Thank you, San Francisco, for 130 years of support.

A Historic Home for Seniors in San Francisco’s Portola District

Ladies Home Features

  • Private or shared rooms, either furnished or unfurnished
  • Three balanced and nutritious meals a day, plus snacks
  • Laundry and housekeeping services
  • Assistance with medications, personal care, and incontinence issues
  • Historic building with dining room, parlor, chapel, sunroom, and private garden with accessible walking paths
  • Located in San Francisco’s peaceful Portola neighborhood, we are easily accessible by MUNI and BART
  • Free parking in our private parking lot adjacent to the entrance, and plentiful street parking


University Mound Ladies Home
350 University Street
San Francisco, CA 94134




University Mound Home and Gardens


Residents enjoy nutritious meals and socializing with each other in our bright, cheerful, beautifully maintained dining room.


For generations, the front parlor of the University Mound Ladies Home has provided a warm and comfortable place for residents to read, watch television, or engage in group activities.


Our private rooms are bright, clean, and tastefully decorated. Rooms can be furnished or, for a more personal feel, a resident’s own furnishings can be used.


The fireplace in the front parlor creates a welcoming atmosphere for visitors and residents alike.


Updates from the University Mound Ladies Home

UMLH and SFSU Launch Innovative Partnership for Care
The University Mound Ladies Home and San Francisco State University have launched an innovative, multidisciplinary collaboration coordinated by the SFSU School of Nursing. The project aims to give students in a variety of disciplines experience in working with elders, and to use the expertise of SFSU faculty and students to explore new ways to maintain elders in assisted living.

As part of the collaboration, selected SFSU students and faculty are now part of everyday activities at the Ladies Home, benefiting both the residents and the students. For example, an interior design student redesigned areas of the Home to be more therapeutic and inviting for residents; nursing students are participating in clinical training; physical therapy students are working with residents; and undergraduate geriatric nursing students are doing client assessments.

The City of San Francisco needs affordable residential care for people 65 and older. The Ladies Home offers an alternative to institutionalization by combining housing with personal care and assistance. The collaboration with SFSU aims to promote aging in place at the Ladies Home in a cost-effective, affordable manner. The Ladies Home model of care helps maintain frail elders living in the community by developing programs and services that encourage health and wellness.

Ladies Home Model of Care Presented at Gerontology Conference
The Ladies Home’s unique model for providing long-term care was presented at the annual conference of the Gerontological Society of America in Atlanta, Georgia, on November 18, 2009. John Fecondo, the Ladies Home’s executive director, and Dr. Cristina Flores, vice president of the board of trustees, discussed the Home’s innovative partnership with San Francisco State University as part of a panel on “Assisted Living in the Context of Alternate Housing Options.” Download the program here.

Ladies Home Community Gathers to Celebrate 125 Years
More than 125 guests and residents filled the front parlor of the University Mound Ladies Home on Thursday evening, November 12, 2009, to celebrate the Ladies Home’s 125th anniversary. Mayor Gavin Newsom issued a proclamation declaring November 12 University Mound Ladies Home Day, and Assemblywoman Fiona Ma and State Senator Mark Leno also issued resolutions recognizing the Home’s essential service to San Francisco.

The celebration brought together a wide range of supporters: eldercare professionals, SFSU faculty and students, city health officials, family members, and residents of the Home’s Portola neighborhood — and, of course, the ladies themselves, many of whom dressed up for the occasion.

“I think this is just an incredible moment,” said San Francisco eldercare attorney Helene Wenzel. “From the time I first visited the Home — the front room looking like a parlor from maybe the 19th century — I’ve loved that it’s here for women of modest means, and that it was an old bachelor [19th-century businessman James Lick] who set it up.”

Conservator Jay Egger said his clients at the Ladies Home “love it here. It is such a wonderful resource for the community, and I really appreciate the level of care that the ladies get.”

Portola resident Franco Mancini, president of Friends of McLaren Park, the advocacy group for the nearby park, called the event “amazing.” Mancini, who delivered newspapers to the ladies as a paper boy from 1952 to 1956, said “the memories are flooding back just walking into this place.”

For newly appointed Ladies Home board member Ronald Chan, a Bay Area human resources consultant and senior partner with Rockwell, Presto & Chan, the event was his introduction to the Home’s community of supporters. “Listening to and observing what happened tonight at this ceremony was to me an affirmation that I’ve become involved in something that is just terrific,” he said.


UMLH Welcomes New Executive Director

Please join the Board of Trustees in welcoming Dean J. Fredrickson as the Executive Director of the University Mound Ladies Home (UMLH) effective June 13, 2011. Dean brings over 20 years of experience working in senior living, and he is deeply committed to those who serve this community, and to our nonprofit mission of providing excellent, affordable care. He will join Katie Brown, Director of Resident Services, and Christa Williams, MSW and Coordinator of the Hospice and Palliative Care Program, as a member of our management team.

John Fecondo, who graciously agreed to serve as Executive Director from 2009 to 2001, successfully managed a period of growth that included many improvements in both resident care and facilities. The Board extends a heartfelt thank you to John, who continued to contribute to the Home’s success by returning to his previous role as a member of the Board of Trustees until his sudden death in April 2011.

For more than 125 years, UMLH has been providing high-quality, compassionate, and affordable assisted living for older women. We provide a beautiful home for residents from diverse backgrounds and an alternative to board-and-care facilities for those who want a higher level of socialization. We strive to promote aging in place through our Hospice and Palliative Care program, which is open to all.


Hospice and Palliative Care

For more information about the Hospice and Palliative Care Program at the Ladies Home, or to arrange a visit, please contact Resident Services Director Sandra Rivas by calling 415.239.6696 or by emailing

Hospice Care Services

Working in collaboration with Medicare-certified hospice agencies, the Ladies Home provides eight hospice beds for women and men with end-of-life needs. The Ladies Home also has respite beds available.

Residents receive individualized services and compassionate care in an intimate setting. Under the coordination of a licensed registered nurse with comprehensive hospice experience, a team of professional staff and qualified caregivers provide personalized, 24-hour care.  Additionally, the Ladies Home has trained and dedicated volunteers that are also available to provide additional empathy and support to residents and their loved ones.

Palliative Care Services

The palliative care services provided by the Ladies Home focus on helping residents and families achieve the best possible quality of life when dealing with life-threatening illness.

Health care professionals are available to assist residents and family members with coordinating palliative care services. Mindful caregivers provide around-the-clock assistance to residents.  Daily care and activities are individualized to promote the resident’s comfort and allow enjoyment of life.

A Compassionate and Caring Environment

Licensed by the State of California as a 74-bed Residential Care Facility for the Elderly (RCFE), the Ladies Home provides these special programs to meet the chronic and end-of-life care needs of residents.

Each large, private room provides a serene environment where residents and their family and friends can spend time together, free from worries. Special amenities, guest rooms, and quiet areas are available to support those who wish to stay close to their loved ones.