Amanda provided in home care for an elderly couple while working as a travel CNA and taking courses at RCC. She was their only help, so she was there every day. Over time they became like family, treating her like a close adopted daughter. Their home became her second home.
The husband passed away in 2017, and the wife in early 2019. This experience deeply affected Amanda. Her love and passion for this family sparked her interest in continuing to provide quality in home supportive care services for seniors. These wonderful people had an enormous impact on Amanda's life, but it wasn’t until 2 days before her best friend of 5 years, Joyce, passed away that she realized how much of an impact she had made in Joyce’s life.
On a quiet Sunday morning, Joyce’s daughter sat with Amanda calmly reminiscing over the past few years. Joyce in her transitioning state looked over at Amanda and feebly said, “Thank you.” With tears in her eyes
Amanda replied, “Oh Joyce, your so welcome.”
Three days after Joyce’s passing, Amanda’s in-home care agency was licensed. In early 2020, in honor of Joyce, that agency was renamed ReJoyce, with the permission and blessings of Joyce's family.
The name came to Amanda out of the blue one Thursday afternoon as she drove the I5 corridor between Medford and Grants Pass. She discovered the prefix “re” means to do again. Inspired by her experience with
Joyce, Amanda seeks to re-create that harmonious relationship with other seniors.
ReJoyce is more than just a name, it is a reminder to Amanda and her employees of their mission: to provide seniors with tender, compassionate care.” As a truly local owner and operator of her own in-home care agency, she can ensure that mission is accomplished.
Our team consists of our owner/administrator, a Registered Nurse, care coordinator, community relations manager and care staff.
Each administrative staff share in the role of caring for our clients which allows us to be a more effective, and close-knit team. Together we share over 30 years of experience as quality care providers.
I started my journey as a caregiver at the young age of 17 at a local assisted living facility here in Southern Oregon. It was there that I fell in love with my residents and decided to continue to pursue my interest in the field.
Since then I have acquired an extensive medical education in a variety of healthcare occupations and settings including pharmacy technician, medical assistant, certified nursing assistant, and pre-nursing.
I continue to work towards my goal of becoming an RN. I have also worked in a variety of caregiving settings including retirement living, assisted living, foster care, home care, skilled nursing, and in the hospital.
I became a CNA in 2014 and have worked for local nursing homes on the skilled wings, and spent a year working as a travel CNA. After traveling around the state, I earned a CNA2 certificate and worked at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center on the post-surgical unit.
Working in several facilities gave me a different outlook on senior care and home health care services. This experience enabled me to develop the core skills that have allowed me to open my own in-home care agency. I have subsequently earned an Associate Degree from Rogue Community College and am pursuing a nursing degree with an end goal of earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing by 2023.
My most recent endeavor is owning and operating an in-home care agency. Please see the Our Story section at the top of this page to learn more about the experience that motivated me to accomplish this! My passion is to help seniors remain in their home with as much independence as possible, for as long as possible. I find healthcare and in-home care to be extremely rewarding.
My favorite thing about working with seniors is the priceless insight and valuable knowledge my clients have shared with me. I enjoy listening to their wonderful stories. My most treasured memory is that of my past client Joyce.
I live in Medford with my husband and all our critters (dogs, cats, and fish). I enjoy spending time with my pets, husband, close friends, and family. When not tending to my clients, animals, school, or business, I enjoy spending time in nature, going to the river, and exploring new hiking trails with my pups.
I am an RN with 40 years of nursing experience and have worked in a variety of healthcare settings. Most of my career has been working with Seniors.
For me, nursing has always been a calling not just a profession. One of the things I have treasured most in my career is developing a close connection with clients (patients) and their families. My goal is to help seniors feel good and enjoy aging.
I hold a Master’s degree in the Science of Nursing. I received certification in Case Management from the Commission for Case Management in 2002 and have extensive training in Motivational Interviewing, Nutrition, and Health Coaching.
Seeing the ins and outs of facility life for seniors has given me drive and motivation to help keep seniors comfortable in their own home for as long as possible. As a Care Coordinator, I get the pleasure of getting to know each client firsthand, so that I can direct the caregivers in providing the best and most personalized care.
In the past 10 years, I have earned many degrees and certifications including an AA degree in general education, a Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education, as well as a registered Direct Support Professional with the state of Oregon, and holding a current in home foster care license with the State of Oregon DHS. I have current FBI/DHS fingerprint clearance and a health care provider CPR/first aid card.
I currently live on the outskirts of Medford with my husband, 18-year-old daughter, 9-year-old foster daughter, 4 dogs, and 2 cats. I love hiking, the beach, animals, family, and gardening in my spare time.
For most of my life I have been caring for others, it’s where my heart is. I have cared for a wide range of clients from severely mentally and physically disabled to children, and have also worked with clients in assisted living/ memory care facilities for many years.