Best Friends: the only family-owned and operated provider of personal care, companion care, and transition services in Nassau County.
About Best Friends Home Care Solutions
Independence, autonomy, self-sufficiency. These are tenants we all take for granted. Unfortunately, as we age, many of us need varying degrees of assistance to live full, healthy lives. Rather than premature retirement into an assisted living facility, why not live in the comfort and security of your own home?
Best Friends Home Care Solutions was built on the foundation that the best life is one of comfort and familiarity. We don't believe that a person should give up his or her independence needlessly. By allowing us to assist you and your loved one with tasks such as personal care services, doctor's visits, home cleaning, grocery shopping, entertainment and more, we can help your loved one live in his or her own home longer.
Our services are designed to make life as easy and comfortable as possible for your loved one, without being obtrusive or inconvenient. Our hand-selected, heavily screened and well-trained caregivers are some of the best in the industry. You can rest assured that when you select Best Friends Home Care Solutions, we will care for your loved one like family.
We'll be there.
Jamie Deonas Founder & CEO
Jamie is a fifth-generation resident of Nassau County. He is a 25 year veteran with the Nassau County Fire and Rescue Department, as a Senior Engineer. Jamie also holds a degree in Fire Science as well as a Florida State Paramedic license.
Along with being a member of the Board of Education, for the Nassau County School System, Jamie is also a nationally accredited professional guardian and serves as Power of Attorney to many clients. His passion for caring for others led him to do more. Jamie recognized the need for a locally owned and operated care services agency, and set out to found Best Friends Home Care Solutions.
Because of his deep roots in the community, Jamie has created a culture of compassion and understanding within Best Friends Home Care Solutions. He has a passion for the work he does in the senior community and has always believed that seniors live healthier, happier lives when staying in the comfort of their own homes.
Jamie strives to make the company the absolute best choice for local home care. Jamie oversees all aspects of the Corporate Governance Policies, Legal Compliance, Financial Management, Mission, and Community Relations
Nick Deonas GM & CFO
Nick is a Nassau County native, born and raised in Fernandina Beach. Early on, Nick worked in his father's boat-building business until answering the call to serve in the US Army from 1964-1967. In 1971, Nick joined the ranks of the Fire/Rescue department.
He worked at the ER of Humphrey's Memorial Hospital in addition to the ER of University (Shands) Hospital of Jacksonville.
Nick held elected office in Nassau County for 16 consecutive years and enjoyed serving the people of this great county.
Today, Nick serves as CFO and General Manager of Best Friends Home Care Solutions.
In his free time, and as the last of the wood boat builders on Amelia Island, Nick keeps that era of maritime history alive through lectures at the local museum of history.
David O'Steen Administrator
David serves as administrator, leading all day to day operational decisions, and is responsible for enhancing the internal infrastructure, supporting the organization's growth and development initiatives. Additionally, David oversees the staffing and scheduling, employee recruitment and training, marketing, and client relation, divisions.
He has more than 15 years of experience in healthcare. Prior to joining Best Friends, David served as a Certified Nursing Assistant, working for home health agencies, nursing homes, and in private duty.
Becky Bond Registered Nurse
Becky was born and raised in St. Johns, MI. She graduated in 1978 with a Bachelor's Degree in criminal justice and then an Associate's Degree in nursing in 1992. She practiced 11 years of long-term nursing, 2 of which she was a unit manager.
Upon moving to Florida she has practiced acute care and progressive care. “I have always had a passionate love for elders”. Becky loves to cook, garden and exercise, especially swimming. New children call her a mermaid. She also enjoys spending as much time as possible with her 2-year-old granddaughter, dear friends, and her dog.
Barbara Wethman Director of Human Resources
Barbara has worked in H.R. For 17 years for a major box store. Duties included hiring, training, working under state and county guidelines, and meeting timelines for Federal forms. She has been an RN for 47 years and is also certified as a school nurse. Her certifications also include a Domestic Abuse Advocate Certificate.
Barbara manages our Human Resources Department and oversees all personnel-related issues, including recruitment and selection of employees, coordination of our new employee orientation program, and ensuring that our employees are in compliance with the mandatory requirements for employment.
Shannon Taylor Payroll Director
Shannon Taylor is a Nassau County native, born and raised in Fernandina Beach. She graduated from Fernandina Beach High School and continued on to the University of North Florida where she earned her degree in Health Science with a minor in Exercise Physiology.
She has been an integral part of the company since inception, including the almost 4 years that she attended Nova Southeastern University where she earned her doctorate in Occupational Therapy in 2016.
Shannon is responsible for operations pertaining to human resources, billing, and payroll within Best Friends Home Care Solutions.
Eileen Bianco Administrative Executive
Eileen was born and raised in Southwest Wisconsin (America's Dairyland). She and her husband moved to Florida over 20 years ago with their 2 daughters. She was an Administrative Assistant for 10 years in the Orlando area before moving to Nassau County.
Eileen is the Administrative Executive for David O'Steen, assisting with the daily operations of the Agency, including scheduling and all other administrative duties as needed.