From the Provider
Residents live in private, spacious apartments on a monthly rental basis. Fine dining with 3 kosher meals per day is included with housekeeping, linen service, and transportation. We are known for our full range of activities for intellectual stimulation, socialization and cultural interests. Amenities include a cafÃ©, hair salon, gym, underground parking, and beautiful patios. Our Health Services Program emphasizes individuality and wellness with personalized levels of care.
At the Rhoda Goldman Plaza Terrace, residents with mild, moderate, or advanced stages of dementia or memory impairment reside in a nurturing, home-like, secured atmosphere. A full range of specialized activities offers cognitive stimulation and socialization for wellness and enjoyment. Our customized personal care programs foster independence while ensuring maximum safety and comfort from our experienced, compassionate staff. Fine dining, housekeeping, personal care and medication management are included. We accept ambulatory and non-ambulatory residents. All apartments are private.
Kitchenette, Temperature Control, Emergency Call System
Activities/Recreation, Beauty/Barber Shop, Chapel Services, Internet Access, Private Dining Room, Fitness Room/Gym, Gardens/Outside Patio, Facility Parking, Private Laundry, 24 hour security at Gate, Guest Meals, Room Service
Reviews of Rhoda Goldman Plaza
Average Rating: based on 9 Reviews
I visited this facility
This hotel is the place to stay if you are getting a good room price with benefits.Everyone on staff is very professional, helpful & personable.Stayed here for three nights right after Thanksgiving.Try the restaurant, the food and service are excellent. We've had brunch and several dinners and not been disappointed. We were happy to be in the city and happy to have a very comfortable, even luxurious, hotel and room to retreat to in order to charge our batteries for more stimulation and excitement. Daily activities, movies, classes and even an old guy who comes a few times a month to play old Jewish sounding folk songs on the accordion! The Sunday brunch here is damn good for the price. Free! Well free if your loved one resides here and decides to take you out to brunch. You can get a fat plate of lox with capers and onions on a bagel, potato pancakes, endless fresh juice, hearty chicken or matzah ball soup, blintzes and many other classic kosher treats. Best part is, there's no limit to how much you can order. So every time I've been, my grandma insists that I order three or four items and then she makes me eat hers as well. Rhoda Goldman Plaza is more than clean , it is downright swank, and probably a pretty super-hygenic place, which is important for infection control.
I visited this facility
Rhoda Goldman Plaza is the place for you if you are looking for a something where you could be independent but sometimes needs assistance and if you want to be involved and enjoys socializing with people. They have a lot of fun and entertaining activities here for you.
I am a friend or relative of a resident
Rhoda Goldman Plaza is better then what you see depicted in movies. My grandparents live their now and they tell me it's not oppressing at all. In fact it has a whole lot of amenities. If I could eat the same meals they eat. The food there is nice and you get 3 meals a day. There are many activities; my grandma told me stories about some musician that comes by every month. It seems really nice. The people their seem to be a bit off. They'll certainly convey the message that you're a pain to them. They do have quite a lot of excuses for not doing simple things. One thing to know about this place is that it's centered on the Jewish faith. If you're not Jewish, you would probably get 1 or 2 conversations about you. The bottom line is, if you can't find a good place you should go to Rhoda Goldman Plaza, else the rates are too high for how some of the staff treat you.
I am a friend or relative of resident
I have a friend at Rhoda Goldman, and I've visited it many times and referred clients there. Overall I give it very high marks for assisted living--but the dementia care isn't as responsive as it should be.
It's in the Western Addition area of San Francisco, and there's great access by car, walking, and public transportation. Parking on the street during business hours can be problematic, but they do have a parking garage. The neighborhood is mixed use--residential and commercial.
Rhoda Goldman is across the street from the public library and close to UCSF Medical Center and Kaiser.
The facility itself has a luxury hotel feel to it, with original art work on the walls, tasteful appointments throughout. It's really 5 stars. But the monthly fees are higher, too, to go along with that.
The staff is very, very good. Excellent. They have RNs on duty all the time.
The food is also 5 stars. You can't find better food in any assisted living facility. This is gourmet cooking--kosher for those who prefer it. They have high-quality chefs, use organic ingredients. They have a whole foods mindset.
They also offer a full complement of activities, including a van for outings to the museums, theater day (to a show or symphony or ballet).
I give the assisted living facility 5 stars, the dementia care 4 stars.
I visited this facility
I've both visited Rhoda Goldman and referred 5 families there--and I think the care is excellent. It's 24-hour care by well trained staff who are very intuitive to the needs of residents.
It's a Jewish environment, but not everyone is Jewish. And the facility is very nice. Private apartments, big rooms, all private. They have 5 floor plans to choose from, and they cater to all levels of need. All the apartments come with roomy walk-in, wheel-chair accessible closets, too. And they provide weekly housekeeping and linen care.
The location is great, in the heart of San Francisco, with easy access to public transportation. The one downside is that there's not much outside space right around the facility--just a small courtyard. Most of the activities are inside: a library, daily exercise, nutrition classes, trivia, game rooms. They have an entertainment coordinator, too, for things like music.
One big plus is the food. They have a licensed chef and excellent culinary staff. And they have both a private restaurant and a more informal cafe, where residents can get light snacks and coffee.
This facility has both assisted living and memory care.
The care in assisted living is fantastic. The staff show a real concern for all the residents, and seem to go out of their ways to learn a few personal things about them all and to make them feel comfortable and welcome.
There are lots of activities provided; residents can stay engrossed and busy all day longâ€”which is especially good for residents who are sociable. Residents are also encouraged to interact with one another, which is different and much better than many facilities I've seen. There are frequent field trips to nearby attractions and social activities.
The residents do complain about the food, but I am not sure that criticism is well-founded, since many of them admit they haven't found any type of food that satisfies them anywhere.
The rooms are all quite comfortable and well-maintained; the one-bedrooms are quite spacious for one personâ€”and the location of the facility, near to shopping, grocery stores and easy public transportationâ€”is ideal.
If I had to rate the facility and care for the assisted living portion alone, the place would definitely get 5 stars. It almost feels like living in a 5-star hotel.
However, there was one problematic policy that has left us feeling unhappy with Rhoda Goldman: With very little discussion beforehand, the management decided to move my relative to the memory care unit. While she had been showing some signs of confusion, she was still very social and valued the friendships and camaraderie of the people in independent living.
There is a strict policy against leaving the memory care portion of the facility, so my relative now feels lonely and stranded there, as if she didn't belong. She hates her freedom being taken away, as the policies in memory care are very strict for every residentâ€”barring them from moving about freely or having drinking water in their rooms. It seems as if concerns about â€œsafetyâ€ are more important than matching the care needed to the individual.
The family members felt we were not adequately consulted about the move to memory care, or informed about the reasoning behind itâ€”just given an ultimatum that we either had to pay an additional $6,000 to $8,000 a month for a fulltime aide, or she would be moved.
I've been involved in the admissions process for new residents here a number of times. It's in a great location, just north of Geary on Post in lower Pacific Heightsâ€”five minutes from everything. Parking is easy, too. And even though it was created by and for a Jewish population, they do have a diverse resident population. It's one of the first places I'd consider if I was looking for assisted living in the city.
Their programming is really good. They have a grief group, lectures, all kinds of compelling and interesting things to do that appeal to a robust , accomplished community of residents. There are a lot of smart people there. It's a sophisticated group, but they're not snotty or intimidating.
Their food is excellent. It's the only truly delicious assisted living food I've ever eaten. It's â€˜could this possibly be assisted living facility food?' good, and it's a big focus for people.
The one downside is the sometimes inflexible management. They sometimes forget they should be accommodating the residents, not the other way around. But to their credit, they do offer a forum for feedback. Residents there consistently give it high marks.
It's best for more fully functioning residents looking for a little help. As is often the case with dementia units, people are mostly quite impaired. They have some lovely accommodations in the memory unit so residents can still carve out an oasis and surround themselves with things and memories that can bring comfort.
I have been happily living at Rhoda Goldman for over a year. This place markets itself on providing â€œelegant assisted livingâ€â€”and it delivers. Walls in the common areas are hung with original art and prints and the common areas are tastefully appointed and kept immaculately clean, so I'm always comfortable and proud to have friends and family visit.
Additional pluses include: --Scheduled activities. Within the facility, there are daily movies, exercise classes with DVDs and live instructors, bridge groups and some unexpected pluses such as lectures about world events and from museum docents describing current exhibits. There is also transportation provided to events in the communityâ€”including the symphony and museums.
--Food. The food is excellent and variedâ€”with much of the baking and treats such as candy made onsite. There's a cafÃ© onsite in addition to the dining room, in case I miss the regularly scheduled meals.
--Amenities. Daily trash and bed-making services and weekly cleaning make life more pleasant and eases upkeep. There are also book collections to borrow from on every floor.
--Location. It's on flat ground in San Francisco, which is a plusâ€”and close to restaurants, shops and a drugstore. It's also right across the street from a public library, which offers many programs for seniors. And buses and cabs are plentiful in the area.
Possible drawbacks are: --No continuum of care. While there are nurses' aides onsite, there is no additional medical care offered as part of living in the complex. --Cost. While most facilities in this part of town are on the expensive side, this one is among the most expensive I've seenâ€”ranging from about $6,000 a month for a studio to $8,500 for a small two-bedroom. There are four additional levels of careâ€”help with meals, bathroom assistance, getting around and managing mealsâ€”and each one of those levels is an additional $475 per month, so it can add up in a hurry if you need more help.
Best for: Someone who is independent, mobile and in relatively good health. There is also a memory care unit, which provides residents with peace of mind that they won't need to move again if they need that type of care.
Visited this facility
This place has one of the advantages of being in Downtown San Francisco, which made it easier for my friends family to visit their dad very often. This place is much more expensive than other places but you get better facilities here compared to other assisted living facilities in the same area.
During my visit to this place, what intrigued me was the fact that they have a full service saloon providing hair cut facilities for both men and women. Since my friends family was Jewish, and Kosher food was one of their preference, this was the best option available to them . The food is pretty delicious and their Sunday brunch is worth giving a try for with unlimited food offering. There are some downsides too.The communication between the people working there and the seniors seems to be very limited. This might be because of the scarcity of the staff there. I guess with an increase in the staff , the place would be great fun to live for older people