Assisted Living near Modesto, CA

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"Modesto" is a Spanish word meaning humble or modest. Fortunately for seniors in Modesto, CA, the city has a lot going for it, including the sunny, comfortable climate and the golf courses. A Place for Mom has more than 550 Senior Living Advisors, and we can help you choose a good match for your parents from among the 50 facilities in our partner network.

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Senior housing types near Modesto, CA

  • Stacie's Chalet - Modesto

    Stacie's Chalet - Modesto

    808 McHenry Avenue, Modesto, CA 95350
    (4)
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    Stacie's Chalet in Modesto, offers wonderful opportunities for the senior lifestyle of your choice. We are located near shopping and numerous services. The resident care team oversees the care and services provided by the specially trained resident assistants. We offer both assisted living and...

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  • Leilani’s Haven

    Leilani’s Haven

    3109 Waterbury Court, Modesto, CA 95350
    (3)
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    Leilani's Haven Leilani's Haven is a luxury beautiful home and one of the finest facilities for the elderly. It has a dementia waiver and licensed by the Community Care Licensing, Dept of Social Services, State of California. Features: Private and Semi-Private Rooms 24 Hour Supervision ...

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  • Dale Commons

    Dale Commons

    3900 Dale Rd, Modesto, CA 95356
    (19)
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    At Dale Commons, our senior living community strives to provide the platform upon which residents can navigate their days and live their lives with freedom, compassion, respect, and delight. Senior residents in our independent and Assisted Living community can leave the obligations of household...

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  • Lidia's Blessed Home

    Lidia's Blessed Home

    3209 Hummingbird Lane, Modesto, CA 95356
    (5)
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    Here at Lidia's blessed home we are licensed six bed residential care facility for the elderly. We are located in a quiet neighborhood near parks, libraries, and shopping mall. Our mission is to provide the utmost care possible, while preserving dignity and independence during the golden years. ...

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  • Malonzo Elder Care

    1709 St. Charlotte Ln, Modesto, CA 95358
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    Malonzo Eldercare is a family-owned and run Residential Care Facility for the Elderly (RCFE) and is a very special place where we provide 24 hour non-medical care. We are proud to say that our experience in caring for the elderly extends to over a decade. We are passionate advocates for the care of...

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  • Valley Royale Care

    701 Fleetwood Drive, Modesto, CA 95350
    (5)
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    Valley Royal care is a senior care home located in Modesto, California. The group home setting is of an apartment-style habitat that overlooks the stunning Modesto arch, making it a wonderful place to live. Valley Royal Care is a unique group home with small community to ensure quality care is...

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  • Blossom Home Care II

    3709 Coye Oak Drive, Modesto, CA 95355
    (2)
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    Blossom Home Care II in Modesto, CA is a beautiful community which offers the advantages of independent living in homes where residents are welcome to bring their own furniture and belongings, making the facility truly their home. Each home includes a full service kitchen with microwave, patios ad...

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  • Corina's Elderly Care Home

    5397 Port Alice Way, Salida, CA 95368
    (1)
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    Make The Right Choice for Your Loved Ones We are a licensed, six bed Residential Care Facility for the Elderly. We are located in a quiet neighborhood near parks,libraries, Kaiser Hospital, and shopping mall. We provide a loving, relaxing environment indoors and outdoors with a beautiful fenced back...

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  • Hospitality House

    Hospitality House

    5400 Kiernan Ave, Salida, CA 95368
    (24)
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    The Hospitality House offers assisted living at its finest, at a cost you can afford. The Hospitality House is a locally owned and operated business. It is our commitment to provide our residents with the utmost compassionate care and at the same time keep your cost of living at a price you can...

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  • Paramount Court

    Paramount Court

    3791 Crowell Road, Turlock, CA 95382
    (5)
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    Paramount Court of Turlock is situated among a charming community near Modesto, California. Our assisted living apartments provide sought after amenities including an Assisted Living Federation of America award winning dining program. Every room has been carefully detailed to give residents safety...

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  • Astoria at Oakdale

    Astoria at Oakdale

    700 Laurel Ave, Oakdale, CA 95361
    (13)
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    At Astoria Oakdale, we’re dedicated to treating people like family. This is at the heart of what we do, and has been our company's highest goal for nearly 35 years! For us, it's a joy and privilege to hear our residents’ life stories, see their smiles and share life together. Our community is home...

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  • St. Francis Assisted Care

    St. Francis Assisted Care

    120 20th Century Blvd, Turlock, CA 95380
    (8)
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    St. Francis Assisted Care is an assisted living facility for the elderly. We also care for clients with Alzheimer's and those in wheelchairs. We provide quality care in a secure loving environment. We offer 24 hour secured care, supervision and assistance with all activities of daily living. We...

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  • Prestige Assisted Living at Manteca

    Prestige Assisted Living at Manteca

    1130 Empire Avenue, Manteca, CA 95336
    (19)
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    Prestige Senior Living at Manteca is a brand new, Tuscan-themed community. Conveniently located across the street from Diamond Oaks Park, our residents enjoy picnic lunches and barbecues while watching the playground, baseball fields and basketball courts come alive with families. Our community...

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  • Manteca Retirement Community

    Manteca Retirement Community

    430 N Union Rd, Manteca, CA 95337
    (43)
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    Manteca Retirement Community is an exceptional senior living community in Manteca, California. Located in the heart of California's Central Valley, Manteca is a vibrant city just a short drive from Yosemite National Park, San Francisco, Wine Country and historic Gold Country. Residents enjoy our...

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  • Teresa's Tender Loving Care

    Teresa's Tender Loving Care

    8397 Kimberly Way, Hilmar, CA 95324
    (2)
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    Teresa's Tender Loving Care is located in California's Central Valley in the small town of Hilmar. The approx. population is 7000 people.The town is very quaint and the ideal location for a family or retiree. The weather in the Central Valley is the typical California weather that one enjoys. The...

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  • The Commons at Union Ranch

    The Commons at Union Ranch

    2241 North Union Road, Manteca, CA 95336
    (3)
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    The Commons at Union Ranch, located in beautiful Manteca, California, is an excellent senior living community, which focuses on enhancing quality of life, while providing residents with caring assistance and companionship. As our loved ones age, there comes a time when it may be necessary to...

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  • Home Sweet Home for Elderly

    Home Sweet Home for Elderly

    14110 Jasper Street, Lathrop, CA 95330
    (7)
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    Our goal at Home Sweet Home is to provide the highest standard of quality personal care.  Your loved ones are free to lead an active, independent lifestyle while receiving assistance they deserve in a dignified and respectful manner.  Home Sweet Home is located close to Lathrop...

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  • Brookdale Tracy

    Brookdale Tracy

    355 West Grant Line Road, Tracy, CA 95376
    (43)
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    When you join our assisted living and memory care community in Tracy, Calif., you, as an assisted living resident, can jump into a busy social calendar and a life of leisure and independence while still receiving the personal assistance you need. Should your needs change over time, and you require...

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  • Gavero's Care Home

    Gavero's Care Home

    334 Redwood Ave, Tracy, CA 95376
    (3)
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    Nestled in a serene neighborhood of Tracy, Gavero's Care Home is a licensed residential Care Facility for the Elderly for ambulatory and non-ambulatory residents. We have a dementia program in placed. We pride ourselves in serving seniors with 24-hour care in a luxurious setting. You will find that...

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  • Grace Manor

    Grace Manor

    641 Tracey Jean Ct, Tracy, CA 95377
    (5)
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    Welcome to Grace Manor!         At Grace Manor, we believe in a 'hands-on' approach that caters to the needs of each individual. We want all of our residents to be comfortable, to have something special to look forward to each day, and to feel that they...

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  • Astoria Senior Living & Memory Care Tracy

    1960 W Lowell Ave, Tracy, CA 95376
    (4)
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    Astoria Gardens is a beautifully landscaped, single-story community, specially designed to meet the needs of those who should not live at home but do not need a nursing home. A wide array of supportive services are offered in gracious and comfortable surroundings. Residents of Astoria Gardens...

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  • Briones Family Homecare LLC

    Briones Family Homecare LLC

    3205 Estrella Ave, Stockton, CA 95206
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    Our facility is dedicated to providing care and services to our residents, we staffed 24 hours a day and 365 days a year by trained caregiver who are committed to providing individual care and recognition to each resident.

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  • Serenity Springs

    Serenity Springs

    9850 Bolton Ave., Riverside, CA 92503
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Mission Our mission is to offer the finest in retirement living from the attention to detail in providing a serene environment to the standard for excellence in service and care. Our intent is to fulfill the retirement lifestyle you have always desired and the community you’ve always envisioned....

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  • Cleo's Home 2

    Cleo's Home 2

    2426 W Alpine Ave, Stockton, CA 95204
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    “Caring for your LOVED one.” That’s our mission and promise. We are building our community with care and compassion, respecting the elderly, honoring their story, understanding what they are going thru, and making them feel included and worthy. We are here for you to help make a difference for your...

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  • Guardian Angel Home Care II

    Guardian Angel Home Care II

    194 Clipper Ct., Atwater, CA 95301
    (2)
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    Our town-setting senior care facility in Atwater is a quiet neighborhood home with lots of light, windows, semi-private rooms and baths, and a lovely seating area outside. All the rooms have a bright, cheerful atmosphere our residents love. Located in a beautiful area of Atwater, Guardian Angel Home...

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  • Rio Las Palmas

    Rio Las Palmas

    877 East March Lane, Stockton, CA 95207
    (12)
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    Welcome to Rio Las Palmas, a Five Star Quality Care community! Secluded in a park-like setting on five acres, our beautifully manicured grounds are just minutes away from local shopping, banks, libraries, golf courses, hospitals and medical buildings. We have a peaceful, safe community where...

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  • Oakmont of Brookside

    Oakmont of Brookside

    3318 Brookside Rd, Stockton, CA 95219
    (26)
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    Oakmont of Stockton is a luxury retirement community situated on a lush campus with lovely views of Stockton. We are also very close to shopping, fine dining, and entertainment. If an active lifestyle is what you desire, you’ll feel at home in our retirement community where friends and neighbors can...

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  • Oasis Guest Home

    Oasis Guest Home

    9207 Mammath Peak Cir, Stockton, CA 95212
    (5)
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    Oasis Guest Home is a licensed facility for the elderly. We would like to welcome and thank you for your interest. Our facility is located in a quiet residential area in Stockton. We both serve ambulatory and non-ambulatory residents. Our goal is to provide customized care and we ask that you...

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  • Guardian Angel Home Care

    4345 Vaughn Ave., Merced, CA 95340
    (1)
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    Special outings and events, trips to Santa Cruz, outings with the administrator or an employee once a month, and a secure, caring home-like setting makes Guardian Angel Home Care the ideal assisted living choice for seniors in Merced County, California. Located in a beautiful country area, Guardian...

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  • The Commons on Thornton

    The Commons on Thornton

    10711 Thornton Road, Stockton, CA 95209
    (7)
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    If the time has come to make other living arrangements for your elderly parents, we have the answer. Our beautiful facility in Stockton, CA creates a unique blend of independence and assistance. At The Commons on Thornton, we provide a variety of senior living options tailored to fill individual...

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  • Pacifica Senior Living Merced

    Pacifica Senior Living Merced

    3420 R Street, Merced, CA 95348
    (28)
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    Welcome to Pacifica Senior Living Merced, a beautifully appointed senior living community that elevates assisted living, memory care, and respite care to a new standard of excellence. Offering affordable fees for our Heartland™ Assisted Living and Legacies™ Memory Care programs, Pacifica Senior...

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  • Balance Assisted Living and Memory Care

    Balance Assisted Living and Memory Care

    1321 South Fairmont Avenue, Lodi, CA 95240
    (4)
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    Balance Assisted Living & Memory Care is the ideal residence for seniors in Lodi, CA to call their home for personalized and customized care. Balance Assisted Living & Memory Care is open for business while adding a secured Memory Care unit and other enhancements throughout the entire community....

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  • Brookdale Lodi

    Brookdale Lodi

    2220 West Kettleman Lane, Lodi, CA 95242
    (17)
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    Fewer Worries, More Life When it comes to our assisted living residents in Lodi, California, life has never been better. Each resident of our community experiences a full and rich life. Without the hassle and stress of household chores, you are free to do more of the things you love. Whether you...

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  • Mission Gardens

    Mission Gardens

    1450 E 27th St, Merced, CA 95340
    (3)
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    Mission Gardens was originally built in 1962 as a convent for the sisters of the Immaculate Heart who taught at the adjacent Our Lady of Mercy School. The facility later became a rectory for priests of the Catholic Churches of Merced. Amie Marchini, a Gerontologist, whose passion is to serve seniors...

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  • Foothill Village Senior Living Community

    Foothill Village Senior Living Community

    1400 Foothill Village Drive, Angels Camp, CA 95222
    (4)
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    Foothill Village is a warm, friendly, and active senior living community offering a full range of senior retirement accommodations and services. Our retirement village is ideally located in Historic Angels Camp, home of the Calaveras County Jumping Frog Jubilee. Foothill Village is nestled in the...

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  • Bethany Home

    Bethany Home

    3957 Harvard Court, Livermore, CA 94550
    (4)
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    About Bethany Home Bethany Home is a family-run elderly home with more than 15 years experience. We know how difficult it is to choose the right home, and that's why we do all we can to make each resident feel as secure and loved as possible. Bethany Home consists of several residential buildings,...

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  • Valleycrest Home

    3864 Princeton Way, Livermore, CA 94550
    (1)
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    ValleyCrest Home  is a residential care facility for elderly men and women committed to provide the highest level of quality care with compassion. Our home is  distinguished by it’s charming and graceful surroundings as well as the homey environment where residents will enjoy the feeling of being in...

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  • Livermore Valley Senior Living

    Livermore Valley Senior Living

    3356 East Avenue, Livermore, CA 94550
    (18)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Livermore Valley Senior Living is the only state licensed 20-bed Assisted Living community in the East Bay with licensed nurses on staff every day of the week. We also have a Physician on staff (Dr. Peter Wong) that works closely with our residents and their families, reinforcing our philosophy of...

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  • Sunrise Private Care

    Sunrise Private Care

    3234 East Ave, Livermore, CA 94550
    (1)
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    ABOUT SUNRISE PRIVATE CARE Sunrise Private Care is a family-run elderly home with more than 15 years experience. We know how difficult it is to choose the right home, and that's why we do all we can to make each resident feel as secure and loved as possible. Sunrise consists of several residential...

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  • A Home of Our Own

    A Home of Our Own

    2268 Marina Ave, Livermore, CA 94550
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    A HOME OF OUR OWN was open for business in 1997. Current Owner/Administrator Emily Fekete, is licensed since year 2000. Our staff members have over 25 years combined experience in senior care. HOME OF OUR OWN was awarded "The Best Facility for Hospice Care" in Livermore,CA in 2015, 2016 and 2017. "A...

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  • Skyline Place

    Skyline Place

    12877 Sylva Lane, Sonora, CA 95370
    (10)
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    Welcome to Skyline Place, a senior living community that puts relationships first. We hear, again and again, that walking through our front door feels a lot more like walking into grandma and grandpa’s house than walking into a nursing home. That’s because our residents and staff sincerely care...

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  • Montessori Senior Residential Care

    3431 Balfour Road, Brentwood, CA 94513
    (9)
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    Montessori Senior Residential Care is a senior care home located in the large city of Brentwood, CA and in Contra Costa County. Brentwood is located in the eastern region of the San Francisco Bay area and is home to Deer Ridge Golf Club, offering vast, green land for golf enthusiasts. The group home...

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  • Old Oak Golden Villa

    Old Oak Golden Villa

    970 Old Oak Road, Livermore, CA 94550
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    About Us: Old Oak Golden Villa is located in beautiful & scenic Livermore. Nestled in the serene & safe community named 'The Oaks', this 6-bed Residential Care Facility serves seniors who are 57 and above. We are proud to have 24-hour, 7 days per week, well trained, efficient and dedicated...

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  • Westmont Living of Brentwood

    450 John Muir Parkway, Brentwood, CA 94513
    (33)
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    Come for a while or stay for a lifetime... When it comes to searching for a senior living community for yourself or a loved one it can often feel daunting. You want cutting-edge care in a friendly community that feels completely like home. You also want the peace of mind that comes with knowing you...

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  • Cortona Park

    Cortona Park

    150 Cortona Way, Brentwood, CA 94513
    (15)
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    When you join our community in Brentwood, Calif., one of the most affluent areas in Los Angeles, we’ll surround you with upscale residential beauty and the most plush comforts and conveniences you can find in assisted living. Our assisted living lifestyle provides all the independence you want and a...

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  • Harmony Care Home - Memory Care

    Harmony Care Home - Memory Care

    5611 Ashbourne Way, Antioch, CA 94531
    (1)
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    Harmony Care Home is a residential facility committed to enrich the lives of seniors with dementia and Alzheimer's disease. We strive to engage residents with meaningful activities while providing 24 hour quality care services. We believe in celebrating the dignity and individuality of each of our...

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  • The Parkview

    100 Valley Avenue, Pleasanton, CA 94566
    (4)
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    The Parkview brings a fresh approach to assisted living and memory care in the Pleasanton area.  Discover the perfect blend...the independence you want with the assistance you need. Enjoy private apartment living, including stunning views of the surrounding hills and the convenience of the adjacent...

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  • Sunrise Villa San Jose

    Sunrise Villa San Jose

    4855 San Felipe Road, San Jose, CA 95135
    (21)
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    Sunrise Villa San Jose in beautiful San Jose, California is an independent and assisted living community which also specializes in the care of dementia. It would be difficult to imagine a more perfect setting for making the most of one's senior years than at Sunrise Villa San Jose in the upscale...

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  • Immaculate Heart

    2030 Tioga Pass Way, Antioch, CA 94531
    (1)
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    ABOUT US             Immaculate Heart Residential Care is a residential care home community for the elderly licensed by the California Department of Social Services.  The home community provides 24 hour, non-medical supervision. ...

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  • Atria Evergreen Valley

    Atria Evergreen Valley

    4463 San Felipe Road, San Jose, CA 95135
    (31)
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    Atria Evergreen Valley provides a full range of choices for today's seniors. Choosing a senior living community represents a lifestyle choice and we understand that our residents are choosing much more than a comfortable living environment to call home. In choosing this community, our residents have...

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Assisted Living in Modesto, CA

What Is Assisted Living?

Assisted living communities come in many sizes and shapes. For instance, some facilities are extremely homelike, while others take a more traditional, utilitarian design. The facilities can be cottages or huge, tall buildings. What they all have in common is that they help senior citizens who are no longer able to live independently. Often, these seniors struggle with at least two activities of daily living (ADLs). Examples include continence management and transfers such as getting out of bed. That said, assisted living is not in a medical setting, although it is typical for at least a few staffers to be on duty 24 hours a day to help with various activities.

The residents in assisted living have the freedom to spend their time as they wish. Many communities offer excursions and on-site activities such as book clubs and ice cream socials. Residents can participate in these activities or choose more solitary pursuits such as reading or watching TV in their rooms. Dining is usually restaurant-style. Some places offer care types such as skilled nursing or memory care in addition to assisted living.

What Is Senior Living Like in Modesto?

Seniors have a great climate in Modesto, with none of the safety threats posed by snow and icy precipitation. The number of rainy days is well below U.S. averages, while the number of sunny days is above average. Highs in July do reach into the 90s, and the most pleasant months are April, May and October. The city has golf courses, summer concerts, farmer's markets, bikeways, holiday events and a variety of shops and restaurants.

One museum is the McHenry, with free admission and permanent and rotating exhibits. Visitors can see displays on gold mining, blacksmithing, historic homes and more. City parks include the 4.2-mile Virginia Corridor Trailway, which has gardens, shade structures and picnic areas along the way. Modesto also has a senior center frequented by seniors who live at home. The Tuolumne River winds through the city, giving residents more outdoor activities and nice views.

Modesto, which is in Stanislaus County, was founded in 1870 due to its proximity to the Tuolumne River. The city is sort of named after William C. Ralston. A successful financier, he turned down calls to have the city named Ralston or some variation thereof. Officials noted his modesty and went with another idea. Modesto is less than two hours from cities such as San Francisco, Sacramento and Stockton, giving seniors and their families a nice array of day trip options. Likewise, Yosemite National Park is about 66 miles from Modesto.

Assisted Living Inspections and Ratings in California

Unfortunately, assisted living facilities in California are inspected only every 60 months or every five years. That is why California does not earn the top rating of "exceptional" by A Place for Mom. However, California does have a "high" rating, thanks to its easily searchable database and relative transparency. You can search for records on complaints, violations and other issues through the California Department of Social Services website.

What Services Are Available?

The services and amenities at each assisted living facility vary. However, most do offer snacks and three restaurant-style meals a day, assistance with medication management and daily living tasks, and help with laundry and housekeeping. Some services are not included in the base rate, and other common services include these:

  • Visiting hairdressers
  • Visiting medical professionals such as nurse practitioners and occupational, physical and speech therapists
  • Clubs (walking, French, book, bridge, current events, etc.)
  • Classes (exercise, art, painting, etc.)
  • Game nights
  • Provisions for special diets (organic, low-sodium, etc.)
  • Excursions to shops and area points of interest
  • Complimentary transportation
  • Wheelchair accessibility
  • Pet therapy programs

Some places have community pets, and some allow residents to keep their own pets on the premises.

How Much Does Assisted Living Cost in Modesto?

The average cost per month for Modesto assisted living is $3,754. Of course, assisted living prices can vary even within the same facility. These factors may affect the final costs your family pays:

  • The type of services your parents need
  • The size of their living quarters (studio or shared two-bedroom apartment, for example)
  • Entrance fees and deposits
  • How luxurious the facility's services and amenities are

Facilities generally charge a base rate for room and board. Some include certain services as part of the base rate. Further services may require a la carte payment. In other words, your costs could be as much as $1,000 more or less than the Modesto-area averages touched on above.

Does Medicare Pay for Assisted Living?

Medicare does not pay for assisted living, although it can pay in some other situations such as in-home or rehab therapy after a senior is hospitalized. Medicaid does pay assisted living expenses in some cases for seniors who have limited resources and who meet other criteria.

How Can I Afford Assisted Living?

Many families use several sources to pay for assisted living. Before that occurs, there are different strategies to try to save money upfront, for example, by having your parent in a shared room instead of a private apartment. If you have siblings in different parts of the country, you may be able to find an affordable facility for your parents close to one of your siblings.

To pay for assisted living, families commonly turn to avenues such as selling their parents' home or doing a reverse mortgage. Ideally, your parents would have conducted estate planning and made some/all provisions for long-term care already. For example, long-term care insurance can help a great deal but usually does not pay for everything. It generally does not cover personal expenses and care past a certain number of years (that information is in the policy). In addition, there is usually a waiting period before insurance kicks in to pay. The longer the waiting period, the lower the premiums are but the longer your family is on your own to pay for care. That is one reason to start researching assisted living options before the need becomes overwhelmingly evident. More time means being able to make informed decisions about which facility to move your parents into. It also potentially means paying for a lower level of care out of pocket during the insurance waiting period while your parents' care needs are not as demanding (saving money overall).Other options such as a life insurance settlement and pooling family support may be viable.

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

The signs are not always clear cut or easy to accept. Sometimes, your parents may decline so gradually that your family might not realize just how much assistance they need. Moreover, situations are not "one size fits all." One reason is that different seniors have different resources and caregivers. For instance, a senior with 10 able-bodied relatives who live close by may be able to live at home longer than a senior who has two relatives nearby (and the picture gets more nuanced when you throw careers, children, hobbies and other aspects of life into the equation). Seniors may be ready for assisted living in any of the following scenarios:

  • It has become unsafe for them to live independently or even with relatives.
  • Family caregivers are unable to care for seniors (or are burnt out after already doing caregiving).
  • Seniors are unable to do at least one or two of the six ADLs (toileting, bathing, continence, transferring/basic mobility, dressing and self-feeding)
  • They struggle with the instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs).
  • Dementia seems to be occurring.

IADLs include tasks such as taking medication, doing laundry, cooking, shopping, cleaning and getting around (driving, public transportation, cab, etc.). Many times, seniors need help with IADLs before they need help with ADLs. As such, a decline in IADLs is an indicator that assisted living may happen at some point soon because ADLs could become an issue.

Of course, there can be ways to keep your parents at home even if they have problems with IADLs. For instance, you could take over their budgeting and rotate housekeeping and meal prep tasks with family members. Safety issues can also be minimized to a certain extent. If your parents' house has stairs, you may be able to get them living on one floor only and install bathroom gear such as grab bars.

However, issues with caregiving and ADLs are signs that assisted living may be necessary. Stressed caregivers may not render the best care possible, and they deserve to have some semblance of a personal life. Meanwhile, seniors may be able to function OK at home alone with someone else handling their finances and shopping, but getting out of bed and feeding themselves are basic activities for being able to live alone.

It could be that one of your parents is caring for the other. In such a case, the caregiver parent may be anxious, emotionally spent and physically frail himself or herself. That does not make for a safe situation. In addition, seniors who have dementia may wander and cause caregiver resentment and increasing care needs. Home might not be the most appropriate place for these seniors.

Can I Get Additional Help?

You have many factors to consider when surveying assisted living facilities in Modesto. Input from your parents and from other family members can be invaluable, and our Senior Living Advisors are here to help, too. We have guided thousands of families with steps such as setting up tours. These services are free of charge to you, so please get in touch with an Advisor today for custom assistance.