Our mission at Home Care Assistance is to change the way the world ages. We provide older adults that reside in Colorado Springs and El Paso County with quality care that enables them to live happier, healthier lives at home. Our services are distinguished by the caliber of our caregivers, the responsiveness of our staff and our expertise in live-in care. We embrace a positive, balanced approach to aging centered on the evolving needs of older adults.
We were so impressed with Home Care Assistance as a national leader in high quality senior care, the Balanced Care Method™ focus on senior quality of life, and the Cognitive Therapeutics Method™ aid to brain health, that we were compelled to bring this level of care to Colorado Springs and El Paso County seniors.
As two retired USAF veterans we have personally experienced the stress and challenge of finding quality in-home care for family members while stationed away from our families.
Dorothy is a retired 25 year USAF Colonel, serving primarily as an Aircraft Maintenance Officer with an assignment as a Group AOC at USAFA. Mark is a USAFA and a UCCS graduate. After a combined 55 years of federal service, and 15 different moves with the USAF, Mark and Dorothy have chosen the Colorado Springs area as their home. Our interest in helping seniors is a natural extension of the AF service ethic, and a way to give back to the community. We look forward to hearing how we can best help you or your loved one live well at home. Please call us at (719) 249-1518.
Dorothy Silvanic, Co-Owner
Dorothy is a 25 year USAF veteran, serving primarily as an Aircraft Maintenance Officer with one assignment at the USAF Academy as a Group AOC. She retired in 2011 as a Colonel and Commander of the 48th Maintenance Group, at RAF Lakenheath, England. In 2011, she and Mark returned the family to the Colorado Springs area, attracted by the outstanding school systems, year-round sports and outdoor activities and beauty of the Front Range. Her interest in helping seniors is a natural extension of her service ethic, and a way to give back to her community. She has first-hand experience finding quality care for loved ones who faced a variety of specific in-home care needs, and looks forward to providing the best quality care to seniors in the Colorado Springs area. Dorothy serves on the board of the Tri Lakes Silver Alliance and the Colorado Parkinson’s Foundation.
Mark Silvanic, Co-Owner
Mark is a USAF Academy graduate with a bachelor’s of science degree, and a UCCS graduate with a Master’s in Public Administration degree. He is a 20 year USAF veteran, and a 10 year DoD Civil Servant with over 3,500 flying hours in the OA-37, A-10, F-15E and A/T-38 aircraft, and is an expert in Operations Planning and Research and Lessons Learned. He most recently consulted in the energy industry, providing military-like planning, execution and process improvement services to companies across America. After 15 different moves with the USAF, Mark and his family have chosen the Colorado Springs area as their home. He has always made service his first priority, and is excited to now focus on serving the needs of the senior community in El Paso County. His service to seniors includes being on the Board of Directors of the Colorado Springs Senior Resource Council and the Colorado Parkinson’s Foundation.
Jessica Colson, Community Liason
Jessica is a native of Washington state and earned Bachelor’s degrees in Public Health and French from the University of Washington in Seattle. After college, she moved to New York and worked with the American Red Cross Biomedical Services. She spent time in Ghana teaching HIV/AIDS awareness and caring for children in a village orphanage. Her most formative experience was as a care giver for a dear friend and cancer patient. She is married to her high school sweetheart, a US Army Captain and is the mother of two young boys. Jessica enjoys yoga and is a Yoga Alliance certified yoga instructor. Jessica is a Cognitive Therapeutics Method™ Coach, manages the Music and Memory programs, and presents the Mind Fit group activities throughout the county.
Sarah Lankford, Client Service Coordinator
Sarah was born and raised in Colorado Springs. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, CO with an emphasis in Human Services. During college she worked in the kitchen of a nursing home, which is where she developed a love for the elderly. After college, she moved back to Colorado Springs, and worked as a Director of Social Services in a local nursing home. She was an Assisted Living Manager in Delaware, and then Director of Social Services at a nursing home in Denver. Sarah did her internship for massage therapy with Pikes Peak Hospice. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years with her 3 children, before deciding to go back to work. She has a passion for serving others, and loves working with seniors. Sarah’s extensive experience and her dedication working with seniors is beneficial in developing, overseeing and ensuring the progress of care is executed properly in their homes. She also is a Cognitive Therapeutics MethodTM Coach and instructor and presents the Mind Fit group activities throughout the county.
Rhonda Florez, Employee Care Manager
Rhonda is a native of Missouri. She earned a Bachelors Degree in Theology at the South Texas Bible Institute. Rhonda moved to Colorado Springs in 1978 and has lived here on and off since. She has four grown children, two of which have served in the Air Force, and she has eight grandchildren. Rhonda has been a CNA, direct service provider, caregiver for the elderly and developmentally disabled adults for 20 years. She has volunteered time to the Coastal Bend Food Bank, other local fundraisers. Rhonda also speaks Spanish and went on a mission trip to Costa Rica. She has big heart and takes care of caregivers like they are family.
Aleece Raw, Chef and Director of Culinary Arts
Aleece Raw is an honors graduate in Rhetoric from the University of California at Berkeley, Certified Natural Chef, ServSafe Food Protection Manager and Certified Nurse Aide (CNA). With over thirty years experience as a presenter and facilitator, nearly a decade of experience as a professional chef and farm-to-table restaurateur and over three years experience as a personal caregiver, she is uniquely qualified to improve the lives of our clients through food. Aleece provides regular cooking classes and consultation for Home Care Assistance caregivers. Hands-on classes ensure caregivers roll up their sleeves and put techniques into action. They learn practical tips like better knife skills and safe food handling as well as soft skills like how to inspire clients to eat healthier with ease.