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​​​​​​​​Home Instead Senior Care Team of Northbrook, IL​​

Senior Home Care 24/7 in Northbrook, IL

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 (847) 418-3300 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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Sandra Alva, Client Care Assistant

Sandra Alva, Client Care Assistant

Sandra joined Home Instead Senior Care in 2017 as a CAREGiver before becoming a client care assistant in 2018.  She has always been passionate about helping others, though her caregiving journey began when she became a caregiver to her grandmother. After moving to Texas with her daughter, she became a caregiver to a quadriplegic man who became a very close friend to her and her family. Sandra was born in Mexico but raised in the U.S. She enjoys cheering on her kids during their school activities, walking her dogs, and spending lots of time with her siblings.


Brittany Calamaco, Administrative Assistant

Brittany Calamaco, Administrative Assistant

​Brittany has been with Home Instead Senior Care since 2015. She is the bright, smiling face greeting everyone who enters the office, and her contributions keep us running efficiently. Previously, Brittany worked to help the underprivileged attain housing in Lake County. She loves meeting and helping new people, so Home Instead is the perfect fit.  Brittany is also raising a family of her own, and she enjoys going out dancing, fashion, and watching movies in her spare time. 


Amy Cohen, Client Care Coordinator

Amy Cohen, Client Care Coordinator

​Amy joined Home Instead in 2019 as a Client Care Coordinator. She began her career as an occupational therapist and has worked in schools, hospitals, independent living communities, assisted living communities, home health, and memory care. Amy is a Certified Dementia Practitioner and has a passion for working with life-experienced individuals, particularly persons living with dementia. She is humbled by the opportunity to help others live life to the fullest.

Amy lives in Glenview with her husband and three daughters. They enjoy spending time outside and have a family hobby of making their own ice cream.


Dan Doepke, General Manager

Dan Doepke, General Manager

​Dan has been with Home Instead since 2017.  His job as manager is made continually easier by this extraordinary team.  Prior to Home Instead, Dan had been a manager for a real estate appraisal association for over 10 years.  Dan and his wife have two energetic young sons, so if he hypothetically had free time, he would just nap through all of it.


Gemma Ganas, Client Care Coordinator

Gemma Ganas, Client Care Coordinator

​Gemma has been with Home Instead since 2016, having previously worked with Alzheimer's patients for 11 years. She is currently working toward a bachelor's degree in nursing. Through the years she has worked as a caregiver, CNA, QA nurse, and LPN. With her job experience, wit, and work ethic, there isn't a problem Gemma cannot find a solution to.

Gemma was born and raised in the Philippines, but now lives in Skokie.  She earned her B.S. in hotel and restaurant management.  In her free time, she enjoys watching movies and TV with her sons Shun and Kellie.  She loves bowling, traveling, and scuba diving.


Pam Gunderson, Executive Assistant

Pam Gunderson, Executive Assistant

​Pam came to Home Instead in 2015 as a CAREGiver, then joined the office staff the very next year. She wears many hats as both the owners' personal assistant and executive assistant to the office, and works very hard to keep both CAREGiver and client documentation complete. Pam has a bachelor's degree in psychology and business and has always worked with adolescents and seniors.  Previously, she was a business owner for 24 years and an administrative assistant for 10 years. Her most current caregiving role is for her mother. She enjoys listening to the wisdom and experiences of seniors while helping them remain active and independent. Pam enjoys cooking, gardening, walks with her dog, and time with family and friends.


Sarah Johnson, Staffing Coordinator

Sarah Johnson, Staffing Coordinator

​Sarah has been with Home Instead since 2013. Sarah takes great pride in finding families the right CAREGiver for their loved ones. She truly enjoys spending time getting to know CAREGivers, (especially when they drop by the office,) so she can ensure they are matched with a client they love. She believes if you love what you do, it will never feel like a day of work in your life. Previously, Sarah worked as a facilities administrator in nursing homes. After her family members' struggles with cancer, hospice, and Alzheimer's opened her eyes, Sarah decided to focus her career on something more rewarding. She enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants, and participating in adventure sports with her spouse. She is also the mother of two adorable fur babies, Tank and Scout.


Ryan Krueger, Client Care & Education Manager

Ryan Krueger, Client Care & Education Manager

​After earning his CNA license, Ryan joined Home Instead Senior Care in 2001 as a CAREGiver.  In 2004 he joined our office staff, and has since become a steadfast presence on the client care team. He is passionate about caring for the elderly, and finds working with both seniors and their CAREGivers to be its own reward.  

Ryan has called many places home throughout the years, but now happily resides in Libertyville.  He enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and 3 children.


Emma Laczko, Staffing Coordinator

Emma Laczko, Staffing Coordinator

​Emma has been with Home Instead since 2015. Although her primary role is staffing coordinator, she also devotes much of her time to the client care department. Emma's caregiving journey started over 10 years ago as a CNA in both facilities and home settings. Making a difference in people's lives has always been her passion, so when Emma relocated to Illinois she brought the culmination of her experience to our Home Instead team. Emma was raised in Romania, but considers both Illinois and Home Instead Senior Care her second homes.  She enjoys spending quality time with her daughter and "cooking up a storm."


Kathy Loving, Client Care Coordinator

Kathy Loving, Client Care Coordinator

​Kathy has been with Home Instead for over six years. She became a CNA over ten years ago after caring for an elderly family member and realizing her passion for senior care. She worked briefly in a senior residential facility, but soon realized she preferred one-on-one care. She started out as a CAREGiver at Home Instead and quickly expanded her role to training coordinator and then client care coordinator.  Kathy believes CAREGivers can make all the difference in keeping a senior in their home and works daily to keep our clients safe and well cared for through age-friendly modifications and updated care plans and goals.  She has lived in Arlington Heights for over 20 years and enjoys spending time with family and friends. 


Alexandra Medina, Office & Staffing Manager

Alexandra Medina, Office & Staffing Manager

​Alexandra (Alex) started her passion for caring for people as a nanny. After a few years, Alex shifted her focus to the elderly community and became a caregiver at an assisted living home. In 2011, Alex joined the Home Instead Senior Care staffing team and has since been promoted to office manager. In addition to managing the office, Alex divides her time between the staffing department and accounting. Her goals are to hire the best CAREGivers for our clients. While hiring CAREGivers, Alex focuses on what the owners taught her: hire CAREGivers you would want to take care of your family.

Through her years at Home Instead Senior Care, Alex has learned to be a better and stronger advocate for her grandmother and visits her in Ohio frequently. Alex lives in Arlington Heights with her family. In her free time, Alex enjoys traveling, and trying new recipes and restaurants.   


Karen Mendez, Client Care Coordinator

Karen Mendez, Client Care Coordinator

​Karen joined Home Instead in 2019 as a client care coordinator. She started her career as an LPN working in acute care for many years. After caring for her aging parents, she developed a love for senior care and advocacy. Karen moved on to work in long term care, not only taking care of her patients, but learning to advocate for them as well. As her children were growing, she decided it was time to return to school herself and she became a registered nurse. After completing school, she worked in the home care, assisted living, and memory care fields. She enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, and gardening.


Annie Odishoo, Client Care Coordinator

Annie Odishoo, Client Care Coordinator

​Annie has been with Home Instead since 2018. She has been part of the medical profession for over 30 years and has her bachelor's degree in nursing. Annie has firsthand experience as a caregiver for her 84-year-old mother with Alzheimer's disease and a son with congenital muscular dystrophy. She understands the immense task relatives face when caring for family members with special challenges and finds it a privilege to coordinate care allowing seniors to remain at home.

Annie is the proud mother of Alaina and Tommy, the joys of her life. She also spends many hours refurbishing furniture and thrifting.


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