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Home Instead Senior Care
Skokie, Evanston, North Shore, Chicago

Skokie, Evanston, Wilmette, Winnetka, Glencoe, Glenview, Northbrook, Northfield, Kenilworth - North Shore: (847) 673-1250


Park Ridge, Morton Grove,  Lincolnwood, Niles, Des Plaines, Norridge, Harwood Heights - Near Northwest Suburbs: (847) 518-1400


Chicago - Within the City:    (773) 463-3500

Call us today at 847-268-4670

Meet Our Team

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Call us at (847) 673-1250 to learn how our CAREGivers can help you or your loved one.

Our CAREGivers come first - and deservedly so.  Without them, we couldn't provide care.  All CAREGivers go through a lengthy screening process which includes criminal background checks, Deparment of Motor Vehicle checks, work status verifications, previous employment verifications, and in-depth interviews.  To become a CAREGiver for Home Instead, a worker must be caring, compassionate, and extremely reliable.  All of our home care staff are company employees, covered by worker's compensation & liability insurance.  Home Instead handles all of the tax witholding for the CAREGivers wages.

Our elder care process begins with a free, no-obligation consultation, where a member of our office team meets with the client and family in the comfort of the client's home.  Our CAREGivers are often referred to as companions, homemakers, home helpers, personal care attendants, or home care workers.  Call us to learn more, or to set up a consultation.

Owners, Jackie and Michael Melinger

Jackie & Michael Melinger - Owners

Owners Jackie & Michael Melinger both graduated from the University of Illinois in Champaign.  Their experience includes health care management, human resources, customer service, and quality control. Jackie served as an Illinois Licensed Nursing Home Administrator, holds a Master's Degree in Human Resources from Chicago's Loyola University, and oversees staffing and bookkeeping.  Michael oversees client services, and overall administration of the company. Michael is a member of the Society of Certified Senior Advisors™, is currently serving a 3 year appointment on the Illinois Department of Public Health's Home Health Advisory Board, spent 7 years on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Chapter of the National Private Duty Association, and serves on the Skokie Health Department's IPLAN Committee.  Jackie & Michael became franchise owners in 2001 with Home Instead Senior Care, have 3 children and live in the North Shore.  Jackie & Michael also volunteer regularly in various community causes and activities, including nursing home pet therapy, Alzheimer’s support group facilitation, Parent Teacher Association, Youth Athletic Coaching, and the North Shore Senior Center Escorted Transportation Service. In September of 2013, Jackie and Michael were honored by a local senior organization, North Shore Senior Center, with the 2013 Corporate Sponsorship Philanthropic Award for all the support they continue to give to seniors and their families throughout the Chicagoland and North Shore Suburban area.

Our CAREGivers!

Our CAREGivers!

Some of our wonderful, skilled, and compassionate CAREGivers.

Gina Sheffer - General Manager

Gina Sheffer joined Home Instead Senior Care in 2004, and has been an important member of our team throughout the years. She has worked, and is knowledgeable in all areas of the business including Recruitment, Client Services, and Operations Management. Gina is now the General Manager of Home Instead Senior Care. Facilitating support and communication, and helping families figure out solutions to tough issues are what she does best. Gina has a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois-Chicago, and a Master's Degree in Human Services Administration from National Louis University.

Tessa Silvestri

Tessa Silvestri joined the Home Instead Senior Care team in Skokie/Chicago as a Client Services Manager in April 2011. Tessa has a BS in Psychology from Illinois State University with a minor in Gerontology, and recently completed her certificate in Marketing. She has worked in healthcare/long term care for over 6 years. Her previous employers include The Presbyterian Home in Evanston IL & Brookdale Senior Living in Vernon Hills IL. Tessa currently establishes and maintains community relationships and client relationships across the North Shore including Evanston, Glencoe, Glenview, Kenilworth, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Northbrook, Northfield, Skokie, Techny, Wilmette, and Winnetka for Home Instead Senior Care.
Bridget Murtha

Bridget Murtha

Bridget Murtha joined Home Instead Senior Care as a Client Services Manager in June 2011. Bridget received her BSW from Ohio State University and her MSW from Loyola University Chicago. Her experience includes coordinating services for adults with developmental disabilities and providing medical social services to seniors receiving home health services. At Home Instead, Bridget is currently a member of our Service Department who specializes in helping clients and their families get started with our services. She formulates relationships and acts as a liaison between clients and CAREGivers.

Joanna Leja

Joanna Leja

Joanna Leja recently joined our office team in September of 2013 as a Client Care Coordinator within our Service Department. Joanna was born and raised in Chicago. She recently graduated with a Master's Degree in Social Work, and has a passion for working with older adults and their families. She has several years of experience working with seniors, including working as a CAREGiver! We believe she has a lot to offer to everybody from CAREGivers to clients and their families. Joanna is excited to take on her new role at Home Instead, and build relationships with our clients and their families in addition to all of our CAREGivers.

Ritika Smith

Ritika Smith

Ritika Smith joined Home Instead Senior Care in January of 2011 as a Staffing Manager. Her background and experience include crisis intervention, physical rehabilitation, career counseling, and healthcare management. She is currently pursuing her MBA. In January of 2012, Ritika changed positions because of her passion for the elderly. She is now helping seniors as a Client Care Coordinator. Ritika oversees care and community relationships for areas including Des Plaines, Niles, Norridge/Harwood Heights, Park Ridge, Schiller Park, and Skokie, and the North Side of Chicago.

Allison Sheridan

Allison Sheridan

Allison Sheridan joined Home Instead as a summer intern for Human Resources and Recruitment in 2009. Since then, she has completed a BFA in Advertising Art Direction from Columbia College Chicago. Allison is currently the Office & Marketing Coordinator, helping out with marketing and other administrative tasks in the office.

Barbara Belsky, RN

Barbara Belsky has 30+ years of experience in nursing, geriatrics and rehabilitation. Barbara has worked as a Director of Nursing for skilled nursing facilities as well as in home health nursing, and geriatric care management settings. Her duties include training Home Instead's CAREGivers in the proper techniques of personal care and body mechanics, and performing in-home evaluations & quality control visits. Barbara's expertise enhances Home Instead's ability to design and monitor plans of care for complex cases, and to provide technical support to our home care workers in the field.


Walter is our company's mascot and licensed Pet Therapy Dog. If you've visited Home Instead Senior Care's office, or stopped by our booth at one of the local philanthropy events such as the Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk, or health fairs such as Life Services Network's Annual Convention, you may have met Walter. Walter is a loving and affectionate individual, and has been providing enjoyment to seniors through his therapy for 2+ years!