I recently had the pleasure to speak at San Clemente Villas by the Sea. I’ve spoken at many senior communities across four states now, so I was excited to speak in what was essentially my backyard. I like to share my experiences at each community; many of your are considering senior living communities, and exposure to different places is useful for everyone.
San Clemente Villas by the Sea is a community located in San Clemente, California. San Clemente is a beach town between Los Angeles and San Diego, and is the last town south before you have 30 miles of beautiful beach views en route to San Diego.
The first thing that struck me when I walked in was the positive energy I got from the community. So often you walk into a senior living community, and it has a hotel feel. Even though residents are engaged, the front desk often seems like “check-in”, and you really have to get into the community to get a flavor for its personality. The management offices are separated from the residents and it just feels, well, separate.
With The Villas, it was different. Owner Aileen Brazeau has done a great job there. It seems more like a party–music, chatter, people laughing in the sitting areas and a staff that was completely engaged in the residents. This was a big differentiator for me. Whereas many communities have staff know their residents and interact with them, the staff at The Villas knew the residents. They were engaged, joking around and everyone was smiling. I rarely get such a positive vibe, so I was really looking forward to the tour.
San Clemente Villas by the Sea offers independent living, assisted living and dementia care, all laid out in Hawaian themes. I spoke to a few residents; they were happy about living there and felt it was a good social outlet for them with good care. The community itself had modern decor and the rooms were no different. Since The Villas is located on a hill, many of the rooms have a beautiful view of the Pacific Ocean.
In terms of amenities, they had it all and took the extra step to provide residents some comforts of home. For example, rather than just a fitness class, they had a pretty nice gym (coming from a gym nut like myself). Instead of just an activity room for bingo, they had a professional bingo board where the numbers light up. Instead of just a restaurant with hours for snacks, they had a coffee shop area with snacks. They also had a pool and a jacuzzi, which lent itself to several activity classes not normally senior in senior living communities.
All in all, I was very impressed with the community and the vibe. The owners clearly hire people that were not just qualified, but enjoyed interacting with the residents. Often that makes the difference between just good care and a good experience!
To learn more about San Clemente Villas by the Sea, visit their website.