511 West Ave, North Augusta, SC 29841
(803) 279-7100
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Meet Our Comfort Keepers®

Our team is uniquely qualified and ready to help 

Every member of our team is professional and well trained. We conduct a thorough screening and interviewing process to identify the best home care providers, and only those who pass this process go on to complete training to deliver our special brand of home care and become Comfort Keepers®. What truly sets our people apart, though, is their natural gift for caring for others. 

All Comfort Keepers pass extensive background checks and complete continuing education. They are bonded, insured and covered by workers' compensation insurance to protect our clients and their families.

Janet Baumgardner

Owner/CEO

After caring for her mother ‘round the clock she realized the stress for her and her family and knew she needed help. So Janet investigated. There wasn’t much help available in the area and most caregivers worked independently. Caregivers who were not bonded or insured and who didn’t pay taxes. Did she really want them in her home? What if they got hurt or weren’t honest? Then when a tragic accident left her son paralyzed she found her need still had not been met. That was in 2001 when she and her husband Jeff purchased the Comfort Keeper #429 franchise. Helping others had been a calling for Janet. She became an LPN in 1990 and loved serving  but helping seniors was even more dear to her heart. “It’s the way God made her” she’s always had a place in her heart for seniors. Her first client needed help before her license was effective so she served her at no charge until her license was active. She remembers her well, a tiny Japanese woman who could barely speak English. She needed help with showering, dressing and meals. Once her Alzheimers’ worsened, her few hours each day became 24 hours, 7 days a week.

That was nearly 13 years ago and many clients and caregivers later. She still enjoys serving those seniors and has been recognized for her service. Janet was named “Small Business Woman of the Year”  by the North Augusta Chamber of Commerce. Recognized as one of the “26 Womeh to Watch” by NBC TV channel 26, WAGT. Janet was a “Dancing Star of Augusta” raising over $18,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association. She and her marketing director, Rod Barrie, lead a kick off for the Feed Seniors Now campaign; a food drive in conjunction with Golden Harvest Food Bank bringing awareness of Senior Hunger in the CSRA. Supporting  Rod in his efforts they have joined  the Lion’s Club sponsoring the NA HealthY fair now in it’s third year.

Janet serves as a member of the North Augusta Y Board of Directors, the North Augusta, Columbia County and Augusta/Richmond County Chamber of Commerce, NA Noon Lion’s Club and Teal PMG Board of Director.

Janet enjoys spending time with Jeff and their family, 3 grown children,2 granddaughters and her 7 siblings. She loves traveling, reading and expanding her new interest in painting.

Jeff Baumgardner

Owner/Marketing and Sales Director

Jeff and his wife, Janet have owned Comfort Keepers since 2002 however until recently, Jeff remained in the background. He is an Ohio native and graduate of Michigan Technological University with a BS degree in Forestry. Upon completion of his US Army commitment and service in the Military Police Corps; 82nd Airborne division at Fort Bragg, NC he came to the CSRA to work at the Savannah River Site as a Special State Constable for the State of South Carolina. After a tragic accident left his son paralyzed, Jeff found an interest in the durable medical equipment industry. He is an Assistive Technology Professional and Certified Rehabilitation Technology Supplier and has served in that industry since 2001. As an ATP/CRTS he provided custom power rehab wheelchairs to brain and spinal cord injury clients with the goal of allowing these people to remain safe and independent in their homes.  The move to Comfort Keepers was a natural one for Jeff. He finally joined Janet and her team in April 2013. He now serves as Sales Manager and is excited about serving the senior population and providing “Interactive Caregiving” which truly makes the difference in the lives of those wanting to remain independent and stay in their own home and community. 

Linda Carpenter Weare

Care Coordinator

Linda is a North Augustan native who joined our team in June 2012 as our receptionist. However it didn’t take long to learn of her many talents and genuine love for people. Using her bookkeeping, secretarial and administrative skills she has become our liaison between our clients, our caregivers and our staff. Acting as everyone’s “Mother” her acts of kindness overflow from her daily as she goes above and beyond to serve our clients reenforcing their needs and our caregivers knowledge of their needs. Client and caregiver satisfaction are her priority and it shows.  She has the biggest heart and always wants to help no matter when or where.

Before joining our team Linda was a student and worked part time for the Board of Elections. She is a member and regularly volunteers in the NA Noon Lions Club. She is also is a member of the “Sisters by Chance” Red Hat Club. She enjoys art, history and all types of music while spending time with her 4 grown children, 8 grandchildren, her fiancé  Barrie.

Rod Barrie

Marketing Manager

Rod joined Comfort Keepers as our Marketing Director in 2011 after retiring from the Augusta Chronicle. Upon his retirement he realized he would miss his involvement in the CSRA  medical community, service organizations, and churches. He found marketing for Comfort Keepers would allow him to stay involved. He loves what he does and it shows. His enthusiasm is apparent as he lead a campaign to elect Janet Baumgardner, owner, as Small Business Women of the Year, assisted in  fundraising for Alzheimer’s Association “Dancing Stars of Augusta” and since 2011 leads the team for the North Augusta Healthy Fair which now works with the North Augusta Noon Lions’ Club as an annual event. Rod also assisted in the kick off for the Feed Seniors Now canned food drive in conjunction with Golden Harvest Food Bank.  Feed Seniors Now brings awareness of Senior Hunger in the CSRA.  Rod is married to Holly, they have 4 grown children, 7 grandchildren,  1 great grand-daughter, and a dog.  Rod and Holly…enjoy spending week-ends on Clark’s Hill Lake.

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