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Exceptional Assisted Living for Seniors

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About us

The decision to move your loved one into an assisted living community is a significant one for your family.

about-us2You need a place that recognizes each resident as an individual and is committed to creating a lifestyle that fits their needs and goals. You need to feel confident that your loved one will be treated with the dignity and privacy that they deserve. The Courtyard at Little Chico Creek is run by The Hignell Companies, serving the needs of Chico residents for over 75 years.

Our Commitment

The Courtyard at Little Chico Creek is committed to providing an environment that allows your loved one to live a full and independent life, supported by a sense of family and community. The Courtyard assisted living community is here for people who need assistance with daily activities but who still want to live as independently as possible.

Our goal is to bridge the gap between independent living and nursing homes with an environment that is friendly, helpful and supportive of your individual needs. Your loved one may not be able to live alone but they do not yet need constant care. Well we are here to help!

We have levels of care that may start with mom or dad just needing help with medication support and a sense of community. As needs change and they need more help with moving around and showering and a higher level of care required increases, we can support your family in the transition. We offer care all the way through full end of life hospice care. We are happy to talk with you at any time about your family member’s needs.

The Courtyard’s caring staff is available 24 hours per day and joins with family and friends to give the support your loved one needs from now until end of life.

Contact Us

We invite you to come and visit us at The Courtyard at Little Chico Creek, an Assisted Living Community in Chico, Ca. We welcome your questions and would consider it an honor to show you what we offer and help you evaluate how we can meet the needs of your family. We look forward to partnering with you.


About The Hignell Companies

The Hignell Companies is a family owned company that has offered property development services and property management for over 75 years. Beginning in 1948, Fred Hignell, Jr., along with his partner at the time, Floyd Strange, was responsible for the construction of over 1,000 homes in 25 subdivisions, in addition to apartment and commercial projects.

Doug Hignell joined his father in 1970, bringing with him new vitality and an expanded vision for the company. Emphasis changed to real estate syndication and property management services, teaming with a solid group of investors. Next was the formation of a professional management team.


In the last three decades, The Hignell Companies has built numerous apartment complexes, a professional office complex of 37,026 square feet, a small specialty shopping center, developed and marketed a 64 duplex subdivision and a 59-lot planned unit development. In addition, we have built and are managing The Courtyard at Little Chico Creek, a 41-unit residential care facility for the elderly.

Besides our development abilities, we hold a general building contractor license with six supplemental classifications including electrical, painting and decorating, plumbing, roofing, sanitation systems and sheet metal.

We presently employ more than 150 people who represent the firm in the fields of commercial and residential property management and Community Association Management.

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“On February 9, 2018, we moved my mom to The Courtyard at Little Chico Creek.  She had a stroke and could no longer live alone.  The decision to move her to this beautiful facility was one of the best decisions I have ever made.  Within a short period of time my Mom felt secure, safe, and truly happy in her new home.  She had privacy, yet there was always someone to help her if she needed it-day or night.  She looked forward to eating in the lovely dining room with all the other residents which she would soon call her friends. ALL the staff at The Courtyard were also her friends—but they treated my Mom more like their own family.  It became difficult to take our Mom out to lunch or dinner because she didn’t want to miss an activity, a field trip (every Wednesday!) or a meal with her friends.

“The Courtyard’s cleanliness, attention to detail, and family atmosphere was exceptional.  When my Mom became ill, and hospice was called in, the staff attended to her every need day and night.  They were gentle, caring, and kind to not only our Mom but to all of us during this difficult time. The staff had such a positive impact on my Mom and our whole family.  They worked every single day with a smile, with professionalism, and with HEART. We will miss our Mom but also will miss the staff at The Courtyard.”

– Bobbie