This office is locally owned by Tim Beckes, a resident of the AK Valley for over 25 years. He opened the business after being actively involved with the care of family members who suffered life changing medical events including dementia, heart attacks, falls and brain aneurysms. He saw the strain and toll these new situations put on the family and wanted to provide alternatives and help to people going through similar situations, by relieving the stress on family members who were thrust into the role of caregiver and helping the family member maintain dignity and respect.
His background includes 15 years in the medical equipment industry helping people solve new, everyday issues that arose from conditions such as strokes, diabetes, skin wounds, Alzheimer’s, Multiple Sclerosis, ALS, hip and knee replacements and other medical conditions.
Tim is active in the local community coaching youth soccer, being an assistant soccer coach for the Valley Girls High School team and as a leader in The United Presbyterian Church of New Kensington. He received a BA from the University of Pittsburgh and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University.
Amber Macura has been a resident of New Kensington all her life and is a graduate of Valley High School. She stayed in the same city to raise her family. Amber has been married for 24 years and has 3 children 24,21, and 18. She enjoys time with family and friends, especially while watching the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pittsburgh Penguins. She also has two Siberian Husky’s named Koda and Khaleesi who keep her on her toes.
Amber graduated from Shadyside School of Nursing in 2006 and worked at Shadyside Hospital as an ICU nurse before moving to hemodialysis. While there, Amber was able to care for an array of patients who were frequently readmitted with occurrences that were generally preventable.
After being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2013, she had to leave her position at the hospital. After taking time to learn her limitations and how MS affects her personally, she found Senior Helpers and started as the office manager. Amber is now in a position to ensure seniors are receiving the proper care at home to try and prevent readmissions and keep them in their own homes as long as possible.
Senior Helpers new Caregiver Training Center allows us to validate and teach skills to our caregivers and promote safe transfers and care.
Tim Beckes, owner of Senior Helpers in the Alle-Kiski Valley, meets with Senior Helpers corporate management at the annual convention.
Teepa Snow and Tim Beckes discuss the new developments and caregiving techniques for Alzheimer’s and dementia, developed by her company, Positive Approach to Care. This Positive Approach® to Care emphasizes making use of the skills retained while providing support, and substituting our skill, for what is no longer available.
Teepa and Tim demonstrate the hand under hand technique used in caring for those with dementia. Caregivers at Senior Helpers receive specialized training developed by Teepa.
Senior Helpers of the Alle-Kiski Valley attends the annual senior fair hosted by Representative Frank Dermody.
Senior Helpers owner Tim Beckes greets New Kensington Mayor Tom Guzzo at the annual Senior Fair at Pittsburgh Mills.
Senior Helpers personal care and companion care services are on display at the annual Senior Fair in Tarentum, PA.