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Meet the East San Diego office

More than 90% percent of Seniors want to age in their own home with dignity but getting the right type of care can seem daunting.  At Senior Helpers East San Diego, we believe that getting the best care for your loved ones should not be complicated.  We recognize the need for in-home caregiving and are committed to delivering the best possible care to our San Diego Seniors. 

We take the opportunity to provide care in your home seriously and make it a priority to provide the highest level of care possible.  We have an exceptional team of highly trained care professionals.  You will feel confident that your loved one is in good hands with Senior Helpers.

Our History

Our History

Senior Helpers East San Diego proudly joined the exceptional team of Senior Helpers owners in early 2020.  It is locally owned and operated by Cassia Yi APRN CNS, Jesse Yi MD and Maureen Mostella.

Cassia and Jesse Yi, together, have over 26 years of medical experience in San Diego.  They see first-hand the challenges Seniors face when being discharged from the hospital.  Although most older adults value returning to their homes, not all have structures in place to support them.

Jesse attributes much of his strength and his Faith to his grandparents who helped raise him from a young age.  He lived in a household that deeply respected Elders.  Now as a father himself, he sees the precious value of his Senior parent’s presence in his own life as well as his family’s.

Cassia’s hero is her fiercely independent grandmother who chose to live alone in her home well into her 90s.  Up until her passing, she was an active member of her community; she regularly attended church, visited friends, and took cross-country road trips!  Her lifestyle and spirit defied her age – a quality Cassia believes all Seniors can achieve.

Maureen is blessed to have three of her Grandparents live into their 90s!  Although affected by dementia and Parkinson’s Disease, her Grandparents were able to remain in their homes – with  help from family and amazing Caregivers!  So many wonderful memories with her Grandparents in their home –from evening talks to sharing chocolate.  She believes the value of a Caregiver is immeasurable and is forever grateful to all Caregivers out there, making lasting family memories possible.

Jesse, Cassia and Maureen started Senior Helpers East San Diego because Seniors deserve the right to high quality care in the comfort of their home.  This is their commitment to the community:

WE MENTOR OUR HIGHLY TRAINED CAREGIVERS.  We are first and foremost, Caregiver Mentors!  Caring for Seniors starts with a Heart to Serve and we cherish that.  As mentors, our job is to empower their Caregiver Heart with knowledge, experience and confidence.  This happens before a Caregiver ever enters a home.  Our Caregivers are not independent contractors.   And once in the home, we continue to mentor and supervise our Caregivers to maintain accountability and quality.

We are not a referral service, where workers are assigned to cases, leaving families to sort through the more arduous points of employment — like payroll taxes, background checks, or whether they’re bonded and insured.  We do all these things in advance, along with testing skills, verifying credentials, and speaking with families they’ve worked with before.

WE NEVER SEND A STRANGER.  We recognize that one of the most difficult aspects of being the client of a home care agency is having an unfamiliar Caregiver show up.  With Senior Helpers, a proper introduction will be made from Caregiver to Client, in person, every time. 

Nurse support is available 24/7.  Most private-duty home care companies offer little or no nurse support.  Our ownership includes an Advanced Practice Nurse as well as well as a Board-Certified Physician.  

Our process

Our process

The first step is a complimentary in-home care assessment with the Senior and their Family.  During the visit, we utilize our LIFE Profile (Life Independence Function Evaluation) tool to gauge the Senior’s capability and ability across six key categories:  Daily living activities, Home safety, Medical condition management, Family dynamic, Aging in place, and Quality of life. 

LIFE Profile is a research-driven assessment tool that provides a holistic view of the risks and factors that influence a loved one’s ability to age in their own home. This will help you understand the true needs of your loved one, and your options. Together we can discuss their needs, our 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 Our Team

Cassia Yi, APRN, CNS, MSN, CCRN

Cassia Yi, APRN, CNS, MSN, CCRN

Caregiver Mentor/Owner

Cassia received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2005 from Hawaii Pacific University in Oahu, where she became close friends with co-owner Maureen.  She moved to San Diego in 2009 to work as an ICU nurse at UC San Diego Health.  In 2013, she received her Master of Science in Nursing at Point Loma Nazarene University, becoming a board-certified Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) soon after.

Her CNS credentials highlight an expertise in Nursing mentorship, research, education, and consultation.  Some of Cassia’s proudest accomplishments at UC San Diego Health include:  Founding or Chairing the Palliative Care Committee, Advanced Care Planning Committee, Pain Management Committee, being a Bio-Medical Ethics Consultant, and receiving the 2019 Advanced Practice Nurse of the Year award.  

Cassia and Jesse have two beautiful children whom they enjoy raising in the San Diego Sun!

Jung (Jesse) Yi MD

Jung (Jesse) Yi MD

Caregiver Mentor/Owner

Jesse received his Medical Degree in 2004 from the University to Maryland Baltimore.  He completed his Surgery Internship at UC San Francisco and Anesthesiology Residency at Rutgers University Newark in 2008.  He then completed a Fellowship in Cardiac Anesthesia at UC San Diego Health, where he met and fell in love with Cassia, who was an ICU Nurse at the time. 

Jesse considers himself blessed to have roots in East San Diego, being a Physician there since 2009.  

Maureen (Mo) Mostella

Maureen (Mo) Mostella

Caregiver Mentor/Owner

Mo graduated from University of Maryland Smith School of Business in 2004 with a degree in Marketing.  Since 2010, she has worked as a trusted Education Technology Advisor for large school systems throughout the US, enabling educators to better reach their students with up-to-date technology standards.  As a Senior Helpers Owner, Mo loves being a Quality-of-Life Advocate and a trusted advisor for Seniors and their Families!  

When Mo isn’t juggling being a business owner, wife, and mother, she can often be seen paddling an Outrigger boat across the San Diego bay.

Star Alfonso

Star Alfonso

Director of Operations

Star’s experience in Senior Care began in 2017 at Berkshire Hathaway Home Services where she implemented and managed their Senior educational resource forum.  Her role included managing live and virtual events aimed at helping Seniors navigate through retirement and real estate decisions.  Thus began her love of working with Seniors!  Outside of work, Star loves to read and ride her long board.  She’s also very involved with her church and helps lead their children’s choir.

Catherine Swiderski

Catherine Swiderski

Quality Assurance & Caregiver Supervisor

Catherine has over 20 years of experience working as a Caregiver. After high school, Catherine got her Medical Assistant degree and worked as a MA for a few years before switching to Caregiving and working at Seacrest Village, Encinitas in their Skilled Nursing and Memory Care units. She has also worked as a Lead Caregiver/Medication Technician in an Assisted Living/Memory Care where she managed the 58-bed facility and oversaw the staffing there.

Catherine is a Native San Diegan so in her spare time she loves going to the various beaches around town and walking along the piers and boardwalks with family and friends. She loves going shopping at Target and is obsessed with Nightmare before Christmas.

Mariah Prado

Mariah Prado

Caregiver Coordinator (La Mesa Office)

Mariah is a decorated Veteran of the United States Navy. Before taking on the position as a Caregiver Coordinator, Mariah acquired hands-on experience in firefighting, medical and admin support during her 6 years of military service. Aspiring to work professionally in the medical field, Mariah earned her Medical Assistant (MA) certification shortly after her service in the United States Navy.

Born and raised in San Jose, California, Mariah enjoys being outdoors, hiking, and staying up to date with the best eats in San Diego!

Tiffanie Valdez

Tiffanie Valdez

Service Coordinator (La Mesa Office)

Tiffanie is a former Emergency Medical Technician with 6 years of experience in the healthcare field. Tiffanie worked closely with paramedics, firefighters and nurses treating patients with various medical needs and life threatening emergencies.

In her free time, Tiffanie enjoys hiking Mission Trails, concerts, local farmers markets, and going to Padres games!

Emily Diaz

Emily Diaz

Caregiver/Digital Marketing Specialist

Emily was a part of the San Diego SCPA for 6 years where she was enrolled as a digital arts major as a cinematographer. At SCPA she acquired hands-on experience working on production sets, graphic design, cinematography, media journalism, and digital creation. One of Emily’s most significant accomplishments was getting her graphic design for a school protest, Let Us Perform, featured in the San Diego Union-Tribune. She graduated from Concorde Career College as a medical assistant and plans to continue with her certification to be a CMA. As a student, she was able to earn two Dean’s List Awards and began her research in pain management options for patients diagnosed with CRPS.

 

Emily enjoys managing her photography brand outside the office. She also enjoys spending quality time with loved ones (like eating at her favorite kabob shop with her mom) and writing.

Charles Pana

Charles Pana

Office Coordinator (Poway Office)

Charles began caring for seniors at a young age helping at the many New Horizon Independent Living Facilities. Thus began his passion for working with seniors. He then received his CNA license early 2021, and a few months after began working as a Caregiver for Senior Helpers East San Diego. Charles is an inspiring nursing student and would someday like to become a surgical nurse. During his free times, Charles loves to surf up and down the coast of San Diego, specifically Pacific Beach and Imperial Beach. 

Areas We Serve

  • La Mesa
  • Lemon Grove
  • Poway
  • Santee
  • Lake Murray
  • San Carlos
  • Allied Gardens
  • Del Cerro
  • Rancho Bernardo
  • Carmel Mountain Ranch
  • Sabre Springs
  • Scripps Ranch
  • El Cajon
  • Lakeside
  • Tierra Santa
  • Miramar
  • Mira Mesa
  • Rancho Bernardo
  • Ramona
  • Lakeside
  • Rancho San Diego

Senior Helpers has provided a great experience for my father. My dad's caregiver shows good work ethic by always being on time and sticking to the required schedule. The office staff at Senior Helpers has gone out of their way to get to know about our family. Senior helper's has been amazing!