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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

Jay and Alyssa Maria, Owners

Jay and Alyssa Maria, Owners

Jay and Alyssa Maria opened Home Instead Senior Care in Wilkes-Barre, PA in 2003. Jay was born and raised in Wilkes-Barre and decided it would be a great place to live and raise a family. Jay witnessed the great difficulty his parents faced in caring for his grandfather with Alzheimer's disease. "After my grandmother died, my grandfather declined mentally and emotionally. He stopped by our house all the time. It was clear he was lonely and was looking for company." Seeing the need for companionship first hand motivated Jay to open up his own Home Instead Senior Care franchise. Alyssa works at Home Instead Senior Care part-time. Her primary focus is to communicate with referral providers, letting them know about Home Instead's exceptional service.



Tiffani Morina

Tiffani Morina, Service Coordinator

Tiffani understands the complicated needs of seniors and CAREGivers. Tiffani gets familiar with the unique talents and capabilities of each CAREGiver. She carefully matches clients and CAREGivers to ensure the best fit! Tiffani lives in the Poconos with her husband, Megdi and her two kitties, Mila and Laya.



Peggy Novotka, Office Manager

With great expertise, Peggy takes care of supervising the daily operations of the office. From client care, scheduling, recruiting, and training, Peggy makes sure it's done to the highest degree of quality. Peggy is dedicated to making sure that our clients experience the peace of mind having a compassionate CAREGiver brings.



Rachael Roppa, Recruitment Coordinator

Rachael's role is so important to Home Instead Senior Care. She is in charge of finding, recruiting, and screening people who will become our CAREGivers. She knows who has a passion for helping seniors. Using careful decision making, Rachael ensures that our CAREGivers are extraordinary. Rachael lives in Shavertown with her husband, Dominic, and their dog, Rocky.


Heather Dewees, Client Care Coordinator

Heather Dewees, Client Care Coordinator

As a Client Care Coordinator, Heather ensures that the quality of our service is EXCEPTIONAL. After starting service with Home Instead, Heather will follow up with you and your family making sure that the quality of our service exceeds your expectations.



Michele Lutinski, Training Coordinator/Assistant Service Coordinator

Michele is in charge of our multi-phase training program that prepares our CAREGivers for their important job. Michele helps CAREGivers advance in their careers through Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum levels. Michele performs CAREGiver/Client introductions so that service can get started on the right foot. In addition, Michele is also responsible for many human resource functions and office tasks. She lives in Swoyersville with her husband, Dean, and their two children, Kaelyn and Triston.


Our Team

Your Home Instead team in Luzerne, 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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