4 Memory Care Facilities in Santa Cruz County, CA

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Westwind Memory Care

Provides: Memory Care
160 Jewell Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
"Westwind Memory Care was really new and nice. It was a good place. The staff was super competent and nice, and the rooms were brand new. They didn't have an outside area that people could walk..." More

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Paradise Villa

Provides: Memory Care
2177 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
"Paradise Villa is a unique medium -sized community. It’s one-of-a-kind design allows us to capture the nice homey atmosphere of a dwelling. We have many dining and living areas specially..." More

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Sunshine Villa

Provides: Memory Care
80 Front Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
"Located on Beach Hill, just minutes from the shore, Sunshine Villa is a premier senior living community. The beacon of our grounds is the beautiful Victorian architecture, which has served..." More

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Aegis of Aptos

Provides: Memory Care
125 Heather Terrace, Aptos, CA 95003
"My mother was here - Started in the main area- moved to the Memory care area after stroke.. 1. Bed was put near a window- ( large room) on any sunny day she was hot and got very thirsty. Staff was..." More

    What to Consider About Memory Care in Santa Cruz County

    Santa Cruz County is a mix of mountains and beaches on California's mid-coastal region, just south of the San Francisco Peninsula. The county is home to 276,000 people, 15.6 percent of whom are seniors age 65 and over, some living with Alzheimer's disease, Huntington's disease or another form of dementia.

    For those seniors whose condition requires full-time supervision and daily care, Santa Cruz has three memory care facilities where trained staff provide room and board, assistance with activities of daily living and the physical or mental therapy prescribed by a doctor. Memory care, assisted living and skilled nursing care facilities are all licensed to operate by the California Department of Social Services Adult Care Licensing program, which inspects properties to ensure quality of care.

    • Santa Cruz County is right on the coast of California, where sunny days and coastal breezes produce very mild conditions year round. High temperatures in summer average 76 degrees, and winter lows rarely drop below 41 degrees. This part of California's redwood coast gets 31 inches of rain a year, which falls when the clouds strike the steep coastal range inland. Local forestation puts out a lot of tree pollen, which seniors with asthma or allergies can find irritating in spring, when pollen counts are highest.
    • The cost of living in Santa Cruz is more than double the cost of living nationally. Expenses in Santa Cruz are 210 percent of the national average, though healthcare costs in the county are only 93 percent of the national average cost.
    • The crime rate in Santa Cruz is high by national standards at roughly 75 percent more than the national average, though violent crime is much less common than theft.
    • The Santa Cruz County area is home to world-class medical facilities, including those specializing in brain health and dementia care, such as Watsonville Community Hospital and Dignity Health Dominican Hospital, in the event of medical emergencies or illness.


    Paying for Memory Care in Santa Cruz County

    Average Monthly Costs

    Counties in California

    $6,238.00 Santa Clara County
    $6,116.00 San Mateo County
    $5,823.00 Santa Cruz County
    $5,671.00 Contra Costa County
    $5,273.00 San Francisco County
    $5,233.00 Alameda County
    $4,893.00 Monterey County
    $4,869.00 US

    Memory Care costs in Santa Cruz County start around $5,823 per month on average, while the nationwide average cost of memory care is $4,869 per month.

    It’s important to note that memory care rates in Santa Cruz 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 Cruz 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 Cruz County

    Santa Cruz 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 Cruz County, please visit our Memory Care in California page.

    Directory of Winners in the Santa Cruz County Area


    Memory Care Laws and Regulations in Santa Cruz County

    Santa Cruz 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.

    Recent Reviews of Memory Care in Santa Cruz County

    • Review of Aegis of Aptos

      My mother was here - Started in the main area- moved to the Memory care area after stroke.. 1. Bed was put near a window- ( large room) on any sunny day she was hot and got very thirsty. Staff was ... Read more

      Memory care area- Deplorable
    • Review of Westwind Memory Care

      Westwind Memory Care was really new and nice. It was a good place. The staff was super competent and nice, and the rooms were brand new. They didn't have an outside area that people could walk arou... Read more

      Reviewer#JE0129
    • Review of Westwind Memory Care

      Westwind Memory Care was fabulous, but I could not afford it. It was beautiful and brand new, so everything was fresh and clean. The activities seemed really engaging and good for their mind and br... Read more

      Suzanne
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