If your family needs help exploring senior care options, our expert Advisors are a wonderful source of information with a wealth of experience. Your local Senior Care Authority office, serving San Diego County and South Orange County, is here to help. Should you need assistance outside of this area, we have franchises located throughout the United States and Canada and would be happy to direct you to services in your area.
Senior Care Authority® of San Diego and South Orange County
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.
SENIOR CARE AUTHORITY COMPANY HISTORY
Senior Care Authority® was founded in 2009 by Frank and Michele Samson of Sonoma, California. They opened a local placement agency and learned everything there was to know about finding the right care situation for an older adult needing help with activities of daily living. They came to the Senior Care space with successful business development skills in their past as well as personal family experience finding care solutions. The business took off, primarily due to their diligence, compassion, and commitment to helping families.
In 2014, the model was franchised and Senior Care Authority® is now a national company with offices throughout the US and Canada. As part of their expansion, they partnered with an eldercare consulting practice who brought another set of senior care services and skills to the company, a great differentiator for Senior Care Authority.