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About Assisted Living

Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.

Complete guide to assisted living
About Care Homes

Residential care homes are shared neighborhood homes for seniors who need a live-in caregiver to assist with activities of daily living, like dressing and bathing.

More about care homes
Veterans Resources

VA benefits for long-term care, such as Aid and Attendance benefits, can help eligible veterans and their surviving spouses pay for senior care.

Guide to VA benefits for long-term care
About Home Care

Home care relies on trained aides to provide companionship and non-medical care for seniors living at home.

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About Independent Living

Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.

Complete guide to independent living
About Memory Care

Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.

Complete guide to memory care
About Nursing Homes

Nursing homes provide short-and long-term care for seniors who have physical or mental health conditions that require 24-hour nursing and personal care.

Complete guide to nursing homes
About Senior Apartments

Senior apartments offer accessible, no-frills living for seniors who are generally active, healthy, and able to live on their own.

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Assisted Living in California

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Assisted Living in California

From old-growth Redwood forests to white sandy beaches, California has earned its nickname as The Golden State for good reason. California is home to great weather, year-round sunshine, and unmatched beauty. When it comes to assisted living communities, California has many great options. Let A Place for Mom help you find the best assisted living in California from one of over 4,000 of our partner communities in the state.

When it comes to the price of assisted living, California has a median monthly cost of around $4,100 and an average monthly cost of about $4,600.

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California Assisted Living Regulations

The Community Care Licensing Division of The Department of Social Services is in charge of regulating assisted living facilities in California. The state has an exceptional rating in terms of record accessibility and reporting. You can find the California care facility violation database here.

There are a number of definitions that pertain to senior living facilities in California that distinguish each community based on their size and the services provided:

Residential Care Facility for the Elderly (RCFE): This type of facility provides care, supervision, and assistance with activities of daily living. They may also provide incidental medical services under special care plans. These facilities tend to provide care to seniors 60 years of age and over. These communities may also be known as assisted living facilities, retirement homes, and board-and-care homes. The facilities can range in size from six beds or less to over 100 beds. The residents in these facilities require varying levels of personal care and protective supervision.

Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC): These communities offer a long-term continuing care contract that provides for housing, residential services, and nursing care. These services tend to be administered in one location and usually for a resident’s lifetime. All providers offering continuing care contracts must first obtain a certificate of authority and a residential care facility for the elderly (RCFE) license. In addition, CCRCs that offer skilled nursing services must hold a Skilled Nursing Facility License issued by the Department of Health Services.

Cost of Living

California is considered to be one of the most expensive states in the country. The main reason for this is that the state has some of the most densely-populated cities in the US, as well hundreds of miles of pristine coastline. This leads to California having extremely high property values, especially in major cities such as Los Angeles or San Francisco. These scores are based on a scale where 100 is equal to the national average.

Price Indexes

  • Cost of Living: 139
  • Groceries: 121
  • Housing: 227
  • Utilities: 118
  • Transportation: 139

Demographics

California is considered to be one of the most liberal cities in the country, both politically and socially. The state has consistently voted Democratic in the past several elections and the California supreme court was one of the first to legalize same-sex marriages in the United States. Most, if not all of the major cities in California are considered to be very friendly to members of the LGBTQ+ community. Outside of the cities, California tends to be more conservative within its significant rural population. California is also the most diverse state in the country with the largest Hispanic and Latino community on the West Coast.

2016 Presidential Election

  • Voted Democratic: 62%
  • Voted Republican: 32%
  • Voted third party: 7%

Population

  • Median age: 37
  • Over the age of 55: 26%
  • 2018 population: 39,557,045
  • 2020 population: 39,874,333
  • Estimated 2025 population: 40,678,732

Miscellaneous

  • 31% regularly attend a religious service
  • 46% consider themselves atheist, agnostic, or a non-believer
  • Across the state there are a total of 23,558 congregations
  • There are 395 Masonic lodges in the state

Climate and Weather

As one of the largest states in the country, California has an extremely varied climate. Southern California has a desert-type climate that experiences long periods of droughts. On the other end of the extreme, Northern California is a mountainous, temperate rainforest that can receive lots of snowfall during the winter. Many people choose to live in California because of the state’s relatively low humidity levels and its proximity to the ocean. However, some seniors who live in any of the more densely-packed cities may experience respiratory difficulty from air pollution. The state also often experiences forest fires which can severely impact the air quality rating.

Humidity and Precipitation

  • Average monthly precipitation: 2”
  • Average maximum precipitation: 16” (December)
  • Average humidity level: 61%

Air Quality

  • Average air quality rating: 57 (Moderate)
  • Peak air quality rating: 83 in August (Moderate)

Moderate conditions means that those who are sensitive to particulates in the air should limit the amount of time spent on outdoor activities.

Seasonal Temperatures

  • Average temperature: 59°F
  • Average summer temperature: 71°F
  • Typical summer high: 116°F (July)
  • Typical summer low: 34°F (June)
  • Average winter temperature: 47°F
  • Typical winter high: 76°F (February)
  • Typical winter low: 8°F (January)

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