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The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in San Dimas, CA for 2024

Nestled within San Gabriel Valley, San Dimas is a city of 34,294 residents,19.2% of whom are aged 65+. This is above the national average of 16.5%, suggesting the city is more senior-friendly than many. The welcoming climate is a factor, as are the excellent health care facilities and low violent crime rates. San Dimas has a laid-back aura, in contrast to more vibrant cities nearby, with plenty to offer its older residents. Hiking and picnicking in San Dimas Canyon Community Regional Park is popular, as is browsing in the town center’s many boutique stores.

Seniors who need someone nearby to help with everyday tasks, such as cooking, often find the solution is assisted living. These facilities are staffed by qualified chefs, housekeepers and people trained to help manage medications. Assisted living can be a good compromise for independent-minded seniors who don’t require 24-hour support. They can expect to pay in the region of $5,000 per month for a placement, which is in line with the state average.

The rest of this guide reviews senior care costs, discusses the pros and cons of living in San Dimas and lists some free resources for seniors.

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What to Consider About Assisted Living in San Dimas

The California Department of Social Services is responsible for licensing and regulating assisted living facilities throughout the state. It does this through the Senior Care Licensing Program, which focuses on continually raising standards while ensuring facilities comply with the terms of their licenses. Locally, authority is administered by the El Segundo Adult & Regional Care Office in Monterey Park.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in San Dimas

  • Located in the third most expensive state in the union, it’s not surprising that the average cost of living in San Dimas is above the national average. However, several of its cost of living indices, such as transportation and housing, are also above the state averages. Of particular interest to seniors considering assisted living are the city’s health care costs which stand at 89.4, lower than the averages paid by their peers across California and the United States.
  • Property crime is more common than in the typical Californian and American city, but violent crime occurs much less, almost half the national average and more than half the state’s average. Seniors in many assisted living communities benefit from 24-hour security and staff always nearby. 
  • Seniors in San Dimas have easy access to excellent health care. There are many hospitals in the city, including the San Dimas Community Hospital and the Foothill Presbyterian Hospital, in addition to a significant number of Medicare registered physicians. Also, in nearby Los Angeles, there are some of the finest medical facilities in the world. 
  • Seniors in San Dimas have several low-cost options for traveling in and around the city. These include Get About, a door-to-door wheelchair-accessible service that charges a fare of $1 per trip for journeys anywhere within San Dimas, La Verne, Pomona and Claremont. San Dimas Dial-a-Cab assists all ages, charging seniors a reduced fee of $2.50. It can also transport seniors to several medical facilities outside the city too. 
  • San Dimas has a senior-friendly climate. Sunny days average 277 per year, and rainfall is half the national average and snow is nonexistent, so the city’s residents don’t need to worry about the cold or negotiating slippery sidewalks. In the coldest winter months, temperatures average at a comfortable 45 degrees, while in summer, it’s common to see the dial hover around 91 degrees.

Paying for Assisted Living in San Dimas

According to the 2020 Genworth Cost of Care Survey, a senior in San Dimas can expect to pay around $5,000 per month for assisted living care. Although this is above the national average of $4,300, it’s in line with what the typical Californian pays. 

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Although not the most affordable city in the area, costs in San Dimas are below those of Oxnard, where $5,845 is the norm. Savings are possible in Riverside and Bakersfield, where costs average $3,900 and $3,613, respectively.

San Dimas

$5,000

California

$5,000

The United States

$4,300

Oxnard

$5,845

Riverside

$3,900

Bakersfield

$3,613

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Assisted living in San Dimas is an affordable solution for seniors who want to retain their autonomy but need help with daily chores. Those who prefer home care services will typically pay another $434 per month, in addition to their usual living costs. If health care is also required, the monthly difference rises to $529. However, if a senior can attend an adult day care center, they can expect to pay about $1,647. Nursing homes are the most expensive, with fees averaging $8,060 for a semiprivate room and another $2,510 per month for a private one.

Home care

$5,434

Home health care

$5,529

Adult Day Health Care

$1,647

Assisted Living Facility

$5,000

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$8,060

Nursing Home Facility (private room)

$10,570

Note: Data for San Dimas was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Los Angeles, was used instead.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in San Dimas

Low-income seniors residing in San Dimas may be eligible to apply for government funding to help pay for assisted living. There are currently two programs available: the 1915(c) Assisted Living Waiver program through Medi-Cal and Supplemental Security Income – Category G.

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 San Dimas

San Dimas and Los Angeles County provide several free and subsidized resources for their older residents. The following are some examples that can help seniors reduce their care costs, resolve issues with their care providers and socialize with others in the community.

ResourceContactService
Long-Term Care Ombudsman(800) 334-9473The role of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman in Los Angeles County is in the hands of WISE & Healthy Aging, a nonprofit organization. It's a free service for seniors facing difficulties with their care providers that they can't resolve. The ombudsman acts as their advocate in addition to educating them about their rights. Other services include providing data about assisted living facilities to seniors looking for the ideal community for their long-term care needs.
Military Veterans Affairs(909) 394-2264Military Veterans Affairs in Los Angeles County is a one-stop resource for vets. It can provide them with information about local, state, federal and military benefits, such as VA Aid and Attendance, that can help cover some of their long-term care costs. Veterans Services Officers (VSO) can also direct vets and their spouses to the nearest VA medical centers and clinics, in addition to helping them fill out forms and submit applications for benefits and services.
Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP)(213) 738-4004Seniors ready to apply for Medicare and those already enrolled can use the free services provided by HICAP counselors. The counselors can help seniors understand different Medicare plans, determine the best ones for their needs and submit applications. They can also discuss private health care insurance but won't try to sell plans. Additionally, they can discuss Medi-Cal, California's Medicaid program, with eligible seniors and provide legal assistance in some cases.
San Dimas Senior Center(909) 394-6290Located within the civic center, San Dimas Senior Center is the hub for the city's older residents. It appeals to people with a diverse range of interests, from creative writers and quiltmakers to fitness fans and those who want to improve their computing skills. There are also digital photography, needlework and jewelry-making classes. Adult excursions are common, with seniors regularly visiting local casinos and sports stadiums, while national events, such as Halloween, are cause for celebrations involving local entertainers and shared meals.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in San Dimas

San Dimas-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

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