About Aware Senior Care
Aware Senior Care is a home care organization dedicated to helping you through a difficult time for your family – the realization that your loved one is struggling with aging, chronic illness, or a disability and may require help to stay in the home. The owners Tim and Gina faced this situation with their own parents.
Our mission is to provide unsurpassed in-home care for seniors, to bring peace of mind to those who care for seniors, and to be an educational resource on home care, aging, and issues faced by seniors.
We are a veteran-owned home care business licensed in Wake County and we believe in taking a holistic approach with every client by considering the whole person, even if that means referring you to another organization.
MEET THE TEAM
Director and Co-Founder
Gina Murray is the co-founder and director of Aware Senior Care, an award-winning in-home care agency in Cary, North Carolina. She is a registered nurse with more than 30 years in the field of gerontology. Prior to founding Aware Senior Care in 2014, Gina spent more than 15 years at one of the top skilled nursing facilities in North Carolina, serving as the Nursing Supervisor, Nurse Manager and Assistant Director of Nursing. She also worked for Hospice of Wake County and was instrumental in the opening and management of the first inpatient hospice facility in the region.
Gina brings a very personal perspective to her work as the co-founder and director of Aware Senior Care. After caring for both of her parents as they struggled with illness and home care needs, she went through the same difficult emotions so many adult children face as they begin to care for aging parents. Gina brings this unique combination of professional skills and personal experience to every family she meets at Aware Senior Care. Today, the agency is the top-rated in-home care agency in the Triangle, and they’re recognized every year for their excellent work. Notably, the company has won seven top national awards in the past year for its care and service.
Gina’s commitment to seniors extends beyond her day-to-day work with the team at Aware Senior Care. She is proud to sponsor an annual nursing student scholarship at Wake Technical Community College . The “Gina Murray/Cary Kildaire Rotary RN Nursing Scholars Award” honors one deserving nursing student with the financial support to continue pursuing their dream of a career dedicated to helping others.
In May of 2019, Gina was honored by the Association for Home & Hospice Care of North Carolina with the Sherry Leigh Thomas Nurse of the Year Award
CEO and Co-Founder
Managing and leading the business aspects of Aware Senior Care, Tim is an alumnus of the Villanova University School of Engineering. He served our country as a U.S. Navy Submarine Officer, and spent much of his career as an executive in the technology industry.
His vision for an in-home care organization stems from the struggles following his own father’s stroke and time in a nursing facility. That experience led Tim to ensure his mother could stay in her home, despite difficulties with memory loss and household maintenance. Tim’s intimate understanding of the stresses of a loved one’s need for independence makes him uniquely qualified to recruit only the best caregivers and manage the day-to-day operations at Aware Senior Care.
Since starting Aware with his wife and RN Director Gina Murray in October of 2014, the company is currently the most awarded and reviewed home care agency in the Triangle achieving Home Care Pulse’s highest award as a 2019 Leadership recipient along with best home care from Senioradvisor.com as well as earning a caring star as best home care from caring.com. Tim is currently a board member of the Dementia Alliance of North Carolina and a member of the Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club.
Care Coordination Manager
Mae is our Care Coordinator Manager. This is a management position responsible for the recruiting and retention of caregivers, scheduling of caregivers with families and client care management and monitoring.
As a graduate from North Carolina State University with a degree in Biochemistry, Mae has been employed in various patient settings including home-care and senior living facilities. These have provided a wealth of practical experience caring for dementia as well as chronic debilitating illnesses. Her expertise goes well beyond one-on-one care, as she ensures that staff is properly trained and informed for each visit. Her communication skills and willingness to seek the best solutions for the client and the caregiver are key components to the function and heart of our agency.
Mae’s personal experience includes caring for her elderly family members at a young age in Nigeria. She and her husband happily reside in a suburb of Raleigh with their four kids where, as you can imagine, the care does not end with the end of the work day.
As our RN Supervisor, Carrie is responsible for the supervision and oversight for all Aware Senior Care agency nurses and for all caregivers who perform hands on care. She is a registered nurse with more than 8 years of critical and emergency care experience.
Carrie has a passion for caring and is all about being an advocate for her clients and families. She goes the extra mile to cultivate positive relationships, give dignity to people from all walks of life, and empower everyone to participate in their plan of care. To Carrie, providing emotional support, education, or simple human connection is the most important part of the job.
Additionally, Carrie’s father was chronically ill for most of her childhood. She spent many hours in hospitals and waiting rooms with him. That is why she almost missed her calling to be a nurse; her father encouraged her to go to nursing school after high school, but she was not interested. Many years later after meeting and working with a group of inspiring nurses, she decided to become a nurse. Carrie now cannot imagine doing anything else. She loves to help people.
Carrie lives in a suburb of Raleigh with her husband, 3 children and dog and loves to spend time with the family when she’s not caring
In the role of staff and community care coordinator, Tonya is responsible to coordinate caregiver schedules and skill sets to meet the care needs of our clients. Tonya has worked for Aware Senior Care since 2016, dedicating her time and compassion as a caregiver and diligently working as our Care Coordinator at our StoneRidge Independent Living Community in Cary, NC.
Tonya has had the privilege of working in health-care for the past 10 years and is truly passionate about helping the senior community thrive. She was born and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina and is excited to continue caring for the families in this area. She has been a Certified Nurse Aide since 2010 and also holds an Associates of Science Degree in Medical Office Administration.
Her academic background and professional experience provide her with the foundation needed to navigate the multifaceted challenge of recruiting caregivers, communicating with families, managing schedules, and coordinating caregiver teams to meet each client’s specific situation.
As our office administrator, Micah is responsible for all aspects of running the Aware Office, including intake of new clients looking for home care help, assisting HR with new caregiver onboarding and orientation and assisting Tim with company operations.
Micah volunteered eleven years for a world-wide non-profit organization in the state of New York where he trained and worked as an EMT and ambulance driver.
In 2013, Micah lead in the construction and establishment of a non-profit, Long-Term Care facility called Legacy Place Cottages, an assisted living home for the elderly with a co-located memory care unit in Allentown, PA.
He worked as Operations Manager leading all aspects of the home’s administration from addressing resident’s care-giver concerns to ordering the food and furniture and hiring staff.
Micah is a true “military brat.” His past residences include Turkey, Guam, and throughout the United States. Micah recently relocated with his wife Beth to the Cary area to be closer to family.
Guided by passion and her own personal experience in caregiving, Sarah aims to establish compassionate relationships between both clients and caregivers. Being tasked with managing the scheduling process, she holds a two- fold responsibility. Sarah focuses on learning the backgrounds and personalities of the caregiver staff, as well as understanding the needs of each client. In doing so, she is able to determine the best match to fulfill the client’s needs. Sarah understands that communication is paramount in achieving success in her role as scheduling coordinator. Her ultimate goal is to achieve long lasting client and caregiver relations.
Sarah graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor Degree in Exercise Science and studied Emergency Medicine and Nursing at Pensacola State College. She is the oldest of five siblings and has experienced the deeply challenging, yet equally rewarding opportunity to provide care for her mother. During this time, Sarah gained first hand insight of what it means to be an exceptional caregiver. Sarah recently relocated from Pensacola, FL and is very excited to be a part of the Aware team.
Weekend Staff Coordinator
As our Weekend Staff Coordinator, Marilyn is responsible for managing caregiving staff and coordinating care from Friday evening to Monday morning.
Marilyn started working with Aware Senior Care in 2016 as a caregiver. With her compassion and love for people, she has soared into a new assignment with even greater purpose.
She has worked in the medical field for over 10 years with home care accounting for seven of those years.
Marilyn was born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Edgewood, Maryland. She moved to North Carolina in October 2013 to be closer to her family. Her mother was diagnosed with kidney failure shortly after and Marilyn has since been her caregiver.
Taking care of her mother has taught her the true meaning of strength, perseverance, and hope. She is now excited to be serving this community with great compassion and dedication.
Lesley’s personal experience in caregiving and healthcare has led her to her calling to join Aware’s award-winning staff coordination team. Healthcare professionalism and compassion are goal’s that Lesley is focused on as she joins the team. Lesley graduated from North Carolina State University with a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies and community development. She believes that understanding caregiving from several disciplines can enhance caregivers, which benefits patients and their families. She is passionate about serving the community and volunteers regularly with seniors.
After retiring in 2014 from the Utility Industry, Lesley has returned to her healthcare roots. Lesley spent many years in healthcare insurance and recently was a caregiver to her mother who lost her battle with cancer in 2019. Lesley is excited to be a part of Aware Senior Care and is looking forward to serving the community.
Web Content Manager
Kyle worked in the entertainment and social media industries for over seven years since graduating from the University of North Carolina.
He helped develop television programs at nationwide networks. This includes PBS, ESPN, E! Entertainment, and Bunim-Murray Productions. His marketing experience includes monitoring social media campaigns and breaking down analytics. Most notably, he did this for Digisynd, the social media wing of Disney. Above all, Kyle aims to utilize social media platforms to promote awareness for senior care options.