Joan and her husband, Al Baker, live on Lake Campbell near Brookings, SD. They each have three children and Joan has two lovely granddaughters.  Joan and her late husband, Mike Hegerfeld, farmed near Elkton, SD for many years. Joan taught high school science before changing her career path to South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension. During her Extension career Joan earned her M.Ed. and Ph.D. After 22 years, Joan retired from Extension in 2016.  Joan oversees the sorting portion of the business.

Transition to Senior Mover
Shortly after Joan's retirement, her parents decided they were ready to move from their family home to a senior living community.  Through assisting them in this process, she discovered the unique challenges seniors face when moving.  After much thought, research and discussions with her son Alex, they decided to start Helping Hand Senior Movers.

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​​Who We Are and How We Got Started

Alex grew up on a farm near Elkton, SD. He graduated from South Dakota State University, and worked in manufacturing for 15 years before starting Helping Hand Senior Movers.  He married his wife Ann in 2010 and they now live on an acerage outside of Brookings where they raise their 5 year old daughter Josie. Alex oversees the moving portion of the business.

Transition to Senior Mover
When Joan presented the idea of starting a Senior Move business in Brookings, Alex was intrigued.  The more they discussed it, the more it seemed like there was a need for these types of services, and Alex agreed they had the ability to provide them.  Together he and  Joan own and operate Helping Hand Senior Movers.



​phone: 605-695-2781

alex hegerfeld

Moving Coordinator

Helping Hand Senior Movers was started in Brookings, SD and has now expanded to Sioux Falls, Madison and the surrounding communities. We're proud members of  the National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM).  Whether you're moving or just need help downsizing we'd love to help. Our goal is to provide value to our customers.  Ultimately we want our services to be a rewarding experience for you and your family.