Fremont Retirement Community - Happy Living by Cogir

Offers Assisted Living and Independent Living

27 Reviews
2860 Country Drive, Fremont, CA 94536
Call (800) 385-2527
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Assisted Living Reviews for Fremont Retirement Community - Happy Living by Cogir

May 10, 2016

By Anne116803650

I am a friend or relative of a resident

My mother-in-law has already found Brookdale Freemont, and she’s very happy there. They got the best pricing. The people are very nice, and the atmosphere is good. There’s no complaint. Everything is good. It’s very clean, a little older, average; so for the overall, this is the best combination. They have very good activities. A lot of exercise programs, social programs, movies, and entertainment. It’s just that the place is a little dated, which is fine for the price you pay. Otherwise, it’s clean and nice, and of course affordable.

April 13, 2016

By Kathryn15

I am a friend or relative of a resident

My mother is happy at Brookdale Fremont. They are all very polite, knowledgeable and very helpful. The food is delicious. The apartment is not large, but it’s big enough for two people. We like everything about it. It has lots of activities and buses that would take the seniors out four days a week. They have a salon, a gardening place for a few people, and a library. I think they use their library for theater nights. They have all kinds of activities as far as exercise and watercolor painting. My mother goes to exercise every day. They have meetings for new people so they could be acquainted. Once a month, they have a birthday day.

February 29, 2016

By Daniel M

I visited this facility

I like Brookdale Fremont; it is a good facility. I like that it is a small and comfortable place which means less residents. I also like the people that I talked to at this facility. I like the fact that they will take care of reordering materials for Dad’s medications on a regular basis.

December 29, 2015

By DH4

I visited this facility

Brookdale Fremont seems kind of run down, old and not well kept up. The staff was friendly, but they did not show us the assisted living, just senior living where you basically have your own apartment, and you just have community meals together. That’s not what I was looking for. I do not know why they did not show us the assisted living facility part. The apartment had electronic monitoring in the bathroom in which you pull a cord for help, and everybody has a pendant to wear. The person giving me the tour did not show me the process fo helping with medications and bathing and stuff like that. Based on what I saw in apartment living, I was not interested to go look further there. I was not impressed, though the apartment was large and had a kitchen. Our first impression of their front desk staff was that they are not very helpful nor very personable.
Provider Response

We apologize that your tour of Brookdale Fremont did not meet all of your expectations. Our goal is to help individuals and families find customized senior living solutions, and we are very sorry if you felt disappointed during your visit. We would like very much for you to give us another opportunity to assist you and hope you will call us at 877-400-5296.

October 29, 2015

By Anonymous114842950

I visited this facility

I liked the openness, the light that came in from the hallway, and the pictures on the walls at Brookdale Freemont. It was bright and very friendly. The staff was good and very nice. The food wasn’t great but good. Everything was pretty nice, except they have a problem with the rooms: they’re not really that easy to access by wheelchair. The square footage was more the size of a hotel room. For two people, my wife and myself, one bathroom and a small bedroom is going be hard to be really accommodating.

October 27, 2015

By Carmen W

I visited this facility

I didn't like Brookdale Fremont (formerly Emeritus at Fremont) that much because they didn't have covered parking, and it was also very limited; not everybody is assigned a space. Anybody can also walk in there freely. You do have to sign in what time you came in and whom you're visiting, but they're not secure. If somebody is not at the desk, you can just walk right in. The place and the floor carpeting were older. The rooms were smaller, and their porch was also very small. My friend that lives there has a porch, and she has a row of plants but not enough room for a chair to sit comfortably. If she didn't have plants, she can fit a smaller-sized chair or a little bench. It overlooked a courtyard, which was nice. It is month-to-month rental, which is good because you don't have to commit yourself to that length of time, and when you leave, you can get your money back. The rate was also lower, which included three meals, but you had to share the washer and dryer with other people that live there. The food was also very good.

June 22, 2015

By Chris106029950

I am a friend or relative of a resident

My mom is happy with Brookdale Fremont. The staff is excellent. The apartment is comfortable and adequate. It is clean. They did some modifications to the cabinets upon her request and replaced the carpets quickly. They are very responsive.

March 27, 2015

By Caring103344350

I am a friend or relative of a resident

Brookdale Fremont is excellent. The rooms are spacious, and the apartments are well appointed. They're a little rundown, but they are constantly upgrading the carpeting and the painting. Activities are varied and age appropriate. My husband participates in about 25% of the activities. It's been 0% before this, so it's a huge improvement.

January 13, 2015

By Caring100872650

I visited this facility

I liked Emeritus at Fremont because they had patios. Their rooms were nice and large. The garden was very pretty. The dining area and the food were very nice. Everyone was very nice and informative. It had a very attractive entry hall. I had a dog, and they allowed dogs. I would recommend it.

September 27, 2014

By Tamarah

I visited this facility

Emeritus was clean and they were more active with more residents. I liked it. There’s nothing wrong with it, but it’s just not the right place for my mother. There were more independent people there. They have enough space, people can cook on their own if they wanted to or dine in the dining room. It looked like a restaurant to me. It was a very nice place. The staff was very nice and answered all the questions that I had.

June 30, 2014

By Caring87058550

I visited this facility

Emeritus at Fremont is a beautiful facility. We had been invited back to participate in their water aerobics class so that my mother could see how the classes went. It seems like they really have a very full schedule of activities. We did eat lunch there and it was delicious. We looked at a room and it was nice. The staff were all very positive, polite, and nice. The residents seemed to be enjoying themselves. They have vans that take people in.

March 27, 2014

By Jessica17

I visited this facility

I found Emeritus to be a delightful location. I liked that it was in Fremont, and it was located in a very central area. It was very close to shopping, public transportation, parks, and recreation. It was far less expensive than the other places I've checked out. They don't have a buy-in; they just had a monthly fee. They offer independent, assisted, and full care, but you had to go in independently and not assisted living initially. The staff was really helpful and went out of their way to let me ask questions. They were very polite, and they seemed to care. They allowed me to share a lunch with them. The supply three meals a day, and the food was in small portions but tasty. They have a menu that they post for the month, and they also have a salad bar. They had studio, one, and two-bedrooms. All the rooms had balconies, which was a nice touch, with a refrigerator, burner, and string that you could pull to call for help. They had a heater and air-conditioner. They had activities, and when I was there, they were doing a form of tai chi. They had trips all the time too, going everywhere. They had free trips locally like to museums and parks. They had trips to gambling places, to San Francisco, and to other countries. They also took them shopping two times a week. They had an indoor pool, which was nice, but it would be better if it were bigger.
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Independent Living Reviews for Fremont Retirement Community - Happy Living by Cogir

January 29, 2015

By Caring101419650

I am a friend or relative of a resident

Everybody here at Emeritus at Fremont is very friendly. They are doing some remodeling so it’s clean, and the pet arrangement there is very nice. The room works just fine for my mother. I think the facility is fabulous.

November 23, 2014

By Caring96079850

I visited this facility

Emeritus was a little rundown. It was very clean, it just needed to be painted and needed to be remodeled,but that’s what they are doing now. The atmosphere is very active, and people seemed very happy. It seemed like a really nice friendly place. It has a one bedroom and a studio. They were great, and when I was there they were going to the Oakland Museum. There were a lot of people, so they got them a bus, and everyone was very excited to go. The residents seemed very active and happy. The staff was very nice and very informative, and it was probably the best one I have seen. I was actually very positive, and if they do the remodel I would definitely rate it a 5 stars. At the time I went, it was a little rundown. Everything was great except for just being a little rundown. I had a very positive impression. The food looks fine; it’s not kind the of food I would like to eat, but my father would have loved the food there.

November 26, 2013

By Caring73362250

I visited this facility

I like Merrill Gardens. The place was nice and clean. Their room sizes were pretty good for the price compared to other places. I had lunch there and the food was very good. The people there were friendly and nice. The staff was very nice and friendly as well. They gave me a list of all kinds of activities that they have there. They could take their residents shopping, to doctor's appointments, field trips, etc., just like all the other places. What I like best about this facility was their rooms, their staff and their food. I would recommend this place.

October 11, 2013

By Doug8

I visited this facility

Merrill Gardens at Fremont (Emeritus) was a really nice place. It was very active and had a lot of things for people to do. They had movie times and exercise dates. Everybody was fine and I had no problem with anything there. It was very clean. Everything was put in its place. Nothing was scattered around. The people there were very nice to me.

September 28, 2013

By Rebecca20

I am a friend or relative of a resident

My mom is living in her own little apartment in Merrill Gardens (Emeritus). It is a very nice-looking place. It doesn't feel like a facility at all. It just feels really like a 55 and older apartment community. They have activities for their residents. They have bingo, all kinds of card games, water aerobics, etc. They have entertainments where somebody would come in and play the piano. They have a cocktail hour once a month and activities outside that residents can sign up. They periodically go out to a restaurant together. Food is mediocre though I know my mom would prefer to eat out. Overall, my mom likes it there. I like best that she is not alone in an individual apartment somewhere without anybody knowing who she is or where she has been. If she doesn't show up, somebody would look for her, etc. For instance, at this moment, she is not in the facility. She has been hospitalized and is in a rehab right now. When I go to Merrill Gardens, somebody always asks me about her, "How's your mom?" and I like that. I like that she is part of a community and there are people wanting to know how she is. This place is very expensive for a one-bedroom apartment and the food and activities don't warrant that. Also they could do better if they have more security especially at night. I wish they could be more economically reasonable and that they could improve on the food they serve. However, my mother is comfortable there. She is with other people her age and she is happy there.

October 31, 2011

By squall.6710

I visited this facility

If you want your love ones to be independent, this is the best place to take them. Merrill Gardens promotes independent living to it's residents to make them feel that they can do whatever they want to do and that they can still live their life on how they want it to be. They make their residents feel free and happy.

June 24, 2011

By SalvBleak

I am a friend or relative of resident

It seemed like a very nice place compared to some others. The facility was is decent shape. The staff seemed like they really cared for the people that live there. They also seemed like they had plenty of entertainment for the seniors there. One of the things I was displeased by was the food because it tasted very bland. It wasn't very good and the cafeteria staff didn't seem to be very friendly. The room where my grandfather is staying looked no different than a hotel room. I also liked the fact that they had various games for the residents throughout the week.
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Questions about Fremont Retirement Community - Happy Living by Cogir

Describe the overall population of assisted living residents at Fremont Retirement Community - Happy Living by Cogir. What is their average age? What are their favorite things to do?

40 AL apartments. Our average age in AL is 89.

What programs or activities does Fremont Retirement Community - Happy Living by Cogir offer to enrich residents' well-being?

We offer over 200 different activities each month. Instructor led exercise classes, art classes, lectures, movies, bingo, bunco, church services, live music, etc

What places are near Fremont Retirement Community - Happy Living by Cogir or within walking distance for assisted living residents to enjoy?

We are located within a neighborhood close to shopping, hospitals and restaurants

What transportation services does Fremont Retirement Community - Happy Living by Cogir offer to assisted living residents?

We have scheduled transportation service 5 days a week to local venues and a church shuttle on Sundays.

What makes the chef or dining program at Fremont Retirement Community - Happy Living by Cogir exceptional? What kind of menu can assisted living residents expect?

We offer restaurant style dining from 7am to 7pm daily. A wide variety of menu choices every day including 2 kinds of soup and a salad bar that changes daily. Pureed foods are available when physician prescribed.

What safety features or security measures does Fremont Retirement Community - Happy Living by Cogir offer to assisted living residents?

24/7 onsite staffing. Morning check-in system. Optional pendants.

How does Fremont Retirement Community - Happy Living by Cogir keep residents' families informed about their loved ones?

Through website and facebook.

What is the care staff-to-resident ratio at Fremont Retirement Community - Happy Living by Cogir during daytime and nighttime hours?

The care staff-to-resident ratio is based on occupancy and needs. There is always a med tech and care provider onsite.

If Fremont Retirement Community - Happy Living by Cogir accepts dogs or cats, what indoor/outdoor areas can they enjoy?

Dogs and cats under 25 pounds are allowed. There is a designated dog walking area.

Describe the overall population of independent living residents at Fremont Retirement Community - Happy Living by Cogir. What is their average age? What are their favorite things to do?

There are 163 IL apartments. The average age is 85. They enjoy exercise, crafts, and dining.

What places are nearby for independent living residents to enjoy?

Local parks, symphony, and shopping.

What transportation services does Fremont Retirement Community - Happy Living by Cogir offer to independent living residents?

Shuttle service 5 days a week - departs community at 9:30 am and 1:30 pm Church shuttle on Sundays

What makes the chef or dining program at Fremont Retirement Community - Happy Living by Cogir exceptional? What kind of menu can independent living residents expect?

Dining room open from 7 am to 7 pm. Room service available Wide variety of menu choices - menu chats with chef each week.

What common areas are available for independent living residents?

The common areas available are garden area, library, media room, and penthouse.

What safety features or security measures does Fremont Retirement Community - Happy Living by Cogir offer to independent living residents?

24/7 onsite staffing and morning check in.

If Fremont Retirement Community - Happy Living by Cogir accepts dogs or cats, what indoor/outdoor areas can they enjoy?

Dogs and cats accepted up to 25 pounds. Dog walking area.

Does Fremont Retirement Community - Happy Living by Cogir work with an agency or registry to provide nursing and medical assistance as needed?

Residents are welcome to hire outside help as needed.

What safety features or security measures does Fremont Retirement Community - Happy Living by Cogir provide to protect residents who wander?

We are not a "secured community". Our AL program does not allow for residents with a dementia diagnosis.

Costs for Fremont Retirement Community - Happy Living by Cogir

Cost of Assisted Living

$ 1,234

Starting Price

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Cost of Independent Living

$ 1,234

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Services and Amenities of Fremont Retirement Community - Happy Living by Cogir

Costs

  • Rent Plus Care Fees
  • Entry Fee
  • Assisted Living Starting At: $4195/month
  • Independent Living Starting At: $3465/month

Room and housing options

  • 1-bedroom apartments
  • 2-bedroom apartments
  • Studio Apartments

General

  • Resident Capacity: 203
  • Minimum Age: 60
  • Pets: Small Pets Allowed

Licenses

  • State Licenses: 019200848

About Fremont Retirement Community - Happy Living by Cogir

Wonderfully located in the Southeast Bay Area, Fremont Retirement Community offers Independent and Assisted Living options - both with impeccable attention to care and comfort for all residents. Regardless of lifestyle, residents enjoy our premium amenities, professional care services, and well-curated activities and outings.

As with all Happy Living by COGIR communities, delicious high-quality meals are served throughout the day and attentive staff is ready with a smile for any need.

Why choose Fremont Retirement Community:

  • All-day restaurant-style dining
  • Chef-prepared, Nutritionist-approved menu
  • Transportation for outings and medical visits
  • Daily events and activities for fun and learning
  • Indoor exercise pool
  • Hair and beauty salon
  • Parking
  • Activity room
  • Library
  • Lounge with fireplace
  • Courtyard and walking paths
  • Piano
  • Complete WIFI coverage in common areas
  • On-Site Nursing
  • Emergency Response System throughout property
  • Pet Friendly

What Makes Us Special

Fremont Retirement Community has easy access to events and cultural activities in San Francisco. The theatre, orchestra, museums, or sporting events are only a quick ride away with Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART).


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