Jane MacKenzie

Home & Business Support Services

About Me

My self-employment venture has evolved since 2007 as a way for me to offer service and support to others in my areas of expertise and transition away from full time-work into semi-retirement. 

I have over 40 years of administrative experience in a variety of businesses, large and small.  I'm meticulously well organized and a tenacious project manager and coordinator.  I offer an old fashioned work ethic with contemporary skills - I'm PC savvy, an intermediate-to-advanced user of Microsoft Office suite, I use Quicken and QuickBooks. I'm a heavy Internet user and enjoy social media, both business and personal.

In 2001, I left the workplace to become a full time family caregiver to my elderly father until his passing in 2007 at age 97.  Through this experience, and though my volunteer work, I became well acquainted with seniors' needs and the local support services available.

Because people are living longer today than ever before and family support is not always available, seniors often have to shop for services such as home care, Daily Money Management or senior housing. Due to the aging population, these services are in great demand and promises made by providers are not always delivered. There are many potential problems and concerns that are often not apparent to the senior consumer. 

In addition to my family and volunteer experience, most of my freelance and part time employment over the past eight years has been in some aspect of senior services. I am an advocate for quality care and services to our seniors.  Services I cannot personally provide, I can assist with local resources and referrals.

What does a freelance personal assistant do?

  • In 2008 helped three families as a senior companion.  Also co-wrote a 96-page training manual for caregivers with Cindy Hasz of Grace Care Management and filled in for two small business clients (Marton Enterprises and Flagship Flags) as vacation relief and kept a watchful eye on three senior cats when their owner Portia Page (a frequent traveler) was away.

  • In 2009 helped two families as private duty senior companion.  Worked with La Mesa MFT Leslie Fadem on a "makeover" of her office forms.

  • In 2010 Short term office assistance for startup AltaGolden in Rancho Bernardo. "Virtually" assisted La Jolla entrepreneur Gerald Flanagan, OD, MPH with an online startup venture CredentialedCARE.  Office support for a Rancho Bernardo yoga teacher, Naomi Judith

  • In 2011 assisted an Escondido elder's family in recruiting private hire 24/7 caregivers (did this five times over 2.5 years). Assisted a senior lady with tax organizing, Daily Money Management, purging and sorting a 12-year paperwork backlog.

  • 2013 Assisted the same Escondido elder's family in choosing a dementia care facility for her.

  • 2014 - 2015 contract position with ChipperList, an online startup, as an independent senior housing reviewer.  Also wrote a monthly blog and newsletter for Chip.

  • In 2014 contract position with local artist Lori Wylie Richardson as personal assistant, updating paper files and later entering her 2014 business transactions into QuickBooks.

  • In 2015 assisted an Escondido lady with tax and apartment organizing and Daily Money Management.  Assisted an Oceanside couple with Daily Money Management.  Assisted a Rancho Bernardo family in choosing a dementia care facility for their mom.  Two cat sitting clients. An organizing project for a mom of a special needs child.  Two short term private duty senior companion clients.

  • In 2016, assisted two Oceanside clients - one as senior companion and apartment organizing and one with Daily Money Management. One cat sitting client. "Ghostwrite" feature article in monthly email newsletter for Rancho Bernardo yoga teacher Naomi Judith.

  • 2017 - semi-retired.  Open to new opportunities.

**References available on request.**

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Fine Print

Independent Contractor

Background checked, TB/drug tested & fingerprinted

Registered Home Care Aide with State of California (DOJ LiveScan on file).