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Welcome to the West Indies

2021 rey santos
2021 lupe ruvalcaba
2021 leslie brazeau
 

April Showers will bring May flowers!

Don’t let the rain showers get you down, there’s great weather and beautiful sunsets ahead. There’s plenty of activities happening in the West Indies! Every Wednesday we have live music on our patio. Bob Millspaugh, Robin Gable and a sing- along with Bobbette lots of fun!

Our residents will be enjoying scenic rides. With better weather ahead we’ll be enjoying short stories, games, bowling and Bingo outdoors too! It’s a crafting time in the West Indies making Pinecone Bird Feeder, Easter Baskets and decorating eggs! The Knitting Club is busy learning to make beautiful blankets. We can’t forget Arbor Day, let’s plant a small garden.

Have a warm and wonderful month from Leslie, Rey and all the West Indies

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From the desk of the Activity Director

Ann Ruscoe

“Why Exercise?”

  1. PREVENT DISEASE Studies have shown that maintaining regular physical activity can help prevent many common diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes. Exer cise improves overall immune function, which is important for seniors as their immune systems are often compromised. Even light exercise, such as walking, can be a powerful tool for preventable disease management.
  2. IMPROVED MENTAL HEALTH The mental health benefits of exercise are nearly endless. Exercise produces endorphins (the “feel good” hormone), which act as a stress reliever and leaves you feeling happy and satisfied. In addition, exercise has been linked to improving sleep, which is especially important for older adults who often suffer from insomnia and disrupted sleep patterns.
  3. DECREASED RISKS OF FALLS Adults are at a higher risk of falls, which can prove to be potentially disastrous for maintaining independence. Exercise improves strength and flexibility, which also help improve balance and coordination, reducing the risk of falls. Adults take much longer to recover from falls, so any thing that helps avoid them in the first place is critical.
  4. SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT Whether you join a walking group, go to group fitness classes or visit a gardening club, exercise can be made into a fun social event. Maintaining strong social ties is important for aging adults to feel a sense of purpose and avoid feelings of loneliness or depression. Above all, the key is to find a form of exercise you love, and it will never feel like a chore again.

In Conclusion

Exercise is good for you; it’s just a matter of making it a priority and habit in your daily life. In the aging population, exercise has been shown to prevent disease, lower the risk of falls, improve mental health and well-being, strengthen social ties, and improve cognitive function. Regardless of your age, we hope this will motivate you to incorporate exercise into your life.

Come and join us. All programs are are chair exercises. Tai Chi, Yoga and Balance & Stretch. Mornings and afternoons. We have a beautiful pool and we’ve started a walking club!

Ann Ruscoe, Activity Director

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From the desk of the Executive Director

Laura Kephart

An altered look about the hills;
A Tyrian light the village fills;
A wider sunrise in the dawn;
A deeper twilight on the lawn;
A print of a vermilion foot;
A purple finger on the slope;
A flippant fly upon the pane;
A spider at his trade again;
An added strut in chanticleer;
A flower expected everywhere ..." 
-Emily Dickinson, Nature: April

April has always been my favorite month. Having grown up back East, this is the time when our grey slushy snows started to disappear, and the snowdrops and crocus began to peek up to smile at the sky. Lily of the Valley appeared and bowed their heads, and our lawn was filled with wood violets. Our forsythia shrubs began to blossom, and created a little hut of sunshine for hours of springtime book reading (as well as a great hiding place from chores). And the lilacs that up until now had covered our barn in vines burst forth creating a purple curtain filled with that heavenly scent that only lilacs can create. Hy acinths and daffodils dotted our walkway, and the fruits of my Aunt Hilda’s bulb planting made our garden a patchwork of colorful tulips.

April at San Clemente Villas by the Sea will bring us an opportunity to enjoy our own beautiful grounds and poolside area, as we celebrate our expanding liberties in the post vaccine world. We will keep you and your families informed about new developments as they come up, and we’re hopeful that with decreasing cases and increasing vaccinations, we can add more and more to our activity calendar. We will also be renovating the front patio furniture soon, with bright new cushions for comfortable hours outside on warmer sunny days.

As always, it is our pleasure to welcome a new season of opportunities and adventures with you. We look forward to making many happy April memories together as we revel in Spring!

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

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April 2021 Events at San Clemente Villas by the Sea

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

On the Calendar this Month:

  • Thursday Crafts – Thursdays at 1:30pm in the Activities Center
  • Creative Expression – Tuesdays at 10:00am in the Library
  • Wear Pajamas Day – Friday the 16th
  • National Poetry Month – Saturday poetry readings at 10:00am in the Theater Room
  • Movie Nights – Sundays & Thursdays at 6:30pm

April 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. Minimum of 6 feet between residents. Face masks worn at all times.

 

2021 podiatristPodiatrists Who Visit San Clemente Villas by the Sea

Dr. Neda Arjomandi, DPM (949) 581-2520
She accepts HMO’s, PPO’s and Medicare.

Dr. Erin Vogtman, DPM (909) 886-3668
She accepts traditional Medicare and supplemental insurance.
Cash Price is $40

Dr. Larry Anthon, DPM (949) 495-3663
He accepts Medicare and /or secondary PPO or PDP plans.
Cash Price is $36

Please feel free to call and schedule an appointment or you may sign up for next schedule visit to the community on the signup sheet located in the Front Lobby area.

 

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 garden exercisesMonday, Thursday & Friday Exercise

10 a.m. in the Activity Center

Join us for gentle exercises!

 

2019 bingoBingo is Back!

Sunday, Wednesday, & Saturday 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. 

 

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.

 

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.

 

chef salvador
From the Desk of:

Salvador Caballero

Dining Room Hours:
Breakfast 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Lunch 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Dinner 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Salvador and his team of chefs are always cooking up something special. The dining team will greet you with a smile and give you the best service! Each month we get to have a chat with Salvador. – Food for thought!

 

Nabor Lopez
April 2021 Employee of the Month

Nabor Lopez

Nabor Lopez is an excellent employee here at San Clemente Villas by the Sea. Nabor is fromMichoacán,Mexico. He has an amazing family- his wife and four kids. He loves to spend time with his kids. Two of his boys play soccer and he enjoys spending the afternoons playing ball with them. Before working here at San Clemente Villas, he used to work at Regency Senior living for 17 years. He also still currently works part time at Dana Point Marriott Hotels. Nabor has not been working for so long at San Clemente Villas. He’s only been employed since January of 2021 which shows that he very quickly has won the appreciation from his peers and the residents. Victor, the maintenance manager had recommended that Nabor came to apply. They used to work together at a previous job. Nabor says that he “loves maintaining everything clean and tidy for the residents, the families and for the boss’ approval.” He is a very kind and humble person and a very hard worker.We enjoy having Nabor as part of the team.

 

April Birthdays at the Villas

  • Daniel Y. 3/31
  • Jeanne N. 04/01
  • Norman S. 04/07
  • Shirley J. 04/11
  • Gloria B. 04/12
  • Betty Hanes 04/18
  • Collette W. 04/18
  • Robert W. 04/29
 

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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Welcome to the West Indies

2021 rey santos
2021 lupe ruvalcaba
2021 leslie brazeau
 

We have several exciting things to celebrate this month!
Let’s give a warm welcome to David Bolton.
First day of Spring is fast approaching March 20th.
Warmer weather and sunshine days are ahead and a change of season mean’s new programming.
Welcome to the great outdoors.
Our residents will be able to relax on the outdoor patio enjoy a game of Bingo, perhaps join our group of bowlers.

Here are a few of our new programs: Chair Tai Chi, Gardening & Let’s Cook to name a few. We have wonderful care staff to assist with all resident needs and to assist in all programming. We care for the social, physical, emotional & spiritual health of our residents.

Wishing you all the luck of the Irish! Have a Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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

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From the desk of the Executive Director

Laura Kephart

"The air is like a butterfly
With frail blue wings.
The happy earth looks at the sky
And sings."

- Joyce Kilmer, Spring

Spring is in the air! All around us there are signs of renewal, as we enjoy the beautiful green hillsides from the recent rains, fresh new flowers in our Courtyard and Cabana area, and the warmer breezes and longer afternoons as we move toward Spring on Saturday, March 20th!

Spring is also a great time to refresh our outlook. Make a fitness resolution by joining one of our exercise classes. Tap into your creative side by coming to a painting or craft class. Join us with suggestions for a new club, or try one of our new exciting outings. Make one new friend by talking to a neighbor you’ve never met. Or, put some Spring in your step by joining our new walking club on their “Mission to Fitness”.

March is also a great time to experiment with new foods! Chef has added some exciting selections to the menu with his great team of cooks. Try some of these fresh and exciting new options and let us know what you think!

As we “March into Spring” together, please remember that all of our friendly staff are committed to your happiness and wellbeing. Please reach out to any of us if there is something you need or to share your praises or concerns. We’re all here for you!

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

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Vaccines are adding a new layer to the risk around Covid 19

Villas Strong Vaccination Event Thanks to all who helped make this event a success! The CVS Pharmacy team had nothing but the highest praise for our organization, hospitality & preparedness. Our residents & staff were seen quickly & efficiently.

Like many we all have been daydreaming for months about what life will be like once we gets the COVID-19 vaccine. Hug our children, Grandkids and get back to living life.

Except now that we have received the vaccine, we are finding out it’s not that simple. The vaccine isn’t a ‘get out of jail free card’ we still need to wear a mask, wash our hands and social distance.

Once you have received the second dose of the vaccine protection is estimated to be about 95% two weeks after the second dose.

It’s still unknown how well the vaccine will keep the virus from spreading. It is too soon to tell if a couples who has been vaccinated should be ok to share a meal together indoors. The data so far shows they probably won’t transmit much, if any, of the virus. Since covid arrived here almost a year ago, the coronavirus has been all about risk. The vaccines are adding a new layer to that, even as they offer hope that the end is near for a pandemic that has killed many.

Current guidelines recommend outdoor dining for restaurant’s with small group. If you want to go to your family’s house guidelines is family only and small group with outdoor dining and activities. Any activities with large group with increased risk of exposure may result in self isolation.

San Clemente Villas will continue to provide updates to Residents and family members as guidelines and recommendations change from the Health Department and Community Care Licensing.

Cara Deiro, LVN
Director Of Clinical Services

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March 2021 Events at San Clemente Villas by the Sea

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

On the Calendar this Month:

  • Flower Arranging – Thursday the 4th at 1:30pm in the Activities Center
  • Food for Thought – Wednesday the 10th at 1:00pm in the Dining Room
  • Start a Garden – Thursday the 18th at 1:30pm Poolside
  • National Red Nose Day – Friday the 19th
  • Crazy Hat Day – Friday the 26th

March 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. Minimum of 6 feet between residents. Face masks worn at all times.

 

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 garden exercisesMonday & Friday Exercise

10 a.m. in the Activity Center

Join us for gentle exercises!

 

2019 bingoBingo is Back!

Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, & every other Friday 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. 

 

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.

 

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.

 

March 2021 Employee of the Month

Jace Rodriguez

Jace has been working in the Villas since 2016. She came to work here straight out of high school. She especially loves portraits and anime cartoons. 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 would love to one day own a tiny home here in the U.S or in Ireland. Perhaps a loft or a tiny home somewhere in South Korea (Seoul or Daegu) or (Tokyo or Osaka). 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 was offered 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.

 

March Birthdays at the Villas

  • Lynn T. March 1st
  • Rachel L. March 9th
  • Lola G. March 15th
  • Ruth B. March 26th
  • Bill G. march 31st
 

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 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. 

 

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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.

 

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

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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”

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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.

 

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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. 

 

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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.

 

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

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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”

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Lupe Ruvalcaba
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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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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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