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Meet the Fort Wayne office

More than 90% of seniors want to age in their own homes with dignity but getting the right type of care can seem daunting. At Senior Helpers of Fort Wayne, we believe getting the best care for your loved ones should not be complicated. BHI Home Care, Inc. opened the Senior Helpers of Fort Wayne office in 2016 because of their passion for helping others and their interest in the growing need for in-home care services. BHI Home Care, Inc. is committed to delivering the best possible in-home care to seniors in the Fort Wayne community.

We take in-home care very seriously and make it a priority to provide the highest level of client service possible. Over the past 3 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

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 homes 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 Fort Wayne was proud to join the system. Like every other owner, we too are 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

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 Fort Wayne Team

Melissa Siren

Director of Operations

Melissa joined the Senior Helpers team in 2019.  She graduated from Purdue University - Fort Wayne, with a degree in Interpersonal/Organizational Communication.  Prior to Senior Helpers, Melissa was the Director of a personal services agency and adult day program.  Melissa is passionate about serving the elderly and being a part of their journey to a better quality of life!  At Senior Helpers, Melissa brings a positive, can-do attitude and has a passion of inspiring high performance and encouraging others to maximize their strengths.

Melissa enjoys spending time with her family.  She and her husband have two children, and they love supporting them in their sports, soccer and baseball!


Dorian Fanning

Community Relations Manager

Dorian is a Fort Wayne native. She graduated from Indiana University Fort Wayne with a Bachelors in Healthcare Administration and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Administration. Dorian’s Senior Helpers journey started in 2017 as a Caregiver, with her experience, personality and being a Fort Wayne Native she felt a responsibility to give back to the community.


Whitney Kanjala - Caregiver Manager and Scheduler

Whitney Kanjala, a Fort Wayne native has been serving her community for the past six years as a direct support professional. Throughout her journey within the community she received her Bachelors of Science in Health Administration with a minor in Communications from Purdue-University Fort Wayne. Although Whitney started off thinking nursing was the career for her it was not until her work as a DSP changed her mind and helped her realize her passion for helping others could be utilized differently. The experience she gained as a care provider in her six years of community health services made her the perfect match for Caregiver Manager as well as Human Resources. Administratively she is an asset because she has the knowledge, capability, and vison to provide exceptional service not only clients, but caregivers as well. Whitney believes that with age comes respect and it is our due diligence to serve those in our community who have helped contribute to Fort Wayne in their lifetime.

Areas we serve

Senior Helpers of Fort Wayne 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 of Fort Wayne serves the cities and towns of:

  • Arcola
  • Auburn
  • Fort Wayne
  • Garrett
  • Grabill
  • Huntertown
  • Laotto
  • Leo
  • New Haven
  • Woodburn