Kristine and Randy Martin OwnerKristine and Randy Martin Owner
Kristine Martin, Owner/ President
Homewatch CareGiver of Thousand Oaks and San Fernando Valley
Kris Martin and her husband, Randy, spent eight years caregiving for their own parents until their health needs became more complex and beyond the scope of the Martins’ abilities. Help had to be brought in. Kris became very aware of the benefits of having caregivers in their parents’ homes. The peace of mind it provided to Kris & her family 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 at home led Kris to enter the home care industry. Kris and Randy opened Homewatch CareGivers to provide caregiving services in the Conejo Valley, Ventura County and San Fernando Valley.
At an age when most people retire, the Martins became first-time entrepreneurs and opened Homewatch CareGivers, to provide caregiving services in Ventura and west Los Angeles County. This began a very deep commitment to working with dementia and Alzheimer’s causes, combined with participation in numerous civic organizations. Kris Martin serves on several committees in the Cornejo Valley and Ventura County that focus on educating and helping families get the resources for their aging parents.
Kris Martin, is the primary caregiver for her mother who has Alzheimer’s, Kris has walked with her Mom thru her journey with Alzheimer disease for the last 10 years, every day she watches this disease take something from her Mom.
In honor of her Mother and to promote a heightened awareness of Dementia/Alzheimer, Kris has licensed the Virtual Dementia Tour from Second Wind Dreams. Developed by Second Wind Dreams founder, P.K. Beville, the Alzheimer’s and related dementias sensitivity training program known as the Virtual Dementia Tour is a scientifically proven method of building a greater understanding of dementia through the use of patented sensory tools and instruction. The Virtual Dementia Tour is a 20-minute educational experience that virtually places participants in the shoes of a person with Alzheimer’s disease or a related form of dementia. It enables people to experience what those with diminishing senses endure on a daily basis. The Virtual Dementia Tour is a tool to help society develop a greater appreciation and acceptance of those living with the disease.
Kris Martin has taken the Virtual Dementia Tour on the road through a mobile unit and has joined the Core Leadership Team with the coordinating agency Ventura County Area Agency on Aging (VCAAA) to create “DEMENTIA FRIENDLY VENTURA”
Kris has had the privilege of being a spoke person at the Alzheimer Walk - Thousand Oaks October 2014 and October 2016 and Emcee the Alzheimer Walk – Oxnard October 2015.
Kris & Randy Martin, Homewatch CareGivers of Thousand Oaks was awarded Optimal Aging Champion Awards for 2017; Shining Star Award for Innovation. The Ventura County Area Agency on Aging (VCAAA) Optimal Aging Champion Awards purpose is to bring attention to the importance of aging optimally or successfully - what it is and to showcase local examples of extraordinary individual and organizational achievements in optimal aging.
Kris Martin serves on several committees in the Cornejo Valley and Ventura County that focus on educating and helping Family get the resources for their aging parent.
Kris and Randy have trained to be Community Voices for the Alzheimer Association and will be speaking at many events to heighten Alzheimer/Dementia education and awareness and also facilitate support groups.
“It is my hope that society, in general, will someday perceive aging and its diseases in a more compassionate way,” Kris hopes. It’s an aspiration that has evolved into a lifelong commitment.