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The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Anaheim, CA for 2024

Anaheim is an Orange County city best known as the home of Disneyland. While this may attract many younger people, the 65+ community still comprises around 11.8% of Anaheim’s almost 347,000 residents. The city has below-average levels of property crime and health care costs, as well as above-average water quality and easy access to many excellent medical facilities. Seniors who prefer to spend their recreational time in more relaxed surroundings than Disneyland might enjoy the 240-acre Fullerton Arboretum or the 140-acre Yorba Regional Park.

Seniors who find everyday tasks increasingly difficult, such as bathing and dressing, may find assisted living the ideal solution. Residents live in comfortable environments, with rooms often decorated with furniture from their previous homes. Chefs prepare meals and housekeeping staff keeps rooms clean, while other staff help with daily functions, which include managing medications. The 2021 Genworth Cost of Care Survey found the median monthly fee for assisted living in Anaheim to be $5,250, which is normal for California.

In this guide, there’s a discussion on the advantages and disadvantages of living in Anaheim. It also considers the costs for different types of senior living and lists some useful free resources for older residents.

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What to Consider About Assisted Living in Anaheim

Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly, more commonly known as assisted living, are licensed and monitored in California by the Senior Care Licensing Program. To get a license, a facility must satisfy strict guidelines and submit to ad-hoc and unannounced inspections that determine its commitment to quality of care. Staff from the Orange County Regional Office conduct inspections in Anaheim.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Anaheim

  • Anaheim’s average cost of living index of 152.2 is above California’s 149.9, with both significantly above the norm for the country. Housing costs are the primary reason for the difference, which is unlikely to concern assisted living residents too much. However, the health care cost index will probably be of interest. At 95.9, it’s above the state’s average but below normal for the United States, so residents may find some savings in this sector.
  • Anaheim has an outstanding comfort index of 9.3 out of 10. This is due to its stable climate, which sees temperatures averaging a comfortable 84 degrees in July and a pleasantly cool 46 degrees in January. Rainfall is only about 14 inches annually, so hot and humid days are rare — which is likely to please older residents who may already have shortness of breath.
  • According to Sperling’s BestPlaces, Anaheim has an excellent health cost index of 89/100. Although the air quality is a little below average, the city’s water quality is better than normal, and it has succeeded in reducing the amount of contaminated land that could affect its residents’ general health.
  • Data from law enforcement shows violent crime in Anaheim is less common than normal in California and the United States. However, property crime is above the state and national averages, although not significantly. Those worried about crime in the city should know assisted living facilities typically include surveillance and security systems, and all have at least one staff member on-site round the clock.
  • Anaheim and the surrounding areas house many well-regarded hospitals. They include the West Anaheim Medical Center, Anaheim Regional Medical Center and Anaheim Global Medical Center. Due to its proximity to Los Angeles, the city’s seniors are also only 30 minutes from some of the country’s finest hospitals.
  • The City of Anaheim administers the Senior Wheels Transportation Program for residents aged 60+. Seniors can get rides up to a radius of 10 miles from their homes. Journeys can be for many purposes, including medical appointments and shopping trips.

Paying for Assisted Living in Anaheim

The average monthly fee for assisted living in Anaheim is $5,250, which is also the median fee for California. The national average of $4,500 is more affordable, although it should be noted California is typically costlier than almost every other state. 

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Some cities near Anaheim surveyed by Genworth are costlier, while others are more affordable. For example, seniors in San Diego pay approximately $5,475 per month for assisted living, while those in Oxnard pay in the region of $5,750. Less costly alternatives include Riverside, at $4,000, and Bakersfield, at $3,750. 





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The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Seniors who don’t need round-the-clock support may find that adult day health care fulfills their needs and is much cheaper than other choices at $2,676 a month. Prices jump significantly for care rendered in the With fees averaging $5,250 per month, assisted living is the most affordable type of senior care in Anaheim except for adult day care, which generally costs $1,652. The most expensive is nursing home care, which costs around $9,125 for a semiprivate room. In-home care agencies typically charge $5,911 per month for their nonmedical services, while home health care agencies have the same median fee for their limited medical support services.

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Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Anaheim

Eligible seniors may receive financial assistance through Home and Community Based Services (HCBS). These services have enrollment caps and wait lists do exist. The Medi-Cal Assisted Living Waiver Program helps eligible seniors in Orange County receive lower cost assisted living. 

Learn more about these programs, plus who’s eligible, on our Assisted Living in California page.

Financial Assistance in California

More Ways to Pay for Assisted Living

While many families use their own funds or personal assets to pay for assisted living, there are plenty of additional options to cover these costs. Some additional ways to finance assisted living costs include:

  • Veterans Benefits
  • Life Insurance Policy
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Reverse Mortgage

For more information about different ways to finance assisted living, visit our Assisted Living in California page.

Free Assisted Living Resources in Anaheim

Seniors in Anaheim don’t need to deal with issues on their own, as the city is home to many agencies whose purpose is to provide free assistance to older residents. They include specialists in resolving disputes in assisted living facilities, ensuring vets get the benefits they deserve and representing seniors in civil law matters.

Community Legal Aid SoCal(800) 834-5001Community Legal Aid SoCal is a nonprofit organization founded in 1958 to provide seniors on low incomes with legal advice and direct representation. Its attorneys and paralegals specialize in several areas of civil law, including health, domestic violence, immigration and senior-specific matters, such as elder abuse and powers of attorney.
Long-Term Care Ombudsman(800) 510-2020Ombudsmen are trained volunteers who support the interests of seniors residing in assisted living communities. They regularly visit facilities to converse confidentially with residents and investigate complaints they have about the quality of their care. Ombudsmen can negotiate resolutions with facility owners but may need to escalate a complaint to the proper authorities if criminal activity is suspected.
Placentia VA Clinic(714) 223-6000Placentia VA Clinic is a primary care facility in Anaheim dedicated to providing quality medical care to U.S. military veterans and their dependents. It also has a laboratory and pathology department to provide clinical testing services and a social work department to help with nonmedical needs, such as financing. Additionally, there are numerous treatments for vets dealing with mental health issues and support for those with thoughts of suicide.
Retired and Senior Volunteer Program(714) 953-5757The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program connects adults aged 55 and older who want to give their time to help others with nonprofit organizations that rely on volunteers. Seniors can work for a few hours per week and up to 40. Some roles may allow volunteers to use existing skills, while others may require some training.
Anaheim Senior Citizens Club(714) 765- 4511Anaheim Senior Citizens Club is a multipurpose center for residents aged 50 and over. Members can join an array of recreational pursuits, such as bingo and bridge, as well as healthy alternatives, including fitness and well-being classes. There are also health screenings, and a travel club arranges four local trips per month, some of which include overnight stays.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Anaheim

Anaheim Assisted Living Communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all Assisted Living Facilities in California are required to follow. Visit our Assisted Living in California page for more information about these laws.

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