Eldercare Resources
The Eldercare Resource Articles above are written to help you understand the need for and the process of planning for long term care.
There are four key steps to sucessful long term care planning.
1. Knowledge & Preparation
2. Propert Funding
3. Using Long Term Care Professionals
4.Creating a Personal Care Plan and Choosing a Care Coordinator


Welcome to Home Helpers HomeCare of the Western Suburbs of Chicago!

Our family-operated business has the primary goal of ensuring that you, or your loved ones, receive excellent care. My husband Mike and I can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

We are licensed by the State of Illinois and meet or exceed all requirements of the law. Illinois requires that all Home Services Agencies be licensed by the state.

Our caregivers are compassionate, capable, reliable individuals that we would trust to take care of our own family members. Each is hand-picked and trained for your specific situation in order to insure the best possible outcome.

Our services can be provided in your home, retirement community, nursing home, hospital or rehabilitation center. And, we have no minimum requirements. Whether it's 1 hour a week, 24-hour live-in support or something in between, our caregivers will be there!

Why Our Office is Unique

In addition to being a full-service agency, Mike and I promise every client the following:

  • We will never ask you to make an advance payment or sign a contract that guarantees a schedule. You may terminate us at any time for any reason and will owe nothing more than services previously rendered.
  • You can change your schedule at any time
  • Once you are a client, we will never raise your price
  • An RN or other licensed professional will supervise our caregivers. Mike and I will be accessible to clients, family members and caregivers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • We will know all of our clients personally and will always put their interest first.
  • We will take the time to find the best caregiver based on your requirements.
  • She/He will have both the skills to perform the required duties and the
    personality that will make them a welcome visitor time after time.
  • You will always have the opportunity to meet and approve of the caregiver before they start.
  • We will strive to have a back-up caregiver available in case the primary
    caregiver is sick or cannot make it.
  • You will always have the final say as to the care plan.
  • We will keep all information confidential and respect your privacy.

Call us today! We offer flexible care plans to fit any budget or need. We cover much of the Western Suburbs including, but not limited to, the towns of Brookfield, Burr Ridge, Clarendon Hills, Countryside, Darien, Hinsdale, Indian Head Park, La Grange, La Grange Park, Lyons, North Riverside, Riverside, Summit, Westchester, Western Springs, Westmont and Willowbrook.

Client Testimonials

"I want to thank you for everything you did on Saturday for mom. You clearly went beyond the call of duty. I really admire your wonderful approach. You so expertly got mom out of bed, bathed her and assisted in dressing and leading her out of the bedroom and she never realized it wasn't her idea or effort." ~Karen

"We can't express how much you've meant to us over the weeks and months as we went through such difficult times. You enabled us to have the best possible situation for our mom, us and our family and friends. Your staff was kind, caring, sincere and sensitive. You have a gift for this field and we thank you for sharing it with us" ~Kathy & Colleen

"Must tell you what a big helper Edie was to me! She did everything I asked of her and made me feel I had the best!" ~Grace

"Thank you for such excellent and prompt service. Both Bob and I were totally pleased with every aspect of the care that we received through your service. Henrietta was excellent. Without such efficient help, my recovery would have been even slower. The important thing was that it gave my husband some free time and no worries." ~Elise

"I want to sincerely thank you for the care that you provided my mother. On incredibly short notice, you provided compassionate and capable care. The care you provided my mother and the peace of mind you gave my sisters and I was invaluable." ~Alicia

"All of your employees have been so good. I appreciate the service that you
provide and all the help that you have been to us." ~Kathy

"Thanks so much for all you've done for me." ~Eleanor

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Home Helpers HomeCare
Mary Doepke RN, Mike Doepke

Phone: (630) 323-7231

123 E. Ogden Ave. Ste. 102A
Hinsdale, IL 60521

Email: HomeHelpers1@comcast.net
Web: www.maryandmikecare.com

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 about Mary & Mike

Mary and Mike Doepke, Owners
Mary and Michael Doepke, long-time residents of Western Springs,
opened Home Helpers HomeCare of the Western Suburbs in April of 2005.

Mary L. Doepke, RN
A natural caregiver, Mary earned her RN license in 1981 after graduating from the Misericordia School of Nursing in New York City. Her experience includes supervisory positions at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles and the Wadsworth Veterans Administration Hospital in Brentwood (CA) before deciding to focus on Home Health Care.

Mary's role with Home Helpers is to personally interview and approve all caregivers prior to employment. She is also responsible for the development of all client care plans and determining the ideal caregiver for each assignment. It doesn't stop there as Mary will be involved in the on-going process of caregiver performance review and care plan adjustment as needs change.

Michael D. Doepke
With over 27 years of corporate marketing and management experience, Mike's role is to manage the "business" functions at Home Helpers. This includes everything from efforts to find the best caregivers to developing partnerships with other companies that have resources of interest to their clients. Mike is also responsible for the scheduling of caregivers and the handling of any unforeseen situations where a back-up individual may be needed.

Why We Started Home Helpers
In February, 2005, it was necessary for Mary to go to New York to help her mother care for her father who had just suffered a stroke. Although he had returned home after rehab, John needed constant attention as he was disoriented and unable to care for himself. Mary's mom did all that she could but clearly needed respite from the 24-hour a day responsibility. Mary ended up spending 3 weeks in NY assisting her mom and dad.

When Mary returned to Chicago she and Mike learned that Mike's sister Page had to have surgery to remove a malignant tumor. The operation was a success and Page is doing well after undergoing an aggressive round of chemotherapy. Mary accompanied Page to her chemo sessions and noticed that many of the other patients were alone, without someone to keep them company during the treatments and help them home afterwards.

Finally, Mike and Mary have many friends who are concerned about their aging parents. Many of these friends are feeling conflicted as the demands of their personal and professional lives contend with the increasing needs of their parents. To many, the only alternative is Assisted Living, which is not only costly but moves the parents out of their comfortable home.

Home Helpers seemed like the natural next step for the Doepkes. What a great opportunity for them to apply the skills developed over the past 20+ years to help others in their community to continue to live independently in the comfort and security of their own home. With Home Helpers, you can always count on having someone there when you need them!

 about the IlCPC

The Illinois Care Planning Council is dedicated to helping families recognize the need for long term care planning and to helping implement that planning.

Integrity, honesty, and a genuine concern for those who are in need of (or may need) long term care are at the heart of our services.

Illinois Care Planning Council