SarahCare offers seniors, and their loved ones, a ‘happy place to be’
When Aysha Cooper’s grandfather was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease, she learned firsthand about the changing needs of seniors and the stressful demands on their family members and caregivers. That painful experience gave her “extra inspiration” in opening SarahCare of Snellville, part of an Ohio-based franchise, in Snellville. The center provides a daylong get-away for seniors with dementia and other cognitive disorders.
“We provide diabetic management, medication administration, vital signs, bathing assistance and toileting assistance throughout the day, but we also have a lot of activities to provide mental, physical, and social stimulation. We want to improve the quality of life for our patients and their families,” she said.
SarahCare serves more than 40 clients a day with a staff-to-participant ratio of one-to-five, said Cooper, who grew up in Indianapolis and earned a degree in Public Health with a certificate in Long-Term Care and is currently working toward an MBA at the University of Georgia.
“We had been open for about a year when I realized we needed more capital,” Cooper said. “That’s when I heard about ACE. I love the business advisory services, and I’ve participated in several workshops that have helped me develop long-range plans for growth. I am forever grateful to ACE, for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to fulfill my dream, not only for me, but for my family,” said Aysha Cooper. “I could not have done this without the support from ACE.”
When she opened the center in 2010, Cooper dedicated it to the memory of her grandparents, Robert and Ida Treadwell. Now she enjoys the transgenerational satisfaction of bringing her seven-year-old son, Drew, to work with her. “I want to set a good example for him,” she said. “It is important to me that he sees my entrepreneurial spirit. He comes up with great ideas for his own businesses and I don’t doubt that he will succeed.”