Senior Helpers Bergen County was started with one theme in mind.  We know what it is like to leave your loved one with a Caregiver, so you can rest assured knowing we have picked one that is a perfect match for your loved one!

Ken Nicholas and Mike Sluka each have teenage sons with autism so they understand firsthand the struggle for appropriate care & services that people face. It was this need 10 years ago that motivated Ken, Mike and their wives along with several other families to start  REED Academy, a school for children with autism in Bergen County. REED Academy is now one of the most highly regarded schools in New Jersey.  REED’s highly-qualified & trained staff provides children and their families with some of the best services available.   When Ken and Mike purchased Senior Helpers Bergen County their objective was the same……to find highly qualified caregivers to provide the best care available anywhere in Bergen County. Ken, a former Senior Managing Director for a large investment bank, and Mike, an attorney, work first hand on the business and all live in the territory they serve.

Patricia O’Hora, RN, BSN, CCM, is our Director of Nursing and has been a practicing RN since 1985.  She spent 20 years at HUMC splitting her time between the ER and Medical Surgical units.  She has been focusing on the geriatric population since 2005, working for Valley Home Care and also as a hospice nurse. Having a mother diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia care is a personal issue for her family.  In 2009 she opened The Alzheimer’s & Dementia Center at Senior Connections, Waldwick, NJ. This center focuses on cognitive stimulation for people with memory loss.  She has received  National Certification for Case Management to further assist loved ones and their families plan appropriate care.

Dana Greco, RN, BSN is our Home Care Coordinator. She is responsible for marketing, upholding our current client relationships, making new client relationships and providing patient assessments on an ongoing basis. Dana has earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition.  She completed her Registered Nurse Licensure at University of Medicine and Dentistry/Englewood Hospital Medical Center in 2007.  She started her nursing career at Englewood Hospital Medical Center working on a post-operative floor in 2007.  Over the years she found a love for home care nursing and has been a part of the home care industry soon after she started nursing.    She accepted a Community Health RN position in 2008 at a major local hospital and is currently on staff as a triage nurse for the on call team.   

Lisa Ege, Director of Operations, comes to us with 20 years of experience in the health care field. Her experience started in 1994, when she was the caregiver for her father who had Parkinson’s and dementia.  She learned, while navigating through the senior health care system, that searching for and finding quality senior care was a full time job. She enrolled her father in an adult day program and volunteered to do activities there. Soon she was offered a job there and has worked in various positons in healthcare since. Most recently, she has worked as a Client Care Coordinator for Home Care Assistance of Central New Jersey and as a Staffing Associate for the long term care, post-acute and behavioral units at the Christian Health Care Center. She is committed to hiring the best caregivers for her clients and their families, never forgetting that she was once the one saying “Who can I trust to care for my father?”

Mary Wittleder-Dotto,RN, MSN is our Caregiver and Family Education Coordinator.  As a former Army nurse, she gained much skill in nursing and management. She also taught nursing at Widener Univeristy. Most importantly, Mary has been involved in community and home care nursing for thirty years in New York City, Long Island and New Jersey. Mary has experience in almost every job in home care; even filled in as an aide when necessary! She is passionate about the elderly staying in their homes safely with support as needed for as long as possible.

Yamila Pando is Director of Client Services.  Yamila has a profound appreciation for assisting the elderly.  She became the sole caregiver for her grandmother in her teenage years who suffered from Alzheimer's disease.  Yamila understands the fears that come from seeing your loved ones become affected by this disease with no effective treatment and no cure.  When she was given the chance to work for Senior Helpers in 2011, she made it her goal to focus her efforts on quality in-home care.  Yamila provides assistance in any way that she can to live up to the company's mission for clients and to fulfill its promises to them.  Coordinating in-home assistance to care for a family's loved ones, and relieving families from stress is her number one priority.

Elizabeth Williams, Human Resource Manager;   Elizabeth has been in home care for more than 10 years. Through personal experience coordinating the special needs of her premature son, Elizabeth decided to pursue a career as a CHHA knowing she could make a positive difference in the lives of the elderly or anyone else that needed care in the home.  After several years as a caregiver, Elizabeth was promoted to work in the Human Resources department at a major continuing care retirement community where she was in charge of scheduling and managing aides.  She has been with Senior Helpers Bergen County since 2013 and is the most recent addition to our office staff.  Elizabeth takes great pride in selecting only the absolute best caregivers throughout the hiring process.

Katherine Sanchez is our patient care coordinator and has been in the home care field since 2013.  When Katherine attended Ridgefield Memorial HS, she was part of PALS, a group composed of fellow students wanting to make a difference in their community by helping others. Katherine helped her elderly neighbors, by assisting with grocery shopping, running local errands and companionship. Katherine volunteered at Inglemoor Center in Englewood, NJ and Teaneck Nursing Home as well.  She participated in different activities with the residents of the nursing homes. Katherine has always found gratification in helping others by going above and beyond for them. As a patient care coordinator, she establishes close knit relationships with clients and caregivers and treats them like an extended family. She understands the importance for a client and their family to have a caring, compassionate, and skilled home health aide in their home and strides for excellence as a patient care coordinator to accommodate all of their needs.

Call us today to meet personally with any of our staff and turn what could be a burden of finding appropriate care into a positive experience. Let us do our job so you can spend the most quality time with your loved one. You deserve it and so does your loved one!