Lantern Crest Senior Living


11010 Sunset Trail , Santee, CA 92071

(855) 840-7257

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I Am A Friend Or Relative Of A Current/Past Resident

My grandparents have been living in Lantern Crest community for the last three years. They have been pleased with everything. All of the staff members at Lantern Crest are very helpful. Housekeeping team is amazing. They clean the rooms weekly and help with laundry. My grandparents like all the dining options. I love the Sunday brunches and go almost every Sunday. Lantern Crest offers Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care. They have studios, 1 bedrooms, 2 bedrooms and cottages. highly recommended..

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Lantern Crest Senior Living was amazing. They were really smart about the way they handled their residents. They gave them choices of food and they just point at them so the residents don't have to read, which I thought was an intelligent thing to do. The place was really nice and they had a lot of activities. They had a living area that was really nice and a kitchen setup where the residents can have cooking days. I was also impressed with the person that gave us the tour.

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Lantern Crest is a new facility, only a few years old, really nice, and up to date. They offered a lot, however, it was too expensive in the long run.

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Lantern Crest was a nice place. They are currently remodeling and building new buildings, and they had a lot of amenities that would appeal to those who have higher functioning dementia. They had a lot of music, creative classes, outdoor gardening in one of their courtyards, interactive stuff like community-done jigsaw puzzles, arranged outings to a park or a walking club. The staff I interacted with was very pleasant. The rooms were adequate for what you need and want, but they weren't large or very spacious, unless you wanted to pay and arm and a leg. They did have a great dining room with a great balcony, and a barbeque that they fire up every day so you could have freshly-grilled food out on the deck with a good view. They have a nice food prep and good selection of food as well.

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I Am A Friend Or Relative Of A Current/Past Resident

I really like Lantern Crest. The staff is very friendly and I always feel like they care about my grandmother as much as I do. Things aren't always perfect, but if something goes wrong they are easy to talk to and work to get it fixed. I really like how busy my grandmother is and how happy she is.

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Lantern Crest Senior Living has its pros and its cons. The pros of this facility are that it is very modern and updated with plenty of great features and amenities. Lantern Crest Senior Living has plenty of regularly hosted activities and a good amount of amenities. While Lantern Crest Senior Living is a good facility overall, it falls short in the area of management. Though the staff is competent, they seem overworked.

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I Am A Friend Or Relative Of A Current/Past Resident

This community stands out from the rest. They provide superior personalized care and are focused on total customer satisfaction. Thank you Lantern Crest...

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My grandma, who is in her 90s, moved into this place when it opened in June 2012. We have consistently experienced problems with her meds, which aren't too involved, being given at the wrong time, not at all, or incompletely. The place is understaffed and several times she wasn't even taken to her meals because they were too busy to get her. We know other residents who moved out because their meds were goofed up repeatedly and they had lost confidence in the staff. Another moved because she couldn't stomach the food. They're on their third chef here and he's no better than the other two. Tonight I ordered a BLT sandwich for my grandma's dinner, with crispy bacon. I was surprised to find the bacon actually crispy, but then disappointed when I discovered they had precooked the bacon, frozen it, then microwaved it for her sandwich. The bacon was fully cooked but still partly frozen. A couple weeks ago I ran into a resident in the hall in her wheelchair, with her lap full of yogurt, granola bars and other snacks from the bistro room. When I asked how she was she snapped at me that she was starving. It's hard to fill up on meals here when the food is so unappetizing. Many residents' families bring in food to compensate for the problem. Also, we have complained many times about the understaffing issue and we just get lip service. They have as much help as they did when the place opened and only a few people lived here. Caregivers arrive in a sweat when it's time to bathe my grandma because they literally race from room to room for fear of being written up for not staying on schedule. All they care about is saving every nickel they can, all at the expense of the care and comfort of residents. If my grandma were not in her 90s we would probably move her, but as it is we're at the mercy of Lantern Crest. They call it luxury assisted living here, but it's a joke. What makes the place tolerable is some of the very nice people who work here, unfortunately none of them are in positions of authority. Beware.

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Provider Response

Lantern Crest strives each and everyday to ensure our residents and their family members have a wonderful experience living with us. That being said we are not infallible and can make mistakes. Our goal is to learn from them and grow to be a better community. Lantern Crest serves residents from all walks of life and it is an extremely difficult task on a daily basis to satisfy everyone 100% of the time. We believe sometimes the most difficult area is dining. Our residents eat with us 3 times a day 365 days a year. I would love to say every meal is fabulous and every resident leaves everytime satisfied but that is not true. We host monthly "Chat with the Chef" meetings where our residents and their families can voice any concerns and make suggestions for our upcoming menus. We also have a comment card on each table to allow our residents to leave a comment,complaint or suggestion at any time. Our Food Service Director is attentive and follows through on compliments,complaints and suggestions. We do not pre-cook bacon, freeze it and reheat it in a moicrowave. We don't have a microwave in our kitchen. We believe our staffing ratios are adaquate and have increased our staff in all areas tremendously since we opended our doors in June 2012. Our staff works very hard and may have a day where they are required to intervene in emergencies and special requests from our residents. This can result in a more hectic day and require more from our staff. We appreciate all the work they do and are dilligent in ensuring they have all the tools necessary to get the job done. Lantern Crest is not about nickel and diming our residents and respect that our residents have worked their entire lives to save for their retirement. We are advocates for our seniors and want to be a resource to all seniors and their families in the Santee area. We encourage you to visit Lantern Crest anytime and enjoy a meal on us. You will then have the opportunity to talk with our residents who believe Lantern Crest is a great place to live.

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Costs for Lantern Crest Senior Living

Independent Living Starting Cost per Month:

$ 3,800

Assisted Living Starting Cost per Month:

$ 4,400

Medicaid/Medicare Not Accepted

Amenities at Lantern Crest Senior Living

Property Info

Licensed Capacity: 100

Emergency Services: Less than 5 Miles

Shopping: Less than 1 Mile

Recreation: Less than 1 Mile

Minimum Age: 62

Number of Units: 80

State License #: 374603253

Semi-Private Units

Private Units

Studio Apartments

1-Bedroom Units

Air Conditioning/Climate Control


Emergency Call System

24-Hour Staffing

Employee Background Checks

Parking Provided

Fitness Room/Gym

Beauty/Barber Shop

Movie Theater




Full-Time Activity Director

Educational Opportunities

Local Outings and Excursions

Live Entertainment

Fitness and Exercise Programs


Outside Patio/Gardens

Computer/Internet Access

Cable/Satellite TV

Special Meals: Diabetic,Low-salt,Pureed

Private Dining Room

Restaurant-Style Dining


Medication Management

Diabetes Care

Help with Activities of Daily Living

Transportation to Appointments

Guest Apartment

Guest Meals

Room Service


Ambulation and Escort Services

Generations Memory Care Program

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Description of Lantern Crest Senior Living

Welcome to Lantern Crest in Santee, CA!

We offer multiple care options for you and your loved one - ranging from independent living to assisted living along with dementia care.

Lantern Crest provides an affordable yet luxurious, resort-like community with a loving, caring staff.