Evergreen Commons & Atrio Home Care Announce a Collaborative Agreement for In-Home Care Services

For Immediate Release
June 14, 2018

Evergreen: David Knibbe, (616), 355-5101, dmknibbe@evergreencommons.org
Atrio: Carolyn Fliestra, (616) 235-5670, carolyn.flietstra@atriohomecare.org

Evergreen Commons and Atrio Home Care announce a collaborative agreement for in-home care services
(HOLLAND, MI) – Evergreen Commons Inc., a Holland-based community center and care organization for older adults, announces it has entered into a collaborative agreement with Atrio Home Care to provide in-home care services for older adults living in the Holland area.
The affiliation was announced to Evergreen employees June 13. As a way to make the transition easy as possible for Evergreen clients and staff, Atrio plans to offer positions to all of Evergreen’s home care staff members. 
Evergreen leaders believe this move is in the best interest of Holland’s older adult community.
“For over 30 years, Evergreen has offered in-home care services for older adults and will continue to do so through this collaborative agreement with Atrio Home Care and its Help at Home agency,” said Dave Knibbe, president and CEO of Evergreen Commons. “This collaboration will help us to increase the scale of in-home services provided to our older adult community, allowing us to serve them more effectively and comprehensively.”
Leaders from both organizations believe this is a perfect match for two like-minded agencies.
“We are excited to work with such a wonderful organization as Evergreen Commons,” said Carolyn Flietstra, executive vice president of Atrio Home Care. “We’re both faith-based, nonprofit organizations whose sole purpose is to serve seniors in our community with the highest level of care and compassion.” 
“It was a very good fit for us to form this collaborative agreement with Atrio," adds Knibbe. “Our nonprofit organizations already share similar missions, philosophies and ways of approaching care for older adults. This new model, designed for collaboration, will provide a better outcome for all involved parties. We truly believe in the power of the social sector working together in collaborative efforts.”
Atrio Home Care was formed in 2017 as a joint venture between Resthaven, Holland Home, and Clark Retirement’s home care companies. Now working as one comprehensive home care provider, Atrio offers both in-home health care and help at home services to seniors living in their own homes. Based in Holland and Grand Rapids, Atrio serves about 2500 seniors and their families in Kent, Ottawa, Allegan, Barry, Ionia and Montcalm counties.
In-home care helps older adults, who maintain their own residence, with services that allow them to live safer, healthier, and more vibrant lives as they continue to live in their homes. The services provided include help with daily activities such as meal preparation, shopping, housekeeping or personal needs like bathing and dressing. In-home care services are provided as private-pay, long-term care insurance, liability or auto insurance, or in some cases, local funding. 

For more information, visit www.evergreencommons.org or www.AtrioHomeCare.org. 
About Evergreen Commons
Established in 1985, Evergreen Commons provides a Community Center and Day Center that offer opportunities, programs and services to help adults, age 50+, to live fully while they age in place. The Commons of Evergreen provides a place, platform and opportunities for older adults to live a purposeful, active lifestyle in all its dimensions: Social, Physical, Vocational, Environmental, Intellectual, Financial, Emotional and Spiritual.  The Day Center of Evergreen provides outstanding assisted care for adults, offering programming that features a wide variety of specially designed activities, beneficial socialization, meals, personal care, transportation and community-based care that helps address dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, cardiovascular disease, Parkinson's disease, diabetes and prevention of falls. Evergreen Commons serves nearly 700 older adults daily and over 5000 older adults in the greater Holland area each year. 
About Atrio Home Care
Committed to providing compassionate and skilled care, Atrio Home Care is a joint venture between Holland Home, Resthaven and Clark that provides Home Health and Help at Home services to seniors in West Michigan. Atrio Home Care employs over 200 nurses, therapists, aides and other clinicians delivering a broad range of skilled and private duty services. Based in Grand Rapids and Holland, Atrio serves about 2500 seniors and their families in Kent, Ottawa, Allegan, Barry, Ionia and Montcalm counties each year. For more information, visit www.AtrioHomeCare.org.

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Craig Clark
Clark Communications
(616) 550-2736