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CITY Arcata
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Page Reviewed / Updated – January 17, 2024

Situated in Northern California, Arcata is a city that boasts convenient proximity to scenic beaches, attracting both its senior residents and visitors to an array of outdoor activities. The city, renowned for housing one of the oldest movie theaters in the United States, is also known for The Plaza – a vibrant hub featuring a diverse mix of shops, coffee houses, eateries, and entertainment venues. Arcata enjoys a temperate climate; with summer temperatures averaging around 64 degrees Fahrenheit, it offers a comfortable environment for its residents. Notably, seniors constitute close to 20% of its 54,857 population. 

Healthcare facilities in Arcata and its vicinity include Mad River Community Hospital, equipped with a trauma center, an around-the-clock emergency department and specialized orthopedic services. Additionally, Providence St. Joseph Hospital in nearby Eureka provides comprehensive healthcare services, including a dedicated heart institute, advanced surgical services, and a pain treatment center.

Financially, assisted living in Arcata presents a more affordable option compared to the broader California landscape. The 2021 Genworth Cost of Care Survey indicates a median monthly cost for assisted living in Arcata at $4,450, lower than the California average of $5,250 and less than the $5,225 average in Sacramento.

Note: Data for Arcata was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Redding, was used instead. 

Check out our list of the six top assisted living communities in Arcata.

Alder Bay Assisted Living

Alder Bay Assisted Living offers assisted living and independent living. The community is within walking distance of local dining and shopping venues and is situated just 2 miles from Eureka's downtown and marina district. At Alder Bay, residents can choose from studios or one-bedroom apartments, all of which include utilities, cable TV, Wi-Fi and 24-hour security. Staff curates life-enrichment activities under the community's unique Joy, Independence and Wellness program. Activities such as bean bag toss competitions and canvas painting, as well as off-site road trips, complement the 24-hour personal care provided for seniors. To keep meals nutritious and appetizing, Alder Bay employs a gourmet chef for three-times-daily service. 

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Especially You Assisted Living

Especially You Assisted Living, designed as a homelike setting for seniors who need help with daily tasks, offers convenient shopping and recreation options in a location halfway between Eureka and Bayview. This community ranks high on our list for its large sunroom where residents get together for engaging conversations, board games and visits with family and friends. The natural light in the space helps provide an uplifting start to the day and is just one of several lounges where seniors gather for entertainment and relaxation. Especially You offers 24-hour support, assisting seniors with daily living activities, serving homemade meals and snacks and providing daily housekeeping and laundry service. 

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Timber Ridge At Eureka

Timber Ridge At Eureka combines personal help with engaging activities for seniors looking for an active social life. Residents can find outdoor leisure and exercise opportunities across Timber Ridge's campus, which includes a patio for gathering and eating as well as walking paths for seniors to stretch their legs. From the community garden to indoor activities such as daily fitness classes and movie nights, there's ample selection for residents who want to find new hobbies and connect with friends. Staff also provides group outings such as concerts and local plays. At Timber Ridge, seniors can pick from accommodations ranging from studios to three-bedroom floor plans. 

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Sequoia Springs Senior Living Community

Sequoia Springs Senior Living Community is a retreat-like community in the Redwoods region, located close to a hospital, restaurants and shops. Cooks prepare meals at Sequoia Springs from scratch — just one reason why this community stands out on our list of top choices. The dining room decor treats seniors to a white-tablecloth experience, with staff providing table service and self-serve beverage stations offering coffee, tea, water and fountain drinks. Between meal service, residents take part in group exercise classes, enjoy puzzles and board games and lead music and dance activities. Sequoia Springs residents can join frequent organized trips to local attractions such as the beach while the community's staff takes care of housekeeping and laundry for all seniors.

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First Choice Care Home

First Choice Care Home promotes comfort and compassion in a small assisted living setting where staff helps residents in all aspects of daily life, including hygiene and medication management. The quality of care and ideal location in a quiet neighborhood sets First Choice apart in our guide. With just 14 seniors living here at one time, trained staff personalizes the resident experience, from housekeeping and meals to health services and enrichment activities. Residents stay active with First Choice exercise classes, which include gentle stretching, light weights and walking. Healthy living programs incorporate social opportunities such as shopping trips and independent activities such as quiet reading time in the First Choice library. 

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Timber Ridge at McKinleyville

Timber Ridge at McKinleyville assisted living lets residents stay close to downtown while enjoying the safety and security of around-the-clock care. Located on California's picturesque North Coast, Timber Ridge provides personalized care for residents who choose apartment-style living and offers comprehensive health services for seniors in the Renaissance memory care unit. Assisted living apartments boast full-size bathrooms, provide a sense of home with in-room kitchenettes and offer enhanced safety features such as emergency call systems. To ensure immediate response by staff at all hours, residents wear personal pendants, similar to a necklace. Seniors in this pet-friendly community can relax in the center's sunny courtyard and keep active through Timber Ridge's gardening program.

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