Offering seniors one thing they value the most – their independence

Lexington Office

Daybreak offers seniors in the Columbia and Lexington communities the one thing they value the most – their independence. For more than 18 years, Daybreak has served families offering compassionate care and companionship.

As we age, it's natural to lose interest in some of the things we did when we were younger. And it can also bring with it wide mood swings, especially if there is sadness over life changes and/or the loss of peers. Though feeling sad about change and dealing with grief from lost ones is a normal part of the aging process, it shouldn't develop into a chronic lack of interest in life or anti-social behavior. If your elderly family member starts to exhibit wildly uncharacteristic behavior and wide mood swings that persist, call Daybreak and we can talk about what is happening and we will help you assess the situation.

Meet YOUR Senior Resource Advisors!

DayBreak Adult Care Services - Locally Owned and Professionally Operated
Coker day


Going above and beyond is our standard, not an exception. —Coker Day

Long-term care and Coker go back a ways. “I grew up around the senior care industry. My mother was a director of nursing at a local facility where I spent countless hours as a child.” Prior to founding DayBreak in 2002, Coker worked for a long-term care software company. Today, he oversees operations in the lowcountry centers operations.

Coker wants customers to know Daybreak focuses on keeping them happy and safe in their current environments. That’s where “going above and beyond” is the standard, not the exception.

In his free time Coker spends time with family or fishes. (He serves on DNR’s Marine Advisory Committee.) A past deacon at South Aiken Presbyterian Church, he’s a founding member of the Caregiver Coalition of the Midlands and serves on the board of Palmetto Place Children’s Shelter.

Business Administration Degree, The Citadel
Ameena Gordon

Ameena Gordon

Office Manager/Billing
All clients are important and should be treated with respect. —Ameena Gordon

Ameena’s experience includes volunteering with Palmetto Health Hospice, a year as a social work intern at the Lexington Medical Center Emergency Room, and four years as a social worker at Newberry Memorial Hospital. She’s spent nine years at DayBreak.

“My approach to adult care is basic. All clients are important and deserve to be treated with respect. It’s our job to ensure the client remains in their home as long as they can. That means we respect their home, capabilities, and needs—always. Doing so enables us to provide the appropriate services and a positive client experience.”

When not at work, Ameena likes to exercise, read, and spend time with family and friends. As well, she enjoys music, movies, and concerts.

Bachelors in Human Service Management, University of Phoenix
Master’s in Social Work, University of South Carolina
Licensed Master Social Worker
Joyce Hess Romero

Joyce Hess Romero

Senior Resource Advisor
It is important to hear what individuals need before determining what program best fits them. —Joyce Romero

Joyce began her career in Fort Worth, Texas, and returned to Columbia to bring personalized care to the geriatric and long-term care fields. Joyce joined DayBreak in March 2006 as Marketing/Admissions/Community Liaison. She promotes DayBreak to referrals, assesses and admits new clients, educates families on services, cares for seniors, and speaks to groups throughout the Midlands. She also coordinates care with other providers.

Active in the field in the Columbia area for almost 20 years, Joyce began the Senior Care Professionals of the Midlands in 1999. Having been a caregiver for her husband, she understands just how much personal assistance and care mean to families.

Associate Degree of Science, University of South Carolina
BS in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management, Clemson University
Shari Mintz

Shari Mintz

Scheduling Coordinator
Exceptional healthcare for the elderly takes place in a sensitive, respectful, and caring manner —Shari Mintz

While visiting her great grandmother in a nursing home the staff’s lack of compassion bothered her. Shari took her great grandmother home to care for her there. She lived to be 99.

Today, Shari supervises caregivers and works with clients to see they receive the best care possible. “My goal? To help the elderly live a healthy lifestyle in the comfort of their own homes.”

Shari’s 23 years’ experience includes working privately for clients in their homes, night supervisor at an assisted living facility, supervisor in an Alzheimer's dementia unit, and working with Hospice.

Shari loves working with the Afghan hound breed and older muscle or exotic racecars. She makes crafts using shells, plants flowers and trees, and enjoys college basketball and four wheelers.

EKG Tech, Phlebotomy Tech, and Medical Assistant Tech Certifications
Certified Nursing Assistant, Trident Technical College
Experience in Geriatric Long-Term Care
Robin Williams

Robin Williams

Scheduling Coordinator
"I want to be certain clients’ experience with DayBreak is a very positive one.- Robin Williams”

Having seen her mother, family members, and friends in assisted living, in-home care, and hospice care, Robin understands senior living’s benefits and challenges. That’s why she treats each client with courtesy and respect.

I worked with the senior community in state government and the private sector for the past 30 years.” Robin puts that wealth of experience to good use creating and maintaining client and caregiver schedules. She maintains client and statistical information and keeps clients and caregivers aware of day-to-day scheduling.

I have a beautiful family I’m extremely proud of. I enjoy spending time with them and I have a love for music, antiques, and shopping.” A super South Carolina fan, Robin enjoys Gamecock sports.

Attended Midlands Technical College;
Attended American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law
In-service training in Health Care and the Law
Josie Barton Bynum

Josie Barton Bynum

Scheduling Coordinator
The best care is at home. — Josie Barton-Bynum

In 1989, Josie opened Barton’s Residential Community Care Home, an in-home care service provider. That business, in time, would affirm she had made the right career choice.

Today, Josie makes sure that DayBreak’s caregivers honor the opportunity to serve clients with confidence, integrity, and competence. Her philosophy is simple but effective: “Always be your best and do your best with everyone and everything.”

Josie’s path to caregiving opened up when an 89-year-old woman and her two cats came into her life. They were lost as life goes and needed help. Josie responded and found her calling, in-home care. Josie says her education is a perfect example of “Your career is what you paid for, and your purpose is what you were made for.”

American Training Center
Family Nurse Practitioner, Chamberlain College of Nursing
Marsha Ward

Marsha Ward

Caregivers often need support and education about resources to keep loved ones at home as long as possible. —Marsha Ward

Marsha has accumulated more than 30 years’ of experience as a medical-social work professional and has specialized in geriatric social work for the last 15 years. Her experience guides her in the field where she visits clients’ in their home to assess the quality of their care by DayBreak caregivers. She reports service levels to colleagues at DayBreak and interviews family members to determine if they have any additional concerns. She addresses these concerns, often on the spot, bringing peace of mind to families. She also completes client histories to help tailor Daybreak services to fit each individuals’ needs. Her deep experience and awareness of just what constitutes quality service helps DayBreak provide consistently good services. As well, her leadership skills earned her the role of Chairman of the Caregiver Coalition of the Midlands.

In her personal time, Marsha likes to cook, read, and travel.

Masters of Social Work, University of Kansas
Amanda Phillips

Amanda Phillips

Human Resource Manager

Amanda, though new to geriatric and long-term care, isn’t a stranger to the challenge of helping people in need. As a Special Education teacher, she taught high school students with severe needs.

Today, her experience as a Special Education teacher helps her to identify and understand older persons’ needs. “The care level for students with special needs can be similar and even more significant than geriatric population. I bring a wealth of knowledge from Special Ed that translates well into geriatric and long-term care.”

That knowledge serves her well as the Human Resource manager. She hires and manages caregivers, customer service personnel, and helps with client intake. She does so with a priority on residents’ safety and independence. “Independence translates to self-worth and a better quality of life, both of which make our later years enjoyable.”

In her time away from work, Amanda enjoys traveling, food, new experiences, and unwinding at the beach. Her hobbies include tap dancing and television production.

Masters in Special Education, Grand Canyon University
Bachelors in Arts in Media Arts, University of South Carolina

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Our goal is to improve the quality of life for our clients by providing compassionate, dependable and reliable assistance