What Our Residents Say 2018-08-02T06:41:07+00:00

What Our Residents Say

“My mother, Dorothy, has lived at Oak Cottage for 9 months, with her dog, Lucy. We have nothing but good things to say about this home!

The caregivers are exceptional—I have never seen them be anything but loving and patient. My mother is always saying how well taken care of she is, how lovely the people are, and how good the food is. Often, her hair is done up in a lovely French braid.

The staff genuinely care, call me with any questions, concerns or needs, and go out of their way to accommodate special circumstances. They take good care of my mom’s dog, Lucy, as well and make sure she is happy and looked after.

Alisa, the nurse, is lovely, thorough, and skilled. She takes good care of my mom and the other residents. The food is fresh and excellent, and I have participated in many meals.

There are activities daily, with frequent live music and other special events. The residents are encouraged to participate and my mom is no longer bored and lonely, as she was at home.

We feel blessed to have found such a good home for my mom.”

“My father, Paul, has been in Oak Cottage since March 2016. I visited from out of town last week and was newly impressed with the pleasant atmosphere and thoughtful care. Claudette arranged a wonderful birthday party for Paul and served a custom cake topped with his favorite candy. The party overlapped a music session and the whole experience was delightful. Rita, Hansel and other staff members are affectionate and truly caring toward my father.  Many thanks to you all!”

Leslie U., Family Member
“Momma Rosa, my Mom at age 95, became a resident of Oak Cottage in May. 2015. It is now December, and for the six months between then and now she has been attended to by professional caregivers who have exceeded my expectations in their ability, compassion and friendship. Just sitting with Rosa, having a conversation or even playing her favorite music for her have meant a lot to me. And, my wife and I are not absentee family! We have been there each day, twice at least, and have come to know, trust and respect the Oak Cottage professional family. They are the best! Momma Rosa may not be there too much longer; the caregivers and staff have taken care of me as well as Momma Rosa, and I am profoundly grateful.”
“I wanted to email and say “hi” and also say how thankful we are that my Grandma was lucky enough to get a room with you. She is doing so well, it is such a blessing and relief for our family, thank you SO much.”

“A HUGE THANK YOU to each of you from our family for the wonderful birthday celebration yesterday for Dad! We are so appreciative of your thoughtfulness in creating a wonderful party. It was lovely to be outside, the food was delicious and how fun to have family, friends and firemen present! We thank you for the extra work and your attention to detail–cake with fun candles and place-cards, wow! Dad was delighted! What a great way to celebrate a 93rd birthday! Please know we are sharing with friends all of the many reasons Oak Cottage is a great place!”


“It was great to meet you and Claire and Julie: great fun. You and your staff are out to create something great, and I admire that. And thanks also for the cookies and beautiful soup: congratulations on having the vision for such food. I’m going to think more about what I learned, and be back in touch when I have something to add: keep up the good work!”


Beautiful Site!


Really nice facility with very nice architectural touches. Nowhere did I get any sense of anything “institutional” just very comfortable and welcoming. What great community resource!




Congratulations – what a wonderful place!

D. G. & Z. G.

“Everyone at Oak Cottage has been so supportive and attentive throughout my mother’s residence there. It made a big difference to my mother, I think, as well as to me and my sisters, to have my mother’s needs so attended, my mother herself so noticed. Claire was terrific at drawing her into activities. Matei often went the extra mile to keep us posted and to meet her needs. Shane treated her like his grandmother. Your help, and Philippe’s, in moving the things from my mother’s room, and generally facilitating that transition, was VERY appreciated. ALL of you, have our respect and gratitude.”


“We did an exhaustive internet search of all the Assisted Living facilities int he area, and Oak Cottage stood head and shoulders above the rest.  We were happy to put our mother-in-law there after she experienced a fall and broken hip at age 97.  We could not have been more delighted.

It was quite obvious from the first moment that everyone form the management to the care staff to the engineering staff goes far beyond the call of duty to make things just literally wonderful for the residents, and that they take their jobs very, very seriously.  The programs are creative, the attention to detail spectacular, and the love is obvious.  And the price is very reasonable, as well.  We had the opportunity to pay a lot more, for a lot less.

A++ recommendation!”

D. Powers

“After previewing numerous memory care facilities in Santa Barbara, it was readily apparent The Oak Cottage is the premier facility. They provide so many amenities that other care centers cannot provide. They have qualified, caring, top notch caregivers… organic, delicious, meals….daily nutritious smoothies….exciting-energetic-entertaining & exercise coordinators.

Even more importantly, Ed tells me is happy. He gets wonderful hygiene care with some added perks like haircuts, manicures & massages. He has not cried once or begged to come home….a big plus for his loved ones. We feel like we are one “big family”.

Thank you, Oak Cottage for ALL the love, care and expertise you provide.”

Sharon T.
“Thank you so very much. We are so pleased to see Dad having such a good, happy time with you. We very much appreciate the extra mile you put into the outings as well as the music you have downloaded for him. We are very thankful that Dad is with all of you.”
“As prompted by recent events and communications, I just wanted to take a moment to thank you so VERY much for the diligent, superb, effective, and pleasant way that you do your difficult job. You are simultaneously professional, thorough, caring and attentive. I, for one, TRULY appreciate you. It gives me such relief and reduced stress to know that you’ve “got my back” so to speak. Thank you.”

“Thanks again for all of your help in getting Dad moved into Oak Cottage. It is such a relief that he is somewhere safe and being well cared for”


Dear Mark and all of the loving Oak Cottage Staff,
Saying “thank you” would be an understatement for all you’ve done.
The care you’ve given to design, decor, selection of amazing staff and meals, etc…
For the first time in years, mom is happy, not just content. Hope you succeed beyond your wildest dreams.

G. & J. & J. S.

“Thank you All, especially Shane, so much for making this day extra special and bringing our mom out to Earl Warren Showgrounds for the horse show.. Inspired by my mom in law’s smiling face in the stands, I took home 2 blues and a second place. A great day all around! You all are fab!!”


Spectacular, warm and interesting


Beautiful facility, amazing energy and inspiring people!


What a beautiful gift ad service you have given to residents of Santa Barbara.
Your commitment and perseverance are inspiring to us!

L. & B. C.

Serene, beautiful furnishings, comforting setting for residents and family members: all much needed in Santa Barbara.


Your facility is stunning! Residents will be so lucky to live here.


Wonderful facially- well, home- you have created a beautiful home for your residents.