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Meet Our Team

We believe every family in the area deserves tailor made in-home senior care with a compassionate touch. That's why we established Home Instead® of Joliet, IL.

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 Home Care Team
Owner

Eric Pucel, Franchise Owner

Eric grew up in Joliet, IL. In 1998, he joined the United States Coast Guard and went on to career in construction for a steel company. Eric joined Home Instead alongside his wife, Courtney, in 2012.

"Courtney & I are so fortunate to have such an amazing Administrative Team and incredible Care Professionals that are committed to the seniors in our community and to the Home Instead mission. It is so rewarding to know that I have the opportunity every day to make a difference in the lives of seniors and their families in the very community I grew up in. Additionally, I get to meet so many fascinating people- clients and Care Professionals alike- everyone has a story and I get to hear it. Building strong relationships with clients and Care Professionals is a primary focus every day. Often times we are the shoulder to lean on whether it is a potential client, existing client, client family or employee. I am honored to be a trusted source to help people find solutions."

eric.pucel@homeinstead.com

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Courtney Pucel, Franchise Owner

Courtney holds a BS from Illinois State University and an M.Ed from DePaul University. She grew up in New Lenox, IL and has been with Home Instead since 2004.

"It is an honor to provide quality care to seniors throughout our community. Everyday I get to work side by side with an Administrative Team that focuses on client and Care Professional needs. We have the common goal of providing seniors with quality Care Professionals who will assist in maintaining each client's integrity and needs in mind. We do all that we can to give families peace of mind whether they are near or far. It can be really daunting on a daughter / son / spouse over time when they become the primary caregiver for their loved one. We put great emphasis on doing what we can, as the care provider, to help them maintain their role as a loved one. We have a compassionate team in place that understands both personally and professionally what this means. Daughters need to be daughters, sons need to be sons, and spouses need to maintain their role as husband or wife. We are proud of what we do and continuously seek out the most compassionate people to carry out our mission; to enhance the lives of seniors and their families through trusted quality care and allowing every senior to age successfully."

courtney.pucel@homeinstead.com

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Crystal, Home Care Manager

Crystal joined our team in 2017 as a Care Professional. Crystal was promoted in 2017 to Office Coordinator. She has brought great value to our team and has grown within the organization. From Office Coordinator, Crystal was promoted to Client Care Coordinator and her success in that role naturally progressed into her current role as Home Care Manager.

As the Home Care Manager, Crystal is responsible for meeting with clients and families to build the best plan of care. She is the face of Home Instead in the community and works closely with our referral providers. She builds partnerships with trusted resources in the community to better meet the needs of our clients.

crystal.nava@homeinstead.com

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Grisel, Service Coordinator

Grisel joined our team in 2021 as Service Coordinator. As Service Coordinator, Grisel is responsible for scheduling clients and meeting Care Professional desired hours.

As Service Coordinator, it is crucial that client and Care Professional matches are successful. Grisel works day in and day out to ensure these matches are a success, working closely with the team to know and understand the various needs. 

grisel.navarrete@homeinstead.com

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Alyna, Office Coordinator

Alyna joined our team in 2023 as Office Coordinator. As Office Coordinator, Alyna works closely with all departments by providing additional support. Her primary responsibilities include recruiting, engagement, and scheduling.

Alyna is a recent graduate of Loyola, working toward her career in the medical field. While she prepares for her MCAT exam, we are fortunate to have this future doctor on our team! 

alyna.navarrete@homeinstead.com

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Sidney, Home Care Consultant

Sidney joined our Home Instead team in 2021. Sidney worked for 3 years as the Recruitment & Engagement Manager in which he focused on identifying, onboarding, and retaining qualified Care Professionals to join our Home Instead family. In 2024, Sidney transitioned into the role of Home Care Consultant.

As the Home Care Consultant, Sidney is responsible for building meaningful relationships and partnerships with Referral Providers throughout our service area. In addition to his focus on generating business, Sidney identifies Referral Providers who are crucial resources for our current client base. Client needs change and we want to ensure their needs are being met. He works closely with the Client Care Team to provide resources for clients as those changes occur.

Sidney is a University of Illinois graduate with a focus on Healthcare Administration. 

sidney.brooks@homeinstead.com

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Robin, Training & Retention Coordinator

Robin joined Home Instead in 2023 as a Care Professional. The professionalism and knowledge that she displayed in caring for her clients did not go unnoticed. After several months working as a Care Pro, Robin joined the Administrative Team as Training & Retention Coordinator.

As Training & Retention Coordinator, Robin focuses on initial and ongoing training for Care Pros, ensuring they are set up for success. Robin also provides additional support with payroll and billing. She brings with her an extensive background in corporate training and HR.

robin.ewing@homeinstead.com

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Ester, Client Care Coordinator

Ester joined our Home Instead family in 2011 as a Care Professional. Ester has always been compassionate, hard-working, and intuitive when it came to her clients and making her in high demand per client request. As a Care Professional, she touched and changed the lives of so many seniors and their families.

Ester balanced raising her beautiful family while caregiving for over 10 years with Home Instead. In 2021, she joined our team as Client Care Coordinator. As Client Care Coordinator, she works with the Client Care Team ensuring each client's Plan of Care is properly being served while also overseeing that Care Professionals have all the tools needed to be successful in the home. Ester brings extensive experience and compassion to her role ensuring both client and Care Professional needs are met.

ester.maldonado@homeinstead.com

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Tia, Client Care Coordinator

Tia joined our team in 2022 as a Care Professional. Her compassion and professionalism lead her to a role on our Administrative Team as Client Care Coordinator.

As Client Care Coordinator, Tia ensures both clients and Care Professionals are set up for success by ensuring the Plan of Care is being met and proper training and support is provided.

tia.webster@homeinstead.com

Our Team

Your Home Instead team in Joliet, IL 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 Care Professionals.

When you are ready for help, our caring staff is on call to quickly answer your questions and accommodate your senior services needs.

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