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Merry Christmas season to everyone, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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“Christmas waves a magic wand over the world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful! This is the one day of the year to remind us we have so much to be thankful for.” December is a very beautiful and busy month for all of us. So what is the spirit of Christmas? The answer can be said in one word “Giving.” Here in the “West Indies” that means serving and giving with extra love and care. We know this is what makes the residents feel the spirit of Christmas!

Christmas time brings up many memories. I wanted to hear from our residents. Here is what a few shared. Mel Incerto remembers a Christmas Tree with pretty lights. Vivian Senac recalls getting together with family and friends. Francis Miller loves being with lots of family and people she hasn’t seen in a long time. Ray Rapeepat recalls being a foreigner and having to learn how to cook a turkey! Shirley Margiot reminisces on the smell of a fresh Christmas tree and Elaine West a staff member, said that when she was a child, she remembers seeing a special doll in a store window that looked like her with long braids. And guess what? Santa brought it to her for Christmas!

From all our Staff and residents here in the West Indies may you and your family’s Holidays be filled with joy, peace, and blessings. Have a wonderful, safe and happy New Year!!

Sunshine and smiles... Rey, Joe, Leslie and the West Indies Staff

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Marketing: from the desk of the Sherri Saunders

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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

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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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HAPPY NOVEMBER! HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON!

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I hope you enjoy this beautiful month of November. It is a month to think about everything we are thankful for! Here in the West Indies we have many exciting things to be thankful for and to celebrate, starting off with Christine Robert’s birthday which is on November 1st! She looks amazing for 96 years old and is still up and around enjoying life.

Election Day is November 8th, so please take time to get out and cast your Ballot as every vote counts! Then on Nov. 10th we celebrate the Marine Corp Anniversary (established in 1775). This is a perfect day to give thanks to all military men & women.

Veterans Day is November 11th, and is a special remembrance day in the U.S. & Canada. November 11th also happens to be the day thatWorldWar I ended in 1918. So it’s a day to be proud and thankful to those that served for all of us!!

We would like to give a warm welcome to Dianna Mendoza & Lupe Ruvalcaba, our new co-managers that recently joined our W.I. staff. We’re all looking forward to working together as a team!

Last but not least, enjoy your amazing Thanksgiving Holiday with friends and family on November 24th. It’s a great day to verbally share with each other the things you are thankful for.

Too often we underestimate the power of a gentle touch, a smile, or a kind word. Here in the “West Indies” we try to take time during our busy day to see that the residents experience our touch, our smiles and kind words to show that we really care – because we do!

Have a fantastic month from all the West Indies Staff!

Sunshine and smiles... Leslie, Rey, Lupe, Dianna and the entire W.I. Staff

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Happy October from the West Indies Staff

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Hi to everyone!

Well, I hope you are enjoying this amazing Autumn weather. West Indies would like to give a warm welcome to Mel Incerto it’s a pleasure to have you with us!

October will be a busy month kicking off with Columbus Day October 10th. This was a voyage of 3 famous ships that lead to the reputed discovery of a “NewWorld” (America) in 1492. Make no bones about it October is Dino-mite!

We will celebrate International Dinosaur Month & Fossil Day on 10/12. Happy Birthday to the handsome Craig Strickland 10/20/25 he has the best smile ever! Also beautiful Julie George 10/21/24 whom we all love.

Happy Halloween 10/31! We’ve got lots of fun planned ahead! Did you know Halloween originated in Ireland? To understand, you have to look to the “Festival of Samhain” in Ireland’s celtic past. It was a festival said to be not unlike the modern New Year’s Day in that it carried the notion of casting out the old and moving into the new.

So as we enjoy this beautiful month take a moment to smile - “happiness” looks great on all of us & enjoyed by others around you!

Sunshine and smiles….. Rey, Joe, Leslie and theWest Indies Staff

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From the desk of the Sherri Saunders

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 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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Happy September from the West Indies Staff

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Hi to everyone! We hope you enjoyed your summer! It’s time to cool things down the autumn season begins September 22nd. Good News! We are excited to have Rey Santos as our new West Indies Care Manager! Rey has been working at the Villas for 12 years. He is married and has four children.

On behalf of Rey, Joe, Leslie and all the care staff here in the West Indies, to all resident family members may you find comfort knowing we all care, understand and have lots of compassion for your loved ones.

September will be a busy month kicking off with Labor Day on the 5th. We hope you get a chance to kick back and relax as you work hard all year! We’re also in the planning stages for Oktoberfest, which is a big festival lasts 2 weeks 9/17 to 10/2.

In September we have three residents birthdays Jean Baughn 9/27/21, JoanMauri 9/25/30, & Helen Signorile, 9/29/16. Check it out, Helen looks amazing for being 100 years young!

As you enjoy September take time to tell a member of the Villas Care Staff thank you. Give them a hug or just a nice smile it truly means a lot to all of them. And from all of us, thank YOU for entrusting us with your loved ones.

Sunshine and smiles….. Rey, Joe, Leslie and theWest Indies Staff

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From the desk of the Executive Director

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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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