"I am continually struck by the professionalism, high level of caring and exemplary caregivers that I have met from Home Instead. My mom couldn't live without them, and neither could I.
Marie joined Home Instead Senior Care May of 2017 and couldn't be happier. With a background, primarily as an Office Manager for Medical Practices, she gained the experience in Human Resources and worked with a variety of physicians, patients and clientele. Her love of the healthcare industry and her love in helping people, make this an ideal fit for Marie. She has personal experience in dealing with a loved one aging with dementia, and has empathy for clients and families in which it affects. She knows how important it is to find qualified and caring caregivers.
Marie and her husband moved to the North Georgia Mountains for a change in lifestyle and to enjoy all the mountains has to offer. When she isn't working, she and her husband enjoy the outdoors and spending time with family.
Freddy joined the team of the Home Instead Senior Care Blairsville office in June 2017. He comes to us with a background in sales, training and property management. He works very closely with our clients and CAREGivers to ensure that monthly schedules are completed and communicated appropriately. His friendly greeting and easy demeanor will make you feel right at home whether you are calling or visiting our office.
"I like being a friendly voice on the other end of the line knowing that I will be helping to take care of the caller's needs."
Freddy is originally from Southeast Florida and recently moved to the mountains of Georgia seeking a scenic destination to settle down with his family of six.
Kim joined our team at Home Instead Senior Care of Blairsville as a CAREGiver in March 2018 and transitioned to office staff the following May. Kim is a native of Blairsville and comes to us with a 25 year background in marketing, recruitment, sales and training and has her degree in Communication. She discovered her passion for at-home personal care as she worked with her own aging grandparents who suffered from medical and mental decline before their passing. Here at HISC, she works with Freddy in scheduling for our clients and CAREGivers helping to establish personal connections for both employee and client satisfaction and retention.
"Bridging the relationship between clients and CAREGivers with a personal and empathetic touch is my passion and drive. My goal here at HISC is to provide our clients and CAREGivers with the peace of mind and security to help to make each day together as worry-free as possible."
When she isn't working at HISC, Kim enjoys volunteering and serving on various charitable and networking organizations, teaching others about the importance of certified organic, natural and sustainable health, wellness and nutrition and loves traveling and entertaining with family and friends.
Rita Shook is a Quality Assurance Coordinator with Home-instead Senior Care. Prior to working at Home-instead Senior Care she worked most of her career with mentally and physically challenged individuals. Rita worked in many areas and positions to support the individuals in becoming more functional in their own environment and in the community. She was an advocate for the people she served through being director of a "Day Treatment Program" that housed between 18 and 25 people every day for 6 hours. During this time Rita taught self-help skills, coping strategies, and many other life skills. If a problem arose from issues such as" not enough food to eat", to "forgetting to take medications" or many other things that arose that could create mental breakdown, she worked closely with the Doctors of Psychiatry to make sure things were ok at the end of the day. Rita studied to become a CPRP (Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner) to assist with supporting and giving informed information to help each person to become task centered and build lasting relationships in their life and have healthier interdependence.
Rita has had many personal and professional experiences throughout her life caring for individuals who were going through end of life issues, caring for some family members until the end of their life. Staying with the elderly and caring for their needs was very natural to her as a young child of 8-10, as well as disabled individuals. That is what her life was in regards to care, compassion and love for these individuals. Rita wore many "hats" during the 23 years she worked for individuals with physical, mental and psychosocial issues. She at one point became a Case Manager going into the homes to assist in teaching and helping with their needs. Growing up in the same community that she works in has become a great asset, to use life experiences in dealing with people, as well as seeing the needs and understanding the people we serve a little better. After retiring Rita found she needed to be involved in the care of people to feel more complete. She applied for a job working with the older population in the community.
I feel it is a great honor to be part of a company that has shown great love and compassion for one another and to the aging population. It is truly an honor to be a part of Home Instead Senior Care.
Deborah joined our team at Home Instead Senior Care, August of 2017. She started as a caregiver, which she enjoyed immensely. It has been a true blessing for her, helping others, and giving back and making a difference in someone else's life. She has now transitioned to the Role of Recruitment Specialist, in the Blairsville Office. She can now utilize her experience as a previous caregiver, to ensure that we employ the best of the best caregivers on our team.
Before moving to the beautiful mountain town of Blairsville, Ga with her husband. Deborah had a successful career as a Realtor in Florida. Deborah spent 20 years in a Corporate environment as Executive Assistant.
She has cared for family and loved ones facing the end of their life. Seeing and being there first hand, she understands the importance of making sure you have the right care provider, for your loved ones. She understands the emotions, the fears and concerns that loved ones' face during this time.
She was a Big Sister with Big Brothers Big Sister program for over 13 years. She and her husband competed competitively as ballroom dancers for over 7 years.
Cindy is responsible for the oversite and care plans for each Senior we service. In addition, she trains and oversees each of our employees and Caregivers to ensure that the highest level of care and compliance is being achieved.
Cindy graduated from Jefferson Community College Louisville, Kentucky in 1990 with an associate degree in nursing. Her background includes critical care, emergency, telephonic RN, toxicology, addiction recovery, IV infusion and home health. Hobbies in free time, are gardening, reading, exploring the North Georgia Mountains and spending time with friends and family.
Michelle Latham is a Home Care Consultant in the Demorest office. As a Home Care Consultant, she is responsible for marketing Home Instead services to Hospitals, Physician Offices, Assisted Living Facilities, Nursing Facilities and organizations in the neighboring communities. She is also responsible for networking with other Healthcare professionals and meeting with families to discuss our services.
Prior to joining the Home Instead team, Michelle worked as an Account Executive at BioScrip Infusions, Gentiva Hospice, Vitas Hospice and Novartis Pharmaceuticals over the last 14 years. She also has a 16-year background with The Kroger Company – ranging from Store Management, Customer Service Coordinator and Human Resource Coordinator.
Michelle was born in Canada but has lived in Georgia for most of her life. She is married and has 3 children. In her spare time, Michelle enjoys spending time with her family, baseball, scrapbooking and crafting.
Our CAREGivers encourage, assist and stimulate our clients in a variety of daily activities that improve their quality of life and help them maintain their independence. Our staff is available 24/7 to support them. Because we employ our CAREGivers, the company pays their taxes, insurance, bonding, and worker's compensation. All of our CAREGivers share a common desire to make a difference in the life of a senior.
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