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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 Home Care Team

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Andrew Garrean, Owner

Andrew graduated from Baylor University in 1994 and planned on becoming the next advertising guru. While working in advertising his grandmother become ill which turned into almost a full-time family caregiver position for his mother. After witnessing the rewards and difficulties of caring for a loved one at home he sought a position at Home Instead Senior Care's home office in Omaha. In 1999, Andrew managed the original Home Instead office and became very passionate about keeping seniors at home. His passion lies in finding long term in-home solutions that will improve and enhance a senior's quality of life while preserving dignity. In 2001, he was offered a promotion into Omaha's corporate Home Instead office but declined to open the Tulsa franchise. Andrew prides himself on being the longest tenured owner in home care in the Tulsa area, being in business since November 2001. He loves the fact that Home Instead has made such a difference in the Tulsa community for so long. Outside of work Andrew enjoys record collecting, live music, golf, cooking and wine, dogs, and travel.

Kara Palmer, General Manager, Licensed Nurse Practitioner

Kara Palmer, General Manager, Licensed Nurse Practitioner

Kara earned her Master's degree in Family Nurse Practitioner from Simmons University in 2020. She is a board-certified family nurse practitioner with the State of Oklahoma and our General Manager. She was our Registered Nurse for 6+ years previously. Her background in nursing has stakes in Adult Emergency Room Care and she has 10 plus years of customer service experience.

Kara was born and raised in Tulsa, OK where she currently lives with her husband, who is her high school sweetheart. When she is not taking care of clients, mentoring CAREGivers, and supporting office staff, she enjoys spending time with her husband and her nieces and nephews, cooking, reading, listening to music, spending time outdoors and learning new things! She loves to travel and when she is not working, she can usually be found on a beach somewhere!
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Kaycee Higgins, Service Coordinator

Kaycee has a passion for caring for people after she and her father took on a family caregiving role while caring for her mother. Witnessing how difficult it was on her father (caregiver) and mother creates her passion when it comes to helping seniors stay at home. Kaycee is from Tulsa, OK and has been married for 17 years. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons. Her hobbies include gardening, swimming, watching movies and cooking.

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Carrie Chapman, Service Coordinator

Carrie was a Caregiver for her own grandfather when he became ill. She new she could provide this service to others so she joined Home Instead, where she has worked as a Caregiver for 2 years. Carrie is very passionate about helping keep the elderly in their homes.

Carrie is also a dance instructor and has taught dance for 30 years. She is married and has 3 daughters and 1 grandson.  In her free time she loves being outside, spending time with her family, and playing with her grand baby. She also enjoys running.
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Leanne Cagle, Recruitment & Engagement Coordinator

Through years of caring for family and friends, Leanne changed direction from recruiting, staffing and consulting to explore caregiving. In the beginning it was such a drastic change but soon she knew she was on the right path with her passion for helping others. As a caregiver she was able to get direct, hands on experience daily learning the needs and expectations of her clients and their families. This soon led her back into recruiting, staffing and training caregivers which is just as rewarding and fulfilling, as she gets to be an advocate for her team. While continuing to care for family and friends, Leanne, in her spare time enjoys being artistically creative, gardening and the outdoors with her three dogs.

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Victoria Payne, Service Coordinator

Victoria is passionate about caring and nurturing others. Her love of seniors started as a child spending time visiting and helping the elderly in her neighborhood. Victoria has worked in healthcare for 17 years and sincerely enjoys the different people she encounters and has the pleasure of helping. In her spare time Victoria loves to spend time with family being an aunt to her two nieces and three nephews makes her extremely happy! She is a huge music fan and enjoys artist of all genres also a fan of reading, fishing, traveling, and camping.

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Shelly Chalakee, Weekend Administrative Assistant

My hobbies include spending time with my grand-kids and going fishing with my son.  I try to spend as much time with my parents as I can.  They are very close to me, and I am very fortunate to still have them… happy and healthy.  I also have two sisters that are older.  Joannie lives in Grove, OK.  She works with the elderly in her town to make sure they have at least two good meals a day at a center where she works.  My middle sister Diana lives in Lewisville, TX.  She is fortunate enough to get to stay at home and help her 6 children….yes, I said six. She watches her grand-kids to help her kids get through college.   

Professionally I am currently a full time Court Clerk for The City of Broken Arrow.  If you get a traffic violation in Broken Arrow you will probably see my smiling face at the pay window or in court.  I have always worked a part time job being a single mom.  I wanted to work for Home Instead to feel like I am making a difference.  Thank you for welcoming me so graciously.  I am looking forward to being a part of such a great team. 
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Darnella McFarland, LPN Client Care Coordinator

I was born and raised in Detroit, MI where I resided until approximately a year ago when I moved to Oklahoma. I was on a career path of becoming a medical transcriptionist. I had no aspirations to become a nurse, though I was being groomed for it, from an early age, while I was helping to take care of my favorite aunt, who was handicapped. My journey into nursing started when a friend of mine got a job as a nursing assistant, and I thought, if she could do it, then I could too, and that was the beginning of my new career. I worked as a nurse assistant for 10 years before I went on to become a LPN. My motivation to further my career came when I became pregnant with my daughter, Angel, my pride, and joy. I attended J.T.P.A. School of Practical Nursing, in Michigan. I have served as a LPN for over 20 years, where most of my career has been served in Skilled, Long-term care and memory care, however, I have worked in assisted living and home care, as well. I enjoy crossword puzzles as well as 1000 or more-piece jigsaw puzzles of landscapes, Thomas Kincade is my favorite. I enjoy going out socializing and having a good time with a group of friends, as well as traveling.

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Tabitha Rutger, RN, Client Care Coodinator

Tabitha was born and raised in Georgia. She grew up on a small farm with her mom, grandparents AND great grandparents all together but in separate homes. She LOVED spending time with them and caring for them as they grew older. “I will always cherish those times. It wasn’t until I was older that I realized how lucky we all were to have each other so close, but it wasn’t always easy! I hope that this job will give me a chance to make it easier for families who need some respite care but what I look forward to most is the connections I will make as I learn about each client!

Tabitha moved to California to spend time with her other grandpa for college. Because of him, She has been a registered nurse since 2007 with a passion for teaching. She homeschools her 4 small children and loves spending times exploring new places. She just moved here to Tulsa in August 2021 and is very excited to meet new people and explore the beauty of Oklahoma.

Our Team

Your Home Instead team in Tulsa, OK 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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