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Welcome to the West Indies

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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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Happy Valentine's Day from the “West Indies”

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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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Happy New Year from the “West Indies”

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

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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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Happy Thanksgiving from the “West Indies”

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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 from the “West Indies”

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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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Happy Summer from the “West Indies”

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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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Happy Fourth of July from the “West Indies”

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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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Happy Father's Day from the “West Indies”

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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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Happy Mother's Day from the “West Indies”

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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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Happy Easter from the “West Indies”

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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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Happy St. Patrick's Day from the “West Indies”

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We would like to give a warm welcome to our new resident John P.! Happy Birthday to our Manager Rey Santos 3/13/72 and our beautiful resident Sandy 3/20/26!

We are looking forward to daylight savings time March 8th bringing us more sunshine throughout the day! How exciting! Spring is in the air, beginning March 19th warmer weather ahead! Residents will be relaxing on the patio!

Well the “lucky month of March” has arrived! We have leprechauns, rainbows and pots of gold lurking among us! There seems to be a little bit of Irish in all of us celebrating and having fun! Make sure you wear green or you’ll get pinched! Do you know why? The Country of Ireland is known as the Emerald Isle; therefore Countrymen are expected to wear green in honor of their country. If you do not wear green your fellow countrymen will pinch you to remind you that you are of Irish decent!

I would like to thank all the West Indies Staff for all their hard work and dedication every day! There is a lot of love, compassion and understanding from every staff member, and it is shown in many ways! Wishing you all the luck of the Irish and a Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

From Leslie, Rey, Nurse Joe and all the West Indies Staff have a happy, safe, and healthy New Year!

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Happy New Year from the “West Indies”

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HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM THE “WEST INDIES”! A special thanks to all the San Clemente Villas Residents and families for contributing to our West Indies employee appreciation bonus! All our employees appreciated it so much! We will be celebrating Martin Luther King’s Birthday on January 15th. Happy Birthday to handsome resident Ray R! 1/30/33! 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 of the changes in our lives, some good, some not. It is best to reflect on all that has been a blessing and all the lessons we have learned. In the beginning of the New Year we make a lot of promises to others and to ourselves. Our goals are real and we believe that we will accomplish them. So with positive thought and lots of ambition we settle into the New Year! Now it’s time for New Year’s resolutions! Save money, lose weight and exercise. Just try to get through life the best way you can. Try to take a little more time for yourself! Life passes by so quickly! I don’t know about you but as much as I love the Holiday Season, but I do let out a sigh of relief when it’s passed. Social commitments slow down and it’s time to relax! Enjoy the Season and your family!

From Leslie, Rey, Nurse Joe and all the West Indies Staff have a happy, safe, and healthy New Year!

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Welcome December from the “West Indies”

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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 the one 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! December is a very busy month for all of us. Our residents will be taking photos on 12/7 with Santa and enjoying a special family Christmas party on December 19th with their loved ones. We’ll be decorating cookies and singing Christmas songs! Christmas time brings up many Holiday memories, so I asked the residents to share a favorite one! Viola M. said “I loved riding to church in our sleigh and singing Christmas songs with the choir”! Eleanor W. enjoyed decorating the Christmas tree with her family. Her favorite Christmas ever was when she was 10 years old and got a new bike! Happy Birthday to Bobby K. on 12/10/32! May your family Holiday’s be filled with joy and peace! Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Remember, its not what’s under the tree that counts that matters, It’s who is gathered around it! Blessings to All!

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Welcome November from the “West Indies”

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We 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! Happy Birthday to beautiful residents Jacqueline H. 11/6 and Viola M. 11/21! We will be celebrating Veterans Day on November 11th! It is a day to be proud and to give thanks to those who served our Country! Then November 28th enjoy your amazing Thanksgiving Holiday with family and friends. It is time to turn on our ovens and enjoy good comfort foods for your Thanksgiving celebrations. It is a great day to share with friends and family that for which you are thankful! I asked some of our residents to share something they are thankful for. Oscar A. said “I am very thankful that everyone here is so nice to me!” Faye H. replied “I am thankful to have my children!” Eleanor W. said, “ I am happy for my health and to be able to live here were I am happy!” For me, being thankful in this day and age is so important. We don’t know how long we have. So live each day to the fullest! Do more of what you want to do! Tell your family and friends how much they mean to you! We don’t know what tomorrow has to hold for us!

Blessings to all! From Leslie and all the West Indies Staff and Residents!

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Welcome October from the “West Indies”

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Happy 17th Anniversary to the San Clemente Villas serving residents and the community for 17 years! It’s a wonderful place to call home, with a caring, loving staff! October will be a busy month kicking off with our Oktoberfest celebration on 10/3! There will be lots of fun, music and great food, so be sure to stop by! We will be celebrating Columbus Day 10/14! Happy Halloween 10/31! Residents will be looking forward to fun activities and carving pumpkins!! Happy Birthday to beautiful Faye H. 10/4/35, Carrie P. 10/19/59, Yury L. 10/24/37, Oscar A. 10/25/26, and Marguerite R. 10/27/32! I would like to say thank you to our West Indies staff for showing both empathy and compassion toward our residents. A feeling of understanding and togetherness is seen in many ways throughout our day! Enjoy this beautiful weather and have a safe and Happy Halloween!

From Leslie and all the West Indies Staff and residents!

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Welcome September from the “West Indies”

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We hope everyone enjoyed their summer! Autumn season is here and it’s time to cool things down! September will be a busy month kicking off with Labor Day Monday the 2nd! Residents will be enjoying a barbeque on the patio and a beautiful scenic drive! We hope you get a chance to kick back, relax and enjoy your family and friends! School will be starting soon! I asked some of our residents to share a memory about being in school! Viola remembers walking over a mile every day to school. In the winter her dad had to drive her on the tractor because the snow was too deep to walk through! Faye’s favorite time at school was with her 6th grade teacher. They kept in touch for years. She made Faye a special glass bowl for her wedding! Martha played cards in High School with her friends and usually won! Happy birthday to resident Carmen B. 9/17/38 also employee Ana Mendoza on 9/11, and Leslie Brazeau 9/27! Everyone have a wonderful month! Make it a September to remember!

From Leslie and all the West Indies Staff and residents!

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Happy St. Patrick's Day from the “West Indies”

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We would like to give a warm welcome to new residents Maureen F. and Karin H.! Also Happy Birthday to beautiful Sandy on March 20th!

We are looking forward to Daylight savings timeMarch 10th bringing us more sunshine throughout the day. How exciting! Spring is in the air, beginning March 20th warmer weather ahead! Residents will be relaxing on the outside patio, feeling the warmth of the sunshine and a breath of fresh air!

Well the “Lucky month of March” has arrived! We have leprechauns, rainbows and pots of gold lurking among us! There seems to be a little bit of Irish in all of us celebrating and having fun! Make sure you wear green or you’ll get pinched! Do you know why? The country of Ireland is known as the Emerald Isle; therefore countrymen are expected to wear green in honor of their country. If you do not wear green your fellow countrymen will pinch you to remind you that you are of Irish descent.

Our residents have weekly visits from pet therapy dog Andy! We also have a new batch of baby birds, and they are singing away sharing with us their gift of song!

One thing I have learned from working here in the West Indies is that it’s not how much you have it’s how much you can give.Love, compassion, a hug or a simple smile is priceless and doesn’t cost anything!

The West Indies Staff and residents wish everyone a wonderful March! As always, with love, Leslie, Rey, Lupe and the entire W.I. staff!

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