Assisted Living near Irvine, CA

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Irvine, CA, which is part of Orange County, is a popular destination for retirees who want to live their golden years in warm weather and surrounded by plenty of arts, culture and entertainment. The planned community is home to about 200,000 people and was voted the fourth best place to live in America by CNNMoney.com in 2008. The town, which is home to the University of California Irvine and Pepperdine College, offers a wide variety of entertainment, shopping and dining to suit all ages and tastes.

Even when you consider the welcoming environment, many wonder where to begin in their search for assisted living for a loved one. How can I be sure that my loved one is ready for assisted living? What services can I expect to find? How much is assisted living in Irvine? These are all questions you may be asking.

Fortunately, you don't need to handle the task on your own. A Place for Mom can help you ask the right questions and schedule tours with more than 50 assisted living communities in and around the city, making it easier for you to focus on the most important part of the journey — the happiness of your loved one. We have already helped more than 3,000 families in the area and are eager to make the transition easier for yours.

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Senior housing types near Irvine, CA

  • Irvine Cottage 8

    40 Cypress Tree Lane, Irvine, CA 92620
    (1)
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    Irvine Cottage 8 in Irvine California is an assisted living center that has a unique cottage setting. This facility treats a number of chronic illnesses like Parkinson's Disease, and dementia. They do all the tasks for you so you can enjoy seeing your parents, relatives, or friends in a comfortable...

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  • Irvine Cottage 2

    16 Porter, Irvine, CA 92620
    (1)
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    There is nothing more assuring to you than knowing that your loved one is in the best care when you are unable to perform the needs that they require. You want to sleep peacefully knowing that they are comfortable, happy and healthy doing things that they love with others of the same community....

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  • Atria Woodbridge

    Atria Woodbridge

    1 Witherspoon, Irvine, CA 92604
    (34)
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    For nearly 20 years, Atria Woodbridge has proudly served the families of Irvine. With a continuing commitment to quality, the community is undergoing an extensive renovation to enhance beauty and functionality. Once complete, residents will enjoy a host of exciting new spaces and amenities,...

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  • Irvine Cottage 3

    17 Yorktown, Irvine, CA 92620
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    The Irvine Cottage 3 is part of the sprawling Irvine Cottages complex in beautiful Irvine, California. While we offer assisted living and group home facilities, we specialize in Alzheimer's and memory care. Unfortunately in recent years, the need for Alzheimer's and memory care has become greater...

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  • Irvine Cottage 4

    7 Princeton, Irvine, CA 92620
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    When it comes to providing top quality assisted living care, Irvine Cottages stand out from the rest. Irvine Cottage 4 is located in Irvine, California. We at Irvine Cottage 4 are dedicated to providing the highest levels of care, services and kindness to our guests. We specialize in providing...

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  • Brookdale Irvine

    Brookdale Irvine

    10 Marquette, Irvine, CA 92612
    (34)
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    Here you can do more of what you love. Located in Irvine, California, our assisted living community is where you can build friendships and redefine your independence.  You’ll have the care you need if you need it so you can go live your life to the fullest. Here are just a few fun ways you can spend...

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  • Whispering Oaks - Waverly

    Whispering Oaks - Waverly

    14782 Waverly Lane, Irvine, CA 92604
    (2)
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       WHISPERING OAKS...a gentle, comfortable Home for Life, catering to older adults with memory loss     Three adorable, warm, family homes with 6-beds capacity, nestled in the heart of the prestigious city of Irvine in close proximity to parks, doctor offices, hospital,...

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  • Whispering Oaks Ranchgrove

    4531 Ranchgrove Dr., Irvine, CA 92604
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        WHISPERING OAKS...a gentle, comfortable Home for Life, catering to older adults with memory loss     Three adorable, warm, family homes with 6-beds capacity, nestled in the heart of prestigious City of Irvine in close proximity to parks, doctor offices, hospital,...

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  • Irvine Cottage 1

    1 Longstreet, Irvine, CA 92620
    (5)
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    Irvine Cottage One is the very best in elder technology, and as advanced as any of the concepts of California. California is very careful in its treatment and regulations in the field of gerontology. Come see what we can do for you and your loved ones. The retirement facilities in Irvine are the...

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  • Atria Golden Creek

    Atria Golden Creek

    33 Creek Road, Irvine, CA 92604
    (44)
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    What makes Atria Golden Creek the best senior living option in Irvine? It's our commitment to enhancing the lives of today's seniors and future generations with energy-saving renovations, including a pursuit of LEED certification. We offer a beautiful community where you'll find a friendly and...

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  • Irvine Cottage 5

    2 Brandywine, Irvine, CA 92620
    (1)
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    Irvine Cottage 5 is beautifully located in Irvine, CA. We offer a senior living community in a cottage home. The beautifully landscaped grounds present a feeling of calmness and pleasantries. The surroundings, d?cor and amenities are just a few of the details that enhance the resident's style of...

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  • Whispering Oaks Yankee

    2 Yankee, Irvine, CA 92620
    (1)
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        WHISPERING OAKS...a gentle, comfortable Home for Life, catering to older adults with memory loss     Three adorable, warm, family homes with 6-beds capacity, nestled in the heart of prestigious City of Irvine in close proximity to parks, doctor offices, hospital,...

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  • Danberry Residential Care

    Danberry Residential Care

    14611 Danberry Circle, Tustin, CA 92780
    (4)
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    Danberry Residential Care home is located in the bedroom community of Tustin, California located in the affluent Orange County. Tustin is a city of go-getters with an amazing 10% of the population holding start-up businesses. In 2009, Tustin made Forbes list of the top 25 towns in America to live....

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  • The Groves of Tustin

    The Groves of Tustin

    1262 Bryan Avenue, Tustin, CA 92780
    (39)
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    Located in the heart of Tustin, the community offers spacious studio and one-bedroom apartments each with kitchenettes, private bathrooms, large walk-in closets and individual climate control.    Our Generations neighborhood for those with memory impairments offers both private and...

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  • Loving Elderly Care Home

    Loving Elderly Care Home

    24991 Katie Ave, Laguna Hills, CA 92653
    (3)
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    Do you have a loved one that is in need of a helping hand? If so, be sure to get in touch with our Loving Elderly Care Home. We are the best at what we do, and take pride in providing you with the loving care that you need and deserve. Regardless of what type of assistance your loved one needs, you...

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  • AAA Laguna Hills Assistance Care Home

    AAA Laguna Hills Assistance Care Home

    25651 Califia Drive, Laguna Hills, CA 92653
    (8)
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    Laguna Hills and Mission Viejo area. AAA Assistance Care Home is a (6) bed residential care home that will provide 24 hour per day, 7 days a week non-medical care to persons in need of personal services, supervision and assistance essential for sustaining the activities of daily living. AAA...

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  • Atria Newport Plaza

    Atria Newport Plaza

    1455 Superior Ave, Newport Beach, CA 92663
    (22)
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    Set on manicured grounds less than a mile from the ocean, Atria Newport Plaza is a vibrant senior living community where older adults can enjoy engaging events and chef-prepared meals in the company of friends and neighbors, and receive the discreet support they need – all backed by the...

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  • Belmont Village Aliso Viejo

    Belmont Village Aliso Viejo

    300 Freedom Ln, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
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    Once open, Belmont Village Aliso Viejo will provide the perfect blend of comfort, care and active living. The three-story community is nestled in the heart of Aliso Viejo in Orange County. It is surrounded by premier dining, shopping and entertainment, and just a short drive from major healthcare...

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  • Infinity Home Care

    26051 Camino Adelanto, Mission Viejo, CA 92691
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    Infinity Home Care is a beautiful facility in a nice neighborhood with a highly attentive and loving staff of two caregivers and a third on call. Infinity works closely with home health providers for residents, working with their families and insurance, complete with visiting nurses, physical and...

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  • Park Plaza

    Park Plaza

    620 S. Glassell St., Orange, CA 92866
    (5)
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    Located just blocks from historic downtown Orange, Park Plaza boasts an award-winning architectural design, and features studios, one- and two-bedroom apartments. Bright and plentiful common areas allow residents to move about freely, enjoying a variety of planned activities or simply relaxing in...

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  • Sunrise of Huntington Beach

    Sunrise of Huntington Beach

    7401 Yorktown Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
    (43)
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    Step into a Sunrise Assisted Living community and you can't help but feel at home. We stop at nothing to make your experience warm and inviting, from our homelike exterior architecture, to our comfortable community areas and choice of suites to our exceptional outdoor gardens and landscaping. Look...

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  • Citrus Hills Senior Living

    Citrus Hills Senior Living

    142 S Prospect St, Orange, CA 92869
    (10)
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    Our community offers a range of lifestyle options so you can live the way you want to live. Our active seniors get to enjoy a large variety of personalized services and exquisitely tailored amenities. We know you will feel right at home. And even better than that, we provide all the benefits of...

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  • Capstone Guest Home

    17841 Collins Avenue, Villa Park, CA 92861
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    Now serving two locations in Orange County, California.   Call us today for more information or a facility tour!   Elvie Hawk, Licensed Administrator

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  • Pacifica Senior Living South Coast

    Pacifica Senior Living South Coast

    2619 Orange Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
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    Beautiful Pet Friendly Assisted Living & Memory Care Senior Living Community Nestled in the East Side of exclusive Costa Mesa. Our award winning community creates a customized service and assistance plan for each resident with a variety of therapies and life enrichment activities. Our dedicated...

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  • Sunrise of Tustin

    Sunrise of Tustin

    12291 South Newport Avenue, Santa Ana, CA 92705
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    Just minutes from I-5 and I-55 and north of Old Town Tustin, Sunrise at Tustin is nestled in the foothills of Tustin. We pride ourselves in our ability to provide exceptional care in a cozy, home-like environment. We have a well-known reputation for providing excellent care to our residents. Step...

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  • Villa Valencia

    Villa Valencia

    24552 Paseo De Valencia, Laguna Hills, CA 92653
    (25)
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    Situated on 8.5 beautifully landscaped acres right in the heart of Laguna Hills, where you only need to walk minutes from our back gate to find yourself in the upscale Laguna Hills Mall - Villa Valencia Independent Living, a full service community, is ideal for senior who value their independence...

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  • Ever Care

    Ever Care

    24611 Spartan Street, Mission Viejo, CA 92691
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       At Aanamarie's Guest Homes,we understand that you are facing one of the toughest decision you will ever have to make.... where to place your loved one?     The goal of Aanamarie's Guest Homes is to preserve the dignity and self worth of the Elderly by assuring high quality service,safe and loving...

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  • Carmel Village

    Carmel Village

    17077 San Mateo Street, Fountain Valley, CA 92708
    (46)
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    Carmel Village is a private residence designed to provide a comfortable and active lifestyle for seniors. Our commitment is to offer a lifestyle that provides a warm family atmosphere. When you visit us, you will surely notice our attractive and beautifully maintained grounds with gardens, mature...

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  • Royal Residential Care Facility for the Elderly

    Royal Residential Care Facility for the Elderly

    2547 East Norm Place, Anaheim, CA 92806
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    Royal RCFE is a senior care home located in Los Angeles County, California. We have redesigned our accommodations to provide absolute comfort and in a quiet and lovely group home setting. We have convenient access to a hospital that is a couple of minutes' drive away. Our neighborhood has an...

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  • NS Care

    NS Care

    10431 Avenida Cinco De Mayo, Fountain Valley, CA 92708
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    NS Care is located in Fountain Valley, CA in Orange County. This residential care home provides you with a great place to live in a beautiful area. Fountain Valley offers many attractions including The Reptile Zoo, Mile Square Regional Park, Boomers! Fountain Valley, and more. Those who spend time...

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  • Patchwork Quilt Guest Home

    Patchwork Quilt Guest Home

    23565 Duryea Drive, Lake Forest, CA 92630
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    Thank you for choosing Patchwork Quilt Gues Home as your next place of residence. Here, you will be provided with loving and excellent care in a home-like setting. Our wonderful staff will assist you in all your daily living needs in a stimulating atmosphere that cultivates and maintains self-esteem...

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  • Leisure Living I

    Leisure Living I

    24596 Dardania Ave., Mission Viejo, CA 92691
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    Leisure Living I is an assisted living community situated in Mission Viejo, California. Mission Viejo is a beautiful city in Orange County that is known for its beautiful sites, access to amenities and numerous recreational facilities. The city has three golf courses and about two parks per square...

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  • Leisure Living II

    Leisure Living II

    24182 McCoy Road, Lake Forest, CA 92630
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    Leisure Living II is an assisted living community located in Lake Forest, California. Lake Forest is a beautiful city in Orange County that gets its name from its two lakes and its forest of eucalyptus trees. The city is home to two county parks, several recreational facilities and two branches of...

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  • Newport Terrace Senior Living

    Newport Terrace Senior Living

    393 Hospital Rd, Newport Beach, CA 92663
    (14)
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    Located just off Pacific Coast Highway, Newport Terrace Senior Living is a welcoming community designed for older adults who are looking for a simplified life and discreet support from a friendly and professional staff. Newport Terrace Senior Living is convenient to shopping and dining venues, and...

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  • Royal Living

    Royal Living

    18601 Patrician Dr., Villa Park, CA 92861
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    We invite you to experience comfort, superior care, luxurious living in our elegant and spacious Italian country-style, located on a lovely, quiet street in the quaint and picturesque city of Villa Park. We take pride in providing loving, compassionate care that is focused on the special needs of...

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  • Hollybrook Senior Living at Orange

    Hollybrook Senior Living at Orange

    2025 North Bush Street, Santa Ana, CA 92706
    (53)
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    It is our steadfast desire to offer a truly exceptional community for seniors of Orange County, a goal we strive to meet every single day. Thanks to features such as: Dedication to resident satisfaction Outstanding care services Newly renovated apartment units Diverse programming and activities All...

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  • Brookdale Garden Grove

    Brookdale Garden Grove

    10200 Chapman Avenue, Garden Grove, CA 92840
    (63)
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    Live where you can redefine your independence. If you’re living a mostly independent lifestyle, but you could use an extra hand with some of your day-to-day activities, our assisted living and memory care community in Garden Grove, California, could be right for you. Here you’ll have the care you...

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  • Town & Country Manor

    Town & Country Manor

    555 E Memory Lane, Santa Ana, CA 92706
    (6)
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    Town and Country Manor is a faith-based, non-profit senior living community located in the center of Orange County. We have carried out our vision of showing God's love through the caring and serving of our residents since Town and Country Manor was built in 1975. The result is a community that...

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  • Huntington Terrace

    Huntington Terrace

    18800 Florida St, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
    (55)
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    Huntington Beach's most gracious retirement community, offering the delights of resort coastal living. Huntington Terrace features 161, full-service apartments. This beautiful, three-story community is situated on over three acres of meticulously landscaped grounds and gardens. The property features...

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  • Adelya Senior Home II

    Adelya Senior Home II

    16419 Vernon St, Fountain Valley, CA 92708
    (1)
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    Welcome to Alternative Senior Care we have been caring for the seniors for over 11 years. At ASC we provide 24 Hour care and supervision for seniors in a Residential home setting. We have multiple facilities located throughout Orange County. Our care programs range from short term stays to long term...

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  • Good Hands Senior Care - Fountain Valley

    Good Hands Senior Care - Fountain Valley

    18674 San Felipe Street, Fountain Valley, CA 92708
    (5)
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    When you find that you can no longer take care of an elderly loved one, turn to Good Hands Senior Care - Fountain Valley, located on San Felipe Street in Fountain Valley, California for assistance. We know that you hate watching your loved one struggle with daily tasks, which is why our assisted...

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  • Brookdale Brookhurst

    Brookdale Brookhurst

    15302 Brookhurst Street, Westminster, CA 92683
    (56)
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    Designed With You In Mind When you move into our assisted living and memory care community in Westminster, California, you trade in the stress of things like cooking, cleaning and home maintenance for an active and vibrant lifestyle. This is your chance to say farewell to all the mundane tasks...

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  • Casa Doctora III

    Casa Doctora III

    25492 Maximus Street, Mission Viejo, CA 92691
    (4)
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    If you're looking for high quality and personal service, you've come to the right place. At Casa Doctora III we'll give you the attention and personal service you'll come to expect and enjoy. Casa Doctora III has been located in Mission Viejo since (year we opened) 1997. Let us put our experience...

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  • Mission Viejo Care Cottages II

    24142 Delphi, Mission Viejo, CA 92691
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    Mission Viejo Care Cottages provide an elegant residential home care environment with care programs emphasizing optimal nutrition, hydration, mental simulation and physical activity. This program was developed to promote comfort, health, and well being. Our caregivers provide the highest quality...

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  • Kirkwood Orange

    Kirkwood Orange

    1525 E Taft Ave, Orange, CA 92865
    (13)
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    Centrally located in California's famed Orange County just a short drive from the excitement of Los Angeles and the beauty of the Pacific Ocean, Kirkwood Orange is a well-equipped Assisted Living and Memory Care community offering a full range of supportive care services. Our rare blend of modern...

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  • Bay Vista Villa

    Bay Vista Villa

    17971 Bay St, Fountain Valley, CA 92708
    (1)
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    Bay Vista Villa home offers both short and long-term care for your loved ones in a safe, caring environment. Sometimes caring for your loved one can be a challenge; let our team professionally take over the challenge and give you back your peace of mind. Come visit any one of our locations and give...

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  • Sea Cliff Assisted Living

    Sea Cliff Assisted Living

    18851 Florida St, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
    (3)
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    Sea Cliff Assisted Living is a senior living community conveniently located in Huntington Beach, California. Our commitment is to provide a safe, comfortable environment, where assistance is available while maintaining your independent lifestyle. We offer private and semi-private accomodations, as...

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  • Oakmont of Orange

    Oakmont of Orange

    630 The City Dr., Orange, CA 92868
    (8)
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    Oakmont of Orange is the newest premier Senior Living Community in Orange County. Our lovely retirement community is situated on a lush campus with lovely views, industry renowned dining, and endless on-site amenities. We are close to shopping, fine dining, the arts and world-class entertainment....

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  • South Coast Manor C

    South Coast Manor C

    10452 Mildred Ave., Garden Grove, CA 92843
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    South Coast Manor: A Splendid Senior Care Facility We know that you only want the best for your loved ones. At South Coast Manor, we provide your loved one the very best senior care regardless of whether you are requiring assisted living or an independent living lifestyle. The first thing you notice...

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  • Neighborhood Suites

    Neighborhood Suites

    25005 Costeau, Laguna Hills, CA 92653
    (1)
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    At Neighborhood Suites we offer the warm, personalized care that speaks well of our mission statement, that is, 'To provide care in an extended family atmosphere.’ Our Home is located in a quiet cul-de-sac close to the Beckenham Park and the Historical Costeau Park in Laguna Hills, California. The...

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Assisted Living in Irvine, CA

What Is Assisted Living?

Assisted living is a type of long-term senior care that allows you to ensure your loved one's basic needs are met while he or she continues to live a healthy and active life. Assisted living communities provide a wide range of services that depend on what their residents need, but some of the most common include assistance with ADLs and IADLs such as bathing and dressing, transportation and medication management.

What Are ADLs and IADLs?

ADLs and IADLs stands for Activities of Daily Living and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living. Nearly all assisted living communities help residents with IADLs. These tasks are the more complex activities people need to do each day, such as managing their finances, driving to and from appointments or taking their medications on time. Some assisted living communities also provide assistance with ADLs. These cover basic self-care tasks that a senior may or may not be able to do alone, such as use the restroom, choose and put on appropriate clothing, perform hygiene tasks, or preparing and eating healthy meals.

What Are the Signs It's Time for Assisted Living?

Consider the ADLs and IADLs as you think about whether it is time for your loved one to move into assisted living in Irvine, CA. Sometimes, people mistakenly believe their loved one is doing fine independently because they can still bathe and dress themselves, use the restroom alone and feed themselves. However, if you were to look deeper, you may notice signs that assisted living is the right choice. Consider whether your loved one is remembering to pay bills on time, keeping a clean house, cooking nutritious foods, driving to and from appointments and socializing as much as he or she used to. These are all ways to tell how well your loved one is doing alone.

Additionally, you may need to consider if your loved one is exhibiting signs related to Alzheimer's or dementia. Sometimes, an otherwise healthy senior will begin to exhibit strange behaviors, such as wandering, forgetting where he or she is driving to, or becoming agitated and aggressive in the evening hours. These symptoms can cause more stress on you and lead to a strained relationship, so they may indicate a need for assisted living.

Of course, it is important to remember your needs as well. Perhaps you already know that your loved one needs extra help with his or her daily tasks and you have been assisting in your own time. This has likely taken away from your own family, job, or hobbies. Over time, this may lead to increased stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia and physical health problems. In situations such as these, assisted living can provide you the relief you need, even easing stress so that you and your loved one can build a happier and healthier relationship together.

What Is Senior Living Like in Irvine, CA?

Senior living in Irvine, CA, is quiet and safe. Crime in the area is incredibly low and the college-oriented culture means there are plenty of affordable dining and shopping options, not to mention a wide variety of live music and theater choices. Of course, many people love the area because of its close proximity to the ocean. Crystal Cove State Park offers a 3.2-mile beach and 2,400 acres for hiking and biking that active seniors love. Nearby Balboa Pier was built at the turn of the 20th century. The iconic landmark is great for fishing, watching sunsets, and grabbing a bite to eat at the retro-themed diner. Other area attractions and landmarks include the San Joaquin Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary, Lyon Air Museum and Oak Creek Golf Club and Driving Range.

What Services Are Available?

The type of services available at an assisted living community in Irvine, CA, depends on the type of facility you choose. Smaller communities, which often have residents who have private or shared rooms, typically offer cafeteria-style dining options, basic medical care onsite, assistance with a variety of ADLs and IADLs, and social activities such as game nights, movie nights, or classes related to specific hobbies and interests. Larger communities may offer shared living spaces or private apartments for their residents. These communities usually provide higher-end services, such as restaurant-style dining, swimming pools, hot tubs, and gyms, a larger selection of social activities and more onsite medical services. Regardless of the size of the community, most will provide transportation to and from religious services, medical appointments, shopping, dining, and entertainment.

Assisted Living Inspections and Ratings in Irvine, CA

A Place for Mom assesses every state in the country based on more than a dozen criteria to determine how transparent their records and reports are for licensed assisted living communities. Some of the criteria we use include:

  • How frequently a state updates its files and whether the files are searchable online
  • Whether the state includes information about complaints or violations in its files
  • The frequency of mandatory inspections
The state of California has a high rating, which means it has separate databases for assisted living facilities and their licensing data. These databases are also searchable. The information is conveniently integrated and easy to search but does get marked down from exceptional because of the length of time between mandatory inspections (5 years). You can find information on licensed communities on the website for the California Department of Social Services. On your list of results, click a community's name to find links to its inspection reports.

How Much Does Assisted Living Cost in Irvine, CA?

The cost of assisted living in Irvine, CA, varies widely depending on the type of community you choose and its location within the city. On the low end of the scale, a facility can cost as little as $1,500 per month, but that gets very basic needs met and not a lot of extras. On the high end of the scale, it can cost as much as $11,900 per month, but that cost typically covers extreme luxuries and is not common. The average costs in Irvine, CA, are actually $3,006 per month for independent living, $4,449 per month for assisted living, and $5,959 per month for memory care. Costs are slightly lower outside of city limits.

Does Medicare Cover Assisted Living?

Unfortunately, Medicare does not cover the cost of long-term assisted living. If your loved one were to have surgery that required a short-term stay for rehabilitation purposes, he or she would be covered under Medicare, but there are no exceptions for long-term needs. However, in some states and under some serious circumstances, Medicaid (which is a different program) does cover long-term assisted living. However, this should be considered a last resort since it is usually only for seniors who have no home equity, no other valuable assets and no income or savings.

How Can My Family Afford Assisted Living?

This is usually one of the biggest worries people bring to us, but we do have some answers. If you have time to plan a bit, consider creating a savings account specifically for your loved one's assisted living needs or signing up for a long-term care insurance plan, which can help with some of the costs. If your need for assisted living for your loved one is immediate, you do have other options. First, talk to the communities you're most interested in. In many cases, they offer flexible payment plans, and some facilities may even offer discounts. If you have siblings or other adults in the family who want to see your aging loved one safe and happy, consider appealing to them to pool money and split costs each month.

Although some families prefer not to do this, there are some other options as well. If your loved one owns a home that he or she won't be living in anymore, consider selling it and using the equity to pay for the assisted living community you choose. Perhaps your loved one doesn't own a home, but you do. You might consider refinancing your mortgage or signing up for a reverse mortgage to get the funding you need. Other options include selling other assets, cashing in a life insurance policy for a lump sum, or even signing up for a personal loan.

There are ways to keep the costs down as well. If you and your family are sometimes available to cook, clean or provide transportation to and from appointments, you may be able to skip the "all-inclusive" plan and order your loved one's amenities and services a la carte instead. Of course, you should weigh the pros and cons before doing this. If you live far from the assisted living facility, or if you would need to take a lot of time off work to help your loved one during the day, the loss of income or extra wear and tear on your vehicle may cost more than it would to simply purchase the all-inclusive package.

How Do I Make the Right Choice for Assisted Living in Irvine, CA?

Finding the right assisted living community in Irvine, CA, for your loved one may feel a bit overwhelming, but you've already taken the first step of your journey by landing on this page. You don't need to do the rest alone. A Place for Mom employs more than 550 Senior Living Advisors across the United States and Canada.

Our experienced and compassionate professionals have helped thousands of families in your area, and we hope to help you as well. We can walk you through the process of deciding which type of facility will best meet your loved one's needs, help you set up tours, and more, and the entire process is free to families. To learn more about finding senior living in Irvine, CA, contact one of our Senior Living Advisors to schedule a consultation.