Riverside is a large city with about 331,000 residents, over 35,000 of whom are aged 65 and over. Its relatively affordable cost of living, exceptionally comfortable climate and easy access to healthcare services make it a great option for retirees researching care options in the Inland Empire metropolitan area. 

Assisted living is a popular option among older adults who want to maintain their privacy and independence while receiving personal care as needed. These communities feature curated social and recreational programming to promote a fun environment, and meal services, housekeeping, laundry and home maintenance provide plenty of time to relax and pursue hobbies and interests. The Genworth 2020 Cost of Care Survey reports that in Riverside, this type of care costs $3,900 per month, which is well below state and national rates. 

This guide provides more information on senior care costs in Riverside and provides contact information for local agencies that can help older adults assess care and payment options. It also highlights the benefits and drawbacks of living in Riverside. 

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Riverside, CA

2016

Citrus Place

7858 California Ave, Riverside, CA, 92504

Welcoming and pleasant, Welbrook Arlington offers studio, one-bedroom and companion suite apartments for those searching for assisted living. Situated in Riverside, California, this facility is home t … (read more)
Welcoming and pleasant, Welbrook Arlington offers studio, one-bedroom and companion suite apartments for those searching for assisted living. Situated in Riverside, California, this facility is home t … (read more)

2014, 2015, 2016

Sunrise at Canyon Crest

5265 Chapala Drive, Riverside, CA, 92507

Located in Riverside, California, Sunrise at Canyon Crest is next to the Canyon Crest Country Club and Golf Course and is only minutes from The Mission Inn Hotel and Spa. Residents enjoy Sunrise’s man … (read more)
Located in Riverside, California, Sunrise at Canyon Crest is next to the Canyon Crest Country Club and Golf Course and is only minutes from The Mission Inn Hotel and Spa. Residents enjoy Sunrise’s man … (read more)

Westmont Village

17050 Arnold Drive, Riverside, CA, 92518

Westmont Village was definitely nice. There was plenty of parking. When you walked in, it was really beautiful. It was a very nice place. I would want to live there myself. The facilities were beautif … (read more)
Westmont Village was definitely nice. There was plenty of parking. When you walked in, it was really beautiful. It was a very nice place. I would want to live there myself. The facilities were beautif … (read more)

Citiview Residential Care

15646 Rancho Viejo Drive, Riverside, CA, 92506

Citiview Residential Care is located along the scenic Rancho Viejo Drive in Riverside, offering a breathtaking view that overlooks the surrounding cities. The facility is only a ten-minute drive from … (read more)
Citiview Residential Care is located along the scenic Rancho Viejo Drive in Riverside, offering a breathtaking view that overlooks the surrounding cities. The facility is only a ten-minute drive from … (read more)

Raincross at Riverside

5232 Central Avenue, Riverside, CA, 92504

My wife has found a place she liked that her friends recommended. It’s Raincross at Riverside in downtown Riverside. She’s been there for 3 months now and she’s in their assisted living. I have no gre … (read more)
My wife has found a place she liked that her friends recommended. It’s Raincross at Riverside in downtown Riverside. She’s been there for 3 months now and she’s in their assisted living. I have no gre … (read more)

The Grove Assisted & Independent Living

3401 Lemon St., Riverside, CA, 92501

We toured The Grove Assisted & Independent Living. They do not do laundry, which is what my wife needs as she cannot do laundry. That’s the only thing that I noticed we did not like. It was assist … (read more)
We toured The Grove Assisted & Independent Living. They do not do laundry, which is what my wife needs as she cannot do laundry. That’s the only thing that I noticed we did not like. It was assist … (read more)

The Gardens of Riverside

10849 Arlington Ave, Riverside, CA, 92505

Meridian Gardens of Riverside was very open, welcoming, and very pleasant; however, it did not seem to meet up with the requirements that I was wanting. The dining area seemed to be clean. The people … (read more)
Meridian Gardens of Riverside was very open, welcoming, and very pleasant; however, it did not seem to meet up with the requirements that I was wanting. The dining area seemed to be clean. The people … (read more)

Apple Blossom Home – CLOSED

15676 Cecil Avenue, Riverside, CA, 92508

Apple Blossom Home is a nurse-owned board and care facility with a unique location on the outskirts of Riverside, California. Surrounded by orange groves, open spaces and farmland, residents receive r … (read more)
Apple Blossom Home is a nurse-owned board and care facility with a unique location on the outskirts of Riverside, California. Surrounded by orange groves, open spaces and farmland, residents receive r … (read more)

Arlington Riverside Senior Community

4609 Arlington Avenue, Riverside, CA, 92504

Located near Low Park and a few minutes away from Magnolia Center, Meridian of Riverside is appreciated by residents as a comfortable and active facility with a dedicated staff that are great at their … (read more)
Located near Low Park and a few minutes away from Magnolia Center, Meridian of Riverside is appreciated by residents as a comfortable and active facility with a dedicated staff that are great at their … (read more)

Partners N Care Snr Residence

5873 Bud Court, Riverside, CA, 92506

My husband is currently in Partners N Care. It is a wonderful place. It has been a very good experience for us. They take excellent care of my husband. I couldn’t be happier that he is in a safe envir … (read more)
My husband is currently in Partners N Care. It is a wonderful place. It has been a very good experience for us. They take excellent care of my husband. I couldn’t be happier that he is in a safe envir … (read more)

Bianca’s Home Care

12543 Bougainvillea Way, Riverside, CA, 92503

My husband was at Bianca’s Home Care. He was comfortable there. The staff was good. His room was very nice. They had activities most of the time. It was very clean, and they were always busy.
My husband was at Bianca’s Home Care. He was comfortable there. The staff was good. His room was very nice. They had activities most of the time. It was very clean, and they were always busy.

Winter Woods Cottages

845 W. LA CADENA DRIVE, Riverside, CA, 92501

My father in law lived here for more than four years until he passed away. They took care of him very well. It is owned by a husband and wife who have been very helpful and were always available to li … (read more)
My father in law lived here for more than four years until he passed away. They took care of him very well. It is owned by a husband and wife who have been very helpful and were always available to li … (read more)

Agape Care Haven

3750 Briscoe Street, Riverside, CA, 92506

Agape Care is nice, but it’s in an ordinary, middle-class neighborhood in an older side of town. It’s well cared for and really nice inside. The staff has been terrific. My mother gives the food a nic … (read more)
Agape Care is nice, but it’s in an ordinary, middle-class neighborhood in an older side of town. It’s well cared for and really nice inside. The staff has been terrific. My mother gives the food a nic … (read more)

Rosemont Villa

6116 BIig Horn Drive, Riverside, CA, 92506

We visited Rosemont Villa, and it was very nice, but the cost was too high. It was out of pocket, and we needed something with services. The facilities and the amenities were beautiful, the esthetics … (read more)
We visited Rosemont Villa, and it was very nice, but the cost was too high. It was out of pocket, and we needed something with services. The facilities and the amenities were beautiful, the esthetics … (read more)

Mayflower Guest Home II

11287 Norwood Avenue, Riverside, CA, 92505

Mom and dad were at Cunningham Residential. The facility is pretty good, but there were just too many patients there. They have a church group that would come every now and then, but as far as the act … (read more)
Mom and dad were at Cunningham Residential. The facility is pretty good, but there were just too many patients there. They have a church group that would come every now and then, but as far as the act … (read more)

Grandview Manor

4411 CHICAGO AVENUE, Riverside, CA, 92507

We visited the Grandview Manor in Riverside while searching for a suitable assisted living facility for my friend’s mother. The foyer was nicely decorated and seemed homey, as did all of the communal … (read more)
We visited the Grandview Manor in Riverside while searching for a suitable assisted living facility for my friend’s mother. The foyer was nicely decorated and seemed homey, as did all of the communal … (read more)

Victoria Villas

224 Juniperhill Lane, Riverside, CA, 92506

I like the more individualized care they give at Victoria Villas because there are two caregivers at any given time 24 hours a day and they can only have as many as six residents and it’s governed by … (read more)
I like the more individualized care they give at Victoria Villas because there are two caregivers at any given time 24 hours a day and they can only have as many as six residents and it’s governed by … (read more)

La Sierra Village Homes

5256 Sierra Vista Ave, Riverside, CA, 92505

She’s in La Sierra Village Home right now. It’s a 6-bed unit and the person felt like she was in prison. She wasn’t allowed to do a lot of stuff, and she wasn’t happy. The rooms were small. Fo … (read more)
She’s in La Sierra Village Home right now. It’s a 6-bed unit and the person felt like she was in prison. She wasn’t allowed to do a lot of stuff, and she wasn’t happy. The rooms were small. Fo … (read more)

Faith, Hope and Love Assisted Living

5505 Via San Jacinto, Riverside, CA, 92506


Blessed Elder Care Inc.

5041 SIERRA STREET, Riverside, CA, 92504


What to Consider About Assisted Living in Riverside

Assisted living facilities in Riverside are officially called residential care facilities for the elderly. These facilities are licensed and monitored by the California Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing Division. 

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Riverside

  • Riverside is among the more affordable cities in California and may be a financially viable option for those seeking assisted living services in the Los Angeles region. While its overall cost of living is about 33% higher than the national average, it’s roughly 17% cheaper to live here than in the typical California city.  
  • California has some of the highest income taxes in the United States. Income from retirement accounts and public and private pensions are fully taxed at the state level, and the state imposes a capital gains tax. However, Social Security benefits are exempt from state income tax, so those who primarily rely on this form of retirement income may see little impact from the state’s tax rate.  
  • Comfortable weather throughout the year is one of Riverside’s most notable benefits for retirees. On a 10-point index on which the United States rates 7, this city scores 8.7, indicating that most days have mild temperatures and humidity levels are generally low.  
  • Riverside’s air quality is comparable to the air quality in the nation as a whole. On an air quality index that assigns higher scores for cleaner air, Riverside is rated 55 versus the national score of 58. Older adults with allergies, asthma or cardiovascular conditions may want to seek out indoor activities on days when outside air quality is poor. 
  • Riverside’s property and violent crime rates are slightly high compared to the nation as a whole. On a 100-point crime index, the city’s violent crime rate is six points higher than the national median at 28.7, and the property crime rate is about 11 points higher at 46.7. To keep residents safe, many assisted living facilities utilize updated technology to monitor their grounds and ensure security.  
  • Healthcare costs in Riverside are about 16% lower than the national average, which may promote affordable treatment for those with chronic conditions. The region is home to top-ranking medical facilities, such as Riverside Community Hospital and Kaiser Permanente Fontana Medical Center, which is about 9 miles north in Fontana.  

Paying for Assisted Living in Riverside

Riverside is a very affordable option for assisted living, with monthly fees coming in at $3,900. This is about $1,100 below the state median of $5,000 and $400 below the national rate of $4,300. 

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities 

With assisted living facilities charging just $3,900 per month for services, Riverside is among the cheapest California cities for this level of care. Only a few surveyed cities have more affordable care, including Stockton, where seniors pay $3,500 per month on average. In Santa Maria, care costs are on par with the state average at $5,000, and in Napa, fees are high at $6,250 per month.  

$3900

Riverside

$5000

California

$4300

The United States

$5000

Santa Maria

$3500

Stockton

$6250

Napa

The Cost of Other Types of Care 

Riverside seniors have several care options available, depending on whether they want to live in their own homes or a residential setting. The cheapest care option is adult day health care, which features daytime personal care services, meals and skilled nursing services in a community setting for $1,907 per month. Assisted living is about $2,000 higher at $3,900 per month. Seniors may also obtain home-based care, including homemaker services and specialized home health aide services for $5,053. Nursing home residents pay approximately $7,756 per month for semiprivate rooms and $9,216 for private accommodations.   

$5053

Homemaker Services

$5053

Home Health Aide

$1907

Adult Day Health Care

$3900

Assisted Living Facility

$7756

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$9216

Nursing Home Facility (private room)

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Riverside

In Riverside, low-income seniors can qualify for financial aid to help pay for the cost of assisted living. Currently, there are two programs that may help fund assisted living, including Medi-Cal, which offers an Assisted Living Waiver program, and Supplemental Security Income – Category G

Learn more about these programs, plus who’s eligible, on our Assisted Living in California page.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Riverside

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 Riverside

The Riverside area is home to several nonprofit agencies to help seniors make the best choices for their short- and long-term care needs. The following table features organizations and programs that advocate on behalf of seniors, educate them on their rights as assisted living residents and help them identify options for paying for their care.  

Resource Contact  Service 
Riverside County Office on Aging (951) 867-3800 Seniors in Riverside have access to over two dozen free and low-cost services through the county’s Office on Aging. As the local Area Agency on Aging, this department has a long-term care ombudsman program to advocate on behalf of assisted living residents and help them understand their rights. It also provides information and referral services, case management, nutrition services and social and recreational programming. Seniors must meet minimum qualifications for free services. 
Council on Aging Southern California (909) 256-8369 The region’s Council on Aging administers the statewide Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program, which provides free health insurance options counseling for those who qualify for Medicare. It has trained advisors who can answer questions about Medicare benefits and options, Medicaid and its waivers and long-term care insurance, which can help seniors find ways to pay for assisted living. The office also has a long-term care ombudsman program to promote the quality of life of those in residential care communities. 
Inland Counties Legal Services – Riverside Office (951) 368-2555 Inland Counties Legal Services has an office in Riverside, providing older adults with easy access to free legal advice and representation. It’s staffed by legal professionals who can help seniors obtain public benefits, such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. It can also help with consumer issues, such as denied health insurance claims, overpayments and unfair debt collection practices.  
County of Riverside Veterans Services (951) 955-3060 The County’s Veterans Services Office advocates on behalf of veterans and helps them obtain services and benefits, including those that may help cover assisted living expenses. It has trained advisors who screen veterans and help them apply for the Aid and Attendance benefit, disability compensation and pension programs. It can also help veterans determine whether they qualify for VA health insurance, healthcare or memorial benefits.  
Senior Centers (951) 826-5303 The city’s Parks & Recreation Department operates three senior centers, including Dales Senior Center, La Sierra Senior Center and Janet Goeske Center. At these locations, which are open to those aged 55 and over, members enjoy congregate meals and participate in games, fitness classes, informational and educational programming and holiday events.  

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Riverside

Riverside-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 Riverside