Our Story

Co-founded in 2012 by two childhood friends

A Place At Home was co-founded in 2012 by two childhood friends, Dustin Distefano and Jerod Evanich in Omaha, Nebraska. After several attempts at finding acceptable care for their loved ones, they were unable to meet their needs at the standard they expected. Both were determined to find a solution for others facing similar challenges. The idea for A Place At Home was born: Senior-Focused Care that is comprehensive, consistent and continuous.

After experiencing rapid growth in their Omaha market, they realized they had something innovative. In 2017, they decided to take their Senior-Focused Care model to other communities and the A Place At Home franchise sprouted.

A Place At Home’s roots grew from our ‘We are CARE’ philosophy.

This is a commitment to our core values:

Compassionate – We serve with sensitivity and understanding

Accountable – We stand behind everything we do

Respectful – We advocate for mutual trust and consideration

Ethical – We maintain the highest standards and morals

The values are incorporated into every decision A Place At Home makes from the franchise owners we select to the families we serve, employees and caregivers we hire, and the community as a whole.

Our dedication to provide the most compassionate and professional senior care, when and where families need it, and delivered in a manner that is consistent and reliable, means that CARE is the most significant product we offer.

Meet the Co-Founders of A Place At Home

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Dustin Distefano, CEO

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Jerod Evanich, President

William Ogden

Director of Business Performance
William is an accomplished, high energy, and innovative driven leader with over 20 years of experience in all facets of franchise business operations at the franchisor level specializing in the in-home care and hospitality industries. In his current role as Director of Business Performance, he assists and supports our franchisees in building profitable and successful businesses from the ground up. William’s interest in in-home care came from his experience of being a caregiver for his maternal grandfather as well as his mother the last year that she was alive.

Josie DeVault

Director of Marketing
Josie is a creative and committed Marketing professional with over 15 years of experience in multiple industries. She joined A Place At Home in 2019, working for both the franchisor and A Place At Home – Omaha. After the franchisor experienced rapid growth and sold the Omaha location, she was able to focus all her efforts on promoting the franchise system, helping franchisees market their businesses, and evolve the overall brand strategy. She is dedicated to making great people successful business owners.

Mitch Benson

Franchise Development Coordinator
Mitch began his sales career early on, working as a retail assistant in musical instrument stores from high school through college. He then developed account management skills in the ecommerce industry before arriving at A Place At Home. His mother’s long career in health care drove Mitch to seek an opportunity that combined his skill set with a passionate industry. As the Franchise Development Coordinator, Mitch guides potential business owners through the Discovery Process and helps determine if A Place At Home is right for them.

Aubre Phillips

Marketing Coordinator
Aubre started her career in the senior care industry after 15 years of working in the medical field. An event with her grandmother prompted her to seek work in the senior care industry. She found her place at A Place At Home almost five years ago and is grateful for the opportunities to make an impact in the lives of seniors and caregivers every day. In her role as Marketing Coordinator, she helps franchisees market their businesses and promote APAH CARE programs in their communities.

Danielle Sloan

Operations and Finance Specialist
Danielle has been a CNA and CMA for almost ten years, and has spent the majority of that time working in the senior care industry. She started at A Place At Home – Omaha as a caregiver, but quickly moved into an administrative position as a Senior Services Coordinator, matching clients and caregivers, then to Office Manager. Her passion for helping seniors continued to allow her to evolve at APAH, and she is now the Operations and Finance Specialist for A Place At Home Franchise.

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