Meet the Team

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John Kirk - Managing Director

After a full career in the Royal Air Force Regiment, then managing a Waitrose branch and spending 7 years working in high quality residential & nursing senior care, I felt that I'd reached a stage in my life where I was ‘ready’ to bring Home Instead Senior Care to the Swindon Vale of White Horse area.  My Home Instead journey began in 2012.  In the Autumn of 2017, I assumed my current role to lead the Home Instead service in Oxford.      

I've lived in Oxfordshire since 2002 and have noticed a real shortage of high quality, truly person-centred care for older people locally.  In particular, quality services to support those coping with Alzheimer’s disease or another of the dementias in their own homes are few and far between.   I have a passion for service to older people and their families and truly want to make a difference to the quality of life of all those whom I serve - be they seniors, their families or the CAREGivers that work for Home Instead Senior Care.

My aim is to deliver an improved quality of life and increased independence in their own homes for our clients, peace of mind for their families, a happy, engaged and fulfilled team of CAREGivers and to contribute to the community in the widest possible sense.  I am thrilled to be working to deliver a service in the community where I've lived and worked for many years and to create local jobs for local people to care for local seniors.  

Our team of enthusiastic, compassionate and nurturing CAREGivers encourage, stimulate and assist our clients across a spectrum of varied activities - from companionship and home help to personal care. If you have any questions about our service, you will be supported by the team here at Home Instead Senior Care Oxford throughout your journey - we are always here to help.  Please feel free to use us as a resource.

Beck Arlow

Becky Arlow - Care Manager

I have been in the health care industry for over 25 years. Starting as a carer at 14 and have steadily worked my way up. I have worked in various care settings including Care homes, Adults with Learning disabilities, Dementia clinics, Autistic Adults and Domiciliary care. I have a Degree in Health and social care which I gained in 2015. Interesting fact: I am also a qualified Dog Groomer and had my own salon!

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Alisha Taggart - Deputy Care Manager

I started with Home Instead in 2016 as a CAREGiver, shortly after became Field Care Supervisor and now my role is Deputy Care Manger. Day to day my role consists of liaising with clients, clients families and our wonderful CAREGivers. I have worked in other care settings and feel strongly about what Home Instead stands for.

We have a great team and each day we face and conquer new challenges together.

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Katie Smok - Senior Client Services Coordinator

I was lucky enough to join the Oxford Home Instead Team in September 2015. I have always worked in the care sector and have often heard the term ‘person centred care’ used, but not always practiced. I believe Home Instead have nailed this term and put it into practice every single day.

With the help of their families, health professionals and the strong relationship we aim to build between our clients and CAREGivers we support our clients to be independent, remain in their own homes and most importantly to be happy

I am grateful to be part of the team that achieves this.

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Anna Walsh - Staff Coordinator

I joined Home Instead in November 2016. I have worked within the care sector for 5 years and this is my passion.

I am enjoying getting to know the business and meeting all the CAREGivers who work for Home Instead and their passion to provide a tailored service to our clients.

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Donna Underhill - Client Services Coordinator

I joined Home Instead in January 2017 as maternity cover and was appointed to my currently role in March 2018.  I have previously worked in the NHS and have a passion for ensuring that my clients receive the best care and support possible.  

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Maddy Di Liso - Recruitment Coordinator

Maddy joined the team in October 2019.  She has worked in the Care Sector for 3 years and has experience both as a Carer and in the office.  Maddy is now looking forward to broadening her experience with Home Instead and seeking out the very best people in the local area to join our team!  

Lucy Shurey

Lucy Shurey - Administrator

I started working for home instead in January 2020. I am Looking forward to expanding my skills and experience with Home Instead and providing outstanding quality of care to our clients. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with family and martial arts where I am now working towards my black belt.

Chevonne Bedwell

Chevonne Bedwell - Care Co-ordinator

When I joined Home Instead in November 2019, I had been in the care industry for over three years. I have stepped into the role as Care Co-ordinator, having had experience in the field as a CAREGiver. I am looking forward to growing within this dynamic company as I believe in their values and ethics. All staff at Home Instead are amazing and passionate about their jobs and I enjoy my role an enjoy being part of a team that ensure that all of our clients are attended to at the highest standard of care.

Cristian Spiridon

Cristian Spiridon - Deputy Care Manager

I started my career as nurse 25 years ago and have moved through a number of roles in the healthcare industry ranging from Medical Representative to managing a Medicine Production Factory. I joined Home Instead in November 2020 as the Deptuty Care Manager, my role here is to support the Care Manager in the managing the day to day operations of the business and with 5 years experience specifically within the care industry I will be bringing the highest standards of relationship-led care and support for our clients that Home Instead is known for to this role. 

Outside of work I enjoying playing the Accordian and spent a great deal of time managing a band with I thoroughly enjoyed. I'm also really keen on technology, fixing things, exploring new technologies and creating something new. I also LOVE Coffee!!!

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