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SENIOR AND EX-PAT HEALTH, HOUSING (assisted living/nursing care), HOSPICE OPTIONS IN ECUADOR, MEXICO

Hello and thank you for visiting!!

Optimum health and comfort for all have been my passions since childhood.

What I do best is accompany, rescue, direct, and advocate for others, in English or in Spanish, especially during health care emergencies.

I also speak about and advise seniors and families with health, housing, and hospice options in Chile, Ecuador, and Mexico.  My American base is Los Angeles. My current Latin American base is in Mexico, both Guadalajara and Lake Chapala.

A little history…

Apparently, a doctor alerted my parents, also medical and public health professionals, that I might not survive my birth. With the intervention of a miracle, and medicine, I became acutely aware over time of how important it is to receive quality care both allopathic and naturopathic.

Healthcare advocacy for diverse populations has been a career theme since 1999.

I worked as a Senior Center Director (with outreach to 600 Spanish-speaking older adults); County Office on Aging Head of Information and Outreach ( 92,000 seniors  out of 357,000 were economically insecure); Admissions Director, Marketing Director, and night time live-in Administrator at an exemplary Alzheimer’s campus with 40 beds; Communications and Media Director for a non-profit serving low income families and seniors; Activities Director and back-up Administrator at a highly-regarded Assisted Living home for 200; and as a Book Shepherd for health and wellness authors and publishers. I served 10 years as a health and mental health grant reviewer for a foundation, and have been a palliative care and hospice volunteer since 1999.

My expertise has been developed tending to health challenges of family members and the public. I have studied various facets of health, mental health, and senior care systems in Canada, Chile, Ecuador, Europe, Mexico, and the U.S.

I’ve met extraordinary heroes and heroines, known and unknown, dedicated to well-being for all. Many have touched my heart. I trust I will be able to share with you, little by little, some special people, projects, and subjects.

If you need my assistance, I will be honored to show up!  See below for my educational history and training.

Wishing you a world of vibrant health and wellness!

Wendy Jane Carrel, wellnessshepherd@aol.com

Wendy with precious Diosalinda at senior care home in Chordeleg, Ecuador

Wendy Jane Carrel with precious Diosalinda at senior care home in Chordeleg, Ecuador

State of California RCFE Administrator licenses, Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly. Renewable certifications for Hospice Care, Hospice Waiver Licenses, Alzheimer’s Care, Admissions, etc.  http://www.ccld.ca.gov/PG543.htm

Palliative Care training (500 hours), Colegio Nacional de Cuidados Paliativos de Jalisco, Mexico www.comecupal.com.mx

Hospice training, FASEC, a foundation and hospice in Cuenca, Ecuador with Care Partners International of Bellevue, Washington  https://www.facebook.com/fasec.cuenca

Preparing for a Good Death (Prepararsi para Un Buen Morir) training with Argentinian psychiatrist Hugo Dopaso, author of El Derecho A Bien Morir and TED speaker in Argentina, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvCLm4GPoRY

IAMAT  International Association for Medical Assistance for Travelers

M.J. Investigative Journalism, UC Berkeley  http://journalism.berkeley.edu/

International Relations Diplomacy certificate, University of Stockholm International Graduate School, Sweden  http://www.ekohist.su.se/sis/

Level I and Level II Healing Touch at College of the Desert Nursing School, Palm Desert, CA

Level I and Level II Reiki, San Diego, CA  (helpful, for some, for relief of pain)

4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Sara Coppler  |  March 4, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    Wendy,

    Just wanted to share that your article on today’s Cuenca High Life is
    excellent. You’ve tapped an issue that is of great concern for most expats.

    Thank you. I’ve shared on our magazine Facebook site and will add to my
    weekly aggregrate epaper.

    Again, excellent.

    SARA

    Sara Coppler

    sara@zeroenterprises.com

    Reply
    • 2. bigpondlittlegirl  |  March 6, 2015 at 5:12 pm

      Hello Ms. Sara,
      Thanks for your kind reply and your post of the article on the Zero Enterprises Facebook page. Most appreciated!!
      I look forward to seeing a copy of your new magazine.
      Friends who attended your inaugural event shared that they are so pleased about the print publication.
      With appreciation and blessings, Wendy

      Reply
  • 3. Maridel Bowes  |  May 20, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    Hi Wendy,

    Maridel here — we spoke briefly at the Chapala Society last week, as I wanted to express my gratitude on behalf of myself and my friends for the Open Circle presentation on the previous Sunday. You didn’t have a card with you and I was going to try to meet you at the event that night to get one. However, as it turned out, I still had the hand-out from the presentation with your web site on it. Two of my friends have great interest in your work, one I mentioned to you who is a massage therapist.
    Is there a way to contact you more directly? Via email? It might be useful to have a contact link on your navigation bar. I wasn’t sure how to best get a message to you. With thanks for all you do and are,
    Maridel Bowes

    Reply
    • 4. bigpondlittlegirl  |  May 31, 2016 at 2:22 pm

      Hello Maridel,
      Thank you for your kind note!
      I was looking for you at the second event with cards in hand and am sorry we missed.
      But everything is in divine order, we will connect and gather with your friends.
      You are right about a contact link, my e-mail is in the signature of my About page.
      I shall write to your e-mail soon.
      As usual, we are engaged in back-to-back activities with patients and their families.;)
      Blessings, Wendy

      Reply

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