A graduate of California Polytechnic State University with a degree in Human Development, Kathleen Devlin worked with children and young adults with special needs in their homes. It was during this time that she was helping to care for an elderly family member, Theresa, who lived 300 miles away. As Kathleen and her young family traveled twice a month to visit and assist Theresa it became apparent that this struggle was shared by many families. Kathleen took stock of her skills, education and experience and decided to design an agency with a focus on assisting people living alone in need of additional help with their everyday activities, a company that offers the “choice” of staying relatively independent at home while having the services of a private, personally-tailored assistant, chauffeur, and companion. Her company is dedicated to the memory of Theresa Corey Perry, a very special lady in her life.
All About Home Care (AAHC) received its’ Certificate of Organization from the state of Rhode Island January 29, 2003 and with Kathleen wearing all the “hats” she started her first client on June 14th – Flag Day! At its’ inception AAHC offered non-medical services to provide an affordable and helpful solution for busy families in Newport and Bristol counties who were faced with difficult decisions of how to provide care for their aged loved ones.
Beginning in her tiny home-based office with just Kathleen, her vision, determination and expertise at the helm, AAHC, started to grow. In 2004 Kathleen took on a one-room office in Middletown; but outgrew its confines in just two years. The company then moved its operations to the conveniently-located Irongate Building in Middletown in 2006. But again, two years later, a move was destined as the company continued to expand. Staying in the same building, AAHC moved downstairs to a suite double the square footage and spread out again.
In May of 2007, Kathleen became a Certified Geriatric Care Manager (one of seven in RI) to expand AAHC’s services to include a health and human services professional with a specialized body of knowledge and experience related to aging and elder care issues. January 1, 2009, the services expanded again with the acquisition of The Rhode Island Department of Health Home Nursing Care Provider license. This license allows AAHC to offer Certified Nursing Assistants and Nursing Services; both much needed.
To date, with over fourteen years behind her, she is pleased to announce continuous positive growth. Now offering services ranging from companion care to nursing she has successfully given her community many of the supports necessary to face the challenges of aging.
With ninety employees, Kathleen is excited to have a strong team that includes; four Administrative staff, four members of the Nursing department, forty-five Certified Nursing Assistants, and thirty-seven Homemakers. Twenty-four of the staff are full-time, with the remainder being part-time employees that are happy to select the shifts and days they choose to work.
Today, Kathleen resides in Portsmouth, Rhode Island and Fernandina Beach, Florida. Together, with her team of caregivers, she strives to continue providing exceptional support and services to her clients and their families. Always keeping her sights set on offering a greater range of services, Kathleen and her team are working on a new program, Welcome Home. Welcome Home will consist of comprehensive services, provided over a few days, for persons returning home from a hospital stay. Always looking for the next new idea, she sees growth and expansion as an on-going opportunity to help someone be happier in their home.