Just northeast of Los Angeles, the city of Pasadena is home to 141,000 residents, out of whom 16% are seniors aged 65 and older. Residents enjoy easy access to many top-class medical facilities and hospitals including Huntington Hospital with its Senior Care Network, and the Pasadena Urgent Care & Medical Center. According to Genworth’s Cost of Care Survey in 2020, Pasadena is one of the most financially accessible cities in the state for nursing homes, at a median cost of $8,060 per month. 

Nursing homes offer both short-term rehabilitation and long-term residential care for frail seniors. Residents in these facilities benefit from skilled nursing, round-the-clock supervision and intensive attention to ensure their complex needs are met. Caring staff can help with bathing, dressing, eating and other daily living activities, while trained nurses provide medical monitoring. Skilled nursing facilities provide a high level of care, which is reflected in the cost. Cheaper care options include home care and accommodation in an assisted living community

This guide offers a comparison between nursing home costs in Pasadena, the rest of the state and the rest of the United States. We’ve also compiled a list of free resources for seniors who are looking to transition into a skilled nursing facility or trying to delay the need to move into one.

Directory of Nursing Homes in Pasadena, CA

The Terraces at Park Marino

2585 E. WASHINGTON BLVD., Pasadena, CA, 91107

The Terraces at Park Marino has a vast view of Eaton Canyon and is conveniently located across Crown City Medical Group in the Victory Park neighborhood of Pasadena, California. Residents are happy wi … (read more)
The Terraces at Park Marino has a vast view of Eaton Canyon and is conveniently located across Crown City Medical Group in the Victory Park neighborhood of Pasadena, California. Residents are happy wi … (read more)

Villa Gardens

842 East Villa St., Pasadena, CA, 91101

Villa Gardens is located in the center of Pasadena, California, just minutes from Interstate 210. Residents and their loved ones agree that Villa Gardens is a gorgeous facility, thanks to its landscap … (read more)
Villa Gardens is located in the center of Pasadena, California, just minutes from Interstate 210. Residents and their loved ones agree that Villa Gardens is a gorgeous facility, thanks to its landscap … (read more)

Monte Vista Grove Homes

2889 SAN PASQUAL STREET, Pasadena, CA, 91107

Monte Vista Grove Homes is situated in Pasadena, CA, a short drive from the heart of San Marino. Visitors are pleased that the facility has a host of doctors and medical institutions on-call in case o … (read more)
Monte Vista Grove Homes is situated in Pasadena, CA, a short drive from the heart of San Marino. Visitors are pleased that the facility has a host of doctors and medical institutions on-call in case o … (read more)

Gem Transitional

716 SOUTH FAIR OAKS AVE, Pasadena, CA, 91105

I visited a family friend who was residing at GEM for short term care and I have to say the facility is very clean, staff are friendly and it’s a very nice facility. I highly recommend GEM for your … (read more)
I visited a family friend who was residing at GEM for short term care and I have to say the facility is very clean, staff are friendly and it’s a very nice facility. I highly recommend GEM for your … (read more)

Saint Vincent Healthcare

1810 N. FAIR OAKS AVE, Pasadena, CA, 91103

My brother is now in St. Vincent Healthcare. This place is mainly for Alzheimer’s patients. For me, it is a very well organized place. There’s always someone who’ll talk to you. The staff does a lot o … (read more)
My brother is now in St. Vincent Healthcare. This place is mainly for Alzheimer’s patients. For me, it is a very well organized place. There’s always someone who’ll talk to you. The staff does a lot o … (read more)

Golden Rose Care Center

1899 N Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA, 91103

Golden Rose Care Center was newly renovated, everything was new, and I was very impressed with it. That’s the place I have chosen for my husband and that’s where he will go. I sat there for 30 minutes … (read more)
Golden Rose Care Center was newly renovated, everything was new, and I was very impressed with it. That’s the place I have chosen for my husband and that’s where he will go. I sat there for 30 minutes … (read more)

Pasadena Meadows Nursing Center

150 Bellefontaine Street, Pasadena, CA, 91105

My father had cancer & this was his final home for 2 months. The nurses & management gave him the best care possible & helped my family navigate us through this difficult time. They are ex … (read more)
My father had cancer & this was his final home for 2 months. The nurses & management gave him the best care possible & helped my family navigate us through this difficult time. They are ex … (read more)

Pasadena Grove Health Center

1470 N Fair Oaks Avenue, Pasadena, CA, 91103

My mom was at Pasadena Grove Health Center (formerly known as Eisenhower Nursing & Conv Hosp). It was dirty and they neglected their patients. Also there was some kind of hierarchy there where the … (read more)
My mom was at Pasadena Grove Health Center (formerly known as Eisenhower Nursing & Conv Hosp). It was dirty and they neglected their patients. Also there was some kind of hierarchy there where the … (read more)

The Californian-pasadena

120 BELLEFONTAINE STREET, Pasadena, CA, 91105

The staff and facilities were nice. The overall atmosphere was pleasent and the residents seemed to be happy. It is hard not to feel sadthough surrounded by people who are incapatitated. The Californi … (read more)
The staff and facilities were nice. The overall atmosphere was pleasent and the residents seemed to be happy. It is hard not to feel sadthough surrounded by people who are incapatitated. The Californi … (read more)

Pasadena Care Center, Llc

1640 N Fair Oaks Avenue, Pasadena, CA, 91103

It is not the most beautiful place, but the care givers and people working there are very caring and loving to the residents.
It is not the most beautiful place, but the care givers and people working there are very caring and loving to the residents.

Two Palms Nursing Center, Inc

2637 E. Washington Blvd, Pasadena, CA, 91107

Worst place ever. My dad’s life was cut short after being at Two Palms for less than one year. They kept him from walking and put him in a wheelchair. They would leave him in his diapers for a long … (read more)
Worst place ever. My dad’s life was cut short after being at Two Palms for less than one year. They kept him from walking and put him in a wheelchair. They would leave him in his diapers for a long … (read more)

Brighton Care Center

1836 North Fair Oaks Avenue, Pasadena, CA, 91103

My mom was put in Brighton two years ago. She was in the nursing care, and she was there for rehab, which is another one that is awful. The place was really old. They also had a lot of what she called … (read more)
My mom was put in Brighton two years ago. She was in the nursing care, and she was there for rehab, which is another one that is awful. The place was really old. They also had a lot of what she called … (read more)

Brighton Convalescent Center

1836 N. FAIR OAKS, Pasadena, CA, 91103


Camellia Gardens Care Center

1920 N. FAIR OAKS AVENUE, Pasadena, CA, 91103


Golden Cross Health Care

1450 N. Fair Oaks Avenue, Pasadena, CA, 91103


Serenity Care Of Pasadena

1515 North Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA, 91103


Legacy Care Of Pasadena

1570 North Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA, 91103


Atherton Baptist Home

214 SOUTH ATLANTIC BLVD., Alhambra, CA, 91801

Daytime staff member assigned is caring, intelligent, and responsive to my grandmother’s needs. She engages her and is familiar with her personal history and family relations. She’s made an effort to … (read more)
Daytime staff member assigned is caring, intelligent, and responsive to my grandmother’s needs. She engages her and is familiar with her personal history and family relations. She’s made an effort to … (read more)

Broadway Manor Care Center

605 WEST BROADWAY, Glendale, CA, 91204

During recent months I was an IV patient at this facility on two occasions for a total of more than 40 days, and the four star rating which I have given above is with respect to staff only. I observ … (read more)
During recent months I was an IV patient at this facility on two occasions for a total of more than 40 days, and the four star rating which I have given above is with respect to staff only. I observ … (read more)

Verdugo Valley Skilled Nursing & Wellness Ct

2635 HONOLULU AVE, Montrose, CA, 91020

My dad was in Montrose Springs Skilled Nursing & Wellness Center for two weeks. We couldn’t go in and see anything, but they were able to get my dad back to walking again. It’s like a rehab center … (read more)
My dad was in Montrose Springs Skilled Nursing & Wellness Center for two weeks. We couldn’t go in and see anything, but they were able to get my dad back to walking again. It’s like a rehab center … (read more)

Nursing Home Costs in Pasadena, CA

The median monthly prices for nursing homes in Pasadena are $8,060 for a semiprivate room and  $10,570 for accommodation in a private room. 

The Cost of Nursing Home Care in Nearby Cities

While the costs for skilled nursing facilities in Pasadena are higher than the U.S. average, skilled nursing in the area is $1,187 less costly than the state median. Pasadena is among the more affordable areas in the state for nursing homes when compared to other coastal cities such as Oxnard and Santa Maria. The average rates in Bakersfield are, on average, the same as in Pasadena, while further south in San Diego, skilled nursing facilities prices rise to $10,722, on average, per month. 

$8060

Pasadena

$9247

California

$7756

United States

$9962

Santa Maria

$8365

Oxnard

$8060

Bakersfield

$10722

San Diego

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Making the transition into a nursing home can be challenging for seniors and their loved ones. Older adults who don’t need high-level medical care may wish to consider other more budget-friendly options such as home care and home health care, which in Pasadena cost $5,434 and $5,529, respectively. Adult day health care is the cheapest senior care option in the city at $1,647, on average, per month. Another option that provides residential care is assisted living, at a median monthly rate of $5,000. 

$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)

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

Financial Assistance for Nursing Home Care in Pasadena, 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 Pasadena, CA

The city of Pasadena has several resources for seniors who want to stay at home for as long as possible, including those that support nutrition and home care services. Other services are designed to help seniors who are already in nursing home care. 

Resource

Contact 

Service

(800) 510-2020

This care management program is offered by Los Angeles County’s Workforce Development and Community Services to help delay the need for premature nursing home admissions. Eligible seniors can apply for a comprehensive set of care management services including at-home assessments, free and low-cost support services and follow-up appointments. 

(916) 552-9214

The Home and Community-Based Waiver is available to older adults in California who qualify for Medi-Cal, the state’s version of Medicaid. Seniors must need nursing home levels of care to be eligible. Services are offered in the participants' homes or in other types of residential units, such as assisted living facilities. 

(800) 334-9473

The Long Term Care Ombudsman Program offers a broad range of support for older adults who live in facilities such as nursing homes. Seniors and their family members can contact this program for help with finding a suitable nursing home and understanding their rights as residents. Program volunteers also record and investigate complaints and concerns about specific facilities.

(626) 449-6815 

This Pasadena-based nonprofit offers low-cost hot and cold nutritious meals to eligible homebound older adults. Meals on Wheels volunteers make lunchtime deliveries during the week. 

(800) 434-0222

HICAP volunteers offer seniors free and unbiased advice about their health insurance options after the age of 65. Topics covered include enrollment, Medicare part D, long-term care insurance and Medi-Cal.