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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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Comments from our Staff

A letter from a current staff member -- Family Connect Care… I love helping people and I have found Family Connect Care to be a place where I have learned a great deal from both the amazing seniors and staff. FCC is definitely a company where employees can learn and...

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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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Take yourself, or a loved one, on a joy ride

By Lauren Mahakian Contributing writer. Originally published in PV News on 03/9/2022 Joy riding. Who said it was just for the young? When we think of joy riding, the sounds of music, hair in the wind, and the freedom to dream comes to mind; none of which should be...

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Design menus around finger foods

By Lauren Mahakian Contributing writer. Originally published in Santa Ynez Velley News on 02/13/2022 Our Solvang home is now a true home. We have welcomed some beautiful residents, the sun is shining in our outdoor spaces, and there is always something cooking — an...

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How dementia affects appetite

By Lauren Mahakian Contributing writer. Originally published in Santa Ynez Velley News on 10/28/2021 As we age and our activity levels and muscle mass decrease, so do our dietary and calorie intake requirements; however, even with lower calorie counts, the value of...

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Medication-taking tips for dementia patients

By Lauren Mahakian Contributing writer. Originally published in Palos Verdes Peninsula News on 1/11/22 Being a caregiver is hard, and caring for a loved one with dementia adds additional challenges. As we try to care for nutrition, hydration, stimulation, physical...

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Drinking Water is Good for Dementia

By Lauren Mahakian Contributing writer. Originally published in Palos Verdes Peninsula News on 10/21/2021 Many dementia patients do not consume enough fluids, leading to dehydration and other complications. And, because the symptoms of dehydration are similar to those...

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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...

read more

Comments from our Staff

A letter from a current staff member -- Family Connect Care… I love helping people and I have found Family Connect Care to be a place where I have learned a great deal from both the amazing seniors and staff. FCC is definitely a company where employees can learn and...

read more

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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