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About Our at Home Care Services

A Place At Home started out of our founders’ own needs for support while navigating the uncertainty and anxiety of caring for aging loved ones. That’s why we’re so committed to providing excellent, consistent, and comprehensive at-home care to families throughout the Chelmsford area, including Lowell, Billerica, and the surrounding communities.

Meet Our Owners

Gary Lafreniere


Prior to opening A Place At Home Gary was a Co-Founder and the COO of a software company for 20 years. In addition to being COO, Gary managed a team regularly recognized with award-winning customer service. His passion for home care comes from his personal experience in caring for his mother Ruth before she passed in April 2020. Gary saw the challenges first hand and witnessed the amazing compassion from the caregivers in his community. When his company was acquired in 2020 the decision was an easy one for him and his family to open up the first A Place At Home location in Massachusetts. Gary and his team also received an award from Franchise Business Review, showcasing their excellence and commitment in the industry.

Arianna Lafreniere


Arianna brings 25 years of accounting experience to the team with 10 of those years in the Home Care industry. In addition to her financial background Arianna wants to honor her late mother-in-law Ruth by working side by side with her husband Gary at A Place At Home to bring the “We Are Care” philosophy to the Merrimack Valley community. Arianna will oversee all financial operations of the company and manage the client care coordination.

Meet the Team

Michelle Taranto

Community Liaison
Michelle has over 22 years of experience in marketing and client management but it’s her personal experience with elder care that brought her to A Place At Home. In 2020, she left her job to care for her mother Lorraine who had Alzheimer’s. She passed away a short two months later and that was when Michelle felt called to pursue a career helping seniors. She is passionate about helping other families navigate through similar transitions.

Marlie Francois

Field Supervisor

Prior to joining A Place At Home – Merrimack Valley, Marlie dedicated over 10 year to serving as a Certified Nursing Assistant at Lahey Hospital. Prior to that role, she excelled in delivering exceptional care within Assisted Living Communities. Marlie’s perspective on her profession transcends the conventional notion of “work”; as a mother of two, she views caring for others as second nature. Marlie supervises and guides our caregivers in the field, offering direction and training as necessary. Beyond office duties, she personally visits our clients in their homes, ensuring their well-being with genuine care and attention.

Belinda Cronin

Client Care Coordinator
Belinda comes to A Place At Home with years of in-home care coordination experience in addition to her managerial experience in the hospitality industry. Our philosophy of ‘We Are CARE’ is what drew Belinda to this new opportunity as she has excelled at coordinating care for her many clients in both industries. A Place At Home is growing fast, Belinda has joined the team to help in the growth of the company and her career.

Our Philosophy

Caregiver helping elderly man get dressed

What “We Are CARE
Means to Us

Our philosophy, “We Are CARE,” unites caregivers, owners, and staff at A Place At Home – Merrimack Valley. This translates into Compassionate, Accountable, Respectful, and Ethical care for each of our clients, no matter the situation.

  • Compassionate – We serve with sensitivity and understanding.
  • Accountable – We stand behind everything we do.
  • Respectful – We advocate for mutual trust and consideration.
  • Ethical – We maintain the highest standards and ethics.

We believe in building genuine connections with clients, guiding them and their families through the entire aging journey, and providing consistent at-home care services along the way. We are honored to provide CARE in your time of need and hope to give you and your family peace of mind through reliability, consistency, and kindness.

Our Caregivers

Who Are Our Caregivers?

Our staff of caregivers are the Chelmsford area’s best. Emphasizing our culture of CARE, each of them believes in providing private care for seniors at home to help them maintain independence, dignity, and quality of life. On top of providing excellent care, they are a consistent resource for guidance and support for family members during an often-overwhelming time.

Caregiver folding elderly woman's laundry while they have a conversation.
Caregiver helping elderly woman use her walker

Our Costs

Understanding the cost of at-home care on a large scale can be difficult, as it varies based on situation. At A Place At Home – Merrimack Valley, part of our commitment to CARE involves offering transparent and consistent pricing, whether you need care for just a few hours or 24/7. We always want to provide the information you need to make the best decision for yourself and your loved ones.

Connect with Our
CARE-ing Team

We know that making care decisions for yourself or your loved ones is often complicated. Our Chelmsford staff is ready to answer any questions you may have and guide you through the process of finding quality, custom at-home care services in the Merrimack Valley area. Reach out to talk to a member of our team today.

Caregiver placing blanket over elderly woman while she sits on sofa.

Find a Rewarding Caregiving Career in Chelmsford

Whether you’re a highly experienced professional like an RN or CNA, or you’re looking to help with companionship and personal care, we are always looking for kind-hearted and passionate individuals to join our Merrimack Valley caregiving team. Learn more about our Chelmsford team on our Careers page.