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.
Mike Fasth and Senior Helpers of Santa Barbara was proud to join the system in 2008. Mike, a former Kinko's executive and founding partner used to help college seniors print and bind great looking papers. During that part of his business career he was especially fond of helping senior adults the very busy Kinko's stores.
After a career with Kinko's Mike attended Antioch University where he gained additional insights about the challenges of aging in the United States. Then, after attending Antioch he bought a local landmark bicycle store, Open Air Bicycles. There he saw many vibrant seniors in their 70s, 80s, and 90s riding bikes and staying active. That inspired him to open Senior Helpers of Santa Barbara in 2008 as he found that Senior Helpers had many of the same characteristics of Kinko's - most importantly a focus on the customer.
Mike’s goal is to help clients live in their own homes, when they desire to do so. He always try to improve our services that we offer, and keeps abreast of health breakthroughs and consumer trends that will benefit our Senior Helpers’ clients and their families.