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SENIOR ADVICE: Assisted Living in California

Tuesday, December 15, 2020   /   by Jeff Stoffel

SENIOR ADVICE: Assisted Living in California

Although California is nicknamed The Golden State because of the 1800s gold rush, there are still reasons to call it that today. From the Golden Gate Bridge to the golden fields of poppies that bloom in spring, California is a scenic location for retirement. The number of residents aged 65 and over has increased by 14% in the past nine years, compared to 6% for the general population. Many seniors take advantage of the mild climate of this west coast state, and there are assisted living facilities with easy access to dozens of inspiring Pacific beaches.

As of February 2020, there were over 7,000 licensed assisted living facilities in California. They are officially called residential care for the elderly (RCFE) facilities. The median cost of assisted living in California is $4,500 monthly, about 12% higher than the national average. In comparison, the median rent in California is about 50% higher than nationwide.

This guide describes the senior services available in the region and the cost of assisted living in various parts of California. It compares assisted living to other types of care and provides free and low-cost resources to help seniors cover the costs of assisted living.