Assisted Living near Ontario, CA

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Just 35 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles, Ontario, CA has all the convenience of being near enough to a big city with all its perks yet far enough away to offer a slower pace of life, a rich mix of nature and history with the same desirable sunny southern California climate.

If you have just begun the process of finding the right assisted living facility where your loved one can receive the support they need while still maintaining as much independence as possible, you likely have many questions such as: How much does assisted living cost near Ontario? What are the local facilities like? How do I choose a community? What level of care does my loved one need?

As the nation’s largest senior living referral agency, A Place for Mom can help you answer these questions and our free service will provide you with full details of the 50 assisted living options in our local provider network.

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Senior housing types near Ontario, CA

  • Brookdale North Euclid

    Brookdale North Euclid

    1031 North Euclid Avenue, Ontario, CA 91762
    (34)
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    Spend time on the things you really want to do and let us help with the rest. With our assisted living community in Ontario, California, you have choices for how to spend your time. Maybe you’ve always wanted to try Zumba or learn more about tech gadgets. Now you can. Make each day your own from...

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  • Inland Christian Home Inc.

    Inland Christian Home Inc.

    1950 S Mountain Avenue, Ontario, CA 91762
    (7)
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    Inland Christian Home is a non-profit multi-level senior living community. Inland was founded by a number of local churches and began providing services in 1978. The mission is a reflection of the founder's heritage of faith and values: to provide quality, affordable, individualized care to seniors...

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  • Clover Home Care

    Clover Home Care

    3045 Clover Lane, Ontario, CA 91761
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    Clover Home Care is a residential home care located in the scenic and serene city of Ontario, in southwestern San Bernardino County, California. Our beautiful city features the best of California's natural landscape. We also have sunny, blue skies and warm weather all year round, perfect for seniors...

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  • Salverey Care

    939 E. Banyan Street, Ontario, CA 91761
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Salverey Care is a 6-bed senior living facility in Ontario, Canada. The property is designed to feel like home so that every resident is completely comfortable. Our kitchen staff provides seniors with three quality meals per day that are prepared based on specific dietary needs. Healthy snacks,...

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  • The Pine House

    The Pine House

    544 W 9th Street, Upland, CA 91786
    (3)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    The Pine House, a board and care facility for the elderly, licensed by the Department of Social Services of the State of California, is located in Claremont, California which is a lovely quaint town nestled in the foothills.This is a town where cares about education for the young and a deep respect...

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  • Heritage Court Assisted Living

    Heritage Court Assisted Living

    275 Garnet Way, Upland, CA 91786
    (6)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Total Patient Care At Heritage Park Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, we believe that each resident in our care is unique, with individual needs and preferences. This philosophy directs our Total Care approach to patient care. Total Care begins with an intense focus on the medical needs of each of...

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  • Montclair Royale Senior Living

    Montclair Royale Senior Living

    9685 Monte Vista Avenue, Montclair, CA 91763
    (34)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Assisted Living and Dementia Care Settle back in your favorite chair, close your eyes and relax. Nurture long-time hobbies, and make new friends. This is Montclair Royale. Come visit our community to meet our friendly staff and see for yourself how easy it can be to call Montclair Royale 'home.'

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  • Pioneer Elder Care

    Pioneer Elder Care

    4818 Fauna Street, Montclair, CA 91763
    (4)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Pioneer Elder Care offers to our residents loving care in a home and family atmosphere. Our facility is designed to provide assistance, promote independence, and build friendships among our residents. With our affordable prices, friendly and caring resident assistant, Pioneer Elder Care is the...

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  • Pacifica Senior Living Hillsborough

    Pacifica Senior Living Hillsborough

    11918 Central Avenue, Chino, CA 91710
    (57)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Pacifica Senior Living Hillsborough 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. Our community delivers Inspired...

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  • LightShine Homecare, Inc.

    LightShine Homecare, Inc.

    1400 Purdue St, Upland, CA 91786
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Thank you for considering LightShine Home Care as you search for a home for your loved one. We are dedicated to providing companionship, comfort, love, and excellent care to each of our residents with skill and Christian love. Our facility is designed to help make our residents feel right at home....

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  • Claremont Place

    Claremont Place

    120 W San Jose Ave, Claremont, CA 91711
    (24)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Welcome to the Simple Life Assisted Living Claremont, CA by Claremont Place Now that you, a family member or a loved one are ready to experience life's next chapter, we hope you will consider Claremont Place Senior Living. Helping our residents experience moments and experience life is what we do...

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  • North San Antonio Senior Care

    North San Antonio Senior Care

    1738 N San Antonio Ave, Upland, CA 91784
    (2)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Two beautiful homes in North Upland with share and private rooms available, awake night staff, experienced caregivers dealing with dementia and physical problems. Daily activities include some gardening, caring for plants, walks and music. We provide a family environment and offer incontinent care,...

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  • Atria Del Rey

    Atria Del Rey

    8825 Baseline Road, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
    (40)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Atria Del Rey is a welcoming assisted living community in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. Featuring views of Mt. Baldy and Red Hill Park, Atria Del Rey offers easy access to nearby freeways, restaurants and downtown Rancho Cucamonga. Residents of our pet-friendly community enjoy more...

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  • Palm Delight

    Palm Delight

    7461 Hellman Ave, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
    (11)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Palm Delight Palm Delight in Rancho Cucamonga, in San Bernardino County is a top-rated senior care home. Rancho Cucamonga is a suburban city 40 miles east of Los Angeles where you can drive along the infamous Route 66, bike, hike or ride horses on one of the many equestrian trails. There are also...

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  • Camellia Senior Home Care

    Camellia Senior Home Care

    1845 Old Baldy Way, Upland, CA 91784
    (2)
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    Camellia Senior Home Care has been licensed since Spring of 2012 and it came about as the second endeavor of our family in caring for our wonderful seniors in the community. Our wonderful staff consist mainly of family members supported by qualified and trained caregivers who do their best to make...

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  • Sunrise at Alta Loma

    Sunrise at Alta Loma

    9519 Baseline Road, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
    (26)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    About Sunrise at Alta Loma Community & Location Highlights: Conveniently located in central Alta Loma, CA Beautiful views of Cucamonga Peak and Mount Baldy Close to museums, country clubs and shopping centers Located just one mile south of the 210 Freeway at the Archibald Street exit and four...

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  • Claremont Manor

    Claremont Manor

    650 Harrison Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711
    (7)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Claremont Manor has over fifteen beautiful acres of garden homes, villas and apartments. Walk to Claremont 'village' and its colleges or stroll to historic downtown Claremont. A lifestyle featuring independence living, assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing services. Security and peace of...

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  • Zen Garden

    Zen Garden

    349 E. Kenwood Street, Upland, CA 91784
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Zen Garden Assisted Living is a health care professional-owned, 6-beds board and care home for elderly. We specialize in providing assistance in daily living activities. We provide room and board, 3 meals a day, assistance in bathing, showering, grooming, dressing, transferring, arrangements in...

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  • Genesis Manor II

    Genesis Manor II

    2123 Aquinas Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711
    (5)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Hello, my name is Gerry Markie and I am a registered nurse with over 50 years of experience. I own, manage, and run six licensed residential care homes in excellent areas above the 210 freeway located in La Verne, Claremont, and Alta Loma. I work with my daughter's Marya and Alaina as well as my son...

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  • Genesis Manor V

    Genesis Manor V

    550 Bethany Circle, Claremont, CA 91711
    (7)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Hello, my name is Gerry Markie and I am a registered nurse with over 50 years of experience. I own, manage, and run six licensed residential care homes in excellent areas above the 210 freeway located in La Verne, Claremont, and Alta Loma. I work with my daughter's Marya and Alaina as well as my son...

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  • Genesis Manor VI

    Genesis Manor VI

    6936 Amethyst Ave, Alta Loma, CA 91701
    (2)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Hello, my name is Gerry Markie and I am a registered nurse with over 50 years of experience. I own, manage, and run six licensed residential care homes in excellent areas above the 210 freeway located in La Verne, Claremont, and Alta Loma. I work with my daughter's Marya and Alaina as well as my son...

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  • Sunlit Gardens

    Sunlit Gardens

    9428 19th St, Alta Loma, CA 91701
    (19)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Sunlit Gardens provides a caring assisted living community for those seniors who are looking to make Alta Loma, San Bernardino County, California their home. This community offers the memory care that many seniors are looking for, and it provides that in an area that is peaceful and quiet. Alta Loma...

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  • North San Antonio Senior Care II

    North San Antonio Senior Care II

    938 W 22, Upland, CA 91784
    (4)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Two beautiful homes in North Upland with share and private rooms available, awake night staff,experienced caregivers dealing with dementia and physical problems. Daily activities include some gardening, caring for plants, walks and music. We provide a family environment and offer incontinent care,...

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  • Genesis Manor I

    Genesis Manor I

    6354 Sacramento Ave., Alta Loma, CA 91701
    (4)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Hello, my name is Gerry Markie and I am a registered nurse with over 50 years of experience. I own, manage, and run six licensed residential care homes in excellent areas above the 210 freeway located in La Verne, Claremont, and Alta Loma. I work with my daughter's Marya and Alaina as well as my son...

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  • Oakmont of San Antonio Heights

    Oakmont of San Antonio Heights

    2419 N. Euclid Avenue, Upland, CA 91784
    (19)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Oakmont of San Antonio Heights is an assisted living community nestled against the foothills of Upland, San Bernardino County, California. Our senior living community is situated on gorgeous, well-landscaped grounds full of beautiful flowering plants and scenic views. Upland, California is a lovely...

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  • Sunrise of Claremont

    Sunrise of Claremont

    2053 North Towne Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711
    (26)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Community & Location Highlights: Convenient location in Claremont, CA Near Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center Sunrise of Claremont in Claremont, California, is home to a vibrant community of active senior residents. We take great pride in caring for our residents as members of our family....

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  • Oakmont of Chino Hills

    Oakmont of Chino Hills

    14837 Peyton Drive, Chino Hills, CA 91709
    (23)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    2015 Winner-Best of Assisted Living Award The annual SeniorAdvisor.com Best Of Awards recognize outstanding senior living and home care providers who have received consistently high ratings from residents and their families. Winners of the SeniorAdvisor.com Best of 2015 Awards are located all over...

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  • Golden Cascade

    Golden Cascade

    15453 Elm Lane, Chino Hills, CA 91709
    (8)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Our mission at Golden Way Care is to provide respect and great care to our senior residents. It is essential to us because we have parents too. We start by understanding our residents' needs and life experiences. We are a family owned and operated assisted living organization with facilities in...

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  • Starlite Manor

    Starlite Manor

    14598 Stonybrook Circle, Corona, CA 92880
    (18)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    With more than 30 years of dedicated care, Starlite Manor creates a variety of intellectual, spiritual and physical programs to enjoy with new friends. Monthly Fee Includes: * Continuous care and supervision. * Observation for changes in physical, mental, emotional, and social functioning. *...

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  • Mi Casa Assisted Living

    3079 Sunrise Ct, Chino Hills, CA 91709
    (4)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Mi Casa Assisted Living is a 6 bed home for all elders 60+ our goal is for my home to feel like your home where you would not only be a resident, but, a part of my family. Family and Friends are always welcomed.

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  • Genesis Manor IV

    Genesis Manor IV

    1691 Genesee Ave, La Verne, CA 91750
    (7)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Hello, my name is Gerry Markie and I am a registered nurse with over 50 years of experience. I own, manage, and run six licensed residential care homes in excellent areas above the 210 freeway located in La Verne, Claremont, and Alta Loma. I work with my daughter's Marya and Alaina as well as my son...

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  • Eastvale Senior Home Care, LLC

    Eastvale Senior Home Care, LLC

    14394 Healy Lake Street, Eastvale, CA 92880
    (4)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Eastvale Senior Home Care, LLC is a residential care home based in the calm neighborhoods of Eastvale CA. The lovely terrain and fresh atmosphere in which our community is located gives our residents a beautiful place to lead an independent life. Discover convenience and accessibility combined with...

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  • Allison's Home Care

    Allison's Home Care

    837 N. Featherwood Dr, Diamond Bar, CA 91765
    (16)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Our Mission: Here at Allison's Home Care, we provide assisted living in a home like setting and offer a variety of services to ensure the seniors living with us of the best quality of care possible. Providing the needs to each of our residents will always be our top priority. Our main focus is to...

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  • Brookdale San Dimas

    Brookdale San Dimas

    1740 South San Dimas Avenue, San Dimas, CA 91773
    (25)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    It’s good to be home. At our CCRC or Continuing Care Retirement Community, in San Dimas, California, you can live a worry-free, independent lifestyle. You’ll have the care you need when you need it with assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing all on one campus.  Live well and age well with...

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  • San Dimas Adventist Home Care

    San Dimas Adventist Home Care

    1136 North San Dimas Avenue, San Dimas, CA 91773
    (4)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    San Dimas Adventist Home Care is a six bed facility located in the beautiful and quiet city of San Dimas, just off the 210 freeway, in southern California.  We specialize in the care of the elderly people in our community who needs assistance in the acitivities of daily living like food...

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  • Canyon View Chateau LLC

    Canyon View Chateau LLC

    360 South Rock River Road, Diamond Bar, CA 91765
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Canyon View Chateau is a residential care home for seniors, licensed by the department of social services in the tranquil city of Diamond Bar, California. We provide personal quality care services and supportive amenities in a residential setting with a comfort of a home. Living with comfort and...

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  • Stonegate Guest Home

    Stonegate Guest Home

    1170 Chisolm Trail Drive, Diamond Bar, CA 91765
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Stonegate Guest Home is a licensed facility for six clients, ambulatory or non-ambulatory, with two well-trained caregivers, twenty-four hours a day. We have been in business for fifteen years. The facility is experienced in 'dementia' care and offers 'hospice' services in times of need. There is...

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  • Silver Rain Home

    Silver Rain Home

    1707 Silver Rain Drive, Diamond Bar, CA 91765
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Silver Rain Home Care is a licensed facility for six clients, ambulatory or non-ambulatory, with two well-trained caregivers, twenty-four hours a day. We have been in business for fifteen years. The facility is experienced in 'dementia' care and offers 'hospice' services in times of need. There is...

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  • Atria Rancho Park

    Atria Rancho Park

    801 Cypress Way, San Dimas, CA 91773
    (61)
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    At Atria Rancho Park, you'll find a peaceful, warm environment with beautiful landscaping and towering trees. Enjoy an afternoon stroll through the five acres of property that offer breathtaking views of the San Gabriel Mountains. Relax in our extensive library and quaint chapel, or challenge a...

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  • A Splendor Senior Living-The Glendora

    A Splendor Senior Living-The Glendora

    452 Sellers St., Glendora, CA 91741
    (5)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    A Splendor Senior Living A Splendor Senior Living Community is located in 'the pride of the foothills' in Glendora, California, just minutes away from the historical route 66. Residents will get to capture a stunning view of the mountains or enjoy the stars that fill up the night's sky from the...

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  • Elite Manor

    Elite Manor

    1318 Paseo Valle Vista, San Dimas, CA 91724
    (11)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Elite Manor is located in an attractive residential area on a quiet cul-de-sac in San Dimas, CA. The mission of Elite Manor is to provide to its residents a high quality of life. Every effort is made to provide a clean, safe and comfortable home-like enviroment. Families and friends are welcome and...

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  • Villa De Anza

    Villa De Anza

    5881 El Palomino Dr, Riverside, CA 92509
    (54)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Villa De Anza offers assisted living in lovely residential area. Our community has a beautiful lake behind the building with fish, turtles and ducks that our residents enjoy feeding. We get the best of both worlds at Villa De Anza because we able to enjoy the peace of a residential area, while...

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  • Lifestyle Home Care II

    5417 Skyloft Drive, Riverside, CA 92509
    (7)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    LifeStyle Home Care II offers a wonderful environment where 24 hour non-medical care and supervision are provided.Large private bedrooms and bathroomsFurnished with beautiful furniture and queen sized bedsSpacious living room, dining room and kitchenLarge spacious gated back yard with a wonderful...

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  • Regency Grand of West Covina

    Regency Grand of West Covina

    150 S. Grand Ave., West Covina, CA 91791
    (30)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    We at Regency Grand at West Covina, know that transitioning into assisted living is about making your senior comfortable, and helping them in getting the best when it comes to senior care, senior living, and more. We are located in beautiful West Covina, California, and we are proud to offer the...

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  • Adora Hills

    Adora Hills

    260 N. Lone Hill Ave, Glendora, CA 91741
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    At Adora Hills, we provide residential elder care in comfortable and serene home settings. Our experienced staff treats our residents with compassion and dignity. We diligently implement the care plan to ensure the well being of your loved one. We have access to a team of professionals to ensure...

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  • Brookdale Walnut

    Brookdale Walnut

    19850 East Colima Road, Walnut, CA 91789
    (34)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Define your day, every day. If you’re living a mostly independent lifestyle, but you could use an extra hand with some of your day-to-day activities, our community with both assisted living and memory care in Walnut, California, could be right for you.   You’ll have assistance with medications,...

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  • Mauna Loa Oaks

    Mauna Loa Oaks

    19041 E Maunaloa Ave, Glendora, CA 91740
    (3)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Mauna Loa Oaks is located in Southern California in the city of Glendora, about 20 miles east of Los Angeles for those who are unfamiliar with the area it is a safe, clean and a family oriented city with alot of Parks, plenty of shopping, Theaters, Churches and hospitals. Mauna Loa Oaks has a nice...

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  • True Family Care

    True Family Care

    10225 Bonita Ave, Riverside, CA 92503
    (1)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Our property has been caring for and serving seniors for almost 15 years. Our staff has over 13 years experience including a respiratory therapist on site. We offer home cooked meals using fresh ingredients. Snacks, fruits and refreshments available all day long. Special diets available....

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  • Dove Tree Manor

    Dove Tree Manor

    3991 Dove Tree Avenue, Rialto, CA 92377
    (5)
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    We are a family owned and run facility. My Name is Eva Fe and I am a State License Administrator with 17 years Nursing/caregiving experience. I turned my home into a 'Home' for you, to give only the care you would expect to give your own family. We encourage family visits as we will have many...

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  • CalOaks Senior Living

    CalOaks Senior Living

    3891 Polk Street, Riverside, CA 92505
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Join us at CalOaks CalOaks offers continuing residential care for seniors. We provide a home with a congenial atmosphere that encourages the freedom to enjoy life in a peaceful and quiet environment with the help of our understanding and well-trained staff. We are committed to providing our...

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Assisted Living in Ontario, CA

What Is Assisted Living?

Assisted living residences provide long-term supportive housing options for seniors who require some help with activities of daily living yet wish to remain as independent as possible. Assisted living communities provide limited medical services and daily support while facilitating as much autonomy and freedom of choice as possible for individual residents.

Seniors who are best served in an assisted living residence are those who prefer to live in a social and supportive environment and have needs that can be safely met in an assisted living community. Modern assisted living facilities are very different than nursing homes and do not provide intensive medical care such as managing catheters, administering IVs or dressing wounds and not all facilities offer memory care services for dementia or incontinence service.

What Services Are Available?

In accordance with the Compendium of Residential Care and Assisted Living Regulations and Policy of California, all assisted living facilities are required to provide the following basic services:

  • Room and board
  • Personal assistance and care
  • Observation and supervision
  • Planned activities
  • Arrangements for obtaining incidental medical and dental care
  • Basic care and supervision, including assistance with dressing, grooming, bathing, hygiene and other personal services
  • Assistance with self-administered medications
  • Monitoring food intake or special diets

Assisted living communities in Ontario may offer additional amenities and activities which vary facility to facility. Additional services may include:

  • Medical support services, such as occupational therapists, podiatrists and physical therapists
  • Onsite salons or barber shops
  • Trips to local museums, shopping centers, sporting venues, and community events
  • Therapeutic groups, such as art and music therapy, exercise, structured games, etc.
  • Senior shuttle buses and medical transportation to outside appointments
  • Incontinence service
  • Allowing pets and/or overnight guests
  • Memory care

What Is Senior Living Like in Ontario?

Ontario offers an eclectic and diverse array of activities and attractions for all ages. Ontario Mills is a shopper’s paradise, and the Planes of Fame Air Museum, the historic Graber Olive House, the Museum of History and Art and the Whispering Lakes Golf Course are all popular destinations.

One of Ontario’s beloved traditions is an annual pancake event that has been held for more than 50 years with all you can eat of the best of American pancakes. The Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park with its two lakes and plenty of fishing, boating and nature trails offers a chance to get away from it all and if you’ve worked up an appetite, The Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Dinner Show is always an option.

The warm weather, commuting distance to world-class medical facilities, golf, nature, culture and relaxed pace of Ontario have made it a desirable place to retire. Assisted living facilities in the Ontario area offer a wide variety of services and options in different settings, environments and price ranges. You can find styles from quaint, homey residences in historic buildings to modern apartments in the Spanish Colonial Revival Style.With so many choices, you have the opportunity of finding a great fit for your loved one’s needs, preferences, lifestyle, care requirements and budget.

How Much Does Assisted Living Cost in Ontario?

The average cost of assisted living in Ontario is $3,580 per month which is lower than the state average of $4,194. Prices at different facilities vary greatly depending on care needs, type of room or apartment, amenities, neighborhood and style of housing.

Does Medicare Pay for Assisted Living?

Medicare does not pay for long-term assisted living facilities. Medicaid, which in California is Medi-Cal, may offer some assistance to low-income residents through the state’s Assisted Living Waiver Program (ALWP) which serves seniors who need long term care assistance with personal care and household tasks.

The California Department of Health and Human Services requires that participants in this waiver program contribute to their room and board costs which, in 2019, are approximately $1,039 or $1,059 per month, depending on one’s income. This program is open to all low-income seniors who are California residents but only covers assisted living facilities in certain counties. San Bernardino county, which includes the city of Ontario, is included in this waiver program.

How Can I Afford Assisted Living?

If your loved one does not qualify for Medi-Cal, there are several other ways to finance assisted living. Some of the most common ways to pay for assisted living include:

  • Savings or retirement accounts
  • Utilizing funds from the sale of a home
  • Reverse mortgages
  • Family members pooling resources
  • Short term bridge loans utilizing equity on a home
  • Veterans Aid and Attendance (for veterans or their spouses over age 65)
  • Cashing in life insurance policies

How Can I Find Out About Assisted Living Inspections and Ratings in Ontario?

Assisted living facilities in California are highly regulated with a body of laws and statutes designed to promote resident independence and autonomy to the greatest extent possible. The California Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing Division (CCLD) and Continuing Care Contracts Branch enforces assisted living regulations through the initial licensing process and periodic inspections. Results of these inspections can be found on the ca.gov website.

In addition to regulating assisted living facilities, the California licensing agency conducts criminal background checks of all direct care staff, officers, administrative staff and employees having frequent contact with residents and all assisted living personnel must be fingerprint-cleared prior to being allowed on the premises.

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

Worsening health conditions, increasing frailty, mismanagement of medications, difficulty physically moving about, behavioral issues such as sundowning, isolation-induced depression and caregiver stress are all warning signs that living independently may pose a health risk to your loved one. If you are here looking, chances are that you already have some apprehensions about your family member’s continued safety living alone. The following are some questions to consider as you make your decision:

  • Is your loved one able to move about safely in the home, managing stairs and narrow doorways?
  • Is your loved one bathing regularly and able to maintain adequate hygiene?
  • Can he/she get in and out of the bath or shower safely?
  • Do you have concerns about your loved one falling or otherwise having a home accident?
  • Is he/she able to dress appropriately and independently for occasions and climate?
  • Does your family member need daily assistance with personal care, housekeeping chores and meal preparation?
  • Has social isolation and/or depression become a health concern for your loved one or their spouse/caregiver?
  • Have there been any incidents of using devices improperly or forgetting to turn off the stove?
  • In case of an emergency, do you feel your loved one would be able to take appropriate measures, including calling 911 and/or evacuating the premises independently?

Increasing concerns about any of the issues mentioned above is often an indication that more support is needed in daily life and that assisted living may be an ideal option for your loved one.

What Are ADLs and IADLs?

One helpful way to assess how well your loved one is functioning and what level of care they might need is to pay attention to how they are managing activities of daily living (ADLs) and instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs). ADLs are the self-care tasks that we usually learn as children. The most basic ADLs necessary to managing daily physical needs are:

  1. Continence: Has control of bowels and bladder
  2. Toileting: Can get on and off the toilet and clean oneself independently
  3. Functional mobility: Is able to walk or move from one place to another
  4. Dressing: Can select and put on appropriate clothes and outerwear independently
  5. Bathing and showering: Is able to bath self completely or requires assistance with only one area of the body
  6. Self-feeding: Can move food from plate to mouth and can chew and swallow

Instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs) are higher-level tasks requiring more complex organizational abilities and thought processes. Examples of IADLs include:

  • Shopping and meal preparation: Can do prepare a meal and is able to shop for food, clothing and other items required for daily functioning
  • Housecleaning and home maintenance: Is able to manage basic home maintenance tasks, can clean kitchen after meals and can keep one’s living space reasonably tidy
  • Managing medications: Can obtain and take medications as prescribed
  • Managing finances: Is able to manage basic financial assets and pay bills
  • Managing communication: Can independently communicate via phone and mail
  • Managing transportation: Is able to drive or organize alternate means of transportation

Any significant difficulty performing ADLs or IADLs generally indicates a problem with cognitive and/or physical health and is an important sign that it is most likely time to consider assisted living for your loved one’s continued safety and wellbeing.

What to Look For When Touring Assisted Living Facilities

Once you have determined that your loved one might benefit from assisted living, you can begin the process of selecting a few sites to look at in person. It is a good idea to tour at least four or five facilities to get a sense of the different styles, options and services available in the Ontario area. If possible, your loved one and any others involved in their care should go with you to get the most information possible. If you would like assistance, call or contact A Place for Mom and we can help you set up your tours.

Once you have your tours scheduled, it is a good idea to make a list of questions so that you can remain focused while visiting and get the best information possible. First impressions and gut reactions are important. Do you feel at ease? Are there any red flags? Are the staff accommodating and helpful? Are the residents content and sociable?

Ask about the frequency of housekeeping and laundry services and find out about groups, activities, transportation and visiting medical services. If you can, stay for a meal and make sure the food is acceptable and that any special dietary needs of your loved one can be accommodated.

Look for safety features such as ramps, handrails, shower bars, non-slip surfaces and emergency call buttons. Pay attention to overall odor, cleanliness and upkeep of the buildings and grounds. Make sure the physical layout is appropriate to your loved one’s needs. Ultimately, once you have all the basics covered, it is a matter of finding the best fit, feel, and care services that are a match for your loved one.

How Do I Choose the Right Assisted Living Facility?

We know this is a very important decision and that you want to make the best choice for the health, comfort and peace of mind of your loved one and family. At A Place for Mom, our team of Senior Living Advisors are on hand to help you understand what care services your loved one might require, as well as the type of physical setting, groups, and activities that might be well-suited to your family member’s needs.

If you have any questions at all about senior living in the Ontario area or would like assistance in your decision-making process, we encourage you to contact us. Our consultations are free of charge and it would be our privilege to help you and your family.