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Meet the Cerritos office

More than 90% of seniors want to be able to age in their own home with dignity but getting the right type of care can seem daunting.  At Senior Helpers of Cerritos-La Palma-La Mirada we believe that getting the best care for your loved ones should not be complicated.  We recognize the growing need for in-home care services, and with our passion for helping others, we are committed to delivering the best possible care to seniors in the Cerritos CA community. 

We take the opportunity to provide care in your home seriously and make it a priority to provide the highest level of client service possible.  We have built an exceptional team of care professionals, each committed to remaining at the forefront of the in-home care industry through our proprietary ongoing training and education programs. You can feel confident that your loved one is in good hands with Senior Helpers.

Our History

Our History

Senior Helpers was founded in 2002 by Tony Bonacuse with the help of Peter Ross after their firsthand experience in caring for their respective family members. Tony and Peter identified a need that was not being filled properly by the other companies.  They realized that most seniors would prefer to age in their own home rather than move into an unfamiliar institution.  Unfortunately, the options available to most seniors were very limited.  Most seniors did not have access to well-trained, dependable and affordable in-home care. This was the mission-driven spark that started Senior Helpers. 

The first office opened in Baltimore, Maryland, and quickly developed a reputation for delivering excellent in-home senior care with their well-trained staff of professional caregivers. Based on the success of the Baltimore location, the company began to expand.  Over the past 13 years, the Senior Helpers family has grown to include a network of more than 300 locally owned and operated franchises across the United States. 

Senior Helpers of Cerritos-La Palma-La Mirada was proud to join the system.  Like every other owner, we too are fully-committed to the original goal of providing dependable and affordable in-home care with well-trained caregivers. Nothing is more important to us than being the best available resource for seniors and families in our community.  We are lucky to serve hundreds of seniors in our community, and we are committed to continuing to provide uncompromising levels of care to all our families.

Our mission is to be a trusted advisor to our seniors and their family. We strive to alleviate the stress of life by being a family’s liaison to aging care. We at Senior Helpers of Cerritos-La Palma-La Mirada work every day to be the respected organization of our area – the organization that clients trust.

We at Senior Helpers provide knowledgeable in-home senior care with a variety of services to help our clients stay independent by assisting them with all aspects of daily activities.  Our highly trained caregivers are knowledgeable with Dementia and Alzheimer’s Care and Parkinson’s Disease Care. The Senior Gems® created by Senior Helpers®, is based on the Gems™, techniques, strategies, and overall approach to Alzheimer’s and Dementia care which was created and developed by Teepa Snow, Positive Approach, LLC. The Senior Gems® is one way Senior Helpers ensures your loved one is in good hands. We send our skilled and professional caregivers out of our office – located at 17510 Pioneer Blvd, Suite 205, Artesia, CA, 90701.  We serve Cerritos, Buena Park, La Palma, Whittier, La Mirada, Lakewood, Bellflower, Santa Fe Springs, Cypress, and Los Alamitos.

Our process

Our process

The first step in the process is a complimentary, initial in-home care assessment with a Senior Helpers consultant.  This assessment can help you understand the true needs of your loved one, and your options. Together we can discuss their needs, our senior care services and determine what’s best for your entire family.

We will cover:

  • Your family's specific goals
  • Your loved one's daily plan design and schedule
  • Pricing and payment methods
  •  Implementation process
  • Ongoing communication and follow-up plan

Meet the Senior Helpers Cerritos Team

Darshana Bhakta Gajjar


Darshana Bhakta Gajjar is a Cerritos resident and graduate of Richard Gahr High School. She played AYSO soccer at what is now Don Knabe Community Regional Park and is still active in the community. Darshana has a Masters of Science in Gerontology and has been working in the field of senior care for 5+ years. Darshana has worked with seniors in different settings including physical therapy clinics, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, and adult day health centers. Her most recent experience was as a care planner at SCAN, Independence at Home, a non-profit organization, assisting low income seniors remain independent at home. As a care planner Darshana connected seniors with community resources such as home delivered meals, durable medical/non- medical equipment, transportation services, and advocacy. Darshana is passionate about providing the best care for seniors and providing support for families.

Emily Mayorga

Office Manager

Emily Mayorga is a Downey native who graduated from Warren High School in 2010. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara in Environmental Studies. Emily decided to follow her passion for helping people and pursue a career in the healthcare field. She has completed courses such as Fundamentals of Nursing, Pharmacology, Anatomy/Physiology, and Medical Terminology. Emily worked for a short time as a pharmacy technician but soon found that her true interest was in caregiving. During her time as a caregiver, Emily had the privilege to work with a wide variety of clients with differing wants and needs. Emily has worked as a caregiver for Senior Helpers of Cerritos for over a year and is looking to take on more responsibility in the office setting. She aims to help connect clients to affordable healthcare in the comfort of their own homes.

Areas We Serve

  • Artesia
  • Cerritos
  • Buena Park
  • La Palma
  • La Mirada
  • Lakewood

What I Like most about Seniors helpers in Artesia, California is the owner Darshana! She’s very kind and patient. She made me feel very welcomed and I can tell she genuinely cares about her employees as well as her clients.​