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Fremont, on the southeast side of the San Francisco Bay, is a city with gorgeous views, a moderate climate and plenty of senior-friendly opportunities. A Place for Mom can help you explore any of the 50 assisted living facilities within our network in the area.

We are the nation's largest senior care referral service and have more than 550 Senior Living Advisors who are happy to guide you through the steps of finding a match for your parents. You may also wonder about issues such as: What kind of services can I expect to find? How do I pay for assisted living? Do my parents actually qualify for assisted living?

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Senior housing types near Fremont, CA

  • Lucky Gardens Care Home

    42745 Peachwood Street, Fremont, CA 94538
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Lucky Garden Residential Care Home is a licensed ambulatory and non-ambulatory care. We provide homelike family atmosphere, personalized care, Supervision and planned activities for the residents. Lucky Garden Residential Care Home is owned and operated in 2006 by a Certified Residential Elderly...

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  • Aegis Gardens - An Asian Community

    Aegis Gardens - An Asian Community

    36281 Fremont Blvd., Fremont, CA 94536
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    At Aegis Gardens in Fremont, California, our focus on Chinese culture is reflected in everything we do. Our retirement community is designed to be warm and inviting with thoughtfully-designed architecture and interiors, exceptional menus, enticing activities, and caring Chinese-speaking staff. This...

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  • Good Samaritan Care Home

    560 Chardonnay Drive, Fremont, CA 94539
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    The Good Samaritan Care Home is a senior care home that is located in the active community of Fremont, California in Alameda County. Fremont is part of the greater San Francisco metropolitan area and is just 25 miles south of downtown Oakland. The city of Fremont has a number of local parks and...

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  • Fremont Retirement Community

    Fremont Retirement Community

    2860 Country Drive, Fremont, CA 94536
    (32)
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    Fremont Retirement Community is an independent and assisted living community in Fremont, California. Our luxurious and active community is ideally situated in a residential area of the city, giving residents all the comforts of a small town near the amenities of a large city. Residents enjoy our...

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  • G M Residential Care Home

    4924 Omar St, Fremont, CA 94538
    (1)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    G M Residential Care Home is a nursing facility dedicated to helping those seniors who need nursing care on a more extensive basis. There are times when the elderly simply are not able to take care of themselves during the day or need extra medical attention. While home care is an option, our...

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  • Muriel's Residential Facility

    38880 Florence Way, Fremont, CA 94536
    (2)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Muriel's Residential Facility is a residential care home located in the great city of Fremont, California, in Alameda County. Our residence is constructed in a strategic location to make life easy and fun for our seniors. The weather conditions in this location are very favorable and help ensure our...

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  • Lincoln Villa

    41040 Lincoln Street, Fremont, CA 94538
    (15)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Lincoln Villa is a lovely community dedicated to assisted senior living. Not only is the community a wonderful place for seniors to live together and enjoy their golden years, but it is a safe environment where adult children can be assured that their parents are well taken care of. The goal of the...

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  • A & P Care Home

    32852 Clear Lake Street, Fremont, CA 94536
    (3)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    A & P Care Home is a senior care home in Fremont, California, located in Alameda County. As one of the most ethnically and diverse cities in the San Francisco Bay area, Fremont is well-known for its high ranking schools, clean and landscaped parks, and numerous recreational activities. This...

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  • Gibraltar Assisted Living

    4384 Gibraltar Drive, Fremont, CA 94536
    (1)
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    Gibraltar Assisted Living is located in Fremont, CA and serves Alameda County. This residential care home is situated within the San Francisco Bay area in a quiet, tranquil region of the state. Those who live here enjoy the warm, summer-like year round weather and the refreshing breezes. Family...

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  • Aegis of Fremont

    Aegis of Fremont

    3850 Walnut Ave, Fremont, CA 94538
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Nestled in the beautiful tri-city valley, Aegis of Fremont is a new, luxuriously appointed assisted living community. Our building is designed on a smaller scale so it is more homelike and promotes socializing between staff and residents. With such amenities as aromatherapy, massage, a full service...

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  • Fremont Hills

    Fremont Hills

    35490 Mission Blvd, Fremont, CA 94536
    (30)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Welcome to Fremont Hills Assisted Living. We are proud to be Fremont's premier Assisted Living and Memory Care community. Fremont Hills Assisted Living is where residents can enjoy life and their families can have peace of mind, knowing that their loved ones are being cared for with dignity and...

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  • Muriel's Residential Facility II

    4643 Hampshire Way, Fremont, CA 94538
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Muriel's Residential Facility II is a senior care home located in the beautiful Fremont, California, located in Alameda County. We are purposefully positioned in a geographical area that has a friendly neighborhood and tranquil environment that is suitable for seniors. In that case, you can access...

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  • BridgePoint at Los Altos

    BridgePoint at Los Altos

    1174 Los Altos Ave, Los Altos, CA 94022
    (6)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    BridgePoint at Los Altos is a full-service month-to-month rental retirement community offering independent and assisted living. Conveniently located just one block from El Camino Real on Los Altos Avenue, and just minutes from Interstates 101 and 280, BridgePoint at Los Altos is just two miles from...

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  • Brookdale San Ramon

    Brookdale San Ramon

    18888 Bollinger Canyon Road, San Ramon, CA 94583
    (21)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Our luxurious, inviting community, in the greater San Francisco/Oakland metropolitan area, encompasses the perfect assisted living experience, where each day you can choose from all kinds of life-enriching activities and programs to share with friends and neighbors. Continue to enjoy your...

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  • Villa at Castro Valley

    Villa at Castro Valley

    19960 Santa Maria Avenue, Castro Valley, CA 94546
    (9)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Villa at Castro Valley has been serving seniors in the Castro Valley area for over 40 years. We offer 24 hour Assisted Living and secured Memory Care as well as short term stays/hospice care. Pricing includes meals, housekeeping, personal laundry, cable TV, transportation arrangements as well as...

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  • East West Care

    East West Care

    1018 Clinton St., Redwood City, CA 94061
    (10)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    East West Care Redwood City II is a residential care home located in Redwood City, CA in San Mateo County and about 27 miles from San Francisco. In an area known as an old lumber port, Redwood City is now home to a lot of great tech companies like Oracle, and residents will enjoy the modern city...

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  • Old Oak Golden Villa

    Old Oak Golden Villa

    970 Old Oak Road, Livermore, CA 94550
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    About Us: Old Oak Golden Villa is located in beautiful & scenic Livermore. Nestled in the serene & safe community named 'The Oaks', this 6-bed Residential Care Facility serves seniors who are 57 and above. We are proud to have 24-hour, 7 days per week, well trained, efficient and dedicated...

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  • Belmont Village Sunnyvale

    Belmont Village Sunnyvale

    1039 East El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA 94087
    (36)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    The community of Belmont Village of Sunnyvale is conveniently located between San Jose and San Francisco, in the heart of Silicon Valley. The facility is situated in a prime residential area, assisted living residents have easy access to shopping, restaurants, healthcare facilities and places of...

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  • White Dove Residential Care Home

    White Dove Residential Care Home

    965 Lakebird Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94089
    (1)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    The White Dove Residential Care Home is intended primarily to meet the personal needs of the elderly in a stress-free atmosphere and environment that is healthy and comfortable for their well being.  Prepared by the Administrator herself, the food are carefully selected to ensure proper calorie...

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  • Janie's Home

    197 Flying Cloud Isle, Foster City, CA 94404
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Janie's Home sits in a quiet cul de sac in a residential setting fronting a lagoon. A wide and spacious secured deck affords seniors a tranquil view of the water that flows from the bay. It provides specially designed activities to stimulate seniors to live productive and inspiring lives. The...

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  • Williams Family Care Home

    674 Gleneagle Avenue, Hayward, CA 94544
    (2)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Residential Care living with a personal touch, providing supervision, security and assistance with the goal of enhancing quality of life. Our cozy setting and personable staff promote socialization as well as independence, while being treated with dignity and respect so residents can truly enjoy...

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  • Brookdale Redwood City

    Brookdale Redwood City

    485 Woodside Road, Redwood City, CA 94061
    (41)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Make the Most of Your Golden Years Our warm and welcoming independent and assisted living community is nestled in one of the most scenic areas of the San Francisco Bay. With a convenient location between Palo Alto and San Mateo, you can embrace all the natural beauty and wonder California has to...

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  • Always TLC

    Always TLC

    226 Sandpiper Court, Foster City, CA 94404
    (6)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Always TLC is located in a cul-de-sac in a quiet residential neighborhood of Foster City, adjacent to a park and near neighborhood amenities such as a senior center and shopping malls. The facility is a spacious 6 bedroom home converted to accommodate 6 elderly residents, all of whom may be...

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  • Emerald Home Care Facility

    Emerald Home Care Facility

    7314 Emerald Avenue, Dublin, CA 94566
    (5)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    LET our Family Care for Yours...   They Need Loving Care, You need Peace of Mind.    We provide Basic & Specialied Care Services, Companion & Homemaker Servces, Hospice & Mild Cognitive Impairment Care...  

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  • Mt. Zion Home For The Elderly

    Mt. Zion Home For The Elderly

    32655 Almaden Blvd, Union City, CA 94587
    (5)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    DESCRIPTION Mt. Zion Home for the elderly is a private pay six (6) bed residential care facility for sixty (60) years old and above residents who may have non-ambulatory/ambulatory status. This facility was founded on December 12, 2011 by Restituto and Gertrudes Sabadera. The latter is an active...

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  • Marymount Villa

    345 Davis Street, San Leandro, CA 94577
    (27)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    At Marymount Villa we believe everyone can find meaning and joy in life, even when they need a little help with daily living. We offer independent, assisted living, respite, hospice care, and now our newly renovated memory care unit. Marymount Villa offers a gracious setting and well-appointed...

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  • Ambrosia Care

    Ambrosia Care

    3262 Montevideo Drive, San Ramon, CA 94583
    (2)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Ambrosia Care is a residential facility for the elderly. We are licensed for six residents. Our facility has been in operation for over ten years. We have over 50 years of combined experiences in elderly care. Every family of our residents can and will provide a reference about the quality of the...

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  • Blessing Home

    Blessing Home

    5195 Proctor Road, Castro Valley, CA 94546
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    BLESSING HOME is a newly remodeled single level home located on a 10,000 SF lot in the beautiful Castro Valley. There is easy access to shopping, salons, libraries, medical and dental offices, hospitals, senior center, parks and other locations for recreational and functional activities. WHO DO WE...

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  • Sunrise Villa San Ramon

    Sunrise Villa San Ramon

    9199 Fircrest Ln, San Ramon, CA 94583
    (16)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Welcome to Sunrise Villa San Ramon! Enjoying life at Sunrise Villa San Ramon is easy. It shows in the smiles that are everywhere. Our residents take full advantage of exciting programs and outings, enjoy wonderfully prepared meals, and have every convenience of luxury accommodations. Since our...

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  • Welcome Home Senior Residence

    7693 Donohue Dr, Dublin, CA 94568
    (1)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Welcome Home Senior Residence is a corporation owned facilities.   Our goal is to provide upscale environment and professional service to the residents.  Our staffs are experienced in all levels of Dementia, etc.  We are licensed to provide care for dementia and Hospice...

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  • Livermore Valley Senior Living

    Livermore Valley Senior Living

    3356 East Avenue, Livermore, CA 94550
    (18)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Livermore Valley Senior Living is the only state licensed 20-bed Assisted Living community in the East Bay with licensed nurses on staff every day of the week. We also have a Physician on staff (Dr. Peter Wong) that works closely with our residents and their families, reinforcing our philosophy of...

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  • Silver Oaks

    Silver Oaks

    16 Coleman Place, Menlo Park, CA 94025
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    We are family owned and managed offering care home accommodations in the San Francisco peninsula area for seniors in need of living assistance. In specific homes we have the ability to care for seniors with special needs such as dementia, Alzheimer's, immobility, incontinence and other special...

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  • Angels Golden Age Care

    Angels Golden Age Care

    8552 Briarwood Lane, Dublin, CA 94568
    (3)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Offering a caring, compassionate home for long or short term residents, Angels Golden Age Care is one of the best kept secrets to alternative living for the aged and disabled. We are a small home-like life style residential care home, that provides personal and individualized care.   

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  • St. Mary's Residential Care Home II

    St. Mary's Residential Care Home II

    1265 Socorro Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94089
    (4)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    St. Mary's Residential Care Home II is committed to maintain and preserve the privacy, dignity, and independence of our residents by offering the highest quality of life, services and health care in warm friendly environment. It's a place like your own home in accordance with the residents needs...

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  • The Parkview

    100 Valley Avenue, Pleasanton, CA 94566
    (4)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    The Parkview brings a fresh approach to assisted living and memory care in the Pleasanton area.  Discover the perfect blend...the independence you want with the assistance you need. Enjoy private apartment living, including stunning views of the surrounding hills and the convenience of the adjacent...

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  • Blossom Garden Senior Home

    Blossom Garden Senior Home

    21307 Western Blvd, Hayward, CA 94541
    (1)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Blossom Garden Senior Home is a senior care home located in the large city of Hayward, CA and in Alameda County. Hayward is located on the eastern bay sub region of the beautiful San Francisco Bay, offering much to do along the coastline. The Blossom Garden Senior group home setting is also within...

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  • Sunrise of Sunnyvale

    Sunrise of Sunnyvale

    633 South Knickerbocker Drive, Sunnyvale, CA 94087
    (18)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    About Sunrise of Sunnyvale Community & Location Highlights: Convenient location in beautiful Sunnyvale, CA Near El Camino Hospital Rooftop garden with stunning views of the surrounding region Convenient access via Highways 85, 101, 880 and 280 Minutes from Sunnyvale Town Center, featuring Macy's and...

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  • Sunrise of Pleasanton

    Sunrise of Pleasanton

    5700 Pleasant Hill Rd, Pleasanton, CA 94566
    (2)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Sunrise Senior Living is the first senior living provider to be recognized in customer satisfaction by J.D. Power, the most trusted name in market research, as “Highest in Customer Satisfaction among Senior Living Communities.” Sunrise Senior Living received the highest numerical score in the J.D....

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  • Atria Sunnyvale

    Atria Sunnyvale

    175 East Remington Drive, Sunnyvale, CA 94087
    (37)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Atria Sunnyvale is a welcoming assisted living community in a lovely, quiet neighborhood situated close to downtown Sunnyvale, California. Residents and their families can enjoy a stroll along winding walkways or relax in the beautifully landscaped courtyard. Or they may prefer to entertain friends...

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  • Pacifica Senior Living Union City

    Pacifica Senior Living Union City

    33883 Alvarado Niles Road, Union City, CA 94587
    (161)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Pacifica Senior Living Union City is an assisted living senior community that is located in Union City, California. What makes our community unique is its program that is designed to enrich the body, mind, and soul. For the mind, Pacifica Senior Living Union City offers services such as educational...

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  • St. Therese Care Home II

    St. Therese Care Home II

    2640 Mallard Court, Union City, CA 94587
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Our HOME is located in quiet residential area. We are STATE-Licensed residential care home for the elderly with accommodations for six residents,  ambulatory and non-ambulatory. Our HOME is elegantly decorated. We provide private and semi-private, beautifully furnished rooms. We have nice...

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  • Landmark Villa

    Landmark Villa

    21000 Mission Blvd, Hayward, CA 94541
    (20)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    We offer a home like setting and cheerful smiles from our professional staff who greet you everyday. Our caring staff offers the assistance you need while respecting your independence. Our peaceful setting, restaurant style dining experience, activities and beautiful setting combine to create a...

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  • Acacia Creek

    34400 Mission Boulevard, Union City, CA 94587
    (15)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Acacia Creek is a not-for-profit Continuing Care Community (CCRC) located on the beautiful 305-acre site of the Masonic Home in Union City, and offers a truly rewarding retirement lifestyle - one that is filled with friendship and fun. One that is filled with with vitality, excitement, security and...

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  • Sunrise of Palo Alto

    Sunrise of Palo Alto

    2701 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306
    (10)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    About Sunrise of Palo Alto Community & Location Highlights: Convenient location in Palo Alto, CA. Near Stanford hospitals and clinics, as well as Palo Alto Medical Foundation. Easy access to Stanford University, theatres, and Palo Alto Art Center; walking distance to shopping and dining on...

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  • Palo Alto Commons

    Palo Alto Commons

    4075 El Camino Way, Palo Alto, CA 94306
    (5)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Palo Alto Commons is family owned and has been operating since 1990. Providing premier assisted living, Alzheimer’s/dementia care and exclusive, specialized higher levels of care in a lovely, residential setting. A month to month rental structure allows for flexibility and peace of mind. Our...

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  • California Senior Care

    2454 Alvarado Dr., Santa Clara, CA 95051
    (2)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    A Board and Care Assisted Living facility in the Bay Area dedicated to providing quality care and comfort in a home-like environment for your loved ones.

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  • Sunrise Private Care

    Sunrise Private Care

    3234 East Ave, Livermore, CA 94550
    (1)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    ABOUT SUNRISE PRIVATE CARE Sunrise Private Care is a family-run elderly home with more than 15 years experience. We know how difficult it is to choose the right home, and that's why we do all we can to make each resident feel as secure and loved as possible. Sunrise consists of several residential...

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  • A Home of Our Own

    A Home of Our Own

    2268 Marina Ave, Livermore, CA 94550
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    A HOME OF OUR OWN was open for business in 1997. Current Owner/Administrator Emily Fekete, is licensed since year 2000. Our staff members have over 25 years combined experience in senior care. HOME OF OUR OWN was awarded "The Best Facility for Hospice Care" in Livermore,CA in 2015, 2016 and 2017. "A...

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  • Pacifica Senior Living San Leandro

    Pacifica Senior Living San Leandro

    348 W Juana Ave, San Leandro, CA 94577
    (108)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Welcome Home to Pacifica Senior Living of San Leandro! We are located in the cozy downtown section of San Leandro below the Oakland foothills. With the cool evening breeze off the San Francisco Bay, you can sit outside in the patio courtyard and enjoy a beautiful Bay Area evening. Pacifica Senior...

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  • Vi at Palo Alto

    Vi at Palo Alto

    620 Sand Hill Road, Palo Alto, CA 94304
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Located in the heart of Silicon Valley California, Vi at Palo Alto is a Life Plan community, also known as a continuing care retirement community (CCRC), situated on 23 lush acres of Stanford Property. Our assisted and independent living community offers a wide array of amenities and benefits to...

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Assisted Living in Fremont, CA

What Is Assisted Living?

Assisted living is a senior living option where staffers provide differing levels of assistance to residents. For example, one resident may need help with medication management plus all six activities of daily living (bathing, toileting, continence, grooming, basic mobility and self-feeding). Meanwhile, another resident might require assistance with medication management and just three ADLs. All 50 states regulate assisted living, but no universally accepted definition exists. Some assisted living communities offer additional services such as memory care or rehabilitation. However, assisted living by itself is not offered in a medical setting and takes a residential approach.

Residents in assisted living generally have options for on-site activities such as exercise class, painting club and Wii bowling. Excursions to area attractions tend to occur regularly. As for meals, they are usually served restaurant-style, and many facilities offer a selection of dishes for each meal.

What Is Senior Living Like in Fremont?

Seniors have fun in Fremont with attractions such as farmer's markets, art galleries, museums, performing arts venues and historic attractions. Many outdoor attractions are also senior-friendly. For example, the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge offers free admission, birds, wildlife and trails. Fremont, with its lakes, pathways and scenery, really can seem like paradise to outdoor enthusiasts. The mix of restaurants includes places for Thai, Vietnamese, Italian, pitas, crepes and much more. Seniors can shop at antique stores, browse art galleries and purchase crafts and fabrics at a wide selection of stores. Events and festivals include Railroad Festival, Fremont Festival of the Arts, Gathering of the Scottish Clans, Burger & Brew Fest and Fremont Symphony Orchestra Nutcracker and Holiday Concert. San Francisco is about 40 miles from Fremont and makes for a good day trip.

Fremont gets lots of sunny days a year, about 264 (compared with the U.S. average of 205). Temperatures year-round are pleasant, and snow is not an issue. Humidity is rarely a problem for anyone, and the air quality is about average.

The city is named after John C. Fremont. Nicknamed The Great Pathfinder, he granted early settlers access to the bay area when he mapped a route through Mission Pass. Charlie Chaplin filmed several movies in the area, and in 1956, five townships (Mission San Jose, Centerville, Niles, Irvington, and Warm Springs) combined to create Fremont. Many high-tech and manufacturing companies have made Fremont their home.

Assisted Living Inspections and Ratings in California

A Place for Mom has a compiled a state-by-state guide for assisted living records and reports. California's system is transparent and fairly easy to use, earning it a designation of "high" from us. However, we cannot give the state the better "exceptional" rating because inspections of assisted living facilities occur only every 60 months or five years. It is good to be able to access information, but that data is not too helpful if it could be out of date.

In any case, the California Department of Social Services lets users search under categories such as "elderly assisted living." You can find information on complaints, violations, capacity and special licensing, among other things. Unfortunately, there is no pricing information in the state's database.

What Services Are Available?

Each assisted living facility is unique, but the facilities do generally offer the following services, either in the base rate or at an additional charge:

  • Assistance with ADLs
  • Medication management
  • 24-hour awake staff
  • Common areas
  • Complimentary transportation in some situations
  • Three meals a day and snacks
  • Beautician services
  • Private rooms
  • On-site activities such as bingo and dance classes
  • Devotional services

Many facilities have visiting professionals such as nurses and occupational therapists. Some allow residents to have pets, and others may have a community pet.

How Much Does Assisted Living Cost in Fremont?

Assisted living in Fremont is, on average, a few hundred dollars more expensive per month than the state average. The average cost per month in Fremont is $4,794, while it is $4,676 for the metro area and $4,194 in California. In San Francisco, the average cost per month is $4,528, but the metro-area figure climbs to $5,028.

Your actual costs are likely to vary from the averages given above. In fact, you could pay at least $1,000 more or less a month. Factors such as whether your parents have a private or shared living space affect the bottom line, as do considerations such as the level of care they need and how many services and amenities the assisted living community offers.

The data from the index is based on costs incurred from 2012 to 2018 from seniors who moved into assisted living. It is a no-cost data source, so feel free to use it to compare costs in different areas of California and the United States. If your parents have other children or close relatives living in cheaper areas of the country, it could be useful to explore costs there.

Medicare does not pay for assisted living, but Medicaid may in cases of limited resources. Many families use home sales, reverse mortgages, long-term care insurance, savings, income or veterans benefits to defray the costs. Ask the administrators at the facilities you're considering about corporate and governmental programs that could help.

How Do I Find the Right Assisted Living Facility?

Since California inspects assisted living facilities only every five years, you may have to be extra diligent in your efforts to verify attributes such as a facility's cleanliness and safety. A Place for Mom can help you set up tours, so get in touch with us soon.

As you tour the various facilities, check whether the windows and corners are clean. Look for how well-designed the floor plan is and whether there is plenty of lighting. Verify that the facility offers at least a few activities that your parents enjoy. Your parents should do a tour as well and eat a meal at the facility with you. Assess the common and private areas for safety features (e.g. grab bars in bathrooms).

You will probably have several in-depth conversations with various administrators at different facilities. Talk about these issues:

  • A plan of care (the facility should offer written plans with input from your parents, you, other family members, staffers at the facility and your parents' doctor)
  • How often the plan is updated
  • Nighttime staffing and how to reach these staffers
  • Staff-to-resident ratios
  • How medication management works
  • The rate for base services and how pricing works for additional services (ask to see a list of all the services and amenities offered)
  • Level of luxury at the facility
  • Waitlist policies and approximate wait time
  • Billing and payment
  • Types of housing available (private apartment, shared, two-bedroom, etc.)
  • Staff experience and training
  • Move-in incentives and whether any prices can be negotiated
  • Fees and deposits
  • Discharge policies
  • Also, consider the likelihood that your parents' needs could change. For instance, if your parents are fairly healthy and your family has a history of people living long and healthfully, assisted living could be all your parents ever need. On the other hand, if they are in the early stages of dementia, they could need memory care soon. To avoid yet more fees, deposits and moves, the right assisted living facility in this situation might be one that also has memory care. Similarly, if your parents have to be hospitalized often, it might be helpful to choose an assisted living facility that offers rehab services.

    What Are ADLs and IADLs?

    The activities of daily living and the instrumental activities of daily living can help your family determine how ready your parents are for assisted living. ADLs include activities such as getting out of bed, brushing your teeth and hair, being able to largely bathe yourself, controlling your bladder and bowels, and feeding yourself. Someone who is unable to do even one or two ADLs may require serious assistance every day.

    On the other hand, IADLs tend to involve tasks that require more cognitive ability and planning than ADLs do. Examples of IADLs are budgeting, doing laundry, cleaning the house, cooking meals, taking medications and shopping for food. They are more complex to execute than ADLs. A decline in the ability to carry out IADLs can mean a decline in ADLs, either at the same time or fairly soon, within a few months or years.

    What Are the Signs It's Time for Assisted Living?

    It is possible that someone who struggles with IADLs but not with ADLs can live at home fairly independently. For instance, the family could hire someone to perform laundry, housekeeping and meal prep for a few hours per week, arrange for food delivery services and set up an arrangement with a taxicab company. These strategies could keep your parents at home for a while, even years, but there may come a time when they need help with ADLs as well. An ADL such as bathing could be done every other day or perhaps even once every three days, but many such as incontinence and getting out of bed require daily help. If your parents have long-term care insurance, the insurer likely requires that they be unable to perform at least two ADLs (one is not enough).

    What if your parents get plenty of help from family caregivers? It may still be time for assisted living, particularly if the caregivers feel stressed or burnt out. They may feel that their sole focus in life is caregiving, and that is not healthy for anyone. If one of your parents cares for the other, is the caregiver still emotionally, mentally and physically able to render good care?

    Safety is a major concern. For example, some people who have dementia are prone to wandering and agitated outbursts. This behavior is risky both to themselves and to others. They may need to be in assisted living that provides memory care.

    Can I Get Additional Help?

    It is only fair that you and your parents feel satisfied and comfortable with where they end up living. The Advisors with A Place for Mom have helped thousands of families with their search for assisted living, and we would be happy to assist your family as well. Our team can help with the various stages of the search process and set up facility tours. This service is free to you, so please get in touch with us today for personalized assistance.