Local News & Announcements

Debra Kostiw, owner of the Home Helpers and Direct Link in Rochester, N.Y., was recently honored as the recipient of the 2011 Shooting Star Award for Home Helpers the nation’s leading senior care franchise specializing in comprehensive home care and companionship for seniors. Kostiw was presented with the honor at the company’s National conference in New Orleans on September 21,2011.

The Home Helpers and Direct Link “Shooting Star Award” was established to recognize those franchisees who consistently continue to grow all aspects of their business through operational efficiencies, client satisfaction responses, successful local marketing and exceptional services.

“Debra’s drive embodies the Home Helpers mission,” Emma Dickison, president of Home Helpers, said. “Her passion for the services she provides has spiraled her to tremendous growth. She strives for excellence in every aspect of her business even taking it upon herself to start senior independence programs.”  

Baywinde Holiday Fun

Home Helpers was proud to co-sponsor a holiday Party with the Baywinde community. The festivities included residents and their families. Activities provided were caroling with the boy scouts, a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus with gifts for all the children. Home Helpers hosted cookie decorating with all the trimmings. Both young and old joined in on the fun. Decorating holiday cookies brought back many fond memories of days past. Home Helpers would like to thank Baywinde for inviting us to join in all the festivities.

73rd Annual New York State Parks and Recreation Conference - Debra Kostiw spoke at the 73rd Annual New York State Parks and Recreation Conference March 18th, 2013.

The conference was held at the Radison Hotel, Downtown Rochester. Debra was asked to give two educational presentations. Her topics included: Understanding Alzheimers and Senior Solutions.

November, 2012 - Julie Sidebotham, Director of Operations, recieves Certificate of Completetion for Train The Trainer from The Alzheimer's Association.

Community Education Events - Debra Kostiw has partnered with Laurie Miraglia RN of Seniors Choice and will be traveling to all parts of Monroe County educating each community on the many concerns about our aging parents. Participants will learn the differences between home care, independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing homes, memory care and respite care. We will talk about the legal documents you should have in order, how to take the car keys away, medication management and so much more. Laurie and Debra are committed to making your life easier. To find a class near you call (585)-598-4539.

Debra is a National speaker and is available to present to your event or group. Debra can give a dynamic presentation on a topic of your choice, or discuss the Home Helpers and Direct Link brand. This is a free service. Some of the more popular topics include: 

  • Senior Solutions (answers to your questions about aging parents)
  • Alzheimer’s / Dementia
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Stroke
  • Heart Disease
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Arthritis
  • Emphysema
  • Nutrition for Seniors (Body and Brain) 
  • Fall Prevention/Safety Tips
  • Fraud, Scams and Identy Theft
  • Being a Balanced Caregiver
  • Fun, Free Activities for Seniors
  • Hearing Loss & Oral Health
  • Riembursed Home Care for Veterans or their Suirviving Spouse
  • And Many More!!! 

Have a local expert on Senior care present at your next event. Call 585-598-4539 or contact us.