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San Diego Senior Living Community Celebrates 35 Years



San Diego Senior Living Community Celebrates 35 Years


Casa de las Campanas journeys into tomorrow

with heavy investment today in technology and amenities.


SAN DIEGO, CA (November 8, 2023) – Thirty-five years ago, seniors didn’t own cell phones. (In fact, 1988 was the year “mobile” phones were introduced, and they measured a whopping 10 inches long and 4 inches thick.) They weren’t surfing the World Wide Web. They brewed their coffee at home and were quite happy with the three TV networks and PBS, thank you very much.

Fast forward to today, and older residents of San Diego County – just like the rest of the population – are embracing technology, consuming content from many sources and enjoying amenities they never imagined they would be.

For senior living community CASA DE LAS CAMPANAS, this change in senior preference, interest and demand means celebrating its 35-year history with a continued commitment to growth. Casa was created in 1988, and, like the cell phone, has seen significant changes over their 35-year history. With a $215 million investment back into infrastructure, technology and programming over the past three decades, CASA continues to innovate, renovate and grow.

Technology investments and upgrades include:

  • New and increasing numbers of electric vehicle chargers in the parking lot, ready for the already-evident uptick in EV-driving residents.
  • Robotic (unmanned) vacuums across campus, keeping hallways and common areas spic ‘n span.
  • Solar panels popping up on rooftops across the 25-acre community, with the goal of reducing current electric power expenses by 18%.
  • Introduction of a cell phone/tablet app that allows residents to order from the bistro for To-Go meals and use of a community intranet, TouchTown, which keeps important information at the fingertips of all 505 residents: the week’s dining menu, resident directories, and health and wellness tips.
  • Use of a wrist-worn medical alert system, called Guardian, to ensure residents have help close at hand should they need it.

“Our technology enhancements are exciting for our independent living residents, but they’re also incredibly important to residents in our Health Center,” says Kim Finch Dominy, CASA’s Executive Director.

Residents in memory care at CASA DE LAS CAMPANAS are benefitting from the use of programming from iN2L (now called LifeLoop), an interactive content library providing memory care, therapy sessions and wellness activities on an intuitive touchscreen computer system specially designed for seniors. The advanced system is known for its combination of adaptive hardware, software and content that delivers a person-centered experience for users. The tech makes programs like email and Zoom easy and more enjoyable to use.

“As the area’s only not-for-profit Life Plan Community offering both Type A and Type C plans, CASA DE LAS CAMPANAS reinvests all profits back into its buildings, grounds and, most importantly, its residents,” says Dave Johnson, CASA’s Chief Financial Officer.

Additional investments and improvements on campus include:

  • $15 million renovation of 2 ½ miles of hallways within resident and activities buildings.
  • New bocce court and renovated billiards room.
  • Community transportation, including vans and cars.
  • Redesign of outdoor cooking/eating area, including installation of a pizza oven shipped from Italy.
  • All-new furniture – beds, chairs, nightstands, lamps, dressers, flooring, paint, window coverings – in the Health Center rooms.
  • A new generator, ensuring residents are not without power for over 96 hours during a power outage.


About Casa de las Campanas

Casa de las Campanas is a not-for-profit Type A and Type C Life Plan Community providing 357 independent living apartments and the full continuum of senior care, including 53 assisted living apartments, 27 memory care apartments, 95 skilled nursing beds and short-term rehabilitation on-site. The community is committed to creating programs, activities and opportunities that inspire residents throughout their senior years and is recognized with the industry’s highest rating (U.S. News & World Report’s Best Nursing Homes) for 2022-23. Their Health Center also holds a 5-star rating from Medicare.  


For more information:

Kim Finch Dominy, Executive Director