Company Helps Seniors With Errands, Other Tasks

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Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, July 22, 2006; Page B01

Rhonda Greer has had many jobs during her 25-year career in the business world. She worked in the marketing department for a Fortune 500 company, managed the office of a consulting firm and trained developers to use software to plan multimillion-dollar projects. Most recently, she has become a chauffeur.

She drives senior citizens around. For a few hours each day, the 53-year-old Potomac Falls resident gets in her white Lexus sedan and pulls up to apartment buildings or assisted living facilities in Annandale or Washington. She escorts her clients from their rooms, sometimes folding their wheelchairs and placing them in the trunk, and she makes sure the seniors are comfortably buckled in. Then she takes them to their hair dresser, to church activities, the podiatrist — anywhere they want to go.Greer planned to retire after she married a marketing executive a few years ago. But she ended up taking a part-time job with Buckley’s for Seniors, a McLean-based company that offers transportation and nonmedical assistance to seniors.

As more Americans grow older, the number of businesses catering to their daily needs, such as getting dressed or staying organized, is multiplying. Local agencies on aging and publications such as the Guide to Retirement Living are continually updating their listings to keep seniors connected to services in a rapidly growing industry.

Buckley’s for Seniors was founded last year by a 32-year-old lawyer named Buckley Kuhn.

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