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Meet the Littleton 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 of Littleton, Highlands Ranch, Centennial, and Englewood 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 Littleton 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.

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 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 Littleton, Highlands Ranch, Centennial, and Englewood was proud to join the system in 2022.  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.

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 Littleton Team

Peter Hjelmstad

Peter Hjelmstad


Peter Hjelmstad grew up in Littleton, Colorado, attending Arapahoe High School. After experiencing both the Columbine and 9/11 tragedies as a high school student, Peter felt called to a career of service to the nation and community. Immediately after high school, Peter enlisted in the Army as an Apache Helicopter Mechanic. After a brief deployment to Afghanistan, Peter was selected for superior performance to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point. At West Point, Peter met his wife, Megan and earned his Bachelor's Degree in Management, and chose the military specialty of healthcare administration. Peter served on active duty as a Medical Services Officer, deploying to Afghanistan and caring for wounded Soldiers in various roles including company command. Peter has since achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and continues to serve as an Army healthcare operations officer in the Army Reserve.

In 2012 Peter and Megan moved back to Colorado with their three kids Marie, Erik, and Ethan (and their Great Pyrenees dog!) in order to settle down and raise the family. Peter continued to work in healthcare administration while he and Megan continued to serve in the Army Reserve. Peter worked at various healthcare systems in the area, including the VA Healthcare system, while earning his MBA and saving enough money to start a Senior Helpers Franchise. Peter is thrilled to be embarking on this new challenge and to take care of the loved ones in his community.

Valerie Gorski

Office Manager

Valerie was born and raised in Colorado. In high school, she was an all-state track and cross-country runner, then went on to attend Metro State University of Denver where she graduated in 2006. Valerie started her career working with seniors in assisted living and then moved to adult day care. She loves working with seniors and helping them stay independent and happy. Valerie has one son who keeps her busy attending his baseball and football games. In her free time, you can catch Valerie hiking, baking and raising bees in her backyard. 

I want to take this opportunity to express our thanks for the superb work Diane did for Dad while he was in the hospital. She was punctual, personable, and dedicated. She helped my Dad immensely during a difficult time for him. Her calm manner and brilliant smile worked magic. My Dad’s attitude changed completely for the better after her first visit. Thank you so much for giving us Diane. She really is a remarkable person and very caring.

Areas We Serve

Senior Helpers of Littleton provides a full range of senior home care services for you or your loved one—from companionship and light housework help, to more complex care services, including disease management,  and 24-hour care services.

  • Littleton
  • Highlands Ranch
  • Centennial
  • Lone Tree
  • Greenwood Village
  • Southglenn
  • Columbine
  • Ken Caryl
  • Englewood
  • Meridian
  • Dove Valley