Meet Our Comfort Keepers

Meet Our Comfort Keeper Caregivers

We are passionate about helping seniors and their families live happier, healthier lives. Our caregivers, known as Comfort Keepers, provide consistent, compassionate care services to each individual. We only hire people who truly love caring for others.

All of our Comfort Keepers have passed extensive background checks and are continuously educating themselves on the care industry. Our Comfort Keepers are insured, bonded, and covered by workers’ compensation insurance in order to protect our clients and their families.

Rita Whitney

Owner

Rita Whitney is the owner of Comfort Keepers of Durham and Chapel Hill. With Rita’s past experience as a compassionate caregiver for family members, her commitment to in-home care and making a difference resonates in everything she does from hiring the correct caregivers to working with family members and clients. Her patience and empathy have been assets when working on very critical issues such as plans of care for our clients. Rita received a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Syracuse University where she met her husband. Since then she has raised two beautiful children and worked in various capacities using her degree. Prior to purchasing the franchise, Rita cared for an ailing family member for many years which led her to knowing that in-home care was what she wanted to do. She is now able to use her degree and her knowledge of caregiving to manage a successful office and make a difference. 

Ursula Capewell

MSN, RN

Ursula Capewell has been with the Comfort Keepers of Durham and Chapel Hill team since its inception. She values the company’s mission that all individuals be treated with compassion, dignity and respect. Ursula has over fifty years of nursing and caregiving experience to include both professional and personal. She was the primary caregiver for both her mother and mother-in-law during the last years of their lives.

Ursula holds a Bachelor’s degree in Health Science from Chapman College, Orange, CA; a Bachelor’s in Nursing from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC; and a Master’s in Nursing from Duke University School of Nursing.

In order to provide information to caregivers, Ursula developed a series of classes geared toward caregivers, both professional and family. Examples of the topics included: Relationships Redefined; I’m Not that Old; Selecting Future Living Arrangements for your Loved One; Tips for Long-Distance Caregiving; The How-To’s of Stress Management and Self Care;  Management of the Dying; Changing Roles in the Family;  and  Know Your Options: Making Medical Decisions.

Certifications include Respecting ChoicesTN Advance Care Planning Facilitator, Powerful Tools for Caregivers, Class Leader, American Academy of Bereavement, Facilitator.

Unique Hayes

Scheduling Supervisor

Unique Hayes was a caregiver with Comfort Keepers for several years before being promoted to the Office Assistant position where she excelled. Due to her outstanding performance in that role, she was promoted to Scheduling Supervisor in 2017 where she maintains and coordinates client and caregiver scheduling. Unique loves to hear clients’ stories about their lives and experiences. She is currently enrolled in in the Nursing Program at Durham Technical Community College. In her spare time, Unique enjoys crocheting, reading, watching movies and fishing. 

Chancey Taylor

Caregiver

I wanted to become a caregiver to care for people when they are unable to care for themselves. The best part of my job is the trust and relationship you develop with each other. My favorite activity to do with my client is helping him pick out things he likes on our weekly shopping trip and sitting on his patio, talking about the places he used to go and things he used to do. I am a friendly and caring person who loves to put a smile on a person’s face. I feel that if I can make you smile, then I have made your day. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband and children.

Janiece Futrell

Office Assistant

Katherine Davis, MA

Director of Marketing and Recruiting

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