2 Assisted Living Facilities in Ridgecrest, CA
To help you with your search, browse the 4 reviews below for assisted living facilities in Ridgecrest. On average, consumers rate assisted living in Ridgecrest 4.3 out of 5 stars.
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What to Consider About Assisted Living in Ridgecrest
Ridgecrest is a small city located in Indian Wells Valley in northeastern Kern County. Seniors make up over 14 percent of the population in Ridgecrest and there are two assisted living facilities in the city to meet their needs. There are also 64 in the nearby cities of Tehachapi, Lancaster and Palmdale.
Assisted living matters in California are overseen by the California Department of Health Care Services and the California Department of Aging. California is a very populated state with a complex web of government agencies who manage senior-related matters. The Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing Division handles licensing of care facilities throughout the state.
Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Ridgecrest
- The Cost of living in Ridgecrest is 1.1 percent below the national average. Housing is inexpensive at 12 percent below the average, and health care costs are about 6 percent above the average.
- Transportation options are available through the Deviated Flex Route Ridgerunner Transit System. Their services include regular routes within city limits and on-demand services for riders who need curb-to-curb transportation.
- The area's climate could be a plus for seniors who enjoy the dry, hot weather that is common to the area. Even so, with July highs averaging 102.6 degrees, the weather could be prohibitive for seniors with health conditions that worsen in hot weather. Winters are also dry, but cold, with average winter highs of 31.7 degrees in January.
- The state of California does not tax social security checks, so seniors living in Ridgecrest have more funds to pay for their assisted living costs.
Crime statistics for Ridgecrest are on the positive side in one sense, with property crime clocking in at about 14 percent below the national average. Conversely, violent crime is 23 percent higher than the average.
- The Ridgecrest area has few facilities from which to choose in the event of a medical emergency or illness, with the nearest major hospital located in Los Angeles.
Paying for Assisted Living in Ridgecrest
Average Monthly Costs
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Assisted Living costs in Ridgecrest start around $0 per month on average, while the nationwide average cost of assisted living is $4,000 per month, according to the latest figures from Genworth’s Cost of Care Survey.
It’s important to note that assisted living rates in Ridgecrest and the surrounding suburbs can vary widely based on factors such as location, the level of care needed, apartment size and the types of amenities offered at each community.
Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Ridgecrest
The Assisted Living Waiver is available to assisted living residents in the state of California, helping to pay their monthly costs. The Optional State Supplement program of the Social Security Administration is also available to California residents who receive SSI benefits and who live in a residential care facility.
Learn more about these programs, plus who’s eligible, on our Assisted Living in California page.
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 Ridgecrest
Ridgecrest and the surrounding area are home to numerous government agencies and non-profit organizations offering help for seniors searching for or currently residing in an assisted living community. These organizations can also provide assistance in a number of other eldercare services such as geriatric care management, elder law advice, estate planning, finding home care and health and wellness programs.
To see a list of free assisted living resources in Ridgecrest, please visit our Assisted Living in California page.
Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Ridgecrest
Ridgecrest-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.
Recent Reviews of Assisted Living in Ridgecrest
Review of High Desert Haven
High Desert Haven was beautiful, looked really nice and clean, and the level of care was more in line with what we need for my grandmother. She could be either in the facility closest to the activi... Read more
Review of High Desert Haven
My mother-in-law is extremely happy at High Desert Haven. It's a very clean facility. It's a newly built wing. The caregivers are very nice and she's very happy with them. Since it's a memory care ... Read more
Review of High Desert Haven
My father is at High Desert Haven. It is clean and well-organized. The administrative staff is very helpful and very patient in all my inquiries and calls. They call me when something comes in, so ... Read more