Edwin Young, Owner
Right at Home Austin West was started by Edwin Young after his grandmother told him she didn't want to go into a nursing home or other assisted living facility. His grandmother needed help, but only wanted to live independently and be cared for in her home. He believed many seniors, and their families, must feel the same way. Right at Home Austin West works with various healthcare providers and families to provide homecare in Austin that makes life a little less complicated for all family members involved and Edwin is heavily involved in the daily activities to make sure your family is treated with the care they deserve.
He graduated from UNT and spent over 20 years working with companies such as Dial and GE. Edwin is also a Certified Senior Advisor. Homecare in Austin is an important part of the healthcare support system and, as Edwin puts it, "We are working hard to increase the quality of care our clients receive each and every day."
Kate VanBenthuysen, Administrator
Kate was born and raised in Central Minnesota before moving to Missouri for college. She graduated from William Woods University with her Bachelor’s Degree and moved down to Texas. After the move, Kate began working for Texas Health & Human Services where she determined eligibility for Medicaid programs. Though she found joy in helping people, it was heartbreaking to deny seniors who were unable qualify for the programs.
Knowing she wanted to do more for seniors, Kate left the State position and began working for Right at Home as the Marble Falls General Manager. Her favorite part of the new position was being hands on helping our seniors and their loved ones navigate the path of aging and needing additional care. With a lot of hard work and dedication she took the small satellite office and quickly grew it into a thriving branch. In March 2019, Kate was promoted to Right at Home’s Administrator, managing the office operations for the Austin West, San Marcos, Brenham, and Marble Falls offices. Her business philosophy focuses around teamwork and customer service, making her a great leader for the team. When Kate is not running around the office, she stays busy raising her 5 children and step children with the help of her husband. Together they love all things outdoors and spending lots of time on the highland lakes!
Luis Chacon, General Manager
Luis was born in East Los Angeles, moved to Texas at the age of eight and would be hard pressed to live any other place than Austin/ Central Texas. Luis initially moved Central Texas area in 2012 to find better opportunity for his now adult child with Autism. Caring for his son involves many of the services and care needs that Right at Home provides for seniors. This drives Luis’s joy of caring for others when they are the most vulnerable and in need of personal care and assistance.
As Veteran of the U.S. Navy (Petty Officer 2nd Class), Luis served 6 years as aircraft mechanic and trained hundreds of U. S Naval Reserve personnel in that field. Luis is a graduate of Park University and has fifteen years’ experience in the insurance and financial services industry that has prepared him for many of the questions seniors and their families have when learning about the benefits of staying at home with Right at Home to provide continued independence.
Being a dad is still Luis’s greatest joy, along with his son he has two of the most adorable girls. His family of four loves the outdoors and spending as much time as possible around water and all sorts of summer fun that is available around the Austin area.
Kyla Weess, Client Care Manager
Kyla’s caregiving career started when her daughter was a young child by becoming a CNA and matriculating into nursing school. Then an opportunity arose to be an account executive for a local radio station and Kyla’s sales career began. She spent many years selling advertising with radio, newspaper and internet. However, Kyla moved to Austin from Sherman, Texas to welcome her first grandchild into the world. She then accepted the opportunity to rejoin the senior care industry and started working with Right at Home in April of 2016. Kyla has a passion for taking care of the elderly and making sure both the client and their family are happy with the caregiver assigned to them. She is a past member of the Kiwanas Club, Business and Professional Women, and Texas Press Women. She has a daughter, Erica, who is a social worker for a local senior living facility, and a precious grandson, Dean, who is her heart.
Sharon Polk, Client Care Manager
I am mom to 4 wonderful children, I attended Southeastern Oklahoma State University to receive my Bachelors of Art in Psychology, with a minor in Sociology. I have worked in long term care facilities for over 25 years. I am a CNA, certified nursing assistant, and a CMA, a Certified Medication Aide. I have had various positions in the nursing field over the years to include Staffing coordinator, a Client Care Coordinator, and a Memory Care Director for an assisted living. I have come to my current position of Client Care Manager at Right at Home Austin West, to assist to the best of my ability to ensure good caregivers placed with our clients. I look forward to ensuring the safety and happiness of our clients in their homes with our staff.
Tara Christian, Client Care Manager
Tara Christian started off working as a caregiver in an assisted living facility, it was then when she knew what she wanted to do with the rest of her life, and that as to reassure her residents and their families that they are going to get the best care she could possibly provide. As time went by Tara needed a change, that is when she found Right at Home. Tara started working for Right at Home as a caregiver and with time worked her way up to the Austin Client Care Manager where she is now able to provide amazing and quality care to her clients by coordinating with both clients and caregivers on any issues or concerns that may arise and attacking them head on before they can populate. When Tara is not working for Right at Home she is taking care of her 4 year old son and 78 year old grandmother, Tara is always focused on the care of those that surround her.