Owner, HomeWatch Caregivers
Joe Hillyer is the owner of Homewatch Caregivers. Located in University Place, Homewatch Caregivers is an in-home care company that serves seniors throughout Pierce and Kitsap counties. Homewatch Caregivers is the oldest home care company in North America with over 41 years of experience providing award winning best in class homecare for the seniors of our community.
Joe’s journey into homecare began in the late 1990’s with his father’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis where he learned first-hand what it is to be the “sandwich generation”….managing a professional (military) career, his family, and providing care for his aging parents and a brother facing a terminal illness. During this period Joe spent 8 years managing the care of his father’s progression through Alzheimer’s Disease, 3 years managing the care of his brother’s 3-year fight with cancer, and then having to make the difficult decision to move his 80-year-old mother from their family farm (where she lived for over 50 years) to live with his family in Washington. Joe’s mother lived with his family in Washington for 10 years and Joe and his family were her caregivers.
Over a 20-year period Joe learned Alzheimer’s / Dementia and memory care while caring for his father, Home Health – Hospice – Cancer care during his brother’s extended illness, and Home Care and Hospice over a 10-year period while caring for his mother in his family home. Because of these experiences Joe and his wife Marilyn opened Homewatch Caregivers and committed themselves to caring for the seniors of our community and helping them “age in place” in their homes. Joe and Marilyn have a unique expertise and connection with their clients (and their families) because they have personally lived through much of what families face as they come to understand and make decisions about the unique requirements of their aging seniors.
As a veteran (retired Army), Joe is especially committed to caring for the veterans of Pierce and Kitsap counties. He is involved with many different programs and organizations across the South Puget Sound that provide care for our aging veterans and their needs.
When he is not working Joe lives in Gig Harbor with his wife Marilyn, their 4 children, and their dog Finn (an energetic Aussie Shepherd). During his spare time, he enjoys mountaineering, camping, hiking, kayaking, and biking with his family.
If anyone has questions regarding home care and how Homewatch Caregivers can help they can contact Joe direct at:
Phone (253) 564-1006