Our Work

Our work at West Marin Senior Services, a nonprofit 501(c) 3 organization, provides in-home support, assisted living, and community services that foster independence and participation in our community.

So often we have witnessed our comprehensive home care prevent premature or unnecessary institutionalization.

With our assistance, frail, disabled and even gravely ill people have stayed in their own homes at a fraction of the cost of institutional care.

We bring the warmth, comfort and personal attention we all want for our family members and for ourselves.

If living at home is no longer possible, we have a smooth and compassionate transition for seniors to a higher level of assistance at Stockstill House.

This assisted living home is owned and operated by West Marin Senior Services for up to eight seniors and provides the warmth and nurturing qualities that you or your loved one would enjoy at home.

Our Mission

To help seniors live safely and with dignity in our community.

We value:

  • Compassion
  • Understanding the reality of the aging process
  • Patience—willingness to listen and ability to hear
  • Accountability for our actions and our resources
  • Personal integrity and confidentiality
  • Openness to change
  • Respect for self and others
  • Team spirit and trust throughout the organization

Our Services

We have designed a comprehensive array of services and programs that recognize the different needs that adults have as they age. These services cover a spectrum of needs. They address the highly practical, day-to-day needs, like transportation, food delivery, and shopping, for adults that are still fairly self-sufficient.

As a higher level of care becomes necessary, we offer programs that focus on family respite care and home care referrals. And when it is no longer possible for a client to remain safely in their homes, we have Stockstill House, a wonderful licensed residential care facility in Point Reyes Station, staffed by well-trained and qualified professionals.

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Making a difference caring for our senior citizens is a matter of both community and individual concern. We believe that all seniors should have the choice to remain in their own home, living a full life with the quality and dignity they deserve.

Maurice "Skip" Schwartz

Maurice "Skip" Schwartz

Executive Director

Phone: (415) 663-8148 ext109
email: skip@wmss.org

Pam Osborn

Pam Osborn

Associate Director, WMSS Administrator, Stockstill House

Phone: (415) 663-8148 ext101
email: pam@wmss.org

Natalia Meyerson

Natalia Meyerson

Onsite Administrator, Stockstill House

Phone: (415) 663-0722
email: natalia@wmss.org

Cynthia Hammond

Cynthia Hammond

Executive Assistant

Phone: (415) 663-8148 x108
email: cynthia@wmss.org

Mark Solomons

Mark Solomons

Volunteer Coordinator

Phone: (415) 663-8148 x116
email: mark@wmss.org

Cathy Bleeker

Cathy Bleeker

Nutrition Program Manager

Phone: (415) 663-8148 x104
email: cathy@wmss.org

Connie Mart

Connie Mart

Controller

Phone: (415) 663-8148 x106
email: connie@wmss.org

Robyn Torres, R.N.

Robyn Torres, R.N.

Administrator, Stockstill House

Phone: (415) 663-8148 x112
email: robyn@wmss.org

Susan Deixler

Susan Deixler

Care Manager

Pt. Reyes Station, Inverness
Phone: 415 663-8148 x105
email: susan@wmss.org

Beth Carusillo

Beth Carusillo

Care Manager

Stinson Beach, Bolinas, Muir Beach, Olema
Phone: 415-663-8148 x110
email: beth@wmss.org

Laura Sherman, C.M.C.

Laura Sherman, C.M.C.

Care Manager

San Geronimo Valley, Nicasio
Phone: (415) 663-8148 x102
email: laura@wmss.org

Terri Sylvain

Terri Sylvain

Care Manager

North: Tomales, Marshall, Dillon Beach
Phone: (415) 663-8148 x111
email: terri@wmss.org


Care Management
Care managers work with seniors and their families to develop care plans for those at risk, to assure they have food, medication, a safe home, and emotional support. We provide case management services for about 300 seniors each year, including home assessments, care plans, assistance with contracts and ongoing care monitoring. We connect those in need to food programs, financial assistance, health insurance options, housing programs, home health agencies and many other services.


Home Care Referrals
Care Managers screen and refer qualified caregivers to provide seniors and their families assistance for short intervals or for continuous care. We match clients with live-in and part-time caregivers, nurses’ aides, housekeepers, cooks, drivers, gardeners, companions, repairmen, and others. We counsel clients on how to select a caregiver, develop appropriate employment agreements, and maintain regular follow-up to ensure quality care.


Family Respite Care
Family members provide the major proportion of care to those in need. With a little professional support andoccasional paid respite care, family caregiverscan be more effective getting a break from the on- going challengesof caring for a loved one. Welcome to theFamily Caregiver Support Program (FCSP), which is funded by the Older American’s Actand administered by the Marin County Division of Aging. These funds offer short term support to family caregivers who need assistance with daily care-giving.


Friendly Visiting
Dedicated, caring volunteers develop ongoing relationships with seniors by visiting, calling, sharing a hobby, preparing meals, helping with correspondence, gardening, providing transportation to medical appointments or enjoying a trip outdoors. Our staff provides voluinteer training and matches friendly visitors with seniors who would benefit from a friendly companion visiting on a regular basis.


Transportation
In rural isolated West Marin, seniors have identified transportation as their biggest challenge. Our staff helps seniors find rides, including shuttle service to the Stage Coach, and volunteer and paid drivers for medical appointments, shopping, errands, and other activities, both locally and “over-the-hill”.

West Marin TRIPtrans
Is a simple, convenient volunteer driver program where seniors find their own drivers and we reimburse the mileage expenses. Arrangements for travel are made between the seniors and their own volunteer drivers. Records of travel are sent to us each month to validate the completed travel and checks are sent to the seniors for them to pay their own drivers, for up to a maximum of 300 miles per month.

To join this program, riders and drivers complete a simple application.

If you need assistance finding a driver, please call our office at (415) 663-8148 ext 114. People with disabilities under 60 years of age, may contact Kathleen Roach at Health and Human Services (415) 663-8231 to see if they may qualify for this program.

TRIPtrans is sponsored by Marin Transit, funded by Measure B Vehicle Registration Tax, and administered by WMSS.


Meal Programs

We operate Meals from Friends (formerly called Meals on Wheels) in West Marin County, providing home-delivered meals directly to seniors 60 years and older who are nutritionally at risk or homebound. Federal funding from the Older American’s Act provides support for this program.

Fresh meals are prepared by Sonoma Council on Aging and delivered to West Marin Senior Services. We then coordinate volunteers to deliver these fresh meals directly to the homes of those needing them.

You may be in need of meals for a short-term due to an illness or the absence of a caregiver or in need of the home-delivered meals on an on-going basis.

To sign up, simply call (415) 663-8148 ext 104.

Meal recipients or their families are asked to make a small suggested contribution of $3.50/meal to help off-set the costs of providing the service. For those able to make a larger, tax-deductible donation to help support the program, please consider a donation.

The Point Reyes Community Lunch

The Point Reyes Community Lunch has been an ongoing tradition for over 25 years. West Marin Senior Services has recently assumed responsibility for this vibrant lunch, which occurs every Thursday at 12:00 p.m. at the Dance Palace. Come enjoy great food, an upbeat ambience, entertainment, and good connections. You may also shop (for free) at our food pantry, which consists of mostly organic fresh fruit and vegetables, bread, soups, and eggs. We encourage you to bring your own bags.

Make your reservation by calling WMSS at (415) 663-8148 ext 104 by Tuesday before the luncheon.


Equipment Loans
We lend a broad range of medical and homecare equipment, including hospital beds, walkers, wheelchairs, shower chairs and commodes for use by clients. All of this equipment is loaned free of charge to those who need assistance.

Community Education and Wellness
We sponsor workshops, exercise classes, support groups, activities, and educational programs for seniors, their families and caregivers to promote healthy lifestyles. Join us Thursdays at the Dance Palace 11:30am for a weekly seated Zumba class before the congregate lunch.

Employment Services
We provide employment opportunities for people interested in securing live-in and part-time home care jobs in West Marin. Occasionally we have job opportunities with our agency, which will be posted on the website.

Home Safety Repairs
Throughout the year, we assist our clients in identifying people who can provide small home repairs or accommodations, such as grab bars and handrails, to help prevent falls and make it safer to live at home.

Information, Advocacy, and Referral
We assist seniors in completing forms for housing, socoal security, and help them access many other services.

Volunteer Opportunities
If you are interested in preparing or delivering meals to seniors in need, wish to work in our office learning new skills, driving a senior to a medical appointment or helping at one of our fund raising events, we have a need for you! Fill out a volunteer application and mail back to West Marin Senior Services.

Stockstill House
12051 Highway 1
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956

Located less than a mile from the main crossroads of the picturesque and historic town of Point Reyes Station, Stockstill House offers high quality, 24-hour personalized care for eight residents, in a warm and spacious home. Owned and operated by West Marin Senior Services, Stockstill House is a licensed residential care facility, staffed by trained and qualified professionals. For eight residents, Stockstill House means safety, comfort and professional supervision that provides families with peace of mind knowing their loved one’s physical, emotional and social needs are being met in a personal, attentive and caring way.

We offer the following accomodations and services:

  • Lodging with country views in semi-private rooms.
  • Open and inviting dining room, kitchen, and living room areas with a fireplace and decks.
  • Experienced, competent caregivers on duty 24 hours a day.
  • Daily assistance with bathing, dressing, medications, and personal grooming needs.
  • A variety of activities to stimulate learning and physical enhancement, entertainment by local musical groups and poets, and outings to local events such as our weekly Community Lunch.
  • Freshly prepared meals that meet the specific dietary needs of each resident.
  • Transportation for medical and dental appointments available.
  • Arrangements for onsite dental hygiene services and podiatry care.
  • Collaboration with local home health and community hospice providers, whenever necessary.
  • Housekeeping and laundry service.

Stockstill House is managed by a team of dedicated senior care professionals: Natalia Myerson, Onsite Administrator; Robyn Torres, R.N. Administrator; and Pam Osborn, R.N., Associate Director of West Marin Senior Services. Our goal is to enhance the quality of life for people who need 24 hour care and supervision by creating an atmosphere close to what you or your loved one would enjoy at home:

  • We treat each resident with dignity and respect.
  • We foster independence and individuality.
  • We involve family, friends and community volunteers in the daily life of our residents.

Come for a visit
Monthly Tea Time at Stockstill House is held on the fourth Wednesday of every month from 2pm-3:30p.m. Please come for a visit and experience our warm hospitality while getting to know our residents and staff.

Respite Stays
WMSS has funds for paid (full or partial) respite care, available to family caregivers needing a break from continuous care. Call ahead to inquire about the availability of short stay respite care.

More Information
For more information or to schedule a tour of Stockstill House, please contact, Robyn Torres, R.N. at (415) 663-8148 ext 112 or by email at robyn@wmss.org.
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Jim O’Hara, M.D.

Jim O’Hara, M.D.

Board President

Inverness
Retired Orthopedic Surgeon

Ann Walsh

Ann Walsh

Vice President

Stinson Beach
Retired Public Affairs

Cia Donahue

Cia Donahue

Woodacre
Retired Business Owner,
Community Service Volunteer

James Gault

James Gault

Inverness
Retired Attorney

June McCrory

June McCrory

Inverness
Community Organizer,
Project Manager

Gary Whitten

Gary Whitten

Pt. Reyes Station
Retired Chemical Engineer

James Monson

James Monson

(Advisory Counsel)

Pt. Reyes Station
Professor Emeritus

Colin Hamblin, MD

Colin Hamblin, MD

(Advisory Counsel)

Inverness
Physician,
West Marin Medical Center

Madeleine Ballard

Madeleine Ballard

Pt. Reyes Station
Retired Event Producer

Winston Black, CPA

Winston Black, CPA

Treasurer

Inverness
CEO, President BSCA

Lourdes Romo

Lourdes Romo

Pt. Reyes Station
West Marin School
Family Advocate

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