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Meet The Assisted Living Connections Team

Tami, Kelila and their team are fully informed on issues that can confront families: such as Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia, and the significant social, emotional and financial needs of seniors. They have the resources and immediate access to all of the ancillary local experts who provide experienced care for elders.

Tami Podell

Owner/Founder
Eldercare Advisor
RCFE Administrator

Tami’s passion for helping others grew after watching her father’s painful decline through dementia.  The process of finding placement for her father was overwhelming. Tami realized there were others like her who needed support and information from a knowledgeable and unbiased source.

As a result, Tami’s mission became providing this resource to others. She obtained her Residential Care for the Elderly certificate and founded Assisted Living Connections. Tami has helped families since 2009 find the best fit for their loved one’s care needs at an affordable price without sacrificing dignity. 

Tami has lived in Agoura Hills since 1994 with her husband Glenn.  They have a college-aged son and two older sons with their own families.  Tami grew up in the San Fernando Valley and she and her brothers are all former Bruins.

Contact Tami: 818-357-1123
Tami@ALC4Seniors.com

Kelila Heller

Owner
Eldercare Advisor
RCFE Administrator

Kelila’s entry into senior living began in 2007 when her mother fractured her hip followed by a major stroke and vascular dementia. Kelila helped her mother move into an assisted living community and later into a board and care home. Kelila’s maternal aunt and grandmother suffered with Alzheimer’s Disease. This has made Kelila sensitive to the needs of families who need help caring for seniors. Families in crisis don’t know where to begin; the process is overwhelming. Kelila is a resource and counselor for families, helping them obtain the best information as they explore assisted living and other home care choices together.

Kelila grew up in a rural community in the Sierra Nevada mountains of Northern California. She and her husband Rob met when they attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. They have been together for 43 years, have two sons and have lived in Thousand Oaks for over 30 years.

Kelila is an Administrator, Residential Care Facility for the Elderly by the State of California, Department of Social Services.

Contact Kelila: 805-551-1740
Kelila@ALC4seniors.com

Jan Bearss

Eldercare Advisor

Jan Bearss started her journey with seniors at the early age of 16 assisting the elderly as a Certified Nurses Aid in her hometown Grand Rapids, Michigan. As fate played out Jan was lucky enough to become a major caregiver for her grandmother helping her through her final days. Knowing she was destined to work in this field again, she changed roles, married and moved out West. After successfully raising three children with her husband she eventually re-started her career with the elderly as a Marketing Director for an Assisted Living Community in Montana.

Wherever her travels took her, working with families and their loved ones has always been a passion for Jan. Today she resides in California with her daughter and granddaughter. Her new adventure as an Elder Care advisor has been amazing! “The opportunity to continue to help seniors providing them with new resources or to assist them in finding a new home is very rewarding…. I’m excited to be Assisted Living Connections Eldercare Advisor in the San Fernando Valley and I’m excited to meet you”.

Contact Jan: (818) 213-3420
Jan@ALC4seniors.com

Joanna Carnes, MFT

Eldercare Advisor

Joanna has a diverse education and background in providing individual therapy, group counseling, and group administration. She feels strongly that a supportive community is a strong community and works to provide resources and connection to local residents, in-person and by social media.  Joanna is a trained facilitator for the Alzheimer’s Association and supports families and caregivers. She feels honored to work with our clients and provides a welcoming and helpful environment for new families who contact us. Having grown up in the Conejo Valley, Joanna is proud to raise her own children in Ventura County. 

Contact Joanna: (818) 213-5116
Joanna@ALC4Seniors.com

Lucille Kosmatka

Eldercare Advisor 

Lucille graduated from California State University Northridge with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism, specializing in Sociology. She enjoys helping her community especially through fundraising for children’s causes. Lucille also counsels grieving families, helping them assess difficult options.  She has lived in Ventura County since 1985.  Lucille enjoys connecting with our clients and assisting them to find the best solution for themselves and their loved ones. 

Contact Lucille: 818-213-4168
Lucille@ALC4Seniors.com

Mark Stelzer, MSW

Dementia Care Specialist

When a family makes decisions regarding the care of an aging parent, challenges arise that can delay the best outcome.  Every family has its unique challenges. Common challenges include type of care options and proper diagnoses of medical conditions. Often there is resistance from the senior or from family members concerning what is best for the senior at this phase of life change.

We want our clients to have the best outcomes whether it is staying at home, getting in-home care or moving to a community. To address these challenges, we offer a complimentary consultation with Mark Stelzer. Mark is a Master Social Worker who also specializes in dementia care.  He is a member of the ALC team who can help with difficult situations. He can assist our clients in getting the support that will meet whatever best serves the senior and the family.

Contact Mark: (818) 730-2699
Markstelzer.msw@gmail.com

Learn More About Our Company

We know you have questions. We’re here to answer them!

Who are we and how long have we been in business?

Assisted Living Connections is proud to be owned and operated by two local businesswomen.  We have been helping seniors since 2011.

 

Why work with Assisted Living Connections?

Searching for the right assisted living facility is a confusing, intimidating and exhausting process. Unlike online placement agencies who aren’t familiar with the local area, we personally walk you through the details of all of the different assisted living communities in Ventura County and the San Fernando Valley.

  • We are local assisted living experts.
  • Your family is our #1 priority.
  • Our mothers have lived locally in assisted living communities and homes.
  • We have the most up-to-date pricing and availability information.
  • We know the “feel” of each community and home.
  • Our service is 100% free with no hidden costs.

What areas do we serve?

Ventura County, including the Conejo Valley and Simi Valley

Agoura Hills, Camarillo, Fillmore, Moorpark, Newbury Park, Ojai, Oxnard, Port Hueneme, Santa Paula, Simi Valley, Somis, Thousand Oaks, Ventura, Westlake Village.

San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles County

Calabasas, Woodland Hills, West Hills, Chatsworth, Porter Ranch, Northridge, Reseda, Granada Hills, Van Nuys, North Hollywood, Encino, Tarzana, Sherman Oaks, Studio City

We have a strong out-of-area placement network that you can use with confidence, again at no cost.

How are we paid?

The assisted living communities and residential care homes pay us a finder’s fee when our clients move into their community. We describe our business as similar to a real estate agent for senior living.

 

Do the communities charge extra to accommodate your fees?

No, they do not charge you extra. They view us as part of their marketing department because we bring them qualified and appropriate residents, reducing their in-house costs accordingly.

 

Do you provide referrals for seniors in all income levels?

Yes.  We help everyone who calls us.  We work with hundreds of communities in every price range.  All seniors, regardless of income, deserve a clean, safe and caring living environment.  We help you find them.

 

Do I need to call around to different retirement homes?

We have the insider’s scoop on each licensed facility in your area, including state inspection reports. Therefore, there is no need for you to spend your time calling different communities only to find that they are not right for you. It also can jeopardize how much we can assist you. We have placed thousands of seniors in assisted living. We match up personalities, care needs, budget and location to ensure a successful placement.

 

How long does it take to find an appropriate community and move in?

We have placed clients within 24 hours. Many of our clients prefer to wait several months before they move in. We work on the timeline that is best for the senior and the family.

 

Senior Living Options

The search for the right senior living options can be a time consuming and stressful task. Senior Living Communities offer differing levels of care, a broad array of available amenities and a wide range of price points.

Assisted Living Communities (Care = light to moderate) are usually based on several levels of care, beginning with independent living. Private apartments offer seniors their own personal haven with the benefit of 24 hour care giving services.  Dining, activities and socialization are just down the hall. Assisted Services can be as simple as medication monitoring, or can include some or all of the following: bathing, grooming, escorting services, special food preparation, incontinence care, escorts to medical appointments.

Board & Care Homes (Care = moderate to high) provide a high level of care and assistance with a high staff-to-resident ratio. Licensed for 6 residents, Board and Care’s offer a residential, home-like atmosphere with almost one-on-one care and supervision. Board and Care facilities are structured for residents that are either ambulatory or non-ambulatory, and may require assistance with bathing, dressing, medication supervision, incontinence care, walking, feeding & grooming. Many Board and Care homes specialize in Alzheimer and Dementia care. Most have a hospice waiver/s.

Memory Care/Alzheimer’s/Dementia Care Facilities (Care = moderate to high)  These facilities provide specialized care and supervision for people with significant memory loss. They are secured so if a resident tries to exit the facility, an alarm will sound. Twenty-four hour “awake” staffing is provided. Residents are required to have a primary diagnosis of dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease to be admitted.

Independent Living Communities (No care, totally independent) are geared for seniors who wish to reduce or eliminate the responsibilities of running a household; no longer wish to live alone; desire a socialized environment and want a sense of security.  Housing options vary and are friendlier to older adults.  They are often more compact and easier to navigate.

Skilled Nursing Facilities (Care = high, medical facility) Nursing Homes, Convalescent Care, Rehabilitation Centers are all names for Skilled Nursing Facilities.  As a medical care model they provide 24-hour skilled nursing care by licensed, trained professionals.  They offer physical and occupational therapy, speech and respiratory therapies, wound care and post hospitalization care.

 

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Finding the right senior living community is hard work.

We bring relief to a stressful process.  Let us guide you.

Our expertise is at no cost to you.

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