Home Instead Senior Care opens Marked Tree office

Saturday, July 27, 2013
Pictured from left are: Jack Eaton, Executive Director for the Arkansas Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association; Beckie Moore, Development Director for the Arkansas Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association; and Home Instead Senior Care of Northeast Arkansas owners Linda and Stephen Lunde at the grand opening of Home Instead Senior Care's Marked Tree office. (DT Photo/Corey Clairday)

Home Instead Senior Care recently opened a new office in Marked Tree and has teamed up with the Alzheimer's Association to offer an Alzheimer's lending library at the location.

Among its services, Home Instead Senior Care offers non-medical home care for seniors which includes help with meals, household tasks, errands, Alzheimer's care, and respite care. Home Instead was started in 1994 by Lori and Paul Hogan in Omaha, Neb. Dr. Stephen and Linda Lunde, owners of Home Instead Senior Care in Northeast Arkansas, got into the business after caring for Linda's mother, who had severe rheumatoid arthritis, for 22 years.

"We wanted to have an agency that loved clients," Linda said. She said nearly everyone in the office has been a caregiver at some point.

The Lundes were also excited to offer a lending library at the location through their partnership with the Alzheimer's Association. "Virtually half of our hours of service to seniors involve Alzheimer's and dementia," Stephen Lunde said. "What better partnership could you have? We're excited to partner with the Alzheimer's Association. It's just a natural fit."

The lending library offers books, videos, pamphlets, and brochures people caring for loved ones with Alzheimer's can check out. Materials can be checked out on the honors system, and there is no fee or time limit.

"We're very excited about our partnership. The staff here are wonderful to work with," said Jack Eaton, Executive Director of the Arkansas Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.

Home Instead Senior Care and the Alzheimer's Association are also partnering for the local Walk to End Alzheimer's on Oct. 26 at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. Registration begins at 7 a.m. at the Student Union.

"There are 60,000 people in the state of Arkansas with Alzheimer's and five million in the United States," said Beckie Moore, Development Director for the Arkansas Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. "There's no way we can meet those needs alone. I don't know what we would do without our partnerships. Making that local connection allows us to grow in so many areas."

Anyone struggling with Alzheimer's and dementia can call the 24 hour helpline 800-272-3000 for educational and support services or visit www.alz.org/arkansas.

Home Instead Senior Care is located at 309 Liberty Street in Marked Tree.

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