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July is UV Safety Awareness Month

Cara Deiro

We’re here to inform you about the risks associated with unprotected sun exposure and things you can do to minimize your risk.

As many of us get ready to enjoy those warm rays this summer, we must remember to protect our skin and eyes from the damaging effects of the sun. The good news is there are things you can do to minimize the risk.

Cover Up: Wearing a Hat (preferably wide brimmed) or other shade-protective clothing can partly shield your skin from the harmful effects of UV ray exposure. Proper clothing may include long-sleeved shirts, pants, hats, umbrellas and sunglasses - for eye protection.

Stay in the Shade: The sun's glare is strongest at midday. Staying in the shade between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. will further protect your skin. The sun can still damage your skin on cloudy days or in the winter. That’s why it’s important to stay protected throughout the year.

Choose the Right Sunscreen: This is extremely important. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) new regulations for sunscreen labeling recommend that your sunscreen have a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15, and should protect against both Ultraviolet A (UV-A) and Ultraviolet B (UV-B) rays. When on antibiotics skin is more sensitive. Take pre-cautions when choosing sunscreen. Use the Right Amount of Sunscreen: According to the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention, most people apply only 25- 50 percent of the recommended amount of sunscreen. When out in the sun, it's important that you apply at least one ounce (a palmful) of sunscreen every two hours.

You should apply it more often if you are sweating or swimming, even if the sunscreen is waterproof. By taking the proper precautions and following these guidelines you and your loved ones can enjoy the sun safely.

If you are having any problems after being in the sun, be sure to talk to your healthcare provider.

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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, let’s 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 you relax, listen to the fountains, enjoy the flowers and birds, and catch some healthy rays to boost your Vitamin D. Try a scenic drive on our cool new van, join our walking club, or just invite a friend for a visit outdoors! Our Happy Hours and wine mixers will be incorporating more outdoor sun time this month, and we look forward to seeing you there 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 celebrations. We are always excited to hear new ideas from our residents on things you would like to try…drop a suggestion at the Front Desk, or pop in for a visit and share your ideas!

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

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How the Ederly are Being Scammed and How to Prevent it from Happening to You

Cara Deiro

Why are the elderly frequent targets of fraud scams?

Unfortunately, elderly individuals are the most frequent targets of fraud scams. Fraudsters target the elderly, as they may be lonely, willing to listen and are more trusting than younger individuals. Many fraud schemes against the elderly are performed over the telephone, door-to-door or through advertisements.

Which are the most common scams targeting seniors?

  1. Medicare - in scams involving Medicare, fraudsters pose as Medicare representatives to get seniors to give them their personal information, such as their Medicare identification number.
  2. Counterfeit prescription drugs - as prices for prescription drugs increase, seniors look the internet to find cheaper prices for their medications.
  3. Funerals - in one type of funeral scheme, fraudsters use obituaries to find out information about the deceased in attempts to extort money from family members or grieving spouses. They claim the deceased has an outstanding debt that must be paid immediately
  4. Telephones — Phone scams are the most common scams used against the elderly. Scammers might get seniors to wire or send them money by claiming to be a family member who is in trouble and needs money. They might also solicit money from the elderly by posing as a fake charity, especially after a natural disaster.
  5. Internet — since the elderly are usually not as savvy with handling emails and surfing the internet, they are easy targets for scammers. Victims have been tricked into downloading fake anti-virus software that allows scammers access to personal information on their computers.
  6. The grandparent scam — this scam is extremely deceptive because it plays on the elderly’s emotions. In a grandparent scam, a scammer calls an older person and pretends to be their grandchild. They ask them if they know who is calling, and when the grandparent guesses the name of one of their grandchildren, they pretend to be that grandchild. The scammer tells the Grandparent that they are in some sort of financial bind and asks if they can send money using Western Union or MoneyGram to help them out. The scammer asks the grandparent not to tell anyone about their situation. Once the scammer receives the money, he continues to contact the grandparent and asks them to send more money.

A Con Artist May Say:

  • You need to “act now” or the offer will expire
  • You’ve won a free prize, but you need to pay for shipping and handling.
  • You need to wire money or pay a debt with a gift card or forward money to someone.

Tips for Avoiding Scams:

  • Take time to research. Have a loved one help you.
  • If a caller tells you to act immediately, they are probably a con artist.
  • If something seems strange about a phone call, simply say “No, thank you,” and hang up.
  • Be careful of unusual emails or messages from family members. If a message contains a lot of typos or simply doesn’t sound like your loved one, it may be a hacker.
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From the desk of the Executive Director

Laura Kephart

"Mine is the Month of Roses; yes, and mine
The Month of Marriages! All pleasant sights
And scents, the fragrance of the blossoming vine,
The foliage of the valleys and the heights.
Mine are the longest days, the loveliest nights;
The mower's scythe makes music to my ear;
I am the mother of all dear delights;
I am the fairest daughter of the year."
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

June has arrived, and with it the promise of long Summer days, warm breezes, and more good times with good friends here at The Villas!

Father’s Day is just around the corner, and we will celebrate all of the great men in our Villas family with a special barbecue lunch, followed by an after lunch pie social. Friends and families are always welcome to stop by for a visit and enjoy a slice of pie with Dad to celebrate his special day.

This month, we welcome Summer to our lovely home on June 20th! We’ll have a great beach themed Happy Hour on the 22nd out by the Pool 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 fountain area and courtyard, and freshening up the Courtyard seating up for all to enjoy.

We’re all celebrating being able to be out and about and have visitors as we have seen the virus numbers drop across the County. Our licensing agent requires us to continue wearing masks in the Community, as well as our visitors, but being able to go out to events and visit with family and friends outdoors has given us hope for a brighter future!

Happy Summer! Stay safe and well,
Laura Kephart, Executive Director 
P:(949)489-3400 ext. 102

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WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO STAY HYDRATED?

Cara Deiro

Improving Physical Performance

When you exercise, you need to stay hydrated because your body will use a lot of water. Staying hydrated during and after exercise will improve your overall physical performance. You will also be protecting your body from harm. When you are hydrated, you will reduce the fatigue that you feel after exercise. Your endurance will also be improved. Your maximum heart rate will also lower and you will not feel as sore after exercising.

Boosting Your Mood

It is not only your body that benefits from hydration as it will help your mentality as well. It has been found that people who drink more water will generally have better moods. There is one study that looked at people who usually drank 1.2 litres of water or less per day and increased this to 2.5 litres.

These people were found to experience less fatigue, sleepiness and confusion. The same study restricted people who usually drink 2 to 4 litres per day to one litre. These people felt a negative effect on their mood, had an increase in discontent, positive emotions and calmness.

Preventing Headaches

There are a number of symptoms of dehydration with headaches being one of them. In fact, water deprivation is one of the most common causes of headaches. In most cases, drinking more water will be able to alleviate a headache. However, it is important to note that dehydration can also lead to migraines. If you do not have a regular intake of water, you might be more prone to headaches and migraines. Staying hydrated could reduce the occurrence of headaches and migraines.

Boosting Your Brainpower

While a boost to your mood will generally help in many aspects of your life, hydration can also boost your brainpower. The more water you drink, the better your cognitive performance is likely to be. There are many studies which have been done that support this. These studies have found that people who drink water during cognitive tests will perform better than those that do not. These results have been found to be true for both adults and children. Other studies have suggested that even minor dehydration will cause cognitive function impairment in the short-term.

Protect Against Disease

One of the most important reasons why you should stay hydrated is a simple fact that it helps to prevent disease. There are a number of health conditions which can be prevented by staying hydrated. It is important that you know what they are and how hydration can help.

Some of these diseases will include kidney stones, constipation, urinary tract infections and coronary heart disease. It is also believed that staying hydrated can help with asthma. It is important to note that staying hydrated will not prevent these diseases completely, but will be helpful.

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From the desk of the Executive Director

Laura Kephart

"May! Queen of blossoms,
And fulfilling flowers,
With what pretty music
Shall we charm the hours?
Wilt thou have pipe and reed,
Blown in the open mead?
Or to the lute give heed
In the green bowers?"
- Lord Edward Thurlow, May

May is here..and with it the promise of bright sunny days, warmer weather, and opportunities to enjoy the outdoors with friends and family.

Our World is ever -changing as we experience life “post-vaccine.” We are so grateful to now be able to have visitors, go out with family and friends for visits, and enjoy life in the new normal. Of course, we will still wear our masks, social distance, and wash our hands well…but this is a far cry from where we were last May. We're grateful for our health, the dedication of our staff, and the kindness, patience and support of our residents, families and friends as we have journeyed to this point together. Let’s celebrate!

On Saturday May 1st,we’ll enjoy watching the Kentucky Derby... along with a special dinner featuring great Louisville classic recipes. On May 5, th we’ll have a poolside Fiesta for our residents to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. 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 Mother’s every time we come to work! This month is a celebration of all our Mom’s, 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. 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 Kephart, Executive Director 
P:(949)489-3400 ext. 102

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 Covid conscious 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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"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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Meet Laura Kephart, Executive Director

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

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

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