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2017-01-27 / Top 100 People

Sandra L. Dunkel

Owner and Executive Director

Care At Home

Sandra L. Dunkel owns and operates Care at Home Preferred, a licensed medical home health agency. It was awarded a four-star quality rating by the Pennsylvania Homecare Association in both 2015 and 2016. She is a past recipient of the Pennsylvania Business Central’s Top 100 People, Top 100 Organizations and Women Making a Difference honors.

Dunkel received her R.N and B.S. in psychology from Penn State and notes the importance of the way she felt post-graduation.

“I was sure that I was going to get out there and make the world better; that I had all the answers and knew how to solve everyone’s problems,” Dunkel said. “I learned over the first couple of years that it’s not my job to tell people what their problems are but to listen to them, understand what their struggles are and have them ask me for help. Only then was I able to help and truly make a difference in their lives … For that, I am most grateful.”

She then went on to start her own business to be the “extra eyes” and support for her community. It was her mission to assist people in need of health care with daily activities from home to allow them to remain most happy and comfortable.

Dunkel established a care fund under the Care at Home umbrella in 2015 to provide assistance to seniors and adults with limited financial means, including helping them afford holiday meals and end-of-life homecare services.

In her spare time, Dunkel is actively involved with her church and several other community groups. She lives in Lower Burrell, Pa. with her husband of 35 years and has three children and three grandchildren.

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