About Home Helpers Home Care
Mary and Michael Doepke, long-time residents of Western Springs, opened Home Helpers of Hinsdale, serving the Western Suburbs of Chicago, in April of 2005.
Mary L. Doepke, RN
A natural caregiver, Mary earned her RN license in 1981 after graduating from the Misericordia School of Nursing in New York City. Her experience includes supervisory positions at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles and the Wadsworth Veterans Administration Hospital in Brentwood (CA) before deciding to focus on Home Health Care.
Mary’s role with Home Helpers is to personally interview and approve all caregivers prior to employment. She is also responsible for the development of all client care plans and determining the ideal caregiver for each assignment. Mary is also involved in the on-going process of caregiver performance review and care plan adjustment as needs change. And, of course, Mary is always available to our clients and their family members at any time.
Michael D. Doepke
With decades of corporate marketing and management experience, Mike’s role is to manage the “business” functions at Home Helpers. This includes everything from efforts to find the best caregivers to developing partnerships with other companies that have resources of interest to Home Helpers clients.
Mike is trained in the health, social and financial issues that are important to seniors. He understands the needs of seniors and their families and is dedicated to finding tools and solutions to make their lives easier.
Home Helpers Staff
Our team of trained, professional caregivers is backed by an equally professional staff that is dedicated to bringing the best of service to each and every client. Our schedulers and care coordinators carefully match each client with a caregiver that will meet their specific needs, while our nursing staff provides skilled care to clients as well as training and support to caregivers.
The Home Helpers team is available to caregivers and clients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Learn more about our team of professionals HERE.
Why We Started Home Helpers
In February 2005 it was necessary for Mary to go to New York to help her mother care for her father who had just suffered a stroke. Although he had returned home after rehab, John needed constant attention as he was disoriented and unable to care for himself. Mary’s mom did all that she could but clearly needed respite from the 24-hour a day responsibility. Mary ended up spending 3 weeks in NY assisting her mom and dad.
When Mary returned to Chicago, she and Mike learned that Mike’s sister, Page, had to have surgery to remove a malignant tumor. The operation was a success and Page is doing well after undergoing an aggressive round of chemotherapy. Mary accompanied Page to her chemo sessions and noticed that many of the other patients were alone, without someone to keep them company during the treatments and help them home afterward.
Finally, Mary and Mike have many friends who are concerned about their aging parents. Many of these friends are feeling conflicted as the demands of their personal and professional lives contend with the increasing needs of their parents. To many, the only alternative is Assisted Living, which is not only costly but moves the parents out of their comfortable home.
Home Helpers seemed like the natural next step for the Doepkes. What a great opportunity for them to apply the skills developed over the past 20+ years to help others in their community to continue to live independently in the comfort and security of their own home. With Home Helpers, you can always count on having someone there when you need them!
Home Helpers of the Western Suburbs of Chicago is part of a national network of over 400 offices throughout North America. Each office is independently owned and operated. You get the advantage of dealing personally with Home Helpers owners, who are your neighbors, or the neighbors of your family members.