The people behind our home care

About SYNERGY HomeCare of Northwest Chicago

SYNERGY HomeCare of Northwest Chicago is owned and operated by Jarrod and Tamara Barker, both experienced healthcare professionals with a deep knowledge of the healthcare industry, particularly in and around Chicago. 

Together the duo and their team of caregivers serve residents of the northwest region of the city, including the communities of Avondale, Irving Park, North Park, North Center, Roscoe Village, Ravenswood, Jefferson Park, Lincoln Square, Albany Park, and Horner Park. Their services range from companion care and personal care, to specialized care for people living with chronic health conditions or recovering from illness or surgery.

Tamara has worked as a registered nurse for over 20 years. After earning her nursing degree, she spent many years working in inner-city hospitals throughout Indianapolis and Chicago. Tamara’s mother was a homecare worker for nearly 40 years, passing on to her daughter her love and dedication to the field. 

She is also a published children’s book author. In addition, she and Jarrod also run several food pantries in Chicago called Blessed By Barkers, which has helped the local community battle food insecurity since 2018. 

Jarrod is a licensed medical doctor who also works as an assistant clinical professor in the local school of medicine. He also serves as the Director of EMS services at Vista Health. Jarrod has served on a number of boards and committees dedicated to elevating students with an interest in health and medicine and is also involved with the Chicago Fire Department. 

The Barkers’ mantra is “there is always time to give,” which continues to guide them in operating their local SYNERGY HomeCare agency.

SYNERGY HomeCare of Northwest Chicago focuses on multiple types of in-home care. Caregivers can provide assistance with activities such as cooking, shopping, running errands, light housekeeping, or going for walks. Personal care support is also available, such as help with bathing, dressing, or using the toilet. 

In addition to providing older people with assistance in maintaining their independence, the Barkers also provide childcare, backup care, and assistance to expecting families. 

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Our promise to you: care that moves you

Life is in constant motion. From the time we smile our first smile, ride our first bike, find our first home or embrace our first grandchild, it just keeps moving. And a moving life is a full one. But sometimes, life can take a turn that slows us down, or even stops us in our tracks. That’s where SYNERGY HomeCare comes in. To keep the basic needs of your life effortlessly moving forward. So you can focus on what moves you and get the most out of every day.

We guide with purpose

We take a strong lead with a kind hand in what can be a stressful, uncertain time in your life. By charting an assured course and making certain that you and your family members understand what’s happening, we can keep you comfortable every step of the way.

Great care comes from confidence, and confidence is contagious. We know what we’re doing and we’re always striving to do it better. One of the things we do best is relate to people on a personal level. And when you do something well, it breeds confidence. In you, and everyone around you. That’s why our clients, employees and franchise owners are so confident, too.

How we do it:

  • We serve beyond the job description.
  • We approach the job with a sense of adventure and purpose.
  • We take ownership and responsibility over results.
  • We quickly spot new opportunities for improvement and act on them.

We know individual people have individual needs

What we do:

We listen and ask questions. That’s the best way to learn how to impact an individual’s life. That’s how we do it. And that’s why we are recognized as an organization that shows an unwavering commitment to understanding people’s needs and providing the care option that best adapts to those needs. This is how we keep you and your life moving forward by being intuitively personal.

How we do it:

  • We approach every encounter with compassion, personality and positive energy.
  • We inspire others through words.
  • We are curious. We ask questions and listen to what’s unspoken.
  • We help you set goals. We make you feel as though we are walking with you on your care journey.


Life moves in one direction – forward. No matter your circumstances, SYNERGY HomeCare steps in with effective, comforting, life-affirming care that moves people emotionally and physically forward, from personal assistance and companionship to live-in and even family caregiver respite. We provide full support for fuller lives. Ultimately, we create a feeling of forward momentum, not just in lives but also in the home care industry.

Whether you’re a high-octane octogenarian who just needs a hand, someone confined to bed who needs a little more help, or a person dealing with lifelong disabilities who needs someone to walk beside them on their journey, we’re here to care with whole hearts and open arms.

We know you have questions. And we have answers. When the time is right for you, we would be honored to speak with you. We listen!