The Harrogate, Ripon and Thirsk Team
Owner / Director of Care - Andrew Van Parys
Before opening Home Instead Senior Care Harrogate, Ripon and Thirsk owner Andrew worked as a Senior Manager for a large FTSE top-10 company gaining extensive experience in all aspects of customer and service delivery to an exceptional high standard. He was attracted to the ethos of Home Instead after seeing how Home Instead can make a real difference to people’s lives in their own homes, as well as providing employment opportunities in the community. As Director of Care, Andrew is responsible for the day to day delivery of the service.
Owner - Sheena Van Parys
Sheena worked in a management role for over 10 years prior to taking a career break to have a family. Like many of her generation she faced the dilemma of looking after her own children whilst coping with the increasing demands of supporting her parents as they grow older.
Sheena's mother lived with Alzheimer's and required daily support from a team of carers. This experience was the driving force behind her decision to open a Home Instead Senior Care office of her own.
Sheena is passionate about finding and recruiting like minded individuals who can become Home Instead CAREGivers. As well as making sure the business runs smoothly, Sheena is keen to actively promote Home Instead in the local community and is regularly out and about meeting people and promoting the business whenever she can. She enjoys supporting her local community including the voluntary sector by offering free workshops in such areas as dementia or scam awareness. As well as being a business owner, Sheena also holds a number of voluntary positions she has maintained with local community groups and charities
Andrew and Sheena have 3 young children so understand how difficult it can be for family members who have to work or raise their own family but also have a loved one who needs support and care throughout the day.
Carol Bray - Head of Care
Before joining Home Instead Senior Care, Carol previously worked for another local home care provider for 13 years where she worked her way up to be the Deputy Manager having joined as a Carer. Carol joined Home Instead as our Deputy Manager before being promoted to Registered Care Manager. As our Registered Care Manger, Carol has the overall responsibility for the service we provide our clients plus the day to day running of the office.
Carol is a qualified First Aid instructor & Manual Handling trainer and has completed her Level 5 Diploma in Management.
Carol lives in Harrogate, is married with 2 grown up children, two grandchildren and likes spending time with her beloved Westie, Polar!
Sharon Drysdale - Care Manager
Sharon has worked for a number of years in the health and social care sector, initially with Henshaws College and subsequently with Barnardos, where she completed her NVQ Level 3 in Health and Social Care and was a Shift Leader and Supervisor for 2 years.
Following a second period at Henshaws College, she joined Home Instead Senior Care, initially as a CAREGiver before being promoted through the ranks to become a Team Leader.
Graduating in 1987 from Stirling University in Scotland with a BA French and Diploma in Education, Sharon moved to England in 1998 with her family.
Sharon is married with two grown up children.
Helen Wilson - Client Manager
Before joining Home Instead Helen spent 7 years working within community care. She is currently in the process of completing her NVQ Level 5 and is very passionate about her role and the people she cares for. Helen is a Senior Team Leader at Home Instead and works closely with Sharon Drysdale and the Care Manager.
Helen is married with two young children.
Gemma Wilson - Field Care Supervisor
Gemma has joined us from the Home Instead Senior Care, Surrey office as our Field Care Supervisor. Gemma has worked in Care for a number of years having completed her NVQ Level 2 & 3, she is now working towards completing her NVQ Level 5.
Gemma is married with two young children.
Heather Wilson - Care Coordinator
Before joining Home Instead Senior Care, Heather spent 16 years running her own Commercial & Domestic Cleaning Business. Looking for a change she studied Clinical Hypnotherapy, Rekki & EFT. Heather has always been intrigued by the human mind and how it ticks. Heather is our Care Coordinator and is driven by helping people which makes her a perfect fit for our Home Instead family.
Rachel Borchard - Business Administrator
Rachel first joined us as a CAREGiver before joining us in the office as our Business Administrator. Before she joined Home Instead Senior Care she worked with younger children who had a range of disabilities for many years. Rachel has a BTEC in Business & Finance and is currently studying for her NVQ Level 3 in Business Administration.
Rachel has 3 children and also volunteers for Open Country in her spare time.
We have a fantastic team of committed, professional, reliable and compassionate CAREGivers. Many of our team draw on their own past personal experiences to encourage, assist, and stimulate our clients over a wide range of daily activities that help improve their quality of life and help them maintain as much independence as possible.
We are always looking for people with these qualities to join our ever expanding team. If you would like to enquire about becoming a CAREGiver please call the office on:-
01423 774490 (Harrogate)
01765 530400 (Ripon)
01845 440510 (Thirsk)
Ripley - Therapy Dog
Hello, my name is Ripley. I am a Border Collie and I work at Home Instead Senior Care.
I spend most of my days in the office where I get to meet all the wonderful CAREGivers who work here. I get lots of walks and tummy tickles. At night I go home with Andrew & Sheena who adopted me from a rescue centre when I was 8 months old.
I also like visiting our clients in their own homes where I will let them stroke me and feed me biscuits! As a therapy dog I am trained to provide affection and comfort to people, the most important characteristic of a therapy dog is its temperament. A good therapy dog must be friendly, patient, gentle and must enjoy human contact and be content to be petted and handled - that's me!
My hobbies include chasing footballs, jumping in puddles & catching balls.
It is impossible to praise the carers who look after my Aunt highly enough. Every day the carers don't just care, but go that extra mile, doing all sorts of jobs and kind acts which are so appreciated.Mrs C - Ripon