Growing Fast at Corridor 55
FirstLight Home Care Agency agency, founded by Kate Hermann and her father in August 2016, is growing fast at its Corridor 55 location, the City of Arnold’s coworking space for independent professionals. Kate and her father, Gerry, co-own the firm that Kate managed from her home in Arnold for two months when they started out.
Today the service agency with compassionate, experienced caregivers provides everything from companionship to home care assistance for senior citizens, and to anyone recovering from accident or illness, people with disabilities, veterans, and new mothers with infants.
Whether service is required for one hour a day or around the clock, FirstLight offers personal care, dementia care, respite care – everything from preparing meals to planning field trips and road trips, and more.
Kate says, “When my father retired from a retail business career, he started looking for something new. After working for more than ten years in the hotel industry I felt the same way. Together we studied different industries and business opportunities. We settled on home care because we are both compassionate, caring people, and the home care industry is growing.”
Gerry & Kate Hermann
FirstLight Home Care
“When we learned about FirstLight Home Care, I said to myself, ‘My late grandparents would have needed that.’”
Last year, Kate and her father acquired a FirstLight Home Care regional franchise from the parent company headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. The parent company has FirstLight franchise operations in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Kate was trained and tested by the home office, and each of her caregivers is experienced and carefully vetted before they join her agency.
Corridor 55 Benefits
Kate moved the new business from her home to Corridor 55 in October 2016 for several reasons.
A native of Arnold, Kate wanted the home care agency to serve people in Arnold, Fenton, Imperial, and Festus in Jefferson County, plus people in South Louis County.
Corridor 55 was the perfect solution, she says. “I wanted to be in a professional environment with access to business and office amenities, and an office mailing address. I didn’t want to be in a home office because I thought it might limit my business growth.”
As a Corridor 55 tenant with a dedicated desk for her computer and printer, Kate has access to free wifi in addition to free use of a modern conference room for up to eight people, presentation equipment, a print, fax and copy center, plus kitchenette with free coffee. She values the secure, 24-hour access to the building and free parking. Kate is currently on Corridor 55’s waiting list for a private office.
“I really enjoy the other tenants at Corridor 55. We each have a small business, we all get along very well, and sometimes we even work together by sharing business tips and networking. I feel this has helped my business grow.”
Right now her home care agency has 15 clients and 20 caregivers that work on call to serve them. “But the number of clients and caregivers constantly fluctuates – our level of business goes up and down as people recover from illnesses or accidents and don’t need us,” she says. Kate also has one full-time employee who networks in the local healthcare community.
“I feel like a family member with many of our clients, and they treat us like family. These relationships can be very satisfying – we are there when they need us, and we celebrate the highs and lows with our clients. That’s why I got into this business – to share compassion and help people.”
Kate admits that lows have included attending funerals of elderly clients who passed away. “It is so sad for me, and sad for the family, but I go to the services because after caring for their loved ones we do feel like part of the family.”
Kate is very optimistic about the future of her growing home care agency and wants to expand her base of on-call caregivers. “We are looking for good people,” she says. For more info, visit its website. Kate Hermann can be reached at 314-399-8225.