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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.

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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 Community Engagement Manager 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.

Crystal Strasburg

Crystal Strasburg

Caregiver Manager

As Office Manager for Senior Helpers of Northern Colorado, Crystal will ensure the best client/caregiver match and manage everyday office challenges. She has been with Senior Helpers as a caregiver since 2012. Her knowledge and experience in caregiving and family care coordination will enable her to lead our team of compassionate caregivers to long-term success with our clients.

Emily LeBlanc

Emily LeBlanc

Community Engagement Manager

As Community Relations Coordinator, Emily loves to connect different members and organizations within the community to make big things happen. Through past nonprofit work, she has seen the impact that one organization or even one person can make, and she wants to instill that mindset to every family she meets through Senior Helpers. Emily has worked in communications and public relations for nonprofits such as Special Olympics and the Palmetto Health Foundation. She has also worked in more niche markets such as web design and event planning. Emily constantly shows her support for the Northern Colorado community by volunteering with different organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club of Larimer County.

Rae Kirk

Lead Scheduler

Katt Mitchell

Schedule Coordinator

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.

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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
  • Loveland
  • Greeley
  • Wellington
  • Windsor
  • Estes Park and Longmont