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Sunshine Villa, A Merrill Gardens Community

80 Front St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

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Mary Tambellini - Loved one of resident/client
5.0
My mom said " I am happy here"

The friendliness of the staff members and care services really stood out to us. Overall it was a good first impression. The rooms are very nice, and before COVID our loved one really enjoyed the food and eating in the dining room. She said it was good, and the servers are awesome.... Read more

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About the facility Sunshine Villa, A Merrill Gardens Community

Sunshine Villa features a Victorian-style exterior surrounded by lush hedges and trees. The beautiful community resides in a wonderful neighborhood close to many local attractions. Nearby, residents can visit numerous parks, stroll the Santa Cruz Riverwalk, enjoy waterfront activities, swim at the beaches, or golf at the local course. You can even catch shows at local theaters, try global cuisines, or shop at retail stores.

Santa Cruz offers a variety of entertaining activities, but the fun starts within the walls of Sunshine Villa. With lively programming and incredible amenities, it’s easy for you to discover new interests or treasure beloved pastimes. The community currently supports independent living, assisted living, and memory care lifestyles. Reach and experience the wonders of retirement at Sunshine Villa, today!

Sunshine Villa Amenities and Services

Sunshine Villa prioritizes each individual’s care by offering 24-hour staffing that includes on-site registered nurses and licensed practical nurses. The friendly team is happy to offer regular services such as housekeeping, home maintenance, scheduled transportation, and chef-prepared meals.

For those requiring additional support, team members can tailor services as needed and provide assistance with activities of daily living, medication assistance, and more. And for residents diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias,...

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Senior Living Options Offered

Assisted Living
Assisted Living
Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
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.
Sunshine Villa, A Merrill Gardens Community is a community within Merrill Gardens properties. See all Merrill Gardens communities.

Pricing for Sunshine Villa, A Merrill Gardens Community

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Amenities at Sunshine Villa, A Merrill Gardens Community

Health Care Services

Memory Care
Ambulatory Care
Diabetic Care
Incontinence Care
Staffing & Ancillary Services
Medication Management

Meals & Dining

Meals Provided
Kosher
Vegetarian

Room Amenities

Wheelchair Accessible Showers
Respite or Short Term Stays Offered

Facility Amenities

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

Services

Housekeeping
Beautician

Memory care

Wander Guard or Similar System Available
Designed Specifically to Accommodate Memory Loss
Memory Care Only Community

Languages spoken

Spanish
English

Activities

Devotional Activities On-Site
Devotional Activities Offsite
Art Classes
Cooking Classes

Reviews

for Sunshine Villa, A Merrill Gardens Community
4.3(22 reviews)
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Cleanliness

4.5

Friendliness

4.5

Meals & Dining

5.0

Care Services

4.3

Activities

4.4

Staff

5.0

Value for Cost

4.3

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5.0
Gina R - Loved one of resident/client
Assisted Living
August 29, 2022
Verified Review

I have been extremely happy with Sunshine. My mother is getting excellent care and the staff are a big plus. Thank you

Cleanliness

5

Friendliness

5

Meals & Dining

5

Care Services

5

Activities

5

Staff

5

Value for Cost

5


5.0
Mary Tambellini - Loved one of resident/client
Memory Care
December 3, 2020
Verified Review
My mom said " I am happy here"

The friendliness of the staff members and care services really stood out to us. Overall it was a good first impression. The rooms are very nice, and before COVID our loved one really enjoyed the food and eating in the dining room. She said it was good, and the servers are awesome.

Cleanliness

5

Friendliness

5

Care Services

5

Activities

5

Value for Cost

5


5.0
anonymous - Loved one of resident/client
Memory Care
August 4, 2020
Verified Review
Activities galore

The thing that meant the most to us was all of the activities available They keep her very busy. The staff are very helpful , friendly, and we appreciate them. The food the good. We chose this community because she fell in love with it. She loves her little apartment and she loves all the activities, and she goes every single one of them. I would absolutely recommend this community to other families.

Cleanliness

5

Friendliness

5

Care Services

5

Activities

5

Value for Cost

4


4.5
M. Myers - Loved one of resident/client
Memory Care
November 10, 2018
Verified Review
Sunshine Villa gets top grades for this family

It has a charming appeal of a fancy old time hotel with beautiful carpeted hallways and seating places by beautiful overlooks of the ocean. The place is kept emmaculatly clean. Menus are first class. Full, activity log everyday including local musicians as well as outside bus events. The staff are attentive and friendly. My father did not want to leave his home but now he couldn’t be happier. He has made friends and is much more engaged with life having found a social network. As his daughter, I am just thrilled he has a safe home that brings him comfort and joy in his final years.

Cleanliness

4.5

Friendliness

4.5

Care Services

4.5

Activities

4.5

Value for Cost

4.5


5.0
anonymous - Loved one of resident/client
Memory Care
April 4, 2017
Verified Review
Highly recommended!

I am happy with Sunshine Villa so far. My father seems to be doing very well. The staff is nice and everyone is very helpful. They have a lot of activities available and the meals are pretty good. The facility is clean and does not smell. It has been a positive experience.

Cleanliness

5

Friendliness

5

Care Services

5

Activities

5

Value for Cost

5


5.0
Kim Powell - Loved one of resident/client
Memory Care
December 1, 2016
5 Star First Class Assisted Living and Memory Care and so much more!

5 Star First Class Assisted Living and Memory Care and so much more! My mother has lived at Sunshine Villa for several years and she is thriving! My brother and I were reluctant to relocate mom from her Condo to assisted living but it was the best decision we ever made for her care and happiness. From our first meeting with [Removed] and [Removed], we felt like a solution had been found and we were no longer in crisis mode. My mother had taken a fall while alone in her Condo and fractured her lower back. While she was on the mend, [Removed] and [Removed] assured us that the staff and community of Sunshine Villa would take great care of her. We could not be happier nor more impressed by the level of care and professionalism that is provided at Sunshine Villa. As you walk into “ the Villa” you are greeted by a wonderful receptionist who has a watchful eye on who enters or leaves the premises. Your eyes are soon filled with the glow from a cozy fireplace in a library filled with antique sofa chairs and countless books to choose from. Tea, coffee, lemonade and snacks are always available. The dining room is nicely decorated and provides 3 hearty meals each day with a variety of selections. Residents may also order off a menu. The dining room servers are so well trained and polite-top notch! There is a private dining room with antique furniture and china available for families to use at any time for private gatherings. Beyond the library there are lovely nooks and crannies to enjoy and a beautiful outdoor garden and sitting area. On the third floor is the nurse station. If mom ever has any medical issues, within minutes of calling I have reached a medical staff member. A nurse will check in on mom and promptly provide pertinent updates to me. A phone call from Sunshine Villa always starts with “Kim, your mom is fine”, another testimony to the professional training the entire staff receives. If your senior enjoys keeping an active schedule, the activities coordinator provides a unique daily repertoire of activities. A schedule is sent to the family each month so you can remind your loved one to get out there and enjoy an event. Scenic drives, museum visits, luncheons, stretching, happy hours, art classes and bingo are just a few of the many activities that seniors may choose from. They will even send one of their sweet staff members to remind residents of an activity they were planning to attend. Staff check in on residents in their private living quarters throughout the day which is yet another layer of assurance that our mom is well cared for. If you are looking for the very best care for a family member, please consider Sunshine Villa. It provides a loving community in a safe environment that feels like a home, bright and cheerful.

Cleanliness

5

Friendliness

5

Care Services

5

Activities

5

Value for Cost

5


4.0
Anonymous - Toured community
Memory Care
June 2, 2016
Verified Review
Review of Sunshine Villa Senior Living- Santa Cruz, CA

They do such a great job with the show and tell and it looks like a wonderful place for my friend however she balked at the 6000 non-refundable deposit. A beautiful place for anyone who has just a bit more money.

Cleanliness

4

Friendliness

4

Care Services

4

Activities

4

Value for Cost

4


5.0
anonymous - Loved one of resident/client
Memory Care
May 6, 2016
Verified Review
Sunshine Villa was super. The experience was great.

Sunshine Villa was super. The experience was great.

Cleanliness

5

Friendliness

5

Care Services

5

Activities

5

Value for Cost

5


5.0
anonymous - Toured community
Memory Care
November 14, 2015
Verified Review
Caring Staff

All of the staff members at the Sunshine Villa facility are taking really good care of my loved ones. It was a little daunting in the beginning, but everything went smoothly moving in and it is going well now.

Cleanliness

5

Friendliness

5

Care Services

4

Activities

5

Value for Cost

4


4.0
anonymous - Loved one of resident/client
Memory Care
November 13, 2015
Verified Review
really good about getting her involved

Sunshine Villa isn't perfect but it's pretty good. The value is good. Nana has been doing chair exercises and going on scenic tours. They are really good about getting her involved. The only complaint I have is nana hasn't been there very long and they have already lost 2 black pants in the wash. The housekeeping needs a little more organizing. I just think there are some different strategies they could use to keep up with everything better. Also sometimes nana complains about the service in the cafeteria being too slow. Other than that she loves everything about this facility.

Cleanliness

4

Friendliness

5

Care Services

5

Activities

4

Value for Cost

5


4.0
anonymous - Toured community
Memory Care
September 16, 2015

Mom is here. Satisfied with room, services. Unfortunately, too expensive for our budget. [pricing removed] She doesn't require all the amenities; she doesn't express any interest in enjoying them after regular, gentle encouragement.

Cleanliness

4

Friendliness

4

Care Services

4

Activities

4

Value for Cost

4

Response from Sunshine Villa, A Merrill Gardens Community

October 13, 2015

Thank you for taking the time to review your mom’s experience living at Sunshine Villa. We’re so happy to hear you and your family are satisfied with our rooms and services. Should your mom desire an adjustment to her current services or amenities, we’d be happy to speak with you regarding a tailored preference plan. If you’d like to discuss this possibility, please contact Teri Cilley-Kruzic.


2.0
anonymous - Loved one of resident/client
Memory Care
August 25, 2015
Unfortunately, not sooooo happy with Sunshine Villa beware before you put your loved one here.

These people are corporate through and through. Our mom is there now and she complains about Sunshine Villa always being short-handed with caregivers. They don't train the new caregivers enough because they have a high turnover and the new people don't know what the old caregivers used to do. This leaves my mom having to tell new people over and over how she has to have things done. Sunshine Villa will nickel and dime you to death. They raise their rates yearly and then they have this point system that they are constantly adding to the points so that they get even more money out of you monthly. The food is not good. For the amount of money my mom is paying you should be eating like you are out at a fancy restaurant and not at a school cafeteria. I never see any fresh fruit or vegetables -everything is canned. When you have a problem the staff just sugar coats their answers. They never give you any real reasons just excuses. We are looking for alternatives now for my mom and will move her as soon as we find a more suitable care facility.

Cleanliness

4

Friendliness

3

Care Services

2

Activities

2

Value for Cost

2

Response from Sunshine Villa, A Merrill Gardens Community

November 2, 2015

We appreciate your thoughtful opinions on the care administered at our community. Each of our caregivers, administrators, and other members of staff are dedicated to the well-being of our residents so we are disheartened to hear of your disappointments. However, we are always open to feedback as it helps us better serve our residents and strengthen our community. We will pass on your comments to our team. Please reach out to us at our main line should you have further feedback for our team.


4.5
anonymous - Loved one of resident/client
Memory Care
July 15, 2015
Verified Review

Well we had a rough start at the beginning with getting the schedule with the medication because it was a quick move in, but after that everything seems to be going very well.

Cleanliness

5

Friendliness

4

Care Services

3

Activities

5

Value for Cost

4

Response from Sunshine Villa, A Merrill Gardens Community

November 3, 2015

Thanks for taking the time to review your family member’s experience with our community. We’re glad to hear that your family is pleased with services after the initial transition. Please let us know if you have further feedback.


4.0
anonymous - Loved one of resident/client
Memory Care
May 26, 2015
Verified Review
great amenities and wonderful staff

They have really great amenities and wonderful staff at Sunshine Villa. I have had a few small issues with their billing, but they have been able to get worked out ok. Overall it has been a very positive experience and I would recommend them.

Cleanliness

4

Friendliness

4

Care Services

4

Activities

4

Value for Cost

4

Response from Sunshine Villa, A Merrill Gardens Community

November 3, 2015

We appreciate your review of our community and your feedback regarding our billing processes. We will be sure to pass your comments along to the team. Should you have any other feedback for us, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our Executive Director, Teri Cilley-Kruzic.


5.0
anonymous - Toured community
Memory Care
March 31, 2015

wonderful place. staff was very helpful, beautiful clean rooms, and outside areas. too high cost for us, and no memory care room available yet, but will definitely want mom here if we can manage it.

Cleanliness

5

Friendliness

5

Care Services

5

Activities

5

Value for Cost

5

Response from Sunshine Villa, A Merrill Gardens Community

November 3, 2015

Thanks for your thoughtful commentary on your visit to our community. We pride ourselves on both our accommodations and our quality assisted living and memory care services. If we can help to answer any questions about our community, or our memory care services specifically, please reach out by calling us. We’d be happy to speak to you further.


4.0
Anonymous - Loved one of resident/client
Memory Care
September 25, 2014
Verified Review
Sunshine Villa rates 4.5 stars overall.

Maureen Hanagan is so efficient, friendly, and encouraging. She's the perfect choice for the initial visit to Sunshine Villa. We actually preferred Aegis in Aptos to Sunshine Villa, but cost prevented us from moving there. I think, though, that the level of care vs caring about money is higher at Sunshine Villa. Sunshine just seemed a little bit down-trodden. However, we're excited to have the opportunity to live there. The organization of their kitchen staff is impressive too.

Cleanliness

4

Friendliness

5

Care Services

5

Activities

5

Value for Cost

5


4.5
J E - Toured community
Memory Care
June 4, 2014
Verified Review
Nice looking place

We toured this community when we were looking into care options for a loved one. I thought this was a nice place overall, it was a nice clean community and the staff were friendly. However, I didn't think my loved one would have been as comfortable here as others we looked at. It felt a bit too formal, and other than a small courtyard there weren't many options for outdoor walking.

Cleanliness

4.5

Friendliness

4.5

Care Services

4.5

Activities

4.5

Value for Cost

4.5


5.0
Family Member - Loved one of resident/client
Memory Care
May 15, 2014
Verified Review
I have just been thrilled with them.

I have just been thrilled with them. Everyone is so nice, and attentive to my mom. It's very clean, and we are so happy with them. They have done everything they said they would. They have done a great job.

Cleanliness

5

Friendliness

5

Care Services

5

Activities

5

Value for Cost

5


5.0
Loved One - Loved one of resident/client
Memory Care
March 31, 2014
Verified Review
So far, so great!

Everything here has been great so far! My loved one is really enjoying her time here! She hasn't complained once, which is a good sign! I couldn't have picked a better place for my loved one. After being here for a little while, she has become more of my mom than she has been in years. The staff has been wonderful, and then call me when I need to be called. So far, so great!

Cleanliness

5

Friendliness

5

Care Services

5

Activities

5

Value for Cost

5


5.0
Anonymous - Toured community
Memory Care
January 19, 2014
Verified Review
Beautiful facility. Profess...

Beautiful facility. Professional staff. Residents looked happy, engaged.

Cleanliness

5

Friendliness

5

Care Services

5

Activities

5

Value for Cost

5


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