Comfort Keepers Home Care of Fort Worth, TX Team Members
Your local team devoted to providing high quality care for seniors in the Fort Worth, TX area
Scott Van Duinen
Administrator / Owner
In early 2018, I left a 20-year investment career to become a small business owner and operator. I wanted to focus my time & attention on serious illnesses and chronic conditions that affect older adults, and have more of an impact on others’ lives. A search led me to Comfort Keepers. Diseases such as cancer, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s have touched me personally, taking the lives of my grandmother, mother-in-law and two aunts, which is why I decided to evaluate the home care field carefully and assess how it fits into the healthcare services continuum. While I’m a "business guy" – I was trained as a CPA and hold a master’s degree in entrepreneurial finance – I have always been interested in health & wellness and am a big proponent of staying active, eating healthy. CK’s interactive style of caregiving and our role in the home does just that, ensuring folks live their best life. In terms of background, I appreciate the power of faith, the need for social & family connections, and the importance of education and strive to lead a balanced life. I’m a Texas native who lived in Kingsville and Tyler as a child, then returned to the DFW Metroplex some 30 years ago to go to college at SMU. I met Christy (an Arlington resident and Baylor grad) in 1995, we got married in Arlington, celebrated with family & friends at The Colonial, and then we started a family here in North Texas. We are raising three boys now and proud to call Texas home.
My journey took an unexpected turn after enjoying a successful career in sales. Seeking greater meaning and a chance to give back, I explored new avenues following my tenure at a dealership and a mortgage company, particularly after the financial downturn and as my children grew independent in 2008. It was during this period that I first encountered Comfort Keepers. Upon meeting the owner, Mike Chapman, I felt drawn to their mission and swiftly transitioned into a caregiver role.
Working closely with an incredible woman, our bond exceeded all expectations. Spending over 40 hours a week with her over the next three years, I witnessed firsthand the profound impact of home care services. Through our companionship, I realized how aging in place not only enriched lives but also prolonged them. Motivated by this experience, I pursued certification as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).
In 2011, I was invited to join the office team part-time while continuing my caregiving duties at night. Following the passing of my client, Gracie, I committed to a full-time role in the office. Currently serving as the General Manager, I oversee all aspects of daily operations, from customer service to payroll and billing. Comfort Keepers has become my home, and I am deeply fulfilled by the work we do.
Under the leadership of our new owner, Scott, our team operates with unwavering dedication. From our compassionate caregivers to our supportive administrative staff, every individual plays a pivotal role. At Comfort Keepers, every person matters—whether you're a client, a family member, a referral source, or an employee.
Client Care Coordinator
In 2009, my mother fell seriously ill, and I felt an overwhelming urge to care for her. As a single parent, this decision presented challenges, but my devotion to her knew no bounds. Recognizing the skills I needed, I made the courageous choice to pursue certification as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). Balancing work at a dry cleaner during the day while attending school full-time at night, all while managing household responsibilities, was demanding yet essential.
Upon obtaining my license, I expanded my expertise to include phlebotomy and secured a fulfilling position at a nursing home, particularly in the rehab wing. This experience profoundly shaped my outlook on life, igniting a passion to provide compassionate support to those in need. I cherished the opportunity to offer seniors the personalized care and attention they deserved.
Following my mother's passing in 2015, I felt compelled to seek a new beginning, leading us to Texas. Though I briefly worked in a factory to stabilize our situation, I yearned to return to the healthcare field. It was during this period that I stumbled upon Comfort Keepers.
Beginning my journey as a caregiver, I quickly advanced to assume responsibilities as a receptionist in the office. From there, I transitioned seamlessly into roles encompassing scheduling, billing, and ultimately, care coordination. It became clear to me that Comfort Keepers wasn't just a workplace—it was a calling, a place where I found solace and purpose. Collaborating with Kelly and the entire administrative team has been immensely gratifying from the outset. I derive great satisfaction from my role and can't envision myself anywhere else. Comfort Keepers has become my home away from home, where my passion for caregiving thrives.
Client Care Coordinator
Six years ago, I embarked on a journey with Comfort Keepers. Initially stepping into the role of a caregiver, I transitioned to my current position in the office last spring. My commitment to one client spanned five years, during which we cultivated a profound bond—a connection I believe everyone deserves to experience. Witnessing the transformative power of such relationships has left an indelible mark on me.
My values align strongly with those of Comfort Keepers—a company dedicated to meaningful service and impacting lives positively each day. "Elevating the human spirit" isn't just a motto; it's the guiding principle we live and breathe. Reflecting on my time here, I'm awestruck by the deep connections forged between our seniors and the dedicated individuals tirelessly advocating for them.
I am thankful for those who heed the call to serve, and for the families who entrust us with their loved ones' care. Whether it's offering companionship or assisting with activities of daily living and mobility, I consider it a privilege to serve as a client care coordinator. My mission is to ensure that every client receives the exceptional care they deserve.
In the words of John Hoeven, "Caring for our seniors is perhaps the greatest responsibility we have. Those who walked before us have given so much and made possible the life we all enjoy."