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Meet the Greater Chicagoland 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 Greater Chicagoland we believe that getting the best care for your loved ones should not be complicated. Our office  is committed to delivering the best possible in-home care to seniors in the surrounding Chicagoland community. 

We take in-home care seriously and make it a priority to provide the highest level of client service possible. Over the 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.

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 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. 

Senior Helpers of Greater Chicagoland, like every other owner, is 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.  

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.

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

Mary O'Connor, CDP

Mary O'Connor, CDP

General Manager

Mary has been in senior care for 10 years. She cared for her mother who passed away from ALS and watched her aunt’s rapid decline with Alzheimer’s. She has worked in many aspects of the company, including  caregiving, scheduling, and client services; Mary is now the Director of Operations. Her favorite part of working with seniors is hearing their story – she really enjoys the fascinating stories they share.

Rosemary Gerstner, CDP

Rosemary Gerstner, CDP

Marketing and Sales Director

Rosemary was introduced to the company in 2012 when she needed assistance caring for her grandmother and great-uncle. In 2018, she joined the Senior Helpers team as a Client Service Manager. Rosemary worked alongside clients, families, and caregivers to create safe and nurturing home environments. Currently, as Marketing and Sales Director, Rosemary's mission is to grow the reach of Senior Helpers's quality care throughout the community.

Lynn O’Linski

Lynn O’Linski

Director of Sales and Client Care

Lynn is our Director of Sales and Client Care and has served older adults since 2011. She enjoys working with and developing a staff of professionals whose primary relationship and goal is to ensure that the Client Services and Marketing team work in unison to communicate with our referral sources and clients to provide the physical, emotional and social activities that will enhance the quality of life for those under our care.

Sharon King

Sharon King

Accounting Manager

Sharon is a businesswoman with over 20 years of experience in health care & the private sector. She specializes in finance, contracts, and billing. Sharon enjoys good food and college football.

Alyson Goldman

Alyson Goldman

Caregiver Manager/ Trainer

Alyson has worked with seniors for over 25 years. She has training as a CNA, MA, and DSP. Since 2011, Alyson has held several positions Senior Helpers; Currently she enjoys training our new hires and keeping our veteran caregivers in compliance. Her knowledge of what they do and go through to do it, is why they trust her to do what she does! Alyson is totally in her element with the caregivers, which is understandable since she started with us as a caregiver herself.

Fauzia Alavi

Fauzia Alavi

Client Service Manager

Fauzia has worked as a CNA for over 10 years. She has a passion for caring for seniors. She believes it is important to prioritize every senior’s care, so she pursued a Bachelor’s in Healthcare Management and Master’s in Public Administration. Other than her work life, she enjoys baking for her family and friends.

Julianne Bradley

Julianne Bradley

Scheduling Coordinator

Julianne has worked in several assisted living and memory care communities.  She has over 10 years of CNA experience and is an expert in knowing the importance of building a strong relationship between client and caregiver.  She has a son that she enjoys traveling and spending time with at their family lake house.

Ginia Goggio

Ginia Goggio

Veterans Community Care Network Sales and Marketing Director

Ginia is a board-certified patient advocate. She is responsible for helping individuals navigate the complexity of the healthcare system. Her goal is to help people select the best possible care options, empowering them to make the decisions regarding their care and maintaining a quality of life. Ginia has over 25 years of experience in healthcare as well as developing relationships with healthcare providers and ensuring patient safety. She was professor of clinical chemistry at Rosalind Franklin Medical School. Additionally, Ginia was the manager of corporate and foundation relations at the Joint Commission. She holds a master’s degree from Indiana University.

Areas We Serve

Senior Helpers of Greater Chicagoland 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 Greater Chicagoland serves the cities and towns of:

  • Addison
  • Antioch
  • Arlington Heights
  • Bellwood
  • Bensenville
  • Berkeley
  • Buffalo Grove
  • Deerfield
  • Des Plaines
  • Downers Grove
  • Elk Grove Village
  • Elmhurst
  • Fort Sheridan
  • Franklin Park
  • Glencoe
  • Glenview
  • Grayslake
  • Great Lakes Gurnee
  • Highland Park
  • Highwood
  • Hillside
  • Itasca
  • Lake Bluff
  • Lake Forest
  • Lake Villa
  • Libertyville
  • Lincolnshire
  • Lombard
  • Melrose Park
  • Mount Prospect
  • Mundelein
  • North Chicago
  • Northbrook
  • Oak Brook
  • Palatine
  • Prospect Heights
  • Rolling Meadows
  • Schaumburg
  • Stone Park
  • Vernon Hills
  • Villa Park
  • Wadsworth
  • Waukegan
  • Westchester
  • Wheeling
  • Winnetka
  • Winthrop Harbor
  • Wood Dale
  • Zion