Meet Our Team of Home Caregivers in Central Oregon
Our Comfort Keepers home caregivers are specially qualified and ready to help
Our team of home caregivers is professional and well trained. We conduct a thorough screening and interviewing process to identify the best home caregivers, and only those who pass this process go on to complete training to deliver our special brand of home care and become Comfort Keepers. What truly sets our people apart, though, is their natural gift for caring for others.
All home caregivers pass extensive background checks and complete continuing education. They are bonded, insured and covered by workers' compensation insurance to protect our clients and their families.
Owner/ Administrator It is my privilige to ensure this agency is run with integrity and honesty. And to make certain we always follow our mission "treat all of our clients as we would members of our own family". The clients are at the forefront of all we do. It is also my privilege to take exceptional care of our exceptional group of caregivers so they can in turn take exceptional care of our clients!
With more than 27 years of healthcare experience – Krista Grinstead brings a comprehensive range of knowledge and technical/medical prowess to her role as owner of Comfort Keepers® in Bend.
Throughout her professional experience and continued education, Krista saw, firsthand, the immediate need for seniors to have quality in-home care. This became even more apparent as Krista’s own aging family members and friends began to require assistance. After discovering Comfort Keepers, it was clear to Krista that the company’s mission and dedication – to provide seniors with compassionate, professional, in-home care – aligned with her own. As a member of the Clackamas community for nearly 10 years, Krista is proud to give back to those who deserve the highest quality care.
She has a wonderful family- husband and 9 year old daughter, son and daughter in-law living in Chicago, and 26 year old daughter who lives in St. Louis. She loves spending time with her family and enjoying the lovely Pacific Northwest biking, hiking and skiing.
Elizabeth Pavenko, RN
Elizabeth is our Nurse Manager. She brings the perfect package of experience and education to her role as Nurse Manager. She is a graduate of the nursing program from Clark College and in addition to her nursing studies, Elizabeth's education included training as an Emergency Medical Technician.
Elizabeth worked as CNA (caregiver) for 17 years! She honed her skills in Emergency rooms, Doernbecher Children's Hospital, and VA hospitals. Elizabeth is dedicated to improving and staying up to date on the latest nursing practices and is currently working toward a master’s degree in nursing.
“Being part of our clients' lives is an honor. It is important that every client feels validated, cared for, and respected. I am grateful for the opportunity to help them transition as their healthcare needs change. It is rewarding to be part of such a wonderful organization and meeting our many wonderful and diverse clients. I look forward to helping them reach their goal in achieving their optimum overall health."
She has two beautiful daughters who are competitive gymnasts. They keep her busy, as she is very involved with their team booster club which hosts many events like fundraisers and competitions.
In addition to her daughters, Elizabeth enjoys spending time with her family and helping them with activities like sewing, crafting, and painting. She also has a love for the outdoors and gardening.
She loves being a part of the senior community and helping others.
Learn more about our Private Duty Nursing Services by contacting us.
Client Care Coordinator
Kathryn has a passion for working with seniors and taking care of others.
Before relocating to the Bend area, Kathryn was born and raised in Salem, Oregon, where she worked for Comfort Keepers for nearly two years as a caregiver.
Kathryn is very excited to be working as the Client Care Coordinator here in Bend. She also babysits and has been able to create long-standing relationships with a few families in the area.
Her hobbies include hiking, cooking, and relaxing with friends and family.
DeAnna Nye comes to us from a long history of caregiving, stemming from Owning and operating her own Adult Foster care homes in Seaside Or. She has also managed and assisted with the opening of several other foster homes in that same area. She studied Medical management in college were she wrote her term paper on Elder Abuse in our society. DeAnna is dedicated to serving her clients to insure the retain their independence and dignity.
DeAnna also served 2 years in AmeriCorps were she started a domestic violence support group in a community desperately in need, as well as a food program to help low income families afford more nutritious food for their families, She assisted in building homes for the less fortunate thru Habitat for Humanity, and a volunteer group who assisted elderly in home repairs the could not afford to fix on their own. For this service she received the Kentucky Colonel Award ( Humanitarian award) In the state of Kentucky.
Deanna does a lot of volunteer work for seniors and Vets in need. She is companionate, caring, and involved, she dedicates her life to improving the quality of life one senior at a time. We are blessed to have her as our General Manager in Central Oregon!
Client Care Coordinator
Christina Chavez comes to Comfort Keepers with a background in animal therapy work with seniors and care assistance with mental health clients.
In her eight-years with the Animal Assisted Therapy department at the San Francisco SPCA, Christina coordinated pet visits with seniors in assisted living, skilled nursing centers, hospitals and long-term rehabilitation centers. A project close to her heart, Christina developed an in-home therapy program for seniors dealing with isolation, depression and social stigma. Many seniors living independently become isolated from their local community, but a visiting dog or cat provides companionship, encourages physical activity, decreases stress and improves overall health and well-being. Christina worked with a range of seniors from those in hospice care to those simply needing a companion while enjoying the company of a loving animal.
In her role at Mentor Network-Hosmer House, a residential group home, Christina assisted adults suffering from mental health issues as they worked their way back to independent living.
We are happy to have Christina as part of our Central Oregon team helping provide the best in-home care possible for your family and loved ones.