Owner & Founder
Lauren founded Family Connect Care in 2008 after working with the elderly and memory-impaired for several years.
Seeing first-hand examples of mistreatment and taking advantage of memory-impaired individuals, she saw the need for enhanced care management services and to assure the dignity of those who suffer from a variety of cognitive impairments.
Lauren has a love for older people, whom she refers to as, “chronologically gifted.” Some have even called her the, “Dementia Whisperer,” due to her innate ability to intuitively know what her clients need, even when they can’t express it for themselves.
Lauren earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of LaVerne. Lauren holds many certifications related to aging and memory care. Among these, she is certified in gerontology by the California Board of Registered Nursing and in Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment. She is also certified by the Validation Training Institute in Validation Therapy.
Lauren is licensed by the State of California in Residential Care for the Elderly (RCFE) Administration, license #6031850740.
Assistant Care Manager
Kristi is an Assistant Care Manager and Dementia Specialist, certified in Dementia Care.
In that capacity, she assists with care management for those with Alzheimer’s and other dementia, and also coordinates our training and workshops. She is relationship-centered and intuitively anticipates clients’ needs. Kristi believes that listening and understanding the goals and needs of clients, will allow her to deliver results and retain trust within her clients.
Kristi is very excited to bring her skills, knowledge, and passion to deliver excellent experiences for her clients at Family Connect Care.
Prior to joining Family Connect Care, Kristi had been working in customer service/staffing industry for over 10 years with fortune 500 companies. She was strategic in managing and developing a start up branch and within a year brought her branch to success. She is highly skilled in relationship building, customer service, communication. She has worked as a manager where she has been successful at training/leadership and has the ability to lead her team to success.
Assistant Care Manager
Vatche Khedesian is an Assistant Care Manager and Dementia Specialist, certified in Dementia Care.
Born and raised in the South Bay, Vatche completed his undergraduate studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, earning his bachelor’s degree in Sociology. His background consists of a long line of social work.
He was also caregiver to his own mom during her battles with with cancer and dementia for 8 years. He gained extensive experience and knowledge through those years working closely with doctors at both UCLA and City of Hope to assist with the care for his mom. Reluctantly, his experiences were not positive with the care they were receiving, which directed his focus into the Care Management field. Quality care for elders has become Vatche’s personal passion
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