Arpitha Rao earned her bachelor's degree in engineering in India and an MBA from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2007 but wanted a career that would give her flexibility to spend quality time with her then 5-year-old daughter and family. Since her husband, Vijay, is an oncologist, Arpitha was familiar with the stories of elderly folks needing help with their personal and home care while they or their spouse battles an illness. That's what led her to the Visiting Angels franchise, the non-medical in-home care service for older adults.
"When you can help senior citizens stay in their homes and provide them with care for day-to-day chores and independence, that's a good business to have in the community," she said. The franchise Arpitha runs serves seniors in the Bismark, North Dakota, area and helps them with chores, including light housekeeping, cooking, errands, grooming and dressing assistance and sometimes just some simple companionship.