About Us

Why We Are The Best At What We Do

Who We Are


Christine L. Browning, R.N.
I have been a registered nurse for the past 25 years in the Chicago area, serving in various capacities including hospice care, orthopedic care and adult medical surgical care. I graduated from Cedarville University School of Nursing with a bachelor’s degree in 1991. I have been involved in caring for others since I was in High School. I began my career as a candy striper before becoming a nursing intern. I then worked in a retirement center in South Holland, IL, serving the elderly and disabled.

I love children, and I’ve been fortunate to work as a nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit at Loyola University Medical Center. I have also been a mom to many by serving as a foster parent and adoptive parent for 12 years.

Having had personal experience as a caregiver for the disabled and elderly, as well as having been a new Mom and the mother of special needs children, I have developed a deep understanding of the many challenges that are involved.

I decided to focus on “in-home care” after serving as a caregiver for my own grandmother, Norma Carlson. Through my personal experiences, I saw a real need for quality in-home care. I firmly believe in providing for the physical, spiritual and emotional needs of both patients and their families.

John T. Browning, B.A., M.B.A.
With over 25 years of corporate management experience, I manage the business functions at Home Helpers. This includes everything from day-to-day operations, formulating company policies and procedures and developing partnerships with other companies that have resources which may be of interest to our clients. I have served on the board of directors of Evangelical Child and Family Agency (ECFA), helping run both the business and the caring side of this quality organization. ECFA is a foster/adoption agency in Wheaton, IL, that has served the Chicago area since 1946.

Throughout my life, I have been temporarily disabled several times, so I can relate with the frustrations of our clients and their families.

Both Christine and I are intensely focused on exceeding expectations by providing the highest quality of service to our clients.

Why We Started Home Helpers
Our decision to open Home Helpers & Direct Link of Barrington, IL, was twofold. We were driven by our passion for providing quality care, as well as a concern for friends and family with aging parents. We saw the need for our services, as many of our friends and family were feeling the stress of juggling the demands of their personal and professional lives with the increasing needs of their parents or children.

Many people think their only option is assisted living. Not only is this costly, but it moves the parents out of the home in which they’re comfortable. We felt Home Helpers was the perfect opportunity for us to apply the skills we’ve developed over the past 20+ years to help our community members continue to live independently in the comfort and security of their own home. With Home Helpers, we’re there when you need us!

Our Professional Staff
When you contact Home Helpers, you can count on speaking with a caring individual who is happy to assist you with possible solutions to your issues and concerns.

Our Compassionate Caregivers
Our caregivers are the key to our success, so hiring the best employees is a top priority. We also pride ourselves in finding the best caregiver for your loved one, and we will do everything we can to ensure your loved one is satisfied with their caregiver. Many of our caregivers are licensed certified nursing assistants, registered nurses and licensed practical nurses. All of them are compassionate individuals with a loving heart, have significant caregiving experience and possess a genuine desire to help people.

Each caregiver is carefully selected and must satisfy our rigorous employment criteria which include:
• A comprehensive interview process
• Previous employment verification
• Reference checks
• Extensive criminal background check
• Motor vehicle driving record check
• Pre-employment drug-testing

All of our caregivers can legally work in the United States, speak English fluently and have their own car. They are our employees, and we take full responsibility for their day-to-day supervision. At any time, if you have questions or concern about your loved one’s caregiver and/or care plan, we are more than happy to work with you to adjust it to fit your needs.