I'm Jim Small, founder and executive director of At Home Senior Services. I have nearly 25 years experience in health administration and much of that time as an administrator for skilled nursing and board and care facilities. My facilities were known for their service quality and good licensing reviews. We often had waiting lists for admission when others had empty beds.
During this time, I came to believe that many residents could live at home safely and comfortably if they could receive dependable, capable in-home care. In the late '90's, I developed a nonprofit referral service called the "Smart Registry". After a short time it became evident that many seniors were strongly challenged when it came to selecting, directing, and paying care givers correctly. Also, most seniors neglected to comply with State and federal wage and tax laws, leaving them vulnerable to tax penalties and unpaid wage claims.
So in October 2000, I opened At Home Senior Services to provide capable, dependable, trustworthy care givers to seniors, in their homes. With care givers as our employees, we took full responsibility for their performance, pay, and any liabilities. I established professional standards and practices. All this made home care for seniors easier to use and safer. I also applied professional practices for recruiting, selecting, motivating, directing care givers and sampling service quality and safety. Our goal was and still remains to achieve and maintain a highly desirable level of service quality. We have continued on from there, and now have several score of both clients and care givers in Santa Maria and Lompoc.
My wife, Robyn, and I are long time residents of the Central Coast. We have lived in Vandenberg Village for more than 20 years and we both are active in civic groups, nonprofit organizations, and professional groups, often in leadership roles. Currently, I am the past President of the Board of Directors for Community Partners in Caring, which provides volunteer services to seniors. At the beginning of my career, I earned a B.A. in Biology from CSU Long Beach, attended UC Irvine for business courses, and later earned an M.S. in Health Care Management from CSU Los Angeles. In the course of maintaining a nursing home administrator's license and professional credentials I attended hundreds of hours of continuing education classes in all aspects of senior care.