Meet Lori Williams. She is the owner and founder of Lori Williams- Senior Services, LLC. Lori’s company helps people navigate the many housing and care options available to serve Seniors. She can explain and help identify which kind of services a Senior might be needing…everything from Senior Living, Assisted Living to Memory Care. Figuring out which option is best for the individual and helping seniors and their families make these transitions is her business expertise! She and her team personally visit the senior communities in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and only work with the ones that they would feel comfortable moving their own family members to. Lori’s company has become a very valuable resource for Seniors and their families in Flower Mound and beyond and they have an interesting business model, as they are actually a free resource to the consumer.
Originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana and a graduate of Louisiana University with a BS in Marketing. Lori moved to the Dallas area 22 years ago. Lori and her husband have been married for 30 years and are proud parents of two wonderful children, ages 23 and 17.
Lori can be found volunteering her time and resources in the community very frequently! Thank you Lori!
Q: What inspired you or led you to your current career?
A: I work with Seniors and their families to find senior housing options and resources as their care levels and needs change. What led me to this career path, was my grandmother who suffered with dementia. She did not have much income so my mom and her sister really struggled, trying to figure out what to do about my grandmother’s situation. I saw their struggle and our many discussions about dementia interested me. That was the beginning of my passion and journey with Senior Services.
Q: What do you enjoy the most about what you do?
A: I love when we figure things out, making sure everything comes together for them. For example, someone who needs to sell their home; I’ll connect them to a great Realtor and then find others qualified to help them; everything from estate planning, downsizing, moving, community placement, VA qualifications, and so much more. There’s a lot to know and there are many, many resources to sift through. It’s rewarding putting the whole package together for them. I have developed connections with those who are qualified to help, making their transition to a new life much easier. Putting the puzzle together is my favorite part, knowing I have truly helped.
Q: Have you always loved seniors?
A: Yes, I have. My grandmother lived with us growing up.
Q: What’s the most unusual job you ever had?
A: Most unusual? I had a cake decorating business from home that began when my son turned one, I wanted to do fancy party cakes for him. like character cakes (dinosaurs, etc), yet I didn’t want to spend a lot of money, so I took a cake decorating class and started making cakes for him. People who came to his parties said that his cakes were the coolest cakes they’d ever seen and asked me to make cakes for them as well. I have an entrepreneurial spirit.
Q: What other creative things you like to do?
A: I used to do a lot of scrap booking and am really good at pop-up scrap booking. I have a lot of supplies, but lately not enough time to put them to good use. I should really make time to scrap-book again, it’s so rewarding.
Q: Do you have a hobby or something that interest you?
A: I love LSU Football and perhaps I’m just a little bit too crazy about it! My daughter says she can always tell when I am watching LSU because my cheering is VERY LOUD!!!
Q: What is your favorite restaurant in Flower Mound, and what do you love there?
A: I am really into Mi Dia right now because I love Mexican food and Margaritas. We recently took some friends visiting from Boston to it and they loved it as well. It was a fun introduction to Mexican food.
Q: How long have you lived or worked in Flower Mound?
A: I’ve lived in Flower Mound for 22 years, going on 23 years in May. I opened my business about 2 years ago.
Q: Is there any unusual, interesting or challenging thing that shaped who you are today?
A: I would say that the most challenging thing for us and probably the most interesting also, is that we experienced 7 years of infertility. We decided to adopt our 2 wonderful, amazing kids and that is not an easy process to go through. Working through the adoption process requires you to be very strong and to be ready to roll with the punches. We adopted internationally, so we never knew quite what to expect. Traveling to meet our first child, our son, was very challenging and in our case we experienced every natural disaster possible; a story for another time and place. Our daughter is from Korea. Her adoption process was much smoother. I can assure you that the challenges and experiences were worth it! We now share our love with our 2 amazing children.
Q: Who is the most interesting person you’ve met here in Flower Mound?
A: That is easy; Doug Brown, he is 94 years old and I just adore him. He and his wife Claire are the most energetic people I’ve ever met. He’s a WWII veteran and he volunteers his time, re-purposing computers and then gives them to veterans or to those who can’t afford a computer. He was awarded a Governor’s Volunteer Award for his work. He is inspiring to me!
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be? And why?
A: It would be to the beach, I especially love Hawaii, because I’m a beach girl and I enjoy the warm weather!
Q: What’s the favorite vacation you ever had?
A: My favorite vacation was to Disney World.
Q: What is your favorite movie?
A: My favorite movie is Steel Magnolias. I absolutely loved that movie.
Q: What is something on your bucket list?
A: I would like to go to Ireland because my brother has done the wild ancestry search and found out that we are Irish! Before the ancestry search we thought we were mostly German. Now that we know we have some Irish ancestry, I’d like to learn more about that culture and visit the Emerald Isle.
Q: What is your favorite music/ 3 bands you would like to see (dead or alive)?
A: First, Elton John, I have seen him, he’s so amazing. Second would be Queen, I would love to see him. Third would be Billie Joel, I really like him.
Q: What current / former local business makes you the most nostalgic about Flower Mound?
A: Van Dykes. Years ago Jerry Van Dyke had this little soda fountain and hamburger place. It was in Parker Square. One side was an old fashioned store filled with candy. I took my son over there frequently when he was between in preschool. We’d buy candy and visit the train.
Q: Choosing anyone alive and a non-relative with whom would you love to have lunch? Why and where would you have lunch?
A: Oprah because I just love her. I used to watch her in college. We would have to run home to catch her show because we didn’t have a DVD. We would probably go to Mi Dia and have some margaritas.
Q: What is your favorite thing or something unique about Flower Mound?
A: I just love the buildings here. I’ve seen many of the changes that Flower Mound has experienced over the lasts 22 years. It’s such a great community to raise kids in and overall, it’s been wonderful. We love our church, the schools, and our neighbors are terrific. I feel safe here!
Q: Are you involved I anything in Flower Mound that you really enjoy outside of work and family life?
A: I’m in a business book club. I absolutely adore it and we’ve been together for 2 years. We meet every Thursday for lunch. Usually it’s a business book or self help kind of book, we share and grow a lot exchanging our ideas and views. We also laugh a lot.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years?
A: I see my business being very established and well known. I want to be the go to resource for all things about Seniors and Senior Services.
Q: (Even for friends or family), what is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?
A: I’m kind of an open book, I don’t think I have any secrets.
Q: What 3 words or phrases come to mind when you think of the word HOME?
A: Kids, Family and Love.
Q: What 3 words do you think your favorite people would use to describe you?
A: Fun, Silly ( my daughter would say) and Loving.
Q: If you could have a super power, what would it be?
A: That I could eat anything that I want, or that I could time travel.
Q: If you had a full time staff member that was fully paid for, who would you choose? Chef, Housekeeper, Driver, Coach, Physical Fitness Trainer, or Nanny?
A: A driver, I would like to be driven around.
Q: What is your favorite book that you’ve been reading this past year?
A: The Artist’s Way. It’s a very different book and I would never have chosen it on my own, which is why I love book clubs. It’s about getting in touch with your inner artist or entrepreneur as we say in the book club. It requires you to dive deep into the “why” we might stop pursuing something. It’s a very deep book and demands a lot of reflection.
If you have questions about Senior Care Services you can reach Lori by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or give her a call; 214-783-1222.