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How to Find the Best Senior Living or Retirement Facility in San Bernardino County CA

The choice of senior living communities for independent living, or nursing home for assisted living for your loved one can be difficult and fraught with uncertainty. How can you be certain they'll give your loved one the care they need? Today, independent living communities for seniors, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and retirement homes in San Bernardino County offer services to provide all the medical, social and nutritional needs of the elderly.

The following research by The Prime Buyer's Report identifies the best senior living facilities in San Bernardino County and issues related to choosing them.

Updated December 20, 2013

 The TOP 10 Senior Living & Retirement Communities in San Bernardino County CA

Rimrock Villa Convalescent
(760) 252-2515
27555 Rimrock Rd
Barstow, CA 92311

Areas Served: Barstow CA, Newberry Springs CA, Yermo CA, Victorville CA, Adelanto CA

Emeritus at Grand Terrace
(909) 420-0153
22325 Barton Rd
Grand Terrace, CA 92313

Areas Served: Grand Terrace CA, Highgrove CA, Colton CA, Bloomington CA, Redlands CA

Desert Manor
(760) 365-0717
8515 Cholla Ave
Yucca Valley, CA 92284

Areas Served: Joshua Tree CA, Yucca Valley CA, Twentynine Palms CA, Morongo Valley CA

Sunrise at Alta Loma
(909) 941-3001
9519 Baseline Rd
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730

Areas Served: Rancho Cucamonga CA, San Antonio Heights CA, Ontario CA, Upland CA, Montclair CA

Citrus Villa Retirement Center
(909) 823-0631
9448 Citrus Ave
Fontana, CA 92335

Areas Served: Fontana CA, Bloomington CA, Southridge Village CA, Rialto CA, Summit Heights CA, ...

Hesperia Senior Campus
(760) 244-5579
17581 Sultana St
Hesperia, CA 92345

Areas Served: Hesperia CA, Victorville CA, Apple Valley CA, Lucerne Valley CA, Phelan CA, Adelanto ...

Jasmin Terrace
(909) 884-4757
1589 N Waterman Ave
San Bernardino, CA 92404

Areas Served: San Bernardino CA, Colton CA, Redlands CA, Rialto CA, Fontana CA, Bloomington CA

Barstow Retirement Plaza
(760) 256-0473
501 W Buena Vista St
Barstow, CA 92311

Areas Served: Barstow CA, Yermo CA, Newberry Springs CA, Adelanto CA, Victorville CA,

How to Find the Best Senior Living or Retirement Facility in San Bernardino County CA 

 

Facilities for senior living in San Bernardino County California must obtain a certificate of authority from the state of California as protection for consumers. Additionally, any senior living facilities that provide skilled nursing services must also have a Skilled Nursing Facility License from the state DHS (Department of Health Services).  Further, the individuals who serve as administrators at RCFE (Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly), ARF (Adult Residential Facilities), or GH (Group Homes) are required to be a state Certified Administrator, requiring coursework and passing an exam.

But that is no guarantee that any particular senior living facility is doing business ethically, providing real value, and satisfying clients. And independent senior living communities and retirement communities in San Bernardino County CA are not regulated by the state.

This makes it all the more significant that all senior living facilities, including senior independent living and retirement homes in San Bernardino County CA bearing The Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 symbol have liability insurance coverage for the protection or residents in the event of injury, in addition to passing all other requirements for certification as Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 such as our survey phone calls to their residents or residents' family members to verify high satisfaction, verified license, only employees legal to work in the U.S., good complaint record, and more.

 

Options for Senior Living in San Bernardino County CA

Depending on an individual's level of independence, there are choices available among aretirement homes and assisted living facilities. Typically, retirement communities are for those who are entirely independent. Assisted living facilities are for those who may be able to perform all or most of life's necessities, but prefer not to every day, or prefer to have the option. For instance, one may be able to cook, but prefer to leave the shopping and preparing to the on-site cafeteria or kitchen, at least some of the time. At these types of mid-range care, residents can get assistance with daily activities such as transportation to shopping or doctor's appointments, eating, bathing and dressing, if necessary but otherwise lead independent, self-directed lives. These elder care facilities are often utilized by couples where one spouse is more medically fragile than the other, thus allowing spouses to stay together in a supported environment.

Terminology varies throughout the nursing home and assisted living industry. Assisted living facilities may be referred to as board and care facilities, residential care facilities, nursing homes or any of a number of other names. The most important thing is to ensure that the facility matches the level of care required. The options run from simply renting an apartment in a facility that has nurses and other assistants available if needed, to full-scale 24/7 nursing care.

Some assisted living facilities in San Bernardino County offer special Alzheimer's care wings, designed specifically to provide the best care for victims of that debilitating disease, occasionally with their spouses. Some assisted living facilities offer apartments for independent living, laundry and maid service, full dining rooms with varied and nutritious meals in a restaurant-like setting, transportation service and often provide various activities such as movies, parties and music, recreation rooms with games and books, snacks, in-house hair and nail salons and much more.

Residents may often bring their own furniture and other household items to make their apartment feel just like home. Some assisted living facilities even allow pets. The most important things are the level of comfort and care provided to residents. Your loved one needs to fee safe, cared for and have a sense of home. Regardless of the arrangements you make, don't forget to visit often.

Some Retirement Homes and Assisted Living Communities in San Bernardino County Are Better Than Others
The Prime Buyer's Report lists these retirement communities in San Bernardino County: Citrus Villa Retirement Center, Jasmin Terrace, Hesperia Senior Campus, Sunrise at Alta Loma, Emeritus at Grand Terrace, Rimrock Villa Convalescent, Desert Manor, Barstow Retirement Plaza. Other retirement homes and facilities for assisted living in Chino, Fontana, Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga and San Bernardino CA include: .

 

 

Choosing the Best Assisted Living Facility or Retirement Home for Your Loved One in San Bernardino County 

When choosing an assisted living or retirement facility, there are many considerations to take into account. Keep in mind that some medical conditions must be evaluated by a doctor, and his or her recommendation or classification can determine which facilities will accommodate you. Everyone's needs are different so it's best to write down as much as possible about what you are looking for—leaving no detail out—before you meet with representatives of potential San Bernardino County retirement homes or nursing homes. This gives each a chance to comment on and address the same things, so it will be easier to compare responses.

Be ready also to ask lots of questions of your own. Listen not only to the answers to your questions, but to the level of interest and compassion the representative of the assisted living facility responds with. If they don't seem to be completely invested in ensuring your loved one is completely cared for in every way, choose another retirement facility or nursing home. You want the assisted living or retirement community you choose to be fully involved and to really care that everything goes perfectly for your loved one. If you've gotten a good initial impression, ask some questions about the retirement community's facilities, amenities, experience and credentialing. Use the list of questions below as a guide to develop your own.

• How long have the assisted living centers or retirement homes been in business?

• Are the assisted living facilities part of a chain?

• What training and certification do the retirement centers' staff have?

• What do retirement homes' staff schedules and staffing patterns look like on a daily basis? On the weekends? Holidays?

• Do the assisted living centers allow residents to bring their pets?

• Do the retirement homes allow residents to decorate their apartment as they like?

• What shopping or recreation facilities are near the nursing homes in San Bernardino County?

• Will the retirement communities provide a copy of their annual state and federal facility survey? (Assisted living communities and retirement centers are required to provide this on request).

• What is the monthly charge at the retirement homes for different services? (Note: Adding living area square feet, extra rooms or in-room kitchen facilities can greatly affect the cost).

• Is housekeeping / laundry service including in the monthly charge at the retirement facilities?

• What system / staff do the nursing homes have in place in case of a medical emergency?

• Does each resident of the retirement facilities have their privacy respected?

• Will the residential care centers allow you to speak to some current residents and/or their families?

• What is the staff-to-resident ratio at the senior care centers or nursing homes?

• Can SSI offset some or all of the costs of living in the retirement community?

• What is the availability at the nursing homes or senior living centers? Is there a waiting list?

• Will the assisted living centers provide written contract sthat cover every expense, including ancillary services?

• What recreational facilities and services do the senior care centers or nursing homes provide residents?

Through this question-and-answer period, consider first impressions, technical abilities, experience levels, and compatible styles. Somewhere in this combination of facets you will find the right assisted living facility for you or your loved one. When you've selected the most suitable San Bernardino County retirement community for you, make sure they are properly certified.

 

 

Tips for Choosing Good Senior Living or Retirement Community in Chino, Fontana, Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga and San Bernardino 

Take Time Choosing Your Retirement Community.
Take your time choosing an assisted living facility. It's a huge decision and choosing right can mean the difference between regret and a happy retirement.  Each retirement community will come to the table with different skill sets, experiences, services and philosophy. If can plan early enough to interview several-even if you like the first one you meet, your odds of a successful outcome will improve.

Write it Down.
We mentioned this in another article, but it's important. Think about what services or amenities you need from an assisted living facility or nursing home. Jot down all your notes about any details that seem important. Sit down and write this out as detailed as possible; write down everything that comes to mind, no matter how trivial. By writing it down you'll be able to hand each potential retirement community a clear, consistent summary of what you're looking for and expecting. It will also be easier for them to give you clear, complete answers to your questions and concerns.

Get Several Separate Estimates.
When selecting a San Bernardino County assisted living facility, it's not about just finding the lowest bidder. Getting several estimates helps because it will not only help you get an idea of the market value of the service, it will give you a chance to sound out the personalities and policies and customer service of each retirement community before getting involved with them.

Get Everything in Writing.
Nothing is official until it is written and signed. So insist that your retirement community provides you with a detailed document that describes the services, fees, policies, pricing, and any guarantee information. Get it in writing.  Everyone will feel better.

Do Your Homework Before You Sign An Agreement With a San Bernardino County Retirement Community.
To narrow down your choices, do some detective work. Research the retirement community's licensing, insurance and reputation. To help with this, see our article: Key Consumer Resources for Assisted Living and Retirement Communities in San Bernardino County. Verify all of this information before signing the contract.

Choose Certified Retirement Communities.
In San Bernardino County, there is an upper echelon of highly regarded retirement communities and assisted living facilities that insist on delivering the best customer service possible. Seek out local retirement communities that have earned awards or certifications for customer service and you are much more likely to have a better outcome.

Visit the prospective Assisted Living Facility During Different Times.
Before making a decision, it's a good idea to do some drop-in visits during different times to observe overall conditions, cleanliness, the demeanor and appearance of residents, presence of qualified staff, etc. You might also want to drop by unannounced at lunch and dinner to sample the food being served. Do you see family members visiting? Look around; talk to residents, and any visiting family members. This will give you a better sense of the realities of daily life than just taking the scheduled tour.
 
Know Your Rights.
If you have the misfortune of arriving at a disagreement or legal impasse with your assisted living facility, you are protected by certain rights. Start with the California Department of Consumer Affairs Web site (www.dca.ca.gov).

If An Assisted Living Facility or Retirement Community Doesn't Measure Up, Fire Them.
If your chosen assisted living or retirement community turns out to be inadequate in any way, look to the terms of your contract: what obligation do they have to make good? Do you have rights spelled out in the event of legal impasse?  What are they? Essentially, a retirement community's failure to perform under a contract constitutes grounds for dismissal.  But before you decide to terminate residency, weigh your options carefully.  Moving a fragile or elderly person can be much more disrupting than weathering the occasional disagreement with staff at your chosen facility.  Also keep in mind that really good facilities often have wait lists; if you suspect that you might have to move, examine your options thoroughly and get on waitlists as soon as possible.

 

 

Resources About Retirement & Senior Living in San Bernardino County 

Associations & Licensing

BBB Better Business Bureau (www.bbb.com)
DCA California Department of Consumer Affairs (www.dca.ca.gov)
American Association of Retired People (http://www.aarp.org)
California Department of Aging (http://www.aging.ca.gov)
California Commission on Aging (http://www.ccoa.ca.gov)
National Center for Assisted Living (http://www.ncal.org)
Consumer Information about long-term care (http://www.longtermcareliving.com/assess/al/)
Medline Plus (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/assistedliving.html)
American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (http://www2.aahsa.org/)
National Association of Senior Move Managers (http://www.nasmm.org/)
California Assisted Living (http://caassistedliving.org/Consumers/what_is_al.htm)
California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (http://www.canhr.org/index.html)
Assisted Living Federation of America (http://www.alfa.org)
American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (http://www.aahsa)
American Senior Housing Association (http://www.seniorshousing.org)
Center for Aging Services Technologies (http://www.agingtech.org)
Senior Outlook (http://www.senioroutlook.com)

 


The Prime Buyer's Report provides information for the TOP 10 Senior Living & Retirement Communities in San Bernardino County within the following zip codes.

92267, 91785, 92373, 92346, 92335, 92312, 92371, 92427, 92357, 92278, 92280, 92412, 92406, 91709, 92395, 91761, 91758, 92321, 91784, 91737, 92397, 92256, 92391, 92308, 92341, 92315, 92354, 92329, 92410, 92404, 92423, 91701, 92284, 92301, 91710, 92369, 92285, 92326, 91708, 92359, 92377, 92378, 92325, 92415, 92304, 92418, 92333, 91759, 91764, 92322, 92286, 92305, 92408, 92313, 92414, 92327, 91730, 92277, 92405, 92352, 92344, 91786, 92411, 92382, 92385, 92368, 92345, 92242, 92350, 91739, 92339, 92407, 92252, 92356, 92358, 92311, 92317, 92401, 92336, 92340, 92413, 92372, 92365, 92375, 92331, 92307, 92337, 91762, 92318, 92424, 91729, 91743, 91763, 92374, 92403, 92386, 92268, 92376, 92334, 92342, 92394, 92402, 92324, 92392, 92314, 92398, 92393 and 92399

 

 


Retirement Communities & Senior Living Adelanto CA

House of Faith Adelanto CA 92301

 

 

Retirement Communities & Senior Living Alta Loma CA

Rancho Mesa Care Center Alta Loma CA 91701

Sunlit Gardens Assisted Living Alta Loma CA 91701

Ivy Cottage Alta Loma CA 91701

 

 

Retirement Communities & Senior Living Apple Valley CA

Agape Senior Care Apple Valley CA 92307

Apple Garden Apple Valley CA 92308

Apple Valley Christian Care Apple Valley CA 92308

Casa Colina Apple Valley Apple Valley CA 92307

Corwin Residential & Assisted Apple Valley CA 92307

Good Shepherd Community Apple Valley CA 92307

High Desert Haven Apple Valley CA 92307

Rimrock Residential Care Home Apple Valley CA 92307

Skyline Villa Apple Valley CA 92308

Vineyard Residential Apple Valley CA 92308

 

 

Retirement Communities & Senior Living Barstow CA

Barstow Retirement Plaza Barstow CA 92311

Convalescent Hospital Rimrock Barstow CA 92311

Rimrock Villa Convalescent Barstow CA 92311

 

 

Retirement Communities & Senior Living Big Bear CA

Erwin Lake Elderly Care Big Bear City CA 92314

 

 

Retirement Communities & Senior Living Bloomington CA

Bloomington Care Center Bloomington CA 92316

Caregivers Bloomington CA 92316

 

 

Retirement Communities & Senior Living Bryn Mawr CA

Golden Village Bryn Mawr CA 92318

 

 

Retirement Communities & Senior Living Chino CA

Villa Maria Care Home Chino CA 91710

Villa Joy Inn-Board & Care Chino CA 91710

Jace Guest Home Chino CA 91710

Dudley's Guest Home Chino CA 91710

G C Board & Care Home Chino CA 91710

 

 

Retirement Communities & Senior Living Colton CA

Reche Canyon Rehab & Health Center Colton CA 92324

St Francis Board & Care Colton CA 92324

Valley Spring Elderly Care Colton CA 92324

 

 

 

Retirement Communities & Senior Living Etiwanda CA

Marsha's Manor Etiwanda CA 91739

 

 

Retirement Communities & Senior Living Fontana CA

Astoria Elder Care Inc Fontana CA 92336

Bright Future Adult Residence Fontana CA 92336

Citrus Nursing Center Fontana CA 92335

Citrus Villa Retirement Center Fontana CA 92335

Comfort Home RCFE Fontana CA 92336

Fontana Gardens Fontana CA 92335

Love & Care Home Fontana CA 92336

Nursing Cares Home Nursing Fontana CA 92335

Precious Cares Too Residential Fontana CA 92336

Precious Views to A New Begin Fontana CA 92336

Preferred Residential Care Service Fontana CA 92336

Rainbow Guest Home Fontana CA 92337

Redwood Guest Home Fontana CA 92334

 

 

Retirement Communities & Senior Living Grand Terrace CA

Emeritus at Grand Terrace Grand Terrace CA 92313

MPM Care Homes Inc Grand Terrace CA 92313

Scarmella's Family Care Grand Terrace CA 92313

Vivienda Care Home Grand Terrace CA 92313

 

 

Retirement Communities & Senior Living Hesperia CA

A Mission of Love Hesperia CA 92345

All Caring Senior Home Hesperia CA 92345

Desert Rose Residential Care Hesperia CA 92345

Hesperia Senior Campus Hesperia CA 92345

 

 

Retirement Communities & Senior Living Highland CA

Ambroise Manor Highland CA 92346

Cypress Garden Community Care Highland CA 92346

 

 

Retirement Communities & Senior Living Joshua Tree CA

Goffney Pats Assisted Living Joshua Tree CA 92252

Hidesert Family Eldercare Joshua Tree CA 92252

 

 

Retirement Communities & Senior Living Loma Linda CA

Ability Pathways Inc Loma Linda CA 92354

Aloha Place II Loma Linda CA 92354

Circlebrook Loma Linda CA 92354

Everett Forest Board & Care Loma Linda CA 92354

Excelcare Loma Linda CA 92354

Gentle Care Guest Home Loma Linda CA 92354

Golden Guest Home Loma Linda CA 92354

Heritage Gardens Retirement Loma Linda CA 92354

Linda Valley Care Center Loma Linda CA 92354

Loma Linda Royale Loma Linda CA 92354

Rest Haven Care Home Loma Linda CA 92354

 

 

Retirement Communities & Senior Living Mentone CA

Braswell's Ivy Retreat Mentone CA 92359

Realm Village Mentone CA 92359

 

 

Retirement Communities & Senior Living Montclair CA

Community Extended Care Montclair CA 91763

Howard Home Montclair CA 91763

Montclair Guest Home Montclair CA 91763

Briarwood Manor Montclair CA 91763

 

 

Retirement Communities & Senior Living Morongo Valley CA

St Michael's of Morongo Valley Morongo Valley CA 92256

 

 

Retirement Communities & Senior Living Ontario CA

Emeritus at Victorian Court Ontario CA 91762

Grove Ontario CA 91762

Independent Lifestyles Ontario CA 91762

LMB Care Home Ontario CA 91762

Plott Nursing Home Ontario CA 91764

Res Care Ontario CA 91762

Roberts Group Home Ontario CA 91762

Salem Semi-Independent Home Ontario CA 91761

Sunrise Home Ontario CA 91762

Sweet Guest Home Ontario CA 91762

 

 

Retirement Communities & Senior Living Rancho Cucamonga CA

Amethyst Board & Care-Elderly Rancho Cucamonga CA 91730

Atria Del Rey Rancho Cucamonga CA 91730

CMP Guest Home Rancho Cucamonga CA 91730

Sunrise at Alta Loma Rancho Cucamonga CA 91730

Warmington Residential Rancho Cucamonga CA 91739

 

 

Retirement Communities & Senior Living Redlands CA

Asistencia Villa Rehab Redlands CA 92373

Braswell Colonial Care Redlands CA 92373

Braswell Family Senior Care Redlands CA 92374

Classic Care Home Redlands CA 92374

Country Villa Redlands CA 92374

Good Shepherd Manor Redlands CA 92373

Jonbec Care Inc Redlands CA 92374

Plymouth Village Redlands CA 92373

Plymouth Village Nursing Redlands CA 92373

Springtime II Adult Facility Redlands CA 92374

Village at Redlands Redlands CA 92374

 

 

Retirement Communities & Senior Living Rialto CA

At Ease Living Rialto CA 92376

Extended Hands Elder Care Inc Rialto CA 92376

Home of Excellence Group Home Rialto CA 92377

Mh & O Family Home Inc Rialto CA 92377

Mulberry Manor Rialto CA 92376

Rialto Retirement Home Rialto CA 92376

Unique Ladies Home Rialto CA 92377

Vista Cove Care Center at Rialto Rialto CA 92376

 

 

Retirement Communities & Senior Living San Bernardino CA

Abundant Care Home San Bernardino CA 92407

Arrowhead Home San Bernardino CA 92407

Berhe Group Homes San Bernardino CA 92408

Del Rosa Villa San Bernardino CA 92404

First Step Highland San Bernardino CA 92404

Fisher Place San Bernardino CA 92404

Gateway Homes San Bernardino CA 92405

Hillcrest Care San Bernardino CA 92407

Jasmin Terrace San Bernardino CA 92404

Knotts Group Home San Bernardino CA 92411

Legacy Post Acute Rehab Center San Bernardino CA 92404

Lights Rancho Linda San Bernardino CA 92407

Orchid Court San Bernardino CA 92408

Rockcreek Inc San Bernardino CA 92408

Stepter Homes San Bernardino CA 92410

 

 

 

Retirement Communities & Senior Living Twentynine Palms CA

Cactus Manor LLC Twentynine Palms CA 92277

Desert Rose Elder Care Twentynine Palms CA 92277

 

 

Retirement Communities & Senior Living Upland CA

Allied Professional Nursing Upland CA 91786

California Villa Annex Upland CA 91786

Heritage Gardens Upland CA 91786

Heritage Park Nursing Upland CA 91786

Lee's Care Home Upland CA 91786

Lotus Care Home 2 Inc Upland CA 91786

Mam Family Home Upland CA 91784

Mountain View Care Home Upland CA 91784

Res Care Upland CA 91786

Senior Living Solutions Upland CA 91786

Sycamore Terrace Upland CA 91786

Villa Upland CA 91786

 

 

Retirement Communities & Senior Living Victorville CA

Desert Knolls Convalescent Victorville CA 92395

Elder Care Placement Victorville CA 92393

Garden View III Victorville CA 92392

Knolls West Residential Care Victorville CA 92395

Serene Sunrise Villa Victorville CA 92392

Sterling Commons Victorville CA 92395

Sterling Commons Alzheimer's Victorville CA 92395

Sterling Senior Communities Victorville CA 92395

 

 

Retirement Communities & Senior Living Yucaipa CA

Appletree Assisted Living Yucaipa CA 92399

Braswell Family Senior Care Yucaipa CA 92399

Braswell Mediterranean Gardens Yucaipa CA 92399

Braswell's Hampton Manor Yucaipa CA 92399

Braswell's Yucaipa Leisure Manor Yucaipa CA 92399

Hampton Manor Yucaipa CA 92399

Valley Home I & II Yucaipa CA 92399

Wildwood Canyon Villa LLC Yucaipa CA 92399

 

 

Retirement Communities & Senior Living Yucca Valley CA

Aaspen Village Care Yucca Valley CA 92284

Desert Manor Yucca Valley CA 92284

Ingleside Lodge Yucca Valley CA 92284

Santa Fe Assisted Living Center Yucca Valley CA 92284

Sky Harbor Care Center Yucca Valley CA 92284