I'm Jim Small, founder and owner of At Home Senior Services. I have nearly 25 years experience in health administration and much of that time was with skilled nursing and board and care facilities. My facilities were known for their service quality and good licensing reviews. Often we 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 received 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 challenged when it came to selecting and directing, care givers. Also, most seniors neglected to comply with State and federal wage and tax laws, leaving them vulnerable to tax penalties and unpaid wage claims.
I then opened At Home Senior Services. With care givers as our employees, we took responsibility for their performance, pay, and any liabilities. I established professional standards and practices. This made home care easier safer to use. I applied professional practices for recruiting, selecting, motivating, directing care givers and sampling service quality and safety. Our goal was and still is to maintain a highly desirable level of service quality. We now have several score of clients and care givers in Santa Maria and Lompoc.
My wife, Robyn, and I are long time residents of the Central Coast. We are active in civic groups, nonprofit organizations, and professional groups, often in leadership roles. I earned a B.A. in Biology from CSU Long Beach, attended UC Irvine for business courses, and 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 in all aspects of senior care.