BrightStar Senior Living Madison is breaking ground next month in Waunakee for the construction of a new senior care living facility.

This company is part of BrightStar Care, an Illinois-based franchisor with hundreds of separately owned territories across the country.

Jeff Tews and Susan Rather are franchise co-owners for BrightStar Senior Living Madison; they are also BrightStar Care Madison franchise co-owners, with five locations in Madison, Janesville, Baraboo, La Crosse and the Racine/Kenosha area — a service area which covers 1.3 million people, according to Tews, who says there are at least three other franchisees for BrightStar Care in the state.

Most BrightStar Care Madison employees are certified nursing assistants — or CNAs — and work with people in their homes when they no longer feel safe taking care of themselves, Tews says. They bathe clients, make food, do simple chores, provide transportation and perform other supportive care.

Tews’ franchise also does medical staffing. In the counties it covers, there are about 350 agencies under contract that can call BrightStar Care to temporarily fill positions.

“That’s a thriving branch of our business also,” Tews told “[We have] about 500 employees; 45 of those are managers doing scheduling, supervising field staff, or are case managers working with clients.”

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