Craft Talks: Anna Sakvarelidze and Sandy Rosenholz
Anna Sakvarelidze joined the Rotary Club of Woodland Hills about a year ago and is currently co-chair of the Business Networking Group. She was born in the Republic of Georgia, which is adjacent to Turkey and the Soviet Union. The country of 5.5 million has its own language and most people are Christian Orthodox. When Anna was 10 she came to California with her father and about 18 months later she moved to Paris to live with her mother.
It was in Paris where she met her husband Julien. They returned to California when they were in their 20s.  They got married in 2007 and have a five-year-old daughter. They initially worked for her father who is a general contractor but at the same time, they opened a catering business to capitalize on Julien’s background as a chef. 
Eventually, Julien decided to give up the chef’s toque and opened a kitchen and bathroom remodeling business. Anna got her real estate license and after working for other agencies she opened her own full service boutique office in Agoura hills, under Thrive California, called Roost LA.  When homeowners partner with her to buy a home she gives them 20% of the commission back! If you are a seller, Roost charges a 1.5% commission instead of the standard 2.5% to 3%. In addition, her agency has a green designation, which means she is looking to list properties that are energy efficiency and incorporate sustainable building practices.
Sandy Rosenholz joined the Rotary Club of Woodland Hills about nine months ago.  He is a Staten Island, NY native who moved to California 42 years ago. He was in the pet supply and manufacturing business and retired but thankfully transitioned to senior care management after tending to his own elderly relatives. He realized that there was a need for a hands-on business which could help families navigate the muddy waters of senior care. He can guide seniors and boomers through the maze of living choices, care options and regulations for the primary goal of keeping seniors healthy, happy and independent as possible.
He said that many people have the mistaken notion that Medicare will cover long-term care and home or companion care.  Medicare will help pay for up to 100 days for skilled nursing care. Because of this, a person could need separate long-term care insurance that will provide funds for 24/7 services. The cost to live in a board and care, assisted living, skilled nursing, or memory care facility can be as much as $7,500 to $12,000 a month. A typical long-term care policy costs about $250 a month, depending on your age, and will provide benefits of about $9,000 a month.
Seniors initially need help with activities of daily living such as eating, personal hygiene, dressing, transferring, and transportation. Then when they become more infirmed they may need to move to a home or community or a facility to care for their needs.