Over twenty five years ago, the late M. Joy Carlson, a home care aide and founder of Helpmates, Inc., recognized the need for homemaker and personal care services in the home for people to live independently. Since that time the company has evolved into an integrated network of services to carry out the founder's vision of people aging in the comfort of their own home. The services offered today include not only home support and personal care services, but also skilled home health and personal management services, to name a few. Helpmates, Inc. was one of the first agencies in Pennsylvania to provide exclusively non-medical services in the home. Helpmates, Inc. Home Care Agency was founded in Ridgway, PA, which is nestled in rural Elk County, Pennsylvania, where the corporate office remains located today. Starting with just a handful of employees and serving only the surrounding communities, the increased need for home based services led to the company's expansion of locations and services. To date, Helpmates, Inc. provides services in 40 counties in PA through a network of more than 20 office locations and with a workforce of over 600 individuals.