Background



Aware Senior Care is a home care organization dedicated to helping you through a difficult time for your family – the realization that your loved one is struggling with the natural aging process and may require more help to stay in the home. The owners, Tim and Gina, faced this situation with their own parents.

Our mission is to provide unsurpassed in-home care for seniors; to bring peace of mind to those who care for seniors, and to be a helpful educational resource on home care, aging and issues faced by seniors.

Aware Senior Care serves Raleigh, Cary and parts of Apex.

Who We Serve – Seniors:

  • choosing to remain in their homes, rather than opting for institutional care
  • needing assistance due to chronic disabilities
  • dealing with issues related to memory loss

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Gina Murray

Founder and Director

A registered nurse and a graduate of the Villanova University School of Nursing, Gina has spent more than 30 years in the field of gerontology. She spent over 15 years at one of the top skilled nursing facilities in our region, serving as a supervisor, Nurse Manager, and Assistant Director of Nursing. She also worked for Hospice of Wake County and was instrumental in the opening and management of the first inpatient hospice facility in our area. As founder and director of Aware Senior Care, Gina brings a very personal perspective to her role. Having cared for both parents as they struggled with illness and home care needs, she confronted the same sense of guilt and confusion faced by so many looking at options for their aging loved ones. She is both an experienced care professional and a compassionate guide through the many choices available to families.

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Tim Murray

Founder and President

Managing the business aspects of Aware Senior Care, Tim is an alumnus of the Villanova University School of Engineering. He served our country as a U.S. Navy Submarine Officer, and spent much of his career as an executive in the technology industry. His vision for an in-home care organization stems from the stuggles following his own father’s stroke and time in a nursing facility. That experience led Tim to ensure his mother could stay in her home, despite difficulties with memory loss and household maintenance. Tim’s intimate understanding of the stresses of a loved one’s need for independence makes him uniquely qualified to recruit only the best caregivers and manage the day-to-day operations at Aware Senior Care.

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Sarah Beargie

Staff Coordinator

Responsible for working with our families and scheduling time with our wonderful caregivers, Sarah is guided by passion and her own personal experience in caregiving, Sarah aims to establish compassionate relationships between both clients and caregivers. Being tasked with managing the scheduling process, Sarah holds a two- fold responsibility. 

Sarah focuses on learning the backgrounds and personalities of the caregiver staff, as well as understanding the needs of each client.  In doing so, she is able to determine the best match to fulfill the client’s needs.  Sarah understands that communication is paramount in achieving success in her role as scheduling coordinator. Her ultimate goal is to achieve long lasting client and caregiver relations.  

Sarah graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor Degree in Exercise Science and studied Emergency Medicine and Nursing at Pensacola State College.  Sarah is the oldest of five siblings and has experienced the deeply challenging, yet equally rewarding opportunity to provide care for her mother.  During this time, Sarah gained first hand insight of what it means to be an exceptional caregiver.  Sarah recently relocated from Pensacola, FL and is very excited to be a part of the Aware Senior Care team.
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Shannon Joyner

Human Resources As our recruiter and HR specialist, Shannon is responsible for all aspects of caregiver recruitment, including screening, interviewing, hiring, and most importantly, retention. A big believer in strategic workplace planning, Shannon integrates exceptional caregivers to unsurpassed in-home care for seniors.

Shannon spent seven years as a Human Resource Manager with the NC Department of Agriculture where she gained a true understanding for the importance of communication and commitment to employee support. She worked with management and employees alike; training, educating, and unifying teams.

Shannon switched gears and started working for a nonprofit eldercare day facility specializing in dementia care.  It was there that she expanded her traditional role in human resources and realized she could positively impact the quality of life for seniors and their families.   She collaborated with families to develop a respite plan and matched qualified memory care caregivers to their loved ones. Working alongside of caregivers, program managers, and dementia specialists, Shannon dedicated her time to building a supportive relationship with the heart and soul of the organization's mission.

Shannon attended Barton College in Wilson, NC and is a recent graduate of Cornell University's PHR / SPHR course. She lives in Cary with her husband, John and is proud to have her daughter living in the triangle as well. 

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Betsy Barnacascel

Registered Nurse As a graduate from Pitt Community College School of Nursing in Greenville, NC and after working as a registered nurse for 25 years, Betsy recently graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington with a Bachelors Degree in Nursing. 

During her 25 year nursing career, Betsy has been employed in various outpatient settings including home healthcare and adult day health care, which provides an alternative to institutional care for seniors experiencing dementia or chronic debilitating illnesses.  Her experience in home health required not only providing medical care to the client but also required in depth home and family assessments to ensure quality, safe care could be provided in the home setting.  

Betsy's personal experience includes caring for her father from a distance after he was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer. She has also been involved with caring for several of her husband's family members which included relying on in-home caregivers for his 103 year old grandmother. 

Being a member of the "sandwich generation", adults caring for children at home in addition to caring their parents, Betsy understands the complexity of caring for loved ones, especially from a distance.  Her role as a care manager is to act as an advocate for the client by respecting their personal choices, ensuring a safe, nurturing environment, and balancing the needs and concerns of extended family members.
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Kyle Murray

Head of Marketing

Kyle has been working in the entertainment and social media industries for over seven years since graduating from the University of North Carolina.  He has been involved in the development of major television programs for PBS, ESPN, E! Entertainment, and Bunim-Murray Productions.  His marketing experience includes monitoring social media campaigns and breaking down analytics for Digisynd, the social media wing of Disney. Kyle aims to utilize social media platforms to promote awareness for senior care options available to those seeking them.