Casa Transitions to a Life Plan Community

For more than 35 years, communities such as Casa de las Campanas have marketed themselves Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC).

This designation speaks to the ongoing levels of living options – from independent living and assisted living to skilled nursing and memory care – where residents may start out in independent living and transition through the continuum, should the need arise.

But in recent years, growth in CCRCs has slowed. It’s become clear a new name is needed to better engage the huge influx of Baby Boomers beginning to enter the market.

In general, Boomers are an active generation, focused on a retirement with endless opportunities to grow and explore. While CCRCs offer a bevy of amenities, services and activities to residents, the name creates the perception that we cater only to those who need care.

Anyone who’s spent time with us knows this just isn’t accurate. Retirement doesn’t end at Casa – it begins.

This is why we’re moving from a CCRC to a Life Plan Community.

The selection of this new name follows an extensive two-year research process, led by LeadingAge and Mather LifeWays, two leaders in the field of senior living. Following surveys with residents, prospects, staff and family members at more than 100 communities, and focus groups in cities nationwide, Life Plan Community emerged as the best replacement for CCRC.

The new designation better resonates with Boomers, and we’re excited to join dozens of other Life Plan Communities coast to coast.

An inevitable question that comes with this transition is, “How does this impact the types and quality of service I can expect at Casa?”

The answer is simple – it doesn’t. This will be a seamless transition, with nothing changing in terms of our service or commitment to providing the best possible retirement experience.

We want older adults to realize what an incredible partner we can be on the path to reaching their retirement dreams, and this new designation will help do just that.

For more information on Life Plan Communities, visit or call us at 858-683-3995.

Casa Keeps the Pulse on Senior Living Through New Fitness Center

As we age, keeping active, both physically and socially, plays an even greater role in maintaining overall health and wellness.

At Casa de las Campanas, our stunning location just 30 minutes north of San Diego, and our range of on-site amenities, mean getting in a daily workout is as convenient as stepping outside your front door.

Through our ongoing renovations, we’re building a brand-new, modern fitness center, complete with an indoor pool and space for a variety of classes, including yoga, dance and Tai Chi. Once complete, it will include a dedicated room for weights and other fitness equipment such as treadmills and recumbent bicycles, and serve as yet another hub for residents to meet, exercise and socialize.

Residents who prefer to get off campus and enjoy the natural beauty of San Diego senior living don’t have to go far.

Just across the street sits the Ed Brown Center for Active Adults and the Rancho Bernardo-Glassman Recreation Center, a large outdoor complex full of baseball diamonds, soccer fields, tennis courts, and even lawn bowling. A quick ride into the city also offers an abundance of outdoor opportunities, from endless beaches and world-class golf to the latest exhibit at the San Diego Zoo or enjoying a local winery.

Today’s seniors want flexibility in how they stay active, and our new health center, combined with our Southern California charm, will have you asking, “Why would I retire anywhere else?”

Curious about the new fitness center or other opportunities for outdoor living at Casa de las Campanas? Give us a call at 858-683-3995, or stop by and see us at 18655 West Bernardo Drive, San Diego.


Ground Breaks on New State-of-the-Art Health Center

As a Life Plan Community, formerly known as a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), Casa de las Campanas has been serving San Diego County seniors in various stages of life for nearly 30 years.

Our spectrum of services, from independent living and assisted living, to skilled nursing and memory care, provides support to those who need it now, and peace of mind to those who may require it down the road.

While the last quarter-century has seen us earn a respected reputation for our quality of care, particularly our physical therapy, we never stop challenging ourselves to be the best that we can be.

That’s why, as the next phase of our comprehensive renovation plan, we’re investing in a state-of-the-art health center. With construction in the early stages, the new health center will include:

  • An additional 72 new suites for skilled nursing and short-term rehab, the majority of which are private
  • A larger physical therapy area
  • Five neighborhoods (four large, one small) with larger spaces for dining and socializing

The neighborhood concept removes the ‘long white hallway’ stigma many health centers at retirement communities are branded with. Instead, these neighborhoods will act as communities within the community, encouraging more interaction and socialization among residents through large dining and activity areas.

The approval of this more resident-friendly concept, not traditionally seen in California, is significant. Approvals are difficult to achieve and can take more than two years to receive from various state agencies.

With construction on the new center having begun late summer, we hope to open winter of 2017.

The new health center follows other renovations already made to Casa de las Campanas, including the addition of an on-site salon and The Bistro. Have questions about the health center or any of the renovations? Call 858-683-3995, or check back here for more updates.

Renovations Create Community Hubs at Casa

If you’ve visited Casa de las Campanas recently, you couldn’t have missed some of the changes we’ve made, and possibly caught wind of others on the horizon.

This year, the first phase of our comprehensive renovation plan was completed when we opened the Salon de Casa in January, and The Bistro just a few months later.

Filled with natural light and accented with high-end finishes and a professional layout, the on-site salon feels more resort than retirement community. But it’s not all look and no substance – the salon boasts a range of services, including professional hairstyling, manicures and pedicures.

Whether residents are preparing to entertain guests on campus, or getting ready to catch the latest show at the San Diego Civic Theatre, the salon offers a convenient, affordable option.

The Bistro sheds formality, uniquely blending Casa’s delectable menu with a more casual, laid-back dining atmosphere. Open for breakfast, lunch and extended hours in the afternoon, it boasts various lounge areas, fireplaces, an open kitchen, and even La Tienda, the community’s on-site convenience store.

Residents are able to dine in or carry-out, perfect for neighbors who want to catch up over a quick bite to eat, or the couple who wants to grab something for the road on their way to the Padres game at Petco Park.

An additional dining option for residents is currently under construction. With an anticipated opening of January 2017, the Norte formal dining room will feature a larger and more modern formal dining area complete with two private dining rooms. Along with space for outdoor dining, residents will also enjoy the outdoor grills, fireplaces and fantastic views.

A lot has changed since we first opened our doors nearly 30 years ago, including the desires and expectations of residents who call Casa, well, Casa. Senior living certainly isn’t what it used to be, and these renovations will help ensure we continue to meet the vibrant, flexible lifestyles our residents demand in their retirement.

Casa de las Campanas is a CCRC, and soon-to-be Life Plan Community, located north of San Diego on I-15. Have questions about the salon, The Bistro, or other renovation plans? Call 858-683-3995, or check back here for more updates.


Expansions and Additions Mean More Reasons to Love Casa

When residents talk, we listen. Thanks to great input from current and potential residents, we developed a Master Plan to expand facilities and amenities. That plan is well underway – here’s a look at how we’re building a better future for our community.

  • Salon de Casa – Our new salon is open! Residents can be pampered with hair styling services, manicures, and pedicures.
  • Reception & Administration – Remodeling is currently underway and is expected to be complete in January.
  • The Bistro – We’re very excited about our new casual dining area. The Bistro will include a gift shop (La Tienda), lounge areas with fireplaces, and a quick-serve restaurant, which will be open for extended hours. You can dine in, or take something back to your apartment. Expected opening is April 2016.Bistro Expansion
  • Skilled Nursing Facility – We’re in the planning and permitting phase of this new state-of-the-art facility. It will include private rooms, additional social spaces, and more, all of which will ensure a more comfortable stay.  We are expected to break ground December 2015.
  • Fitness Center – This new building will have an indoor pool, fitness room for dance classes, Tai Chi, yoga, and other activities. There will also be a large equipment room with the latest in exercise equipment, such as treadmills, recumbent bicycles, and weights.The Wellness Center ExpansionWellness Render

Contact us today to schedule a tour and learn more about our upcoming expansions.


Fitch Upgrades Casa de las Campanas (CA) Revs to ‘A-‘; Outlook Revised to Stable


Fitch Upgrades Casa de las Campanas (CA) Revs to ‘A-‘; Outlook Revised to Stable

Fitch Ratings has upgraded to ‘A-‘ from ‘BBB+’ the rating on $50,655,000 ABAG Finance Authority for Nonprofit Corporations Insured Revenue Bonds, Series 2010 issued on behalf of Casa de las Campanas, Inc. (Casa). Read more.

Thank You for Voting Us

Casa de las Campanas was voted by readers in the Pomerado News Best of Senior Living!

Pomerado News Gives Casa Residents a ‘Thumbs Up’ for Toys for Tots Donation

Casa de las Campanas residents Bob Anttila, Mike Ginger, Irv Kelley, Al Rouben and Ken Waters for spending the past year crafting handmade wooden toys the old-fashioned way. In December they donated 350 toy cars, trucks, tractors, motorcycles and planes they made in Casa’s Hobby Shop to the Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots program. Read more.

What’s New at Casa?

Finding the perfect place to retire is no easy task, but the residents of Casa de las Campanas make it sound simple. Click HERE to download our Retirement by Design Spotlight and learn why retirees are delighted to call Casa de las Campanas home!

Pomerado News reports on Casa de las Campanas’ Holiday ‘Elves’

Santa Claus has some toy-making elves at Casa de las Campanas who specialize in crafting the old-fashioned way. The elves—otherwise known as Casa residents Bob Anttila, Mike Ginger, Irv Kelley, Al Rouben and Ken Waters — recently donated 350 toy cars, trucks, tractors, motorcycles and planes they made over the past year to the Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots program. The toys will be distributed to local children in need as Christmas presents. Read more.

Z Code Magazine spotlights Mothers and Daughters at Casa de las Campanas

Z Code Magazine profiles two pairs of mothers and daughters at Casa de las Campanas—Raelle Pinger and Joyce Grayson, and Jody Grawey and Jane Keller. For these two pairs, having active, independent lives is a given. Choosing to reside together at Casa is just another step on the road of life. The community has helped make their bond even stronger by providing an all-encompassing approach where living well and being well go hand in hand. Read more.

Pomerado News Recognizes Casa’s 25-year Anniversary Celebration

Honoring a quarter-century of serving the needs of retirees in Rancho, Bernando, Casa des las Campanas held a celebration that “kicked off on July 22 with a ‘music under the stars’ event that included dignitaries presenting their congratulations and proclamations. Other festivities through July 26 included a formal dinner, ice cream social and murder mystery dinner.” Among dignitaries in celebration on July 22nd was Assemblyman Brian Maienschein, who presented Executive Director Kim Dominy a resolution in honor of Casa de las Campanas’ 25th anniversary.

The festivities throughout the week detailed the community’s unique history—originally started by retired teachers for those who worked in education (later that requirement was waived and now residents come from a variety of career fields)—to future expansion plans including a new state-of-the-art heath center, and additional resort-style amenities. Read more.

Casa Chef’s Tips in San Diego Home/Garden

Chef offers a refreshing summertime recipe of watermelon gazpacho.

New ‘Casa’ President Looks to Future As Community Marks 25 Years

Steve Riddle, the former vice president of San Diego National Bank’s Rancho Bernardo branch, has been named as president and chairman of the board. “What we’re trying to do is to keep Casa de las Campanas competitive into the future…and continuing with the excellent service and care we have committed to our current residents.” Read More.

Casa Hires World-Class Chef

chef steven window
  • Name of Chef: Stephen Window
  • Family Members: Married with three children and two grandchildren
  • Community of Residence: Escondido, CA
  • Hobbies/Interests: Barbecuing, visiting farmers markets and golfing

About the Recipe: The dish is a favorite of my kids. When they were young, my wife and I took them to a fancy French restaurant. When the kids asked the chef for rice [my wife is Hawaiian and we eat a lot of rice], he claimed they did not serve rice – only risotto. Since then, risotto has been a staple in our family. They love it. It is easy to make and a great compliment to fresh fish and vegetables.

About the Chef: Stephen Window is the Executive Chef at Casa de las Campanas independent living retirement community in Rancho Bernardo. British-born, Window, attended culinary school near his hometown of Manchester and embarked on a career that would take him to acclaimed restaurants around the world. His extensive travels give him an impressive expertise in many diverse cuisines – from the cooking of exotic Pacific Islands to the classic recipes of Escoffier – all of which are embodied in his kitchen at Casa de las Campanas. Window comes from La Jolla’s Roppongi restaurant where he not only opened the venue but also received top honors multiple times for his fortitude in the kitchen. Window also served as a featured chef at the James Beard House – an honor all chefs dream of – not once, but twice. And now, he has been welcomed with open arms by the residents of Casa and feels honored to be part of the community. “Most of the residents, like myself, have traveled all over the world. They expect good quality food. It is very, very rewarding to be the executive chef at Casa. We are adapting the menus and changing things up. I have had so much positive feedback. My goal is to keep the standard of food higher than the residents’ expectations,” shared Window.

Resident Spotlight

Casa de las Campanas resident Dorothy (Dottie) Risheberger recently received well-deserved acknowledgment by the RB Community Foundation for her work as a community volunteer.

Dorothy Risheberger is honored for her volunteer work


Dorothy is an active member of the Rancho Bernardo Community and has given her time freely as dedicated volunteer in so many ways:

  • Treasurer of RB Community Council from 2006 through 2010.
  • Finance Committee Chair of the RB Community Council and Chair of Audit/Inventory Committee for two and a half years.
  • Chair of Nominating Committee of the RB Community Council in 2009.
  • Served on the RB Planning Board 1998-2006.
  • Ways and Means Committee Chair for three years on the RB Planning Board.
  • Served on the traffic committee for eight years.
  • Served on the development review committee of the RB Planning Board for eight years.
  • Service on the regional issues committee for four years.

Dorothy is an 18 year resident of Casa de las Campanas and a dedicated volunteer within the Casa Community. Dorothy’s volunteer spirit is inspirational both at Casa and throughout the greater Rancho Bernardo Community.

From everyone at Casa… Dorothy, thank you for all the work you do not only at Casa de las Campanas, but also for the volunteer work you have done in the past on the RB Community Council and planning board. You truly deserve this wonderful award!