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Do you or a loved one need help understanding the maze of senior care options? What is the best solution for your loved one? Who can you trust? Exploring the many options for senior care can be a very time intensive and difficult process. Can you afford to safely stay in your own home? If not, do you know where to turn for answers?

AMADA Senior Care offers complimentary, no obligation placement assistance:

  • Hourly in-home care
  • Skilled nursing facility
  • Assisted living community
  • Board and care homes
  • Memory care neighborhoods

College friends Tafa Jefferson and Chad Fotheringham founded AMADA Senior Care, formerly Amada Home Care, in 2007. The two met while studying business and playing football together at University of the Pacific. In 2008, they were founding members of the American Board of Home Care, a non-profit dedicated to educating the senior community and establishing standards in caregiving. Both Tafa and Chad stand an imposing 6’6”tall and are known by many in the home care industry as the Big Guys with Big Hearts.

AMADA’s mission is to improve the lives of all clients through daily focus on aspects of their wellbeing. AMADA caregivers not only provide assistance with activities of daily living, but also focus on the overall wellness and quality of life for each individual served. AMADA is enthusiastic about enriching the lives of our clients, their families and our caregivers through our culture of caring. Our personal care providers go above and beyond to make simple, arriving at your loved one’s home with a smile and a cheerful attitude. Our everyday tasks are special and our clients feel happier and healthier. AMADA will take care of all the details and bring you comfort, safety and peace of mind, and give you the ability to monitor daily activities and submit insurance claims easily online.

AMADA Senior Care has the experience to assist you. Our placement specialists are experts in researching the different types of senior housing options and helping families find the best fit for their situation. We help our clients achieve the best quality of life possible. We take the time to listen and learn about each client’s needs and prefer­ences, enabling us to serve each family we work with.

AMADA’s comprehensive evaluation process will help to determine which senior care option is right for your family’s needs and budget. Whether you need short-term recovery assistance or long term care, give us a call! Our senior con­sulting services are free to families in need of assistance.

Tafa Jefferson, CEO
Tafa began his career as a professional athlete playing for the Chicago Bears in the NFL. An ankle and shoulder injury forced his early retirement from the game and a rethink of his career. Tafa’s mother was a caregiver and encouraged her son to consider the senior care industry. Tafa remembered clearly the joy and satisfaction his mother gained from looking after seniors, despite the hard work that was also involved. In 1998, he started his first home care company and determined that he would never ask a caregiver to do anything he wouldn’t do himself. Tafa became a Certified Nursing Aide, taking care of patients with varying stages of dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

Soon, Tafa was employing more than 200 caregivers and he realized that this was the right path for him – he could make a meaningful difference in people’s lives. Tafa is a big-hearted, expansive visionary at the forefront of identifying solutions in the senior care industry. He applies all the skills he learned on the pro football field to life and business – teamwork, integrity and passionate commitment. Also a dedicated family man, he married his childhood sweetheart and is the father of four young children.

Chad Fotheringham, President
Before beginning his career, Chad spent two years in Ecuador where he became fluent in Spanish and discovered a deep satisfaction from helping others. Upon return to the US, Chad joined the pharmaceutical industry, which he chose because of its reputation for outstanding sales training.

Chad began with Eli Lilly in 1996 and then moved to Pfizer where he stayed for the next 10 years. Working first as a specialty sales representative in pediatrics and allergy, Chad then moved into Managed Care Consulting, which involved helping healthcare companies improve their plans and educating the public to take active steps to maintain wellness.

When Chad reconnected with Tafa, he was attracted to the service aspects of the senior care industry and could foresee the huge future demand created by the booming senior population. Chad is passionate about helping seniors and has a skill for simplifying and breaking down information so that both the family and senior alike can easily understand it.

Chad is married to his wife Nicole; they have 6 children and live in San Clemente.


Why Choose Amada?