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 Centennial 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 Centennial, CO 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.
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 Centennial was proud to join the system in 2020. 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
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
Ongoing communication and follow-up plan
Meet the Centennial Team
Director of Operations
Vanessa comes to Senior Helpers with significant experience leading assisted living communities along the Front Range as their Executive Director. Vanessa was attracted to home care when she witnessed the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Knowing she could help residents thrive in an intimate setting during such a trying time led her back to serving seniors, and what better place to do it than in their own home. Her driving mission is to maintain a culture of resilience for those requiring varying levels of care and cultivate programs that enrich seniors' lives in the comfort of their own home.
Vanessa was born and raised in Napa Valley, California. She has been a Colorado transplant since 2013. She and her husband are thrilled to be raising their three boys in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains. Their weekends are spent hiking, four-wheeling, and soaking in high-country hot springs!
Before entering the senior living field, Vanessa owned a health-related business on Main Street in Alamogordo, New Mexico. This business helped support Vanessa through most of her college and helped pay for her grandmother’s care. Vanessa also worked as Director of Operations for a large property management company and was a key employee with a software service provider for Senior Living, Home Care, Home Health, and Skilled Nursing centers.
When Vanessa’s grandmother started showing signs of dementia, she moved to New Mexico to care for her. She experienced first-hand the progression of this disease, along with its impact on families. Her grandfather is her role model and best friend. He is a Veteran and was stationed in Colorado at Lowry Air Force Base when he served. Vanessa convinced her grandfather that Colorado is AMAZING. He is currently living in Colorado Springs.
Vanessa's experience includes an award-winning Assisted Living boutique and the largest assisted living in Colorado. She has built dementia engagement programs focused on serving seniors with early-onset dementia from the ground up, making their number one referral source resident referrals. Vanessa understands the importance of being an integrated partner in the community.
All of Vanessa’s experience has culminated in becoming the leader she is today. She served on the Denver City and County Planning and Zoning Advisory Committee and Sub-Committee for Adult and Elder Housing (55+, Assisted Living, etc.).
We strive to be dementia and Parkinson’s care experts in our community and bring the latest in-home care technology to seniors.
Senior Helpers would like to introduce our new Care Navigator, Gina Martinez. Gina is a Colorado native who brings an impressively extensive 25+ year background in senior care to our team. She has done staff recruiting and training, assessment and care planning, as well as a creating and putting systems in place for accountability and follow up within the arenas she has worked.
Gina credits her mother with being a true role model in her life. She recalls her mother always telling her, “If you are going to do something, do it well. Stick to doing what is right by people by always being ethical, kind, and caring.” It is easy to see that this has guided Gina through her career. “I am happy to be part of the Senior Helpers here at Centennial. Working in healthcare over the years, I have been rewarded by the simple fact of helping others. It is much more than a paycheck; it is a smile of gratitude even when it cannot be spoken; a glimmer of relief in the eyes of someone when you are able to hold their hand and tell them it will be ok. I am grateful for the opportunity to assist those who are unable to fully assist themselves.”