Located on the San Francisco Bay in the heart of the Silicon Valley, Palo Alto is a phenomenal destination for older adults who want to age in place. The city has a population of 65,364, and nearly one in five residents is aged 65 or older, which is slightly higher than the national average.

As the birthplace of the Hewlett Packard tech dynasty, Palo Alto has long been recognized for its educated, cultured and politically aware populace. Local seniors are just 15 miles from San Jose and 35 miles from San Francisco for easy access to world-class medical care and cultural institutions.

Palo Alto has its fair share of attractions, including the historic Arizona Garden at Stanford University, the Museum of American Heritage and several waterfront natural areas. Residents also benefit from a superb year-round climate with warm summers, mild winters and 260 days of sunshine. Seniors who are considering home care in Palo Alto can expect to pay $6,101 per month, which is well above the national average of $4,481 for homemaker services and $4,576 for home health care.

Note: Home care cost data wasn’t available for Palo Alto, so data for the closest city, San Francisco, was used.

At Caring.com, we’ve compiled a comprehensive directory of every home care provider in the Palo Alto area – complete with types of care provided, services offered and reviews from families who’ve actually used the service. In addition to our in-depth provider listings, we’ve compiled a list of resources to help seniors and their families access all the tools they need to age in place safely and gracefully.

Directory of Home Care Services in Palo Alto, CA

2019, 2020, 2021

Home Helpers of SC Valley

19925 Stevens Creek Blvd, #100, Cupertino, CA, 95014

They take too long to respond to get our needs. I think they are compassionate and fast learners. They are very experienced.
They take too long to respond to get our needs. I think they are compassionate and fast learners. They are very experienced.

2017, 2018, 2019, 2021

Family Matters In-Home Care

2155 S. Bascom Ave. Suite 116, Campbell, CA, 95008

I contacted Oscar/Family Matters about 8pm on a Friday evening for some help to start the next morning. He worked diligently through the evening to find someone, and on Saturday morning at 10am, a won … (read more)
I contacted Oscar/Family Matters about 8pm on a Friday evening for some help to start the next morning. He worked diligently through the evening to find someone, and on Saturday morning at 10am, a won … (read more)

2021

Right at Home San Mateo and Palo Alto

483 Seaport Court, Suite 104, Redwood City, CA, 94063

My husband is 97 and he needs a great deal of company and help getting up and down. Dealing with him 24 hours a day by myself is very difficult, and so these services are very helpful. I like that t … (read more)
My husband is 97 and he needs a great deal of company and help getting up and down. Dealing with him 24 hours a day by myself is very difficult, and so these services are very helpful. I like that t … (read more)

2021

StarLight CareGivers, Inc.

4600 El Camino Real STE 211, Los Altos, CA, 94022

I highly recommend Starlight Caregivers for anyone who is looking to have a loved one cared for. Our family is presently using Starlight Caregivers for the second time in the last few years. A f … (read more)
I highly recommend Starlight Caregivers for anyone who is looking to have a loved one cared for. Our family is presently using Starlight Caregivers for the second time in the last few years. A f … (read more)

2020, 2021

EssentialCare

1675 Scott Blvd, Santa Clara, CA, 95050

I have been with Essential Care for 4 years. The service is great. My caregivers take good care of me. I have no complaints. They go above and beyond.
I have been with Essential Care for 4 years. The service is great. My caregivers take good care of me. I have no complaints. They go above and beyond.

Best Home Care, Inc

26236 Industrial Blvd, Hayward, CA, 94545

While I was out-of-state on a long planned vacation my mother experienced some life changing situation requiring around the clock home care. I contacted Best Home Care and I was very pleased with the … (read more)
While I was out-of-state on a long planned vacation my mother experienced some life changing situation requiring around the clock home care. I contacted Best Home Care and I was very pleased with the … (read more)

Home Instead – Mountain View, CA

1006 Stewart Dr, Suite A100, Mountain View, CA, 94085

Our family has been utilizing Home Instead for the care of our mother for many years now. We have found Home Instead to be consistently very responsive to our needs & always reliable. Their staff … (read more)
Our family has been utilizing Home Instead for the care of our mother for many years now. We have found Home Instead to be consistently very responsive to our needs & always reliable. Their staff … (read more)

Senior Helpers of San Francisco and the Peninsula

36 42nd Avenue, San Mateo, CA, 94403

I chose Senior Helpers of San Francisco and the Peninsula for my husband and they’re really good. I am very pleased. The communication is excellent and the caregivers are very good. The scheduling was … (read more)
I chose Senior Helpers of San Francisco and the Peninsula for my husband and they’re really good. I am very pleased. The communication is excellent and the caregivers are very good. The scheduling was … (read more)

Kindred at Home – Personal Home Care Assistance – Campbell, CA

901 Campisi Way, Campbell, CA, 95008

We mostly have good experiences with Kindred at Home. I’ve been working with them since the beginning of August. They provided round-the-clock care when I was first sent home. Now, I got down to one s … (read more)
We mostly have good experiences with Kindred at Home. I’ve been working with them since the beginning of August. They provided round-the-clock care when I was first sent home. Now, I got down to one s … (read more)

Care Indeed

890 Santa Cruz Ave, Menlo Park, CA, 94025

Care Indeed was wonderful. They were quick, we got sent the right people, and it was a great experience. We used them for 2 weeks. They helped my friend in bathing, they came every day, and everything … (read more)
Care Indeed was wonderful. They were quick, we got sent the right people, and it was a great experience. We used them for 2 weeks. They helped my friend in bathing, they came every day, and everything … (read more)

Bay Home Care Svc – San Jose, CA

1211 Park Ave, San Jose, CA, 95126

Bay Home Care Services provided my wife and I with outstanding services and we heartily recommend them. We needed help with light chores, driving my wife to medical appointments and shopping for groc … (read more)
Bay Home Care Services provided my wife and I with outstanding services and we heartily recommend them. We needed help with light chores, driving my wife to medical appointments and shopping for groc … (read more)

Companion Care Services, LLC

1455 El Camino Real, Belmont, CA, 94002

We ended up hiring Companion Care Services, and we had a positive experience with them. The owner was very compassionate, caring, and asked really good questions because we were new to this and didn’t … (read more)
We ended up hiring Companion Care Services, and we had a positive experience with them. The owner was very compassionate, caring, and asked really good questions because we were new to this and didn’t … (read more)

Polaris Home Care

830 Stewart Dr # 214, Sunnyvale, CA, 94085

We were in a tough situation and needed caregivers for my dad on very short notice. He needed pretty involved care since he had later stage Parkinsons. Their team was able to work with all of our requ … (read more)
We were in a tough situation and needed caregivers for my dad on very short notice. He needed pretty involved care since he had later stage Parkinsons. Their team was able to work with all of our requ … (read more)

Familiar Surroundings Home Care

1568 Meridian Avenue, San Jose, CA, 95125

hi, my name is roger and my wife is dot. i am a new client with familiar surroundings homecare. i!d like to say thankyou for the good care that jeffery has been giving me. he is an excelle … (read more)
hi, my name is roger and my wife is dot. i am a new client with familiar surroundings homecare. i!d like to say thankyou for the good care that jeffery has been giving me. he is an excelle … (read more)

SYNERGY HomeCare of San Mateo

1710 South Amphlett Boulevard Suite 128, San Mateo, CA, 94402

Synergy HomeCare of San Mateo has been in operation for 11 years and is a licensed Home Care Organization by the State of California. Synergy HomeCare is a non-medical home care company that provides … (read more)
Synergy HomeCare of San Mateo has been in operation for 11 years and is a licensed Home Care Organization by the State of California. Synergy HomeCare is a non-medical home care company that provides … (read more)

Familiar Surroundings Home Care

3875 Bohannon Dr #2606, Suite 119, Menlo Park, CA, 94026


Homecare Professionals -Daly City, CA

295 89th Street Suite 107, Daly City, CA, 94105


FirstLight Home Care Silicon Valley

3705 Haven Avenue, Suite 132, Cupertino, CA, 94025


Helping Hands Senior Services

851 Burlway Road Suite 505, Burlingame, CA, 94010

Helping Hands Senior Services is based in Burlingame, is a compassionate and individualized in-home care assistance that help senior live safely in their home. Currently, providing care in San Francis … (read more)
Helping Hands Senior Services is based in Burlingame, is a compassionate and individualized in-home care assistance that help senior live safely in their home. Currently, providing care in San Francis … (read more)

Jannic Health Services

26970 Hayward Blvd Suite 206, Hayward, CA, 94542

Jannic Health Services is a faith-based Home Care Agency that provides an array services in-house or through partnerships, including: <p></p> <li>Companion Care</li> <li>Personal Care</li> <li>Li … (read more)
Jannic Health Services is a faith-based Home Care Agency that provides an array services in-house or through partnerships, including: <p></p> <li>Companion Care</li> <li>Personal Care</li> <li>Li … (read more)

Palo Alto Home Care Resources 

Home care services are only one of the pieces needed for seniors to gracefully age in place. There are many services and programs that are low-cost or free, that enable seniors to enjoy an independent lifestyle in the comfort of their own home, such as help with home modifications, meal delivery services, and more. Below, we’ve compiled a few of the most helpful resources in Palo Alto:

Palo Alto Utility Rate Assistance Program

Address: 250 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94301
Phone Number: (650) 329-2333

Senior citizens who earn no more than 50% of the area median income or who have a medical condition that requires increased energy use for climate controls or medical equipment may qualify for a 25% discount on their gas and electric bills and a 20% discount on wastewater fees. For a one-person household, applicants must earn no more than $36,300 per year. Seniors who are claiming a medical need must provide a certification from a physician. Individuals who need one-time emergency assistance can apply for help from the city through ProjectPLEDGE.

Santa Clara County Senior Nutrition Program

Address: 353 W. Julian, San Jose, CA 95110
Phone Number: (408) 975-4860

Adults who are unable to shop for groceries or prepare their own meals due to a physical limitation or isolation may sign up for Meals on Wheels or congregate meals offered by the Senior Nutrition Program. In 2019, the State Clara Department of Social Services served 1.2 million hot meals to local seniors. Individuals who are unable to visit congregate dining sites may qualify for home-delivered Meals on Wheels provided by Sourcewise or The Health Trust. A nominal contribution is expected although financial assistance is available to low-income residents.

Parcel Tax Exemptions

Address: 25 Churchill Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94306
Phone Number: (650) 329-3980

Seniors who live in Santa Clara County may qualify for an exemption that eliminates parcel taxes that are used to support the school system. The Palo Alto Unified School District is one of 23 school systems in the county that offers this exemption. Homeowners who are 65 or older, have a disability or receive SSI may qualify. Since the exemption began in 2001, it has saved local taxpayers more than $15 million. Homeowners must apply for an exemption or refund annually.

Determining Your Loved One’s Need for In-Home Care

Aging can be a difficult process, and loved ones may not always ask for help – often times it’s up to their family to evaluate their need for help around the house. While no two situations are exactly alike, this checklist can help you and your loved ones determine when it’s time to start the search for a home care provider.


Guidelines for Talking About In-Home Care

If you’ve determined that your loved one needs the assistance of a care provider in their home, it may be time for a difficult conversation. Handled correctly, however, this process can bring a family together and ensure that everyone’s concerns are addressed. Use this PDF as a starting point to help the conversation stay as positive and productive as possible.