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A peek inside three of the Coachella Valley’s senior living communities proves a move to new quarters with advanced care offerings can be upscale and downright luxurious. These well-appointed facilities strive to address specific needs — whether that’s a self-sufficient lifestyle, assistance with daily tasks, or specialized care for residents with memory issues.
Bella Villaggio in Palm Desert is a compelling example of the exquisite possibilities. Its architectural details and artwork draw to mind the charm of Italy, and its name aptly means “beautiful village” in Italian. “When you walk in here, it’s like you’ve arrived at a resort,” says executive director Eloiza Castellanos. “Our hospitality makes people feel as if they’re on vacation.” Equipped with abundant amenities and concierge-level service, Bella Villaggio’s living options address every circumstance, whether that’s independent living, assisted living, or memory care.
If cuisine is a priority, Bella Villaggio’s all-day restaurant-style dining with an executive chef on the premises might prove especially enticing. Residents can even claim two complimentary drinks daily at the bistro bar. The activities never stop, either. “We bring the lifestyle to you. We have a movie theater here, a hair salon, an art room, and more. There’s no need to go anywhere else,” Castellanos says. Social gatherings include bridge games, a book club, painting classes, bingo, and a PrimeFit Wellness team focused on keeping residents healthy and strong.
Brookdale Mirage Inn.
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Brookdale Mirage Inn in Rancho Mirage is another exceptional senior living facility. Residents may start out in independent living, but if they need additional services — like assisted living or memory care — the possibility is there and eliminates the need to relocate.
Beyond the flexible levels of care, stylish décor punctuates Brookdale Mirage Inn’s common areas. Amenities include a movie theater, a cabaret with live entertainment weekly, a card room, and a technology room. Group outings and activities are a collaboration of resident requests and the creative efforts of the activities team that works to make wonderful memories happen. Brookdale provides more advanced levels of care for its residents than most assisted living communities, and pets are permissible in both their memory care and assisted living sections.
The term “aging in place” gets mentioned often these days because it’s a highly desirable option. Luxe retirement communities like Segovia in Palm Desert strive to make the experience even more appealing. The walled and gated property is operated by Oakmont Management Group, a company known for luxury senior living developments. Residents can choose between an elegantly appointed apartment or a freestanding casita and are free to remodel and design their spaces however they see fit.
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A putting green winds between the buildings, and members have access to a full fitness center with in-house rehab and massage, plus organized outings. Programming includes art instruction, guest speakers, and concerts, and three's a five-star restaurant. “Our residents are at the heart of everything we do,” says Sal Jimenez, Segovia’s executive director. “We maintain a vibrant resident council, resident association, and dedicated committees for various interests. Residents take the lead, and our team is here to meet their every need.”
Whether you’re looking into a move for yourself or a loved one, you’ll find a variety of senior living and advanced care communities in Greater Palm Springs. And as these three illustrate, you need not compromise quality of life when you make the jump.