Diane Rita is a United States Navy veteran and has 16 years of experience working in the medical field. She was called to work in the home care industry after caring for her own mother who had Alzheimer’s. As a family caregiver, navigating the care arena was difficult for her, and she realized that the industry needed more compassion and empathy.
She chose Griswold Home Care because it gave her the opportunity to provide the elderly, disabled, and ill with the compassionate and empathetic care that they deserve. From her experiences as a caregiver, she is able to provide the best care in the area. Her daughter is driven by this same mission and works in a rehabilitation facility where she helps people recover and get back on their feet.
Her team is very important to her. They share her mission as well. Without them, she would not be able to make her mission of providing quality senior services in Passaic, Sussex, and Morris counties a reality.
Jane Macharia—Caregiver Coordinator
Jane’s love for home care started when she was a toddler. Being raised by her grandparents inspired her to help and always be there for those she cares about, especially the elderly. She worked as a caregiver for over 3 years, and her experience caring for the elderly motivated her to further her education and look for work getting people the help they need to live in the place they love. For these reasons, working in home care is more personal than professional to her. Her passion for home care is imperishable.
Her associate’s degree in social work and bachelor’s degree in human resources have given her the tools to improve herself and how she does her job. Working for Griswold Home Care has been a blessing to her, and she believes the people she works for and with are truly remarkable. She is very committed to her work. Each day, she feels like she has made a difference in someone’s life. She truly believes she is where she belongs and is proud to call Griswold Home Care her home.
Janet Ciardi—RN, Director of Nursing
Janet has been a nurse for 20 years and spent 15 of those years working in the emergency room before making the switch to home care. She first realized the need for quality in-home care 7 years ago and made the change.
Her mother and father had both been discharged too soon from hospital visits, and she wanted to be part of the bigger picture in the home. She wanted to be a part of the better choice—seeing patients live at home with independence and dignity because of one-on-one, special care. She has been the director of nursing for Griswold Home Care for 7 months, and she loves the team she works with.
She is married with 3 biological children and 2 stepchildren. She is “Mama Jan” to 9 grandchildren. She is currently attending school with a major in psychology. She might not graduate until she needs diapers, but she’s getting it done!
On the weekends, she volunteers with dog rescues. She rescues, fosters, trains and finds “fur-ever” homes for puppies and dogs. She also volunteers with a pet therapy team. One of the dogs that she rescued had a great disposition. While she was fostering and getting to know Brixton, she chose to keep him and train him to become a certified therapy dog. She visits local nursing homes and hospitals with Brixton, offering hugs and comfort for admitted patients and staff! Diane Rita is working to make Brixton the mascot and therapy dog for Griswold Home Care.
Jeanine Ferguson—Client Relations Specialist
Jeanine worked for 10 years in the medical industry in medical billing and insurance. She began working with Griswold Home Care after getting home care services for her father. After that experience, she decided that she wanted to be a part of giving people the help they need to live in the place they love.
She has worked with Griswold Home Care for 3 years, starting at the Morris County office before it merged with Passaic and Sussex counties. She is happy to work with such a great, effective team that is able to provide this important service.
She has a house in the Adirondacks and enjoys snowmobiling. Her two children enjoy it as well. They were introduced to snowmobiling at 2 years old, and the rides would lull them to sleep.