Mission Viejo Wigs is truly a family business. Not in the traditional sense, where its owners and operators share the same genes. But rather in such a way that every person who has walked through Owner Betty Darroch’s doors in the 30+ years she has been in operation immediately felt like a member of Darroch’s extended family.
As a professional hair and wig stylist since 1962, Betty began her career at CBS where her résumé reads like a celebrity screenplay starring the coifs of a veritable “who’s who” of Hollywood: Ann Margaret, Carol Lawrence, the Midnight Specials and the Sonny & Cher Show. She went on to work for the Hallelujah Hollywood Show at the MGM Hotel in Las Vegas.
But it wasn’t until she opened her own business in Mission Viejo that she felt as though she were “truly doing God’s work.”
Her clients today include people who are experiencing hair loss due to chemotherapy treatment, alopecia or other medical conditions. Betty specializes in wigs, hairpieces and toupees for women, men and children and carries only the highest quality brands. Each wig or hairpiece is custom fit to the client for the most natural look and feel – no one will know you’re wearing a wig unless you tell them.
“Hair loss, whether it is the result of illness, the aging process or heredity, can be a traumatic and emotionally draining experience,” says Betty. “We work with people on a daily basis who are facing the issue of hair loss for the first time. Our goal is to help you find the solution that works best for you and do so in a caring way that makes you realize that you are not alone.”
There are wonderful testimonials from longtime customers on her web site (missionviejowigs.com), but for me, the best testament to Betty’s genuine, caring nature came from a source closer to home.
When my mother was diagnosed with lung cancer six years ago, there were so many aspects of what she was facing - including the side effects associated wit chemotherapy treatment – that were out of our control. But my mother’s appearance was something she felt she could dictate. We knew she would lose her hair, but she was determined not to “look like a sick person.”
From the moment my mother met Betty, she knew she had found the right place and more importantly, the right person to help her. Betty shared so many stories of survival – of longtime customers and friends who fought a similar battle and won. Her warm embrace and inspired hope and help steel her resolve to maintain a positive, fighting attitude when she was diagnosed with lung cancer.
The wig Betty selected was the perfect color and style for my mother’s face (and head) shape. The wig was so natural looking that my mother received many compliments on her “new do” and no one was the wiser.
It’s been over nine years since my mother completed treatment and is now leading a cancer-free life. Although her own hair has long since grown back, she still often prefers to wear Betty’s wigs on “bad hair days.”
Thank you Betty!
You can connect with Betty by calling (949) 581-4549.
Mission Viejo Wigs is located at 25571 Jeronimo Road in Mission Viejo.
I do not trust advertisements on television. I am certainly not one of those people who sits up watching late night cable dialing in for the newest in skin care, workout equipment, or nutrition supplements. I trust my friends. My family. Folks who can offer me sound advice based on years of experience. (Call me old fashioned.) When I met Libby about a year ago, we chatted for a bit, asking each other the usual (where are you from, what do you do for a living?). I was curious when she referred to herself a “wellness resource.” I inquired further, and found that instead of a talking infomercial head, she was the real deal when it came to lifestyle consultants.
She’d begun her lifestyle consultancy a few years prior, and was looking to build a business centered around bringing awareness to women: of how special and valuable they are. “Caring for themselves is of great value, because each woman’s growing confidence brings value to those around them.” Libby grew up on the move, and fitting into new schools became the greatest challenge of her young life.
“I didn’t know who I was, I didn’t have a particular style, or something that just screamed: me. I would have loved to have someone mentor me, especially through those awkward years.” Putting her focus as an adult towards empowerment techniques and specialty branding, Libby has grown into a powerhouse with over 22 years in the style and wellness industry.
“I delight in group gatherings, because that is where women connect with each other,” says Libby. But it isn’t just about ladies’ nights and massage therapy. Lifestyles by Libby works on the interior as well as the exterior: and offers a bit of bling to spice up even the most dull of weeks. A believer in the power of restorative minerals, Libby works with products from the Dead Sea. Nourishing bodies with organic alkaline wellness products that don’t taste like you dug them out of a green waste trash can, and rejuvenating the skin with mud masks; specifically formulated to offer the maximum hydration and elasticity to the skin on one’s face. In fact, studies have shown that said masks are proven to assist in the treatment of psoriasis and rosacea, as well as eliminating wrinkles without the need of surgeries, injections, or prescriptions.
“I feel I can identify with the woman who is a bit tentative on self-care as well as the sophisticate who is fashion forward.” What a blessing to someone like me, who has voluntarily self-identified as fashion challenged for most of her life; one who still has trouble French braiding hair and is overwhelmed by the color options when I visit the nail salon with friends.
Libby had just the solution for me: nail wraps. Colorstreet, which Libby swears by, has been in the making for the last ten years - and made in the USA, creating a nail wrap with 100% real nail polish. “These aren’t stickers, and no heating is involved. They apply in minutes and one nail strip package equals two mani/pedis, so it is incredibly affordable, convenient, and fast.” I loved that they were simple and no stress, and offered some fun looks that I wouldn’t necessarily have tried at a salon (think solid, glitter and French designs). And you can throw them on over another manicure, pedicure, gel nail, or even a bare nail, as I am most often wont to have.
Specializing in helping women feel extraordinary about themselves is no small feat. But Libby has been joyously active in offering solutions to the stressed, overworked, sleep-deprived for years, and isn’t about to back down. Especially since, in her time away from the business, she is surrounded by two adult sons and a husband of 37 years. “I love the girl factor!” That’s a perspective I trust.
Libby can be reached directly by calling (949) 422-9233 or visit www.lifebylibby.com or www.mycolorstreet.com/libbyjason
Destination dining in Dana Point inspired by the authentic cuisine, tradition and charm of Venice, Italy
For a unrivaled dining experience derived from years of education, a passion for preparing delicious, authentic dishes from the freshest ingredients and a dedication to stellar customer service where the owners and staff make you feel like a personal guest in their home, look no farther than Casanova Ristorante.
Owner Chris Lagaris and General Manager Stefano Xenos have clearly - pardon the pun - discovered the recipe for success in the Southern California restaurant industry. The cousins have been working together for half a century, having owned an operated 27 dining establishments together, including the landmark Maxwell’s By The Sea in Huntington Beach. Lagaris and Xenos take particular pride in giving back to the community by supporting a number of local charitable organizations such as the Ark of San Juan, Dana Hills High School, New Vista School, Pet Protect Foundation, the Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment and the Boys and Girls Club of Capistrano Valley.
“There are three key ingredients to having a successful restaurant,” says Xenos. “The most important is that the restaurant must be clean from back to front, food handling and food quality is paramount and the chefs’ knowledge of the cuisine, flavors and pairings, and attention to presentation all contribute to our customers’ experience.”
Having said that, I can happily attest that literally everything my husband and I have tried on the menu has been nothing short of superb. The service is excellent – attentive and unobtrusive – the ambiance is warm and friendly and its popular cocktail lounge featuring specially selected wine list (and full bar) has a loyal following among locals and visitors alike.
Start with the Mozzarella Caprese, which arrives with slices of fresh tomato topped with creamy buffalo mozzarella cheese and basil and served with virgin olive oil. Another popular pick is the antipasto misto made up of a selection of cured meats and complementary cheeses and my personal fave: the Carpaccio al Salmone defined by crisp romaine, capers, radicchio topped with smoked salmon, lemon and olive oil.
For the main course, Tim’s favorite dishes include the “Pink Lady Fettuccine” made with chicken and sundried tomatoes tossed in a creamy Alfredo sauce and a flavorful Rigatoni Mamma Rosa with Italian sausage and mushrooms in a tomato sauce with a touch of cream. My favorites include the Lasagne al Forno which arrives with layers of perfectly al dente pasta, ricotta cheese and meat sauce baked with mozzarella cheese.
A seafood aficionado? Options abound – ranging from the Linguini Vongole Veraci (long, flat pasta with baby Manila clams sautéed in a white wine sauce) and Farfalle al Salmone (bowtie pasta with smoked salmon tossed in a cream and tomato sauce with a touch of vodka) to the Linguini alla Pescatora (long, flat pasta with fresh fish of the day, shrimp, calamari, mussels and clams in a light tomato sauce.
Portions are generous, but if you’ve saved room for a little something sweet … try the crème brulee with its perfectly carmelized top or the homemade tiramisu, a traditional favorite or an equally delicious warm chocolate cake accompanied by vanilla ice cream, whipped cream and drizzled with a rich chocolate sauce.
Casanova Ristorante is located at 33585 Del Obispo St. in Dana Point (at the corner of Stonehill). For information or reservations, call 949.496.0992 or visit www.casanovaristorante.com
All the jokes my husband makes about potentially living under the same roof as his mother-in-law aside, my 84-year-old mother knows she can always move in with our family if or when the time arrives when she needs extra help in her daily life.
I recently learned about Acti-Kare, thinking forward about what options were out there for those looking to take care of their elderly in-house: options to give you more dignity, comfort, and independence, not less.
An industry leader in providing highly qualified, compassionate, and trustworthy caregivers, Acti-Kare is dedicated to in-home care, and Lori Renaud, R.N., is at the helm in South Orange County, steering her team towards excellence. Especially when it comes to senior care. Acti-Kare offers affordable in-home care - both hourly and live-in services - including transportation, meal preparation, personal care services, companionship from professionals who are screened, bonded and insured.
“I began Acti-Kare in April of 2015. Working in healthcare provided me with the opportunity to recognize the value and benefit of high-quality in-home care,” says Lori. “Too many seniors only have a life of existence, leading to isolation and depression.”
Indeed, for those struggling with recovery following a surgery, like a friend’s mother after she broke her hip, life becomes smaller and smaller. Until the house you raised your children in can start to feel more like a trap than a triumph.
Acti-Kare utilizes a collaborative approach in working alongside hospice and home health care companies toward the same client/patient goals through open communication and a commitment toward providing outstanding service. “Our caregivers go to the client’s residence, and we are daily achieving my goal of providing seniors the opportunity to have a life with meaning, and a more active, social, and independent lifestyle in a safe environment,” says Lori.
As a Registered Nurse, Lori takes each initial consultation herself, developing an individualized plan of care for every client, and checking back in regularly to provide personalized health assessments. The Acti-Vate Program takes customized care one step further, challenging the norm of an age-induced fatigue, and balancing mind, body and spirit to improve the wellbeing of clients holistically. The knowledge that your loved ones are in careful hands is priceless, and the understanding that those hands are leading your loved ones to a safer, more independent lifestyle in their advanced years is immeasurable.
“I can now sleep at night, knowing my mother is safe,” says Mary, a client from Laguna Beach. “Not only does my mother now have a constant companion, her laundry is taken care of, mail sorted - but if she wants to go out and run errands or meet a friend, her transportation is arranged.” Clients can still do their own grocery shopping; but if they’d rather not bother with the task of preparing and cleaning up afterwards, or perhaps are dealing with a restricted diet, “Acti-Kare caregivers can prepare meals that maintain a healthy diet, as well as monitor their daily nutritional needs to insure sufficient nutrition.” Unfortunately, a great many seniors fail to meet those demands, leading to frustration, and often, a heightened risk of illness.
“I educate the public on disease management and prevention,” says Lori. “But sometimes it takes the presence of a competent, compassionate caregiver to ensure that corners aren’t being cut on health in some of the most important years of your life.”
Treating every client as if they were a family member of their own, Lori’s team is confident that their suite of senior care solutions will surpass your expectations for care - without committing to a long-term contract or minimum hour block of service.
My mother is in fine health now. But as she ages and has increasing needs, what a great option to see her in her own home, running her own errands, confident, dignified and independent in the care right at her doorstep.
Connect with Lori Renaud, R.N. by calling 949-397-6069 or visit www.southorangecounty.actikare.com
We all come from somewhere. A city, in a state- a street, down the street from your neighbor. A neighborhood. The concept of which, arising from the social attitudes of the early city planners, crystalized out of the 1900’s when Clarence Perry modeled residential development in growing urban areas. Just another collection of lines on a blueprint; just another place to rest at the end of the day. But what really exists in the places we call home? Shops, restaurants, hotels: the places we meet and connect, work, eat, celebrate. North Park, in San Diego is no different. With a visible history that began more than 100 years ago, around the advent of the term “neighborhood,” the streetcars that lined John D. Spreckels’ San Diego Electric Railway ran along University Avenue and 30th. Creating, passenger by passenger, the heart of the community.
Bringing residents, shopkeepers, and business investors alike, those who came to the neighborhood then and now were greeted by the tallest commercial building on the block: once, the home of real-estate partnership between William Jay Stevens and John “Jack” Hartley, the eldest son in the Hartley family, and whom the 40 acres that lay between Ray, 32nd, University, and Dwight were named after. “Hartley’s North Park” stuck, and has remained the city’s Busy Corner ever since. The neon sign signifying North Park’s Busy Corner hung from 1935 to 1967, and was replaced after years of community advocacy in 1993: bringing light back to a neighborhood containing some of the area’s most beloved art galleries, studios, performing art venues, sushi stops, vegetarian cafes, coffee shops, and brunch spots in San Diego.
The Lafayette Hotel
Bringing the truest meaning of community to Clarence Perry’s “neighborhood”, The Lafayette originally opened its doors in 1946. Only a couple short miles from the world famous San Diego Zoo, and Balboa Park’s 1,200 acres of culture and nature, the hotel still holds tightly to the Hollywood charm it brought the area upon opening. An eclectic collection of rooms awaits each eager guest, and an amenities list as long and varied as the sea life in San Diego’s sparkling waters ensures there is no low point in your modern travel experience. Priding itself on being great at everything it does, the Lafayette Hotel boasts great food, great people, and great beds.
Dive into the historic Johnny Weissmuller-designed Olympic Pool or take a lap around the hotel’s two classic restaurants: HOPE 46 or The Red Fox Steakhouse. Get recommendations from locals on North Park culture and history, and dive into San Diego’s finest with a long list of to-do’s from the Lafayette’s well-traveled circle of friends. And, with over 15,000 square feet of flexible meeting space both within the hotel and without, there isn’t a community space quite like it in the neighborhood.
San Diego Zoo Inside Look Tour of Penguins & Friends at the new Africa Rocks exhibit
Newest to the neighborhood is the African penguin colony at San Diego’s own Africa Rocks exhibit. With an insider tour offering unique views of the penguin’s home beach and nesting area, guests learn how zoo caretakers are working to conserve the birds in the wild. The zoo, a haven for animals ranging from savannah to sea spotlights the incredible diversity of species found on their native African continent. Penguins are just the tip of the zoological iceberg, joined by the Nubian ibex, ring-tailed lemurs, leopards, meerkats, and West African dwarf crocodiles. A tour for all ages, each takes place under the watchful eye of a knowledgeable guide. If that doesn’t sound like enough of a day to you and the family, plan your trip to the Zoo and Wild Animal Park around an immense list of activities and animals destined to make the most out of your visit.
San Diego Museum of Man • California Tower
The recent winner of The Nonprofit Institute’s Kaleidoscope Award for Good Governance, San Diego’s own Museum of Man was recognized for celebrating and promoting good governance propelling their organization’s performance and fulfillment of its mission. A huge hit for all ages, guests can explore the human connection in a dynamic environment, reflect on one’s place in the global community, and strive together to push the boundaries of human invention. Exhibits range from the newest, opening in April 2018, to tours of the historic California Tower: reopening after being closed to the public for the last 80 years. Climb seven floors, sneaking glimpses of the beauty that awaits at the top, emerging into the sunlight where panoramic views of Balboa Park, and its majestic history await below. Inspired by the churches of Mexico and Spain, the tower was closed to the public shortly after the 1935 Cal Pacific Exposition: and is now the hottest attraction in North Park for adults and families alike!
Urban Solace restaurant
Stepping into the neighborhood means being welcomed home, and what says home more than a classic American meal, artfully crafted from locally and responsibly sourced seafood, veggies, and meats. If their handmade craft cocktails weren’t enough to welcome you to the table, the hustle and bustle of this North Park favorite serves up some of the most incredible comfort food in town. Having committed years ago upon their first meal to ensure they produced with the most natural ingredients possible, Urban Solace features antibiotic free meats, the best boutique wines, and a unique selection of craft beers. Matt Gordon, chef and owner of Urban Solace, set out on a mission to create a place where he felt good about the product they served, down to the most basic and rudimentary ingredients. Just like his family table at home, Matt and his wife created the menu taking no food item for granted: down to the pure cane sugar that goes into each soda in the restaurant.
The Prado Restaurant
Located in the intensely charming North Park community, The Prado restaurant helps set the scene with colorful decor and patio seating, inside a gorgeous Californian hacienda, akin to the newly reopened Museum of Man’s California Tower. Hearkening back to the original Golden Coast charm San Diego has grown famous for, The Prado looks like a castle plucked out of the temperate hills of Spain: with designated date nights, happy hours for the most seasoned vignerons, and a two course theatre menu featuring their very own Prado favorites, like Pan Roasted Sea Bass and Mustard Crusted Pork Chop. Going out on the town has never been so delightful, nor delectable. With weekly live music in the Prado Lounge, the restaurant boasts the height of hospitality, from the first course of the day, to dessert at the very end. Taste historic California in the heart of San Diego one bite at a time, at the Prado Restaurant, Balboa Park.
Sweet little Lucy is full of fun and spunky energy. She just loves to run around in the yard and would make a great hiking or jogging companion. Lucy would do well in a family with an active lifestyle.
This handsome guy is Chestnut, a ragdoll mix looking for his purrfect home. Found as a stray, Chestnut is still learning to trust and can be timid initially. He is finally starting to come out of his shell and figuring out which are his favorite toys. Chestnut would likely fit best with a quiet family.
Funny is a friendly kitty with a very silly name. Eight years old, Funny enjoys lounging in the sun and having her head pet. Could you be the perfect match for a fun cat like Funny?
Two year old Grace is an adorable pup with a winning personality. A recent momma, Grace raised six puppies and is now finally ready for a home of her own. If you’re looking for a fun and energetic dog, Grace might just be the one for you!
If you would like to know more about the animals listed here, please call the San Clemente/Dana Point Animal Shelter at (949)492-1617, or visit with them at 221 Avenida Fabricante, San Clemente.
You don’t have to have been born and raised in Southern California to appreciate its laid-back surf culture … and tell me that when you envision the quaint, coastal town of Carlsbad, it doesn’t immediately conjure images of sun-kissed adults and kids of all ages frolicking in the ocean. On the sand, in and out of sparkling pools, riding the easy peeling waves that curl toward Tamarack Surf Beach.
All the classic golden glow that comes to mind when one imagines the beach communities of Southern California greet you in an instant when you step through the doors of Carlsbad’s Cape Rey Resort. Poised overlooking the Pacific Ocean only 150 steps to the sand, the resort features luxurious accommodations, destination dining and an abundance of recreational opportunities. Whether you’re looking for a fun-filled family weekend or a relaxed adults-only getaway, Cape Rey offers an unbelievable list of amenities to make your stay a memorable one. With a 24-hour business and fitness center, it’s also completely possible to maintain your day-to-day routine … against an enviable backdrop of gorgeous seaside scenery.
Leave all your cares (and responsibilities) behind with Cape Rey’s beach butler service to set up all the accoutrements for a day at play in the surf and sand: they’ll set up your towels, umbrellas, chaise lounges and even bring you bottled water. Room service includes in-room cocoa delivery, and complimentary beach cruisers (for adults and kiddos) are available for riding up the coastal rail trail to Carlsbad Village, where you can easily while away an afternoon strolling through unique boutiques and art galleries, exploring its beaches, noshing your way through downtown eateries from informal ice cream stands and taco shops to casual, family-friendly fare and fine dining establishments.
Like to start your day off with a healthy breakfast? Look no further than the farm-to-table delectables at Chef Teri’s Chandler’s Oceanfront restaurant where diners can choose from appetizers to desserts that are “familiar, but never ordinary” where chefs prepare “long-time favorites reinvented with upscale ingredients.” Being partial to eating breakfast at every meal of the day, I particularly enjoyed their delectably delicious cinnamon sugar challah french toast: complete with grilled banana, butterscotch, and candied pecans. Other fresh classics include buttermilk pancakes, steel cut oatmeal, and their signature green tea yogurt bowl. For dinner, the menu takes California cuisine up a notch, crafting each dish with fresh, local ingredients geared toward the foodie in us all. Popular picks include the Lobster + Rock Shrimp tacos accompanied by a chipotle slaw, queso fresco and grilled lime and the Ponto beach burger which arrives as a 8 oz. patty topped with aged cheddar, grilled onion, lettuce, tomato, house made 1000 island on brioche.
You’ll need your fuel for a full day at Cape Rey’s newest offering: the Surf Ride Adventure Lounge. Open to guests and locals alike, seven days a week, the one-stop surf shop provides everything from surf lessons (private or semi-private), to guided surf excursions, coastal helicopter tours, equipment, and premium access to a curated mix of the best retail surf brands on the market. It doesn’t matter if you’re a local who doesn’t miss a day in the waves or a first timer: groms can get their shred on in lessons with a complimentary GoPro camera and video to take home, while those aspiring to the WSL unlock bottom turns on the newest performance boards on the market.
Post shred, take the edge off with the royal treatment from head to toe at the Travel & Escape Top 5-Rated Spa, Ocean Crest Spa. Inspired by the healing powers of the sea and utilizing only exceptionally pure, environmentally friendly, naturally sourced products available in few other spas, treatments include facials, full body massage, manicures and pedicures.
For everything you need for a truly golden California escape, Cape Rey Resort is located at 1 Ponto Road in Carlsbad. For information or to make a reservation, visit www.caperey.com
Committed to Helping You Make Educated Choices for Your Loved One’s Care
My grandmother and I used to joke with each other about the subtle difference in meaning between the words ‘subscribe’ and ‘ascribe’ (now that I’m thinking about it, that joke doesn’t seem like a joke at all - at least not in the joking-as-comedy way. Ok, ok, we’re language nerds).
But I think the beauty in each one of those words’ individual meanings gives light to a great many situations I find myself in as an adult, dealing with each day’s new challenges and obstacles. Particularly, when I think on the task of helping to care for my grandmother as she aged. Ascribing to something means to think of it in the sense of belonging- giving a thing qualities, or characteristics. Subscribing, on the other hand, denotes membership: signing up, signing onto a mission, pledging something.
As adults moving through the world, we ascribe to, and subscribe to on a daily basis, typically with little thought to the consequences. Signing up for a newspaper? You get the daily news. Calling someone brave when they kill a spider in the house? They receive a compliment. Put your grandfather, father, mother into a senior home? What could possibly happen? Have you broken down that decision? I’ll bet dollars to doughnuts if you start joking around about ascribe/subscribe, you’ll come to the same conclusions I did: especially when you consider the depth and breadth of services provided by Alliance Eldercare.
Coming from a background of elder hospitality was the first step toward providing the best in senior assistance for Alliance founder Derek Mannion.
“In 1931 my grandmother, Sophie Mannion, opened the first board and care home in Kaimuki, Hawaii,” he says. “My father told me many stories of my grandmother taking seniors into their home and caring for them until they passed.”
Derek was able to witness his grandmother’s legacy in action, as well as the firsthand experience he garnered observing his father care for his aging grandmother in-home until she passed at the age of 91. For over a decade, Derek has been working in the healthcare industry, dedicating his life to helping families find care options for their loved ones that match up with the seniors’ needs.
“In 2014, I completed the Residential Care Facility for the Elderly certification in order to better serve seniors,” he says. “Now, I am blessed with having my father live with me, at the age of 83, and I am looking forward to caring for him to the best of my ability until he passes.”
Ascribing gentleness, kindness, and passion to Derek aren’t hard, and those are the first qualities you see when greeted by the staff at Alliance. Their mission: to find the best senior healthcare options available for your loved ones, is simple, and crystal clear. In its fifth year of operation, Alliance Eldercare is your one-stop source to help navigate the myriad of (oftentimes overwhelming) senior care options on the market - from independent senior living and board and care homes to memory care communities, long term, hospice, Parkinson’s, and more.
“I’ve seen every option out there from my grandmother’s boarding house to the in-home I provide for my father and everything in between,” says Derek. “At Alliance, we’re not just searching for an open bed for someone - we’re searching for the right care for your loved one.”
Alliance comes to you: to sit and talk face to face. Offering free guided tours of Assisted Living facilities and Board and Care Homes puts seniors and their families in the position to gain a true understanding of the options available to them, as opposed to trying to make a decision based on cold-calling or emailing a laundry list of homes.
“I prefer the personal touch,” he says. “That’s what sets us apart. Seniors need advocates, and we are happy to do our part.” The clincher? There is no obligation, and their service is completely free of charge. “When you do the right thing, word gets out.” Now that’s an idea I’ll subscribe to.
For a FREE Care Needs Assessment, Derek and the Alliance Eldercare team can be reached by calling (866) 936-4241 or visit www.AllianceEldercare.com
Compassionate Caregiving: Your Home Care, Inc.
Over the past decade, there have been an increasing number of studies examining the effects of stress on the human body - from the immune to metabolic systems, to cell division, diet, hormonal changes, heart rate and of course, cortisol levels. Cortisol, after all, is what floods the body in response to stress. Its main purpose is more far-reaching than was once believed. Systemic effects play a great many roles to maintain homeostasis in the body: which, at a basic level, looks like a greater span of stress-free years. Experts at UCLA, Harvard and the University of Maryland all posit that lowering stress levels leads to healthier mental and bodily functions across the board, which is great for everyone, but can be particularly meaningful for men and women of an advanced age.
Founded in 2002, the professionals at Your Home Care, Inc. are dedicated to ensuring the individual care they provide will lessen the stress of everyday life for your aging loved one and their families. Between the two divisions of this Laguna Woods-based family-owned and operated business, seniors have the option of in-home care or respite at the Senior Social Club and Stay Care Center (applications are currently being accepted for participation).
With loving kindness, trained caregivers provide exceptional general care and assist with the basic necessities of daily living in the comfort and safety of a senior’s own home. In-home care encompasses services tailored to the senior’s specific needs and range from meal preparation, medication reminders, doctor visits, grocery shopping, laundry, light housekeeping, dressing and incontinence care to Alzheimer’s or other dementia-related care.
“We have observed that those who are able to stay in their homes are more likely to remain healthy and free from common communicable illnesses, such as influenza and pneumonia that are prevalent in nursing homes and assisted living centers due to the high volume of residents and close living quarters,” says Boyd Warner, founder of Your Home Care, Inc.
Understanding that the safety and security of your loved ones is of the utmost importance, the professional caregivers at Your Home Care undergo a rigorous interview process, from reference checks and background clearance to competency training. But that’s just the beginning … equally as important as each applicant’s credentials is their personal philosophy as Warner says “our caregivers want more than a job. They want to make a difference in the lives of those in their care. As a company, our job is to give caregivers the direction and tools they need to fulfill their personal mission of service, as well as our corporate mission of improving the lives of those we serve.”
Upon meeting the company’s strict selection criteria, caregivers are insured and bonded before completing a comprehensive orientation process to ingrain Your Home Care corporate policies and procedures followed by ongoing, specialized training on issues that help them develop as better overall caregivers, as well as deal with very specific situations. These issues include medication management and compliance, Alzheimer’s and dementia, osteoarthritis and mobility loss, hypertension/stroke recovery, diabetes, heart disease and cancer recovery.
“We believe that our focus on the individual and family is what sets us apart,” says Warner. “When you contact us, you will receive individualized care that will meet the needs of your family and your aging loved one. Whether you are in need of around the clock assistance, night relief or a short shift during the day to assist with ADL’s, you can rest easy knowing that we have your well-being and that of your loved one as our priority.”
Senior Social Club & Stay Care Center
While in-home care focuses on the one-on-one, allowing trust and friendship to flourish between caretaker and patient, the Adult Day facility follows a social model in a “beautiful, warm and inviting place for seniors to gather together and create new friendships and memories.” Different from many other day centers, the licensed caregivers at Your Home Care’s “Social Club & Stay Care” Center oversee all activities and are highly interactive with each visiting senior.
“In a typical day, our clients will arrive at the center, sign in, and enjoy leisure activities in the morning, such as enjoying our reading center, or watching a movie or playing a game with other participants and our caregivers,” says Warner. “We will also provide daily activities that will vary depending on the day, but you can expect to find on our schedule activities such as bingo, karaoke, and knitting caps for the newborns at local hospitals. We will also provide lunch at our facility.”
Warner and his team encourage family members to stop by and tour the facility to see firsthand the advantages of participation.
“Our service will greatly benefit those who find themselves living in multi-generational homes, whose primary caregiver is stretched thin,” says Warner. “We will be your resource for respite care which will allow family members relief from the emotional and physical strains of being a full-time caregiver. Our mission is to provide a fun, exciting place for your aging loved one to participate in activities that they love and maybe even try something new. Further, this facility allows those who may be isolated from the world an opportunity to open up and create new friendships.”
After interested seniors (or their loved ones) fill out an application for the program, they undergo a medical evaluation from their own doctor, and then a follow up visit with the program director at Your Home Care, Inc., to determine whether participation the adult day facility would be the best fit for their needs.
We will be your resource for respite care which will allow family members relief from the emotional and physical strains of being a full-time caregiver.”
“We’re very serious about providing a compassionate caregiving service, preserving dignity, ensuring independence, and a higher quality of life,” says Boyd. “We want this to be as good a fit for you as it is for us.”
Taking stress off anyone’s plate is a loving act in itself. Yet, I can see how many selfless acts might feel like a double-edged sword. My mother is the primary caregiver for my 85-year-old stepfather who suffers from dementia. As a result, she has less time for activities she enjoys, spending time with her friends, going to the movies and the infinite other little things that seem to fill the cracks in a single day. When I emphasize the importance of also caring for herself, she brushes the thought away not wanting to be “selfish.”
“Taking advantage of a referred professional caregiver is not giving up on your loved one or being selfish,” says Warner. “On the contrary, you’re being selfless by bolstering your own love and support with professional, quality care while enabling you to spend more time enjoying their company.”
What could be more selfless (and scientific) than helping to lower cortisol levels (yours and your loved one’s)? Eliminating that unnecessary drain on energy can mean restored resiliency, greater access to memory, improved brain function. Selfish? Or selfless? Stress full? Or stress free? Through compassionate in-home care and its new adult day care center in Laguna Woods, Your Home Care is here to ensure that this choice is the easiest you’ve made in a long time.
Connect with Boyd and the professionals at Your Home Care, Inc. by calling (949) 215-0004 or visit www.yourhomecare.com.
The Senior Social Club & Stay Care Center is located at 24191
Paseo de Valencia, Suite B in Laguna Woods.
Nine month old Martin is a sweet and friendly rabbit who is ready for his next big adventure. This curious little bunny doesn’t mind being picked up or held and even enjoys lap time when he isn’t busy exploring. Martin has good litter box habits and would make a great house bunny for a loving family.
Calico was named for her pretty, spotted markings but could easily be named Sweetie for her mellow personality. Her favorite activity is sunbathing and she is an avid birdwatcher. Six years old and fully declawed, Calico would be very well suited for a quiet home.
Olga is the shelter’s current resident senior kitty. Fourteen years old and still fairly spry, Olga is very friendly and would make an ideal lap cap for someone looking for a mellow companion.
This cute little guy is Tyson, a four year old pit bull mix ready to meet his new family. Energetic and very playful, he enjoys long walks and running with the other dogs. Could this active pooch be the one for you?
If you would like to know more about the animals listed here, please call the San Clemente/Dana Point Animal Shelter at (949)492-1617, or visit with them at 221 Avenida Fabricante, San Clemente.