Dave Tasto, CDP
Assisting Hands – Boston Northwest was launched after Dave saw the value of high quality, individualized care through a family experience – having been inspired by those caring for his grandmother. His experience in program and product management with a personal interest to directly impact people’s lives fuels his passion to offer others the same level of care his grandmother received. He holds an engineering degree from Boston University, an MBA from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst and is also a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP). Dave is active in the local community serving on the Executive Committee of Board of Directors for the Bedford, MA Chamber of Commerce, supporting local schools and veteran’s programs, and being involved in his church. His commitment to helping families keep loved ones healthy at home is evident in his published book: Thriving at Home – A Handbook for Preventing Hospital Stays. He grew up in Minnesota before moving to Boston where he met his wife of 20 years, Urszula. Dave and Urszula have two children – a son and a daughter. He loves hiking, sailing, and skiing – all with family and friends.
Elayna Hebert, MPA, CDP
Director of Operations & Client Services
Elayna Hebert graduated with a Master of Public Administration in 2006 and has a background working for non-profit organizations that provide services and care for people in need. She also has previous home care experience as a scheduler and supervisor and is a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP). Through her work with struggling families, the elderly, and the disabled, her passion is to help make a difference in the lives of others. Elayna joined the Assisting Hands team in September 2019. She and her husband are the proud parents of three boys. Much of her spare time is spent cheering on her kids at activities and sports and enjoying quality time with her family. She describes life as being wonderfully busy!
Michele Solimine, CDP
Client and Community Liaison
Michele Solimine comes with a broadcasting and communications degree from Northeast Broadcasting College in Boston. In the early years of her career, she was a local radio personality in the Boston market and an AVP at State Street Bank in Boston until her passion for helping and guiding families in the healthcare industry led her to the Assisted Living world. She was the Life Enrichment Director, Outreach Liaison, and Director of Community Relations for two Assisted Living and Memory Care Communities in the Boston North West area. A home care position fell into her lap during COVID and that brought together all of her health care skills to another level. Michele is a mother of two and spends a lot of her free time with her family enjoying watching her son play hockey, traveling, dinners with her daughter, and being adventurous with her fiance. Her favorite quote “Don’t let people pull you into their storm pull them into your peace”
Eunice Bempong, R.N.
Home Care R.N.
Eunice joined our team initially as a CNA with over 10 years of experience, ahead of passing her Massachusetts RN exam. She graduated with honors from UMASS Boston in 2019 with a major in Exercise and Health Science, having previously obtained her Nursing diploma overseas. Eunice continues to give back to her community – she has volunteered at Lawrence General Hospital rounding with clients in the emergency room and in the maternity unit providing therapeutic touch to infants born to addicted mothers being weaned off drugs post-birth. Her high standards of care, passion for caring for others, and commitment to helping the communities we serve exemplifies our values. She is a strong advocate of the best care for all of our clients. Eunice has a young daughter, and dedicates her time outside of work to her family. She loves writing articles, cooking and reading, and aspires to be a nurse practitioner.
Tiquia Matthews, CNA, CDP
Manager of Client Care
Since joining Assisting Hands Home Care as a caregiver in April 2021, Tiquia has become known as a reliable, skilled, caring, and compassionate caregiver to her clients and colleagues. Tiquia entered the healthcare field in 2004 after caring for her disabled cousin for several years and realizing her passion for caregiving. When asked about her experience as a caregiver she explains, “I look forward to helping as many people as I can in this lifetime.” She has since advanced from a caregiver to various areas of administration and management. In 2023, Tiquia accepted the role of Manager of Client Care where she will utilize her experience, compassion, and skills, in conjunction with our RN, to provide our clients and their families with a warm, fully-inclusive home care experience. Tiquia is married with two amazing children and enjoys fitness and spending time with family and friends.
Sarah Jacques, CNA, CDP
Talent Acquisition/HR Coordinator
Sarah first joined Assisting Hands Home Care in 2019 as a caregiver and was invited to join our office team as a lead caregiver in 2022. She has since taken on the role of Talent Acquisition/HR Coordinator. Sarah’s interest in the nursing field started in high school when she found out how much she liked helping others. She started her CNA career in 2004 in pediatrics until she realized her passion for working with elders. She loves that the work she does helps older adults stay home for as long as they can. Sarah is dedicated to using her skills and experience to help our caregivers to provide the highest quality of care for our clients. Sarah is a mother of three and enjoys shopping and going to museums in her spare time.