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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 seniors directly to local helpers.

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 senior 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 seniors to thrive in our communities.

Our Core Values

  • Bee a Believer The Helper Bees believe in the power of choice and personal connections. We believe it should be as easy as possible for seniors to receive the care they need in their home. We believe the community can come together to make a difference in seniors’ lives, and we believe there should be an easier and more affordable way for seniors to connect with the compassionate helpers in their community who are eager and excited to make a difference.
  • Bee Helpful
    Helper bees are dedicated to being as helpful as possible. Helpers work with seniors and family members to determine the best level of care. Together you will create a predictable schedule and make sure all needs are defined and addressed. This way both seniors and their family members can rest easy knowing a helper bee has everything covered.
  • Bee Patient Patience is more than a virtue, it is an imperative. Helper bees understand what is it to have a difficult day approach their work with the utmost kindness and respect. Aging, and the challenges that come along with it, can be trying and frustrating. Helpers understand how to help seniors cope on difficult days, and they have been known to uplift more than a few spirits along the way.
  • Bee Aware Seniors’ lives, needs and levels of care can change quickly. Helper bees believe in communication directly with seniors and families to see if needs and preferences change.
  • Bee a Friend What makes our helpers truly special is how much they appreciate the friendships that bloom from their service. They appreciate how much friendship enriches both their lives and the lives of those in their care. From these friendships grow bonds created across afternoons of small talk, story telling and shared advice across generations. For our bees, being a helper is not just a job, it is truly a joy and passion.
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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, certified dementia communities, he is actively involved in supporting the needs of Central Texas’ senior community.

Today, Char brings his passion and industry experience to his mission of transforming in-home senior 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 senior in-home care field. Eric brings his passion for senior 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

Think lovingly, speak lovingly, act lovingly, and every need shall be supplied.

James Allen - British Philosopher

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 senior citizens and their families in their search for quality, affordable in-home care providers. We do this by providing seniors 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 senior, 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 senior 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 senior 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 senior in-home care experience: the senior and the helper,” says Eric. “We completely cut out the middle man. This means the senior 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.

“Throughout the years we have remained close talking about business, beer and books. Without me even knowing it, I had been selling Danny on the greatness of the senior care world, just through my stories of the awesome families we help and the people I get to meet,” says Char.

“I called Danny at 11 p.m. one night when I couldn’t get The Helper Bees out of my mind to have him talk me out of it. He didn’t. Danny immediately saw the impact that The Helper Bees could make on the senior care world. Eric and I knew the why, and we knew by bringing Danny in as the chief technology officer that he’d handle the how. How was a problem Danny could solve, and with the right technology in place we knew the impact that we would have.”

Since then Char, Eric and Danny have been consumed with transforming the senior 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 seniors and helpers thrive on as well. It is such a blessing and such wonderful work to be a part of.”

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