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About FirstLight
in Southern Hillsborough County

Why Choose FirstLight Home Care Southern Hillsborough County

At FirstLight Home Care of Southern Hillsborough County, we provide exceptional care so that your loved one has the support they need to enjoy the quality of life they deserve in the place they call home.

We exist to help people have their best day – every day – whatever that means for them. Our team of trusted care professionals in Southern Hillsborough County is passionate about providing personalized care, creating meaningful relationships and making a difference in the lives of others.

Owners: Rich Kase, Michelle Kase & Janice Bayruns at FirstLight Home Care of Southern Hillsborough County

Owners: Rich Kase, Michelle Kase & Janice Bayruns

We know your first priority when choosing a home care provider is finding someone you can trust and rely on… someone who will care for your loved one as you would, and as we would our own. We’ve been where you are, and this is one of the main reasons we chose to be in this business.

Janice Bayruns, Michelle Kase and Rich Kase together bring extensive backgrounds in healthcare along with very personal experiences in caregiving. This caring and compassionate team embodies the “Culture of Care” philosophy with firsthand knowledge of what is to be a caregiver at both personal and professional levels. Working together as business colleagues and friends, they are committed to delivering exceptional health care services to our community.

Janice has worked in healthcare for over 20 years including previous experience in home healthcare and skilled nursing. As caregiver to her father for the past 17 years she relied extensively on non-medical home care services to keep him home, independent and with a high quality of life. In her free time Janice loves the Florida outdoors and spends time fishing, scuba diving, kayaking, and sharing photos of her adventures with her dad.

Michelle comes to FirstLight with 18 years of medical experience. She graduated from Villanova University as a Registered Nurse and has worked in hospitals, outpatient surgical centers and physicians’ offices. After taking time off to be a stay at home mom, Michelle was excited to join her friends to lend her medical expertise to FirstLight of Southern Hillsborough County. Outside of work, you can find Michelle with her family, fishing, boating and taking advantage of the Florida lifestyle. But, in the winter, she likes to return to her northern roots, spending time hiking and skiing in the mountains.

Rich has spent the last 28 years working with Seniors in Skilled Nursing Centers, Assisted Living Facilities, Independent Living Centers and Home Health Agencies.  A graduate from the University of Connecticut, he obtained a master’s in business administration and is a licensed Nursing Home Administrator.  He is active legislatively in areas that protect the quality of care for our nation’s seniors.  He is proud to call Florida home as a 23-year Hillsborough county resident.

Vision & Mission

At FirstLight Home Care, we envision a world in which all adults may age with comfort, dignity and independence in the place they call home. We exist to help people have their best day, every day. Our mission is to provide compassionate home care so that the families we serve have peace of mind knowing their loved ones are receiving the support they need to enjoy the quality of life they deserve.

Core Values

We live these core values every day, without compromise. It is what we believe in above all else as they guide our home care company and team members to help us achieve our mission.

Focus Relationships First

Focus on Relationships First

We have a genuine concern for the health and well-being of others and an incredible opportunity to help people live their best lives. By focusing on relationships, we create caring environments where people are encouraged to use their unique experiences and backgrounds to create lasting bonds. This is our Culture of Care philosophy that motivates us to do more as we serve others.

Act with Integrity

Act with Integrity

We’re honest, trustworthy and committed to doing the right thing. Providing service with integrity means we consistently do what we say we’re going to do, communicate with transparency and hold ourselves accountable for our actions.

Give Joy

Give Joy

We find, bring and share joy in our work every day. By practicing kindness, gratitude, and having a positive attitude, we bring happiness and genuinely make people feel good.

Grow Together

Grow Together

We strive to build and nurture a culture that creates strong teams, fosters curiosity and connects ideas. This drives us to break the status quo and, together, find ways to consistently improve and grow.

Make A Difference Every Day

Make a Difference Every Day

Each day we are inspired to make a difference in people’s lives, and we have a sincere desire to make the world a better place. We seek to improve the lives of others through our dedication to reliable, professional first-class service.