34 Assisted Living Facilities near Santa Maria, CA
There are 34 Assisted Living Facilities in the Santa Maria area, with 16 in Santa Maria and 18 nearby.
The average cost of assisted living in Santa Maria is $2,914 per month. This is lower than the national median of $3,500.
To help you with your search, browse the 77 reviews below for assisted living facilities in Santa Maria. On average, consumers rate assisted living in Santa Maria 4.2 out of 5 stars. Better rated regions include Nipomo with an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars.
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What to Consider About Assisted Living in Santa Maria
On the southern California coast in Santa Barbara County, Santa Maria is bigger than most cities in the state and has 100 years of history for seniors to explore. It's population is over 107,000 with those ages 65 and over making up almost 10 percent of it. Seniors requiring help with daily living tasks who want to live in a community of peers experiencing similar challenges can choose from 16 residential care communities in Santa Maria and 13 in surrounding towns. These communities are regulated by the California Code of Regulations as well as the RCFE Act to make sure elderly residents are cared for in safe, respectful manner.
Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Santa Maria
- As evidenced by the lower monthly costs of living in an assisted living facility there, the cost of living in Santa Maria is lower than it is in other, bigger cities such as Los Angeles. However, since California is still prime real estate, the cost of living in Santa Maria is still slightly higher than the national average.
- The crime rate in Santa Maria is higher than even more heavily populated areas such as Los Angeles when it comes to both violent crimes and property crimes.
- There are multiple services that provide transportation for elderly or disabled residents in Santa Maria. SMOOTH, for example, provides transportation for seniors over the age of 60 and promotes a safe, community-driven experience.
- Santa Maria has a thriving arts community. There are many opportunities for seniors and their families alike to take in art, theater, or concerts on a semi-regular basis.
- Santa Maria has an array of community resources for seniors, including the Central Coast Commission for Senior Citizens, an organization that helps seniors in the San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties to be more active in their community while maintaining their independence.
- The Santa Maria area is home to world-class medical facilities, including the Marian Regional Medical Center, in the event of medical emergencies or illness.
Paying for Assisted Living in Santa Maria
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Assisted Living costs in Santa Maria start around $2,914 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 Santa Maria 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 Santa Maria
Seniors who require financial assistance with an ALF can seek eligibility through the California Medicaid program. Low-income individuals who prefer to live in an ALF can also apply to receive help through the Assisted Living Waiver Program.
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 Santa Maria
Santa Maria 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 Santa Maria, please visit our Assisted Living in California page.
Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Santa Maria
Santa Maria-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 Santa Maria
Review of Merrill Gardens at Santa Maria
I went to Merrill Gardens at Santa Maria. It was super clean. The staff was nice. I liked the whole layout. I liked the different tiers of service, which most places give from cottages to full assi... Read more
Review of Merrill Gardens at Santa Maria
I went to Merrill Gardens at Santa Maria. It was excellent all the way around. It's a wonderful community. I liked all of their offerings there, as far as the caregiving, the dining, the activities... Read more
Review of Santa Maria Terrace
We toured Santa Maria Terrace. It is actually an old Holiday Inn that's been converted, so there's not actually a little kitchen sink or anything; there is just a very small tabletop refrigerator a... Read more