Our Senior Companions

 

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Sheila, Owner

Senior Home Care Solutions was started in 2010 by Sheila after dealing with her own experiences with friends and family and the desire to find qualified people to help keep loved ones in their own homes for as long as possible.
Sheila is a graduate of Alfred University (’91) and has a wide variety of experience in various industries that makes her a truly unique provider.
She is also involved in the Fayetteville Senior Center, Manlius Senior Center, Fayetteville-Manlius chambers, WBOC (Women Business Opportunities Connections) and has experience teaching, care-giving, fundraising and is involved in her church.

 

 

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Melanie, Office Manager

Melanie is a LPN graduate from OCM Boces. She has volunteered for Meals on Wheels and has a special interest in Alzheimer’s disease and cared for seniors with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
In her free time, Melanie enjoys spending time with her family of 6, cooking and baking.

 

 

 

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Nicole, Finance & Marketing Manager

Nicole joined Senior Home Care Solutions in 2015 after her and her Husband closed their electrical contracting business where Nicole was the Operations Manager. Although she has a special interest for helping and caring for people, most of her background is in the corporate office including Mark Russell & Associates, Ameriprise Financial and the Museum of Science and Technology.
Nicole spends her free time with her family and also enjoys painting, sports and bow hunting.

 

 

 

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Annmarie, Office Assistant

Annmarie has spent extensive time as a care-giver for her Grandfather and has volunteered at Syracuse Homes in Baldwinsville, NY.
She holds two degrees from SUNY OCC, one of which is in Information Technology and the other is in General Studies.
Annmarie loves spending time with her two boys, painting, history and art.

 

 

 

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Rose, Cognition Therapist

 

Rose was a former business owner of a True Value Hardware store. She has personal and professional experience with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. In the past, she has served as a Sunday School teacher and the director of the Christian Education for Trinity Lutheran Church.
Rose has received certificates in Gerontology and Alzheimer’s & Dementia and has a degree in general dentistry as a RDA. She is married with two daughters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mary, Senior Companion

 

Mary was previously an LPN at Jolenta Convent for several years and has extensive experience with Alzheimer’s and working with seniors.
She owns her own business called Ageless Attitudes where she makes adaptive clothing for seniors and the disabled.
Mary enjoys to cook, garden, read, sew, travel and spend time with her grandchildren.

 

 

 

 

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 Bernadette, Senior Companion

Bernadette has cared for elders and family  members with Alzheimer’s and dementia. In the past she worked for an insurance company for eight years specializing in claims and underwriting.
She is married and a mother of three and has a stepdaughter in Wisconsin. She is a member of Immaculate Conception church and loves to go running in her free time

 

 

 

 

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Sue, Senior Companion

Sue is a LPN with 33 years of experience in long term care, specializing in Alzheimer’s and dementia. Other areas of experience have included behavioral health, pediatric home care and arthritis health.
She is married and the mother of three grown children. She enjoys reading, crosswords, growing plants, church and spending time with her grandson.

 

 

 

 

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Lisa, Senior Companion
Lisa has personal and occupational experience working with Alzheimer’s, cancer patients and E.A.T. (Equine Assisted Therapy), with physically and mentally disabled adults and children.
Lisa is an equine trainer and instructor of students. She volunteers as a 4-h leader, and for local animal rehabilitation centers. Lisa enjoys working working with children, adults and the elderly.

 

 

 

 

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 Kathy, Senior Companion

Kathy has many years of experience caring for seniors with Alzheimer’s and dementia and has volunteered at Hospice as a companion.
She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.
Kathy resides in Syracuse and has worked with seniors for many years. She enjoys reading, writing, traveling and playing golf.

 

 

 

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Patty, Senior Companion
Patty  was a respiratory therapist at the VA Medical Center before she had children. She loved socializing with her patients and keeping them company. Patty loves meeting people and making new friends, which helps her home-based business of networking and nutrition.
Originally from Michigan, she has nine siblings and two children of her own. Family is her priority and she enjoys reading, hiking and travel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nan, Senior Companion

Nan gained most of her experience as a caretaker when caring for her mother-in-law. She enjoys caring for others and helping them have a feeling of self-worth.
She has a large family and also works for Contact Community Services as a Title Child Associate dealing with children in grades K-3 in a playroom program. She has a keen interest in mental health and is taking classes in that field.

 

 

 

 

 

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Tom, Senior Companion

Tom has more than 11 years of experience in family care services to individuals with a variety of needs including Alzheimer’s and dementia. He received extensive training from Hospice of CNY, and continues to volunteer his services with Hospice as well as Francis House in Syracuse. He’s also a “handyman” and loves to help people with household issues.

 

 

 

 

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Su, Senior Companion

Su was an LPN at St. Joe’s Hospital and Sunnyside Nursing Home before starting her family. She has been a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) and a foster mom. She has been working full time with the Syracuse City Schools for 17 years as a Health Aide working in multiple schools in the nurses office.
Su loves being a care giver for all ages and is really enjoying the experience with clients and co-workers at Senior Home Care Solutions. She loves family, friends, swimming, water skiing and traveling.

 

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Lynn, Senior Companion

 

 

Lynn is an LPN with over five years of experience but also has CNA experience of over 20 years. She a bachelors degree in English/Communications concentrating at LeMoyne College.
Lynn enjoys helping people, especially seniors. She resides in North Syracuse and enjoys reading, traveling and painting.

 

 

 

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Amanda, Senior Companion

 

 

Amanda is currently going to school for nursing. She has three dogs and a few other small animals at home. As a teenager, her father and she would care for her great Aunt.
On her free time, Amanda enjoys hiking, crocheting, reading and photography.

 

 

 

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Deborah, Senior Companion

 

Deborah has worked for the elderly for several years and thoroughly enjoys the experience. She likes how rewarding it is to make a positive difference in someone’s life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jeanette, Senior Companion

 

Jeanette worked as a CNA through the 90’s and also worked as a singer in a local group. Today, she is a Medical Assistant working private duty which she loves and finds very rewarding.
She enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She has a beautiful dog named Lindee. Jeanette also enjoys watching TV and assembling 1500+ piece puzzles.

 

 

 

 

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Kathy, Senior Companion

 

Kathy has devoted the last 30+ years caring for MR/DD and has experience with Alzheimer’s and dementia. She enjoys how rewarding it feels to brighten someone’s day.
In the past, Kathy has held certificates as CMA, CNA and CHHA. She also has a love for animals in need.

 

 

 

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Kirk, Senior Companion

 

Kirk has worked in the banking business since 1980. He was in residential mortgage banking since 1987.
Kirk is #6 of 7 boys in his family and has been married to his wife, Mary Ann for 30+ years. He has extensive experience caring for loved ones with Parkinson’s Disease and dementia, including sun downing.
He has been described as “engaging” which he feels is an accurate description of himself.

 

 

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Bridget, Senior Companion

 

Bridget has a teaching degree and has worked for the state for people with disabilities for 10+ years. She is also first aid and CPR certified. She has cared for her in-laws whom are both blind and suffer from memory loss.
Bridget has two children and loves animals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kristin, Senior Companion

 

Kristin is a very happy person who is eager to please. As a mother of four, she loves playing games, cards, cooking and learning new recipes. Kristin is an Elementary major.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rosalee, Senior Companion

 

Rosalee has worked for Senior Home Care Solutions for 4+ years. She has over 25 years experience in healthcare and education. Her goals for her clients are to provide safety, companionship, comfort and independence. She understands that seniors have lived lifetimes rich with meaningful and valuable experiences.
As an LPN, she believes in being pro-active when it comes to suggesting strategies in daily activities which may help clients remain safely independent. She enjoys literature, art, music, history, sports, theater, cooking and volunteering in the community.

 

 

 

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Michelle, Senior Companion

 

Michelle’s first experience with Alzheimer’s was with her father. “It is a heartbreaking disease,” says Michelle. “I learned to be patient, understanding and not to argue.” Michelle volunteered Syracuse Home for about a year.
Michelle has a bachelor’s degree from Kean University in New Jersey. She lives in Baldwinsville with her husband and Chinese Crested Powder Puff, Bogey. She enjoys golf, SU football, basketball and gardening.

 

 

 

 

 

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Karen, Senior Companion

 

Karen has worked in the banking industry in the areas of customer service, training, trust services and management for over 25 years. She has spent 8 years as a dental receptionist working in offices in Syracuse, Richmond KY and Queensbury, NY.
Karen has been married for 40+ years and her and her husband have raised two children together. She helped care for her mother who suffered from Alzheimer’s for over 10 years. She also helped care for other elderly relatives helping them with errands. Karen’s biggest enjoyment in life and in work is working with and being with people.  She also enjoys reading, traveling, walking and spending time with family.

 

 

 

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Pat, Sales & Marketing

 

Pat is a native of New Jersey until her husband was relocated to the Syracuse area. When she started working her in the  area, she developed all the cultural activities for city parks including working with the older adults in all of the city high rises and developed a senior theater program. Her diversified background included more program and outreach for older adults in the towns of Clay and Manlius.
She was also one of the prime organizers for Onondaga Senior Games and later worked on state and national senior games.
Pat is married, has two sons and has twin grandchildren living in Charlotte, NC. She loves biking, gardening and being outdoors at her camp on Lake Ontario.

 

 

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Eileen, Senior Companion

 

Eileen taught fifth grade in the Syracuse Diocese School system for 10 years. She graduated an an RN from St. Joseph’s School of Nursing and retired after 17 years as a nurse in dialysis services, working with a great number of elderly patients during this time.
Eileen enjoys spending time with her family including her five grandchildren. Her hobbies include knitting, learning how to sew and many other crafts.

 

 

 

 

 

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Pat, Senior Companion

 

Pat grew up in Penn Yann, NY in the heart of the finger lakes. She became obsessed with its beauty which caused her love for photography. She has been a professional photographer for 30+ years covering weddings, portraits, events and sporting events. Pat is the photographer for the International Boxing Hall of Fame and has traveled across the country photographing boxing matches.
Pat is in her sixth year of owning and operating PB & J Lunch Box, LLC, a mobile food cart.
Her mother lives with her and suffers from dementia.

 

 

 

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Judy, Senior Companion

 

Judy worked many years as a veterinary technician then decided to work with people in the medical field. She became a certified medical assistant and ended up working for an ophthalmologist, where most of the patients were elderly. This is where she found her passion for working with the elderly.
Judy is married and has three dogs and three cats who keep her very busy. When she is not taking care of the household, she enjoys to read, knit, snowshoe and cross country ski.

 

 

 

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Theresa, Senior Companion

 

Theresa has been a married, stay at home mom for 17 years and has home schooled her daughter for 9 years. She is a graduate from Central Square and has four children and eight grandchildren. As if that doesn’t keep her busy enough, she has three horses, a dog and two cats.
Theresa enjoys watching and helping her daughter with her competing in Barrel Racing.

 

 

 

 

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Jaclyn, Senior Companion

 

Jaclyn is currently working as a school bus driver in the Baldwinsville school district. She is also attending school towards a bachelor’s degree in social work.
In the past, Jaclyn worked as a mail carrier and served in the United States Air Force. In her early work experience, she worked with seniors as a resident aide at CNA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jill, Senior Companion

 

Jill grew up in Central Square and graduated with a degree in cabinet making and Environmental studies at SUNY Morrisville. She lived in Alaska for eleven years building eco-friendly cabins.
In her free time, Jill enjoys snowboarding, swimming and hiking with her dog, Gracie.

 

 

 

 

 

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Sharon, Senior Companion

 

Sharon worked 17 as travel agent where she was able to travel to beautiful cities, islands and countries. She also volunteered for the CNY Cat Coalition helping to rescue cats and kittens in hopes they would soon be adopted by a loving family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Heather, Senior Companion

 

 

Heather is a certified pharmacy technician from OCM Boces with five+ years experience working with seniors with dementia and Alzheimer’s.
She loves her dog, Max, spending time with friends and family, reading, cooking, baking and crafts.

 

 

 

 

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Kermita, Senior Companion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Stacie Senior Companion

 

Stacie recently graduated from SUNY Cortland with a BS in Coaching and Exercise Science. She enjoys playing/coaching sports, crafts, camping and hiking. She also plays rugby for a women’s league called Uticuse.

 

 

 

 

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Devon Senior Companion

 

 

 

 

 

Devon grew up in the Syracuse area and attended school at F/M. He is currently attending OCC for mechanical engineering.
In his free time, Devon enjoys camping, biking and working on his motorcycle.

 

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Mary Senior Companion

 

 

Mary has been med certified, first aid trained, CPR trained and worked physical therapy in a group home with mentally challenged adults.
In her free time, Mary loves to read and crochet. She has two cats at home.

 

 

 

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Heather Senior Companion

 

 

Heather has been married for 16 years and has four teenagers at home. Her family is very important to her. They enjoy being at the farm with their horses, going four wheeling, camping and hunting.
Heather was fortunate enough to have her great grandparents in hr life. She loved sitting with her great grandmother and listening to her life stories.

 

 

 

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Jessica Senior Companion

 

Jessica is a mother of two beautiful girls. She has been married for 18 years and lives in Minoa, NY. She has been in the human services field for over twenty years assisting individuals with developmental disabilities, traumatic brain injuries and mental health diagnosis. Helping those in need is Jessica’s passion and what she feels she has been called to do in life.
In her spare time, Jessica enjoys attending her neighborhood book club, hiking, dinner out, and visiting family out of town.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Terri attended BCC and received her AAS as an RN. She has 38 years of experience in long term care. A native of Binghamton, she raised five boys.
Terri volunteers at Loretto reading to residents.

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