Dr. Aaron Blight is the founder of Caregiving Kinetics, a boutique consulting firm dedicated to expanding the world’s capacity to care for the aging population. Dr. Blight’s career spans more than 20 years of leadership as a caregiving provider, policymaker, and researcher.
For 10 years, Dr. Blight was the President & CEO of two Home Instead Senior Care franchises located in Virginia and West Virginia. As a provider, he led a staff of 390 caregivers located across 3,000 square miles of territory. In addition, Dr. Blight became a thought leader in the network and regularly strategized with the franchisor on caregiving innovation, caregiving research, and international growth. Dr. Blight’s franchises successfully achieved record-breaking revenues for ten consecutive years, and he was ranked among the highest performing Home Instead Senior Care franchisees in the world. Dr. Blight designed and conducted original academic research within the industry on factors affecting caregiver commitment, and he presented his findings in industry and academic conferences and meetings.
Dr. Blight sold his Home Instead Senior Care franchises in August of 2017. The franchisor subsequently hired him as a consultant to examine system-wide challenges and opportunities in the area of caregiving disaster preparedness.
Dr. Blight served two years as President of Tailored Care Enterprises, a firm that uses an evidence-based approach, rooted in applied gerontology, to target effective supports for family caregivers.
Regarding care policy, Dr. Blight held a series of leadership positions at the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). At CMS, he developed healthcare policy and regulations and oversaw healthcare financing within the federal Medicaid program. His tenure at CMS included service as Director of Financial Operations of the Medicaid program and as a Social Science Research Analyst in the Disabled and Elderly Health Programs Group.
Academically, Dr. Blight serves as an Associate Adjunct Professor of Healthcare Management in the Byrd School of Business at Shenandoah University. He holds a Doctor of Education (Human & Organizational Learning) degree from George Washington University, a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Baltimore, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brigham Young University.
Aaron currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging.