Seniors Helping Seniors

Pat and Gary McCoy, owners of Seniors Helping Seniors, got started by helping Gary McCoy’s grandmother.

Gary and Pat McCoy, of Blue Eye, are the owners of Seniors Helping Seniors, a franchise in southern Missouri and northern Arkansas celebrating serving the senior community since 2009.

Seniors Helping Seniors is a business providing non-medical services for seniors who may need a little extra help with housekeeping, meals, shopping, transportation to the doctor’s office, yard work, overnight stays, pet care and even companionship.

The couple’s mission is to provide seniors the ability to choose an independent lifestyle in their own homes.

“We’ve been doing this in the Tri-Lakes Area since 2009,” Pat McCoy said. “Everything we do represents who we are. We are not taking any shortcuts. We make sure any job we take, we can do, and do it with the right kind of people.”

Seniors Helping Seniors is the realization of a dream for the McCoys. The couple helped Gary McCoy’s grandmother more than 15 years ago and continued helping other seniors in their families and at church.

The McCoys’ background comes from 27 years in their previous business, a south Florida employment agency, placing staff and attorneys in law firms. They also have expertise in recruiting temporary workers.

The McCoys said they only hire seniors, hence the name Seniors Helping Seniors. They have been able to match up caring and compassionate individuals with clients who need extra help.

“Some of our clients just need a few hours of companionship — it’s that simple,” Gary McCoy said. “We’ve even partnered with other home health and hospice agencies to provide services they don’t. We want people to be able to stay in their own homes for as long as possible with the dignity and respect they deserve.”

In some cases, families may need respite care. Respite care is short-term care that helps a family take a break from the daily routine and stress of caring for a family member.

“Statistics show that nearly 70 percent of caregivers sometimes die before the person receiving the care,” Gary McCoy said. “Just by giving the caregiver time away makes a big difference. In some cases, a family member gets so wrapped up in taking care of a family member, their health begins to fail. It is our desire to be able to provide these services early enough to prevent that from happening.”

The McCoys said when choosing services for seniors, always ask for references and background checks and make sure people are bonded.

For more information about Seniors Helping Seniors, visit seniorshelpingseniors.com.

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