25 Independent Living Communities near Anaheim, CA

Meridian at Anaheim Hills

525 South Anaheim Hills Road, Anaheim, CA, 92807

The Meridian at Anaheim Hills is located in a quiet area of Anaheim, California, a short distance from Anaheim Hills and East Santa Ana Canyon Road where there are a wide variety of shops, restaurants … (read more)
The Meridian at Anaheim Hills is located in a quiet area of Anaheim, California, a short distance from Anaheim Hills and East Santa Ana Canyon Road where there are a wide variety of shops, restaurants … (read more)

2013, 2017

Emerald Court

1731 Medical Center Dr, Anaheim, CA, 92801

My mother didn’t like Emerald Court because she didn’t need it. She was paying all this money and never used any of the activities and never went to the dining hall. Her apartment was really beautiful … (read more)
My mother didn’t like Emerald Court because she didn’t need it. She was paying all this money and never used any of the activities and never went to the dining hall. Her apartment was really beautiful … (read more)

Villa Catalpa Senior Apartments

1680 W Catalpa Dr, Anaheim, CA, 92801

My ex-husband is doing pretty well in Villa Catalpa, he moved in last July. There are only 17 apartments in there and he’s in the first story. It’s very well maintained, very clean and always swept. T … (read more)
My ex-husband is doing pretty well in Villa Catalpa, he moved in last July. There are only 17 apartments in there and he’s in the first story. It’s very well maintained, very clean and always swept. T … (read more)

New Horizon Village

835 South Brookhurst, Anaheim, CA, 92804

I’ve been at New Horizon Village a couple of weeks. I like the place very much. Everything has been first class for me. I pay $895 a month here and it’s affordable for me. I find everyone is very … (read more)
I’ve been at New Horizon Village a couple of weeks. I like the place very much. Everything has been first class for me. I pay $895 a month here and it’s affordable for me. I find everyone is very … (read more)

Acaciawood Village Senior Apartments

1415 West Ball Road, Anaheim, CA, 92802

There are no activities to enjoy..no interaction with staff. Maybe a hello
There are no activities to enjoy..no interaction with staff. Maybe a hello

2016

Huntington Terrace

18800 Florida Street, Huntington Beach, CA, 92648

Huntington Terrace is in a prime location in Huntington Beach, California, near numerous stores, restaurants and, of course, breathtaking Huntington Beach. Visitors highly praise the facility for the … (read more)
Huntington Terrace is in a prime location in Huntington Beach, California, near numerous stores, restaurants and, of course, breathtaking Huntington Beach. Visitors highly praise the facility for the … (read more)

2016, 2017

Rowntree Gardens

12151 Dale Street, Stanton, CA, 90680

Located in Stanton, California, Rowntree Gardens is nestled next to Premier Park and the Playa Galleria Shopping Center. Residents and their families praise the facility’s friendly staff, homelike i … (read more)
Located in Stanton, California, Rowntree Gardens is nestled next to Premier Park and the Playa Galleria Shopping Center. Residents and their families praise the facility’s friendly staff, homelike i … (read more)

2013, 2016

Town & Country Manor

555 E Memory Ln, Santa Ana, CA, 92706

Town and Country Manor is located in a prime location of Santa Ana, cozily tucked away with the view of the lush woods on one side of the community, while still being just a short distance from a near … (read more)
Town and Country Manor is located in a prime location of Santa Ana, cozily tucked away with the view of the lush woods on one side of the community, while still being just a short distance from a near … (read more)

The Palms

13001 La Mirada Blvd, La Mirada, CA, 90638

I moved into the Palms. So far it’s OK, but the handy guy is afraid of doing anything, as he might be liable, so I had to purchase my safety rail for the bathroom. I also had to purchase the transitio … (read more)
I moved into the Palms. So far it’s OK, but the handy guy is afraid of doing anything, as he might be liable, so I had to purchase my safety rail for the bathroom. I also had to purchase the transitio … (read more)


2016

Sunnycrest Senior Living

1925 Sunny Crest Drive, Fullerton, CA, 92835

Sunnycrest Senior Living in Fullerton, California offers what residents call a caring, inclusive atmosphere in a well-maintained building. Large common rooms provide space for getting out and about to … (read more)
Sunnycrest Senior Living in Fullerton, California offers what residents call a caring, inclusive atmosphere in a well-maintained building. Large common rooms provide space for getting out and about to … (read more)

2013

The Grove at Cerritos

11000 New Falcon Way, Cerritos, CA, 90703

The Grove at Cerritos is located a mile from Interstate 605 and Reservoir Hill Park in Cerritos, California. Visitors and residents agree that this community has a modern interior and cultivates a res … (read more)
The Grove at Cerritos is located a mile from Interstate 605 and Reservoir Hill Park in Cerritos, California. Visitors and residents agree that this community has a modern interior and cultivates a res … (read more)

Merrill Gardens at Huntington Beach

17200 Goldenwest Street, Huntington Beach, CA, 92647

Merrill Gardens at Huntington Beach was a very impressive place with especially impressive staff. It had a very large, open environment, which I don’t think it was a good fit for my mom. It was a plac … (read more)
Merrill Gardens at Huntington Beach was a very impressive place with especially impressive staff. It had a very large, open environment, which I don’t think it was a good fit for my mom. It was a plac … (read more)

2013

Park Plaza

620 S Glassell Street, Orange, CA, 92866

We were residents of Park Plaza. I liked it very much. It was small, but it was very friendly, with lots to do, and the people were coming and going. They try to keep you busy with different things in … (read more)
We were residents of Park Plaza. I liked it very much. It was small, but it was very friendly, with lots to do, and the people were coming and going. They try to keep you busy with different things in … (read more)

Seasons at La Palma

7061 Walker Street, La Palma, CA, 90623

Seasons Senior is a little property, but it was really quiet, really private, and really felt like you were in a senior resort area. I think they were maybe a little larger than the other facility I w … (read more)
Seasons Senior is a little property, but it was really quiet, really private, and really felt like you were in a senior resort area. I think they were maybe a little larger than the other facility I w … (read more)

HW Senior Living

13920 Hoover Street, Westminster, CA, 92683

I liked HW Senior Living very much. The management is excellent, and the facilities are wonderful. They have bingo, cards, and movies. They don’t serve food here. This is an independent apartment hous … (read more)
I liked HW Senior Living very much. The management is excellent, and the facilities are wonderful. They have bingo, cards, and movies. They don’t serve food here. This is an independent apartment hous … (read more)

Breezewood Village

16000 Grayville Drive, La Mirada, CA, 90638

My Great Aunt moved to Breezewood Village in 2009. We went with her to look at the facility and we were so impressed. She is a healthy senior and breezewood is a great place for someone who wants to … (read more)
My Great Aunt moved to Breezewood Village in 2009. We went with her to look at the facility and we were so impressed. She is a healthy senior and breezewood is a great place for someone who wants to … (read more)

La Mirada Landmark Active Adult Community

13710 Avenida Santa Tecla, La Mirada, CA, 90638

My grandmother spent her last few years moving from place to place – assisted living facilities, nursing homes – but she never found one she considered "home" until she moved into the La Mirada Landma … (read more)
My grandmother spent her last few years moving from place to place – assisted living facilities, nursing homes – but she never found one she considered "home" until she moved into the La Mirada Landma … (read more)

Palm Island Senior Apartment Homes

11300 Warmer Avenue, Fountain Valley, CA, 92708

I liked Palm Island very much, and as of now, it’s number one on my list. They have a full time director, I liked the apartments, and it was affordable. They don’t serve meals there. If ever I sold … (read more)
I liked Palm Island very much, and as of now, it’s number one on my list. They have a full time director, I liked the apartments, and it was affordable. They don’t serve meals there. If ever I sold … (read more)

Bradford Square

1180 Bradford Avenue, Placentia, CA, 92870

Bradford Square was next door to us and brand new and beautiful. They had everything that you wanted. We came unexpected, but they were very nice, very helpful, and brought us around. We were welcomed … (read more)
Bradford Square was next door to us and brand new and beautiful. They had everything that you wanted. We came unexpected, but they were very nice, very helpful, and brought us around. We were welcomed … (read more)

What to Expect in an Independent Living Community

Many seniors love how independent living communities reduce unwanted stress, hazards, and fatigue in their lives. Independent living communities take care of housekeeping, yard work and meals while still allowing residents personal space and the dignity of making their own choices. These communities usually provide seniors with an apartment that has a small kitchen, bathroom, living room, and one or more bedrooms. Those who want a small space may even find that some independent living communities offer studio-style apartments. Seniors can invite guests over and enjoy their rooms however they see fit.

Independent living communities often also include the following:

  • Numerous opportunities for socializing and exploring new activities
  • Easy access to public or community-provided transportation 
  • Meal plans for community dining as well as kitchens for seniors who like preparing their own meals
  • The ability to keep small- and medium-size pets such as dogs and cats
  • Housekeeping, laundry and groundskeeping services 
  • 24-hour staff on-site who can be contacted if a problem arises

For a more detailed look at common amenities, check out our guide to independent living communities. 

What Couples Should Know About Independent Living in Anaheim, CA

Located approximately 10 miles from some of the best beaches Orange County has to offer, Anaheim has plenty of attractions, green spaces and arts and culture opportunities for retiring seniors. Couples can enjoy lively dinner theater experience at venues such as Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament or spend the day strolling around the outlet malls or shopping centers like the Center Street promenade. Seniors can also visit Disneyland Park for an enjoyable day with the grandkids. This area is also part of the greater Orange County parks and recreation system, which includes a total of 39,000 acres. Couples can go for hikes or biking trips along the 230 miles of trails, and there are golf courses and tennis courts perfect for an afternoon doubles match.

The cost of living in this area is about 70% higher than the national average, but health care runs about 11% lower than the rest of the country, which can help seniors save money. The beautiful year-round weather is one of the biggest draws of Anaheim, with winter lows staying in the upper 40s and summer highs registering in the mid-80s. This area also sees 75 more sunny days on average than the rest of the United States.

Paying for Independent Living in Anaheim, CA

Seniors in Anaheim will have to pay a bit more for independent living, which could be a determining factor for those on a fixed income. While the average national cost of independent living is $2,550, the same type of care in Anaheim comes in at about $,3,150.

The annual cost of living in an independent living community can range anywhere from $12,000-$42,000, depending mostly on the amenities, room type and cost of living in the area. In addition to using personal retirement income, annuities, long-term care insurance, or cashing out an existing life insurance policy, some seniors can use Social Security funds, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments granted due to disability or low-income or HUD-provided housing assistance such as vouchers. Another route many seniors choose to fund their independent living stay is renting out or selling their homes that they won’t need once they move or taking advantage of a reverse mortgage

Our guide provides a more in-depth look at independent living costs and solutions for those who want to learn more. 

How to Choose an Independent Living Community

When choosing an independent living community, it’s best to consider many factors, including the community’s proximity to loved ones and medical care, the state of repair that the facility appears to be in, the attitude and efficiency of the staff, the cost of both rent and services, the facility’s pet policy and more. 

Comparing multiple communities can help seniors and their families figure out what they value most in an independent living community. During tours of these communities, staff members should be available to answer questions. To help with the touring and comparison process, we’ve included a checklist full of pertinent questions that anyone can download and print for themselves.

Transitioning to Independent Living

Independent living communities, rather than memory care or nursing homes, are often the first place seniors move to when they realize they need a lifestyle change. The necessity of letting some possessions go and the reality of leaving a home and neighborhood after possibly decades of residence there can make transitioning to an independent living community difficult. These communities are often friendly places, but being in a new environment still initially triggers feelings of loneliness in many seniors. 

Having a strategy for dealing with the challenges of moving can make the transition to an independent living community a positive experience. We’ve created a downloadable step-by-step guide for tips to making this transition as smooth and enjoyable as possible.

Independent Living Resources in Anaheim, CA

There are many other resources and activities for seniors in Anaheim. Use the table below to learn about the options available for older adults in the area.

ResourcePhone Number Description 
Senior Mobility Program(714) 765-4511This service provides seniors with transportation anywhere within 5 miles of their homes. This includes for grocery shopping, salon trips and doctors’ appointments, and residents only need to be at least age 60. While regular rides are available for a fee, but rides to Brookhurt and La Colonia senior centers are free.
Orange County 2-1-12-1-1Seniors who need help accessing human and health service programs in Anaheim can call the toll-free number 2-1-1 to talk to a representative 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. This service also has an online database for those who prefer to read or need to look up information for reference.
Anaheim Senior Citizens Club (714) 765-4510 At the Senior Citizens Club, seniors 50 and older can participate in bridge and bingo games and take trips on a monthly basis as part of the Travel Club. This resource also provides routine health screening, hosts health fairs and can connect seniors to resources for health care needs and in the greater Anaheim area. This group also keeps track of local zoning changes and issues which could impact seniors’ quality of life. 
North Orange Continuing Education Older Adults Program

(714) 808-4645 As part of its senior enrichment program, the North Orange Continuing Education facility provides classes and continuing education opportunities to seniors aged 50 and up. These offerings are focused around helping seniors maintain their independence and self-sufficiency as long as possible and include topics like improving mental and physical health, learning a new hobby or enjoying group discussions in classes like Great Literature and Living with Flair. Computer and technology seminars are also a popular choice for seniors as well as exercise classes including tai chi, mobility and yoga.
The Council On Ageing – Southern California (714) 479-0107The Council On Ageing connects seniors to programs and services throughout Anaheim, including those related to understanding health insurance, legal and finance issues. Education seminars and programs like ReConnect encourage seniors to prioritize both physical and mental health, and there are also volunteer opportunities to help seniors stay connected and give back to the community.