My mother always loved to have nice accessories, dishes, and parties and would be incredibly welcoming whenever my family went to visit her. As soon as she fell and broke her hip, she wasn’t able to care for herself anymore. As if losing that sense of being fully independent wasn’t enough, the only assisted living places around were big, corporate facilities that felt more like a hospital than a home.
On top of the expensive room rent, I had to outsource caregivers that only came to feed her and help with showers. Once my mother became a hospice patient, I took her in to live with me. My goal was to make her life as exquisite as it once was and give back all that she had given me.
The experience inspired me to become a Registered Nurse and specialize in hospice care, where I’ve seen far too many care facilities that treat patients as a number, not a living person. The idea of Blue Skies Ranch came about once my mother passed. I felt a strong need to create a comfortable yet elegant living environment for elderlies so they could still celebrate the beauty of life.
- Eilene Krakover, Founder
Describe the overall population of assisted living residents at Blue Skies Ranch. What is their average age?
This is a women's-only facility, meaning women are taking care of women. Average age of residents is 75-90 years old.
What programs or activities does Blue Skies Ranch offer to enrich residents' well-being?
Blue Skies Ranch likes to have fun with its residents - we play cards, take walks, learn to garden in our new vegetable garden, we do crossword puzzles and play games, watch movies with popcorn, and prepare favorite meals together!
What places are near Blue Skies Ranch or within walking distance for assisted living residents to enjoy?
Blue Skies Ranch is located in Tarzana, California in the heart of the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles. It is also considered to be in the Melody Acres community of Tarzana. The Topanga Mall is conveniently located close by, along with the Topanga Village full of restaurants and outdoor eating. The closest hospital is Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Medical Center, which is 2.3 miles away.
What transportation services does Blue Skies Ranch offer to assisted living residents?
We assist residents in obtaining access to private transportation if needed.
What makes the chef or dining program at Blue Skies Ranch exceptional? What kind of menu can assisted living residents expect?
Blue Skies Ranch is home of the “Mason Jar Cafe”, named for our favorite Menu Designer and Food Enthusiast, Mason Mellott. We pride our efforts in providing a culinary experience that exceeds all resident’s expectations.
What safety features or security measures does Blue Skies Ranch offer to assisted living residents?
Blue Skies Ranch was recently newly constructed with safety and well-being a priority. All hallways, doorways, and bathrooms are ADA compliant. Exit doors have alarms to alert staff when access to outside has been obtained. Showers have roll-in access with showers seats and safety bars. The home has vinyl flooring, tiled bathrooms, smoke alarms through and a fire door separating sleeping quarters from the kitchen.
How does Blue Skies Ranch keep residents' families informed about their loved ones?
Eilene Krakover is the Administrator of Blue Skies Ranch. Eilene is a Registered Nurse and has previously worked with numerous hospice companies to care for residents in other Board and Cares and Assisted Living facilities. She quickly found that most Board and Cares can be negligent of their residents' needs and may not properly communicate with families. After Eilene cared for her own mother during her mother's last few years of life, Eilene decided to open her own Board and Care. With her passion of nursing, hospice, and overall caring for people, she communicates with residents' families on a daily basis to alert of any changed behavior, new concerns, or to simply say their loved one had a wonderful day.
What is the care staff-to-resident ratio at Blue Skies Ranch during daytime and nighttime hours?
Day 2:4 Night 1:4
If Blue Skies Ranch accepts dogs or cats, what indoor/outdoor areas can they enjoy?
Blue Skies Ranch is set on 1/2 acre lot and provides a vast open space for visitors and pets. Pets are welcome upon evaluation; we need to make sure that they get along with all residents, staff, and other dogs living in the facility. Eilene, the owner who lives on property, has a small dog of her own, a King Charles Spaniel named Roxy.
What ongoing senior care training does the staff receive?
Eilene is a Registered Nurse and Administrator, and is licensed to train caretakers on safety, compliance, and any additional caregiving skills required for the quality of care offered at Blue Skies Ranch. Staff is supervised by the RN and continue to be informed with any new conditions/restrictions/requirements for each individual resident.
What safety features or security measures does Blue Skies Ranch provide to protect residents who wander?
Door exits are alarmed and 1:1 shadowing is provided if needed.