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I want to move my mother to an assisted living care place
near me. She's 89, living with help at home and needs more
care and a lot more fun and social interaction than she's
getting. Do you have experience in any assisted care
communities within a reasonable driving distance from
Berkeley? I would love to hear about it. Of course, I want
access to excellent medical care, a caring respectful
environment, skilled, happy care-givers and a facility that
has more to offer her than being placed in front of a TV .
My mother has some mobility and a pretty darn good brain at
this point. She is an artist and gourmet. She'd love to
see museums, theatre and concerts. I bet she'd love a
crafts and/or arts room, some lectures concerts etc. She
needs some friends and social interaction. She needs other
folks her age or near it she can talk too. Staying at home
has been too isolating for her. Ok, does such a place exist
near here? I've been to 2 such places in New Hampshire and
Maryland, but have no idea how to get started here...
Ideas? Places to avoid? Prices?
You could use a senior placement specialist -- this is what
they do -- but understand that the model is such that they
provide their service to you for free but get paid by the
community in which the person chooses. If you choose to go
this route, I would suggest contacting Mona Lalchandani at
Exceptional Senior Placement Services 510.562.6434 or Jann
Oldenberg at Senior Visionary Services at 925.699.2295.
Hello Dolly! Yes, there are many solid East Bay
assisted-living communities that could meet your mother's
needs / preferences, where you will find engaged, educated,
welcoming residents. Each place has a different culture &
management style. Demand is high! Best places often have
wait-lists, so plan ahead. (Several places have poorly
managed staff, maintenance issues, violation citations,
etc.) Assisted-living communities are non-medical, and
licensed by California's Dept of Social Services;
care-giving staff are typically overseen by an RN or
Disclosure: I provide a Berkeley-based consumer research and
outreach service, Elders Together, for families seeking
long-term care and senior housing. Have evaluated &
repeatedly visited local senior-living communities. Be wary
of online senior-housing ''finder'' services, which simply
compile a list of local companies, and sell your contact
info to all the senior-housing places within a certain
radius of your zip code. Then you'll receive many sales
calls. Don't rely on salespeople alone: visit places on
weekends and evenings to get a sense of atmosphere and
culture, try the food, and ask for resident references.
I'm also a local parent who had to deal with care-giving for
my own mom. In my experience, the ''ideal'' solution meets
one's specific, unique needs, especially culturally. And
financially! Monthly fees in the East Bay run from $3,000 to
$7K and higher, depending upon many factors. Good luck!
Linda Jacobson -- Elders Together
My friend and colleague Helen Lindberg is a local placement
specialist who knows all of the communities, their cultures
and availabilities and pricing. There is no out of pocket
to her clients, as she is reimbursed by the communities.
Where Helen shines is in understanding each individual and
finding the appropriate environment where they will thrive.
Her contact info is as follows:
Helen Lindberg, AC
Assisted Living Recommendations for my dad
We are looking for recommendations for Assisted Living
options for my father, who is an 80-year old retired
professor with vascular dementia. He enjoys being around
people who share his interest in science, nature and the
arts and would love a place that offers a lecture series or
some other intellectual activities. Our preference would be
to find a community that is close to Montclair, so that we
can visit frequently, but we are open to considering a
broader area if there are communities that offer more than
what can be found near our home. My father is still fairly
mobile and is able to take care of general personal hygiene
independently, but he would need a place that can provide
medication management and preferably one where there are
options for increasing care, especially around memory
issues. Any suggestions would be welcomed, as would warnings
about places that have not worked well for others.
Piedmont Gardens has a full range of care and offers lots of
classes and activities. Many of them are of a quite high
Piedmont Gardens (on Piedmont in Oakland) may be what you
are looking for. It is home to many retired U.C. professors.
I sing with a group that performs there annually, and the
residents always seem lively and engaged. It does offer
different levels of care, including memory care. Carrie
Senior Seasons, www.seniorseasons.com, is an amazing
resource. Kaye Sharborough, who runs the Peninsula division,
worked extremely hard to find a great living situation for
my elderly, disabled parent. Her husband handles the East
Bay. They have personally visited the facilities, can tell
you the pluses, minuses, cost, if they allow pets, etc. They
are incredibly knowledgeable and helpful for this sometimes
overwhelming task. Been there
We live in an area with some fantastic care-providers who
are on the leading edge of person-centered dementia-care,
and assisted-living communities full of retired academics,
artists, and other professionals.
Taking a consumer-advocacy perspective, I'm giving a free,
public talk on this topic this Wed., 4/23, at 3pm at North
Oakland Senior Center, for Bay Area Community Services
(BACS) staff and participants (adult day-care center).
Everyone is welcome but please RSVP to BACS at 510-601-1074
or to program supervisor rtracy [at] bayareacs.org.
My presentation, 'Not Your Grandfather's Dementia Ward: A
Look at Residential Memory-Care Communities,' will explore
options, costs, & trends in East Bay memory-care, including
options for increasing care, and will help people learn how
to identify places that might not work so well.
I'm happy to meet 1:1 or present this talk at no charge to
local organizations and community groups. You can reach me
at 510 926 0699 or email EastBaySeniorCommunities [at] gmail
[dot] com. Have tracked cognitive neuroscience
research/brain health for almost 20 years. Linda Jacobson
I have a friend who has his own elder home care agency. They
don't do assisted living but they find in- home care workers
to help keep elders in their own homes. He might have some
advice for you. Here's his website:
http://www.christelshomecare.com - good luck Debbie
Assisted Living that's affordable?
Hi, I've been looking for Assisted Living Housing for the
past 3 months, in Berkeley, Oakland, and Alameda. All the
ones that I've found are really expensive ($3,000 a month).
Does anyone know of any other Assisted Living Housing that
is not so expensive?
Shopping for Assisted Living is definitely time-consuming,
given the range of choices around here-- everything from
small board-and-care homes hidden in residential
neighborhoods up to multi-building complexes with 100+
residents. It is possible to find housing for under
$3,000/month in Alameda County, especially if your elder
shares a bathroom or a bedroom in the home. The smaller
homes tend to cost less depending upon needs.
You might find different ways to cover monthly costs, too.
If your elder has financial assets and doesn't qualify for
Medicaid, besides using savings and investments, one might
convert a life insurance policy, tap home equity, or be
entitled to a pension through the Veterans Administration if
the person or their spouse served in the US military.
I help Berkeley-area families needing elder-care by offering
a complimentary concierge service for all senior-related
needs-- elder living placement, referral and advisory
services -- if I can help you, please email me at
email@example.com. Good luck! Linda Jacobson
If you would like to consider 'staying in place,' i.e.,
staying at home with care, try calling Senior Helpers of
Berkeley. They have wonderful caregivers who can come for a
few hours a day, all day, overnight, or live-in. Susan
Grant, the owner, is compassionate and caring. 510-524-6700.
Assisted living for elderly parents
My elderly parents are moving to the Bay Area from the East
Coast and are looking for an assisted living facility in the
Oakland-Berkeley-San Francisco area. They would prefer a
place with a medium to large Jewish population and many
activities. Neither of them drive any more. My mother
already has significant memory loss and will most likely
need care for dementia in the future. They are not
considering Rhoda Goldman because of cost. We have looked at
Piedmont Gardens and Monarch Place. Do you have other
We have also heard that there have been problems with the
skilled nursing care at Piedmont Gardens. Does anyone know
if the situation has improved there? I would appreciate
hearing any experiences with either of these facilities or
others you would recommend. Thank you
You might want to look into Reutlinger Community for Jewish
Living in Danville. Anon
Try Greenridge Senior Care in El Sobrante. It is tucked away
on a hill off of San Pablo Dam Road and is a lovely peaceful
place with plenty of activities. Plus they have an Assisted
Living and Skilled Nursing side by side, so there is always
the right level of care available. Staff is very loving,
facility is very clean and cheerful. Phone no is
510-681-4771. Good luck with your search. Avril
I work in the Elder Residential Care world and I am Jewish.
You did not mention AgeSong as one of your choices. For
all the reasons you inquired about I believe AgeSong should
be on your list. Our work in memory care lead by our founder
Nader Shabahangi has an international reputation and we are
competively priced. I work at the independent community on
Lake Merritt and am happy to talk with you about our
assisted living community in Emeryville that has a memory
care floor. Allison Rodman 510-593-6978
We can help you! Call me or Mona Lalchandani to match your
parents up with the living facility that best suits their
needs and desires. It is free to the client (we are paid by
The core of what we do: Help families and their loved ones
through one of life's most difficult transitions with
compassion, dignity, and respect.
We meet with you and your parents, do a needs assessment
(health, finances, lifestyle, culture) and understand the
people and situations on both the client and facility sides,
to then provide a few options.
*We are our clients' advocates; not facility salespeople.*
BTW, the two facilities you mentioned have different
financial and care models - look at that carefully before
Does anyone have any experience with continuing care
retirement communities in the area? I am beginning the
process of finding a place for my elderly parents, as they
plan the big move from their home in Florida to the Bay Area
to be close to me. Any recommendations or advice would be
My personal experience is primarily with Piedmont Gardens.
My father lived in the nursing home section of Piedmont
Gardens 2002-2008. They are located adjacent to Piedmont
Avenue, have a active community, van rides to museums, even
cultural events like luaus & concerts on-site. I felt it
was a very good placement for him overall; I saw that the
nurses there stopped to visit with him & gave him personal
attention, which had a major impact on his quality of life.
I also toured Mercy (Catholic-oriented), Salem Lutheran, and
the Jewish Home in San Francisco (not sure if it's a CCRC) &
was impressed, but don't know anyone who lived there.
You'll find that your own involvement will make a difference
no matter where your father goes.
I am trying to bring out my elderly parents, and have been looking at
assisted living places. Dad needs more help with daily care such as
bathing, foley catheter, etc. Mom is more mobile. I have looked at
Sunrise, Aegis Living, and Monarch Place so far. Does anyone have any
experiences with any of those, or recommendations for any other places
in Oakland? I have been on a short timespan, and its hard to sort out
all of the variables so fast. Lisa
My mother-in-law was at Aegis (the facility in Moraga) for several years
before her death. It was a nice place, and the staff was very competent
and caring. There were activiites for her when she was able to enjoy
them. They helped arrange her transition to the dementia unit as her
needs changed, and hospice when the time came. It was expensive, but
was a good place for her when she no longer could take care of herself.
I am interested in bringing my 85 year old grandmother from
New Jersey to live close to me and my family. She is
currently living independently and just can't manage
anymore. Bringing her into our home might be too much to
handle, and she does/will need medical care as well. Does
anyone have recommendations for excellent assisted living
facilities in the East Bay? She does have resources, so
cost is not a big issue. Thanks so much.
I don't know where you live but Diablo Senior Homes has two residential
facilities. One in Danville the other in Clayton.
Here is the website:
Best of luck to you!
Greenridge Senior Care is a lovely assisted living
facility- clean, beautifully decorated and the people are
very warm and treat the seniors like their own family.
They are located in El Sobrante with easy access from I-
80. The rooms are large and the facility has a cozy
atmostphere. There are plenty of activities to provide
stimulation and therapy. There is also a skilled nursing
facility next door where seniors can be moved in case they
need additional care later.
You can check out their website at
www.greenridgeseniorcare.com or give them a call at 510-
good luck in your search!
Check out Rhoda Goldman Assisted Living in SF. My Mom was
there and it's a wonderful place. Great staff, lots of
wonderful activities, a beautiful facility, etc. I really
can't speak highly enough about it.
My mother is way past ready for an assisted living situation. The
problem is that all her money is tied to her home and to sell the home
would take a lot of money getting it ready. Does anyone know if
assisted living facilities have low income placements? I could help
out paying for this for approx 6 months, but my concern is that the
house won't sell in that time frame and I will have to pay beyond
that. Someone told me that facilities have low income criteria for
lower monthly payments but I haven't come accross this. Anyone?
We are just moving my mom to Assisted Living. We haven't found low-income
subsidies for Assisted Living but there are Adult Day Care programs and similar
programs to help people stay in their homes that are targeted to low income
seniors who would otherwise need Assisted Living level of care. You would need
to contact your county's Area Agency on Aging to find out what's available where
she lives. For example Sacramento County has a home caregiver program for low
income seniors. Senior independent living facilities may have some low income
designated apartments but there is often a waiting list. For both independent
and assisted living we have found that the non-profit facilities (often run by
churches) are better. They may not have chandeliers and designer paint on the
walls, but they have dedicated staff and the rates are lower. If your mom is a
veteran or the spouse of a veteran, look into pensions and 'Aid and Attendance
Benefit' through your local Veteran Services Organization to help with assisted
living/caregiver costs. Good luck to you and your Mom.
My mother will be moving to the Berkeley area sometime next
year (my father has aggressive pancreatic cancer and was given
just a couple of months to live). She and my father have agreed
that my mother would like to live in an assisted care facility
in the Berkeley area.
I have perused the previous listings for assisted care but I
wanted to find out which facility is best for young seniors. My
mother is 65, can still get out for a short walk every day
(using a cane), has a few cognitive issues (typical for MS--
memory issues), but is generally with-it, interested, social
and bubbly. I think that being 20-30 years younger than
everyone else in a home might depress her a bit. My sister and
I would like her to live with us, but we have 5 small children
between us, and the energy of young children just exhausts our
mother's nervous system.
However, she does need someone to at least be within hearing
range (in case she falls) 24 hours per day.
Do you have any recommendations for us? Thank you.
I cared for my Alzheimer'd Mom in my home for 5 years, until her
death @ 91. Before she died, I looked at (and liked) the Salem
Home in Oakland: www.salemlutheranhome.com and also the AgeSong @
Lake Merrit (N.B. they have a sep. facility for dementia
residents, not to confuse the two)
--''been there, done that'' (well,almost had to)
Try Greenridge Senior Care in El Sobrante. It is in a very
convenient location, has a lovely view, and the care givers are
wonderful. It is also very reasonably priced. They have an
assisted living facility as well as a skilled nursing facility
on another wing which is nice in case your mother needs any
more specialized care. The place is cheerful and lively and
there are activities for the seniors everyday that they can
choose to attend. They also go to the Center for Elder
Independence and other outside trips. The phone no is 510-681-
4771 or you can also check out their website at
My family is in the process of choosing an assisted living facility
in the east bay, for my 92 year old grandmother. Right now we are
focused on Mercy (Oak), Salem (Oak), or Elders Inn (Alameda), and
possibly the Birkshire (Berk). The smaller size of Elders Inn (or the
Birkshire) seems like a potentially better fit for her, but I'm
wondering if the quality of care is as high.
I would love to hear from anyone with direct experience with these
particular places or opinions about other assisted living places in
I had a very positive experience with my father-in-law at Salem
Lutheran. He lived there for several years 4 years ago, before
moving to Portland to be near family, and we always were in awe
about the kind of care for the price. The facilities were well
cared for, it offers many care levels, and the staff we worked
with were very good to him. It was a gem for our family.
My father-in-law (living in Rossmoor, currently) is getting
more fragile and would like to live in an assisted living
residence close to us (5 mile radius from Albany/Berkeley).
Does anyone have any recommendations for a decent place that is
not horribly expensive and in the area? Additionally, does
anyone know of a short term assisted living residence (month-
long is okay) while he recuperates from a bad fall? Thank you
for your replies.
You say your father has asked for an assited living facility because he's getting frail.
If you are interested in alternatives, there are ways he can live independently with some
precautions for his state. I've heard about a system that basically uses motion sensors
and a computer to track the status of seniors in their homes-- checks things like if
they've taken their medication, daily activities, etc. and reports to you if there are
any changes you need to know about that could indicate a fall, illness, if it's too cold
or hot in the home, etc. If this sounds like it could be an appealing and workable option
for you, check out QuietCare online. If not, I'm sorry I couldn't be more helpful!
Many assisted living evnironments have rooms for temporary stays
while someone is recovering from an injury. You could check with
Claremont House or Piedmont Gardens in Oakland. Generally the
larger facilities will be the ones to offer this option. Assisted living situations are
not inexpensive, but, after all,
you are paying for 24 hour care. The pricing will really depend
on the amount of assistance someone requires. Please contact me
if you need help selecting one: there's lots of assistance
through CANHR (wwww.canhr.org): they have ratings on assisted
living facilities and also information on how to select one. Joanna Smith, LCSW, MPH,
Healthcare Liaison. (www.healthcareliaison.com)
We have just been through the temporary recuperation from a fall part of your question
with our frail elderly. The over 60 clinic on Ashby X Sacramento is helpfull. A nurse
took us aside and quietly recommended that we drive the extra time over to the
Rounseville. (40th X Broadway) It was an inconvenient commute from Berkeley for us twice
a day was all we could manage with kids etc.
They were very nice and she liked the taste of the food. They pureed everything to avoid
choking problems....she missed the texture of course and was anxious to get home and have
a martini, but they were very good there and trained us in fragile skin care etc.....
I think all of these places are depressing and scarey. Maybe there is a better place but
that is what someone in the know recommended to us.
It is very clean and the staff is sweet.
El Cerrito Royale in El Cerrito is a very good center with
several levels of assisted living. The rates vary and there are
some HUD spaces at the facility, although you will have to check
on current availability. My mother was there for five plus years
and received wonderful help and care, including dining,
medication ordering, storage and monitoring and delivery,
entertainment, dining, cleaning, laundry, transportation to
doctors clinic and errands, etc. A very nice staff and facility
which has recently been redecorated. This is technically a board
and care facility, which may affect your choice, as it is not
literally a nursing home or classified as a SNF (Skilled Nursing
Facility). The prescription givers are med techs. The location is
less than 3 miles from Berkeley, and an easy commute. Recently Lost Mom
I have looked at the archives on assisted living, but was hoping
that there might be someone out there that currently has a
parent or grandparent that lives in an assisted living facility
in the East Bay. I would like to find a nice place for my
grandmother whom is independent but needs to have someone on 24
hour call. I am interested in any advice or opinions on the
following homes: Montego Heights Lodge in Walnut Creek, Merrill
Gardens in San Ramon, Moraga Royale, The Bershire in Berkeley,
or any other nice facility that I might have over looked. The
criteran would be: within 30 miles driving distance of Alameda,
Friendly competant staff, clean, home-like atmosphere, a large
independent room w/ private bath, great diabetic meals, and
where more care is available if needs change in the future.
There are so many to choose from... Help! Any advice would be
we recently put my grandmother in a board and care home in El
Sobrante that my family just loves. They have many of these
types of places everywhere. If you want specifics, feel free to
e-mail me and I can get the referral information to you. My mom
got a list from Kaiser with all the local places around her
house. Great food, 24 hour care, and 3 elderly woman in the
home with my grandmother being the youngest at 93. they are
usually run by phillipino nurses, since they can't work in a
hospital with license from another country , but they are fully
We were very happy with Summerville at Creekside in San Pablo.
My mother lived there for three years until she needed to move
to a nursing home. Amount of care is limited, but the community
atmosphere is excellent, with many people still essentially
caring for themselves. Size is big enough for social variety.
There are many activities and regular concerts at the home.
Outings on the house bus are available regularly. Food is
decent. Phone number is 510-236-1444.
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