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Happy Thanksgiving from the “West Indies”

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Lupe Ruvalcaba
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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”

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Lupe Ruvalcaba
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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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Happy Summer from the “West Indies”

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Lupe Ruvalcaba
leslie brazeau
 

Welcome August! The summer is definitely here, so enjoy this beautiful weather, as time passes by so quickly! We would like to give a warm welcome to our new resident Irene L.! The West Indies residents will be relaxing on our patio, enjoying barbeques and beautiful scenic rides! I want to take a moment to thank all of our staff for everything they do for our residents! The daily kindness, patience and encouragement they provide is so important in our daily lives as we age. How fortunate we are to have a loving and caring staff here in the West Indies. As a little tribute to them I asked our residents if they had any comments to share. Virginia C. said their warm friendly smile and caring voice is enough to start her day off well! “It’s nice to know someone is always here to ask if I need any help.” Betty M. said she likes all the caregivers, they are very nice to her. They do their job without complaining. She said she’d like to give them a little something to show her appreciation! Don L. said, “Sometimes I lose track of time reading the newspaper in my room it is very helpful when they remind me that dinner is ready! I like the way they do my laundry. I have enjoyed some good times here with my wife!” Anne and Bob G. said, “It is wonderful how quickly they respond when help is needed. They are really special people and get the job done well! We feel very lucky to be here!” The West Indies Staff and residents wish everyone a happy, healthy and safe 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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Marketing Check-in: Happy 4th of July

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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”

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Lupe Ruvalcaba
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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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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

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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”

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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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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”

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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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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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