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At Your Service 24/7 in Lincoln, NE

The need for in-home senior care services doesn't always arise between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on a weekday. That's why our team stands ready to serve you any day of the week, at any hour of the day or night. You can always reach us by phone at (402) 423-8119 to get help setting up home care for a family member.

We have come together as a group of dedicated professionals to deliver a home care solution that meets your needs. We employ trained, screened and bonded CAREGiversSMto serve your family's senior loved one with compassion and devotion.


Doug Kuhns, Franchise Owner

Doug Kuhns, Franchise Owner

Doug and Monica are Co-owners of the Lincoln Franchise of Home Instead Senior Care. After being a “hands-on” owner for more than 14 years, he is now a “silent partner” and returned to his previous profession of Funeral Director at a local funeral home.


Monica Kuhns, Franchise Owner

Monica Kuhns, Franchise Owner

Monica is active in the day-to-day operations of the business and has built an exceptional team to serve seniors in Lancaster, Saline and Seward Counties. Prior to being a co-owner of Home Instead Senior Care, she was an LPN, working primarily in home health since 1983.  She currently has an inactive nursing license due to the great amount of time she spends at Home Instead Senior Care but, once a nurse, always a nurse! Over the past few years, her focus has been on refining her leadership skills and empowering her team to excel by using their strengths. Monica is a Founding Member of the John Maxwell Team of Coaches, Speakers and Trainers and enjoys fanning the flames of other people's dreams, as well as following her own!

Doug and Monica moved to Lincoln from Ohio in 1988 and raised their three children here, so Lincoln is home for their family! Their children are all grown now and live out of state but Doug and Monica take regular trips to visit them. When they built their home in 2005, they added an apartment for Doug's parents. Doug's mother passed away in 2008 but she was able to remain at home with hospice until the end-surrounded and cared for by her family. Doug's dad continues to live independently in the apartment. Enhancing the lives of other people's parents is a joy and a privilege.

monica.kuhns@homeinstead.com


Dayle Wickizer, General Manager

Dayle Wickizer, General Manager

Dayle joined the Home Instead team January, 2018 as the General Manager.   Developing teams and delivering exceptional customer service is what drives Dayle.  She believes in creating a culture for employees and clients to thrive and fully embrace life wherever they are in their life.

Dayle’s background is in leadership and Information Technology.  For 15 years she managed Technology teams providing service to financial intuitions across the country.  Dayle graduated from Doane University with a Masters in Management and her undergraduate is from UNL with an emphasis in Consumer Science and Advertising.  

She is thrilled to be a part of the Home Instead Senior Care family and “changing the face of aging”.

Dayle enjoys traveling, cycling, kayaking and spending time with her family.

dayle.wickizer@homeinstead.com


Brooke Babcock, Office Manager

Brooke Babcock, Office Manager

Brooke joined Home Instead Senior Care January of 2015 as a Staffing Coordinator. Brooke strives to make perfect matches between CAREGIvers and clients. She takes many things into consideration in scheduling CAREGivers with clients-most importantly finding the right match to develop a lasting relationship built on trust. She looks forward to coming in each day to new and exciting challenges that reap great rewards.

brooke.babcock@homeinstead.com


Christy Michel, Business Development Manager

Christy Michel, Business Development Manager

​Christy joined Home Instead Senior Care in January of 2019 as Business Development Manager.  Christy's background includes 18 years in healthcare and most recently Information Technology.  Christy's passion is developing lasting partnerships with both clients and community partners.  She has a strong desire to educate the community about the services that Home Instead provides to help clients and their families avoid crisis situations. She adores watching the connections between our CAREGivers and Clients grow, being a part of them as often as she can! She loves working in an industry that is constantly changing and she is driven by the endless possibilities that technology has to offer to seniors, helping them to age in place.  When Christy is not out and about at events, or in the office working on marketing and advertising, she enjoys cheering her sons on during their multiple sporting events, and spending time with family and friends!

Christy.michel@homeinstead.com


Gracia Kremer, Home Care Consultant

Gracia Kremer, Home Care Consultant

​Gracia joined the Home Instead team in May of 2019. She comes to Home Instead with over 15 years of experience working within the Lincoln healthcare community, and most recently has spent the last 3.5 years working in Hospice. She has a passion for helping people navigate difficult healthcare decisions and finding resources to help keep them home (wherever they call home) for as long as possible. She is passionate about delivering exceptional customer service and knows the importance of excellent communication and follow through. "I am so excited to be working along side a team of people who really do have the best interest of their clients at heart and who go above and beyond expectations". Gracia loves spending time with friends and family, and running from sporting event to sporting event for their kids.

Gracia.kremer@homeinstead.com


Cynthia Workman, Employee Experience Manager

​Cynthia joined Home Instead of Lincoln, NE in October of 2017.  She came on as a CAREGiver after moving back to Nebraska to be near her sons and their families.  She had worked previously for Home Instead in Cheyenne, WY as their Human Recourses Manager.  After a year and a half as a CAREGiver, Cynthia began working as a Lead CAREGiver and then became the Employee Experience Manager in April of 2019.  Cynthia loves working with seniors, hearing their life experiences and also working with CAREGivers to give them the training and resources necessary to provide the most excellent care to our clients! 

 When not at Home Instead, she loves being with her husband, Kevin, outdoors kayaking and hiking and all things Husker football!!   She enjoys going on 'explores' with her husband and visiting state historical sites as well as visiting the Nebraska State Parks!

Cynthia.workman@homeinstead.com


Tammy Ems, CAREGiver Success Coordinator

Tammy Ems, CAREGiver Success Coordinator

​Tammy joined Home Instead Senior Care November 2016 and has served in roles supporting clients and CAREGivers.  Her heart for people shines bright, no matter who she is serving! Working with people has always been a true passion for Tammy. She strives to ensure that each CAREGiver’s experience exceeds their expectations and that is very rewarding and fulfilling to her.

Tammy.ems@homeinstead.com


Patty Stradley, CAREGiver Success Coordinator

Patty Stradley, CAREGiver Success Coordinator

Patty joined Home Instead in January of 2017 as a CAREGiver.  This experience and the mission and values of Home Instead led her to pursuing a full time position with the Lincoln Home Instead office.  Patty truly embraces helping all people as she is able and is passionate about keeping people in their homes and allowing them to spend their days as they wish.  She looks forward to equipping new care givers to serve our clients with dignity, respect and love.

When she is not at work, Patty enjoys spending her time with her husband, Kurt and her 2 adult daughters and son-in-law.  She also loves volunteering in the community and being active in her church.

patty.stradley@homeinstead.com


Carly Turner, CAREGiver Success Coordinator

Carly Turner, CAREGiver Success Coordinator

Carly joined the Home Instead Senior Care team in December 2017 as a CAREGiver and has since transitioned to the Recruitment Assistant role.  Carly works hand in hand with the people joining the team as a CAREGiver to the CAREGivers.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her children and family, baking, or reading a good book!

carly.turner@homeinstead.com


Traci Barnard, Client Care Coordinator

Traci Barnard, Client Care Coordinator

Traci joined Home Instead in August, 2015 as a CAREGiver.  At that time, she found her passion in caring for Seniors.  After working for 23 years as a X-Ray Technologist, she took an administrative position in the office as a Client Care Coordinator where, along with her team, ensures that our clients are receiving the BEST possible care that they deserve and need. 

Traci enjoys reading, people, and spending time with her family-children Tyson, Regan, and husband Craig.  There is nothing better than waking up every morning knowing you can change someone’s life forever.  We are making the bad days BETTER and the good days UNFORGETABLE!!

traci.barnard@homeinstead.com


Patty Vogel, Client Care Coordinator

Patty Vogel, Client Care Coordinator

Patty is excited to be a part of the Home Instead Senior Care team as a Client Care Coordinator.  She has a passion for walking along side people and supporting them in living their life to its fullest. This passion is what draws her to Home Instead Senior Care, and the desire to support Seniors and their families during the aging process.  Serving others in this way is so rewarding to Patty as they share their lives with her, and allow her to be a part of their journey!

Patty has 25 years of experience in the medical and health care field as a Medical Assistant, Clinical Supervisor, and Nutritional Coach.  She enjoys spending her free time with her husband Mark and daughter Jada.  They enjoy home improvement projects, watching movies, and spending time with family and friends.  She also enjoys serving in the Spiritual Care ministry at church. 

patty.vogel@homeinstead.com


Amy Broadstone, Client Care Coordinator

Amy Broadstone, Client Care Coordinator

Amy joined Home Instead in March, 2016 as a CAREGiver.  She then accepted the Client Care Coordinator position in October, 2016.  She is passionate about our goal to enhance the lives of our clients and feels blessed to work with a team of people that share that passion.

Amy loves spending time with her family, husband, Steve and sons Sam and Adam.

amy.broadstone@homeinstead.com


Danette Novotny, Client Care Coordinator

​Danette joined Home Instead Senior Care in May, 2018, as a CAREGiver, then joined the client care coordinator team January, 2019.  Danette was drawn to Home Instead Senior Care for the values they hold, bringing quality to the lives of those who are aging, helping to keep this population in their own home as long as possible (if it is their desire), and to listen, everyone has a story, problem, frustration, or joys and legacy's that need to be shared.  Her education is in mental health, and she is passionate about meeting the needs of others with empathy. 

In her free time, Danette enjoys being outdoors, spending time with her daughters, and volunteering for a Prison Ministry program.

Danette.novotny@homeinstead.com


Kathy Edwards, Director of Education and Community Resources

Kathy Edwards, Director of Education and Community Resources

Kathy joined the Home Instead team at the beginning of May 2017 as the Client Care Manager. Working as an RN for the past 31 years in the field of Home Health and Hospice has given Kathy a love for seniors and working with people. Kathy enjoys a team approach in her work environment, where everyone is valued for their role in accomplishing the mission.

Kathy graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. It was there that she met her husband, Brian of 31 years. Her family moved from Texas to Lincoln in 1996 and has fallen in love with Nebraska. Kathy and her family have also served overseas as missionaries in the country of Bulgaria. She loves traveling around the world visiting her 3 grown children living abroad and is patiently waiting for grand kids to arrive.

kathy.edwards@homeinstead.com


Staci Veskerna, Staffing Coordinator

Staci Veskerna, Staffing Coordinator

​Staci joined Home Instead Senior Care May of 2017 as a Staffing Coordinator. She has a love for people, and strives to find the perfect match from client to CAREGiver. Her background is in hospice, and she strives to make everyone's life just as unique as the person.  She looks forward to each day with new challenges, to accommodate each individual’s needs. 

Staci is originally from Fremont and moved to Lincoln 6 years ago.  She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Care Administration.  She and her husband Josh have 3 kids - Emma, Kaitlyn and Tristan. They enjoy boating and camping. 

staci.veskerna@homeinstead.com


Vicki Westling, Staffing Coordinator

Vicki Westling, Staffing Coordinator

Vicki joined Home Instead in November 2017 as a Staffing Coordinator. She is very excited to be joining a great company with compassionate staff and a positive reputation. She has always loved working with and around people and looks forward to continuing that journey.

Vicki was born and raised in Lincoln. She and her husband, John have three wonderful daughters- Danika, Ariana and Koraline. They are always looking for a new adventure to try!

vicki.westling@homeinstead.com


Cheryl Benes, Director of First Impressions

Cheryl Benes, Director of First Impressions

Cheryl is the friendly face who greets visitors to our office, answers and direct calls, and helps out wherever she is needed. She loves visiting with clients, their families and CAREGivers when they call or visit the office! Cheryl truly loves working at Home Instead Senior Care and enhancing the lives of our Seniors!

Cheryl.benes@homeinstead.com


Diane Eriksen, Bookkeeper

Diane Eriksen, Bookkeeper

Diane works with Merle to enhance the lives of our clients by making sure their bills are correct and easily understood.  She has a degree in Accounting from UNL and years of experience keeping books for a family business. She is always willing to answer any question or explain an invoice.

Diane.eriksen@homeinstead.com


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