Assisted Living Communities in Sacramento, CA
To help seniors in Sacramento find the assisted living community that’s right for their family, we’ve researched and compiled in-depth information about the cost of care, how to pay for care, and important local laws and regulations involving senior care and assisted living.
With an average cost of $3,245 in Sacramento, it’s often difficult to find assisted living communities that provide high-quality care at an affordable price. At Caring.com, our mission is to make this process as smooth and painless as possible, and we’ve helped many families along the way.
This guide provides everything you need to quickly compare communities and narrow your search, including 202 unique reviews from residents and our comprehensive database that gives pricing, amenity information, photos and more on the 85 facilities in Sacramento.
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What to Consider About Assisted Living in Sacramento
Sacramento is located at the confluence of the Sacramento and American Rivers and seniors may appreciate boating on the rivers or strolling along the waterfront. California's capital is home to just over 500,000 people and around 12 percent of the population is aged 65 and older. There are 102 assisted living facilities catering to seniors in the area, which are licensed by the California Department of Social Services, Senior Care Licensing Program.
Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Sacramento
- The Sacramento area is home to world-class medical facilities, including Mercy General Hospital, in the event of medical emergencies or illness.
- Seniors with respiratory conditions may be impacted by Sacramento's poor air quality. The State of the Air 2018 ranks Sacramento among the top 20 most polluted cities for ozone pollution and 24-hour particle pollution.
- Sacramento Regional Transit provides public transport in the Sacramento area and riders aged 62 and over are eligible for discounted fares. Some seniors may also be able to utilize the paratransit service, a door-to-door service for people unable to use regular services.
- Sacramento has an array of community resources for seniors, including the Foundation Aiding the Elderly, an organization that provides advocacy and information to ensure elders are treated with dignity and respect, as well as more than 10 senior centers.
- Sacramento has warm summers and mild winters. The average high temperature in July of 93 degrees and the low in December is around 40. The city also enjoys 269 sunny days each year, 64 more than the national average, giving seniors plenty of opportunities to enjoy the Californian sunshine.
- Sacramento's overall cost of living is ranked 128 on the Sperling index, 28 points higher than the national average. This is largely due to the high cost of housing and everyday expenses like groceries are closer to the national median. Seniors with regular health expenses may be able to save money as healthcare costs in Sacramento are 10 points lower than the U.S. average.
Paying for Assisted Living in Sacramento
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Assisted Living costs in Sacramento start around $3,250 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 Sacramento 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 Sacramento
The Medi-Cal managed care plan offers Medi-Cal Waivers to help pay for assisted living services. Assisted Living Waivers are also available from the California Department of Health Care Services for Medi-Cal members who meet the requirements to receive them, giving more support to seniors in need.
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 Sacramento
Sacramento 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 Sacramento, please visit our Assisted Living in California page.
Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Sacramento
Sacramento-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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Recent Reviews of Assisted Living in Sacramento
Review of Carlton Senior Living Sacramento Enhanced
My friend has moved into Carlton Senior Living Sacramento. So far, so good. She is adjusting. She likes the care, she likes the food, and she likes the environment. We have a win-win here. The staf... Read more
Review of Saint Francis Senior Residence
I brought my Mother here for an intake evaluation. Shavell, Debra and the front desk lady were wonderful. Nida, the RN who does the assessment was terrible. She wouldn’t listen to my Mother when sh... Read more
Review of Gramercy Court
My family and I have spent the last 10+ years helping my mother and mother-in-law navigate their 80’s and 90’s as they both moved into assisted living facilities. We are thankful our experiences w... Read more
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How much does assisted living cost in Sacramento?
Assisted living in Sacramento costs, on average, $4,500 each month. This cost is about 11% higher than the national average, but it’s identical to the average for the state of California. These average monthly prices are derived from the Genworth Financial Cost of Care tool which you can use to compare the cost of assisted living in Sacramento to the costs in any other area.
Is it safe to live in Sacramento?
According to Sperling’s crime ratings, Sacramento has crime rates that are ranked a little higher than is average nationally. On a scale of 1 (low crime) to 100 (high crime), Sacramento ranks 46.9 for property crime (such as theft), compared to a US average of 35.4. However, this crime rate reflects all of Sacramento, averaging both high- and low-crime areas of this large city. Within Sacramento, there are many assisted living facilities in areas that are clean, well-maintained, and have good reputations for safety.
What are the demographics in Sacramento?
Sacramento is a vibrant, diverse city. According to the US Census Bureau, 14.1% of Sacramento’s population is 65 or older. The median household income in Sacramento is $60,239- about $7,000 lower than the state average but about $3,000 higher than the national average. In Sacramento, the largest minority is Hispanic and Latino, with 23.4% of the city’s residents identifying as such.
Who qualifies for assisted living?
Those who enter assisted living in Sacramento need to be reasonably mobile, have medical needs that can be met off-campus, and be able to administer their own medications. Those with mild dementia or cognitive issues can be accepted, but those who are bedridden or who need 24-hour supervision or help with all activities of daily living cannot be.
What does assisted living include?
In Sacramento, assisted living include shared rooms or apartments, depending on the facility. Other amenities typically included at assisted living facilities are social activities planned by the staff, help with some activities of daily living, and help with things like planning doctor’s appointments and remembering to take medication and meals. The level of care varies according to the contract the resident has with the facility, but medical care is never included.