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Senior housing types near Orange County, CA

  • Park Plaza

    Park Plaza

    620 S. Glassell St., Orange, CA 92866
    (6)
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Hollybrook Senior Living at Orange

    Hollybrook Senior Living at Orange

    2025 North Bush Street, Santa Ana, CA 92706
    (55)
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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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  • Citrus Hills Senior Living

    Citrus Hills Senior Living

    142 S Prospect St, Orange, CA 92869
    (12)
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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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  • 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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  • Royal Living

    Royal Living

    18601 Patrician Dr., Villa Park, CA 92861
    (1)
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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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  • Olympic Guest Home

    Olympic Guest Home

    2421 E. Powhatan Ave, Anaheim, CA 92806
    (2)
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    OLYMPIC GUEST HOME  provides the highest quality, most caring, safe and cost effective care services for the elderly. Because we care for you as our own family, we maintain warmth, respect, compassion and good family atmosphere to individual residents. Our facility has a large living room,...

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  • Golden Tuscany Care

    Golden Tuscany Care

    2825 E Dutch Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92806
    (19)
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    At Golden Tuscany, we care about our residents as unique individuals. We believe that growing older is not something we come to endure, but something to be celebrated, like life itself. Life at Golden Tuscany is like living in a resort, with all of the elegance, luxury, security, and fun you deserve...

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  • Sunrise of Tustin

    Sunrise of Tustin

    12291 South Newport Avenue, Santa Ana, CA 92705
    (31)
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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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  • 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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  • Walnut Village a CCRC

    Walnut Village a CCRC

    891 S. Walnut Street, Anaheim, CA 92802
    (8)
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    In the heart of Southern California, there's a new concept in retirement living with an award-winning design that wraps cottages and residences around a shop-lined village square and garden courtyards. If you're attracted to that warm sense of belonging that comes from small-town living, you'll love...

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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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  • Orange Hill Quality Care

    Orange Hill Quality Care

    113 S. Orange Hill Lane, Anaheim Hills, CA 92807
    (2)
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    Orange Hill Quality Care is a premium residential care facility located in the beautiful city of Anaheim Hills , on a cozy and quiet cul-de-sac street. Our goal is to provide 24 hour quality, professional care and comfort for the elderly as they welcome their golden years in our brand new facility,...

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  • Milky Way Guest Home

    Milky Way Guest Home

    1748 W Sallie Ln, Anaheim, CA 92804
    (9)
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    Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFE) serve persons 60 and older. They provide room, board, housekeeping, supervision, and personal care assistance with basic activities like personal hygiene, dressing, eating, and walking. Facilities usually centrally store and distribute medications...

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  • Milky Way Guest Home II

    Milky Way Guest Home II

    1774 W Chalet Ave, Anaheim, CA 92804
    (4)
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    Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFE) serve persons 60 and older. They provide room, board, housekeeping, supervision, and personal care assistance with basic activities like personal hygiene, dressing, eating, and walking. Facilities usually centrally store and distribute medications...

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  • Extraordinary Assisted Living of Anaheim

    Extraordinary Assisted Living of Anaheim

    1809 W Cerritos Ave, Anaheim, CA 92804
    (6)
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    Extraordinary Assisted Living's mission is to promote the dignity and independence of seniors. In addition to assisting our residents with their activities of daily living, we also provide personalized care for those we serve. Our team is committed to advocate the individualism of our residents in a...

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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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  • Versa-Care Homes I

    Versa-Care Homes I

    1576 Spruce Ave, Placentia, CA 92870
    (1)
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    Versa-Care Homes I was built specifically to house an elder care facility in North Orange County. Completed in 2009, this is a 4 bedroom single level home with interior sprinklers, extra-wide hallways, roll-in bathrooms, a large kitchen/eating/family room area. All furnishings are new and modern. ...

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  • Meridian at Anaheim Hills

    Meridian at Anaheim Hills

    525 South Anaheim Hills Road, Anaheim Hills, CA 92807
    (67)
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    Located in prestigious Anaheim Hills, California, The Meridian At Anaheim Hills is a full-service, resort-style retirement community. Whether you are rediscovering what retirement means to you, or looking for a home that provides continuing care, The Meridian At Anaheim Hills has innovative living...

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  • Brookdale Garden Grove

    Brookdale Garden Grove

    10200 Chapman Avenue, Garden Grove, CA 92840
    (67)
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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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  • Brookdale Nohl Ranch

    Brookdale Nohl Ranch

    380 South Anaheim Hills Road, Anaheim Hills, CA 92807
    (29)
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    Good Times in Good Company Nestled on three beautiful acres in Anaheim, California, you might accidentally mistake our assisted living community for a resort.  As soon as you walk through the doors, you’ll understand why all the residents seems so genuinely happy to be here. The seniors and care...

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  • Anaheim Hills Home Care

    Anaheim Hills Home Care

    161 South Woodrose Court, Anaheim Hills, CA 92807
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    Anaheim Hills Home Care is a residential care facility where we are committed to providing our residents with quality care and comfort as they enjoy their golden years. Administered and Owned by a Registered Nurse for 34 years experience in patient care. We are licensed as a dementia care and...

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  • Cambridge Court

    Cambridge Court

    1621 E. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, CA 92831
    (26)
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    Retirement Inn of Fullerton is located in a residential community known for its historic buildings and family-oriented events. Nearby conveniences include shopping centers, banks, churches and several medical centers. The two-story building houses 67 studios in various sizes and floor plans. All...

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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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  • Casa Del Sol

    Casa Del Sol

    6486 E Calle Del Norte, Anaheim Hills, CA 92807
    (3)
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    Our mission at exclusive senior care is to provide care for the whole individual in a beautiful comfortable and luxurious environment, with the understanding of the residents life experience and personal needs. We are experienced at managing dementia, Alzheimer’s disease as well as having experience...

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  • Anaheim Care Guest Home -22

    Anaheim Care Guest Home -22

    9622 Katella Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92804
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    Nurse owners started our original cottage campus for Alzheimer's/dementia residents January 3, 1986. These are truly homes with protective environments and personal care. Residents are grouped according to Early - Mid- Late stage plus hospice so programs are special for their abilities. Our School...

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  • Sunrise Villa Bradford

    Sunrise Villa Bradford

    1180 N Bradford Ave, Placentia, CA 92870
    (15)
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    A premier retirement and assisted living community, Sunrise Villa Bradford was recently featured in the 7th Annual Reader's Choice 'The Best of Orange County' published by the Orange County Register. The distinctive Cape Cod styling of Sunrise Villa Bradford combines elegance with the warm comforts...

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  • Royal Living

    11512 Montclair Dr., Garden Grove, CA 92841
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    Maintaining physical and emotional well-being through personalized 24/7 care, we aim to preserve independence, dignity and quality of life for aging loved ones who wish to live at home, while providing peace of mind to their families through the dedicated service of competent and caring personal.

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  • Crescendo Senior Living

    Crescendo Senior Living

    351 E Palm Dr, Placentia, CA 92870
    (12)
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    At Crescendo Senior Living our Director Carla and her team will be among the gentle swaying of palm trees inviting you to come in, relax and stay awhile. In the heart of the beautiful city of Placentia, you’ll find an amazing Senior Living, Assisted Living & Memory Support community. Crescendo...

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  • Emerald Court

    1731 W Medical Center Dr, Anaheim, CA 92801
    (6)
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    Experience Life at Emerald Court Every day at Emerald Court is a delight, with a central location close to everything and a variety of services, including wellness programs and social activities to complete the experience. Emerald Court has been in Anaheim for 28 years. Many of our staff have been...

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  • Quezon Home Care Villa

    Quezon Home Care Villa

    12631 Loraleen St, Garden Grove, CA 92841
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    EPIPHANY CARING HAVEN - is a Residential Care Facility for the Elderly where the core of care is taken from the heart. It provides 3 C's - Compassion, Comfort and Caring Heart. Owned and operated by a dedicated RN and LVN with many years of experience in caring and managing the elderly. We provide a...

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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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  • Missy's Guest Home

    Missy's Guest Home

    9131 Healey Dr, Garden Grove, CA 92841
    (1)
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    Missy's Guest Home 'Quality home care service for the elderly When your loved ones deserve the very best.... ' A helping hand when you need it,offers it all ' *24 hours dedicated home care service *Private & Semiprivate rooms with bath *Tray service for temporary illness *3 Delicious,creative meals...

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  • Alper's Care Home

    Alper's Care Home

    12192 Magnolia St, Garden Grove, CA 92841
    (4)
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    Alper's Care Home is a charming assisted living home situated in Garden Grove, CA. We provide trusting, thoughtful care for aging elders in a family-styled home like environment. At Alper's Care Home we take pride in the care we give our residents, and the reliable and courteous service we provide...

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  • Agape Senior Living

    Agape Senior Living

    4821 Torida Way, Yorba Linda, CA 92886
    (1)
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    Now you can relax, while your loved one does the same in our beautiful, Agape Senior Living. We offer quality care with dignity and respect! We have a Hairdresser that comes to the home. Doctor that makes house calls ( depending on insurance)

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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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  • Sunset View Senior Care

    Sunset View Senior Care

    7241 East Columbus Drive, Anaheim Hills, CA 92807
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    Sunset View Senior Care is a senior residential care home located in the affluent city of Anaheim Hills, CA and in the popular Orange County. Anaheim Hills is a planned community that is nearby Chino Hills State Park and Limestone Canyon Regional Park, which both offer a lot in terms of views and...

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  • Sunrise of Yorba Linda

    Sunrise of Yorba Linda

    4792 Lakeview Avenue, Yorba Linda, CA 92886
    (27)
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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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  • Mirabel by the Sea IV

    Mirabel by the Sea IV

    8556 Barr Lane 714-600-6434 cell, Garden Grove, CA 92841
    (4)
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    We are located in Orange County, city if Garden Grove in a very convenient location close to Senior Center, hospitals, malls, shopping centers, freeways-22 and 405, 10 minutes from Disneyland and Knots Berry Farm, 15 minutes from beach. Our facility is on a cul de sac street, very quiet, a secure...

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  • Brookdale Yorba Linda

    Brookdale Yorba Linda

    17803 Imperial Highway, Yorba Linda, CA 92886
    (29)
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    Live your life your way and never stop growing. Our community in Yorba Linda, California, is a continuing care retirement community or CCRC, which means you’ll have the lifestyle you want, plus care if you need it with assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing all on one campus. With several...

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  • Glencrest Manor

    Glencrest Manor

    2401 Thorn Place, Fullerton, CA 92835
    (7)
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    Located in Fullerton, California, Glencrest Manor is a residential care home committed to serving seniors in northern Orange County and surrounding areas. Enjoy living a happy, healthy, and active lifestyle as you take in all the beautiful surroundings Glencrest Manor has to offer. Fullerton, once...

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  • Rowntree Gardens

    Rowntree Gardens

    12151 Dale St., Stanton, CA 90680
    (31)
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    Ideally located in a quiet residential neighborhood in the heart of Orange County, Rowntree Gardens is one of the area’s only licensed, not-for-profit, faith-based Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs). Available on one convenient campus, we offer Acacia Independent Living, The Cedars...

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  • NS Care

    NS Care

    10431 Avenida Cinco De Mayo, Fountain Valley, CA 92708
    (3)
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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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  • Carmel Village

    Carmel Village

    17077 San Mateo Street, Fountain Valley, CA 92708
    (47)
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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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  • Celestial Garden

    Celestial Garden

    429 South Shields Drive, Anaheim, CA 92804
    (7)
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    Celestial Garden, owned and operated by Elizabeth Jivan a Registered Nurse, has been in operation for almost 20 years. In their long history of business providing care, they have accumulated a long list of very happy residents. The facility is a beautifully remodeled home, decorated professionally...

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  • Whispering Oaks - Waverly

    Whispering Oaks - Waverly

    14782 Waverly Lane, 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 the prestigious city of Irvine in close proximity to parks, doctor offices, hospital,...

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  • Brookdale Anaheim

    Brookdale Anaheim

    200 North Dale Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92801
    (63)
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    Your Best Chapter Yet It’s time to write a new chapter of your life—and this one is going to be your best chapter yet. It includes all kinds of enriching and inspiring activities, events and excursions, freedom to rekindle a passion for former interests and discover new ones, and a community of men...

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Assisted Living in the Bay Area, CA

What Is Assisted Living?

Assisted living is a form of long-term care for seniors who need some assistance with daily living activities such as dressing, bathing and household chores, but who wish to maintain their independence. Residents enjoy a combination of personal care services, healthcare management, housing and meals. However, assisted living is not synonymous with nursing care. In a nursing home, residents may expect round-the-clock skilled nursing care whereas in an assisted living facility, residents receive support only in the areas in which they need it most.

Why Choose the Bay Area?

The Bay Area encompasses several counties in Northern California, including San Francisco, Napa, Santa Clara and Solano. Though vast, the Bay Area is known for its arts, culture and out-of-the-box activities. Seniors enjoy trips to the beach, visits to Oracle Park to watch the Giants play, outings to galleries and museums and classes such as yoga, Tai Chi and dance.

What Services Are Available in Assisted Living?

Each Bay Area assisted living facility offers a unique menu of services designed to meet the needs of their residents. That said, most assisted living facilities offer basic amenities such as meals, complimentary transportation, wellness programs and private accommodations. Some other services and amenities you may expect from the facility you choose include the following:

  • Indoor and outdoor common areas
  • Activities offsite
  • Incontinence care
  • Beautician onsite
  • Visiting physical therapist and other healthcare providers
Many assisted living communities in the Bay Area also tend to offer more luxury services such as high-quality dining, book clubs and social activities such as cooking, gardening, writing and art classes.

How Do I Choose the Right Assisted Living Community?

When you first begin the search for an assisted living facility for your loved one, you may be a bit overwhelmed by the number of options and available services. The good news is that as you expand your knowledge, the decision becomes exponentially easier. At the beginning of your search, there are a few things you should keep in mind:

  1. Preference – One mistake many adult children of aging parents make is considering their own preferences over their parent's. For instance, you may like the fact that the facility offers art classes and an onsite beautician, even though your mom has never expressed interest in crafting and has always preferred an all-natural appearance. Always consider your loved one's personality and preferences before making a decision.

  2. Current and Future Needs – Another mistake adult children make is selecting communities based on who their parents were rather than who they are now. For instance, your father may have once loved to spend his Sundays playing 18 holes, but since developing arthritis, he hasn't played a single game of golf. Choose a community that is appropriate for your loved one now. In addition to taking into consideration your loved one's current needs, you should also be realistic about his or her future needs. Does your loved one show signs of dementia? Does diabetes run in your family? Though it might scare you to think of the possibilities, it's necessary to do so if you don’t want to have to pack up and move your loved one once his or her needs exceed the services an assisted living facility can provide.

  3. Quality Care – It's easy to judge an assisted living community by its appearance, but don't be too hasty to make a decision based on that alone. Many senior living facilities that come with a high price tag and fancy décor lack what matters most — high quality care — while others with a simpler appearance have extremely capable staff. Take the time to interview staff members, review a facility's credentials and read reviews before coming to a conclusion about a community.

  4. Location – Though it's understandable that you want to live close to your Mom, Dad or other elderly loved one, try not to place too much emphasis on proximity to your own home. If you live in Foster City and find a community in Sunnyvale that seems like a better fit for your loved one, go with the better fit. Sacrificing an additional 30 or so minutes of your time on the days you visit is worth it if it means your elderly parent will be happier at the distant location.

What Can I Expect to Pay for Senior Living in the Bay Area?

The cost of assisted living in the Bay Area varies exponentially, with some communities charging as little as $1,800 a month and others requiring as much as $14,000 a month. Price is dependent upon a number of factors, including the type of residence (shared or private), the size of the apartment (one- or two-bedroom or a studio), amenities offered and the types of services the community provides.

How Do I Manage the Costs of Assisted Living?

Below are just a few strategies other families have used to successfully lower the costs of care:

  • Plan Ahead: If you anticipate your loved one needing more care than what you're able to provide in the future, plan ahead. Scope out the senior living communities in your area and discuss your budget with a senior living advisor. By planning ahead, you can avoid having to settle for a community that is at the high end of your budget or that doesn't meet your needs.
  • Look into A La Carte Services: Some assisted living centers offer services in an a la carte fashion. If you need assistance with only a few responsibilities, such as bathing and incontinence care, this type of setup may be ideal for your family.
  • Consider Long-Term Care Insurance: Because of the high cost of long-term care, many insurance providers cover some of the costs of care. Check with your private carrier to see if your loved one's policy covers senior living care. If it doesn't, look into Medicaid. Bear in mind that insurance generally doesn't cover the whole cost of care, but it can address the gap between your other resources.

What Should I Look for as I Tour a Facility?

The best way to determine if an assisted living facility is right for your loved one is to tour it yourself. Ideally, you and your loved one should tour four or five facilities to get a more well-rounded idea of what to expect from high quality senior living communities. Below are a few tips to keep in mind during each tour:

  • Observe Staff Friendliness – Though staff members are likely to be on their best behavior during a visit, you can tell the true nature of caregivers by the details. Do caregivers smile when they interact with residents? Do they make eye contact? Do they speak to residents like they're adults, or do they use condescending tones and brush off seniors who approach them?

  • Pay Attention to Cleanliness – Though you shouldn't judge a facility by its appearance, you should judge one by its cleanliness — or lack of it. An unkempt facility is a huge indicator of staff incompetence or lack of care. In addition to paying attention to the overall picture, examine the details. Do the windows seem smudged? Are there cobwebs in the corners? Does a facility smell musty or dirty in any way? In addition to using your senses, ask the director about how often the place is cleaned and by whom. Don't forget to inquire about personal services, such as laundry and housekeeping.

  • Dine at the Property – Nutrition plays a huge role in your loved one's overall health and happiness, so be sure the substance offered by the facility you choose can provide the nourishment your mother, father or elderly relative needs. First, make sure the food is something the individual will want to eat. Most facilities allow potential residents and their families to enjoy a meal before making a decision. Lastly, make sure the dining facility keeps convenient dining hours and abides by state-mandated cooking and cleaning policies.

  • Trust Your Instincts – When it comes down to it, the best thing you can do is trust your gut. If something seems amiss, that's because it probably is. Likewise, if everything appears perfect but you just don't think the facility would be a good fit for your loved one, don't force it. Keep looking, as the right community will come along.

Assisted Living Inspections and Ratings in the Bay Area

When choosing a senior living community in California, individuals rely on the state's regulatory agencies to provide them with information regarding a community's reputation and background to make an informed decision. However, the level of public access varies from state to state. Below is an overview of the level of transparency in California.

Key Findings – Though California makes assisted living records readily available to consumers, we hesitated to give it an "Exceptional" rating because it only requires inspections every five years. Elderly individuals and their loved ones can locate licensing information and information regarding inspection results and violations in one easy-to-access database.

You can access records by visiting the California Department of Social Services website. Select the name of the community about which you wish to learn more. You'll be directed to a page with links to inspection reports.

How Do I Get More Help Selecting an Assisted Living Facility?

You have already taken a giant step in the selection process by choosing the Bay Area to begin your search. The numerous assisted living options here provide a wide array of services and possibilities, and we know that this can seem overwhelming.

Our dedicated team of advisors in the Bay Area has helped thousands of families make the right choice for their elderly loved ones. Our service is completely free for you and can assist you in touring facilities, finding reviews of those facilities, and ensuring that those you love will find the best fit for them. If you would like help in this journey, contact one of our Senior Living Advisors for a free consultation.