Coronavirus Update From A Carmel Caregiver : National Numbers Are Bleak

There were 68 new coronavirus cases reported in Monterey County, with total cases now at 12,769.  There was one new death reported today.  Nationwide, hospitalizations hit a new high, with more than 68,500.  There were a whopping 181,194 new cases and almost 1,400 deaths.  In California, there were 7,484 new cases for a total of 1.020 million, with 58 new deaths for a total of 18,218.  Health experts expect a big surge after Thanksgiving, when many families likely won’t heed the advice to hunker down.

Carmel Valley Retirement Community Rippling River Having Issues

Rippling River Residents Association President Sharon Miles wrote a letter to residents criticizing the way the complex is being run, a letter which was widely distributed by the Carmel Valley Association.  It cites towing unregistered vehicles, eliminating popular activities, doing inspections without proper warning, not keeping the property clean and generally treating residents in a heavy handed way, according to the Carmel Pine Cone’s November 13 issue.   Although the residency was once owned by the Monterey County Housing Authority, it is now owned by a local nonprofit, the Monterey County Housing Development Corporation, and managed by the John Stewart Company.   Miles said that one resident had to pay $2,000 after his car was impounded.  And before the pandemic hit, they were charging a $50 deposit to use the community room, blocking access to the pool table and table tennis, removed donated books, and removed exercise equipment that was donated.  Sounds like a mess!

Pebble Beach, CA Elder Abuse Alert : Customer Service Scams

AARP Bulletin had an elder abuse alert for our area.  The article profiled a 75-year old man who saw a charge on his credit card that he didn’t recognize for Amazon Prime.  He did a google search for Amazon’s phone number and called the number, which turned out to be fake.  They asked him to confirm his credit card number, as well as his Social Security number.  “Scammers will buy and place fake ads that often elude the filters for the online search engines,” Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser told AARP Bulletin.  They also tricked him into buying gift cards.  “When people are searching for customer service numbers, they are in a hurry and quickly scan for the first phone number they see,” he said.    

Coronavirus Update From A Carmel Caregiver : Stay Home For Thanksgiving

There were 95 new coronavirus cases reported in Monterey County, with total cases now at 12,701.  There were no new hospitalizations but four new deaths—a record for one day.  Nationwide, there were roughly 169K new cases reported, bringing the total up to 10.728 million.  That marks ten straight days with more than 100K new cases per day.  Deaths were up by 1,1180 for a total of 243,376.  In California, we had 10,182 new cases—more than double yesterday’s total, for a cume count of 1.012 milllion cases, with 32 new deaths.

Carmel Valley Angel Project Offering Seniors Free Thanksgiving Dinner

The Carmel Valley Angel Project, a group of volunteers which organizes holiday meals and gifts for those in need will offer a free Thanksgiving dinner to anyone residing in Carmel Valley.  Local Chef Michael Jones and his staff will cook, all you have to do is pick up the meal between 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on November 26 at the community center at 25 Ford Road.  Please reserve your free tickets online at or call 659-5639.  If you need your meal delivered, just leave a message at 659-5639.  Donations to help this event are gladly accepted at

Bleak Coronavirus Update From A Carmel Caregiver

There were 72 new coronavirus cases reported in Monterey County, with total cases now at 12,366.  There were no new hospitalizations or deaths.  Nationwide, the numbers are bleak.  There were roughly 150K new cases reported, bringing the total up to 10.559 million.  Deaths were up by 1,431 for a total of 242,196.  In California, we are now the second state (after Texas) to tally more than 1 million cases, and the outbreak in Los Angeles is getting alarming.  We had nearly 5K new cases in the state and 46 new deaths.  With hospitals packed in many areas, health officials are clearly getting nervous about the pace of hospitalizations and deaths.

Corral de Tierra, CA Home Care Aide (HCA) Senior Alzheimer’s & Dementia Caregiver Jobs Available

Corral de Tierra, CA Home Care Aide (HCA) Senior Alzheimer’s & Dementia Caregiver Jobs Available (Also Aromas, Big Sur, Carmel, Carmel-by-the-sea, Carmel Highlands, Carmel Valley, Castroville, Del Rey Oaks, Gilroy, Gonzales, Greenfield, Hollister, King City, Marina, Monterey, Morgan Hill,  Moss Landing, Pacific Grove, Pacific Grove, Paicines, Pebble Beach, Prunedale, Salinas, San Juan Bautista, Seaside, Soledad and Tres Pinos

We have developed a reputation for having the best caregivers (Home Care Aides or Senior Companions) in Monterey County.   We are currently looking for qualified caregivers.

Family inHome Caregiving of Monterey is seeking compassionate, mature and dependable caregivers who want to improve the lives of our elderly Clients by providing in-home, non-medical care.  Our services include:

Caring companionship

Meal preparation

Incidental transportation

Running errands

Light housekeeping

Medication reminders

Monitoring of safety while bathing

Information and referral services

Other services that improve the safety, security and quality of life of seniors.

If you believe you would make an exceptional Home Care Aide, we would love to hear from you!  We prefer those with experience helping the elderly, disabled and others with mobility problems.  Having cared for those with dementia and/or Alzheimer’s is a plus.  To work for us, you must have excellent references, a clear criminal record, a good driving record, and an insured reliable vehicle.  To apply, please visit our website, click on home care aides, then careers where you can fill out an application online.  We have immediate openings all over Monterey County.

Brain Implants Could Help Paralysis And ALS Victims

Researchers have had success doing brain implants on those who are paralyzed.  Brain activity is collected by sensors in the brain allowing a computer to convert the brain activity into a mouse click or zoom in on something on the computer screen.  There are an estimated 500K people suffering from spinal-cord injuries or who have partial mobility due to suffering a stroke.  And with COVID-19 causing some serious side effects even after an apparent recovery, new uses may be found for this type of surgery.

Happy Veterans Day : Government Issues A Gift Of National Parks

Happy Veterans Day! Starting today, those who have served in the US armed forces, as well as Gold Star families, will have free access to national parks for life according to a report in The New York Times.

Coronavirus Update For Monterey From A Carmel Caregiver

There were 71 new coronavirus cases in Monterey County, with total cases now at 12,366.  There were two new hospitalizations and one new death reported.  Nationwide, there are now 45 states that are showing an increase in new cases of more than 10%, on average, over the last seven days compared to the prior week.  Cases were over 100K for the eighth day running.  Deaths were up 1,926 to 241,460.  In California, there were more than 8K new cases, for a total just shy of 1 million.  There were 40 new deaths, bringing the total to 18,083.