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CITY Costa mesa
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Page Reviewed / Updated – September 30, 2022

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Seniors pay a premium to live in the Golden State, with California’s cost of living being almost 50% higher than the national average. Costa Mesa’s high cost of living is driven by home prices that are more than three times higher than elsewhere in the U.S. However, Costa Mesa seniors can make savings in other areas such as utilities and health care, which are 10-12% lower than both the state and national averages.

Assisted Living in Costa Mesa costs $5,250 per month, above the U.S. median but on a par with the California average. Costa Mesa retirees can take advantage of Medi-Cal waivers and other financial assistance programs to help cover the costs of assisted living.

In addition to providing a list of the best assisted living facilities in Costa Mesa, CA, this guide provides an overview of the cost of assisted living in Costa Mesa, as well as average costs for other types of care. Additionally, find a list of free and low-cost services that provide seniors with a variety of assistance in their communities.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Costa Mesa, CA

Costa Mesa shares its assisted living costs with its larger neighbor, Los Angeles, at $5,250 according to Genworth’s Cost Care Survey 2021. This is $750 above the national average and equal to the state average. Many California cities cost more. In San Diego to the south, seniors pay $5,475, while those in San Francisco to the north spend $6,319. Costs are more affordable inland, with an average cost $4,000 per month in the city of Riverside.

  • Costa Mesa: $5,250
  • California: $5,250
  • United States: $4,500
  • San Diego: $5,475
  • Riverside: $4,000
  • San Francisco: $6,319
  • Sacramento: $5,225

The Cost of Other Types of Care in Costa Mesa, CA

At $5,250, assisted living is one of the cheapest care options in Costa Mesa. Only adult day care is more affordable at $1,652 per month. Older adults who remain in their own homes can opt for in-home or home health care at an average of $5,911. Nursing home care is the most expensive at $9,125 for a semi-private room and $11,269 for a private room.

  • Assisted Living: $5,250
  • Adult Day Health Care: $1,652
  • In-Home Care: $5,911
  • Home Health Care: $5,911
  • Nursing Home Facility (semi-private room): $9,125
  • Nursing Home Facility (private room): $11,269

Note: Data for Costa Mesa was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Los Angeles, was used instead.

Newport Heights Manor

Newport Heights Manor made our top 10 thanks to its dedication to creating detailed care plans based on seniors' personal needs and preferences. Friendly caregivers monitor residents 24 hours a day, providing assistance with personal tasks, encouraging participation in activities and helping to manage medications. Transportation is available to medical appointments, and residents can request podiatrist and dental services. A spacious yard allows seniors to safely enjoy relaxing outdoors, and satellite television, movies and music are provided in a comfortable indoor sitting area. Healthy meals are served in an intimate family-style dining room, which gives seniors plenty of chances to socialize with their peers.

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  • Hands-on gardening, games and group activities
  • 10-point medication management program

Westminster Terrace Assisted Living Community

Westminster Terrace offers assisted living apartments to seniors, with options for private and shared rooms. Each residence includes a roomy bathroom and closet, and seniors are encouraged to personalize their space with furniture and beloved mementos. Service plans are tailored to match residents' individual needs, including help with tasks such as transfers, oxygen, fall prevention and diabetic management. Menus prepared by a chef ensure residents have healthy, delicious meals and snacks each day, and on-site beauty and barbershop services are available. Life enrichment activities, live entertainment and engaging outings are regularly planned by management.

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Atria Park of Woodbridge

Atria Park of Woodbridge helps seniors maintain their independence and dignity through discreet assistance with personal care and daily tasks such as cooking and cleaning. Residents stay in spacious apartments equipped with emergency alert systems, walk-in showers and individual climate controls, and a nurse and well-trained staff are on hand to offer 24-hour monitoring and support. Its landscaped grounds include a community garden, dining space, grill, putting green and furnished patio, which provide enjoyable options for outdoor leisure time. Daily activities help seniors remain engaged, and an on-site therapy room, fitness center and cognitive learning center help enhance overall wellness.

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  • Volunteer programs and worship services available
  • Professionally trained chefs

The Cedars Assisted Living

The Cedars Assisted Living offers a continuum of care that lets seniors comfortably age in place. It creates a safe environment for residents through 24-hour supportive services from specially trained staff members and licensed vocational nurses. Wellness checks are performed regularly, and residents can request escorts to meals and activities. Seniors can choose to dine in a community space or eat in their apartments, and management offers dietary consultation and planning to ensure nutrition and preferences are accommodated. The faith-based community was selected for our top 10 list due to its many on-campus amenities, frequent activities and beautifully designed common spaces, which encourage socialization between community members.

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Brookdale Brookhurst

Brookdale Brookhurst provides assisted living and memory care services to seniors who need help completing daily tasks such as personal care and medication management. Its spacious common areas were built from the ground up to enhance senior comfort through tastefully decorated and furnished interiors and abundant lighting. Staff members organize activities such as Bible studies, Zumba classes, movie nights and group events to help residents' stay mobile and engaged. Nutritional meals are served restaurant-style in a formal dining room every day, and seniors can use a private space to hold special events and parties with visiting family.

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  • A general store, salon and barbershop conveniently on-site
  • Special dietary menus available

The Groves of Tustin

The Groves at Tustin seeks to enhance the daily lives of seniors through dedicated assisted living services in a soothing, homelike atmosphere. Staff members focus on creating regular activities that promote community interaction, and they are awake 24 hours a day to provide timely assistance with personal needs. The pet-friendly facility's carefully designed common areas include a library, bistro and grand parlor, and its stately dining room hosts multiple innovative meal programs. We ranked the Groves at Tustin highly due to its inviting outdoor spaces, such as a terrace dining area, resident-accessible garden and furnished half-acre park, which is enclosed for resident safety and privacy. 

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  • Vibrant Life and Elevated Dining programming
  • State-of-the-art monitoring and response system

Brookdale Irvine

Brookdale Irvine provides daily support for seniors so they can continue to live independently and pursue their personal interests. Residents are invited to dine in a formal community space, private room, casual bistro or snack shop, and they can offer family recipes and meal suggestions during a weekly menu chat with the facility's chef. Fun outdoor activities are held on the landscaped grounds, which are home to a resident garden, greenhouse and putting green. Educational classes, games and group events are held in the indoor common areas, and a piano and meeting rooms are accessible to the residents.

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  • Community-wide Wi-Fi access
  • On-site therapy room, clinic and wellness center

Laney's Cottages South Coast

Laney's Cottages South Coast is an assisted living community that specializes in caring for the unique needs of seniors. A 24-hour awake staff carefully monitors residents' health, assists with daily tasks and provides loving, emotional support. Care plans, activities and exercises are designed for each individual based on their interests and abilities, and transfer and walking assistance are available for residents with mobility issues. The friendly  caregivers complete housekeeping and laundry tasks so residents can relax, and additional services such as hospice and memory care are available as needed, which gives seniors the chance to age in place.

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  • On-site visits with doctors, nurses, therapists and podiatrists
  • Hydration program

Sunrise of Huntington Beach

Sunrise of Huntington Beach is an award-winning senior living community  that provides assisted living, memory care and short-term stays. Its on-site bistro, TV lounge and covered porch encourage residents to relax and socialize with other members of the community, and the beach-style landscaping and decor enhance the relaxing, resort-like atmosphere. Meals are handcrafted by a chef who can accommodate requests based on taste and dietary restrictions, and an extensive pureed diet menu is available. Staff members regularly host meaningful activities and social events to nurture bonds among residents and promote physical and mental engagement.

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  • Located minutes from the coastline
  • Partnered with multiple hospitals for medical support

Pacifica Senior Living South Coast

Pacifica Senior Living South Coast has earned recognition nationwide through its dedicated assisted living and memory care services for seniors. A professionally trained staff is on hand 24 hours a day to help residents with personal needs, and complimentary housekeeping, laundry and apartment maintenance are provided. The pet-friendly assisted living community has several apartment styles for residents to choose from, and each one features natural window light, a kitchenette with granite countertops, Wi-Fi access and cable television. Fresh meals are designed by a chef and served restaurant-style by a friendly culinary team, and activities are held on-site.

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  • Award-winning Heartland Assisted Living program
  • Regular outings, church services and socials