A free service assisting seniors and their families
Whether families are looking at a care facility or hiring care at home, California Senior Living was designed with family’s needs in mind. This free, confidential service is available seven days a week, including evenings for those caregivers who may be working and caring for their own children.
Ken and Marianne Knight began helping families search for the right care option for their loved ones in 2001. Understanding that this can be a difficult and frustrating time, they believe that any family caring for an aging loved one deserves reliable information they can count on.
As caregivers for their own parents, their story goes beyond their professional experience in the senior care industry. Both have assisted their parents throughout the aging process, including care and rehabilitation due to stroke, the devastating diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease, and facing the possibility of placement of a loved one in a nursing home. Ken and Marianne know firsthand the toll that caring for a loved one can take on a family. They are here to help.
It is their personal experience which makes this service unique. Both Marianne and Ken are lifelong residents of Ventura County and are experts in the region. Families can count on having someone to listen to their needs and guide them through the process so they can focus on what care option might be best for their loved one.
Marianne Knight is a graduate of Cal State University Northridge with a degree in Health Administration. She has been working in the assisted living industry for over twenty years. Starting her career as an administrator of care facilities, she was responsible for the implementation of quality control in the direct care setting, and assisted to create policies for the care of those residents in specialized memory care and Alzheimer’s facilities. Many of these policies are still used industry-wide today. She and her husband Ken Knight started California Senior Living in 2001, Ventura County’s first, locally-based free referral service for seniors. Families in our community seeking senior care services contact California Senior Living daily. The Knights focus on providing referrals to only quality senior care organizations, and are proud to offer this free service to the community.
Marianne has been a member of the Executive Board of the Ventura County Homecare Association since 2010, and the Knights continue to support local organizations such as The Alzheimer’s Association and Senior Concerns. California Senior Living was also presented with the Ventura County Star’s Reader’s Choice Award in 2014 as one of the county’s Favorite Senior Care Services of area residents. Ken and Marianne have two children and are caregivers to aging parents. The Knights are both lifelong residents of Ventura County.
Ken is a graduate of Chico State University and earned his B.S. in Business Administration.
Before co-founding California Senior Living, Ken spent nearly ten years educating teachers and administrators of school systems on how to plan for quality retirement and healthcare services. Ken quickly learned that families need advocacy and trusted advice when planning for their own care, and also assisting their aging loved ones.
In 1997, Ken’s father was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s Disease. Ken became a caregiver and a great support for both of his parents as they experienced this life-changing transition. Ken’s personal experience and professional background are necessary qualities for someone who works with families every day, guiding them toward their options, and being a trusted advocate.
Bonnie joined California Senior Living in 2015 as Healthcare Coordinator. She assists with assessments of clients’ needs whether it in the comfort of their own home, or bedside in the hospital setting. Bonnie is committed to promoting the best care alternative for the patients and families she meets with. Bonnie is a cum laude graduate of Pace University, Lienhard School of Nursing 1984 in Pleasantville, NY. She worked extensively in psychiatric and mental health nursing and applied her skills for a number of years to in-patient psychiatric nursing. At one point she was asked to help develop an Outpatient Treatment program for the elderly at Charter Hospital in Thousand Oaks, California. Since 1994 Bonnie has worked exclusively with the senior population in both in and out patient psychiatric settings as well as assisted living nursing administration both here in Thousand Oaks and the surrounding areas. Bonnie lives in Thousand Oaks and has two grown children, one a psychologist and one a veterinary technician. Everyone takes care of the less fortunate.
Ventura County Star 2014 Favorite Star, Senior Services