Assisted Living in Fresno, CA
Fresno is located in Fresno County, California and home to over 120 Assisted Living facilities for seniors 65 and above. We give this Fresno a 4-star rating for having plenty of care facilities in an active city with warm weather. These senior living homes or residential care communities are good for seniors who want to live independently but need assistance with activities of daily living such as eating, bathing, toileting, grooming and other minor household chores.
The History, Weather, Activities, Senior Community, Temperature and plenty of Assisted Living Care Options all make Fresno a suitable place for any Senior to live. This quiet city is surrounded by parks, shopping, dining and hospitals.
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Rating for Seniors in need of Assisted Living in Fresno: ★★★★
Safety in Fresno
With safety always a concern when it comes to your loved one, Fresno has a 58 livability score according to Area Vibes. Compared to the rest of the U.S., Fresno is rated 17% better than all cities making it suitable for any Senior to live (source: Area Vibes).
Being in one of the states in the U.S. with hot summers, Fresno is one of the best areas for weather in California if you like the heat. However, to cool you off, temperatures average a cool 64 degrees in the winter (40 degrees at night) and a nice 98 degrees in the summer (68 degrees at night). (source: weather.com).
Types of Care Facilities in Fresno
Large Communities or Residential Care Homes in Fresno are non-medical facilities for seniors who do not require 24 hours medical supervision as these type of facilities do not have nurses and doctors on staff. However, these facilities have caregivers on site 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and medical staff members on call to ensure that all residents receive the best care that they deserve.
Large communities such as Sunrise Senior Living, Merrill Gardens Senior Living, Pacifica Senior Living, and Westmont Senior Living are known for daily activities, frequent socialization and have locations that provide secure memory wings for Alzheimer’s residents that wander.
If your loved one prefers a “home-like” setting, a residential care home might be a better fit. These include Bedford Care Group, Clovis Quality Care, Robinwood Inn, and Fresno Guest Home to name a few. These types of care facilities typically have 1:3 “caregiver to resident ratio” and provide meals, activities, music and pet therapy and assist residents with transportation to and from the doctor.
With over 120 Assisted Living Facilities in Fresno, you should not have a problem finding great care for your loved one.
Costs in Fresno
Whether your budget is restricted or if you want high-end senior care, these facilities located in Fresno can definitely meet your loved one’s needs. On average, the cost of care in the city can average around $4,000 per month. However, Assisted Living costs within the city can start as low as $3,000 per month and go as high as $7,000 per month (source: Genworth 2021).
The monthly cost of care will vary depending on the senior’s needs and an assessment done by the facility’s admissions staff. Other factors that determine the cost of Assisted Living are location of the facility, staff experience, private or shared room, if the community or residential care home is new or has been renovated, amenities and included services.
Paying for Care
Assisted Living is typically paid for out of pocket by the resident or their family members. Unfortunately, Medicare or Medicaid does not cover the care. However, families also use their Long Term Care Insurance or get help from Veteran’s Aid and Attendance programs. If the costs of care in Fresno still seems a little out of reach for you and your loved one, you can also search for facilities in nearby cities.
Sometimes residential care homes or large communities in Merced or Visalia, for example, may cost less in rent or care per month. If you need help finding these facilities, our care advisors can help at no charge. Just call them at 877.523.6523 or click here and they will get back to you as soon as possible.
If you still need care options under $2,500 per month, you can also get in touch with your state’s Department of Social Services. This government agency helps those with restricted budgets and low-income housing resources.
From check-ups to emergency care, Fresno has some of the top hospitals in the country to meet the needs of your loved one. The hospitals and medical centers in and surrounding the city are Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Fresno Community Hospital and Fresno Surgical Hosplital.
Getting around Fresno is a snap. The Department of Transportation for the City of Fresno has a great program for Seniors and those who are disabled. The Fresno Area Expires (FAX) has easy access for Seniors and Disabled that use mobility devices or having trouble climbing steps.
The “Handy Ride” program is a curb-to-curb service provided for those who are unable to use the normal bus route. The Handy Ride program is a door-to-door service for Seniors and those who are disabled and will take you where you need to go within the city and nearby areas. You can get more information on Handy Ride or FAX from the City of Fresno’s website.
If your loved one needs to go to a doctor’s appointment for their regular checkup or wants to attend mass, don’t worry. Please remember that any large community or residential care home can usually accommodate your loved one with transportation within and the surrounding areas. Some care facilities include transportation and some facilities require an additional fee. Just remember to ask the facility’s staff before you decide to move your loved one.
Senior Community Centers
Fresno has many senior community centers throughout the city which include the Sal Mosqueda Community Center, Clovis Senior Activity Center, Edwin Blayney Senior Center, Firebaugh Senior Center, Kerman Senior Center, Kingsburg Senior Center, Orange Cove Senior Center Department, Sierra Oaks Senior & Community Center, and Pinedale Community Center to name a few. Most of these Senior Centers are open from 8am to 5pm, however, some do close at 1pm. It is recommended to give them a call before making a visit.
Local Shopping & Dining
Fresno has a fair selection of shopping and restaurants in Fresno County to the River Park area which is probably the most popular shopping and dining area. There is also Fig Garden Village, Park Place Mall, Fashion Fair Mall, Pavilion West Shopping Center, Village Shopping Center, Marketplace at El Paseo, River Park Shopping Center and Park Crossing Shopping Center to name a few.
For nice breakfast spots, some of the top local restaurants include Fresno Breakfast House, Benaddiction, Batter Up Pancakes, Red Apple Cafe, The Waffle Shop, Black Bear Diner, Huckleberry’s The Train Depo, BJ’s Country Kitchen and Mimi’s Cafe.
If you’re ready for lunch or dinner, you can choose from the popular Cheesecake Factory, Yard House, Heirloom, Parma Italian Restaurant, Pismo’s Coastal Grill, Elbow Room Bar & Grill, The Old Spaghetti Factor, Mediterranean Grill & Cafe, Westwoods BBQ & Spice Co, Eureka! and Yosemite Ranch.
If you need help locating these restaurants or want to check rating, hours of business or other information, you can search Google Maps or Yelp.
Activities for Seniors
Some of Fresno’s great spots for Seniors and families are:
Fresno Chafee Zoo – Ranked #2 on Trip Advisor Top Activities in Fresno, this quaint little zoo is located on Belmont Ave. On 39 acres, it has 190 species including a stingray bay, dino dig, sea lion cove, African adventure and bird show.
Forestiere Underground Gardens – This is a unique activity that takes you out of the city into an “old-world” feel of ancient Roman times. These hand-build underground caves have unique fruits, trees and shrubs that are up to 90 years old. These underground gardens are located off Highway 99 in Fresno.
Woodward Regional Park – This park, located near the San Joaquin River, is the largest public park in the Fresno area. Spanning over 300 acres, the park has 5 miles of trails which hosts the Cross Country State Championships.
Meux Home Museum – This beautiful Mansion belonged to Dr. Thomas Richard Meux in 1888 and is a tribute to Victorian architecture.
Fresno Art Museum – Containing contemporary, Mexican and Mexican-American Art, this museum highlighted exhibits from artists such as Andy Warhol. The focus of the museum is “reflecting the culturally and artistically diverse community” living in San Joaquin Valley.
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Sources: AreaVibes, Weather.Com