Meet the Owner
My passion for seniors began at a very young age. Being the only child of a single mother, I spent many days in the company of my grandparents. Both of my mother's parents lived very active lives well into their 90's. I never thought of them as being old, though, because they stayed so involved and their minds remained as sharp as ever.
I went to work regularly with my mother who was a nurse at a local nursing home. Since my mother worked 2nd shift, I spent most of my time with her patients who were up late wandering around. I know now that they probably had dementia, but as a child I just thought of them as really fun playmates because they seemed to have great imaginations, just like me at the time!
When it came time for me to choose a career, there was no doubt what it would be! Over 20 years ago, I became a nurse with a specialty in Gerontology and Developmental Disabilities and have spent my entire nursing career caring for the senior population. I have been blessed to work in a wide variety of healthcare settings including skilled nursing, assisted living and hospice, and have undertaken various roles as a nurse, administrator, volunteer coordinator and marketer.
When my family moved to Aiken 10 years ago, I began to notice that while we do an excellent job of providing care and resources for independent seniors and those who are very sick or frail, there was a group of seniors who I felt were underserved.
I continued to see older seniors who were relatively healthy become socially isolated due to their circumstances. That isolation and lack of a fun place for them to go that encouraged them to continue to enjoy life led to physical, mental and emotional decline.
I also witnessed families struggling with caring for loved ones with dementia in an effort to keep them out of a facility to the point that they themselves became exhausted and sick. Aside from in-home care, there was no alternative to give these families a break nor was there a place that would offer more than just a watchful eye for people with dementia.
Drawing from my experiences as a child and my years of caring for seniors, I decided to create a place that would cater to those seniors and their families. After years of thoughtful planning, Aiken Active Seniors opened in 2013! This year, we initiated SeniorFIT and SeniorFOCUS, two distinct levels of care designed to give seniors A Better Way to Spend Your Day! It has truly been an honor to serve those who have given so much, and I look forward to caring for your family as well!
Karen Poteat, LPN
Owner, Aiken Active Seniors
LPN, Gerontology/ Developmental Disabilities Specialist - 20 plus years of experience
Dementia Specialist designation awarded by South Carolina Lt. Governor's Office on Aging in 2009
National Winner of the 2015 American Small Business Championship
I Believe That In Order To Serve The Community, You Must Be Part Of The Community.
Here Are A Few Of The Groups I Am A Member Of:
Charities & Volunteer Work:
Chamber Ambassador 2013-present
2014 graduate of Leadership Aiken County
Walk to End Alzheimer's Committee Member
Community Representative for several local home health and hospice companies
Walk to End Alzheimer's: planning committee member, volunteer, walk day speaker representing Advocates for those living with Alzheimer's
1st Annual Tee Up Against Alzheimer's Golf Tournament: committee member and event volunteer
Speaker for Sam's Club Diversity and Community Awareness employee program
Graniteville Brownfield Project Community Fair on Saturday, November 14, 2015
Volunteer reader at Aiken Elementary School
Rotary Club of Aiken
Community Services Network
Adult Day Services Association of SC
Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce