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Meet the Greeley office

Senior Helpers Greeley proudly serves all of Larimer and Weld Counties, including Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley, Wellington, Windsor, Estes Park and Longmont. We provide professional and compassionate in-home care so that our seniors can age in place. Whether your family needs us for a few hours or around the clock, we will always provide the kind of quality and responsive care that lets your loved one enjoy living independently at home. From light housekeeping and errands to bathing/showering and other personal care needs, we are there when you need us. We specialize in Alzheimer's and Dementia care, as well as Parkinson's Disease care, and are proud to partner with Teepa Snow, Johns Hopkins University, and the Parkinson’s Foundation in these areas.

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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, 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 Greeley was proud to join the Senior Helpers business in 2017. Like every other owner, Gil is fully committed to the original goal of providing dependable and affordable in-home care with well-trained caregivers. Nothing is more important to our local team than being the best available resource for seniors and families in our community.  

Gil Atanasoff was drawn to Senior Helpers after working for several years in various roles with GE Healthcare. He was immersed in the world of providing preventative care and was very intrigued when the opportunity to be the Executive Director of a Wisconsin-based Senior Helpers arose. Gil is very compassionate about senior care and he made the decision to open his own franchise. As he was researching location options, he came across Fort Collins, CO and realized immediately that it closely matched the community in Madison, WI. He purchased the franchise in Larimer County in April of 2017 and then purchased Weld County in December of that year.  Gil has since gone the extra mile to provide Senior GEMS training to 100% of our local office and caregiver staff which has earned us the Dementia Friendly Leader recognition from the non-profit organization, Dementia Friendly Communities of Northern Colorado. We partner heavily with the Alzheimer’s Association and the Parkinson’s Support Group locally to connect ourselves personally to our community and involve Senior Helpers in ways to give back locally.

Our team has grown to include 4 office team members, and nearly 40 caregivers. We have been lucky to serve many seniors in our community over the last year, and we are committed to continuing to provide uncompromising levels of care to all our families. Thank you for the honor of allowing us to provide care for your loved one!

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 Greeley 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

Community Engagement Manager

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 Relations Coordinator

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.

Dianna Harris

Dianna Harris

Lead Scheduler

Dianna is a dedicated new team member who has joined our office staff as a Scheduling Coordinator. She was born and raised right here in Colorado, and loves this beautiful area she calls home. Helping seniors has always been one of Dianna’s passions, and she enjoys sharing that passion by caregiving for her mom, who has early onset Dementia. Joining Senior Helpers helps Dianna spread her love for helping seniors and helping our Northern Colorado community. When she’s not in the office, Dianna enjoys spending time in the outdoors, going fishing and camping whenever she gets the chance.

Lauren Hazel

Lauren Hazel

Office Manager

Lauren is a caring new team member, whose passion is to help others. Whether she’s traveling the world or cruising around Colorado, she loves adventure and finding meaning in the little things. She has lived in 4 countries and explored 5, and she has plans to visit every country on Earth in her lifetime. When not at her “office job,” or working on her degree in Sustainable Interior Design, Lauren loves to be outdoors kayaking, hiking, or ice-skating. At home, she creates art, designs disabled-accessible public spaces, and enjoys playing with her cat, Bitty.

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 Northern Colorado 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 Greeley serves the cities and towns of:

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

The management and staff of Senior Helpers are tirelessly hard working, dedicated, responsive, efficient and caring. Their big hearts are evident. I would highly recommend them to anyone needing senior care!

L. Gippert | Fort Collins, CO