Kristine Martin – Owner/President – Homewatch Caregivers of San Fernando Valley, Randy Martin – Owner/CEO – Homewatch Caregivers of San Fernando Valley
Kristine (Kris) and Randy Martin along with their siblings spent eight years caring for their parents. When the health needs became more complex, and beyond their ability, they brought in caregivers to help. The peace of mind this provided to them and their families, and the comfort it gave to their parents was invaluable. These experiences and the desire to assist other families with loved ones in need of care led the Martins to enter the home care industry. In 2013 at an age when most people retire, the Martins became first-time entrepreneurs and opened Homewatch CareGivers (HWCG). The California company provides in-home caregiver services to Calabasas, San Fernando Valley, Malibu, all Conejo Valley, Simi Valley, Moorpark, Camarillo, Ventura County and surrounding areas. The Martin's gained a deep commitment to working with Dementia and Alzheimer’s causes. Kris started to participate with organizations that focus on educating and helping families get the resources for their aging loved ones. Kris joined the Core Leadership Team with the "Ventura County Area Agency on Aging" to develop "Ventura County Dementia Friendly Community.” Kris and Randy have trained to be Community Voices for the Alzheimer's Association and will be speaking at many events to heighten Alzheimer's /Dementia education and awareness and facilitate support groups. Kris has had the privilege of being a spokesperson and master of ceremonies at local Alzheimer's Walks. Kris and Randy have aspirations to elevate a heightened awareness of dementia, improving the quality of care for those living with dementia, and aiding in maintaining the dignity and independence of local seniors. Kris has been the primary caregiver for her mother who has Alzheimer’s Disease. Kris has walked with her Mom through her 13-year journey; every day she watches this disease take something from her Mom. In 2015, to honor her mother, Kris launched a Dementia mobile unit presenting a Dementia Experience, to promote a heightened awareness of Dementia. The Dementia Experience is an 8-minute educational experience that virtually places participants in the shoes of a person with Dementia. From their efforts, bringing attention to the importance of aging successfully, Kris and Randy were awarded "The 2017 Shining Star Award for Innovation" by The Ventura County Area Agency on Aging. This award assisted in showing local examples of individual and organizational achievements in optimal aging. Most recently, Kris and Randy have created a nonprofit organization, Seniors and Aging Solutions (SAS); Mission is Educating and Bringing Awareness to an Aging Population. To enhance the dementia training, SAS has partnered with AGE-u-cate Training Institute, who is the creator of the Dementia Live® Experience. The Dementia Live® Experience is a high impact, dementia experience that immerses participants into life with dementia, resulting in a deeper understanding of what it’s like to live with cognitive impairment, sensory change and many of the aging symptoms. In addition to Dementia Live®, SAS will be adding other new training platforms, beginning with Compassionate Touch®. This training helps to reduce the behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia and creates positive engagement among elders, care staff, and family caregivers. "I hope that society, in general, will someday perceive aging and its diseases in a more compassionate way," Kris said. It's an aspiration that has evolved into a lifelong commitment.