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.
Jodie Treviranus, CNA Client Services ManagerJodie Treviranus, CNA Client Services Manager
I began my journey as a part of the Homewatch CareGivers team in August of 2016.
My primary role as the Client Services Manager is to ensure that our clients and caregivers are well taken care of and that their needs are being met. In addition to employee management and client relations, I manage the daily operations of the office.
I worked as a caregiver for many years before I was blessed with the opportunity to expand my skill set and knowledge of home health care by taking this role with Homewatch CareGivers!
There are so many great things to share about my job, but there are a few things that stand out far above the others, one of them being the opportunity to build relationships with our awesome caregivers and clients! These relationships allow me to deeply know our clients so we provide caregivers that will help them live a meaningful life in keeping with the Eden Philosophy. I also enjoy working with the great team we have here in our office.
I view my position with Homewatch CareGivers as a lifestyle rather than a job. I carry the philosophies and ethics with me through my personal journeys. I am very blessed to have a loving and supportive family at home who share a passion for people! My fiancé Roy has three beautiful children Elijah, Raleigh, and Erica. We enjoy spending quality time together going for walks, swimming, vacations to North Carolina to enjoy Roy’s southern roots and family, and trips to my hometown of Duluth, Minnesota where we spend time with my family near the greatest of The Great Lakes, Lake Superior.
Ali Soderman, RN Registered Nurse Case ManagerAli Soderman, RN Registered Nurse Case Manager
As the RN Case Manager at Homewatch CareGivers in Edina I manage and coordinate client care. I supervise and manage caregivers to ensure services provided are appropriate as well as ensuring quality care. I love the relationships I build and the difference I see in clients lives after they start care with us.
I have worked as a nurse since 2010 in assisted living and memory care facilities. My focus as an RN has been compliance with Minnesota Department of Health rules and regulations as well as providing quality and thorough care.
My job is my passion in life and I strongly feel I was put here to help elders receive the quality care they deserve in the later years of life. I also enjoy spending time with my family and two dogs, Morris and Edith. They are the center of my world and are very spoiled!
Dianna Kuck, LPN Staff NurseDianna Kuck, LPN Staff Nurse
I'm Dianna Kuck, mother of three, grandmother of one, and a licensed practical nurse. I am the staff nurse for Homewatch CareGivers of Edina, Minnesota. Originally from northern Minnesota, I have lived in Burnsville for the past 20+ years. After helping raise our kids, I found myself with time on my hands and needing to change careers. As part of my effort to gain entrance into a nursing program, I was required to join the state registry of certified nursing assistants. I began working as a CNA afterward and was lucky enough to be placed with a couple where every thing just clicked. I attended nursing school while providing care for them and their support has been a rock.
I found Homewatch Caregivers of Edina and since 2017 I have worked here as an LPN. Under the supervision, and with the aid of Ali Soderman, RN Case Manager, I provide care, set-up medications, re-assess client conditions, maintain documentation, and train caregivers; while also providing another set of eyes on our clients and as another route of communication for both clients and caregivers.
A good nurse requires one be a lifelong learner; that is my favorite thing about this job. The constant opportunity to learn and to grow in every direction is only limited by my energy and by the number of hours in the day. The nature of this work also allows for the care of a variety of people in a multitude of situations, growing my experiences and knowledge base rapidly... and being helpful again feels pretty great too.
I admit to a thrift store preoccupation, being a summer sale treasure hunter, and that I always have a few crazy quilts at some odd stage of semi-completion in my home.