Helpful Resources

Please find facts and resources below regarding a number of topics from estate planning and the costs of health care to the benefits of living at The Canterbury. For more information call 310-265-5144.



The Canterbury is a Life Plan community.

A Life Plan community has a spectrum of health care services right on campus, so you or your spouse can stay in familiar surroundings, should future health care needs arise.


What health care services are available on our campus?

We offer Independent Living for active people, with à la carte services if help is needed with daily tasks. For residents who require additional support, we have Assisted Living apartments and services. Our 24-hour, Skilled Nursing Care Center has medical professionals trained to handle short- and long-term care, rehabilitation, emergencies and routine first aid. We also offer Memory Care at The Courtyard. A complete range of services is available right on campus, so residents can remain in familiar surroundings even if health care needs change over time.


Are Assisted Living, Memory Care and Skilled Nursing services included in my entrance fee?

Some residents may have long-term care insurance that covers a portion of fees. Check with your insurer for details.


What is included in my monthly fee?

The monthly fee covers a number of services and amenities. These include one meal each day, lunch or dinner, with the option of purchasing additional meals, Creative Living opportunities at our Creative Living Academy and access to our fitness studio, outdoor heated pool and much more. We also offer a maintenance-free lifestyle and convenient concierge and housekeeping services. Plus, benefit from 24-hour emergency response systems and many innovative supportive services, including Artful HomeCare, Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing at the Care Center and Memory Care, with services available 24/7.


Here are four types of Life Plan contracts.

Type A (Extensive Contract).  A resident typically pays an upfront entrance fee and an ongoing monthly fee for the right to live in an independent apartment and also receive certain services and amenities.  Residents who require assistance or health care may receive some services in their apartment or they may move to an assisted living or skilled nursing portion of the community, but they pay essentially the same monthly fee they were paying in their apartment.  The entrance fee may or may not be partially refundable upon termination of the contract.

Type B (Modified Contract).  The Canterbury offers a Type B contract as a Life Plan community. With this plan, a resident will also pay an entrance fee and an ongoing monthly fee for the right to live in an apartment.  However, in Type B contract, a Life Plan community is obligated to provide an appropriate level of assisted living or skilled nursing as in a Type A contract, but only for a specific period of time (e.g. 30-60 days) or at a discounted rate for a stated period of time or indefinitely, after which the market rate is paid.  The entrance fee may or may not be partially refundable.

Type C (Fee for Service).  A Type C contract generally also requires an entrance and a monthly fee, but the fees to not include any free or discounted health care or assisted living services.  Residents pay the standard per diem if they need assisted living or nursing services, however they may receive priority or guaranteed admission for those services.

Rental Life Plan Community.  While generally not thought of as true Life Care community since there’s no or minimal entrance fee, certain communities which have independent apartments and offer kinds of assisted living or nursing services will use the title of a Life Care community.  The resident pays the prevailing rate for all services offered.


Favorable California Tax Treatments

California has no state inheritance taxes so you won’t have to pay state taxes on any money willed to you.

California has no estate tax so your estate is worth more.


Statistics show everybody should expect to receive between 12-18 months of long-term health care.

Long-term care refers to a continuum of medical and social services designed to support the needs of people living with chronic health problems that affect their ability to perform everyday activities. Long term care services include traditional medical services, social services, and housing.




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