Flexible Solutions Home Care, Inc. was conceived after Francis “Fran” Manfredi, and Debra “Deb” Silmon began discussing their own parents advancing age and the care they were receiving, as well as the care their deceased senior parents had received. They immediately saw a need moving forward for a higher quality companion care service. It became extremely personal to them, because both have been through the struggles and challenges of providing care for their own senior parents.
As a result, Flexible Solutions Home Care was founded and became a member of Companion Connection Senior Care, a national membership organization of non-medical home care agencies. All members have access to recognized experts in the field of home care, as well as the most current educational resources, which enable them to provide the highest level of care to their clients.
Deb and Fran come from totally different career backgrounds but share the commonality of having a desire to create an agency that will treat their clients with the respect, dignity and compassion that their own parents would receive. Their passion and devotion to assisting others did not begin with the creation of Flexible Solutions, it has been a consistent element in their own personal lives.
Deb worked for years at Bronx Lebanon Hospital. When an HIV/AIDS Outreach Program for infected pregnant women was created, she volunteered to become one of the first care providers to expectant women, and consequently their premature infected babies.
Deb recalls at that time, this was the advent of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and many of her co-workers were afraid to work with this particular segment of the population, because not much was known about the disease or means of transmission. However, she saw it as an opportunity to provide education and assistant care to those that needed help the most.
During the process of creating Flexible Solutions Home Care, she worked for the New York State Office of Mental Health directly interacting with individuals that have mental and emotional disabilities. She became a patient advocate for those individuals, and diligently worked to ensure that their needs were met in a system that in some instances was indifferent to this portion of our population.
Deb’s Mom is well over 90 years old, and her father-in-law in his late 80’s at the time of Flexible Solution’s founding. Her late Dad, a World War II paratrooper, had to ultimately be confined to a Nursing Home in his mid 80’s, partly because of the lack of quality caregivers to attend to him while her Mom continued working. Deb’s personal experience, as well as the desire to help seniors was her chief motivation for exploring, and ultimately making the decision to join with Fran in forming Flexible Solutions Home Care, Inc.
Fran’s area of expertise was in the Financial Services field where he spent 32 years working for Spear, Leeds and Kellogg, Goldman Sachs and Trinity Derivatives. Following his Dad’s retirement as a High School Principal, he was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis and his doctor’s prognosis was that he had 5 years to live.
Fran’s Dad, who was quite the fighter, fought and lived for 4 more years before ultimately succumbing to his illness. Throughout that four year period Fran’s mom was her husband’s primary caregiver while the rest of the family filled in when schedules permitted.
Fran would stop by the house on his way home from work most nights to give his mom a little time off, but just as important, it afforded him time to sit with Dad and talk about whatever was on his Dad’s mind. Fran knows it kept his Father’s spirits up knowing he had someone coming over to just sit and talk, but he also acknowledges how it much it helped him as well.
When Fran decided to leave his career in the Financial Services industry he wanted to pursue something more personally fulfilling than his previous career had afforded him. The creation of Flexible Solutions Home Care with Deb not only fulfills that requirement, he knows God has blessed him with an opportunity to give back to a part of our population that needs care and assistance the most.
Our team at Flexible Solutions Home Care, Inc. looks forward to cooperatively working with you and your family to provide not only the highest quality care and compassion from our caregivers, but to explore all possible solutions to make the transition to homecare as seamless as possible. Flexible Solutions Home Care has partnered with several local and national groups that support the home care industry and protect the consumer.