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Sylmar woman wins 12-day cruise in caregiver contest

Posted: October 17, 2011 1:30 a.m.
Updated: October 17, 2011 1:30 a.m.

Eva Yanez, of Sylmar, has won a five-night, six-day Caregiver Stress Management cruise through the Home Instead Senior Care 2011 Caregiver Cruise contest sponsored by the Home Instead Senior Care Los Angeles offices.

Yanez’s close friend, Emerita Jimenez, nominated her in recognition of the care she provides for her disabled daughter. Wendy, 24, suffered severe brain damage at birth and cannot talk, walk or eat without assistance.

Jimenez wrote about her friend’s devotion to caregiving in her nomination essay, saying, “Eva quit her job to dedicate her love and attention to Wendy. All these years, Eva never goes to parties, family reunions or anything that would take her away from Wendy, because she has nobody else to care for her. It is Eva who has been there for Wendy’s bedridden 24 years of life.”

Yanez and a guest will depart from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Jan. 21, 2012, on Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Sea. The cruise will make stops in Belize City and Cozumel. Yanez and her guest will receive VIP treatment on the voyage, courtesy of The package includes meals, airfare and hotel stay, as well as free respite care for Wendy provided by the Home Instead Senior Care network in the Los Angeles area for the duration of the trip.

Home Instead Senior Care partnered with the Southern California Stroke Association and the Los Angeles Caregiver Resource Center to spread the word about the contest.

“Family caregivers seldom get away because of the time commitments and responsibility of caregiving,” said Gary Reid owner of one of the participating Home Instead Senior Care Offices. “That’s why we are grateful for the opportunity to help these deserving men and women. Family caregivers — those who care for seniors and other dependent family members — truly are unsung heroes in our community.”

For more information about caregiver cruises go to and to learn more about Home Instead Senior Care visit


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