Todd Sansbury, of Cornelius, and Matt Valego, of Charlotte, opened North Carolina’s first Executive Care franchise six weeks ago to pair caregivers with clients to provide in-home care as needed. Their Mountain Island office serves Mecklenburg County and parts of Gaston, Lincoln, Catawba and Iredell counties.

“The population is aging and Charlotte is definitely a growing area, especially where we are in the Lake Norman area,” Sansbury said of why he wanted to buy into the practice. “When you look at the medical environment, there is a push to get people out of the hospitals earlier. People want to stay in their home and have healthcare care. It seems like a lot of folks are more capable of being independent, but sometimes they just need a little assistance with that.”

This is a cheaper option than moving into an assisted living facility or retirement home, which could cost several thousand dollars a month just for living quarters and no ancillary benefits, Sansbury said. Here they can stay at home, but still have help with shopping, grooming, bathing or toileting.

Among the other services are light housekeeping, light meal preparation, laundry, errands, medication management, home safety and incontinence care. They also offer help for those with Alzheimer’s and dementia, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, development disabilities and spine and brain injuries, among others.

“We want to connect someone to help to maybe maintain dignity,” said Medical Director Christie Spinks, of Huntersville. “It’s difficult to lose a skill you’ve had all of your life and it’s hard to ask for help. We want them to feel they are not losing their dignity and feel special and loved.”

And if Executive Care doesn’t provide a needed service, staff can find someone who can. Sansbury said they are also able to be more flexible in the scheduling, offering hourly care to 24-hour care.

Clients aren’t always still at their home though. Executive Care staff also goes into the assisted living facilities to provide bedside services or social interaction, depending on what the residents or their loved ones want.

Although there are other companies that offer similar services, Sansbury said the 20 years of experience he and Valego each have in the health-care industry sets them apart.

“We know how things work,” said Sansbury, who maintains his pharmaceutical sales job. Valego worked in the medical device field.

The company is fully licensed, bonded and insured. Many of the caregivers are certified nursing assistants or registered nurses. All have gone through screening, including a criminal background check, reference and employment history checks. They have proven they have the skills needed for the job. Many are independent contractors hired by Executive Care, though they may also work for other agencies.

“We interview them to try to find out some of what they’ve done in the past, what they like so we can line them up with the best person,” Spinks said. “Some don’t mind who they are lined up with. Some have a lot of experience with Alzheimer’s patients. Everyone has different personalities. We want to find who would be a good person for their personality.”