found Karen's Board and Care four years ago
and since arriving at the facility, my
grandmother has not been hospitalized while
in their care. Her medication is properly
administered and the staff works diligently
to ensure she ate and properly hydrated. The
family appreciates the fact that there is a
high ratio of caregivers to residents and my
grandmother is in a comfortable and
home-like environment where she is treated
with a greater degree of dignity. I have
great faith in the skill of Clarita and
the board administrators. As a registered
nurse, Clarita possesses a wealth of
knowledge in the care of the elderly. I
trust them to make decisions that are in the
best interest of the families and have
absolute faith in their abilities to manage
her care in my absence.
Boland (Agnes - resident 4 years)
had this on my mind for quite some time to
write to you and your wife, Clarita. I
cannot thank you enough for taking on my
father and letting us bring him to you. It
really meant a lot to us. Thanks for all the
love and support and all that you did. We
know you all tried your very best to do
everything for him. Thank you all for
everything, especially to Jeremy. My dad
really loved him. We hope that Jeremy will
follow his dreams. Thanks for your support
in coming to the services. Hope you're all
"Thank you for the lovely card and heartfelt
sentiments. Thank you for taking such good
care of my mom for 8 years. I know her life
was extended with the good care she received
at your board and care. I will never forget
- Marylyn Martin (Agnes - resident 8 years)
"I am grateful to have found a comfortable
home for my Mom when she really needed it,
and was no longer able to have her growing
needs met in assisted living. The kind and
patient staff tended to my mom's every need.
i visited almost daily so i can say with
accuracy that she was being cared for in her
vulnerable condition. The owners Marty and
Clarita were easy to work with and very
responsive. Thank you so much to all for
caring for my much loved mother."
- Peggy C.
can't say enough about the wonderful care my
parents received at Karen's Board and Care.
Martin and Clarita are caring and sensitive
and make sure their residents are treated
well. The care givers often went '"over and
above" and treated my parents as their own
- Paul U.
you so very much for taking great care of
Dorothy for 5 years. We really appreciate
all you have done for her and us. Also
thanks again for 10 years of service with my
Grandmother Polly (for 5 years) and Dorothy
(5 years). We wish all the best to you and
your family. God Bless!"
- John & Janet Billett
"Dear Marty & Clarita,
Thank you so much for the care and loving
attention you gave Mom over the years. It is
hard to realize she is finally gone! The
past half dozen years were made so much
easier than they might have been, knowing
she was in good hands at Karen's.
I would like to give the caregivers some
cash gifts as a "thank you" and am enclosing
a check for that purpose.
Wishing you all the best, and may God bless
- Merdith Alcock (Margaret - resident 6 years)
"Dear Clarita & Marty,
Thank you for the beautiful flower
arrangement you sent to our mother. She was
very blessed to have you in her life. We
thank you for the wonderful care you
provided our mother, Elmyra. You helped keep
her a happy lady until her last days. We
thank you for your effort."
- Terry Vandenberg & Cindy Kelly
"Karen's Board and Care staff are very
caring and the house is clean. We met
Marty, the owner over a year ago and he was
nice to allow my mother-in-law, Madalene, to
stay for the day for free so she could try
it out before signing the contract.
Marty was great and Madalene decided she
wanted to stay there knowing that Marty will
come to see and talk to her every day except
for the weekends. Sometimes Marty will
bring his dog Zero, which Madalene liked
because she also had a dog at home that she
Henry, the main caretaker treated Madalene
like family. Henry is very caring and
keeps the communication open if he is
concerned about Madalene or running low on
her medicines. Henry always had
Madalene ready and dressed when we picked
her up every Sunday morning at 8:30 AM to
take her to church. Marty's wife,
Clarita, who is an RN, also stays on top of
Madalene's medication. She makes sure
the dosages are correct per the doctor's
Unfortunately, Madalene passed away in
August due to the normal aging process.
We missed coming to see Madalene at
Karen's Board and Care, but we know that she
is now at a better place resting in peace
- Elizabeth G.
"Dear Marty, Clarita, and all the Staff at
Karen's Board and Care,
Thanks for your kind words. I know Louise
appreciated the fine care that you gave her.
It is always difficult placing a loved one
in the care of others. I'm so grateful that
we found your board and care. It took the
worry out of the whole thing. The care you
give is the best!
- Bill and Alice Church
"Dear Marty and Clarita,
My mother passed away last Tuesday evening.
Thank you for the 8 years of care you and
your staff provided over the years. "
- Jane Ajifu (Amiko - resident 8 years)
"Marty, I love the facility that you and
your wife have and thank you so much for all
your positive support of Mom. I'm very
pleased to have my Mom staying at Karen's
Residential Board and Care and trust you
guys so much.
- Fiona Dion
are all so kind and caring to my mom.
Definitely my mom's 'Angels'."
- Pat Thompson
wanted you to know how happy we are that my
mom is in a good place. She adores Henry, as
he helps her and makes her feel comfortable.
- Linda Westland
"My mother's care for dementia overwhelmed
me before I found Karen's Board and Care.
Once Mom moved to Karen's, my worries ended.
She lived at Karen's for two years, and she
always had a smile on her face when I
visited. We could talk in the quiet of her
room, or we could sit in the living room
with the other residents listening to
crooners on the stereo. The staff never
complained about the odd visiting hours that
my schedule demanded, and they always kept
me up to date on how mom was doing. The
relaxed family atmosphere was exactly what
mom needed and what I enjoyed.
mom's dementia deteriorated, the staff
really showed that they cared about her, and
in the most difficult days this helped more
than I can say. The extra steps they took to
help her in the those final months will
always stay with me. They made mom's final
years so full of life for both of us. Thank
you Marty and Clarita for everything you did
for Rosemary. I'm so happy that she spent
time in your care"
- Tristan Traviolia
"Thanks for taking such good care of my mom.
Let me know if you need anything from me.
Please keep the wheelchair for your next
- Dan Kravitz
"During the two years that my father spent
at the Lake Balboa house, I was always
confident that he received the best of care,
given with good hearts by the caregivers.
Henry and Annie were particularly wonderful
with my dad and all of the residents. I live
nearby, so I popped over to visit frequently
and unexpectedly, and what I saw was always
great. I could tell that the caregivers
truly felt connected to the residents, and
they always treated them gently and with
respect. They were always concerned with
making sure the residents were comfortable
My dad always remarked that he felt well
taken care of. I had researched several
larger facilities, but the smaller
home-like environment was more suited to
my father's personality. It was not very
different from how he lived when he
could still be on his own. He could
retreat to his own room when he wanted
quiet; and the living room and dining
area were just a couple of steps from
there when he wanted to be more social
and when he came out for meals.
Marty and the staff also took my father
to occasional doctor's appointments that
I could not get to, and then updated me.
Clarita kept tabs on my father's medical
situations and medications. This was all
very, very helpful.
Overall, I am extremely grateful that we
found Karen's Board and Care.
- Monica Moorman
"Dear Marty and Clarita,
Thank you for the wonderful home and care
for mom (6 1/2 years)."
- Kathleen Addison
"For the past few years, my mother, has been
a resident of Karen's Board & Care. I
wanted to take a moment to thank Marty,
Clarita, and their employees (especially to
Aldrin and Victor), for the wonderful care
that they have been providing to my mother.
I regularly visit my mother unannounced at
random times and days. During my routine
visits, I have always found her to be
well-cared for. Likewise, my sister who is a
Registered Nurse, will visit our mother when
she comes to Los Angeles two to three times
a year. Like me, she is satisfied with the
care that our mother has received at Karen's
Board & Care.
mother's wish was that she not be put in a
convalescent home. It is for that reason
that the environment of Karen's Board &
Care is a perfect choice for her, especially
considering that it is located only a few
houses down the street from the home that
she lived in for almost thirty years.
For all these reasons, my sister and I
strongly agree and desire that our mother
remain a resident of Karen's Board &
am writing to tell you how happy we are with
the care of my Father is receiving at your
facility. Since my Mother passed away (also
a resident of Karen's Board & Care for 5
years), it has been my two brothers and I,
and every time we come to visit my Father, I
was especially amazed when I saw him riding
the stationary bike!
like that you have their activities
scheduled throughout the day. I think a
regular routine is very important for the
elderly especially when it comes to meals,
exercise and rest time. I also noticed that
there are more families visiting the
residents. I can feel a happy atmosphere
when I enter the facility and I think that
it is very important for the residents to
feel relaxed at their facilities.
any case, we are very pleased with his
disposition and energy level, and he is
currently 95 years old. At this rate, he may
live to be 110.
you again, Marty, and special thank you to
your wife, Clarita for your special care of
the elderly that I have personally witnessed
over the years. Keep up the good work!"
"Thank you, Clarita - I was just on the
phone with my brother who told me about
Cathy. You have all taken such wonderful
care of her and we can never thank you
- Maryann C. (Cathy - resident 8 years)
testimonial is to express my appreciation
for the care of my father, has received as
an Alzheimer's patient under the care of
Karen's Board & Care. In every visit I
have seen that my dad has been properly
groomed and has been provided a clean and
sanitary environment. On several occassions
the care providers have given my father
extra benefits, such as shopping excursions
(where items were purchased for him at no
extra charge), and being taken out for
meals. These additional experiences and
stimulation are important to his well-being.
The staff members also made voluntary visits
to the hospital on their own time while Dad
was there. This kind of devotion has been
consistent during Dad's stay at this
wonderful facility. Surprise visits have
always revealed that this exemplary care is
a way of life and not just an act for
Karen's Board & Care has proven to be a
blessing for our family in regards to the
exceptional care my father has always
received. We are extremely thankful to have
- Tom Manassero
"I am writing this testimonial to reaffirm
my overall satisfaction with your board and
care facility. My mother, has been staying
in this facility since April 2004. The care
she receives is perfect for her physical and
mental condition, exceeding my highest
expectation. She couldn't be in a better
I visit mom often and see the kind of care
she receives. The staff have been both
professional and caring at the same time,
making the transition smooth for mom and me.
In your facility she eats and sleeps well in
a friendly household setting. When I visit
her, I can tell that she is content. I
believe my mother would suffer in a
different type of facility, such as a
- Susan Scott
"Dear Marty and Clarita,
Thank you for everything you have done and
are doing for my dad and me. You've gone
above and beyond, for sure. L'Shanah Jovah.
Have dinner out on me (and desserts' in the
- Monica Moorman
"Dear Clarita and Marty,
Thank you for having our mom in your home
for the past 3 years. We know she have been
shown love and kindness throughout her time
- Jan and Barb (Jan Elliott, Barbara Britton)
"Clarita and Marty,
We appreciate all you have done for Sylvia
throughout the years. Thanks for everything.
- Judy Monassero
"Dear Marty and Clarita,
Thank you so much for taking good care of my
mom. She is doing a lot better in your place
with more socialization. I also appreciate
the love and caring attention of your staff.
- Dana Hass