Kola and Adam Bliss
Adam and Kola Bliss, a husband and wife team, join Right at Home with extensive experience in in-home healthcare. In addition to the experience of caring for their own loved ones, Kola has previously worked as a caregiver for Right at Home in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota.
Adam, 43, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Arizona (1994). He later attained a Master of Public Administration from Arizona State University (1997). He started his professional career with HMA, Inc., the largest third-party administrator of self-funded employer insurance plans in the Southwest, where he led the company’s IT operations and launched its employee training program. Following, he pursued a career in sales and marketing in the consumer packaged goods industry. He has held various leadership roles with The Hershey Company, Henkel, Clorox and, most recently, The Dannon Company. He also spent several years as a Principal and Vice President in the retail solutions practice at IRi, Inc. where he helped major retailers increase their shopper loyalty and analytics capabilities.
Adam’s wife of 22 years, Kola, 47, received an Associate of Science degree from Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho, and attended Brigham Young University in Laie, Hawaii. She later completed her Bachelor of Science in Strategic Management at Arizona State University’s W.P Carey School of Business. Professionally, Kola held finance and administration roles with several leaders in the healthcare industry, including Cigna and Intergroup, prior to focusing on her family as a full-time mom. When she returned to the workplace part-time, she joined the Right at Home care team in the Twin Cities.
The experience of caring for and assisting seniors was immensely rewarding, and Kola realized this as the passion she wanted to pursue full-time. Concurrently, Adam was looking for an opportunity to jump out of the corporate world and start a business. Upon discovering that Right at Home was a franchise system in a Delta in-flight magazine, the couple began the process of becoming franchisees. Serendipitously, there was an open territory available in Tucson, allowing the Blisses to return to Southern Arizona.
Why did you choose an opportunity with Right at Home?
Adam: I considered the idea of opening a home-care service for a couple of years but had not really explored franchise systems. We were looking at opening a business on our own and then came across the fact that Right at Home was a franchise system. Kola had a wonderful experience working for Paul Blom and Bob White, who own the Twin Cities office; and also we had a great experience with the people from Right at Home Corporate. As we spoke to several Right at Home owners across the country, they all spoke highly of the company and industry.
What personal experience do you have in your own family with caring for a senior?
Adam: When I was only 13, my father passed away after a long battle with cancer. We cared for him in our home with round-the-clock help from nurses, friends and family members. I will always be grateful for those who made it possible for my dad to be at home with us during those difficult months. There is no way we could have done it without help. My grandmother recently passed away at 100 years old. She made a choice to live as fully and independently as possible in her later years. Never having driven a car in her life, she got a driver’s license at the age of 78 after my grandfather passed away. When she was 93, she began considering an assisted facility before my mother insisted that she stay with her. She lived to be 100 because my mom, with the help of some wonderful caregivers, made it possible for her to stay active and live at home.
Kola: My grandfather was a potato farmer in Southeastern Idaho. I remember helping him move irrigation pipe and spending fall break in spud harvest. It was heartbreaking for me to watch Grandpa decline over several years due to Parkinson’s disease. I have always been grateful that he was able to stay at home and be part of our family’s daily life and activities even as his condition worsened. I’ve seen this same blessing in the lives of many families over the years where I’ve been able to help provide assistance in the ways they needed it most. That’s why I’m so passionate about what I’m doing with Right at Home.
Are you involved with any charities or community outreach programs?
Kola has been an active Cub Scout leader with Boys Scouts of America and has held substantial leadership roles in her church’s children’s and youth organizations. She has spent countless hours in school classrooms and supporting her children in their activities.
Adam also has spent many years as an active volunteer leader with Boy Scouts of America. He has served in numerous volunteer posts for several youth athletic organizations and has coached football, basketball and baseball. He has been an active member of school board committees and served as president of his community with more than 5,000 residents. Adam actively serves in various volunteer roles with his church and is a member of the Pima Council on Aging.
ABOUT RIGHT AT HOME
Founded in 1995, Right at Home offers in-home companionship and personal care and assistance to seniors and disabled adults who want to continue to live independently. Local Right at Home offices are independently owned and operated and directly employ and supervise all caregiving staff, each of whom is thoroughly screened, trained, and bonded/insured prior to entering a client’s home. Right at Home’s global office is based in Omaha, Nebraska, with over 350 franchise locations operating in 44 states nationwide and in Canada, the United Kingdom, and Ireland, as well as being the first U.S. in-home senior care franchise to enter China and Brazil. For more information on Right at Home, visit About Right at Home at http://www.rightathome.net/about-us or read the Right at Home caregiving blog at http://www.rightathome.net/blog. To learn more about franchise opportunities with Right at Home, visit http://www.rightathomefranchise.com.