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​​​​​​​​IMG_8491.JPG​​At Your Service 24/7 in Santa Barbara, 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 (805) 560-6995 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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Mac & Susan Johnson, Co-Owners

Mac & Susan Johnson, Co-Owners

​Co-owners Mac and Susan have been leading the Home Instead Senior Care team in Santa Barbara County since 2002. Actively involved in the Santa Barbara community, the Johnsons understand the unique needs of their clients and families. As part of the world’s largest network of independently-owned providers of care for seniors at home, Mac and Susan remain committed to helping older adults improve their quality of life in an environment of support and safety. With parents back in the Midwest, Mac and Susan have a unique understanding of caring for aging parents some distance away. Add to that six children and seven grandchildren, and Mac and Susan stay busy hosting a revolving door of family visitors. When not at work, you’ll often find Mac in the kitchen and Susan deep into her recent book selection. ​​


Melissa Eve Lovinger, Executive Director

Melissa Eve Lovinger, Executive Director

​Influenced by her grandparents’ dedication to community service, Melissa spent many summers volunteering at area nursing homes where she learned to listen and understand the specific needs of seniors. Melissa has also gained valuable insight into how growing older could and should look from her Grandma Lovinger who lived to be 100. Melissa applied this experience to Home Instead Senior Care in 2006. Combining her passion for serving the needs of seniors with her business acumen Melissa serves as the Agency Director at Home Instead Senior Care. Melissa was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, where she attended John Carroll University and graduated with a degree in Philosophy and Psychology. She has lived on the West Coast since 2003 and is actively involved in the community, volunteering for several area non-profits. Melissa is on the Board of Directors for Catholic Charities, where she serves as Vice President.​​


Karin Pettit, Care Coordinator

Karin Pettit, Care Coordinator
​Karin joined Home Instead Senior Care in Santa Barbara County in 2012 after she and her husband had worked as on-site Managers for an Independent Living Retirement Community in the Central Valley of California. Prior to this she spent 15 years as an office manager for a Ranch Broker also in the Central Valley. They moved to Santa Barbara brings Karin back home as a ninth generation Santa Barbarian on her Mother’s side of the family. 

She and her husband have been married for 35 years and have two daughters and three granddaughters. Karin is also fortunate to be able to spend time withtwo special seniors, her Mother who lives in the community, and her great aunt who just celebrated her 100th Birthday. 

Karin volunteered for the Girl Scouts for 15 years when her girls were growing up, and is a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts. She enjoys family time, walks on the beach, theater, ballet and baseball. She has enjoyed participating in Santa Barbara Old Spanish Days Fiesta, since childhood, and continues the tradition with her family.

Anastasia R. Johnson, Care Coordinator

Anastasia R. Johnson, Care Coordinator

​Anastasia has worked with Home Instead Senior Care since 2009. Relationships that enhance the lives of all involved are a motivating factor in her life; so, one of the favorite aspects of her job is matching CAREGivers and Clients. Anastasia moved to Santa Barbara in 2007 after 26 years in Colorado where she raised two boys and is now watching her eldest son and his wife raise two beautiful children of their own. Always an active member of the community, Anastasia has been involved in Hospice, the Rape Crisis Center and the Birds of Prey education project for children/schools. She has also volunteered for the Environmental Defense Center, the Channel Keepers and Save the Gaviota Coast. In her spare time, Anastasia enjoys paddle boarding, reading, writing and dancing. Currently, Anastasia is working on Biographies of Seniors, a written legacy of our seniors’ histories.​​


Pamela Carmichael, On-Call Supervisor

Pamela Carmichael, On-Call Supervisor

​Pam began working with Home Instead Senior Care in 2005 as a CAREGiver and continues her work in that capacity. With her many years of front-line experience, in 2008 she took over as the On-Call Supervisor handling emergency calls from CAREGivers and Clients after-hours. Pam was born in Clovis, California and grew up in Santa Maria, California. She worked as a pharmacy clerk for eighteen years prior to joining Home Instead Senior Care. Pam is married with two children and is active with her daughter’s water polo team and as a room mother. Her hobbies include gardening, refinishing furniture and movies.​​


Jean Perry, Administrative Assistant

Jean Perry, Administrative Assistant

​Jean joined Home Instead Senior Care as a CAREGiver in 2004, and has since transitioned into working in the office. Service became a reoccurring thread in Jean’s life, beginning as a “Candystiper” as a teenager. After her children began school, she worked as a nurse’s aide at Cottage Hospital while studying to become a Licensed Vocational Nurse. While working in the Cottage Operating Room, she went back to school and received her Associate Degree in Nursing. Jean worked in 11 different specialties, including as a member of the open-heart surgery team at Stanford University Hospital in Palo Alto, California. In her spare time she became an Amateur Radio Operator “Ham,” and worked as the radio contact for teams of physicians who were working in Central America performing surgeries and procedures. Jean’s interests outside of work include church activities, Ballroom dancing, singing, piano, ceramics, woodworking and making jewelry. ​​


Caledonia

Caledonia
​​Cal is a two-year old miniature multi-generation Australian Labradoodle. His color is a rare and beautiful dark chocolate and white parti. Although Cal loves to “party,” he is also a certified American Therapy Dog. 

Every week, Cal makes the rounds at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital, Cottage Hospital Outpatient Surgery Center, Marion Medical Center, and Jodi House. In addition to his regular schedule, Cal visits our clients, attends Senior Fairs and visits Marian Home Care and Hospice clients when needed. Cal has become quite popular with our clients and the patients, families and staff at his regular stops, and loves spreading joy wherever he goes. 

Watch for Cal as he makes appearances on Facebook in his travels around Santa Barbara County.

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