At Seniors Helping Seniors® Mystic, CT & Westerly, RI, 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) Maria Cerino firmly believe we can do that through serving seniors in our community, which includes: Mystic, Stonington, Groton, and surrounding areas.

Maria Cerino comes to Seniors Helping Seniors in-home services with a wide range of experience in insurance, healthcare administration and banking for more than 20 years. She has a Bachelor in Arts and Sciences (BAS) from Salve Regina University in Newport, RI. She loves Connecticut and Rhode Island, born and raised in Connecticut, attending college in Rhode Island and spending many summers in Washington County with her family.

Maria joined Seniors Helping Seniors in-home services after she faced her own personal difficulties of finding caring people to come work in her own home when a family member lost mobility. She was working full time, caring for an ill family member and continuing to balance the concerns of the rest of her family. “I realized there was a huge need in the community to find a way for people to more easily connect with caring people who wanted to help," says Maria. There are so many people out there who want to help, who are caring and compassionate.“When I left my prior career I wanted to find a way to help people. Seniors Helping Seniors in-home services gives me that opportunity - to work in a very rewarding way by helping to connect the most compassionate, caring and loving people who are looking for ways to help others, with those who are in need of some extra help. It truly is ...a way to give and to receive,” says Maria. Seniors Helping Seniors in-home services is a national organization with sites throughout the country, providing care to seniors of all income levels.

The organization was founded by Kiran Yocom who has a mission and a passion to help seniors live independently. Kiran’s personal interest in seniors grew out of her work with Mother Teresa. Kiran leads the organization through compassion and caring for all. We’re people people There’s nothing better than giving seniors the opportunity to help out another senior. The companion becomes a new friend to the family, creating a special relationship where both the person who helps and the one being helped give and receive equally. It is a win-win-win all the way. We’re part of the community Maria is working with the local community senior organizations to help people understand how the needs of older adults can be met. She often speaks about preventing falls, home safety, and how to utilize resources like in-home companion care to help seniors stay independent in their own homes. And look for informative articles in the local newspapers including Just For Seniors magazine. If your organization is looking for a speaker for a related topic, please call our office.

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.

We Provide:

  • 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.

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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.

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