Couple starts business as a labor of love
Beth and Don Kramer’s One Senior Place helps seniors in Brevard County. Photo courtesy of the Kramers
In 1998, at their wit’s end trying to find resources to help an aging relative, Don and Beth Kramer took their relationship to the next level by going into business together to help families avoid the elder problems they had faced.
The result from those kitchen table-formulated plans eventually was One Senior Place, a unique one-stop shop that addresses solutions for all issues that come along with growing older. The facility provides information, counseling, referrals, special events and direct access to providers of products and services for seniors.
The couple possessed the perfect combination of backgrounds for the task of growing their new business. Don had been an entrepreneur since 1978, while Beth, a registered nurse since 1983, worked almost exclusively in critical care settings and was intimately acquainted with strengths and weaknesses of the local healthcare system.
In 1998, the couple founded Senior Partner Care Services, which now delivers thousands of hours of in-home care to clients across four central Florida counties. Today, Senior Partner Care Services is a subsidiary of One Senior Place, which the Kramers opened in 2006 in Viera.
“One Senior Place won the Small Business Administration Business of the Year award for the State of Florida in 2008,” Don Kramer said.
“President George W. Bush presented us with the award at the White House.”
Not one to rest on their laurels, the Kramers continued growing One Senior Place, opening a second location in Orlando in 2012. Don is the company’s CEO, while Beth is vice president of One Senior Place and administrator of Senior Partner In-Home Care.
The Kramers, residents of Satellite Beach, started dating in high school and married in 1977. Daughter Megan, an engineer working on her Ph.D. at N.C. State, provided them with a grandchild. Daughter Kelsey is a pediatric nurse practitioner with Brevard Health Alliance. Daughter Maris lives and works in Washington, D.C.
The Kramers are proud of the three hard-working women they’ve raised. Their fourth “child,” One Senior Place, one of Central Florida’s largest providers of nonmedical in-home senior care, is also a great source of satisfaction for the couple.