Cambria’s first and, to date, still only licensed assisted living facility has changed its name and expanded its services.
Cherish House, which opened a 3,500 square-foot home on Warren Street adjacent to the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve in 2008, renamed itself Cherish Care this spring.
Founder Vikki Hansen and her business partners, Cindy Simpson and Barbara Garland, say the name change is intended to reflect that more than just residential services are offered, including bonded in-home care, transportation, senior living placement and help with keeping or selling their homes.
The company added a second residence, 2,500-square foot Cherish House Retreat on Berwick Drive, in 2012.
Altogether, the two homes can now accommodate 12 clients. Cherish Care has 15 employees.
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Hansen, part of the Cambria community for more than 20 years, started the company in 2008 when she discovered while researching options for care for her mother-in-law that there were no assisted living homes in the area.
“We understand how much Cambrians want to stay in our beautiful town and we want do everything possible to help them live well in our community,” said Hansen. “We want to give back to our community by offering free and sliding scale services.”
Simpson moved to Cambria five years ago from Paso Robles to help open the first house. Garland did reside in Cambria but now lives in Templeton.
The team is in the process of establishing “Viktoria’s Closet” to help fund services for senior Cambrians in need. Free services offered by Cherish Care include free senior living placement countywide, free care resource consultation, a free comprehensive Cambria seniors’ resource guide and a free weekly in-person check-in.
Cherish Care also provides sliding scale rates for in-home care by bonded, insured, security-checked, health-screened professionals, trained in first aid and emergency care, with a two-hour minimum.
Hansen, a licensed Realtor and mortgage broker, also offers estate transition preparation and sales and help obtaining reverse mortgages.