About Ella Stewart
Ella grew up on Saggamore Farms, where her father was an active trainer for thoroughbred horses. Ella loved riding, and often rode the pace pony at The Pimlico Racetrack in Baltimore.
She graduated from Mercy School of Nursing and worked as an Industrial Nurse for General Motors. Ella loved supporting the Baltimore community and often made quilted blankets to donate to Maryland General Hospital.
Ella grew her family in the Homeland area of Baltimore and had five children. Her twins, Jim and Elaine, helped care for Ella in her twilight years and gained a passion for caregiving. Ella Stewart Care was created to honor Ella's passion for supporting the Baltimore community.
We are committed to quality in home care for our clients through professional caregivers, a thorough plan of care, and superior customer service.
James Stewart (Owner)
Jim enjoyed more than 30 years of a rewarding career in the banking industry. His experience and skills in customer service along with his love of people are only part of the reason for his decision to work in the senior home care industry.
Jim and his sister Elaine cared for their mother Ella in the twilight years of her life. Like so many who go through the experience of caring for an elderly parent, Jim gained a great appreciation for both the honor and the hardships of being a caregiver for a loved one. There was a point when Jim's family realized that as much as they wanted to support Ella living independently in her home, they were going to require caregiving from outside the family.
It was the many friends in the months following Ella's passing who requested advice from Jim on how to care for their own aging parents that encouraged Jim to consider working in the home health care industry. Ella Stewart Care is named for Jim's mother, and his work is dedicated to the memory of Ella.
Michael Breschi (Owner)
Mike's career totaled more than 30 years in secondary education, non-profits, and small businesses. His interest in the home health care industry also stems from a personal experience.
Twenty-four years ago Mike and his wife welcomed their fourth child into their family. Maggie was born with multiple disabilities and to this day requires around the clock care to meet her needs. There have been many memorable "breakthroughs" in Maggie's life, but many challenges as well. The family goal for Maggie has been consistently focused on providing care to support her independence - as much independence as she wanted and could handle.
If not for the loving support of the many caregivers from outside the family who have worked with Maggie over the years, her quality of life would not be nearly what it is today.
Mike found that his experiences with Maggie were similar in many ways to Jim's experiences with Ella. A service dedicated to providing quality caregivers to assist families caring for loved ones was something he knew he wanted to be a part of.
Elaine Dougherty, BSRN
Elaine is a registered nurse of 35 years who specialized in Cardiac Care, Hospice-Oncology, Home Care, and more recently in Wound Care. Baltimore Magazine proudly saluted Elaine with the "Excellence in Nursing Award" for being one the region’s top nurses for her extraordinary contributions to healthcare in 2019.
Along with her brother Jim, Elaine cared for her mother Ella in Ella's twilight years. Elaine speaks first about the many memories from those years of caring for her mom that she will always cherish. It was clear to Elaine that the advantages of staying at home for seniors include not just the security and familiarity of living where the family memories took shape, but also because of the likelihood that the home surroundings foster more engaged and focused thinking.
In addition, Elaine is an advocate of a 1-on-1 caregiver to patient ratio because of a host of physical health advantages. A 1-on-1 ratio: minimizes exposure to bacteria and viruses; enhances care to avoid aspiration; reduces risk of bedsores; optimizes nutritional and physical status; helps to better maintain proper toileting to optimize skin integrity and reduce the risk of bladder infection.
Elaine is confident that most people will want the quality of care for their parents that she was able to give her mother. She is excited about working with Ella Stewart Care because of the professional service she can offer clients as an experienced RN - from the initial Plan of Care to the follow-up assessments and supervision of caregivers. Elaine looks forward to being your nurse with the same loving concern she had for her mom, Ella.
Cecelia Isales, BSRN
Cecelia is a registered nurse of 33 years specializing in adult primary care. Her nursing experience includes bedside nursing in academic and community hospitals, community health as a visiting nurse, academic nursing as an assistant professor and clinical instructor for associate degree nursing students, and research nursing as an outpatient oncology research nurse.
In addition, she earned her master’s degree as an adult primary care nurse practitioner in 1992 which promoted and refined her assessment skills and broadened her base of medical and nursing knowledge. Patient-centered care has always been her passion and goal. It’s easy to get caught up in completing tasks or providing a one-size-fits-all solution, but the best care is that which is focused on what is appropriate for the situation and desired by the patient and family.
When I was approached in the summer of 2019 to join the Ella Stewart Care team, I was excited about the possibility of providing the opportunity for patients to age in place and to live out the remainder of their lives in a familiar and comforting environment. With a nursing plan and a caring and competent staff, I knew we could make this option a reality for many people who desire to stay in their homes rather than in a facility surrounded by strangers and rigid care routines. As a member of the Ella Stewart Care team, I will do my part to facilitate the best in-home care possible for you and your loved ones.
Karen Sorensen (Client Manager)
Karen has spent 20 years editing for academic medical publications, mainly in the fields of orthopaedic medicine and surgery, cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, and emergency medicine. She is excited to shift from her behind-the-scenes role in the industry to a frontline provider of quality home health care.
Like her colleagues, Karen’s enthusiasm for caring for loved ones at home stems from personal experience. In 2009, Karen and her extended family were faced with the dilemma of how to care for their beloved aunts who could no longer live safely on their own. Compassionate caregivers granted Karen’s aunts the freedom to remain at home for many years, surrounded by the memories they cherished and the friends and community they held so dear.
Rodella, who cared for her aunts the duration of their later years, will forever be one of Karen’s heroes.
Karen has seen firsthand that quality home care gives loved ones the opportunity to thrive despite health challenges. She is proud to be a part of Ella Stewart Care and looks forward to providing clients with skilled compassionate care that makes all the difference in senior care.
Lauren Montgomery (Scheduling Manager)
Lauren Montgomery is the scheduling Manager for Ella Stewart Care. She has been in the caregiving business for eight years. Lauren is a compassionate and empathetic person with an exceptionally calm demeanor. She enjoys working with both clients and staff.
In her role as Scheduling Manager for Ella Stewart Care, Lauren brings her experience as a CNA and her Bachelors degrees in Biology and Nursing. Lauren is a strong believer in making sure our clients are well taken care of, and she takes the lead in modeling for our caregivers what it means to genuinely advocate for all those who have entrusted us with their care.