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Meet the Fort Collins 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 Fort Collins 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 Fort Collins 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.

See our Google My Business page here: https://g.page/Home-Care-Fort-Collins

Our History

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 affordable 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. 

Like every other owner, 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. 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

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 Fort Collins Team

Gil Atanasoff

Gil Atanasoff

Owner/Executive Director

As Owner and Executive Director, Gil oversees all activities for Senior Helpers of Fort Collins. He is dedicated to improving the lives of our clients, and hiring compassionate caregivers that meet their specific needs. Gil most recently led Senior Helpers of Madison, WI, one of the largest offices in the country, utilizing his experience from over 20 years in a number of industries. He is grateful to work for a company that shares his passion for helping seniors live independently. Gil looks forward to helping more people and their families by growing Senior Helpers in Northern Colorado.

Chris Schneider

Chris Schneider

Director, ODAA

As a Director for Senior Helpers of Fort Collins, Chris utilizes her hometown roots to collaborate with community partners on supporting our local seniors. Chris revels in the opportunity to talk with community members including families of prospective clients to assist them in finding resources within the community that best fit their needs. Chris has worked as a Business Analyst for Harley-Davidson headquarters and Colorado State University. Most recently, Chris taught in a high school work-based learning program teaching career skills while creating community connections to support students with internships, jobs and volunteerism positions. Her desire to impact people in positive ways and experience dealing with the challenges of aging within her own family drew her into working with the senior community. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business - Management Information Systems from University of Wisconsin and a Master’s in Education and Human Resource Studies from Colorado State University.

Rae Kirk

Rae Kirk

Lead Scheduler

Rae is a good example of finding herself through caregiving. At Colorado State University, Rae studied History with an emphasis on Education. While student teaching, she picked up a side job with Senior Helpers as a part-time caregiver at Parkwood Independent where we have a specialized concierge service program. It wasn't long before she fell in love with it and was quickly promoted to the Care Coordinator. After almost 2 years of hard work, she was promoted to our lead scheduler in 2021. After working with many of our clients on hospice, her heart began the journey of a long-term goal of being a Death Doula. Rae strongly believes that no one should die alone, which happens far too much in the industry. We are lucky to have her on our team and most importantly, we are lucky to have her as a part of our family.  

Danette Purdy

Danette Purdy

Director of Operations

Danette has been in the senior care industry for more than a decade to promote safety and security to her clients. She works with agencies to improve operational efficiencies, increase customer satisfaction, and promote a positive work environment. She enjoys supporting caregivers, who are the backbone of the Senior Helpers family. She has operations experience in home care consulting, aging technology, home health, hospice, and senior community living placement.  With Senior Helpers, Danette advocates for her clients and is their guiding resource on aging. A consummate party planner, Danette can be found glamping, hosting events, traveling to new places, and doting on her family in her free time.

Rose Rossi

Rose Rossi

Client Services Manager

Rose is the new Client Services Manager for Senior Helpers of Northern Colorado. As a member of the home health and hospice industry since 2003, Rose is a passionate and strong advocate for seniors in the Northern Colorado community. She loves to hear their stories, and enjoys the rewarding aspects of being a part of their care journey. Rose is so excited to join the Senior Helpers team and to contribute to our seniors' quality of life. She loves spending time with her family and friends, especially her new grandbaby, and enjoys being outdoors in beautiful Colorado.

Darienne Trostel

Darienne Trostel

Office Coordinator

Darienne joined the Senior Helpers family in December of 2020 and has been helping with administrative duties remotely. She has quickly learned many of the backend processes that the company deals with on a daily basis. Darienne is the office’s behind-the-scenes superstar, helping with everything from client check-ins to billing. Darienne is a Colorado native, and has lived in many exciting places over the years. She is a mom of two, and spends most of her free time with her family, enjoying going to parks or walking around the beautiful natural areas of Northern Colorado.

Rhonda Smith

Rhonda Smith

VA Client Services Liaison

Rhonda has over 18 years of experience as a client services manager as well as personal experience as a family caregiver. She has a deep respect for our community’s veterans and is always happy to assist with coordinating their care needs. This background makes her the perfect person to liaise between the VA and our amazing veterans. Since the VA closely monitors authorization for veteran client care, Rhonda ensures the documentation process is current and care is uninterrupted. In her spare time, Rhonda enjoys gardening, camping and cooking, and loves to hang out with her teenage niece and nephew.

Nicole Shore

Nicole Shore

Human Resources Manager

Nicole Shore joined the Senior Helpers of Northern Colorado & Wyoming team in 2022. When she isn't immersed in hiring staff members, training, mentoring, encouraging, and implementing best practices to provide clients with the best caregivers in the industry-she can be found in the dance studio, gymnastics & rock-climbing gyms, or outdoors with her active daughter and son. Nicole has a degree in Biology and Chemistry and comes to us from the hospital system at Denver Health and Children's Hospital. Since moving to Northern Colorado a year ago she has discovered the lifestyle of the NOCO area is a fitting destination for her family

Annette Sandstead

On-Call & Scheduling Assistant

100% of our caregivers are Senior Gems® trained

Senior Gems® is a method, exclusive to Senior Helpers, for classifying the characteristics of aging beginning with normal aging carrying through early onset to late-stage dementia which affects many seniors within our community. Our method of training incorporates the common physical, mental and emotional behaviors exhibited by seniors living with this disease and allows quick identification of their gem level.

Our local office goes above and beyond by equipping 100% of our caregivers with the skills to tailor care using the positive approach principles of the system to support seniors at every gem level. Senior Gems® enables us to individualize care plans with a focus on aging in place.

To learn more, click here.

Areas We Serve

Senior Helpers Fort Collins 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 Fort Collins serves the cities and towns of:

  • Fort Collins
  • Englewood
  • Littleton
  • Lone Tree
  • Loveland
  • Greeley
  • Wellington
  • Windsor
  • Estes Park and Longmont