For Omaha natives Juli and Ryan Gray, the decision to purchase an HCAN franchise was more of a calling than a business decision.
“I so value older people,” Juli said. “I am very close to my grandma and always adored my great grandparents. I grew up cherishing their stories, history, and wisdom. My experience with them put me on the path to senior care. I want other older adults to have the same quality of life they did.”
From senior loved ones to her husband and two children, compassionate caregiving is at the root of everything Juli does… and now it’s the foundation for her new business.
“I was fully committed to homeschooling my children and managing my busy household,” she said. “I am still 100 percent dedicated to my family, but now that our kids are turning the corner into adulthood, I can extend my gift of compassion to others.”
Compassion has also fueled Ryan’s career. In addition to owning the HCAN franchise, he serves as the Manager/Funeral Director at Braman Mortuary – supporting families as they mourn the loss of loved ones while celebrating the lives they lived.
Together, Juli and Ryan feel very fortunate to be working in a business that allows them to give back to their community, build meaningful relationships and provide consistent, compassionate care for those they serve.
“Families are entrusting us with their loved ones, so it’s our responsibility to provide exceptional care – to care for them as we would our own family members,” she said. “I want to build relationships, not business transactions, so I devote a lot of time and energy into finding the right Care Advocates to serve our valued clients. Our team members are people with a purpose – to all of us, this is not just another job.”
Since opening their franchise office last spring, the business has experienced steady growth. The Grays now employ more than 25 Care Advocates who serve many grateful families in and around Omaha – and those numbers are expected to continue to grow in the coming weeks and months.
“The HCAN Corporate team has provided us with excellent training and continuous support. They set us up for success and continue to provide us with the guidance we need to grow,” she said. “That’s important because we know more and more seniors will need in-home services, and we want to be able to meet those needs.”