At Seniors Helping Seniors® Greater Boston, 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) Josh Obeiter firmly believe we can do that through serving seniors in our community, which includes: Arlington, MA Brookline, MA Brighton, and surrounding areas.
About Seniors Helping Seniors Greater Boston:
Seniors Helping Seniors Greater Boston provides in-home care - non-medical assistance for seniors, by seniors. We work with seniors to ensure their safety, reduce loneliness, and to encourage their participation in life.
Prior to owning Seniors Helping Seniors of Greater Boston, Josh worked in client-facing roles in a wide range of industries, including higher education, pharmaceuticals, and market research. But seemingly his entire life has been leading up to owning this franchise. Josh’s close knit relationship with his grandparents and a volunteer project evolved into a deep-seated passion for connecting and providing companionship to the senior population.
For the past 15 years, Josh has been intimately involved with volunteering with seniors, primarily providing intergenerational programming at local nursing homes and assisted living communities; he is well-versed in the challenges that seniors and their families face when it comes to providing care. Josh is also active in several other Boston organizations, including the West Suburban Area Alzheimer's Partnership, Multicultural Coalition on Aging, Boston Bridge, the Newton Interagency Council, the Aging Life Care Association and several local senior centers and councils on aging; he is also connected to Springwell, Ethos, and Jewish Family & Children's Services.
Josh is a Certified Dementia Practitioner and leads a training on the Habilitation Approach to Dementia care for his staff.
“I truly believe that Seniors Helping Seniors senior care provides a unique opportunity for seniors to support one another as they age,” said Josh. “With senior caregivers at the helm, those that receive their service, benefit from the compassion, understanding and empathy that come with the senior caregiver’s life experiences. It elevates the role of a caregiver to a true companion – one that can be mutually beneficial for both the caregiver and receiver of the care.”
Kelly Hoag, Director of Client Services
Kelly has worked in human services and health care for over 15 years. She studied clinical counseling and human services with a focus on expressive therapies at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. Prior to joining the Seniors Helping Seniors® of Greater Boston team, Kelly worked with Head Start experts to implement a national mentorship program designed to empower new Head Start Directors to become leaders in the field of child development and school readiness for low income children and families. In addition to her work in early childhood development, Kelly also has a passion for working with seniors and has provided clinical care and mental health support on both a professional and personal level to older adults. Through prior work as a neurofeedback clinician, Kelly has studied brain activity and development with a specific interest in cognitive functioning across the lifespan. She has also submitted and presented research on the importance of self-identity in older adults.
Kelly uses a strengths-based approach to working with individuals and believes that people are at their best when they feel valued and understood. She applies this approach to her work with both caregivers and clients at Seniors Helping Seniors® in order to foster mutually beneficial and meaningful relationships.
Kelly is a Certified Dementia Practitioner.
Lisa Graffeo, Client Care Coordinator
Client Care Coordinator Lisa Graffeo began her association with Seniors Helping Seniors as one of our caregivers. Coupled with personal experience helping her own parents, she understands the importance of seniors being able to stay in a home environment for as long as possible while confronted with health issues that prevent them from doing everything they could do when they were younger.
“Having raised a large family, my parents were fortunate to have a support system in place, but for many seniors, this is not always the case. Through my experience as a caregiver, I know how valuable Seniors Helping Seniors is in filling the gaps when family is not available or able to help as much as they would like.”
Lisa has earned a Certificate of Completion from the Alzheimer Association’s “Caring for People with Alzheimer’s Disease” Habilitation curriculum. In addition to her caregiving experience, she has been working with seniors in a recreational capacity for more than 18 years as a ballroom dance hostess at Moseley’s on the Charles in Dedham, where she mingles and dances with the many seniors in attendance.
Before coming to Seniors Helping Seniors, Lisa spent 9-1/2 years at the nonprofit Asperger/Autism Network in Watertown, where she was the program manager. Her background also includes 12 years as a communications specialist and writer/editor in public affairs and corporate relations for the U.S. Postal Service in Boston, as well as experience working in direct sales and small-business marketing.
The non-medical, home care services we provide may include, but are not limited to: companionship, light housekeeping, cooking, transportation, home maintenance, handy work, yard work, and personal care.
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.