Mobility Plus, a chain that sells in-home mobility equipment and services, will hold the grand opening of a new franchise location in Alpharetta on Aug. 31.
Mary Block, who owns and will operate the new location, was a public-school teacher for over a decade. She hopes to bring that experience and a unique perspective to the new business.
“We’re a full-scale mobility consultancy,” she said, “We provide free in-home consultations. We’ll go to our clients’ homes and do an assessment. There’s a national certification called ‘Age-Safe America,’ and I’m a certified Age America senior home safety specialist.
“We also have a classroom space because I wanted to leverage my 16 years of public-school teaching experience. We will invite community partners like occupational therapists and physical therapists and gerontologists and home health care providers to give free informational classes to the community to help fill those gaps that I mentioned at the beginning.”
This is a service only a few Mobility Plus locations across the country offer and, so far, the new location is the only one in Georgia to do so. But that’s not the only unique feature. Block has plans for the Alpharetta location to be the first to host a monthly book club.
“All of the books will focus on topics relevant to aging or caretaking of our loved ones and they aren’t all going to be gloom and doom,” she says. “I think sometimes, in the aging space, we focus on the obligation of aging, like it’s burdensome, but especially as Jews it’s an honor to take care of those that we love that have lived these long, brilliant lives.”
For Block, this is a truly personal endeavor. She recalled the time she had to check her father out of the hospital, only to have a little less than an hour to figure out where he would have to go for rehabilitation.
“I think that was the ‘aha moment’ that there was a real lack of streamlined resources out there for most people,” Block said, noting her commitment to helping other families avoid the same ordeal. “If we all had the information ready to go, or we knew where to find it, before our loved one was ill and in an acute situation and being discharged from the hospital, gosh it would be so much easier.”
The grand opening will take place at 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 31. For more information, please visit https://www.loc8nearme.com/georgia/alpharetta/mobility-plus-alpharetta/6856253/