9 Memory Care Facilities in Santa Barbara County, CA

Top 5 Memory Care Facilities in Santa Barbara County, CA

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Pacifica Senior Living Santa Barbara

Provides: Memory Care
325 West Islay Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
"With warmest thanks for all your thoughtfulness and patience with our father. We appreciate everything you did to make our dad comfortable and at home.`" More

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Mariposa at Ellwood Shores

Provides: Memory Care
190 ViaJero Ave., Goleta, CA 93117
"My sister and her husband are among the first Compass Rose (memory care) occupants, moving in shortly after the Mariposa opened just over three years ago. It's home to them, providing excellent..." More

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Oak Cottage of Santa Barbara Memory C...

Provides: Memory Care
1820 De La Vina Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
"My father is living in Oak Cottage of Santa Barbara. We love it. His room is perfect for him, just right. We have no complaints whatsoever and he has adjusted. The staff is wonderful. They have..." More
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Granvida Senior Living - Carpinteria, CA

Provides: Memory Care
5464 Carpinteria Avenue, Carpinteria, CA 93013
"Welcome to a “Great Life” in Carpinteria. That’s what GranVida offers for seniors and their families who live along the beautiful Central California Coast. In building GranVida, we chose not to..." More

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Fountain Square of Lompoc

Provides: Memory Care
1420 West North Avenue, Lompoc, CA 93436
"My visit with Fountain Square of Lompoc was good, but it seemed pretty empty and a lot of people that I saw were either in their rooms or outside their rooms with their heads down. The staff was..." More

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Merrill Gardens at Santa Maria

Provides: Memory Care
1220 Suey Road, Santa Maria, CA 93454
"Conveniently located between San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara, Merrill Gardens at Santa Maria is a campus-style retirement community that provides a wide spectrum of care. Enjoy being near golf..." More

Magnolia Care Home

Provides: Memory Care
4620 SONG LANE, Santa Maria, CA 93455
"My mother-in-law lived at Magnolia and Primrose for 6 months before she passed and I have nothing but praise for the facility, the owners and especially the staff! They were all caring and loving..." More

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Solvang Friendship House

Provides: Memory Care
880 Friendship Lane, Solvang, CA 93463
"I have used a day service called the Friendship House. I have left my wife there when I had something to do and it wasn’t practical for her to go with me. While she was there, she had her teeth..." More

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Zeny's RCFE #1

Provides: Memory Care
502 North Ranch St., Santa Maria, CA 93454
"Zeny's RCFE #1 is an end-of-life place and not a place you'd go if you're sound of mind or if you're social. The living space is very small, and it's like they bought a house from the 60s that..." More

    What to Consider About Memory Care in Santa Barbara County

    As of 2017, the United States Census Bureau estimates that 448,150 people call Santa Barbara County home, including 14.9 percent who are 65 or older. Of these seniors, around 9.5 percent are living with Alzheimer's disease or another form of dementia, and many will require intensive care.

    While finding the best fit for memory care can be challenging, Santa Barbara County offers seniors and their families nine different facilities from which to choose, each with its own unique set of amenities. California's Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing Division, licenses and regulates them as a type of Residential Care Facility for the Elderly (RCFE).

    • Excellent weather is one reason seniors may want to choose a memory care facility in Santa Barbara County. The area's climate earns a comfort index of 84 out of 100, where 100 is best and the national average is only 54. This score means that the county offers lots of sunshine, low humidity and many days with temperatures in the 70s. 
    • While Santa Barbara County does have great weather, seniors who already have trouble breathing due to respiratory illness may want to spend most of their time inside the memory care facility due to the county's high level of ozone pollution
    • Healthcare spending in Santa Barbara County averages 12 percent below the national median, a savings which may leave seniors with dementia and their families more funds left over to pay for memory care services. 
    • Tax policies are fairly friendly toward Santa Barbara County's seniors, which may allow for a bigger budget for memory care. While retirees do not have to pay state income taxes on Social Security or Railroad Retirement benefits, they may owe taxes on other types of retirement income. As for the area's sales taxes, the county-wide sales tax rate is .25 percent, which is in addition to California state, city and special sales taxes.


    Paying for Memory Care in Santa Barbara County

    Average Monthly Costs

    Counties in California

    $5,456.00 Kern County
    $5,347.00 Los Angeles County
    $4,999.00 US
    $4,910.00 Ventura County
    $4,891.00 Santa Barbara County
    $4,510.00 San Luis Obispo County

    Memory Care costs in Santa Barbara County start around $4,891 per month on average, while the nationwide average cost of memory care is $4,999 per month.

    It’s important to note that memory care rates in Santa Barbara County and the surrounding suburbs can vary widely based on factors such as location, the level of care needed, apartment size and the types of amenities offered at each community.

    Financial Assistance for Memory Care in Santa Barbara County

    Learn more about these programs, plus who’s eligible, on our Memory Care in California page.

    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 Santa Barbara County

    Santa Barbara County and the surrounding area are home to numerous government agencies and non-profit organizations offering help for seniors searching for or currently residing in a memory care community. These organizations can also provide assistance in a number of other eldercare services such as geriatric care management, elder law advice, estate planning, finding home care and health and wellness programs.

    To see a list of free memory care resources in Santa Barbara County, please visit our Memory Care in California page.

    Directory of Winners in the Santa Barbara County Area


    Memory Care Laws and Regulations in Santa Barbara County

    Santa Barbara County-area memory care communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all memory care communities in California are required to follow. Visit our Memory Care in California page for more information about these laws.

    Memory Care near Santa Barbara County, CA

    Recent Reviews of Memory Care in Santa Barbara County

    • Review of Mariposa at Ellwood Shores

      My sister and her husband are among the first Compass Rose (memory care) occupants, moving in shortly after the Mariposa opened just over three years ago. It's home to them, providing excellent car... Read more

      Chris B.
    • Review of Mariposa at Ellwood Shores

      Ellwood Shores is a beautiful facility, very caring. My father is a resident and he likes it very much. Read more

      Daughter
    • Review of Pacifica Senior Living Santa Barbara

      With warmest thanks for all your thoughtfulness and patience with our father. We appreciate everything you did to make our dad comfortable and at home.` Read more

      JF
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