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Desert Cottage

83617 Himalaya Dr., Indio, CA 92203

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anonymous - Toured community

Excellent contact. [name removed] was awesome by contacting me prior to the tour. [name removed] was knowledgeable about what needed to be asked and what needs to be done. Loved the home and it environment.... Read more

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About the community Desert Cottage

Desert Cottage is an Alzheimer's memory care community located in Indio, California in the county of Riverside. Desert Cottage is located in a lovely community that has a nearby country club, the Indio Golf Course, two man-made lakes, and nearby shopping complex. This variety of recreation and shopping allows seniors to remain more independent by ensuring that they always have activities and shopping within easy walking distance of the community. Additionally, Indio is a distant suburb of the city of Los Angeles, which means that seniors are close enough to the city to take day trips or take advantage of LAX when they want to travel domestically or abroad.

Desert Cottage is staffed by a truly impressive team of individuals. Staff members are highly experienced with over 20 years of dementia care experience. They compassionately employ unique techniques that allow for each senior at Desert Cottage to receive personalized care that better helps them remain active and healthy during their senior years.
Senior residents of Desert Cottage enjoy a wide variety of amenities, including:

  • Pet friendly housing and policies
  • Laundry and housekeeping services
  • Private bathing in full tubs and wheelchair accessible showers
  • Delicious meals served daily
  • Dietary...

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Senior Living Options Offered

Memory Care
Memory Care
Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Care Homes
Care Homes
Residential care homes are shared neighborhood homes for seniors who need a live-in caregiver to assist with activities of daily living, like dressing and bathing.

Pricing for Desert Cottage

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Amenities at Desert Cottage

Health Care Services

Diabetic care
Memory care
Incontinence care
Ambulatory care
Medication management

Staffing & ancillary services

Hospice Available On-Site

Meals & Dining

Meals Provided
Low / No Sodium

Room Amenities

Wheelchair Accessible Showers
Bath Tubs
Respite or Short Term Stays Offered
Wi-Fi/high-speed internet
Cable or Satellite TV

Community Amenities

Memory care services

Wander Guard or Similar System Available
Secured Community
Enclosed Courtyard
Outdoor Walking Paths

Transporation & parking

Resident Parking Available
Transportation at Cost

Common areas

Outdoor Common Areas
Indoor Common Areas
Private Bath
Central Fireplace


Cats Allowed
Dogs Allowed

Languages spoken

American Sign Language

Primary language spoken by staff



Laundry Service / Drycleaning


Devotional Activities On-Site
Catholic Services
Activities On-site
Birthday Parties

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February 11, 2020
Liz - Loved one of resident/client

My father received improper care at this place and fortunately for us, my father can articulate every single thing that happened to him by the so called "caretakers." [Name removed], Program Director along with her staff [name removed], are rude, unprofessional and bullies. There is a reason they don't allow contact with your loved one for three weeks. Keep your loved ones away. I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS PLACE AT ALL.

March 25, 2018
anonymous - Toured community

Excellent contact. [name removed] was awesome by contacting me prior to the tour. [name removed] was knowledgeable about what needed to be asked and what needs to be done. Loved the home and it environment.

July 28, 2017
anonymous - Loved one of resident/client
Verified Review
Nice and small and absolutely beautiful

I rated Desert Cottages 1, a 3 because I feel my wife is over medicated. I took a list of her meds to her regular doctor who has talked with the doctor there at Desert Cottages 1 and they are now adjusting her dosage. My wife will only be here another month as we are moving to Sun City, Az. Desert Cottages 1 is a very nice 6-bed facility very simplified. They are meticulous about the food they prepare for their patients, they help feed them. My wife is at the point where she really can not participate in much so they do help her with a lot. The facility is absolutely beautiful it is in a residential gated neighborhood 4/5 bedrooms and all the residents are very well taken care of. I would have no problem recommending Desert Cottages 1 to my family and friends.

March 1, 2017
anonymous - Loved one of resident/client
Verified Review
The right fit for us

The caregivers here are wonderful They are patient and they work well with vision impaired residents. The food is good. They make homemade soups and offer a variety of snacks during the day. They make sure everyone is dressed and at the table for all meals. The home is extremely clean and they even open the windows when the residents are not in their rooms. I liked that this feels like a home and I am comfortable with dad being there.

August 11, 2016
Jessica - Loved one of resident/client
Happy in Indio

I could not be happier with the staff at Desert Cottages. The care and attention my grandmother receives is phenomenal! When we went looking for an assisted living facility, I knew Desert Cottages was the place the moment I walked through the doors. When I visit, I hear nothing but wonderful things about how well it is directed and run. Keep up the good work!

August 11, 2016
LIsa - Industry reviewer
I Love my Job

Desert Cottages is an amazing place to work. I could not imagine doing anything else but working with the elderly with Alzheimer and/or Dementia. The staff works as a team. The family members are absolutely a pleasure to be around and the residents make life Amazing. I have been working here for 4 years and am looking forward to many more! Knowing that we make a difference is the BEST feeling the world!

August 11, 2016
Art - Loved one of resident/client
Thank you Desert Cottages & Staff

I wanted to take a moment to again thank you for everything you did for my mom, from your first visit with her in the nursing facility through her final days with us. She did enjoy being a part of your family and Autumn and I knew she was in caring, loving, hands.

August 10, 2016
Robin - Loved one of resident/client
Desert Cottages is the BEST!

"Words cannot express our gratitude for all that you do, not only for mom, but for all your residents. I have had the opportunity over the years to see how other facilities, both large and small are run, and observe the caregivers that work there. I am sure I don’t have to tell you how rare it is to be totally satisfied! Your homes are immaculate, the caregivers are warm and caring and diligent in their care of each resident. The food is the best. (We should know, as mom tells us often enough!!!)"

August 10, 2016
Debra - Loved one of resident/client
Love This Place

Glad I took A Place for Mom's recommendation! My impression of Board and Care facilities was not positive as having looked at several in a different part of the state. However, when A Place for Mom suggested Desert Cottages, I did agree to have another look. And I am so glad I did! I was very pleasantly surprised at the lovely home, large backyard with fountain, and very welcoming staff. My mom has been there for a few months now and is getting great care, so much more than I was able to do by myself. The home is always immaculate, decorated for every season and holiday. The staff is very warm but also conscientious about medication, meals, and making sure all residents feel comfortable. I highly recommend Desert Cottages!

April 11, 2016
anonymous - Loved one of resident/client
Verified Review
A place not for you

After the first week we knew we had chosen the wrong place, I hope you don’t make the same mistake. While they were friendly,Desert cottages staff and owner refused to admit a decline in her health since moving her into their facility. We were trying to relocate her out, but we could not get her out fast enough before an Accident happened. They did not notify the family when she was seriously hurt in an accident. They avoided seeking medical help, until the family found out that she was hurt and had to intercede and call the Doctor direct for assistance. Once admitted into the hospital, she was found to be in poor health, needing much assistance. They are more focused on cleanliness than care. Desert Cottage Fees are excessive and abusive, and very questionable. They charged us over $14,000 a month. I would never recommend this place for any care needs, for anyone.

September 29, 2015
anonymous - Loved one of resident/client
Verified Review
Initial impressions

We've been very pleased as my mother has settled into their care.

August 29, 2015
Rayner - Loved one of resident/client

Desert Cottage is a beautiful home care facility whose staff take wonderful care of it's clients. I felt that privacy, comfort and the needs of it's residents are it's number one priority. Elizabeth, the owner and her assistant Lisa went above and beyond meeting the needs of my stepfather while also dealing with my mother, whose dementia made her visits with my stepfather a challenge. Although my stepfather was in their care for only a few weeks before he passed I felt comfort in knowing that he spent his last days in the best facility possible. I had visited several board and care facilities before choosing Desert Cottage and it gives me peace and comfort knowing his last days were spent at Desert Cottage.

July 29, 2015
anonymous - Toured community

newer home in north Indio. 6 person w/2 shared & 2 singles. clean, well fitted out. Staff seems competent and caring. Complete service. They are a bit sketchy on pricing which is off-putting. Will consider.

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Desert Cottage has received an average review rating of 3.9 based on 13 reviews. See all reviews.

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