Seniors Helping Seniors in-home services matches seniors who want
to provide help with seniors who are looking for help. We started in 1998 with a
simple concept that seniors can help each other age better and that those who give
and those who receive benefit equally. As an innovative, intra-generational companion
service that functions exclusively with and for seniors, we provide:
- An experienced and credible resource for older adults who want to stay in their
- Full-range of home care, companion and home maintenance support services from seniors
who enjoy helping
- Reasonable hourly rates for seniors who want services and reasonable hourly wages
to seniors who provide them
Who We Are
Seniors Helping Seniors in-home services was co-founded by Kiran
and Philip Yocom created from Kiran Yocom’s personal mission to care for
those who are unable to care for themselves. Before coming to the United States
from India, Kiran worked with Mother Teresa for 14 years. Currently, Kiran serves
as our organization's Chairwoman, and Philip as the President/CEO of our organization.
How we've grown
Since 1998, we have grown from our first match to working with hundreds of helpers
and clients. We've continued to grow geographically. We continue to expand the training
for our helpers. And we've added services in response to the needs of our clients.
We are continuing to grow and actively seeking Seniors Helping Seniors franchise
partners throughout the country. If you're interested in learning
more about the opportunities for you to participate and Start a Center,
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The full story
We have so many stories from those who help and those who are helped. Here
are just a few.
For your senior's personal care, when you
can't be there
“We’ve tried lots of services, nothing is like the people
who work here.”— Daughter of Mrs. B.
It is the loving, caring, compassionate seniors who work with Seniors Helping
Seniors home services that make all the difference in the world.
"When my dad got to be too much for my mom to take care of at home, we tried
an assisted living facility. They did all the right things, but he was incredibly
lonely and heartbroken and so was my mom.
“Can you imagine after 69 years of living together, you have to spend this time
apart? Thank God for Seniors Helping Seniors services, they gave
them what they needed, with people who cared at a cost that was affordable. They
really relieved my worry."
“I’m losing my eyesight. So Mary is really a pair of eyes
for me but even more, she’s my friend.” - Mrs. B.
We may experience difficulties as we age, that open up other opportunities for
companionship and caring.
"We go places and have fun together. I can't even imagine life without M. She
takes me places, brings me gifts, helps me shop, cook and get the house cleaned.
And since we were both nurses, we have lots in common.
“Not just our old jobs, but really how we see the world. She tells me that she gets
a lot from me, too. And I believe it. Over the years, we've become really close
“I’m very happy and thankful I selected Seniors Helping
Seniors for help in 2004!” - Regan, receiver of service since
We all need a little help from time to time. Seniors Helping Seniors
home services can provide as much or as little as you need.
“I developed a tilted pelvis and couldn’t do many of the tasks one does when they
live alone in an apartment. The women understood that I did have a problem
and with their cooperation and service my cleaning, laundry, bedmaking, grocery
shopping, and keeping my doctor’s appointments were accomplished. As time
went on, I became stronger to do the household chores but I did retain their help
which I needed to keep the appointments – even to the beauty salon.”
For the help you want at a price you can afford
“After 69 years of marriage, we were split apart.
Seniors Helping Seniors helped us live together again.” – Mrs. R.
Often even as they age together, one spouse’s needs are different from the other’s.
Seniors Helping Seniors home services can provide the support each
spouse needs so that they can continue to live together.
“My husband and I have been together 69 years. But with his dementia he just needed
more help than I could give him so he moved into an assisted living facility. He
hated it. And so did I. We tried to bring him home and get different services, but
it was so expensive and the people who were helping out did the job, but just didn't
really care about us.
“Now, it's different. I can afford to have someone stay with us overnight so I don't
have to worry about trying to help him get up. We have people who help us out by
cooking, cleaning and driving us places. And the best is that they're all really
…a way to give and to receive
“It’s about yardwork and a whole lot more.” - Bob a senior helper
As seniors themselves, our providers understand what aging is about. They
are loving, caring, compassionate people who want to help others in the world.
"After my own mother died, I wanted to continue to help others. I started to
do some yard work for the seniors who are the Seniors Helping Seniors
“One of the women I've been helping out lost her husband, who had been wheelchair-bound
for some time, just like my mom. I understand how hard it is to lose someone you've
been helping out like that. There's the loss of the death and there's also just
that sense of not knowing what to do with yourself.
“So while I'm planting the new bulbs, we're also talking about life, love, mourning
and the next steps. It's a lot more than just the yard work that's getting done
in that garden."
“It’s one-on-one which I love.” – Marianne, R.N., senior
Our providers often come from a long history of caring professions, nurses, social
workers, teachers, they have a history of helping. They all say that they
receive as much as they give.
“I have met some wonderful people working here, plus the financial benefits have
allowed me to have more spending money and enhance our standard of living… I also
believe in all the philosophies – showing much respect and caring for our clients
and providing them with the best care we’re capable of giving to them at all times;
with the ultimate goal being for them to stay in their own homes as long as possible.
‘Why not love?’ I’m looking
forward to many more wonderful years with Seniors Helping Seniors
services and am grateful for the opportunity to give and to receive.”
“I have grown as a person.” – Barbara, a senior helper
Seniors Helping Seniors helpers say their work is an extraordinary
gift that has helped them to grow in ways they never dreamt.
“My personal experience since being a provider for the past several years has opened
my heart to the importance of responding to human need while at the same time enriching
myself with the genuine interaction with some very special people. …I have grown
as a person – enhancing my sensitivity, listening skills, humor, patience and understanding
of those who have found themselves reaching out for help. It has enabled “this
little light of mine” to shine and light up not only the lives of those I visit,
but also my human experience.
We have dozens of partners who are located throughout different parts of the country
all of whom share our belief in a mission to help older adults live independently
by receiving help from other seniors. Find a Center near you.
Or start a Center yourself.