There are well over 10,300 Assisted Living Facilities in California with a variety of services and programs to chose from. In fact, California has the highest number of Assisted Living Facilities in the entire U.S. These type of senior care facilities promote maximum independence and dignity for each resident and also encourage family and community involvement when possible. Assisted Living facilities in California range in services depending on the care needs, price, size, and amenities offered in the home. Read More
The state of California is one of the best places for senior retirement and assisted living. This is due to the state having the most assisted living care options in the entire country, consistent warm temperatures year round and plenty of activities for your loved one.
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by Dr. Jacqueline Dupont, PhD (Aging Expert / Gerontologist)
Assisted Living Costs in California
The average cost of care in California is $3,710 per month. Throughout the entire state, care can start as low as $933 and go as high as $8,445 per month. This range in cost will be influenced by a variety of factors including the senior’s care needs. Prior to selecting a care facility, the admissions staff will perform an assessment to determine the condition and care needs of your loved one. This care assessment will be a key factor in determining the monthly cost (source: Genworth Financial).
Other factors that influence the monthly care fees will be the size and location of the facility, private or shared room, private or shared bathroom, number of years the facility has been in business, staff experience, transportation to and from the doctor, and other amenities and services.
Residential care facilities, provide 24-hour care and supervision to seniors who need assistance, but do not require medical nursing care around the clock. Care Facilities can range in size from six beds or less to over one hundred beds and offer care to adults sixty years or older.
Assisted living facilities provide seniors assistance with activities of daily living, medication management, social activities, housekeeping, meals, and transportation. Inspections by state officials, staff training, and certification requirement, family and community involvement, and ongoing quality assurance efforts work together to ensure quality care in these facilities.
State Definition, Licensing and Regulation
Assisted living Facilities in California are also referred to locally as Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RFCEs) and are regulated by California’s Department of Social Services in the Community Care Licensing Division. This department of the state government is in charge of licensing, inspecting and monitoring all activities that occur in the care facility.
California Code of Regulations Title 22 regulates the operation and provision of service in these RCFE settings including other things such as acceptance and retention criteria, admission requirements, relocation process, staff training, criminal background checks, medication management, food service, dementia care, health-related services, hospice care, administrator qualifications, disaster planning, and resident rights.
California’s Senior Population
California has the largest state population in the United States at 37,679,000, in which 11.7% of those people are sixty-five years of age or older. Currently, there are over 164,000 seniors living in California assisted living facilities. With a high senior population, assisted living facilities in California can provide a wider range of activities and programs for seniors, catering to seniors with different types of lifestyles, including active and independent seniors.
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