Deb Nelson OwnerDeb Nelson Owner
My favorite part of being the owner of Homewatch CareGivers in Edina, Minnesota is that I get to meet all of our clients and their families! Every client is unique and wonderful in their own quirky way – one might be intent on details, some tell jokes and laugh and have great senses of humor, some are sad about their condition and we cry together but each of these opportunities is a joy for me.
I’m so grateful that I’m able to get to know each of our clients at the beginning of our relationship and really hear their challenges, their goals and their hopes. I love hearing what THEY want to accomplish and what THEY want their day to look like and then we do our best to help them achieve that.
The other part of my job as the owner that I enjoy is being able to influence and mentor my staff. During my 30 years in corporate America, I was exposed to so much education about management, self- discipline, financial well-being and team-building. It’s now my job as a small business owner to bring information and training to my team on how to be better managers, how to approach challenges in a positive way and realize the benefits of holding yourself to higher standards.
Many of my caregivers have not had advanced education or opportunities in their lives to have a mentor who is interested in coaching them to achieve more. I feel my role is to coach my management staff to be different than other agency staff – to uplift and support our caregivers so they learn to expect more of themselves. We want them to work at being better communicators, better employees, better neighbors and in some cases even better parents.
Caregiving is exceptionally hard work. It takes a toll physically and mentally. If we can create an environment where our caregivers feel we truly care for them – they then can put their energy and attention into providing the highest quality care to our clients.
Chelsea Markgren Director of NursingChelsea Markgren Director of Nursing
I grew up in Minnesota, moving for a few years to Southern California before returning to attend Nursing School. I graduated from College of St. Catherine with a passion for helping people in their time of need. I worked in the Mother Baby Center at Abbott Northwestern for 5 years, before moving to a Women’s Health clinic for Allina where I was able to meet with patients and provide pregnancy education. In 2016 I made the transition to homecare, helping clients remain in their homes while providing quality care. I enjoy being able to work and collaborate with a wonderful team at Homewatch Caregivers, and feel like it is a second family. In addition to my work family, I have two ten year old children and plenty of pets to keep us busy. We enjoy our cabin during the summer and time together playing pinball in the winter.
Jane Hagstrom Office ManagerJane Hagstrom Office Manager
I have worked in healthcare my whole life, starting as a CNA at my neighborhood nursing home while in high school. I have worked in sales for Allina DME, Home Care and Hospice and as Sales Director for Ebenezer Senior Living Campuses. After a short-lived retirement, I stepped into the role of Office Manager at Homewatch CareGivers, where I continue my passion for helping seniors and families find care for their loved ones. Having lived through the journey of caring for an elderly and ailing parent myself gives me insight into a family’s needs and emotions. I have two grown children and have been married for 30 year to my wonderful husband. I enjoy quilting, decorating, walking and eating sweets! I adore the team Deb has created at Homewatch CareGivers. We are here to serve not only you, but our caregivers as well.
Shelley Lovick Care CoordinatorShelley Lovick Care Coordinator
I was born and raised in the great state of Iowa. After making the move to Minnesota as an adult, I developed my love for helping people. I worked in a group home for several years assisting clients with special needs, then as an Assistant Director for a daycare/academy where I focused on systems development and improved state surveys. After an illness of a family member, I found work in the home care industry and recently joined the Homewatch CareGivers team as the Care Coordinator. I enjoy collaborating with the nursing team in making sure each client receives appropriate and quality care by caregivers who have the right skills and personality. I have been married to my husband Mike for 25 years and have 3 children and 1 granddaughter. We enjoy our time together watching any type of sport.
Tanya Chaboyea-James Nursing CoordinatorTanya Chaboyea-James Nursing Coordinator
Tanya was born in Minneapolis and has had a passion for nursing since she was a teenager, but it wasn’t until years later that her dream became a reality. In 2005, she opened a nail salon which was quite an accomplishment, but didn’t fulfill that nursing itch. Finally, in 2011, she became a nurse! Her first nursing position was providing footcare for people in their homes – combining her skills as a nail technician and her new nursing license. She moved from there to a Dementia care facility, focusing on clients with advanced dementia. Tanya ultimately moved on to home care so she could enjoy the variety of clients and care needs found at home. Tanya is married and has two children and two grandchildren.