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Meet the San Leandro - Alameda 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 San Leandro - Alameda 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 San Leandro - Alameda 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

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 accessible 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 San Leandro - Alameda.  Like every other owner, we too are fully-committed to the original goal of providing dependable and accessible 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 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 Our Team

Larry Tonti

Owner

Larry Tonti, owner of Senior Helpers of Alameda County, is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.  After spending nearly 40 years as a licensed general contractor and custom home builder, a series of life-changing events caused him to move into the field of Senior Care.  

When his mother suffered a massive and debilitating stroke, his father became her principal caregiver. Less than a year later, he passed away.  Larry witnessed firsthand the lack of quality care available to both of his parents when they needed it most.  As a result, he is determined to make a difference in the life of others who might be in a similar situation. After extensive research, he chose to become a Senior Helpers owner in 2018.

Larry has assembled a highly qualified, dedicated management group to provide the absolute best in-home care for your loved ones.  With their new office in San Leandro, Senior Helpers is active in the community and prepared to deliver compassionate care to their clients. ​

Margot Nijsure

Director of Operations

Margot is a graduate of San Francisco State University with a B.A. in Women’s Studies, and she continued her post-graduate education at San Francisco State University in the Gerontology Department, obtaining a Masters degree in Long Term Care Administration.  Margot comes to Senior Helpers with over 15 years of experience as a licensed Nursing Home Administrator throughout the Bay Area. Transitioning to Director of Operations in the home care field has been a great use of her skill set, knowing firsthand the obstacles many seniors face to live their best lives as they age in place in a home environment. Margot brings to Senior Helpers the same passion for senior care that has been the hallmark of her career. 

Margot is the 2018 winner of the Bronze Quality Award by the American Health Care Association, and Senior Helpers is both proud and honored to count her as a member of our organization.

Kimberly Murillo

Office Manager, Director of Caregiver Training

Kimberly Murillo joins our team with a background in EMT training and multiple degrees from Merritt College. With a passion for the medical field and her excellence in administrative skills, she is an invaluable asset to our Senior Helpers team. A native of Oakland, Kimberly has extensive administrative experience and a strong human resources background, creating a perfect match for a fast-paced and customer service driven business such as home care.

Areas we serve

  • Alameda
  • Bay Farm
  • Castro Valley
  • Oakland
  • San Leandro