More than 173,500 residents call Lancaster home, and 9.8% of them are seniors aged 65 and older. The region has a semi-arid steppe climate that brings very hot summers and comfortable winters with plenty of rainfall. According to U.S. News and World Report, nearby Palmdale Regional Medical Center is high-performing in two procedures and in conditions related to cardiology and nephrology. 

According to the Genworth 2020 Cost of Care Survey, the cost of a semiprivate nursing home room in Lancaster is $8,060 per month, which is a few hundred dollars above the national average of $7,756. Seniors who do not require full-time supervision by nursing staff can find affordable alternatives. They can apply for home health care if they wish to age-in-place in the comfort of their home. Also, assisted living provides personal care while encouraging independence.  

This guide discusses the difference in costs for the various types of long-term care available, such as adult day care. At the end of the guide, readers can find a short list of resources that can help improve quality of life.  

Directory of Nursing Homes in Lancaster, CA

Wellsprings Post Acute Center

44445 No 15 Th St West, Lancaster, CA, 93534

I was a resident at this facility for two months Agermeyer severe car accident I was hit head on I couldn’t go home after being in ICU for a month so I went there and they did a really excellent j … (read more)
I was a resident at this facility for two months Agermeyer severe car accident I was hit head on I couldn’t go home after being in ICU for a month so I went there and they did a really excellent j … (read more)

The Ellison John Transitional Care Center

43830 10 Th Street West, Lancaster, CA, 93534

WONDERFUL NURSES RELENTLESSLY CLEANING THEY CARE. THEY REALLY DO
WONDERFUL NURSES RELENTLESSLY CLEANING THEY CARE. THEY REALLY DO

Lancaster Healthcare Center

1642 W Ave J, Lancaster, CA, 93534

I wish that I could give this place negative stars. The supervisor, Charlene, is unprofessional and incompetent of her title. She released my dad without contacting any of his family and now we have n … (read more)
I wish that I could give this place negative stars. The supervisor, Charlene, is unprofessional and incompetent of her title. She released my dad without contacting any of his family and now we have n … (read more)

Antelope Valley Care Center

44567 NORTH 15TH ST. WEST, Lancaster, CA, 93534


Mayflower Gardens Conv Hosp

6705 WEST AVENUE M, Lancaster, CA, 93536


Nursing Home Costs in Lancaster, CA

In Lancaster, a semiprivate room in a nursing home costs $8,060 per month, while a private room costs $10,570 per month, on average.

The Cost of Nursing Home Care in Nearby Cities

The cost of nursing home care in the Lancaster area is $1,187 less than the state average. Compared to the national average, Lancaster is $304 higher. 

San Jose is the most expensive city for nursing home care in the state. With a difference of $4,487, San Jose’s average is $12,547. Along the central coast, Santa Cruz has an average of $9,201, making it $1,141 higher than Lancaster. With an average of $6,844, Visalia is $1,216 cheaper. 

$8060

Lancaster

$9247

California

$7756

United States

$12547

San Jose

$9201

Santa Cruz

$6844

Visalia

Note: Data for Lancaster was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Los Angeles, was used instead. 

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

When considering long-term care options, cost can be a major factor. Home care and home health aide services in Lancaster are $5,434 and $5,529 per month, respectively, making them both around $2,600 less than a semiprivate room in a nursing home. Adult day health care is the cheapest option and is $6,413 less than semiprivate room. Assisted living is $3,060 less than a semiprivate room, with an average of $5,000. Finally, a private room in a nursing home costs $2,510 more than a semiprivate room. 

$5434

Home care

$5529

Home health care

$1647

Adult day health care

$5000

Assisted living

$8060

Nursing home (semiprivate room)

$10570

Nursing home (private room)

Financial Assistance for Nursing Home Care in Lancaster, CA

Many seniors and their families use some form of financial assistance to help them pay for nursing care. The main options available are Medicare, Medicaid, and veterans benefits. These programs can be complicated, especially when it comes to benefit terms. Below, we give a brief overview of how these programs may be used towards paying for skilled nursing care.

  • Medicare: Medicare will typically cover all skilled nursing costs for the first 20 days of one’s stay in a nursing home and a portion of the costs until day 100. After 100 days in a skilled nursing facility, Medicare will not cover any part of the cost of the stay. While this is adequate when short-term care is needed, those in need of long-term care will need to either pay out-of-pocket or use another source of financial assistance.
  • Medicaid: Medicaid covers most of the costs of living in a skilled nursing facility for those who qualify. Care, room, and board are covered with no time limit, but residents may be charged for extras like specially prepared food or cosmetic services. Medicaid eligibility standards are strict and complex, so not all seniors are eligible for Medicaid benefits.
  • Veterans Benefits: Veterans receiving a VA pension may also be eligible for the Aid and Attendance benefit administered by the VA. Aid and Attendance is a monthly allowance that beneficiaries may use to pay for their long-term care, including skilled nursing care.

If these options aren’t available to you, check if your loved one has long-term care insurance or contact your Area Agency on Aging to ask about any local financial assistance programs for seniors.

Free Resources for Seniors in Lancaster, CA

In this section are a handful of resources for seniors in Lancaster, including case management and Medicare counseling. Los Angeles County also has several senior centers, where seniors can find opportunities to make a new friend or learn something new through any of their recreational and educational programs.

Resource

Contact

Service

(310) 394-9871

Serving seniors in the greater Los Angeles County area, Wise Senior Services provides programs ranging from care management to 24-hour home care. Care assessment services help determine if seniors need home- or community-based care. The agency also offers a network of support groups for seniors, their loved ones and caregivers.

(661) 726-4400

Operating the Antelope Valley Senior Center, the LACCOA is the designated Area Agency on Aging for Los Angeles County. With five senior centers to choose from, seniors can connect with other locals and participate in social and recreational programs, including seasonal events. The staff can provide personal care to seniors during their visits and educational resources for loved ones. 

(213) 738-4004

Certified by the state, the ombudsman can investigate complaints on behalf of residents of long-term care facilities or their loved ones. Ombudsmen receive on-going education and training to stay up-to-date on federal and state regulations. In addition to providing information and referral assistance, ombudsmen can also make regular friendly visits to ensure the quality of residents’ care. Seniors can contact an ombudsman through their local senior services or by calling the phone number provided.

(213) 738-4004

The HICAP provides seniors and their loved ones with free and unbiased health insurance counseling for Medicare beneficiaries. Along with explaining the basis of the different parts of Medicare, counselors can help seniors compare long-term care plans to find a policy that best fits their needs. Counselors can assist in the process of filing an appeal for denial of care, as well as identifying individuals who qualify for financial assistance that covers out-of-pocket costs. Seniors interested in Medicare counseling can call the phone number provided or reach out to their local senior services.