Karla and Robert Strickland join Right at Home with strong people skills and a deep desire to help, care and make a difference in their community.
Karla Strickland studied business management at the University of Mississippi and started her career in finance. However, uninspired by the industry, she took a job with Manpower in 1991. She then spent the next 20 years of her career in staffing. After Manpower, Strickland joined a staffing company with a partner and ran the four-office company for six years. The business, which earned $4.2 million in sales, gave Strickland her first taste of managing a business, positioning her perfectly for a new career at Right at Home.
How did you find out about Right at Home?
I searched the Internet for the top 10 home-care providers (I had looked into franchises 12 years prior but the timing wasn’t right). This time, with Robert by my side and the stars lined up, we both knew it was the perfect time to take my past job experiences and begin providing a service to our community and align those skills with the increasing needs of our elderly and disabled neighbors.
Why did you choose an opportunity with Right at Home?
I looked at the numbers and did some research on a number of companies, but ultimately I chose Right at Home because of its approach, the friendliness of the people at the corporate level, the professionalism, goals and mission. “To improve the quality of life for those we serve” – that’s what Right at Home Tupelo is all about.
I feel that not only do Robert and I have the relationship with the market, we both have experience working with different types of people throughout our careers. It’s important to understand people and what they need to make their lives successful.
What personal experience do you have in your own family with caring for a senior?
My father passed away six months after Robert and I were married, leaving my grandmother with a need for a place to live. My husband and I invited my grandmother, who was 99, to come live with us. We decided it was best for her to have a companion during the day. Our experience with in-home care was stress-free, and it gave us peace of mind while at work each day that she was being taken care of and was not alone. My husband and I provided primary care evenings and weekends.
Please list any nonprofit organizations, community groups, volunteer activities, etc. you are/have been involved with:
Community Development Foundation, Community Relations Association, NEWMS Board of Directors, Workplace Environmental Safety Association, Business & Professional Women, and the Society for Human Resource Managers, to name a few.
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 more than 350 franchise locations operating in 44 states nationwide. Right at Home is on five continents and is the first U.S. in-home senior care franchise to enter Brazil and China. 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.