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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

Debbie Walkenhorst, Owner

Debbie Walkenhorst, Owner

Debbie takes pride in having the opportunity to serve seniors in the community in which she was born and raised. Her background as a Registered Nurse and Human Resource Executive help her to make the best decisions and suggestions alongside clients and their families. Debbie leads her team with confidence as they work together to provide excellent quality care. One of Debbie’s greatest strengths is her compassion when working with clients, family members, and CAREGivers. She understands the sensitivity of the care we provide and, ultimately, builds her team to ensure excellence in all we do.


Emily Beckham, Human Resource Manager

​With a background in education, Emily focuses on developing and implementing the best training programs for our CAREGivers and connecting with the community in which she grew up. Emily takes great pride in helping families care for their aging loved ones. She lives in Washington with her husband and two young daughters.

Lori Ferguson, Engagement Coordinator Assistant

Lori Ferguson, Engagement Coordinator

​Lori makes sure that our clients are getting the best care possible by making regular visits and making client and caregiver introductions. She takes the time to get to know the CAREGivers and clients on an individual basis in order to provide the highest quality of care to our clients. Lori assists Debbie with meeting with potential clients and their families to discuss services for their loved ones. As a previous CAREGiver, she enjoys sharing her knowledge and experiences as well as keeping current CAREGivers informed. Lori is an excellent listener who strives to problem solve any situation that arises.

Jennifer Schmidt, Service Coordinator

After being in the field of education for 30 years, Jennifer was looking for a new adventure continuing to serve her community. Because Jennifer personally understands the need of finding care for loved ones, Jennifer only hires the most qualified CAREGivers. As the business has grown, Jennifer has served in a variety of roles with a focus of attracting and retaining quality CAREGivers. Throughout the hiring process, she spends time getting to know each CAREGiver individually so that she can accurately communicate information to the team as we match the CAREGiver to our clients and meet their needs. She lives in Sullivan with her husband of 22 years and has three children.

Our Team

Your Home Instead team in Washington, MO 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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