Orange, California is a midsize city of approximately 137,000, located about 7 miles from Anaheim. Orange is vibrant with a great climate and lots of attractions for seniors. Its beautiful downtown district, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, contains many buildings constructed before 1920. Close to shopping malls, museums, parks, entertainment and professional sports teams, Orange is an excellent location for seniors, who comprise 13.8% of the city’s population.

For older adults who don’t need substantial skilled nursing care but find it challenging to remain at home, assisted living is a good alternative since it provides daily personal care services like preparing meals and grooming and recreational activities like group exercise and social outings. Assisted living in Orange averages $5,250 a month, but this fee may vary depending on your chosen facility and its amenities.

In this guide, we’ll examine local assisted living costs and compare them to other alternative forms of senior living. We’ll also look at how Orange’s assisted living costs compare to other regional cities, the state and the nation. Finally, you’ll find a listing of agencies and resources to help seniors in the area.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Orange, CA

2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

Kirkwood Orange

1525 E Taft Ave, Orange, CA, 92865

Kirkwood Orange was very nice. I like the place. That’s where I would like my friend to go. It’s very clean and it’s very nice. The food was good. The people are just absolutely wonderful. Everybody i … (read more)
Kirkwood Orange was very nice. I like the place. That’s where I would like my friend to go. It’s very clean and it’s very nice. The food was good. The people are just absolutely wonderful. Everybody i … (read more)

2013

Park Plaza

620 South Glassell Street, Orange, CA, 92866

Park Plaza is my second choice. I interacted more with the personnel there than at the other places I’ve toured. The landscaping and everything were very well-kept. They have a library, and a beauty s … (read more)
Park Plaza is my second choice. I interacted more with the personnel there than at the other places I’ve toured. The landscaping and everything were very well-kept. They have a library, and a beauty s … (read more)

Oakmont of Orange

630 The City Drive, Orange, CA, 92868

Oakmont of Orange was absolutely beautiful but was a little too expensive for what I’m looking for. It had so many amenities, but a 95-year-old lady doesn’t need a place with a putting green and all t … (read more)
Oakmont of Orange was absolutely beautiful but was a little too expensive for what I’m looking for. It had so many amenities, but a 95-year-old lady doesn’t need a place with a putting green and all t … (read more)

ELD Assisted Living

985 N. Shaffer Street, Orange, CA, 92867

My wife moved into ELD Assisted Living. It was a residential place that was very, very nice and luxurious. They don’t have set schedules for people, and they eat when they want to. They cook whatever … (read more)
My wife moved into ELD Assisted Living. It was a residential place that was very, very nice and luxurious. They don’t have set schedules for people, and they eat when they want to. They cook whatever … (read more)

Genesis Senior Living I

824 S Winthrope St., Orange, CA, 92869

My mom has been placed into Genesis Senior Living I. It’s very clean, helpful, and caring. The staff are very helpful, very assuring and very loving. I have not tried their food, but I’ve watched my m … (read more)
My mom has been placed into Genesis Senior Living I. It’s very clean, helpful, and caring. The staff are very helpful, very assuring and very loving. I have not tried their food, but I’ve watched my m … (read more)

Citrus Hills Assisted Living

142 S Prospect St., Orange, CA, 92869


Agape Orange Home

816 E. Meats Ave, Orange, CA, 92865


Genesis Elderly Care 8

5129 E Elsinore Ave, Orange, CA, 92869


Nohl Ranch Elderly Care III

2128 E. White Lantern Lane, Orange, CA, 92867

Nohl Ranch Elderly Care III is wonderful and it’s a very good-sized facility. It’s easy for the women to move around and it’s great in every way. My mother-in-law has been there for two months now and … (read more)
Nohl Ranch Elderly Care III is wonderful and it’s a very good-sized facility. It’s easy for the women to move around and it’s great in every way. My mother-in-law has been there for two months now and … (read more)

Phamily Home Elderly Care

704 E Vista Del Playa Avenue, Orange, CA, 92865

My dad moved into Phamily Home Elderly Care, and we’re very, very pleased with the staff. They are very, very caring and focused on him. Dad is still cognitively able to communicate with them, but his … (read more)
My dad moved into Phamily Home Elderly Care, and we’re very, very pleased with the staff. They are very, very caring and focused on him. Dad is still cognitively able to communicate with them, but his … (read more)

Mainplace Senior Living

1800 West Culver Ave., Orange, CA, 92868

The place that my father is in is Fountain Senior Assisted Living. I think it is the best deal for the money. It is very reasonable. It is clean, and we like the people. It is in a great location for … (read more)
The place that my father is in is Fountain Senior Assisted Living. I think it is the best deal for the money. It is very reasonable. It is clean, and we like the people. It is in a great location for … (read more)

Care of Heart for Elderly in Orange

3342 E. Maple Avenue, Orange, CA, 92869


Happy Living Home Care

362 N. Swidler Street, Orange, CA, 92869


Cyecrest Guest Home II

139 S. Lincoln Street, Orange, CA, 92869


Gentle Care Home

416 S. Jennifer Lane, Orange, CA, 92869


Above All Care I

479 Wellington Road, The, Orange, CA, 92869


Madison Home Care Ii

760 Yorba Street, Orange, CA, 92869


Nohl Ranch Elderly Care I

2112 E. Valley Glen Lane, Orange, CA, 92867


Hcdd – Vista

915 Vista Del Playa, E., Orange, CA, 92865


Hcdd -Jasmine

107 Dunton Avenue, W., Orange, CA, 92865


COVID-19 Rules for Assisted Living in Orange

Since most COVID-19 rules for Assisted Living Communities and other Senior Living Facilities are set at the state level, you can view the specific rules for your state on our Guide to Assisted Living in California. Keep in mind that every community has specific policies that they put in place to protect their residents, so you should contact your local community for more information. Additionally, you can contact your local Area Agency on Aging to learn more – find contact information here.

What to Consider About Assisted Living in Orange

The Community Care Licensing Division, a California Department of Social Services branch, oversees the licensing of assisted-living facilities in Orange and throughout California. The division offers an assisted living facility database to help you find a suitable destination in Orange. There is also a complaint hotline if residents want to report a problem at their assisted living facility.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Orange

  • Orange has a warm climate. It receives no snow, about 14 inches of rain a year and 277 days of sunshine, almost two and a half months more than the national average. Its Best Places Comfort Index is 9.7/10 in summer and 8.8 /10 in winter.
  • When you first look at the cost of living in Orange, it’s daunting. It scores 163.9 against the national average of 100. But seniors shouldn’t be too dismayed. Much of that cost is housing which scores 298.3 against the national average. Health care, on the other hand, is four points below the national average and many other essential resources are at or slightly above the national average.
  • California is not a tax-friendly state for seniors. While Social Security income is not taxed, any withdrawal from a retirement account is. If you have a public or a private pension, it’ll also be fully taxed. If you continue to work, that will also be taxed at regular rates, regardless of age.
  • Seniors who need transportation to non-emergency locations or events can use Go Orange. Medical appointments, grocery shopping, pharmacy pickups or visits to the Orange Senior Center are covered by Go Orange. Seniors aged 60+ can purchase a book of six tickets for $5 at the Orange Senior Center. Call (714) 538-9633 for more details.
  • Orange has a mixed record in air and water quality. In terms of air quality, it scores 52/100, which is six points below the national average but probably can be explained by its proximity to Los Angeles and Anaheim, which are notorious for bad air quality. On the other hand, water scores 65/100 which is 10 points above the national average.
  • Orange is a relatively peaceful city. While it does not collect FBI crime statistics, when using stats from Yorba Linda, a nearby city of the same size, violent crime scores 8.6, well below the national average of 22.7. Property crime rates are higher but still well below the national average. Orange receives a score of 28.3 as opposed to the national average of 35.4.

Paying for Assisted Living in Orange

The average cost to reside in an assisted living facility in Orange is $5,250 a month, according to the Genworth Cost of Care Survey 2021. However, that cost may vary depending on your chosen facility and its amenities. 

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

The monthly average cost of assisted living in Orange is about $750 above the national average of $4,500 but mirrors the state average of $5,250. Bakersfield, located north of Orange, costs about $1,500 less a month, averaging $3,750. About 90 miles to the south, San Diego averages a slightly higher monthly cost of $5,475. El Centro, about three hours to the southeast of Orange and close to the Mexican border, averages the highest price in the region of $6,150 a month.

$5250

Orange

$5250

California

$4500

United States

$3750

Bakersfield

$5475

San Diego

$6150

El Centro

Costs of Other Types of Senior Care

Assisted living is not the only form of senior care in Orange. In-home care averages about $5,911 a month. You can also hire a home health aide for the same price as in-home care. Adult day care has the lowest cost at $1,652 a month while a semiprivate room in a skilled nursing facility costs the most at $9,125.

$5250

In-Home Care

$5911

Home Health Care

$1652

Adult Day Health Care

$9125

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

Note: Data for Orange was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Los Angeles, was used instead.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Orange

California’s Medicaid program, Medi-Cal, offers financial assistance to help impoverished seniors cover the cost of assisted living. Those who are eligible may be able to take part in the state’s Assisted Living Waiver Program (ALWP).

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 Orange

Many seniors, whether living in assisted living or some other senior care option, must often work with a fixed income. That’s why free resources that include legal, financial, or health care assistance are valuable. Below, you’ll find several options available to seniors living in the Orange area.

Resource

Contact

Description

(714) 538-9633

The center provides services for those aged 50 and above. It operates programs on education topics, computer training, health screenings, exercise, social activities and travel. Daily hot lunches are prepared for seniors 60 and older at $3 a meal, while those under 60 pay $6. The center is open Monday to Friday, 8-4.

800-952-5626

CalVet, the California Department of Veterans Affairs, works with seniors and their spouses to access the seven assisted living veterans’ homes throughout the state. Veterans who wish to be admitted to a facility must be at least 55 (or younger if disabled), a California resident, and receive an honorable discharge.

211

California 211 is a free service available to all Californians. Seniors can use it to find information on public benefit programs like Medicare or Medicaid, general financial assistance for seniors, contacts for free Elder legal aid in their area, nearby congregate meal sites and much more.

(714) 480-6450

The local Office on Aging offers many programs for seniors, including transportation to medical events, respite care for caregivers, counseling on health care issues like Medicare, and assistance with other medical problems like eye care, diabetes and depression. The office also offers a toolkit to help seniors re-enter society after being isolated during the Covid-19 pandemic.

(800) 231-4024

Volunteer long-term care ombudsman work in every county in California. They investigate any complaint made by a senior or their caregiver about the quality of their care. Once the ombudsmen finish their investigation, they work to resolve any problems between the senior and the administration of a long-term care facility. They work to educate the community about the rights of seniors in long-term care facilities.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Orange

Orange 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