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Meet the Burnsville 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 Burnsville 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 communities we serve.

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 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 Burnsville was proud to join the system in 2007. 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 a wonderful office staff that works to support our exceptional caregivers so they can provide the best care to our seniors.   We have served hundreds of seniors in our community over the years, and 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, review 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 Burnsville Team

Steve Smela

Steve Smela

Owner

Steve Smela understands that the availability of quality home care helps maintain housing options for seniors.  Because in-home care was not an option for his parents, they moved into an assisted-living facility, which was a difficult transition for his mother.  Steve’s dad also has advanced dementia, which further motivates Steve to provide the best care available.

Steve and the Senior Helpers caregivers look forward to working with clients and their families to provide customized, dependable and affordable care.

Jannine Graham

Jannine Graham

Director of Care Coordination

Jannine has worked at Senior Helpers for 7 years. Her favorite part about working for Senior Helpers of Burnsville is seeing the unique bonds their caregivers make with each of their clients. Jannine has always had a passion for working with those living with Alzheimer's and believes you really need to "step into their world" to provide them the best quality care. When Janninne isn't working she loves spending time with her 6 children, 7 grandchildren and her 3 dogs! 

Kathy Shrif

Kathy Shrif

Office/ Hiring Manager

Kathy is dedicated to making sure prospective caregivers feel welcome and comfortable throughout the hiring process and that all current employees always feel appreciated. She is passionate about giving back to her community and is involved in several gardening projects in the Burnsville area. Kathy enjoys spending time with her family, especially her 5 grandchildren! 
 

Rachel Sipress

Rachel Sipress

Social Media Assistant

Rachel is currently a student at the University of Minnesota where she is pursuing a degree in Theater Arts. Rachel is passionate about giving back to her community and helping the families in the Burnsville area. When she is not working she loves storyingtelling and spending time outdoors!

Kristi Jolly

Kristi Jolly

Director of Nursing

Kristi has been an RN for more than 16 years. While she’s worked in almost every aspect of healthcare, her true passion is home care. Kristi began her career in healthcare at the age of 20, working as a nursing assistant in a nursing home. She worked her way through nursing school and continued to work in long term care and a transitional care unit. Having finished nursing school, she got a job at a hospital on the medical/surgical/pediatrics/hospice floor where she worked for over 3 years. It was while working at the hospital that Kristi discovered her love for community nursing. She worked as a nurse case manager for over 10 years and also as a nurse consultant on a per diem basis for home and community-based services. She was also the director of nursing for an assisted living facility and worked at crisis residential for people experiencing mental health crisis'. After working in several different areas of nursing Kristi found that her true passion was working with the seniors in her community. 

Kristi truly loves that Home Care provides the opportunity to spend more time on a one-on-one basis with clients. She takes the time to get to know our clients, understand their needs, and celebrate their life. In Home Care, she truly gets to see the difference we are making in their lives. As the Director of Nursing, she knows that we are providing outstanding care and the excellent customer service that our clients expect and deserve. Kristi’s top priority is to educate and train our caregivers and nurses to ensure they are providing the highest quality of care for our clients.                


The caregivers and the office are on top of everything. They are detail oriented and aware of all of our needs. They have been flexible with my mother’s care instead of just providing generic care. I have been very pleased with everything!"

Areas We Serve

Senior Helpers Burnsville 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 Burnsville serves the cities and towns of:

  • Burnsville
  • Apple Valley
  • Eagan
  • Lakeville
  • Prior Lake
  • Savage
  • Shakopee
  • Farmington
  • Rosemount
  • Hastings
  • Elko New Market
  • Woodbury
  • Oakdale
  • St. Paul Park
  • South St. Paul
  • West St. Paul
  • St. Paul
  • Inver Grove Heights
  • Mendota Heights
  • Cottage Grove