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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 Peru, IL.

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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

Christine Schouten,  Franchise Owner

Christine Schouten, Franchise Owner

Deb Lancaste,  Client Care Coordinator

Deb Lancaste, Client Care Coordinator

Debra started with Home Instead® in December 2013 as a CAREGiver and joined the office team as a Client Care Coordinator in February 2016. She is responsible for helping clients and families determine their care needs, and manage the services provided to them by our CAREGivers. Deb's main focus is ensuring that our clients' needs are met, and the client and CAREGiver are developing a positive relationship.

Married to her husband Jim they share a love for their yellow lab, Sammy. Deb was raised in Cherry, but moved away for 20 years until 2011 when she was called home to care for her Dad with cancer. She always knew she was meant to live in this area and wanted to give back to her community. Deb's inner passion is to help others. Deb enjoys spending time with her husband and family, and her favorite pastimes include walking and scrapbooking.

Deb started caregiving when she was 10 years old for an elderly neighbor woman named Toots. Toots was afraid of thunderstorms and became very anxious during a storm. Deb took the initiative to care for her and would promote a return to tranquility. For Deb, this was her starting point of a much larger calling. "To us, it's personal' relates to me on a personal level. Being a family caregiver for my Dad, I am compassionate and realize the daily struggles that our clients' families face, but also how comforting it can be to accept help from other people that care."


Service Coordinator - Cindy Penna

Cindy Penna, Service Coordinator

Cindy joined Home Instead with an extensive background in Home Health and Home Care scheduling. Cindy has been a Certified Nursing Assistant since 2001. "I have had other jobs over the past 20 years but have come back to Health Care as it is my true passion. I knew at an early age I wanted to help people in some fashion when I got older.  I took care of my grandparents who both had Alzheimer's.  I also helped some friends and neighbors with their family members when needed." 

She currently resides in Serena on a 2.5-acre farm with her husband of 10 years and their numerous chickens, goats, ducks, 2 black labs/shar pei mix puppies named Dixie Mae and Dash. Cindy has 2 grown sons, and 2 stepdaughters.  "I have been blessed with 6 wonderful grandchildren."

In her free time, she enjoys reading, doing puzzles, and playing games of any kind. She is an AVID CUBS fan and tries to go to Wrigley Field at least once a year to catch a game. Otherwise, she watches as many games on TV as she can.  "Most of all I enjoy spending time with my grandchildren, doing art projects, feeding the animals on the farm, and just about anything we can do together."

Angela Dahl,  Training Coordinator

Angela Dahl, Training Coordinator

Angela started with Home Instead® as a Training Coordinator. She is responsible for the organization and delivery of all Home Instead training programs for CAREGiversSM as well as Community-Based and Family training programs.

As the mother of three children and three grandchildren, Angela and her husband are busy watching their youngest son play college baseball, playing with their dogs Max and Casey, and spending time being Grandparents.

Angela spent twenty years in a corporate setting, yet always remembering how close she was to her grandmother, Gloria, and wanting to do something more personal to honor her memory. "I did not realize the impact my grandmother made on me until I was older and wish I would have known what a treasure the Seniors in our life really are. I had the best grandmother, so I want to BE the best grandmother."


Anne Schouten,  Administration & Project Manager

Anne Schouten, Administration & Project Manager

Anne started with the Peru Home Instead® in 2014 as a Project Manager and is a key participant in our administrative support. Her diligent work efforts and gentle inner nature offer a great deal to our team. Anne assists with various projects in the office and for our franchise owner. She also processes client billing, CAREGiver payroll, and fields phone calls.

With Anne actively involved in so many aspects of Home Instead® operation she states, "I see on a daily basis the efforts and dedication my co-workers in the office possess. Our clients are well cared for and in turn this makes a difference in their lives. Our CAREGivers are also well supported through our office so they are better able to help our clients. It's a strong circle, of care and compassion, that make it work so well, together." Anne remarks, "Our motto 'to us, it's personal' reflects on taking consideration for every situation when working with our clients and CAREGivers in order to arrive at the best outcome possible."‚Äč


Our Team

Your Home Instead team in Peru, 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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