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

At Your Service 24/7 in Grand Rapids, MI

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 (616) 988-7878 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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Vincent Altruda - Owner

Vincent Altruda - Owner

Vin became Executive Director and owner of the Home Instead Senior Care Grand Rapids South office in January 2018, bringing a wealth of management and team building experience.  Previously, he was the CEO of Espresso Royale in Ann Arbor and held various senior management positions, including worldwide president, at Borders Books.  Vin is passionate about caring for others and feels his work at Home Instead is one way to honor his parents who chose to stay at home during their final years.  He is the proud father of five children.  Outside of the office, Vin enjoys being with family, raising his two younger boys, spending time outside and cheering on the Michigan Wolverines.  

 



Joyce VanDinther - Client Care Coordinator

Joyce VanDinther - Client Care Coordinator

Joyce is the Client Care Coordinator for Home Instead Senior Care, responsible for client recruitment and retention.  Her favorite part of the job is working together with clients and families to provide care that enables them to stay in their home and optimize their quality of life. Joyce began her career with Home Instead in 2012 as a CAREGiver. She has also worked as a nurse in the home setting and as a volunteer at Raybrook Manor.  She is a graduate of Calvin College with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.  Outside work, Joyce loves to spend time with her family and enjoys running.  She is the proud mom of three children. 


Lillian Smith - Community Service and Recruiting Representative

Lillian Smith - Community Service and Recruiting Representative

Lillian had been with Home Instead Senior care since 2009.  As the Community Service and Recruiting Representative, she recruits and manages all CAREGivers.  She enjoys enriching the lives of seniors in the community and advocating for CAREGivers.  Prior to joining Home Instead, Lillian worked in skilled nursing for over 16 years. She embraces the culture of health care in many roles within the community and feels blessed to connect with supportive people who are actively engaged in extolling the values of Home Instead.  In her free time, she enjoys cooking, reading, volunteering and Michigan road trips.  She is the blessed mother of four children. 

 


Emily Smith - Service Coordinator

Emily Smith - Service Coordinator

Emily is new to the Home Instead Senior Care family serving as the Service Coordinator.  She finds the best match between clients and CAREGivers and keeps everyone on schedule. Previously she was a resident caregiver for Holland Home where her passion for helping seniors began to grow. She enjoys helping others and loves making and facilitating connections.  Outside work you’ll find Emily with friends and family or working on her golf game.  She was a dancer for nine years and plans to learn to ski this winter.   


Tori Sheckler - LeadCAREGiver

Tori Sheckler - LeadCAREGiver

Tori has enjoyed being a CAREGiver with Home Instead for nearly four years.  She also serves as the Lead CAREGiver splitting her time between the office, where she helps create a more productive work environment, and her clients.  In 2017, Tori received her bachelor's degree in pre-medical and intercultural studies.  She and her husband enjoy working with people and traveling abroad where they hope to serve others through pediatric medical missions.  Tori is an Applied Behavior Analysis therapist and enjoys leading Sunday morning worship at her church.  She and her husband are excited about the arrival of their first child.

 


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