Staff

Sharon Truss is an LPN and part of the medical staff at “Just Like Home” senior care center in Jackson, WI…minutes away from Port Washington and GraftonSharon Truss

On-Site Nurse Lead, LPN

Sharon has been involved in care-giving for quite some time. She is the middle child, and was always the one who made sure her little brother was safe. She was also responsible for keeping track of her big sister, and responsible for steering her away from getting in trouble (which didn’t always work).

She did a lot of babysitting and loved spending time at her Grandma’s house. Upon graduation from high school, she worked as a CNA while attending school to obtain her LPN degree. Since then, she has worked in hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living, home care, Hospice, and Memory Care.

Sharon has continued her education by taking college classes in ethics, sociology, and psychology, where she obtained accelerated honorable mention certificates. Her passion is working with the elderly because she feels she can help them both, medically or emotionally. Her care can make a difference in their life just by giving them care and support.

 

Linda Russel LPNLinda Russel

Licensed Practical Nurse

Linda is skilled in Disease Management, Health Insurance, Clinical Research, Customer Service, and HMOs.  She is a strong community and social services professional, with an LPN focused in Nursing, which she obtained from Moraine Park Technical College (MPTC).

“I have been a nurse for more years than I care to admit, with the bulk of my experience being in Neurology, Internal Medicine, and Case Management” said Linda.

When asked about being a nurse Linda said, “I was raised to always respect my elders and the less fortunate.  That value that was instilled in me as a child, and has remained with me throughout my career.”

Linda has joined Just Like Home Adult Day Center because she feels it is a perfect setting for her to continue nurturing her values and believes.  Her career has taken many different paths, but regardless of where her nursing role has taken her, she has been a steadfast advocate for the care of patients entrusted to her.  “I care for them as I would my own family”, added Linda.

Linda feels that at some point in her life she may be the one that needs assistance, therefore she believes in paying it forward through the care she provides today, and hopefully, she will have an advocate for her care, just as she has done for so many others.

Just Like Home Adult Day Center has been built on these philosophies, and we are very proud to have Linda as an important member of our Care Team!

 

Patti Callen

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

Patti has spent a lifetime helping and caring for individuals at different levels.  She is dedicated and compassionate to seniors and is focused on providing quality care.

“I want to make sure individuals are comfortable”, says Patti.

“I’m patient, personable, and professional, and I try to always respond with a gentle touch and caring attitude, but always centering on treating them with dignity and respect.”

Patti enjoys helping Just Like Home Adult Day Center clients with activities of daily living and promotes activities that are fun, safe and engaging so that their days are happy and fulfilling.

Patti lives in Germantown and has 1 son and 4 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren on the way.  She is busy!
Patti calls herself a “professional caregiver”, and we are happy to have her on our team!

 

Mary Farrell Certified Nursing AssistantMary Farrell

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

I have always enjoyed working with the elderly.  They have such a history and I find that so interesting.  I have worked as a CNA for over 30 years, first at Cedar Lake Home (21 years) before they changed to Cedar Community, and then with Autumn Oaks Assisted Living (10 years).

I appreciate what my clients teach me and that means a lot to me to make a difference in their lives.  I joined Just Like Home Adult Day Center because I wanted to further my career in a somewhat different setting.

I felt that the Adult Day Center would allow me more one-on-one time with the individuals I care for, which would allow me to provide more personalized care allowing more time to get to know them and learn more about their lives.

 

Kate Nilsestuen

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

Kate has been a caregiver for many years and is a real asset to our Just Like Home Adult Day Center team.

“In 1996 I was working at another care facility and obtained my Certified Nursing Assistant degree.  I worked with Dementia/Alzheimer’s clients for some time, and found it extremely rewarding”, said Kate.

Kate has worked in healthcare the majority of her adult life, with experiences in Chiropractic Care as a Chiropractic Assistant (CA), an Ultrasound Tech, and now as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).

Kate’s father passed away from 3rd Stage kidney failure, and her mother is a cancer survivor (Congratulations Kate!).  “My mother has moved into our home so we can all take care of her…consequently, caregiving has always been a part of me.”

Kate works hard and loves helping people in need.  She enjoys seeing people smile!

Kate is married and resides in Jackson, and is a mother of three beautiful children that she calls “her world”.

“Just Like Home Adult Day Center has been very rewarding for me…I have met so many wonderful people, and I truly love them all.”

We Love having Kate on our TEAM!

 

Darlene Sojak

Caregiver

Darlene joins the staff of Just Like Home Adult Day Center after retiring from her full-time position.

“I needed something to do to make me feel fulfilled”, said Darlene.  “My mother died from one of the issues of Alzheimer’s Disease.  She was very healthy but stopped eating.  I miss her so much every day!”

Darlene enjoys helping people and wants to open her heart and show that she really cares about them.

Darlene resides in Jackson and has four grown children and six grandchildren.

Thanks for joining us Darlene…our clients need your loving heart!

 

Jody Wheaton

Caregiver

Jody came to Just Like Home Adult Day Center with a wealth of life experience.  She is a certified Life Coach and a Certified Peer Specialist, and with that, she is trained to de-escalate and redirect situations, which is invaluable with the clients that we serve.

Jody is also certified as a preschool teacher, having worked with young children for over 7-years.

Growing up Jody spent a lot of time at her grandmother’s house, and absolutely cherishes those memories with her.  Additionally, Jody assisted her sister-in-law in caring for her mother-in-law as she fought a long awful battle with cancer until she went home to be with Jesus.

Jody is extremely compassionate and can sense when someone is feeling anxious.  “I can decipher what they are feeling when they are not quite sure”, said Jody.

Jody has also taken many psychology and communication classes and is certified in Motivational Interviewing, QPR, WRAP.

Jody lives with her husband in the Jackson/Cedarburg area, and she is blessed with 6 children and 6 grandchildren and cares for her mother who also lives with her.

When asked, Jody replied…”I am very grateful to work at Just Like Home Day Center.  I love each and every person who comes to the Center for the day.  I just love it when I can make them smile and feel at ease.  I enjoy being a part of an amazing team, as we work together to make sure every person is taken care of when away from their loved ones, the same way I would take care of my own grandma and mom.”

We are SO happy to have Jody on our TEAM!

 

Crystal Dorn

Billing & Payroll Specialist / Receptionist

Crystal has been with our ComForCare Home Care business for 6+ years, and has worked tirelessly in all aspects of our Home Care business.  She was originally hired as our receptionist, but through her tremendous efforts, she was promoted to our Payroll and Billing Specialist.

Having done so many things, she has become known as the “Jane of All Trades”.

As Crystal does so many things, you will oftentimes see her friendly smiling face at our front desk.

She resides in Slinger with her husband, Chris, and has three beautiful children – Bentley, Elora- Rose, and Iris.

 

 

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