David is a 30-year resident of San Diego and has been the owner of Senior Helpers since 2008.
David started Senior Helpers after seeing how a professional caregiver brought joy and peace of mind to his late grandmother – and to David’s entire family.
He was also influenced profoundly by his personal experience of being a caregiver – during his early teens – for his late father, who struggled with Multiple Sclerosis. Later in his life, all four of his grandparents developed dementia or other forms of memory impairment.
“Caring for a loved-one is sacred and heroic work. I’ve experienced it myself, and I’ve seen my grandparents, my mother, my aunts and uncles, as they bravely took on the challenge of caregiving. If I can use those experiences to make life even a little bit better for our clients and their families, then all those years will have a meaning that’s much greater than I ever could’ve imagined.”
As a committed advocate to San Diego’s seniors – including veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces – and their families, David is very active in our community.
David is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the George G. Glenner Alzheimer’s Family Centers (www.glenner.org), a non-profit provider of day programs in a family-like setting for adults affected by Alzheimer’s Disease and forms of memory impairment, as well as support for people who care for those with memory impairment.
He facilitates a support group that serves spouses and other family caregivers, which is held on the campus of the Paradise Village retirement community in National City.
In addition, David also has had the distinct honor of serving - in his role as a board member of the Senior Affairs Advisory Board - as a public policy advisor to San Diego's Mayor and City Council, on issues related to aging in "America's Finest City."
He has been a frequent participant in professional panels, a public speaker, and a frequent contributor to San Diego news TV programs, where he has discussed a wide range of topics in the area of aging and caregiving.
David graduated cum laude with a B. A. degree in Economics from Brandeis University.
Mary has had a long standing and deep-rooted commitment to San Diego seniors.
As our Client Services Manager, Mary helps ensure our clients and their family members are taking full advantage of our services. She manages our “6 Promises” process for clients that includes our initial assessment and care planning, caregiver selections, introductions on the first day of service, and follow-up calls with our clients and their family members.
Mary also visits clients on a regular basis to assess the quality of services as well as your satisfaction. Clients who have a hospital or skilled nursing / rehab center stay can look forward to seeing Mary, both as a friendly visitor and as the professional who oversees any changes in care at home. Mary spends much of her time working with discharge planners, social workers, case managers, physicians and other professionals, acting as the client’s advocate to ensure our client enjoys a safe discharge and life at home.
Before joining Senior Helpers in 2012, Mary was Program Administrator and Executive Director of the Peninsula Shepherd Center, serving the populations of Point Loma and Ocean Beach. At the Shepherd Center, Mary developed and implemented a large number of programs for the center, most notably the Out and About Peninsula Volunteer and Shuttle Service, which provided safe, secure transportation for the Center’s senior population. She provided the overall program management and administration of the program, which included managing assignments, recruiting volunteers and marketing the program throughout the community.
Mary is an experienced public speaker and has given presentations to faith-based groups, service clubs, the San Diego Association of Governments, and many private and public organizations. She represented the Peninsula Shepherd Center at the San Diego Volunteer Driver Coalition, and the California Department of Transportation.
Her primary goal has been and continues to be: keeping seniors happy and healthy.
“Offering emotional support and activity planning for seniors and their families, is an important part of their healthy aging- it impacts the whole family, and is the most gratifying part of my work at Senior Helpers. For example, last Christmas, the son of one of our clients was able to say Merry Christmas to his mother while I held the phone up to her ear – seeing the smile explode on her face made the holidays even more meaningful for me and my family, too.
I find these to be the most challenging and rewarding parts of the services I can provide to our San Diego seniors and their families.”
Mary attended San Diego State University and San Diego Mesa College where she graduated Magna Cum Laude.
Dee is a long-time resident of San Diego County, and has been working in the field of Human Resources for more than 20 years.
As our HR Manager and Home Care Supervisor, Dee is responsible – first and foremost – for ensuring we hire only professionals who have the right experience, skills, personality, temperament and integrity to perform the critical work our profession requires. Dee’s ability to relate to a wide variety of people, and act as a problem-solver, allow her to be an excellent link between our clients and caregivers.
In addition to her HR responsibilities, Dee oversees our training programs, which helps ensure our caregivers meet not only our high standards, but also meet all the requirements mandated by the State of California.
Before joining Senior Helpers, Dee worked in Oklahoma City for about 10 years in the HR Department of a major hospital and a large medical center. Although she was responsible for supporting 250 employees, Dee always took the opportunity to talk with patients and their families so they could be sure to see a friendly face amidst the hustle-and-bustle of the hospital.
Prior to that, Dee was Office Manager for The Arc of San Diego, one of the largest, most comprehensive providers of services to children and adults with disabilities in San Diego County.
“Why do I love doing this work so much? It’s because the greatest man on earth to me – my father, who had developed dementia – passed away in 2013. I was his caregiver, and I know how much he relied on me, and there were things that only I could do for him. So to me – knowing how much of an impact a great caregiver can have on the family – there is NO better place for me to work.”
Linette is a native of the South, and has been in the healthcare field since 1995.
As our Caregiver & Scheduling Coordinator, Linette helps our phenomenal employees by assigning them work with our client families. She helps select, schedule and coordinate caregiver(s) who are the best match for our clients, based on the initial assessment meeting and feedback from our Client Services Manager (Mary) and our Franchise Owner (David). Linette is responsible for managing the schedules of all our employees, and helps ensure that clients who need to change their schedule or level of care have as much consistency and continuity as possible.
Linette provides reassurance, understanding and a sense of calm, to our clients and family members who call the office with questions about scheduling and concerns about changes in their care needs.
Linette is also frequently the first contact for caregivers who want to join our team. She works closely with these candidates to make sure they meet all of our stringent requirements, and handles the initial interview and administers our pre-employment behavioral assessments. From there, she recommends only the best candidates for further consideration by our management team.
Prior to joining our team in this role, Linette worked in our company as a caregiver. In that position, she not only provided outstanding care, but she also served as a role model for her co-workers and a shining example of the excellence we value so much at Senior Helpers.
“What I love about Senior Helpers, is that our clients show hospitality, openness and a willingness to trust us as we come into their homes to provide care. I also love that while we’re providing excellent care for our clients, I’m responsible for helping care of our employees – giving them the best opportunity to excel. Every day, I get the chance to help our clients have the best possible care at home, while offering meaningful work to our employees.”
Before joining Senior Helpers, Linette had an extensive career in other healthcare settings, both as a Certified Nursing Assistant and as a Medical Assistant. In addition, she had the opportunity to care both for her own late mother, as well as her late grandmother who passed away at the age of 102.
Our team provides in-home care for seniors in central San Diego and South Bay (Southern portion of San Diego County), including: