Senior Residence experiences/perspectives
My 75year old mother is considering moving into a senior residence in the following areas: El Cerrito, Albany, Berkeley, Rockridge-Piedmont Oakland.
We have looked at Merrill Gardens, Belmont, St. Paul’s and Piedmont Gardens.
She needs a 1 bedroom with a private patio (no patio has been a deal breaker). A residence that has a lot of natural lighting is important.
Assisted Living & memory care are also needed for the future. Right now it’s more socialization and not dealing with caring for her own house alone.
Any recent experiences with Merrill Gardens? Belmont or Piedmont Gardens? Merrill Gardens hit a lot of her desires, but it seemed a bit dirty and the staff a bit unprofessional -not saying hello/goodbye-or on their phones when we when we toured recently. Ie. soap dispensers empty, raggedy signs in the common bathrooms, stained carpet, poorly cleaned apartments that were being “shown” as possible units. Maybe as a watchful adult child I’m being too picky?
Any other residences you would recommend in the areas listed? Money is not really an issue. It’s more location and the private patio.
grateful for your responses and honest opinions!