Helping People Stay in their Homes with Care and Compassion

Meet Jan Harper of the LRCS’ HomeAssist Program

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Katy Stone, Home Assist Coordinator (pictured left) reviews case files with HomeAssist staff Janice Harper

Janice Harper has worked as a Homemaker since 2007. She started her career with Central New Hampshire VNA and Hospice and joined Lakes Region Community Services (LRCS) HomeAssist Program in 2012, when HomeAssist assumed the state service contract for Belknap County.

As an experienced homemaker, Jan has what it takes to juggle the daily demands of the job. “I have really learned to be an expert in time management on this job. Every day I do my best to meet all my clients’ various needs – cleaning, shopping, meal preparation, errands, laundry, and appointments. I also make sure I save time to chat, sometimes over a cup of tea. There are weeks when I am someone’s only visitor. I go into people’s homes with a smile and come out with a smile,” commented Jan.

Most HomeAssist clients are single women although the program also serves couples and single men – all of whom share the goal of living independently in their homes. “Our clients are looking for a little help with everyday tasks from someone who is caring, reliable and trustworthy. These are values that are embedded in the LRCS HomeAssist Program. We are part of a community-based, family centered agency celebrating 40 years serving people in the Lakes Region. We understand families and the importance of building relationships,” stated Katy Stone, Home Assist Coordinator.

HomeAssist staff connect daily with the office and are trained to spot concerns and changes that occur with chronic illnesses and aging such as dementia, diabetes and mental health issues. By checking in on people regularly they are alert to changing needs and can help individuals and their families connect with additional community services if needed.

“It is such a rewarding job for me. I know I make a difference in so many lives by helping people to continue to live in their own homes. I get lots of hugs on this job! ” said Jan.

LRCS, a comprehensive organization providing social services in Lakes Region communities since 1975, offers personal, non-medical support to seniors and individuals with chronic health conditions through the HomeAssist Program. A team of experienced professionals support a growing client list in Grafton and Belknap counties.

If you or someone you care about needs in-home assistance, or if you are interested in learning more about working for HomeAssist contact a HomeAssist Program Coordinator at Lakes Region Community Services 524-8811, email us at For more information on HomeAssist click here.