Monterey County, situated on the coast in central California, is a popular destination for seniors looking to retire in a peaceful area with year-round warm weather and gorgeous beaches within close range. Seniors can visit the marine life at the Monterey Bay Aquarium or take a relaxing walk along Cannery Row. The Monterey Museum of Art is open to art enthusiasts, and history buffs can go to the Monterey State Historic Park or the Colton Hall Museum. Additionally, residents can go shopping on Old Fisherman’s Wharf or enjoy the outdoors at Del Monte Beach and Jacks Peak Park.

There are approximately 21 assisted living facilities within Salinas, the seat of Monterey County, with an estimated cost of $7,100 per month, according to Genworth’s Cost of Care Survey 2020. Although this is $2,100 higher than the statewide average of $5,000, seniors are still drawn to the area because of its world-class health care centers and high quality of life.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Monterey County, CA

2020, 2021

The Park Lane

200 Glenwood Circle, Monterey, CA, 93940

The Park Lane is located in Monterey, California, close to Monterey Regional Airport, Del Monte Shopping Center and numerous museums. Visitors describe the rooms as nice and large, and they’re impress … (read more)
The Park Lane is located in Monterey, California, close to Monterey Regional Airport, Del Monte Shopping Center and numerous museums. Visitors describe the rooms as nice and large, and they’re impress … (read more)

2014, 2017

Sunrise of Monterey

1110 Cass St., Monterey, CA, 93940

Sunrise of Monterey is located in Monterey County, California, near U.S. Highway 1, King’s Highway and Garrapata State Park. Visitors describe the community as very nice and beautiful. They note the f … (read more)
Sunrise of Monterey is located in Monterey County, California, near U.S. Highway 1, King’s Highway and Garrapata State Park. Visitors describe the community as very nice and beautiful. They note the f … (read more)

Vista Harden Ranch

290 Regency Circle, Salinas, CA, 93906

It looked very nice, that’s why we’re going back. The staff was friendly, knowledgeable, and answered all our questions. Everything was clean in all areas. They have listed activities and the Visiting … (read more)
It looked very nice, that’s why we’re going back. The staff was friendly, knowledgeable, and answered all our questions. Everything was clean in all areas. They have listed activities and the Visiting … (read more)

Sunrise Villa Salinas

1320 Padre Drive, Salinas, CA, 93901

Located on the beautiful Monterey Peninsula in Salinas, California, Sunrise Villa Salinas offers assisted living options and memory care for seniors. Visitors praise this facility for the many activit … (read more)
Located on the beautiful Monterey Peninsula in Salinas, California, Sunrise Villa Salinas offers assisted living options and memory care for seniors. Visitors praise this facility for the many activit … (read more)

Madonna Gardens Assisted Living & Memory Care

1335 Byron Dr, Salinas, CA, 93901

Madonna Gardens is located in a southern neighborhood of Salinas, California, a short drive away from shops, restaurants and California State University-Monterrey Bay. Residents and visitors speak pos … (read more)
Madonna Gardens is located in a southern neighborhood of Salinas, California, a short drive away from shops, restaurants and California State University-Monterrey Bay. Residents and visitors speak pos … (read more)

Carmel Valley Manor

8545 CARMEL VALLEY ROAD, Carmel, CA, 93923

Located along the scenic central Californian coast, Carmel Valley Manor gives residents easy access to Pebble Beach Golf Course, Monterey Bay and Big Sur. Seniors praise the community for its wealth o … (read more)
Located along the scenic central Californian coast, Carmel Valley Manor gives residents easy access to Pebble Beach Golf Course, Monterey Bay and Big Sur. Seniors praise the community for its wealth o … (read more)

Forest Hill Manor

551 Gibson Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA, 93950

Located near the beautiful Asiloma State Marine Preserve, Forest Hill Manor offers multiple levels of care in Salinas, California. Residents and their guests routinely give high marks to the facility’ … (read more)
Located near the beautiful Asiloma State Marine Preserve, Forest Hill Manor offers multiple levels of care in Salinas, California. Residents and their guests routinely give high marks to the facility’ … (read more)

Cottages of Carmel

26245 Carmel Rancho Boulevard, Carmel, CA, 93923

Cottages of Carmel are located in Carmel, California, close to Carmel Rancho Shopping Center, The Barnyard Shopping Village and Carmel Bay. Visitors compare the facility’s clean, attractive building a … (read more)
Cottages of Carmel are located in Carmel, California, close to Carmel Rancho Shopping Center, The Barnyard Shopping Village and Carmel Bay. Visitors compare the facility’s clean, attractive building a … (read more)

Coastal Care Home

3121 Messinger Drive, Marina, CA, 93933

Coastal Care Home is situated close to Cabrillo Highway in Marina, California, not far from a Walmart Supercenter and a Starbucks. Its location at the edge of Monterey Bay offers scenic views of Marin … (read more)
Coastal Care Home is situated close to Cabrillo Highway in Marina, California, not far from a Walmart Supercenter and a Starbucks. Its location at the edge of Monterey Bay offers scenic views of Marin … (read more)

Carmelo Park

966 Carmelo Street, Monterey, CA, 93940

Carmelo Park is located in Monterey, California, a short drive away from Del Monte Shopping Center, Monterey Veterans Memorial Park and several museums. Relatives describe the facility as nice and hom … (read more)
Carmelo Park is located in Monterey, California, a short drive away from Del Monte Shopping Center, Monterey Veterans Memorial Park and several museums. Relatives describe the facility as nice and hom … (read more)

Merrill Gardens at Monterey

200 Iris Canyon Road, Monterey, CA, 93940

Merrill Gardens at Monterey is located on the edge of Monterey, California, right above the Naval Postgraduate School. Residents have access to a swimming pool, salon and there are washing machines in … (read more)
Merrill Gardens at Monterey is located on the edge of Monterey, California, right above the Naval Postgraduate School. Residents have access to a swimming pool, salon and there are washing machines in … (read more)

Canterbury Woods – Pacific Grove

651 Sinex Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA, 93950

My dad moved into assisted living at Canterbury Woods – Pacific Grove. It looks very nice. He knows several people who currently live there and he’s able to work out a deal where his current home heal … (read more)
My dad moved into assisted living at Canterbury Woods – Pacific Grove. It looks very nice. He knows several people who currently live there and he’s able to work out a deal where his current home heal … (read more)

Flanders Court of Carmel

25661 Morse Drive, Carmel, CA, 93923

The physical set-up of Flanders Court is simultaneously gracious, secure, and homey. The handsome garden and patio are integrated into the living area. Internally, residents have access to abund … (read more)
The physical set-up of Flanders Court is simultaneously gracious, secure, and homey. The handsome garden and patio are integrated into the living area. Internally, residents have access to abund … (read more)

Ave Maria Rcfe #1

1249 Josselyn Canyon Road, Monterey, CA, 93940

Ave Maria Rcfe #1, located near Highway 68 in Monterey, California, is a short driving distance to Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula and not far from Jacks Peak Park. Family members appreci … (read more)
Ave Maria Rcfe #1, located near Highway 68 in Monterey, California, is a short driving distance to Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula and not far from Jacks Peak Park. Family members appreci … (read more)

Queen Of Angels Ii Rcfe

745 Carmelita Drive, Salinas, CA, 93901

My friend is at Queen of Angels II RCFE. There are five residents currently, but the maximum number of residents is six. Three ladies live in the home, so there are at least two caregivers around the … (read more)
My friend is at Queen of Angels II RCFE. There are five residents currently, but the maximum number of residents is six. Three ladies live in the home, so there are at least two caregivers around the … (read more)

Anjelica’s Villa

555 FRANCIS AVE, Seaside, CA, 93955


Drake House

399 DRAKE AVENUE, Monterey, CA, 93940


Gateway Center of Monterey

850 CONGRESS AVENUE, Pacific Grove, CA, 93950


Songbird Home in the Country

15961 toro hills ave, Salinas, CA, 93908


Songbird Home in the City

14 Madonna Dr, Salinas, CA, 93906


Paying for Assisted Living in Monterey County

The average cost of assisted living in Salinas is $7,100 per month, and seniors in other areas of Monterey County can expect to pay comparable rates. In comparison to the United States as a whole, the area is about $2,800 more expensive. Costs are also $2,100 higher than the California average of $5,000 per month.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Average assisted living costs in Monterey County are the highest in California. The cost in Los Angeles, in the southern part of the state, is identical to the statewide average, which is $2,100 less than in Monterey County. Further north, seniors living in Oxnard pay $5,845, or $1,255 below the average in Monterey County. Costs drop even further outside of the expensive Bay Area; in Sacramento, for example, residents pay $5,395, which is $1,705 more affordable. In San Francisco and San Jose, both of which are among the state’s most expensive cities for assisted living, costs are $6,100 and $5,875 per month, or $1,000 and $1,225 less than in Monterey County. To the north, seniors in Napa can expect to pay $6,250 per month, which is $850 lower. In Santa Cruz, the seat of neighboring Santa Cruz County, the average cost is just $300 less at $6,800 per month.

$7100

Monterey County/Salinas

$5000

California

$4300

The United States

$5000

Los Angeles

$5395

Sacramento

$5845

Oxnard

$5875

San Jose

$6100

San Francisco

$6250

Napa

$6800

Santa Cruz

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Monterey County

Eligible seniors can find financial assistance services in Monterey County through both the Medicaid 1915(c) Assisted Living Waiver Program, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and the optional state supplement (OSS).

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

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living 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 Monterey County

ResourceContact Service
Aging and Disability Resource Connection of Monterey County(800) 510-2020The local Aging and Disability Resource Connection works alongside Monterey County’s Area Agency on Aging to improve the lives of older adults within the county limits. The agency’s “No Wrong Door” approach incorporates all the services seniors might need in one place. Services include referrals to community-based supportive resources and assistance in the creation of a personalized care plan.
Monterey County Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program(831) 758-4011The Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program works to protect the rights of those who live in assisted living and other residential care facilities throughout Monterey County. The program’s volunteers advocate for the well-being of older adults who are victims of neglect and abuse. The ombudsman can also help guide seniors and their families through the process of choosing a long-term care community that meets their particular requirements.
Monterey County Military and Veterans Affairs Office(831) 647-7613Monterey County’s Military and Veterans Affairs Office provides a variety of free services to those who served in the military. Veterans receive unbiased information about the benefits they earned, and volunteers offer one-on-one help with their applications. Those with a service-connected disability may be eligible for a monthly financial compensation, and seniors and their dependents may qualify for a VA pension or Aid and Attendance benefits.
ITN Monterey County(831) 233-3447ITN Monterey County, a not-for-profit organization, offers low-cost alternatives to older adults who can’t use standard public transportation. Seniors can use this service for medical appointments, grocery shopping and recreational meetings. Rides must be scheduled in advance to avoid additional fees, and the program is available to seniors aged 60 and over. Although a small fee is required for each trip, those with low incomes may be eligible for the Road Scholarship funding program.
Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program(800) 434-0222The Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program provides personalized advice on Medicare and health insurance coverage at no cost to seniors. Volunteers offer unbiased information and help older adults select a care plan that meets their budget and medical needs. Seniors can receive assistance with submitting claims and avoiding Medicare fraud, abuse and errors. Assistance is also available in Spanish.
Scholze Park Center(831) 646-3878The Scholze Park Center offers a range of recreational activities and services to help Monterey County seniors maintain an active lifestyle and improve their well-being. Programs include dance, fitness and sewing classes, and art workshops. The center also organizes group trips to local attractions, as well as parties and holiday celebrations. Technology coaching is available for adults who want to enhance their computer skills, and some classes may be offered online.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Monterey County

Monterey County-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.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Monterey County