Our Mission

The Helper Bees believes in the power of choice and personal connections. We have created an efficient and cost-effective way to connect older adults directly to local helpers.

The Helper Bees believes in the power of choice and personal connections.

The Helper Bees is not a home care agency.

It is our mission to make aging in place as easy and inexpensive as possible. We do this by choosing not to operate as a licensed personal assistance agency. The result is a revolutionary model that removes the middle man and hands the power of choice back to the older adult or their family. This way we significantly lower the cost of having an in-home caregiver while the helper takes home a far higher rates than that paid by traditional agencies.

Helpers may be caregivers, they may run errands, they may do housework, or they may simply sit and share a good story. There are great helpers everywhere, and when we all come together we can create a hive of helpers to empower older adults to thrive in our communities.

Our Founders

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Char Hu, PhD

CEO

After completing his doctorate at Baylor College of Medicine, Char translated his biomedical research experience into Alzheimer’s and dementia care. As a founder and director of Georgetown Living, a certified dementia communities, he is actively involved in supporting the needs of Central Texas’ older adult community.

Today, Char brings his passion and industry experience to his mission of transforming in-home older adult care. When not tending his hive as CEO at The Helper Bees, Char spends his free time working with local nonprofits focused on issues related to aging, and serving on the boards of directors at AustinUp, Alzheimer’s Texas, and Family Eldercare.

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Eric Corum

COO

As the Chief Executive for a Medicare-accredited home health and home companion agency, Eric has seen the dramatic need for more efficiency in the older adult in-home care field. Eric brings his passion for older adult care and his years of industry experience directing product management for an FDA-approved eHealth solution to his role as The Helper Bees Chief Operating Officer. As COO, Eric oversees all aspects of operations and business development.

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Danny Lynch

CTO

Chief Technology Officer at The Helper Bees, Danny is also the founder and CEO at DL Consulting LLC, where he consults, designs and builds custom software solutions for clients in the hardware and software space. A highly-skilled computer architect with a history applying his talents at companies including Intel, NVIDIA Corporation, Applied Research Labs, IBM, and AMD. Danny brings his extensive knowledge of computer science to The Helper Bees, overseeing all aspects of web technology development.

Our Story

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Like many transformative visions, The Helper Bees was conceived to fill an obvious need and an underserved community. Inspired by love and brought to reality through passion and determination, The Helper Bees was founded to empower older adult citizens and their families in their search for quality, affordable in-home care providers.

We do this by providing older adults the ability to easily review, choose, and access affordable quality in-home helpers. The idea roots back to founder Char Hu’s personal experience seeking the best Alzheimer’s care for his ailing grandmother. Char was attending medical school at the time, studying molecular behaviors related to diseases such as Alzheimer’s, when Char’s family decided that his grandmother would move to an Alzheimer’s facility.

“For those who have gone through that process, they know how emotionally gut wrenching it is. The effect was particularly profound on my mother,” says Char. “Years later, she decided to create her own specialized Alzheimer’s and dementia community that filled in the huge gaps we saw in the industry, and I decided to join her. I came on during the early formation of our company, with the full intention for it to just be temporary, but I fell in love with Alzheimer’s care.”

After many years leading caregiving seminars, workshops and support groups, Char and his associates at the dementia community began to realize that the in-home care process was broken. “The current agency model perpetuates the notion of loss of independence by not allowing the older adult, or the family, to select the exact person who is coming out to their home. It’s terribly inefficient, with really no winners,” he explains.

It was during this time that Char and the community’s COO Eric Corum began asking some serious questions about older adult in-home care in general. Questions like, “Why is there no choice in the in-home care agency model that is so dominate?” And “Why is it so expensive to the older adults while the wonderful caregiver is getting paid just a little more than minimum wage?” These questions drove Char and Eric to envision a better way. Eric came on as chief operating officer, and The Helper Bees was born.

“Our mission is built around providing control to the most important groups of people in the older adult in-home care experience: the older adult and the helper,” says Eric. “We completely cut out the middle man. This means the older adult retains the power of choice that they have had all of their life, while the helper gets better financially rewarded for their valiant work.”

Next Char and Eric called Danny Lynch into the process. Danny and Char attended high school and college together and had both studied electrical engineering at the University of Texas at Austin.

Since then Char, Eric and Danny have been consumed with transforming the older adult in-home care industry.

“Our business is making connections,” says Char. “Connections that lead to the sharing of great stories and a fantastic shared experience. I often tell stories of the joy I find tapping into the treasure trove of experience and lessons learned from those two to three generations my senior. Those stories are what I enjoy most and what our older adults and helpers thrive on as well. It is such a blessing and such wonderful work to be a part of.”

Our Impact

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What Helpers Are Saying

“This sounds like it will be a lot easier for me. I was having to use paper forms and faxing. I’m excited to have something to track this for me.”

"That's wonderful. Yay for having people like you working so hard."

"Good morning. I wanted to let you know that everything went great with Bob and Vicky yesterday. Thank you for all the wonderful opportunities to work with such wonderful people."

“(I give the Helper bees a 10) because the administration is the most friendliest and professional I've ever worked with in home health care . Also the pay is great”

Thank you for what you said about me .. I always say the Helpers Bees it's the best.. I like [to] work with you guys.. I [will] do my best

“Helper Bees put two wonderful people in my life along with their friends and family! Thanks”

“You guys have been so helpful, thank you so much.”

“You guys have been really great. John’s excited for it...I just want to help him if he’s comfortable with me, and apparently he is. He’s known me for awhile now.”

"I want to take this opportunity to thank you for allowing me to move my schedule around...that really means alot to me knowing you accommodated me. If I can help you with any other days you need filled please don’t hesitate to ask.”

“The onboarding process has been really easy. The technical side of the application was easy to follow at every step…”

What Older Adults Are Saying

“The onboarding process has been really easy. The technical side of the application was easy to follow at every step…”

- Caregiver Applicant

Esther is so good with my husband. She makes me feel confident that he always will be well cared for.”

- Matching Point of Contact

“Your service was a lifesaver! I thank you”

- Matching Customer

“I hope you don't mind but I have given your name, your organization and email to a dear friend that is dire need of help.  You have done such wonders for me and I can't thank you enough for that."

- Matching Customer

“You are the first person that has given me good news in two week,  bless you for this. You are going straight to heaven, I know you will because you are a good person. I didn’t know there was any care left in healthcare. Thank you”

- Point of Contact

“You have been so nice, I remember when I called last week after getting more results about my mom. I was crying to you and you don’t even know you. Thank you so much.”

- Matching Customer

"It was amazing! My mom loves her and my dad loves her. The whole family loves her."

- Point of Contact on Helper 

"The first visit was fantastic. She is wonderful. She was trying to learn the ropes which is always a hard thing to do. She's doing over and above. My son was here and he said 'Boy, she's nice. I like her.' Dave was really pleased."

- Matching Customer on Helper

“She is phenomenal. It’s just like she was absolutely, perfectly made for us. He has responded so well to her and she is so onboard. And she’s just wonderful. She’s so sweet and caring. How did you find her?...She anticipates, yet she knows when not to be involved...I told her today “Well, you’re one of my girls now.” She really is a gentle spirit, a sweet soul.”

- Point of Contact on Helper

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