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Meet Our Team

We believe every family in the area deserves tailor made in-home senior care with a compassionate touch. That's why we established Home Instead® of Calgary, AB.

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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 neighbourhood. In 2009, Debbie Franchuk, RN BN, opened the first local office after identifying the need to provide seniors, aging adults and their families with quality Home Care options. For over 12 years, we have been the trusted provider to care for seniors and aging adults. Families love our team because we:

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  • 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
  • Provide the highest quality Care to our Senior Clients and their Families
  • Offer an online web portal called “The Family Room” where you can review schedules and timely documentation following each shift with your loved one.

About Us

Meet Our Home Care Team

Debbie Franchuk, RN, Co-Owner, Director of Care

Debbie Franchuk, RN, Co-Owner, Director of Care

Caring for people has always been a part of Debbie’s life. This interest began at an early age when her sister was critically injured. This opened Debbie’s eyes to caring for others and ultimately led her to pursue a career in Nursing. Debbie has a distinguished career at Alberta Health Services, there she built a reputation based upon nursing excellence. Debbie has had extensive experience with Home Care and Transition services. In these roles, Debbie saw firsthand the need for in-home care which the public system was not meeting. This inspired Debbie to open a Home Instead office to meet that need and provide a solution. As Director of Care, Debbie is able to use her nursing skills and professional experiences to help families navigate the system and customize unique care plans for each client. Debbie’s credibility is one of the reasons that Home Instead is the right choice for families who are seeking support for their elderly loved ones.
Fred Franchuk, Co-Owner, Managing Partner

Fred Franchuk, Co-Owner, Managing Partner

Fred cares deeply about relationships, he has an old fashioned sense of customer service. He has built a career based upon anticipating and exceeding customer expectations. This high calibre of customer service is constantly being taught to our entire staff and he ensures that our clients and their family's needs are met and exceeded. Fred has worked with teams and organizations where he has built a reputation by raising standards for customer service and satisfaction. Aside from working behind the scenes to manage operations, Fred is continually providing direction and painting the picture of our future as a company. His leadership is one of the key elements that makes our team successful. He also spends a significant amount of time out in our community sharing information about Home Instead with Seniors Residences and Hospitals while continuing to meet with clients and families.
Stephen Franchuk, B MGT, General Manager

Stephen Franchuk, B MGT, General Manager

After providing support to various departments within the organization, it was a natural decision for Stephen to be promoted to the General Manager. His ability to listen and understand helps to solve little problems before they grow, while simultaneously coaching and guiding the support team to meet the demanding and complex needs of our clients and their families. Along with the management of the scheduling department, Stephen also manages our web marketing, social media and will often be seen in the community at various events. Always here to help, Stephen is not afraid to do whatever it takes to keep a client or employee happy.​
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Susan Szabo, Nurse, Client Care Coordinator

Susan has an extensive and diverse background in senior care, nursing, administration and safety. A registered nurse for over twenty years, she has worked in long term care, orthopedic surgery, general surgery, obstetrics, emergency and senior management positions both in rural and urban settings. Care of the growing aging population has been a focus throughout her nursing career. Her passion for healthcare, and her desire to support seniors combined with her experience provides her with all the tools required when designing a care plan for our clients.​
Sandy Materi, LPN, Client Care Coordinator

Sandy Materi, LPN, Client Care Coordinator

​Trained as a LPN, Sandy brings a wealth of nursing knowledge to our team. Specially trained as an Advanced Foot Care nurse she adds a special understanding of lower leg and foot health. Sandy leads our team of Foot Care Nurses to make sure each client is receiving the highest quality foot care each appointment. Sandy works diligently with families to help them navigate the many choices of care options for their loved ones. Sandy works with our clients and their families to ensure that their loved ones are receiving care specifically designed to meet their individual needs.
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Carter Bannister, Client Care Coordinator

Carter has been serving seniors for over twenty years throughout Western Canada and areas of the United States. Formally trained and meeting the provincial standards as a Recreation Therapist, Carter felt that true person-centred care begins and stays in ones home as he chose the Home Instead team, with spending most of his career working in facilities. With an educational combination of Kinesiology and Gerontology, Carters true passion is improving the Quality of Life of each person he assists. Carter is a dedicated family man who has been married for twelve years to his partner in life Lori, raising their two children, and new Labradoodle puppy.
Tamara Dhillion, Lead Scheduling Manager

Tamara Dhillion, Lead Scheduling Manager

​Tamara has several years of scheduling experience and is a great asset to our team. She is able to find new ways to solve the daily challenges that arise while keeping a customer focused approach. Her in-depth knowledge of our CAREGiving team allows her to match CAREGivers to even the most challenging situations. Tamara makes it a priority to make sure all of our CAREGivers are prepared to work with our clients. ​
Tori Siminoski Scheduling Manager COMP

Tori Siminoski, Scheduling Manager

Tori joined Home Instead as a CAREGiver in 2020 because she wanted to pursue a career that would make a difference in the lives of others! Today Tori works as a Scheduling Manager where she helps organize care for seniors while supporting the CAREGivers on shift. Each day she works with Families to ensure their loved ones are receiving the highest quality of care. When asked what she enjoyed most about Caregiving Tori said “It was knowing that I was helping seniors to remain happy and healthy in their own homes”. Tori uses her experience as a CAREGiver to help make successful matches between seniors and Caregivers as she knows first-hand what’s important to seniors in our community. Tori relies on these experiences to help coach other CAREGivers when they are working with clients.

Hope Wooden, Scheduling Manager

Hope Wooden, Scheduling Manager

“I have always had a passion for serving people, it truly is what brings my heart the most joy.” Hope grew up with a dad in a wheelchair and it taught her how to be compassionate and focus on what she could do for him and her family. She has always had the drive to support him the best way she could. Hope learned early on that she wanted a career where she could make a difference in the community. Hope says “I am so overly grateful to be a part of a company that does just that for so many people. My goal everyday is to be able to leave a lasting moment with everyone that I encounter, it's the best way for people to know I am here to support them in any way I can. People say it takes a village and I'm happy that I am apart of this one.” You will find Hope working on matching our CAREGivers to our Clients so they both have an experience they cant find any where else.

Shae Ferguson, Scheduling Manager

Shae works on our team as an Evening and Weekend Scheduling Manager. She started out her journey with Home Instead as a CAREGiver. She felt joy for caring for others, along with a passion for healthcare. Born and raised in Calgary, Shae’s father worked as an RN and as a Caregiver. He was an inspiration for her to receive her Emergency Medical Responder certificate, as well as to join Home Instead. Now, working in the office, Shae is able to organize and schedule CAREGiver’s as well as create stronger relations with the clients for them to be paired with our amazing CAREGiver’s. Her experience as a CAREGiver truly helps her understand how important it is for your loved ones to find the best quality care possible.
Sara Scheideman Scheduling Assistant 2021 COMP

Sara Scheideman, Scheduling Assistant

Sara enjoys helping Clients and CAREGivers alike with their calls and inquiries, which makes her a great Scheduling Assistant. Sara works on a variety of tasks that support CAREGivers and Clients to ensure they receive the highest quality care. Since she joined the Team in 2020, she has enjoyed helping clients find the care they deserve and looks forward to developing her career with Home Instead. Helping Senior’s stay in their own home is very meaningful to Sara as she has seen her own family members struggle with these tough decisions. For, Sara the most satisfying part of the job is when a client tells her about the wonderful CAREGiver they had care for them, she strives to hear this every day.

Olivia Leduc,  Recruitment and Engagement Coordinator

Olivia Leduc, Recruitment and Engagement Coordinator

Olivia works on our team as a Recruitment and Engagement Coordinator. Coming from restaurant management, she really wanted to find meaningful work that would truly make a difference in the lives of others. Olivia brings a wealth of experience to our team and has a great way of working with potential new Care Professionals. She will be responsible for screening and hiring the best Care Professionals in Calgary. She is passionate about helping share with applicants what Home Instead does in our community and how they can be a part of our team’s mission to serve and support Calgary’s Seniors and their families.

“I am very honoured to be at the starting point for our Care Professionals on their journey of working with our amazing clients.”

Kirsten Materi, Client Care Coordinator

Kirsten Materi, Client Care Coordinator

Kirsten works on our team as a Client Care Coordinator. She truly enjoys being able to support both Clients and CAREGivers alike. Born and raised in Calgary, Kirsten is thrilled to be able to give back to her community in a meaningful way; by helping our seniors stay in their homes while ensuring that they are receiving the best possible care. She also eases the minds of their loved ones knowing they are safe and secure with Home Instead. Kirsten chose Home Instead because she knows that we provide the highest quality of care and support, its personal and thoughtful to both the Client and CAREGiver. On Kirsten’s days of you can find her hiking in the great Rocky Mountains, spending time with her friends and family or reading a good book!

Our Team

Your Home Instead team in Calgary, AB 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 Care Professionals.

When you are ready for help, our caring staff is on call to quickly answer your questions and accommodate your senior services needs.

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