A Perfect Fit
In 1996, husband and wife Nora and Mike Aden decided to go into business with each other. A perfect fit was found: Cameo Caregivers, a small in-home care agency. The company was owned by an elderly couple who had started it more than a decade earlier because they couldn’t find quality care for their aging parents. When Nora, a Registered Nurse, and Mike, a CPA, took over, Cameo had 13 clients and 25 caregivers. Eight years later, Cameo had more than 200 clients and 350 caregivers. Through the Aden’s efforts, Cameo Caregivers had grown to become one of the largest private duty, in-home care agencies in Houston. Nora and Mike’s reputation as leading healthcare professionals was firmly established.
An Offer at the Right Time
When a business-saavy doctor offered to purchase Cameo Caregivers in 2004, Nora and Mike considered the possibilities: 1) They wanted to travel. 2) They wanted to spend time with their grandchildren. 3) They needed a rest. 4) They knew a good offer when they saw one. They accepted the offer and retired to the Hill Country. Life was perfectly sweet (for a time).
An Expired Non-Compete Agreement
As the five-year mark of the sale of Cameo Caregivers passed, Nora and Mike again began to consider the possibilities: 1) They had traveled. 2) They had spent time with their grandchildren (whom they sometimes found to be too much of a good thing). 3) They were rested, but bored. 4) They missed the business. The Adens decided it was time for another plunge into Houston’s in-home care industry.
An Encore Performance
In 2009, Encore Caregivers was born. Nora and Mike had started their own agency, from scratch. Their idea was to keep the agency small with only a few caregivers and clients. The day after receiving Encore Caregivers’ license to operate from the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services, Nora and Mike attended a local caregiver conference. It was there that ties were reestablished and the word got out, “Mike and Nora are back!” Later that afternoon, the first client call came in. Encore Caregivers was off and running. Since then, the agency has achieved steady, significant growth. Despite the rise and fall in oil prices, despite the economy, through bull and bear markets, Encore Caregivers became a shining star in Houston’s bright business sky. Once again, the Adens were at the head of one of the Bayou City’s largest private duty, in-home care agencies.
A Quality Friendship
When Mike and Nora decided to take a step back from the full-time operation of Encore Caregivers in 2015, they brought in friends, Marilou and Milton Schopper as partners. Milton has decades of experience as a business owner and consultant. Marilou has an equal amount of experience in public and private sector communications and public relations. Both have personal, family experiences with dementia and Alzheimer’s that bring vital knowledge and empathy to the table when advising families on care choices for their loved ones. Under their leadership, Encore Caregivers remains the solid, caring, skilled and professional in-home care choice for Houston’s seniors.