About Us

Welcome to Family Connect Care, where our mission is to help individuals and the families of those facing memory loss, dementia, or Alzheimer’s.

Caring for a loved one with memory loss or other cognitive disorders can be challenging. Family Connect Care has been helping families face all these concerns since 2008. Our Founder, Lauren Mahakian, has the experience and a unique ability to offer families the help they need. Her staff, all certified memory care associates, are trained and aware when reviewing current living conditions, interactions with medical and care teams, and evaluating care needs; they are knowledgeable of the tools and opportunities available to help loved ones thrive, whether it is at home, or with residential placement.

We refer to our clients and memory home residents as The Chronologically Gifted and like to focus on the proactive approaches that can continue to lead a life with dignity and purpose. We offer our families the day-to-day help and guidance they need to overcome the challenges, as we empower and support the elders’ individuality and feelings with holistic and artistic stimulation and validation to live at their best. At home or at our residences, we help enhance quality of life, encourage independence, and assure a safe and supportive living environment that offers peace of mind for all.


How We Communicate

You will be provided with honest, direct responses to all inquiries. We offer and encourage openness and transparency so we can work hand-in-hand with our clients as a team to achieve the best possible outcomes.

Our Philosophy

At Family Connect Memory Care, we know that the safety and comfort of your loved ones are your top priorities. That’s why you give everything you have to make sure they are taken care of—your time, your energy, and most of all, your love—but sometimes, love is not enough. Sometimes you have to call in the experts.

That’s why Family Connect Care is here: to provide a loving, supportive environment with trained professionals you can trust to treat your family like our family. If you have a loved one suffering from dementia or memory impairment, our caregivers and advocates are prepared to help.

Contact us today, and let us work together to give your loved one the care they deserve.

Our Team

Relax, knowing that your loved one is well cared for.
LAUREN Mahakian
Owner & Founder
Certifed Dementia Practitioner
Vatche Khedesian
Chief Operations Officer
Dementia Specialist
Kristi Simonian
Senior Care Manager
Dementia Specialist
Mary Lou Giebel, RN
Consultant / Geriatric Specialist
Rosselyn Fagaragan
Director of Care / Licensed Nurse
Justin Sobrepena
Care Coordinator – Assistant to Director of Care
Zina Kamal
Operations Coordinator

Dementia Care Education

Is it Good to Work with a Placement Agency?

We often get asked “Is it better to work with a placement agency that has contracts with all local homes and communities, because they’re completely unbiased?” Traditional placement agencies do not have contracts with all local homes and communities. Facilities,...

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Care Management Before and After Placements

Family Connect Care provides transitional care management throughout and after placement In all placements, our goal is to get it right the first time. Moving is a stressful experience, even more so for the elderly and memory-impaired, so we do our best to achieve the...

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Related News / Posts

When a loved one with dementia ‘wants to go home’

By Lauren Mahakian Contributing writer. Originally published in Santa Ynez Valley News on 1/5/2023 “I want to go home.” These five simple words can be very tough to hear from any loved one. We never want the people we care about to feel uneasy, unsafe, or scared. And...

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Home to Hospice to Passing. Thank you FCMC.

A letter from a resident's spouse-- Thank God for Lauren and the Chalk Hill care home. And I do! There comes a time for all of us caregivers when we realize that the care for our loved ones exceeds our ability. I had exhausted options for in-home care and day...

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Solvang: a beautiful, safe, HOME

A heart-felt letter from a resident's daughter -- Lauren, I’ve been writing this letter, in my mind, for more than a year.     My mom, Judy, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s/dementia several years ago.  I had no idea what that meant as far as my mom’s future and her...

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