Home Helpers, Direct Link of Hinsdale, IL,
Named 2009 Franchisee of the Year

CINCINNATI – Michael and Mary Doepke, owners of the Home Helpers and Direct Link franchise servicing Western Cook & Eastern DuPage counties in Illinois, were recently honored as the 2009 “Franchisee of the Year” for Home Helpers, the nation’s leading senior care franchise specializing in non-medical and personal care and companionship for seniors. The award was presented at the International Franchise Association’s Public Affairs Conference in Washington, D.C., on September 14, 2009.

“We are extremely honored to receive this award,” said Mary Doepke, RN. “Our focus is on the local communities in which we work, and we employ a personal approach toward our clients and their families. Home Helpers/Direct Link has enabled us to successfully provide quality service to all of our clients, and we are proud to be part of this family.”

Home Helpers and Direct Link’s “Franchisee of the Year” award was established to honor the franchisee(s) who demonstrates leadership and excellence in a variety of areas. The Doepkes were nominated and chosen to receive this award out of the nearly 500 franchise owners based on their numerous contributions to the franchise organization, including mentoring other franchise owners and helping to develop the new franchisee training program. Their franchise is also seeing a significant increase in sales and their outstanding customer service and overall dedication also played a major role in the decision to award them this prestigious honor.

“Michael and Mary Doepke are role models for our entire franchise system,” Emma Dickison, president of Home Helpers, said. “They have shown their dedication to our system countless times through their dedicated leadership, efforts in exceeding customer expectations, commitment to quality service and mentorship of franchisees. These qualities make them an ideal choice for this award, and we are proud to have them as members of our franchise family.”

Home Helpers offers free in-home consultations and works with individual clients and their families to tailor flexible care plans to meet their specific needs and budgets. Services offered may include companionship, grocery shopping, meal preparation, transportation, assistance bathing and dressing, medication reminders and light housekeeping. Direct Link® Help At The Touch Of A Button is a personal emergency response system that enables seniors to feel safer and live independently, 24/7, in the comfort of their own home longer than might otherwise be possible.

To contact the Home Helpers and Direct Link servicing Western Cook & Eastern Du Page counties, please call (630) 323-7231 or visit MaryandMikeCare.com

About Home Helpers

Founded in 1997, Cincinnati-based Home Helpers is the nation’s leading senior care franchise specializing in non-medical and personal care and companionship for seniors, new mothers, those recovering from illness or injury and individuals facing lifelong challenges. Home Helpers currently has a presence in more than 500 markets across North America. Home Helpers was recently ranked the #1 Senior Care Franchise and “Best of the Best” by Entrepreneur magazine for the fourth straight year and continues to lead the way in the senior care industry. Home Helpers is affiliated with Direct Link® In-Home Emergency Monitoring, a 24-hour in-home emergency monitoring system that enables seniors to feel safer and live independently at home for longer than might otherwise be possible.