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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 includes an 85˚ heated pool, on-site fitness center, beauty salon and movie theater among its many amenities.

Happy Valentine's Day from the “West Indies”

2021 rey santos
2021 lupe ruvalcaba
2021 leslie brazeau
 

We would like to give a warm welcome to our new beautiful resident Elaine Jonik! We are looking forward to Groundhog Day February 2nd as this day predicts the arrival of spring. Time to enjoy some warmer weather ahead! Happy Mardi Gras Day on the 16th. Have fun and keep safe!

Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone! Love is in the Air! The month of February for the most part, makes us think about love for family and friends. Valentine’s Day will always be a time to remember special loving moments. I was reminiscing with one of our residents Marguerite R. said she was in love and got married on a cruise ship In Hawaii! Viola M. has loving memories of celebrating with her husband on Valentine’s Day!

Jane C. was a Nurse she met and fell in love with her husband at the Alameda County Fair a special Valentine that is kept close to her heart! Love is often shown and felt in so many ways. Knowing our caring staff is here with love and compassion to assist our residents is a blessing and quite priceless!

Love to all, have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

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

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From the desk of the Executive Director

Laura Kephart

Bending from Heaven, in azure mirth,
It kissed the forehead of the Earth,
And smiled upon the silent sea,
And bade the frozen streams be free,
And waked to music all their fountains,
And breathed upon the frozen mountains...
~Percy Bysshe Shelley

After the heyday of the holidays has ended, we transition to February and eagerly await the coming of Spring. For those of us lucky enough to live in sunny California, Spring is when we will begin to see the weather improve as bulbs planted in theWinter begin to unfurl in beautiful colors across the garden. This month also gives us even more opportunities to try new events, and activities. Our Activity team is always looking for new and exciting things to add for your enjoyment, and we welcome your suggestions and ideas! This month, we will celebrate Groundhog Day. Valentine’s Day,Mardi Gras, President’s Day, and Chinese New Year!

As we navigate the world following our vaccinations, we will be adding in new adventures as we are safely able to, always with your health, safety and wellbeing in mind. All of our precautions will remain in place for now, and gradually we will expand our activities and outreach to achieve a “new normal”.

In January, I discovered the resolution: “Begin asYou Mean To Continue”. For February, why not go outside of your comfort zone and try one new thing on the calendar that you’ve never tried before. Join us for a craft class. Come and experience a new entertainer. Participate in a new event, join our Walking Club, or share an idea for a new activity or outing.. Give it a try, and be sure to let us know how you liked it!

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

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HOW TO OBSERVE AMERICAN HEART MONTH

  1. Take up a heart-healthy habit. Staying active, eating healthy, and watching our weight are allimportant parts of maintaining a healthy cardiovascular system. Pick a new heart-healthy habit like jogging or substituting sodaswith water and try to stick to it for a whole month.
  2. Educate yourselfLearn about the risk factors for heart disease, the ways you can prevent them, and the lifestyle choices that can help you stay healthy.
  3. Get your cholesterol tested. If you’re worried you might be at risk for heart disease, ask your doctor to perform a simple cholesterol test to let you know if you’re at risk and should make adjustments to your diet.

WHY AMERICAN HEART MONTH IS IMPORTANT

  1. It reminds us to take care of our heart. American Heart Month motivates us to examine our own health habits and risks and take steps to improve our heart health.
  2. It promotes education about heart health. Knowing the risk factors for heart disease and how to reduce them can help people lead healthier lives and diminish their risk for heart attacks or other cardiovascular diseases.
  3. It raises awareness of heart disease. As the number one killer of Americans, heart disease is a slow-moving epidemic that affects almost everyone.

Director of Clinical Services, Cara Deiro LVN ext. 103

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February 2021 Events at San Clemente Villas by the Sea

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Happy February from San Clemente Villas! Check out our February 2021 Newsletter to see what is happening this month!

New Programs:

  • You be the Judge – True crime cases
  • You be the Judge – Discussion Group
  • Giant Crossword – Table size crossword
  • File & Smile – We file your nails and you leave with a smile!
  • Knitters Group

February Activities

We will continue to follow Orange County Health Department guidelines of wearing masks covering mouth and nose to activities. Be sure to wash your hands before arriving. Activities will be either spaced, or outdoors or both. Remember, that the goal is to prevent the spread of anything from one person that might infect another. No more than 10 residents in an indoor group. Minimum of 6 feet between residents. Face masks worn at all times.

 

Chinese New Year

Celebrate the Chinese New with Great Food prepared by our Chefs and served by our wonderful dining Staff

 

2021 garden clubGarden Club

If you loved to putter about in your garden learning how to make plants grow. It’s even more fun when you’re part of a group of passionate gardeners who unite to trade information, swap stories, and give each other a hand.

 

2021 valentines dayValentine’s Day Tea

February 14th at 3:00 pm

Join us Poolside to celebrate, featuring accordion & vocals with Brandon Andronessi.

 

2021 mardi grasCelebrate Mardi Gras

February 16th at 3:00 pm

Join us Poolside to celebrate, featuring Music & Vocals with Felson Palad.

 

2021 garden exercisesMonday, Wednesday & Friday Exercise

10 a.m. in the Serenity Garden

Join us for gentle exercises in The Serenity Garden!

 

transportationScenic Drives

Tuesday @ 2:00pm

Maskes are required and be sure to wash your hands before arriving.

 

2019 bingoBingo is Back!

Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday at 3:00pm in the Activities Center

We will continue to follow Orange County Health Department guidelines of wearing masks covering mouth and nose to activities. Be sure to wash your hands before arriving. 

 

diy crafts diannaDIY Crafts

Second Tuesday of the Month @ 1:00pm

This month make a card craft with Jessie!

 

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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.

 

2021 The HuttResident Corner: The Hut

Mr. Hobart, Resident Volunteer

Open Daily @ 10:00-11:00 - Lower level across from the Activites Center. Or call Store Clerks if there is something you need emergently.

 

February 2021 Employee of the Month

Phyllis OgunbuyiPhyllis Ogunbuyi

This month of February our recognized employee is Phyllis Ogunbuyi. Phyllis is a wonderful employee. She is hardworking, dedicated and always has a positive attitude. Phyllis was born in Tennessee and later moved to Santa Monica, CA when she got married. She has three children- two boys and one girl. Phyllis went to school to get her Cosmetology license and worked within the field, moving her way up to a manager position. Phyllis and her family moved to Orange County because her daughter wanted to go to Irvine University High School. While Phyllis was working in Orange County as a manager, she felt guilty because she worked a lot and wasn’t devoting enough time to her kids. She decided to be a stay-at- home mom but quickly became bored when her children were at school. She picked up some courses in child development to learn more about being a mother and raising children.

From that, Phyllis worked as a teacher’s Aid in Laguna Niguel Maria Montessori School and during the night she picked up shifts at Villa Valencia. During that time her mother and father were in Nevada. Phyllis went to Nevada to take care of her mother after her father passed on. She later brought her mother to live in Laguna Woods. She did that from 2009- 2015.

Phyllis wanted her mother to experience her great grandchildren and be able to spend her last years with them. Phyllis was being trained by Social Services to take care of her mother. During that time, she spent a lot of time learning about the different stages of aging. Her mother unfortunately transitioned in 2015. Phyllis then returned to work in 2016 to senior living.

She also worked for a homeless shelter in Santa Ana. She learned so many things regarding personalities, disabilities, illnesses, etc. At this point she had a lot of knowledge regarding senior care as well, with the experience of taking care of her mother throughout the years. May of 2020, Phyllis came to the San Clemente Villas by the Sea. Cara (LVN) and Amelia (Care Coordinator) were so welcoming.

Phyllis loves to work for the San Clemente Villas by the Sea, there’s a good energy flow.

She is very kind and loving with our staff and our residents. She tries to learn each individual to the core to provide them great service. “Sometimes they just need someone to talk to and sometimes they just need a chamomile tea.”

She says that she feels part of a community and a family. She uses the word “one-ness” to describe the sense of togetherness: “we are all individuals but we become one.” She also wants to add that she would like to thank her coworkers and acknowledge them. “You are all amazing and awesome, thank you so much for the experience that you have given me.” We are happy that her life experiences brought her to working in senior care and she is now a part of our team.

 

Moments to Remember

A Special Thanks!

To all our frontline staff for all the hard work and dedication!

“Angels work here’’ Keeping our residents safe!

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Happy New Year from the “West Indies”

rey santos
Lupe Ruvalcaba
leslie brazeau
 

We would like to give a special thank you to all the San Clemente Villas Residents for their contributions to our Employee Bonus! It was very much appreciated! I would like to thank all our employees who have been working during COVID-19, we know you have worked very hard and we truly admire your dedication, “thank you for a job well done”. We would like to wish a Happy Birthday to resident Ray Rapeepat on January 30th he will be 88 years young! He always has a warm smile for you! As we pack up our Holiday decorations and reflect on the past year and all that has occurred, it makes one sit down and think about all the changes in our lives, some good, some not. It is best to reflect on all that has been a blessing. In the beginning of the year we make a lot of promises to others and to ourselves, our goals are real and we believe that we will accomplish them. Try to settle into the New Year with positive thoughts and lots of ambition! Have a safe, happy, and healthy New Year!

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

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From the desk of the Executive Director

Laura Kephart

Should auld acquaintance be forgot
and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
and days of auld lang syne?
For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we'll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne."
- Robert Burns, Auld Lang Syne

My father’s family was from Scotland, and we grew up with the fabulous works of Robert Louis Stevenson, Sir Waler Scott, …and of course Robert (Rabbie) Burns. The song “Auld Lang Syne is traditionally sung on New Year’s Eve (or Hogmanay in Scotland). The meaning of the phrase translated to English comes to be “old long since”..but we can think of it as “days gone by”. The tune had been around since the 16th century before Mr. Burns put pen to paper, and to this day we sing it in remembrance of times gone by, while drinking a cup of kindness with friends (or a “wee dram” as our father called it..).

With the upcoming holidays, and the New Year (which we are all looking forward to!), we remember with fondness times past, as we look forward and prepare for the coming year. Charles Lamb once said “New Year’s Day is everyone’s birthday”. What a great thought! Thinking of the new year as a new beginning, full of new opportunities and experiences…what a joyful concept!

On behalf of all of us here at San Clemente Villas by the Sea…our warmest wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous new year for each of you and your families.

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

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Seniors concerns about the Covid Vaccine

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Director of Clinical Services Cara Deiro, LVN ext. 103

Seniors in nursing homes and assisted living centers will be among the first Americans vaccinated, following recommendations by a federal advisory panel. Older adults living at home will need to wait a while longer.

A recent survey shows that seniors are willing to get the vaccine but they're worried about availability and cost. "95 plus Americans who are 65 or older have Medicare. And Medicare part B, according to the CARES Act, will cover all the cost for the COVID vaccine.

Doctors said all seniors should get the vaccine but they should reach out to their primary doctor or nurse practitioner to discuss the best options for them.

"The side effects are very likely to be the same side effects that the person had from the flu vaccine. May be aches, mild fever ... may last a day or two. That does not mean they will get COVID from the vaccine.”

Lower your risk:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • If you are 60 or over and have an underlying health condition such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes or respiratory illnesses like asthma or COPD, the World Health Organization advises you to try to avoid crowds or places where you might interact with people who are sick.

San Clemente Villas will be offering the Covid Vaccine for our residents and staff. As soon as we get more information when the vaccine will be available we will notify residents and family members the times and dates of the in house clinic that will be provided by Omnicare pharmacy.

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January 2021 Events at San Clemente Villas by the Sea

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Happy New Year from San Clemente Villas! Check out our January 2021 Newsletter to see what is happening this month!

January Special Events

Polar Plunge
Friday January 1st A refreshing start to the New Year! 3:00 Poolside Wear your bathing suit, bring a towel Meet your friends poolside. Countdown…3,2,1 All in together. Light refreshments will be served after swim

New Programs:

Share a Joke
Humor can lighten the day. Humor is a useful tool for interacting with people. Laughing together can ease tensions ...

Readers Theater
What is Readers Theatre? A technique of telling a story, reading parts “a script” divided and shared among readers. January’s skit “A Bicycle Built for Two”

Poetry Club
Share your favorite pieces of poetry, read works of your own, and experience different people's opinions. Poetry is an artistic medium which brings people together and delivers a certain kind of happiness

Make a friend a Neighbor!

The holidays are upon us! San Clemente Villas is looking to thank you for spreading the word of our wonderful community with some extra holiday cash! Think about who you know from your place of worship, from your old neighborhood, from social clubs, from civic groups, from your military service and make a friend a neighbor! When they move in, you will enjoy the benefit of one month’s rent as well as aiding in bringing new and exciting personalities to The Villas. Thank you for your continued support and reiterating that San Clemente Villas is truly the best home on the coast. Please feel free to reach out to Lauren Davidson at any time for more details.

January Activities

We will continue to follow Orange County Health Department guidelines of wearing masks covering mouth and nose to activities. Be sure to wash your hands before arriving. Activities will be either spaced, or outdoors or both. Remember, that the goal is to prevent the spread of anything from one person that might infect another. No more than 10 residents in an indoor group. Minimum of 6 feet between residents. Face masks worn at all times.

 

 

transportationScenic Drives

Tuesday @ 2:00pm

Maskes are required and be sure to wash your hands before arriving.

 

2020 exerciseSunday, Monday & Friday 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 chair our Activities Center Lower Level. We also have a guided walks for residents who may need supervision. These walks will occur Wednesday through Sunday until further notice.

 

2019 bingoBingo is Back!

Wednesday - Monday at 3:00pm in the Activities Center

We will continue to follow Orange County Health Department guidelines of wearing masks covering mouth and nose to activities. Be sure to wash your hands before arriving. 

 

diy crafts diannaDIY Crafts

Second Tuesday of the Month @ 1:00pm

This month make a card craft with Jessie!

 

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.

 

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.

 

January 2021 Employee of the Month

Nancy RodriguezNancy Rodriguez

Nancy Rodriguez is an essential employee here at San Clemente Villas by the sea. She was born in Mission Viejo Hospital. She is 25 years old. Nancy likes to go thrift store shopping, she collects toys and pastel colored 80’s and 90’s fashion. Her goal right now is to live on her own but she says that the rent is too high to do that. Her family consists of her dad Juan, her mom Bertha (who is a caregiver here), younger sibling Jace (who is at the front desk), and youngest sister Denise who just started High School. Her mother Bertha suggested working at the Villas since it's a very fast commute (5 minutes walking!). She’s been working here for 5 years as a server. “I've had a lot of fun years here, and have met some very warm hearted people, coworkers and residents alike. My motto is ‘if you see something wrong, be brave and speak up, since there's a lot of injustice in this world.’” Nancy is a very hard worker and definitely has the skills of an excellent employee. We are very happy to have her as part of the team.

 

We Love the Activities at the Villas!

A Special Thanks!

To all our frontline staff for all the hard work and dedication!

“Angels work here’’ Keeping our residents safe!

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from the “West Indies”

rey santos
Lupe Ruvalcaba
leslie brazeau
 

Christmas is an exciting time of the year with family, friends, lights, decorations, cheery music and festive holiday meals! This is a day of the year to remind us we have so much to be thankful for! So, what is the spirit of Christmas? The answer can be said in one sentence “giving without the thought of getting”. In the West Indies that means serving and giving with extra love and care. We know this is what makes the residents feel the spirit of Christmas!

Remember it’s not what’s under the tree that counts what matters is who is gathered around it!

May your family Holidays be filled with joy and peace! Have a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Blessings to All!

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

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From the desk of the Executive Director

Laura Kephart

"The holly and the ivy,
When they are both full grown,
Of all trees that are in the wood,
The holly bears the crown:
O, the rising of the sun,
And the running of the deer
The playing of the merry organ,
Sweet singing in the choir."
- Christmas Carol

December holiday cheer is in the air, and even though we have had to find new ways to provide entertainment and keep our residents engaged and active, we are looking forward to lots of fun and exciting events here at The Villas! Everyone has come together throughout the past months to learn new things, try new approaches, and most of all stay safe in an ever changing situation.

We are celebrating “Holidays Around the World” with weekly themed Happy Hours every Friday poolside, and are adding lots of fun filled holiday themed events that can safely be managed within our current safety guidelines. With things changing so frequently on the regulatory front, we stay vigilant for any changes to what we are permitted to do, with the hope that we can expand our delivery of activities soon.

As the holidays approach, and we look to the New Year we are mindful of friends, family and those who brighten our lives. On behalf of all of us here at San Clemente Villas by the Sea, we wish you a safe and happy holiday!

Stay well.

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

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COVID VS FLU VS ALERGIES

  • Experts note that the novel coronavirus, the flu, and allergies have different symptoms.
  • The main symptoms of the novel coronavirus are fever, tiredness, cough, and shortness of breath.
  • Allergies have more chronic symptoms and include sneezing, wheezing, and coughing.
  • The flu has symptoms similar to the novel coronavirus, such as fever and body aches, but influenza usually doesn’t cause shortness of breath.

If you have a runny nose or itchy eyes, it doesn’t mean that you have covid. However, if you have a cough, fatigue, and a fever, you might have COVID-19. Then again, it could also be seasonal flu. “Not all symptoms are created equally.

While it might seem like you have coronavirus, you may simply be experiencing seasonal allergies or influenza,” “There are many symptoms of cold, flu, and COVID that are similar, and it may be difficult to distinguish,” “They’re all caused by viruses, but different viruses cause each of these infections.”

“However, one key difference between the three is a symptom of coronavirus is shortness of breath “Shortness of breath is a common sign of COVID-19 which occurs prior to the development of pneumonia. Generally, the flu or a cold does not cause shortness of breath unless it has progressed to pneumonia, in which case you’ll also want to contact your healthcare provider.” “Influenza does mimic COVID-19 very closely, but the shortness of breath is not usually as severe as it is with COVID-19 With COVID-19, shortness of breath often occurs 5 to 10 days after the first sign of fever.

If you have not received your annual flu vaccine please notify the Wellness Dept. We will be happy to reach out to your physician to obtain an order and administer it to you. Please report any signs and symptom of Covid, Flu or allergies to the Wellness department immediately.

Please remember to wear your mask over your nose and mouth when on commom areas.

Director of Clinical Services
Cara Deiro, LVN ext. 103

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December Events at San Clemente Villas by the Sea

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

December Special Events

Tropical Santa Party -12/1
Photos with Santa 3:00pm

Victorian Tree Lighting – 12/2
6:00 pm

Afternoon High Tea – 12/15
3:00 pm

Resident Christmas Candlelight Dinner 12/16
4:00 pm & 5:00 pm

Happy New Year’s Party – 12/31
New Years in Time Square Celebration’s 3:00 pm

Make a friend a Neighbor!

The holidays are upon us! San Clemente Villas is looking to thank you for spreading the word of our wonderful community with some extra holiday cash! Think about who you know from your place of worship, from your old neighborhood, from social clubs, from civic groups, from your military service and make a friend a neighbor! When they move in, you will enjoy the benefit of one month’s rent as well as aiding in bringing new and exciting personalities to The Villas. Thank you for your continued support and reiterating that San Clemente Villas is truly the best home on the coast. Please feel free to reach out to Lauren Davidson at any time for more details.

Happy Holidays!

 

December Activities

We will continue to follow Orange County Health Department guidelines of wearing masks covering mouth and nose to activities. Be sure to wash your hands before arriving. Activities will be either spaced, or outdoors or both. Remember, that the goal is to prevent the spread of anything from one person that might infect another. No more than 10 residents in an indoor group. Minimum of 6 feet between residents. Face masks worn at all times.

Our plans for safe activities are:

2020 october activities

 

transportationScenic Drives

Tuesday & Thursday @ 2:00pm

Maskes are required and be sure to wash your hands before arriving.

 

2020 exerciseMonday, Wednesday & Friday 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 chair our Activities Center Lower Level. We also have a guided walks for residents who may need supervision. These walks will occur Wednesday through Sunday until further notice.

 

2019 bingoBingo is Back!

Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday at 3:00pm in the Activities Center

We will continue to follow Orange County Health Department guidelines of wearing masks covering mouth and nose to activities. Be sure to wash your hands before arriving. 

 

diy crafts diannaDIY Crafts

Second Tuesday of the Month @ 1:00pm

This month make a card craft with Jessie!

 

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.

 

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.

 

December 2020 Employee of the Month

Nadia PonceNadia Ponce

Nadia Ponce was born in Bueno Aires, Argentina. She is the second oldest of 10 kids. Nadia has three children, two of which worked here at the Villas. Martina, her youngest, was a server and her eldest daughter Daiana works as an Activities assistant. She enjoys walking out in nature and being with her family. She also loves to make desserts. She would love to perfect that craft and one day be able to sell pastries. She started working at the villas in 2004. She has worked in all departments. Laundry maintenance then moved to dishwashing and prepping food. Her mother Maria had started off first and recommended that she come work with her since she loved the place. After that, a lot of her family started working here for many years and they brought more people in to work. She enjoys working at the Villas, loves the ambiance and to help in any way she can. When she was a teenager about 14 years of age, she had visited a retirement home in Argentina. She said that one day she saw herself working in the senior community. Nadia likes to contribute “in the smallest way” to a place like this with a beautiful purpose. Nadia says that she tries to lend a hand always and comes to work every day “because it is a responsibility and we all have to play a part to make it better.”

 

A Special Thanks!

To all our frontline staff for all the hard work and dedication!

“Angels work here’’ Keeping our residents safe!

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Happy Thanksgiving from the “West Indies”

rey santos
Lupe Ruvalcaba
leslie brazeau
 

We would like to give a warm welcome to new resident Felice R. and Carolyn C.! Happy Birthday to beautiful residents Jacqueline H. 11/6, Carolyn C. 11/20 and Viola M. 11/21 also employee Liza 11/22! I hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful month of November! I love this time of year because we get a little break from the Southern California heat waves!

We will be celebrating Veterans Day on Nov, 11th! It is a day to be proud of and give thanks to those who served for our Country! On November 28th enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday with your family and friends! It is time to turn on the oven and enjoy some good traditional comfort foods for your Thanksgiving celebrations. It is a great day to share with each other the things that you are thankful for!

I asked some of our residents to share something they are thankful for. BettyM. said she really doesn’t have any family around, so she is thankful for everyone here at the Villas and feels at home! Yuri L. is very thankful to have his daughter Lana, she is so helpful! Viola M. is thankful of how hard her family of 12 children worked together to keep things going over the years! Felice R. is very thankful to have her wonderful husband!

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

 

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Happy 18th Anniversary San Clemente Villas!

Dan Brazeau

On behalf of the Brazeau family I would like to thank all of our residents, family members, local businesses and our beautiful San Clemente community, for 18 years of support. As some of you know we lost my father Paul Brazeau the patriarch of our family, in May of last year. His dream was for San Clemente villas to stay a family-owned and operated luxury senior care community.

A little about my own background. I’ve successfully owned and operated a beautiful Assisted living community in the inland empire since 2006. I am also a licensed RCFE Administrator. I was instrumental in selecting and securing the location and the early development of San Clemente Villas, along with Paul’s wife Aileen Brazeau, and my siblings Mark Brazeau, Debbie Chapple and Leslie Brazeau.

After my father’s passing, I stepped in to oversee the operations, and in March of this year, brought Laura Kephart on board to assist us as our Executive Director. We have made many improvements so far this year. We have added a Cabana to our pool area, re-furnished our West Indies neighborhood, and patio, and you may have enjoyed a ride on our new Surf Woody Bus!

Leslie, Dan, Mark and Debbie

We have some big plans for renovations in 2021 including Paul’s Bistro and Wine Bar (My father loved his wine!), and renovations to our common areas and outdoor spaces - all designed with our residents’ comfort and enjoyment in mind.

Our Family will continue to provide excellent care and beautiful amenities for years to come. We will carry on our father Paul’s legacy for excellence and luxury, in a warm, friendly environment here on “The cruise ship that never sets sail”.

Thank you for allowing us to share your golden years.
Dan Brazeau

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November Events at San Clemente Villas by the Sea

2020 november newsletterNovember is here at San Clemente Villas! Check out our November Newsletter to see what is happening this month!

 

November Activities

We will continue to follow Orange County Health Department guidelines of wearing masks covering mouth and nose to activities. Be sure to wash your hands before arriving. Activities will be either spaced, or outdoors or both. Remember, that the goal is to prevent the spread of anything from one person that might infect another. Our plans for safe activities are:

2020 october activities

 

transportationScenic Drives

Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday @ 2:00pm

Maskes are required and be sure to wash your hands before arriving.

 

2020 exerciseMonday, Wednesday & Friday 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 chair our Activities Center Lower Level. We also have a guided walks for residents who may need supervision. These walks will occur Wednesday through Sunday until further notice.

 

2019 bingoBingo is Back!

Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday at 3:00pm in the Activities Center

We will continue to follow Orange County Health Department guidelines of wearing masks covering mouth and nose to activities. Be sure to wash your hands before arriving. 

 

diy crafts diannaDIY Crafts

Second Tuesday of the Month @ 1:00pm

This month make a card craft with Jessie!

 

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.

 

November 2020 Employee of the Month

Rosa VasquezRosa Vasquez

Rosa Vasquez was born and raised in San Clemente; she was born in San Clemente Hospital. She has lived in her current house for 23 years. She loved to play soccer and basketball growing up. She has two brothers: one middle brother named Jorge and the youngest one is Jesus. She graduated from San Clemente High in 2015. Rosa loves to draw and shares that passion with her father and middle brother. Rosa also loves to dance hip hop. She says that she met her best friend Gigi as a senior. She’s been friends with her for five years.When she graduated, at the age of 18, she started working in memory care. She was a caregiver and later was aMed-Tech atAtria in San Juan.After being there for three years she came to San Clemente Villas. She is about to be here for two years. She has a lot of friends that were already working here. She says that she really loves working here. Rosa has been going to college to be an RN. She said that she’s been wanting to be a nurse since middle school. Her mother later shared that she was a nurse back in Mexico. Her best friend Gigi now works here with her. Even though she was going to school to be an RN, she is changing her major to be a Nurse Practitioner. Rosa says that she loves working for the seniors and that is why she changed her major. She says that she loves spending time with the elderly, helping them with their needs. She says that the most valuable thing in her life is her family. Congratulations on being Employee of the Month, Rosa. We all appreciate you so much here at the Villas!

 

Announcing the addition of Ann Ruscoe to the San Clemente Villas staff!

Activities DirectorWith 20 years of experience in Assisted Living, Ann will be ourActivity Director. She started on the path to being your Activity Director by volunteering at an early age in a retirement residence. Ann was born and raised in Ontario, Canada. She moved to California in 2018 to be closer to family. Ann has two daughters, Harmony and Hailey, and two grand-children, Lennox and Harlow. Just two years living in California she has found a passion for ocean breezes and a new sense of adventure. Her focus is on living each moment to the fullest and her passion is to “Make a difference”.

 

Please join us in welcoming Lauren Davidson to our team!

Lauren DavidsonPlease join us in welcoming Lauren Davidson to our team! Lauren will be our Director of Marketing. Lauren joins our team with about 10 years of experience in the Senior Industry. Born and raised in Southern California, she has many fond memories of time spent in the warm sun and on the sandy beaches of San Clemente. When she was not sure which career path she would end up taking, she fell into senior living and has never turned back. She says that the thing she enjoys the most about her job is the relationships with residents, family members and friends she meets along the way. She feels that being a resource to guide new residents and family members through this transition process is truly a rewarding one! Lauren has two children, Logan and Charlie and she, along with her Husband Tim, and pup Izek live just around the corner!

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Happy 18th Anniversary San Clemente Villas from the “West Indies”

rey santos
Lupe Ruvalcaba
leslie brazeau
 

The San Clemente Villas has been serving residents and the community for 18 years! It's a wonderful place to call home with a caring and loving staff!We would like to give a warm welcome to Jane C.! Happy October Birthdays to our residents Faye H. 10/4, Anne G. 10/10, Caroline P. 10/19,Yuri L. 10/24, OscarA. 10/25, andMarguerite R. 10/27! I would like to focus on memories from our residents with October Birthdays! (Coincidentally, we don’t have any residents with September birthdays!)

Oscar A. looks great for 94 years of age! His daughter Gilda said her father was an uncomplicated man. He loved having the kids around, it was painful for him when we grew up and left home. Tears ran down his cheeks as he took photos of her wedding knowing she would be departing for an overseas assignment.

Beautiful Marguerite R. age 88 remembers going to a pet adoption place on her birthday and falling in love with a dog named Gigi. Her friend adopted Gigi and let Marguerite help care for the dog! Beautiful Faye H. is age 85. Her favorite thing to do on her birthday was to have her kids and grandchildren over to enjoy a special meal of her husband’s perfectly grilled barbeque ribs! It is a memory that will last forever!

Anne G., so cute! She’s 84 said she really enjoyed going to watch horse racing on her birthday! Her favorite race was the Kentucky Derby! Caroline P., so pretty! When she was 61 she drove to Mexico for her Birthday party. A dog kept running in and out of the party multiple times and everyone kept putting him back outside.When Caroline went to her car to head home the dog was in it. She named him Buddy. He ended up being the love of her life for 13 years!

Lana, daughter to handsome Resident Yuri L., age 94, said he always made sure that everyone was happy and having a great time at the birthday! He was full of life, had positive energy and lit up the room! He was the most gracious host and the life of the party. His last memorable birthday was spent in Mexico with his family. He loved swimming every day and eating at the Dessert Buffet with his grandchildren. “Love you dad!”

I know it has been very difficult and worrisome during this uncertain time with the coronavirus and knowing we don’t have any control over what is going on. Try to keep your faith, things always have a way of passing!

I would like to thank all the staff at the San Clemente Villas for working so hard together, trying to keep everyone safe and accommodate their needs.

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

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Marketing Check-in: Happy 18th Anniversary San Clemente Villas

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The day I applied at the Villas and was hired I had no idea that I would be here 11 years later. I was a lot younger then of course. We have a lot of employees still working here since the very beginning that is so amazing and unheard of. Being privately owned and operated by the Brazeau family, the Villas is able to retain high caliber employees. Because of their attention to detail when selecting candidates to join their staff, our team is dedicated, committed and enduring. The Villas family is comprised of residents, staff and family. The staff looks after the residents with care and tenderness in their hearts. October also calls for Halloween. This year things are going to be a little different than what we’re used to, but I believe that the most important thing is to be with your family. In my case I enjoy every minute I have with my two boys.

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From the desk of the Executive Director

Laura Kephart

““October gave a party;
The leaves by hundreds came-
The Chestnuts, Oaks, and Maples,
And leaves of every name.
The Sunshine spread a carpet,
And everything was grand,
MissWeather led the dancing,
ProfessorWind the band."
~George Cooper, October's Party

Autumn has arrived and as the temperatures cool, we look forward to savory fall meals, apple treats and cider, a warm cozy blanket and the company of good friends or a good book. Here at San Clemente Villas by the Sea we have already begun planning for the upcoming holiday season, to make sure we have everything prepared for our residents and all to enjoy! October is the month ofWorld Smile Day, Indigenous People Day (formerly known as Columbus Day), Dictionary Day and of course…Halloween!

The metaphor for October is transformation. Leaves change colors, the weather changes from warm to cool, sweaters and cardigans come out of storage to change up our wardrobe choices. The Villas has gone through a transformation as well, as we’ve faced the challenges of the coronavirus and learned new ways to live together and support each other during these ever-changing times.

As always, the Villas family of staff are here to help. If you need anything at all, please let us know…we’re all in this together, and we are here to support you.

Happy Autumn, and stay well.

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

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October Covid Activities Update

October Activities

We will continue to follow Orange County Health Department guidelines of wearing masks covering mouth and nose to activities. Be sure to wash your hands before arriving. Activities will be either spaced, or outdoors or both. Remember, that the goal is to prevent the spread of anything from one person that might infect another. Our plans for safe activities are:

2020 october activities

Watch the “whiteboard” by front desk daily!

We will also have: Scenic drives; Residents can schedule window visits or “Face Time”/“Zoom” visits (see activities or front desk); One-on-One help with a chaperoned walk, help with shopping, computer, or cellphone issues, etc.; and we will be having a Halloween party! Details to be given during October.

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October Events at San Clemente Villas by the Sea

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

 

October Activities

We will continue to follow Orange County Health Department guidelines of wearing masks covering mouth and nose to activities. Be sure to wash your hands before arriving. Activities will be either spaced, or outdoors or both. Remember, that the goal is to prevent the spread of anything from one person that might infect another. Our plans for safe activities are:

2020 october activities

 

2020 exerciseMonday, Wednesday & Friday 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 chair our Activities Center Lower Level. We also have a guided walks for residents who may need supervision. These walks will occur Wednesday through Sunday until further notice.

 

2019 bingoBingo is Back!

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday at 3:00pm in the Activities Center

We will continue to follow Orange County Health Department guidelines of wearing masks covering mouth and nose to activities. Be sure to wash your hands before arriving. 

 

diy crafts diannaDIY Crafts

Our Executive Director, Laura will be doing a craft on the second Tuesday of the month at 1:00 p.m.

 

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.

 

September 2020 Employee of the Month

Enedina BelloEnedina Bello

Enedina has been married for 28 years and has three kids, one girl and two boys. Her husband Ricardo Bello is an incredible man and he is always very attentive. He seems strict but to make sure his kids have good discipline and have a great future. They both love to dedicate their all to their kids. Her daughter Kelly is now working for a Foster Care facility as a social worker and going for her Master’s degree. Her son Cristian is a Marine and has one more year to finish schooling at his University and her youngest, Andrew, is in his second year of high school. Her family is very united, whatever problem they have they resolve it as a family. The three of them are living with Enedina still. She loves to cook for them, she makes sure to have a meal done before she goes to work. During a period of time, her husband was left without work. So she went to apply as housekeeper but the only position was caregiver. She took the job and has been here ever since. Enedina has been working here at the Villas for about three and a half years. She loves to work here, saying she feels at home when she is here. Caring for the residents feels to her as if she is taking care of her family. She loves to help the residents with their needs. Enedina says that working here she learns to value life more and enjoy life in the moment. Enedina you are a cherished employee.

 

October 2020 Employee of the Month

Gigi RodriguezGigi Rodriguez

here at the Villas. She was born in Seattle but grew up in San Clemente. She was born on December 7th, 1998. “My horoscope is Sagittarius which describes me exactly as I am.” She loves to dance; we have seen her dance moves in our employee Christmas parties. Gigi says she also loves to travel. She says she hasn’t been to many places but loves Seattle, she loves California and to visit TeacalcoMorelos,Mexico where her dad is from. She is the oldest of eight siblings. She loves to take care of them, taking them to get food, desserts, the beach, or places they like. She prefers the pools over the beach, “which is funny because I live in California”. In high school she worked with disabled kids since her brother Hector had a disability. He is now gone but forever cherished. Working with disabled kids helped her get a better understanding of how to care for her brother while he was with her. Later after high school in Seattle, she studied to be a Phlebotomist. She later moved when she was about 19 years out of her dad's place and loves living with roommates. “It showed me to be more independent, to do things on my own, and value myself. My role model was grandmother Elena because she was so independent.” Her grandmother was a widow, she had nine kids and raised them all herself. When her parents divorced, her grandmother stepped in and raised Gigi and her brother until she was about 13 years old and moved in with her dad. She would take them to school every single day while she was a Nanny to some of the kids that she went to school with. On the side she would sell tamales and quesadillas. Gigi has been working here since February 2019. She says she loves it because she loves her grandma, so she treats the residents as if she was taking care of her grandma. This place has helped Gigi to learn more about residential care and how to deal with dementia. Her grandmother is at the beginning stages of dementia so it’s helped her educate the family. “Working here we realize that it’s the little things that matter.” She started working here because her best friend Rosa worked in residential care for three years and they both live down the street. She says she loves the environment here and the coworkers. “It is like a big family. You get to see so many personalities.”We are so happy to have you, Gigi, 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 Corrigan, does a wonderful job, Thank You Barbara!

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