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

At Your Service 24/7 in Charleston, 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 (843) 571-3000 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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Shannon Carithers, RN - Owner

Shannon Carithers, RN - Owner

​Shannon Carithers and his wife Melody are the owners of Home Instead Senior Care of Charleston.  Shannon is a Registered Nurse and previously worked at the Medical University of South Carolina.  Melody's background includes marketing and sales in senior communities and the medical industry.  He and his wife are South Carolina natives, and together they have 40 years combined healthcare experience.  Shannon is responsible for the day to day operations of the business. He works closely with both clients and CAREGivers to ensure the best care


Kenzie Brogden - General Manager

Kenzie Brogden - General Manager

A North Carolina native, Kenzie started her journey with Home Instead as a CAREGiver during her years at Catawba College in Salisbury, NC.  In May of 2009 she graduated magna cum laude from Catawba with her Bachelors in Sociology.  After spending the summer of 2009 studying abroad in Costa Rica, Kenzie returned to the states and began her career in human resources with a national roofing company.  Four years later she was offered the position of human resources manager for a long-term care nursing facility in Charlotte, NC.  Kenzie, along with her fiancé Ryan and their five fur babies, moved to Charleston in the summer of 2014.  She uses her personal experience as a CAREGiver to guide her in every hiring decision to ensure we have the best CAREGivers in the low country.  Kenzie is currently working on her MBA in Human Resource Management.  In her spare time, she enjoys attending local hockey games and concerts with her fiancé.  


Elizabeth Felder McDermott - Community Service Director

Elizabeth Felder McDermott - Community Service Director

​Elizabeth is a native of Charleston and has been serving the Low Country as a volunteer and leader for three decades. Elizabeth has a double major in Sociology and History. She comes to Home Instead Senior Care with over 17 years’ experience as a Pharmaceutical Representative. Elizabeth’s primary responsibilities are marketing and educating the community on non-medical home care, aging issues and dementias. As a member of South Carolina Aging in Place and Lowcountry Senior Network, Elizabeth is able to provide resources to our clients. She enjoys cooking, water and snow skiing with her husband and daughter.  


Melinda Aranda - Community Service Representative

Melinda Aranda - Community Service Representative

Melinda was born in Augusta, Ga but has called Charleston home for over 18 years.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications with a minor in speech from Augusta State University.  Melinda has over 20 years experience in sales and marketing with the majority of it in the healthcare field.

In her spare time she enjoys watching college football, gardening, and spending time with her husband and 6 year old twins.​


Laura Yzaguirre – Client Care Coordinator

Laura Yzaguirre – Client Care Coordinator

Laura grew up as a military child and later became a military wife.  After living in Charleston for 10 years, her and her family decided to permanently call our beautiful city "home."  Laura thoroughly enjoys the Senior citizen community.  She feels there is no better way to serve their needs and help improve their quality of life than to be on the "front lines" with them. Laura works with other Care team members to build supportive relationships with our clients, families and caregivers. She addresses concerns of clients, families, and caregivers and provides solutions along with additional community resources. Laura holds a South Carolina certification as a Nurse's Aide.  She has a background in caregiving and hospice work.  Laura has taken several classes on Dementia to increase her knowledge on this subject.  In Laura's free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and volunteering to facilitate her favorite game BINGO at local assisted living facilities.


Amanda Bonner – Client Service Director

Amanda Bonner – Client Service Director

​Amanda moved to Charleston in 2016.  Before making Charleston her home, Amanda worked as a scheduler for a home care company in Cincinnati, OH.  She was tasked with the responsibility of matching senior citizens with the perfect caregiver, an incredible skill that she brought with her to Home Instead.  Amanda joined our team as a Service Coordinator, and in 2017 was promoted to Service Director.  She oversees all client and caregiver schedules and ensures that we pair our clients with the right caregiver.  She brings several years of experience in training, management and coordinating staff members in a team environment.  In her free time she enjoys exercising, volunteering, and loves to coach teenagers on how to be productive adults. 


Allison Durst – Human Resources Director

Allison Durst – Human Resources Director

Allison was born in Logan, Utah but has made Charleston her home since she was 5 years old. She attended College of Charleston and earned her Bachelor's degree in Sociology with a concentration in Gerontology. After graduating, she worked with Respite Care of Charleston as a Program Coordinator in charge of daily social programs for people with Alzheimer's Disease and other forms of dementia, as well as support groups for their family members. Allison spent the last 6 years raising her 3 beautiful children while also training College of Charleston students to work with people with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. As the Human Resources Coordinator for Home Instead Senior Care, Allison recruits, hires and trains the CAREGivers to provide the best care.  In her spare time, she enjoys music, hiking, and spending time with her husband and 3 kids. 


Pam Bartenfield - Service Liaison

Pam Bartenfield - Service Liaison

​In 2011 Pam became a CAREGiver for Home Instead, after caring for multiple family members. In 2013 she was recruited to join our office staff. Pam performs multiple administrative responsibilities, including assisting Human Resources. Pam is a Clemson Graduate and has a Masters of Education from Converse College. After 29 years as an elementary teacher, she volunteered at MUSC Holling's Cancer Center and started a wedding and a floral design business. Pam enjoys gardening, college football and entertaining family and friends.​


Linda Dowd - Service Liaison

Linda Dowd - Service Liaison

​Linda joined our team in 2011 as a care giver, and has been promoted to our professional staff. She is our Long Term Care Insurance Specialist and Care Manager for our VA clients. Linda has an extensive background in social services and various outreach ministries. She was most recently a Case Manager for World Relief Refugee Services working with the relocation of refugees. Linda is the family caregiver for her mother and has 2 active grandchildren.


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