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March Events at San Clemente Villas by the Sea

2017 march newsletterSpring is on it's way and activities are blooming here at San Clemente Villas by the Sea! Our March Newsletter is filled with events and activities!

launch partyMagazine Launch Party

Thursday, March 2nd - 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Wear your green and join us for some music, appetizers, fun and networking.

 

candlelight dinnerCandlelight Dinners Start March 15th!

4:00 pm in the Dining Rooms

There will be a Special Menu and beautiful music by Haprist Julio Montero.

 

st pattys daySt. Patrick's Day Party

Friday, March 17th - 3:00 pm

A tribute to the Irish, wear your green and Mario & Anna will sing!

 

small orchestraPerformance by The Small Orchestra

Sunday, March 19th - 1:00 pm

They’ll be off for the summer in just a couple of more months!

 

SOS Dance Crewsos dance

March 21 @ 1:00pm

With Suzy Vanderlip, performing in the lobby.

 

Bingo Bonanzabingo bonanza

4th Thursday of Every Month @ 2:00pm

The more that come, the bigger the fun! Stay and join us at Social Hour immediately following.

 

resident meetingMonthly Resident Meeting

1st Thursday of the Month

These meetings are a time to learn "what's going on," ask questions, and share concerns. It's also a time to give praise where praise is due!

Don't Miss Them.

 

mario veluzMarch Employee of the Month

Mario Veluz

Mario came to the Villas after applying with Anna at the now closed San Clemente Hospital. While applying at the hospital they saw the Villas and came over so Anna could fill out an application. Mario says, “She applied on Friday and started on Monday.” But wait! How many of you thought Anna and Mario met here at the Villas? They even got married here! So where did they meet? Mario says they met in Houston, Texas where the two were in a securities training seminar at the same time. They started dating. Mario said his friends kind of pushed Mario to date (truth is, he had just broken up with someone and wasn’t interested in dating). Well, it wasn’t long, and the two got serious. Then Mario’s mother, who lives in Upland, needed more help, so Mario and Anna moved to California. Anna had gone online and found work at a Subway near Camp Pendleton where she became manager. Mario became manager of another Subway. Around that time Mario began doing work on the house that his parents owned in San Clemente. Eventually the couple moved into that house. So now we’re back to where they were applying at the hospital, but ended up working at the Villas. How did Mario get his job? Anna loved working at the Villas so much, that Mario decided to apply as well. His first job at the Villas was in Dining and Deli. Then the owners of the Villas discovered how personable and talented he was and had him start doing some of the activities. And that, he says, is when he found his calling. It took a while, but after Barbara came on as the Activities Director, Mario began working inActivities full time. Mario’s favorite part about the Villas is the interaction with the residents, especially the brain games that he does with them. Barbara appreciates Mario’s reliability and attention to his work. “It’s a joy and relief to know he’s taking care of everything, I can concentrate on what I have to do” she says. The truth is, all the residents love Mario, and this is why he was nominated and selected as our employee of the month for March! Congratulations Mario, you are a treasure to the Villas!

 

a1sx2_Thumbnail1_barbara_new.jpgWe Love the ACTIVITIES at the Villas

Here are some of our recent events & activities at San Clemente Villas by the Sea. Our Activities Director, Barbara Tancredi, does a wonderful job, Thank You Barbara!

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From the desk of the Executive Director

jan mcalisterJan McAlister
Executive Director

The month of February, for the most part, makes us think about celebrating Valentine’s Day and President’s Day. Contemporary Valentine’s Day is connected mainly with romantic love. The modern Valentine’s customs developed in early modern England and spread in the 19th century. The customs include sending cards, flowers, or chocolates to one’s beloved. Paper Valentine cards became so popular in England in the early 18th century that they were assembled in factories. Many of you are single as a result of being a widow or widower and have certainly known romantic love in your life time. Since I am single, I like to remember how much I love and adore my 3 grandchildren and consider them to be the loves of my life. They have brought me so much joy with their accomplishments and their unconditional love. One has graduated from college this past December, one is working on a four year college degree and the youngest is an aspiring dancer who recently performed in her community production of TheWizard of Oz. If you don’t have grandchildren or a spouse, pick someone to remember this coming Valentine’s Day, a close friend or other relative who has been significant to you during your life. I guarantee you will be blessed by reaching out to that person with a Valentine card or remembrance. Be sure to check out our February Activity Calendar for all the great events coming up!

Love to All, Jan McAlister, Executive Director

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February Events at San Clemente Villas by the Sea

2017 february newsletterFebruary is here and we at San Clemente Villas by the Sea wish you a Happy Valentine's Day Our February Newsletter is filled with events and activities!

jeff harnarSinger Jeff Harnar

February 14th at 1:00 p.m. in the Lobby

It’s De-Lovely AValentine’s Day Songbook Performance JEFF HARNAR is an Award-winning NewYork cabaret and recording artist. His Carnegie Hall appearances include both the Cole Porter and Noel Coward Centennial Galas. At Carnegie’sWeill Recital he appeared in a sold-out solo concert, and most recently as Michael Feinstein's special guest in his Jule Styne tribute at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall. He is best known for his critically acclaimed engagements at The Algonquin Hotel's Oak Room, The Russian Tea Room, Birdland, Feinstein's/ 54 Below and most recently at The Laurie Beechman Theatre. We are blessed to have him perform for us in honor of his mother, Marilyn’s birthday!

 

valentine concertTHE SMALL ORCHESTRA

February 19th at 1:00 in the Lobby

Be sure to be in attendance. This marvelous group will only be playing a few more times, then they’re done. Let them tell you why and what’s going on when you see them.

 

mardi grasMardi Gras Party

February 28th at 3:00 p.m. in the Lobby

Food, Live Music, Dancing and Fun! Wear Your Purple, Green and Gold if you can!

 

resident meetingMonthly Resident Meeting

1st Thursday of the Month

These meetings are a time to learn "what's going on," ask questions, and share concerns. It's also a time to give praise where praise is due!

Don't Miss Them.

 

Bingo Bonanzabingo banoanza

4th Thursday of Every Month @ 2:00pm

The more that come, the bigger the fun! Stay and join us at Social Hour immediately following.

 

karina alayFebruary Employee of the Month

Karina Alay

Karina started working at San Clemente Villas about two years ago. Now she’s been recommended for “Employee of the Month” for February. Is it because she is a friendly, happy person who loves to smile, laugh and stay positive every day? Absolutely! But we also found out that her favorite thing about working at the Villas is giving companionship to the residents because she believes they are the most important people at the Villas. Amen to that Karina! She says it is important to also work to ensure residents are safe. In fact, Karina is a Certified Nurse Assistant/Home Health Aid and has been for the past 15 years. She enjoys this line of work and cannot picture herself choosing any other career or job. Karina is a single mother to five wonderful kids, three girls and two boys. In her spare time she loves spending time with them. They go to the movies, eat out, or go to the park. Karina would like to thank her co-workers, supervisors and the owners of the Villas for working together as a “family”, being supportive and working hard for the residents and their families. She appreciates that. And we appreciate YOU Karina! Keep up the awesome work.

  

a1sx2_Thumbnail1_barbara_new.jpgWe Love the ACTIVITIES at the Villas

Here are some of our recent events & activities at San Clemente Villas by the Sea. Our Activities Director, Barbara Tancredi, does a wonderful job, Thank You Barbara!

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Happy New Year! Health & Happiness to you all from Marketing!

Sherri Saunders

We’re happy to have met our new residents throughout the year. They have added to our community in many ways. We have all gained new friends and learned a lot. We had a couple of banner months in 2016. We’re looking forward to many more move-ins as the New Year proceeds.

As new residents move in, we have a wonderful hospitality committee. For three or more years they’ve been residents and know our community well. They are always very happy and helpful to take residents by the hand and answer the many questions new folks might have. Thank you hospitality committee for all your caring and work! And for other residents, we are always looking for more hospitality committee members.

At the Villas we have many events throughout the year where you can come hear the music, see the show, try our dining, visit the residents, and take a tour for yourself! Come see why new residents say the Villas is the best. Check our newsletter and calendar each month to keep up on the latest events. Have a wonderful and blessed new year!

Love to all, Sherri Saunders
Marketing Team

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January Events at San Clemente Villas by the Sea

2017 January newsletterHAPPY NEW YEAR! From all of us at San Clemente Villas by the Sea! Our January Newsletter is filled with events and activities!

photo dayVillas’ Annual Photo Day

Saturday, January 14th at 1:00 in the Lobby

For all of our residents! Come get your photo taken. You’ll get your FREE 8 x 10 to put in your frame outside your room, or to give to loved ones.

 

braille instituteThe Braille Institute Presents Information you can Use!

Thursday, January 19th - 1:00 pm in the Lobby

Come to this informative seminar!

 

scrabble showdownSign Up Now for the Scrabble Tournament

Thursday, January 26th

 

resident meetingMonthly Resident Meeting

1st Thursday of the Month

These meetings are a time to learn "what's going on," ask questions, and share concerns. It's also a time to give praise where praise is due!

Don't Miss Them.

 

Bingo Bonanzabingo banoanza

4th Thursday of Every Month @ 2:00pm

The more that come, the bigger the fun! Stay and join us at Social Hour immediately following.

 

mirna uriasJanuary Employee of the Month

Mirna Urias

Mirna came to work at the Villas about 6 years ago. She was born in Tijuana. She grew up there as well. She has a sister that lives in Bellflower and one more that lives in Mexico. Her parents have passed. She is a caregiver on the AL side. Her favorite thing about being a caregiver is hearing the stories from the residents, sharing with them, and caring for them. Mirna is married toMoises, and has four daughters, Jaquelene,Mia,Michelle andMaya. Mirna loves to bake cakes and spend time with her girls. Mirna has always been a caregiver but if she wasn’t a caregiver she would have been a lawyer! Managers and employees have taken note as to how loving and kind Mirna is. We love you Mirna! Keep up the awesome work.

 

a1sx2_Thumbnail1_barbara_new.jpgWe Love the ACTIVITIES at the Villas

Here are some of our recent events & activities at San Clemente Villas by the Sea. Our Activities Director, Barbara Tancredi, does a wonderful job, Thank You Barbara!

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS from Marketing

Sherri Saunders

Merry Christmas to all of our wonderful residents, Paul, Aileen and our amazing staff here at the Villas. All of you I call “family”, having worked here eight years! I love and enjoy my job so much. How blessed I am to come to work every day and look forward to it! I would wish that for everyone!

Christmas is a time of giving. It could be a gift, a warm touch, a hug or just quality time spent with people you care about. God has given us the gift of LIFE. My prayer is that we all cherish the gifts God gives us every day.

We welcome all family and friends to join us for some Christmas Cheer and festivities. May you and your families be filled with Joy, Peace and Blessings this Holiday Season, and into the New Year!

Love to all, Sherri Saunders
Marketing Team

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From the desk of the Executive Director

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Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to All!

It is an exciting time of the year here at “The Villas”! Have you noticed all the wonderful Christmas and Holiday decorations everywhere? Aileen and Paul go all out to make your home very festive looking while you and your loved ones celebrate all of the holidays here! We have many visitors coming in doing special entertainment and presentations throughout the month. The December calendar is packed with activities. Please check the daily sheets at the front desk and the monthly calendar that Barbara prepares to keep up with everything going on! As a reminder, I would like to encourage residents or family members to contribute to our “Employee Appreciation Fund”. It is against state and company policy for our hourly employees to accept tips for their services to you as residents throughout the year, so now is the time to remember them by making a donation. Resident council Treasurer, Richard Hobart, is the chairperson of this project and has set Friday, Dec. 5th as the last day to contribute to this fund to give the resident committee time to compile your very generous donations for distribution to our employees. One of my favorite traditions at Christmas time is the Christmas Stocking. The most popular legend about why stockings are hung at Christmas goes something like this: A recently widowed man and father of three girls was having a rough time making ends meet. Even though his daughters were beautiful, he worried that their impoverished status would make it impossible for them to marry. St. Nicholas was wandering through the town where the man lived and heard villagers discussing that family’s plight. He wanted to help but knew the man would refuse any kind of charity directly. Instead, one night, he slid down the chimney of the family’s house and filled the girls’ recently laundered stockings, which happened to be drying by the fire, with gold coins. And then he disappeared. The girls awoke in the morning, overjoyed upon discovering the bounty. Because of St. Nick’s generosity, the daughters were now eligible to wed and their father could rest easy that they wouldn’t fall into lonely despair. Whew! While obviously far-fetched, this tale of unknown origin and date is most widely referenced when it comes to the history of the Christmas stocking. I hope your “Christmas Stockings” are filled with faith, love and hope for blessed holidays!

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Alcohol Policy at San Clemente Villas by the Sea

2016 december alcohol policyDecember 2016 and forward

There are many complications that go along with seniors drinking alcohol. Alcohol, coupled with health problems, such as dementia, Alzheimer’s and heart disease can lead to health decline and senior behavior and happiness can be at stake.

Here are the considerations to take into account with regard to seniors and alcohol:

  1. In seniors, alcohol tolerance weakens. Many studies show that the aged experience greater alcohol-related impairment. An aging body just can’t metabolize alcohol as effectively, and as a result, seniors can experience more significant coordination and memory problems and an increased risk of falls and accidents — a real problem in those with limited mobility.
  2. Alcohol aggravates, creates, and even causes new medical conditions. Just some of the conditions that are exacerbated by alcohol include diabetes, osteoporosis and malnutrition. [West Virginia University School of Public Health.]
  3. Combining alcohol with medications can be risky; causing drug interactions that may reduce the effects of the medication or, conversely, render it more dangerous or even toxic.
  4. Late onset alcoholism can be a result physical pain, emotional stress, and loneliness. Feelings of isolation from the death of a spouse, the stress of moving out of the family home and into senior living, or a difficult transition into retirement, can lead to increased alcohol use and even dependence.

With the above factors to consider, it’s easy to understand why some senior living communities might decide it isn’t worth the risk to serve alcohol.

The Alcohol Policy of San Clemente Villas by the Sea, commencing Dec. 1, 2016, shall be this: No alcohol shall be served at Happy Hour or other functions. We will continue to have Sparkling Cider and other non-alcoholic drinks. There will be a 2 drink limit at dinner time. As always any resident on the “no alcohol” list as generated by doctor’s instructions, will not be served alcohol. Except for residents on the “no alcohol” list, alcohol purchased by residents or family and kept in their room will not be monitored unless it becomes an issue, at which time we will investigate and in conjunction with professional advice, make a decision about moving the resident to the “no alcohol” list. As always, we thank everyone for their cooperation in this vital matter.

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Marketing: from the desk of the Sherri Saunders

Sherri Saunders

As Thanksgiving Day approaches I’d like to encourage every resident, every family member, and every employee – in fact, everyone reading this, to be truly thankful. What does that mean? Some say it means you simply give thanks to God for what you have, and let go of whatever you feel you “don’t have”. Others say, “We’re all in the same boat”, and so we all will eventually go through wonderful things, not so wonderful things, and inevitably some bad things. That’s a part of this thing we call life.

For all of us, life is a mixed bag of ups and downs. But even when we consider ourselves to be in a “down” time, there’s always plenty to be thankful for. The Apostle Paul repeated over and over that we are to be thankful “no matter what”. He also says to “be happy”. So get up, get out, do what you can, and be thankful you are alive! Don’t waste the life you’ve been given.

At the Villas we’re thankful for all the new residents that have come to live with us. Each person brings so much to the lives of everyone here. Both new and established residents comment that they are thankful to be here.We believe it’s because the Villas is such a joyful place to live and to work.

Personally, I am thankful for my family and friends and every day that I have here on earth.

Sherri Saunders
Marketing Team

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From the desk of the Executive Director

jan mcalister

I love this time of year! Generally by November, we have a little break in our Southern California heat waves, just in time to turn on the ovens and enjoy some good comfort food. Turkey with cranberry sauce, dressing, mashed potatoes with gravy, green beans, sweet potatoes (yams), ham, apple salad, pumpkin and pecan pies are wonderful traditional foods we have at our Thanksgiving celebrations. Generally, I can’t wait until Thanksgiving to have my favorites, so I will “jump the gun” and cook a turkey before the actual holiday. At San Clemente Villas, Salvador, our Director of Food Service Director extraordinaire, is planning a special Thanksgiving meal as well at the lunch hour. He and the Dining Room Staff do a terrific job of preparing those traditional dishes we like and his staff serves them with love! Please tell your family and friends to make their reservations early if they are planning on having their Thanksgiving meal here.

I also want to remind residents Salvador has a “Food for Thought” meeting on the 3rdWednesday of every month at 1:00 p.m. in the library. Last month there was a record turnout and it gives you, as a resident, one-on-one time to express your wishes to Salvador. I hear he is planning a tour of his kitchen in the near future!

Let’s all think of something we are thankful for this year. For me, it is the fact I have a very large extended family and we all care about each other! We are fortunate to live in the U.S.A., in Southern California, and in particular to live or work at San ClementeVillas by the Sea!Blessings to All!

Jan McAlister
Executive Director

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From the desk of the Sherri Saunders

Sherri Saunders

 We’ve had a boom in move-ins! We’ve met some wonderful new people who are now or will soon be residents here at the Villas. Welcome as we celebrate our 14th year here! As always we strive to provide a community where residents can feel safe while enjoying all that life has to offer. I was just talking to our Activities Director and she told me when she interviews new residents, the first thing they say they love about the Villas is the food! Is it one-on-one home cookin’ like your sister or momma did for you? What we’ve found is that it’s the closest you’ll likely come to that in a community of any size.

One resident said about the service while on an outing in a restaurant, “I miss the Villas! The service is so much better there!” The second thing new residents say they love about the Villas is how friendly or “nice” everyone is. We tell them that it’s not just in our job description, but in the DNAof the people who work at the Villas. They love their jobs, and genuinely love the residents. The third thing new residents rave about are the many activities offered. Folks who have lived elsewhere say we offer far more than where they lived before.

All in all we’re a friendly, happy, busy community where there’s something for everyone. Come check us out for yourself! Come for a tour and free lunch!

Sherri Saunders
Marketing Team

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From the desk of the Executive Director

jan mcalister

It is estimated that today more than 31,000 people live in assisted living communities in California. The first assisted living communities opened in the late 1970’s in Oregon. They were seen as a more affordable alternative to nursing or convalescent homes as well as a less institutional environment for seniors who could no longer live in their homes.

My first day of work at “Palm Terrace” Assisted Living in Laguna Hills was June 11, 1999. We did have nurses and med techs by that time. In the absence of a caregiver or a med tech, the nurse would cover the shifts so as not to create overtime. While some Assisted Living Communities had a string to pull on the wall if you needed help, at least my community had a pendant system. Many communities had what you would call “universal caregivers”, which meant you not only assisted residents, but you served meals and occasionally did housekeeping duties, as well. For the larger communities, I think that is next to impossible now.

Needless to say, assisted living has changed considerably since the 1990’s. Much of this is due to a large number of facilities being built in the 1990’s and early 2000’s and the need to be more competitive and offer more choices for residents. Also, the State of California began passing lots of legislation regulating the industry which they continue to do every year. Our Residency Agreement was six pages long in 1999. It is now 20 pages long, not including all the addendums. I have to say that the evolution of the industry has made assisted living communities much nicer places to live as well as places where residents have many more choices. I embrace the changes, but can’t help smiling at the memories of the earlier days of assisted living!

I hope you will take advantage of the many Fall activities we have coming up in September and the months to follow. Our activity program is second to none. The Activity Team of Barbara, Mario, Dianna, Leslie and even our own Business Office Manager Maria are constantly striving to come up with fun activities, educational seminars, resident/family parties, new card games, art projects and weather-appropriate outings. If you have an idea you would like to see implemented at “TheVillas”, please email Barbara Tancredi at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. She will not only answer you, but will do her best to make it happen!

Jan McAlister
Executive Director

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From the desk of the Executive Director

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August is a wonderful month in many ways. For me, this year, it is the start of my second month as your new Executive Director here at San Clemente Villas. I have been fortunate to have a supportive team and will work hard to make your Community a place you are happy to live at.We are so fortunate to be able to enjoy the sunshine and warm summer days in Southern California that include the Dana Point Harbor, the San Clemente Pier and the constant view of the Pacific Ocean.

Later this month, I will be traveling to Trinidad, California to enjoy the redwoods, do a little fishing, and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the northern coast while visiting my parents. Trinidad is a small fishing town just north of Eureka just in case you were wondering where it is. My parents are residents in Temecula, CA, but have vacationed and later spent their retirement summers “up north” for years. Salmon, halibut, red and black snapper and ling cod are the fish we catch and my parents clean it, can it, freeze it and smoke it! They are experts at preparing “fish dishes”. My dad is a diehard deep sea fisherman, and my mother has made an excellent “first mate” who can handle the boat and a fishing rod like one of the guys! Can’t say that I can keep up with her!

I would also like to say a word about our previous Executive Director, Karen Milroy. This is the second time I have followed in her footsteps as an Executive Director. She hired me back in 2007 to work with her at another community and I am following her again here at TheVillas. I feel she has mentored me in so many ways since that time, whether it be with a work-related issues or sharing one of her “world famous” recipes. She is just one of those people you hope will be in your life for the rest of your life. Aileen and Paul had a wonderful send-off party for her on June 30th and I know she will be missed, but hope her retirement years will be just as fulfilling for her as her career years have been. Hats off to Karen!

Have a terrific summer,
Jan McAlister

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Hoedown at SC Villas Celebrating July 2016 Issue of South County Magazine

Hoedown at SC Villas Celebrating July 2016 Issue of South County Magazine

Local publication - South County Magazine - celebrated its July 2016 Issue with a Country Western BBQ and Hoedown at San Clemente Villas! Featuring San Clemente Villas, the magazine thanked Aileen and Paul Brazeau, co-owners of San Clemente Villas by the Sea, for coordinating such a festive affair to celebrate its July 2016 edition - the gracious hospitality of Aileen and her attentive staff, who went above and beyond to ensure guests a memorable experience.

The event saw attendees mixing and mingling with other local business owners and professionals who 'noshed' on delicious lamb chops, grilled corn, skewered veggies, fresh fruit - an amped up backyard barbecue just in time for the holiday weekend! Guests socialized with some of the facility’s residents, many of whom got into the act - line dancing to music by a live country western band!
Photos by Mark Montgomery, Montgomery Photography

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San Clemente Villas Male Caregivers and Med-Tech

2016 july newsletter 12Rey Santos is a Med-Tech in our "West Indies." He came to the Villas many years ago as a Caregiver. He worked also as Caregiver for the owner Paul's previous wife Ruthie. That really says a lot about Rey that the owner of the Villas requested him to be caregiver for a family member! Rey has been through a lot of training over the years. Rey loves working with the residents. In his spare time Rey loves to go to the beach.

 

2016 july newsletter 13Julio Pastrana came to the Villas about 3-4 months ago (2016). He works as a Caregiver here, but also as a CNA in a nursing home. He got his training in Anaheim as a CNA. He is also an RNA which is a Respiratory Nurse assistant. We're so glad he came to work with us! Julio loves making the residents happy. His passion is being someone the residents can talk to and feel that they're not alone. He also is passionate about making sure they're doing well.

 

2016 july newsletter 14McRyan Satos name probably came from his great great grandparents because his great great grandpa was named Mc-Cario. So it’s of Filipino origin, not Irish (people have asked because of the “Mc”). McRyan came to us March of 2011. He is a Med-Tech on our AL side. He likes helping residents with their medication and other needs. McRyan is cheerful and loves to make residents laugh! In his spare time, McRyan likes to visit friends and be with family. McRyan says, “No, I’m not related to Rey Santos.”

 

2016 july newsletter 17Amar Singh came to work at the Villas in 2014. He is a Med-Tech Caregiver. He is now also an LVN and plans to continue working at San Clemente Villas. Amar enjoys basketball. He's been working in the field of care giving for 10 years. He loves making the residents happy!

 

2016 july newsletter 15James Fajardo came to the Villas about seven years ago. He is a Caregiver and Med-Tech on the AL side. James loves doing a good job he says. He actually is a Certified Nurse Assistant as well. He enjoys that the Villas has a Family Atmosphere". Residents might not know that James loves to cook and bake. James is married and has three daughters.

 

2016 july newsletter 16Gilberto Ramirez is a Caregiver in our “West Indies”. He started working at the Villas again two years ago. Gilberto has actually worked here a total of 14 years because he left and came back. He loves working at the Villas. When he's not working, he is resting getting his strength up for his caregiving job. He has a grown child, a son.

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Mother's Day Tribute: Ingeborg B.

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My mother is great because she is always ready to try a new adventure!

-Love, Bob

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Mother's Day Tribute: Martha C.

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Martha Ciampa is a very special person to our whole family because she always adds a positive sparkle to your day, and brings joy and laughter to everyone around her. Martha Ciampa is a fabulous cook. Each year on your birthday she would have the whole family over for dinner and make you your favorite meal and cake! We love you so much! Happy Mother’s Day Martha!

-Kate Andrews, granddaughter

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Mother's Day Tribute: Alyce B.

Mothers Day Tribute

Our family loved to play all kinds of games & my brother Jim & I learned about sharing, winning, losing, and most of all family love!

-Barbara

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Mother's Day Tribute: Eleanor W.

Mother's Day Tribute

Happy Mother’s Day! I remember the love you had and still have for jazz music, especially the big band music of the late thirties and forties. I asked you why this had such a big influence on your life and why it was so enjoyable for you. You proceeded to tell me about all your escapades with your two accomplices and partners in crime – Norma and Ruby. As under-aged teens, you used to sneak into the clubs and “speak easys” to listen to the big bands coming through Vancouver on their tours of the US and Canada. So one time, but probably more than one time, Duke Ellington asked you to sit on the piano bench while he played his music – “Take the ATrain” and others. You said it was magic and never forgot it. Several years later when my brother and I were old enough to appreciate it, Duke Ellington and his band were touring again and came to play in Stockton CA.We all went and had a fantastic time! That really influenced my appreciation and love of music and in particular big band jazz music. To finish and to demonstrate that your influence continues on with my family, your granddaughter Emily got into dance and playing music on the piano. You went and watched one of high school dance recitals and they did a number with Benny Goodman’s “Sing Sing Sing” as the music. You really enjoyed this - both the music and the dance routine. Happy Mother’s Day Mom!

Love, Michael, Kelly, Liam, and Emily

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