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 the county’s 3.2 million residents, seniors account for over 15% of the population. To meet the needs of older residents, the county has a diverse range of social and recreational programs, legal and financial resources and support services.  

Orange County is also home to numerous assisted living facilities. These facilities provide residential services, meals and personal care, along with scheduled recreational activities to promote seniors’ comfort and quality of life. The Genworth 2021 Cost of Care Survey reports that on average, assisted living rates in Orange County are equal to the state median but considerably higher than the national rate at $5,250 per month.  

This guide provides more information on senior care costs in Orange County, as well as an overview of some benefits of living here and things to consider before moving to the region. It also highlights local resources for older adults.  

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Orange County, CA

The Meridian at Anaheim Hills

525 South Anaheim Hills Road, Anaheim, CA, 92807

The Meridian at Anaheim Hills is located in a quiet area of Anaheim, California, a short distance from Anaheim Hills and East Santa Ana Canyon Road where there are a wide variety of shops, restaurants … (read more)
The Meridian at Anaheim Hills is located in a quiet area of Anaheim, California, a short distance from Anaheim Hills and East Santa Ana Canyon Road where there are a wide variety of shops, restaurants … (read more)

2013, 2015

Brookdale Garden Grove

10200 Chapman Avenue, Garden Grove, CA, 92840

Brookdale Garden Grove is located in Garden Grove, California, a few minutes away from the Navy Golf Course Seal Beach, Disneyland and Westhaven Park. Residents give this facility high marks for its r … (read more)
Brookdale Garden Grove is located in Garden Grove, California, a few minutes away from the Navy Golf Course Seal Beach, Disneyland and Westhaven Park. Residents give this facility high marks for its r … (read more)

Atria Del Sol

23792 Marguerite Parkway, Mission Viejo, CA, 92692

Atria Del Sol had a warm and very inviting staff. They were doing activities at the time, so the residents seemed very happy and engaged. The location was good. It was on a golf course and it was near … (read more)
Atria Del Sol had a warm and very inviting staff. They were doing activities at the time, so the residents seemed very happy and engaged. The location was good. It was on a golf course and it was near … (read more)

2016

Sunrise of Mission Viejo

26151 Country Club Drive, Mission Viejo, CA, 92691

Located in Mission Viejo, California, Sunrise of Mission Viejo is less than a mile from Madrid Fore Park and Interstate 5. Residents and their loved ones praise the facility’s homelike interior and … (read more)
Located in Mission Viejo, California, Sunrise of Mission Viejo is less than a mile from Madrid Fore Park and Interstate 5. Residents and their loved ones praise the facility’s homelike interior and … (read more)

Brookdale Anaheim

200 North Dale Avenue, Anaheim, CA, 92801

Brookdale Anaheim is located in Anaheim, California, just minutes from I-5 and Route 91. Residents and their loved ones give high marks for the kind and caring staff and the clean and inviting facilit … (read more)
Brookdale Anaheim is located in Anaheim, California, just minutes from I-5 and Route 91. Residents and their loved ones give high marks for the kind and caring staff and the clean and inviting facilit … (read more)

2013, 2016

Town & Country Manor

555 E Memory Ln, Santa Ana, CA, 92706

Town and Country Manor is located in a prime location of Santa Ana, cozily tucked away with the view of the lush woods on one side of the community, while still being just a short distance from a near … (read more)
Town and Country Manor is located in a prime location of Santa Ana, cozily tucked away with the view of the lush woods on one side of the community, while still being just a short distance from a near … (read more)

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)

2016

Huntington Terrace

18800 Florida Street, Huntington Beach, CA, 92648

Huntington Terrace is in a prime location in Huntington Beach, California, near numerous stores, restaurants and, of course, breathtaking Huntington Beach. Visitors highly praise the facility for the … (read more)
Huntington Terrace is in a prime location in Huntington Beach, California, near numerous stores, restaurants and, of course, breathtaking Huntington Beach. Visitors highly praise the facility for the … (read more)

Park Terrace

21952 Buena Suerte, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, 92688

My mom has moved into Park Terrace. It’s been great. All of the amenities are in the building including her physical therapy. They have a hair and nail salon, a church, beautiful gardens, and two diff … (read more)
My mom has moved into Park Terrace. It’s been great. All of the amenities are in the building including her physical therapy. They have a hair and nail salon, a church, beautiful gardens, and two diff … (read more)

Freedom Village

23442 El Toro Road, Lake Forest, CA, 92630

Freedom Village is a well-established, stable community, with a remarkable staff – some of whom have been with the organization since it’s founding 32 or so years ago. During the Covid 19 pandemic, t … (read more)
Freedom Village is a well-established, stable community, with a remarkable staff – some of whom have been with the organization since it’s founding 32 or so years ago. During the Covid 19 pandemic, t … (read more)

2022

Heritage Pointe

27356 Bellogente, Mission Viejo, CA, 92691

Heritage Pointe was very clean. They were very polite. They took us around and showed us one of the available apartments and the amenities they have. It was good. Right now, a lot of things are still … (read more)
Heritage Pointe was very clean. They were very polite. They took us around and showed us one of the available apartments and the amenities they have. It was good. Right now, a lot of things are still … (read more)

2016, 2017, 2022

Rowntree Gardens

12151 Dale Street, Stanton, CA, 90680

Located in Stanton, California, Rowntree Gardens is nestled next to Premier Park and the Playa Galleria Shopping Center. Residents and their families praise the facility’s friendly staff, homelike i … (read more)
Located in Stanton, California, Rowntree Gardens is nestled next to Premier Park and the Playa Galleria Shopping Center. Residents and their families praise the facility’s friendly staff, homelike i … (read more)

2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

Brookdale Nohl Ranch

380 S. Anaheim Hills Rd, Anaheim Hills, CA, 92807

Brookdale Nohl Ranch is located in Anaheim Hills California, near major freeways and Yorba Regional Park and only a short drive from Disneyland. Guests and relatives give the facility positive reviews … (read more)
Brookdale Nohl Ranch is located in Anaheim Hills California, near major freeways and Yorba Regional Park and only a short drive from Disneyland. Guests and relatives give the facility positive reviews … (read more)

2015

Brookdale Brookhurst

15302 Brookhurst St., Westminster, CA, 92683

Brookdale Brookhurst is nestled in a quiet suburb of Westminster, California, near the Mile Square Regional Park, David L. Baker Golf Course and Fountain Valley Regional Hospital. Residents describe t … (read more)
Brookdale Brookhurst is nestled in a quiet suburb of Westminster, California, near the Mile Square Regional Park, David L. Baker Golf Course and Fountain Valley Regional Hospital. Residents describe t … (read more)

2016, 2022

Sunrise of Seal Beach

3850 Lampson Avenue, Seal Beach, CA, 90740

Sunrise of Seal Beach is in the coastal town of Seal Beach, California, near major freeways, Naples Island and Long Beach. Guests and family members give the community excellent reviews for its clean … (read more)
Sunrise of Seal Beach is in the coastal town of Seal Beach, California, near major freeways, Naples Island and Long Beach. Guests and family members give the community excellent reviews for its clean … (read more)

2014, 2015

Brookdale Brea

285 W Central Ave, Brea, CA, 92821

Brookdale Brea is located less than two miles from Arovista Park and the Brea Gateway Center shopping mall in Brea, California. Residents and their loved ones agree that the facility offers clean, coz … (read more)
Brookdale Brea is located less than two miles from Arovista Park and the Brea Gateway Center shopping mall in Brea, California. Residents and their loved ones agree that the facility offers clean, coz … (read more)

2013, 2015, 2016

Westminster Terrace

7571 Westminster Blvd, Westminster, CA, 92683

Westminster Terrace Assisted Living Community was a nice place and they had a lot of amenities that were useful. I liked the layout of the place and the people were nice. So we’re pleased with it over … (read more)
Westminster Terrace Assisted Living Community was a nice place and they had a lot of amenities that were useful. I liked the layout of the place and the people were nice. So we’re pleased with it over … (read more)

Hollybrook Senior Living of Orange

2025 North Bush Street, Santa Ana, CA, 92706

Hollybrook Senior Living of Orange is conveniently located close to Main Street and 17th Street, where you can easily find a number of restaurants, stores and entertainment venues. The facility is wel … (read more)
Hollybrook Senior Living of Orange is conveniently located close to Main Street and 17th Street, where you can easily find a number of restaurants, stores and entertainment venues. The facility is wel … (read more)

2015, 2016

Capistrano Senior Living

31741 Rancho Viejo Rd., San Juan Capistrano, CA, 92675

I visited Capistrano Senior Living. It was very nice and pleasant. I loved it. It was very nice, and the staff was excellent. The place was beautiful. It was clean, and the rooms were very nice. My da … (read more)
I visited Capistrano Senior Living. It was very nice and pleasant. I loved it. It was very nice, and the staff was excellent. The place was beautiful. It was clean, and the rooms were very nice. My da … (read more)

2016

Sunnycrest Senior Living

1925 Sunny Crest Drive, Fullerton, CA, 92835

Sunnycrest Senior Living in Fullerton, California offers what residents call a caring, inclusive atmosphere in a well-maintained building. Large common rooms provide space for getting out and about to … (read more)
Sunnycrest Senior Living in Fullerton, California offers what residents call a caring, inclusive atmosphere in a well-maintained building. Large common rooms provide space for getting out and about to … (read more)

COVID-19 Rules for Assisted Living in Orange County

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 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. 

$5250

Orange County

$5250

California

$4500

The United States

$5475

San Diego

$3450

Visalia

$4950

Vallejo

$7048

Santa Rosa

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.  

$5911

Homemaker Services

$5911

Home Health Aide

$1652

Adult Day Health Care

$5250

Assisted Living Facility

$9125

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$11269

Nursing Home Facility (private room)

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.  

Resource 

Contact 

Description 

(800) 510-2020 

The 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.  

(833) 480-6555

The 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.  

(714) 538-9633 

The 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.  

(800) 300-6222 

The 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.  

(714) 571-5200 

Community 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.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in California