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The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Orange County, CA for 2024

Orange County in Southern California offers its residents sunny skies and pleasant temperatures throughout the year, low crime rates and a wide range of senior care choices, making it a great option for those researching assisted living. Of...

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What to Consider About Assisted Living in Orange County

The California Department of Social Services regulates assisted living facilities in Orange County, as well as in the rest of the state. The Department’s Community Care Licensing Division conducts regular inspections of facilities to ensure compliance with regulations.  

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Orange County

  • The overall cost of living in Orange County is high compared to the state and national averages. On a 100-point cost of living index, the county scores 167.7 versus the statewide rating of 149.9 and the national score of 100. The main driver is the county’s high housing costs, which older adults may be able to avoid by transitioning to residential care.  
  • Orange County has comparatively low crime rates, which may make it appealing to older adults seeking long-term care in Southern California. On a 100-point crime index where a lower score indicates fewer crime incidents, the county scores 15.9 for violent crime and 31.7 for property crime, compared to the respective national scores of 22.7 and 35.4. 
  • Orange County’s weather is comfortable throughout the year, with high temperatures ranging from 67-85 degrees. High temperatures range from 70-85 degrees eight months of the year, and humidity levels tend to be low. This may benefit seniors who enjoy spending time outdoors.  
  • Health care costs, such as doctor’s office visits, dental exams and hospital stays, are about 10% lower here than the U.S. norms. There are about 249 doctors per capita in Orange County versus the national average of 210, as well as high-performing medical facilities such as MemorialCare Orange Coast Medical Center and MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center. These hospitals provide a range of primary and specialty services for older adults.  
  • California has some of the highest state tax rates in the nation, and while seniors don’t pay taxes on Social Security benefits, all other forms of retirement income are fully taxed. To help offset some of this burden, California offers senior income tax exemptions, which may leave more money available for long-term care.  
  • The OC Go Senior Mobility Program provides local transportation services to adults aged 60 and older in Orange County. This can supplement services in assisted living facilities and help seniors attend medical appointments and run errands.  

Paying for Assisted Living in Orange County

On average, seniors in Orange County pay $5,250 per month for assisted living services. This is equal to the state median but several hundred dollars higher than the national average of $4,500.  

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Assisted living rates in California vary considerably depending on factors such as location and local costs of living. Rates in Orange County are on par with the state median at $5,250. In San Diego, care costs are a little higher at $5,475, and in Santa Rosa, rates are among the highest in the state at $7,048. Vallejo is a cost-effective alternative with facilities charging $4,950 per month, and Visalia is even more competitively priced at $3,450. 

Orange County

$5,250

California

$5,250

The United States

$4,500

San Diego

$5,475

Visalia

$3,450

Vallejo

$4,950

Santa Rosa

$7,048

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Assisted living is among the more affordable senior care options in Orange County at $5,250 per month. Older adults who prefer to live at home pay $5,911 for either basic homemaker or specialized home health aide services. Adult day health care is the cheapest option at $1,652. Nursing homes charge relatively high rates of $9,125 for shared accommodations and $11,269 for private rooms.  

Homemaker Services

$5,911

Home Health Aide

$5,911

Adult Day Health Care

$1,652

Assisted Living Facility

$5,250

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$9,125

Nursing Home Facility (private room)

$11,269

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

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Orange County

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 County

Orange County is home to numerous nonprofit programs and services to help older adults understand their long-term care options and identify ways to pay for services. Through the following resources, seniors can connect with social and recreational programming, legal and financial planning assistance, and health insurance options counseling.  

ResourceContactService
OC Office on Aging(800) 510-2020The OC Office on Aging is the designated Area Agency on Aging for the county. It has information and referral specialists who connect those aged 60 and over with programs to supplement services they obtain through assisted living, including durable medical equipment loans, social and recreational activities and health screenings and services. It also has health insurance options counselors who help older adults understand their Medicare benefits and determine whether they’re eligible for Medicaid, which can reduce their out-of-pocket care expenses.
OC Veterans Service Office(833) 480-6555The OC Veterans Service Office has trained officers who help older veterans apply for benefits that can help reduce out-of-pocket assisted living expenses, including veterans’ home placement, Aid and Attendance and pension benefits. It can also screen veterans for eligibility for TRICARE and VA medical services.
Orange Senior Center(714) 538-9633The Orange Senior Center, located in the county seat of Orange, provides weekly social and recreational programs for older adults in the community and surrounding areas. At the center, members can participate in clubs and fitness classes, sit in on presentations and attend support groups. The center also offers supportive services including legal aid, health insurance options counseling and information and referrals for community-based services.
Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program(800) 300-6222The regional long-term care ombudsman visits assisted living facilities in Orange County to ensure compliance with state and federal guidelines and help residents understand their rights. The ombudsman can work with families to help them review long-term care options and ways to pay for services. They can also mediate disagreements and assist with resolving billing errors or problems with substandard care.
Community Legal Aid SoCal(714) 571-5200Community Legal Aid SoCal is staffed with licensed professionals who specialize in age-related legal matters. Through the office, seniors get help with estate planning, drafting wills and assigning powers of attorney. The office can also screen individuals for eligibility for public benefits and help resolve issues such as Social Security overpayment and denied health insurance claims.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Orange County

Orange 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.


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