About Us

Why Choose Us? We’re Passionate About Caring for People

At Hearts at Home, we believe in making a positive difference each day by putting our hearts into all that we do, whether it’s cooking a delicious meal for a client, driving to a doctor’s appointment, or even running errands. It is our calling to serve older and disabled adults with the highest possible quality Overland Park home care, with compassion, responsiveness, and advocacy to help them live safely and enjoy the best life possible wherever they call home.

Overland Park Home Care

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Our Story

In 2009, Hearts at Home was founded by local husband and wife team, Mark and Leslie Schmitz. As active community members and senior care providers, they built the agency around the belief that the only way to provide the very best care is to take the time to get to know and really listen to the people you serve and those who love them. Mark and Leslie created a culture of reassurance that extends to all who know and work with the Hearts at Home team. At Hearts at Home, our goal is to help our clients stay safe wherever they call home, while helping them maintain their individuality, independence, dignity, and connection with others.

Our Mission

Hearts at Home seeks to provide the highest level of service, expertise, and safety to the older adults, disabled persons, families, and community we serve through compassionate, personalized, reliable, and attentive Overland Park home care.

Advanced Caregiver Training and Certification

When it comes to hiring caregivers, we believe that our clients deserve only the best. At Hearts at Home, we take proactive steps to ensure that our Overland Park home care team is extensively trained and certified so that they can provide top quality care, confidently, compassionately, and professionally.

Institute for Professional Care EducationTo fulfill this commitment, we have partnered with the Institute for Professional Care Education, a nationally renowned training and certification agency for caregiving professionals, to offer custom training programs to all of our caregivers.

Our unique program offers three levels of training for our care staff:

  • Level 1, “Certified”, incorporates a variety of caregiver training tools to ensure skills stay sharp.
  • Level 2, “Specialized”, incorporates training in Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, and end of life care.
  • Level 3, “Master Caregiver”, incorporates training in Parkinson’s disease, first aide, leadership, etc.

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Keeping Client & Caregiver Happiness Close to Our Hearts

Home Care Pulse Certified Trusted ProviderAt Hearts at Home, regular feedback from our clients and our staff members allows us to improve our processes and services and helps us provide a better experience for our clients and caregivers. To obtain true, unbiased feedback, we work with Home Care Pulse, an independent satisfaction management company, to continually evaluate our progress and make the adjustments necessary to grow our business.

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The Briggs Advantage

Hearts at Home is a proud member of the Briggs Healthcare family. Briggs, a trusted partner to the healthcare industry for over 65 years, serves more than 50,000 customers in the senior care, home care, acute care, physician and retail markets, and is dedicated to advancing premium services and products to support the aging population.

Briggs Healthcare

Hearts at Home and Briggs Healthcare share the same vision for creating innovative solutions to meet the care needs of our clients. Backed by Briggs and their extensive clinical experience and regulatory knowledge, our team is able to expand upon our already exceptional care services, offer more in-depth training to our caregivers, and provide an improved care experience to our clients.

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Our Leadership

Kristy Whitney-Bell
Executive Director

Kristy brings a wealth of education and experience into her role as Executive Director of Hearts at Home. Kristy holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Ohio University and a master’s in Education and Management from Central Methodist University, and she is looking forward to starting a Ph.D. program in Business Administration. Kristy’s professional experiences have included many levels of Social Work before moving into Healthcare Management in 2008. Prior to joining Hearts At Home, she devoted nearly 15 years to hospice care services. As an advocate for interdisciplinary healthcare, Kristy maintains strong respect for not only those to whom we provide care, but also their caregivers. Beyond her dedication to improving the lives of others, Kristy is the proud Mom of 4 sons and 4 stepsons, and married to her husband Jeremy. She enjoys going to the lake, reading, thrift store shopping, volunteering and music.

Renee Keith
Lead Care Coordinator

Renee began her home care career as a caregiver with Cornerstone Assisted Home Care, eventually moving to the office team as a scheduler. Renee joined the Hearts at Home team as a Scheduling Coordinator in 2017 following the company's merger with Cornerstone. In 2015, she was honored to receive the Outstanding Associate of the Year award from the Kansas City Home Care Association. She is currently pursuing her Associate's degree to further advance her skills and ability to care for others. Renee and her husband are newlyweds and enjoy movies, video games, and anything Kansas City.

Jenifer Longworth
Administrative Assistant / Care Coordinator

Jenifer was born and raised in Iowa and remains an avid Iowa Hawkeyes fan. She attended Kansas State University, and was the recipient of the Manhattan Youth Symphony Award scholarship for her violin performances. In 2007, Jenifer became a Certified Nurse Assistant and Social Service Designee, while providing care at a skilled nursing facility. She joined Hearts At Home in 2014 as a Recruiter and was promoted to Office Manager in 2015. She received the Outstanding Associate of the Year in 2016, representing Hearts At Home through the Kansas City Regional Home Care Association. Jenifer and her fiancée Jason are music enthusiasts and enjoy spending time together with their cat, Lola.

Jessica Reynolds
Caregiver Liaison

A native of Kansas City, Kansas, Jessica graduated from Turner High School and earned an Associate’s degree from Kansas City Kansas Community College. Jessica became a Certified Nurse Assistant in 2009, working with residents of Assisted Living facilities and Memory Care units. Jessica joined Hearts At Home, after staying home to care for her 3 young children. Jessica has a large extended family and enjoys event planning, Pinterest, crafting, painting and antiquing. She, her husband, and children enjoy watching KU basketball, the Kansas City Royals and Kansas City Chiefs football games.

Want to learn more about Hearts at Home’s Overland Park home care team? Call us at (913) 440-4209 or click the button below and someone from our office will be happy to help you.

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