The sunny city of Santa Monica is situated just miles from sandy beaches in Los Angeles County, near world-class medical facilities, award-winning restaurants and upscale shops and boutiques, creating a laidback lifestyle for its 16,000 local seniors. The city covers just over eight square miles, and while public transportation options are plentiful, wide pedestrian-friendly sidewalks make it easy to navigate the city on foot. The city is a prime retirement destination for those seeking comfortable year-round temperatures and affordable healthcare.  

For many seniors, assisted living provides a worry-free environment that balances independence and privacy with attentive care. Local assisted living facilities offer housing, meals and snacks, personal care, housekeeping and specially curated recreational programs to accommodate the interests of residents. Many facilities feature resort-like amenities such as fitness rooms and pools, while others feature a close-knit, family-like environment. Monthly costs vary, but on average, locals pay $5,000 per month for care, consistent with California’s average.  

This guide provides comprehensive information on assisted living in Santa Monica, including how much care costs, the benefits and drawbacks of living here and the agencies that support older adults and help them make informed decisions regarding their care. 

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Santa Monica, CA

2014, 2016

Sunrise of Santa Monica

1312 15th St, Santa Monica, CA, 90404

Sunrise of Santa Monica is located in the heart of Santa Monica and offers assisted living options and memory care for seniors. Residents and their loved ones praise this facility for its sincere and … (read more)
Sunrise of Santa Monica is located in the heart of Santa Monica and offers assisted living options and memory care for seniors. Residents and their loved ones praise this facility for its sincere and … (read more)

2013, 2015

Brookdale Santa Monica Gardens

851 Second Street, Santa Monica, CA, 90403

Brookdale Santa Monica Gardens is located just off the upper coast of Santa Monica, CA. Guests enjoy incredible views of the ocean from their balconies and further sights of nature in the courtyard of … (read more)
Brookdale Santa Monica Gardens is located just off the upper coast of Santa Monica, CA. Guests enjoy incredible views of the ocean from their balconies and further sights of nature in the courtyard of … (read more)

Brookdale Ocean House

2107 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA, 90405

Brookdale Ocean House is a high-rise beachfront assisted living community in the heart of Santa Monica, California. Residents and their loved ones praise this facility for its beachfront location, bea … (read more)
Brookdale Ocean House is a high-rise beachfront assisted living community in the heart of Santa Monica, California. Residents and their loved ones praise this facility for its beachfront location, bea … (read more)

Oceans Garden Senior Living Facility

1247 25th St, Santa Monica, CA, 90404

The lovely Oceans Garden Senior Living Facility is located in sunny Santa Monica, California. Family members of guests are struck by the amazing level of care received by their loved ones. The facilit … (read more)
The lovely Oceans Garden Senior Living Facility is located in sunny Santa Monica, California. Family members of guests are struck by the amazing level of care received by their loved ones. The facilit … (read more)

Bentley Suites by Serenity Care Health

851 4th Street, Santa Monica, CA, 90403

Bentley Suites is situated in a tranquil community less than half a mile from the beach in Santa Monica, CA. Guests enjoy transportation to local restaurants via a bus that picks them up right at the … (read more)
Bentley Suites is situated in a tranquil community less than half a mile from the beach in Santa Monica, CA. Guests enjoy transportation to local restaurants via a bus that picks them up right at the … (read more)

Meridian at Ocean Villa

413 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA, 90402


Ocean Park Residences I

2108 Oak Street, Santa Monica, CA, 90405


Ocean Gardens Senior Living Facilities

2411 Arizona Ave, Santa Monica, CA, 90404


Ocean Gardens Senior Living Facilities

1304 Princeton St, Santa Monica, CA, 90404



Dewey Home Inc.

2127 Dewey Street, Santa Monica, CA, 90405


Ocean Park Residence #2

2110 Oak St., Santa Monica, CA, 90405


Santa Monica Home Care

912-10th Street, Santa Monica, CA, 90403


2013

Belmont Village Westwood

10475 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90024

Belmont Village Westwood is located on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles, between UCLA and the Los Angeles Country Club. Visitors comment on this facility’s beautiful grounds, modern architecture and … (read more)
Belmont Village Westwood is located on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles, between UCLA and the Los Angeles Country Club. Visitors comment on this facility’s beautiful grounds, modern architecture and … (read more)

2014, 2015, 2017

Sunrise of Playa Vista

5555 Playa Vista Drive, Playa Vista, CA, 90094

Sunrise of Playa Vista is located in Playa Vista, California, just minutes from downtown Playa Vista and not far from nature trails, parks and beaches. Visitors note the helpful, friendly staff, open … (read more)
Sunrise of Playa Vista is located in Playa Vista, California, just minutes from downtown Playa Vista and not far from nature trails, parks and beaches. Visitors note the helpful, friendly staff, open … (read more)

Sunrise of Beverly Hills

201 North Crescent Drive, Beverly Hills, CA, 90210

Sunrise of Beverly Hills is located in Beverly Hills, California, just a few minutes away from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, the Los Angeles Country Club and Beverly Gardens Park. Residents note the ex … (read more)
Sunrise of Beverly Hills is located in Beverly Hills, California, just a few minutes away from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, the Los Angeles Country Club and Beverly Gardens Park. Residents note the ex … (read more)

Terraza Court

10955 Washington Boulevard, Culver City, CA, 90232

We have been to the Terraza Court in person and it’s a nice facility. I think it would be great for a senior that has more mobility than my uncle. It’s very clean and they seem like they have a good p … (read more)
We have been to the Terraza Court in person and it’s a nice facility. I think it would be great for a senior that has more mobility than my uncle. It’s very clean and they seem like they have a good p … (read more)

Eleanor’s Residential Home

4926 Shenandoah Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, 90056

My mother has lived at Eleanor’s Residential Home for several years. Our family couldn’t be happier with the very engaged and engaging owners, who live at the home, and the loving, professional c … (read more)
My mother has lived at Eleanor’s Residential Home for several years. Our family couldn’t be happier with the very engaged and engaging owners, who live at the home, and the loving, professional c … (read more)

Ayres Residential Care Home: West Los Angeles

10940 Ayres Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, 90064

Ayres Residential Care is located in West Los Angeles, close to both the shops of the Westside Pavilion and a Los Angeles Metro station. Residents and loved ones praise the communication skills of the … (read more)
Ayres Residential Care is located in West Los Angeles, close to both the shops of the Westside Pavilion and a Los Angeles Metro station. Residents and loved ones praise the communication skills of the … (read more)

Country Villa Terrace Assisted Living

6050 West Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90035

I had visited a couple facilities in the Beverly Hills/ Los Angeles area, there are a few that were very nice but also very expensive considering they all offer similar services except the few in Sant … (read more)
I had visited a couple facilities in the Beverly Hills/ Los Angeles area, there are a few that were very nice but also very expensive considering they all offer similar services except the few in Sant … (read more)

What to Consider About Assisted Living in Santa Monica

Assisted living facilities are licensed under the California Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing Division. This division enforces a range of regulations to ensure residents’ comfort and safety through an initial licensing process and scheduled and random visits throughout the licensing term.  

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Santa Monica

  • As is typical of the Los Angeles region, Santa Monica is an expensive place to live. Its overall cost of living is about three times higher than the national average, mainly due to its expensive housing. However, healthcare services in Santa Monica tend to be affordable compared to other cities, with average fees for hospitalization, doctor’s office visits and dental checkups coming in about 10% lower than in the nation as a whole.  
  • Property crime is somewhat prevalent in Santa Monica, but the city’s violent crime rate is consistent with the national average. On a 10-point crime index, with a higher score indicating more crime, the city’s property crime scores 56.9 and violent crime scores 21.7, compared to respective national scores of 35.4 and 22.7.  
  • Older adults have two options for navigating Santa Monica, including the city’s Big Blue Bus and LA Metro, which have discounted fares for older adults. Those unable to use regular public transportation have access to the city’s Mobility On Demand Every Day program, which operates on weekdays between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. 
  • Santa Monica’s climate is comfortable throughout the year, and measurable snow is highly uncommon, making it a good option for active seniors who enjoy being outdoors. On a 10-point comfort index, the city rates two points higher than the nation at 9.2, indicating that most of its days are between 70-80 degrees and humidity levels are low. 
  • While California charges some of the highest income taxes in the nation, Social Security benefits are exempt, so those who rely primarily on this form of retirement income may not be burdened by high taxes. To help older adults afford taxes on other retirement income, the state offers a personal exemption plus a senior income tax exemption.   

Paying for Assisted Living in Santa Monica

Seniors in Santa Monica pay approximately $5,000 per month for assisted living services. While this is several hundred dollars per month higher than the national average of $4,300, it’s consistent with the state median.  

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities 

Santa Monica’s assisted living costs are the same as the California average of $5,000, indicating that local monthly care fees are typical of the state. Rates are approximately 43% higher than in Stockton, where assisted living fees are the cheapest in the state at $3,500, and they’re 42% lower than rates in Salinas, which is the most expensive city for this level of care at $7,100 per month. In San Jose, rates exceed the state median at $5,875, and in Visalia, fees are competitive at $4,548.  

$5000

Santa Monica

$5000

California

$4300

The United States

$4548

Visalia

$3500

Stockton

$7100

Salinas

$5875

San Jose Area

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care 

Assisted living is a comparatively affordable senior care option in Santa Monica, with older adults paying $5,000 per month for this level of care. Home-based care is generally higher and doesn’t cover living costs such as housing, meals and recreational activities. Homemaker services, which feature a scope of care comparable to assisted living, costs $5,434 per month. Home health aides, who also provide limited skilled nursing services, charge $5,529 per month. Adult day health care is the most affordable option at $1,647. Nursing home care is the costliest at $8,060 for shared rooms and $10,570 for private rooms.  

$5434

Homemaker Services

$5529

Home Health Aide

$1647

Adult Day Health Care

$5000

Assisted Living Facility

$8060

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$10570

Nursing Home Facility (private room)

Note: Care cost data for Santa Monica was not available, so data for the closest city, Los Angeles area, was used instead. 

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Santa Monica

Low-income seniors residing in Santa Monica may be eligible for assistance programs that can help them cover the cost of assisted living. Currently, there are 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.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Santa Monica

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 Monica

Santa Monica is home to a broad range of programs and agencies that help seniors make informed decisions regarding their care and finances. This table features organizations that help older adults find assisted living facilities that fit their lifestyle and budget, connect with social and recreational programs and get answers to financial and legal questions.  

Resource Contact Service 
County of Los Angeles Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services (213) 738-4004 WDAC is the designated Area Agency on Aging for the Santa Monica region. It provides a range of services to older adults, including wellness support groups, computer classes, social and recreational programs and congregate meals. The agency also has specialists who provide information and referrals to help older adults obtain services in the community. 
VA Los Angeles Regional Office (800) 827-1000 Veterans obtain one-on-one help with obtaining VA benefits that can help cover assisted living expenses through the Los Angeles Regional Office, located about four miles east of Santa Monica’s city center. At this location, specialists assist with applying for pension programs, disability compensation and the Aid and Attendance benefit.  
WISE & Healthy Aging (310) 394-9871 WISE & Healthy Aging has a long-term care ombudsman that advocates on behalf of those living in assisted living facilities in Santa Monica, ensuring that they receive the services they’re entitled to and mediating conflicts between family members or with facilities. The organization also has a peer counseling program with paraprofessional counselors who provide guidance and support with age-related issues such as poor health, loss and retirement.  
Bet Tzedek Legal Services (323) 939-0506 Bet Tzedek Legal Services is a nonprofit organization that provides free civil legal services to seniors in Santa Monica and the surrounding region. It’s nationally recognized for its Justice for Seniors program, which helps older adults address issues such as advance planning, assigning conservators, preventing elder abuse and obtaining public benefits.  
Center for Health Care Rights (213) 383-4519 Center for Health Care Rights is a local nonprofit organization. It administers the statewide senior health insurance options counseling program. Through this program, trained volunteers help seniors understand their Medicare benefits, determine eligibility for Medicaid and research long-term care insurance. Seniors can also get help with obtaining prescription drug assistance or dental benefits.  

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Santa Monica

Santa Monica-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 Monica