About Us / Caregivers

Barbara Goodearl


Barbara Goodearl

Barbara Mates Goodearl comes from a medical background.  Her father was a family practitioner and surgeon; her mother, a nurse.  She had two years of nurse's training and then received her Bachelors & Masters degrees in teaching.

Devoting herself to her family, Barbara was a stay-at-home mother until her three children were of school age. She got her first full-time public school teaching job in 1976 and taught until her retirement in 1998.

At the end of their lives she kept her husband and parents at home, with hospice help. After their deaths it was then time to give back and Barbara became a hospice volunteer.  She was recognized as Flint's Hurley Medical Center Volunteer of the Year in 2000, and Traverse City's Munson Hospice Volunteer of the Year in 2004.  Barbara also received the Peter M. Strom Outstanding Volunteer Award from Munson Hospice in 2006.

Barbara began her private-duty career tending to end-of-life patients as well as those needing assistance with activities of daily living. Because of the excellent care they received, many of these families recommended Barbara to their friends and acquaintances.  Thus began "Just Like Family."

Besides working as a caregiver, Barbara is very involved in the Traverse City community.  She continues to volunteer for Munson Hospice, enjoys acting and working behind the scenes at the Old Town Playhouse, and gives of her time at the Music House Museum, and Interlochen Public Radio.

Barbara is a world-traveler, loves to read, cook, knit, spend time with family, and keep physically fit.

"Just Like Family" is Barbara's fourth child, and she is very excited to see it grow.

Kae Beth Rosenberg


Barbara Goodearl

Kae Beth Rosenberg has been a caregiver all her life. She gives from her heart and is extremely skilled and competent in all areas of personal care for our clients. Providing end of life care for her father and grandparents taught her lessons that she carries with her. From Activities of Daily living, to precise medical care, she is thorough and caring.

Kae Beth graduated from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago in 1988. Her many-faceted talents led her to positions of responsibility in the business world. She was later drawn to caring for infants and toddlers, and became a Nanny for a family with five daughters. Kae Beth’s organizational capabilities fit perfectly into the busy household and she was able to teach, guide, and love the children in her charge.

When Kae Beth moved to Michigan, she transferred all those abilities to caring for adults and became a partner in her mother’s business, “Just Like Family”. Now Kae Beth cares for long and short-term clients in their homes--many who are quite healthy, but need the extra care she provides with household responsibilities, as well as medical guidance. She forms very special bonds with her clients. Kae Beth also guides patients and their families through the end of life process. She feels that being able to assist others with their physical struggles is a blessing; to become a part of their lives is a gift.

When not caregiving, Kae Beth sings as part of her church’s worship team. She has spent time behind the scenes at the “Old Town Playhouse”, working as the decorating chairperson for the Black & White Gala for two consecutive years, and assisting with opening night parties. She also loves road trips, spending time with friends, going to the beach, hiking, cooking, writing, and cake-decorating.

Kae Beth is “Just Like Family”.