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Meet the Jacksonville 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 Jacksonville we believe getting the best care for your loved ones should not be complicated. David and Sherry Emery opened the Senior Helpers Jacksonville office in 2009 because of their passion for helping others and their interest in the growing need for in-home care services. The Emerys are committed to delivering the best possible in-home care to seniors in the Jacksonville 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 10 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.

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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.

David and Sherry were proud to join the Senior Helper’s system in 2009. 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. Since our inception over ten years ago, our team has grown to seven team members, and 90 caregivers. 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.


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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 Jacksonville Team

David and Sherry Emery

David and Sherry Emery


David and Sherry opened the doors of their business in January 2009. Since then they have enjoyed making a positive impact in the greater North Florida area and growing a strong team to support our Seniors and their families. Prior to opening their office, David has many years of experience as an Insurance Executive for several national insurance companies. He also served in the United States Navy as a Corpsman. Sherry previously worked for an insurance company as well and spent many years raising their two children. She also spends much of her time volunteering with her church. They are passionate about the quality care provided to our aging population and creating positive and open relationships with family members.

Carrie O’Leary

Carrie O’Leary


Carrie joined the Senior Helpers team in March of 2018. She spent 15 years in the Insurance industry and has transitioned her operations and management know-how into streamlining the day to day operations for our Seniors and their families. She is thrilled to have a positive effect on our clients, one day at a time, in order improve quality of life for our local families. Outside of work, she has three happy kids and one amazing husband cheering her on.

Melissa Aguirre

Melissa Aguirre

Office Administrator

Melissa joined our team in August 2015. She is a woman of many talents; she helps our families and caregivers with any questions from scheduling to billing. She has a customer service background and works hard every day to meet our clients’ needs. Outside of work she loves spending time with family - especially her niece and nephews.

Jonathan O’Leary

Jonathan O’Leary

Client Services Specialist

Jonathan has a background in not-for-profit business management and corporate sales.  He also brings over a decade of customer relations experience and loves to meet and interact with new people every day.  Jonathan works closely with local senior facilities and other community partners.

Patti Ernst

Patti Ernst

Registered Nurse
Brenda Register

Brenda Register

Home Care Specialist

Love the flexibility, and management is always there to work side by side with you. The company has a great respect and appreciation for their employees and they are very ethical. In my experience they always go above and beyond to accommodate their customers, as well as their customers immediate family. When I joined Senior Helpers, I was leaving a company where I didn’t have such a great experience. Seeing a loving and respectful environment such as the one Senior Helpers has developed, makes me love more what I do.

Maria C. | Jacksonville, FL

Areas we serve

Senior Helpers Jacksonville 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 Jacksonville serves the cities and towns of:

  • Jacksonville
  • Jacksonville Beaches
  • Arlington
  • Ft. Caroline
  • San Marco
  • Southside
  • Mandarin
  • Fernandina Beach
  • Ponte Vedra
  • Yulee