Lifestyle

A WORLD OF POSSIBILITIES

Live life to the fullest.

Leave your worries behind when you make The Cottages of Carmel home. Immerse yourself in a warm and welcoming community that offers a myriad of opportunities for an active social life, for stimulating your mind, and for strengthening your body.   

What inspires you? We're listening, and we tailor our program offerings to meet your needs. From creative arts programs to cooking classes, group excursions, social gatherings, exercise classes, and fun-filled outings, there's truly something for everyone. 

You decide how each day unfolds. From resort-style amenities and activities to the spectacular natural beauty of the California coast right outside your door, you’ll find everything here that you need to thrive. 

Signature Programs

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Something for everyone.

Associates, local experts and community residents all share interests and opportunities to come together to learn, grow and connect as a community. We feature dozens of courses, classes, and workshops with a little something for everyone.

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The perfect fusion of wellness and care.

Through our partnership with the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners, we train our Naya caregivers to incorporate our residents into the rhythms of daily living. With empathy and understanding, Nayas communicate through validation rather than correction, helping to instill a sense of joy and purpose.

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Dine with dignity.

Rediscover the joys of dining with accessibility and independence at the table. Devour protein-packed, nutritionally balanced meals served as bite-sized hors d’oeuvres. No assistance, no distractions, no utensils – no problem.

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Experience a whole new reality.

Our EngageVR virtual reality program creates transformative and immersive digital experiences that delight the senses. Visit places you’ve never been to for a world of new experiences — all at a time of your choosing and from the safety and comfort of home.

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Welcome made warmer with new friends.

Gain insider knowledge from your personal Ambassador, a fellow resident and new friend here to help you get settled. Your Ambassador will make introductions and share their tips and tricks for easing into community life, getting involved, and flourishing in your new home.

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Go where the wind takes you.

Thrilling adventures await with safe, adapted group outings that defy expectations. From overnight camping trips to hot air balloon rides and everything in between, the possibilities are endless.

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The Neighborhood

Explore Carmel, a coastal treasure.

Carmel-by-the-Sea is tucked into the Monterey Peninsula of California's Pacific coast — a spectacular merging of ocean, rocky shore, frothy waves, and windswept cypress trees. Add to the mix Carmel's signature fairytale cottages, art community, and upscale shops and restaurants, and you've found treasure.

Explore Carmel
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Partnerships

We’re better together. Local and national partnerships keep us on the cutting edge of new services so that we can continue bringing you the best.    

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Activities & Events

Today’s the day. Revitalize your mind and body. Explore the local culture. Pursue your personal interests. Or just have all the fun you can handle. There’s always something new to experience.   

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