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How to Find the Best Senior Living or Retirement Facility in Sonoma 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 Sonoma 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 Sonoma County and issues related to choosing them.

Updated November 4, 2016

 The TOP 10 Senior Living & Retirement Communities in Sonoma County CA

Chancellor Place of Windsor
(707) 837-8785
907 Adele Dr
Windsor, CA 95492

Areas Served: Penngrove, Sebastopol, Sonoma, Santa Rosa CA, Healdsburg, Lytton, Cotati

Sunrise Independent & Assisted Living of Santa Rosa
(707) 575-7503
3250 Chanate Rd
Santa Rosa, CA 95404

Areas Served: Sonoma, Penngrove, Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Sebastopol, Healdsburg, Rohnert Park

Sonoma Serenity Home
(707) 939-1318
17575 Carriger Rd
Sonoma, CA 95476

Areas Served: Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Sonoma, Sebastopol, Penngrove, Cloverdale, Rohnert Park

Springfield Place Retirement Community
(707) 769-3300
101 Ely Blvd S
Petaluma, CA 94954

Areas Served: Sonoma, Petaluma, Penngrove, Santa Rosa CA, Healdsburg, Cotati, Rohnert Park

Avalon At Sonoma
(707) 939-1500
91 Napa Rd
Sonoma, CA 95476

Areas Served: Petaluma, Sonoma, Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, Healdsburg, Annapolis, Penngrove

Graton Manor
(707) 823-3321
8595 Graton Rd
Sebastopol, CA 95472

Areas Served: Mt View CA, Palo Alto CA, Los Altos CA, Stanford CA, Loyola CA

Oakmont Gardens Retirement Community
(707) 538-1914
301 White Oak Dr # 301
Santa Rosa, CA 95409

Areas Served: Santa Rosa CA, Cloverdale, Sonoma, Petaluma, Penngrove, Healdsburg, Rohnert Park

Sunrise Assisted Living
(707) 776-2885
815 Wood Sorrel Dr
Petaluma, CA 94954

Areas Served: Sonoma, Windsor CA, Santa Rosa, Penngrove, Healdsburg, Petaluma, Sebastopol

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


Facilities for senior living in Sonoma 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 Sonoma 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 Sonoma 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 Sonoma 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 Sonoma County CA 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, Assisted Living or Independent Senior Living Communities in Sonoma County CA Are Better Than Others
The Prime Buyer's Report lists these retirement communities in Sonoma County CA: Sunrise Independent & Assisted Living of Santa Rosa, Oakmont Gardens Retirement Community, Springfield Place Retirement Community, Sunrise Assisted Living, Avalon At Sonoma, Sonoma Serenity Home, Graton Manor, Chancellor Place of Windsor, All Seasons Residential Care, Primrose Living With Memory. Other retirement homes and facilities for assisted living in Sonoma, Healdsburg, Sebastopol, Rohnert Park, Petaluma and Santa Rosa CA include: Clearwater Lodge The Geysers CA. Didn't find what you wanted with the TOP 10 Senior Living & Retirement Communities in Sonoma County? Then click here to see additional companies in this category.



Choosing the Best Assisted Living Facility or Retirement Home for Your Loved One in Sonoma 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 Sonoma 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 Sonoma 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 Sonoma County retirement community for you, make sure they are properly certified.



Tips for Choosing Good Senior Living or Retirement Community in Sonoma, Healdsburg, Sebastopol, Rohnert Park, Petaluma and Santa Rosa 

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 Sonoma 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 Sonoma 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 Sonoma County. Verify all of this information before signing the contract.

Choose Certified Retirement Communities.
In Sonoma 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 (

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 Senior Living and Retirement Communities in Sonoma County 

Associations & Licensing

BBB Better Business Bureau (
DCA California Department of Consumer Affairs (
American Association of Retired People (
California Department of Aging (
California Commission on Aging (
National Center for Assisted Living (
Consumer Information about long-term care (
Medline Plus (
American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (
National Association of Senior Move Managers (
Diamond Certified
California Assisted Living (
California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (
Assisted Living Federation of America (
American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (http://www.aahsa)
American Senior Housing Association (
Center for Aging Services Technologies (
Senior Outlook (



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

95452, 94931, 94951, 95419, 95401, 95465, 95425, 95472, 95407, 94999, 94922, 95480, 95412, 95476, 95444, 94927, 95450, 95416, 95442, 95473, 95492, 95441, 95431, 94928, 95436, 95462, 95405, 95471, 95402, 94955, 94952, 95409, 95433, 95487, 95404, 95439, 95446, 95408, 94954, 94923, 94953, 94975, 95421, 95430, 94972, 95497, 95403, 95486, 95448 and 95406




Retirement Communities & Senior Living Cloverdale CA

Cloverdale Health Care Center Cloverdale CA 95425


Retirement Communities & Senior Living Cotati CA

Sunset House Cotati CA 94931

Retirement Communities & Senior Living Forestville CA

Mirabel Lodge Forestville CA 95436

Retirement Communities & Senior Living Healdsburg CA

Healdsburg Senior Living Community Healdsburg CA 95448
Magnolia Manor Healdsburg CA 95448
Residential Care Home USA Healdsburg CA 95448
Vivienda Arroyo Seco Healdsburg CA 95448


Retirement Communities & Senior Living Kenwood CA

Green Acres Manor Residential Kenwood CA 95452
Silver Oak Kenwood CA 95452
Tree Haven Estate Kenwood CA 95452

Retirement Communities & Senior Living Penngrove CA

Penngrove Gardens Penngrove CA 94951


Retirement Communities & Senior Living Petaluma CA

Caulfield Lane Senior Apartments Petaluma CA 94954
Evergreen Health & Rehab Petaluma CA 94952
Our House Residential Care Petaluma CA 94954
Springfield Place Petaluma CA 94954
St Francis Residential Care Petaluma CA 94954
Sunrise Assisted Living Petaluma CA 94954
Valley Orchards Retirement Apartments Petaluma CA 94954
Victorian Manor Residential Home Petaluma CA 94952
Well Care Home Petaluma CA 94954
Whiterose Manor Petaluma CA 94954


Retirement Communities & Senior Living Rohnert Park CA

Elizabeth Care Home Rohnert Park CA 94928
Gardenia House Rohnert Park CA 94928
Merrill Gardens Rohnert Park CA 94928


Retirement Communities & Senior Living Santa Rosa CA

AA Best Care LLC Santa Rosa CA 95407
A Kim's Elderly Home Care Santa Rosa CA 95401
Alegra Manor Santa Rosa CA 95403
Allen Care Home Santa Rosa CA 95403
Avalon at Brush Creek Santa Rosa CA 95409
Avondale Rest Home Santa Rosa CA 95405
Bethlehem Towers Santa Rosa CA 95404
Brighton Gardens of Santa Rosa Santa Rosa CA 95403
Brookdale Lodge at Paulin Creek Santa Rosa CA 95403
Canterbury Home Santa Rosa CA 95405
Carriage House Santa Rosa CA 95403
Chancellor Health Care Inc Santa Rosa CA 95403
Charp Chalet for Senior Living Santa Rosa CA 95403
Community Living Options Inc Santa Rosa CA 95403
Community Living Options Inc Santa Rosa CA 95407
Creekview Home Santa Rosa CA 95409
Danny's Place Santa Rosa CA 95403
Dolly's Manor Retirement Home Santa Rosa CA 95403
Du Molin Community Living Santa Rosa CA 95401
Dumolun Santa Rosa CA 95403
Eisenhauer Guest Home Santa Rosa CA 95403
Elderhome at Parker Hill Santa Rosa CA 95404
Elderhome Inc Santa Rosa CA 95404
Five Palms Care Home Santa Rosa CA 95401
Flora Shangrila Santa Rosa CA 95403
Golden Villa Santa Rosa CA 95403
Granada Manor Santa Rosa CA 95409
Hanna House West Santa Rosa CA 95403
Hidden Valley Guest Home Santa Rosa CA 95404
Home of New Beginnings Santa Rosa CA 95407
J&V Home for Seniors Santa Rosa CA 95407
Le Elen Manor 3 Santa Rosa CA 95407
Le Elen Manor II Santa Rosa CA 95407
Le Elen Manor Santa Rosa CA 95406
London House-Santa Rosa Santa Rosa CA 95405
Lovejoy's Greenhouse RCFE Santa Rosa CA 95404
McHugh Care Home Santa Rosa CA 95404
Memory Lane in Bennett Valley Santa Rosa CA 95405
Monte Verde Rest Home Santa Rosa CA 95409
Monte Verde Santa Rosa CA 95409
Oak Tree Lodge Santa Rosa CA 95403
Oak Tree Ranch Santa Rosa CA 95401
Oakmont Gardens Retirement Apartments Santa Rosa CA 95409
Oakmont Senior Living Santa Rosa CA 95403
Orchard Inn Santa Rosa CA 95404
Primrose Living With Memory Santa Rosa CA 95403
Redwood Community-Scientists Santa Rosa CA 95404
Redwood Meadows Senior Apartments Santa Rosa CA 95403
Rincon Valley Gardens Santa Rosa CA 95409
Rivera Court Guest Home Santa Rosa CA 95409
Slow Sculpture Santa Rosa CA 95409
Spring Lake Village Santa Rosa CA 95409
St Francis Assisted Living Santa Rosa CA 95407
St Francis Care Home Santa Rosa CA 95409
Stony Point Lodge Santa Rosa CA 95407
Summer Set Manor Santa Rosa CA 95409
Summerfield Care Home Santa Rosa CA 95405
Sunrise Assisted Living Santa Rosa CA 95404
Sunset Garden Santa Rosa CA 95407
Terra Linda Care Santa Rosa CA 95404
Tuscan Manor Santa Rosa CA 95404
Varenna at Fountaingrove Santa Rosa CA 95403
Vigil Light Apartments Santa Rosa CA 95405
Villa Capri Santa Rosa CA 95403
Vineyard Commons Santa Rosa CA 95403
Ward's Valley View Guest Home Santa Rosa CA 95409
Wenly Care Santa Rosa CA 95403
Wild Rose Care Home Santa Rosa CA 95403


Retirement Communities & Senior Living Sebastopol CA

All Seasons Residential Care Sebastopol CA 95472
Benshante Place Sebastopol CA 95472
Burbank Heights & Orchard Senior Living Sebastopol CA 95472
Cotter Health Center Sebastopol CA 95472
Fircrest Convalescent Hospital Sebastopol CA 95472
Las Palmas of Sebastapol Sebastopol CA 95472
Live Oak Rest Home Sebastopol CA 95472
Palm Drive Nursing & Rehab Center Sebastopol CA 95472
Zimpher Residential Care Homes Sebastopol CA 95472

Retirement Communities & Senior Living Sonoma CA

Agua Caliente Villa Home Sonoma CA 95476
Bayberry Inc Sonoma CA 95476
London House Care Center Sonoma CA 95476
Merrill Gardens at Sonoma Sonoma CA 95476
Petaluma Icf Ddh Sonoma CA 95476
Sonoma Health Care Center Sonoma CA 95476
Sonoma Hills Retirement Center Sonoma CA 95476
Sonoma Serenity Home Sonoma CA 95476
Sonoma Venture Ltd Sonoma CA 95476

Retirement Communities & Senior Living Windsor CA

Amber House Windsor CA 95492
Anna House A Loving Care Home Windsor CA 95492
Ashley House A Loving Care Home Windsor CA 95492
Autumn House A Loving Care Home Windsor CA 95492
Birdie House A Loving Care Home Windsor CA 95492
Chancellor Place of Windsor Windsor CA 95492
Country Gardens Care Home Windsor CA 95492
Dolly's Manor Windsor CA 95492
Redwood Vista Windsor CA 95492
Windsor House Windsor CA 95492





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

When searching for the right assisted living communities or retirement homes for your loved one, it's best to tour and hold interviews with several before choosing. Doing this gives you a chance to gauge each retirement community's cleanliness, professionalism, and ability to meet your needs. You may have to tour and speak with a few nursing homes before finding a good match. Read the following article for some pointers on how to find the perfect assisted living/retirement community in Sonoma, Healdsburg, Sebastopol, Rohnert Park, Petaluma and Santa Rosa for your needs. more »



Tips for Choosing Good Senior Living or Retirement Community in Sonoma, Healdsburg, Sebastopol, Rohnert Park, Petaluma and Santa Rosa

Choosing a retirement community requires lots of thought. It's important that the retirement community you select is a good fit. To help you make the right decision regarding which Sonoma County retirement community is right for you, The Prime Buyer's Report has provided this list of tips to use as a guideline in finding good senior living in Sonoma County.more »



Resources About Senior Living and Retirement Communities in Sonoma County

The following is a list of publications, licensing & regulatory bodies, and associations relevant to senior living in Sonoma County including retirement communities, independent senior living, assisted living, and retirement homes.

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