Orange County, which is home to about 3.2 million people, has a large senior community that makes up over 15% of the population. Among this demographic, the rate of Alzheimer’s is becoming increasingly common and now affects as many as one in nine older adults. According to information recently compiled by the Centers for Disease Control, Alzheimer’s-related deaths are on the rise in Orange County. In 2014, about 10% of deaths in the county were caused by Alzheimer’s. In 2018, the number of Alzheimer’s-related deaths went up by 22% and made up about 11% of fatalities. During this time period, the total number of deaths increased by just over 13%.  

Memory care facilities provide a safe, nurturing environment for those with mild to moderate dementia. These facilities are staffed with compassionate, highly trained caregivers who administer personal care and help residents participate in dementia-informed social and recreational programming. This guide provides an overview of what these facilities charge for services, the pros and cons of living in Orange County and some agencies and programs available to seniors and families impacted by Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia.  

Memory Care Facilities in Orange County, CA

The 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, 2015

Brookdale Garden Grove

10200 Chapman Avenue, Garden Grove, CA, 92840

Brookdale Garden Grove is located in Garden Grove, California, a few minutes away from the Navy Golf Course Seal Beach, Disneyland and Westhaven Park. Residents give this facility high marks for its r … (read more)
Brookdale Garden Grove is located in Garden Grove, California, a few minutes away from the Navy Golf Course Seal Beach, Disneyland and Westhaven Park. Residents give this facility high marks for its r … (read more)

Atria Del Sol

23792 Marguerite Parkway, Mission Viejo, CA, 92692

The staff is amazing! They treat my mom so well and truly with genuine dignity and respect. It took her a long time to make the decision to move there but it was just in time because shortly after s … (read more)
The staff is amazing! They treat my mom so well and truly with genuine dignity and respect. It took her a long time to make the decision to move there but it was just in time because shortly after s … (read more)

2016

Sunrise of Mission Viejo

26151 Country Club Drive, Mission Viejo, CA, 92691

Located in Mission Viejo, California, Sunrise of Mission Viejo is less than a mile from Madrid Fore Park and Interstate 5. Residents and their loved ones praise the facility’s homelike interior and … (read more)
Located in Mission Viejo, California, Sunrise of Mission Viejo is less than a mile from Madrid Fore Park and Interstate 5. Residents and their loved ones praise the facility’s homelike interior and … (read more)

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)

Brookdale Anaheim

200 North Dale Avenue, Anaheim, CA, 92801

Brookdale Anaheim is located in Anaheim, California, just minutes from I-5 and Route 91. Residents and their loved ones give high marks for the kind and caring staff and the clean and inviting facilit … (read more)
Brookdale Anaheim is located in Anaheim, California, just minutes from I-5 and Route 91. Residents and their loved ones give high marks for the kind and caring staff and the clean and inviting facilit … (read more)

2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

Kirkwood Orange

1525 E Taft Ave, Orange, CA, 92865

I placed my ward in Kirkwood Orange. I thought that the community was very well kept. Security was very tight. The check-in and check-out procedures were very formal, which I appreciated. They have al … (read more)
I placed my ward in Kirkwood Orange. I thought that the community was very well kept. Security was very tight. The check-in and check-out procedures were very formal, which I appreciated. They have al … (read more)

Park Terrace

21952 Buena Suerte, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, 92688

My mother is in Park Terrace. It’s a very good place with good people. They have a great administrator and a great person that’s in charge of memory care. It’s well run and a little bit more reasonabl … (read more)
My mother is in Park Terrace. It’s a very good place with good people. They have a great administrator and a great person that’s in charge of memory care. It’s well run and a little bit more reasonabl … (read more)

2022

Heritage Pointe

27356 Bellogente, Mission Viejo, CA, 92691

My mother has lived at Heritage Pointe since 2008. She transitioned from independent living to memory care in 2015. She has a small, comfortable bedroom ~ good storage ~ and a shared bathroom with o … (read more)
My mother has lived at Heritage Pointe since 2008. She transitioned from independent living to memory care in 2015. She has a small, comfortable bedroom ~ good storage ~ and a shared bathroom with o … (read more)

2016, 2017, 2022

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)

2015

Brookdale Brookhurst

15302 Brookhurst St., Westminster, CA, 92683

Brookdale Brookhurst is nestled in a quiet suburb of Westminster, California, near the Mile Square Regional Park, David L. Baker Golf Course and Fountain Valley Regional Hospital. Residents describe t … (read more)
Brookdale Brookhurst is nestled in a quiet suburb of Westminster, California, near the Mile Square Regional Park, David L. Baker Golf Course and Fountain Valley Regional Hospital. Residents describe t … (read more)

2016, 2022

Sunrise of Seal Beach

3850 Lampson Avenue, Seal Beach, CA, 90740

Sunrise of Seal Beach is in the coastal town of Seal Beach, California, near major freeways, Naples Island and Long Beach. Guests and family members give the community excellent reviews for its clean … (read more)
Sunrise of Seal Beach is in the coastal town of Seal Beach, California, near major freeways, Naples Island and Long Beach. Guests and family members give the community excellent reviews for its clean … (read more)

2015, 2016

Capistrano Senior Living

31741 Rancho Viejo Rd., San Juan Capistrano, CA, 92675

My mother is at Capistrano Senior Living. The people that has had direct interaction with her have been great. But it’s hard because the residents that are in there have a lot of issues compared to he … (read more)
My mother is at Capistrano Senior Living. The people that has had direct interaction with her have been great. But it’s hard because the residents that are in there have a lot of issues compared to he … (read more)

Hollybrook Senior Living of Orange

2025 North Bush Street, Santa Ana, CA, 92706

Hollybrook Senior Living of Orange is conveniently located close to Main Street and 17th Street, where you can easily find a number of restaurants, stores and entertainment venues. The facility is wel … (read more)
Hollybrook Senior Living of Orange is conveniently located close to Main Street and 17th Street, where you can easily find a number of restaurants, stores and entertainment venues. The facility is wel … (read more)

2013

The Groves at Tustin

1262 Bryan Ave, Tustin, CA, 92780

My mom is in The Groves of Tustin memory care. The staff is great and very helpful. So far, everything’s been going really well. The place is clean as a whistle, no foul odors, and absolutely as good … (read more)
My mom is in The Groves of Tustin memory care. The staff is great and very helpful. So far, everything’s been going really well. The place is clean as a whistle, no foul odors, and absolutely as good … (read more)

2018

Sunrise of Yorba Linda

4792 Lakeview Avenue, Yorba Linda, CA, 92886

Sunrise of Yorba Linda, located in Yorba Linda, California, is conveniently located near two public libraries, including The Richard Nixon Presidential Library, and numerous restaurants. Visitors comp … (read more)
Sunrise of Yorba Linda, located in Yorba Linda, California, is conveniently located near two public libraries, including The Richard Nixon Presidential Library, and numerous restaurants. Visitors comp … (read more)

San Clemente Villas By The Sea

660 Camino De Los Mares, San Clemente, CA, 92673


2016

Atria San Juan

32353 San Juan Creek Road, San Juan Capistrano, CA, 92675

Located in San Juan Capistrano, California, Atria San Juan is situated near Dana Point and overlooks the San Juan Hills Golf Course. Residents and visitors give the facility high marks for its cleanli … (read more)
Located in San Juan Capistrano, California, Atria San Juan is situated near Dana Point and overlooks the San Juan Hills Golf Course. Residents and visitors give the facility high marks for its cleanli … (read more)

2017

Carmel Village Retirement Community

17077 San Mateo, Fountain Valley, CA, 92708

My husband has moved into Carmel Village Retirement Community. It’s very friendly. It doesn’t look big from the entrance, but it is. My husband’s room is small, but it accommodates a bed, a dresser, a … (read more)
My husband has moved into Carmel Village Retirement Community. It’s very friendly. It doesn’t look big from the entrance, but it is. My husband’s room is small, but it accommodates a bed, a dresser, a … (read more)

2017, 2018

Sunrise of Huntington Beach

7401 Yorktown Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA, 92648

Sunrise is located in a thriving area of Huntington Beach, surrounded by a wide selection of entertainment venues, a shopping mall and, as the name suggests, Huntington Beach. Visitors praise the mode … (read more)
Sunrise is located in a thriving area of Huntington Beach, surrounded by a wide selection of entertainment venues, a shopping mall and, as the name suggests, Huntington Beach. Visitors praise the mode … (read more)

COVID-19 Rules for Memory Care in Orange County

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 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). 

$6563

Orange County

$6563

California

$5625

The United States

$4561

Stockton

$4875

Fresno

$7899

San Francisco

$8810

Santa Rosa

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.  

$6563

Memory Care

$5911

Home Care

$5911

Home Health Care

$1652

Adult Day Health Care

$5250

Assisted Living

$9125

Nursing Home (semiprivate)

$11269

Nursing Home (private)

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.

Resource 

Contact 

Description 

(949) 426-8544 

The 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.

(949) 955-9000 

Alzheimer'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.

(949) 824-3253 

UCI 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.

(714) 593-9630 

The 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.

(714) 480-6450 

Through 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.

Laws and Regulations for memory care in California