout the Greater Miami Valley, is a family-owned business that strives to provide compassionate care to seniors.
Inspired by family, co-owners DeWayne Williams and Amanda Gibson — who named the business after their three daughters, Allana, Layla and Neveah — launched the business after caring for Williams’ grandfather, Wayne.
Williams and Gibson had always planned to retire from their jobs, move south, and go into business together, but plans took a different turn when Wayne’s health took a turn for the worse.
William’s grandfather, a World War II veteran, had lived in the same Piqua home for 50 years, and moving him to a nursing home was not an option.
“We chose the 24-hour care. I switched to a job that was more accommodating and with Amanda’s [nursing training,] we took care of him until he passed away a year ago in October,” Williams said. “After going through all that and seeing how hard it is, I told Amanda, ‘What are we waiting on? There’s a bunch of other people in the community that need the help that you gave me and my dad.’”
Gibson and Williams saw a need for in-home care in their community and stepped in to provide it themselves. Both quit their previous jobs, Gibson as a nurse and Williams as a machinist, to pursue a business they were both passionate about.
ALN Senior Care was built on Wayne’s front porch.
“He would be proud of us and that keeps me pushing hard,” Gibson said.
Williams and Gibson operated the business for several months out of their home, cutting costs like home internet until they got the business up and running. They moved into their current location on the Public Square earlier this year and celebrated their grand opening last month.
First-time business owners, the couple was thrown into the deep end with their first client, who required 24-hour care.
“We went from, ‘we’re going to start a business,’ to having full responsibility for someone 24 hours a day,” Gibson said. “We figured we’d pick up six hours a week, two hours a day, start getting our feet wet. No, the first call that rang the work phone was a 24-hour client.”
ALN provides a broad spectrum of non-medical care that assists seniors in aging in place, as well as people of any age who are in need of in-home assistance.
“There’s not a lot we don’t do,” Gibson said.
As a nurse specialist, Gibson provides free home assessments to meet with clients and their families and determine the level of care needed. Every client has a personalized care plan, Williams said.
Caregivers offer assistance with anything from bathing and showering, medication reminders, and mobility assistance, to laundry, meal planning and preparation, and transportation. ALN also offers a family portal on their website where family members can check in on the care their loved ones are receiving.
“You have to really care. It can’t just be a paycheck,” Gibson said. “I have family members call me at three o’clock in the morning, but the peace of mind that they get from that is worth so much more than money can buy…These are our seniors. These are our veterans. They need good care.”
For more information about ALN Senior Care & Home Services, call (937) 524-1820 or visit them online at www.ALNSeniorCare.com.
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