Meet Our Comfort Keepers®

Our team is uniquely qualified and ready to help 

Every member of our team is professional and well trained. We conduct a thorough screening and interviewing process to identify the best home care providers, and only those who pass this process go on to complete training to deliver our special brand of home care and become Comfort Keepers®. What truly sets our people apart, though, is their natural gift for caring for others. 

All Comfort Keepers pass extensive background checks and complete continuing education. They are bonded, insured and covered by workers' compensation insurance to protect our clients and their families.

Eder Guimarares

Caregiver

As a caregiver with more than 5 years of experience in the helping professions, Eder is a dedicated member of our team who helps supervise and mentor our caregiving team. Eder has a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education.

Ashley Keenan

Operations Manager

Ashley has over 7 years of experience working in elder care and management. She has a bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing from Columbia College and has invested more than 100 hours in geriatrics courses. While volunteering for hospice Ashley was inspired by the life stories of her clients: one woman, a retired biologist, had traveled on Safari in Nigeria despite having a broken hip, another client, a retired doctor, shared her heroic stories of running a low - income clinic in Uzbekistan. These experiences led Ashley to pursue a career in senior care, to work with clients preserving the vitality and wonder in their lives.

Itay Shalev

Owner

For over 12 years Itay has been actively involved in elder care issues. As a psychology student he participated in clinical work that helped to improve the lives of under-served seniors. After seeing the growing need for reliable and trustworthy care, Itay decided to invest his energy full-time into serving the needs of seniors and persons with disabilities.

As an owner, Itay understands that each client’s unique situation requires customized and flexible solutions. He is directly involved in every step of the process, from initial client assessments to on-going supervisory visits. Itay is a Juris Doctor and holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Romance languages from the University of North Carolina.

Katrilya Dobbins

Caregiver

A caregiver with more than 19 years of experience Kay is an important part of our team. Kay is a Certified Medical Assistant and a Certified Nursing Assistant.

Ernesta C.

Caregiver

Highly regarded as a professional, team player by her long term client, Ernesta has a demonstrated commitment to following through and helping her clients achieve the highest level of independence achievable. Ernesta is punctual, proactive, and ready to respond whenever her client needs her. Ernesta holds a B.A. in Psychology and is a Certified Nursing Assistant.

Victoria F.

Caregiver

Vickie has a long standing passion for helping others. For over 9 years she has provided person centered care in local assisted living facilities. Vickie has excelled in working with persons suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s. She often brings games, puzzles, and activities to her clients’ home in order to provide the emotional and cognitive engagement necessary for each client to thrive. Victoria is a Certified Nursing Assistant, holds an associates degree, and is currently completing her R.N. degree.

Clarice G.

Caregiver

After a brief retirement Clarice realized that she had a lot more to give to her community. She’s always had a love of cooking and nurturing others so she decided to offer her help to her elderly neighbors. Having volunteered for several years Clarice decided to become a professional caregiver so she could continue to connect with others and help her clients feel well cared for. Clarice is known for making delicious meals from scratch (be sure to ask her for her minestrone recipe).

Shonda H.

Caregiver

Shonda is a graduate of the Jewish Vocational Society’s Home Health Aide training and loves to assist clients during rehabilitation. Proactive and fun- loving, Shonda has a proven track record for motivating her clients to stay active, eat well, and achieve their goals of complete recovery.

Grace H.

Caregiver

As a Certified Nursing Assistant, Grace is highly skilled in providing bathing and grooming assistance, wheelchair transfers, and assisting with ambulation and incontinence needs. Grace is incredibly hard working and enjoys long shifts wherein she can complete a wide range of tasks such as laundry, meal planning, and assistance with personal care.

William J.

Caregiver

William has a background in working with Chicago based non-profits. Last year, after years of volunteering his caregiving services, he decided to complete training and become a professional caregiver. Will finds his work most rewarding when he is helping clients during their most challenging life events. His passion is caring for persons under hospice care and those facing conditions such as cancer, late stage dementia, or Parkinson’s disease. Clients have expressed that William is a truly dedicated assistant who brings love and compassion to every task.

Erica K.

Caregiver

Widely respected among her peers, Erica has a reputation for providing reliable, thorough care to her clients. Erica is enjoys the ever-changing nature of caregiving and excels in helping clients with daily tasks such as cooking, organizing, exercising, and running errands. Erica holds a B.A. in sociology and is a Certified Home Health Aide.

Stephanie L.

Caregiver

Stephanie’s clients often refer to her as being calm, reassuring, and dedicated. Clients trust Stephanie to be communicative and to listen to their needs. Whether the plan of care calls for assisting with laundry, providing medication reminders, or taking her client to the doctor, Stephanie presents herself with a caring, positive attitude. As a Certified Home Health Aide Stephanie is able to assist with a wide range of home care needs.

Shanika M.

Caregiver

If you’re looking for a multi-tasking, up-for any challenge caregiver, then Shanika is your gal. Highly experienced in personal care, homemaking, and companionship she has proven that her skills are up to par with any client need. Having assisted persons with conditions ranging from visual impairments, depression to late stage dementia, Shanika is an exceptionally adaptable member of our team. Shanika has over 5 years of experience as a caregiver and is currently earning her diploma in Medical Assisting.

Lakiesha M.

Caregiver

With nearly 12 years of experience as a Certified Nursing Assistant Lakiesha is well versed in what it takes to be an effective, empathetic caregiver. One of her greatest passions is providing assistance to clients with mid to late stage dementia. Lakiesha has an impressive ability to redirect clients struggling with memory loss and aide them in experiencing a more focused and purposeful day. Her long term client loves Lakiesha’s visits because she always get her hair brushed, styled, and even has a manicure done! Lakiesha goes the extra mile during each shift to assure her clients have the most engaging life possible.

Vincent P.

Caregiver

Nominee for Comfort Keeper of the Year for 2013, Vincent is one of those rare, perceptive, and joyful people that you instantly feel at ease with when you meet him. As a caregiver, Vince has the determination, good nature, and compassion that allows him not to label each day as “good” or “bad” but rather to simply observe and embrace each day as a unique experience; an experience worth cherishing. His smile, warmth, and compassion are infectious.

Vincent exemplifies the core mission of Comfort Keepers---he provides the highest level of quality of life that is achievable for his client. He escorts her on trips to the Cultural Center, gives her timely medication reminders, and is friendly with her neighbors without making her feel dependent. Beyond all of this, Vincent is dedicated to his work. He works holidays, weekends, and any fill in shifts that need to be covered. His top priority is keeping his client happy and healthy at home. Vince is a Certified Home Health Aide.

Ronda R.

Caregiver

Ronda is known for her extraordinary ability to act as both a caregiver and personal assistant for our more independent clients. She is able to switch between making beds to booking doctors appointments with ease and grace. As an M.B.A. candidate Ronda is an excellent caregiver to have on your team if you appreciate organization, effective time management, and follow through on projects big and small.

Amy S.

Caregiver

Having worked in eldercare for over 10 years Amy is an expert in providing loving support during each stage of the aging process. Amy is often regarded as an ‘old soul’ she is patient, committed, and genuinely concerned for the well being of her clients. As a licensed massage therapist, Amy enjoys bringing the comfort of massage to clients suffering from arthritis or acute pain. Always with a smile on her face, Amy has a sturdy reputation for being kind, reliable, and diligent in the quality of care she provides.

Gwendolyn W.

Caregiver

A graduate of the Jewish Vocational Society’s Home Health Aide training program, Gwen has the essential knowledge of how to be a great home care aide. Gwen loves to keep client homes tidy and is always ready for new tasks to be added to the care plan. Gwen excels at providing care during rehabilitation and in assisted living/independent care environments. She has completed training in personal care, homemaking, dementia/Alzheimer’s care, and has worked with clients with a wide range of care needs. Gwendolyn holds and Associates degree from Harold Washington College.

Andrea W.

Caregiver

Andrea is a truly remarkable member of our care team. She holds a B.A. in Human Sciences and completed 2 years of Masters level study at Roosevelt University in Clinical Psychology. Since 2004 Andrea has found great fulfillment in serving as a caregiver, domestic violence counselor, and direct support person in communities across Chicago. As a senior caregiver at Comfort Keepers she has successfully helped clients with late stage Alzheimer’s, Stage 4 cancer, and dementia. She has a talent for engaging persons suffering from cognitive decline and memory loss, specifically; she excels in helping clients remain in control of their lifestyle choices and activities of daily living. Andrea is respectful, authentic, and sincerely committed to bettering her clients’ lives.

Shana Y.

Caregiver

With a talent for sewing, baking, and a passion for Volunteer work at Northwestern hospital, Shana decided that she’d like to add one more hobby to her post-retirement life and joined Comfort Keepers as a caregiver. Shana loves to help clients coordinate appointments, offers timely medication reminders, and gives daily updates to families on her clients’ progress. Shana is energetic and loves to help clients go for walks and outings along the lake. Shana hold a B.A. in electrical engineering.

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