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El Cajon Independent Living Facilities | 568 Reviews

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Independent Living

Average starting price $4,610/month
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Recent reviews of Independent Living in El Cajon, CA
White Sands, a CCRC in La Jolla, CA
5.0

White Sands facility has everything from independent living to skilled nursing. They have a lot of activities to offer, it is in a really beautiful location. We could not be happier with our decision, we know our mother is safe there. The food is excellent with a wide range of choices. The rooms are very nice and adequate, they have many options to choose from. Our loved one has a beautiful view.

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Rancho Santa Fe Villa in San Diego, CA
5.0

My wife and I have been at this 6 bed assisted living facility for almost 3 years. It is a beautiful home in a prestige area of north San Diego. The home has panoramic views of the rolling hills. Sometimes we see the hot air balloons go by. The facility is clean and tidy. My wife is 83 and I am 88. She is assisted living/memory and I am independent living. She has been in Hospice bedridden with Alzheimer's for 2 years and has to hand fed with pureed food and totally cared for. I'm sure she wouldn't get the care she has here at a larger facility. The caregivers are all friendly and extremely caring. Very nice meals are served 3 times a day. The Director of Activities plays music on the keyboard. Singing makes the residents come alive. He also has taught art painting with acrylics. I have never painted before, now I've painted over 30 pictures on canvas, surfboards, guitars etc. It gives me something to do and keeps my brain active. This is a superior facility compared to other ones I have heard about. On a scale of 1 to 5 I would rate Rancho Santa Fe Villa a 5.

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Remington Club in San Diego, CA
4.5

So far it's been very good. I don't have any complaints. I can call them, they are very receptive to phone calls. The staff is very receptive. They give you choices at meals so you always have options. Others have even told me that we found a good place. I am very happy with them so far.

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Solstice Senior Living at El Cajon

444 Prescott Avenue, El Cajon, CA 92020 | (< 1 mile)from El Cajon center

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
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Provides: Independent Living

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Solstice Senior Living at El Cajon is a warm, welcoming, vibrant, engaging independent Senior Living Community in the heart of the city. Enjoy adventure, entertainment and the beautiful outdoors. Family and friends find comfort with our on-site personal care professionals. We are close to...

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Beauty Salon
Guest meals
4.4(74 reviews)

I enjoy my freedom to choose the activities I want to participate in. I really like how spacious my apartment is. The employees truly care about us and are helpful and friendly.

Westmont of La Mesa

9000 Murray Drive, La Mesa, CA 91942 | 2.9 milesfrom El Cajon center

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
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Provides: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

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Beauty Salon
Enclosed Courtyard
4.9(10 reviews)

I'm very pleased with it. It's so clean and new and modern. It's just he sort of place that my loved one wanted. The staff are very friendly. It's definitely been an adjustment period for her, but it's...

Monte Vista Village

2211 Massachusetts Avenue, Lemon Grove, CA 91945 | 6.9 milesfrom El Cajon center

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
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Provides: Independent Living, Assisted Living

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Monte Vista Village is a luxurious senior community in Lemon Grove, CA, in San Diego County, which offers excellent assisted living and independent living options. Located amongst 7.5 acres of land (including a stunning tiered waterfall), Monte Vista Village is the perfect place to kick back and...

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Beauty Salon
Guest meals
4.4(60 reviews)

Unfortunately things started to go downhill for me when Covid hit and over the last two years I have gone downhill with my health as well. After moving in with my son for six months we decided that this move...

Atria Collwood

5308 Monroe Avenue, San Diego, CA 92115 | 7.6 milesfrom El Cajon center

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
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Provides: Assisted Living

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Atria Collwood is a senior residence located in the famous city of San Diego, California. Residents here enjoy access to highly qualified doctors, specialists, hospitals and medical centers. This active city features beautiful coastal views, great fishing, sailing, and many ways to stay active....

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Beauty Salon
Guest meals
4.3(87 reviews)

Let me first tell you that my Mom passed away on [date removed]. We could not have picked a better place for her final days. I would give them a 5 across the board. The staff went out of their way to make...

Lantern Crest Senior Living

800 Lantern Crest Way, Santee, CA 92071 | 2.2 milesfrom El Cajon center

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
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Provides: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

At Lantern Crest Senior Living, we offer a variety of community features. Residents can enjoy regular off-site adventures and excursions. Cats and dogs are allowed in private quarters. Our property is conveniently located near accessible public transportation. We offer free wi-fi and high speed...

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Beauty Salon
Enclosed Courtyard
4.2(30 reviews)

As far as assisted living it is nice to know when it is your time go they have a wonderful hospice care on site. Makes transition easy for when times are needed.

Grossmont Gardens

5480 Marengo Ave, La Mesa, CA 91942 | 4 milesfrom El Cajon center

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
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Provides: Independent Living, Assisted Living

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Lease by October 29 and get $1,000 off your rent for the first three months. THAT’S A SAVINGS OF $3,000!*We are continuing to admit new Residents, where possible and appropriate, to help residents and families in need. We will do all we can to help those who are in need of our services now and...

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Beauty Salon
Guest meals
3.9(113 reviews)

Good food, with good location. There are lots of options for care. Overall, this is a good community. There is a lot of socialization and activities for the residents.

The Montera

5740 Lake Murray Boulevard, La Mesa, CA 91942 | 4.1 milesfrom El Cajon center

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Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care

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Tucked away on a gorgeous property in La Mesa, CA, just minutes from downtown San Diego, The Montera defines care-focused senior living. From well-appointed studio and one bedroom apartments, to personalized care plans designed for each Assisted Living resident, to rejuvenating short-term stays,...

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Beauty Salon
Enclosed Courtyard
3.9(66 reviews)

I highly recommend the community, I think the community is very conveniently location right off the highway. The community property is very appealing, the staff and residents are excellent and friendly. The...

Westmont at San Miguel Ranch

2325 Proctor Valley Rd., Chula Vista, CA 91914 | 9.6 milesfrom El Cajon center

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
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Provides: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

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Westmont at San Miguel Ranch is a beautiful, scenic assisted living center located in beautiful Chula Vista, San Diego County, California. Nestled along the coast of Southern California, seniors can enjoy picturesque views of San Diego and the Pacific Ocean. Offering a small-town feel in a large...

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Beauty Salon
Enclosed Courtyard
4.2(18 reviews)

This has been a good experience for my dad and I would highly recommend this community for you or your loved one. They have activities like a navigator program for the residents with MCI, a happy hour, and...

Sungarden Terrace Assisted Living and Memory Care

2045 Skyline Drive, Lemon Grove, CA 91945 | 6.4 milesfrom El Cajon center

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
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Provides: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

Sungarden Terrace is family owned for over 19 years and takes great pride in providing excellent care in a warm, nuturing environment. Some of our staff have been with us since our doors opened. Our reviews are all 4 and 5 star reviews focusing on great care, a family-like atmosphere, excellent...

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Beauty Salon
Enclosed Courtyard
4.3(30 reviews)

We found the staff to be very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. The meals and dining service is wonderful and excluding covid they did their best with the activities.

Waterford Terrace Retirement Community

5580 Aztec Drive, La Mesa, CA 91942 | 4.2 milesfrom El Cajon center

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
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Provides: Independent Living

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We believe that Waterford Terrace is so much more than walls and windows - it's a place to enjoy home-cooked meals, game night, or a quiet evening with family and friends. It's where you always feel comfortable, safe, and secure. At Waterford Terrace, our management teams live on-site, and are...

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Beauty Salon
Guest meals
4.5(25 reviews)

The staff are very good. They seem to be missing some people right now but it is still good. This is a very nice place. I just wish there was a swimming pool and a flat place to walk due to it being on a...

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Lantern Crest Duplicate Record

11010 Sunset Trail, Santee, CA 92071 | 2.2 milesfrom El Cajon center

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Provides: Independent Living

Lantern Crest is proud to announce the recent opening of our beautiful new Independent Living Community, The Pointe at Lantern Crest. The Pointe joins our existing Assisted Living and Memory Care Community, The Ridge at Lantern Crest in our growing continuum of care. Lantern Crest represents...

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5.0(1 review)

This is an amazing community my mom has lived here for five years in both assisted living and independent living building. The staff is friendly caring and provides great service and support. The Pointe is...

Cloisters of the Valley

4171 Camino Del Rio S, San Diego, CA 92108 | 8.5 milesfrom El Cajon center

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Provides: Assisted Living

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Cloisters of the Valley offers complete residential senior care in a private, caring environment. If you are looking into an assisted living facility for your loved one, you will want to make sure you are getting the best medical care in the most home-like environment possible. Please stop by to...

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Beauty Salon
Guest meals
4.6(14 reviews)

I had good stay. They took good care of me while I healed up. The facility is beautiful and well maintained. Staff is courteous and responsive. Now I am able to return to work.

La Vida Real

11588 Via Rancho San Diego, El Cajon, CA 92019 | 4.1 milesfrom El Cajon center

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
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Provides: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

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At La Vida Real, we surround our residents with an engaging blend of comfort, style, fine dining, endless social opportunities, and an impressive array of recreational and wellness programs. Here, you’ll discover a service-enriched retirement lifestyle specially designed to meet your unique needs...

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Beauty Salon
Guest meals
4.3(6 reviews)

It's a very nice facility. It's a really good quality place to go. I'm really happy with it. This is more of a memory care situation.

Lo Har Senior Living

768 Dorothy Dr, El Cajon, CA 92019 | 1.9 milesfrom El Cajon center

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
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Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care

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We are licensed as an Assisted Living facility for seniors with Alzheimer's or a related dementia. We are Private pay only.

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Special Dining Programs
3.0(11 reviews)

Lo Har Senior Living has been good so far with their services and staff. My mother has been engaging in a couple of the activities that they offer. The community and her room seem to be getting good...

Peppertree Guest Home

8950 Johnson Dr, La Mesa, CA 91941 | 3.5 milesfrom El Cajon center

Provides: Assisted Living

5.0(1 review)

I am overly pleased with the care my mother has been receiving at this home. I knew I loved it as soon as I walked into the kitchen and there was an overwhelming smell of a delicious home cooked meal. I also...

Nazareth House

6333 Rancho Mission Rd, San Diego, CA 92108 | 8.5 milesfrom El Cajon center

Provides: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Nazareth House San Diego is committed to offering active elders personalized assistance, supportive services, and compassionate care in a Catholic, spirit-centered, loving community. Your safety, care, and assistance are assured while your independence is encouraged.The focus at Nazareth House is...

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Beauty Salon
4.3(8 reviews)

Our Dad spent 5 1/2 years at Nazareth House. During that time, we visited almost every. We observed interaction between many caregivers and residents. From not only our experience with Dad but others, the...

Good Samaritan

1515 Jamacha Way, El Cajon, CA 92019 | 3.9 milesfrom El Cajon center

Provides: Assisted Living

4.0(1 review)

My father in law has been well cared for. The staff, including the nuns seem very friendly. His room is more than adequate size and is completely furnished.

Monterey Trellis

8914 Troy St, Spring Valley, CA 91977 | 5.2 milesfrom El Cajon center

Provides: Independent Living, Assisted Living

4.0(1 review)

This is a nice looking, smaller community. We had no complaints about this place in general, it was clean, and everyone was friendly. However, the area it is located in wasn't very good for my Uncle. He...

Little Flower Haven

8585 La Mesa Boulevard, La Mesa, CA 91941 | 3.8 milesfrom El Cajon center

Provides: Independent Living, Assisted Living

3.7(3 reviews)

She really loves it. It's very clean and they are friendly. They always have things going on. The food seems to be good. We haven't had any problems with the laundry, except mom would like stuff ironed and...

Mesaview Senior Assisted Living

7971 Culowee St, La Mesa, CA 91942 | 4.5 milesfrom El Cajon center

Provides: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

Our speciality is providing quality care at resonable rates. Villa La Mesa offers modest, homelike accommodations nestled in a very quiet residential area of 'Old' La Mesa. With a total licensed capacity of twenty-nine (29) residents, Villa La Mesa is small enough to offers a warm, homelike...

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3.2(9 reviews)

Two relatives have lived there for a length of time (at different times). They were both happy there. One played the piano for residents. The main building is an older home, kept up well. Residents can feel...

El Cajon Senior Towers

180 Ballantyne St, El Cajon, CA 92020 | (< 1 mile)from El Cajon center

Provides: Independent Living

Lexington Senior Apt

250 E Lexington Ave, El Cajon, CA 92020 | (< 1 mile)from El Cajon center

Provides: Senior Apartments

Carrolls Residential Care

655 S Mollison Ave, El Cajon, CA 92020 | 1.1 milesfrom El Cajon center

Provides: Assisted Living

Casa El Cajon

306 Shady Ln, El Cajon, CA 92021 | 1.3 milesfrom El Cajon center

Provides: Independent Living, Assisted Living

California Home For Seniors

1061 E Bradley Avenue, El Cajon, CA 92021 | 1.4 milesfrom El Cajon center

Provides: Assisted Living

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Cost of independent living in El Cajon, CA

The average cost of senior living in El Cajon is 4,610 per month. Cheaper nearby regions include Lemon Grove, CA with an average of 3,195 per month.

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In El Cajon, California, seniors have access to local offices and organizations that may help them obtain financial assistance for senior care, including:

Financial assistance

In El Cajon, California, seniors have access to local offices and organizations that may help them obtain financial assistance for senior care, including:

Transportation

El Cajon is somewhat car dependent. Seniors can expect to need a car for most errands. Transit options in El Cajon include bus routes, light rail service, senior transportation, and a public paratransit service. Seniors may receive fare discounts. El Cajon has a limited biking infrastructure and is somewhat walkable.

Health care

El Cajon offers several health care providers for seniors wanting to be proactive about their health or for seniors seeking treatment for chronic conditions. The area has a few hospitals, including Grossmont Hospital and Alvarado Hospital Medical Center.

Senior activities

El Cajon, which means “the box,” got its name from the box-shaped valley surrounding this California city. Nature-loving seniors will enjoy visiting The Water Conservation Garden, which displays a variety of gardens across their six acres and also features a butterfly pavilion. Summers Past Farms offers another outdoor oasis where seniors can visit and hosts antique fairs during the year. The City of El Cajon Parks and Rec Department offers senior specific classes year round including water aerobics and dance.

What is independent living?

Independent living offers a stress-free lifestyle for older adults. Independent living communities don’t provide personal care or supervision, but do offer generally healthy adults opportunities for socialization and hassle-free living. Independent living services often include:

  • Nutritious meals and snacks
  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Home maintenance and repairs
  • Social activities and outings
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Silvergate Retirement Residence - Fallbrook, Pacifica Senior Living Oceanside and La Marea Senior Living are the top rated independent living facilities near El Cajon, California. See full list of communities.

There are 39 independent living facilities near El Cajon, California. See the full list.

The best independent living facilities near you in El Cajon, California are Solstice Senior Living at El Cajon, Monte Vista Village, and Atria Collwood. These independent living communities received the highest rankings based on verified family reviews.

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