Betty Van Gerpen founded Menders, Inc in Atlanta. As a Registered Nurse with graduate degrees in adult education and gerontology, she had a vision of how healthcare providers could improve and enhance the lives of senior adults.
With a passion for learning, Betty Van Gerpen created and refined a training program for Menders' caregivers, and provided classes were provided at Piedmont Hospital. At the time, training caregivers was an unprecedented concept. With Betty Van Gerpen's assistance, the Red Cross of Georgia used Menders' training materials to create their first formal class on care giving essentials. (Today, Certification Schools for caregivers offer regular classes across the state of Georgia.)
Betty Van Gerpen provided consultation to the Assisted Living Facilities of America organization to publish the first national caregiving guidelines for assisted living facilities.
Menders is the first home care agency licensed by the state of Georgia and since this year, Menders is proud to pass regular surveys without any deficiencies. Betty Van Gerpen's input and expertise in gerontology was instrumental in establishing sound protocols and standards for the industry.
Menders moved our headquarters into the historic Brookwood Exchange Building at 1708 Peachtree Street NW, conveniently bordering Buckhead and Midtown, and under one mile from Piedmont Hospital.
Menders became certified by the Alzheimer's Association to educate and certify our caregivers in dementia care. The program covers how to care for individuals struggling with Alzheimers disease and other types of dementia.
Betty Van Gerpen and her team of trained professionals continue to provide excellent caregiving services. They surpass the boundaries of current care models to improve the industry and the lives of senior adults.