Seniors Helping Seniors of San Diego and South Orange County
Seniors Helping Seniors San Diego and Orange County is a family owned business. Sisters Sue Erskine and Doris Dorey and Sue's daughter, Tricia Izadi own the company. Our Dad (Tricia's grandfather) is our inspiration for launching Seniors Helping Seniors. He was an active, successful businessman who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in his mid-70’s. Despite the illness he retained a positive outlook on life and a wonderful sense of humor.
As the illness progressed our family personally experienced the challenges and rewards of being caregivers and providing respite for our stepmother who lovingly cared for our Dad at home. We were fortunate to find two wonderful, senior caregivers who enriched our Dad's life, providing companionship and allowing him to continue activities he loved, including golf and walking. Our personal experience led us to Seniors Helping Seniors as we saw firsthand the tremendous value that caring seniors can make in the lives of one another.
We are CAHSAH Certified: Organizations that provide non-medical home care services in California are not required to be licensed. The California Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH) protects consumers by certifying these organizations. CAHSAH is the leading statewide home care association that has promoted quality home care services in California since 1966. Key components of the certification include ensuring that organizations carry general and professional liability insurance, provide worker’s compensation insurance and post a crime/employee dishonesty bond for each employee. Certified organizations must employ caregivers directly and document that all employees undergo extensive pre-employment background checks and pre-employment tuberculosis screening. Certified organizations also must provide clients with a written client agreement that includes client's rights and how fees are specified. CAHSAH certification protects consumers and ensures that you are dealing with a reputable home care provider.
Our Mission is to provide seniors with the services that allow them to choose an independent lifestyle in their own homes and to be treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.
Sue Erskine, MS — Sue has lived in San Diego for 35 years and is married with two grown children and one grandchild. Sue holds an undergraduate degree in education from the University of Miami, a master’s degree in Health Science from Florida International University and completed postgraduate work in education at Stanford University. Sue has had a long career in healthcare and technology and co-founded two successful businesses, a healthcare management company, and an educational technology company. Sue served as a founding board member of the North Coast Alzheimer’s Center and developed and operated a Suicide Hotline.
Tricia Izadi — Tricia is a lifelong resident of San Diego who received her BA in business administration from the University of San Diego. Tricia is married with one son. Tricia served as Vice President of Client Care for Relias Learning, the largest provider of online training services to senior care and health and human service organizations, from 2004-2013. Prior to that position, Tricia was the Director of the Village Townhomes Community Service Program from 2002-2004. In that role, she worked with non-profit organizations throughout San Diego County to place and monitor volunteers who resided in a subsidized housing setting.
Doris Dorey, Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) — Doris is a life-long resident of New Jersey and operates our New Jersey region. She has lived with her husband in East Hanover, Morris County for 25 years. Doris has three children, a daughter-in-law and two dogs. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Montclair State University in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. Doris has over 20 years of experience in Human Resources Management including industry experience in home care, health insurance, and educational technology. She is certified as a Senior Professional Human Resources and is a member of the Morris County Society for Human Resources Management.
Mary McFadden, Director of Orange County Services — Mary, a life long resident of Orange County, holds a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University and a Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology from California State University, Fullerton that included specialized gerontology courses. Known for a history of excellence working in top pharmaceutical and healthcare organizations, she brings to Seniors Helping Seniors a wealth of experience in customer care, marketing, sales, and management. As a daughter of a deacon, Mary learned the value of ministering to others at an early age. Weekly visits to retirement homes as well as visiting Alzheimer facilities proved to be a valuable life lesson and introduction to a professional career in serving others. In recent past, Mary was the Director of Community Outreach and Education for a leading clinical research center specializing in the testing of new medications and treatments for a variety of mental health, neurological and general health conditions including Alzheimer’s disease, MCI and dementia.
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