Karen Kochhar, 49, is excited to jump back into the working world after spending the past 15 years at home with her children. Her daughter is now married, and her 15-year-old son, whom she homeschools, has been busy taking classes at a local community college. The newfound independence of her children has allowed Kochhar to tap into her entrepreneurial spirit. “Right at Home spoke to me because it plays into my strengths,” she said. “I’m good at managing people and building teams, and we’ve had personal experience with caring for elderly relatives in my family.” Kochhar’s in-laws were originally from India, and her husband’s father passed away there after the couple dealt with his care from afar. Her mother-in-law also moved in with the family two years ago. “I’m a caregiver at home as well,” Kochhar said, noting that the experience has been eye-opening as the family deals with her declining memory and health issues.

The new business owner holds an electrical engineering degree from the University of Tennessee and spent 12 years working in the telecommunications and wireless industries. While working, she spent much of her free time reading in a nursing home, volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House and supporting the elderly members of her family at every opportunity. Right at Home will combine her business experience with her life-long passion for serving others.

How did you learn about the brand?
I learned about it from an advertisement in Southwest Airlines’ in-flight magazine.

Why did you choose an opportunity with Right at Home?
I want to serve others by providing a quality in-home care service and ensuring loved ones are treated with dignity and respect. Also, the Right at Home company is transparent and operated with integrity from top to bottom.

What challenges have you overcome to get to where you are now?
The past six years have been particularly difficult for me from a personal perspective. I’ve witnessed the struggles of my grandparents and father-in-law as they deal with living into their 80s and 90s. I know firsthand how difficult it is to watch their decline while trying to help them live out their years with dignity. Balancing supporting them and trying to raise and educate my children has been somewhat of a challenge.

Do you have any other interesting hobbies or passions?
I like to play golf. I also love music and reading and enjoy snow skiing.