For thirty years, our little blue house in Hillcrest has provided safe and professional care for adults suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias. Our R.N.-supervised program offers structured music, exercise, and art and craft programs. Our experienced staffing ratio of 5:1 provides focused, supportive care. Socialization and sensory stimulation in a warm, familial atmosphere enhances the ability of a compromised participant to build on past experiences and talents, and be the best that they can be. All participant efforts are warmly appreciated and accepted as friendships develop, and connections with the staff are made.

In this journey, the participant’s caregiver is their partner and therefore also a primary focus of our concerns. We offer weekly support group meetings, individual sharing of needs and concerns, and make every effort to validate and enable the caregiver in their navigation of today’s healthcare system. We consider it a privilege to be part of an agency which has made a priority of caring for those who have given so much to us.

Program Director Marge Galante, R.N., B.S.N.
Margaret Galante R.N., B.S.N. has been the program director for Hillcrest Center for eighteen years. She and her husband, Joe, a retired executive of IBM World Trade, reside in Solana Beach. Marge’s past experience includes the Veteran’s Administration and community hospital and nursing education. Prior to moving to San Diego she was employed for sixteen years at a skilled nursing facility in Connecticut. She is a graduate of the College of Mount St. Vincent in Riverdale, N.Y. and received her clinical education at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in New York City. Native New Yorkers, Marge and Joe have three adult children and four grandchildren.

Activity Coordinator Maria Stefanic
Maria Stefanic is a certified activity coordinator and has been working with seniors with Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia for nearly ten years. She’s also worked as a marketing director helping families find the right resources here in the San Diego area. She enjoys working directly with our seniors who are accomplished people and full of good humor. “I am thrilled that they are willing to share their hearts and their wisdom with me, and that I get to share my heart with them,” she says.

Other Staff:
Sandra Ambrosi, R. N., since September 2006
Annette Fosselman, program assistant, since November 2007
Mariana Garcia, program assistant, since September 2008
Theresa Gonzalez, program assistant, since January 2013
Vera Johnson, housekeeper, since August 1990
Yani Muniz, secretary, since September 2012
Nicole Purnell, program assistant, since August 2012
Tina Rakowski, R. N., since June 1992
Shannon Santos, program assistant, since February 1992
Suzanne Smith, program assistant, since November 2008

Our support group meets Wednesdays at 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

3686 Fourth Avenue
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 543-4704
License No. 370804406

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