Altavita | Formerly known as Air Force Village West

17050 Arnold Drive, Riverside, CA, 92518

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Reviews of Altavita | Formerly known as Air Force Village West

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Joseph120230650 February 22, 2016

I visited this facility

It used to be called Air Force Village West. It’s right on the edge of Riverside; so it’s called Altavita. It’s completely different, and I’ve not seen anything that comes close to what this particular facility is because it’s almost like a little town. They have homes on the streets, and the company maintains the entire outside. All of the yard work, and everything is maintained. They’ll come into your house if something is broken as well. They had units that went anywhere from 600 to 800 sq. ft. in an apartment building or the homes when you drive these different streets. They’ve got single units, duplexes, and something they call a cottage. It’s a beautiful place, but it’s pricey, too. I looked at a one-bedroom duplex with a fantastic view of Moreno valley, but they want $165,000 to move into the place, and you never get that money back. It’s like a donation for them to keep everything running. Then, when you transfer from independent-living to assisted-living, they move you out of that house into an apartment where you’re closer to the medical facilities. Then you lose your house, you’re in an apartment, and now the prices go up because obviously you’re having more individual care. Like I say, it’s a little community all to its own, they have aquatic things for you to do, and lots of activities. It’s very close to a golf course, you can go buy yourself a golf cart to run around with, and put your car in the garage. I don’t know if you’ve ever been on any military bases where they had military family housing, but that’s what it looks like.

Dutchman5830 December 28, 2015

I am/was a resident of this facility

I was taken by ambulance to AFVW skilled nursing from Kaiser Hospital in Riverside. I had a conditions known as Guiliaume.Barret syndrome, most of my muscles were useless. I couldn't walk, had to be lifted in a wheelchair out of my bed via a lift. My hands were numb from neuropathy and I lost control of my bodily functions. I am an 85 year old Korean War veteran and was healthy until I had a fall in my shower on October 28. I had walking pneumonia, had 4.5 liters fluid removed from my lungs. Had lung surgery, spinal taps, MRI's Cat Scans and in short, I was a mess. Rehab at AFVW started the day after arrival. The therapist explained that each exercise was designed to wake up my muscles and waking up they did. From helpless I walked out behind a rollator 3 1/2 weeks later on my way home to my wife. Even the rehab therapist called my rapid recovery a miracle. My neurologist had warned me that I might never walk again. Folks, I can never say enough about the dedicated staff at this facility, not just the rehab but also the nursing, the CNA's that had to shower me, the nurses that had to give me my medications, insulin shots, I needed a catheter, not wanting to give too much info, but I will never forget how I experienced my medical miracle. Johan V. O.

Caring105292650 April 19, 2015

I visited this facility

Air Force Village was an excellent community. What I like about most was the levels of care. They are able to care of administering the medication by injection and not all facilities offer that. For me I would always go somewhere that offers that for my parents as my parents are insulin dependent. Everyone was friendly, highly informative and very patient, and the people that were living there were really glad with the decision they made. For my later years, I would go there.

Edward18 August 30, 2014

I visited this facility

I visited Air Force Village and it wasn’t quite what we expected, although it looked like it was a nice place, but it was expensive. You have to buy one of their homes and that wasn’t too good, although that’s opened up for all people now. It used to be strictly for military officers. The staff was very friendly.

Caring63330750 February 01, 2014

I am a friend or relative of a resident

My parents lived in assisted living at Air Force Village West, but when my father died, my mother just went right into the next phase. She has Alzheimer's. She has a private room and it's fine. Everything is good. The food is very good. For me, the best thing about this place is that my mom is familiar with this community because she has lived in their assisted living.

PayingAttention December 14, 2013

I am a friend or relative of resident

My father has lived in the independent living section of AFVW for the past year and a half. And boy do I mean, "LIVED." Dad he should have moved there 10 years ago. However, as a regular visitor, I am also a big fan of my friends who now live in assisted living. Mostly because the people in independent living continue to include them in their activities. Assisted living means just that. Assistance; just as needed. Those in assisted living remain involved in daily life. Separately, was amazed to discover although AFVW has both on-site medical offices for doctor visits....the doctor as well as the x-ray machine, makes house calls! Yes, in the independent living section. Don't feel like going out for medicine? No problem. Medication, just like pizza, is delivered. Last, the people are great and highly involved in the management. This strikes me as the key difference between communities that are run for-profit by professional management teams, and those that are run by non-profits. It strikes me when residents are involved in the executive decision making process, this makes for a better experience.

Nancy66920150 August 15, 2013

I visited this facility

Air Force Village West was a much larger and a much older community. The homes were beautiful. The landscaping was excellent. We easily found a couple of houses that we would be comfortable in, but the houses were occupied and we were on the waiting list. They had lots of activities. Everybody was fairly nice and the food was excellent.

Lyle1 January 08, 2013

I am/was a resident of this facility

My dad was here twice. I thought they did ok but my dad thought otherwise. I guess it's because he didn't like rehabs. They were very attentive. The place is clean. The had a large room there and he shared with someone. Airforce Village is a nice facility. The staff are very good. I think that there's still room for improvement too. I didn't like the way they were doing the administrative work specifically the accounting portion of it. I had some problems with the billing. I don't know if it's a government thing or medicare versus my dad's secondary insurance. They didn't help me with it and that was the thing.

BUFF pilot September 06, 2012

I am/was a resident of this facility

My wife and I have been residents for 15 months. We both are total supporters and advocates of this high quality CCRC. We live in an independent living unit of nearly 2400 sq. ft., find the staff to be devoted and attentive, the meals of excellent quality and quantity, the activities to be varied and many, and the other residents to be exceptionally friendly. We have no regrets about our decision to move here!

jdavisd August 28, 2012

I am a friend or relative of a resident

Nursing staff was horrible. Left an indwelling catheter in too long causing a UTI. Didn't manage constipation, continued feeding patient cheese with nearly every meal, causing a bowel obstruction. Both problems caused my husband to be transferred back to the hospital.

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Altavita formerly known as Air Force Village West is a continuing care retirement community located in Riverside, CA. Continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) are an option for currently healthy people who want to secure their health care throughout the aging process.

The main distinguishing factor of CCRCs, like Altavita formerly known as Air Force Village West, is that with admittance the resident is guaranteed healthcare throughout their life. CCRCs vary in design and have multiple housing options that can include apartments, duplexes, or even single-family homes. They normally offer a sense of community as residents participate in actives and social events together.

CCRC residents typically pay monthly fees and gain entrance to the community by paying a buy-in fee.

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