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Page Reviewed / Updated – August 08, 2020

The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Chatsworth, CA

Chatsworth is a Los Angeles township in the San Fernando Valley. Despite being next to a major metropolis, the community is known for its bucolic, small-town atmosphere, peaceful ambience and access to plenty of outdoor recreational activities. Combined with the mild California weather and a welcoming, diverse population, it’s easy to see why Chatsworth is attractive for seniors.

Chatsworth shares Los Angeles’ overall high cost of living, although health care costs are almost 11 points below the national average. A local climate that rates a 9.1 out of 10 on the BestPlaces Comfort Index makes living here worth the extra expense. Chatsworth also offers areas of stunning natural beauty, including 685-acre Santa Susana Pass State Historical Park, along with access to the city’s cornucopia of cultural and artistic offerings.  

Note: Cost data for Chatsworth wasn’t available, so data for the nearest city, Los Angeles, was used.

Check out our list of the top 10 assisted living facilities in the Chatsworth  area to see if there’s a fit for you. Additionally, find out more about the cost of assisted living in Chatsworth and what financial assistance programs are available.

Brookdale Chatsworth

Brookdale Chatsworth is situated close to several shopping centers and features a choice of multiple assisted living apartment floor plans. It makes our top ten list because of the comfortable and welcoming conditions it offers, its diverse amenities and activities and 24/7 staff support from care associates and health-care professionals. The community provides access to financial advisers and move-in help, and its pet-friendly apartments offer abundant natural light, plentiful storage, microwave- and refrigerator-equipped kitchenettes and the ability to personalize the environment for each resident's tastes. Amenities include a library, a beauty salon and barbershop, private dining room and an attractively landscaped campus that features a courtyard, garden and walking paths. 

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Features
  • Special dietary menus available as needed
  • Wellness center to support overall mental and physical health and fitness

J.J. Palms Residential Elderly Care in Chatsworth

The Palms of Chatsworth earns its place on this list through comprehensive and diverse health supports for residents in its assisted living apartments. The staff provides 24/7, one-on-one care and companionship for residents and brings considerable experience to nutritional counseling, physical disability support and dementia care. The facility hosts a full calendar of activities and special events and keeps professional entertainers on staff to provide music therapy and lead musical events, dances and sing-alongs. The community offers fully furnished private and semiprivate accommodations, with the option for residents to provide furniture of their own if desired. Other services include daily walks, pet therapy, inspirational and devotional activities and medication monitoring.

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Features
  • Controlled ingress and egress
  • Transportation provided to outside appointments and activities

Brookdale Northridge

Brookdale Northridge offers several levels of elder care, including assisted living, and is ideal for couples who may require different levels of support but would like to stay close in a single facility. The attractively landscaped grounds with gardens and walking paths, and amenities such as a library, private dining room, fireside living room and arts studio make for a welcoming and comfortable environment. The pet-friendly community features Wi-Fi, cable, flat-screen televisions and an on-site theater and wellness center. A comprehensive slate of social events and entertainment options is also offered. Staff is available 24/7 to help with activities of daily living and medication management, along with a full range of personalized health services.

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Pacifica Senior Living

Pacifica Senior Living is an elder care facility that offers multiple levels of support, including assisted living, respite and memory care, making it a good option for seniors who want to stay close to loved ones with differing levels of activity and independence. Boasting an upscale setting, scheduled transportation services, restaurant-style gourmet meals prepared by a chef, escorted day trips and other on- and off-site activities, it provides a welcoming and nurturing environment for residents. Pacifica particularly earns its place on this list due to its dedicated around-the-clock staffing and the ability to extensively tailor care services and lifestyle enrichment activities to each resident's needs.

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Features
  • Always open to friends and family
  • Access to on- and off-site devotional services

Atria Santa Clarita

Situated in the heart of the Santa Clarita Valley, Atria offers independent and assisted living as well as memory care services, all discreetly supported by a 24-hour staff. Amenities include chef-prepared meals and a restaurant with table service. Well-appointed apartments can include walk-in closets, balconies and en suite washers and dryers, and the premises are secured with a 24-hour gate. The community boasts attractive landscaped grounds, gardens and walking paths. Residents can enjoy a vibrant schedule of social events, on-site massage therapy and benefit from around-the-clock monitoring of emergency alert systems by trained nurses. A wellness center offers checkups and health monitoring.

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Features
  • Shuttle, town car and escort services available
  • Low-sodium and vegetarian diets supported

Sunrise at Sterling Canyon

Located near Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, Sunrise at Sterling Canyon is part of the Sunrise Senior Living network and offers assisted living extensively customized to meet each resident's needs. Services include round-the-clock staff availability, housekeeping and weekly laundry and monthly wellness checkups by a licensed nurse. A daily round of stimulating activities and events supports residents' health and fitness, social connections and spiritual needs. Three meals prepared with a homemade touch are provided each day, which are tailored to residents' specific nutritional requirements and dining preferences. Regularly scheduled group trips provide a connection to the wider community.

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Features
  • Medication management
  • Social and educational programs for families, including scheduled resident and family meetings

Oakmont of Santa Clarita

Oakmont of Santa Clarita is a luxury assisted living facility particularly noted for the ample living space afforded by its apartments, and the high quality of its medical support for residents. The latter includes medication management, expert diabetic care and help with insulin administration, and a doctor, nurse and physical therapist as part of the on-site staff. Oakmont offers luxurious one- and two-bedroom apartments, elegant common areas and restaurant-style fine dining. Over a dozen kinds of on- and off-site activities comprise its events schedule, and further amenities include a fitness center, full-service day spa and library.

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Sunrise at Wood Ranch

The second entry on our list from the Sunrise Senior Care network, Sunrise at Wood Ranch makes the most of the natural beauty and cultural heritage of its environs, providing access to several parks, nature trails and golf courses, as well as to historically significant sites like the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. Known for its personalized service, Sunrise at Wood Ranch offers a relaxed, chore-free lifestyle for its residents, while designated care managers ensure that every senior's health needs are met. Round-the-clock staff support, diverse daily activities and regular checkups by a licensed nurse are among this facility's signature offerings.

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Features
  • Lots of support for families, including educational programs and scheduled resident meetings
  • Three well-balanced meals a day supplemented by optional snacks

Brookdale North Tarzana

Our third entry from the Brookdale Senior Living network is Brookdale North Tarzana. This community draws praise from residents for its tasty and nutritious meal options, excellent round of daily activities that includes off-site shopping sprees and a caring and dedicated staff particularly skilled at helping residents transition to assisted living. Care is customized to each resident's needs, and around-the-clock staff support is available seven days a week. The community is pet-friendly, sports a beauty salon and barbershop and provides Wi-Fi access throughout the attractive campus.

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Meadowbrook at Agoura Hills

Meadowbrook at Agoura Hills rounds out our list, a facility that offers both assisted living and memory care. Its assisted living apartments can include private patios and in-unit washers and dryers, and the spacious floor plans make for an attractive environment. Staff support is available 24 hours a day and provides assistance with the activities of daily living, along with medical support arranged and tailored to each resident's personal care plan. The facility is pet-friendly, offers a robust daily schedule of social events and puts on low-impact exercise classes that include walking clubs, tai chi, balance training and chair yoga.

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Features
  • Personal care service includes on-site nursing staff
  • Resident transportation provided

The Cost of Senior Living and Care in Chatsworth

Senior living in Chatsworth tends to be somewhat less expensive than the average cost seniors pay in the rest of California, according to the 2018 Genworth Cost of Care Survey. While assisted living costs an average of $4,500 a month in both Chatsworth and California at large, other types of senior care generally cost seniors in Chatsworth less than seniors pay in the rest of the state. For some forms of residential senior care, such as nursing home care, Chatsworth is less expensive than the state average by several hundred dollars a month.

How much does Assisted Living Cost in Chatsworth?

Assisted living in Chatsworth costs seniors an average of $4,500 a month, which is the same price seniors pay elsewhere in the state, on average. Prices in Chatsworth are significantly higher than in Stockton, one of the least expensive cities surveyed, where seniors pay an average of $3,500 a month.

Assisted living in Bakersfield costs just $3,150 a month, $1,350 a month less than Chatsworth. San Francisco seniors pay $1,000 a month more for assisted living than in Chatsworth, with a reported average cost for assisted living of $5,500 a month. Both Sacramento and San Diego are close to Chatsworth in cost, at $4,473 and $4,500 respectively.

How much does Home Care Cost in Chatsworth?

Home care costs an average of $4,767 a month in Chatsworth. This is the same as the reported average cost seniors pay in Sacramento and San Diego. The California state average for home care runs to $4,957, which is matched by the city of Stockton. Bakersfield reports some of the lowest rates for home care in the state, at just $4,385 a month, while home care in San Francisco tops the surveyed cities in California at $5,625.

How much does Adult Day Care Cost in Chatsworth?

Adult day care is more affordable in Chatsworth than in almost any other city in California. Seniors here pay an average monthly cost for adult day care of $1,565, which is significantly less than the next-lowest city of Bakersfield, where costs average $1,653. California and Stockton seniors both pay a monthly average of $1,679 for adult day care, while Chico tops the state list for monthly costs at $2,134, or $569 a month over Chatsworth’s average cost.

How much does Nursing Home Costs in Chatsworth?

Nursing home care in Chatsworth costs local seniors an average of $7,604 a month. A semi-private room in the rest of California is significantly more expensive, averaging $8,365 a month for seniors. Among surveyed California cities, only Bakersfield reports lower costs for nursing care than Chatsworth, at $7,513 a month. The most expensive reported city in the state for nursing home care, San Francisco, averages a monthly cost of $9,148, putting the cost there at a full $1,544 more than seniors can expect to pay in Chatsworth.

Financial Assistance Programs in Chatsworth

Medicaid Program in Chatsworth

Seniors in Chatsworth can get some or all of the costs of their residential care covered by Medicaid, which in California is known as Medi-Cal. Medi-Cal provides for the basic and urgent care needs of low-income seniors in Chatsworth, as well as residential costs for seniors with a medical need for care. Because Medi-Cal is structured as an entitlement, all eligible seniors in Chatsworth can sign up and begin receiving benefits, without waiting lists or annual enrollment caps.

To qualify for Medi-Cal coverage, seniors in Chatsworth must be current U.S. citizens or legal residents and reside in the state of California. For no-cost coverage, seniors are capped at 138% of the federal poverty rate. This puts the 2019 maximum income at $16,395 a year for singles applying alone and $22,108 a year for married couples applying together. Families with additional adults in the household may add an extra $5,741 per year for each adult, regardless of whether the other members of the household are also applying for coverage. Seniors in Chatsworth who earn more than these thresholds, but less than 300% of the federal poverty line, may still qualify for Medi-Cal coverage, though they may be asked to pay an annual share of cost prior to benefits kicking in.

Medi-Cal offers its benefits through a network of in-state healthcare providers, such as Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Kaiser Permanente. These providers offer both HMO and PPO plans seniors can browse online at the Covered California website, where they may also submit a new application for coverage. Seniors are allowed to switch between their provider plans without penalties during the annual open enrollment period at the end of each year. Initial applications for Medi-Cal are also accepted at county Human Services offices, which may be visited in person or contacted by mail.

Seniors who urgently need coverage may be able to get their bills covered retroactively by Medi-Cal, provided their benefits are approved in a timely manner. Details vary and seniors should consult with a Medi-Cal case worker for definitive information. Some seniors are able to accelerate the approval process for Medi-Cal by showing evidence they have already been accepted into a compatible means-tested entitlement program. Many of these programs use the same enrollment criteria as Medi-Cal, and an acceptance letter from one of them can act as evidence of eligibility for Medi-Cal. Acceptable programs for Medi-Cal inclusion include:

  • CalFresh, the state’s SNAP or food stamp program
  • TANF, which is the state’s cash aid or welfare program
  • WIC
  • SSI/SSDI
  • Section 8 housing participation or current residence in public housing

Medicaid Waivers in Chatsworth

Assisted Living Waiver Program (ALWP)

California’s Assisted Living Waiver Program (ALWP) helps many Chatsworth seniors pay the monthly cost of residence in a local assisted living facility. The program pays the monthly residence fees for seniors who qualify for both Medi-Cal and for placement in a skilled nursing home. Seniors who meet these criteria and choose instead to accept placement at a participating assisted living facility can enroll in the program directly through their assigned Medi-Cal case worker. Alternatively, seniors can apply for an ALWP voucher through the benefits specialist at the facility itself.

Multipurpose Senior Services Waiver

For Medi-Cal eligible seniors who choose to forgo placement in an assisted living facility, and who prefer to remain at home in the community, the Multipurpose Senior Services Program (MSSP) can pick up many of the unavoidable expenses associated with independent living at home. MSSP benefits are available to seniors who live alone at home or with a spouse, as well as Chatsworth seniors who live with family, friends or other loved ones. Seniors can apply for an MSSP waiver at the time of discharge from their residential care facility, or they can apply directly through a Medi-Cal case worker.

MSSP vouchers cover many necessary services for seniors in Chatsworth. Some covered benefits are:

  • Case worker support for identifying and applying for other entitlement programs seniors might be eligible for
  • Certified translation and interpreter services
  • Expert financial advice from a certified senior financial adviser
  • Caregiver assistance in the home
  • Adult day care and/or respite care delivered in the senior’s home or at a facility in the Chatsworth area
  • Meal service to the senior’s home
  • Help with household chores
  • Protective supervision in the home for seniors who need it as a result of cognitive or other behavioral health issues
  • Personal Emergency Response System (PERS) system installation for rapid medical and other emergency assistance 
  • Public transportation vouchers, as well as dispatch and payment assistance for non-emergency medical transportation within a reasonable radius of Chatsworth
  • Limited home improvements, such as the installation of wheelchair ramps or guardrails in the home, as well as some weatherization services

Home and Community-Based Alternatives (HCBA) Waiver

Seniors who are transitioning out of residential care and back home, or into the home of a loved one,are likely to face sudden and unexpected costs. California’s Home and Community-Based Alternatives (HCBA) waiver program helps cover many of the expenses associated with such a move. Seniors can request an application packet from a Medi-Cal case worker, or apply for an HCBS waiver prior to being discharged from the residential care facility.

Community-Based Adult Services (CBAS)

Seniors in Chatsworth who live independently may wish to participate in the Community Based Adult Services (CBAS) waiver program. CBAS offers a range of miscellaneous services to seniors who live outside of residential care to help keep them safe and comfortable in their own community. Applications go through a case worker, and covered benefits in Chatsworth include, among other things:

  • Adult day care in the home
  • Physical therapy for seniors recovering from surgery or an injury
  • Mental health therapy for seniors with dementia
  • Free social events that are organized for local seniors enrolled in the CBAS program

Other Financial Assistance Programs in Chatsworth

In-Home Support Services (IHSS)

Seniors in Chatsworth can apply for help in their own homes through California’s In-Home Support Services (IHSS) program. IHSS pays the caregiver of a senior’s choice for services rendered in the home for support of the senior’s independent living. Caregivers may be almost anyone the participating senior designates, including a spouse, family member or friend. Caregivers must complete a background check and a one-day training session at a local IHSS office.

Seniors can apply for the IHSS program in person or by mail at an IHSS office. They can also ask about the program with their designated Medi-Cal case worker. As part of the approval process, seniors can expect a home visit from a program worker, who assigns a set number of hours the program can pay for based on the senior’s medical needs. Every two weeks, seniors in the program sign off on caregivers’ time sheets to authorize payment by mail.

Paid Family Leave

Chatsworth seniors can get temporary caregiver services from immediate family members through California’s Paid Family Leave Act (PFLA). Under PFLA, working adults in California can take up to six weeks off from work to care for a family member who has recently discharged from a hospital or who has a documented medical need. Funds are provided through the worker’s payroll withholding deductions, and once exhausted the benefit fund must be repaid before it can be used again. Bi-monthly payments can be spent like any paycheck, but the exact amount is determined by a complex formula based on average earnings over a three-year look-back period.

To apply for PFLA, the loved ones of Chatsworth seniors can contact the state Employment Development Department (EDD) office and provide documentation of both their relationship with the senior and the senior’s medical needs. EDD may request a telephone interview and take up to one month to approve payment. State law requires employers to hold open the worker’s position for at least six weeks during the leave period.

More Senior Living Resources in Chatsworth

Resource

Phone Number

Description 

Los Angeles Housing Authority 

(213) 252-2500

The Los Angeles Housing Authority operates public housing and other affordable low-income residential units in the Chatsworth area. The authority also administers the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program, though applications must go through a waiting list that only opens as funds become available. Seniors can contact the authority by phone or online.

Bienestar Human Services

(818) 908-3820

Bienestar Human Services assists Chatsworth and San Fernando seniors with many unmet needs, such as emergency rent assistance, deposit assistance for those who need housing and help with overdue and soon-to-be-disconnected home utility bills. Seniors can call or visit to apply for help.

Valley InterCommunity Council (VIC)

(818) 880-4842

The Valley InterCommunity Council (VIC) operates four senior centers in and around the Chatsworth area where seniors can get no-cost meal service, vouchers for basic needs and transportation services. Seniors can contact VIC through any of its local centers, or by phone on an emergency basis.

Maravilla Foundation

(323) 721–4162

The Maravilla Foundation helps seniors in Chatsworth sign up for the state’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). This program can lower home energy bills by up to 30%. Maravilla offers local seniors help with several other services; including weatherization, carbon monoxide testing and minor home repairs. Chatsworth seniors can get in touch by phone.



For additional information and planning, please read our comprehensive guide to paying for senior care in California.