What We Do at SC Villas

I am a person who rarely sits in complacency, and my San Clemente Villas is a reflection of who Paul and I are as people. We love to entertain and to make people happy. Whenever we can, we bring that joy of living to our residents and their families, and we throw some great parties at San Clemente Villas.

One of everyone’s favorites is the group the Kelly Boys. We recently had a great country how down, the band and the Kelly Boyz helped take our dance to  a whole other level. A great time was had by all!!

My favorite photographer, Mark Montgomery was once again on hand to snap some great photos of the festivities. He always makes us look good, but beyond that, he is able to capture the joy we all feel when we host, and participate in these events..

Take a look for yourself:

Aileen Brazeau

 

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Aileen Networking

As Co-Owner of San Clemente Villas part of my job is to be out in the community talking about our beautiful Villas by the Sea. We sponsor Chamber of Commerce mixers at San Clemente Villas, and whenever possible attend local charity and networking events. Back in July I attended a local business networking event. Not only was it enjoyable, I got to see some friends that I hadn’t seen for a while, and to top it off, I made some new friends. Networking is an important and enjoyable part of being a business owner!!

If you are invited to local events in your community, take the time to go. Clear a little space in your busy day and get out, meet new people, connect with old friends.

 

Aileen Brazeau

Supporting families, supprting Camp Pendleton Marines and Navy, Charities, Sponsor, giving, Aileen Brazeau in Action

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Children and Seniors

 

seniors and children Aileen Brazeau San Clemente Vilas

If you visit San Clemente Villas you will see children running through our hallways more often than not. We love to have our residents Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren come to visit. Their visits bring joy to their immediate family members and they also fill our halls with laughter and the energy that only the young have.

We do all sorts of outings and activities at the Villas, but seeing the same people day in and day out can sometimes get a little ho hum, visits from children do so much to change that feeling. There is nothing that compares to their smiles and delight at the little things. The icing on the cake is  visits from these sweet children will stir up memories for people. Memories that can be delightful and cause the residents to chat amongst themselves about bringing up their own children, and sometimes even reminiscing about their own childhoods.

There are some facilities which are now combining Senior Care and Day Care, and it is making a huge impact on the lives of both the children and the seniors.

I did some research, and actually came across an organization called SKIP. This organization has a mission to bring children and seniors together in order to enhance their lives. This coming together of children and seniors is beneficial to the elders, and sometimes it also makes a big difference in the life of children.

With so many parents working multiple jobs just to get by these days, sometimes the time a young child spends each week with a Seniors citizen is the only place that child gets unconditional love and attention, praise and the chance to feel truly special to someone. Because the seniors have already raised their own children, their time with these little visitors is more about fun than it is about discipline, so everyone gets to have fun.

Aileen Brazeau

Aileen At Del Mar Racetrack Opening Day 2012

 

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Summer Fun in San Clemente, CA

 

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5K Ocean Run, Ocean Festival, San Clemente

All of our South Orange County cities try to make summer a special time for  their residents. There are  free concerts in the park on Friday nights in Laguna Niguel, and on Sundays in Dana Point. San Clemente has a few beach concerts in the summer, and they also have their Annual Ocean Festival on July 18th & 19th. [Read more…]

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Clearing out the Clutter

Clearing the clutter, Aileen Brazeau San Clemente VillasEach year when the weather changes in certain parts of the country, people move their winter clothes out of the closet and start moving their spring and summer clothes in. Back in the old days we would also take the heavy winter curtains off the windows and put up the light, billowy sheers. It was both literal and symbolic. The cold, dark, heaviness of winter was shut away and the lightness of spring and summer was welcomed. Each year, as we put away the heavy darkness, we cleaned, hence the name Spring Cleaning.

Although the weather doesn’t go through the same drastic fluctuations here in California that some parts of the country experience, it still get’s cooler during the winter months, we wear heavier clothing and we get winter time clutter in our homes, and some of us even let things pile up a bit in our offices. Even here, in Southern California, some of us perform the soothing and cleansing tasks of spring cleaning.

In honor of the start of the spring season I have some things to share. Five things you can do to spring clean your office and career:

  1. Clearly state your goals for the next few months and state how you intend to achieve them
  2. Remove any clutter that would impede your progress, that includes excess papers and files on your desk, and any clutter or negative thought that is running through your mind as well.
  3. Put away anything you don’t need and try running with a cleaner, simpler schedule that removes some of the making busy tasks and leaves time for meeting with friends, working out, spending time with family.
  4. Take those heavy curtains off your windows and let in the cool breezes!! Then go see the flower fields in Carlsbad California and fill your mind with the scent, color and exquisite beauty of nature.
  5. Read or watch something inspirational.

Aileen Brazeau

San Clemente Villas

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Today, A Poem

Today I only wish to share something which warms my heart. It is a poem by Shel Silverstein:

“Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

There is a place where the sidewalk ends                                                       loving spring san c kwatson
And before the street begins,
And there the grass grows soft and white,
And there the sun burns crimson bright,
And there the moon-bird rests from his flight
To cool in the peppermint wind.Let us leave this place where the smoke blows black
And the dark street winds and bends.
Past the pits where the asphalt flowers grow
We shall walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And watch where the chalk-white arrows go
To the place where the sidewalk ends.

Yes we’ll walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And we’ll go where the chalk-white arrows go,
For the children, they mark, and the children, they know
The place where the sidewalk ends.”

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Each Day Is a New Beginning.

Aileen Brazeau in ActionI have been in the Assisted Living Business for over 10 years now. Every day when I arrive at San Clemente Villas, I am reminded nothing that happened yesterday has to impact how I live this day. Granted, there are some exceptions to this but for the most part, if I let go of whatever happened yesterday, good or bad, and focus on the day ahead of me with a glad heart and a good attitude, I will have a good day.

Sometimes outside forces are at work which can turn a day from good to stressful, but if I just stay the course, hold my head up and do the very best that I can do, then I can end the day in a good state of mind. While that is important for everyone in this turbulent world, for me, as the leader of this operation, it is even more important. You see, I set the tone for everyone else on my staff. If my attitude is one of discouragement and stress, that will spread throughout the Villas, and ultimately on to my residents, and I never want that to happen.

I have surrounded myself with a great staff, and as a team we can handle anything that comes our way. We work together to bring music, laughter and adventure to our place. When friends and family come to visit their loved ones they see that something is always going on and they appreciate what we do for our people.

If you are having a stressful time in your own life, do your best to resolve the things that are causing you problems and challenges, and then instead of carrying a heavy burden of worry on your shoulders, put the worry aside, go out and look at the sky, or take a walk along the beach, and remember, no matter how tough a time we go through, there are always blessings each day that come our way.

Aileen Brazeau

co owner for San clemente villas, social acitivist, beneficent, community support, chamber member.

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Fun Has NO Age Limits !!

Aileen Xmas 2013 5Just because you are over 40,  doesn’t mean you can’t have fun. At San Clemente Villas our residents come here to live the good life. They aren’t just sitting around on their bottoms waiting for time to pass, they are active, young at heart and ready to enjoy life.

And you know what,  in life it’s the ones who feel the least sorry for themselves, who when something difficult occurs  still manage to find a reason to  smile, those are the people who stay younger longer. The people who are angry  they can’t do some of the activities they once did, who complain and whine, they are the ones who look and feel  older.

We don’t have many people like that in our Assisted Living Facility, our people are too busy having a good time. At San Clemente Villas we have a location that can’t be beat. There is a shopping plaza right across the street with a movie theater and restaurants. Very close by is another shopping center with a grocery store, a Starbucks, lovely little shops and more places to dine.

Within a few miles of us is the San Clemente Pier and the beach. Not to mention lovely Del Mar Avenue with all the shops and eateries. On a beautiful sunny day there is nothing better than grabbing a cup of coffee or an iced tea and window shopping on Del Mar. On any given weekend there could be a Car Show or a Festival of some sort somewhere close by.

In the neighboring towns on San Juan Capistrano and Dana Point the have musical events at the Libraries or the parks on the weekends, where you can listen to music and dance for FREE. There is a great Theater Group in San Juan with plays all year round.

At the Villas, we always have something going on. We hold Chamber of Commerce Mixers, Celebrations for the various holidays, and sometimes just for fun. There is always some kind of singing or musical event, and games, movies, crafts . Live your life fully and enjoy every day. Never let a bad day keep you down.

Aileen Brazeau

community involvement, chamber of commerce, assisted living, fashion , horses

 

 

 

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Keeping Our Seniors Happy and Healthy During the Cooler Months

Karen Watson is a good friend of mine and she often contributes guest posts for my blogs. I hope you enjoy her writings!

Aileen

 

Karen Everett Watson – Gerontologistpets for company

 

The chilly winter months may leave us all dreaming of spring, but for older people, there are extra concerns. Elders are a lot more sensitive to the cold and often neglect some essentials during the winter. You can help keep them healthy and happy by just paying attention to a few life essentials.

Sunlight – The golden rays of the sun are vital to us all, especially during the winter. Sunlight gives our bodies a boost of Vitamin D and helps elevate our moods. Research is now finding that strong light can help those with dementia sharpen their cognitive skills. For elders who don’t have dementia, it can help keep it at bay.

Tips –

  • Encourage your loved one to get outside for a few minutes, even if it’s just on a sunny porch.
  • Move their favorite sitting spot near the sunniest window.
  • For bed fast elders, invest in a strong sunlamp. Never leave them unattended while it’s on. Start with only a few minutes under the lamp. Elderly skin is also more sensitive to heat. What feels good on you, might burn them, so keep it at a safe distance. Read the directions carefully!

Fluids – Without the warmth of the sun, many elders will neglect to drink enough. Most of our heaters dry out the air in our homes, which makes it more necessary to replenish our bodies with extra fluids. Remind your elder to drink plenty of fluids. Dehydration can be deadly. Elders often suffer from kidney problems, so getting enough fluids can actually extend their lives. Here’s a few tips to get more fluids without much fuss.

  • Water, water, water – Invest in a good water bottle and make it your elders constant companion.
  • Add fluids to the menu – Juices, teas, soups, and low-sodium broths and bouillon.
  • Avoid alcoholic beverages and caffeine – they actually dehydrate the body.
  • Don’t forget about their skin! Make sure they apply a non-allergic skin lotion daily!

Clothing – Elders are a lot more sensitive to the cold. So make sure they dress warmly before going out.

  • Encourage them to dress in layers. This way they can take off their coat, but having a sweater underneath, can keep them from feeling drafts.
  • Have a throw blanket in their favorite sitting spot.
  • Put an extra blanket on their bed.
  • Close off unused rooms to keep the living areas warmer.

Exercise – No matter what your age or your physical ability, a body needs to move. Use it or lose it is even more true for elders. Here are few ways you can encourage them to keep on using that body.

  • Take them shopping.
  • Visit a museum.
  • Not mobile? – try some chair exercises.
  • Too cold to walk? – Walk around the house.
  • Bedfast? – Do leg stretches and lifts laying down and sitting on the edge of the bed.

Socializing – Winter time can be very lonely for elders. They aren’t as mobile as they were when they were younger. Cold weather can even hamper neighbors from visiting. Human contact is just as essential as food, shelter, and clothing.

  • Make sure your elder gets to go to their place of worship once a week.
  • Encourage family members and neighbors to call and drop by.
  • Sign your elder up for meals on wheels – even brief contact can make an elder’s day.
  • See what programs are offered at the local senior center. Many have adult day care.
  • Take them to lunch or drop by with one of the grandchildren.
  • Call them every day. Try to make it at the same time, so they can count on hearing your voice.
  • Get them an easy to use cell phone with all the family members’ numbers in it. Many of the new ones have a strap so they can put it around their neck. These are great in case they fall or have an emergency.
  • Does your loved one have a pet? If not, you might consider getting them one. Pets can offer so much to seniors. Having a dog, or cat gives all of us purpose each day to tend to their needs. In return, we get so much love and enjoyment!

I hope you found at least some of these suggestions helpful for you and your loved one. Even if you are far away from them, if you can provide gentle encouragement, that is still a start.

 

Karen

 

 

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About Kindness

“Never look down on anybody unless you’re helping him up.” 

~Jesse Jackson

 

“A fellow who does things that count, doesn’t usually stop to count them.” 

~Albert Einstein ( a variation)

 

“Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not.”

~Samuel Johnson

 

How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong.  Because someday in your life you will have been all of these. 

~George Washington Carver

 

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”

~Philo

 

“Six essential qualities that are the key to success: Sincerity, personal integrity, humility, courtesy, wisdom, charity.”

~William Menninger

 

“Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.”

~Albert Schweitzer

 

“When you have once seen the glow of happiness on the face of a beloved person, you know that a man can have no vocation but to awaken that light on the faces surrounding him; and you are torn by the thought of the unhappiness and night you cast, by the mere fact of living, in the hearts you encounter.”

~Albert Camus

 

“No kind action ever stops with itself. One kind action leads to another. Good example is followed. A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind themselves.”

~Amelia Earhart

 


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