This facility has a suburban location, only about 5 minutes to a freeway exit, so convenient for visitors. It's owned by Senior Resource Group (SRG), which is known to be a good management company that puts lots of effort into maintaining the facilities and hiring good staff. Management gives a lot of attention to detail. The Executive Director has been there since the beginning"”at least 10 years.
The facility is not a buy-in, but offers independent living, assisted living and a very small memory care unit. It has 264 apartments, most of them independent living, so as a resident's care needs go up, the unit availability goes down, which can be problematic.
It's located in a planned unit development that includes a golf course and tennis courts"”and residents have access to those benefits.
The atmosphere is very gracious and high touch"”and the facility is very nice-looking. The inside is nicely decorated"”with a big fireplace. There is also a tree-lined walking path. The whole place is well maintained and gracious.
The dining room is very pleasant, with booths and a welcoming hostess. The food is above average.
There are also many social events offered, including daily happy hours, with a good effort made to bring in outside lecturers and others from the community. There is effort put into planning activities that are interesting and engaging to residents.
On the whole, the place does not feel exclusive, so most solidly middle class residents would feel comfortable there.
The caregiving staff tends to stay for a long time"”and they seem relaxed and happy and well-engaged with the residents. They are more customer-service oriented than most places. In fact, all staff seem to have a good knowledge of residents and their habits and care needs.
The individual living units are large, with high ceilings"”many of them with good views.
A benefit: Technically, you could age in place here"”especially if you didn't need memory care.
The place is going through the same identity crisis that many other senior living communities are"”especially those built with very healthy and active seniors in mind, with little room or attention to assisted living or memory care needs.
That's a financial problem and an identity problem for the facility, but it does translate to a financial incentive for those who want to move in. Because they're struggling to fill independent living units, new residents may be able to negotiate good deals. The cost is favorable to the consumer at this point"”about $4,000 monthly.