7630 Fay Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037
Stately and sophisticated, Monarch Cottage of La Jolla, California, will have you awestruck from the moment you arrive. Monarch Cottage is a premier senior living community that focuses on providing exceptional memory care services to residents with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, or other cognitive impairments. Nestled among local businesses, we have direct access to the finest arts and entertainment La Jolla has to offer, as well as renowned healthcare and local beaches.
We are honored to provide the services that we do, and we lead with a person-centered approach. It is our goal to provide lifestyle and wellness programs that go above and beyond with support and encouragement so residents can truly flourish. The caring, compassionate staff of Monarch Cottage are more than just a team of caregivers, they're an extension of your family.
We understand the importance of focusing on residents’ abilities rather than their limitations, and lead everything we do with that in mind. Our wonderful Life Enrichment Director and dedicated staff lead a variety of engaging activities, exercise programs, and so much more to keep residents physically active and mentally stimulated. Planned outings, music therapy, gardening, and karaoke are among some of residents’ favorite activities....
Total monthly costs depend on room type, select services, and the level of care needed.
Base fees by room type
*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.
From the minute I stepped into the community, there was a feeling of calm and warmth. The staff were attuned to everything my Mom could need; from a hug to a joke to a conversation to put her mind at ease. And the warmth and caring of the staff went beyond her direct caregiver to include the Executive Director, Concierge, and even the cleaning staff. I felt from everyone that my Mom's wellbeing was their top priority. The community is beautifully designed and decorated with many places to walk and sit and talk either privately or with other residents and staff. There is an incredible peace of mind to know that my Mom's physical, social. emotional and medical needs are being so lovingly and intelligently attended to. Monarch Cottage is helping our whole family through this stage of my Mom's life with grace, care and warmth. Thank you.
We take care of a person who was bedridden at home with 24-hour care for years. We finally decided to move her to a facility because we were concerned about a single aide being able to help her in case of an earthquake or fire. Selecting Monarch Cottage gave her a new lease on life! The staff encouraged her to get out of bed and into a wheelchair, and although it was very difficult for her at first it has made an incredible difference. She is now able to be with others throughout the day and participates in the various activities such as music and exercise. She is surrounded by loving, caring staff, and is happier and more engaged than we thought possible. The facility itself is beautiful. We feel blessed that we found Monarch Cottage and that they are taking such good care of our loved one.
My Mom has been at Monarch for over a year and we have nothing but good things to say about the facility and the Monarch team. Moving her into a long-term facility is challenging in so many ways, and I know that we are not unique in this process. COVID started after she had moved in, making things very difficult for everyone, compounding everything. Monarch and its staff where able to navigate and manage the COVID pandemic and kept my mom safe. I am not sure if left on our own, if we could have done the same. The entire facility was vaccinated recently, so it appears that she made it through. I am sorry for those and my heart goes out to those who did not. I know our family can’t thank the team at Monarch enough and for the trust that they have earned 1,000% through so much hard work, risk and compassion.
Our dad was one of the first residences at Monarch when it opened its doors to residents, and after almost 90 days, we moved him out to a better memory care in the College area, and he is thriving there. Basically, we found that we were paying for "Ford Focus" service at "Ferrari" prices. I had the luxury of spending a lot of time with my dad at Monarch Cottage, so I saw how unprepared they were; I don't think anyone who briefly visits would see what I saw almost on a daily basis. The building is very nice, the location is bustling--no walking access to the ocean despite being in La Jolla, but I'm not sure if that is a deal-breaker for memory care, and they accept small dogs. This was the "Ferrari" appearance and what they seem to base their steep rent and move-in cost on. We wouldn't have had a problem paying almost double the price than other reputable memory care places charge, but Monarch Cottage simply doesn't have their act together to warrant asking for such steep prices. My dad was constantly bored there (and so was I during the hours I spend with him daily!) , and I suspect many of the residents were too--they would often just go up and down the elevator so that they had something to do. My dad is high functioning at this point, but they didn't make very much of an effort, unless I complained, to keep him engaged beyond hallway bowling and indoor putting. They often just threw together outings on a day-to day basis (other memory care places have the entire month planned out and, sometimes, posted online for family to see); my dad was often dissatisfied with inconsistent quality of the meals. He brought his small dog, a plus, but his dog didn't get enough walks throughout the rest of the day and was peeing in his room--which made the carpets smell bad. Again, if we weren't paying almost 40% more than most other reputable memory care, these issues might have been understandable, but, quite frankly, we felt ripped off--paid for the Ferrari and got into the car and found that it had the engine of a Ford Focus instead. Despite statements that there is a 5-1 ratio of caregivers to residents, they were really just 2 caregivers on shift at a time and they counted the office staff as part of that ratio--a bit deceiving. I could go on about their johnny-come-lately hiring and their lack of systems there, but, in a nutshell, I don't think this place is worth the price they charge. At my dad's new place at Stellar Care, he gets outings 2 times a week, activities that are interesting to him on a daily basis, good food (they actually bring him takeout from his favorite restaurant twice a week), and a beautiful room and concierge service for a fraction of Monarch's price.
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