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 Vero Beach, 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 Vero Beach 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.
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 Vero Beach was proud to join the system in 2020. 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
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
Ongoing communication and follow-up plan
Meet the Vero Beach Team
Founder and CEO
Ross has served as CEO at Senior Helpers of the Treasure Coast since its start in 2012. Ross graduated from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. In addition to his work in the healthcare field, Ross is also involved in community organizations such as United Way and Caring for Camo. Ross is an avid golfer. In 2005, Ross married Renee. They have two young sons, Reece and Rylan.
Ross became interested in the field of home health care after witnessing first hand his grandmother’s need for in home support and services. Ross recognized the need for compassionate care and has the utmost respect for anyone who provides care to an aging adult. Ross is committed to helping families solve life’s challenges, particularly as they pertain to navigating the healthcare continuum and improving their overall well-being. “Improving the quality of life of our client’s and their family members brings a smile to my face. I look forward to continuing to help the people that need it the most.”
Chief Operating Officer
Ron Radcliffe serves as Chief Operating Officer for Senior Helpers of the Palm Beaches, Senior Helpers of the Treasure Coast, and Senior Helpers of Vero Beach, a private duty home health care agency in south, Florida. Ron holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy from the Florida State University and has nearly twenty-five years of experience providing health care services in a number of settings including hospitals, nursing homes, adult day service centers and in private homes. Ron currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Area Agency on Aging of Palm Beach/Treasure Coast and has served a number of other number of regional, state and national organizations, inclusive of serving as President of the Florida Adult Day Services Association as well as a Board Member of the Alzheimer’s Association’s Southeast Florida chapter and the Florida Association of Aging Services Providers. Ron was previously appointed by the Secretary of Florida’s Department of Elder Affairs as a member of Florida’s Silver Alert Support Committee. Ron has also served as a consultant and advisory board member for Pfizer and Jaansen Pharmaceutical’s Alzheimer’s Immunotherapy Program. Ron has advocated on the local and state level on a number of elder issues and authored the Specialized Alzheimer’s Services Adult Day Care Act, which was approved by the Florida Legislature and signed into law by former Governor Rick Scott in 2012. Ron is passionate about ensuring that elders have access to the services and resources needed to remain safely in their home and community.
Director of Operations
Debora joined Senior Helpers in April of 2016 and serves as Director of Operations for Senior Helpers of the Treasure Coast and Senior Helpers of Vergo Beach. With a passion for all things related to elder care, helping those who need extra assistance and attention as they grow older is her favorite part of her job. And all the wonderful stories her clients tell while she is visiting with them.
Debora served on the Board of Directors as Secretary for the SE Florida Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association for 6 years and has chaired the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s several times. She has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to find a cure for this horrible, mind-robbing disease.
Debora is a certified facilitator for Parkinson’s support groups, Virtual Dementia Tours and Senior GEMS - a Teepa Snow Positive Approach training providing support to caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s or Dementia.
Debora graduated from Immaculata University with a degree in Hotel /Restaurant Management & Geriatric Nutrition. Debora and her family moved to Florida in 2005 from Trooper, Pennsylvania, a small suburb just west of Philadelphia. Debora and her husband Jim are married 39 years. They have three children and five grandchildren. When not visiting, and enjoying her grandchildren, Debora enjoys gardening, boating and spending time in the Florida sun.
Marie joined Senior Helpers in June 2017 as the Office Manager. Marie moved to Florida in August of 2011 from Connecticut. She attended Western Connecticut State University. Marie has worked in home health since moving to Florida as a scheduling coordinator and recruiter. Marie has been married to her husband, Glen for 32 years and has a son Ryan and daughter Kendall. She is very familiar with Alzheimer's and lost her sister-in-law to the terrible disease at the young age of 63. Marie enjoys volunteering, reading at the beach and watching sports with husband and children.
Melissa Ny, LPN
Client Services Manager
Melissa Ny, LPN joined Senior Helpers of the Treasure Coast in March 2019 as our Client Services Manager. Melissa graduated nursing school in 1996 and has worked in a variety of fields throughout her career including Hospice, Home Health, and Skilled Nursing Facilities but her passion and expertise is caring and advocating with the Alzheimer’s/Dementia population.
Melissa has volunteered with The Walk to End Alzheimer’s for the past seven years and has sat on a board for senior advocacy here in the Treasure Coast.
Melissa and her family moved to Florida in 2009 from the Philadelphia area. She has been married to her husband Christopher for 12 years and have raised four children together and now have one granddaughter. Melissa also loves animals and currently has three dachshunds and four cats. When not working Melissa enjoys working with her husband on the renovation of their home, gardening, reading and surf fishing along the Treasure Coast beaches.
Heather Henry, LPN
Client Services Liaison
Heather Henry is a Licensed Practical Nurse of 23 years and has specialized in Hospice and Geriatric care for the last 15 years. She completed her Licensed Practical Nursing certification at Lindsey Hopkins Technical College in Miami Florida and Bachelor of Science in Special Education at Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens Florida.
Scheduling Case Manager
Loretta D. Walker was born in Palm Beach County, Florida. She has been a Certified Nursing Assistant for 28 years. Loretta became a caregiver for her mother at the age of 22, and cared for her as she suffered from Alzheimer’s for over 20 years. At the age of fifty-five Loretta went back to school. In March of 2017 she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Colorado Technical University. Loretta enjoys working with the elderly and making sure they are provided with the services that are needed daily.
Scheduling Case Manager
Alisia is the newest member of our Treasure Coast and Vero Beach team. Alisia was raised by her grandmother and that had a great impact on her selecting this as her career. “The way I treat others, I treat them as if I was taking care of my grandmother.” Alisia has a bachelor's degree in health care management and is currently working on my Master's in Health Care Administration. After completing her Master's in Heathcare Administration, her goal is to work on a Master of Science degree to become a Physician Assistant. Her long term goal is to open up my own hospital. She has been a licensed CNA for seven years.
Alisia’s favorite hobbies are going shopping, going to the beach, working out, putting puzzles together, listening to music, sewing clothes, and traveling.
Human Resources Assistant
Brittany was born in Stuart, Florida and has lived here her whole life. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Palm Beach Atlantic University in 2018. She previously worked as a concierge at an assisted living facility in Palm Beach Gardens. During her internship in college, she interned as a HR assistant at a skilled nursing facility, where her love for Human Resources grew. She enjoys working in Human Resources because she is able to better serve the company from the inside out. Employees are the face of the company and they are the starting point of making a company better. Having the ability to help out others in their day to day life is one of her favorite things that she is able to do in her role. Brittany also enjoys reading and taking some time off at Disney World.
Areas We Serve
Senior Helpers has provided a great experience for my father. My dad's caregiver shows good work ethic by always being on time and sticking to the required schedule. The office staff at Senior Helpers has gone out of their way to get to know about our family. Senior helper's has been amazing!