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The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Scotts Valley, CA for 2024

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What to Consider About Assisted Living in Scotts Valley

The Senior Care Licensing Division within the California Department of Social Services licenses all assisted living facilities in Scotts Valley and the rest of the state. This division requires facilities to complete an initial and annual licensing process and undergo regular inspections. It also sets specific guidelines for operation, care planning and support services.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Scotts Valley

 

  • Although Scotts Valley doesn’t have its own hospital, it sits within 5 miles of two hospitals in Santa Cruz, including Dominican Hospital and Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz. Both hospitals provide emergency and urgent care, primary care services, diagnostic imaging services and treatment for diabetes, heart conditions and age-related conditions. They also provide telemedicine services to optimize access to care for assisted living residents.

 

  • Santa Cruz County, where Scotts Valley sits, ranks 9th out of 58 California counties for general health and in the top percentiles for health outcomes and contributing factors. Its rate of preventable hospital stays comes at about 1,478 incidents per 100,000 people, about half the state and national rates, which means many seniors get necessary treatment in an outpatient setting, and about 55% of seniors get the annual flu shot, reducing incidents of complications related to seasonal viruses.

 

  • During a given year, Scotts Valley sees about 20 crimes per 1,000 people, including nearly three violent offenses and 17 property-related infractions. This is well below state and national norms, although it exceeds typical rates in cities nationwide with comparable population sizes. Fortunately, neighborhoods such as Mission Springs and Pasatiempo experience even less crime and may be viable options for seniors seeking assisted living services.

 

  • The cost of living in Scotts Valley tracks about 52% above the national norm, putting local assisted living options out of reach for many seniors with limited access to financial resources. Although no assisted living facilities in the region accept the state-funded assisted living waiver, many feature all-inclusive pricing structures to prevent unexpectedly high bills.

 

  • The AARP Livability Index assigns Scotts Valley a score of 58 out of 100 points, which surpasses the U.S. city average of 48 points. Several factors contribute to the city’s above-average score, including the high patient satisfaction rate of 75%, the reliable public transportation system and access to amenities such as grocery stores and libraries. This may create a favorable environment for assisted living residents.

Paying for Assisted Living in Scotts Valley

 

Assisted living residents in Scotts Valley pay a baseline monthly rate of $5,550.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Assisted living communities in Scotts Valley charge $5,550 per month for housing and services. While this runs $200 above the national norm, it surpasses California’s typical rate by $300. In San Jose and San Francisco, care costs surpass Scotts Valley’s at around $6,000 and $6,319, respectively. On the other hand, seniors in Modesto pay about $1,550 less per month for care, and in Stockton, rates come in about $1,900 lower than in Scotts Valley.

Scotts Valley

$5,550

California

$5,250

United States

$5,350

San Francisco

$6,319

San Jose

$6,000

Modesto

$4,000

Stockton

$3,649

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

In Scotts Valley, assisted living residents pay approximately $5,550 per month for services, making it a relatively cost-effective senior care solution compared to local alternatives. For example, seniors who get private personal care services in their own homes pay about $1,314 more per month for in-home care, and those who require basic skilled nursing services at home, such as medication administration or disease management, pay around $7,007 for home health care. Additionally, nursing homes, which provide around-the-clock medical monitoring and support, along with personal care and meals, charge about $3,800 more per month than assisted living facilities.

In-Home Care

$6,864

Home Health Care

$7,007

Assisted Living Facility

$5,550

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$10,646

Note: Data for Scotts Valley was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Santa Cruz, was used instead.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Scotts Valley

Senior citizens in Scotts Valley, as in all of California, as well as those with a qualifying disability, may be eligible for the Assisted Living Waiver (ALW), which is a Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waiver that was created by legislation that directed the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS).

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

Financial Assistance 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 Scotts Valley

Scotts Valley 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 Scotts Valley, please visit our Assisted Living in California page.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Scotts Valley

Scotts Valley Assisted Living Communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all Assisted Living Facilities in California are required to follow. Visit our Assisted Living in California page for more information about these laws.

Laws and Regulations in California

Reviews of Communities Nearby

Assisted Living

Annalea

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

Review of Brookdale Scotts Valley

We had my father-in-law at Brookdale Scotts Valley. They're very caring. Excellent staff. It was a nice facility. They had accommodations that made the financing at least possible. They were able...

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Reviewer#LD110423A

I visited this facility

Review of Brookdale Scotts Valley

I was greeted when I entered Brookdale Scotts Valley and immediately, someone was walking with me and he was showing me everything that they've got. We were walking through mid-morning, and there...

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Assisted Living

Stephanie

I visited this facility

Review of Brookdale Scotts Valley

Brookdale Scotts Valley was nice. Everybody we talked to was great. The only downside was that it would require a lot of walking for the residents. We saw 1-bedroom and studio apartments, and the...

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