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10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Modesto, CA for 2024

Modesto is the seat of Stanislaus County. And with almost 220,000 residents, it’s the county’s most populous city. According to the 2020 Census, 13.8% of the population is aged 65 and older. The city’s charming Graceada Park neighborhood is popular with seniors due to its many tree-lined streets dotted with traditional homes. The revitalized downtown features plenty of restaurants and coffee shops. There are also numerous entertainment venues, such as the Gallo Center for the Arts and The State Theatre of Modesto where visitors can watch classic movies in an original 1930s art deco setting.

Assisted living is popular with seniors who don’t require medical care but need help with daily functions, such as bathing and dressing. Residential facilities provide home comforts and individually furnished rooms with private bathrooms. They also have social spaces where neighbors can mingle safely with others in their age group. The 2021 Genworth Cost of Care Survey records Modesto’s median fee as $4,000, saving residents approximately $1,250 per month when compared to California’s average.

This guide considers the pros and cons of living in Modesto and the fees for various types of senior care. It also lists some free senior-friendly resources.

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What to Consider About Assisted Living in Modesto

The California Senior Care Licensing Program regulates assisted living facilities within the state where they’re officially known as Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly. It issues licenses to facilities that satisfy strict guidelines, and it conducts regular monitoring to ensure that they uphold these standards. The Sacramento South Regional Office is responsible for overseeing assisted living facilities in Modesto.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Modesto

  • There are five hospitals in Modesto, while nearby Turlock and Oakdale each have one. Modesto’s medical facilities include Stanislaus Surgical Hospital, rated as high-performing in hip replacements, and Memorial Medical Center, ranked as high-performing in stroke care and COPD.
  • Although Modesto’s average cost of living index of 113.7 is above the national figure, it’s far below California’s norm of 149.9. Consequently, seniors should notice their dollars going further than in most California cities. Health care costs are typically higher, but transportation is often more affordable.
  • Violent crime incidents in Modesto are more frequent than the norm for California, as is property crime although rates are closer to the state average. Seniors who are concerned about crime in the city may be interested to know that many assisted living facilities have security systems, such as access-control gates and doors and staff on-site 24/7.
  • Although Modesto’s air and water quality indices receive scores slightly below the U.S. median, as a whole, the city has a competitive health care cost index of 95.3. A significant contributor to these scores is Modesto’s success in cleaning up contaminated land that impacts human health.
  • Modesto’s comfort index of 8.3 suggests that its climate is more comfortable for seniors than most cities in California. This is due to summer temperatures averaging a pleasant 94 degrees, while the wintertime average of 39 degrees is cool, temperatures rarely reach freezing. At around 13 inches of rain annually, low precipitation levels reduce the number of muggy days, which may be appreciated by seniors.
  • There are numerous free and low-cost senior ride programs available to seniors in Stanislaus County, some catering to those with age-related mobility issues and others to people with disabilities. They include Dial-A-Ride, a shared-ride service operating every day of the week, and BRIDGES, a program that reimburses mileage costs for volunteer drivers selected by the senior.

Paying for Assisted Living in Modesto

Seniors in Modesto’s assisted living facilities are likely to pay around $4,000 per month for their care, which is below California’s average of $5,250. Although rare for the state, it’s also below the national average of $4,500.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

California’s inland cities are more likely to have lower assisted living costs than their coastal cousins. For example, seniors in Santa Cruz typically pay $5,550 per month for assisted living, while their peers in Vallejo and Stockton average $4,950 and $3,649, respectively. However, a coastal location isn’t the only factor as San Jose’s $6,000 average confirms.

Modesto

$4,000

California

$5,250

United States

$4,500

San Jose

$6,000

Stockton

$3,649

Santa Cruz

$5,550

Vallejo

$4,950

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Although they offer different services in the home, both in-home care agencies (nonmedical) and home health care agencies (medical) have the same monthly fee of $5,768. This is significantly costlier than assisted living’s average of $4,000 in Modesto although it’s not as expensive as nursing home care, which averages $10,463 for a semiprivate room. The 2021 Genworth survey doesn’t have a figure for Modesto’s adult day health care costs, but the state average of $1,842 provides some indication of the fees that seniors will likely pay.

In-Home Care

$5,768

Home Health Care

$5,768

Assisted Living Facility

$4,000

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$10,463

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Modesto

For many seniors considering a move into assisted living, one of the most significant concerns is the cost. Fortunately, help is available to those who qualify through California’s Optional State Supplement (OSS) to Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

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 Modesto

Modesto’s seniors can call on numerous nonprofit organizations and government agencies that offer support free of charge. The following list touches on some of the help available, including legal aid, social programs, veterans services and advocacy for assisted living residents who have concerns about the quality of their care.

ResourceContactService
Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program(209) 529-3784The Long-Term Care Ombudsman's purpose is to raise the standards of care in California's senior living facilities. Ombudsmen are trained volunteers who engage directly and confidentially with residents, investigate their complaints and negotiate resolutions. The program can issue copies of inspection reports to help seniors make more informed decisions.
Stanislaus County Veteran Services Office(209) 558-7380The Stanislaus County Veteran Services Office assists U.S. military vets and their spouses and dependents. VSOs can help vets identify and apply for the local, state and federal benefits they're entitled to and support their objections if their claim is denied. They can also refer clients to the Modesto VA Clinic.
Modesto Senior Citizens Center(209) 341-2974The Modesto Senior Citizens Center is a hub for the city's 60+ community. Its weekly calendar includes ongoing social events and activities, such as bingo and walking groups, as well as special events and entertainment, including movies in the park. There are also strength training classes and fitness groups, including Zumba Gold and tai chi.
Aging and Veteran Services Volunteers(209) 558-7825This county office administers several programs for seniors who want to volunteer to help others. The Friendly Visitor Program benefits local seniors who would otherwise be alone for long periods. VetsVAN is a volunteer transportation service that takes homebound vets to medical appointments. Volunteers can also train to become Medicare insurance counselors.
Senior Law Project(209) 577-3814The Senior Law Project is a legal program exclusively for Stanislaus County residents aged 60 and older. The project provides legal advice and representation in civil law matters only. It covers health care, such as private insurance disputes, as well as elder abuse, powers of attorney and wills.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Modesto

Modesto 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.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in California

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