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The 10 Best Memory Care Facilities in Los Angeles County, CA for 2024

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What to Consider About Memory Care in Los Angeles County

The California Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing Division, monitors and licenses memory care facilities in Los Angeles County and the rest of the state. This agency enforces regulations and conducts background checks on prospective caregivers. 

Benefits and Drawbacks of Memory Care in Los Angeles County

 

  • Los Angeles County is one of the most expensive areas to live in California. On a cost of living index that’s based on a national score of 100, Los Angeles County has a score of 165 versus the state median of 150. To help low-income seniors afford memory care services, several local agencies provide options counseling and assist individuals with enrolling in public benefit programs.  
  • Crime is slightly more prevalent in Los Angeles County than in the typical U.S. community, making memory care an attractive alternative to living alone for those with dementia. On a crime scale, the county’s violent crime is rated at 23.1 compared to the national median of 22.7, and property crime is rated at 41.7 versus 35.4 nationally.  
  • Los Angeles County has a pleasant climate throughout the year with high temperatures ranging between 66 and 85 degrees. The county gets about 16 inches of rain annually and no snow, providing plenty of opportunities for residents to relax outdoors and enjoy therapeutic activities such as birdwatching and walking.  
  • Health care costs are about 15% lower in Los Angeles County than in the nation as a whole, which may provide savings for those managing chronic conditions such as Alzheimer’s. UCLA Medical Center is in the city of Los Angeles and has specialized dementia services, as is Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, which is nationally ranked in nearly a dozen specialties.  
  • All forms of retirement income, except for Social Security benefits, are fully taxed at the state level. This may be a consideration for those who rely on forms of income such as dividends from investments, pensions and withdrawals from retirement accounts. There are veterans’ benefits specialists and financial experts seniors can connect with through their local Area Agency on Aging who can help them apply for tax breaks.  
  • Los Angeles County is listed on the AARP Age-Friendly Network, indicating that its officials have worked to create a safe, comfortable environment for people of all ages.

 

Paying for Memory Care in Los Angeles County

In Los Angeles County, dementia services are offered in assisted living facilities that are licensed to provide specialized care. Data isn’t available through any senior care cost surveys, but on average, memory care costs 20-30% more than standard assisted living. The following rates are calculated by adding 25% to assisted living costs in the Genworth 2021 Cost of Care Survey.  

The Cost of Memory Care in Nearby Cities

Seniors in Los Angeles County pay $6,563 per month for memory care, which is equal to the state median but nearly $1,000 more than the national average of $5,625. Several California cities have more affordable costs, including Bakersfield, where seniors pay $4,688, and Fresno, where costs average $4,875. In Santa Cruz, rates are higher at $6,938, and in Santa Rosa, fees are considerably more expensive at $8,810.   

Los Angeles County

$6,563

California

$6,563

The United States

$5,625

Bakersfield

$4,688

Fresno

$4,875

Santa Cruz

$6,938

Santa Rosa

$8,810

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Los Angeles County has several senior care options at various price points. The cheapest option, adult day health care, costs $1,652 per month. Older adults pay $5,250 for residential assisted living, and $5,911 for home care or specialized home health care. Nursing home residents in semiprivate rooms pay $9,125, and those in private rooms pay $11,269.  

Memory Care

$6,563

Home Care

$5,911

Home Health Care

$5,911

Adult Day Health Care

$1,652

Assisted Living

$5,250

Nursing Home (semiprivate)

$9,125

Nursing Home (private)

$11,269

Note: Data for Los Angeles County was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Los Angeles, was used instead. 

Financial Assistance for Memory Care in Los Angeles County

In Los Angeles County, 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 in CA

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 Los Angeles County

Los Angeles County has numerous free resources for seniors and families affected by dementia. These include information specialists, legal and financial advisors, support groups and early-stage engagement programs to enhance the lives of seniors with Alzheimer’s and help their families make informed decisions regarding their care.  

ResourceContactService
UCLA Alzheimer's and Dementia Care Program(310) 319-3222The UCLA Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Program is an award-winning program that helps meet the medical, behavioral and social needs of those with dementia. Seniors obtain personalized care plans that begin with 90-minute evaluations. The program provides ongoing contact and support to make sure the care plan is implemented and adjusted as needed.
Alzheimer’s Los Angeles(844) 435-7259Alzheimer’s Los Angeles is a regional nonprofit organization that serves seniors in Los Angeles County. Through this organization, local residents can participate in support groups, meet with dementia specialists and sign up for The Memory Club, an 8-week program that provides education and support for individuals and their care partners. The organization also has a helpline staffed with live agents who provide referrals for community-based resources.
Alzheimer’s Association California Southland Chapter(323) 309-8821The Alzheimer’s Association has a 24-hour helpline that provides callers with emotional support and information on community-based services and programs in Los Angeles County. The local chapter also facilitates in-person and virtual support groups and early-stage engagement programs, and it has online resources such as discussion boards, educational workshops and a community resource finder.
Workforce Development Aging and Community Services(800) 510-2020WDACS operates the local Area Agency on Aging, which provides free and low-cost services to those aged 60 and over. Seniors and families can contact the AAA for expert financial and legal counseling, options counseling and information and referrals for community-based services and support groups. The AAA can also help older adults determine their eligibility for public benefits such as Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Disability Insurance, which can help them pay for residential memory care services.
Center for Health Care Rights(213) 383-4519The Center for Health Care Rights administers HICAP, which provides free information and assistance to Medicare beneficiaries. Seniors and families can meet with advisors for help with understanding Medicare coverage, private Medicare options that may cover memory care expenses and Medicaid’s eligibility requirements. They can also help seniors file appeals for denied health care coverage for eligible services.

Memory Care Laws and Regulations in Los Angeles County

Los Angeles County 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.

Memory Care Laws and Regulations in Los Angeles County, CA

Reviews of Communities Nearby

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Gregg

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

Review of AvantGarde Senior Living

AvantGarde Senior Living is very nice. The grounds are very well-kept and very clean. Mom's room is nice. It's well done, very cozy, and comfy. The staff seems very friendly, and very attentive to...

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Marlad

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

Review of Ivy Park at Studio City

The rooms are OK, although not cleaned as well as they should be. Food is, in general, not particularly healthy and does not adhere to dietary concerns such as diabetes. My husband's blood sugar...

Provider response

Dear Marlad, My name is Sean Taghizadeh, and I am the Executive Director at Ivy Park at Studio City. Thank you for taking the time to leave your thoughts. We take all feedback seriously, and your...

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Christy

I visited this facility

Review of Terraza Court

We were really happy with Terraza Court. I went to this facility, and I highly recommend it. It's nice. Even I would want that for myself, that's how much we love that facility. And I love the...

Provider response

Aww thanks for coming we really appreciate your review.

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