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

At Your Service 24/7 in Columbia, SC

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 (803) 736-4242 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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Joyce and Bob Brasher, Owners

Joyce and Bob Brasher, Owners

​To us, it is personal. Owners Bob and Joyce Brasher have faced decisions that you are currently facing. Bob, losing a father to Alzheimers Disease, understands the importance of a caregiver who understood the disease and could work with his mom as she struggled to accept someone else coming into her home. When Joyce began providing care for her father who was diagnosed with a multitude of health problems she realized she would need help.  Her mother would not be able to care for him around the clock and stay well herself. Living out of town, Joyce had to place her trust in caregivers outside of family members. They recognize the importance and inner struggle of a changing role from daughter/son to care provider.


Jason Edmonds, COO

Jason Edmonds, COO

​After selling his business in 2011, Jason became the General Manager for Home Instead and is now serving as the Chief Operating Officer. He has over 15 years in the corporate world and has now turned his focus to making a difference in people's lives. He works directly with each department to ensure the care of clients is our number one priority. He makes a point to speak to each of our CAREGivers every time he sees them. He takes great pride in being a part of the people and not just the numbers. With Jason's guidance, Home Instead is now able to provide solutions for families so that their loved ones can age in their own homes with dignity and pride. Like many of our clients' children, Jason knows the struggles of caring for aging parents and wants to set a high level standard of care not only for his loved ones but our clients as well. 


Richard Nieves, General Manager

Richard Nieves, General Manager

​Richard Nieves, has joined Home Instead Senior Care as the General Manager in Columbia, S.C.  Richard relocated to Columbia from Birmingham, Alabama, where for the past 15 years, he served as the Vice President of Marketing and Communications for a large Home Health and Hospice agency.  


He works each day in helping to improve the services provided by our Caregivers and office staff to exceed our client's expectations. After having family members who required home care and seeing the benefits of care in the home throughout his career, he has been a passionate supporter of charities that support seniors.



LaTonya Cunningham, M.H.A.- Finance Manager

LaTonya Cunningham, M.H.A.- Finance Manager

Since 2002, LaTonya Cunningham has worn many hats with the Home Instead Senior Care. She started her Home Instead Senior Care career as a CAREGiver and worked her way into the office in 2006.  She currently serves as Finance Manager in our Billing and Payroll Department. She manages two assistants who strive to provide the best quality of services to our clients and CAREGivers.  Her commitment and dedication to Home Instead demonstrates a great passion that she has for seniors in our community. 


Donna Robinson - Home Care Consultant

Donna Robinson - Home Care Consultant

​Donna Robinson joined our team as a Home Care Consultant. She has an extensive background in the senior health care industry. She has always had a passion for seniors because of her experiences with her family, which included her mother who received home care after serious health issues. Donna is excited to be working with our clients and our marketing team to see how we can assist with their daily care. She resides in Northeast Columbia with her husband and has two adult children. 


Chaka Leaphart- Recruitment & Retention Supervisor

Chaka Leaphart- Recruitment & Retention Supervisor

Chaka Leaphart joined the Home Instead Senior Care Family in September 2017 in our Recruitment and Retention Department. She comes with 19 years of experience in CAREGiving, hospice care, and served as Care Plan Coordinator for Assisted Living. She at this time still maintains her CNA license. She takes pride in screening, hiring, and training the best possible CAREGivers that we have to offer. She looks for CAREGivers who have the same compassion and love for their clients as she did. She really enjoys meeting new CAREGivers and getting to know them. 


Josephine Vaczo - Client Care Coordinator

Josephine Vaczo - Client Care Coordinator

Josephine joined our team in October of 2019. She is a Certified Nursing Assistant and is currently pursuing her Registered Nursing degree. Josephine has been passionate about nursing for over 10 years now. Her grandfather suffered from Alzheimer's, so quality senior care has always been important to her. She has industry experience in hospitals and retirement facilities but finds that home care is more personal. ​We are excited to bring her aboard to serve our clients to make sure they are getting the best care possible. 


Priscilla Nelson- Staffing Coordinator

Priscilla Nelson- Staffing Coordinator

Priscilla began her career working with individuals with mental disabilities in 2007.  That experience inspired her to gain a degree in Psychology in 2017.  She has worked in various healthcare fields as both support and clinical staff.  She joined the Home Instead Senior Care family in 2017 as one of our Staffing Coordinators. She uses her Psychology degree to help her understand our client's point of view and to create a wonderful CAREGiver-Client relationship.


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