Home care in Northbrook, IL

  • 950 Skokie Blvd., Ste. 300
  • Northbrook, IL 60062

Our North Suburban Chicago Care Team

The answer to your question is “Yes, we provide all that!"” After you tell us your needs, we will custom-tailor a plan of care and make all of the necessary arrangements. We are here to help our clients and their families live their best. Let us know how we can be of service.

Click here to Meet Jeff emrich, owner of BrightStar Care North Suburban Chicago.

About the Owners Jeff Emrich, a former food processing executive, and Carl Kettler, a former software industry executive, learned firsthand about the challenges of caring for their aging parents. Quality of life, dependability, and caregiver compatibility were just a few of the concerns they had when their own family members needed help. Jeff and Carl have strong community ties, and they both saw that homecare would give them a way to make a difference with their careers. The dedication and sense of family values within BrightStar brought them together and gave them the opportunity to provide the best level of care for their clients.


Our Director of Nursing is Lee Brodne

 She’s an incredibly talented and dedicated nurse and a devoted mom who makes time for her family without missing a beat (heart-beats or otherwise). Lee Brodne serves our organization and clients well as CO-Director of Nursing (DON) for our BrightStar North Suburban office.
Lee spent years as a corporate banker, but wasn’t drawing an emotional paycheck from the job. That’s when she turned to a lifelong passion: nursing and caring for others. Fortunately, she was able to apply intense training she had learned as a mother of two children.
Today, she is rewarded every day as she serves patients and their families and our entire nursing staff. Along with her trusted colleague and co-Director of Nursing, Meghan Martinez, Lee is responsible for overseeing every case, and leading and guiding our entire nursing staff.
It’s a big job, but both women love the challenge and a career of caring they were compelled to pursue. They complement each other perfectly -- Lee happily handles administrative work and Meghan provides skilled nursing services out in the field to our in-home patients.
Says Lee, “It’s not only a joy to help patients and their families with the in-home care they need, there’s so much you can do with this position. Meghan and I have goals we’re pursuing for BrightStar Care North Suburban. We’ve got responding to health and other patient needs handled, but we want to do more on the preventive side of health care, supporting healthy lifestyles and diets that help sustain well-being and take our higher level of BrightStar care to an even broader level.
Points of personal interest: Lee is an active cheerleader for her softball-playing high-school kids.  She spent the coldest winter of her life one summer in Siberia. Actually, she explains, “it wasn’t that cold, just buggy.”
If you have any questions or concerns, or home care needs you’d like Lee to address, feel free  to contact her directly at Lee.brodine@brightstarcare.com.

And here's Lee's Co-Director of Nursing, Meghan Martinez

With our two Director of Nurses (DON’s) sharing the very important position of case oversight for every patient, BrightStar Care North Suburban has taken skilled nursing to a new power: DON-Squared!
As half of our power nursing team, Meghan Martinez brings high level education and extensive in-the-field experience to her main duties as skilled visiting nurse for our BSNS patients. In the comfort of the patient’s home, she dresses and changes wounds, gives medication, sets up IV systems and much more. She also conducts a personal assessment every two to three months, which is done with the patient, their family and the caregiver. Meghan explains, “It’s an opportunity for everyone to voice any concerns and provide input so the highest level of quality care can be maintained.”
Meghan offers a unique take on the added value an in-home nurse can provide. “There’s an intimacy between a patient and nurse,” she says, “that I believe sometimes goes beyond the patient’s relationship with a physician. For whatever reason that occurs, we can benefit from a closeness and confidence that reveals more about the patient and that often promotes more effective care.
As far as being an appreciative BrightStar North Suburban team member, she applauds the organization’s emphasis on customized care and making sure there’s a match between patient and caregiver. She’s also grateful for the flexibility the office wholeheartedly supports.
“I can serve patients and still be an active mom. How awesome is that!”
Points of personal interest: Meghan loves to exercise, cook and sing. She even takes singing beyond the shower to Karaoke nights.  We’ll certainly express the thought that patients and clients, ahem, sing her praises.
She's love to hear from you directly at Meaghan.martinez@brightstarczre.com.


Our Staffing Co-Ordinator
Josie Tyler, is responsible for recruiting and helping to retain the best caregivers along the North Shore. Josie will be seeking the highly skilled and compassionate care professionals who define the BrightStar Care/North Suburban Difference. Josie has her experienced sights, websites and insights set on people who won’t just care for families, but become part of them.

Josie is well-experienced in the art of recruiting. she served as staff recruiter and gal-everything for the large and well-known caregiving agency, Right at Home. A huge plus is the fact that Josie is a CNA, Certified Nursing Assistant, which means she knows medical terms, what specific skills candidates are offering so she can ask questions and better judge qualifications.

Personally, Josie is a devoted mom for her son, Jamere. She is also a self-acknowledged "foodie," which makes her a delicious fit for our BrightStar Care organization.

As a uniquely aimable and caring individual, Howard Hoffman is ideally suited to his position as the liaison between BrightStar North Suburban and the community. His value goes beyond his gregarious nature, however, by virtue of his experience as a sales rep in the heavy-duty pharmaceutical world where Howard developed keen skills as a salesperson and being able to interact with medical staff and physicians.
“With training, you can learn how to build relationships with people and “appear” to care, but to be really successful you have to truly care about others. You’ve got to be a social person by nature. That’s one reason I love what I do at BrightStar Care North Suburban. I really enjoy meeting people and I love the services we provide, helping seniors and others not just to get by, but to get better. What a joy it is to help improve someone’s quality of life!” If you wish to contact Meaghan
Howard is a man on a literal mission: “I appreciate the overall mission of the BrightStar Care organization,” he affirms. One of my missions is to help BrightStar Care grow as a vital, healthcare/home-care resource within the North Shore community. It’s wonderful to serve seniors and others who are aging in place. If you’ll pardon a pun, that needed service never gets old.”
Points of personal interest: Howard has been married for 28 years and has three children. He is a devoted dad and super big on family and volunteering. How can you not appreciate and

Our Caregivers- The "Best of the Best" Our caregivers are carefully screened to ensure that they are experienced and meet our rigorous hiring standards. Every new hire is credentialed through online testing, an in-depth face-to-face interview, reference checks, a drug test, and a background check. Every employee is bonded and insured. Our entire staff is committed to each of the residents, businesses and communities we serve. We invite you to experience the passion and professionalism we invest in all of the services we provide.

Questions about our care team?

If you have questions call our Northern Cook County offices at (847) 510-5750 and we'll be happy to answer them. FOR A FREE IN-HOME ASSESSMENT OF YOUR IN-HOME CARE NEEDS Contact us online