Assisted living and memory care community

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73685 Catalina WayPalm Desert, CA 92260

A beautiful setting that feels like home.

If you or your parents are looking to make a move, we understand your concern about making the right decision. Legend Gardens is a warm, inviting community where you can be as social as you want. In fact, we often hear our residents say, “I wish I had moved here earlier.” We’re a small facility with residences clustered around several garden courtyards on a single level so all of our services are easily accessible. You’ll feel right at home as a member of this friendly community.

Many of our staff have been with us since we opened in 1999, and they’ve truly become part of our family. If you need assistance with anything, they’ll be there for you. The excellent care they provide can help you maintain as much of your vital independence as possible.

What’s in a name? Legend Gardens is named for the many film and stage legends that built Palm Desert into a stylish resort community.

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Our History

Legend Gardens was originally built and began providing care to residents in 1999 with 42 licensed beds in what we now refer to as the “West Wing” of our newly expanded property. It was initially built around a central pool which has since been removed in favor of a more usable outdoor covered patio and gathering area. All units in the original facility were essentially identical with kitchenettes, bedroom and bathroom with a rear patio, all set within a quiet residential neighborhood. We are fortunate that some of our wonderful caregiving staff have been serving our residents since our opening in 1999.

Commencing in 2016 and completed in 2017, our renovation included a major dining room expansion, bright new finishes, exterior paint and tile upgrades, new lighting, and improved landscaping. By acquiring two adjacent single family homes, we more than doubled our licensed bed capacity and added a much needed memory care facility. Additional outdoor space, courtyards, covered patios, beauty shop, and common area living spaces were also added during this expansion. In addition to the memory care beds, we were able to provide newly enhanced assisted living units, offering our residents various housing options. Residents love the newly constructed, spacious, and light units with modern finishes.

Our Staff

Kimberly Kent
Director of Strategic Operations, Legend Gardens

Kimberly has had success operating, marketing and managing Senior Living Communities for 22 years in California, Nevada, Arizona, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Utah and Montana as an Executive Director, Regional Operations Specialist, Regional Director and VP of Operations.  Kimberly is a Graduate from California State University, Long Beach, with a BS in Health Care Administration. Kimberly also has a RCFE Administrator’s license in California. Kimberly is very involved in her local community serving on the Orange Coast Memorial Foundation Community Advisory Board and Soroptimist International in both Huntington Beach and Palm Springs.  Kimberly resides in Huntington Beach, CA where she enjoys the Surf City lifestyle with her rescue dog Kody.

Larry Smith
Executive Director, Legend Gardens

Larry has also had success operating and managing Senior Living Communities for over 25 years in California.  Larry started his career as an administrator in Mental Health Facilities and bridged over to Senior Living in 2000.  Larry has been an Administrator, Regional Operations Specialist, and a Regional Director of Operations throughout California.  Larry is a graduate of the University of Redlands. Larry also is a RCFE Administrator in the state of California. Larry resides in Beaumont, CA and is a father of two sons and enjoys spending time with his three grandchildren.

Yndira Lepe, LVN
Wellness Director, Legend Gardens

Yndira has been a Wellness Director and Licensed Vocational Nurse in Senior Living Communities for 11 years. Yndira also has a RCFE Administrator’s license in California. Yndira resides in Beaumont, CA and has a teenage daughter and son. She enjoys spending time with her family.

Maria Chavez
Memory Care Program Director, Legend Gardens

Maria has been at Legend Gardens for over 20 years. Maria started as a landscaper and then worked her way through every department in the community including overseeing the Wellness Staff for many years. She was recently promoted to Memory Care Program Director overseeing the Memory Care Community Staff and Program. Maria and her family live in the Coachella Valley.