When we moved my mother from Arizona to Oakland so that she could be closer to us, we looked at numerous continuing care communities in the Bay Area before deciding on St. Paul's. However, while we weighed all of my mother's options carefully (I actually created a grid rating each one in numerous areas), my sister and I knew the moment we walked in that this was the place we hoped she would select - and she did! The difference in the energy and alertness levels of residents was immediately apparent - even people using walkers and wheelchairs were energetic, welcoming, and "present." If you can afford to live here, we would say go for it! Not only was the staff always kind, polite, and attentive, the St. Paul's Towers structure is one that encourages social interaction and engagement - residents have a say in running the facility, the number and quality of political, social, and cultural events and exercise classes had no rivals, and the food was fantastic for institutional food (we ate there with our mom regularly) - an important consideration for our mom (plus, even during her last year, when she was less active, it was within easy walking distance of Whole Foods).
After our stepfather died (Alzheimer's) and my mom's friends had begun to move away from Prescott, AZ in order to be closer to their own children, she has started to become isolated and we had begun to see a decline in her mental acuity. However, she developed some close friendships while at St. Paul's (again, activities and resident requirements all are conducive to building relationships), and she had become herself again within 6 months of moving there. We credit St. Paul's with extending her life.
My mother lived at St, Paul's for a little over 6 years, and was very healthy until the last 6 months before she died. She received excellent care during her short stints in the onsite nursing facility, where we and her new friends were able to visit regularly). During this last period, she was in and out of the hospital frequently - we repeatedly were told by the doctors who cared for her that they hoped to retire to St. Paul's because they saw such a difference between the folks who lived there and those who lived in other facilities. When she passed, about 6 months ago, staff was very kind to us and helped us to plan and execute a beautiful memorial service onsite so that the wonderful people with whom she spent her last years could easily attend.