We are Local Consultants assisting Local Families!

Luciana Mitzkun is a Senior Consultant specialized in memory care. With a strong passion for patients’ rights, her work encompasses three decades of helping Santa Barbara caregivers develop strategies to support patient care, promote safety, and achieve their overall caregiving goals.

Through her previous work as the family consultant of the Alzheimer’s Association in Santa Barbara County, Luciana has helped thousands of families in care-planning and connecting with multiple care disciplines. It was during those years that her collaboration with Larissa Murchison flourished, as Luciana often sought of and counted on Larissa’s knowledge and skills for finding the best care for her clients. The two professionals share the same values in fighting for the best interest of their clients with integrity and careful attention to their individual needs.

Now as the new owner of HOME CHOICES for Mom and Dad, Luciana is deeply honored by Larissa’s trust in her commitment to our clients and her knowledge in senior care.

The writer of numerous published articles on senior care, Luciana also wrote Ahead of Dementia, her popular book bringing awareness of the challenges and difficult decisions that lie ahead for those caring for loved ones with dementia.

Luciana is a California Licensed RCFE Administrator who also serves as the Community Services Director of Villa Alamar, a model Memory Care Community. A big supporter of the Alzheimer’s Association, Luciana continuously volunteers in their public education programs throughout Santa Barbara County.

Our professional experience and knowledge of Title 22 Regulations help us in evaluating RCFEs to ensure the safety, the quality of care, and the comfort of our clients.

HOME CHOICES for Mom and Dad was founded in 2006 by Dr. Larissa Murchison, LVN. With her personable approach and profound knowledge of the governing regulations and best practices in senior care, Larissa has helped countless families attain quality care in our community.

Through the years, Larissa has gained recognition for the quality of her work and her tireless efforts in connecting families with the best care available for their particular needs. Our local doctors and home administrators trust her thorough assessments, which include the social, medical, and personal needs of our clients.

A referral from HOME CHOICES for Mom and Dad is largely regarded as a solid first step for a successful placement in Santa Barbara County.

Larissa Murchison is a Doctor of Education, a California Licensed RCFE Administrator, and a Licensed Vocational Nurse, specialized in senior care. Larissa has founded and personally administered two highly successful RCFEs in Santa Barbara for over 20 years. She has also generously extended her expertise to several of her peers, advising and coaching them in the planning, licensing, opening, and implementation of their own facilities. Her knowledge in this area is unmatched.


I could not be more grateful to Larissa for helping me to find the best Board & Care Home for my mother. Larissa cared about my Mom’s quality of life in her new home as if she were her own family member. 
She provided me with a lot of support and reassurance and was always a smiling face when we were together.
A big thank you for your caring heart!
– Rebecca P.