Shital Rane is the owner and administrator of Home Care Assistance of Philadelphia, and has earned a Master’s in Business Administration and Mathematics. At 23, Shital moved to Pennsylvania and made a life for herself with her husband and two highly-involved daughters. Shital has worked on the Lehigh University and Moravian College campuses, and has over a decade of community volunteering experience. She has been on the Community Advisory Committee and has been an active member of the Parent Teacher Organizations in all elementary, middle and high school levels of the district. For years, she has taught art lessons and yoga lessons to adults and children in the community.
Shital grew up in a small family in India with her parents, two siblings, and grandparents. She helped with caring for her grandmother, who was confined to her house and was unable to stand for 25 years due to severe arthritis. Before her grandfather struggled with Alzheimer’s, she learned many valuable life lessons from him. He would continuously tell stories, full of wisdom that only an elderly person would possess, during the morning hours when they would go on walks to see the sun rise, to evening hours after the lights would go out. “We were really spoiled with those stories,” Shital proclaims with a smile as she reminisces of those special times. It was there where her love and care for the elderly began. With aging in-laws and parents with diabetic, arthritis, vision, and hearing loss conditions, she has made it a point to travel back home during the summers to help. Although it has proven very diﬃcult to do, she goes as often as she can.
As the owner of the Home Care Assistance of Philadelphia location, Shital is intimately aware of the challenges distant caregiving to loved ones poses. She is passionate about relieving some worries and stress from families with aging parents. She is determined to change the way the world ages, one client at a time.
Kathleen “Kathy” Deary is a Client Care Manager at Home Care Assistance (HCA) of Greater Philadelphia. Kathy joined HCA with over thirty years’ experience in the care giving profession. She is the youngest of five siblings, the mother of two, and the proud grandmother of two grand-daughters! In her free time, Kathy enjoys spending time with her grand-babies at the beach, listening to music, and spoiling her dogs. Care giving seems to run in Kathy’s family – her husband has worked for 32 years around the elderly.
As a child, Kathy watched her mother care for various family members. Her mother was the person everyone sought out when they were sick, needed comfort, or just a shoulder to cry on. Kathy often went along with her mother on care giving visits. As her mother became older, Kathy assumed the role of family caregiver, and decided to explore opportunities in the medical field. She enrolled in a CNA course in 1996, and embarked on the beginning of her life’s passion. The first ten years of her career started in 1997, as a CNA at a nursing home. There, she worked to constantly improve her skills by providing quality care for her senior aged clients, as well as their families.
In late 2017, Kathy transitioned into Client Care and discovered the opportunity to focus on developing the best level of support for each individual client. She serves as the liaison between the client and their family, and the care team. Kathy has found that her lifetime of experience and passion for seniors aligns perfectly with HCA’s proprietary Balanced Care MethodTM (BCM) and Cognitive Therapeutics MethodTM (CTM) – which drive healthy senior lifestyles.
Gabrielle ‘Gabbi’ Perrottet is a Client Care Manager at Home Care Assistance of Philadelphia. Gabrielle is elated to be a part of the HCA team, and serve as a bridge for clients and their families to ensure that their loved ones are receiving quality and personalized care in the comfort of their homes.
Originally from New Jersey, Gabbi went to college in Pennsylvania and has taken up residence here for 5 years with her fiancé and puppy, Leia. From a very young age, she was encouraged to volunteer at nursing homes and assisted living communities to share her ‘gift of Gab’ with the community and residents. It was there that she found her passion for working with older adults and those with Dementia. In college she studied Public Health and Exercise Science with a concentration in Gerontology and pursued this career after graduation as a Director at an assisted living community. Since then she has become a Certified Dementia Practitioner and a Certified Zumba Gold instructor to continue to focus on the wellness of older adults. In her free time, she is a wedding photographer, loves to exercise and be crafty and is a self-proclaimed ‘foodie’.
She is excited to engage with Home Care Assistance’s proprietary Balanced Care Method and Cognitive Therapeutics Method to change the way the world ages, one step at a time.
Sunil Rane is the Director of Business Development at Home Care Assistance of Philadelphia. Sunil moved to Pennsylvania in 1992, and earned a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh University, while simultaneously working on campus. He started his career with Bell Labs, and worked in various research and operations management roles in the semiconductor industry for over 17 years. In his free time, Sunil loves to swim, practice mindfulness, yoga, and meditation, and hike trails with his dogs.
Sunil put his engineering career on hold, and went to India for long periods of time to provide support for his father who was suffering due to prostate cancer. After he passed, he helped to transition his mother to be able to live independently. Sunil learned a lot about caregiving by caring for his mother. He also supported his older sister through her very aggressive journey with breast cancer, while helping her children and managing her estate.
Sunil and his siblings took turns returning to India to care for their mother, but eventually they realized that they needed some extra help. Even though they would like to be the only people taking care of their mother, they found that getting home care services would be the best way to maintain their mother’s lifestyle to keep her dignity and independence intact. For the last three years, his mother has been enjoying her freedom with her caregiver, with frequent visits from Sunil and his siblings.
Sunil’s experiences with his family sparked his passion for giving the best experience possible to the aging community of Greater Philadelphia. As a personal user of a caregiver service, Sunil is very intimately aware of the challenges that families face while going through this process, and is very passionate about providing the same quality care as he would like for his own mother.
Jennifer Quiring was born and raised in Northeast Philadelphia, where she presently lives. She is a single mom of 3 semi- adult children, ages 16, 17 and 20. Jennifer started her college studies right out of High School in hopes of becoming a High School Math teacher, but got interrupted a few times on the way and managed to obtain her Bachelors of Science in Human Resource Management, May 2015. She has has a varied career in Customer Service, Group Insurance, Oﬃce Management, and is a Licensed PA Realtor. Jen enjoys listening to audio books about crime and self improvement, spending time with her kids, baking, and walking her dogs. She presently helps with the care of an elderly friend and enjoys the time she spends with her. Jen looks forward to working at Home Care Assistance as the Employee Care Manager. She would like to build and strengthen the team by bringing more people on board, and helping all the current Caregivers benefit from the training and recognition that Home Care Assistance oﬀers.
Mary Anne Cortez is the Employee Operations Manager at Home Care Assistance (HCA) of Philadelphia. She has over twenty years of leadership experience in design, production and manufacture for the direct mail industry and is a certified Lean/Six-Sigma black belt. Additionally, Mary Anne has a BA in Fine/Commercial Art from the College of New Jersey, and extensive SAP, ISO & Environmental and Dale Carnegie training.
Born in California, Mary Anne was the child of an Air Force oﬃcer and at last count has moved 26 times and resided in five states. Her one childhood constant was “home” at her maternal grandparents – a place filled with love and senior aged friends who shared their time with Mary Anne and her siblings. They watched as their senior friends struggled with dementia, heart disease, diabetes and arthritis – and as her parents, aunts and uncles supported them through the end stages of full and active lives. As an adult, Mary Anne and her siblings assumed the role of caregiver for their parents and in-laws, and were in awe of the loving care visiting nurses and hospices caregivers provided. Her mother passed in 2010 after a long struggle with pancreatic cancer, and her father followed in 2014.
Mary Anne believes Home Care Assistance’s Balanced Care Method™ elevates caregivers by allowing them to focus not only on a client’s physical requirements; but also their emotional, mental and spiritual needs. She is thrilled to be part of the team, and is committed to helping them achieve their mission to “Change the Way the World Ages” in Bucks, Montgomery, Philadelphia Counties and the surrounding areas!