Merrill Gardens at Santa Maria

1220 Suey Road, Santa Maria, CA 93454

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About the community

Conveniently located between San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara, Merrill Gardens at Santa Maria is a campus-style retirement community that provides a wide spectrum of care. Enjoy being near golf courses, wineries, the Veteran's Administration Building and Marian Regional Medical Center.

Take advantage of the Active LivingSM Wellness program, well-appointed on-site library, comfortable meeting areas, beautifully landscaped grounds with walking paths and an outdoor pool and spa.

Merrill Gardens at Santa Maria senior housing offers:

242 senior living apartments
Choose from studios, one and two bedroom apartments and cottages
Independent living, assisted living, memory care and respite care services
Take advantage of personal care services if needed
Anytime Dining
Enjoy fresh, restaurant-style meals served on your schedule — 7 am to 7 pm — 7 days a week
Active Living
Pursue physical, social, intellectual, emotional and spiritual interests.

In addition, Merrill Gardens at Santa Maria offers concierge services, scheduled transportation, weekly housekeeping and much more!

Senior Housing Types

Assisted living
Memory care
Independent living

Pricing at Merrill Gardens at Santa Maria

Total monthly costs depend on room type, select services, and the level of care needed.

Base fees by room type

Studio
Starting at
$XXXX
/mo
1 Bedroom
Starting at
$XXXX
/mo
2 Bedrooms
Starting at
$XXXX
/mo
Semi-Private
Starting at
$XXXX
/mo

*Prices quoted are monthly rental charges and are provided by the communities themselves. Actual prices may differ due to one-time fees, timing and care services required. Speak with your Senior Living Advisor to learn more.

Amenities

Health Care Services

Memory care
Ambulatory care
Diabetic care
Incontinence care
Medication management

Staffing & ancillary services

Hospice available on-site
Nurse
Podiatrist
Dentist
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Meals & Dining

Meals provided
Anytime dining
Guest meals
Professional chef

Room Amenities

Wheelchair accessible showers
Bath tubs
Wi-fi/high-speed internet
Full kitchen
Kitchenette
Ground floor units

Community Amenities

On-site dining options

Café or bistro
Private dining room

Transportation & parking

Resident parking available
Complimentary transportation
Transportation at cost
Property convenient to public transit

Pets

Dogs allowed
Cats allowed

Common areas

Outdoor common areas
Indoor common areas
Barber shop
Beauty salon

Recreational areas

Swimming pool
Arts and crafts center
Billiards lounge
Game room

Services

Housekeeping
Beautician
Grocery shopping and errands
Laundry service / drycleaning

Memory care services

Secured community
Memory care only community
Enclosed courtyard
Indoor walking paths

Primary language spoken by staff

English

Activities

Devotional activities on-site
Devotional activities offsite
Visiting chaplain or priest
Protestant services

Reviews

4.5

(32 reviews)

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4.5

Care services

4.5

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Value for cost

4.4

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5.0
November 10, 2018
Anonymous - Loved one of resident/client
Tour Merrill Gardens, Santa Maria to appreciate the option.

My family member is doing well at Merrill Gardens, Santa Maria. The entire building is immaculate. The food services are great. Great effort is made to provide stimulating and enjoyable activities. The grounds are lovely...quiet, secure, and beautiful with numerous places to sit out in the fresh air. There is a pool; aquatic exercise is offered. There are two libraries, and there is computer access for those who do not have a personal computer. Every effort is made to create and upbeat and welcoming environment. It is not inexpensive, but the cost is less than half the cost of any facility in Santa Barbara or Santa Ynez. Fresh coffee, warm cookies, and bags of freshly popped popcorn are waiting in the lobbies all day!

Response from Merrill Gardens at Santa Maria

November 15, 2018

Hi there, thank you for taking the time to leave us this review. We are happy to hear that your family member is enjoying the dining, activities and amenities at Merrill Gardens.


5.0
May 26, 2018
Anonymous - Toured community

Clean, welcoming, happy residents, very accommodating staff. Price difference between a studio and 1 bedroom seems disproportionate.


5.0
March 10, 2018
Anonymous - Toured community

Merrill Gardens is a terrific facility. Beautiful grounds, professional staff. It is a welcoming, friendly facility. My contact [name removed] was excellent. He was very helpful, informative and answered my questions. The price was high for our budget but would be well worth it for others looking for a home.


5.0
January 24, 2018
Anonymous - Toured community

We couldn't find a fault with what we saw. We have always heard how expensive Merrill Gardens is, but all we saw was value for our money!

Response from Merrill Gardens at Santa Maria

January 29, 2018

Thank you for providing us with this review! We are so pleased to hear that you saw the value that is offered at Merrill Gardens.


4.0
October 5, 2017
Anonymous - Toured community

This the best of the communities that we have looked at and it seems to be within our budget.


3.0
August 21, 2017
Anonymous - Toured community
Verified Review
Just to big for my dad

This community was really nice they did a great job with my tour and they were able to answer all my question, I just felt my dad would be better off in a smaller more home like atmosphere.


5.0
August 17, 2017
Anonymous - Loved one of resident/client
Verified Review
Mom's Care

We like the care at this for my mom. We like the staff and the attentiveness. The menu is wonderful. My mom is offered to do the activities with the other residents. We like the location for the family that lives close by. We would recommend this community for many positive reasons. We are happy knowing that mom is in great community.


5.0
April 12, 2017
KELLY MERRITT - Loved one of resident/client
Verified Review
Great value and care

We compared assisted living options in Santa Barbara and were not able to find the value and quality that we found at Merrill Gardens. They have been very supportive, caring, flexible and genuinely concerned for our fathers comfort and safety. We feel grateful to have found them. He loves his unit with rolling hills in view and trees with a sun porch that he really enjoys!

Response from Merrill Gardens at Santa Maria

April 20, 2017

Thank you for taking the time to write this positive review for us. We are so glad that your father loves his apartment!


5.0
March 28, 2017
Anonymous - Loved one of resident/client
Verified Review
Outstanding Care for dad

We are happy with the care here for my father. They keep me updated on his care. The community is very clean and taken care of. We are happy with the meals and he is happy with the variety and the portions. He is offered to get involved in some of the activites, and hopefully he will want to get more involved with the other residents. I like the feeling of this community. I would reccomend this community for the good care and value

Response from Merrill Gardens at Santa Maria

April 2, 2017

We are so pleased to hear that you are happy with the care your father is receiving at Merrill Gardens. It is great that he is enjoying our Anytime Dining program and getting involved with the activities.


4.0
January 17, 2017
Anonymous - Resident/client
Verified Review
Enjoy Our Beginning

It is all going well for me and my husband since moving. We are waiting for a bigger room until it becomes available. Everything from the meals to how clean it is has been good.

Response from Merrill Gardens at Santa Maria

January 20, 2017

Thank you for sharing this feedback with us. We are glad that you and your husband are enjoying Merrill Gardens. We are proud of our Anytime Dining program, so this review is great to receive.


4.0
December 6, 2016
Anonymous - Toured community

This facility was very clean and friendly. We were impressed with the staff and with the administrator. All of our questions were answered satisfactorily and even some we hadn't thought of. This is a strong possibility for our loved one.

Response from Merrill Gardens at Santa Maria

December 16, 2016

Merrill Gardens at Santa Maria is a great community and we are glad that your experience was positive. Please let us know how we can help as you continue your search for senior housing options.


4.0
October 2, 2016
Anonymous - Toured community

Just beginning my search, this is a nice place. Well maintained inside and out. Staff seems to know everyone by name, plenty of activities. At the top of my list so far.

Response from Merrill Gardens at Santa Maria

October 5, 2016

Thank you for providing us with this positive review! Please let us know if we can provide any further assistance during your search.


5.0
September 26, 2016
Anonymous - Loved one of resident/client
Verified Review
Great Community!

The community was great to my loved one. My loved was not there long,but the time my loved one was there I had no complaints. The staff was great and understanding to my loved ones needs. The community was clean every time.

Response from Merrill Gardens at Santa Maria

October 5, 2016

We are so glad to hear that Merrill Gardens was a great community for your loved one. Our team works hard to provide a positive environment so this is wonderful feedback.


5.0
July 26, 2016
Anonymous - Loved one of resident/client
Verified Review
Loving It So Much

The facility is wonderful, the people are wonderful and they love her too! We are really, really happy with them. the community is clean. The meals prepared are nutritious, fresh and made very well with a nice variety. I would recommend this community and A Place For Mom was really helpful.

Response from Merrill Gardens at Santa Maria

July 31, 2016

Thank you for taking the time to provide us with this great review. We are so pleased to hear this wonderful feedback.


5.0
February 29, 2016
Anonymous - Loved one of resident/client
Verified Review

Mom is doing very well at Merrill Gardens. Since moving in she's made quite a few friends and the food there is fantastic! The staff have been great and I'm hoping that with time Mom will start to participate in the many activities they have for the residents!

Response from Merrill Gardens at Santa Maria

March 13, 2016

We are so happy to hear that your mom is doing well at Merrill Gardens at Santa Maria. We will share your feedback with our team, as they strive to provide a positive experience for residents and very much appreciate positive feedback.


5.0
November 29, 2015
Annette - Loved one of resident/client
Verified Review

Merrill Gardens has exceeded our expectations. The facility is lovely and well maintained. The caregivers are respectful, kind and professional. The varied menu and freshly prepared foods are healthy, tasty, and well proportioned. After one month, my 94 year old Mother has adjusted very well and is extremely content there. They have followed through on everything that they have said they would do.

Response from Merrill Gardens at Santa Maria

November 30, 2015

Thank you so much for providing us with this great review. We are so pleased to hear that your mother is doing so well at Merrill Gardens!


5.0
September 2, 2015
Anonymous - Loved one of resident/client
Verified Review
Beautiful atmosphere

Need more employees for amount of residents,food was not cut up into bite size pieces so many residents were not able to eat it considering they are not allowed knives and some have a hard time controlling the amount of food on their forks or spoons.The shower stall wasn't as clean as it could be. The activities are wonderful my Mother was kept busy all the time. I loved how I could come and go as I pleased to visit. The grounds are beautiful. Everyone was very pleasant and friendly.

Response from Merrill Gardens at Santa Maria

September 18, 2015

We appreciate you taking the time to provide us with this valuable feedback. We are reviewing this information with our team. We are also pleased to hear about the positive experience with activities and our community grounds. Please don't hesitate to contact us with further feedback or any questions.


4.5
March 12, 2015
kay.morita@sbcglobal.net - Toured community
Great Staff

Great staff here at Merrill Gardens in Santa Maria. The staff here are friendly and caring. We can't ask for more! They take very good care of us!!!

Response from Merrill Gardens at Santa Maria

April 1, 2015

Thank you so much for this glowing review! We are happy that our team has been doing a great job. If you ever have any additional feedback to share, feel free to reach out to us directly.


4.0
December 30, 2014
Anonymous - Toured community
Verified Review
excellent genuine care

The care givers seem to be really genuinely concerned about the people that they are in charge of. It seems that they are there because they really care, not just for a job. They have done a good job finding the right people that are perfect for this job. The level of activities that they have are really good. I would definitely recommend Merrill Gardens at Santa Maria. My mom is in the dementia/memory care house, and I just can't say enough about the people there and how well they care for her.


5.0
December 17, 2014
Anonymous - Loved one of resident/client
Verified Review
5 stars!

Merrill Gardens at Santa Maria is a great place, I'd give them top marks across the board! The staff is fantastic, the food is good, and all of the people who live here are friendly. The facility itself is beautiful, clean, and well kept, and they take great care of the residents. I'd highly recommend them!


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