"I am continually struck by the professionalism, high level of caring and exemplary caregivers that I have met from Home Instead. My mom couldn't live without them, and neither could I.
Aging at home is a normal concept for Sheldon. Born and raised in a close knit family in rural South Dakota, Sheldon observed firsthand how families work together to care for their elders. Sheldon's maternal Grandmother and his paternal Grandparents lived at home until the very end of life. His maternal Grandmother was a kind and gentle woman who, in retrospect, had alzheimer's disease for the last 15 years of her life. She lived with her duaghter and her family for as long as Sheldon can remember. The highlight of the year was each summer when Sheldon and his family would take the 300 mile trip to western Nebraska to visit family for a few days, followed by Grandma traveling back home to South Dakota with Sheldon's family for a week or two. When Sheldon was a teenager, these trips began to have a sense that something was wrong with Grandma because she was getting "hardening of the arteries" or "senile". The trips back to South Dakota decreased as towards the end they caused such anxiety for Grandma because of her inability to remember where she was and in the very end, who we were. Sheldon's paternal Grandparents also stayed in their home with significant help from their children. At the end, both families were tired and burnt out on caring for their loved ones and all ended up spending their last days in a facility. In looking back, Home Instead Senior Care could have significantly eased the toll of caring for his Grandparents and made for a much nicer end of life.
These early experiences were formative in shaping Sheldon's career of caring. Sheldon eventually received a Master of Social Work degree and found his calling for aging adults. He spent his social work career caring for older adults in the VA Health Care system and in the assisted living he and his wife Julie owned and operated. They are now solely focused providing exceptional in home care for aging adults through their Home Instead Senior Care franchises.
Caring for others has long been Julie Schelling’s passion.
Having been a CAREGiver with Home Instead for years, now in her role as Client Care Coordinator Kristi truly knows what it means to serve seniors. Kristi has always had a deep passion for seniors. She is a strong advocate for the health and care needs of each individual client.
Her responsibilities as Client Care Coordinator include doing Care Consultations with potential clients and family members, doing client/CAREGiver training and introductions, and doing quality assurance visits. She determines the needs of each individual on an ongoing basis to help assure that Home Instead Senior Care continues to provide the best level of care to each client. She is a valuable member of our team.
Jordan recently graduated from Dordt College with a degree in psychology and business. He spent a summer at Home Instead Senior Care as an intern and is excited to continue working at Home Instead Senior Care as the Operations Manager. Jordan oversees the daily operations at Home Instead Senior Care and carries out the necessary operations such as: taking client inquiries, assisting with billing and payroll, and taking care of standard operating procedures.
Serving seniors and their families became personal to Kara through her time spent with family members and seniors in her community. She first learned about Home Instead while studying Gerontology in college. Kara works closely with families and CAREGivers to coordinate schedules and provide the best service to our clients. As a former CAREGiver and Service Coordinator, she has a passion for encouraging the relationships between clients and CAREGivers. She enjoys the opportunity she has to continually train CAREGivers from the time they begin work as a Home Instead CAREGicver and then ongoing at clients homes.
After losing a parent in 2010 to cancer and experiencing hospice care as a family member, Bethany decided that caring for those in need is what she wanted to do with her life. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Simpson College in 2013 and worked as a private caregiver for an elderly couple until their passing in 2013. This loss did not stop her from pursuing her desire to care for others. Bethany now works closely with CAREGivers enriching their experience with Home Instead and ensuring that the very best caring, compassionate, and empathic CAREGivers are selected to work for Home Instead.
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