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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

Theresa Zurilla,  Franchise Owner

Theresa Zurilla, Franchise Owner

Theresa founded the Blair/Cambria county office of Home Instead Senior Care in June 2000, a natural culmination of a career spent in service to seniors. Theresa holds a BSW in Social Work from St. Francis University and has also earned her certification as a Certified Senior Advisor. She was a Case Manager at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Center for 7 years, followed by 11 years as a Care Manger at Blair Senior Services. Theresa's philosophy for her business is to live by the Golden Rule and treat others as you want to be treated. "Everyone is somebody's somebody," she says. "Take the extra effort and make a difference!"

Velissa Peterson

Velissa Peterson, H.R. Manager

Velissa joined Home Instead Senior Care in June 2020 as HR Manager and is excited to continue building and recognizing our team of CAREGivers. Velissa graduated from the University of North Texas with a B.S. in Education before beginning her career in Human Resources, one that has spanned from hospitality to construction. Seniors hold a special place in Velissa's heart as she is fortunate enough to be the Caregiver to her own mom. She is looking forward to becoming part of the "Be a Santa to a Senior" program and doing her part to make seniors' "golden years" a little more "golden."

Duane Ehredt,  Director of Client Care

Duane Ehredt, Director of Client Care

Duane oversees the daily operations of the Client Care Department, but also works closely with all departments to ensure the quality of all services provided. With a Bachelor's Degree in Health, Policy and Administration, his past experience as an administrator for a personal care home and 18 years with Blair Senior Services, Duane has a wealth of knowledge and insight into the care needs of our senior population. The Home Instead slogan "To us, it's personal" is, to Duane, more than just a tag line. He says, "It's not just a slogan, it is a way of life, for both clients and CAREGivers!"

Ellen Montgomery,  Client Care Coordinator

Ellen Montgomery, Client Care Coordinator

Ellen joined the Home Instead team in 2014, following a 25-year career as a residential counselor with the Arc of Baltimore, assisting three developmentally disabled gentlemen with activities of daily living. As a member of the Client Care team, Ellen is the liason for all Homewood at Martinsburg clients. Additionally, Ellen conducts CPR and First Aid training classes for CAREGivers. When asked what being part of the Home Instead family means to her, Ellen says, "I love watching the magic and relief that happens when our CAREGivers go to the home of a new client and take the burden of caregiving off the family. Priceless!"

Barb Faretta,  Service Manager

Barb Faretta, Service Manager

Barb has been with Home Instead Senior Care since 2012, and oversees the complicated process of coordinating client and CAREGiver schedules. Barb also works with Accounts Receivable and On-Call activities. Because of her strong belief in the Home Instead motto, "To us, it's personal," Barb was instrumental in establishing the "Share Your Heart" program, which encourages clients, family members, or fellow employees to catch our CAREGivers going above and beyond to provide excellent care. This can be anything that makes a special impact on the client or their family - from acting quickly in a life-saving situation, to simply taking the time and initiative to do something especially meaningful for the client.

Linda Gunsallus,  Staff Coordinator

Linda Gunsallus, Staff Coordinator

Linda began her career with Home Instead Senior Care as a CAREGiver for 1.5 years before joining the office staff in January 2016, where she works in scheduling to coordinate client and CAREGiver schedules. Linda's experience as a CAREGiver gives her unique insight into the scheduling concerns of both CAREGivers and clients. She is dedicated to helping keep seniors in their homes and to giving families peace of mind.

Our Team

Your Home Instead team in Duncansville, PA possesses a heartfelt desire to work with seniors 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 senior services needs.

Home Instead Caregiver wearing mask reading newspaper with senior man at home

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