CareGive​rs Plu​s Home Health Care

Keeping Families Together Since 1994

Our Team

Our team is here to assist you every step of the way!

Robert Devine R.N.

Owner

Robert Devine received his license as a Registered Nurse in 1976 after graduating from Youngstown State University. He received his certification as a cardiovascular perfusionist from Loyola University of Chicago in 1980 and his Bachelor of Science degree from Youngstown State University in 1987.


As a registered nurse, Robert has worked in a variety of hospital settings including the Intensive Care Unit, Operating room as well as medical surgical units. While working within the many arenas of the health system, Robert observed the increasing need for better home health care services for clients being discharged from hospitals and nursing homes and also for our community elders who wish to remain in their homes as long as possible.


Recognizing the need for reliable, professional in home services, Robert founded CareGivers Plus Home Health Care in 1994. The agency became licensed by the State of Pennsylvania and Medicare certified in 1996. Mr. Devine’s philosophy is to operate a health care organization which strives to treat our clients with compassion and dignity and to provide a broad spectrum of in-home care that are designed to keep our clients living safely and comfortably in their homes for as long as possible.

Alena Vollmer B.S.W.

Office Manager

Alena is a Youngstown State University School of Social Work graduate. After graduating she obtained her License as a Social Worker in Ohio, the state where she resides. Shortly after obtaining her Bachelors of Social Work she began working for CareGivers Plus as an office assistant in 2005 and is now she is the Office Manager. Alena is able to assist our clients with all aspects of service set up and service management. She also handles human resources and can assist current and potential employees with any aspect of hiring and ongoing employment. Her background in Social Work allows her to better match our caregivers to our clients and orchestrate services to meet all of our client’s needs. Please feel free to contact her for any questions you may have or help you need to set up services or to obtain employment.

April Chrastina

Schedule Coordinator

Our Schedule Coordinator April has been a resident of Sharpsville, Pa since 1996. Since 1997 she has been the Office Manager for her family’s businesses. She came to work at CareGivers Plus in 2010 as the Office Assistant. She brings her extensive office management skills and unmatched people skills to us and utilizes them in a friendly compassionate manner. This experience allows her to meet the extraordinary challenges of scheduling client and caregivers 365 days of the year.

Courtney Walter

Administrative Assistant

Courtney is new to the team in 2019, She comes to us with 9 years of working in healthcare as a phlebotomist.  She has joined the CareGivers Plus team as our Administrative Assistant. She is usually the first person you speak to when calling of visiting our offices. If your having a bad day Courtney is a little bit of sunshine. She covers many aspects our daily tasks including scheduling, paperwork, caregiver on-boarding, assisting clients daily with their various needs and answering the phone with a smile. You'll never get off the phone with her not feeling like you are a part of the family. 

Margie Dog

Office Caregiver

As part of our 25th year celebration Margie Dog is joining us in the office as an emotional support dog. She is a young Labradoodle who is super friendly. She loves greeting employees and clients here in the office. She offers a soft touch and comfort to our employees and visitors when they need it during the day, as being a caregiver can be emotionally challenging. She is very therapeutic for those tough days. She is up to date on all vaccines too. For those of you who are native to the Valley, you may recognize her name. Marge Burgeson is Mari Lynn Devine’s mother. She is well known in the area for her creation “The Margie Dog” at Basilones. As a family company, we are continuing the tradition of “keeping it in the family” with the addition of our very own Margie Dog. Though the original Marge left us too soon in 1999, Margie Dog will try to live up to her legacy of love.

What Makes CareGives Plus the "Plus" in Home Care in the Valley?

  • When the Devines started our agency in 1994. we were the first independent home health agency in the Mercer County. At that time Robert Devine, a Registered Nurse, worked at a local hospital and saw a need for long term home care in the community.  We are now the longest operating home care agency in the Valley. We are not a franchise. The Devines are local natives and residents who oversee our daily operations and have for 25 years. In this small town that makes many of our clients and employees their friends, neighbors, and schoolmates.
  • We have RN's on staff that can advise and assist our employees when medical concerns arise during client care.
  • We began using Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) in 2011. At that time we were the first in the Valley. EVV is also known as "Telephony". This allows our caregivers to "clock in" and "clock out" upon arrival and departure from each client's visit. They do this by call our toll free number from the client's phone which allows us to pinpoint their location and time. This way we know they are on site at the client's home and exactly when they arrive and depart. They call us "Big Brother".
  • In addition to EVV, this year we began using task entry during clock in a out. 
  • As part of our 25th anniversary year, we are working toward becoming as "Green" as can be. Through EVV and E-task entry and other techno-logic updates we are reducing paper waste. We have also partnered with local "Walnut Hill Farm" to provide some of our paper shredding as bedding for their chickens. Our schedule coordinator conscientiously creates employee and client schedules in a way that minimizes employee travel time thereby reducing drive time emissions and giving and saving employees gas.
  • Don't forget Margie Dog. Another part of our 25th anniversary year was adding Margie as an Emotional Support Dog for our employees. After further training we hope to be able to offer her as a home visitor to our home-bound clients as well.
  • We do not use an answering service. Any time you call our office, you are speaking to an office team member, even after hours. If you leave us a voicemail it is coming directly to an office team member who can assist you right away.

The Devine Family Thanks You for 25 Years Serving the Shenango Valley