Founder and Director
Matthew Long is the Founder and President of Husky Senior Care and Longhouse. During college, Matt served as a caregiver for a senior with Parkinson's disease and as a night manager for a Sunrise Senior Living community in Seattle. After graduating from the University of Washington, Matt worked in the senior housing industry for twelve years as a Marketing Director, Administrator, and Executive. In these positions, Matt was a trusted advisor to thousands of seniors who were at the crossroads of either staying home with help or moving into retirement or assisted living. He observed that the sheer size of today’s assisted living communities present an implacable problem: most seniors don’t want to live in them because they’re too big and complicated. And those with cognitive and physical limitations are incapacitated by them. Matt founded Longhouse to provide smaller, “human scale” communities for seniors that combine the comforts of a real home with comprehensive assisted living and memory care services.
Matt has both a Bachelor's Degree and a Master’s Degrees from the University of Washington. As a graduate student, he taught at UW for three years. He has a passion for harnessing the energy and compassion of others to help seniors stay home. Matt has an Assisted Living Administrator's License from the Washington Health Care Association, served on the Board of Directors for the Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce in downtown Seattle, and is an active donor to the University of Washington. He is also an active member of the Adult Family Home Council and the Homecare Association of America.
Life Enrichment Director
Victoria Long was the first Care Manager for Husky Senior Care when the company was founded in 2009 and now she works at Longhouse. During college, while studying early childhood learning, Victoria served as the primary caregiver for her aged mother who was a stroke victim. After college, Victoria worked at Ryther Child Center in the field of social work. Victoria then applied her social work background to senior living communities, working as an Activity Director and Assistant Administrator for five years. During this time she gained more insight into the best ways to keep life vital and interesting for seniors. She also met Matt and they were married in 2005! She is an integral part of the vision and ongoing mission of Longhouse.
Victoria has a Bachelor’s Degree from San Francisco State University and a Certified Nursing Assistant certification from the Nursing Assistant Training Institute in Shoreline, Washington.
Human Resources Manager
Lacey joined Husky Senior Care in July 2018 and added Longhouse duties in 2019.
Lacey leads our talent acquisition, caregiver training, and caregiver support services and is tasked with hiring the very best caregivers who can maintain our high level of customer satisfaction.
Lacey earned a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Washington in 1995. She holds the SHRM - CP certification from the Society of Human Resource Managers. Most recently, she completed a five-year stint as the HR Manager for Bellair Charters.
Director of Nursing
Katrina joined Husky Senior Care/Longhouse in July 2018.
Katrina leads our home health initiative and is tasked with making sure Longhouse clients receive top-notch nursing services.
Katrina earned a Bachelor of Social Work from Walla Walla College and went on earn a Master of Social Work from the same college in 2000. She continued her education and earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of Massachusetts in Boston. Most recently, Katrina served as the Health and Wellness Director at Brookdale Senior Living on Queen Anne. She has many years of experience in community health and home care as a nurse for Central Boston Elder Services, among other organizations.
We call our Caregivers “Huskymates” because they come from the Husky Senior Care model of excellence. All of our Caregivers are employees of Longhouse, not independent contractors. Many have worked in the same home for more than 10 years. This longevity means they can cater to the needs of our clients, which is the essence of good customer service. This also means they are skilled caregivers. In terms of background, our Caregivers are typically Certified Nursing Assistants or Certified Home Care Aides. Each one has the gift of being able to engage with people. We call this "light through the eyes".
All of the Longhouse Adult Family Home caregivers have Dementia certifications, complete our orientation program, and participate in our formal ongoing training program. We also perform full reference, background, and credential checks on all of our staff. We will provide you with a Caregiver Bio for each caregiver so you can get to know them.
And of course your satisfaction is guaranteed.
Each caregiver goes through a systematic, rigorous hiring and training process which includes:
- A thorough in-person interview
- A criminal background check
- Social Security number verification
- Employment eligibility verification
- Employment references are properly checked (this is key!)
- Completion of Dementia Certification
- Completion of a thorough orientation process
- Identification of qualities we desire: caring, energetic, honest, reliable and able to provide meaningful companionship
- Licensing and bonding by Longhouse
- Coverage by Workers Compensation
- Completion of regular performance evaluations and continuing training
- Mandatory ongoing training consisting of 12 Continuing Education Units per year