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The 10 Best Nursing Homes in Orange County, CA for 2024

Orange County is the second-most densely populated county in California, with around 3.1 million residents. It has a thriving senior community that makes up 15.3% of its...

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Nursing Home Costs in Orange County, California

A semiprivate room in an Orange County nursing home costs an average of $8,060 and a private room averages $10,570.

The Cost of Nursing Home Care in Nearby Cities

A semiprivate room in a nursing home in Orange County costs $8,060 per month, which is higher than the national average of $7,756 and lower than the state average of $9,247.

Residents of California nursing homes can expect higher prices in San Diego, where a semiprivate room averages $10,722. Costs are even higher in San Francisco, which has a median cost of $12,471 per month. In Sacramento, the state capital, seniors can expect to pay $9,946 for this level of care.

Orange County

$8,060

California

$9,247

The United States

$7,756

Sacramento

$9,946

San Diego

$10,722

San Francisco

$12,471

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

As nursing homes generally have the highest fees, seniors may find it useful to consider alternatives. For example, assisted living averages only $5,000 per month, and some communities offer comparable care to that of nursing homes. Another option is a home health aide, which costs an average of $5,529, or homemaker services, which can cost around $5,434. The least expensive option is adult day health care, which costs an average of $1,647 per month.

Home care

$5,434

Home health care

$5,529

Adult day health care

$1,647

Assisted living

$5,000

Nursing home (semiprivate room)

$8,060

Nursing home (private room)

$10,570

Note: Data for Orange County was unavailable, so data for the nearest city to the county seat, Los Angeles, was used instead.

Financial Assistance for Nursing Home Care in Orange County, California

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 Orange County, California

Whether staying at home or transitioning into a long-term care environment, seniors in Orange County may be able to make use of the following free resources.

ResourceContactService
OC Office on Aging(714) 480-6450
This Agency on Aging offers a variety of educational and social services that can help seniors remain safe in place, including home-delivered meals, chronic disease management classes and wellness checkups. Seniors can also get help applying for health insurance and finding a long-term care environment that suits their needs.
Orange Senior Center(714) 538-9633Seniors looking to stay in their homes can take advantage of myriad nutrition programs, which include congregate and home-delivered meals and a grocery distribution program. Care needs assessments, legal aid and transportation services are available here. This senior center also offers free medical screenings and fitness classes which can help elders remain fit, socially engaged and independent.
North Orange County Vet Center(714) 776-0161This federally run department offers financial aid, health care and mental wellness services to veterans and their spouses. A transportation program helps veterans get to and from VA medical appointments. This organization offers life insurance and pensions, as well as financial assistance for medical and housing costs.
Meals on Wheels Orange County(714) 220-0224In addition to healthy home-delivered meals, Meals on Wheels offers care needs assessments, telephone support and housing and medical care placement services. This volunteer-run nonprofit also operates adult day health care centers where seniors can access enriching activities in a medically supervised environment.

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My mom has been in Palm Terrace Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center. We're very pleased with the staff and the rehabilitation that she got there. We felt they were very kind, and they exercised her....

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Review of Crystal Cove Care Center

Crystal Cove Care Center is taking very good care of my friend. They are giving her a little bit of physical therapy and making sure she gets up and walks a little bit, at least 20 steps or more....

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