Fredericka Manor Residents Upsize their Lives by Downsizing for Retirement

When Carol and her husband Ron moved to Fredericka Manor in February 2019, they had found the place where they wanted to spend the rest of their lives. Before settling in their cozy, one-bedroom independent-living cottage, the couple had to move out of not one, but two homes: a condominium in Solvang, CA, and a house in Lake Havasu, AZ.

Fortunately, after arriving at their new home in Chula Vista, Ron and Carol realized that they were not going to have to go through this process alone. “After unpacking our boxes we were exhausted. Danny, from maintenance, stopped by to introduce himself. When I asked him where I could find a recycling center, he just smiled and said, ‘Just put them on the front porch and we will take them away.’ I almost gave him a big hug.  It was such a huge relief.”

Fredericka Manor offers the same level of support for daily living. Carol is grateful to be free from the burden of owning a house and handling everything from household repairs to medical care and cooking.

“When the washer and dryer breaks, they fix it, and they mow the lawn,” she said. “I use the doctor who is right here on campus, and they come to my home for lab work so I don’t have to go to the office. The convenience of living at Fredericka Manor is phenomenal.”

Although her living space was downsized, she doesn’t miss it, because she has a fulfilling life within the community that’s filled with activities, other people and joy. Carol considers the exercise and line dancing classes essential to maintaining her good health and balance.  She also enjoys playing bocce and dart baseball, is a member of a women’s Bible study club and serves as treasurer of the resident-run Fredericka Club.

Fredericka Manor offers independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing and memory care all on campus.

Prior to Ron’s passing in December 2020, when his health began to decline, Carol said it was incredibly helpful that he was cared for right here on campus, “I could visit with him every day.” She realized, “My life is here now. I have made so many new friends who care about me.”

“I have to actually schedule time to read,” she said with a laugh. “This is such an alive, thriving place, with social activity and interaction and things to do to stay engaged.”

Come see our charming community for yourself. And if you decide to make Fredericka your new home, we can help you choose the perfect size residence, help you downsize and move in. Make 2022 the “year of Fredericka!” Schedule a tour today by calling 619.205.4115 or by emailing

About Fredericka Manor

Fredericka Manor is a multi-level San Diego senior citizen housing community known for its lush and mature landscape, charming streets, lovely cottages and warm small-town feel. These Chula Vista senior homes, along with the Fredericka Manor Care Center, have been an iconic part of the surrounding area for generations. 

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