Nestled in the Coachella Valley, Palm Desert is a vibrant community popular with seniors from all across North America. Of its estimated 51,541 residents, 35.8% are seniors, which is more than double the national average. Its sunny weather makes it easy for seniors to take in outdoor attractions like national parks and nature preserves. The city has a low violent crime rate and low health care costs compared to much of the United States.

Palm Desert’s assisted living facilities offer a wide range of amenities and activities designed to entertain residents. Generally, staff in these facilities are available 24/7 to provide assistance with personal care and general upkeep. On average, this type of care costs $5,475 per month in Palm Desert, which is above the state and national averages.

This guide is designed to help seniors determine whether retirement in Palm Desert is a good choice for them. It includes pros and cons of the city, the cost of long-term care and the resources available to local seniors.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Palm Desert, CA

2014, 2015, 2016, 2022

Atria Hacienda

44-600 Monterey Avenue, Palm Desert, CA, 92260

Atria Hacienda is nestled next to the Westfield Palm Desert shopping mall and Cahuilla Hills Park in Palm Desert, California. Visitors and residents compliment this facility for being bright and clean … (read more)
Atria Hacienda is nestled next to the Westfield Palm Desert shopping mall and Cahuilla Hills Park in Palm Desert, California. Visitors and residents compliment this facility for being bright and clean … (read more)

2015, 2016, 2017, 2020, 2022

Atria Palm Desert

44-300 San Pascual Avenue, Palm Desert, CA, 92260

Atria Palm Desert is an independent and assisted living facility in the heart of Palm Desert, CA, just blocks from the elegant shops and restaurants of El Paseo Drive. Residents enjoy sunny, warm weat … (read more)
Atria Palm Desert is an independent and assisted living facility in the heart of Palm Desert, CA, just blocks from the elegant shops and restaurants of El Paseo Drive. Residents enjoy sunny, warm weat … (read more)

2019

The Fountains At The Carlotta

41-505 Carlotta Drive , Palm Desert, CA, 92211


Oakmont of Segovia

39905 Via Scena, Palm Desert, CA, 92260

I’ve seen Segovia at Palm Desert and it was very nice. I was visiting my great uncle there, and it’s really a fabulous place. He was in the assisted living unit, and the place was literally like a cou … (read more)
I’ve seen Segovia at Palm Desert and it was very nice. I was visiting my great uncle there, and it’s really a fabulous place. He was in the assisted living unit, and the place was literally like a cou … (read more)

Victoria Falls Home Care I

78554 Pleasant Hill Drive, Palm Desert, CA, 92211

Victoria Falls Home Care I is an assisted living facility in Rancho Mirage, California, close to Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort and Spa and convenient to Bob Hope Drive. Visitors praise the facility … (read more)
Victoria Falls Home Care I is an assisted living facility in Rancho Mirage, California, close to Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort and Spa and convenient to Bob Hope Drive. Visitors praise the facility … (read more)

Trinity Gardens On Portola

44-277 Portola Avenue, Palm Desert, CA, 92260


Avatar Retirement Home

44645 San Onofre Avenue, Palm Desert, CA, 92260


Bella Casa 2

77-632 Barons Cir, Palm Desert, CA, 92211


Palm Desert Senior Living

44-835 Santa Anita Avenue, Palm Desert, CA, 92260


Palm Desert Senior Living Oahu

74210 Alessandro Dr, Palm Desert, CA, 92260


Petunia Royale Assisted Living, Llc

74127 E. Petunia Place, Palm Desert, CA, 92211


Shadow Palms Manor

73165 Fiddleneck Lane, Palm Desert, CA, 92260


Thornhill Estate

40924 Hovley Court, Palm Desert, CA, 92260


Sun City Villa

78950 Mimosa Drive, Palm Desert, CA, 92211


2015

Rancho Mirage Terrace

34560 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage, CA, 92270

Mission Hills at Rancho Mirage assisted living sits next to Interstate 10 and the Monterey Marketplace Shopping Center in Rancho Mirage, California. Visitors and residents say that this facility has f … (read more)
Mission Hills at Rancho Mirage assisted living sits next to Interstate 10 and the Monterey Marketplace Shopping Center in Rancho Mirage, California. Visitors and residents say that this facility has f … (read more)

2015

Brookdale Mirage Inn

72750 Country Club Dr, Rancho Mirage, CA, 92270

Brookdale Mirage Inn is located next to the Eisenhower Health Center and Lake Mirage Racquet Club in Rancho Mirage, California. Residents and visitors agree that this facility has friendly and attenti … (read more)
Brookdale Mirage Inn is located next to the Eisenhower Health Center and Lake Mirage Racquet Club in Rancho Mirage, California. Residents and visitors agree that this facility has friendly and attenti … (read more)

2015, 2016

Bayshire Rancho Mirage

72201 Country Club Drive, Rancho Mirage, CA, 92270

Bayshire Rancho Mirage was nice. The staff was also nice and the facilities were great. I think they had more selection in floor plans to choose from. So that’s nice for somebody who needs options. Th … (read more)
Bayshire Rancho Mirage was nice. The staff was also nice and the facilities were great. I think they had more selection in floor plans to choose from. So that’s nice for somebody who needs options. Th … (read more)

Four Seasons Elderly Care Home, Inc.

81399 Avenida Coyote, Indio, CA, 92201

Four Seasons Elderly Care Home, Inc. is located in Indio, California, nestled in a residential neighborhood northeast of the city of La Quinta. Visitors find the facility safe, with knowledgeable staf … (read more)
Four Seasons Elderly Care Home, Inc. is located in Indio, California, nestled in a residential neighborhood northeast of the city of La Quinta. Visitors find the facility safe, with knowledgeable staf … (read more)

Desert Cottages II

83-421 Matador Court, Indio, CA, 92203

My father stayed at Desert Cottages. It was a private home, it was well-kept, and well-maintained. Liz was the administrator, and she was really good. They’ve had no COVID outbreaks, and no confirmed … (read more)
My father stayed at Desert Cottages. It was a private home, it was well-kept, and well-maintained. Liz was the administrator, and she was really good. They’ve had no COVID outbreaks, and no confirmed … (read more)

The Palms at La Quinta

45160 Seeley Drive, La Quinta, CA, 92253

<p>Offering memory care and assisted living in La Quinta, California, The Palms at La Quinta Senior Living provides our residents a unique lifestyle that is coupled with exceptional, personalized an … (read more)
<p>Offering memory care and assisted living in La Quinta, California, The Palms at La Quinta Senior Living provides our residents a unique lifestyle that is coupled with exceptional, personalized an … (read more)

COVID-19 Rules for Assisted Living in Palm Desert

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 Palm Desert

The Community Care Licensing Division of the California Department of Social Services oversees assisted living facilities in Palm Desert. This body works to ensure long-term care homes operate within the senior care laws enacted by California’s government.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Palm Desert

  • As the name suggests, Palm Desert has a hot, dry climate. It gets year-round sun with no snow in the winter and only 5 inches of rain per year, which makes it great for seniors who like to spend time outside.
  • In a measure of dozens of sources regarding quality of life, Sperling’s Best Places website rates the overall cost of living in Palm Desert 22 points higher than the national benchmark of 100. However, it’s 27.9 points under the state median of 149.9. Health care costs are especially low, at 12.2 points below average.
  • Palm Desert is a safe city with a very low rate of violent crime, at 15.7 points compared to the U.S. average of 22.7. Although property crime rates are higher than average, at 59.3 compared to 35.4, retirement communities have security in place to protect residents.
  • In the city, there are 99 physicians per 100,000 people, which is lower than the national median of 210 per 100,000. Fortunately, health care costs are 16.5% lower than average.
  • Palm Desert is part of the age-friendly state of California. This means the government has committed to improving livability for the aging population through public services and infrastructure.

Paying for Assisted Living in Palm Desert

In Palm Desert, seniors pay an average of $5,475 per month for assisted living, although actual costs vary by location. According to the Genworth Cost of Care Survey, this cost is higher than the California average of $5,250 per month. It’s also higher than the U.S. median of $4,500.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

While assisted living costs in Palm Desert are high, seniors in nearby El Centro pay even more, at $6,150 per month. Riverside is significantly more affordable at $4,000. In Los Angeles, the same type of care averages $5,250. Further up the coast, Oxnard has a median assisted living price of $5,750 per month.

$5475

Palm Desert

$5250

California

$4500

United States

$4000

Riverside

$5250

Los Angeles

$5750

Oxnard

$6150

El Centro

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

While assisted living costs $5,475 per month in Palm Desert, adult day health care costs are much lower, averaging $2,058. In-home care is costlier at $6,387 per month. For home health care, seniors pay $6,473. Nursing home care is the most expensive, with a semiprivate room averaging $9,384.

$6387

In-Home Care

$6473

Home Health Care

$2058

Adult Day Health Care

$5475

Assisted Living Facility

$9384

Nursing Home (semiprivate room)

Note: Data for Palm Desert was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, San Diego, was used instead.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Palm Desert

Eligible seniors may receive help paying for assisted living through California’s Assisted Living Waiver Program. Financial aid is also available to those with Supplemental Security Income (SSI) through California’s Optional State Supplement (OSS) program. 

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 Palm Desert

Seniors in Palm Desert can take advantage of many free resources for information, assistance and advocacy. Below are a few examples.

Resource 

Contact 

Description 

(877) 932-4100

This Area Agency on Aging provides case management services to help seniors determine their care needs, find long-term care placement and enroll in a variety of benefits programs. It also runs the Long-Term Care Ombudsman program, which advocates for seniors in assisted living facilities. The ombudsman helps seniors resolve concerns or complaints about their care.

(951) 955-3060

This organization helps veterans gain access to state and federal financial aid. Free legal clinics offer education on topics of interest to older adults such as health care, consumer law and estate matters. The vet center can also connect service members with medical and mental health services.

(951) 682-7968

Low-income and elderly adults can access free legal information and representation from this legal aid office. Attorneys can provide assistance with civil issues, guardianships and debt collection. Help is also available for victims of elder abuse.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Palm Desert

Palm Desert 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