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Meet the Bolingbrook 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 Bolingbrook 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 Bolingbrook 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 Bolingbrook was proud to join the system in 2022.  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 Bolingbrook Team

Kara Fairhurst

Kara Fairhurst

President & Owner

Kara Fairhurst is the proud owner of Senior Helpers Bolingbrook. She lives locally with her husband and two sons, Emre and Ozan and plays an active role in supporting the local community. She’s involved in local children’s charities and promoting events for Seniors. She particularly enjoys the local senior picnics.

Her time is also spent meeting with new clients, developing community relationships and striving for excellence at every level of the business. She can be contacted directly for any questions or if you know a senior in need of guidance or support.

The Senior Helpers mission is personal to Kara because she has seen firsthand how important it was to her grandmother to be able to continue to live comfortably in her own home. Kara enjoys providing top quality compassionate care to Seniors so they can stay home just like her grandmother.

Her passion for providing care, led her to work as a care professional and then progressed into care management specializing in mental health. From her personal and professional experience grew her heartfelt desire to support seniors in the community and in doing so make a big difference to the lives of People in Bolingbrook.

Kara attained a Business and Management Degree and utilized this to successfully manage operations and training in other customer serving organizations. Her experience taught her that, in addition to solid policies and operational procedures, it’s the quality of the people in your organization, who make the biggest difference.

Her passion for great customer service shines through, Kara says that she is focused on hiring Care Professionals, “Who can share a smile, know their stuff and show they care”

What I love most about Senior Helpers is the impact we can have locally in improving the quality of lives for our clients, their families and our employees”.

Janet Furness

Janet Furness

People Manager

Janet has lived and worked internationally and attained a degree in Social Policy in Cambridge, England.

Janet has firsthand of experience as a healthcare assistant in the Neuroscience Department at one of the world’s leading hospitals supporting doctors and patients with a wide range of needs. She later worked in dementia care and has delivered numerous seminars.

Couple this with over 20 years of experience in management working with recruitment, training, scheduling, and staff engagement - she understands how to run an efficient and effective operation.

Janet’s role at Senior Helpers Bolingbrook is to “hire the smile” and ensure effective onboarding, training, and engagement

Janet says “a family friendly environment is key to a successful and committed team”

Farheen Viquar

Farheen Viquar

Client Care Manager

Farheen brings a passion for delivering excellence in client care. A naturally positive person who is always happy to help everyone.

She attained an MBA and when combined with her extensive experience of working in the Senior Care industry, she has become an expert in in her field and a highly treasured member of the team. She has experience of being a care giver and is a Certified Compliance Professional

Her role is to act as a liaison with clients, ensuring that they receive the highest standard of service through open and effective communication.

Farheen says “improving the quality of life for seniors is a very fulfilling job for me”

Sevgi Alkan

Sevgi Alkan

Brand Marketing Ambassador

Engaging both our clients and our staff with clear and transparent communication is critical to building positive ongoing relationships. Keeping families well informed of our business progress and explaining how we differentiate our service offering is important.

Sevgi has lived and worked internationally and is multilingual. She is a naturally gifted communicator and social media expert. She graduated with a degree in Art and Design.

She previously built up her personal social media followers to be over quarter of a million and she says “I really enjoy supporting the business and connecting the community with how we can help”

Ayendia Hargrow

Ayendia Hargrow

Schedule Coordinator

Ayendia has been caring for seniors for over 4 years. She has always had a passion for working with the elderly. Ayendia chose to work in the senior care industry because it felt like it was more than just a job, it was like joining a family.

At the end of each shift, she makes sure that each client has a smile on their face and each caregiver feels supported and comfortable. Ayendia’s top priority is to ensure that every senior is receiving the best quality care and that their families have peace of mind knowing their loved one is in good hands.

I want to take this opportunity to express our thanks for the superb work Diane did for Dad while he was in the hospital. She was punctual, personable, and dedicated. She helped my Dad immensely during a difficult time for him. Her calm manner and brilliant smile worked magic. My Dad’s attitude changed completely for the better after her first visit. Thank you so much for giving us Diane. She really is a remarkable person and very caring.

Areas We Serve

Senior Helpers of Bolingbrook provides a full range of senior home care services for you or your loved one—from companionship and light housework help, to more complex care services, including disease management,  and 24-hour care services.

  • Bolingbrook
  • Crest Hill
  • Darien
  • Downers Grove
  • Joliet
  • Lockport
  • Romeoville
  • Woodridge