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​​​​​​​​Home Instead Senior Care Team​​

At Your Service 24/7 in Covina, CA

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 (626) 938-0113 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.
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Brenda Strege, Client Care Coordinator

Brenda Strege, Client Care Coordinator

Brenda has a degree in Business Management and brings 20 years of sales and marketing experience to the Home Instead Covina team.   Most recently she spent 7 years working with seniors and their families at two local senior living communities.  She also was a caregiver to her own aging parents and other relatives. 

Being a part of the Home Instead Covina team was a natural fit for her.  "I enjoy helping those in need, it's a great feeling at the end of day."  As our Client Care Coordinator, she assists clients and families by conducting our free in-home assessments to evaluate their care needs, developing customized care plans and managing the on-boarding process to set up services.  Her role focuses on making sure our clients receive the best care possible!

As a local native, Brenda enjoys the beach, gardening, music, family, and spending time with her friends and feline babies.


Diana Menendez, Service Coordinator

Diana Menendez, Service Coordinator

Diana discovered professional caregiving about 10 years ago when she worked for a developmentally disabled community in Northern California.  Subsequently she worked for a prominent Assisted Living facility for 5 years providing all levels of care to seniors and this work brought her so much joy and satisfaction in her life. Working for both the senior and the disabled populations is more than a job…..it continues to be a commitment to serve & support!

Diana moved to Southern California to be close to her family and to finish her bachelor's degree in Psychology at Cal Poly Pomona to further develop her skills to keep serving those in need. She is currently working for Home Instead Senior Care Covina as our Service Coordinator and is responsible for creating high quality matches between our CAREGivers and clients with a focus on developing extraordinary relationships.

Diana loves nature, hiking and visiting her friends!


Kathleen Ayala, Recruitment Coordinator

Kathleen Ayala, Recruitment Coordinator

​Native of West Covina, Kathleen received her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Administration in Oregon and returned home to pursue her passion of serving others.  She spent time volunteering with a local hospital emergency room and completed an internship at Providence Health Services serving 300 health clinics.  These experiences solidified her commitment to pursue a career in helping others. 

Working with seniors resonated with her due to her special relationship with her grandparents.  She is our Recruiting Coordinator and responsible for finding and engaging extraordinary compassionate CAREGivers to serve and care for our wonderful clients!

Kathleen enjoys spending her time out with friends, enjoys quality family time, volunteering, and art.


Christine La Conte, Training Coordinator

Christine La Conte, Training Coordinator

Christine's caregiving career began about 20 years ago.  She earned her CNA certification and started working on a medical/surgical team at a local hospital.  Her experience on the Code Blue Response Team at another major local hospital inspired her to pursue a career in nursing.  She earned her LVN certification in 2006 with the honor of being named "Most Outstanding Student" in her graduating class.  Subsequently, she became a Charge Nurse responsible for a nursing team at a local Alzheimer's Dementia facility for 9 years.  

Christine has a passion for helping others, especially our senior community.  She currently works for Home Instead as our Training Coordinator where she develops and delivers hands-on training to for our amazing CAREGivers.  Her training emphasizes caregiving while maintaining Comfort, Dignity and Safety for all.

Christine is an accomplished artist, musician and animal advocate.  She loves to spend time in nature and with her two adorable fur babies!


Eileen Knight, Office Administrator

Eileen Knight, Office Administrator

Eileen Knight is a native Texan who attended Angelo State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting.  She had an extensive career in the telecommunications industry where she performed various functions of increasing responsibility in the Finance, Information Technology, Billing, and Product Management organizations.  Eileen is proud to utilize her skills to support her teammates and the clients of Home Instead Senior Care - Covina.

Along with family members, Eileen cared for her Mom in her later years.  She saw firsthand how important it is to have someone who can be an advocate for their loved one.  Being there for Dr. appointments and spending quality time with her Mom made an enormous difference in the quality of life her Mom experienced in her last years.  It's not always possible for a family member to perform this role, but Eileen is honored to be part of such a caring group that can provide these services.

As our Office Administrator, Eileen performs a variety of administrative and financial duties to enable and support clients and the entire team.

Eileen enjoys weight training, yoga, traveling and spending time with friends and family.  Eileen is active in her church's music ministry and in P.E.O., a philanthropic organization that supports women's education.


Rushika Mediwake, Owner/Director

Rushika Mediwake, Owner/Director

Rushika grew up in West Covina and San Dimas and have lived in the San Gabriel Valley for much of her life.  Although her previous corporate career has taken her all around the country, her heart truly remained in this area as "it was always comforting to return to the place I love".  As a graduate of the University of Southern California with a Degree in Business Administration, she spent 29 years advancing in various management positions with GTE Corporation and Verizon Communications.  Her corporate resume includes extensive experience in marketing, product management, customer care, sales support, billing and operations management.

For many years, she had felt a strong desire to work in some capacity that would allow her to serve seniors, while guiding a team and bettering the community.  Then her mother was diagnosed with cancer and Rushika became her primary caregiver and got firsthand experience of the importance of a caregiver's role and the impact they had in the life of a senior.  "This experience truly changed my life and showed me how my mother's quality of life was improved as she was able to spend her last years in her own home.  Having many seniors in my extended family struggling with dementia and other aging ailments, I know how challenged families are to get proper care for their loved ones.  I consider myself blessed with the opportunity to own a Home Instead Senior Care franchise and give back in a unique and rewarding way to the community I love."  Rushika is the owner and director of operations with a vision of delivering exceptional care to our clients, being the leading trusted advisor to families and being the best caregiving resource in our community. 

Rushika enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking, gardening, doing volunteer work and travelling the world!


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