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Why Senior Helpers?

Bette and Bernie Fitzgerald with their daughter Elizabeth

More than 90 percent of seniors want to age in their own home with dignity but getting the right type of care can seem daunting. At Senior Helpers we believe that getting the best care for your loved ones should not be complicated.

Bette and Bernie Fitzgerald opened their Senior Helpers office in 2014 because of their passion for helping others and commitment to delivering the best possible in-home care experience to seniors and their families. Currently, their Senior Helpers operation proudly services clients across nine different Florida counties.


Our Committment

Our Committment

Senior Helpers is dedicated to providing the highest quality care and client service in the industry. Our caregivers are background screened, trained and expertly matched to meet the need of each client we serve.

We don’t send a stranger.  We understand that one of the most difficult aspects of being the client of a home care agency is having caregivers show up at our door without being properly introduced or prepared. Or in the case of having a substitute, not getting any advance notification of a change — then dealing with substitutes who were poorly prepared to provide appropriate care. With Senior Helpers, this should not happen. We are dedicated to providing proper introductions and timely communication of any required change in service staff. And all caregivers are fully briefed on client needs, preferences and care plans before being added to a shift.

Caregivers are supervised employees, not independent contractors. We are not a referral service or “nurse registry,” where workers are assigned to cases, leaving families to sort through the fine points themselves — whether taxes get paid, whether background checks have been performed, whether they’re bonded and insured. We do all these things in advance of hiring caregivers, along with testing caregiver skills, verifying credentials, and speaking with families and employers they’ve worked with before. All of our caregivers work under the strict supervision of an assigned Caregiver Manager and Registered Nurse.

Safety and security is our first priority.  Everyone at Senior Helpers is focused every day on delivering top quality in-home care that is safe and secure for both clients and caregivers. Caregivers receive continual health education and skills assessments in critical areas such as hand hygiene, use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), home safety and sanitization. All caregivers and clients are regularly screened for any signs of illness or health concerns.  Caregivers are provided with and required to correctly use PPE, such as gloves, masks and hand sanitizer, while working with clients.  

Quality caregiving starts with education. All of our caregivers are tested and certified as either Home Health Aides (HHAs) or Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs). Each undergoes skills assessments when on boarded to the agency and regularly thereafter. Ongoing training is required for caregivers in areas such as infection control, hygiene, nutrition, home safety, and Alzheimer’s/Dementia and Parkinson’s care. This unrelenting focus on information sharing, education and training gives our staff the proficiency needed to best serve and protect our vulnerable clients.

Focus on the client. Senior Helpers employs proprietary programs to assess each client’s health status, goals and concerns. Our Staying Home Safe® program and proprietary Life Profiles® patient scoring assessment tool gives us an elevated focus on clinical best practice in client care designed to reduce or prevent readmission to hospitals and skilled nursing facilities. 

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 Our Team

Bernie Fitzgerald

Bernie Fitzgerald

Bette Fitzgerald

Bette Fitzgerald

Robin Rowe

Robin Rowe

Care Team Supervisor & Scheduling Manager

Robin is responsible to creating and maintaining client care schedules in our management system to ensure that care is provided to our clients when and where they’ve requested it. She has a broad understanding of each caregivers’ strengths, background, experience and personality and works diligently to assign them to cases that match the unique needs of each client. She has an extensive background in staff scheduling and care management. Robin is often on call after hours, providing families and caregivers with additional 24/7 support.  When not working at Senior Helpers, Robin enjoys spending time outdoors with her family. going to the beach, camping, canoeing, and kayaking.

Christine Sanders

Community Relations Manager

Passionate about living my life outdoors, I found Volusia County, with its world famous beach, natural springs, nature trails, and tennis courts a perfect fit when I relocated from Kansas over 25 years ago. I have followed many paths and have enjoyed every detour on this journey we call life.

Sometimes, an opportunity comes along that alters the course. Officially joining Senior Helpers on July 5, 2022, as their Community Relations Manager in the Bunnell office, was one of those moments. I was excited to join a family-owned and operated company, knowing Bette and Bernie lead with their values, ethics, love of family and community. They have built a reputable company and a dedicated team.
Together, we strive to meet the needs of our clients. As an ambassador of the company, it is essential that I build and maintain relationships with members of the community and partner organizations while also developing activities that will have a positive impact on our senior communities. But I am happiest meeting our clients, listening to their life stories, and hearing their concerns. From there, I work closely with our caregiver manager and registered nurse to develop a care plan to deliver personalized care, with a caregiver best suited to their needs, so that our clients can safely and comfortably navigate this phase of life.

Great coordination between client, client’s family and staff.

Areas We Serve

Senior Helpers Palm Coast 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 Palm Coast serves the cities and towns of:

  • Palm Coast
  • Bunnell
  • Flagler
  • St. Johns
  • Volusia County
  • St. Augustine