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Firm hires seniors to help peers stay in their homes

As they age, most seniors prefer to stay at home within their familiar environment receiving help from a loved one vs. living in a facility.

Seniors Helping Seniors

In-home care services
Many adults, however, have to work full time, serve as caregivers for their parent(s) and make time for their own children. The stress of all this can be overwhelming.

Seniors Helping Seniors services helps alleviate this strain by providing seniors with all the services required to run a household, all delivered by seniors who get paid for their work.

The Seniors Helping Seniors network was founded in 1998 by Kiran Yocom, who worked with Mother Teresa in India for 14 years.

Seniors Helping Seniors home care matches seniors who want to help with other seniors who need a little help. This peer-to-peer assistance allows seniors in need to receive care from someone they trust and to whom they can relate. At the same time, seniors who want to help are able to remain active in their community and can form strong relationships with the peer for whom they are caring.

"In addition, family members who are caring for their loved one can benefit from receiving our services. The stress is reduced," said Denis Prone, who with his wife, Alma, own the Seniors Helping Seniors based in San Leandro and serving Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

The senior providers offer non-medical in-home services such as personal care, light housekeeping, home maintenance and yard work, meal preparation, transportation assistance, pet care, respite and 24-hour and overnight care.

Prior to moving to the Bay Area to start Seniors Helping Seniors in-home care, Alma and Denis Prone worked in international finance, spent a number of years in Europe, teaching and providing personal development and life coaching. Alma Prone, who was born in New York, graduated with a law degree from New York University. Denis Prone, who was born in Dublin, Ireland, graduated with a doctoral degree in transpersonal psychology from Sofia University.

"By matching caring, compassionate active seniors with less able seniors who can benefit from care and companionship, we foster lasting friendships and mutual relationships," said Alma Prone.

For more information, contact the Prones at 510-566-8786 or at the Seniors Helping Seniors website: www.seniorshelpingseniors.com/UpperEastBay.

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