At Seniors Helping Seniors® Brevard County, we have a passion for meeting the needs of seniors in a way that provides both dignity and a sense of camaraderie. Our owner(s) Jennifer Helin and Rosemary Barton firmly believe we can do that through serving seniors in our community, which includes: Melbourne, Rockledge, Beaches, and surrounding areas.
Mother and daughter team, Rosemary Barton and Jennifer Helin come to Seniors Helping Seniors in-home services with the motivation and dedication to be there for seniors in Brevard County.
“As the youngest of seven children, with aging parents who had poor health, I became a caregiver at a very young age,” shared Rosemary. “When my daughter, Jennifer, came to me with the idea to start providing caregiving services to seniors in our community, it just made perfect sense.”
Jennifer had a similar caregiving experience with her mother-in-law. “I had spent a lot of time caring for my mother-in-law after she had two surgeries. While I was running to doctors’ appointments, doing errands and sitting at lunch surrounded by seniors, I realized that this was no burden at all, I was really enjoying myself!” said Jennifer. “I worked with my mother before and knew that she would be excited about being there for seniors in a compassionate and loving way. She was the first person I thought of to join me in starting a Seniors Helping Seniors center.
Seniors Helping Seniors in-home care matches seniors who want to help with seniors who need a little help. This peer-to-peer assistance allows seniors in need to receive care from someone who they can trust and with whom they can build a relationship. At the same time seniors who want to help are able to remain active in their community and often form relationships with the seniors for whom they are caring.
The senior providers who work with Rosemary and Jennifer offer many non-medical services including:
Rosemary is from Staten Island. After her marriage she moved to upstate New York where she had her two daughters, Melanie and Jennifer. She began her career in the Insurance Industry in 1977 and received her CPCU designation in 1985. Rosemary has been a caregiver her whole life, first with her parents and through the years with her older siblings, family and friends. Most recently she cared for her brother and sister-in-law who were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at about the same time. In addition to working hard in her career and family life Rosemary is a choir member at Immaculate Conception Church, Seaside Piecemakers Quilting Guild and Sunstitchers Quilting Circle.
Jennifer attended the College of St. Rose. Following graduation she joined her mother in the insurance business and received her CPCU designation in 1996. They worked together until Jennifer married and moved to Pittsburgh with her husband. After moving to Florida, Jennifer began teaching for the Brevard County School District and earned her Masters Degree from the University of Central Florida. She was named Lockmar Elementary’s Teacher of the Year for the 2010-2011 school year. Like her mother, Jennifer is very active in her community. She sits on the board of two area non-profits, as secretary for Helping Seniors of Brevard County and as Public Information Officer for Brevard County TRIAD. Jennifer has been an active participant, committee member, and past co-chair of the Space Coast Walk to End Alzheimer's. She is a member of a retreat team at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church and volunteers at her son’s school. Her sons keep her active, teaching her how to surf.
Our Seniors Helping Seniors® Core Values
We match seniors who need a hand with mature, active women and men who have a passion for helping others. Seniors Helping Seniors® was founded in 1998 with two simple ideas:
- Seniors can help each other age more happily and gracefully.
- Seniors who give, and those who receive, benefit equally.
- An experienced, reliable resource for seniors who want to stay in their own homes.
- In-home care, companionship, and services from seniors who enjoy helping others.
- Reasonable hourly rates for seniors who want care and companionship.
- Reasonable hourly wages to seniors who want to provide these services.
About Our Founders
Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home care service was co-founded by Kiran and Philip Yocom in order to realize Kiran’s personal mission of providing care for those who can’t care for themselves. Before coming to the United States from India, Kiran worked with Mother Teresa for 14 years.
How We've Grown
From our roots in Pennsylvania, and our first match in 1998, Seniors Helping Seniors® has grown to include hundreds of locations in the US and Internationally. We continue to grow and evolve, adding new services to better assist seniors and refining our caregiver training as new industry best practices come to light.
To keep pace with a rapidly growing senior population, we’re actively seeking Seniors Helping Seniors® franchise partners in open markets.