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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

We're celebrating 15 years!

About Us

Meet Our Team!


Home Instead of Woodland Hills and Santa Monica have been thriving for nearly 15 years. Our tight-knit team of six bring over 100 years of combined experience, and we've still got a ways to go! Caring is clearly, deeply ingrained within each of us. Our line of work comes with obvious challenges and heartache, but we find ourselves truly blessed to provide such essential services to those in our community during their greatest period of need. Give us a call to witness for yourself how our team differs from the rest. We can't wait to hear from you!

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Chita Henning, Franchise Owner

I, along with my sister, Vivian, started assisting our mother in her Board and Care Facility in 1987. We took care of paperwork and eventually hands-on caregiving with her clients. After nearly a decade-and-a-half of learning from our mother, I was able to purchase my first Board and Care Facility in 2002. We managed a total 5 homes. In 2006, we made the move to Home Instead and purchased 2 locations. I am blessed to say that we own those same two locations today, in Woodland Hills and Santa Monica—servicing an expansive area from Granada Hills to Brentwood. The Lord has given me this business and I feel an obligation to do my best in caring for our clients and a responsibility to keep our caregivers employed. It has been quite a journey but the Lord gives me guidance and direction on a daily basis. Our mother now suffers from mid-stage dementia and is currently in a Board and Care facility. Working for our mother truly was an invaluable experience, as we are now fully equipped to manage her care.

My mini-me is awesomely ambitious, in her second year at Northeastern University Law School! When I don’t have the pleasure of meeting with new clients, I love shopping, vacationing in my second home of Hawaii, and hanging out with my sweet dog, Winkie.

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Vivian Damo, General Manager

My sister, Chita, and I have been with Home Instead since 2006 . . . and to me, it's very personal. Our mother is 80 years old and suffers from mid-stage Dementia. We have first-hand experience dealing with someone you love and how this horrible disease has affected our lives. A tremendous amount of love, patience, and understanding is needed and deserved along with having an open mind, flexibility, and capacity for continued learning. We are here to help you and your family the best way we can and will work with you to assist in any challenges that may arise with an open heart, compassion, and experience. Prior to coming to Home Instead, we owned 5 Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly for over 20 years.

A fun fact about my sister, Chita, and me is that just recently we found out via DNA testing that we are 1/3 Samoan. I'm still surprised!


Celeste Johnson, Long Term Care Insurance Coordinator

I've had the pleasure of being with Home Instead for over 14 years and counting. In 2007, after being a stay-at-home mom for 13 years, I started working at Home Instead as a part-time CAREGiver. Once my kids started going to college, I progressed to full-time. In 2019, I began working in the office, taking care of the Long-Term Care insurance. Along with being the LTC Coordinator, I am happy to say that I have been a CAREGiver to the same client since 2015. I love working with my clients, but I also like being part of the family-base for our CAREGivers and getting to know the other side of caregiving. It takes all of us working together to make it work.

I feel blessed to be a wife, a mother of three lovely girls, and a grandma of one with another one on the way. I feel fortunate to have cared for both my mother and mother-in-law, which has taught me the meaning of compassion, patience and understanding. Like our motto says, “To us, it’s personal.”

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Marlene "Lizette" Paniagua, Recruiting & Training Coordinator

While I am brand new to Home Instead, it has been my distinct privilege to work with seniors for many years now. What began as helping my grandfather in his late life to working in senior living and now hiring and training our outstanding Home Instead CAREGivers, everything has taught me to appreciate the beauty and majesty of life. I constantly learn something new through seniors and caregivers alike, witnessing compassion and care bestowed unto all is a privilege I do not take lightly. I’m blessed to know my children will grow up to recognize the joy of caring for others.

Outside of work, I enjoy a long hike to a gorgeous vista or watching a good movie with my kids.


Patricia "Trish" Aquino, Business Development Manager

The home care industry is a whole new world for me but has many parallels to the hospitality industry, which is where I found my niche in sales, marketing, and operations. I believe in beating the pavement and building relationships face-to-face. The success that Chita and Vivian have achieved all these years with a skeleton crew for their two Home Instead offices is a huge testament to their know-how and undeniable care for their clients and staff. I couldn't be more grateful and excited to help them take their business to the next level as the industry adapts to new and unforeseen changes.

I am blessed everyday beyond measure by God who has provided me with a beautiful family, including the Target dog, and a coop full of chickens.

Our Team

Your Home Instead team in Los Angeles, CA 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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Latest review from our community

Love the services that Home Instead provides for me! My caregiver Rosa is sweet and bends over backwards to help. Would recommend Home Instead to everyone!