Fresno is home to 542,107 people, and slightly more than 11% of its residents are seniors aged 65 and older. Memory diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, are a growing concern for many of Fresno’s older adults. According to the Centers for Disease Control, Alzheimer’s-related deaths rose from 401 in 2014 to 488 in 2018. This is an increase of 21.7%, whereas the overall death rate rose by just 12.8% over the same time frame.

These numbers indicate that an increasing number of Fresno’s residents may need specialized memory care services at some point in their lives. Fresno is home to many highly rated memory care facilities that feature safe, comforting environments for people with Alzheimer’s. These facilities offer 24-hour supervision, specialized therapies, strict security measures and a high level of help with daily activities. In this guide, you’ll learn about the cost of memory care in Fresno, some benefits and drawbacks of living in the city, available financial assistance options and helpful local resources for seniors and their loved ones.

Memory Care Facilities in Fresno, CA

2016, 2017, 2018, 2020, 2021, 2022

Oakmont of Fresno

5605 N. Gates Ave., Fresno, CA, 93722

Oakmont of Fresno, located in the Central Valley, is an assisted living, independent living and memory care community with spacious one and two-bedroom apartments, companion suites and studio apartmen … (read more)
Oakmont of Fresno, located in the Central Valley, is an assisted living, independent living and memory care community with spacious one and two-bedroom apartments, companion suites and studio apartmen … (read more)

2015, 2016

Sunrise of Fresno

7444 North Cedar Avenue, Fresno, CA, 93720

Sunrise of Fresno is located in the center of the city’s Northern neighborhood, Clovis. Luxuriously settled only seven miles from downtown Fresno, this facility gives residents plenty of shopping and … (read more)
Sunrise of Fresno is located in the center of the city’s Northern neighborhood, Clovis. Luxuriously settled only seven miles from downtown Fresno, this facility gives residents plenty of shopping and … (read more)

Paintbrush Assisted Living and Memory Care

4356 W Ashland Ave, Fresno, CA, 93722

Paintbrush Assisted Living and Memory Care is an assisted living community located in Fresno, California. This award-winning community features distinctive amenities and a wide array of engaging life … (read more)
Paintbrush Assisted Living and Memory Care is an assisted living community located in Fresno, California. This award-winning community features distinctive amenities and a wide array of engaging life … (read more)

Cedarbrook Memory Care

1425 Nees Avenue, Fresno, CA, 93720

We went to my wife’s cousin in Cedarbrook. You walk in there, and it’s like you’re living in a hotel. People were sitting in the hallways in wheelchairs and chairs, and their heads were down. They’re … (read more)
We went to my wife’s cousin in Cedarbrook. You walk in there, and it’s like you’re living in a hotel. People were sitting in the hallways in wheelchairs and chairs, and their heads were down. They’re … (read more)

River Bluffs Memory Care

5425 W. Spruce, Fresno, CA, 93722

The River Bluffs Memory Care was the superior facility. The administrator was there to greet us. She was a really friendly lady. From there, the staff we saw just went on with their business. We could … (read more)
The River Bluffs Memory Care was the superior facility. The administrator was there to greet us. She was a really friendly lady. From there, the staff we saw just went on with their business. We could … (read more)

Kingston Bay Senior Living

6161 W. Spruce Ave, Fresno, CA, 93722

I have too much to say in the thirty days my mom stayed there. Most not good. The staff in memory care are very sweet…that’s about my only good comment I can give. I agree with other comments regar … (read more)
I have too much to say in the thirty days my mom stayed there. Most not good. The staff in memory care are very sweet…that’s about my only good comment I can give. I agree with other comments regar … (read more)

2017, 2018, 2019

Westmont of Fresno

7442 N Millbrook Ave, Fresno, CA, 93720

Cottonwood Court Assisted Living and Memory Care is conveniently situated near Woodward Park in Fresno and features easy access to the Sierra Freeway and California State University. Residents and the … (read more)
Cottonwood Court Assisted Living and Memory Care is conveniently situated near Woodward Park in Fresno and features easy access to the Sierra Freeway and California State University. Residents and the … (read more)

2013, 2016

Somerford Place of Fresno

6075 North Marks Avenue, Fresno, CA, 93711

I went to Somerford Place of Fresno. The lady who was helping me was wonderful. She was sensitive to our needs and answered all our questions. That was great. They showed us the available rooms, commo … (read more)
I went to Somerford Place of Fresno. The lady who was helping me was wonderful. She was sensitive to our needs and answered all our questions. That was great. They showed us the available rooms, commo … (read more)

Bedford Care Group – Skyview

2657 E Skyview, Fresno, CA, 93720

Bedford Care Group – Skyview was very nice, homey, and felt clean. The people were very nice, but for us, it’s not going to work. I’m not totally ruling them out, but it’s really quiet. The patients w … (read more)
Bedford Care Group – Skyview was very nice, homey, and felt clean. The people were very nice, but for us, it’s not going to work. I’m not totally ruling them out, but it’s really quiet. The patients w … (read more)

Bella Vista Memory Care

5425 W. Spruce, Fresno, CA, 93722


Carmel Village at Clovis

1650 Shaw Ave, Clovis, CA, 93611

Carmel Village at Clovis is one where the building was beautiful. I toured a higher-level room and a memory care room and they were all just beautiful. It just wasn’t a good fit for my mom. She just n … (read more)
Carmel Village at Clovis is one where the building was beautiful. I toured a higher-level room and a memory care room and they were all just beautiful. It just wasn’t a good fit for my mom. She just n … (read more)

Orchard Park

675 W Alluvial Ave, Clovis, CA, 93611

Orchard Park is located just above Clovis, California, next to a few grocery stores and cultural restaurants. Residents enjoy movie nights, morning popcorn and freshly brewed coffee. Orchard Park is a … (read more)
Orchard Park is located just above Clovis, California, next to a few grocery stores and cultural restaurants. Residents enjoy movie nights, morning popcorn and freshly brewed coffee. Orchard Park is a … (read more)

COVID-19 Rules for Memory Care in Fresno

Since most COVID-19 rules for Memory Care Communities and other Senior Living Facilities are set at the state level, you can view the specific rules for your state on our Guide to Memory Care in California. Keep in mind that every community has specific policies that they put in place to protect their residents, so you should contact your local community for more information. Additionally, you can contact your local Area Agency on Aging to learn more – find contact information here.

What to Consider About Memory Care in Fresno

In Fresno, memory care facilities are regulated by the California Department of Social Services and licensed under the Community Care Licensing Adult and Senior Program. California’s 13 Senior Care Licensing Offices can answer questions about license requirements, as well as the rules and regulations facilities must follow.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Memory Care in Fresno

  • Residents of Fresno have easy access to high-quality health care services at the city’s many hospitals and specialized medical centers. Some of Fresno’s best hospitals include the Community Regional Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente Medical Center and Fresno Surgical Hospital, which were all rated positively by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Fresno’s overall cost of living is significantly lower than the California average, but except for Social Security benefits, seniors have to pay state taxes on most kinds of other retirement income. Still, income tax rates are fairly reasonable for people with moderate-to-low incomes.
  • Fresno has high rates of property and violent crime, making it safer than only 8% of other U.S. cities. Generally, neighborhoods on the outskirts of the city tend to be safer than those in the center.
  • Disabled seniors who can’t ride the regular bus may be eligible for low-cost, curb-to-curb transit via Fresno Area Express (FAX) Handy Ride. This service operates on the same schedule as the fixed-route bus system and provides transportation to any destination in the FAX service area.
  • Fresno’s air quality is below average compared to the U.S. as a whole due to high levels of ozone and particulate matter, which can be detrimental to seniors with asthma, COPD and other respiratory conditions.
  • The weather in Fresno is typically warm and sunny. The city gets approximately 271 sunny days per year compared to the national average of 205. It receives zero inches of annual snowfall and winters are mild, with an average low temperature of 38 degrees in January. Summers can be quite hot, with average highs reaching 98 degrees in July.

Paying for Memory Care in Fresno

Fresno seniors receive memory care in specialized units of assisted living facilities at an average cost of $4,875 per month. This type of care is usually 20-30% more expensive than regular assisted living because it includes therapeutic memory support programming, around-the-clock supervision, help with activities of daily living and high levels of security to ensure residents’ safety. Because there are no nationwide sources for memory care cost data, prices are estimated using the assisted living rates in Genworth’s 2021 Cost of Care Survey, plus 25%.

The Cost of Memory Care in Nearby Cities

At $4,875, memory care in Fresno is much cheaper than the California average of $6,563 and the national average of $5,625. It’s a bit more expensive than some other cities in the area, though, but less costly than Hanford, where seniors pay $5,438. Rates in Visalia average $4,313, and in Madera, they’re about $4,785. To the south in Bakersfield, memory care costs approximately $4,688.

$4875

Fresno

$6563

California

$5625

The United States

$4313

Visalia

$4785

Madera

$5438

Hanford

$4688

Bakersfield

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Seniors who don’t yet require memory care might want to consider other options in Fresno. Homemaker and home health aide services both cost an average of $5,529, while regular assisted living is cheaper at $3,900 per month. Adult day health care averages $1,652, while nursing homes charge $8,638 for semiprivate and $10,038 for private rooms.

$5529

Homemaker Services

$5529

Home Health Aide

$3900

Assisted Living

$1652

Adult Day Health Care

$8638

Nursing Home (semiprivate room)

$10038

Nursing Home (private room)

Financial Assistance for Memory Care in Fresno

In Fresno, there are options for seniors who need financial assistance paying for Memory Care. For more information about other options, who qualifies, and how to apply, Memory Care in California page.

More Ways to Pay for Memory Care - California

More Ways to Pay for Memory Care

While many families use their own funds or personal assets to pay for memory care, there are plenty of additional options to cover these costs. Some additional ways to finance memory care costs include:

  • Veterans Benefits
  • Life Insurance Policy
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Reverse Mortgage

For more information about different ways to finance memory care, visit our Memory Care in California page.

Free Memory Care Resources in Fresno

Fresno’s older adults, family caregivers and other loved ones have access to a wide range of resources and programs that are helpful for people with Alzheimer’s disease. They include support groups, educational programming and information about how to pay for memory care.

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Contact

Service

(800) 272-3900

The Alzheimer’s Association, Northern California chapter serves as a vital resource for people with memory disease and their families. It provides referrals to local services, caregiver support groups, future planning assistance and advice that may help seniors slow the rate of cognitive decline. The organization operates a 24/7 helpline staffed by clinicians who can answer questions about legal concerns, brain health and how to provide safe care for Alzheimer’s sufferers who are still living at home. On its website, Fresno residents can also learn about current and upcoming research opportunities to study Alzheimer’s disease and potential treatments.

(559) 224-9177, ext. 401

The Fresno-Madera Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program can help families make decisions about memory care and provides advice on choosing a facility to meet their loved one's needs. The ombudsman also investigates and works to resolve complaints regarding quality of care, rights violations and suspected neglect or abuse.

(559) 214-0299

The Area Agency on Aging provides a care management program that covers a variety of services for seniors who meet medical and financial eligibility requirements. Under this program, residents may be able to get care at home while waiting to make the transition to a memory care facility. Other services offered by the AAA include health insurance counseling, wellness classes, home-delivered meals and a family caregiver support program.

(559) 600-5436

Fresno County senior veterans can speak with a representative at the Veteran Service Office to learn about benefits they may be eligible to receive. Benefits may include VA pensions, financial compensation for service-connected disabilities and Aid and Attendance pension supplements, which can be used as a potential source of funding to pay for memory care. 

Memory Care Laws and Regulations in Fresno

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

Laws and Regulations for Memory Care in California