The Montera

Offers Assisted Living, Independent Living, and Memory Care

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5740 Lake Murray Blvd, La Mesa, CA 91942
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Assisted Living Reviews for The Montera

December 21, 2020

By Cheryl

I visited this facility

I looked at The Montera. I thought it was really nice, it looked clean, very inviting, and the customer service was great. Mercedes, the director of sales is absolutely amazing. I was impressed with what they offered, from an exercise class, to arts and crafts, to church services, and bingo. The dining area looked nice and easily accessible.

March 24, 2020


I visited this facility

The Montera has been recently renovated. It's modernized and lovely. Their apartments are more than satisfactory. They are large and well kept. They have a very nice restaurant, too. The place is well located, warm, inviting and upgrading.

January 01, 2020

By D.C.

I visited this facility

We thought the Montera was very nice. The people seemed to enjoy it there, but there was no garage for cars. They showed us the 1-bedroom, with a kitchen, but it was small, and it was not up to the standard that we've seen before. The staff was very nice.

Provider Response

Thank you for touring The Montera. We're so pleased to hear that you found our community inviting, our team members nice, and our residents engaged and happy. As you explore your options, please don't hesitate to be in touch should you have any questions that we answer.

August 24, 2019

By Mark

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

My mother is at The Montera. The care is very good and she really likes it. They bring her food when she doesn't feel like being wheelchaired down to the dining room. All the people are very friendly. It seems like a very nice place. The staff is very good.The food is very good, and Mom raves about it. They're renovating some of the facility. It has waterfalls, nice trees, the grounds are very nice, and the rooms are well kept. They have a lot of activities. You get more for your money than many other places.

Provider Response

We're so pleased to hear how much your mother enjoys living at The Montera. We're grateful to know that the warm, inviting environment, friendly residents and staff, delicious dining program and beautiful grounds have made an impact. Thank you for choosing The Montera, it's our pleasure to be of service to you and your mom.

May 13, 2018

By Connie

I visited this facility

The Montera would have been a wonderful facility, but Dad needed more care than what they offered. They were very upfront about that, the manager was very good at explaining things, and he was very nice. It was very bright, very cheerful, and had nice music going. It looked like they had a lot of activities set up.

November 04, 2017

By Fishinggirl

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

My Mother has been here for over 5 years. The fact she is still there says something but a lot of that is because of location to my sister and I. As my mothers needs have increased I just want to warn that you have to stay on top of staff and "be the squeeckie wheel". We pay for helper to come in with my mom M-F so she is always changed and dry then but the last several weekends I have gone it to find my mother soaked because no one has checked on her all day. After going ballistic after this happening several weekends in a row it seems to have improved. Staff turn over is a problem and I do believe they want to do a good job but something gets lost in communication. Lastest issue is bill. We have asked numerous times that it be mailed to my sister who pays moms bills now since she can no longer manage that. Seems like a simple enough request and yet it's still in my moms mailbox each month. That last act is what actually prompted me to write a review. It just can't be that hard to do the job we pay for. As I said, staff is very nice, facility is very clean, food is good, activities wonderful, if they could connect all the dots and consistently do what is asked, paid for and expected it would be great. I want to repeat, I completely believe they want to do a good job but you have to stay on top of them and really getting mad and finally yelling at them seems to be the only way to drive point home and get things changed.

September 17, 2017

By Diane

I visited this facility

The Montera is in the process of updating their facility, so there's quite a bit if construction going on. What they are building, and what they're remodeling, is really nice. In the long run, it's going to be great. They don't have a separate building for assisted living, and you pay for the services that you need. Their rooms are typical, rectangular, studio-type apartments. The rooms were farther away from the dining rooms than I would have liked.

April 18, 2017

By Dawn612632

I visited this facility

I was very impressed with Oakdale of La Mesa. The only reason why I didn’t put my mom there is because if she was to go from assisted living to a nursing home, I would have to move her because they didn’t have a facility for that. They had wonderful grounds and a lot of activities going on for everybody. They seemed to be very knowledgeable, which helped me a lot. The residents all seemed very happy. They have totally remodeled everything and improved the surroundings for their residents. The new computer room, the library, the dining area, and everything were beautiful.

March 03, 2017


I visited this facility

I visited Oakdale when they were going through a major renovation, but otherwise, it seemed very nice. The location was very convenient, and the price was competitive. The staff we met was very nice. The dining area was nice, but it was a temporary dining area. My only concern was that the association fee was very high.

November 29, 2016

By Ana177488

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

My sister has only been at Oakdale of La Mesa for a short time, but what I saw I really like. My sister needed to be in a memory unit. She has been taken care of there. They come over and take her to lunch and breakfast. It’s quite a large place, so she’s a little confused. Overall, it is very clean and very nice with very nice people. They have a lot of activities, and that was one thing my sister was lacking. They have activities for her to do. They go on field trips like little outings, and that’s a good thing to do. That’s what I was looking for.

November 01, 2016

By Jack844883

I am/was a resident of this facility

I visited Oakdale 2 months ago; the food was alright in the upper area where you could go to dinner. However, my grandmother was in the assisted living area, and the food there didn’t look quite as appetizing, but I didn’t taste it. The room was pretty nice and big, and it was pretty easy to get around.

September 11, 2016

By DeniseinFlorida

I am a friend or relative of a resident

Oakdale was OK, the rooms were of good size, and my aunt had a double room. The people that were there were nice, and my aunt had a favorite there. The food was not as good, and my sister used to bring her own lunch when she visited.

August 15, 2016

By Kim420645

I visited this facility

I was a little disappointed with Oakdale of La Mesa because they are going through a lot updating, so there were a lot of maintenance things that were not taken care of. I was not very pleased with how the memory care was looking. The staff was very helpful and very positive. The grounds were not what I needed for my mother. She needed something flat and something with a little bit more life. They provided movies and had gatherings and outings. The place is not a flat surface and that is the only reason that I did not go with them. They showed me a studio room and a one-bedroom, and were very accommodating. They provided transportation within a certain distance for going to doctors' appointments.

January 08, 2016

By visitor915

I visited this facility

Oakdale of La Mesa had personal security. The residents could buzz the staff if they needed anything. The staff were making the rounds between the rooms when we were there. They were very attentive. The staff who gave us the tour was very good. They have a beautiful garden, a koi pond, and there are birds on site. They have a nice dining area.

February 26, 2015

By Sheila20

I visited this facility

My mother needs assisted living, and she is able to walk with a walker right now. We are trying to get into one of the oversized studio apartments in Oakdale Heights. We are waiting for one to become available, and we're next on the list. So far, we have been pleased with the staff who is helping to get us in there. It's an older property, but it is well maintained.

November 21, 2013

By Brenda26

I am a friend or relative of a resident

My mother-in-law moved in Oakdale Heights La Mesa two months ago. This was our choice because it was close by a lot of her grandkids and it seemed very well run and managed. The facility itself is older but it is pretty ideal. They keep everything pretty clean there. It is also pretty well laid out. My mom-in-law has a memory problem and some of the places we went to were too confusing for her. With this one, it just makes sense where the dining room was, where the activities were, etc. I think the fact that it was originally a hotel, that's why they have a lot of different meeting areas there. Just down about three doors from her mother-in-law's room, there is a huge living room with all kinds of recliners and a big screen TV. They have all the movies and puzzles there. It is just a good place to meet and for families to visit. It also seems to be pretty large with a nice patio. The staff is very caring, helpful and very hands-on. They know everybody by name. They also seem to be very well organized. My mom keeps saying how nice they are and how they check on her and tell her when to go to meals and stuff. Also whatever that is going on with my mom-in-law, they'll let us know. They also have a really good food there. In their dining room, they have tablecloths and napkins, which are really nice. They have a meal of the day but they also offer alternatives. They also have other choices that they can have all the time, so it is pretty ideal. They also have nice activities there. Their activities director and the exercise people are really nice. They make such an effort to know each person's name. However, on Sundays and Mondays they take their residents to go someplace but they don't really specify where they would go on their calendar. I wish they would specify that and that's my only complaint.

May 11, 2013

By Connie19

I visited this facility

Oakdale Heights is very competitive and offers similar services but is a little bit expensive than where my mom is in right now. It's a huge complex and I thought my mom could get lost in there.

April 05, 2012

By RainyDay

I am a friend or relative of resident

4 years ago a relative moved here after many visits and 'samples' of the food and activities. Shortly after that new owners took over and there was a massive change of staff. Yes there have been some very needed fixes on the site. It is beautiful and they do have activities, but they have been cut back drastically and after 5pm - unless you want to watch tv as a group or play cards there is nothing to do. Very sad. They used to take bus rides to fun places, but from reports now it is mostly just driving around San Diego and sometimes getting off the bus at a park, and doing nothing. Food quality is terrible, it is cold, served on small plates and poor presentation. Fruit platter is the same year round and it is obviously frozen. Portions are small, yet desserts are medium size! Used to have lots of people in scooters, very few since new team involved, have heard that if you are insulin dependent (shots) you are not welcome there. RN no longer on site 24 hours. Housekeeping has been cut back, I imagine trash outside the rooms is to avoid accusations of theft. For the amount you pay I would expect better quality of food and cleaning of the rooms for the age of the residents. Parking for visitors sucks and so does the challenge of moving furniture in or out - hire movers or have strong, young men! On the good side, it is very pretty and the staff at the desk, medicine room, cleaning people, handyman, activity director and her staff and helpers to those that need more attention are all great. It is also small pet friendly (additional cost) and I think that is wonderful. Things to look out for if you are shopping for a place to live: Are the grounds inviting? Lots of places to sit here, but lots of tree roots and slippery leaves after a wind storm...judge the risks for your loved one. Is there a variety of activities offered throughout the day AND on BOTH days of the weekends? Do they do special things for the holidays? Do they transport to religious activities? Do they offer references to private drivers that can assist or are you only able to use their bus plan? Will they walk your loved one into the Dr facility or is it curbside drop off/pick up? Do they send someone to check on the resident if they are not seen? What do they do if the person gets the flu - will they bring meals to the room? Is this an additional charge? Shop around. Oakdale is close to medical facilities and pretty, there are others in La Mesa that have similar amenities that might still be in the price range you have. Good luck!

July 30, 2011

By nan-nan

I am a friend or relative of a resident

family member has been living here for quite some time now, and seems to be satisfied with both the facility and the staff. i find most of the staff to be professional and caring. i have visited mainly on weekends in the afternoons, so the staff seem to take care of running the facility quite well without all the "big bosses" around. the common areas of the facility seems clean to a visitor although i have never really paid strict attention to the "private" areas such as bathrooms. i hear complaints about food from other residents on occasion, but i think it has more to do with variety than quality--you can't please everyone and i suppose after years and years of living in the same place, they probably have eaten the same menu over and over. the facility generally seems quiet, which to me is a good thing. residents have obviously varying degrees of wants or needs, and they seem to do a good job accomodating them. there appear to be a good variety of activities and services available.

June 23, 2011

By WilliamCher

I am a friend or relative of resident

Each visit to my grandmother's home at this assisted living facility has been a pleasure. The area is clean, well-maintained, and landscaped beautifully. The staff are very polite and friendly. My grandmother's room is managed very nicely, meals are prepared on time and to her liking, and she is regularly greeted by volunteers and staff members. It is obvious that the residents of Oakdale Heights are well taken care of here. I would recommend this facility to anyone who is looking for only the highest quality of assisted living for their loved ones.
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Independent Living Reviews for The Montera

May 07, 2018

By Bonnie

I visited this facility

The Montera was very good, but I didn't feel the place met my needs. I am more active, but almost everybody in the place was either using a walker or a wheelchair. The facilities weren't as extensive and there weren't as many places to walk. The staff member was very helpful and was able to bring me food that I could eat, but it had to be ordered special. They have some companion dogs and they were having a peanut butter snack thing which looked really interesting. The place was bright, cheerful, they were redoing things, and it was easy to get around, but I want a more active place right now.

May 06, 2018

By Bonnie

I visited this facility

The Montera was very good, but I didn't feel the place met my needs. I am more active, but almost everybody in the place was either using a walker or a wheelchair. The facilities weren't as extensive and there weren't as many places to walk. The staff member was very helpful and was able to bring me food that I could eat, but it had to be ordered special. They have some companion dogs and they were having a peanut butter snack thing which looked really interesting. The place was bright, cheerful, they were redoing things, and it was easy to get around, but I want a more active place right now.

March 27, 2018

By Loren

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

The Montera is very modern and will provide anything. They go from independent living all the way to full Alzheimer's if Mom needs it, but right now she is in independent living. The food is excellent. They have the main course with four or five options and waiters come to the table. It's like going to a restaurant. They have exercises, bus trips, bingo, card playing, karaoke, happy hour on Fridays, and live music. They're outstanding.
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Memory Care Reviews for The Montera

January 09, 2021

By teachingthemasses

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

I gave one star because there is not a half or zero star. DO NOT entrust your loved ones to this facility, especially if they need memory care. My mom spent a total of 2 1/2 months there, Sept.-mid Nov. 2020 and in that short time fell numerous times, (laid on floor all night, sometimes in her own waste), went from fully ambulatory to wheelchair bound, swollen and distended in her mid-section, without so much as a call to any family members to inform us of her decline. This didn't happen over the course of a month, this happened within a week!! When we would get to visit (if there wasn't a COVID outbreak, which there had been) there were times when she had not been showered, was in her p.j.s (at 4:30 in afternoon) and generally unkempt. When we finally got to see pictures of her apartment it was a complete disaster inside. This was heartbreaking. There is no way to call the memory care floor directly, you always have to go through the front desk, they put you through to memory care where NO ONE EVER answers the phone. You then leave a message, asking for a call back and again , NO ONE ever calls you back. You meet with the managment team, ask them to communicate with you regading your mom's health and care, they promise to, and then, NEVER do. This was all for the low, low price of $7,500/mo., and the "non-refundable" $2,500 move-in fee. So, for the 2 1/2 months she was there my mom spent $17,000 dollars. Part of that fee was for the "extra care" they said she needed, but clearly did not recieve. Oh, and they lost one of her hearing aides, so there's another $1900, and my mom is currently down to one hearing aide. So, in just 2 months they managed to drain my 84 year old mom of just shy of $20,000. This place is nothing short of horrific. We had made several attempts to give them a chance to make ammends for lack of care and services and lost personal items, and still (wait for it...) NO COMMUNICATION OR RESPONSE. I wish I had read a few reviews or dug a little deeper before entrusting my loved one to this horrific situation. Their marketing manager sells you something that the Montera could never deliver.

Provider Response

Thank you for your feedback, and the opportunity to discuss this with you one-on-one. We are truly sorry to hear about your experience. There are no excuses. We are looking into this further and will make any necessary corrections to ensure our residents and families are receiving quality care, timely communication, and genuine comfort that our company has long been known for.

October 04, 2020

By Allan

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

My mother has moved into The Montera. We chose it because they allowed her to still have her small dog. I worked with one staff member and she was fantastic. She was really helpful in facilitating everything. Of course, I can't get into the facility, so I haven't interacted with any of the other staff. My mother has already commented that the food is better than her last facility. I get reports on whether she just really kinda plays with her food, if she finishes her meals, if she eats part of it or whatever, and she has been eating better since she moved there. They have an activity schedule, but of course it's been modified because of COVID. My mother lives in memory care, so after a quarantine period and two successive negative COVID-19 tests, then she can mingle with the other population because it's contraindicated to keep them separated in memory care. She is not scheduled to do that. She has to do a one week quarantine and a negative test after leaving her old facility and then she has to do a one-week quarantine and a negative test, so she is not scheduled actually to join the community just yet. I've interacted with that one staff member a lot, but then I've interacted with other people either on the phone and when dropping stuff off for my mother, and so far, everybody there has just been really kind and really patient.

July 04, 2019

By Maryjane

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

The Montera is very nice, very well kept, and a very safe place to put your loved one. My friend is doing real well out there, and she likes it. It's very clean. The nursing staff and the CNAs are very well apprised of each one of the resident's needs. They're very good with working with all the residents in the memory care unit. The food looked very good. The facilities are very nice and have all been remodeled.
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  • Rent Plus Care Fees
  • Entry Fee
  • Assisted Living Starting At: $3225/month
  • Independent Living Starting At: $3225/month
  • Memory Care Starting At: $4820/month

Room and housing options

  • 1-bedroom apartments
  • 2-bedroom apartments
  • Companion Suites: We Offer Companion Suites
  • Studio Apartments

Dining options

  • In Room Kitchenette
  • Dining Room Shared Meals


  • Beauty Barber Shop
  • Resident Transportation
  • Party Space
  • Garden And Patio
  • Resident Parking
  • Security Gate
  • Pool

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  • Laundry For Linens
  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry For Clothing


  • Fitness Room


  • English


  • Resident Capacity: 185
  • Minimum Age: 65
  • Pets: Yes

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  • Personal Care Assistants


  • State Licenses: 374604083
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About The Montera

Set on a property of magnificent shade trees, abundant walking paths, and meticulously landscaped courtyards, The Montera brings a vibrant beauty to senior living in La Mesa, CA. Featuring warm options for Assisted Living and Connections for Living Memory Care, our lovely campus offers a continuum of care for seniors who want to embrace the opportunities of maintenance-free living.

What Makes Us Special

Our community is a place to live well. Abundant amenities include a refreshing swimming pool and relaxing spa, in-house beauty salon and barbershop, and our unparalleled dining program, MBKuisine. Our MBKonnections events calendar presents a panorama of options for having fun, staying fit, and expanding one’s horizons. Our 24-hour care team is on hand to provide the services and support that free our residents to be their best selves every day.

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