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The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Seal Beach, CA for 2024

Seal Beach is the classic California beach town with quaint shops and gorgeous year-round weather, but this small coastal city in Orange County is especially popular with retirees. Leisure World retirement community makes up a large part of Seal Beach. Nearly 40% of Seal Beach’s population is aged 65 or older, or about 9,500 of the nearly 24,000 people that call the city home. Its charming, small-town atmosphere, low crime rate and locally-owned shops and restaurants make it a popular locale. Seal Beach is also noted for its 965-acre National Wildlife Refuge and a historic fishing pier that appeals to seniors who like to fish.

Assisted living residences provide home-like environments where seniors can receive personal assistance and housekeeping services while retaining their independence. Seal Beach’s average cost of assisted living is $5,000 per month, which is higher than the national average but matches the state average.

This guide offers a wealth of information on assisted living in seal beach, including average costs of assisted living in other California cities and costs of alternate senior care options. It also lists senior resources in Seal Beach and the benefits and drawbacks of retiring here.

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What to Consider About Assisted Living in Seal Beach

As part of the California Department of Social Services, the Senior Care Licensing Program monitors and licenses assisted living facilities and other elderly residential care facilities. The Orange County Adult and Senior Care Regional Office handles regulatory inspections and licensing in Seal Beach and throughout Orange County as one of the 13 Senior Care Licensing Regional Offices in California.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Seal Beach

  • Seal Beach doesn’t have a local hospital, but the Los Alamitos Medical Center is just two miles away. This general medical and surgical facility has a medical surgical ICU, cardiac ICU and 24/7 emergency department. It was also rated high performing in its treatment of kidney failure and stroke. Besides this facility, there are several other hospitals located seven miles or less from Seal Beach.
  • The cost of living in Seal Beach is probably its biggest drawback. It’s twice as high as the national average and more than 50% higher than the state average. However, a big portion of the inflated cost is due to housing, which is over four times higher than the national average. Seniors looking for assisted living pay about the same as the state average, so housing costs aren’t as big an issue. Health care costs are about 4% lower than the national average.
  • California doesn’t tax Social Security income but other retirement income is fully taxed, so Seal Beach retirees don’t benefit from a tax-friendly atmosphere.
  • Crime rates in Seal Beach are much lower than the state and national averages. The nationwide violent crime rate averages 22.7, while Seal Beach’s rate is less than half at 11.1. California’s statewide average for violent crime is 25.2. Property crime is also slightly lower with Seal Beach’s rating at 33.5 compared to the national rate of 35.4 and the state rate of 37.1.
  • Seal Beach’s climate is one of the biggest draws. The city boasts eight comfortable months each year with average temperatures between 70- and 85-degrees. August is the warmest month, but the average high is still only 83 degrees and though it can get humid, it’s relatively mild compared to many other locations.

Paying for Assisted Living in Seal Beach

The average cost of assisted living in Seal Beach is $5,000 per month, according to Genworth’s Cost of Care Survey. This matches the statewide average, but it’s higher than the national average by $700.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Seniors pay less for assisted living in Seal Beach than some cities but more than others. It costs $845 less per month in Seal Beach compared to Oxnard and $825 less compared to El Centro. On the flip side, it’s higher than San Diego’s average by $475 and higher than Riverside’s by $1,100.

Seal Beach

$5,000

California

$5,000

Oxnard

$5,845

El Centro

$5,825

San Diego

$4,525

Riverside

$3,900

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Compared to assisted living, adult day health care costs much less per month at an average of $1,647, but this type of senior care is only suitable for those needing limited care. Receiving senior care at home costs slightly more than assisted living, with an average of $5,434 for homemaker services or $5,529 for home health aides per month. Nursing home facilities provide the most care for the highest cost, averaging $8,060 for semiprivate or $10,570 for private rooms in Seal Beach. 

Homemaker Services

$5,434

Home Health Aide

$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

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Seal Beach

Eligible seniors can find financial assistance services in Ukiah through both the Medicaid 1915(c) Assisted Living Waiver Program, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and the optional state supplement (OSS).

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 Seal Beach

Seniors in Seal Beach will find several nonprofits and government entities on a local and countywide level that offer various aging-related programs and services. These resources offer everything from transportation to legal assistance.

ResourceContactService
City of Seal Beach Senior Services(562) 431-2527City of Seal Beach Senior Services offers a variety of programs to help aging adults live fuller, healthier and more independent lives. The programs and services include transportation programs through a partnership with the Orange County Transportation Authority, nutrition programs, senior tax assistance and a senior center. Participants of the transportation program must be Seal Beach residents aged 60 and older.
OC Go Senior Non-Emergency Medical Transportation Program(800) 510-2020The OC Go SNEMT Program is provided through the County of Orange Office of Aging and provides transportation services to seniors aged 60 or older. Transportation is provided to and from non-emergency medical appointments, plus exercise programs, therapies, dentists, testing facilities and other health-related trips.
Seal Beach Senior Center(562) 431-2527 Ext 1339The Seal Beach Senior Center offers programs for seniors, including the Senior Pinochle Club. Seniors aged 50 or older can join the club fee-free, which meets on Tuesdays to socialize and make new friends while taking part in a stimulating game. Drinks are provided.
Orange County Office on Aging(800) 510-2020Seniors throughout Orange County can request information, referrals and other assistance from the OC Office on Aging. Staff members help seniors stay active and enhance their health and safety by connecting them with providers of health care and education, assistive technology, assisted living facilities, crisis intervention, counseling and support, legal assistance, educational opportunities, ombudsman programs, senior employment, fitness classes, volunteer opportunities and transportation.
Council on Aging Southern California Long-Term Ombudsman(800) 300-6222The COASC LTC ombudsman representatives advocate for residents of long-term care facilities, such as assisted living communities, nursing homes and board and care homes. They investigate complaints made by residents, mediate and attempt to resolve these issues. Ombudsmen investigate all suspected neglect and physical, emotional or mental abuse of LTC residents. They also report to state licensing agencies if they witness any serious facility violations.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Seal Beach

Seal Beach-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

Reviews of Communities Nearby

Assisted Living

Tom

I visited this facility

Review of Ivy Park at Seal Beach

I looked at Ivy Park at Seal Beach, and that was pretty nice. The facility was nice, it was clean, and it seemed to be fairly organized. The only thing about Ivy Park is it's a little close to the...

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Assisted Living

Mary Ann

I am/was a resident of this facility

Review of Ivy Park at Seal Beach

I am a resident here at Sunrise of Seal Beach. The food is very good, and the activities are well planned and they do a good job at it. The staff is excellent. They are very thoughtful and very...

Provider response

Hi Mary, Thank you for the wonderful things you said about Sunrise of Seal Beach and the dedicated care givers and team members. We are passionate about our community and always enjoy hearing the...

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Assisted Living

Sharon

I visited this facility

Review of Ivy Park at Seal Beach

It was extremely competent, had nice staff, beautifully taken care of and furnished. They provide the care that my friend needs, which is the most important thing. They were very warm and welcoming...

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