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10 Best Independent Living Communities in Fresno, CA

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Fresno is more than just an affordable place for your retirement. This diverse California community in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley is enriched with farm-to-fork dining, vast fruit orchards, and the scenic Sierra Nevada Mountains. Fresno independent living communities are similar to senior apartments, but they include resort-style amenities and a hassle-free lifestyle. Many options in Fresno are also connected to senior care services, such as assisted living wings and memory care campuses, that provide assistance if your needs change.

The variety of Fresno independent living options means you’ll find the best fit for you. Ranging from cozy studio apartments to cottage homes, local independent living communities have much to offer. This all-inclusive guide highlights seven of our partner communities within a 10-mile radius of north-central Fresno, so you can get the full picture of what’s available. We provide a detailed overview of Fresno independent living costs, payment tips, local senior resources, and how seniors can maximize their retirement in Fresno.

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I have no negative comments to make regarding Fairwinds Woodward Park. Friendly, competent staff. Clean, up-to-date accommodations. I feel the meals are just fine - not gourmet of course - but just fine!
Provides: Assisted Living, Independent Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
Located on the North Side of Fresno, in the Woodward Park area near San Joaquin River, this is retirement living that's so fun you'll ask yourself, 'Am I retired or am I on vacation?' Here is just a little of what your day might be like living at Fairwinds - Woodward Park Retirement Community. ...
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When looking for an assisted living place for mom, Windham had a warm welcome feeling. After I had a tour of the facility, I said hello to one of the residents that I did not know, and she asked me if my...
Provides: Assisted Living, Independent Living
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
Experience Life at The Windham.Imagine living in one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Fresno on a beautiful 10-acre campus with lush landscaping and walking paths, close to shopping, restaurants, and medical services, and just minutes from Woodward Park. At The Windham you get all this and...
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Make sure if they have adequate amount of staffing, check their menu/food given to elderly, prepped appropriately, types of food given to avoid choking hazards. For memory care individuals, meats should be...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Family owned with deep roots in the local community, Paintbrush seeks to promote and enhance independence, wellbeing and security of our residents.Our leadership team's experience and passion for serving our residents and each other is reflected in each interaction.From the craftsman-style...
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My loved one is a resident at Pacifica Senior Living Fresno. The staff is AMAZING! However, it's the new owners that are failing. The carpets are nasty and should be replaced like we were told at the time of...
Provides: Assisted Living, Independent Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
Situated on five beautifully manicured acres, Pacifica Fresno is a senior living community where active older adults continue to pursue the passions they’ve always enjoyed.This independent and assisted living community offers a selection of one- and two-bedroom apartments with an array of...
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Truewood by Merrill Fig Garden is Independent Living with a lot of rules. The housekeeper that does my mom's apartment is not very friendly and hates animals. They have a lot of fun activities for the...
Provides: Independent Living
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Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
Truewood by Merrill, Fig Garden provides a fulfilling, independent lifestyle in a welcoming environment.Located in a quiet corner of Fresno, you'll love the tasteful elegance of our facilities and the genuine warmth of our staff. Residents also appreciate the convenience of being minutes from...
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My sister moved into Kingston Bay two months ago. She is enjoying meeting new people and making friends. Kingston Bay provides many opportunities to get together with neighbors and share new experiences. ...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Welcome to Kingston Bay Senior Living, offering Assisted Living and Memory Care in the heart of Fresno. Life at Kingston Bay Senior Living starts with spacious, elegant appointed surroundings, coupled with exceptional, personalized and supportive care.Our signature In the Moment Memory Support...
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I have had friends ask me and I am highly encouraging them to consider the Grove. I'm speaking to one about it tomorrow. The staff at the Grove is incredible. The fact that a large part of the staff are...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
The Grove is ideally located in north Fresno,in the heart of the medical community. Situated close to shopping, restaurants, parks and spiritual centers makes it easy for families and friends to visit.
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I'm happy with Oakmont. It's a very friendly and caring community all of the employees seem to like their jobs and the management also the office doors are right in the lobby and open which I can't say for [...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Independent Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
Oakmont of Fresno is a family owned and operated community newly opened in March 2015. Features include industry renowned dining, and endless on-site amenities. If an active lifestyle is what you desire, you'll feel at home at Oakmont where friends and neighbors enjoy our day spa, private movie...
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The dietary staff is wonderful as are the RA's. The facility itself is clean as a whistle. They treat my loved one with respect.
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Welcome to Westmont of Fresno Inspired Senior Living. At Westmont we offer assisted living and secure memory care on one beautiful campus. At Cottonwood Court, we realize that nobody knows your loved one better than you and that is what makes us different than other communities. We have created...
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My dad was previously a resident at Truewood by Merrill Clovis and the experience was great for him. They took great care of my dad. Unfortunately, we had to leave because the cost of care was raised out of...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Independent Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
Since 1990, we've provided compassionate and professional assisted living and other senior care services to residents in the Fresno and Clovis areas. Each member of our staff is dedicated to the betterment and enrichment of our residents' lives, whether they're administering dementia care or...
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Photo of Carmel Village at Clovis Senior Living
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As an independent living resident, my interaction with the staff and other residents is up to me. I have weekly housekeeping and all maintenance is provided, as needed. My cottage is spacious with a full...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
It can be different ... Let us show you how. Living at Carmel Village at Clovis will allow you to be free from the daily rigors of cooking and cleaning so you can maintain your retirement lifestyle in one of our spacious apartments. Our dedicated staff will take care of the grounds, the...
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We are extremely happy with Solstice of Clovis. My mother has her independence, made friends and has a library a few doors down.
Provides: Independent Living
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Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
Solstice Senior Living of Clovis provides a fulfilling, independent lifestyle in a welcoming environment.Located on beautiful grounds in the heart of Clovis, we enjoy mild and sunny weather with views of the snow-capped Sierras in the winter. We're close to shopping, healthcare, a casino, dining...
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
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Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Independent Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
Since 1966, The Terraces at San Joaquin Gardens has been Fresno's only continuing care retirement community (CCRC), offering a variety of residential options and a full continuum of on-site care, if ever needed. We're proud to be CARF-CCAC accredited for meeting strict national standards for...
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Make sure to check out all the rooms available there are multiple options. The community is neat and clean and the staff is very friendly and helpful. I would recommend this community to others based on my...
Provides: Independent Living
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Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
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My father moved into Nazareth House several months ago. As with any life change, there is an adjustment. The staff at Nazareth House have been caring and supportive of his needs, as well as ours during...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Independent Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
Nazareth House is a Catholic assisted living community owned by the Sisters of Nazareth and located in central Fresno, Fresno County, California. Recently celebrating 60 years of serving the Fresno senior community, Nazareth House welcomes seniors seeking supportive services in a compassionate...
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Provides: Independent Living
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Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
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Provides: Independent Living
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Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Provides: Assisted Living
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
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Provides: Independent Living
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Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
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Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Provides: Independent Living
Care types provided by this community
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
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Provides: Independent Living
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Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
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Provides: Independent Living
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Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.

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How we identify the top facilities in your location

We developed a proprietary recommendation system that ranks communities based on factors
we know are important to seniors and their families:

  • Proximity to your location
  • Recent, high-quality reviews
  • The amount of information available

Where we source our information

14,000+ communities

We’ve collected data from and about our network of more than 14,000 senior living communities in the U.S. for over twenty years, and we update this information at least once a year.

350,000+ reviews

Additionally, we’ve gathered over 350,000 reviews from senior living residents and family members to provide first-hand accounts of what senior living communities are really like.

What families are saying about independent living in Fresno

Recent reviews for independent living in Fresno

Bethel Lutheran Home in Selma, CA

5.0
We are very pleased with the senior living experience at Bethel Lutheran Home in Selma, CA. The apartment is large and spacious accommodating any physical needs. The quality to which the complex is maintained is one of the best I have seen. Apartments are well maintained and upgraded. The ...
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Cogir of Cedar Creek in Madera, CA

5.0
When I arrived here at Cedar Creek, I was diagnoses with stage 4 Parkinson. I have lived here for over 10 years I have enjoyed every day. I am now stage 1-2. I am a president of resident council, ambassador and gold keg

Solstice Senior Living at Clovis

5.0
I'm very pleased with our experience at Solstice Senior Living. I loved [name removed]. He was very good at his job and was very helpful!!

Costs of independent living in the Fresno area

According to A Place for Mom’s 2022-2023 proprietary data, the average price seniors paid for our in-network Fresno independent living communities was about $3,849 per month.[01] This cost includes room and board in addition to additional service fees and add-on amenities residents chose, like parking spaces and pet rent.

Breakdown of Fresno independent living costs

Independent living costs typically vary depending on floor plan, location, and on-site amenities. Along with rent, baseline independent living monthly costs typically include the following amenities and services:

  • Some or all utilities
  • Meals and snacks, depending on the community
  • Activity calendars with events for all residents
  • Common areas, like social lounges, pools, fitness centers, courtyards, and dog parks
  • Maintenance and landscaping
  • Housekeeping
  • Concierge services

The following services and amenities are also sometimes included in the baseline rent or may be included with add-on fees:

  • Pet rent
  • Transportation services
  • Upgraded in-unit amenities, like stainless steel appliances or granite countertops
  • Beautician or barber services in an on-site salon

The numbers below show baseline monthly costs that don’t include any add-on fees. These figures can help you compare baseline costs for independent living communities across the greater Fresno area.

Average monthly cost of Independent Living in Fresno, CA vs. nearby cities

Fresno, CA
$3,143/mo
$3,109/mo

Average monthly cost of Independent Living in Fresno, CA vs. the state and national average

Fresno, CA
$3,143/mo
U.S. national average
$4,093/mo

Average monthly cost of Independent Living in Fresno vs. other types of senior living

$3,984/mo
Independent Living
$3,143/mo

Median monthly costs of Independent Living in Fresno, CA by room type

Semi-Private
$3,445/mo
Studio
$3,923/mo
1 Bedroom
$4,268/mo
2 Bedroom
$4,913/mo
Detached Cottage/Bungalow
$4,848/mo

Average cost of Independent Living in Fresno over time

Fresno, CACA stateNational

How people pay for independent living in Fresno

We can guide you through your independent living payment options. First, we present an overview of personal payment options, which you could combine with senior benefit assistance. Next, we explain several senior benefits that may offset costs of living or care, including Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits, Medi-Cal, Medicare, and Social Security. Our goal is to help you understand which benefits might apply to your circumstances, so you can combine benefits in the most effective way. Each tab also provides links to applications and local contacts for senior benefit assistance in Fresno.

Private pay methods

Seniors often use their personal income sources, like pensions, savings accounts, Social Security benefits, and investment returns to cover at least part of their Fresno independent living costs. Depending on your current resources, you may also be able to use some of the following options to fund life at your ideal community:

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Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits
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Approximate number of veterans who live in Fresno

Approximately 44% of veterans in Fresno are 65+.

Independent living costs may be partially covered by certain VA benefits that apply to senior veterans or their surviving spouses. Often, the most generous benefit for seniors who are disabled and enrolled in VA health care is the VA Aid and Attendance benefit. This benefit provides veterans or their surviving spouses with monthly payments that can be combined with a Veterans Pension. This income is designed to cover costs that improve overall quality of life, like rent and services in an independent living community.

How can seniors access veterans benefits in Fresno?

Veterans or their surviving spouses may not know they qualify for VA benefits, because VA benefit eligibility requirements are often confusing and misleading.

This is why we recommend contacting a local veterans service organization (VSO) to see if you qualify. You can also check the VA’s list of service-connected disabilities to see what might apply to you. Even if your disability isn’t on that list, it may still qualify since there are many factors involved in your specific claim and military history. This is one of the reasons why the VA benefit application process can be such a challenge and why you should seek advice before applying.

Let a local VA-vetted veterans service organization guide you through the process to make sure you get the most out of your potential VA benefits. The following Fresno resources can help local veterans or surviving spouses begin the process of enrolling in their eligible benefits:

  • The Fresno County Veterans Service Office can guide you through every step of VA benefit attainment.
  • The Fresno Vet Center provides confidential assistance such as counseling and providing connections to other local resources.
  • Your local Veterans of Foreign War (VFW) chapter and Disabled American Veterans (DAV) chapter provide benefit advocacy. They can help you with the benefit application process and may even help appeal denied claims.

Resources for Fresno veterans

Fresno veteran offices

Fresno County Veterans Service Office
1320 E. Shaw Ave., Suite 105
Fresno, CA 93710
Phone: 559-600-5463
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Friday 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Fresno Vet Center
1320 E. Shaw Ave., Suite 125
Fresno, CA 93710
Phone: 559-487-5660
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Fresno veterans service organizations (VSOs)

Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW): E.G. Henry Gutierrez VFW Post 8900
3585 N. Blythe Ave.
Fresno, CA 93722
Phone: 559-275-4061

Disabled American Veterans (DAV): Homer Blevins Chapter 1
3508 N. First St.
Fresno, CA 93726
Phone: 559-241-6418
Meets at 5:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month

Medi-Cal

California’s Medicaid program, called Medi-Cal, won’t cover the cost of room and board in Fresno independent living communities. Medically necessary in-home health care, however, may be covered in your independent living community, if you have low-income status. California’s In-Home Support Services program is another option that may be used to cover costs of in-home care if you meet all requirements and are eligible for Medi-Cal.

Covered California can help you access Medi-Cal in addition to low-cost, full coverage health care plans. This is the state’s health care portal that’s beneficial to seniors with low-income status. Covered California and Medi-Cal share an application, which seniors only need to fill out once to find out what benefits they may be eligible for. Once the individual is approved for Medi-Cal, they’ll be offered additional low-cost health insurance plans to cover any gaps in their Medi-Cal coverage. You can also apply for Medi-Cal through the CalWIN portal, but you won’t be offered additional low-cost, full-coverage insurance packages.

Browse the following resources if you would like help with the Medi-Cal application process:

  • California’s Medi-Cal Rx Member Helpline and the Fresno-Madera Agency on Aging can help you get started on the right foot with the application process.
  • The local long-term care ombudsman program can assist seniors with their Medi-Cal and Medicare applications and provide advocacy.
  • My Medi-Cal, California’s comprehensive guide to their Medicaid program, is also helpful to review.

Fresno resident Medi-Cal resources

Medi-Cal application assistance

Medi-Cal Rx Member Helpline
Phone: 800-977-2273
Hours: 24/7, including holidays

Fresno-Madera Agency on Aging
2037 W. Bullard Ave., Suite 512
Fresno, CA 93711
Phone: 559-214-0299
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Valley Caregiver Resource Center: Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program
5363 N. Fresno St.
Fresno, CA 93710
Phone: 559-224-9177, ext. 401

Apply for Medi-Cal

Apply through Covered California
2631 W. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90006
Phone: 800-650-0922
Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Medicare

Medicare is a federal health insurance program that may cover medical costs, such as medically necessary in-home care and hospital care. However, it won’t cover the cost of room and board in an independent living community. Read through Medicare’s components below to see what may be covered:[03]

  • Medicare Part A covers inpatient hospital stays, some home health care, and hospice care.
  • Medicare Part B covers some doctors’ appointments, preventive services, outpatient care, and medical supplies.
  • Medicare Part D covers some prescription medications and vaccines.

Some seniors save money on their Medicare premiums and prescriptions through Medicare Savings Programs. Seniors enrolled in Medicare that meet low-income requirements may be eligible for these programs. You can apply for Medicare Savings Programs online through BenefitsCal and see which of California’s four Medicare Savings Programs best fit your needs. Each of the different options may cover portions of Medicare Part A, B, D, or a combination of parts.

Browse the following resources to get help with your Medicare application:

  • The first step we recommend taking is to reach out to the local Social Security Administration office.
  • Contact the local long-term care ombudsman program or enroll in the Medicare Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP) to apply for and fully understand your potential benefits.
  • Use the county’s 2-1-1 helpline or the Fresno-Madera Agency on Aging to learn more about local senior services.

Fresno resident Medicare resources

Medicare application assistance

Fresno Office — Social Security Administration
845 Fulton St.
Fresno, CA 93721
Phone: 800-772-1213

Valley Caregiver Resource Center: Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program
5363 N. Fresno St.
Fresno, CA 93710
Phone: 559-224-9177, ext. 401

Valley Caregiver Resource Center: Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP)
5363 N. Fresno St.
Fresno, CA 93710
Phone: 559-224-9117, ext. 304

Fresno-Madera Agency on Aging
2037 W. Bullard Ave., Suite 512
Fresno, CA 93711
Phone: 559-214-0299
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Understand California laws and regulations for independent living communities

Stand-alone independent living communities are like senior apartments but with more luxurious and all-inclusive amenities and services. And because they’re essentially senior living rentals, not care facilities, they don’t need a senior care license. The exception to this is if an independent living community shares a campus with a senior care facility, such as an assisted living or memory care community.

When a Fresno independent living community shares the same campus as a senior care facility, it needs to have a Residential Care Facility for the Elderly (RCFE) license from the California Department of Social Services (CDSS). To keep this license, the senior care facility must follow these regulations:[04]

  • It must house a maximum of only two residents per bedroom.
  • It must provide individual privacy in each bathroom.
  • It must ensure bedrooms have enough room to accommodate mobility equipment, such as wheelchairs and walkers.
  • It must provide clean and accessible common rooms for residents.
  • It must provide activities involving social, leisure, and daily living skills.

If you want to learn more about assisted living regulations and the Residential Care Facility for the Elderly license in California, visit the regulations section of our Fresno assisted living page.

Independent living residents and their rights

Independent living seniors have the right to safe and well-maintained housing, just as they would when renting a house or apartment. The following are some of the standards you can expect while renting from stand-alone independent living communities in California:{{citation: 5,6}}

  • Senior independent living communities typically have a minimum age requirement of 62 years.
  • Tenants have a right to basic services — like maintenance, landscaping, and fully functioning utilities — when they rent a unit in these communities.
  • It’s illegal for a landlord to refuse to rent to someone due to a disability.
  • Seniors with disabilities have protections under the law when renting, i.e., accommodation and modification laws.

Accommodation and modification laws for seniors with disabilities

According to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), landlords must agree to reasonable accommodations and modifications for persons with disabilities. Independent living community owners must pay for accommodations and structural modifications of common areas, while the resident should pay for structural modifications to their individual unit.[07]

Accommodations include changes to community policies that would otherwise restrict people with disabilities. Some examples of accommodations include the following:

  • Offering designated parking spaces close to the building
  • Allowing residents to have a service animal even if a no-pet policy is in place
  • Changing the due date of rent to accommodate a tenant’s disability payments

Modifications include changes to the structure of building common areas or individual units. Listed below are some examples of modifications:

  • Installing easy-to-reach appliances and cabinets
  • Installing grab bars in bathrooms
  • Putting a ramp at the building’s entrance

The following are some additional protections granted to renters under the ADA:[07]

  • Rental communities must make modifications and accommodations to enable seniors with disabilities to participate in all activities and programs.
  • Buildings must be accessible with elements such as curb ramps, restrooms that accommodate wheelchairs, and doors that accommodate wheelchairs.
  • If a community has an elevator, it must be designed or modified to fit a wheelchair and placed in a spot that’s commonly accessed by residents.

Inspection reports for senior care communities in Fresno

If your independent living community shares a campus with a senior care community, the campus is subject to special regulations and inspections. The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) inspects licensed Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RFCE) annually and within 10 days of receiving a complaint.[05] Keep in mind that these inspections don’t apply to stand-alone independent living facilities, only those with a senior care facility on-site, like in an assisted living wing or unit.

Independent living facilities with a Residential Care Facility for the Elderly (RCFE) license have public inspection reports in the CDSS Care Facility Search. To use this search, scroll down to “Search By Facility Group.” Select “Elderly Assisted Living,” “Facility Type,” and “Fresno County,” and then click on the search button. You can also search by facility name or address.

California Department of Health contact information

California Department of Public Health
1616 Capitol Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95899-7377
Phone: 916-558-1784

COVID-19 regulations for Fresno independent living communities

Fresno County follows the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) COVID-19 guidance. There’s no mask mandate at this time, but Fresno County encourages its residents to continue accessing vaccines and tests.

Keep in mind that some Fresno independent living communities may have their own COVID-19 guidelines. We recommend contacting a community you’re interested in to learn about what rules they may have in place.

To learn about COVID-19 guidelines that apply to assisted living wings in shared independent living communities, read the Regulations section of the Fresno assisted living page.

What to expect from independent living in Fresno

Achieve a curated senior experience in a Fresno independent living community. An abundance of resort-style amenities, intriguing activities, and a maintenance-free lifestyle awaits. You’ll find an option that works for your preferences, whether it’s a cottage-style home in a stand-alone community or a cozy studio apartment with access to senior care services.

A variety of community layouts and home styles

Find a floor plan, community layout, and monthly price that works for you. In A Place for Mom’s Fresno network, 71% of the independent living communities share a campus with assisted living, memory care, or both. Combined communities allow seniors to access care without moving when their needs change. The remaining 29% are stand-alone independent living communities reserved for seniors who don’t require care at this time.

Browse the following layout options and features typically available in A Place for Mom’s Fresno network:

  • Studio, one-bedroom, or two-bedroom apartments
  • Shared suites
  • One- and two-bedroom stand-alone cottages
  • Pet-friendly policies and features, like dog parks and pet-relief stations
  • Full kitchens or kitchenettes
  • Patios or balconies
  • Washer and dryer hookups or on-site laundry facilities

Exclusive independent living services

Begin your new hassle-free lifestyle by taking advantage of your community’s convenient on-site services. The options below are commonly found in A Place for Mom’s partner communities:

  • Weekly housekeeping
  • Room service
  • Personalized concierge services
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Wellness checks and emergency response systems
  • Respite care and home care services
  • Restaurant-style dining
  • Scheduled, complimentary transportation
  • Guest accommodations, such as guest suites, parking spaces, and private family dining rooms

Resort-style amenities

Enjoy the luxurious perks of your new independent living community. You’ll find features both inside the community and throughout its grounds that are sure to make each day feel extra special:

  • Heated outdoor swimming pools
  • Enclosed courtyards
  • Walking paths
  • Raised garden beds
  • Shuffleboard courts
  • Movie theaters
  • Salons and barbershops
  • Spas
  • Fitness centers
  • Libraries
  • Billiards rooms
  • Activity rooms
  • Bistros
  • Fireplaces

Abundant senior activities

An active mind, body, and social life awaits in the Fresno independent living community of your choice. From volunteering opportunities to group outings, A Place for Mom’s in-network Fresno communities have something for everyone:

  • Daily activity calendars
  • Karaoke nights
  • Volunteering opportunities
  • Exercise classes
  • Happy hours
  • Shopping trips
  • Banking outings
  • Movie nights
  • Walking clubs
  • Interest groups
  • Continuing education classes
  • Technology classes
  • Holiday and birthday celebrations
  • Religious services

Fresno independent living services and amenities

These charts highlight some of the many care, dining, and entertainment offerings available in Fresno independent living communities. They don’t represent all possible services and amenities available at assisted living communities in Fresno, but support comparisons against nationwide offerings. Our Senior Living Advisors can help you find communities that fit your preferences.

Availability of select dietary accommodations in Fresno independent living

Independent living communities help seniors maintain a balanced diet by accommodating their health needs, allergies, and other restrictions. Below you’ll find the percentage of Fresno partners making specific dietary accommodations for seniors compared to the percentage of assisted living partners making those accommodations nationally.
Fresno, CANational
Nutritionist / dietician
Nutritionist / dietician
23.3%
19.5%
Low / no sodium
Low / no sodium
30.2%
32.5%
No sugar
No sugar
27.9%
30%
Vegetarian
Vegetarian
39.5%
31.8%
Pureed meals
Pureed meals
16.3%
7.2%
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Availability of select dining options in Fresno independent living

Our independent living communities know that seniors want top-quality meals and options for how they dine. The chart below indicates the percentage of Fresno communities that offer dining options to their discerning residents compared to our partners nationally.
Fresno, CANational
Professional chef
Professional chef
32.6%
34.6%
Restaurant style dining
Restaurant style dining
34.9%
41.5%
Room service
Room service
32.6%
35.1%
Anytime dining
Anytime dining
16.3%
16.3%
0.0%20.0%40.0%60.0%80.0%100%

Availability of select programs and activities in Fresno independent living

Senior living communities offer a variety of programming to keep seniors socially, mentally, and physically vibrant. The chart below shows what percentage of partnered independent living communities in Fresno offer the selected activities, amenities, and programs compared to the percentage of partners nationwide.
Fresno, CANational
Activity director
Activity director
34.9%
43.3%
Pet-focused programs
Pet-focused programs
30.2%
27%
Community service programs
Community service programs
27.9%
31.3%
Devotional activities on-site
Devotional activities on-site
44.2%
47.1%
Parties / BBQs / happy hour
Parties / BBQs / happy hour
37.2%
48%
Outings / off-site activities
Outings / off-site activities
39.5%
52.9%
Piano or organ
Piano or organ
30.2%
41.2%
Arts and crafts center
Arts and crafts center
20.9%
36%
Educational speakers / life long learning
Educational speakers / life long learning
34.9%
39.8%
Clubs / games / karaoke
Clubs / games / karaoke
34.9%
45.6%
Live performances
Live performances
37.2%
45.3%
Dances
Dances
23.3%
30.8%
Fitness center
Fitness center
25.6%
38.4%
Fitness classes
Fitness classes
34.9%
45.1%
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Unfamiliar with Fresno? Highlights for seniors

95,446

Number of seniors over the age of 65 currently living in Fresno

18%
Approximately 18% of the Fresno population consists of seniors 65 and older.
42%
Approximately 42% of Fresno households speak a language other than English at home[02]

Health care for seniors in Fresno

You can find a medical center that works for you in Fresno, and some are even located conveniently near our partner independent living communities. Browse the following options, from a cardiology specialist to a veteran-specific clinic.

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Community Regional Medical Center

Community Regional Medical Center is a general medical and surgical hospital. It’s also a teaching hospital that ranks highly for adult needs such as heart failure, stroke, and uterine cancer surgery.

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Fresno Heart and Surgical Hospital

Fresno Heart and Surgical Hospital is a heart facility in the Community Regional Medical Center network. They have dozens of private suites for patients and are located across the street from an advanced diagnostic laboratory.

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Kaiser Permanente Fresno Medical Center

Kaiser Permanente Fresno Medical Center is a general medical and surgical hospital. It ranks highly for adult needs such as heart failure, kidney failure, stroke, and pneumonia.

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Fresno Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Fresno Veterans Affairs Medical Center is a general medical and surgical hospital. Veterans have 24-hour access to care, including psychiatric and specialty health care, each day of the week.

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Transportation for seniors in Fresno

Fresno has a few bike-friendly routes and walkable areas, but it’s mostly considered a car-dependent city.[09] If you’d rather not rely on your own vehicle, 100% of A Place for Mom’s in-network Fresno independent living communities provide complimentary transportation services. This service is a safe and convenient way for residents to run errands and participate in community outings.

If you have friends visiting or you wish to go on an adventure, the city of Fresno offers the following senior-friendly public transportation options.

Fresno Area Express (FAX)

The Fresno Area Express (or FAX) is the local public transportation service. Every bus can accommodate seniors and people with physical disabilities, and you’ll find routes throughout the city. There’s also a paratransit service, called Handy Ride, that can help you if you need more assistance than FAX provides. The following FAX features can be found on all buses to help you and your visitors get around Fresno:

  • Priority seating for seniors
  • Space to transport mobility devices
  • Bike racks
  • Ramps and lifts
  • Bus drivers who can provide assistance with mobility devices, getting on, and getting off

Taxis, Uber, or Lyft

Lyft and Uber are the shared-ride services typically readily available in Fresno. Both are great options for seniors and visitors who want to get around without depending on their own cars. Local Uber services are especially common in the area, and some Uber options allow you to schedule rides ahead of time.

If you opt to use a taxi service instead, you can apply for the local Senior Scrip Program through the Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission (EOC). This program is exclusively for seniors who are at least 70 years of age, and it provides a 75% discount on rides. These are the current Fresno taxi services that participate in the Senior Scrip Program:

  • Alpha Cab
  • Fresno EOC Taxi
  • Checker Cab
  • Fresno Cab
  • Sierra Vista Cab
  • American Eagle Taxi
  • Green Point Taxi
  • Taxi Rosa

Walk Score — Fresno’s transportation ratings

Below are Walk Score’s transit rankings for Fresno. These numbers paint a picture of the local environment and how accessible your preferred transportation methods are. Walk Score ranks cities from zero to 100 based on how easy it is to use and access each transportation method. Higher scores point to a particularly accessible Fresno transportation option.[09]

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Walk Score

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Transit Score

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Bike Score

Senior activities in Fresno

Nested in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley, Fresno is only a 40-minute drive to spellbinding Yosemite and the stunning Sierra National Forest. It’s also just a 3-hour drive away from cities like Santa Cruz and Los Angeles. Fresno is at the heart of an expansive Californian playground.

Curate your ideal Fresno retirement with the local highlights below, and see why Fresno has more than enough for seniors to claim it as their home. You can also peruse the helpful Fresno County Visitors Guide for more locally favored attractions.

Outdoor opportunities

From golf courses to botanical gardens, you and your visitors have many peaceful outdoor opportunities in Fresno:

  • Blossom Trail is a popular scenic driving and biking route through orchards with plentiful springtime blossoms.
  • San Joaquin River Trail allows hikers to explore in any direction and experience grand views.
  • Clovis Botanical Garden is a collection of themed displays, including a Mediterranean garden and a calming sensory garden.
  • Woodward Park is the city’s largest park. It’s known for its dog park, walking trails, and a Japanese garden.
  • Riverside Golf Course offers tournaments, events, and golfing lessons.
  • Airways Golf Course offers small greens and brief courses that can accommodate a range of ages and abilities.
  • San Joaquin Country Club has an exclusive membership that offers a picturesque golf course, grand event spaces, and fine dining.

Lively entertainment

Local casinos, sporting events, and live performances can be found throughout the city:

A vibrant senior community in Fresno

Connect with other seniors and immerse yourself in the diversity of Fresno at these popular locations:

Must-sees for newcomers and visitors

Explore Fresno’s iconic attractions with your visitors, including the local zoo and Old Town:

  • Fresno Chaffee Zoo offers more than wildlife exhibits. From local brewery tastings to private events, you can create your own experience at this popular spot.
  • Tower District is a popular walkable area full of coffee shops, storefronts, and eateries.
  • Old Town Clovis is known for its Vintage and Antiques District, historic streets, and lively evening scene.
  • Kearney Mansion Museum paints a picture of the area’s agricultural history and offers walkable public grounds and guided tours.
  • Forestiere Underground Gardens lies under the city, boasting courtyards, stone walls, and tunnels that lead you to pristine gardens.

Frequently Asked Questions

Truewood by Merrill, Clovis, Cogir of Cedar Creek and Fairwinds - Woodward Park are the top-rated Independent Living facilities near Fresno, CA. These Independent Living facilities received the highest rankings based on verified family reviews. See full list of communities.

The average cost of Independent Living in Fresno is $3,143 per month. This cost may vary based on location, amenities, floorplan, level of care and other factors.

References

  1. A Place for Mom. (2023). A Place for Mom proprietary data.

  2. United States Census Bureau. (2021). Fresno city profile. American Community Survey.

  3. U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. What’s Medicare? Medicare.gov.

  4. State of California Health and Human Services Agency. Department of Social Services. (2008). Manual of Policies and Procedures Community Care Licensing Division: Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFE), Title 22, Division 6, Chapter 8.

  5. Intergenerational Housing for Senior Citizens, California Civil Code § 51.3.5 (1988 & rev. 2017).

  6. California Department of Justice. (2003, November). Legal rights of persons with disabilities, 4th edition.

  7. ADA Solutions. (2022). California ADA requirements. SureWerx.

  8. U.S. World and News Report. (2023). Best hospitals in Fresno, California.

  9. Walk Score. (2023). Living in Fresno.

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A Place for Mom. (2023). A Place for Mom proprietary data.

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United States Census Bureau. (2021). Fresno city profile. American Community Survey.

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U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. What’s Medicare? Medicare.gov.

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Intergenerational Housing for Senior Citizens, California Civil Code § 51.3.5 (1988 & rev. 2017).

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California Department of Justice. (2003, November). Legal rights of persons with disabilities, 4th edition.

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ADA Solutions. (2022). California ADA requirements. SureWerx.

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U.S. World and News Report. (2023). Best hospitals in Fresno, California.

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Walk Score. (2023). Living in Fresno.