Stephanie Raffelock is a graduate of Naropa University’s program in Writing and Poetics. She’s worked as a freelance writer for publications that include The Rogue Valley Messenger, Nexus Magazine, Omaha Lifestyles, and SixtyandMe.com. As host for the podcast, Coffee Table Wisdom, Stephanie promotes embracing the accumulating years with purpose, intention and joy. She is the author of the book “A Delightful Little Book on Aging.”
Senior Placement Services
No Service Fees
Find Senior Living and Care Options
Making the right care decision for your loved one can be a daunting task filled with stress, tension and pressure. There are so many assisted living, memory care, nursing, and other care options available and the terminology is often unfamiliar. Senior Care Authority® will streamline the process to make it easier for you to make an informed decision.
Our national team of Senior Care Advisors spends countless hours inspecting locations, from mid-to-larger size communities as well as smaller, residential care homes, meeting the staff and reviewing state reports to advise you of any citations that may have been issued against a particular location.
A Senior Care Advisor will meet personally with you to discuss your options, accompany you on visits to locations and ensure that all your questions are answered. The hallmark of our service commitment is that we are by your side every step of the way. We would be happy to put you in contact with an advisor in your area who will provide you with expert advice on any of the assisted living locations listed in our directory of locations.
Elder Care Consulting
Service Fees May Apply
Get individualized assistance with your loved one
Sometimes our families just need more help with challenging transitions and decision-making. This may include facilitating essential conversations between family members, home care agency or caregiver selection, connections to valuable resources or regular visitations with a loved one providing "peace of mind" to family members when they are unable to visit themselves.
It can be comforting to have someone partner with you who is outside the emotional landscape of the family, doing research, talking to providers, organizing paperwork, or finding those "needle in a haystack" resources. A go-to person you can turn to when things get overwhelming. Whatever the need, we can customize our services for your family or provide you with vetted referral sources.
Top 10 Signs Your Loved Ones May Need Senior Care
Increased falls or risk of falls
Wandering from home
Wearing the same clothes multiple days
Frequently forgetting to take medications
An unsafe/unclean home
Difficulty with one or more ADL such as bathing, preparing meals, toileting.
Need for nighttime supervision that cannot be met by in-home caregiver.
Repeating questions and multiple phone calls with the same questions.
Not eating or drinking fluids regularly
Unsafe behavior (leaving the stove on, exterior doors opened)
We Do The Homework For You
Our process is aimed at relieving you of the stress and confusion in finding the right care needs.
In our initial conversation, we will seek to get a comprehensive understanding of your loved one's elder care needs, answer your questions and set up a time to meet with you and your family.
We meet with you and your family to present the senior living alternatives that provide the safety, care, and comfort you expect and that meet your location and affordability requirements.
After identifying the providers that will meet your needs, we schedule tours and accompany you to each community. Once your selection is made, we can assist with the paperwork and arrangements for moving, find assisted living facility reviews in California.
We will follow up with you to ensure that the location chosen is meeting the care, comfort, and safety needs of your loved one. We are always available to answer any questions you might have.
San Diego Team
Senior Care Authority of San Diego and South Orange County is locally owned and serviced by a team of seasoned experts. SCA Team has relevant professional backgrounds ranging from healthcare, caregiving, business management to real estate. The depth and range of experiences provide valuable insights and skill sets to help families work through all areas of the senior transition process. SCA Team provides its clients with high touch, concierge-oriented hand holding services, matching each senior’s care needs and financial considerations to empower the best informed decision making. Senior Care Authority is knowledgeable of senior living options and resources in Southern California – including assisted living, independent living, memory care, residential care homes, in-home care, palliative care and hospice services.
Caselle Reinke has worked in the healthcare community in San Diego County since 2007. Before joining Senior Care Authority, Caselle served as the Business Administrator of a 30-bed Residential Care Facility for the Elderly where she managed daily operations, recruited and trained care staff, and internally audited operating protocols to meet state regulatory requirements. She specializes in memory care needs and high acuity services and can offer families a practical perspective into care planning. Through her direct care experiences, intermediate nursing classes, and volunteer work at hospitals, she offers her clients a 360 degree perspective into the senior transition process. Caselle earned her Associate Degree in Biology from San Diego Mesa College and a Bachelor Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies at San Diego State University.
Shanell is a native San Diegan and has been a part of the senior living community since 2012. She started her career as a caregiver and administrative assistant at a licensed 6-bed care home, then became the lead medication technician to a 30-bed memory care community. Her interest in caring for seniors began at a young age when she cared for her grandmother at home, during which time she became fluent in Tagalog. Shanell’s experiences, coupled with her education in nursing and sociology, equips her with the broad knowledge of senior living and care options available to her clients.
Rebecca Van Wieren
Rebecca Van Wieren has been working as a real estate professional in San Diego County since 2003. She has been helping seniors in transition from active living to retirement, and retirement to aging-in-place while working as a salesperson at the La Costa Resort Real Estate for 12 years. Rebecca began her career at Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, then escalated to Prudential California Realty in Del Mar to become a member of one of the country’s top-producing real estate offices selling some of the most exclusive and desirable homes in San Diego County. Rebecca has a Bachelor Degree in Communication with an emphasis in Advertising from San Diego State University. She has been a licensed REALTOR since 2003 and carries designations as Senior Real Estate Specialist, Accredited Buyer Representative, and Certified Distressed Property Expert.
Laurie Hyer has been working as a private caregiver in Orange County for since 2016. She has also worked with disabled veterans and has specialized in caring for stroke patients and adults with dementia, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s. Laurie is a certified nursing assistant and has worked in several skilled nursing facilities, assisted living and memory care communities in the Orange County area. Her love for working with seniors started at a very young age when she volunteered as a Girl Scout in nursing homes and continued through her familial role as a caregiver for her grandmothers.
Natalia Castillo is a student intern with Senior Care Authority, assisting with website content development and organization of client resources for memory care research. Natalia is passionate about stem cell research and is dedicated to contributing towards medical advancements in her future studies. She also serves as an intern at the Shah Lab at UCSF studying leukemia, its mutations, and potential treatment drugs, and at the National Alopecia Areata Foundation (NAAF) where she writes scientific articles for their online magazine, participates in the teen mentorship program matching mentors with mentees, and fundraises for NAAF’s first-time documentary on the incurable disease. She is a competitive swimmer and is fluent in Spanish.
The Senior Care Authority Team is dedicated to providing high level of service anytime/anywhere for elder consulting and assisted living placements throughout Southern California. Please see assisted living facility reviews in California on team's corporate page.
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