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Page Reviewed / Updated – October 16, 2020

The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Fountain Valley, CA

Fountain Valley is a residential neighborhood that sits behind Huntington Beach, allowing its community members access to the shoreline without sacrificing their privacy. The suburban neighborhood is close to all of Southern California’s greatest gems, such as Fashion Island, South Coast Plaza and Disneyland.

Seniors searching for a seasonal home without extreme weather might find Fountain Valley amenable, with summer highs in the 70s and winter lows in the 50s. Its climate index is 9.3, and impressively, the city offers residents 276 sunny days per year, which is way above the national U.S. average of 205. The community takes care of its seniors via the Fountain Valley Senior and Community Center, which offers regular classes for 55+, health seminars and health insurance counseling.

Note: Information for Fountain Valley was not available, so data from the nearest city, Riverside, was used. 

Check out our list of the top 10 assisted living facilities in Fountain Valley to find your perfect match. Additionally, find out more about the cost of assisted living in Fountain Valley and what financial assistance programs are available.

Carmel Village Retirement Community

Situated off Highway 405, Carmel Village offers luxury living within close proximity to Huntington Beach and plenty of local restaurants. Residents have their own spacious ground-floor apartment, complete with a private patio for bathing in some sun rays undistributed. Chef-prepared meals are available to enjoy with friends in the elegant dining area or delivered via room service. Residents are often found strolling along the beach or exploring the lush courtyards, and all residents have access to the community clubhouse, a fitness center, a fireside lounge area and a beauty parlor. 

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Seaside Terrace Retirement Community

Located adjacent to La Capilla Park, Seaside Terrace Retirement allows residents to graciously age in place with their dignity and autonomy intact. Personalized care is provided to all residents, along with a plethora of activities to keep community members engaged and happy. All housekeeping tasks such as laundry and linens are taken care of, and help with ADLs and medication assistance is available. Residents enjoy large private rooms with private bathrooms and a 24-hour emergency call system. During the day, seniors can often be found relaxing on the patio or enjoying the private walkways of the interior landscaped courtyard.

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Hollybrook Senior Living of Orange

Situated directly off the Santa Ana Freeway near a collection of businesses and restaurants, Hollybrook Senior Living of Orange offers residents the support they need to retain their independence in a city atmosphere. The rustic community offers homelike decor and assistance with daily activities, laundry and linens. Residents stay busy throughout the day enjoying the warm breeze in the interior courtyard, playing bridge with friends or sightseeing in Fountain Valley on one of many scheduled outings.

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Brookdale Anaheim

Situated in a residential neighborhood just a few blocks from the West Anaheim Medical Center and Dad Miller Golf Course, Brookdale Anaheim is an elegant assisted living community that provides an array of activities to active residents. Caregivers are available 24/7 to help with daily activities and mobility, but most residents enjoy the housekeeping and laundry services most. Without basic tasks to worry about, residents spend their time playing poker in the games room, shooting a game of billiards with friends or walking their dog around the neighborhood. Active seniors who enjoy the outdoors can spend hours outside in the multiple shaded courtyards, on their private balconies or improving their short game on the putting greens.

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Features
  • 24-hour concierge services
  • Scheduled transportation for medical appointments, banking and personal errands

Atria Park of Woodbridge

Atria Park of Woodbridge is an oasis for seniors who want a quiet place to relax and enjoy their golden years unbothered by the daily tasks of life. The staff takes care of tasks such as laundry and housekeeping so that residents can focus their energy on socializing and enjoying life. Atria Park offers plenty of outside activities for those who thrive in the California sun, including an outdoor dining area complete with shade umbrellas, an outdoor grill for entertaining friends or fellow residents, a fully lush and landscaped courtyard, a gardening area and a putting green. We included Atria Park of Woodbridge on our top 10 list for its outdoor amenities and elegant apartments.

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Features
  • Licensed nurse available 24/7
  • Chef-prepared meals provided three times daily

Huntington Terrace

Huntington Terrace is a luxury community located minutes from Huntington Beach. The assisted living community sprawls across 3.5 acres of land and features lush landscaping and dozens of walking paths. Residents are treated to elegant dining and chef-prepared meals and live carefree without the strain of homeownership and housekeeping. Throughout the day, residents can be found relaxing in the outdoor heated swimming pool and spa, embarking on a fitness program or wandering the grounds with their pets. We included Huntington Terrace on our list for its first-class amenities and upscale housing options. 

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Features
  • Clubhouse with kitchen and billiards room
  • Modern studios, casitas and deluxe suites

Brookdale Garden Grove

Located near several shopping plazas and the Kaiser Permanente Garden Grove Medical Center, Brookdale Garden Grove is a ground-floor assisted living community that features individual rooms and shared common areas for residents to enjoy during the day. Caregivers are available around the clock to help residents with simple tasks so they can savor fulfilling days complete with outdoor activities and social events like movie night, guest entertainers and Wii bowling. Concierge services are available 24/7, three restaurant-style meals are available per day, and dietary accommodations can be made.

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Brookdale Brookhurst

Situated in a suburban neighborhood just a few blocks from the Elden F. Gillespie Park and the David L. Baker Golf Course, the Brookdale Brookhurst is a luxury assisted living community that values safety and independence. Residents have access to 24/7 care as needed but are encouraged to follow their own interests and schedules. Restaurant-style meals are served three times a day, or residents can take advantage of their in-room kitchenettes to prepare their own snacks. During the day, seniors stay busy enjoying the elegant, lush courtyard, playing bingo or bridge with friends or taking advantage of scheduled transportation coordinated by the concierge to enjoy the local city amenities. 

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Features
  • Emergency alert system in all rooms for added protection 
  • On-site postal services

The Groves at Tustin

The Groves of Tustin is an upscale luxury assisted living community where supportive living and first-class amenities blend to create a resort-like lifestyle. Meals are prepared daily by a chef who utilizes fresh organic ingredients from local farmers and the community’s own vegetable garden. In addition, seniors can enjoy fruit-infused drinks and treats at the on-site bistro. A variety of apartments with modern decor are available to choose from, all of which offer balconies and patios so residents can step out into the salty California air at will. An on-site health care center helps seniors coordinate and manage their health, and the facility offers access to a mobile physician service.

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Features
  • Professionally landscaped courtyards and a half-acre private park 
  •  Move-in coordination provided

Westminster Terrace Assisted Living Community

Conveniently located just a few minutes from Beach Boulevard and a handful of banks and restaurants, the Westminster Terrace Assisted Living Community provides a mixture of supportive care and life-enriching activities to its residents. The facility offers personalized care plans and payment options based on the required level of care, which includes housekeeping, help with ADLs, vital sign monitoring, diabetic management and incontinence management. Residents are free to explore common areas and interact with each other throughout the day, enjoy talk shows in the TV room with friends, sip coffee and chat by the fireplace or settle down with a good book in the library. 

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Features
  • Manicures and haircuts available in the salon 
  • Outdoor courtyard where small pets are welcome

The Cost of Senior Living and Care in Fountain Valley

Senior living costs in Fountain Valley are generally lower than average for a city in California. This is also true for the average state costs for all levels of care. Assisted living, for example, costs an average of $4,500 a month across the state of California, while the same level of care in Fountain Valley costs $3,500. Home care shows a similar split in costs, where the California average is $4,957 a month for in-home care, while Fountain Valley averages $4,481 a month.

Nursing home care, which is often the most expensive option for many Fountain Valley seniors, costs $7,559 a month locally, while the statewide average cost for a semi-private room in a skilled nursing facility averages $8,365 a month. Prices in Fountain Valley only get close to the state average for adult day care. This service costs $1,668 in Fountain Valley, according to the 2018 Genworth Cost of Care Survey, while the California state average runs to $1,679 a month.

Note: Senior care cost data wasn’t available for Fountain Valley, so the data for the closest city, Riverside, was used. 

How much does Assisted Living Cost in Fountain Valley?

The average cost of assisted living in the state of California is $4,500 a month. Seniors in Fountain Valley can expect to pay up to $1,000 less per month than that, at a reported average of $3,500 for similar accommodations.

Elsewhere in the state, Stockton matches Fountain Valley for monthly costs, at $3,500 for assisted living. Only Bakersfield, at $3,150, reports lower monthly average costs.

Los Angeles and San Diego match the state average to the dollar, with each reporting average monthly costs for assisted living of $4,500. Sacramento is close to this level, though the $4,473 Sacramento seniors pay is slightly less than the average cost in California.

Chico falls somewhere close to the middle of the state’s urban areas, with monthly costs of $4,000, while San Francisco reports the highest costs among surveyed cities, at $5,500 a month, $2,000 higher than Fountain Valley.

How much does Home Care Cost in Fountain Valley?

Home care costs an average of $4,957 a month in California. This is nearly $500 a month higher than Fountain Valley’s average cost of $4,481. Bakersfield and Chico are close to Fountain Valley for the cost of home care, reporting averages of $4,385 and $4,433 each. These are the lowest home care prices among surveyed cities, while San Francisco reports the highest costs in the state, at $5,625 a month for home care.

Other California cities cluster close to the middle range of prices for home care, which puts them not far off from the overall state average. Sacramento, for example, averages $4,767 a month, as do Los Angeles and San Diego. Stockton exactly matches the state average of $4,957.

How much does Adult Day Care Cost in Fountain Valley?

Adult day care is an affordable option for many seniors who need extra help to live independently. In California, the average cost of adult day care is $1,679 a month. Fountain Valley is very close to this price, with an average monthly cost of $1,668. This puts Fountain Valley in the same price bracket as Bakersfield, which averages $1,653 a month for adult day care, and Stockton, where the average cost is $1,679.

Some California cities are outliers for their reported cost of adult day care. Los Angeles, for example, averages lower costs for this level of care than any other surveyed California city, at just $1,565. Chico averages $2,134 a month for care, which is the highest among surveyed cities in the state. Sacramento, San Francisco and San Diego all report average costs of $1,733 a month for adult day care.

How much does Nursing Home Costs in Fountain Valley?

Skilled nursing care can be a costly necessity for many Fountain Valley seniors, though the average price of $7,559 a month seniors pay for a semi-private room in Fountain Valley is significantly less than the California state average cost of $8,365 a month.

The state average cost of nursing home care is mirrored by several cities around the state. Sacramento, the state capital, reports an average monthly cost of $8,517, which is also the exact amount seniors can expect to pay in San Diego. Stockton and Chico are also close to the middle range of prices, at $8,173 and $8,456, respectively.

San Francisco has some of the highest reported costs for nursing home care in the state, at $9,148 a month for a semi-private room. Los Angeles is at the other end of the cost spectrum at an average of $7,604 a month. Only Bakersfield, where monthly costs average $7,513, reports a lower price among California cities.

Financial Assistance Programs in Fountain Valley

Medicaid Program in Fountain Valley

Seniors with limited income can often get help paying for medical care through the federal Medicaid program to provide low-cost health insurance. Each of the 50 states administers its own Medicaid program and covers half of the cost. In California, the state Medicaid program is called Medi-Cal, and it delivers care through a statewide network of independent insurance providers that offer designated Medi-Cal plans.

Regardless of the HMO or PPO option seniors in Fountain Valley opt for, all Medi-Cal plans in the state are regulated as entitlements. This means that all qualifying applicants may sign up and receive benefits offered under the program, regardless of pre-existing medical conditions, program enrollment figures or other factors unrelated to program eligibility.

To be eligible for Medi-Cal coverage, seniors in Fountain Valley must be citizens or legal residents of the United States and residents of California. For seniors with non-secure housing, the proof of residency requirement can be temporarily waived during the intake process. Applicants must also demonstrate a medical need for coverage and/or a physical or mental disability.

Financial criteria also apply to Fountain Valley seniors who would like to apply for Medi-Cal coverage. These are based on federal guidelines, with some adjustment upward to account for California’s higher than average cost of living. While only a senior consultant or Medi-Cal intake worker can give definitive answers about eligibility and available care options, the program sets a maximum income threshold of 138 % of the federal poverty line for Medi-Cal eligibility. This means that a single senior applying alone may earn up to $16,395 a year from all sources of income combined. Married couples that apply together may earn up to $22,108 a year. For each additional adult who lives in the household, whether that person is applying for coverage or not, the maximum income level is raised by $5,741 per year. These figures are accurate as of 2018, though the federal guidelines are typically adjusted every two years.

Applicants who earn more than the allowable maximum are not necessarily ineligible for Medi-Cal benefits. Seniors in Fountain Valley who earn up to 300% of the federal poverty line may qualify for some Medi-Cal benefits, though they may be asked to accept a co-payment or share of cost restriction for care. The exact amount of this varies on a case-by-case basis, and it is subject to change as the recipient’s financial status changes. Medi-Cal workers are generally able to answer questions about program plan exclusions and co-pay requirements.

Medi-Cal offers many Fountain Valley seniors an affordable path to get the medical care they need to stay healthy. Almost all state plans cover preventive and emergency care, visits to urgent care centers and specialist care as needed. Prescription drugs are also covered under California’s Medi-Cal options, though the specific drugs listed vary somewhat from most private-pay plans. Residential care is also often paid for by Medi-Cal, which can help make nursing home care, memory care and hospice services affordable for many Fountain Valley seniors. 

For seniors in Fountain Valley who opt to remain at home, Medi-Cal administers the In-Home Support Services (IHSS) program a voucher system that pays in-home caregivers for assisting seniors in their own homes. To qualify for IHSS benefits, seniors must be enrolled in a Medi-Cal plan and have a demonstrated medical need for in-home support from a caregiver. 

IHSS caregivers may be hired or dismissed at the discretion of the senior receiving care, and payment is made directly to the caregiver from the program. Seniors who receive care must sign off on all hours worked on the caregiver’s time sheet, with the hours deducted from the amount IHSS allots to the senior for the month.

Caregivers can be seniors’ spouses, friends or family members. All caregivers must be proficient in CPR, pass a background check and attend an orientation put on by the county for new senior caregivers. Applications for IHSS are most often submitted through an Orange County Medi-Cal worker.

To apply for Medi-Cal, seniors in Fountain Valley can visit an Orange County Social Services Administration office. Applicants should bring proof of residence, citizenship and income. Some seniors can be fast-tracked to Medi-Cal approval by showing their current enrollment in any one of California’s other means-tested entitlement programs. These programs use the same admissions criteria as Medi-Cal, in many cases using the same application forms, and so acceptance into one program is assumed to mean the applicant also qualifies for Medi-Cal, though documents may still be requested for verification. Associated programs in California include:

  • CalFresh (SNAP, sometimes known as food stamps)
  • CalWorks (TANF, sometimes called welfare or cash aid)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits 

Applications for all of these programs can also be made online, at the state of California’s Covered California website

Medicaid Waivers in Fountain Valley

Assisted Living Waiver Program (ALWP)

Medi-Cal’s Assisted Living Waiver Program (ALWP) pays the monthly cost of assisted living for seniors who would otherwise be qualified to receive more costly care in a nursing home. Seniors must be approved for Medi-Cal to receive this benefit, which is paid directly to participating assisted living communities in 15 California counties, including Orange. Seniors in Fountain Valley can apply for ALWP through their Medi-Cal worker, or through the benefits specialist at their assisted living facility.

Multipurpose Senior Services Waiver

The Multipurpose Senior Services Program (MSSP) waiver provides multiple benefits for seniors who choose to remain in their homes, rather than move into assisted living in Fountain Valley. Benefits include:

  • Case manager access
  • In-home care vouchers
  • In-home and facility-based respite care 
  • Home improvements for accessibility, such as installing ramps and guard rails
  • Some home repairs
  • Transportation vouchers and assisted van service
  • Help with some chores around the house, such as laundry and dishes
  • Personal Emergency Response System (PERS) call buttons
  • Adult day care at home or in a facility nearby
  • Protective supervision for seniors who need it
  • Home-delivered meal service
  • Professional translation and interpretation services

Home and Community-Based Alternatives (HCBA) Waiver

The Home and Community-Based Alternatives (HCBA) waiver is for seniors in Fountain Valley who need help moving out of residential care and back to their own homes. HCBA encompasses what used to be several different waiver programs, and it provides a direct subsidy to help cover the costs associated with moving out of assisted living, nursing facilities and other residential communities. Seniors in Fountain Valley who need this assistance can apply through a county social worker, usually a Medi-Cal coordinator.

Community-Based Adult Services (CBAS)

The Community Based Adult Services (CBAS) waiver program picks up several necessary services and helps plug the gaps left by other waiver programs. Among the plan’s benefits are:

  • Adult day care
  • Meal delivery at home
  • Coordination of social activities with other seniors in Huntington Beach

Physical and mental therapy as needed to stay independent

Seniors in Fountain Valley can apply for CBAS through their Medi-Cal worker.

Other Financial Assistance Programs in Fountain Valley

Paid Family Leave 

California’s Paid Family Leave Act pays working-age adults in the state who have to take time away from work to care for their senior loved ones. Benefit amounts are based on several years’ previous pay, though there is a maximum benefit cap for most recipients. Applications for Family Leave go through the state’s Employment Development Department, which also handles California’s unemployment insurance benefits. 

The Paid Family Leave program pays a stipend directly to the family caregiver every two weeks. This money may be treated as personal income and can be spent in any way the recipient wishes. Benefits last for up to six weeks, though that period may be extended under special circumstances. 

More Senior Living Resources in Fountain Valley

Resource

Phone Number

Description

California Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

(866) 675-6623 LIHEAP helps seniors in Fountain Valley by providing steep discounts on home energy and utility bills. Acceptance into Medi-Cal or CalFresh is sufficient evidence of financial need for the program. Seniors in Fountain Valley can apply for LIHEAP through the Center for Employment Training on Vine St. in Huntington Beach and the Northern California Indian Development Council, located on F St. downtown. 
Social Services Resource Center (714) 536-5600 The Social Services Resource Center offers seniors in Fountain Valley multiple services to help them live independently, including mobility equipment lending, emergency grocery coupons and special meals on holidays. Applications may be made in person at the Resource Center at 18041 Goldenwest Street in Huntington Beach. 
Seniors on the Go (714) 374-1742 Seniors on the Go uses volunteer workers to provide door-to-door disabled ride services seniors in Fountain Valley can use to get to medical appointments, local stores, nearby senior centers and several other Fountain Valley locations. Mobility-impaired seniors can ask for attendant assistance getting into and out of vehicles. Applications are accepted at the Orange County Resource Center in Huntington Beach.
Community Action Partnership of Orange County (714) 897-6670 The Community Action Partnership offers Fountain Valley seniors income management assistance and financial advice, free physical and mental health screenings, food delivery for mobility-impaired residents and sometimes emergency housing vouchers and utility bill assistance. Applications may be made by phone and help is provided on a first-come, first-served basis.


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