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The Grand Strand’s First Choice for Senior Home Care and Elder Care Services

My name is Ashley DesMarteau, Director of Operations, and I have been exactly where you are right now. Two years ago I unexpectedly found myself looking for care for my parents and didn’t know the first place to look. Being two states away and an only child added to the pressure of finding the best choice for them. With every visit, I wondered if I should uproot my family to come take care of my aging parents. How could I suggest my parents leave the home they’ve loved for years? They worked hard to cultivate friendships and roles in their community. It didn’t seem fair to uproot anyone.

You are not alone in this journey. As part of Home Care Assistance, I get to help other families avoid this stress and heartache. Home Care Assistance proudly keeps older adults safe and happy at home. We set the standard in home care by cultivating client relationships that are rich in respect, dignity and trust.

Our goal is to make a difference in the lives of seniors in our community. This may mean working with someone who simply needs a helper or someone who needs 24 hour care as they transition home from the hospital.

Chances are you are researching us because there is a senior in your life who needs in-home care now or in the future. Did a visit with a family member, parent, grandparent make you realize they are not safe living alone? Perhaps you or a loved one have recently received an Alzheimer’s or dementia diagnosis. Maybe you are looking for care for yourself or for your spouse. Regardless of the reason, the team at Home Care Assistance of the Grand Strand is here for you.

Thank you, Grand Strand, for making us the premier provider of home care for older adults. We are honored by the trust so many families place in us!

We offer high quality, personalized care where seniors most prefer: at home.

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See What Our Clients Are Saying

"Polite, friendly and compassionate."

"The team at Home Care Assistance of the Grand Strand is very polite, friendly and compassionate. All of the employees are very dedicated and reliable and it shows with their superior service! I would highly recommend."
- G.M.

"I have always known that my mother lives in a wonderful community but the added peace of mind from knowing that this organization is able to step in at a moment's notice is invaluable."

"Last summer, my mother was fortunate enough to have Home Care Assistance of the Grand Strand step in and help her out while she was recovering from a major medical incident. I live in Colorado and was not able to be there for the assistance that she needed. I have always known that my mother lives in a wonderful community but the added peace of mind from knowing that this organization is able to step in at a moment's notice is invaluable. The exceptionally trained staff was able to aid my mother when she needed it the most and their understanding, guidance and feedback was most appreciated by myself and my family. Thank you so much for taking care of not only my mother but the community which you are so important to."
- M.L.

"Always work to make the right fit when matching patients with caregivers."

"Whenever there is a need for a great home care agency, I know that Home Care Assistance will always come through. Ashley cares deeply about all of the families that she works with. They always make sure to hire caring, loving people and always work to make the right fit when matching patients with caregivers. "
- N.B.

"It was comforting to have someone during the evening and night-time so that my husband could get a good night's rest."

"The Home Care Assistance staff provided my husband and I with peace of mind and it was comforting to have someone during the evening and night-time so that my husband could get a good night's rest. The staff is courteous and arrived on time or earlier for each scheduled visit."
- B.E.

"The staff has gone above and beyond the expected call of duty as if the client was their own beloved family member"

"You will not find a more dedicated and compassionate provider for your loved one than Home Care Assistance of the Grand Strand. The company is highly selective in their hiring and it shows. On countless occasions, the staff has gone above and beyond the expected call of duty as if the client was their own beloved family member. They are truly the superheroes of home care!"
- M.S.

"As someone who has lived here for over 15 years, I can tell you that this company's reputation and care is an asset to this community."

"Home Care Assistance is very involved with the Waccamaw Community. Through civic action and generous donations to local charities, they really make a difference in this area. Ashley is such a caring and genuine person. It is obvious that she really cares about the staff providing the in-home assistance and those on the receiving end. As someone who has lived here for over 15 years, I can tell you that this company's reputation and care is an asset to this community. I would highly recommend them."
- B.H.

"When it was clear that our parents needed help to keep them in their home, we knew we could rely on Ashley to place a caring person to look after them and provide meals for them."

"Ashley from Home Care Assistance has been a godsend to my parents in Pawleys Island. As we (my brother and two sisters) all live in Maryland, when it was clear that our parents needed help to keep them in their home, we knew we could rely on Ashley to place a caring person to look after them and provide meals for them. When a situation involving a computer issue came up, Ashley stepped in to help us sort it out. We know that we can rely on her to provide hands-on support when we can't be there."
- D.F.

"They have provided both short and long-term care as needed in order to allow my clients and friends to remain in this beautiful and special part of the world we call home. "

"As a successful Realtor in the Pawleys Island and Murrells Inlet areas for over 27 years, I constantly work with individuals and couples who have a need for in-home care. Ashley and the Home Care Assistance team have been a godsend for many in my area. They have provided both short and long-term care as needed in order to allow my clients and friends to remain in this beautiful and special part of the world we call home. Thank you so much for enhancing the quality of life for so many!"
- H.R.

"As my sister declined and her needs expanded, sometimes on short notice, the team made sure we had top quality caregivers. "

"Home Care Assistance of the Grand Strand in Pawleys Island did a great job, in sometimes very difficult situations, caring for my 82-year-old sister with dementia for 10 months. The Client Care Manager, Ashley, did an amazing job in calming and reassuring my apprehensive sister about bringing in outside caregivers during a long and emotional meeting. They took great care to match the caregivers with Lorraine’s needs and her living situation and made adjustments as needed. All the caregivers they provided were wonderful and caring people who showed great affection. As my sister declined and her needs expanded, sometimes on short notice, the team made sure we had top quality caregivers.The managers were very responsive and involved. Whenever I called, I was sure to either reach a manager or get a return call very soon. They spoke with the caregivers and reviewed their thorough daily notes and contacted me whenever they had any concerns or issues. The managers were very generous with their time. For example, Ashley attended a very long meeting with my sister’s doctor to discuss her needs and future care and the managers rushed to my sister’s house whenever there was any concern.I can highly recommend Home Care Assistance of the Grand Strand."
- S.G.

"I could not have asked for better caregivers for my parents."

"I have been using Home Care Assistance of Grand Strand to help care for my parents for over a year now. What a difference they have made! I live far away and cannot spend as much time as is needed to care for my folks. Ashley and the team have been amazing with the help and support they have given both my parents and myself. The caregivers they hire are exceptional. They are caring, thoughtful, friendly and, most of all, extremely competent! I could not have asked for better caregivers for my parents."
- J.U.

"Going above and beyond became the norm and my family will be forever grateful for their empathy and dedication."

"The Home Care Assistance team is there when you need them! The outstanding team at Homecare Assistance of the Grand Strand stepped in and took exceptional care of my sweet mother-in-law. Going above and beyond became the norm and my family will be forever grateful for their empathy and dedication. Bean is 92 now and enjoys visits from her great-grandchildren, who love her with all of their heart, as we all do."
- K.B.

"They were not only compassionate but truly served as advocates during a critical time."

"Home Care Assistance does an outstanding job. They were not only compassionate but truly served as advocates during a critical time."
- M.G.

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Meet The Care Team

Patricia Gonzalez

Employee Care Manger

Patricia has been in the home care industry for over 25 years. Her roles have ranged from Lead Scheduler to Office Manager since she began in 1995. Patricia is a veteran of the United States Navy where she worked as a Corpsman providing medical support to our service members. She also has certifications in HHA, Certified Medical Assistant, and CNA.

Working with the geriatric population has been Patricia's passion. She is currently the caregiver for her 88-year-old grandmother and has taken care of her since she was in high school. Being able to give back to others who have so much knowledge and life experiences is a blessing. They have so much to share and all they would like is to be heard and loved. Patricia is excited to bring this sense of compassion to all the seniors in her local community. She is from a Proud Military family has four children, 2 sons in the Marine Corps, and is a grandmother of four. Patricia truly feels that her life has been a blessing and looks forward to supporting her community.

Ashley DesMarteau

Regional Director for South Carolina

Ashley moved to South Carolina nearly 30 years ago and after graduating from the College of Charleston her career in corporate community relations took her all over the country.

Ashley is passionate about helping families of aging parents find the best care option. Her own experiences as a family caregiver to her parents enable her to connect with families in a very emotional way. She was drawn to Home Care Assistance because of the Cognitive Therapeutics Method, after losing her Grandfather to Alzheimer’s. She hopes to help others avoid the pains and difficulties involved in selecting the right care options for their loved ones. Ashley prides herself on being solution-focused with her staff, clients and community.

Ashley has been extensively involved in non-profit, foundation and development work. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Tidelands Hospital Foundation for three years and was recently nominated to join the Executive Committee. She served as the Chair of the Annual Gifts Committee for two years, is currently President Elect of her Rotary Club, and is Mission Chair for the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's.

Ashley loves South Carolina and considers moving to Pawleys Island, with her husband Noel and their three boys, as a dream come true. Ashley has been extensively involved in non-profit, Foundation and development work professionally and as a volunteer. She was drawn to Home Care Assistance because of the Cognitive Therapeutics Method after losing her Grandfather to Alzheimer’s. She is solution-focused with her staff, clients and community. She works hard to create give all seniors in the community, not just her clients, the ability to stay in their own homes, safe and happy, for as long as they are able.

Cory Andersen

Home Care Liaison

Cory started in the health care industry after serving four years in the United States Navy as an Air Traffic Controller. He has worked in Durable Medical Equipment DME as an Assistant General Manager, Infusion therapies as a Hospital Liaison, then skilled nursing facilities as a Director of Business Development and then Assistant Executive Director. He chose to work in health care because of his love of serving people in need. He looks forward to supporting his local community and assisting seniors in living life to the fullest. Cory is a huge sports fan and when he's not at work, he loves spending time with his family.

April Voegele

Employee Care Manager / Scheduler

April Voegele has been with Home Care Assistance of the Grand Strand for two years and was drawn to the field of home care from a personal level. Her uncle was diagnosed with Alzheimer's at the age of 55. He was not fortunate to have the option of home care and was placed in a facility and was eventually transferred to a psychiatric facility. He passed away in 2016 at the age of 62 from this disease. April knows first-hand how hard it is for an individual suffering from dementia and Alzheimer's but also how hard it can be on the family members who provide care day-to-day. Because of this experience in her life, April pride herself on matching caregivers and clients to ensure our clients and family members are receiving the best possible care, compassion and dignity in their home for as long as possible.


April attended her first Walk to end Alzheimer's marathon in 2017 and was awed by the compassion her community showed. She was proud to be part of the group of family members, friends, co-workers and agencies all walking together for a common goal. It was truly inspiring. We all know someone who suffers from dementia and Alzheimer's making the lives for these individuals better is all that we can hope to achieve. April hopes to make each family in her community feel at ease because they trust that their family member is well-taken care of.

Lisa Phelan

Client Care Manager

Lisa comes to Home Care Assistance after spending many years in the non-profit hospice world as a social worker. She looks forward to continuing her work with older adults as the Client Care Manager at Home Care Assistance of the Grand Strand. Lisa attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio for college and received her Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of South Carolina. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two teenaged boys.

Karen Harrelson

Staffing Assistant

Karen was born and raised in Georgetown, SC and has been in the medical field for over 30 years. She has done everything from working in offices doing coding and billing to working in the field with patients, where she served as a caregiver for 20 years. Her compassion for elders in her community is what drives her and she looks forward to making a difference in the lives of local seniors.

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