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Sacramento, California, is known as America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital and the City of Trees. The state capital is a wonderful place to enjoy a fulfilling yet laid-back retirement, as it’s known for expansive public parks, farmers markets, museums, and its lively art and music scene. Of course, Sacramento also has plenty of wineries and breweries to be enjoyed with family, friends, and your new neighbors.
Senior apartments are rental communities exclusively for seniors ages 55 years and older. Sacramento offers a variety of desirable senior apartments that accommodate a range of budgets and lifestyles. From renting in the heart of the capital to choosing a quaint community in the surrounding suburbs, you can find a new lifestyle that fits. If you or a loved one are in need of senior housing in addition to care services that senior apartments don’t provide, consider looking into Sacramento’s assisted living communities.
Find everything you need to know about Sacramento senior apartments in this all-inclusive guide. Our partner listings within a 10-mile radius of the Sacramento city center and details on popular suburbs farther out paint a helpful picture of Sacramento senior living scene. The guide also includes Sacramento senior apartment costs, payment tips, senior resources, and an in-depth overview of what your Sacramento retirement could be like.
Types of care available in Sacramento, CA
My community is nice and quiet and I have met a lot of nice people. I am on my own and my apartment is approximately 600 sq feet with a good kitchen and dishwasher. They have an elevator available. They have a monthly calendar with activities and outings listed. There is going to be a luau this month. The staff are nice and it has been a nice so far.
Quiet, friendly, beautiful grounds
Vintage Laguna had been great! I'm satisfied with the staff, care they provide, services, cleanliness of the facility, just everything. My loved one really likes it too, which is what's important.
5601 Natomas Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95835
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We live in the Villias which are perfect for us. The staff are all friendly and they are quick too meet our needs. It's a great location, near lots of stores and shopping.
The BEST in SENIOR Apartments! Carefree Senior Living apartment communities are the ideal destination for adults looking to have FUN, enjoy life, and have new adventures. Whatever your definition of fun is, you will live the life you've always dreamed of and deserve at Carefree Senior Living...
5120 Marconi Ave, Carmichael, CA 95608
At Emerson Place Apartments the staff is very friendly. The grounds are well maintained. I've only been here a month but so far so good.
This small 40 unit complex has been family built and managed since 1987! Gorgeous grounds complete with an outdoor heated spa and a lap pool located by the clubhouse, where there is always hot coffee and neighbors to chat with! Designed for active seniors, the apartments each have their own...
1180 Corporate Way, Sacramento, CA 95831
After Eskaton gave us three days to get my dad out or pay over $350 per day, Greenhaven Terrace helped us get dad a hospital bed and an evaluation on a Friday afternoon. Everyone was so helpful and nice.
Welcome to ACC Greenhaven Terrace, an apartment community designed to promote the active lifestyles of individuals aged 62 years and better. Keeping busy is easy with Water Aerobics, Yoga, Tai Chi or just a relaxed game of Bingo. Our property is conveniently located near...
6465 Village Center Drive, Sacramento, CA 95823
We had a small problem at first that has since been taken care of. The community is very clean and the staff very friendly. Its a good value with activities we can participate in if we want. Being an...
Fantastic RENOVATIONS Underway & Near Completion!Come see what’s new at CREEKSIDE VILLAGE APARTMENTSAffordable Luxury 1 & 2 Bedroom Senior Apartment Homes.Friendly, 55+ Senior Gated Community. Spectacular Rents within your budget!!
6000 South Land Park Drive, Sacramento, CA 95822
I lived at Vintage Glen 10 years, the time was amazing. The last 6 years our manager, [name removed] did a fantastic job. She is always here for the residents, and has done so much to upgrade us. The...
6254 66th Ave, Sacramento, CA 95823
The residents for the most part are happy and friendly and the care givers are caring. There are activities for the residents on most days so they stay as busy as they want to. One of the biggest things is they offer several church related services e...
1230 N St, Sacramento, CA 95814
if my son deceases, and my health holds up, this is the place i would move.
Park PlacePark Place is a 62+ community located in Sacramento, Sacramento County, CA. Sacramento is known for its rich history, major museums and dynamic arts and culture scene. Old Sacramento, the oldest part of the city, showcases quaint cobbled streets and numerous historic buildings, many...
2515 J St, Sacramento, CA 95816
420 I St, Sacramento, CA 95814
1525 Merkley Ave, West Sacramento, CA 95691
The average cost of senior living in Sacramento is 1,178 per month. Cheaper nearby regions include Carmichael, CA with an average of 1,335 per month.
Planning ahead can better position you to make good choices for your loved one’s care in the future. But if your aging family member needs care now, there are ways to finance the cost of long-term care through a combination of approaches.
Senior apartments offer a no-frills housing option for active and independent seniors. Units are often designed with senior-friendly features for accessibility, such as elevators and wide doorways. In general, senior apartments don’t provide health care services or daily assistance. Many senior apartments include:
Between 2022 and 2023, the average cost that renters paid for our network’s Sacramento senior apartments was $2,004 per month. This number from A Place for Mom’s proprietary data includes rent, fees, and add-ons like pet rent. It’s important to note that some Sacramento senior apartments may have additional fees, so it’s worth looking into the possibility with your prospective apartment complex.
The monthly cost of your senior apartment in Sacramento may include or be impacted by the following:
You can also find the starting costs for Sacramento senior apartments reflected in the numbers below. Please note that starting costs don’t necessarily include add-ons like on-site services and pet rent. These figures are helpful to compare baseline costs locally.
You may be able to combine your personal finances with certain state and federal benefits to cover rent in a senior apartment. For instance, veterans benefits and public housing assistance may apply to you. However, please note that Medi-Cal, Medicare, and long-term care insurance don’t cover the costs of senior apartments since these communities don’t provide care services. Instead, these programs help seniors pay for in-home health care services.
Below, you can find private pay, veterans benefits, housing assistance, and both Medi-Cal and Medicare information for seniors.
Your sources of personal income, like savings accounts, investment returns, pensions, and Social Security benefits may be used to pay for rent in a senior apartment. In addition, any of the following methods may be used:
Make a confident choice as a renter by taking time to understand how laws govern Sacramento senior apartments. In this section, we outline your rights as a renter and standards for apartment quality. We also recommend looking at the California Tenants Guide from the California State Department of Real Estate (DRE), which is a complete guide to all of the laws associated with renting in California.
Just like in standard apartments, local and federal laws apply to landlords and senior apartment renters in Sacramento. The difference with senior apartments is that at least one person living in the unit must be at least 55 years old.
As a renter, the following also apply:
Sacramento County’s Rental Housing Inspection Program (RHIP) inspects each residential rental property in the area, including senior apartments. In addition, each senior apartment is required to register with RHIP. As rental properties, Sacramento senior apartments are required to have the following facilities and utilities:
Seniors with disabilities have additional rights when renting senior apartments. These protections under the law include but are not limited to the following rights:
Included as a reasonable apartment accommodation is the ability for tenants to have a service animal. Service animals are trained to help people in different ways, including physical and emotional support. The following information may help seniors who plan to live with a service animal in their senior apartment:
Sacramento doesn’t currently have a mask mandate in place. However, they do have guidelines for isolation and quarantine in Sacramento County’s COVID Guidance PDF to prevent the spread. Check for updated guidelines on Sacramento County’s website. The current guidelines for public spaces include the following:
Vaccinations. Staying up to date with COVID-19 vaccines is strongly recommended.
Masking. Sacramento County recommends wearing a mask for 10 days if you test positive for or have been exposed to COVID-19.
Quarantining. Sacramento County recommends staying home for at least five days if you test positive for COVID-19, regardless of your vaccination status. You must also stay home for five days if you come into contact with someone with the virus.
Number of in-network assisted living facilities in market
You’ll find a mix of high-end and affordable senior apartments in Sacramento, all designed exclusively for seniors at least 55 years of age. Whether you prefer studio apartments in high-rise complexes or garden-style apartments, you can choose between a range of apartment styles and find the right fit for you. Or, you can venture a little farther away from the Sacramento city center to experience a slower-paced suburban retirement experience with desirable senior apartment amenities.
You’ll find several residential senior apartment options designed with affordability in mind throughout Sacramento. Though not always our partners, some senior apartments in Sacramento participate in the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) program subsidizing senior housing. These apartments may have smaller floor plans, like studio and one-bedroom layouts, but they include desirable amenities and appliances. Features like community rooms, fitness centers, full kitchens, and on-site laundry facilities are common.
Some of these affordable communities also organize community events and social activities to keep residents engaged with their neighbors. Birthday celebrations, movie nights in the cozy theater room, and community meals in a fully equipped clubhouse are some ways that Sacramento senior apartments help maintain a spirited, social lifestyle.
In several Sacramento senior apartments, you’ll find convenient and enjoyable on-site features. Choose an apartment with a private balcony or patio to enjoy a warm Sacramento summer evening without leaving the comforts of your home. Or, take advantage of your on-site laundry room and the convenience of an on-site business center.
You can also easily find pet-friendly senior apartments in Sacramento, some with spacious landscaping to accommodate you and your furry companion. If large swimming pools and hot tubs are on your must-have list, rest assured that you can find local offerings with Jacuzzi spas and Mediterranean-style pools. Several senior apartments also have business centers for your convenience. Or, you can choose from communities with fun outdoor features like bocce ball courts, tennis courts, or community gardens.
Suburbs such as Elk Grove, Fair Oaks, and Citrus Heights are desirable senior apartment destinations just outside the Sacramento city center. Some of these suburbs also have lower rental rates than in the heart of Sacramento. For example, Carmichael senior apartments cost 22% less than the offerings in the Sacramento city center. If you’re looking for a more budget-friendly option outside of our 10-mile listings radius, A Place for Mom’s in-network senior apartments in the nearby city of Woodland cost 32% less on average than apartments you’ll find in Sacramento.
As a more affordable suburb of Sacramento, Carmichael is growing in popularity. You can experience a quiet suburban lifestyle in addition to nearby farmers markets, nature centers, and botanical gardens. Suburbs like Elk Grove and Fair Oaks lie just a couple miles outside of our 10-mile listings radius, and they’re also starting to become more popular with seniors. You can enjoy the comforts of a senior apartment complex with everything you’d find in the heart of the city while living a relaxed lifestyle out in a suburban neighborhood.
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About 26% of the Sacramento population are seniors age 55+.
About 23% of Sacramento seniors over the age of 65 have a disability.
Below are the top three hospitals in Sacramento. Seniors can find options nationally and locally ranked for geriatric care and other adult procedures.
Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center is the No. 3 hospital in Sacramento. It provides both general and surgical care, and it’s known for its high ratings in areas of adult care such as orthopedics, geriatrics, and kidney failure procedures.
Most people get around Sacramento via their own car or a rideshare service. Some areas like downtown are partially walkable, but the bike paths and level terrain make biking one of the more accessible modes of transportation in this city. Sacramento even has a bike parking map to help you plan ahead.
The Sacramento Regional Transit (SacRT) is another option for seniors and their loved ones. The bus routes and light rail lines are all accessible for seniors and people with disabilities. For instance, all but the 12th and I inbound light rail station have lifts or ramps to help people who have mobility devices. Light rail stations also use Braille signage, door indicators, and warning tiles to assist people who are visually impaired.
SacRT Go Paratransit Services make the city’s public transportation accessible to seniors and people with disabilities. Travel can be scheduled up to two days in advance, and the service gives priority seating. All of SacRT’s buses have ramps and the ability to lower, and there’s room to accommodate individuals’ mobility devices.
You’ll find Sacramento’s transit scores from WalkScore below. They rank cities from zero to 100 based on how accessible each mode of transportation in a given city and how easy it is to use. Higher scores indicate the best transportation options in Sacramento.
Between Sacramento’s ideal weather and its close proximity to the San Francisco Bay Area and Lake Tahoe, there is an abundance of area activity options for a variety of interests. From indoor to outdoor activities, local seniors never run out of things to do. Whether you’re looking for an adventure or a laid-back experience, Sacramento has it all. From wine tastings and performing arts theaters to live music venues and pristine golf courses, you can achieve your ideal California retirement.
Add a little touch of tourism by exploring these must-see Sacramento spots:
Both leisurely and active lifestyles are accommodated by Sacramento’s picturesque outdoor nature reserves, especially along the Sacramento and American rivers. In addition, all public parks in Sacramento County have modifications in place for people with disabilities:
Attend theatrical productions, dress up for the symphony, or see your favorite band. As a stop on most every entertainer’s tour, Sacramento events have it all. Basketball and baseball games are another favored form of entertainment for locals.
Check out some entertainment hot spots in Sacramento:
Begin your Sacramento retirement at a gentler pace by enjoying these engaging yet relaxed activities:
The average cost of Senior Apartments in Sacramento is 1,178 per month. This cost may vary based on location, amenities, floorplan, level of care and other factors.
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