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With the intention of bringing quality living and personalized care to South Orange County seniors, San Clemente Villas by the Sea owners Paul and Aileen Brazeau built this bustling retirement community from the ground up in 2002 on property adjacent to Saddleback Memorial Medical Center. No expense was spared in creating their vision—which...

With the intention of bringing quality living and personalized care to South Orange County seniors, San Clemente Villas by the Sea owners Paul and Aileen Brazeau built this bustling retirement community from the ground up in 2002 on property adjacent to Saddleback Memorial Medical Center. No expense was spared in creating their vision—which includes an 85˚ heated pool, on-site fitness center, beauty salon and movie theater among its many amenities.

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Happy Summer from the “West Indies”

rey santos
Lupe Ruvalcaba
leslie brazeau
 

rowing up as a child, I was very fortunate to have two greataunts and a great-uncle living next door to us. My elegant aunts allowed me access to dusty attic trunks full of beautiful hats and clothes, beads and brooches, and spritzes of cologne from the lovely glass atomizers on their dressing tables. Many a Summer day was spent enjoying a picnic in all of our finery in the garden my Aunt Hilda tended daily. They insisted on cloth napkins and good manners, clean faces and hands, and sitting up straight. Aunt Edna made the most delicious scones I’ve ever tasted, and we would sit outdoors for hours, visiting and enjoying the Summer sun. Our Uncle John was a stately gentleman who had been a judge, and although he was rather stoic my younger brother could always manage to coax him and his driver Jim to take us on outings for ice-cream on a hot afternoon. These genteel ladies taught me the importance of attention to detail, as well as how to embroider, bake, garden and sew. Overall, I learned that” gracious living is the result of meticulous planning” asAunt Edna would say. No guest came to visit that was not met with a warm smile, a good cup of tea, and a well cooked meal or “nosh” as she called any food eaten out of the timeframe of a meal. As we welcome August here at San Clemente Villas by the Sea, I recall these Summer memories, and all of the effort that went in to making them special for us. My staff and I are working together to bring this same attention to detail to all of the events and services that we provide to you; our residents, and to assure that all of our residents enjoy themselves, even during these challenging times. Please know that your suggestions will be met with a ready ear and an open mind. The San Clemente Villas staff and I are available to discuss your suggestions and concerns personally, through voice mail, or email. Drop by for a visit, or drop a note in the suggestion box at the Front Desk. Our passion is, and should always be, to make your lives better.

Here’s to a beautiful Summer!

From Leslie, Rey, Lupe and all the West Indies Staff

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From the desk of the Executive Director

Laura Kephart

‘Tis moonlight, summer moonlight,

All soft and still and fair;

The solemn hour of midnight

Breathes sweet thoughts everywhere

~Emily Bronte~

Growing up as a child, I was very fortunate to have two greataunts and a great-uncle living next door to us. My elegant aunts allowed me access to dusty attic trunks full of beautiful hats and clothes, beads and brooches, and spritzes of cologne from the lovely glass atomizers on their dressing tables. Many a Summer day was spent enjoying a picnic in all of our finery in the garden my Aunt Hilda tended daily. They insisted on cloth napkins and good manners, clean faces and hands, and sitting up straight. Aunt Edna made the most delicious scones I’ve ever tasted, and we would sit outdoors for hours, visiting and enjoying the Summer sun. Our Uncle John was a stately gentleman who had been a judge, and although he was rather stoic my younger brother could always manage to coax him and his driver Jim to take us on outings for ice-cream on a hot afternoon. These genteel ladies taught me the importance of attention to detail, as well as how to embroider, bake, garden and sew. Overall, I learned that” gracious living is the result of meticulous planning” asAunt Edna would say. No guest came to visit that was not met with a warm smile, a good cup of tea, and a well cooked meal or “nosh” as she called any food eaten out of the timeframe of a meal. As we welcome August here at San Clemente Villas by the Sea, I recall these Summer memories, and all of the effort that went in to making them special for us. My staff and I are working together to bring this same attention to detail to all of the events and services that we provide to you; our residents, and to assure that all of our residents enjoy themselves, even during these challenging times. Please know that your suggestions will be met with a ready ear and an open mind. The San Clemente Villas staff and I are available to discuss your suggestions and concerns personally, through voice mail, or email. Drop by for a visit, or drop a note in the suggestion box at the Front Desk. Our passion is, and should always be, to make your lives better.

Here’s to a beautiful Summer!

Laura Kephart, Executive Director
P:(949)489-3400 ext. 102

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August Events at San Clemente Villas by the Sea

2020 august newsletterAugust is here at San Clemente Villas! Check out our August Newsletter to see what is happening this month!

 

touched by an angel

Miss Going to Church?

Sundays @ 11:00am in the Activities Center

We show one episode each week of this award winning series. It reminds us that there are angels among us, and for believers, that "nothing is impossible with God”. Be prepared to laugh and cry, but mostly to be touched and changed in positive ways.

 

notary serviceNotary Service

Open to all residents, family members This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and the community. Customary fees are charged. Call for more information. Call Esmeralda for appointment (949) 335-8536 or (949) 489-3400 You can also email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

2020 thehutThe Hut

Open Daily @ 10:00-11:00

Lower level across from the Activites Center. Or call Store Clerks if there is something you need emergently.

 

2020 exerciseMonday & Wednesday Exercise

10 a.m. in the Activities Center

Monday with Keith (on DVD); Wednesday Balance & Mobility and Friday with Jane (on DVD) 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. in the Activities Center. During COVID we are doing FIT exercises via DVD in our Activities Center Lower Level. We also have a guided walk at 4:15 for residents who may need supervision. These walks will occur Wednesday through Sunday until further notice.

 

2020 water aerobicsWater Aerobics with Sandra

Thursday at 2:00

This activity is perfect for people who need to exercise, but have difficulty standing and walking. The water holds you up and allows you to do your aerobics without fear of falling. Sandra is a Physical Therapist who specializes in water aerobics. This activity will be held “weather-permitting”. Join us any time! Sandra Wong, MPT

 

diy crafts diannaDIY Crafts with Daiana

On hold during COVID. Our Executive Director, Laura will be doing a craft on the second Wednesday of the month (June 10th) and Daiana will be doing watercolor class the other Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. until further notice.

 

2020 caregiversLet's Talk Caregiving with Amelia Diaz, Care Manager

The fourth Thursday of each month @ 9:30-10:30 a.m. in the Library

This is a forum for the express purpose of having opportunity to discuss with the Villas’ Care Manager, any questions, praises, concerns or ideas with regard to the care you or a loved one receive at San Clemente Villas.

 

August 2020 Employee of the Month

Lorena HernandezLorena Hernandez

Lorena Hernandez is our Employee of the month for this month of August. She is a dedicated, positive, and hardworking employee. Lorena is married to Diego. She is a mother of a baby girl named Paulina. She is 3 years old. Lorena loves to play with her and read her stories. They love to all hang out and always spend time as a family. She comes from a big family. She has 8 siblings, 5 women and 3 men. Their family is from Guanajuato, Mexico. She believes that family is the most important thing and that’s why she also loves working here. She says the schedule that they have here at the Villas is perfect for life back at home. She gets to spend a lot of time as she gets off around 3 o’clock. She loves working at San Clemente Villas. It’s been since 2018. She says that what makes it special is the ambiance here. She feels good working in this atmosphere. We very much appreciate having Lorena here as part of the staff. Thank you for your hard work and dedication. Congratulations, Lorena!

 

We Love the ACTIVITIES at the Villas

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

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Marketing Check-in: Happy 4th of July

ezmeralda lopez dianna mendoza

It’s unbelievable to say we’re in July already. Due to Quarantine I feel that half of the year just went by and we didn’t even notice. COVID-19 brought me closer to my family and it reminded me that I need to stop and reach out to family whom I hadn’t visited in a long time. I picked up my phone and called a lot of my aunts, uncles, cousins and close friends to make sure they were doing well and see if they needed anything. At home we have been spending a lot of time together watching movies, listening to music and even playing board games together - something we hadn’t done in a long time. Both my kids got to get home-schooled by their aunt. At first it was all very nice, but after a while my sister-in-law would tell me “I don’t know how these teachers do it!” I laughed at first and then when I took a couple days off work and helped her at home I was ready to get back to work as soon as possible. I would like to say thank you to all the essential workers here at San Clemente Villas. Thank you for all you do. And a big thank you to all the nurses, doctors, grocery store workers, and first responders - all of you are there for us. 2020 is a year we will never forget and I feel like it has brought all of us closer together and we will continue to get through it together.

The Marketing Girls,
Esme and Dianna

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Happy Fourth of July from the “West Indies”

rey santos
Lupe Ruvalcaba
leslie brazeau
 

We would like to give a warm welcome to new resident Anne G! Happy Birthday to resident Don L. July 12th and employee’s Alicia Aguilera on the 18th as well as employee Ana Aparicio on the 19th. July is such a great month if you love warm weather, Fourth of July celebrations and kicking back on the beach! TheWest Indies residents will be enjoying our weekly barbecues, relaxing on the patio and beautiful scenic rides! I asked some of our residents what special Fourth of July memory they had. Ray R. loved watching water fireworks in Thailand! Viola M. lived in a small town in Kansas with her 12 brothers and sisters and they would go to a park and her Dad would cook a large pot of beans. Luckily they had a large porch where they would watch the fireworks! John P. said his parents built a swimming pool in their yard and they invited the neighbors over for Fourth of July. I asked if they brought food to share. He said no but they brought their children! Pat R. wore all blue and dressed her children up as firecrackers to join in with the town parade! Take time out this Fourth of July to be thankful and remember our Veterans who fought for the freedom we have today!We should have be full of pride and honor to be Americans! We need to work together peacefully to fix any injustices and improve upon what we have!

The West Indies Staff and residents wish everyone a wonderful and safe Fourth of July! Have a relaxing summer! 
From Leslie, Rey, Lupe and all the West Indies Staff

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From the desk of the Executive Director

Laura Kephart

" O beautiful for spacious skies
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountains majesty
Above thy fruited plain!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!"
Katherine Lee Bates

Summer! As a young girl growing up in Western New York, I dreamt of it in late Fall as the air turned crisp. I waited for it patiently as we bundled up and shoveled a path to our road to walk to school, each of us with a hot scone in our pocket (wrapped in foil to help keep us...and it...warm), and somewhat less patiently as that same white blanket of snow turned gray and slushy in Spring. As we move into the warmer months, we're helping residents take some time to enjoy the great weather, and all of the lovely amenities we have here at San Clemente Villas. Our front Courtyard, patio and beautiful poolside areas are consciously designed to help residents relax, listen to the fountains, enjoy the flowers and birds, and catch some healthy rays to boost their Vitamin D. We invite them to try a scenic drive on our cool new van, join our walking group, or sit with a friend and visit outdoors! Our Happy Hours and wine mixers will be incorporating more outdoor sun time this month, and we look forward to seeing residents join in for some Summer Time Fun! This month, we also celebrate America and our Independence with a plethora of patriotic activities and events, including our Fourth of July Resident Barbecue and celebration. We are always excited to hear new ideas from our residents on things they would like to try...we ask that they drop a suggestion at the Front Desk, or feel free to email any of us! Our email addresses are our first names and then @sanclementevillas.com.

Happy Summer!

Laura Kephart, Executive Director
P:(949)489-3400 ext. 102

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July Events at San Clemente Villas by the Sea

2020 july newsletterJuly is here at San Clemente Villas! Check out our July Newsletter to see what is happening this month!

 

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Happy Independance Day

Saturday, July 4th @ 11:00am out Front

We have Cmdr. (Ret) John Doogan coming to speak to us to help us celebrate our Nation's Independence Day! WEAR A HAT and/or SUNGLASSES Immediately Following we will have a BARBECUE. 

Residents will be able to choose a hot dog, hamburger or cheeseburger and sides which will be dished up by kitchen staff. You'll take your plate and sit, distancing yourself in chairs out front (away from the barbecue), in the lobby, Kahuna or 2 to a table in the dining room.

THIS IS FOR RESIDENTS ONLY

 

touched by an angel

Miss Going to Church?

Sundays @ 11:00am in the Activities Center

We show one episode each week of this award winning series. It reminds us that there are angels among us, and for believers, that "nothing is impossible with God”. Be prepared to laugh and cry, but mostly to be touched and changed in positive ways.

 

notaryNotary Service

Open to all residents, family members This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and the community. Customary fees are charged. Call for more information. Call Esmeralda for appointment (949) 335-8536 or (949) 489-3400 You can also email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

2020 thehutThe Hut

Open Daily @ 10:00-11:00

Lower level across from the Activites Center. Or call Store Clerks if there is something you need emergently.

 

2020 exerciseMonday & Wednesday Exercise

10 a.m. in the Activities Center

Monday with Keith (on DVD); Wednesday Balance & Mobility and Friday with Jane (on DVD) 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. in the Activities Center. During COVID we are doing FIT exercises via DVD in our Activities Center Lower Level. We also have a guided walk at 4:15 for residents who may need supervision. These walks will occur Wednesday through Sunday until further notice.

 

2020 water aerobicsWater Aerobics with Sandra

Thursday at 2:00

This activity is perfect for people who need to exercise, but have difficulty standing and walking. The water holds you up and allows you to do your aerobics without fear of falling. Sandra is a Physical Therapist who specializes in water aerobics. This activity will be held “weather-permitting”. Join us any time! Sandra Wong, MPT

 

diy crafts diannaDIY Crafts with Daiana

On hold during COVID. Our Executive Director, Laura will be doing a craft on the second Wednesday of the month (June 10th) and Daiana will be doing watercolor class the other Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. until further notice.

 

2020 caregiversLet's Talk Caregiving with Amelia Diaz, Care Manager

The fourth Thursday of each month @ 9:30-10:30 a.m. in the Library

This is a forum for the express purpose of having opportunity to discuss with the Villas’ Care Manager, any questions, praises, concerns or ideas with regard to the care you or a loved one receive at San Clemente Villas.

 

July 2020 Employee of the Month

John McKownJohn McKown

John is a worker that we consider to be a big asset to our team. He is an incredible employee recognized and elected by both his co-workers and residents. He is a kind man full of soul and compassion. Let me tell you a little bit more about why John is this month’s employee of the month. John was born in Torrance, California. He is the only boy and has three sisters that he went to school with. He was raised in San Pedro and graduated from San Pedro High School. He was born on the hottest day on record in Torrance on September 1st, 1955. Growing up he was introduced to surfing and fell in love with it. He traveled all over the world to surf. Places like the North Shore of Hawaii, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and many more places. He went to Saddleback College and got his Associate degree. He worked for AT&T for 36 years. Then he retired, but decided to still pick up another job because his wife is a paralegal who won’t stop working. So he decided that the best fit would be to work in a retirement home because his mother-in-law was in an assisted living place and he loved the way they were treating her, so he wanted to be a part of something like that. He also had a VERY, very deep love for his grandparents so he thought it would be a perfect fit. He says that he absolutely loves working here at San Clemente Villas. He loves the family atmosphere, the residents and his coworkers. He believes that “whatever little he gives to people comes back to him tenfold.” One thing he highly emphasized is that the biggest treasure he has is his wife Lori and “when you get me, you get her, because she’s the one that sends the little gifts like the soaps and the chocolates. She’s very generous and she loves to share and I love to share it with her.” They’ve been married almost 37 years. They are both HUGE animal lovers and absolutely love people & cherish friendships. John would like to add that he is so grateful to be a part of such a lovely work place with people he feels are like one great big family. Congratulations John on being Employee of the Month!

 

We Love the ACTIVITIES at the Villas

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

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From the desk of the Executive Director

Laura Kephart

New Month of June Update

Dear San Clemente Villas Extended Family,

I hope this finds you all healthy and well. We currently have no reported cases of COVID-19 at the Community, and are working diligently to prevent exposure and continue that success.

Over the last 12 weeks, we’ve implemented stringent precautionary measures, intensive cleaning and disinfecting protocols and a COVID-19 screening process that not only records vital health statistics but also tracks a person’s personal travel and recent contacts. Our reception teams have expanded their role beyond the hospitality we are known for to become a first line of defense, with careful screening of anyone who comes to our door.  We’ve restricted visitors, allowing only those most essential: medical, hospice and end of life visitors.  Our front patio area has been redesigned to promote social distancing and prevent exposure, and we have created a dedicated Visiting Window with shaded seating for safe visits. We’ve fought to not only mitigate the spread of this virus but also try to lessen the impacts of these extraordinary precautions on families and loved ones. It’s a delicate balance we constantly strive to achieve.

This disease isn’t over, but we do believe we see light at the end of the tunnel. We’d like to share that light with you, but we also need your help. Quarantine has lasted too long and we must do something about it, but there will be limits based on both regulatory directives and prudence. We have worked hard to put our community in the best position to get back to as close to normal as possible – as quickly as possible – but it’s going to be a progressive process. Each step must be taken as safely as the last. Most crucially, we must continually prove to state and local regulators that we are ready, and advocate for allowing each next step. We believe people belong together. Isolation cannot be a permanent strategy for any society, especially for our residents.

As California begins to ease some of the constraints currently in place, it unfortunately doesn’t mean our residents are any less vulnerable. We can all agree some of the changes in how we work, care for and interact with our residents and teammates will continue into the future. So, we are continuing to consult with leading health and wellness experts and are developing a phased approach to plan for the future. We want to be sure the path we take is thoughtful, careful and focuses on creating a community environment that emphasizes safety for everyone. Everything from our cautious return to restaurant dining to easing visitation and trip restrictions is being meticulously planned for by our operations team.

We’re all in this together…and here at the Villas that sentiment has become our mantra. Staff are going above and beyond to think outside of the box and support our residents, and each other, during this difficult time. Our conscientiously planned activities are vibrant and filled with love and laughter. Our residents are coming together in new ways to visit each other, and supplement the social element of what we do here at the Villas. New friendships have been formed, new experiences are being had, and we maintain an attitude of gratitude, optimism and hope. Thank you all for your continued support, compliance and patience.

Stay well,

Laura

Laura Kephart
Executive Director
P:(949) 489-3400 ext. 102

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Marketing Check-in: Happy Father's Day

ezmeralda lopez dianna mendoza

A Father Means:

A father means so many things…
An understanding heart,
A source of strength and support
Right from the very start.
A constant readiness to help
In a kind and thoughtful way.
With encouragement and forgiveness,
No matter what comes your way.
A special generosity and always affection, too.
A father means so many things when he’s a man like you

Happy Father’s Day to all our Fathers at San Clemente Villas by the Sea

The Marketing Girls,
Esme and Dianna

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Happy Father's Day from the “West Indies”

rey santos
Lupe Ruvalcaba
leslie brazeau
 

This year Father’s Day is observed on June 21st. It is time to honor all fathers for their love and contributions to their families. This is my first year without my father on Father’s Day but I am very fortunate to have several great Dads in our community! Ray R. is a cool charming Dad, always fun to talk to! Bobby K. was a very hard working man that helped those around him! John P. is a very kind-hearted man that likes to help out. Vincent G. is a very energetic man and a great dancer! Yuri L. a handsome guy that loves quiet time! Oscar A. a very loving family man, moved to this country to provide a better life for his children! Don L. enjoys his morning coffee and newspaper. He loves visiting with his family! Claud C. Is a very loving man thankful for everyone’s help here each day! Last but not least, my boss Rey S. is an easy man to talk to and is always busy doing something for someone! If you need him he is there for you! We would like to give a warm welcome to our new resident Aris P.! Happy Birthday to residents Betty M. 6/14, Aris P. 6/25 and Virginia C. 6/28! Happy Birthday to employees Lupe Ruvalcaba 6/18 and Laura Ponce 6/19! Have a wonderful month everyone and enjoy your family on Father’s Day!

Love to all! Take care and keep safe! From Leslie, Rey, Joe and all the West Indies staff and Residents!

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From the desk of the Executive Director

Laura Kephart

It is the month of June,
The month of leaves and roses,
When pleasant sights salute the eyes
And pleasant scents the noses."
- Nathaniel Parker Willis, The Month of June

Dear Residents and Families,

Thank you all for the warm welcome I have received since my arrival at San Clemente Villas by the Sea in mid-March. I look forward to working closely with the residents, families and staff as your Executive Director, and assuring your continued happiness with our many services and amenities.

April and May were busy months for us here at The Villas as we worked through implementing our current COVID precautions and adjusting our daily lives to protect our residents and staff from exposure. Amidst it all, we celebrated Mother’s Day, and enjoyed a great Cinco de Mayo Hallway Happy Hour. In June, we are looking to add more Covidconscious activities for our residents, while maintaining the precautions that are keeping us healthy and virus free.

Father’s Day is just around the corner, and we will celebrate with a special Barbecue Supper honoring all of our special men, including a wide variety of pie selections for our residents to enjoy. This month, we also welcome Summer to our lovely home on June 20th! We’ll have a special beach themed Happy Hour on the 19th to help ring in the warmer weather, with music and delicious summer themed appetizers. We will also be sprucing up our outdoor seating areas, adding some new flowering plants to our pool area and courtyard, and freshening up the patio seating for all to enjoy, while we maintain our social distancing but get outdoors for some fresh air and sunshine.

Please feel free to stop by my office if you have any questions or would just like to meet in person. I’m also available by phone, text or email. I look forward to getting to know each of you in the days and weeks to come!

Best Regards,

Laura Kephart
Executive Director
P:(949)489-3400 ext. 102

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June Events at San Clemente Villas by the Sea

2020 june newsletterJune is here at San Clemente Villas! Check out our June Newsletter to see what is happening this month!

 

2020 fathers day

Happy Father's Day

Sunday, June 21st

Wishing you and your family a wonderful day from all of us at San Clemente Villas!!

 

notaryNotary Service

Open to all residents, family members This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and the community. Customary fees are charged. Call for more information. Call Esmeralda for appointment (949) 335-8536 or (949) 489-3400 You can also email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

2020 thehutThe Hut

Open Daily @ 10:00-11:00

Lower level across from the Activites Center. Or call Store Clerks if there is something you need emergently.

 

2020 exerciseMonday & Wednesday Exercise

10 a.m. in the Activities Center

Monday with Keith (on DVD); Wednesday Balance & Mobility and Friday with Jane (on DVD) 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. in the Activities Center. During COVID we are doing FIT exercises via DVD in our Activities Center Lower Level. We also have a guided walk at 4:15 for residents who may need supervision. These walks will occur Wednesday through Sunday until further notice.

 

2020 water aerobicsWater Aerobics with Sandra

Thursday at 2:00

This activity is perfect for people who need to exercise, but have difficulty standing and walking. The water holds you up and allows you to do your aerobics without fear of falling. Sandra is a Physical Therapist who specializes in water aerobics. This activity will be held “weather-permitting”. Join us any time! Sandra Wong, MPT

 

diy crafts diannaDIY Crafts with Daiana

On hold during COVID. Our Executive Director, Laura will be doing a craft on the second Wednesday of the month (June 10th) and Daiana will be doing watercolor class the other Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. until further notice.

 

2020 caregiversLet's Talk Caregiving with Amelia Diaz, Care Manager

The fourth Thursday of each month @ 9:30-10:30 a.m. in the Library

This is a forum for the express purpose of having opportunity to discuss with the Villas’ Care Manager, any questions, praises, concerns or ideas with regard to the care you or a loved one receive at San Clemente Villas.

 

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.

 

June 2020 Employee of the Month

Pedro RuizPedro Ruiz

Pedro has been working at the Villas since 2002, in fact, since San Clemente Villas first opened! He started working here because of Paul and Aileen. He used to work at Baker’s Square. Paul and Aileen would take all of their employees to eat there so Paul hired Pedro because he loved his cooking. Pedro explains that Baker’s Square was like a Carrow’s or Denny’s, a casual place to spend time and eat great food. Pedro has two daughters and two grandchildren. As a pastime, Pedro likes to go fishing. One time he was fishing at the Harbor and was about to throw the bait over and Aileen and Paul just so happened to pass by walking their dog, and their dog munched all of the bait up. So Paul and Aileen would always remind him of that story and they laughed about it a lot. Pedro likes working here because he wants the residents to eat appetizing food and receive good service. Pedro would like to share that he likes to enjoy life and go out to meet the world. He likes to travel to Mexico. The farthest south he’s been has been Colombia. We are very happy to have Pedro as part of the Staff. Congratulations on being Employee of the Month, Pedro!

 

We Love the ACTIVITIES at the Villas

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

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Meet the Nurses

We have some new faces here at the 'Villas!

Kristin Rodriguez - Wellness Nurse

I am a California native. I was born in Long Beach. I graduate from Long Beach Poly. After I graduated I joined the Air Force and was a MWR- Morale welfare and recre- ation specialist. My job duties in- cluded working the fitness center and in the mortuary. I was released with an honorable discharge due to pregnancy. I stayed home and raised my three children and then in 2006 I started part time nursing school. I graduated in 2009 and then started working at Villa Valencia as a med tech and then became the Wellness Nurse there until coming to San Clemente Villas by the Sea. My dad was a nurse in the cardiac cath lab. I was able to watch an open heart sur- gery and then knew I wanted to be a nurse. I choose to work in assisted living instead of being a cardiac nurse because while in nursing school working with the eld- erly population was so rewarding. My goal is to become an RN in the future. I love what I do each and every day.

 

Cara Deiro - Director of Clinical Services

My favorite animals are Horses and English Bull dogs. I was born in Memphis Tennessee down the street from Elvis Presley. My dad was in the Marines and we move to the El Toro Marine base when I was 13. My Grandmother and my mother were both nurses and my great great Grandfather was a Doctor in Silerton Tennessee. I grew up hanging out at hos- pitals and nursing homes. At the age of 16 I became a Certified Nursing Assistant and worked in skilled nursing with my mom as my supervisor. My senior year of High School I completed a Medical Assistant program and went to work for a dermatologist and became a surgical assistant. I graduated Nursing school in 1993 and worked for Lake Forest Nursing Center for 17 years as an LVN and Di- rector of Staff Development. I have been in management most of my nursing career in skilled nursing and Assisted Living communities. I be- lieve that Nursing is the Gentle Art of caring. It is my passion in life to follow my family’s footsteps and doing what I can to enhance the lives of the residents I care for each and every day. Any Questions or con- cerns, please feel free to reach out to me at the community or email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If it is urgent in nature and I am off the premises please have the front desk call me and I will gladly return your call.

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Happy Mother's Day from the “West Indies”

rey santos
Lupe Ruvalcaba
leslie brazeau
 

This year Mother’s Day is observed on May 10th. It is time to honor all mothers for their love and contributions to their family! What is a mom? Well I really don’t think there is a sheet of paper large enough to list everything that they are! So moms, just kick back and relax Mother’s Day is your day! I asked our residents siblings to share something heartwarming or funny about their mother. Viola’s daughter Barbara replied “my mom was an accomplished pianist”. She gave many years to the church playing for Sunday services. I loved hearing her play when we were practicing for church or just playing what she liked. She taught me to play. I got many years of joy at the piano. Thanks Mom! Patricia R. sons Rick and Phil said she always knew how to throw a great party! Once in Spain in 1969 she didn’t just hire a band but instead an entire Choir and Guitar band from the local Medical College known as “Tunas”!

Rick and Phil were only 11 and 7 but we were blown away. See photo below. Everybody danced and sang. Our young Spanish maid was 19 and she fell in love with the handsome young men!

Everyone at the party had so much fun lots of martinis and hangovers! Dora V. daughter Brenda replied “Dear Mommy, One of the fondest memories I have of you was your ability to comfort me in troubling times or when I was upset about something. You would sit me on your lap and hug me until I would stop crying. Then you would make me drink a glass of water. It was like magic. During this time of the pandemic, I could really use one of those hugs! It’s very difficult for me not to be with you right now, but I know how well you are taken care of at the Villas, and I know how wonderful the staff treats you! I love you mom!”

We would like to wish a Happy Birthday to residents Claude C. 3rd, Karin H. the 5th, Patricia R. 15th, Trinidad B. on the 19th and John P. 28th. Also our Med Tech Dollie on the 29th! Even with this exhausting pandemic please try to enjoy each day as much as you can. Life passes by so quickly.

Love to all! Take care and keep safe! From Leslie, Rey, Joe and all the West Indies staff and Residents!

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From the desk of the Executive Director

Laura Kephart

"Now the bright morning star, day's harbinger,
Comes dancing from the east, and leads with her
The flowery May, who from her green lap throws
The yellow cowslip, and the pale primrose.
Hail, bounteous May, that doth inspire
Mirth, and youth, and warm desire;
Woods and groves are of thy dressing,
Hill and dale doth boast thy blessing,
Thus we salute thee with our early song,
And welcome thee, and wish thee long."
- John Milton, Song on a May Morning

May is here, and our surrounding hillsides are bright with fresh grass, lupines and mustard as far as the eye can see! At home, May is when I re-plant my front garden and add native milkweed to our butterfly habitat there. Our gardens here at The Villas are being refurbished, and we will be adding plants to the Front entrance as well as out by the pool area for all to enjoy.

May is also the month for remembering and honoring our Mother’s. We have so many lovely, kind and caring ladies here, it’s like having many Mothers every time we come to work! This month is a celebration of all our Moms, who do so much to make our lives richer and fuller.

We also honor our military, with Armed Forces Day, and remember those we have lost on Memorial Day this month. Barbara and her team are working diligently to find new ways to entertain within the constraints of our current virus restrictions. We hope to come up with even more fun things to do as we all work together to stay healthy and well.

Happy May! Laura

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May Events at San Clemente Villas by the Sea

2020 May newsletterMay is here at San Clemente Villas! Check out our May Newsletter to see what is happening this month!

2020 mothers day

Happy Mother’s Day

Sunday, May 10th

Wishing you and your family a wonderful day from all of us at San Clemente Villas! Check out our newsletter for more Celebrations of Moms!

 

2020 memorial day2020 armed forces dayHappy Armed Forces Day & Memorial Day

May 16th & 30th

Open to all residents, family members This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and the community. Customary fees are charged. Call for more information. Call Esmeralda for appointment (949) 335-8536 or (949) 489-3400 You can also email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

notaryNotary Service

Open to all residents, family members This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and the community. Customary fees are charged. Call for more information. Call Esmeralda for appointment (949) 335-8536 or (949) 489-3400 You can also email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

2020 church servicesCommunity Christian Church at the Villas

Sundays @ 10:00 a.m. in the Activities Center

Non-denominational, Christian, Bible-based service

 

2020 thehutThe Hut

Open Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 1:30-3:00

Lower level across from the Activites Center. Or call Store Clerks if there is something you need emergently.

 

2020 exerciseTuesday & Thursday Exercise

9:15 a.m. in the Activities Center

Starting February we will be doing our DVD “Balance & Mobility” exercise in the Activities Center on the Lower Level. Tuesdays will be led by John and Thursdays by Daiana. Come continue your limbering, strengthening, balance-promoting routine! This is for everyone!

 

2020 water aerobicsWater Aerobics with Sandra

Wednesdays at 3:00

This activity is perfect for people who need to exercise, but have difficulty standing and walking. The water holds you up and allows you to do your aerobics without fear of falling. Sandra is a Physical Therapist who specializes in water aerobics. This activity will be held “weather-permitting”. Join us any time! Sandra Wong, MPT

 

diy crafts diannaDIY Crafts with Daiana

1st & 3rd Wednesdays @ 12:30-1:30 in the Activities Center

Don’t Miss Out! We know we have some crafters at the Villas! Be sure to come get your creativity on! Daiana does an amazing job with the craft, music to craft to and a special treat to enjoy! Often the crafts are related to the season – Easter, Christmas, Mother’s Day, etc.

 

2020 caregiversLet's Talk Caregiving with Amelia Diaz, Care Manager

The fourth Thursday of each month @ 9:30-10:30 a.m. in the Library

This is a forum for the express purpose of having opportunity to discuss with the Villas’ Care Manager, any questions, praises, concerns or ideas with regard to the care you or a loved one receive at San Clemente Villas.

 

2020 birthdayBirthday Party for the Month

Fourth Friday of the Month @ 3:00 in the Lobby

We have a special little celebration for the residents whose birthday it is that month. Of course, each day we acknowledge residents who are having a birthday with a sign at the front desk. Table mates, family and friends might add to the day with a special cake or card or even flowers, presents or balloons. We do celebrate anyone turning 100 in an extra special way, for example with special write ups, a cake at their table and even champagne! Should we all be so lucky to reach 100! Join in on wishing residents a Happy Birthday – and many more!!

 

speak spanishLearn Spanish

Fridays @ 2:00 in the theater

Everyone welcome. This is a DVD presentation of a top professor teaching us Spanish.

 

touched by an angelTouched by an Angel

Sundays @ 11:00 am in the theater

Come join us for this wonderful series! This show will touch you, challenge you, and bless you. Come Join us!

 

classic ladiesClassic Senior Ladies

Fridays @ 9 a.m. in the Theater

Led by Louise B & Morgan M. This group gets together to talk about life. Members share their week. A topic of discussion is presented and everyone contributes their feelings and experiences pertaining to the topic. They celebrate birthdays and periodically go out to lunch together. It’s a “tight knit” group, and a kind of “sisterhood”. Louise is well-known to the Villas as an RN and a helper to seniors. Morgan is a young San Clemente gal that has loved visiting the group and has now become a regular. Looking for new members! Come check us out!

 

fireside chatFireside Chat with Chaplain Mark

First Wednesday of the Month @ 3:00pm in Library

For all residents this is a special time to just come share, learn, listen, fellowship with Chaplain Mark.

 

Join Us for Bingo!2019 bingo

Mondays 2:00, Wednesdays 2:00, Saturdays & Sundays 3:00

The residents of San Clemente Villas would like to invite adult family members, friends, community members and visitors to come play Bingo with them! $5.00 for 5 games! The more the merrier! Meet new friends! See you there? We hope so!

 

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.

 

May 2020 Employee of the Month

luis cejaLuis Ceja

Luis Ceja is an excellent employee here at San Clemente Villas. He was nominated this month for his willingness to work hard and show up on time with a positive attitude. Luis is 19 years old. He is the second oldest out of his siblings. He has one brother and two sisters. He loves to spoil his younger brother with gifts and video games. They have a really tight older and younger brother relationship. He also has an amazing group of friends. They love to go out to places like Knott’s Berry Farm, Six Flags, bowling, miniature golf, cart racing etc. One of the things that Luis loves doing is going to the movies a lot. He likes all types of movie genres. Luis has been working here at San Clemente Villas since 2018, when his cousin Christian Ceja (a former employee) recommended that he should apply. Since then he has loved working here. He started off as a food server and is now a Prep Cook. He loves to be able to help people out and also make people happy. He also enjoys being able to learn how to cook and acquire new skills in the kitchen. A lot of his best friends work in the kitchen with him so he feels as if it is home for him. He values his relationships with friends and family a lot. He says he wants to work so he can save money to one day travel around the world. His ultimate goal would be to visit Spain one day so that he could watch his favorite Argentine soccer player Lionel Messi. For now he just loves to take it day by day and see where life takes him. We are very honored to have an employee like Luis as part of our Staff.

 

We Love the ACTIVITIES at the Villas

barbara corriganHere 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 Easter from the “West Indies”

rey santos
lupe ruvalcaba
leslie brazeau
 

April showers will bring May flowers, so don’t let the rain get you down! There’s great weather ahead! Residents will be enjoying beautiful scenic rides and weekly barbeques!

We would like to give a warm welcome to our new resident Betty M! Happy Birthday to our beautiful residents Betty D. 4/10, Carol T. 4/13, Dolly V. 4/19 and Martha C. 4/28! On April 1st don’t believe everything you hear!

As you know, April Fool’s Day each year is celebrated by playing practical jokes on each other! Happy Easter on April 12th! It has always been an exciting time of the year! Our residents will be busy decorating eggs, having an egg hunt and eating chocolate bunnies! Of course this isn’t the real reason we celebrate Easter. As Christians, we celebrate Easter as the day of Jesus Christ’s resurrection.

I would like to take a moment to reflect on our manager Rey Santos. He is a man that works very hard to keep our Department together. He has earned the trust from our Staff and Resident families. He is always trying to make everything around us better! We are very fortunate to have him on our team!

Have a warm and wonderful month from Leslie, Rey, Joe and all the West Indies staff and Residents!

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Marketing Check-in: Happy Easter

ezmeralda lopez dianna mendoza

Holidays are many things to many people. For some, the primary function of a holiday is its religious significance. It is a time when specific spiritual opportunities are available to experience. For others, holidays are primarily about family getting together. Most people do not work and so there is an opportunity to renew family bonds. Relatives that you haven't seen in a while join together with you to celebrate the family that you belong to. People that do not have large families or may not want to join together with them may celebrate with friends. Enjoy this time with your loved ones and remember to always tell them how much they mean to you and how much you love them. (Be sure to see our Notary Ad in our April newsletter.)

The Marketing Girls
Esme and Dianna

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From the desk of the Executive Director

Laura Kephart

Meet Laura Kephart, Executive Director

Laura Kephart re-joins the San Clemente Villas team, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience to our community. Laura has been working with and caring for seniors since she began her nursing career in 1980. Prior to obtaining her nursing credential, she worked in the hospitality industry in her home town of Niagara Falls, NY. She was an Assisted Living Director at one of the first licensed communities in Southern California, and went on to successfully license and operate communities for many of the larger corporations in the country. She is a licensed nurse, and has worked as a Director of Staff training and development for skilled nursing facilities, and has served as a hospice nurse and nursing staff developer. She has also operated her own consulting business, providing mentorship and guidance to help communities realize their full potential.

Laura is passionate about providing the best care and services to residents, and maintaining an open channel of communication with residents, families and staff.

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April Events at San Clemente Villas by the Sea

2020 April newsletterApril is here at San Clemente Villas! Check out our April Newsletter to see what is happening this month!

2020 easter

In Abundance of Optimism

We are publishing our April Newsletter. We are doing the best we can to keep our precious seniors safe at this time. Life goes on at the Villas and all around us. Our thinking is that it would be much easier to let our entertainers, vendors, residents and family know that plans must be cancelled, than to not have prepared any plans at all. Hence, our April Calendar. However, we pray, and hope our prayers are heard, that COVID-19 will disappear as quickly as it came. Please join us in those prayers, and watch for updates as our Executive Director sends out text message notices.

 

notaryMusic for the Mind

March 21st @ 10:00am

Open to all residents, family members This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and the community. Customary fees are charged. Call for more information. Call Esmeralda for appointment (949) 335-8536 or (949) 489-3400 You can also email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

2020 church servicesCommunity Christian Church at the Villas

Sundays @ 10:00 a.m. in the Activities Center

Non-denominational, Christian, Bible-based service

 

2020 thehutThe Hut

Open Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 1:30-3:00

Lower level across from the Activites Center. Or call Store Clerks if there is something you need emergently.

 

2020 exerciseTuesday & Thursday Exercise

9:15 a.m. in the Activities Center

Starting February we will be doing our DVD “Balance & Mobility” exercise in the Activities Center on the Lower Level. Tuesdays will be led by John and Thursdays by Daiana. Come continue your limbering, strengthening, balance-promoting routine! This is for everyone!

 

2020 water aerobicsWater Aerobics with Sandra

Wednesdays at 3:00

This activity is perfect for people who need to exercise, but have difficulty standing and walking. The water holds you up and allows you to do your aerobics without fear of falling. Sandra is a Physical Therapist who specializes in water aerobics. This activity will be held “weather-permitting”. Join us any time! Sandra Wong, MPT

 

diy crafts diannaDIY Crafts with Daiana

1st & 3rd Wednesdays @ 12:30-1:30 in the Activities Center

Don’t Miss Out! We know we have some crafters at the Villas! Be sure to come get your creativity on! Daiana does an amazing job with the craft, music to craft to and a special treat to enjoy! Often the crafts are related to the season – Easter, Christmas, Mother’s Day, etc.

 

2020 caregiversLet's Talk Caregiving with Amelia Diaz, Care Manager

The fourth Thursday of each month @ 9:30-10:30 a.m. in the Library

This is a forum for the express purpose of having opportunity to discuss with the Villas’ Care Manager, any questions, praises, concerns or ideas with regard to the care you or a loved one receive at San Clemente Villas.

 

2020 birthdayBirthday Party for the Month

Fourth Friday of the Month @ 3:00 in the Lobby

We have a special little celebration for the residents whose birthday it is that month. Of course, each day we acknowledge residents who are having a birthday with a sign at the front desk. Table mates, family and friends might add to the day with a special cake or card or even flowers, presents or balloons. We do celebrate anyone turning 100 in an extra special way, for example with special write ups, a cake at their table and even champagne! Should we all be so lucky to reach 100! Join in on wishing residents a Happy Birthday – and many more!!

 

speak spanishLearn Spanish

Fridays @ 2:00 in the theater

Everyone welcome. This is a DVD presentation of a top professor teaching us Spanish.

 

touched by an angelTouched by an Angel

Sundays @ 11:00 am in the theater

Come join us for this wonderful series! This show will touch you, challenge you, and bless you. Come Join us!

 

classic ladiesClassic Senior Ladies

Fridays @ 9 a.m. in the Theater

Led by Louise B & Morgan M. This group gets together to talk about life. Members share their week. A topic of discussion is presented and everyone contributes their feelings and experiences pertaining to the topic. They celebrate birthdays and periodically go out to lunch together. It’s a “tight knit” group, and a kind of “sisterhood”. Louise is well-known to the Villas as an RN and a helper to seniors. Morgan is a young San Clemente gal that has loved visiting the group and has now become a regular. Looking for new members! Come check us out!

 

fireside chatFireside Chat with Chaplain Mark

First Wednesday of the Month @ 3:00pm in Library

For all residents this is a special time to just come share, learn, listen, fellowship with Chaplain Mark.

 

Join Us for Bingo!2019 bingo

Mondays 2:00, Wednesdays 2:00, Saturdays & Sundays 3:00

The residents of San Clemente Villas would like to invite adult family members, friends, community members and visitors to come play Bingo with them! $5.00 for 5 games! The more the merrier! Meet new friends! See you there? We hope so!

 

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.

 

April 2020 Employee of the Month

jace rodriquezjpgJace Rodriquez

Jace is an amazing employee here at San Clemente Villas. She has been working in the Villas since 2016. She came to work here straight out of high school. Jace enjoys art. She especially loves portraits and anime cartoons. She loves to travel and would love to make more trips in the future when she gets the time to. Jace dreams of one day being able to visit places like New York, South Korea, Iceland, Japan, and all places of Mexico. She just recently made a trip to Cancun with her best friend. Jace loves the beaches down in Cancun. She loves the water. She very much enjoys the underground rivers and the Cenotes, which are sinkholes or natural pits resulting from collapsed limestone bedrock that expose the water that normally flows beneath the surface. Jace also enjoys going to concerts, and anime expos. Jace is a very adventurous person. She would love to start doing more adventurous things in her life like skydive, bungee jumping and anything that involves an adrenaline rush. She would love to one day own a tiny home here in the U.S or in Ireland. She also has the dream of owning a loft or a tiny home somewhere in South Korea (Seoul or Daegu) or (Tokyo or Osaka). Her mother Bertha Garcia is another incredible worker here at the Villas. She works as a caregiver. Jace also has her older sister working in the kitchen, she is one of the servers. Her name is Nancy. Jace’s younger sister is 14 years old and she enjoys spending time with her. Jace loves to work at San Clemente Villas. She loves talking to the residents and sharing time and laughter. She started here as a server and then Eleonora offered her a job as a full time receptionist. We are very happy and honored to have an employee who is so patient and dedicated. Jace is an amazing asset to the team!

 

We Love the ACTIVITIES at the Villas

barbara corriganHere 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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