Giving the elderly an option is what Senior Helpers is about. With an ever-increasing aging population, it offers older residents a choice of staying in their homes instead of moving into a nursing home.


    Giving the elderly an option is what Senior Helpers is about. With an ever-increasing aging population, it offers older residents a choice of staying in their homes instead of moving into a nursing home.

    “We want to help people maintain their dignity and independence as best they can,” said Chris Stetzar, franchise owner.

    In order to stay, however, seniors may need help with chores, errands and other household routines that may be difficult for them to handle. That’s where Senior Helpers can step in and give elderly homeowners the assistance they need to keep their independence, Stetzar said.

    The company offers help with anything from reading, letter writing or bill paying to helping with Alzheimer’s and dementia care.

    Stetzar came to Delaware in 1991 working for several different organizations dealing with adults and children with mental health issues before becoming superintendent for the Stevenson House Detention Center in Milford.

    While looking for a career change, he came upon the Senior Helpers organization based out of Towson, Md. The company was part of a growth industry he felt would be beneficial to the aging Delaware population.

    “The nuclear family isn’t nuclear anymore,” Stetzar said. “Kids move away but parents still want to live in their home.”

    Senior Helpers has a staff of 15 certified nursing assistants and 15 caregivers. They offer care on an hourly basis up to 24/7 or live-in care. Rates range from $20 to $22 for hourly service and between $200 and $230 a day for live-in rates.

    For more information on Senior Helpers, call 674-2234 or visit www.seniorhelpers.com.

Email Melissa Steele at melissa.steele@doverpost.com