Same people, new name.
Peace of Mind Home Care is the new name of the former SYNERGY HomeCare in Alameda. The partners, John Han and Alice Lai-Bitker, have a combined 10 years of experience in offering home care to seniors in both Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.
As a result of that experience in helping seniors age in place independently, John and Alice have come to realize that their services and skilled caregivers truly provide Peace of Mind for their clients. Thus, the new name reflects very clearly the value that they bring to both clients and their loved ones.
Alice Lai-Bitker comes with an enormous amount of experience working with seniors, including the Asian immigrant population.
Alice has an extensive background in social services, both as a social worker, and as an elected official. During her 10 years as a member of the Alameda County Board of Supervisors—including as the board's president—she was a strong advocate for seniors, and worked toward the improvement of policies that would better their lives. Her goal over those combined 20 years remains the same today: To make a difference in seniors’ lives and have a direct impact on their well-being and safety.
She was blessed with the personal experience of caring for her parents until they passed away. During their final weeks, she was their primary caregiver, by their side 24/7. They both died at age 78, her father from cancer, her mother from complications due to a blood clot. Alice still wishes she had more time to have spent with them. Meanwhile, her mother-in-law is suffering from dementia, but lives on the east coast. Alice would love to take care of her, too, but because of the distance—and siblings closer by—she hopes to channel that same love to others in need. Alice thrives on helping her clients' lives improve as they age independently and safely.
John is a Bay Area native, born in Alameda and raised in Oakland, and he received a Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. With a passion for service, John immediately joined the military after graduation, and served as an Infantry Officer for nearly 5 years, achieving the rank of Captain before being Honorably Discharged.
John's professional career after the military consisted of entertainment consulting work, and managing over 20 union workers for a fast-paced and demanding manufacturing plant. However, his eagerness to continue the pursuit of service led him to explore the senior care industry. During his time in the military, he was exposed to the vitalness of proper caregiving as he observed the care that his injured friend received. He realized that he could serve a community by providing the best in-home care for a population in need of quality service.
In addition to managing Peace of Mind Home Care with Alice, John serves as a Board Member and the Ambassador Chair for the Alameda Chamber of Commerce. He also volunteers for the Rotary Club of Alameda as an Interact Advisor, and spends his Saturday mornings with his family delivering meals for Meals On Wheels of Alameda.
Alice and John are very excited about this new chapter, as it has always been their highest goal to provide Peace of Mind to clients and their families.