MISSION 1: To serve as a platform for unified action and the development of common, lawful standards of professional conduct among home care companies.
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    MISSION 2: To promote the uniform enforcement of Labor Board regulations and other laws applied to the home care industry, ensuring a level playing field.
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    MISSION 3: To promote legal and ethical business practices in the home care industry, to improve both industry standards and consumer confidence.
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    MISSION 4: To educate governments, businesses and clients about the benefits of hiring home care companies that do business legally and ethically.
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    MISSION 5: To make a positive difference in the businesses of home care companies and the lives of the persons who rely on their services, particularly the elderly.
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OC Chapter Secretary

Donald A. Irish President, Family Home Care, Inc.

 Don Irish originally worked in the petroleum industry, but because of the experience of providing 24/7 care for a loved one, he went into the Non-Medical Home Care In 2003, Mr. Irish left his job as the CEO of a western regional home care company and started his own. He founded and is currently the President and CEO of Family Home Care, Inc. headquartered in Tempe, Arizona. He has several home care offices located in Arizona and California. The policies and procedures of his company reflect both the first hand understanding of the need for care providers in the home and his 29+ years of executive and overall experience in the non-medical home care industry.  Mr. Irish believes in showing his appreciation for the success he has experienced in business by giving back to the community in the form of his volunteer time and efforts. In the latter part of 2007, Mr. Irish was privileged to be part of the small group of pioneering individuals who developed and started the non-profit Arizona Non-Medical Home Care Association. He is a Founder of that trade association and has served in various positions for that Association including its President and Executive Director. This organization advocates consumer protection and minimum standards in the delivery of care services and ethical conduct of providers.

 In California, Mr. Irish currently serves as the past president and current Secretary for the Orange County Chapter of the American Board of Home Care. This is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to educating consumers about standards and ethics of the home care industry in California. Mr. Irish has always been actively involved in various aspects of the prevention of elder abuse. Mr. Irish serves as a member of the Arizona Attorney General’s Taskforce Against Senior Abuse Advisory Group. This group Advise Attorney General Horne in matters concerning the senior citizens of Arizona, in identifying statewide senior abuse issues and establishing goals for TASA to combat abuse.  He also served as a member of the Arizona Governor’s Alzheimer's Task Force. The goal of the Arizona Alzheimer’s Task Force, in alignment with the State Plan on Aging, is to address the growing human and financial cost of dementia in Arizona.

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Brenda Ornellas – Owner and Administrator of Southwest Health Care Services, Inc.

I am a passionate person about caring for the elderly and have done so for over twenty two years. Originally from Michigan, moved to Maui at sixteen years old, I am married to my high school sweetheart for 30 years, and have three beautiful children. I have an A.S. Degree from University of Hawaii Maui College in Hospitality and a Bachelors degree in Liberal Studies from Arizona State University with a minor in United States History.  I love the outdoors, hiking, skiing, paddle boarding, kayaking etc. My career in custodial home care has spanned from 1992 to the present with a myriad of experiences, which provides me a full scope of knowledge as well as expertise to better serve those clients needing guidance in their journey throughout home care and all its caveat and nuances. 

· Southwest Health Care Services, Inc. Is one of the county’s leaders in providing quality personal In-Home care solutions and services for individuals.  We have provided quality care since 1987 in San Diego County, we received the prestigious “Home Care Aid Organization Certification” from the California Association of Health Services at Home (CAHSAH) and are a member of the American Board of Home Care.We have a Care Coordinator that will oversee every aspect of the client’s care including communication with family members and interfacing with their physician, and other professionals services such as occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, and medical equipment, we will do the set up needed and follow up with these and other health professionals.  Our home care personnel are oriented to the needs of each individual client. Our services are available from 2 hours a day to 24 hours a day 7 days a week, holidays and weekends included.  A coordinator is also on call 24 hours a day to answer any questions you may have.  Our services include; Custodial Care Management, Ambulation Assistance, Bathing/Personal Care, Meal Preparation/ Assistance with Feeding, Escort Transportation to and from Doctors/Appointments/Shopping*, Light Homemaking/Linen Changes, 2 hours to 24 hour assistance, Dressing/Toileting, Grocery Shopping/Errands*, Provide Respite Care for Family, Emotional Encouragement are just some of the services we provide.  All of our employees are screened, bonded and insured. Additionally we work with and will assist with the processing of LTC’s Long Term Care Policies.We are happy to answer any questions you may have about our services or if we can help you with any other questions about services available in the community, please do not hesitate to call us at (858) 451-9551   our website is www.swhealthcareservices.com

· Choosing American Board of Home Care - I was introduced to ABHC by another member that an advocacy group with a local base was formed and building.  She suggested I attend a meeting, of which I did and liked what I had to hear.  The meetings were initially held at one facility, after officially joining I suggested and offered to take ABHC’s message and enhance it. In doing so I felt we could increase awareness about ABHC. In increasing our meeting locations to various facilities throughout San Diego County, it would therefore provide each facility to give a introduction as well as opportunity to market their property and hand in hand providing them with information about ABHC members and the advantage of utilizing our list of members giving a layer of protection to the residents on there properties, with secure knowledge that an agency recommended from our list is one that offer assurance of all compliance for workman’s compensation, liability insurance, criminal background checks, as well a reputable companies with a code of ethics.

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