Tim Petlin, owner of Right at Home, Santa Monica, found his calling in healthcare at an early age. He had lots of role models. His mother “comes from a long line of nurses,” and several of his siblings and nieces are also in nursing and the healthcare field. After first working in healthcare consulting and insurance, Tim sought “an opportunity to help people directly.” Today, he appreciates that Right at Home “allows me to have an impact on peoples’ lives.” Right at Home provides in-home healthcare and support, matching caregivers with people who need medical or physical assistance. Tim finds his greatest satisfaction in employing caregivers who are passionate about their work and seeing the impact that their support has on his clients’ lives. The home care industry is facing a big supply challenge. As demand increases with the aging population, Tim is always looking for more caregivers to meet clients’ needs. Matching the right caregiver to the client requires considering practicalities as well as personalities, juggling different schedules, and geography to get the right fit. Tim considers himself fortunate that Right at Home has been able to facilitate strong relationships among their longer-term clients and caregivers. The care that Tim and his team put into their work has not gone unrecognized. Right at Home was named Employer of Choice and Provider of Choice by the independent agency Home Care Pulse each year for the last five years, including 2020. “It’s doing more than just sending a caregiver,” Tim says. “We stay really involved with our families.” Right at Home is also dedicated to the local area. “We want to be a presence here in Santa Monica,” Tim says, by continuing to build their reputation and maintain strong relationships with the local hospitals like UCLA and St. John’s. In his spare time, Tim has coached hundreds of triathletes who have fundraised millions for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Though running Right at Home has required taking a step back from this volunteer work, Tim still competes on occasion and recently ran a half-marathon. For more information about Right at Home, please call 310-313-0600 or visit www.rahwestla.com.
By Anne Wallentine