Lilacs & Greensleeves: Veterans Care Coordination


Care4You is very honored to have Veterans Care Coordination as our Community Partner!! We really appreciate everything they do on behalf of our Veterans and their spouses. Thank you, so much!


At Care4You, San Dimas, CA we proudly care for our Veterans, their spouses and surviving spouses every day. Our commitment to their care is just one of the ways we demonstrate appreciation for their service to our country.

“1 in 3 seniors in this country is a veteran or surviving spouse of a veteran. These heroes – our fathers, mothers, spouses, and friends – may be eligible for a unique benefit through the VA called “Pension with Aid and Attendance.” This benefit may provide reimbursement funding of up to $25,440 a year to help cover medical expenses, including homecare services. Homecare helps keep loved ones safe and comfortable at home.”

“Millions of qualifying veterans and families go without Aid and Attendance simply because of not knowing about the benefit and inability to pay for homecare. Through our partnership with Veterans Care Coordination, we are able to assist qualifying veterans and their spouses to apply for and obtain the Aid and Attendance Benefit through the Department of Veterans Affairs. What makes this partnership unique is the fact that Veterans Care Coordination can offer financial assistance to clients that cannot afford to pay for the up-front, out of pocket expense of homecare through their Veterans Appreciation Program. Who’s Eligible?

 Veteran, or surviving spouse of a veteran, who served 90 consecutive days of active duty with at least 1 day during a wartime period …(other war eligibility may be required depending on when you served)

 Veteran/surviving spouse must have non-service connected medical condition which is not related to military service

 Veteran/surviving spouse must require assistance with daily activities, such as bathing, dressing, eating, medication management and personal care

  Veteran/surviving spouse must meet asset requirements based on age and marital (excludes home and car)

 Veteran/surviving spouse must meet the Medical Expense-to-Income Ratio.”

Couple: $2,120.00 Monthly

Veteran: $1,788.00 Monthly

Surviving Spouse:  $1,149.00 Monthly

Healthy Veteran with Sick Spouse: $1,404.00 Monthly

For more information please visit the Veterans Care Coordination website here>

Lilacs & Greensleeves: Dementia Awareness

  • Posted On October 6, 2016
  • Categorized In Awareness
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As you can see, there are several types of Dementia! The Alzheimer’s Association has a wonderful website to go to and find great information on this multifaceted disease such as:

“What is Alzheimer’s ~ What is Dementia ~ Diagnosis ~ Stages ~ Treatment”

About Dementia:

“Dementia is not a specific disease. It’s an overall term that describes a wide range of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person’s ability to perform everyday activities. Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of cases. Vascular dementia, which occurs after a stroke, is the second most common dementia type. But there are many other conditions that can cause symptoms of dementia, including some that are reversible, such as thyroid problems and vitamin deficiencies.

Dementia is often incorrectly referred to as “senility” or “senile dementia,” which reflects the formerly widespread but incorrect belief that serious mental decline is a normal part of aging.”

Read more here>

And you can know the 10 signs of Alzheimer’s opposed to what is typical!!

See them here>

What are the risk factors?

Age and Family History are two!

Let’s stand together in the fight to end Alzheimer’s as well as other forms of dementia!

Knowledge is power!!


Lilacs & Greensleeves: Susan Howland, MSG


It is our honor here at Care4You, to have Susan Howland, MSG as our Professional in the Spotlight! Thank you Susan for all that you do in your service to so many! You are truly a fine professional!

Getting to know Susan:

“I am a gerontologist who has over twenty-five years of experience with community organizing around health care issues that focus on older adults. I have worked for the past twenty years at Alzheimer’s Greater Los Angeles developing and implementing educational programs for individuals who provide care for a family member living with dementia. Given the diversity of the greater Los Angeles community, I oversee our inclusivity programs that include tailoring services to the cultural norms of ethnic communities, creating health materials in plain language and implementing nationally recognized programs for family caregivers. It is my pleasure to work for Alzheimer’s Greater Los Angeles which has allowed me to grow professionally and personally while making a significant impact improving the lives of those individuals and families impacted by Alzheimer’s and dementia.”

Susan Howland, MSG
Director of Education



Lilacs & Greensleeves: Alzheimer’s Greater Los Angeles


Care4You is honored to have Alzheimer’s Greater Los Angeles as our Community Partner! Thank you so very much for your dedicated service to our community!!

Please enjoy reading a letter from their President & CEO, Susan M. Galeas, MSW, MPH

Helping local families for 35 years… facing it together

“In January, our board chose to focus 100% of our 35-year-old nonprofit’s efforts to help local families, and keep 100% of every penny in the communities we serve.

The cost of this disease is bankrupting local individuals financially, emotionally, and physically, and the money you donate or raise by participating in our events like Walk4ALZ allows us to help at no cost. We are also raising money to support innovative, ground-breaking research here in the Greater LA area. Our change lets us commit 20% of Walk4ALZ proceeds directly to research.

Additionally, we continue to advocate on behalf of increased funding for research and resources for caregivers locally, statewide, and federally… for 35 years we’ve been on the ground making a difference for people and the cause. Today our commitment to Greater Los Angeles remains stronger than ever and we hope your commitment to us with our new name and new look remains strong as well.

Let’s face it… a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s is devastating. So until there’s a prevention, treatment, or cure… let’s face it TOGETHER.

Today…we’re launching a campaign to raise $500,000 by 12/31/16 for local care and support. check out our website to see how your gift is helping us lift hearts and build community…together.”


…help more people

…bring hope to caregivers and families

…raise awareness and change perceptions

…create dementia friendly communities

…one day prevent, treat, or cure the disease

…do more… be more… on behalf of those affected


Lilacs & Greensleeves: Walk4ALZ


“Walk4ALZ brings together local communities in the fight against Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Whether you are living with dementia, caring for someone with dementia, lost someone to Alzheimer’s disease, or simply want to make a difference in our community, join us for Walk4ALZ.”

When? ~ Where? ~ What Time?

Sunday, November 6, 2016
Century Park, Century City
Registration at 7:00 a.m. | Opening Ceremony at 8:30 a.m. | Walk at 9:00 a.m.
Route Length: 3.1 Miles (5K)

You can register yourself or a team here>


Lilacs & Greensleeves: San Dimas Community Hospital



It is our pleasure at Care4You, to have San Dimas Community Hospital as our Community Partner! Thank you to everyone at this fine hospital for your service to the community!!


“San Dimas Community Hospital (SDCH) is located on the east end of the San Gabriel Valley, one mile off the 210, 57, and 10 freeways, in the city of San Dimas, with a population of 35,000. San Dimas is a small, caring, cohesive community reaching from Puddingstone Lake in Bonelli Park on the south to the Foothills on the north. The hospital’s 13-acre campus consists of the 101-bed general acute care facility and two identical Medical Office Buildings. San Dimas Community Hospital draws the majority of its patients from its own town as well as the surrounding communities of Glendora, La Verne, Covina, West Covina, Azusa, Walnut, Diamond Bar, Pomona and Claremont. San Dimas Community Hospital is situated in a heavily penetrated managed care environment.
San Dimas Community Hospital opened its doors in 1971 as a physician-owned facility. At that time, the hospital was licensed for 99 beds. Patients and visitors often expressed their sense of the hospital’s “family” atmosphere. This was due not only to the efficient size of the facility, but more importantly because of the personalized care given by our physicians and employees, whether they are a nurse, housekeeper or a member of the dietary staff. In 2008, the hospital was sold to Prime Healthcare Services and operates as a 101-bed general acute care facility.”

Lilacs & Greensleeves: Desiree Hawkins, RN, CCM



It is our honor at Care4You, to have Desiree Hawkins as our Professional in the Spotlight! Thank you Desiree for everything you do for your patients, their families and the community that you serve!

Meet Desiree:


“I have worked as an RN for 30+ years with my career beginning as a medical surgical nurse. I came to work at San Dimas Community Hospital in 1990 as a medical surgical nurse. SDCH has always encouraged my growth as a nurse, thus I have crossed trained to telemetry, ICU, GI lab, OB post-partum, and case management. I was charge nurse for med/surg telemetry for many years and loved it! I transitioned to case management in 2004 and have never looked back! I love working with patients, family, physicians, and our community vendors. SDCH is located in a warm and family-oriented community, and I am so proud and grateful to be part of this community.

San Dimas Community Hospital has grown to 101 bed facility over the years, and offers many resources to our community. As case management director, I see great teamwork throughout the hospital. Our case management department utilizes many different care-giving agencies and vendors. Through my own personal family need, I urgently needed a caregiver for my family member. I called Donna at Care 4 You, and she quickly connected me to a caregiver. All was promptly handled very professionally. I deal with these situations on a daily basis at work, and I must say, I was truly impressed with all of their staff. Having this personal experience with nonmedical caregivers has really stressed to me the importance of what my case management team does for families here at SDCH.

San Dimas Community Hospital is my home away from home, and I look forward to  many more years assisting our patients and families transition through their care while they are part of our family  during their hospitalization.”

Desiree Hawkins, RN, CCM
Director Case Management
San Dimas Community Hospital
1350 West Covina Boulevard
San Dimas, CA 91773
909-599-6811 Ext: 2628  

Lilacs & Greensleeves: Respite Care

  • Posted On August 4, 2016
  • Categorized In Support
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“Everyone needs a break. Respite care provides caregivers a temporary rest from caregiving, while the person with Alzheimer’s continues to receive care in a safe environment. Using respite services can support and strengthen your ability to be a caregiver.”Using Respite Care”Respite care can help you as a caregiver by providing a new environment or time to relax. It’s a good way for you to take time for yourself.Respite care can provide:
  • A chance to spend time with other friends and family, or to just relax
  • Time to take care of errands such as shopping, exercising, getting a haircut or going to the doctor
  • Comfort and peace of mind knowing that the person with dementia is spending time with another caring individual

Respite care services can give the person with dementia an opportunity to:

  • Interact with others having similar experiences
  • Spend time in a safe, supportive environment
  • Participate in activities designed to match personal abilities and needs
Caregiving is demanding — and it’s normal to need a break. Seeking help does not make you a failure. Remember that respite services benefit the person with dementia as well as the caregiver.”


Special Message From Care4You:

“Respite Care’ is defined as the provision of short-term, temporary relief to those who care, caring for family members who might otherwise require permanent placement in a facility outside the home.

August is a time of year when many people take a vacation. If you and your family is contemplating a vacation in August but are afraid to leave your elderly loved one at home alone, help is available. Care4You can provide respite care for your loved one so you can have peace of mind while enjoying your well deserved vacation.

Even though your family takes great joy in providing care to your loved one so that they can remain at home, the physical and emotional consequences for a family caregiver can be overwhelming without some support, such as respite.
Respite care has shown to help sustain family caregiver health and well being. So take that well deserved vacation and let Care4You provide respite care in your absence.”

Please call us to find out more about the respite services we offer:
(909) 599-0555


Lilacs & Greensleeves: Dr. Donna Benton


Care4You is very proud to have Dr. Donna Benton as our Professional in the Spotlight! Thank you Dr. Benton for all that you do to help those in your practice who seek your assistance!!

“Donna Benton Ph.D., is a Research Assistant Professor of Gerontology. She received her graduate training in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology and was a Gero-psychological postdoctoral fellow at USC /Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center.

She is a licensed clinical psychologist. Dr. Benton is the Director of the Los Angeles Caregiver Resource Center. Her publication focus on research in elder abuse and minority caregiving.”

Contact information here>