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BrightStar Care to open, provide home care services

Jason Lieb is the owner of BrightStar Care, a new home health company in State College, which will be opening soon.
Jason Lieb is the owner of BrightStar Care, a new home health company in State College, which will be opening soon. nmark@centredaily.com

Everyone needs a helping hand.

That can be especially true when you’ve just been discharged from the hospital or if you’re heading into your golden years.

Jason Lieb, a local entrepreneur, said he saw firsthand the need for home care services after six years in the health care industry, his most recent work as a hospital administrator at The Meadows Psychiatric Center. He felt there was a shift toward shorter hospital stays and as a result high readmission rates.

“I thought about it and realized I’d love to be a part of the transitional side of that process,” Lieb said. “People want to be in their homes, not in a hospital. I wanted to be a part of that and provide high quality home care to ensure they don’t go back to the hospital and so people are aging gracefully and not going to a nursing home when they could be at home.”

Lieb recently became a franchisee of BrightStar Care, which will open in about a month. The company was named the No. 1 franchise brand in the United States by Forbes in 2014.

“It is a franchise with about 300 locations,” Lieb said. “For me I know what I know, and there were other things I wanted to make sure I had support on. BrightStar Care provided infrastructure of running a business that I needed support on, and it allowed my concentration to be on high quality care.”

The company, based out of State College, will offer care services to people of all ages and plans to cover several counties.

Services will include companion care, such as assistance for cooking, transportation and light cleaning. A step above that would be personal care for things such as ambulating, bathing and feeding. The next level of services include skilled nursing for assisting with wound care, feeding tubes, ventilators and blood draws.

Shawn Annarelli: 814-235-3928, @Shawn_Annarelli

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