Compassionate and Caring
"To Improve the Quality of Life for Those We Serve"
As a mission-driven organization, we are passionate about serving our clients, our caregivers, and our community. We are dedicated to outstanding customer service, and firmly believe that our exceptional caregivers are the best in the industry. Our highly selective hiring process is only the beginning for members of our care team, with individual mentoring, intensive monthly training opportunities, and robust benefits and advancement opportunities. This level of professionalism shows in the high quality, individualized care we provide our clients, and the collaboration and support we provide our partners in the community.
Heather Lantry, Owner
Having all four grandparents and five living great-grandparents as a young child, I have always been drawn to working with older adults. A Bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy and Master’s degree in Community Counseling led to a successful tenure in hospice care preceding my joining the incredible, service-focused world of Right at Home in 2013. I am passionate about assisting individuals to remain as independent as possible for as long as possible, aging in place with dignity and autonomy, or recuperating from an illness or injury in the comfort of their own home! It is an honor to serve my community as part of the RightCare, Right at Home team. When not supporting the needs of our clients, caregivers, and community, I still enjoy making music, especially with my husband and four children.
Mary Pokorney, Director of Nursing
My name is Mary Pokorney and the Right at Home Director of Nursing for the Chicago Northshore/Metro areas. I have been a Registered Nurse for the past 36 years.. time flies! I am also certified in hospice and palliative care nursing since 2017. I received my nursing education from St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing in Evanston where I also worked as a Nursing Assistant during my RN training. I’ve always had a passion to care for others so nursing was definitely the right career choice for me. My nursing experience is diverse ranging from acute care hospital settings to home health/private duty, hospice and palliative care nursing. It’s been humbling to witness the circle of life in caring for all ages from newborn infants to centenarians. I’ve also been blessed to have had the opportunity to take intermittent periods of nursing “hiatus” throughout my career to raise five children and additionally privileged to provide care for my parents as they aged at home and eventually transitioned. Having an “old school” background has made me aware of the challenges many elder adults and families experience in finding good quality care and assistance.
I am excited to be starting this new role. As a ‘baby boomer” myself, I feel there is a genuine need to provide quality care and assistance to our elders. Being a part of the Right at Home team affords me the opportunity to fulfill my commitment of helping elders to “age in place” wherever they call home. I am a true advocate for in home care and assistance. To help fulfill a client and family goal of remaining independent for as long as possible gives me great joy and satisfaction. I look forward to meeting the needs of our clients and their support systems with utmost respect and preservation of dignity. I also look forward to supporting our excellent caregiving staff. They are the backbone of every successful healthcare agency. As a team, I am confident that together we can and will improve the quality of life for our clients.
I have been married for 35 years to my wonderful spouse and best friend. In our free time, we enjoy entertaining at home, spending time with family and friends, attending live theatre productions, concerts and sporting events. As residents of Chicago, we appreciate the city and surrounding suburbs and all they have to offer; restaurants, museums, the lakefront, culture and neighborhoods. But most importantly, it’s the diversity and uniqueness in the people I meet that give me the inspiration to serve my community and I am honored to be given the opportunity to make a difference.
Peter DeSouza, Director of Business Development
Peter DeSouza is a committed, management executive, business consultant, and entrepreneur passionate about helping individuals, groups, and businesses reach their goals. He believes in using strong relationships, networking, and communication to maximize success and create positive growth. Peter attended Boston University with a concentration in Marketing Studies. His prior employment experience is centered around Multi-Unit Management with industry leaders such as H&R Block, Ritz Camera Centers, and JoAnn Fabrics. During this time, Peter was responsible for all training, hiring, and overall supervision of several sales teams. At H&R Block, he provided his sales teams with individualized coaching, mentoring and training to help them grow in the company and in their day to day lives. Decisive, innovative leadership and mentorship were key elements which led to consistent recognition for going above and beyond company standards including numerous District Manager of the Year Awards. Peter uses his past communication experience as a business leader to engage and motivate people to take action and make changes in the field of Senior Healthcare. Always striving for success, Peter believes in cultivating relationships and networking to consistently make things happen for others and help to pave a pathway to achieve global success and the best possible outcome for everyone. Peter is looking to improve people’s lives and create positive changes and growth in service to the Healthcare Industry.
Right at Home Owner Heather Lantry
Right at Home Chicago Metro Owner Heather Lantry talks about how their business is about taking care of people in the community, taking care of our friends and neighbors.