My Inspiration. My Why. And THE standard behind Home Care Matters.
Through our own struggle for help and resources, we recognized the need to help others navigate this enormous and complicated health system. We saw the need and we are answering it.
We operate Home Care Matters under our moms’ heavenly watch. We continually strive to make her proud of the work we do to always honor her name and memory. Every. Single. Day.
We are Home Care Matters and we are Dee Darling strong and proud! While her days here have ended, her gifts to us all live on through this company.
Thanks Mom. We miss and love you still. Every. Single. Day.
Valerie was born in Miami, FL and after a few family moves, grew up locally in the Marietta, GA area. Valerie is the oldest of 4 (3 younger brothers). She is married and has one child. Valerie is the Founder, Owner and CEO of Home Care Matters. Valerie’s mom, Dee, is the inspiration and primary driver as the how and why the business was born. Valerie says, “My mom is never far from our thoughts. Mom was an integral part of developing and starting HCM before she passed away. Our goal is to stay true to her memory and continue to honor her with the love, values, and ethics she taught us.”
Valerie has the unique experience with home care as she has experienced it from both ends of the spectrum, as a caregiver and as needing care herself as a cancer survivor. Valerie says, “Taking care of someone you love is a physically, mentally and demanding labor of love. Taking care of my mom was the hardest thing I have ever done. It has given me an insight and perspective not many people understand unless you are doing it or have done it.
I loved taking care of my mom. I love helping others take care of their love ones too. And now that I’ve been sick, it’s given me a whole new level of empathy and understanding for those who are sick and need help.”
Valerie’s schedule varies daily, but she loves visiting with our clients, families, caregivers, our network partners and being in the office. Says Valerie, “Every day is different, but I wake up excited about what we do, inspired by our team, clients and caregivers. I strive to be a resource to the community. I love my team and I love what we do every day. I like to think my mom would be proud.”
Cherie was born and raised in Key West, Florida until her father retired from the military and landed the family in Forsyth, Georgia. Cherie has two grown children and four grandchildren who all live in Forsyth, GA as well.
Cherie has a passion for the water and the outdoors and enjoys kayaking, paddle boarding and just catching a wave, enjoying life in the river, lake, or ocean. She is also an avid gardener, a tradition passed on through her precious mother.
Cherie’s professional background began at The Methodist Home for Children and Youth in 1995, after completing her B.S. in Health Care Administration. She has also been a physical education instructor at Gordon State College for many years. In March 2020, she began her tenure with YourHome Senior Care (now Home Care Matters). She has worked with many clients and care professionals over the past two years. You can find Cherie working in the office helping with the many and varied tasks of the day-to-day home care business such as answering the phones, greeting visitors, and other various activities. We are happy to have Cherie as part of our home care team and hope that you have the chance to meet her and work with her on your home care needs.
You can reach Cherie by phone in the office (478.994.9535), email Cherie@HomeCareMatters.com or by stopping by the office to see her smiling face.
LaToya is compassionate and a true servant that enjoys helping others and seeing their life change. LaToya is motivated daily by God and her daughter.
In her free time, LaToya loves to read, shop, and spend time with her family.
LaToya is a seasoned professional in the health care industry with 17+ years’ experience. She is primarily responsible for the scheduling and recruiting for Home Care Matters (previously YourHome Senior Care). LaToya uses her positive attitude and tireless energy to encourage others to work hard and succeed. We are happy to have LaToya as part of our hard-working Forsyth team and know you will enjoy meeting her as well.
You can reach LaToya by phone in the office (478.994.9535),
by email LaToya@HomeCareMatters.com or by stopping in the office to see her smiling face.
Stacey was born and raised in a small town called Barnesville, Georgia. She has a younger sister two children and 4 grandchildren (that are the sunshine of her life)! Stacey enjoys being outdoors, going on cruises, travelling, and spending time at the beach.
Stacey has been very active in her community of Barnesville. She has served as an active volunteer for 10 years. She has been President of the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce for 2 years and has also served as the Vice-President for 2 years. She has served as Co-Chair for the ever-popular Barnesville Buggy Days and the Chair for, Barnesville BBQ and Blues, these are two festivals that help fund and keep the community alive.
Stacey has been a licensed practical nurse (LPN), for 28 years with has a vast array of experience. She has worked in many professional environments such as, a pediatric and family practice, as school nurse and in home health nursing. Stacey has been in the administration role of Home Care for 10+ years. Stacey says, “I love what I do”, if you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life. I love helping people, meeting new people, and providing a resource for the elderly that very few are familiar with. We love having Stacey on our amazing Forsyth team and know you will love meeting her too.
You can reach Stacey by phone in the office (478.994.9535), by email, Stacey@HomeCareMatters.com or by stopping by the office to see her smiling face.
Karl Ryder is a Senior Advisor to Home Care Matters (HCM). In this role, Karl provides guidance regarding industry practices, regulatory changes, growth and performance enabling strategies.
Karl retired from United Parcel Service (UPS) in 2014 after a 37-year career covering a variety of leadership roles. He is currently the President of The Ryder Group, a boutique-consulting group supporting Investment Banks, Private Equity, Venture Capital and Independent Businesses.
Karl is married and lives in Flowery Branch, Georgia with his wife Valerie and their daughter Sydney. Karl enjoys vacationing with his family and friends, golfing, motorcycles, boating, fishing, and auto racing.
With regard to the home care business Karl says, “The aging process is something we all have in common. It can be a stressful time that requires compassion, support, guidance, and patience. I personally experience a great sense of value knowing that every HCM employee is passionate about helping patients and families during one of the most challenging and stressful times of their lives.