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Meet the Greater Dallas 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 Dallas we believe that getting the best care for your loved ones should not be complicated. Bent Schoellhorn opened the Senior Helpers Greater Dallas office in 2007 because of his passion for helping others and his interest in the growing need for in-home care services. Bent is committed to delivering the best possible in-home care to seniors in the Greater Dallas community.

We take in-home care seriously and make it a priority to provide the highest level of client service possible.  Over the past 13 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 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 Dallas 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.  

Bent Schoellhorn was drawn to Senior Helpers shortly after his own father suffered a stroke and passed away.  At the time, he "happened" to be reading a book called The Purpose Driven Life.  Realizing he had a greater purpose in life, he sold his existing business to begin the venture of caring for seniors. Senior Helpers allows our clients to live at home safely and thrive with our care assistance. It has been his privilege to have helped hundreds of families and seniors maintain their independence for over a decade now.

Our team has grown to 9 team members, and 150 caregivers. 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 Greater Dallas Team

Bent Schoellhorn Owner Senior Helpers Greater Dallas

Bent Schoellhorn

Owner, Alternate Administrator

Bent is the owner of Senior Helpers Greater Dallas. He is no stranger to owning top performing businesses in the Dallas area and his success with Senior Helpers has not been coincidental. Prior to entering the senior living industry, Bent was a franchise owner of two Sizzler Family Steak House locations as well as a 21-year franchise with Val-Pak in Eastern Dallas and Oklahoma City.

Growing from those experiences in business and searching for a greater purpose, Bent and his wife of 46 years, Vikki, became owners of Senior Helpers of Greater Dallas and began operations in 2007. In their 13 years in business, they consider it a true honor to have helped more than 800 families. Helping seniors is not only their passion, it’s their purpose!

Robin Trenary Senior Helpers Greater Dallas

Robin Trenary

Director of Operations, Agency Administrator

Robin adds her 25 years of management experience to our team by overseeing the daily operations of Senior Helpers Greater Dallas. Before moving to Dallas in 2016, much of her career was spent in key management roles in quality assurance in the Underwriting and Agency Administration Departments of American and National Income Life Insurance Companies in Waco, Texas. She is an MCC Alumna with an Associate’s Degree, focused in Business Administration and has earned her ACS and UND designations with Life Office Management Association.

Robin came on board as our Billing and Payroll Manager and promoted to her current position in 2018. She is passionate about living a life of servitude and found her niche helping seniors when she joined our team. She has served as a Loaned Executive for United Way, Partners in Education Coordinator, American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life Committee Member and Team Captain for 8 years and our Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s Team Captain for the past three years.

Carolyn Webster Senior Helpers Greater Dallas

Carolyn Webster

Director of Human Resources, Caregiver Manager

With 16 years in the home care industry, as both a direct caregiver and a staffing coordinator, no one is better suited to manage our increasingly complex human resource dynamic than Carolyn. She is a Detroit native who came to Texas to escape the cold winters. She has an uncanny ability to discipline with love and that has affectionately earned her the office nickname of “Velvet Hammer.”

Carolyn lost her own mother to Alzheimer’s in 2017 and is an incredible advocate for our clients and caregivers alike, having spent much of her time devoted to her care. She will celebrate 6 years with Senior Helpers Greater Dallas this August and in her current role as Director of Human Resources, she helps drive HR policy, as well as direct recruitment, retention and training of a fluid field of exceptional caregivers and the critical staff members who support their work.

Scott Wagley Senior Helpers Greater Dallas

Scott Wagley

Scheduling Coordinator

Arguably the toughest job in the company, Scott handles the ins and outs of scheduling with great pride. He has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, with minors in psychology and philosophy. He has owned several businesses in his first “two careers.” Now in his “third career” with us here at Senior Helpers since late 2016, he strives to do a chaotic job in an often-chaotic industry with minimum drama and maximum humor! We get his jokes – sometimes. 

Brieanna Smith Senior Helpers Greater Dallas

Brieanna Smith

Human Resources Coordinator

Relocating from her hometown of Waco, Texas, Brieanna joined our team in January 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Tarleton State University. She has 5 years’ experience as an analyst in life, home, commercial, and builder’s risk insurance with the home office of Texas Farm Bureau. Prior to that, she was a team lead in the Quality Assurance Department of American Income Life and New York Life Insurance Companies where she shined and perfected her customer service skills.

Early in life, while maintaining her high school studies, Brieanna sacrificed her time to care for her grandmother, who suffered from late stages of dementia and passed away in 2006. Her altruistic heart led her to volunteer with No Limitations Challenger League in Waco prior to her becoming a mother herself. Brieanna has a true passion for helping others and she strives to ensure that we hire caregivers with the same characteristics. Her goal is to prove to our clients and their families that they made the absolute best decision when they chose Senior Helpers.

Debbie Walden Senior Helpers Greater Dallas

Debbie Walden, CDP

Community Relations Coordinator, Certified Dementia Practitioner

With 15+ years of working with Seniors with a special focus on those with dementia, Debbie relates well to families in need of extra help with their loved ones. Her heart is dedicated to these sweet people who desire to stay in their own home, and she works hard to help them do just that. Debbie loves life, the beach, her children and her new grandchildren! 

Megan Guerrero Senior Helpers Greater Dallas

Megan Guerrero, CNA

Administrative Assistant

Endearingly dubbed the “Jack of all Trades,” Megan has been in the home care industry for 15+ years. After being out in the field for 7 years as one of our top caregivers, Megan accepted her current position and joined our A-Team here in the office. She moved here from Corpus Christi, Texas and brought her bubbly personality with her! Megan helps with practically anything we need and serves as our office “runner.” If we need her to fill in for a shift until we can get a caregiver in place, she is happy to do it.

Megan’s passion for helping seniors stems from caring for her great-grandmother, whom she lost to mixed Dementia in 2012. With both her hands-on and behind the scenes training, Megan can continue doing what she is passionate about, helping others. 

Areas we serve

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

  • Dallas
  • Richardson
  • Farmers Branch
  • University Park
  • Lakewood Area
  • Plano
  • Frisco
  • McKinney
  • Lewisville
  • Coppell
  • Allen
  • Dallas/Collin County
  • Tarrant/Denton County
  • Carrollton
  • The Colony
  • Highland Park
  • Addison.