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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

Chris & Cheri Irons, Owners

Chris & Cheri Irons, Owners

Chris and Cheri Irons have been in the business of caring as owners of Home Instead in Indiana since September of 1996 becoming the first Home Instead Franchise in Indiana. They were drawn to the profession by their compassion for people. "We wanted to do something that made a difference," said Chris. "We also had a personal experience caring for a family member that made us realize how critical in-home assistance is." The need is clear as the business continues to thrive. Chris and Cheri currently have two offices located in Lafayette and Noblesville, IN. "The rewards in this business are immeasurable," he said. "We truly have an amazing group of dedicated CAREGivers who are changing the lives of their clients every day by helping them remain in their homes." They live in North Central Indiana with their six children, with the oldest, Anna, working in the business.

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JJ Nance, Operations Manager

JJ Nance joined the Home Instead team in 2019 as the Operations Manager for the Lafayette Franchise. Prior to joining, JJ worked as the District Manager at ALDI in the Chicago area. He was also worked as a manager at the Lafayette Chick-fil-A for four years before ALDI. In his free time, JJ loves spending time with his wife and two daughters, as well as serving in his local church. One of JJ’s favorite quotes is, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."

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Sue Bayley, Director of Human Resources

Sue joins the Home Instead team with elementary and middle school teaching experience, over 25 years of coaching experience including three years as the Purdue Cheer and Mascot Coach, business and management experience having owned and operated a local competitive cheer gym for over 10 years, and most recently, university outreach experience having worked for the Purdue Women in Engineering Program as their Assistant Director.

Sue and her husband, Bill, have seven children, including two sets of twins, ranging in age from 24 down to age 10.  When they are not working or at their own kids’ events they can be found at their parishes with their high school youth group kids.

Sue recently completed a masters degree in Human Services and is excited to leverage her experience and education for the clients and CAREGivers with the Home Instead team. 

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Mary Jayne Downey, Service Manager

Mary Jayne joined the Home Instead team in July of 2021 with nearly 25 years of experience as a Business Manager with Purdue University and the Church of the Blessed Sacrament. She has four children including an IU graduate, two current college students, and a high school student. Mary Jayne has an accounting degree from Purdue and is currently pursuing her IT degree from Purdue Global. We are excited to have her on our team and Mary Jayne is thrilled to be a part of the Home Instead family! 

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Shannon Fritch, Operations Assistant

Shannon joined the Home Instead team in August of 2020 as the Operations Assistant for the Lafayette and Noblesville Franchises. She and her husband John have one daughter whom they homeschool. Shannon is a volunteer with Kairos Prison Ministry and is serving as the Vice-President of the Advisory Council for the Rockville Women’s Correctional Facility Chapter. In her spare time, she likes to read, swim, and travel.

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Anna Newcomb, Engagement Coordinator

Anna Newcomb is the Engagement Coordinator for the Lafayette, Indiana Franchise. Prior to joining the Home Instead team in the fall of 2017, Anna enjoyed being a team member at her local Chick-fil-A. With her time there, she learned many important and valuable life skills that she continues to implement at Home Instead. Among them being compassion, teamwork, and living out the Golden Rule. Her favorite part about working with Home Instead is being able to impact the lives of older adults and their families for the better. Her favorite quote is, “When there is no love, pour love in and you will pull love out.” Anna believes that no matter how small an act of kindness may be, it can have a big impact on anyone. In her free time, Anna enjoys spending time with her husband, Michael, and their Church family. Anna is grateful for the opportunity to be a part of all of the amazing things that Home Instead is doing and hopes to continue her career for a long time to come.

Michael Newcomb, Technology Coordinator

Michael Newcomb, Technology Coordinator

Michael is the Technology Coordinator for the Lafayette Indiana Franchise. In addition to working part-time at Home Instead, he enjoys designing websites, building computers, and working on various IT projects. He works for a local web design company and is the founder of his own web design business. He enjoys teamwork, having a good laugh, and problem-solving. His favorite part about working with Home Instead is finding ways to implement the latest technology into everyday life. You’ll often find him in the office working behind the scenes to ensure that the computers, phones, and devices are all working effectively. He is very flexible and enjoys helping the admin staff off-hours in any way that he can. He looks forward to seeing what the future holds with Home Instead and is grateful for the opportunity to be apart of all that it has become.

Our Team

Your Home Instead team in Lafayette, IN 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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