A society that consistently demonstrates the special worth of its most elderly and frail citizens through loving care for those individual’s spirits as well as their ailing bodies.
“To provide compassionate and inspiring non-medical in-home care for seniors and disabled people that helps them thrive and flourish in the comfort and safety of their own homes.”
Our Core Values
Comfort - caring for our clients’ health, safety, well-being and quality of life, while honoring their personal choices;
Affection- showing our clients abundant love, dignity, compassion and empathy;
Respect- respecting all cultures, genders, races, religions, ethnicities; sexual orientations, ages, and disabilities;
Integrity- establishing trust through open, honest, and dignified communications with clients and their families, while maintaining private client information in confidence;
Nurture- helping each of our clients achieve their optimum individual level of mental, physical and social activity so they can flourish in place;
Generosity- displaying generosity of spirit through a good-hearted, selfless, and caring staff focused on serving clients and their families.
Three essential questions to ask - to ensure the company you choose has a strong set of core values:
- Communication - Will I be able to easily communicate with the personal attendant and have continued access to my case manager? This is the core of our approach. We believe that you should never feel there is a lack of control or communication with your personal attendant. For this reason, you are assigned a case manager who is always available, and we provide a “family portal” where family members who have your authorization can communicate directly with your personal attendant through a computer or mobile device.
- Integrity - Has a sense of trust been established? We believe this is the key to a comfortable relationship and the well being of the client. That’s why we carefully screen all of our personal attendants who are members of a professional home care organization. They must also provide a written contract.
- Performance - Am I confident I will get the professional care promised and that there will be accountability and follow up? Homecare is dynamic; a family’s needs can change daily. You chose homecare to allow your loved one to remain independent and retain their quality of life, not to endure more paperwork and problem solving. We make a simple promise: we will be there for your family. If you’re not satisfied, we will work with you until you are.
We are committed to:
- recruiting, training and retaining competent staff and compensating them fairly
- valuing, supporting, recognizing and appreciating our staff who are our greatest asset
- providing a work environment that encourages personal enjoyment and enhances job satisfaction and performance through recognition and reward
- developing and maintaining positive relationships with the community, including local home care and health care organizations and their personnel
- conducting our business in a responsible and accountable manner
- adhering to the professional code of ethics of the home care industry and applying continuous quality improvement measures
FLOURISH IN PLACE MANAGEMENT BIOS
Robert “Kim” Lee and Melanie Ann Lee founded Flourish in Place to help seniors and adults with disabilities thrive and flourish while leading dignified and independent lives in the comfort and safety of their own homes. Kim and Melanie raised three remarkable children while helping care for Melanie’s wonderful mother, Kathryn, who lived a rich life despite dealing with bipolar disorder all her life and suffering later from post-polio syndrome. Melanie has cared for her intellectually disabled older sister for the past 18 years as Melinda’s court-appointed plenary guardian. Kim’s mother, Betsy, suffers from severe dementia. She lives in her own home with the help of compassionate family members as well as paid caregivers. Kim and Melanie’s life experiences caring for others influenced their desire to help people not merely “age in place” – but flourish at home. Kim and Melanie are both Certified Senior Care Managers.
Kim is President and Treasurer. Kim earned his B.S. in Psychology from Duke University and his J.D. from the College of William and Mary School of Law. Kim practiced law as a shareholder for the prominent Orlando firm of Lowndes, Drosdick, et al. for many years, and then as Chair of the Commercial Litigation Department for Bogin, Munns & Munns. In 2001, Kim joined Rotech Healthcare Inc., a national Durable Medical Equipment company with annual sales of $500 million. The Rotech Board appointed him Chief Legal Officer in 2013. Kim has chaired a nonprofit board and volunteered in many capacities, including key leadership roles in his downtown Orlando church. As leader of Flourish in Place, Kim combines many years of legal experience as an attorney, and business acumen as a national healthcare company senior executive, with a strong passion for the mission of helping others flourish.
Melanie is Vice President and Secretary. Melanie earned her B.S. in Psychology from Duke University and her M.S. in Industrial Organizational Psychology from the University of Central Florida. Melanie has held positions as production editor for scientific textbooks, industrial psychology consultant, and copy editor for the Orlando Sentinel. At age 40, Melanie fulfilled a childhood dream goal to become a classroom educator. After four years of teaching, Lee Middle School honored Melanie as Teacher of the Year. Melanie moved to Winter Park High School, and became a Chemistry Teacher. For the past several years, Melanie has received a state bonus awarded to exceptional teachers. Melanie is a Certified Lay Servant who preaches from the pulpit at various Methodist churches. She and Kim are the elected Co-Lay Leaders for their United Methodist district, comprising nearly 80 churches. Melanie cares deeply for others, and her many gifts help the company select and train exceptional caregivers.
Ruth Fallon, RN is Administrator and Registered Nurse. Ruth brings to the company more than 40 years of experience cheerfully caring for the needs of others, young and old, through the nursing profession. Ruth was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. After completing her initial studies in Nevada, Ruth began her career in nursing in Honolulu, Hawaii, where she met and married her husband, Jim. In 1985, Ruth and Jim moved to Orlando. For 27 years, Ruth made a career of nursing tiny babies in the Newborn Intensive Care of Florida Hospital South. Towards the end of that time, Ruth’s mother suffered a stroke that left her paralyzed on one side. Ruth and Jim renovated their home to accommodate Ruth’s mother’s special needs. They moved her into their home, and cared for her there until she passed away. Ruth’s nursing knowledge and skill, developed through her lifelong commitment to professional excellence, combined with her personal experience as a family caregiver, make Ruth uniquely suited to provide home distinctive, high quality healthcare services, which truly make a difference in our client’s lives.
Sue Bouder, M.Div. is Brain Care Consultant/Coach. Sue earned her B.A. with a major in Speech & Hearing, minor in Psychology, from the University of Pittsburgh. She earned her M.Div. from Lancaster Theological Seminary and received additional formal training in counseling, holistic modalities, and multi-faith education. Ordained as a Presbyterian minister in 1980, Sue has counseled clients in churches, hospitals, and homes throughout the East Coast, specializing in mind-body-spirit education and support. She developed a unique private practice blending spiritual counseling with the nursing modality of Therapeutic Touch and Heart-Centered Therapy. After moving to Orlando, Sue served as Wellness Coordinator for an adult care company, serving the needs of people with dementia, traumatic brain injury, mental illness, and general geriatric issues. Florida Hospital engaged Sue to give presentations about its CREATION Health initiative. Since 2009, Sue has focused on seniors’ cognitive health issues. Sue has served for eight nears as Facilitator and Coordinator for the Brain Fitness Club. She co-founded and coordinates the Central Florida Lewy Body Support Group. Sue offers a wealth of experience, a genuine compassionate presence, openness to learning from clients, and joy in resourcing clients. She is dedicated to helping clients discover what brings vitality and “flourish” to life.
About Flourish in Place Home Care Solutions Flourish in Place is a Florida Home Health Agency, License No. 299994622. We get to know our clients well, to fulfill our mission of treating clients’ minds and spirits, as well as their bodies, so they can flourish. Our “family room” application helps family members stay abreast of developments in real-time. We create plans of care suited for the unique needs of our clients and their families. Our unique Brain Care Program offers individualized brain care for people diagnosed with or experiencing dementia, as well as cognitively healthy seniors seeking to maintain brain health. We match clients with specially selected home health aides, certified nursing assistants, companions, and homemakers. All our caregivers are W-2 employees who are fully bonded and insured. They all undergo thorough background checking including fingerprinting, Level 2 background screening, certification of driver’s license records, and drug testing. We also specialize in helping families find solutions to pay for the appropriate level of care. This includes our unique program to help veterans receive up to 15-30 hours of free in-home care paid for by the Aid & Attendance Pension of the Department of Veterans Affairs.