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​​​​​​​​Home Instead Senior Care Team​​

The Home Instead Senior Care Halifax Team

Welcome to Home Instead Senior Care. We are Nova Scotia’s trusted source of companionship and non-medical home care for older adults.  We have a team of trained, dependable and compassionate CAREGivers who can assist with light housekeeping, companionship and personal care.

We place a high priority on creating a compatible match between CAREGivers and clients. The bond that develops is one that fosters independence, and promotes well-being.

Compassionate staff members are available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week to quickly answer your questions and accommodate your needs. We offer a free, no obligation in-home consultation with you and your loved ones. Our team will work with you to determine the services that best fit your needs.

With over 150 CAREGivers on staff, we are sure to find a great match!
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Jeanie Burke - ​President​

Jeanie Burke - ​President​

In June 2003, during the early weeks of owning Home Instead Senior Care, Jeanie Burke's franchise in Halifax was a one-woman operation.

 
She was busy getting the word out, booking clients and recruiting caregivers. By September, the phone was ringing off the hook - a vicious cycle had formed with more clients than caregivers so, like any good entrepreneur, she did whatever it took to get things done.
 
Since then, she has gone from a one-woman show to having over 160 people on staff. She leads her team in maintaining a position of client-focus. After all, the aim of Home Instead Senior Care is about giving people peace of mind; about taking care of a family's most beloved members.

Jeanie has so many wonderful memories from her time with Home Instead Senior Care and is looking forward to many more. This is a business she can feel good about at the end of the day. She is providing for her family while helping others. With the help of Jeanie and her team, clients can hang on to a normal life. She's never heard anyone say, 'I'm looking forward to going to a nursing home when I get older.' Everybody wants to stay at home and when all is said and done, she helps make that happen.​​


Nicole McKenna - Human Resources Coordinator

Nicole McKenna - Human Resources Coordinator

​As Human Resources Coordinator, Nicole recruits, hires and trains CAREGivers. She works with community partners to seek out potential CAREGivers who have the skills and compassion to be a compatible match with our clients. Nicole is also involved in arranging and providing continuous training to current CAREGivers, while providing HR support.


Nicole graduated from Saint Mary’s University with a Certificate in Human Resource Management and a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Psychology.
When not at work, Nicole loves her time on the ice, playing hockey and spending time with her family.


Brittany Keough - Client Service Specialist

Brittany Keough - Client Service Specialist

As the Client Service Specialist, some would say Brittany is always on the phone. In many cases that assessment would be correct. Brittany, as the main point of contact for potential client inquiries usually speaks first with clients on the phone. She also oversees the placement of CAREGivers with clients and works hard to ensure the right CAREGiver is chosen for the client. Brittany juggles scheduling and client relations.

Brittany graduated from Saint Mary’s University with a Certificate in Human Resource Management and a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Psychology. Her personal experience with her grandfather's Alzheimer's disease, made her realize the need for professional care and assistance.

Brittany loves yoga and is a shopalcoholic when it comes to adorable outfits for her dapple miniature dachshund, Enso.

​bkeough@homeinstead.com​


Jim Murwin - Accounting Manager

Jim Murwin - Accounting Manager

Jim is the Accounting Manager and views his job as a new chapter on his career path. A graduate from Mount Saint Vincent University’s Bachelor of Business Administration program he received a Gold “V” award recognizing his commitment and contribution to the University community. He brings to this position extensive accounting experience gained, over the years, from working in the automotive, hospitality and residential property management industries.

He provides timely and accurate information to staff and clients and works within the administrative team to help achieve continued growth and profitability for Home Instead.  Jim is a traveller at heart and enjoys planning vacations with his wife and fine-tuning his cooking skills.


Ellen Gaudet - Staffing Advisor

​As Staffing Advisor, Ellen works to ensure all aspects of the office are running smoothly. She manages employees' schedules, and also assists the client services team in identifying compatible personalities when matching CAREGivers with clients.

Ellen graduated from Saint Mary's University with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Psychology and Criminology. Her interest in social work as well as her personal experience with her grandfather's advanced dementia attracted her to the field of professional care and assistance.

When she is not working, Ellen enjoys decorating cakes, watching horror films, and visiting animals at local shelters.



Deena El-Ziftawi - Staffing Advisor

​As Staffing Advisor, Deena helps in managing CAREGiver schedules while keeping in mind client needs, to assist in making the perfect fit. As a graduate of Dalhousie University focusing in psychology, Deena enjoys finding CAREGiver/client matches that will provide a comfortable, successful relationship. As well, Deena is completing her Disability  Management Certificate at Dalhousie University, and is eager to apply those skills on the office Occupational Health and Safety Committee.

When Deena is not working, she enjoys spending her time with friends or relaxing by a pool or ocean. Deena volunteers as a General Representative for the Nova Scotia Research Ethics Board, and enjoys the challenge and interesting content of this position. Deena is as well a former member of the World Youth Choir and Nova Scotia Youth Choir, and loves to spend her free time singing and playing piano!



Kandace Hewlett - Office Coordinator

Kandace Hewlett - Office Coordinator

As Staffing Coordinator, Kandace works to ensure all aspects of the office are running smoothly. She manages employees’ schedules, and also assists the client services team in identifying compatible personalities when matching CAREGivers with clients.


Kandace completed Eastern College’s Medical Administrative program and attended Mount Saint Vincent University for three years of a Bachelor of Arts. When she joined Home Instead Senior Care on a work placement initiative her administrative talents were quickly utilized.

Kandace, a former member of MSVU’s Basketball team, still plays basketball weekly in a women’s league, loves to hit the gym, and enjoys spending time with her grandmother. Kandace also enjoys a good scare and thoroughly loves horror movies.


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