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           DAVIDSON                                                     AS NEED FOR IN-HOME SENIOR CARE RISES,
          HAPPENINGS                                                   ENDURING COMPANY SAILS INTO LAKE AREA
                                                                                                                              By Tracy Tripp
         The North Carolina Department of Cultural Re-
     sources recently announced that Davidson’s central                 North Carolina sits at the verge of a significant demographic         lar companies around our area, Partners In Care has not only
     core has been named a National Historic District and            shift as the state’s 2.3 million baby boomers are beginning to          survived, but has thrived. Another possible reason is that, un-
     added to the National Register of Historic Places.              enter retirement age. Between 2000 and 2030, the projected              like many of its competitors, Partners In Care is not a franchise
                                                                     growth of the older population for our state as a whole is pro-         – meaning The Olins own the company outright and can man-
         The National Register of Historic Places is the na-         jected at 50%, while the population 65 and older is expected to         age it without the operational restrictions of a franchised care
     tion’s official list of buildings, structures, objects, sites,   grow 121%, and the population 85 and older, 144%. In light              company. “This allows us the flexibility to quickly adapt to our
     and districts worthy of preservation for their signifi-          of these statistics, specialists in the care of older adults are as-    client’s needs,” explained Mrs. Olin.
     cance in American history, architecture, archaeology,           sessing the challenges posed to North Carolina in keeping pace.
     and culture.                                                    There is industry-wide agreement that a crucial part of the solu-
                                                                     tion resides in encouraging an increase in the number of caring,
         It is estimated that North Carolina has 50,000 Na-
                                                                     proficient, and licensed in-home aide companies throughout the
     tional Register properties.
                                                                     state. The availability of quality home care for seniors – as well
         The listing of a property in the National Register          as meaningful oversight of that care – is a current priority at the
     places no obligation or restriction on a private owner          city, county and state levels.
     using private resources to maintain or alter the prop-             Seniors in the Lake Norman, Northern Mecklenburg and Ire-
     erty. Tax credits are available for the rehabilitation of       dell County areas are now greatly advantaged with the recent
     National Register properties.                                   arrival of Partners In Care, a family-owned and operated caregiv-
         The Davidson Historic District encompasses the              ing company licensed by the State of North Carolina to provide
     well-preserved historically and architecturally signifi-         personalized in-home care for seniors and those in need who
     cant town center. The historic district includes impor-         wish to remain independent in their own homes. Having just cel-
     tant Davidson College dormitory and debating society            ebrated its Fifth Anniversary year, the Charlotte-based company
                                                                                                                                                                  Owners Sally and Don Olin
                                                                     is now marking its sixth year with a well-timed expansion into
     buildings which date to its beginnings in the 1830s
                                                                     our area – a move that means more and more seniors in these               Families facing the difficult circumstance of caring for aging
     and 1840s. Many of Davidson’s notable nineteenth
                                                                     communities will the have the help of a first-class home care            parents will likely see the arrival of this company, along with its
     century residences in the historic district were erected
                                                                     agency, one that is considered a leader in the field.                    many accolades and impressive endurance, as a very welcome
     for college faculty, who formed a sizable professional                                                                                  gain to our area. “We recognize that such accolades would never
     class for our small town.                                         Reinforcing their stellar reputation, Partners In Care has recently
                                                                     been honored with the Better Business Bureau Consumer Foun-             be possible unless seniors and their families continue to put their
          Davidson’s twentieth century neighborhoods are             dation’s coveted Silver Torch Award, which recognizes service ex-       trust in the Partners In Care family,” said Don Olin. “And now,
     noteworthy for their collection of fine examples of              cellence to the older adult community. This comes on the heels of       the greatest honor of all is being able to expand out and serve
     Colonial Revival, Tudor Revival, Craftsman, and Mod-            the company also receiving the coveted NC-NOVA Award from               these new areas…communities full of wonderful seniors who de-
     ern style houses, in addition to the simple mill hous-          the State of North Carolina and The Carolinas Center for Medical        serve to live independently at home, and families who know that
     ing associated with the textile mills. The important            Excellence, as well as Partners In Care co-owner and director Sally     their loved ones deserve nothing less. That’s why we’re here.”
     contribution of the African American community is               Olin being named one of the Top 25 Women in Business by the               More Information on Partners In Care is available by calling
     acknowledged by the inclusion of a historic residen-            Charlotte Business Journal and one of our region’s Top 50 Most          their new Cornelius office at 704-990-2990, their main Char-
     tial neighborhood centered on a 1930s-1950s public              Influential Women by The Mecklenburg Times.                              lotte office at 704-554-9904, by e-mailing info@partnersin-
     school complex.                                                    The company was born out of the personal experiences of     or by visiting
       To see a map of the district visit                            it owners, longtime Charlot-                         teans Don and Sally Olin,
                                                                     and the challenges they ex-

                                                                     perienced in caring for their
                                                                     own aging parents. Since
                                                                     the company’s launch, its

          HAPPENINGS                                                 growing respect among our
                                                                     community’s seniors and
                                                                     families, hospitals, and the
                                                                     medical and geriatric care
                                                                     industry has stemmed from
                                                                     the family-based values that
                                                                     drive every element of their
                                                                       Partners In Care’s caregiv-
           New Two Day Event!                                        ers and Certified Nursing
                                                                     Assistants provide assistance
                           August 22 & 23                            with such activities as er-
      To accommodate the ever-growing event,                         rands, transportation to
     we have expanded the triathlon to a two-                        doctors, medication remind-
     day format.                                                     ers, housekeeping, laun-
                                                                     dry, grooming, dressing,
     Master athletes will compete on Saturday,                       bath safety monitoring, and
     August 22.                                                      more. All services and sched-
     Novice athletes will compete on Sunday,                         ules are tailored to the needs
                                                                     of the client, and caregivers
     August 23.
                                                                     and CNAs are available for
     Volunteers needed, contact the Lake
     Norman YMCA 704-716-4400
                                                                     hourly, daily, weekly, over-
                                                                     night, 24/7 or live-in assign-
                                                                                                                       203 Singleton Rd. • Mooresville, NC 28117                                   ments. The company also
                                                                     has extensive experience                                            704-799-1500
                                                                     caring for Alzheimer’s and

                                                                     dementia patients.
                                                                       In a recent interview, co-                      • Nurturing
        HAPPENINGS                                                   owner Don Olin said, “We
                                                                     have wonderful caregivers
                                                                     and CNAs who truly have a
                                                                                                                       • Socialization
     CAROLINA RAPTOR CENTER’S FREE                                   passion for providing care.”                      • Inspiring Creativity and Sense of Wonder
     FLIGHT PROGRAM!                                                    To this point, the com-
        Every Saturday and Sunday at 12:00                           pany subjects everyone on                         • Preparation for life
                                                                     its staff to rigorous and thor-
     and 2:00 pm from Memorial Day through                           ough background checks,
     Labor Day, feel the rush as a Great Horned                      followed by extensive ori-                        • Clean Air Facility
     Owl flies inches from your head during                           entation and ongoing train-
                                                                     ing. Sally Olin added: “One
     Carolina Raptor Center’s Free Flight pro-                       of our guiding philosophies
     gram! Be amazed by raptors in the air and                       is that we never hire some-
     trees during Backyard Tails. Come early to                      one that I wouldn’t have felt                                       Age appropriate curriculum offered
     get a space, as seats for this program are                      comfortable placing with my
                                                                     own mother.”
                                                                                                                                                for infants to 5 yrs.
     limited. A $2.00 fee applied per person on
                                                                        With five Registered Nurs-
     top of admission.
                                                                     es conducting assessments                                                             IN-HOUSE:
                                                                     with new clients, monitoring
                                                                     the caliber of care for exist-                                                      Science Teacher
                                                                     ing clients, and overseeing                                                         Spanish Teacher
                                                                     the team of over 150 hand-
                                                                     picked caregivers, Partners                                                            Art Teacher
                                                                     In Care exerts a unique
                                                                     level of operational sophis-
                                                                     tication. This might explain

                                                                     why, amidst the arrival (and             

                                                                     departure) of many simi-

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