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Meet the LaGrange 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 LaGrange 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 LaGrange, GA 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

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 LaGrange was proud to join the system in 2021.  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 LaGrange Team

Lloyd Lay

Lloyd Lay

Owner

After spending 25 years improving business practices for some of the most well-known US corporations, Lloyd decided to focus his skills on helping people.  Having been blessed to witness independent grandparents live happy and active lives into their 90’s and 100’s, he knows how easily people can chose their own lifestyle with minor assistance from home care services.  His family has experienced the challenges of elder care, Alzheimer’s care, and Dementia care. Senior Helpers provided the best-in-class tools and research for families in similar situations while also providing urban training to rural GA.  This opportunity improves the lives of his team while also providing services to clients.  Lloyd’s team is setting a new standard for home care in south GA.  It is senior care, only better.   

Niki Lay

Niki Lay

Owner

Having been a family caregiver, Niki, has seen the joys, challenges, and stress that often comes with the journey of aging with dignity.  With a bachelor’s degree in psychology/sociology and professional counseling experience, she has a strong understanding of the qualities necessary to build client/patient relationships and developing plans that improve quality of life.  She has seen first-hand how important the relationship between client and caregiver is when providing home care for the elderly. Niki has also experienced the relief of true respite care when there is trust in the caregivers. Her experience allows her to match caregivers that are best suited for our clients based on personality, common interests, and needs.  She puts herself in the shoes of the client and aligns caregivers that she would feel comfortable taking care of her family.

Melissa Whitman, BSN, RN

Melissa Whitman, BSN, RN

Staff Nurse

We are so blessed to have Melissa provide in-home care to our clients.  Not only does she have academic credentials from University of West Georgia and years of hospital experience, but also takes a holistic approach to measuring health by considering home safety and lifestyle factors along with traditional methods.  She helps design care plans that combine physical, mental, and social factors that improve the lives of our clients.  When not working she enjoys Yoga, meditation, traveling, and a constant quest for enlightenment.

Julie Gillespie, RN

Julie Gillespie, RN

Staff Nurse

Julie earned her BS in Nursing from LaGrange College and spent years helping patients in various hospitals and roles.  She provides home health care services by overseeing our client care plans and being a client resource for concerns.  The foundation of her amazing spirit is her large family and church.  In her spare time, she enjoys playing tennis and any outdoor activities.

Leza Harris, RN

Leza Harris, RN

Staff Nurse

Leza earned her BS in Nursing from West Georgia College and has used her training to treat patients in various roles and hospitals.  She provides oversight to our senior care services by performing scheduled on-site reviews of our care plans.  Her assessments ensure that our in home care plans evolve as the client’s needs change.  Her amazing personality was built by her wonderful family and adventurous spirit.  In her spare time she enjoys traveling, tennis, running, and outdoor activities.

Areas We Serve

  • LaGrange
  • Columbus
  • Greenville
  • Griffin
  • Hogansville
  • Manchester
  • Thomaston
  • Waverly Hall
  • West Point
  • Zebulon