Senior living options abound in East County

Once a senior reaches a certain age, it may be time to discuss living in a community geared toward their individual needs.

In East County, seniors have options ranging from active adult communities open to those aged 55 years and older, to assisted living, memory care and nursing homes.

Trilogy at the Vineyards and Summerset in Brentwood are both examples of active adult communities where residents must be 55 years or older, and live independently with no provided health care services. Communities like these often have community centers that offer classes, gym equipment, a pool and other landscaping services.

Beyond that are facilities like Tre Vista Senior Living in Antioch, where residents can choose from multiple levels of medical care based on the type of support they need.

“Tre Vista is a senior living community,” said senior living consultant Tamsin Meierdierck. “We offer independent living, assisted living, and memory care.”

The level of care offered to residents is determined by a visit with Tre Vista’s nurse, a physician’s report and interviews with the senior and family members. Rents at Tre Vista start at $2,395 per month and go up to $5,000 a month, based on the level of care and the size of the apartment rented. All residents get daily social activities, meals, snacks, a weekly housekeeping and laundry service, and transportation within 10 miles of the building included in their rent. Though the COVID-19 pandemic has minimized many of the social activities, residents are still encouraged to an active lifestyle within safe boundaries.

One thing Tre Vista is not is a nursing home.

“Nursing homes are specifically dedicated to individuals who have advanced needs, individuals who need day-to-day skilled nursing professionals,” said executive director Alberto Maldonado. “We are a nonmedical model and for that reason, we are not in a nursing facility realm.”

Tre Vista’s memory care apartments offer structured schedules and activities designed to help those with issues like Alzheimer’s and dementia. They offer specific activities and interactions to help redirect, calm and comfort residents.

Tre Vista’s family-owned parent company has been operating senior living facilities for more than 45 years. Meierdierck and Maldonado said they are in constant communication with their superiors, who are passionate about offering supportive care and being involved in the community.

“I would say it’s a family culture here,” said Maldonado. “We strive to be the assisted living provider of choice. We are conveniently located to hospitals and several docs offices and in terms of longevity, we are one of the longest tenured assisted livings in the area.”

In Brentwood, Cortona Park offers assisted living for seniors, with medication management, daily living activities and coordination with outside health care providers. Communications manager Heather Hunter noted there are still plenty of activities for residents to safely participate in, despite restrictions put in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

“Life hasn’t stopped at (Cortona),” Hunter said. “We are limiting the number of people accessing the amenity to help encourage safe social distancing. We are frequently sanitizing each amenity and residents wear masks to and from their apartment, if they are able to.”

At Cortona, residents can expect to pay between $800 and $7,700 each month, depending on care, apartment size and amenities.

Tre Vista Senior Living is located at 3950 Lone Tree Way in Antioch. For more information, call 925-470-3395 or visit https://www.trevistaseniorliving.com/. Meierdierck will host a virtual event entitled “Senior Living Options and Costs” on Thursday, March 11, at 5:30 p.m. To RSVP, call 925-470-3395 or visit http://bit.ly/3al8ehu.

Cortona Park is located at 150 Cortona Way in Brentwood. For more information, call 925-240-0733 or visit https://www.brookdale.com/en/communities/cortona-park.html?cid=yext.

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