Steve Hunter, Co-Owner, FACHE
Steve Hunter comes to Home Instead with more than 30 years of healthcare system leadership. Steve served as President and CEO of three national healthcare systems. In his role as Chairman with Home Instead, he will have strategic and operational oversight responsibilities for the company serving Greater Phoenix, Scottsdale and Sun City.
Steve is a passionate voice for independent senior living and a proven health care executive. He has an impressive track record of developing growth opportunities, as well as the experience and training to build on Home Instead’s highly regarded tradition of care and service to our communities. Steve is as good a fit with our Mission, Vision and Values as he is with our strategic goals. He knows that delivering high quality care to all we serve is central to our promise of bringing healing and hope to our communities and has been highly effective in doing just that. Steve has a wealth of expertise in successfully leading health care organizations, and his down-to-earth attitude helps him easily connect with key stakeholders including physicians, employees and community leaders. We are delighted to welcome him to the Home Instead family of caregivers.
Bobbi Hunter, Co-Owner, RN CRNA
Bobbi Hunter comes to Home Instead with 37 years of hands on healthcare experience. Bobbi has served in caregiving roles working as an Registered Nurse, ICU Nursing Supervisor and as a Certified registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA).
Nurse anesthesiology is considered an advanced clinical nursing specialty. CRNAs are advanced practice RNs who have additional education, training and specialty certification. Over the last ten years Bobbi has owned and operated an Anesthesia Group in Oklahoma City, OK.
Bobbi’s commitment to improving the lives of everyone she meets led her to Home Instead Senior Care. Bobbi has a hands-on approach and is dedicated to providing the best care possible for our seniors in the Greater Phoenix area. She is committed to making Home Instead Senior Care the best place to work. She has a strong relationship with her staff and together with their caring and compassion and can do attitude; they have become a leader in the Homecare Industry.
Jason Nash, Co-Owner, CSA
Jason Nash comes to Home Instead with a diverse background in financial planning, commercial real estate and marketing. Jason will focus his attention on identifying and developing new relationships and opportunities in the Greater Phoenix area. He is focused on ensuring that the best possible care is delivered to each and every client. Jason has a proven track record in building and maintaining relationships, which will serve Home Instead well as we work diligently to continue on as a premier provider of quality senior care. One of Jason’s greatest strengths is his ability to empower others around him to reach their maximum potential. Jason is dedicated to improving the lives of our clients by listening to their individual needs, understanding their concerns, and effectively communicating those needs to each department. We are delighted to welcome him to the Home Instead family of caregivers.
Dawn DeMers, General Manager, Certified Senior Advisor
Dawn came to Home Instead Senior Care in 2001 after being in the long-term care industry for over 10 years. While she served as Executive Director of a nursing facility in Greater Phoenix, she received the 1997 Administrator Recognition Award for Superior Leadership from the Arizona Health Care Association.
Dawn's position as General Manager has her overseeing all areas of the business. She helps to ensure that the mission of our organization, a high level of customer service, and quality services are provided. Working closely with our department managers, she helps to oversee that the day-to-day needs of our clients, their families, and our CAREGivers are taken care of in a timely manner.
Some of Dawn's favorite stories revolve around giving Peace of Mind to families. One such situation relates to our client Marion. Since she had a stroke several years before, Marion was being cared for by her daughter Sue. Sue had found out about Home Instead Senior Care from someone that her husband worked with. When she called, she was very apprehensive about leaving her mother with someone she didn't know. Sue spoke to Dawn on the phone for close to an hour going over different scenarios where our CAREGivers could help not only her mother, but relieve some tasks from Sue as well. She met with a member of our Client Services Team, Helen, in her home and afterward, agreed to give it a try with services one day a week. Within a couple of weeks, Sue increased hours and days of service so that she could have more respite time for herself. Her mother Marion really bonded and enjoyed the time when our CAREGiver came over to spend time with her. Talking to Sue now, many months later, she can't believe how much better she feels. She is much less stressed and not on edge when she assists her mother. The only regret that Sue tells us she has is that she should have done this much sooner!
Shelley Naylor, Community Services Manager
Shelley joined the Home Instead Senior Care Greater Phoenix team in early 2004 shortly after moving to Arizona with her husband and three children. Whether it is during the day, in the evening, or on a weekend, she looks forward to meeting with potential clients and developing an individualized care plan to meet their needs. Her goals are to keep seniors as independent as possible and allow them to control and make decisions that affect their own daily lives.
When meeting with potential clients, Shelley presents Home Instead Senior Care services as an option that can be temporary or ongoing. She stresses that no matter the time frame, engaging a Home Instead CAREGiver creates a wonderful quality of life.
Shelley recently met with a gentleman whose wife had passed away within the last year. He was still independent, but tired easily, was lonely and depressed. He was very apprehensive to have a CAREGiver whom he had never met come into his home and felt like he was losing his independence, in short, he was very resistant. Shelley made him feel comfortable and reminded him that he was still the boss. She assured him our CAREGiver would do his laundry, housework and prepare healthy meals, and not interrupt his daily routine, so that he could save his energy for the things he enjoyed doing; golfing, working in his garden, or going to coffee with his friends. Because Home Instead Senior Care's goal is a Perfect Match between our clients and CAREGivers, she assured him he would like the CAREGiver. Then, Shelley asked him to try the service one time; and if he wasn't happy, he could cancel, no strings attached! He agreed to give it a try, but did not seem convinced. After the first day of service, Shelley called him to see how it went. He told her that the CAREGiver had baked him homemade cookies while she was there and it was the first time he had fresh baked cookies since his wife died. He said the CAREGiver reminded him of his niece and he enjoyed her company. He also said the CAREGiver was available to come back later in the week to go grocery shopping and help him plan some healthy meals. He said he was looking forward to a home-cooked meal instead of the frozen meals he had been eating. In the end, he wished he hadn't been so stubborn and started the service a lot sooner!
The thing that Shelley and her team enjoy the most about Home Instead Senior Care is meeting new people, whether it be potential clients or their adult children, educating them about the Home Instead Senior Care services that are available, and creating a custom care plan to meet their needs.
Dawn Camarillo, Client CARE Manager
Dawn is charged with creating lasting relationships between our clients and CAREGivers. She and her team of Staffing Personnel truly believe that to make a relationship last and become extraordinary, our clients must be our top priority. To that end, listening to their needs allows the Staffing Department to understand and develop a one-on-one relationship between our clients and CAREGivers. Although listening is one of the most demanding aspects of communication, it is also one of the most rewarding. Taking the time to learn what is needed in each of our senior's homes is the true job of staffing. Each of our clients is special and each has individual needs and concerns. We take the time to ask questions so that the CAREGiver chosen to assist our clients is the Perfect Match.
This entails not only knowing our clients on a personal level, but also knowing our CAREGivers equally as well. Without knowing both individuals and their unique personalities and strengths, Dawn and her team could not create the most compatible and long-term relationships. Dawn is very proud of her team and they all take tremendous pride in staffing from their hearts.
Cathy Evenson, Employee Relations Manager
Cathy Evenson brings a rare combination of experience to Home Instead Senior Care with 15 years of Professional Human Resource management and over 10 years of passionate CAREGiving experience. This puts her in the ideal postion to recruit, support, educate and train our exceptional CAREGivers. Our employee relations team understands the unique relationship each of our CAREGivers establishes with their clients. Providing them with quality, compassionate care and the dignity and repect they have earned as valued members of our community. As part of the Home Instead family, the employee relations tem is focused on increasing our CAREGiving staff throughout the Greater Metropolitan Phoenix area. They continually strive to develop new techniques, systems and protocol in an effort to recruit and retain talented, trustworthy and reliable support to assist our seniors in thei daily lives.
Theresa Baethke, Financial Services Manager
Theresa moved to Phoenix in 1992 from the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California sight unseen. She was a little nervous about sand dunes, snakes, and whatever else the deserts had to offer. But upon waking that very first morning in this new place, she heard birds singing and fell in love with Arizona. She is married, with four grown children and seven grandchildren.
Theresa oversees the Financial Services department, which includes Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Payroll, and all bookkeeping activities.
Theresa and her team work diligently to educate our clients and their families in their payment choices. They can set up EasyPay, an automatic payment plan that includes either ACH (electronic payment) transactions or Credit Card billing or twice monthly invoicing "the old fashioned way" which ever works best for our clients. They also take on the mounds of paperwork involved in long-term care insurance policies, either sending in the required documents to the Claims department or to our client or family member. Theresa's team strives to make this process as easy as possible to suit each family's individual needs.
One client, Mrs. Mary H., had dementia and lived with her son. He worked with our Client CARE department, who staffed CAREGivers specially trained in dementia, for his mom. He also managed her finances and billed her Long-Term Care Insurance for our services. He called Theresa one day, completely overwhelmed with his life and his mother's care. Theresa and her team were able to take over billing Mrs. Mary H.'s long-term care insurance for him. Since he preferred to be reimbursed by her insurance company, they also put him on EasyPay and charged his credit card for each invoice. He has called several times thanking them for relieving so much stress and allowing him to concentrate on the most importing thing in his life, his mom.