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The 10 Best Memory Care Facilities in Riverside, CA for 2024

Riverside is a large city with over 315,000 residents. In this community, about 11% of residents are aged 65 and over, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that Alzheimer’s-related deaths have slightly tapered. In 2020, about 9.4% of deaths were linked to Alzheimer’s, which is down from the 9.8% reported in 2016. While the total number of deaths in the region increased by 33% during this period, Alzheimer’s-related deaths increased by only 27%.

Seniors and families seeking dementia care and support have several memory care facilities to choose from in Riverside. These facilities provide a comforting, homelike environment and maintain familiar, predictable schedules while featuring floor plans that prevent confusion. They’re staffed with compassionate, highly trained caregivers who administer care and 24-hour monitoring, and they have secured exits to prevent wandering.

This guide for memory care in Riverside features an overview of the pros and cons of obtaining care in this city, outlines monthly care costs in and around the region, and highlights resources that provide support and information for area residents.

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What to Consider About Memory Care in Riverside

Memory care facilities in Riverside follow regulations set by the California Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing Division. This agency conducts background checks on prospective and current employees and regular inspections to ensure facilities provide clean, safe environments for residents.  

Benefits and Drawbacks of Memory Care in Riverside

 

  • Riverside is listed on the Dementia Friendly America Network and the AARP Age-Friendly Network, indicating that its officials have taken measures to make the city a safe, comfortable place for older adults, including those with dementia.  
  • While Riverside’s overall cost of living is high compared to the typical U.S. city, it’s affordable compared to California as a whole and may make the city a financially viable option for those with restrictive budgets. Housing costs are affordable relative to the rest of the state, but in all other metrics, the city rates are more expensive. Seniors may be able to avoid expenses such as transportation and utilities by moving to a residential care facility.
  • The crime rate in Riverside is a little higher than in the nation as a whole, which may make memory care a safe alternative to living alone. On a 100-point index, the city’s violent crime rate is 28.7 and the property crime rate is 46.7 compared to the national scores of 22.7 and 35.4. However, crime frequency is trending downward, which may provide peace of mind to families. 
  • Averaging just 11 inches of rain, no snow and five months of comfortable daily temperatures each year, Riverside’s pleasant weather is among its top benefits. August is the hottest month with highs in the mid-90s, and there are a few days when humidity levels are uncomfortable. Memory care facilities help residents stay comfortable during the warmest months by providing indoor activities and individual climate controls in residents’ rooms.
  • On average, health care expenses are about 15% cheaper in Riverside than in the United States as a whole, which may benefit those managing chronic conditions. Residents have access to top-ranking hospitals such as Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage and Loma Linda University Medical Hospital in Loma Linda.  
  • California seniors pay state income taxes on all types of retirement income except for Social Security benefits, which may impact how much they can put toward memory care expenses. The Riverside area has several agencies that help older adults apply for public benefits that may help cover care costs. 

 

Paying for Memory Care in Riverside, CA

When trying to decide how to pay for memory care, one of the first questions that comes up is "How much does it cost?" With the impact of inflation, it's more important than ever to have up-to-date information when making a financial plan for senior living. To help shed light on real senior living prices, Caring.com has compiled proprietary cost data from its network of more than 75,000 senior living providers to provide insight into the average cost of memory care in Riverside and 139 other cities in California.

Inflation's Impact on the Cost of Memory Care in Riverside, CA

For those conscious of their budget, planning for senior living becomes particularly crucial. Inflation in Riverside is projected to increase the cost of memory care from $5,250 to $6,253, a 19.1% rise from 2022 to 2024. While this is equal to the projected national rate, care in Riverside is still more expensive. The state average rate is projected to increase slower, at 13.8% (from $5,668 to $6,453). Riverside remains more affordable than many urban areas in California, with Sacramento, San Diego and San Francisco all projected to increase 19.1% by 2024.

Location2022 Cost (Historical)2023 Cost (Current)2024 Cost (Estimated)
Riverside$5,250$5,796$6,253
U.S. Average$4,863$5,369$5,792
California$5,668$5,866$6,453
Sacramento$5,447$6,014$6,488
San Diego$6,296$6,951$7,499
San Francisco$7,742$8,547$9,221

The Cost of Memory Care in Nearby Cities  

At $5,000 per month, memory care services in the Riverside area are competitive compared to the rest of the state and nation, where respective fees average $6,563 and $5,625. In Bakersfield, rates are several hundred dollars lower at $4,688. Care is much costlier in Salinas and Santa Rosa, with local facilities charging rates of $7,500 and $8,810, respectively.   

Riverside

$5,000

California

$6,563

The United States

$5,625

Bakersfield

$4,688

Salinas

$7,500

Santa Rosa Area

$8,810

The Costs of Other Types of Senior Living

The cost of senior living in Riverside depends on the type of care sought. Typically, higher costs come with additional services, care and amenities. Independent living provides the least amount of support and is the most affordable option, averaging $2,766 monthly. Assisted living offers personal care and support with daily living and meals, averaging $5,274. Memory care, which involves more intensive personal care and treatment for cognitive decline, averages $5,796.

Assisted Living

$5,274

Memory Care

$5,796

Independent Living

$2,766

Financial Assistance for Memory Care in Riverside

In Riverside, 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 and Low-Cost Resources for Seniors in Riverside,CA

There are many resources in Riverside,CA that assist seniors in their retirement. Caring.com has compiled information on local organizations, programs and agencies and categorized them into care types for easy reference.

For information about statewide resources and those in nearby cities, go to Caring’s California state page.

Area Agency on Aging

Retirees can find support and advice on various senior-related issues from their local Area Agency on Aging. The agency provides advice on topics such as financial assistance programs, in-home care and long-term care planning. It also connects seniors and caregivers with community-based resources.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Riverside County Office On Aging (OOA)877-932-4100California's network of Area Agencies on Aging work under the umbrella of the California Department of Aging. These agencies promote healthy living for older residents through a variety of federal and state-funded programs. Some of these programs include supportive services, senior nutrition programs, care management programs, caregiving services and Medicare and insurance counseling. Low-income seniors can become productive community members through volunteer programs, such as the Senior Companion Program and the Senior Community Service Employment Program.

Financial Assistance for Senior Care

Riverside seniors wishing to remain in their own homes can find financial assistance from several local resources. These programs and organizations help retirees cover the cost of services such as home care, property modifications and utilities.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Community-Based Adult Services - Adult Day Services Center of Riverside951-509-2500Community-Based Adult Services is a program designed to prevent seniors from entering nursing homes if their needs can be met in the community. It covers professional nursing care, mental health services, occupational and physical therapy, personal care and other services to help participants maintain their quality of life.
Community-Based Adult Services - Inland Grace Adult Day Health Care Center951-343-1001Community-Based Adult Services is a program designed to prevent seniors from entering nursing homes if their needs can be met in the community. It covers professional nursing care, mental health services, occupational and physical therapy, personal care and other services to help participants maintain their quality of life.

Cash Assistance Programs

Cash assistance programs in Riverside provide financial support to help low-income retirees remain in their own homes for as long as possible. Seniors and caregivers can apply for tax rebates and reductions, discounts on vital services and help covering the cost of heating and cooling their home.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Riverside County Public Social Services877-410-8827The Riverside County Department of Public Social Services offers a variety of financial and social supports for the county's seniors. Through the RCPSS, seniors can sign up for the CalFresh food assistance program, connect with potential caregivers and receive housing assistance to help them pay for rent, utilities or home repair. The RCPSS is also in charge of the county's Adult Protective Services department, which works to assist seniors who feel abused, exploited or otherwise unsafe in their living environments.

Many organizations offer free or low-cost legal services to Riverside seniors. Older adults can access advice on issues such as estate planning, living wills and power of attorney. Some firms also act as long-term care ombudsmen, advocating for the rights of seniors in senior living communities.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Inland Counties Legal Services (ICLS)800-977-4257Inland Counties Legal Services (ICLS) features a range of free legal services for seniors, including assistance pertaining to powers of attorney, consumer issues, nursing home care, health care law, simple wills, housing laws, small estate probate, elder abuse and small claims court. As residents of San Bernardino County, Redlands seniors can contact the organization for its advocacy and legal assistance.
Riverside Legal Aid951-682-7968Low-income seniors in Palm Desert who need legal advice or representation related to civil matters can contact Riverside Legal Aid. Volunteer attorneys provide pro bono legal services in the areas of family law, guardianship, housing and contract disputes. The organization also hosts a number of free clinics and workshops that cover common legal issues faced by older adults.
Long-Term Care (LTC) Ombudsman Program - Riverside909-581-6649The COA houses the region's long-term care ombudsman program, a state program that provides advocacy and assistance to older adults living in memory care facilities. The ombudsman visits local memory care facilities to ensure a high standard of care for residents. It also has health insurance options counselors who can work with Medicare beneficiaries and their advocates to determine if there are programs that may help them fund care.

Social Security Offices

Social Security offices in Riverside help seniors and disabled people access the benefits they're entitled to. Older adults can contact their local office for information about receiving retirement benefits, disability allowance and Supplemental Security Income.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Riverside Social Security Office 92508800-772-1213Social Security is a source of income available to retirees and people who can no longer work because of a disability. The money for Social Security comes from a payroll tax levied on employers, employees and self-employed individuals. When you retire, you'll receive monthly payments based on how much you earned when you were working.

Transportation Assistance

Assistance is available for seniors unable to access or use private transportation. These community resources help elderly and disabled residents make journeys in and around Riverside, allowing them to run errands and attend appointments in the local area.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Riverside Transit Agency – Dial-A-RideWildomar's senior residents can utilize Dial-A-Ride via the Riverside Transit Agency. They will need a valid photo ID to prove they fall in the 65 and older age range. The service requires reservations.
Riverside Transit Agency – Reduced FaresSeniors may qualify for a Riverside Transit Agency reduced fare if they're in the 60 and over demographic. They need to have a relevant form of ID during each trip.

Utility & Energy Bill Assistance

Low-income seniors who are struggling to meet the costs of maintaining their homes can find support from organizations that offer assistance with utility and energy bills. Riverside retirees could also qualify for emergency funding programs if they're in danger of losing utility services due to unpaid invoices.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) - Riverside866-675-6623The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program helps eligible households balance their utility bills, while the LIHEAP Energy Crisis Prevention Program provides financial assistance to low-income households facing energy-related crises. For example, the ECPP may offer assistance to a homeowner who's in danger of having their power shut off.

Veteran's Services

Riverside retirees who have served in the U.S. military can find support from local veteran services. These offices and organizations help vets access the benefits they're eligible for and provide advice and information on a variety of issues.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Riverside County Veterans' Services951-955-3060Palm Desert veterans, survivors and dependents qualify for free support and assistance through Veterans Services of Riverside County. Services include help with county, state and federal benefit applications and appeals, including the VA Aid and Attendance and Housebound enhanced pension program that provides funding that can be used towards assisted living costs.

Memory Care Laws and Regulations in Riverside

Riverside 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

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Citrus Place was very good. We saw the memory care and the assisted living portion and out of the three facilities that we visited, I liked them the best so far from an overall facility perspective...

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