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Jim Stevens - President of Caring Transitions Inc.

1. How did it all start?

After a 25-year professional background in financial services and insurance helping senior clients and their families deal with the potentially devastating financial aspects of aging and declining health. I started Caring Transitions as a home based business after seeing firsthand; there was a huge unmet need for these transition management services developing in my family, my community and throughout the country.

We help older adults, people with disabilities, and their family members manage not only the physical demands of moving, but more importantly, helps them cope with the psychological and emotional aspects of a later life move. After a free in-home assessment and consultation, services provided include helping determine what will fit in the new space through a dynamic floor-planning process, packing and unpacking, shredding, shipping, and completely organizing the new setting.

2. How successful is your business today?

Started in 2003 Caring Transitions Inc. was one of the first Senior Move Managers in Ohio. We have been profiled on WKYC-TV 3 (NBC) Cleveland, Entrepreneur? and Where to Retire magazines, Crain's Cleveland Business, Cleveland Jewish News, Currents and The Plain Dealer newspapers, and both a national radio program designed for care givers, as well as local talk radio.

Our philosophy is to hire extraordinary people, pay them well and create a culture of respect for every client. Our organization consists of full and part-time individuals, all personally referred to us. Every one possesses the qualities of caring, compassion, and patience, we find to be an absolute necessity in our business. Our staff has a passion and commitment for working with older adults and individuals with disabilities. We feel we differ from our competitors in our professionalism and this commitment to our team.

3. What do your clients say about Caring Transitions?

Some of the comments we’ve heard include:

“You truly made my new apartment a “home” with your caring and detailed ways. All my best wishes to you and all the team at Caring Transitions, Inc.

“I love my new sunny living room that you and I changed from a hollow empty space to my home, filled with my old and loved personal possessions. My entire family thought of you as one of the family. I will certainly keep the memories of a move that could have “done me in” if it weren’t for your constant support and belief “it will get done.”

“You were a wonderful help and thank you very much…I will definitely recommend Caring Transitions, Inc. to friends and family.”

“To my new “best friend”, Jim…your personal care and attention to my special needs along with your friendliness and caring were invaluable to my husband and me during our recent move.”

4. Do you think Caring Trans is a great opportunity for women?

Absolutely, women are the primary caregivers to America's older adults and have the first hand experience in helping their parents and grandparents through these transitions. The majority of our team has lived through a similar situation in their own families and brings that experience to our company to share with our clients.

5. Your advice to our mompreneurs

Follow your passion to be your own boss, while feeling good about what you do and know your helping people get through a difficult "passage" in their lives. There are franchise/licensing opportunities now available in the Senior Move Management industry or help to start your own business through the National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM) at www.nasmm.com

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