Meet The Owner, Toni Yuskis Petruzzo
Toni Yuskis Petruzzo, owner and administrator of Preferred Care at Home, comes from a family of health care providers and is a native San Diegan. Her father was a cardiologist in San Diego and one of the founders of the San Diego Heart Association. Her mother was a registered nurse, and her husband is a physician.
Toni remembers going on rounds with her Dad to the hospital and to facilities, which at that time were called rest homes. Most of his patients were seniors and they always wanted to know when they could go back home.
Being an only child, Toni knows too well what it was like to be the only family member responsible for a loved one. Her very first experience with this was when she was appointed by the court to be a conservator for an aunt who suffered from Parkinsonism, Schizophrenia and Dementia. Her aunt was a hoarder, and Toni remembers cleaning out her aunt’s house so that she could live there comfortably. Later, Toni became a caregiver to her mother when she was diagnosed with dementia and beginning stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Her mother lived with Toni and her family for many years. Through the experience of caring for her aunt and mother, Toni knows first hand how difficult everyday caregiving tasks become while trying to balance responsibilities as a wife and a mother of two small children.
It is because of her experience as a family caregiver that Toni wants to come along side the families in her community. She has personally experienced the frustration, sadness, anger and guilt that often burden a family caregiver. Toni wants to make a difference in the lives of seniors and their families and she has a message for you, “You don’t have to be alone.” Preferred Care at Home will help you become the son, daughter, or spouse again instead of being an overwhelmed caregiver. Toni and her compassionate caregivers are here to care for those you care about.
Toni graduated from the University of California at Irvine, Cum Laude. She has a California Real Estate Broker’s license, is a Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES), a Certified Home Care Manager and a Certified Senior Advisor, which is a distinguished professional who has knowledge about aging and the important health, social, and financial issues that affect the majority of seniors. Toni is also a member of CAHSAH, California Association for Health Services at Home.
Toni is very passionate about providing the best caregivers. The best compliment you can give her is one that a client’s daughter wrote to her, “The peace of mind you have given us is priceless!”
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