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Local Female Business Owner Receives Fairhaven’s Oliver Halsell Care Award

Cynthia Adair - Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Kari Buist-Baker, founder and CEO of Senior Life Management, Inc., is our May recipient of Fairhaven’s Oliver Halsell Care Award.

For the Mission Viejo resident, caring for those in need has always been an innate ability. Kari’s career has come full circle; she began as an obstetrics nurse caring for fragile infants, and today coordinates the resources families need to provide care for their elderly loved ones.

“Kari’s dedication and the positive impact she makes in her clients’ lives is what sets her apart from many other care managers,” said Marla Noel, president of Fairhaven. “Her ability to provide hope and relief to seniors and their families makes her so deserving of this award.”

After her mother was diagnosed with dementia in 2003, Kari resigned from her job as an obstetrics nurse to pursue her passion of helping others find care for their senior relatives. She founded Senior Life Management in 2007, a nurse case management company that assesses and coordinates care for seniors by developing a personalized care plan based on each individual’s needs. To date, Kari has helped nearly 300 families.

“Working in this industry is incredibly touching,” Kari explained. “I truly love my career because it allows me to positively affect families in crisis, who are so emotionally attached to the situation. By providing calm insight, and giving them a road to travel together, it truly makes my job rewarding.”

Senior Life Management recently was tapped as a consultant for Age Well Senior Services, Inc., a nonprofit providing programs, services and resources to seniors in South Orange County. The new partnership provides Kari and her staff with the opportunity to assist more families than ever before.

Kari will be honored at Fairhaven’s Oliver Halsell Care Awards banquet in November at Fairhaven’s Mission Viejo location. The banquet honors a year’s worth of achievements within the local community. Additionally, Fairhaven will make a donation in her honor to her selected charity, Age Well Senior Services, Inc.

For more information and to nominate a deserving candidate, click here or send us an email.

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