Assisted Living in California

The Assisted Living Directory features consumer reviews, photos and descriptions of services offered by each facility in California in order to help you find the right accommodations and care for your loved one. AgingCare’s average customer rating for communities in California is 4.2 stars based on 7,466 consumer reviews.

There are over 5,852 assisted living facilities to choose from in California. The average cost for assisted living in California is $3,750 per month, which is below the national average of $3,892 per month.

Median Monthly Cost of Assisted Living in California

Los Angeles$3,238
San Diego$3,268
San Francisco$3,683
Financial Assistance in CaliforniaFinancial Assistance Available Available
Cost Information Provided by Genworth 2015 Cost of Care Survey

Information and Resources for Assisted Living in California

California facilities listed in the Assisted Living DirectoryCommunities 5,852
Assisted Living Regulating BodyCalifornia Health and Human Services Agency, Department of Social Services, Community Care Facilities
% of Population with Alzheimer's11%
2015 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures

How Do You Pay For Assisted Living in California?

Care in a California assisted living community is typically paid for by a resident’s private funds (e.g. savings, 401(k), pension, Social Security, etc.), long-term care insurance, and in some cases, VA benefits.

The state of California offers The Assisted Living Waiver Program (ALWP) through Medi-Cal that provides assisted living care for seniors ages 65 and older and disabled individuals ages 21-64. They must currently live in or qualify for nursing home care, but not so much care that it would be challenging or more costly to provide in an assisted living environment. Most recipients are also responsible for paying their own room and board. This program is available state-wide, but there are not providers in every county. Applicants must be willing to live in one of the ten counties with qualifying facilities: Alameda, Contra Costa, Fresno, Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, or Sonoma.

California Assisted Living Licensing Regulations

Department Charged with Licensing and InspectionsCalifornia Health and Human Services Agency, Department of Social Services, Community Care Facilities
Required Employee ScreeningYes
Frequency of Inspections 
Upon Initial LicensingYes
Various Intervals Depending on Facility PerformanceYes
Every 5 YearsYes
Following a ComplaintYes