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The Vision becomes a Community

How we began, and why we're growing

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In 1979, four area churches recognized the need for a unique retirement community that offered an active, secure and rewarding independent lifestyle. The vision was realized when La Vida Llena opened its doors in 1983.

Working together, St. John's Episcopal Cathedral, First Presbyterian, First United Methodist and St. Paul's Lutheran created an exciting new retirement opportunity that enables residents to live a full and active life.

Through their community spirit and a commitment to the common good, a not-for-profit corporation was founded to guide the development of a non-denominational community. The name, La Vida Llena The Full Life reflects what we strive to provide every day.

Over the years, La Vida Llena has more than doubled in size, and expanded to be a full Life Plan community. We have won awards for our facilities and services, staying true to our original vision.

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The vision begins. La Vida Llena opens its doors with 187 residences, and 44 skilled nursing units. By creating a new kind of retirement community, the four churches involved provided a much needed opportunity for active retirees, who want the convenience of a retirement community while maintaining their independence.


La Vida Llena became what was then known as a LifeCare community (now Life Plan), adding 45 assisted living units, and Mi Casa, a 16 unit memory support clinic.


With the addition of 8 Casitas (homes), La Vida Llena now offers a full range of independent living arrangements. These comfortable homes offer the same benefits as our previous units, but with the benefit of townhome living.


Building on the success of the Casitas, La Vida Llena added 14 homes to meet the increased need. We also opened a new building, Alta Vista, with 27 residential unit.


For the 2nd year in a row, La Vida Llena received a 5 star rating from the Deparment of Health.

After years of planning, our award-winning Nueva Vista facility opens its doors, providing 58 high-end residential units. To ensure that we can provide the necessary Life Plan services, we converted 20 residential units at La Vida Llena into assisted living, skilled nursing, and memory support units.


For the 3rd year in a row, La Vida Llena received a 5 star rating from the Deparment of Health.

We began a major renovation for Main Campus. This ambitious project is slated to be completed in 2014, and will add new dining options, a larger chapel, and improved services for our residents.


For the 4th year in a row, La Vida Llena received a 5 star rating from the Department of Health.

We completed the renovation project, transforming a 30 year old community and "made it new again". Keeping the traditions that make us unique and adding innovations making us progressive.