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A resort-style, maintenance-free retirement awaits seniors looking for independent living communities in Los Angeles, California. Independent living facilities are senior-only communities that are similar to senior apartments but with more convenient services. They don’t typically offer care services, but some communities have connections with third-party care services. Many Los Angeles independent living communities exist on the same campus as assisted living and memory care communities, which can provide access to care services should you need them later.
This all-inclusive guide to Los Angeles independent living has detailed information on 31 of A Place for Mom’s in-network communities, all within a 10-mile radius of the Los Angeles city center. This guide walks you through Los Angeles independent living costs, ways that seniors pay for independent living, local senior-specific resources, California laws and regulations, and what to expect from your Los Angeles retirement.
Types of care available in Los Angeles, CA
What our family likes the most about the Foothill Retirement community is all the team work between the staff members working there. Friendly and staff that will help care for my mom's needed especially having the understanding to care for dementia seniors. Staff also understands family's concerns. Based on the experience so far, we would recommend this community to other families.
We picked this community because of, the quality of staff, and the ability to meet needs of both my loved ones. Mom is treated with dignity and encouraged to participate in activities. The staff are loving and attentive. Dad has found community outside the memory care side, which is where they both live for mom's care.
Garden of Palms community is absolutely lovely. The meals and dining service is excellent, and they activities they have for the residents are also excellent. We would absolutely recommend this community to others.
11620 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066
It was an extremely good price value for the care my mother received at Vista Del Sol. The place was always clean, she got good meds and medical care, and she was left alone which is what she prefers. ...
Vista Del Sol Health Services and its continuum of health services has been a vital part of the West Los Angeles Healthcare community since 1980, providing a full spectrum of care for geriatric clients and their families.· Assisted Living
4061 Grand View Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066
What we like the most about the Ivy Park at Culver City is the staff members. We really like all of the staff members that are working there and based on the experience we have had so far, we would recommend...
A Sunrise Senior Living "Villa" community specializing in Assisted Living and Memory care focusing on low to moderate Alzheimer' or dementia. Rated by THE GILBERT GUIDE as the premier Assisted Living facility in California.Our resident-driven programming, meals, and surroundings were designed to...
5645 Lindley Ave, Tarzana, CA 91356
Top of the line customer service and attention to detail that really helped reassure me when placing my cousin in this facility. The property is gorgeous but the staff and administration is what made us...
AvantGarde Senior Living and Memory Care is a premier community offering Independent Living, Assisted Living, & Memory Care and Respite Care. We are centrally located in the greater San Fernando Valley close to all major freeways and West Los Angeles. Tarzana Providence, Encino Hospitals and...
851 4th St, Santa Monica, CA 90403
Our love done moved in right before COVID, so we have not been able to visit for awhile, but we do know our loved one is happy there. Sometimes it is a little hard for us to get a hold of the staff. When we...
Bentley Suites by Specialized Community HealthcareBentley Suites offers highly trained professionals, including an RN, Medical Director, Pharmacy Consultant, Nutrition Director, and Activity Director 24/7. The facility also offers all of the amenities enjoyed in a modern Residential Care Facility...
535 W Broadway, Glendale, CA 91204
A very lovely designed living area. Lots of green living plants, koi fish in the pond, 3 beautiful outdoor areas. Plenty of comfortable furniture in the shared areas. Beautiful art on the walls. Affordable,...
"The Broadview is a Happy Place" Our theme song sung to the tune of "Happy Days are Here Again," describes our beautiful home. Here, you will find a pool room, chapel, fitness center, video and book libraries, resident computer and online services, art studio, large screen movie room, resident...
10631 Vinedale St, Sun Valley, CA 91352
The tour guide was knowledgeable about the community and what they had to offer. I liked the setting of the place and the cleanliness. The tour guide showed me some of the open rooms, activities center and...
Villa Scalabrini Retirement Center in Sun Valley, CA was opened for residents' occupancy on July 16, 1979. The 90- room facility, capable of accommodating up to 130 ambulatory senior citizens in single and some double occupancy rooms, is based on the concept that seniors should spend the sunset...
1231 South Alvarado Street, Los Angeles, CA 90006
My mother is having an amazing time at this facility. They are very clean, the food is amazing and we truly enjoying having our mother at this facility.
We promise a comfortable, beautiful and luscious living. Welcome to a world where your utter satisfaction is our major goal. We are not just people promising to bring to you a wonderful life but we also make sure that you witness the bright light of the dawn. Here at Promise Assisted Living,...
5711 Reseda Blvd, Tarzana, CA 91356
My father, who had been living at Brookdale for a couple of years, had surgery which landed him in a rehab facility for nearly 5 months. At [age removed], he was in pretty bad shape but the staff at...
It’s good to be home.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 Tarzana, California, could be right for you. Here you’ll have assistance with medications, dressing and bathing, as well as services...
413 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90402
I'm very happy with Meridian. The staff is always on top of things. They note every problem, any bit of resistance. They inform me, and I'm quite happy with the good communication network they've...
Preservation of Personal Dignity & Enhancement of Quality of Life is our Primary Goal.' Ocean Villa's purpose is to create an atmosphere as close to that which you or your loved one would enjoy at home. As a state-licensed Assisted Living Home for ambulatory and non-ambulatory seniors, we offer...
18700 Burbank Boulevard, Tarzana, CA 91356
The staff at Brookdale Gardens Tarzana treats the residents with kindness and respect. It's a smaller community where residents are treated more as individuals than they are at larger places we've looked...
Here, you’ll never stop growing.If you’re looking for an Assisted Living community where you can redefine your independence, then our community in Tarzana, California, might be the right fit for you. Take control of your time and do the things you want to do. Whether that’s connecting with new...
2107 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90405
The community is sometimes short on staff. The Executive Director always has an open door to discuss things with anybody. They have activities available for the residents and some include: bridge,...
Brookdale Ocean House is an ocean-side assisted living community in Santa Monica. Many of our apartments have amazing ocean views. If food is important to you, you won’t be disappointed. Our Director of Dining Services, Joe Saldana, won best Chef de Cuisine in Southern California two years in a...
17300 Roscoe Blvd, Northridge, CA 91325
The people at Cedars Assisted Living are great! It appears that they are trying to maintain the building, however, the rugs really need to be replaced. It is time for them to do something with the high...
Cedars Assisted LivingCedars Assisted Living is an assisted living community located in the beautiful town of Northridge, Los Angeles County, California. Our community is located in a peaceful area where you can sit and enjoy the beautiful mountains. It is a great place to live, and the perfect...
515 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Overall CityView is a great place and my Mom enjoys being there. [name removed] was amazing. The staff are very personable. Area for improvement: Staff need to better communicate resident's changes (ie....
Vibrant Senior Living in the Heart of LA Located in one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Southern California just east of Beverly Hills, CityView residents enjoy visiting The Grove, LACMA and the Original Farmer's Market. Our community features spectacular views of the city and its...
9221 Arleta Ave, Arleta, CA 91331
Parents have lived here for 3 years. Caring for elders in a respectful manner is practiced here. Japanese food options for lunches and dinners. Gated, walled safe property, large gardens. Highly rec'd
Nikkei Senior Gardens. Created for you.Nikkei Senior Gardens is located in the city of Arleta, a quiet residential community in the San Fernando Valley. This vibrant neighborhood serves as a multicultural assisted living community for those seeking a bit of extra help to maximize their...
205 E. Los Feliz Rd., Glendale, CA 91205
This place is great! Have been here for a month and the food is so well planned and taste delicious. I love the way staff is right on time for my needs . The owner and family have been very helpful and ...
1222 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
8757 Burton Way, Los Angeles, CA 90048
I have found Carmel to be a very comfortable, friendly and helpful facility. It is very clean, the staff and management treat residents with respect and show a sincere interest in each resident. The food is...
Since 1978, we have offered a great alternative for seniors who may need additional assistance with their daily routines, medication management, bathing and dressing or personal hygiene, yet do not require the intensive services of a skilled nursing facility. With the assistance of...
8750 Burton Way, Los Angeles, CA 90048
I have just finished helping my mother, who is 92, move into Beverly Carmel South. You know the building is attractive and well-maintained ahead of time. You hope, first, that the staff will be caring,...
Since 1978, we have offered a great alternative for seniors who may need additional assistance with their daily routines, medication management, bathing and dressing or personal hygiene, yet do not require the intensive services of a skilled nursing facility. With the assistance of our...
330 N. Hayworth Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90048-2702
12120 Chandler Blvd., Valley Village, CA 91607
12229 Chandler Boulevard, Valley Village, CA 91607
Good value coupled with a kind and attentive staff. My 84 yo mother has been a resident for 2 years and has enjoyed her stay. During spring months we enjoy sitting in the lovely interior courtyard or...
Royal Bellingham is one of the finest European style assisted and retirement living facilities in the valley. Our warm and courteous staff treat each resident with dignity and respect.An elegant dining room with three restaurant style prepared meals.Tastefully decorated room available in a...
823 N Poinsettia Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90046
829 N Alta Vista Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046
8755 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035
They really are a great facility! They work so incredibly hard to accomodate needs, and fix any issues. They communicate really well, too. I visit twice a week, and have no complaints about their care or...
Sunny Hills welcomes you at the front door with familiar sights, sounds and aromas of home. There are freshly baked cookies at the Bistro, lively conversations in the parlor, laughter in the library and a helping hand when you need it.
8717 West Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035
The average cost that seniors paid for A Place for Mom’s partner Los Angeles independent living facilities between 2022 and 2023 was $5,545 per month, according to our proprietary data. This cost includes room and board in addition to any extra fees and add-ons, like pet rent and upgraded amenities.
Independent living costs vary depending on location, floor plan, and included luxuries. The features below may be included in your baseline independent living monthly costs:
Though communities vary on what they include in their baseline, typical add-on fees might include the following:
The numbers below can help you compare baseline costs for Los Angeles area independent living communities. Baseline costs do not include care costs or add-on fees, like our proprietary figure above.
Most people combine their income sources to cover their independent living costs, e.g., personal income sources with options such as veterans benefits. Because independent living communities don’t provide care services, this type of senior living isn’t covered by Medi-Cal, Medicare, or long-term care insurance. However, health care insurance may help you pay for your medically necessary home health care services if you ever grow to need such.
Browse the sections below to learn about your options, including private pay, veterans benefits, Medi-Cal, and Medicare.
Your personal sources of income may include savings accounts, investment returns, pensions, Social Security benefits, and any of the sources explained below. Some of these options can be combined to cover your independent living costs.
Independent living communities are essentially senior apartments with more amenities and services, so they don’t need to be licensed as a senior care community. The exception is if an independent living community shares a campus with other senior care facilities, such as assisted living and memory care.
In California, if your independent living community shares the same campus with a senior care facility, it must have a Residential Care Facility for the Elderly (RCFE) license through the California Department of Social Services, also known as the CDSS. With this license, the senior care facility must comply with the following regulations:
If you would like to learn more about assisted living regulations and the Residential Care Facility license in California, visit the Regulations section of our Los Angeles assisted living page.
The owners of independent living communities must provide their renters with safe and well-maintained housing, just as they would for seniors renting a house or apartment. The following are some examples of the regulations you can expect at a stand-alone independent living community rental in California:
According to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), landlords must consent to reasonable accommodations and modifications for persons with disabilities. Landlords must pay for accommodations and certain structural modifications of common areas, while the renter should pay for certain structural modifications to their individual unit.
Accommodations involve changes to community procedures that might restrict disabled individuals from access if not changed. Some examples of accommodations include the following:
Modifications involve changes to the structure of the building, common areas, or individual units. Here are some examples of such modifications:
The following are some other protections granted to renters under the Americans with Disabilities Act (or ADA):
The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) inspects Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RFCE) annually and within 10 days of receiving a complaint. While the inspections won’t apply to the independent living area of the RCFE, they will apply to the areas that are licensed as assisted living communities.
Assisted living communities that are licensed as a Residential Care Facility for the Elderly 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,” select the “Facility Type” and “Los Angeles County,” and then click on the search button. You can also search by facility name or address.
1616 Capitol Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95899-7377
Los Angeles asks residents to stay up to date with vaccines, to get tested if symptoms are suspected, and to wear a mask in public. Read Los Angeles County Public Health’s current COVID-19 guidelines for frequently updated information.
Stand-alone independent living communities may have their own COVID-19 guidelines in place, so contact your prospective community directly if you want to learn more. If you’d like to learn about the guidelines for the assisted living wings in a shared independent living community you’re considering, check out the Regulations section of the Los Angeles assisted living page.
Number of in-network assisted living facilities in market
You have many wonderful options for your Los Angeles retirement. A Place for Mom’s network of Los Angeles independent living partners range from stand-alone communities to those with a full scope of personal care services. With A Place for Mom, you’ll easily find local communities with unique offerings — like boutique hotel living with plenty of tailored, resort-style amenities, services, and dining options. For example, some communities are completely Kosher-certified.
Los Angeles stand-alone independent living communities are similar to senior apartments regarding the layout, the freedom to come and go as you please, and the senior-specific amenities. These exclusive senior living communities typically don’t provide personal care services directly, though they may offer on-site access to third-party home care agencies. Among our partner independent living communities in Los Angeles, three of them are stand-alone — for truly independent seniors without current need for personal home care services.
Choosing a community with tiered care options means you’ll have access to senior care services without having to move to a new community when your needs change. You may only need to move to a different wing on the same campus to receive care services. In A Place for Mom’s Los Angeles network, there are 28 independent living communities that also offer assisted living and memory care services on the same campus.
After budgeting for retirement in this expensive city, you can be as specific as you want when choosing your ideal independent living community. Regarding the physical layout, our in-network offerings look similar to senior apartment communities. You can choose ground- or upper-level apartment-style rooms that range from studio to one-bedroom floor plans.
Los Angeles is home to independent living facilities that rise above the senior living stereotype. You can find communities for all walks of life, interests, and even denominations. For instance, Los Angeles has several Jewish independent living communities, with Kosher-certified kitchens, cuisine, and religious services.
There are also communities located in historic districts and some that offer boutique hotel-like senior living. Or, you can opt for a laid-back apartment style setting. You can choose from communities in desirable, upscale neighborhoods, like Beverly Hills and the heart of Los Angeles, for a more prestigious, resort-style experience. And for budget-friendly options, you can choose from communities in more affordable neighborhoods, like Santa Monica and Glendale. Wherever you choose to settle, never-ending beaches, vistas, and breathtaking West Coast sunsets are never far away.
Seniors can enjoy an abundance of senior-specific amenities in Los Angeles independent living communities. These communities lend themselves to building new relationships, staying active, and enjoying a maintenance-free retirement among peers. Pet friends are also invited to join your retirement, as 90% of A Place for Mom’s in-network Los Angeles independent living communities are pet-friendly.
Full-service beauty salons, barber shops, pools, gyms, and spas are among the most common features in Los Angeles independent living communities. Relax after taking a dip in heated outdoor swimming pools, or break a sweat in the professionally supervised fitness center. Some communities even offer manicures, private massages, and facials as part of their spa and salon experiences. Beloved pups are also welcome to enjoy a pampered lifestyle with features like dog wash stations.
Your future independent living community grounds have much to offer. Enjoy a gourmet meal on a covered restaurant-style patio, get cozy by the outdoor fireplace, or stroll along paved walking paths through the landscaped courtyards. When it’s time to explore off campus, access the community’s own transportation options, which might even include a personal limousine service. This is Los Angeles after all.
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Seniors in Los Angeles are near a number of nationally ranked hospitals and medical centers. Several of these centers also have specific programs for seniors or are nationally ranked in geriatric care.
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is a teaching hospital that provides general medical and surgical care. They’re rated as the No. 1 hospital in Los Angeles, and they’re nationally ranked for cardiology, orthopedics, and pulmonology. They also have a geriatrics program that provides individual care plans and free classes for seniors.
Keck Medical Center of USC is the No. 3 hospital in Los Angeles. It’s a teaching hospital with both a medical surgical intensive care unit and a cardiac intensive care unit. They’re nationally ranked for cancer surgeries, cardiology, and geriatrics.
In Los Angeles, 90% of A Place for Mom’s partner independent living facilities offer either at-cost or complimentary transportation services. These transportation services provide a secure and convenient way for you to run errands and get around the city without having to drive. Driving in Los Angeles is notoriously stressful due to the heavy traffic at all hours, so these services are especially valued.
And on days when driving isn’t necessary, you can easily access bike-friendly routes and walkable areas in Los Angeles from our partner communities. You can also access Los Angeles’ popular public transportation hubs, some with senior-specific services. Both Union Station Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Metro are popular public transportation hubs, and many of their options have senior discounts. Browse the following transportation options offered at each of these locations:
Los Angeles also has senior-specific transportation options:
The figures below represent the ease of Los Angeles’ transportation methods, according to WalkScore. Scores range from zero to 100, with higher numbers indicating a more accessible method of transportation.
Make each day of your Los Angeles retirement full of purpose. This city has something for all retirees. Be inspired every day with an abundance of world-class art and history museums, as well as a full scope of outdoor activities, entertainment, and sporting events. Find your new favorite relaxing beach, go on an exciting coastline adventure, or enjoy a laid-back lifestyle among senior centers and the locals’ favorite restaurants. Dining is as world-class as it is culturally dynamic in Los Angeles.
No matter your interests, you can find your niche in the global capital that is Los Angeles. Read on for more details and highlights of the area.
Los Angeles has many wheelchair-accessible museums that also offer accessibility guides. Art displays, interactive science exhibits, and significantly historic artifacts can be found right in town.
If you’re looking to fulfill an active lifestyle, Los Angeles has many hiking trails, parks, and stunning scenery to choose from:
The Los Angeles Lakers, Dodgers, and Rams are the city’s most popular sports teams. Spend a day at a baseball game in Dodger Stadium, watch the Lakers play in the Crypto.com Arena, or cheer on the Rams in SoFi Stadium.
Golf enthusiasts will be pleased to know that the well-known PGA Tour is hosted locally. Just a 25 minute drive from downtown in LA’s coastal Pacific Palisades neighborhood, you can catch the Southern California stop of this popular world tour.
Live like an Angeleno and explore these relaxing, day-to-day options:
The average cost of Independent Living in Los Angeles is 4,840 per month. This cost may vary based on location, amenities, floorplan, level of care and other factors.
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