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The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Los Altos, CA for 2024

Our comprehensive listings and authentic reviews in Los Altos, CA below include 59 Assisted Living facilities with 1393 reviews. On average in Los Altos, residents and their loved ones rate Assisted Living options 4.22 out of 5 stars.

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What to Consider About Assisted Living in Los Altos

All assisted living facilities in Los Altos follow rules set by the California Department of Social Services. These facilities, which are officially called residential care facilities for the elderly, are subject to a strict licensing process and regular site inspections.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Los Altos

 

  • Seniors living in Los Altos may be eligible to receive reimbursement for transportation services they receive through the city-sponsored On the Move Ridecare Program. For those who qualify, the full cost of a ride, plus up to $3 in driver gratuity, is eligible for reimbursement. This can provide an affordable alternative to paid transportation services available through assisted living facilities.
  • Nearly all forms of retirement income are fully taxable in California at rates of up to 12.3%. However, Social Security benefits aren’t taxable at the state level, and the state allows a senior income tax exemption. This may help some seniors afford assisted living in Los Altos.
  • With an overall cost of living that’s significantly higher than state and national norms, Los Altos may not be a budget-friendly option for those with limited financial resources. On a 100-point index based on average living costs nationwide, the city scores 231 versus the California score of 149.9. Housing costs are very high in this city, with the median home cost over 10 times higher than the national average, but seniors may avoid high mortgage and rent costs by opting for residential care. 
  • Crime, especially violent crime, is uncommon in Los Altos and may make the city a favorable option for seniors who prioritize safety. On a 100-point index that gives lower scores to cities with less criminal activities, Los Altos scores 8.2 for violent crime and 21 for property crime. These scores are well below the respective national averages of 22.7 and 35.4.
  • Los Altos has pleasant weather year-round, earning it a score of 9.7 on a 10-point comfort index and making it an attractive retirement destination for active seniors. Daytime temperatures range from 59 to 81 degrees Fahrenheit throughout the year, and the city gets virtually no snow and only 19 inches of rain. Many assisted living facilities have outdoor amenities, such as resident gardens and walking paths, making it easy to enjoy the local weather.

Paying for Assisted Living in Los Altos

 

Assisted living rates in Los Altos come in at $6,319 per month.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

In Los Altos, assisted living facilities charge a monthly median rate of $6,319 for care and housing, which is a 20% increase over the state average and 40% higher than the national norm. Rates tend to be lower in nearby cities, including San Jose, where monthly fees come in at $6,000, and Santa Cruz, where seniors pay about 12% less than assisted living residents in Los Altos. Similarly, monthly care costs in Vallejo are competitive compared to the local norm at $4,950, and in Modesto, seniors pay $4,000 per month for residential services.

Los Altos

$6,319

California

$5,250

United States

$4,500

Vallejo

$4,950

Modesto

$4,000

Santa Cruz

$5,550

San Jose

$6,000

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

With monthly rates at $6,319, assisted living is a comparatively affordable senior care option in Los Altos. Nursing home care, which is for seniors with advanced medical needs, costs about 83% more per month, although those who obtain daytime services through adult day health care pay considerably lower rates of $1,950. In-home care and home health care, which offer a similar scope of services as assisted living, are costlier than residential care at $6,864 and $7,150, respectively.

In-Home Care

$6,864

Home Health Care

$7,150

Adult Day Health Care

$1,950

Assisted Living Facility

$6,319

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$11,566

Note: Data for Los Altos was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, San Francisco, was used instead.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Los Altos

The Med-Cali Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Assisted Living Waiver (ALW), Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and the optional state supplement (OSS) are three financial aid programs for seniors seeking assistance in the Los Altos area.

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 Los Altos

Los Altos 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 Los Altos, please visit our Assisted Living in California page.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Los Altos

 

Los Altos 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.

Laws and Regulations in California

Reviews of Communities Nearby

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Judith

I visited this facility

Review of BridgePoint at Los Altos

I toured BridgePoint at Los Altos and I loved it. If they had had a transition to a memory care unit, I wouldn't have looked any further. That was my top choice. Unfortunately, it won't work for...

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A.H.

I am/was a resident of this facility

Review of BridgePoint at Los Altos

At BridgePoint at Los Altos, I live where I can have my plants, and I have a very big room. I'm in a very private room, I'm not near an elevator and I'm on the first floor. It's a very friendly...

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Ski Donna

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

Review of BridgePoint at Los Altos

My 92 year old Mom is blind and has been living at Bridgepoint for a year now. Pre Covid she really enjoyed dining with her new friends and participating in Current Event classes, Dear Abbey and...

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