Our Care Team
Giving Our All to Care for All of You
At Heart, Body, & Mind Home Care, we believe that communities are stronger when all of their members are served well and their needs are considered holistically. As long-time members of the Southwest Florida community, that is the guiding principle on which we have built our agency. Our founders and the members of our care team are passionate about giving back to our community and helping it thrive. Learn more about our management team and hiring processes below.
Contact us to discuss our services or questions that you may have regarding 24-Hour Home Care, Live in Elderly Care, Veterans Home Care, Long Term Care, Long Term Care Insurance and Florida Medicaid.
Ralph Laughton, Managing Member
As President of Heart, Body, & Mind Home Care, Ralph Laughton is passionate about improving the quality of in-home care and wellness services for older adults, disabled individuals, and others who need home care services in Florida. This led him to design an integrated service approach with a whole-person perspective that considers the intellectual, emotional, social and physical needs of each individual.
Ralph’s experience includes working for more than 18 years in executive and senior management roles in the professional services sector, most recently as a business consultant for a national home care provider. During his career, he also served as Managing Director of Dolman Legal Search & Recruitment, an international agency based in Sydney, Australia, where he oversaw Dolman’s global in-house and private practice senior search and recruitment projects within Australia, England, the Middle East, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan and the United States. Ralph holds a Bachelor of Business and Professional Studies from Barry University, and earned his law degree from the University of Miami, School of Law in Coral Gables, Florida.
Pearl Laughton, COO & Administrator
Pearl brings over 25 years of management experience in the IT sector to her role at Heart, Body & Mind Home Care, and is responsible for financial and operational oversight. She is a strong leader with a passion for developing talent and guiding teams to deliver high quality services while achieving compliance. Her passion for caregiving originated from personal experience. Pearl was living in Australia when her father suffered a stroke and later developed dementia. She recognized the importance of finding a home care agency to not only care for her father, but to give assurance to family members who lived far away. After she returned from Australia, she was inspired to develop a home care business that delivers the philosophy of care she sought for her father.
Pearl has deep ties to the Southwest Florida community, hailing from an entrepreneurial family who has lived and owned businesses in the area since the early 1980s. Pearl is married to Heart, Body, & Mind President and Co-Owner, Ralph Laughton, and in her free time she enjoys hiking, kayaking, and oil painting.
Merline Edwards, RN Supervisor
Merline brings a wealth of experience and skills in leadership, management, home health care, and nursing to her role as Heart, Body, & Mind’s RN Supervisor. In past roles, Merline provided services to older adults in their homes, helping them achieve the highest level of potential in self-care and disease management. As RN Supervisor, Merline completes initial assessments for clients to determine their needs, assists in developing a customized care plan for each client, and regularly supervises the company’s caregivers and re-evaluates client needs to ensure satisfaction. Merline holds an RN degree from the Nightingale School of Nursing in London, England and has worked in home health care for over a decade.
Ashley Vocaturo, Client Care Manager
Sandy Ahlbrand LPN, Client Care Manager
Jan Arculeo VanBurger, BSN, RN, Community Liaison/Educator
Jan brings over 40 years of Nursing experience to her role as Community Liaison/Educator for Heart, Body & Mind Home Care.
Jan’s career includes experience in Management, Research, Education, Hospice Care, Home Care, and more. For the past three years, Jan has been working with leading business coaches and has been instrumental in educating the general public on the possibilities of establishing businesses in the healthcare field, such as Home Care agencies. Jan also consulted with existing business to help establish best practices for patient/client care.
Jan received her R.N. degree in 1974 and began her career serving as a Founding Member of The Burn Team, which later became the Regional Burn Center, at Nassau University Hospital in New York. Jan helped pioneer new techniques for burn care and was promoted to the Nurse Manager of the Burn Center, Educator and later the Nurse Manager of a Medical Surgical Unit. She consulted on the proper protocols and led education seminars at several Burn Centers across the country.
Jan next transitioned to the Veteran’s Home/SUNY Stony Brook Medical Center, NY where she was the Assistant Director of Nursing and In-service Educator.
Jan is a Holistic Health & Nutrition consultant, and a founder of a company in Smithtown, NY, Beyond Dieting. There she provided individual consulting, group lectures on nutrition, eating behavior modification, meditation, therapeutic touch, guided imagery, obesity, exercise, and allergy.
In 1988, Jan co-authored a book titled: Beyond Dieting: Creating a Lifestyle; the book was advertised in print, radio, and television. She performed outreach through events; and maintained a large active client base.
Jan is a current member of the American Holistic Association.
Our clients’ spirits are nourished by independence, respect, dignity, safety, fulfillment of personal interests, and connectedness to others and community. For that reason, we strive to hire caregivers who are passionate about serving others, good listeners, honest, dependable, and above all, compassionate. All of our caregivers must pass an in-depth and thorough pre-employment behavioral interview, skills assessment, and competency test, followed by verification of professional licenses, CPR certification and professional and personal references, as well as detailed background and criminal records checks before receiving an offer of employment.
To further ensure the safety and security of our clients and their families, all our caregivers are bonded and insured and regularly supervised by our on-staff RN. All our caregivers receive ongoing training to ensure that they stay abreast of emerging senior care issues and care trends.
If you would like to learn more about our dedicated care staff or our up to 24 home care services for seniors and others or veterans home care, please feel free to contact us at any time. We also proudly provide compassionate 24 hour home care services to clients throughout Lee, Collier, Charlotte, and Sarasota Counties.
A Home Care Agency that Cares About You!
When you’re searching for the best home care, consider a holistic home care agency that provides Person-Centered Care and an impressive suite of complimentary Family Solutions.
Contact Heart, Body & Mind Home Care today to learn more about our services including 24-Hour Home Care, Live in Elderly Care, Veterans Home Care, Long Term Care, Long Term Care Insurance and Florida Medicaid.