In 1991 Sharon Kelly’s RN/CEO grandmother was suffering with Alzheimer Disease and had moved into the home of Sharon’s mother, Mrs. Virginia Jackson who became her caregiver 24/7. At that time, Sharon was a RN at Parkridge Medical Center and saw the toll it was taking on her mother to care for her aging grandmother. Each day when Sharon got off work, she would go check on her mother and grandmother. Sharon noticed what a hard time her mother was having trying to be a caregiver for her mother. She would not eat and had a hard time taking baths and getting dressed. At that point, Sharon told her mother that one day she was going to care for people suffering from Alzheimer Disease and other illnesses that needed to be in a safe environment while caregivers took a break and would not be forced to place their loved ones in a nursing home.
Years went by and Sharon’s Grandmother, Annie Annette, passed away on December 13th,1991. Sharon never forgot about what she told her mother and how she would dedicate her time and passion in assisting families with senior care resources and support. So in 1997 Sharon opened her first Adult Day Center. There was not any funding for such a business but Sharon refused to give up hope. She took her money and bought a condemned house on the corner of 14th Street in Chattanooga, TN and went into business three months later in the Highland Park community.
Sharon made it her mission to help the helpers and care for those who once took care of others, so she joined the board of the Alzheimer Association, AARP, AAAD in South Eastern Tennessee. Sharon final stop was becoming the president of the Tennessee Association of Adult Daycare for the state of Tennessee.
In 2000, Sharon launched her second and third business venture, Sharon’s In-home Personal Care and Rose of Sharon’s Senior Villa right in Alton Park, the community she grew up in a neighborhood called nestled at the foothills of historic Lookout Mountain. She purchased and renovated a dilapidated nursing home and made it the first affordable assisted living facility in the state of Tennessee.
In an effort to expand her scope of care for the senior population, in 2007 Sharon received the contract from the Veterans Administration to care for our Veterans. Additionally, in April of 2009, she opened her second adult daycare center in Cleveland, TN. As of today Sharon’s Adult Day Center has been serving the Chattanooga Community for almost twenty (20) years in caring for individuals with dementia and disabilities.