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

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What to Consider About Memory Care in Orange County

In Orange County, as in the rest of California, memory care facilities follow regulations set by the California Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing Division. This division ensures quality care for residents by conducting regular inspections and criminal background checks of facility employees. 

Benefits and Drawbacks of Memory Care in Orange County

 

  • Orange County is a member of Dementia Friends USA, meaning that its leadership has focused on educating the public on dementia and how it affects people and making the community a safe environment for those with memory impairments.  
  • Orange County is home to three of California’s top 15 hospitals, including Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, UCI Medical Center and Mission Hospitals – Mission Viejo and Laguna Beach, providing high access to quality medical care. There are approximately 249 doctors per capita in this county compared to the U.S. average of 210, and medical costs come in about 10% below the national median.  
  • On a cost of living index based on a national score of 100, Orange County scores 167.7. This indicates that local living costs are higher than in the typical U.S. city and in California, where the cost of living is rated at 149.9. To help seniors afford local living and memory care costs, there are several nonprofit organizations that provide financial counseling and help with obtaining public benefits.
  • Crime is relatively uncommon in Orange County, which may appeal to families seeking memory care services for loved ones. On a 100-point crime index, the county’s violent crime score is 15.9 and the property crime score is 31.7, compared to respective national scores of 22.7 and 35.4.  
  • With summer highs around 85 degrees, Orange County is among the cooler areas in California. Winters are very mild with daytime temperatures in the upper 60s, and annually, the county gets about 14 inches of rain and no snow. This may benefit older adults who enjoy relaxing outdoors.  
  • California has high income tax rates, and seniors pay state taxes on all types of retirement income except for Social Security benefits, which may impact how much they can put toward monthly dementia care expenses. Several nonprofit agencies in Orange County have veterans’ benefits specialists and financial advisors who help older adults access tax breaks and make the most of their retirement income.   

 

Paying for Memory Care in Orange County

Orange County residents with dementia obtain residential memory care services in assisted living facilities that are specially licensed to provide this level of care. On average, dementia services cost 20-30% more than assisted living due to additional licensing requirements, caregiver training and dementia-informed programming. Nationwide memory care cost data isn’t available, so we add 25% to the assisted living rates in Genworth’s 2021 Cost of Care Survey to estimate monthly costs.   

The Cost of Memory Care in Nearby Cities 

In Orange County, memory care costs $6,563, which is equal to the state median but almost $1,000 higher than the national average ($5,625). Costs are significantly higher in San Francisco ($7,899) and Santa Rosa ($8,810). Memory care is much more affordable in Fresno ($4,875) and Stockton ($4,561). 

Orange County

$6,563

California

$6,563

The United States

$5,625

Stockton

$4,561

Fresno

$4,875

San Francisco

$7,899

Santa Rosa

$8,810

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care 

Seniors in Orange County have multiple care options to choose from. Nursing homes charge the highest monthly rates of $9,125 for semiprivate rooms and $11,269 for private units. Assisted living costs $5,250, and seniors pay $5,911 for either basic home care and specialized home health care. Memory care is a little costlier at $6,563. Adult day health care is the cheapest option at $1,652.  

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 Orange County was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Los Angeles, was used instead. 

Financial Assistance for Memory Care in Orange County

In Orange 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 Orange County

Seniors in Orange County can get support and services from numerous nonprofit organizations and programs. Through the following resources, older adults and their families can connect with support groups, early-stage engagement programs and specialized services.

ResourceContactService
Alzheimer’s Association Orange County Chapter(949) 426-8544The Alzheimer’s Association administers a range of free supportive services and informational resources to seniors and families affected by dementia. Through the Orange County chapter, individuals connect with in-person and online support groups, free education classes and clinical trials. Seniors and families can also contact a 24-hour helpline for personalized assistance with finding resources in Orange County.
Alzheimer’s Orange County(949) 955-9000Alzheimer's Orange County is a regional nonprofit organization that provides a variety of services including free classes and workshops, a specialized caregiving training program, family care consultations and support groups. It also has a free helpline, which individuals reach at (844) 373-4400 for personalized assistance and answers to questions regarding dementia and long-term care options.
UCI MIND(949) 824-3253UCI MIND is home to an NIH-funded Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. Through this center, seniors with and without memory-related conditions can participate in clinical trials to help researchers better understand Alzheimer’s. The center also hosts free community programs to help Orange County residents understand how to recognize and manage dementia.
Alzheimer’s Family Center(714) 593-9630The Alzheimer’s Family Center is a local nonprofit organization that offers various services to seniors with dementia. It operates an adult day facility that provides specialized dementia care, and it hosts group therapy sessions for those in the early stages of Alzheimer’s.
OC Office on Aging(714) 480-6450Through the OC Office on Aging, seniors and families can connect with legal and financial experts who help them navigate issues related to dementia. The office also has health insurance counselors who provide free Medicare assistance to beneficiaries.

Memory Care Laws and Regulations in Orange County

Orange 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 Orange County

Reviews of Communities Nearby

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Lori B.

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

Review of Crescent Landing at South Coast Memory Care

We had to start looking for a place for my mother-in-law due to her dementia. Wishing that I could take care of her that she needed to be in a place where they could watch Her 24. And I having 2...

Provider response

We are so happy to hear you had such an enjoyable experience on your recent tour with us Lori. We take pride in treating each resident with care while providing a comfortable atmosphere for...

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Lolese

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

Review of Crescent Landing at Fullerton Memory Care

The grounds are beautiful and peaceful especially the water fountain ,such a peaceful place to walk around. The staff is very kind and caring. I highly recommend this community for your loved ones.

Provider response

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave this review for Crescent Landing at Fullerton Memory Care. Our staff strives to foster a positive community experience for all our residents, and your...

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Julie

I visited this facility

Review of Westmont of Cypress

We went to Westmont of Cypress. It was gorgeous. It's a brand-new community. One thing that I would have liked better is even though it was a shared room, it would have more of an individual...

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