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Life Beyond Retirement

Senior living communities are more vibrant than ever. The breadth of housing types is ever-expanding, while the list of activities and resources beyond medical care and religious services has grown vast.


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Front Porch retirement communities boasts award-winning ocean-view resort-style living in Carlsbad, La Jolla, Pacific Beach and Chula Vista.  Wesley Palms offers brand new mid-century designed patio homes on 35-acres of parkland overlooking the Pacific on Mt. Soledad.  Casa de Manana celebrates spectacular views along the Coast Walk near La Jolla Village.  Carlsbad By The Sea is an intimate continuing care retirement community on the ocean in quaint Carlsbad Village. And Fredericka Manor, set among 24 acres of mature landscape in Chula Vista, features independent living cottages on tree-lined streets, Truly Yours assisted living services, a Medicare-certified skilled nursing and rehab center and the new Summer House memory support neighborhood - all with no entrance fees! Fpretirement.net

Brain health is paramount at Belmont Village’s locations in Cardiff and Poway. Nearly every aspect of daily life there fits their “Whole Brain Fitness Lifestyle.” Residents can partake of personalized memory loss prevention activities and mental workouts, while eating brain foods in a low-stress setting with rich social opportunities.

On the Mediterranean-style complex at Paradise Village in National City, residents can prepare for a night in the billiards lounge with a trip to the beauty salon and barber shop, or work up an appetite in the wood shop before heading to the restaurant and café. Visitors will love the hotel-style guest suites on the grounds.

At any of Senior Resource Group’s locations in Rancho San Diego or Solana Beach, you can expect fine dining with seasonal menus and ample flexibility at the 12-hour restaurants. Through their SynRGy program, staff get to know residents to better connect them with like-minded people in the community, all the better to find opponents for billiards games or partners for fitness classes that improve balance and posture.

 

Senior-Focused Moving Companies

Companies like Senior Move Masters don’t just ease the stress of moving to a new home, nursing home, or retirement community. They also lend a hand by recommending places to donate or sell unwanted belongings. Moving can be a complicated process. Find someone who’ll help organize everything, from an initial consultation to packing, labeling, moving out, and moving in. Their job’s not finished until you’re moved into your new home, pictures hung and bed made.

 

Resources for Seniors

Senior centers offer not just the chance to flex some card-playing skills but also to receive a host of practical services. Across San Diego, senior centers help out with everything from questions about insurance to tax preparation, citizenship paperwork, English language classes, health screening, mature driver training, and more. The county Aging and Independence Services oversees a range of assistance for seniors to continue living on their own, maintain employment, obtain legal services, and the like.

 

By the Numbers

The comfort and care of your loved ones is paramount, especially in their later years. But at some point, cost will inevitably factor into deciding where they will spend those critical years when they need a hand. One of the first questions to ask may be: Is in-home care or a nursing home the best option? Resources like choosewellsandiego.org can help sort through the wide range of prices, services, and accommodations in San Diego County nursing facilities. Though cost varies considerably with those variables, it’s good to know some of the baseline costs.

 

$3,500

Median monthly rate for one-bedroom single occupancy assisted living in San Diego County, as compared to $3,750 statewide.

 

$42,000

Median annual assisted living cost in San Diego County, as compared to $45,000 statewide.

 

$128,000

Median annual cost for a semiprivate room in a nursing home in San Diego County, as compared to $104,000 statewide.

 

$51,000

Median annual rate for home health aid in San Diego County, as compared to $52,600 statewide.

All figures from Genworth Financial.

 

Pets and Seniors

Pets can be stress-busting buddies who help you jump out of bed each morning and get fresh air. The health benefits of having one are well-documented. And with our beaches, trails, and excellent pet services, nowhere could be better for pet lovers than San Diego. San Diego Humane Society is committed to zero euthanasia, and their Senior Adoption Program waives adoption fees for those 55 and older. Paws San Diego works to help seniors care for their pets with home delivery of food and pet services. Other groups, such as Brown Dog Foundation, assist with medical expenses for those who cannot pay.

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