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Meet the Fort Myers office

More than 90% of seniors want to age in their own home with dignity but getting the right type of care can seem daunting. At Senior Helpers Fort Myers - Cape Coral we believe that getting the best care for your loved ones should not be complicated. Manuel Chavez opened the Senior Helpers Fort Myers - Cape Coral office because of his passion for helping others and his interest in the growing need for in-home care services. Manuel is committed to delivering the best possible in-home care to seniors in the Fort Myers - Cape Coral community.

We take in-home care very seriously and make it a priority to provide the highest level of client service possible. Over the past years 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.

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, 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 Fort Myers - Cape Coral was proud to join the system. 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 have been lucky to serve hundreds of seniors in our community over the years, 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 Myers - Cape Coral Team

Manuel Chavez

Manuel Chavez


Manuel Chavez began his career in the ER of the Trauma Hospital, where he took his boss’s motto, “No person will be unattended on my guard” to heart. The situations faced taught him to remain calm during adversity, to think clearly and maintain his focus on the major priorities, to save lives.

Manuel then started a career with Novartis Pharmaceutical where he learned about nervous system illnesses like Alzheimer’s and Dementia, Parkinson’s, Epilepsy, and Multiple Sclerosis. Manuel discovered a whole world of limitations, frustrations, misunderstandings, that people suffer as they grow old.  They feel lonely because they do not understand what is happening and leaving the people who love them to feel helpless because they do not know the best way to assist.

After searching for a beautiful city, he decided, along with his wife and children, to move to the Fort Myers – Cape Coral area and place his experience and the desire to help the people who need him.

George Bernard Shaw once said, “You don't stop laughing when you grow old, you grow old when you stop laughing.” We want you happy because Senior Helpers is Senior Care only better!

Wendy Del Salto

Wendy Del Salto

Owner/Director of Operations

Wendy Del Salto has been focused on the health industry since 2005 when she became a physician. As the Director of Operations and Owner of Senior Helpers Fort Myers and Cape Coral, her goal for their clients is to set a new standard in home care in Southwest Florida with her valuable experience and a background working with patients with Dementia and Alzheimer.

Moving to Fort Myers was a dream come true for her family. She feels Southwest Florida is the ideal place to relocate. It is family friendly and filled with activities for all ages. She admires how Fort Myers, Cape Coral and surrounded areas embrace a dedicated commitment to quality of life, with an important focus on senior citizens.

She said, “I believe aging is a journey, and at Senior Helpers Fort Myers and Cape Coral, we are here to serve seniors from Lee, Charlotte, Glades and Hendry counties. We advocate for aging in place because we care for seniors wherever that place happens to be. You may have heard about senior care before, but Senior Helpers goes beyond that, we are Senior Care only better!”

Melissa Bender, RN

Melissa Bender, RN

Registered Nurse

Melissa Bender is our registered nurse (RN). Much of her professional career has been spent assisting families through medical challenges.

Melissa is responsible for completing assessments on clients with more complex care needs. Complex needs would include a client’s use of high-risk medical equipment (such as a Hoyer lift), a client with significant comorbidities, etc.

She oversees the Parkinson's Care to our caregivers as well as trains all our caregivers on Alzheimer's/Dementia caregiving techniques using our Senior Gems program created for Senior Helpers by Teepa Snow, an expert on Alzheimer's/Dementia Care.

Sherry Unroe

Sherry Unroe

Customer Service & Caregiver Coordinator

Sherry started working at Senior Helpers as a Caregiver in May 2016. She transitioned to her new role in October 2017. Her role is to confirm that clients and their families are satisfied with the Senior Helpers services, communicate findings to the Director of Operations and to recruit caregivers to the Senior Helpers team and ensure they all meet all the Senior Helpers standards, including remaining current on all their certifications and training requirements.

Zuyen Dominguez

Zuyen Dominguez

Scheduling Coordinator

Zu joined Senior Helpers in February 2019, is a highly motivated and enthusiastic professional, her primary responsibilities are under direct supervision of the owner and with input from the Client Services Manager & Caregiver Coordinator, select, schedule, and coordinate caregivers based on assessment and care plan information for new and existing clients.


Areas We Serve

Senior Helpers Fort Myers - Cape Coral 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 Myers - Cape Coral serves the cities and towns of:

  • Fort Myers
  • Cape Coral
  • Fort Myers Beach
  • North Fort Myers
  • Lehigh Acres
  • Punta Gorda
  • Sanibel
  • Captiva