Wayne Gentry, CAEd – Owner Bio
Whether it’s full-time or a few hours a week, having an in-home caregiver can make for a longer, healthier and happier life. I’m Wayne Gentry and I opened Home Helpers and Direct Link of London, KY, because I understand the need for quality caregiver services and the difference bringing someone in can make.
I understand what it’s like to have someone depend on you as their caregiver. I was the only grandchild of my widowed grandfather and, although I would have loved to care for him personally, I lived more than hour away and often traveled for work. Not knowing where else to turn, our family trusted a young woman my grandfather knew to keep things in order. We eventually learned that she was stealing from my grandfather and the disappointment was ultimately too much for him to bear. He passed away three months later. I’m hoping, by offering professional services in this community and hiring top-notch caregivers, I can save someone else from having to go through that kind of heartache.
With Home Helpers, each individual client receives services tailored to meet their specific needs by caregivers who become an extension of their family. Home Helpers’ full-range of home care services empower clients to live healthier and more rewarding lives in the privacy, safety and comfort of their own homes. Let us show you how having a high quality, professional caregiver in your life can make all the difference.
Home Helpers is the nation’s leading franchise specializing in comprehensive home care for seniors, new mothers and individuals needing recuperative and continuing assistance. Direct Link is its proprietary line of 24/7 medical alert systems, including a fall sensor and an automated medication dispenser. Home Helpers and Direct Link of London, KY, is locally owned and operated, so if you need help, my team and I are here for you.
Laura Stamper is the office manager for Home Helpers Home Care of London, Kentucky. Laura graduated from Lynn Camp High School in 2014. During high school and after Laura worked as a shift leader in the food service industry for approximately four years. Laura started her career with Home Helpers as a caregiver in which she cared for clients in their homes, plus she sat with patients at Baptist Regional Hospital. Laura attended a Skill Path Workshop “The Administrative Assistants Conference”, in which she received CEU/CPE credits. Laura has good communication skills, computer skills and organizational skills. Laura ensures that caregiver and client schedules are updated daily, collects time sheets from caregivers, processes timesheets as well as daily task checklist. Files all necessary paperwork and ensures completion of all weekly. Maintains documented events and authorizations in ClearCare. Payment processing and preparation for billing. Assists Executive Director with daily activities as needed. Laura enjoys spending time with her children, and traveling whenever possible.
Gena Eldridge is a Human Resource Manager for Home Helpers Home Care in London, Kentucky. Gena received her Associate of Arts degree in Business/Elementary Education from Sue Bennett College in London, Kentucky. She later attended Eastern Kentucky University in which she majored in social work and became a counselor at a group home in Lexington, Kentucky. Gena later worked as a Human Resource Manager for a major department store in Cincinnati Ohio for ten years. Gena had worked in the Kentucky tourism industry for approximately three years and it was while doing this work that she was honored to become a Kentucky Colonel. Gena’s most treasured position was when she worked for Laurel Heights Nursing Home as a safety attendant, it was during this time that she became aware of her life’s calling working with the elderly. Gena still enjoys being involved in Kentucky tourism, and doing what she can to promote Southeastern Kentucky. Gena’s passion is animal rescue, working alongside likeminded individuals that care about the pet population.
Veronica is from McCreary County, a small town in Kentucky. She attended McCreary Central High School where she graduated in 2014 with her SNRA license. She worked as an aide in the local nursing home on night shift for over a year then left there to be a manger at a local restaurant where she had worked all through high school. She had her daughter KenLyn in 2016 while being a manager but felt she didn’t get to spend as much time with her as she would like. She started with Home Helpers in 2017 as a Caregiver and later moved to a position in the office as a Care Coordinator as well as being a caregiver. She does Marketing in the Pulaski & McCreary County areas. She has always loved working with people and knowing she is helping to make a difference in someone’s life is what makes her happy. She enjoys spending all her free time with her daughter and doing outdoor activities and traveling when it is possible.
Brandi’s family is why she has chosen to spend her life in service to others. She is the oldest of four girls, mother of two grown children and grandmother to two grandchildren. Throughout her life she has found herself to be in service to others making sure their needs have been or are being met.
When she first began working, she did not plan to work in the senior field, it has been the happiest of accidents. She began working in a doctor’s office, moved to an office manager for a personal care service then to an assisted living. These career changes kept bringing her closer to where she is today, caring for our greatest generation. Brandi has a passion and desire to be a solution creator for any and all families she meets. She understands how overwhelming it can become to care for a loved one and not knowing where to turn for help. She is here to help families with their loved ones to save them from some of the confusion.
Joining the Home Helpers team has allowed her to connect with many resources, clients, caregivers, and services. These connections allow us to meet specific needs and help our clients stay in their own home while giving their families the comfort of knowing their loved one is being cared for by a compassionate and competent caregiver.