Our people care
We only recruit and retain caregivers who share our passion of caring for others, so our clients can flourish with dignity in the comfort and safety of their own homes.
Experienced and highly qualified staff
Our caregivers are not just compassionate people, they are among the most qualified in the industry. They have multiple years of professional experience and receive many hours of specialized education and training. We treat our staff with the respect and dignity they deserve, we pay them at the upper end of market scales, we provide supplemental insurance benefits, and we provide our employees with the education, support, and resources they need to fulfill their roles and love their work.
Caregivers are background-screened, bonded, and insured
All our caregivers have undergone finger printing and passed a level 2 criminal background screen and a drug test. Additionally, we have reviewed each caregiver’s driving record and employment references. They are covered by an employee fidelity bond and by $1 million in general, professional, auto liability, and workers compensation insurance.
W-2 employees (not independent contractors)
Flourish caregivers are well-compensated employees with supplemental insurance benefits (not independent contractors). We withhold their income taxes and pay all employer payroll taxes. We manage and supervise them and provide them with education and training.
We match caregivers with clients
For our clients to flourish, our special caregivers need to develop a wonderful relationship with them. Some agencies send different aides all the time, filling open shifts with available bodies. At Flourish in Place, our goal is to find a single caregiver who is the perfect match, not only in terms of abilities and schedule, but also in terms of having the right personality to empower our client to flourish at home with dignity.
Robert “Kim” Lee and Melanie Ann Lee founded Flourish in Place to help seniors and adults with disabilities thrive and flourish while leading dignified and independent lives in the comfort and safety of their own homes. Kim and Melanie raised three remarkable children while helping care for Melanie’s wonderful mother, Kathryn, who lived a rich life despite dealing with bipolar disorder all her life and suffering later from post-polio syndrome. Melanie has cared for her intellectually disabled older sister for the past 20 years as Melinda’s court-appointed plenary guardian. Kim’s mother, Betsy, suffers from advanced dementia. She lives in her own home with the help of compassionate family members as well as paid caregivers. Kim and Melanie’s life experiences caring for others influenced their desire to help people not merely “age in place”, but flourish at home with dignity. Kim and Melanie are both Certified Senior Care Managers.
Kim is Administrator and President. Kim earned his B.S. in Psychology from Duke University and his J.D. from the College of William and Mary School of Law. Kim practiced law as a shareholder for the prominent Orlando firm of Lowndes, Drosdick, et al. for many years, and then as Chair of the Commercial Litigation Department for Bogin, Munns & Munns. In 2001, Kim joined Rotech Healthcare Inc., a national Durable Medical Equipment company. The Rotech Board appointed him Chief Legal Officer in 2013. Kim has chaired a nonprofit board and volunteered in many capacities, including key leadership roles in his downtown Orlando church. As leader of Flourish in Place, Kim combines many years of legal experience, and business acumen as a national healthcare company senior executive, with a strong passion for the mission of helping others flourish.
Melanie is Vice President and Secretary. Melanie earned her B.S. in Psychology from Duke University and her M.S. in Industrial Organizational Psychology from the University of Central Florida. Melanie has held positions as production editor for scientific textbooks, industrial psychology consultant, and copy editor for the Orlando Sentinel. At age 40, Melanie fulfilled a childhood dream goal to become a classroom educator. After four years of teaching, Lee Middle School honored Melanie as Teacher of the Year. Melanie moved to Winter Park High School, and became a Chemistry Teacher. She moved to her neighborhood Audubon Park K-8 two years ago to teach 8th-grade Physical Science. For the past several years, Melanie has received a state bonus awarded to exceptional teachers. Melanie is a Certified Lay Servant who preaches from the pulpit at various Methodist churches. She and Kim are the elected Co-Lay Leaders for their United Methodist district, comprising nearly 80 churches. Melanie cares deeply for others, and her many gifts help the company select and train exceptional caregivers.
Shaina Lee, RN is the Nurse Administrator. Shaina brings 12 years of nursing experience to the Flourish in Place family. She was born in New York and raised in Florida. Her career in nursing started as a licensed practical nurse, which is when she gained experience in skilled nursing facilities and an orthopedic rehab center. She later advanced her education, completing an associate of science degree at Seminole State College of Florida. As a registered nurse she began her journey in home health care and took great interest with providing one-on-one care to patients in the comfort of their own homes, while developing rewarding patient relationships. She held positions as a case manager and director of nursing for a medicare/medicaid certified home health care agency. In addition, she brings diverse experience as a clinical documentation auditor and nurse-aide evaluator for Prometric testing center, Florida. Her passion for the well-being of people and her community extends beyond the care for her two children and family. Shaina enjoys cooking, trying different cuisines, and in her spare time, getting crafty with candle making.
Gloria Reid is the Staffing Coordinator. Gloria has several years of experience as a home care coordinator for a large agency in Queens, NY, called Infiniti Home Care Agency. She has a delightful personality and possesses excellent interpersonal communication skills. Gloria is a U.S. Citizen who was born and raised in Uzbekistan, where she earned a Masters Degree in Nuclear Physics. In addition, Gloria speaks 6 languages fluently: English, Russian, Uzbek, Tajik, Farsi, and Turkish. Gloria worked in Samarkand, Uzbekistan School System for 14 years, first as a science teacher. She served in increasingly responsible positions moving up to Vice Principal and, finally, Principal. Previously, she worked at the Brunetti International Language School, MO, as an interpreter from English to Russion, Tajik, Farsi, and Turkush. Gloria provided extensive language services for medical and social service providers for their clients. She actively combined her background in many languages with English to assist both service providers and service recipients.
Michele Blackmon is the Community Liaison. Michele brings 20 years of experience and a diverse background in Senior Care to Flourish in Place. Michele was born and raised in Long Island, New York, and moved to Winter Park, Florida, with her family in the 80’s. She graduated from the University of Florida with a B.S. degree in Journalism/minor in Social Work and moved to Atlanta, Georgia, to work for a newspaper. Unfortunately, her father became terminally ill, and she moved back to Winter Park. She used her social work background and began a long career in helping people. Michele first worked for several years for the state of Florida, as a public assistance specialist and protective counselor for DCF, but later she found her calling and career in elder care. She worked 10 years as a Case Manager for Community Care for the Elderly, where she was certified as DCF Elder Abuse and Alzheimer’s Training. She later worked at Orlando Regional Medical Center as discharge planner and then as a marketer for local Guardian. In 2014, she used her senior knowledge as senior care specialist for a home health agency. Her passion is to help seniors and their families through this transition on their life journey. Michele is active in her church activities and enjoys walking and swimming. She is an avid fan of American Idol.
Betty Alter is the Administrative Assistant. Betty comes with 30 plus years of experience providing legal, medical and general administrative support. Her background includes Executive Assistant to the minister of a local church, as well as time spent as a Media Parapro for Spring Lake Public Schools in Spring Lake, Michigan, Office Manager of the Medical Equipment Services Department of International Aid, Spring Lake, Michigan, and Assistant Manager of an Assisted Living Facility in Portland, Oregon. Betty also spent several years managing her own company, BGA Consulting Services, LLC, which was set up to provide support for web-based businesses dealing with brokerage of medical resources, equipment and supplies for the developing world. Betty’s unique medical and administrative background, along with her heartfelt desire to care for others in need, make her a perfect fit for managing Flourish’s office. Betty is a loving presence, dedicated to working toward the mission of providing compassionate care to seniors and those with disabilities so they may flourish in place.
Sue Bouder, M.Div. is Brain Care Consultant/Coach. Sue earned her B.A. with a major in Speech & Hearing, minor in Psychology, from the University of Pittsburgh. She earned her M.Div. from Lancaster Theological Seminary and received additional formal training in counseling, holistic modalities, and multi-faith education. Ordained as a Presbyterian minister in 1980, Sue has counseled clients in churches, hospitals, and homes throughout the East Coast, specializing in mind-body-spirit education and support. She developed a unique private practice blending spiritual counseling with the nursing modality of Therapeutic Touch and Heart-Centered Therapy. After moving to Orlando, Sue served as Wellness Coordinator for an adult care company, serving the needs of people with dementia, traumatic brain injury, mental illness, and general geriatric issues. Florida Hospital engaged Sue to give presentations about its CREATION Health initiative. Since 2009, Sue has focused on seniors’ cognitive health issues. Sue has served for eight nears now as Facilitator and Coordinator for the Brain Fitness Club. She co-founded and coordinates the Central Florida Lewy Body Support Group. Sue offers a wealth of experience, a genuine compassionate presence, openness to learning from clients, and joy in resourcing clients. She is dedicated to helping clients discover what brings vitality and “flourish” to life.
About Flourish in Place, Flourish in Place is a non-skilled Florida Home Health Agency, License No. 299994622. We get to know our clients well, to fulfill our mission of treating clients’ minds and spirits, as well as their bodies, so they can flourish. Our “family room” application helps family members stay abreast of developments in real-time. We create plans of care suited for the unique needs of our clients and their families. We match clients with specially selected home health aides, certified nursing assistants, companions, and homemakers. All our caregivers are W-2 employees who are fully bonded and insured. They all undergo thorough reference and background checks including fingerprinting, Level 2 background screening, certification of driver’s license records, and drug testing. We also specialize in helping families find solutions to pay for the appropriate level of care. This includes our unique program to help veterans receive up to 80 hours per month of in-home care paid for by the Aid & Attendance Pension of the Dept. of Veterans Affairs.