Marked by pristine sandy beaches, shopping and dining amenities and world-class medical facilities, Santa Barbara County promotes the quality of life that many retirees seek. While it’s also a popular vacation destination, it has about 450,000 permanent residents, nearly 16% of whom are seniors. The county is served by the Santa Barbara AirportAmtrak’s Coast Starlight train and Route 1, making it an easy area to visit, and Santa Barbara MTD helps older adults navigate the area even without a vehicle. Residents have access to a large public library system and several senior centers, promoting social and recreational opportunities.  

The Santa Barbara region supports its older population’s health and comfort through nearly 120 licensed assisted living facilities. This level of care costs approximately $5,000 per month, which is consistent with the statewide average, Combined with Santa Barbara County’s coastal setting and numerous amenities, the moderate cost of care can help make it a desirable retirement location for California seniors. 

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Santa Barbara County, CA

Santa Maria Terrace

1405 E. Main St, Santa Maria, CA, 93454

Santa Maria Terrace is located in Santa Maria, California, just blocks away from Route 101 and Marian Regional Medical Center. Residents and visitors appreciate that the facility has a pleasant, homel … (read more)
Santa Maria Terrace is located in Santa Maria, California, just blocks away from Route 101 and Marian Regional Medical Center. Residents and visitors appreciate that the facility has a pleasant, homel … (read more)

Mariposa at Ellwood Shores

190 ViaJero Ave., Goleta, CA, 93117

My mom has lived at Mariposa for almost four years. It is a lovely place. It has been tough during COVID but the residents and staff have remained healthy, for which I credit the management. The openi … (read more)
My mom has lived at Mariposa for almost four years. It is a lovely place. It has been tough during COVID but the residents and staff have remained healthy, for which I credit the management. The openi … (read more)

Maravilla

5486 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA, 93111

I stayed for a week at Maravilla, and I loved it. It’s like a five-star hotel. It’s highly organized, the amenities are amazing, and it’s beautiful inside and out. The food is wonderful, exceptional, … (read more)
I stayed for a week at Maravilla, and I loved it. It’s like a five-star hotel. It’s highly organized, the amenities are amazing, and it’s beautiful inside and out. The food is wonderful, exceptional, … (read more)

Wood Glen Hall

3010 Foothill Road, Santa Barbara, CA, 93105

Wood Glen Hall is situated in the East San Roque neighborhood of Santa Barbara, California. Visitors and residents agree that Wood Glen Hall exudes a bright and cheerful ambiance. Residents love the d … (read more)
Wood Glen Hall is situated in the East San Roque neighborhood of Santa Barbara, California. Visitors and residents agree that Wood Glen Hall exudes a bright and cheerful ambiance. Residents love the d … (read more)

Villa Santa Barbara

227 E. Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, CA, 93101

Villa Santa Barbara provides assisted and independent living and is nestled in beautiful Santa Barbara, California, just a few blocks from downtown. Visitors and loved ones appreciate the facility’s p … (read more)
Villa Santa Barbara provides assisted and independent living and is nestled in beautiful Santa Barbara, California, just a few blocks from downtown. Visitors and loved ones appreciate the facility’s p … (read more)

Vista del Monte

3775 Modoc Road, Santa Barbara, CA, 93105

Vista del Monte is located in Santa Barbara, California, just a few blocks south of Route 101 and only a mile north of the shore. Residents and their loved ones praise Vista del Monte for having a ple … (read more)
Vista del Monte is located in Santa Barbara, California, just a few blocks south of Route 101 and only a mile north of the shore. Residents and their loved ones praise Vista del Monte for having a ple … (read more)

Tree Of Life Retirement Homes, Inc. – Santa Barbara, CA

5364 Berkeley Road, Santa Barbara, CA, 93111

My mother stayed at The Tree Of Life Retirement Homes. It’s probably the best option for a board-and-care place. It’s for people who have mid- to late-stage dementia. They also have people that are co … (read more)
My mother stayed at The Tree Of Life Retirement Homes. It’s probably the best option for a board-and-care place. It’s for people who have mid- to late-stage dementia. They also have people that are co … (read more)

Villa Care Home II

946 W Bunny Avenue, Santa Maria, CA, 93458

My mother moved into Villa Care Home II, and she loves it there. The people are really good to her. They are very nice and very attentive. Both my mother and I are very pleased with them. The room is … (read more)
My mother moved into Villa Care Home II, and she loves it there. The people are really good to her. They are very nice and very attentive. Both my mother and I are very pleased with them. The room is … (read more)

Fountain Square of Lompoc

1420 West North Avenue, Lompoc, CA, 93436

I visited Fountain Square of Lompoc for my dad and it was nice and very cozy. The staff is fantastic. They gave me everything I asked for. The apartments were clean and well maintained. They have a ni … (read more)
I visited Fountain Square of Lompoc for my dad and it was nice and very cozy. The staff is fantastic. They gave me everything I asked for. The apartments were clean and well maintained. They have a ni … (read more)

Alexander Gardens Assisted Living

2120 Santa Barbara Street, Santa Barbara, CA, 93105

Alexander Gardens Assisted Living is nestled in the heart of the Upper East in Santa Barbara, California. Residents and their loved ones agree that Alexander Gardens is delightfully cozy. They love th … (read more)
Alexander Gardens Assisted Living is nestled in the heart of the Upper East in Santa Barbara, California. Residents and their loved ones agree that Alexander Gardens is delightfully cozy. They love th … (read more)

Villa Care Home I

938 W Bunny Avenue, Santa Maria, CA, 93458

Villa Care Home I was good and we didn’t have any problems. The staff was very nice and pleasant. The dining room only had a kitchen table. It was average.
Villa Care Home I was good and we didn’t have any problems. The staff was very nice and pleasant. The dining room only had a kitchen table. It was average.

AAA Kindness Care Home

3811 Dominion Road, Santa Maria, CA, 93454


Casa Rhoda 1

341 Santa Rosalia Avenue, Santa Barbara, CA, 93111


Casa Rhoda 2

165 Santa Ana Avenue, Santa Barbara, CA, 93111


Casa Rhoda 3

126 Santa Ana Avenue, Santa Barbara, CA, 93111


Casa Rhoda 4

112 Santa Ana Avenue, Santa Barbara, CA, 93111


Villa Care Home III

965 W Robert Lane, Santa Maria, CA, 93458

The Villa Home Care III is in the Santa Barbara metro area, about 150 miles northwest of Los Angeles. Located in Santa Maria, California, the assisted living facility offers companion suites, private … (read more)
The Villa Home Care III is in the Santa Barbara metro area, about 150 miles northwest of Los Angeles. Located in Santa Maria, California, the assisted living facility offers companion suites, private … (read more)

Lotus Villa

924 Via Los Padres, Santa Barbara, CA, 93111


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Merrill Gardens at Santa Maria

1220 Suey Road, Santa Maria, CA, 93454

Merrill Gardens at Santa Maria is an assisted living, independent living and memory care facility just a few miles from downtown Santa Maria, California. Housing options, from studios up to two-bedroo … (read more)
Merrill Gardens at Santa Maria is an assisted living, independent living and memory care facility just a few miles from downtown Santa Maria, California. Housing options, from studios up to two-bedroo … (read more)

Valle Verde

900 Calle De Los Amigos, Santa Barbara, CA, 93105

With Coastal Oaks mountains and hills in view, Valle Verde is a luxurious and rejuvenating assisted living and nursing home accommodation. Considered the “unsung heroes,“ the nurses provide around … (read more)
With Coastal Oaks mountains and hills in view, Valle Verde is a luxurious and rejuvenating assisted living and nursing home accommodation. Considered the “unsung heroes,“ the nurses provide around … (read more)

Paying for Assisted Living in Santa Barbara County

According to the Genworth 2020 Cost of Care Survey, the nationwide monthly assisted living rate is $4,300. However, care fees vary widely depending on local costs of living, state regulations and the number of available facilities in a given region. In California, care costs tend to be a little higher at an average of $5,000 per month. Fees for Santa Barbara County are based on the rates listed for the Santa Maria area, which includes Santa Maria and Santa Barbara. Here, seniors pay approximately $5,000 per month for care.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Compared to the state as a whole, Santa Barbara County is a moderately priced region for assisted living at $5,000 per month. It’s an affordable alternative to the San Luis Obispo area, which is about 90 miles away and has average monthly assisted living fees of $5,800. In Napa, costs are even higher at $6,250, and in Salinas, assisted living facilities charge the highest rates in the state at $7,100. Those looking for more economically priced care may consider Redding, where monthly fees are closer to the national average at $4,500. Modesto and Madera are reasonably priced at $4,000 and $3,913, respectively. In Stockton, rates are the lowest in the state at $3,500 per month.

$5000

Santa Barbara County/Santa Maria

$5000

California

$4300

The United States

$5800

San Luis Obispo

$3913

Madera

$4000

Modesto

$3500

Stockton

$6250

Napa

$4500

Redding

$7100

Salinas

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Santa Barbara County

California’s Medicaid program, Medi-Cal, offers financial assistance to help impoverished seniors cover the cost of assisted living. Those who are eligible may be able to take part in the state’s Assisted Living Waiver Program (ALWP).

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

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Santa Barbara County

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 Santa Barbara County

ResourceContact Service
Central Coast Commission for Senior Citizens(805) 925-9554The Central Coast Commission for Senior Citizens is a local nonprofit organization and the designated Area Agency on Aging for Santa Barbara County. Through its Senior Information Program, older adults can find local services and programs that meet their needs. Help is available over the phone via the Senior Info Line, which is reached at (800) 510-2020. The agency also maintains the Senior Resource Directory, a searchable database with local organizations that provide services such as care planning, transportation and congregate meals.
Long-Term Care Ombudsman of Santa Barbara County(805) 922-1236The Long-Term Care Ombudsman of Santa Barbara County advocates on behalf of older adults in assisted living. This agency addresses complaints made on behalf of residents pertaining to staff training, the quality of care, residents’ rights and abuse or neglect.
Veterans Services(805) 681-4500The county’s Veterans Services Division provides programs and assistance to veterans and their spouses or survivors, helping them obtain the services and benefits they’re entitled to. Benefits the office can help qualifying visitors obtain include disability compensation, pensions, life insurance, medical benefits and discharge upgrades. The division can also help seniors apply for the Aid and Attendance benefit, which may help them cover the cost of assisted living services.
Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara County(805) 963-6754The Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara County provides free legal assistance to those aged 60 and over. Through this office, older adults can get assistance with obtaining state and federal benefits that may help cover assisted living expenses, including Medi-Cal, Social Security and Supplemental Security Income. Volunteer attorneys at this agency can also help seniors assign powers of attorney or guardianship and draft simple wills.
Goleta Valley Senior Center(805) 967-1237The Goleta Valley Senior Center is one of several senior centers in Santa Barbara County. At this location, older adults can connect with their peers and participate in activities geared toward those aged 50 and over. For a low annual fee, members can take part in activities such as line dancing; yoga; card games; knitting, crocheting, quilting and embroidery groups; and porcelain painting. The center can also help older adults connect with local services and supports.
Senior Volunteer Services(805) 544-8740Senior Volunteer Services is a local nonprofit volunteer and human services agency that connects older adults with volunteer opportunities that suit their interests and abilities. It hosts the nationwide Retired and Senior Volunteer program for those aged 55 and over. Through RSVP, older adults can provide administrative assistance to local police departments, sort packaged foods at local food pantries, greet and guide visitors in local museums and organize donations for charities.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Santa Barbara County

Santa Barbara County-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 Santa Barbara County