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Home Care Benefit 

Personalized in-home care can help people age in place safely with dignity and independence. We provide our person-centered “home care” no matter where “home” is. From the family home to senior communities to rehab facilities and beyond, we are able to bring the care aging loved ones need to wherever they call home.
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Proudly Serving Aging Adults & Their Families

Our Promise

As a locally owned business, our team offers friendly, responsive service right in your neighborhood. Families love our team because we:
  • Do what we say we’re going to do – each and every time
  • Solve care problems using compassionate, person-centered solutions
  • Engage in thoughtful relationships with the families we serve
  • Give back to our community

About Us

Meet Our Team

Daniel Hedgepeth (Danny),  Administrator and Co-Owner

Daniel Hedgepeth (Danny), Administrator and Co-Owner

Danny Hedgepeth has been the Co-Owner and Administrator of Home Instead Senior Care in Athens, Georgia since June, 2013.

He and his wife Sherry reside in Bogart, Georgia. They have one married daughter, two grandchildren and two Springer Spaniels.

Danny's background is serving in ministry as a full time pastor from 1979 until 2012. Danny received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Charleston Southern University in 1976, Masters of Divinity with Classical Languages from Southeastern Baptist Seminary in Wake Forest North Carolina in 1982, and Doctor of Ministry classroom work completed at Southern Seminary from 2000-2003. Danny has written 19 articles for Mature Living magazine (Lifeway) since 2017 on ministry to Caregivers and persons with Alzheimer's Disease and other dementias.

Danny is an avid golfer, walker, and amateur golf historian.

Sherry Hedgepeth,  Co-Owner and Training Coordinator

Sherry Hedgepeth, Co-Owner and Training Coordinator

Sherry Hedgepeth had served over 34 years as a Special Education teacher prior to becoming a Home Instead Co-Owner in June, 2013. Sherry was recognized for her dedication in the classroom on a regional and statewide basis. Sherry is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Winthrop University in 1976.

Sherry has brought the same passion for excellence that was exhibited in the classroom into the area of caring for senior adults. Sherry has the ability to see the needs of older adults and match them with the right caregivers to give them proper care. Sherry also oversees the education program of the caregivers of Home Instead Senior Care of Athens and monitors certifications of employees.

Sherry and her husband, Danny, live in Bogart, Georgia.

Heather Tracy,  Client Care Coordinator

Heather Tracy, Client Care Coordinator

Heather Tracy has been working to improve the lives of senior adults for many years. Heather was named Director of Meals on Wheels for Athens Community Council on Aging (ACCA) in 2007 and then named Director of Operations in 2013 at ACCA.

Heather accepted the position of Client Care Coordinator with Home Instead Senior Care in October, 2016. Heather works directly with clients to discover their needs, pair them with a caregiver, and answer any questions clients and families may have during the course of their care with Home Instead. We are extremely fortunate to have someone as dedicated and passionate about her career as Heather.

Heather is a native of Watkinsville, area and a 2000 graduate of the University of Georgia. She and her husband Scott live in Oconee County with their daughter, Izetta and son, Sam.

Savannah Collins,  Community Relations Director

Savannah Collins, Community Relations Director

Savannah Collins has found a true passion in working to educate our community members and partners about care that they have access to. Savannah has worked as a physician liaison for a local hospital, a hospice community liaison, and started her time with Home Instead in January of 2020.

Savannah graduated from the University of Georgia, College of Public Health with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Promotion in 2015 and is passionate about guiding individuals through their health questions and growing relationships with our partners in health and community resources.

Savannah is a native of Jefferson, Georgia where she and her husband Chase live with their two dogs and two cats.

Leigh Ann Wilson,  Office Manager

Leigh Ann Wilson, Office Manager

​Leigh Ann Wilson is Home Instead Athens' Office Manager. Starting as a caregiver herself, in 2010, she has a background in dementia care and a true passion for working with older adults.

Leigh Ann has a wide breadth of experience and knowledge, not only in hands-on caregiving, but also worked 5 years in customer service and administrative assisting before joining Home Instead in 2017.

Leigh Ann lives with her daughter, Zoey, 1 dog, and 2 cats. We are so thankful to have her on our team!

Dyanna Cannon,  Caregiver Support Coordinator

Dyanna Cannon, Caregiver Support Coordinator

​Dyanna Cannon is Home Instead's wonderful Caregiver Support Coordinator. Dyanna helps make sure that we have all the documents and credentialing that is required for each CAREGiver and joined the team in 2019. Dyanna is exceptionally organized and detail-oriented and we are so thankful to have her on our team!

Dyanna also welcomed a sweet baby boy, Lucas, in July of 2020.

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Joann Rodriguez, Registered Nurse

Joann has been a Registered Nurse since 1982. Joann makes visits to our clients primarily when they start services with us and then on an annual basis. Joann also assists in our CareGiver Trainings to ensure that all of our new CareGivers have the proper skills to succeed.

Joann enjoys cooking, especially baking, in her spare time and is known for her famous scones with honey and mascarpone drizzle...that's the secret!

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Kristie Fowler, Licensed Practical Nurse

Kristie Fowler has been a Licensed Practical Nurse since 2010 always specializing in the area of senior adults where she feels most passionate. Kristie helps with orientation and training for new caregivers and also helps with client quality assurance visits.

Kristie lives in Comer with her 4 children and Sheep-a-doodle puppy named Molly.

Our Team

Your Home Instead team in Watkinsville, GA possesses a heartfelt desire to work with older adults in the community. It is our ultimate goal to forge extraordinary relationships between our clients and their CAREGivers.

When you or an elderly loved one is ready for help, our caring staff is on call to quickly answer your questions and accommodate your services needs.

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