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Aging in Place with Grace at The Terraces

Aging isn’t easy. Though some of us may experience it more gracefully and gradually than others, there’s no doubt that aging comes with a fair share of changes and challenges for us allAs  someone who watched a close family member age almost effortlessly, only to be surprised by sudden-onset dementia, I can say with certainty that aging is also unpredictableSuch uncertainty can only be met appropriately with a long-term strategy, which is precisely  what you’ll find at The Terraces, Chico’s  only age-in-place community. Located in California Park, The Terraces has allowed senior residents to live independently and transition into more involved levels of care as necessary since 1996This  approach guarantees that residents maintain their independence as long as possible and ensures their dignity with care from familiar faces throughout their journey. As most would agree, it is how  the final leg of our lives should be lived with Upgrading the Living of your seniors


The Terrace’s senior executive director, Cliff Keene, is at the helm of this progressive approach to senior living.  Originally from Paradise, Cliff joined in his family’s footsteps, entering the senior care field after graduating from Chico State—first in a small assisted living community in Chico and later his own  community in Paradise, called Mountain Meadow Lodge. Though his property burned in the Camp Fire, every resident  was safely evacuated, and he carried the lessons from that day and his years of experience to The Terraces in Chico. 

The Terraces

The Terraces

“I moved to The Terraces and Westmont Living because I realized they were the next generation of what senior living could and should be.” Cliff said, “We have all the amenities you could imagine to help residents have an incredible life as they age. The Terraces prides itself on ensuring quality of life at every level, which drew me to join their team.” 


The Terraces and Westmont Living provide a three-tier system of care for residents. The first tier is The Lodge, an independent living community comprised of 120 apartments. “I call it a cruise ship on land.” Cliff explains, “The Lodge provides meals, tons of social activities, housekeeping, and more for people who want to enjoy a great senior lifestyle while getting away from the complexities of managing your own house and property.” 


The second tier is The Inn at The Terraces, Chico’s newest assisted living facility. Opened six years ago, it offers 80 apartments, ranging from studios to two-bedroom apartments. Like the apartments at The Lodge, all the units include everything one would need to live as independently as possible, including a full kitchen, washer and dryer, and more. In addition to the amenities available to residents at The Lodge, The Inn provides grooming, dressing, medication management, mobility assistance, and many other services for those with more needs than others.  

The Inn at The Terraces

The Inn at The Terraces

The final tier is the memory care assisted living, with 28 apartments and a team dedicated to Alzheimer’s, memory, and dementia care. The Compass Rose programming allows residents to live with memory loss, not just suffer from it. 


Regardless of which tier a resident first joins, they can effortlessly transition from one stage to the next in the community with the help of The Terrace’s staff. All residents are surrounded by the  community’s amenities, including a robust activity schedule, mind-building educational programs, a massive swimming pool that offers aqua aerobics, managed transportation and excursions, and an on-staff nurse. “Our dining program is incredible, too!” Cliff beamed,  “It’s called Dine Your Way, and it’s a restaurant-style program where residents choose their meals rather than having meals chosen for themIt’s another level of independence that we find important.” 


With every amenity you could imagine, a dedicated team of caregivers, and a convenient and beautiful location on the lake at California Park that provides the at-home, sophisticated feel we all want as we age, few places can compete with what is offered at The Terraces. Visit them online at or call (530) 894-5429 to schedule a tour.


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