Susan Tipton, owner and operator of Seniors Helping Seniors in-home services throughout Lebanon and Lower Dauphin County, was inspired to do this work because of her own parents journey with living independently. Susan’s mother and father, who are dedicated to living in their own home, were having some struggles with some of the day-to-day things of life. Seeing their stress Susan and her siblings gave them the gift of Seniors Helping Seniors in-home services in Kansas. Living out of state, Susan was able to be confident that her parents were getting the compassionate care they needed. “My father always told me he would never live anywhere but in his own home and with this assistance I feel certain that my parents will maintain their independence,” shares Susan
Susan has worked with seniors as an occupational therapist for over 25 years. Her professional experiences and her parents care successes inspired Susan to open her own Seniors Helping Seniors in-home services in her community. Seniors Helping Seniors in-home services matches seniors who want to help with seniors who need a little help. This peer-to-peer assistance allows seniors in need to receive care from someone they can trust and relate to. It also allows senior providers to remain active in their community, and form relationships with the peers they are helping.
The senior providers who work with Susan offer many services including light housekeeping, meal preparation, shopping, doctor’s appointments, personal grooming and dressing, yard work, house maintenance and small repairs, over night stays, mobility assistance, pet care and most importantly, companionship.
Susan was born and raised in the Kansas City area and graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Occupational Therapy. She has been a practicing Occupational Therapist since 1983 in a variety of settings, although she has primarily focused on adult rehabilitation. Susan and her husband Phil moved with their three children to Pennsylvania from Tulsa in 2007 for Phil’s job with the YMCA. As a family they are very active in their community, supporting the Sertoma Club, YMCA and their church’s Knights of Columbus and religious education classes. Susan is also a member of the OT Association, LBBC-living beyond breast cancer and the national lymphedema network.
Seniors Helping Seniors in-home services has sites throughout the U.S. The organization was founded by Kiran Yocom, who has a mission and a passion to help seniors live independently. Kiran’s personal interest in seniors grew out of her work with Mother Teresa of Calcutta. She leads the organization through compassion and caring for all.