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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

Eric and Angela Thomas, Owners

Eric and Angela Thomas, Owners

Eric and Angela have spent more than 25 years serving the elderly in different capacities. Eric was President & CEO of large, faith-based retirement communities for over 22 years. These retirement communities had Assisted and Independent living apartments and townhomes, Memory care households, Skilled Nursing Care, Short-Term rehabilitation facilities, Adult Day Care and much more. Angela has served as the Development Director and Independent Living Director. As Development Director she raised money for capital campaigns, annual campaigns, annual benefit dinners and many other fundraising events. The best thing about home care though is the one-on-one aspect of caring for our clients. We know our quality of care is high and the client's quality of life is best when we take care of people individually.

Eric and Angela have 5 kids and 2 dogs, which is what they spend most of their time on when away from work!

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Sheila Wright, Administrative Assistant

Sheila joined the Home Instead Team in 2007 as staffing coordinator, she is now Administrative Assistant to all her team members. Sheila has been a CNA in facilities and worked as a MA for several doctors offices. Sheila has 4 children and 3 grandchildren she spends lots of time with. Her heart is to help out seniors as well as her own 94 year old mother who depends on her very much.

Emily Wilson, Home Care Consultant

Emily Wilson, Home Care Consultant

‚ÄčI began at Home instead in June 2017 as a Quality Assurance Coordinator after receiving a B.S. in Health and Human Science at Bridgewater College. I enjoy sitting down with members of the community and families to see how they can use Home Instead as a partner in changing the face of aging. As a Home Care Consultant I do exactly that. I am responsible for representing Home Instead, controlling our social media presence, and building relationships with the communities around us! It's personal to me because my grandparents and parents are aging right here as well so my goal is to be a resource to make the transition of aging easier for everyone. I'm easy to find in the community, so feel free to pull me aside and say hi!

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Stephenie Kramer, Recruiting and Engagement Coordinator

Stephenie returned to the Home Instead family after a brief hiatus. She is educated in many aspects of the company but thoroughly enjoys the position of recruitment and retention. Steph has a passion for people, and that makes her a great asset to the team. Her passion gives her the advantage to see the needs of our clients and to find only the best employees. Stephenie is happily married and has 3 dogs. In her leisure time, she enjoys seeing movies with friends, cooking, and playing fetch with her fur babies.

Janel Youngman, Recruiting and Engagement Coordinator

Janel Youngman, Recruiting and Engagement Coordinator

In 2008 Janel graduated from Southwestern Michigan College as a Medical Assistant. She joined the Home Instead team in May 2017 as a caregiver. While caring for our clients she always treated them as if they were her own family. Janel enjoys meeting new people, and learning about them, in order to find the best match with our clients. She is empathetic, engaging and motivated about assisting our caregivers with providing the best possible care for each and every one of our clients. At Home Instead caring is our passion, and it starts with our caregivers. Janel takes pride in inspiring our experienced caregivers to pursue additional training to further their career with Home Instead. Developing strong relationships from the beginning is the foundation of everything she does, both professionally and personally. Let’s turn your passion into a career. Remember you are already a Caregiver, you just don’t know it yet.

April Merritt, Client Care Coordinator

April Merritt, Client Care Coordinator

April was a CAREgiver with Home Instead Senior Care for four years before taking the position of Quality Assurance Coordinator in the Mishawaka office. April enjoys spending time with our clients, getting to know them, and giving them the best quality of life possible. Throughout the day, April does Quality Assurance visits with the clients to ensure they do not have a change in condition, updates, or concerns of any kind. She believes being a part of and engaging our seniors will make a lasting impression and lives by our motto, "To us, it's personal."

Melisa Fulkerson, Client Care Coordinator

Melisa Fulkerson, Client Care Coordinator

Melisa runs the On Call/After Hours line. She is a general jack of all trades during the hours of 5p-8a and is able to schedule, answer client's questions and encourage our team of CAREGivers. Melisa joined our team in 2018, working with our Transition to Home partnership. When she and her family relocated to Florida she took on the after hours role to help us all out!

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Kari Thomas, Scheduling Manager

Kari started with Home Instead in April 2018 as the on-call coordinator and relocated here in August 2018 to take on her new role as Scheduling Manager. She has many years of experience in the health field as a hospital volunteer, patient care tech and an LPN. Her assessment skills as a nurse often help clients and caregivers triage the situation and make the appropriate decision. Kari listens well and always gets the job done! Kari, and her husband Nick have 4 beautiful daughters who keep them busy and are always traveling for sporting events.

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Angel Davidsen, Client Care Coordinator

Angel came to Home Instead as a caregiver for a second full time job while still working at a factory full time. She has had many cherished moments and carries a lot of memories. Angel often visited with her grandparents and treasures those memories.  She volunteered at nursing homes and sang for the residents, spent time talking with them and even brought her kids to visit. When her grandma was 90, Angel became her CAREGiver to keep her home until her passing at age 95. She has three daughters all in the healthcare field and two sons, one in the factories and the other who just finished high school. She loves working with her clients and their families and treats them like her own.

Our Team

Your Home Instead team in Mishawaka, IN 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.

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