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Home Care Assistance with Sandy Rasque

Sandy has had quite a journey from health insurance to becoming the accidental personal chef and this current landing point with Home Care Assistance. This is a 12 year old company. They are in the in-home, non-medical care giving business. They are in over 100 locations. Sandy has several offices in Southern California. They are not nurses - meaning they cannot give shots, or medicine - they can give reminders - nothing that enters the body.

But, they can help around the home, take them to appointments, shop for them. Great for rehab periods, surgery recovery, etc. This is not just a service for seniors. Sometimes you need that extra hand when you are trying to take care of yourself. Perhaps your spouse has to work and cannot take the time to take care of you because the income needs to keep coming in. This is an option for those short term situations.

Caregiving is not for the faint of heart. Home Care Assistance really vets their  team members to make sure they are passionate about caring for others. It can't be just a job for them.

Careful Screening

They typically hire only 1 in 25 applicants. Caregivers must have experience working with older adults. We check references, national criminal backgrounds, and legal right-to-work documentation. Finally, Home Care Assistance administers an exclusive caregiver screening exam developed by our on-staff Ph.D. psychologist. This test helps them check for honesty, kindness, and conscientiousness.

Ongoing Training

Our exclusive Balanced Care™ training program is based on extensive research into nutrition, activity, and other factors that have been proven to help people age better, maximizing health and quality of life. We also provide our caregivers with continuous education on the latest developments in older adult care.

What Is Home Care?

Home care means receiving services from a personal caregiver. Nine out of ten seniors would rather keep living at home. But when frailty, chronic illness or forgetfulness makes living alone too difficult for seniors, home care enables them to maintain their quality of life and lifestyle. Click here to start home care for a senior you know.

With home care, a personal caregiver visits the senior for a period of at least four hours at a time—up to 24 hours a day, seven days a week, depending on the level of care needed.

In-home caregivers provide help with a wide variety of non-medical related activities of daily living. These include: showering, bathing and dressing, meal preparation, transportation, using the toilet, companionship, recreation, medication reminders, fall prevention and more.

These are Sandy's offices:

San Diego

Rancho Santa Fe Plaza
162 S. Rancho Santa Fe Road,
Suite B-10
Encinitas, CA 92024
Email: Click here!
Phone: 760-635-3646

7521 Fay Avenue
La Jolla, CA 92037
Phone: 877-254-4860

1330 Orange Avenue, Suite 300
Coronado, CA 92118
Phone: 619-795-7457

Newport Beach

333 Old Newport Blvd, Suite 3
Newport Beach, CA  92663
Email: Click here!
Phone: 949-200-3939

Dana Point

Monarch Bay Plaza
32880 Pacific Coast Hwy, Suite 34,
Dana Point, CA 92629
Phone: 949-373-4793
Email: Click here!

October 23: Marci Bair Talks About Affordable Health Care Evaluations

Joining the show was Financial Planner Extraordinaire Marci Bair who holds the highest license designation for Financial Planners. She is also very verse in matters pertaining to health insurance and is one of a handful of agents who have undertaken the arduous task of being certified to offer the Affordable Health Care (also commonly and erroneously referred to as Obamacare). Marci explained to our listeners about the facets of this new government program and the fact that it is still a work in progress.

The week ending October 19th (literally a one week period) showed that the website for Affordable Health Care had 500,000 unique visitors as well as 45,000 calls to the service center.

This is an excellent gauge of how many people are in need of assistance with skyrocketing health care and how many people don’t actually have health care. We have seen so many people who have come to us to list their house on a short sale or traditional basis if there is equity simply because they cannot afford the house due to some disastrous medical condition.

A visit to the emergency room alone can set someone back $3,000.00 and therefore, it is now more important than ever that folks have health insurance.

Marci is one of a few certified agents that can actually write and evaluate within this exchange. You can contact Marci by sending an email through our website or contact her directly at

The application alone is 27 pages and so it is not a task for the faint of heart. It is long and inclusive of information that may be confusing to people as well as employers who may be looking to get tax credits for offering insurance to their employees. Let’s just say it is a complex maze that requires an expert and Marci is that gal!!

July 24: Dr. Cameron Wilson with Prostate Cancer Survivor, Tim Garlin

Many men think they are too young to get prostate cancer. Think again. Early detection is the key to survival. The age barriers no longer exist as they used to with this. The percentage of men diagnosed has gone up, but part of that is due to early detection and regular screenings. Tim Garlin is a young man, he has survived, but you should hear his story. You will be able to relate.

Dr. Cameron Wilson is Tim’s doctor. He’ll be on to answer questions, give advice and debunk myths about prostate cancer.

About Dr. Cameron Wilson:

We have his clinical biography, which is impressive, but we wanted to know more. I’m sure Bryan will be talking about the car racing during the show, and Dr. Wilson’s passion for men’s health.

“I am married (since 07/2005) with 2 young children. I met my wife in college here in San Diego. I chose medicine as a career after volunteering at UCSD medical center. (My) interests include mostly spending time with my family but also a little car racing, gardening and enjoying my wife’s cooking!”

May 15: Dr. Sunil Bhoyrul on the stigma of weight

guest-sunil-bhoyrul.jpgBryan's guest was his surgeon, Sunil Bhoyrul, MD, FACS. Bryan told me, "We discussed weight, the stigma attached to weight, the stigma attached to weight loss surgery, and the list goes on. " The phones were ringing, the fingers were flying with texts during the show. This is one worth hearing more than once.

Meet Dr. Bhoyrul:

I am a Fellowship trained Board Certified General Surgeon in Private Practice.  My sub-specialties are Advanced Laparoscopic  and  Bariatric Surgery.  After 7 years in a multi-specialty group, during which I was head of General Surgery,  I started  my own practice to focus on providing comprehensive care in a highly personalized environment while adhering to the principles of evidence-based, cost-effective medicine.  I also maintain a strong academic interests with a full-time research lab, and ongoing teaching commitments.  I have a charitable foundation

May 8: Darren Farnesi, MD: It’s all about the hormones even for the men!

Darren Farnesi, MD talks about hormone therapyWe are going to be discussing issues facing men’s (primarily) and women’s health that often go overlooked and require management by a professional such as our rockstar physician, Doc Farnesi.

Dr. Farnesi is the Medical Director of Medical Age Management, Inc. in San Diego, California. He is trained in Advanced Aesthetic Dermatologic Procedures, Medical Dermatology, Family Medicine and Anti-Aging Medicine. In 2008 he was voted one of San Diego’s Top Doctors by his peers and served as President of the San Diego Academy of Family Physicians.

He is board-certified in Family Medicine and has completed the degree of Advanced Fellow in Anti-Aging, Functional, and Regenerative Medicine and holds a title of Diplomate American Board of Anti-Aging Medicine. Dr. Farnesi has a keen interest in physical fitness and nutrition. During college he conducted research into the physiology of obesity and weight loss. He received a B.S. degree in Physiology from the University of California – Davis and received his medical training from the University of California – Irvine, Stanford University, and SHARP Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa, CA. He served as Chief Resident in 2001. Dr. Farnesi has been an investigator in clinical trials for new medical treatments for the past eleven years. His extensive experience in the field of medical research allows him to stay tuned to the ever-advancing fields of Anti-Aging Medicine and Aesthetic Dermatology.

Using state-of-the-art hormone, nutritional, genetic, neurotransmitter, cytokine, and other specialized testing, physical exam, and extensive interview, Dr. Farnesi will develop your personalized anti-aging and functional medicine program – a multi-disciplined approach that may include natural bio-identical hormone therapy, fitness, and nutrition, as well as natural, integrative and traditional medicines and supplements, diet, vitamins and minerals as needed. With his experience in Dermatology, Family Medicine, and Anti-Aging medicine, Dr. Farnesi will take an integrative, personalized approach to your care.

March 13: Bryan is BACK with Dr. Angela Moskovis

Bryan is finally back.

He and Angie talked about the invisible kids - as we are adults you need to learn how to build your support team that will carry you through. Pain starts young. What type of influences model your reactions to pain and adversity?   Where do you go to gain strength? Do you go back to the church of your youth? A special place? Where is your safe place to gain strength.

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