To enrich the lives of those we care for with respect, dignity and empathy, encouraging independence, well-being and providing quality care in the comfort of your home.
In Loving Memory of Arden Rose Sorenson
March 7, 1937-September 14, 2009
Arden Rose Sorenson (Laurel’s Mother-in-Law and Kaylee’s Grandmother), was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease in 2002. The family struggled to find exceptional care to help her in the end stages of her life. In 2018, the family was personally affected once again when Laurel’s mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. With many years of experience and expertise, when you are personally affected by this life-altering disease – it is never an easy decision to decide the appropriate level of support for a loved one. Laurel & Kaylee are both extremely compassionate nurses and knew providing quality care to seniors was their ‘calling’. In December 2015, Arden Rose Home Care evolved.
Arden Rose Home Care provides personalized in-home care for seniors and other adults in need of daily assistance. Our highly trained and dedicated caregivers can help your loved one stay in their home for as long as safely possible—a dream come true for many elders. Our goal is to enrich the lives of our treasured clients while maintaining their safety, well-being, and comfort as they continue to live independently despite disease and other age-related conditions.
Our caregivers are carefully selected, screened, and trained to provide professional, compassionate assistance that meets our organization’s high standards. Our caregivers build true friendships with their clients in order to fulfill their emotional and social needs.
We understand the struggles faced by family members when a loved one needs extra assistance in their home—and we’re here to help. Let our caregivers alleviate this stress by providing in-home care services of a professional caliber but with a personal touch.
Meet the Team
Laurel Sorenson, LPN, Founder and Agency Administrator
Laurel has over 20 years of experience in healthcare working with seniors directly. Laurel began her career as a nurse in a Memory Care community, she has also worked as a Home Health Nurse and as a Director of Health and Wellness in an Independent Living/ Assisted Living community. Laurel has been passionate for seniors since accompanying her grandmother (who was the Director of a local senior citizens group) at the age of 14 to Colorado for a 10-day travel tour. During that time, she connected with the seniors and developed lasting relationships. Laurel and her husband have lived in Algonquin for 30+ years, they have 3 grown children and one grandson, TJ and one granddaughter, Reese. She also has a golden retriever, Rosie, who loves visiting clients.
Kaylee Newman, RN, Director of Operations & Dementia Care Specialist
Kaylee has over 10 years of experience in healthcare. Kaylee began her career as a CNA caring for the elderly and worked as a wellness Nurse in a Memory Care community, she then worked as a Home Health Nurse locally, and as a Director of Nursing in an Assisted Living community. Kaylee found her “calling” in senior living while in nursing school during her clinicals. With a spiritual gift of serving others, Kaylee puts her experience in nursing and her giving heart into every senior she has the privilege of meeting. Kaylee is married and has two young children, TJ and Reese, who accompanies her on visits occasionally. They love their “Grand-friends”.
Tanya Frost, Director of Community Relations
Tanya has many years of experience working with seniors with dementia. Since childhood, Tanya had always loved spending time with her grandparents. Prior to managing a Memory Care community, Tanya cared for her own grandfather who suffered from dementia—she is forever grateful for her Grandpa contributing to her finding her passion in this world. Tanya enjoys bringing her dog, Roma, to visit our lovely clients—knowing the joy that Roma brings to their lives makes the experience that much more fulfilling.
Rebecca Donze, Director of Sales & Marketing
Eldercare became an interest of Rebecca’s at a young age. She has always wanted to help families with the care of their loved ones, having watched her own family experience the difficult process of senior care with her grandfather. After graduating college with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Management, she has worked the last 20 years in a variety of management positions in long-term care and assisted living facilities. Rebecca and her husband have two children and have lived in Algonquin for the past 16 years.
Melinda Ruschke, Care Coordinator
Melinda has been in the healthcare industry for 10+ years. Ever since Melinda joined the Arden Rose family, she has changed the lives of many of our clients. She has always had compassion for helping the elderly. Melinda is personally affected by dementia—her father had Lewy Body dementia and she cared for him. Melinda and her husband live in Marengo and have two grown sons. She cherishes her time with her grandson. She is expecting her second grandson in March.
Barb Cihak, Client Care Manager
Barb joined the Arden Rose family in December of 2021 and already feels it is the most fulfilling job she has ever had. She started early in life working in a large corporate environment where she worked for 21 years. She decided to go back to school and received her Medical Assistant license—she has worked in two specialist offices for the last 7 years. She enjoyed working closely with the patients especially the elderly. They were always so appreciative and had the best stories to share. She lost her grandparents at a very young age and feels like she missed out on a very special experience that most children are blessed with. Working at Arden Rose is everything she has been looking for; a family environment and being able to develop special bonds with the clients. She is looking forward to the expansion of Arden Rose Home Care to the upcoming assisted living homes that are coming soon. We are going to be one big family! Barb and her husband, Mike have lived in Algonquin for the past 32 years. Nathan is 19 years old and currently attending ECC.