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

Home to just over 13,200 residents, including over 2,500 seniors aged 65 or older, Carpinteria is a small oceanside city in the extreme southeastern corner of Santa Barbara County. Its beautiful beaches along the Pacific Ocean, stunning views of the Santa Ynez Mountains and pleasant year-round climate are major draws to retirees. Active seniors may especially enjoy Carpinteria’s extensive parks system, which includes areas where they can enjoy whale watching and birding opportunities, as well as unique salt wetland with walking trails.

Assisted living is a senior care option for aging adults who require limited daily assistance and nursing care but want a less restrictive living environment with social opportunities. The average monthly cost of assisted living in Carpinteria is $5,845, which is higher than the state average and much higher than the national average.

This guide covers assisted living in Carpinteria, including a rundown of the average costs of assisted living among nearby cities and costs of other senior care options. It also provides several benefits and drawbacks of retiring in Carpinteria and some free aging-related resources.

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What to Consider About Assisted Living in Carpinteria

The Senior Care Licensing Program monitors and licenses assisted living facilities in Carpinteria and throughout California. It has field staff in 13 regional offices around the state who perform regulatory inspections. The Santa Barbara Adult and Senior Care Unit within the Woodland Hills North Adult and Senior Care Regional Office covers all of Santa Barbara County, including Carpinteria.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Carpinteria

  • California exempts Social Security income from state income taxes, which benefits seniors in Carpinteria. However, most other retirement benefits are taxed and income taxes are hefty for seniors with higher incomes. For seniors with lower or mid-range incomes, income tax rates are much lower.
  • California’s average combined sales tax rate is 8.82%, but sales taxes in Santa Barbara County is 7.75% thanks to a county tax rate of 1.75% combined with the state rate of 6%. The county boasts a lower sales tax rate than 68.5% of other cities and counties in California. Two common expenses for seniors, groceries and prescription drugs, are completely exempt from sales taxes.
  • Although Carpinteria doesn’t have a local hospital, Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital is just 12 miles down the road. This regionally ranked facility is highly rated when it comes to caring for ailments often afflicting seniors, including heart failure, heart attacks, hip fractures, kidney failure, strokes and pneumonia. It also rated high in performing colon cancer surgery, lung cancer surgery, back surgery and knee replacement.
  • Seniors may feel safer living in Carpinteria because the city has lower crime rates compared to the national and state averages. Rates range from one to 100 with one representing the lowest crime rate. Carpinteria was rated an 11.1 on the scale for violent crime and 27.2 for property crime. Comparatively, the national average is 22.7 and 35.4, respectively, while the state rates are 25.2 and 37.1.
  • Since Carpinteria is located on the central coast, seniors benefit from the ideal California climate. Primarily, this means no snow and mild winters and summers. Carpinteria earned a 9.7 out of 10 on the comfort index for its summer climate, which includes an average high of 73 degrees in the warmest month. It also rated an 8.2 for its winter climate with an average overnight low of 43 in January, the coldest month. It’s considered one of the more pleasant places to live in California.

Paying for Assisted Living in Carpinteria

According to Genworth’s 2020 Cost of Care Survey, the average monthly cost of assisted living in Carpinteria is $5,845. This cost is higher than the state average by $845 and higher than the national average of $4,300 by more than $1,500 per month.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Carpinteria’s higher-than-average cost of assisted living doesn’t stack up well against other nearby cities. It’s higher than San Diego’s cost by nearly $1,300 per month and it costs more than both Los Angeles and Santa Maria, which mirrors the state’s average of $5,000. It’s even higher than San Luis Obispo but only by $45 per month.





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The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Seniors wanting to compare their senior care options in Carpinteria quickly discover that adult day health care is the lowest cost option at only $1,766 but it provides the least amount of care. For those wanting care provided at home, the cost is lower than assisted living at $5,339 per month for either homemaker services or home health aides. Seniors who need extensive personal care and medical supervision may opt for nursing home care, which has the highest cost at $8,365 per month for semi-private rooms and $9,885 for private rooms.

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Note: Data for Carpinteria was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Oxnard, was used instead.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Carpinteria

California’s 1915(c) Medicaid Assisted Living Waiver covers the cost of assisted living services in RCFs for eligible seniors in the Carpinteria area. 

Those who require additional assistance with the cost of room and board may apply for an optional state supplement to their Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The cost of room and board is capped by the state for residents who are Medicaid eligible.

California doesn’t allow family supplementation.

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

Paying for Assisted Living Facilities 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 Carpinteria

Carpinteria and the surrounding area are home to numerous government agencies and non-profit organizations offering help for seniors searching for or currently residing in an assisted living community. These organizations can also provide assistance in a number of other eldercare services such as geriatric care management, elder law advice, estate planning, finding home care and health and wellness programs.

To see a list of free assisted living resources in Carpinteria, please visit our Assisted Living in California page.

Central Coast Commission for Senior Citizens(805) 925-9554The Central Coast Commission for Senior Citizens is the Area Agency on Aging for Carpinteria and all of Santa Barbara County. It identifies services beneficial to older adults, then coordinates with existing programs and services or explores new resources to expand these services. Supported programs include elder abuse prevention, senior employment services, transportation services and nutrition programs, among others.
Senior Connection(800) 510-2020Senior Connection is a specialized information and referral service for seniors. It offers assistance through a senior info line and provides senior resource directories, senior information guides and updated lists of assisted living facilities throughout Santa Barbara County. Senior Connection offers volunteer opportunities for seniors aged 60 or older interested in the general welfare of older adults.
Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara County(805) 963-6754The LAFSBC provides free legal services to seniors throughout the county to ensure they have access to the civil justice system. Seniors can receive assistance with all types of civil matters, including help with preparing legal documents, representation in court proceedings and legal information and advice.
Santa Barbara Veterans Service Office(805) 568-2920The Santa Barbara VSO administers the Veterans' Services Program for veterans in Carpinteria and throughout the county. The program provides assistance in applying for and obtaining all available benefits available to veterans and their families, including pensions for retired veterans, medical benefits, life insurance, burial benefits and other compensations. It also provides outreach to elderly veterans, including information and referrals to relevant veterans’ services.
Central Coast Assistive Technology Center(800) 390-2699The CCATC offers specialized assistive technology services for seniors to help them live more independently. Funding by Ability Tools connects seniors with the devices they need through a free service that includes a Device Loan & Demonstration Center. New and used low-tech and high-tech devices may include magnifiers, switches, tablets, laptops, software, and mobility devices, among others.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Carpinteria

Carpinteria-area assisted living communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all assisted living communities in California are required to follow. Visit our Assisted Living in California page for more information about these laws.

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Reviews of Communities Nearby

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Mr. Centeno

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

Review of GranVida Senior Living

GranVida is amazing, friendly staff and very welcoming. The food was delicious and the activities seemed fun! I highly recommend this facilty.

Provider response

Thank you for the 5 Star review Mr. Centeno! Your kind words are very encouraging.

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Loren F

I visited this facility

Review of GranVida Senior Living

We have chosen Granvida Senior Living and Memory Care. We're moving my loved one there tomorrow. It's a very nice place with a very homey feeling. It's brand new, so it is very nice and clean. What...

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I visited this facility

Review of GranVida Senior Living

Granvida Senior Living was excellent, beautifully-decorated, and extremely clean. The residents seemed to be happy and engaged. It was really fabulous. I would love to have my mother there. There's...

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