What Are the Primary Differences Between Hospice and Palliative Care?

Before her death in April, former First Lady Barbara Bush made the decision to begin “comfort care” and die in her own home. Her decision has sparked a renewed conversation about the benefits of palliative care and how it differs from hospice. Palliative care and hospice have a number of similarities in the care they…

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Protecting Older Adults During National Safety Month

June is National Safety Month, an awareness effort that focuses on lowering the top causes of injuries and deaths on the roads and in workplaces, homes and communities. Nearly a million people age 65 and older go to emergency rooms each year for injuries they suffer in their homes. Older adults die at three times…

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Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month: Advance Directives Make Wishes Clear

While no cure currently exists for Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, new treatments have begun to emerge as researchers make progress into the mechanisms behind the disease. Elder Care Alliance is committed to supporting innovation and research that improve quality of life for older adults, especially those living with dementia. The Impact of Alzheimer’s…

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Cheers! Culinary Director Eduardo Chavez Joins the AVSF Family

With more than a decade of experience in restaurant, large-scale catering and five-star cuisine, Eduardo Chavez is a chef of all trades, and we’re thrilled to welcome him as our new Culinary Director and Executive Chef. Chef Chavez leads the 15-person culinary team at AlmaVia of San Francisco, serving daily meals to more than 125 residents and guests. He…

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Team Members Spotlight on the Mercy Team

Each person who works at Elder Care Alliance (“ECA”) helps to create communities where people are empowered and engaged, providing environments that foster independence and joy. Advanced graphic design students from the TBD*  in-house design studio at California College of the Arts created a Celebrating Elder Caregivers campaign. The student project helps celebrate and honor…

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San Rafael Resident Has a Poetic Way with Words

AlmaVia of San Rafael resident Marcia Rafinski is actively involved with a number of social opportunities throughout our community. The licensed psychotherapist has always enjoyed reading, writing and creating poetry. We’re proud to share her latest work, Spring, which will be published in the upcoming issue of California Assisted Living Association’s News & Views magazine. Spring…

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Team Member Spotlight on Nurse Sarah Nili

Each person who works at Elder Care Alliance (“ECA”) helps to create communities where people are empowered and engaged, providing environments that foster independence and joy. Advanced graphic design students from the TBD*  in-house design studio at California College of the Arts created a Celebrating Elder Caregivers campaign. The student project helps celebrate and honor…

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Smiles, Volunteerism & Intergenerational Connections

Elder Care Alliance’s vision of engaging hearts, transforming lives and erasing boundaries was on full display recently when AlmaVia of San Francisco elders partnered with elementary school students to help feed the hungry. Residents spent the morning making sandwiches alongside 4th graders from St. Thomas More School, a local school guided by Catholic values and…

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Self-Care for the Caregiver; Guarding Against Caregiver Burnout

Care partners are accustomed to selflessly attending to the needs of others. But what happens when a care partner becomes physically and emotionally exhausted? In many cases, care partners who experience burnout feel anxious, depressed and fatigued, and they may lose interest in activities they once enjoyed. Some care partners also feel guilty if they…

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