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Meet the Contra Costa office

More than 90% of seniors want to age in their own home with dignity but getting the right type of care can seem daunting.  At Senior Helpers Contra Costa we believe that getting the best care for your loved ones should not be complicated. 

We take in-home care seriously and make it a priority to provide the highest level of client service possible.  Over the past 11 years 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.

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 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, 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 Contra Costa was proud to join the system in 2008.  Like every other Senior Helpers location, 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.

Nicholas Magnusson was drawn to Senior Helpers because of his background in healthcare both as a nurse and a leader. He saw the need for seniors to not only age well, but to do so in their own homes or with additional assistance in a facility.

Our team has grown to include 4 team members, and 50 caregivers. We have been lucky to serve hundreds of seniors in our community over the years, and we are committed to continuing to provide uncompromising levels of care to all our families.

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 Contra Costa Team

Nicholas Magnusson

Nicholas Magnusson


Nicholas has been a Registered Nurse Since 2008 and was most recently a Director at UCSF before purchasing the company from the previous owner. He brings a passion for high quality care and decreasing hospital readmissions through extremely high quality standards for his staff and himself. Nicholas Has worked in both adult care and pediatric care in the hospital environment before starting a leadership role in 2014. He has worked in many different areas and through his training as a Registered Nurse brings a wealth of expertise and passion not seen in most homecare companies. 

Michelle Morgan

Michelle Morgan

Vice President of Operations

Michelle brings a wealth of knowledge in to Senior Helpers through her various experiences in Home Care. She studied Kinesiology and Gerontology at San Francisco State. She was inspired to work with the elderly by her experience at a young age providing support to her Grandfather who was bed ridden and her Great Aunt who suffered from Schizophrenia and Dementia. She worked for Hospice as well. She has worked for Senior Helpers for 7 plus years. She passes this experience in the form of training and ongoing support for all Senior Helpers staff and holding all to the high standards that Senior Helpers San Francisco and the Peninsula requires for our clients.

Karissa Videgain

Karissa Videgain

Scheduling Manager
AJ Knight

AJ Knight

Yvonne Smith

Yvonne Smith


Areas We Serve

Senior Helpers Contra Costa provides a full range of senior home care services for you or your loved one—from companionship and housework help, to more complex care services, including disease management, Live-In and 24-hour care services.

Senior Helpers Contra Costa serves the cities and towns of: 

  • Walnut Creek
  • Rossmoor - Walnut Creek
  • Moraga
  • Orinda
  • Lafayette
  • Lamorinda
  • Danville
  • Alamo
  • Concord
  • Oakland
  • Montclair
  • Piedmont
  • San Ramon
  • Alameda
  • Clayton
  • Diablo
  • California