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Penny Appezzato joins Just Like Family Home Care in Naples

PennyJust Like Family Home Care, a family-owned and operated nurse registry servicing seven Southwest Florida counties, has announced that Penny Appezzato joined the firm as Director of Operations and Administrator.

Appezzato has spent the past 11 years working in the home health care business. Starting out in the field as a Home Health Aide, Appezzato worked her way up to Operations Manager and then Director of Operations before joining Just Like Family Home Care.

“Since I have been in this field in this community for as long as I have, I have known Elisabeth Nassberg for a long time,” says Appezzato. “Just watching her and the company grow, I knew this would be the perfect place for me to finish my career. They are so warm and compassionate and run such a loving and organized office. It truly is Just Like Family.”

Just Like Family Home Care owner Elisabeth Nassberg says, “Penny portrays every quality we desire in our employees at Just Like Family Home Care. The combination of her work history and the compassion she brings to her job every day makes Penny a great fit at Just Like Family Home Care. I am confident that she will represent our company in the best possible light.” Nassberg and Appezzato met several years ago through PACE Center for Girls at Immokalee’s Love That Dress! event. Both are passionate about supporting local charities in Collier and Lee Counties.

Just Like Family Home Care is a family-owned and operated, state-licensed Nurse Registry. The company provides referrals to professional Companions, Home Health Aides, Certified Nursing Assistants, Caregivers, Licensed Practical Nurses and Registered Nurses.

Appezzato was born and raised in Naples. In her free time, Appezzato volunteers with Alzheimer’s Association, Parkinson’s Disease Foundation and CAMEO Naples (Cooperative Associates Marketing Elderly Options), a local non-profit cooperative group marketing seniors. She is married to her husband, John of 30 years and has two grown daughters, Stefanie and Kelli.


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JLF celebrates 107-year-old client Mary Curtean on Senior Day

photo-9August 21 is Senior Citizens Day. While we hope that you think of our seniors every day of the year, Senior Citizens Day is a reminder to spend time with a senior, make plans to volunteer, share stories and memories, help with chores or errands or just do something fun with a senior! 

At Just Like Family Home Care, we took the day to honor a special client who brings our company and our caregivers so much joy! Mary Curtean is 107-years-old. 

Mary’s family reached out to Just Like Family Home Care last year after she fell in the middle of the night. “She is still very active at 107 years old, so we’ve been hesitant to put her in a quote on quote institution. We found Just Like Family Home Care and it was perfect for my mother in law and perfect for our family. This was the first place we saw and it clicked. It’s not just a name, you walk in and you feel just like family,” says Nina Curtean, 74, Mary’s daughter in law.

For the past year and a half, the Curteans have had a caregiver stay with Mary every night from 7:30 p.m. – 7:30 a.m. “It’s not an easy decision, but it was 100 percent necessary and the right move. My mother-in-law is very independent and she insisted she didn’t need someone to ‘watch her sleep’, but the reality is, someone needs to be there just in case. Just Like Family Home Care has given us such piece of mind,” says Nina Curtean. “My mother-in-law’s caregiver Marta is unbelievable. She gives her heart and sole as a caregiver. Loyalty is a very rare quality, but it’s very important and Marta has that quality. I couldn’t be happier with her and Just Like Family.”

The Curteans are able to work directly with Just Like Family Home Care to personalize all of Mary’s home care needs. “Just Like Family is special. They’re detailed in everything they do. You ask them for anything and they will do it,” say Nina Curtean. “My mother in law is a very simple woman. She loves to live because life was great for her. She just enjoys it, but aging has played a role and it changes a person and a family. We would not be able to do what we do today without Just Like Family.”