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Photo of Solstice Senior Living at El CajonCommunity card badge
99 Photos available
44 Floor plans available
9.9
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91 reviews
9.9
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91 reviews
5 star
64%
4 star
30%
3 star
4%
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1%
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1%
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I am currently a resident at Solstice Senior Living at El Cajon and the overall experience has been great. However, please note, you must arrange for medical help from outside services. This is something...
Provides: Independent Living
Care types provided by this community
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
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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1919 Photos available
99 Floor plans available
9.4
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89 reviews
9.4
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89 reviews
5 star
54%
4 star
26%
3 star
8%
2 star
4%
1 star
8%
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It is a great place, My father really likes it. The food is really good and he likes the entertainment. Convenient parking is very limited? It has been good. They have some very strict rules about...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care
Care types provided by this community
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 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.
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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1818 Photos available
9.3
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134 reviews
9.3
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134 reviews
5 star
40%
4 star
39%
3 star
14%
2 star
5%
1 star
2%
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I don't require medical care. I'm home-bound in my apt so I don't see the grounds or activities. Everyone I do see are very nice. Still having problems getting 1 meal a day delivered to me. ( after 18...
Provides: Assisted Living, Independent Living
Care types provided by this community
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.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
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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9.2
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35 reviews
9.2
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35 reviews
5 star
51%
4 star
37%
3 star
9%
2 star
0%
1 star
3%
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The staff is really friendly and know most everyone by name. They get along well with the residents and each other. Some even sing going around the halls and into the rooms. Housekeeping is weekly and done...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Independent Living
Care types provided by this community
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 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.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
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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1818 Photos available
11 Floor plan available
8.6
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29 reviews
8.6
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29 reviews
5 star
59%
4 star
38%
3 star
3%
2 star
0%
1 star
0%
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I am a resident at Waterford Terrace Retirement Community. Mostly positive experience, but some serious issues for me: phone service very poor on first floor - have to go outside to communicate by phone and...
Provides: Independent Living
Care types provided by this community
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
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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2121 Photos available
77 Floor plans available
8.2
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14 reviews
8.2
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14 reviews
5 star
86%
4 star
14%
3 star
0%
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The Westmont of La Mesa is a beautiful community that is kept clean and has friendly staff working there. Based on the experience we have had so far, we would recommend this community to other families who...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Independent Living
Care types provided by this community
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 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.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
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5 star
18%
4 star
37%
3 star
9%
2 star
9%
1 star
27%
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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...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care
Care types provided by this community
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 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.
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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1111 Photos available
7.0
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8 reviews
7.0
Review score
8 reviews
5 star
49%
4 star
38%
3 star
13%
2 star
0%
1 star
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It is great but it is expensive! What I like, and I believe my Mom likes too, is the events they plan, particularly the exercise classes. She has definitely found community within the area of exercise. They...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Independent Living
Care types provided by this community
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 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.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
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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Provides: Assisted Living
Care types provided by this community
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.
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Provides: Assisted Living, Independent Living
Care types provided by this community
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.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
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Provides: Senior Apartments
Care types provided by this community
Senior Apartments: Senior apartments offer accessible, no-frills living for seniors who are generally active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
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Provides: Assisted Living
Care types provided by this community
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.
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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.
Provides: Assisted Living
Care types provided by this community
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.
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Provides: Independent Living
Care types provided by this community
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
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Provides: Independent Living
Care types provided by this community
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
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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...
Provides: Assisted Living
Care types provided by this community
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.
Photo of MesaView Senior Assisted Living
5 star
22%
4 star
11%
3 star
45%
2 star
11%
1 star
11%
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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...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Independent Living
Care types provided by this community
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 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.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
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...

Cost of independent living in Lakeside, CA

The average cost of senior living in Lakeside is $4,572 per month. Cheaper nearby regions include Lake Riverside, CA with an average of $2,979 per month.

Average monthly cost of Independent Living in Lakeside, CA vs. nearby cities

Lakeside, CA
$4,572/mo
$4,556/mo
$4,639/mo

Average monthly cost of Independent Living in Lakeside, CA vs. the state and national average

Lakeside, CA
$4,572/mo
U.S. national average
$4,093/mo

Average monthly cost of Independent Living in Lakeside vs. other types of senior living

$5,707/mo
Independent Living
$4,572/mo

Median monthly costs of Independent Living in Lakeside, CA by room type

Semi-Private
$4,449/mo
Studio
$5,256/mo
1 Bedroom
$6,087/mo
2 Bedroom
$6,711/mo
Detached Cottage/Bungalow
$7,095/mo

Average cost of Independent Living in Lakeside over time

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What families are saying about independent living in Lakeside

Recent reviews for independent living in Lakeside

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 ...
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Novellus Clairemont in San Diego, CA

4.0
My loved one has recently made the move into this community and so far I have no complaints of how things had been going for him. He has had a few health problems but other than that the experience has been pleasant for him. The staff have done a great job at staying organized in his care plan ...
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Cypress Court in Escondido, CA

4.1
Love my apartment! Most residents are wonderful people, have made lots of nice friends. Food is great. I love that I'm surrounded with people that are fun and you can have conversations with them. I love that I no longer have to cook or clean. I still drive and am able to park my car in gated ...
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Lakeside independent living services and amenities

These charts highlight some of the many care, dining, and entertainment offerings available in Lakeside independent living communities. They don’t represent all possible services and amenities available at assisted living communities in Lakeside, but support comparisons against nationwide offerings. Our Senior Living Advisors can help you find communities that fit your preferences.

Availability of select dietary accommodations in Lakeside independent living

Independent living communities help seniors maintain a balanced diet by accommodating their health needs, allergies, and other restrictions. Below you’ll find the percentage of Lakeside partners making specific dietary accommodations for seniors compared to the percentage of assisted living partners making those accommodations nationally.
Lakeside, CANational
Nutritionist / dietician
Nutritionist / dietician
17.6%
19.5%
Low / no sodium
Low / no sodium
29.4%
32.5%
No sugar
No sugar
23.5%
30%
Vegetarian
Vegetarian
29.4%
31.8%
Pureed meals
Pureed meals
5.9%
7.2%
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Availability of select dining options in Lakeside independent living

Our independent living communities know that seniors want top-quality meals and options for how they dine. The chart below indicates the percentage of Lakeside communities that offer dining options to their discerning residents compared to our partners nationally.
Lakeside, CANational
Professional chef
Professional chef
23.5%
34.6%
Restaurant style dining
Restaurant style dining
41.2%
41.5%
Room service
Room service
35.3%
35.1%
Anytime dining
Anytime dining
41.2%
16.3%
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Availability of select programs and activities in Lakeside independent living

Senior living communities offer a variety of programming to keep seniors socially, mentally, and physically vibrant. The chart below shows what percentage of partnered independent living communities in Lakeside offer the selected activities, amenities, and programs compared to the percentage of partners nationwide.
Lakeside, CANational
Activity director
Activity director
41.2%
43.3%
Pet-focused programs
Pet-focused programs
29.4%
27%
Community service programs
Community service programs
29.4%
31.3%
Devotional activities on-site
Devotional activities on-site
41.2%
47.1%
Parties / BBQs / happy hour
Parties / BBQs / happy hour
47.1%
48%
Outings / off-site activities
Outings / off-site activities
52.9%
52.9%
Piano or organ
Piano or organ
41.2%
41.2%
Arts and crafts center
Arts and crafts center
35.3%
36%
Educational speakers / life long learning
Educational speakers / life long learning
41.2%
39.8%
Clubs / games / karaoke
Clubs / games / karaoke
35.3%
45.6%
Live performances
Live performances
47.1%
45.3%
Dances
Dances
35.3%
30.8%
Fitness center
Fitness center
35.3%
38.4%
Fitness classes
Fitness classes
41.2%
45.1%
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Monte Vista Village, Solstice Senior Living at El Cajon and Cypress Court are the top-rated independent living facilities near Lakeside, California. See full list of communities.

There are 17 independent living facilities near Lakeside, California. See the full list.

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