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Page Reviewed / Updated – November 05, 2020

The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Fremont, CA

Tucked into the southeast corner of the San Francisco Bay, Fremont is the most populous Bay Area city with a population of over 241,000 stretched out across approximately 90 square miles of land. The area features a moderate climate and close proximity to many large natural attractions including Mission Peak Regional Preserve and Coyote Hills Regional Park. In addition, the bay provides plenty of boating and fishing opportunities for active seniors. 

About 13% of people in Fremont are over the age of 60, which means there are activities and programs in existence to help seniors thrive. In fact, the Fremont Senior Center offers classes, meals, rentals and activities to seniors. The BART above-ground rail system offers discounts to seniors who can easily use public transit to navigate Fremont and the low crime rate in the city makes it safe for them to do so.

Note: Information for Fremont was not available, so data from the San Jose Area was used. 

If you are considering assisted living in Fremont, then take a minute to look at our top 10 list of assisted living facilities in Fremont. Additionally, find out more about the cost of assisted living in Fremont and what financial assistance programs are available.

Cogir of Fremont Senior Living

Situated right off Route 84 just a block away from the Fremont BART stop, Cogir of Fremont Senior Living is an assisted living and independent living retirement community. The upscale community features an interior courtyard with an outdoor pool that seniors can often be spotted lounging besides. It also offers extensive walking paths and is within easy walking distance of a number of stores, restaurants and the Kaiser Permanente Fremont Medical Center. Assisted living residents receive individual care plans so that their needs can be fully met along with access to three daily farm-to-table meals in the community dining area. We placed Cogir of Fremont on our top 10 list for its luxury accommodations and highly desirable location.

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Carlton Senior Living Fremont

Centrally located with shops and restaurants to the southeast and Central Park a couple of blocks to the west, Carlton Senior Living Fremont is an upscale independent living and assisted living community. Assisted living residents are invited to use the community amenities such as the library, salon, general store bistro and expansive courtyard. However, throughout the day they have access to staff to help with the activities of daily living as required. In addition, seniors are invited to take part in the Quarterly Creations crafting program or take advantage of the Live 2 B Healthy program run by certified trainers who specialize in senior fitness. The luxury facility has several community pets and offers community-style menu dining options. 

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Features
  • Emergency pendants and emergency pull-cords to ensure safety
  • Shuttle service 

Lincoln Villa

Located a few blocks away from the southern tip of Central Park, The Lincoln Villa is a renovated home that offers assisted living care to residents in a residential neighborhood. All assisted living residents have a personalized care plan that includes assistance with the activities of daily living, medication management, housekeeping and fitness programs. Throughout the day seniors engage in activities with each other such as bingo or card games and are invited to take part in planned activities. The backyard has been turned into a secure courtyard with walking paths and regular musical performances and sing-alongs are planned to help keep residents upbeat. We choose The Lincoln Villa for the extremely personalized care the cozy home offers.

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Fremont Hills

Fremont Hills is a luxury assisted living and memory care community set in a quiet area that is still just minutes away from the downtown area so that residents can enjoy all major amenities of the world around them. The aim of Fremont Hills is to provide a carefree lifestyle for its residents, which it does by offering resort-style amenities like a courtyard with a waterfall perfect for relaxing within the day, a modern fitness center, high-quality chef-prepared meals and spacious suites. Residents are often exchanging banter at happy hour, enjoying treats at the bistro or enjoying the quiet crackle of the fireplace in the piano lounge. We chose Fremont Hills for its long list of resort-like amenities. 

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Features
  • Staff available to residents 24/7 for assistance 
  • Move-in coordination service

Aegis Gardens Fremont

Located a block away from Westridge Park, Aegis Gardens Fremont is an upscale assisted living and memory care facility that is run like a boutique hotel. Staff at the community work hard to treat citizens on an individual basis and cater to their individual needs. Assisted living residents are provided with help for the activities of daily living, access to caregivers 247, medication management and housekeeping. In addition, they enjoy three chef-prepared meals a day that is made with locally sourced produce and crafted to meet the dietary needs of each individual guest. On-site amenities include cozy common areas, the community dining area, a fitness gym and a spacious patio area.

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The Parkview

Tucked into a residential area with Centennial Park in its backyard, The Parkview offers a grand living experience for seniors in need of assisted living or memory care accommodations. Assisted living residents have access to 24/7 staffing, spacious apartments with kitchenettes, assistance with activities of daily living, free maintenance and restaurant-style dining. The elegant facility supports its residents with a wide range of activities including fitness classes and schedule excursions to local theatres and museums. A variety of restaurants are just a few blocks from the facility and residents are able to take advantage of the on-site beautician and manicurist. 

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Brookdale Redwood City

Conveniently located a few minutes away from the intersection of Route 82 and Route 84, Brookdale Redwood City is a luxury assisted living and independent living community that offers resort-like living and individual care to its residents. All assisted living residents are welcome to enjoy the amenities at the modern and well-appointed facility, but at the same time have access to 24/7 staff for assistance with the activities of daily living, housekeeping, medication and dining. Throughout the day residents can be found swimming leisurely at the indoor pool, walking along the fragrant landscaped grounds, shooting a game of billiards with friends or working on their muscle tone at the fitness center. We placed Brookdale Redwood on our list for its wide array of world-class amenities.

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Casa Sandoval Senior Living

Situated just south of the stunning Hayward Japanese Gardens, Casa Sandoval is an elegant apartment styled assisted living community that offers spacious rooms and community amenities to residents. Rooms offer scenic views of the San Francisco skyline, Hayward HIlls and/or the Bay making it a highly desirable location for active residents. The luxury apartment complex offers a dozen resort-style amenities including an on-site salon, lounge space on every floor, billiards lounge, fenced courtyards for added security, an ice cream parlor and a fitness center. We included Casa Sandoval on our list for the personalized care that is overseen by 24-hour care managers. 

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Baywood Court

Locally-owned and operated, Baywood Court is a continuing care community that offers a variety of care options in the scenic Castro Valley. The elegant and stately complex features an assisted living community with 29 apartments, all of which feature private bathrooms and showers. Apartments have outdoor patios or balconies that overlook the city and provide a private way for seniors to bask in the sunshine. Assisted living residents also receive medication management, observation of health status to address changing needs and assistance with the activities of daily living. Located near a BART station, resident-planned excursions take place frequently so seniors can stay connected with the community, which is why we placed Baywood Court on our list.

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Pacific Gardens Assisted Living & Memory Support

Surrounded by lush garden areas and walkways, Pacific Gardens Assisted Living truly lives up to its name providing residents with soothing and scenic areas to relax throughout the day. Nestled into a quiet Santa Clara neighborhood, Pacific Gardens works hard to create a small home-like feel for its residents who receive care from staff 24/7. Licensed nurses are also on staff and provide medication management and oversight with common health issues among residents. Assisted living residents are welcome to take part in the Explorer Program, which has its own resident activities committee to create an engaging monthly calendar. 

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The Cost of Senior Living and Care in Fremont

Senior living in Fremont is consistently more expensive than similar levels of care across the rest of the state. Assisted living, for example, is $1,000 more expensive each month in Fremont than in California. Other types of senior care generally run from a few hundred to over a thousand dollars a month higher in Fremont than in the rest of California’s surveyed cities, according to the 2018 Genworth Cost of Care Survey.

Note: Senior care cost data wasn’t available for Fremont, so the data for the closest city, San Jose, was used.

How much does Assisted Living Cost in Fremont?

Fremont is at the high end of costs for assisted living in California. Costs here run to $5,500 a month for assisted living, while the state average is $4,500. Only San Francisco matches Fremont for assisted living costs.

Other big cities in California are closer to the state average. San Diego and Los Angeles, for example, report monthly costs of $4,500 for assisted living, which keeps them exactly in line with the state average. At the other end of the continuum, the southern Central Valley city of Bakersfield averages just $3,150 a month for assisted living.

How much does Home Care Cost in Fremont?

Home care in Fremont costs $5,720 a month, which puts the city nearly $800 a month above the $4,957 average seniors pay across the rest of California. San Francisco comes close to matching Fremont’s relatively high cost, at $5,625 a month for home care, while most other surveyed cities distribute closer to the state median.

Some of the most affordable home care in California can be found in Bakersfield, where seniors pay an average of just $4,385 a month for their home care. This low cost is closely followed by Chico, which reports an average monthly cost of $4,433.

How much does Adult Day Care Cost in Fremont?

Seniors in Fremont pay an average of $1,993 a month for adult day care. This is more than $300 a month higher than the $1,679 seniors across California pay in general. Among surveyed California cities, only Chico reports higher costs than Fremont, at $2,134 a month for adult day care, while the lowest costs in the state are to be found in Los Angeles, where seniors pay $1,565 a month for care. Bakersfield and Stockton are not far above this rate, with average monthly costs of care of $1,653 and $1,679, respectively.

How much does Nursing Home Costs in Fremont?

Nursing home care in Fremont runs to an average monthly cost of $9,125 for a semi-private room. This is well above the $8,365 average cost in California, and it’s only slightly under San Francisco’s highest-in-state costs of $9,148 a month for similar levels of care. Los Angeles and Bakersfield report some of the lowest costs in California for skilled nursing care in a residential setting. In the former city, costs average just $7,604 a month, while seniors in the latter city pay an average of $7,513.

Financial Assistance Programs in Fremont

Medicaid Program in Fremont

Seniors in Fremont who need help with some of the costs of their senior living arrangements may be eligible to take part in California’s Medicaid health insurance program for low-income individuals, which is known locally as Medi-Cal. Medi-Cal pays some or all of seniors’ costs for basic preventative care, urgent and emergency care, some prescription drugs and some specialist care. The program can also pay the monthly cost of residential care for seniors who have a medical need for placement in a long-term care facility. The program does this by providing funds through a network of private health insurers, such as Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Kaiser Permanente, which both offer multiple Medi-Cal compliant HMO and PPO healthcare plans. Seniors in Fremont who are looking for affordable healthcare can browse through these plans, as well as sign up for free or low-cost insurance, through the state-run Covered California website.

Medi-Cal is an entitlement program that accepts all qualified applicants without waiting periods or enrollment caps. Seniors who meet the intake requirements cannot only receive services right away, the program can sometimes retroactively pay for healthcare expenses already incurred.

To be eligible for Medi-Cal, seniors in Fremont must legally reside in both the United States and in the state of California. Proof of citizenship and residency may be requested during a normal intake process, but both requirements can sometimes be temporarily waived in emergency situations or when a senior’s housing is not secure. Income requirements for participation are based on the federal poverty line, which helps establish eligibility for means-tested programs in all 50 states.

In California, no-cost Medi-Cal coverage is available to seniors who earn less than 138% of the federal poverty line, or $16,395 a year for single adults applying alone. Married couples can earn up to $22,108 without incurring a penalty. Each additional adult who lives in the applicant’s household adds an extra $5,741 per year to the allowable income limit, regardless of whether the individual needs Medi-Cal coverage or not. Seniors who earn more than these limits from all sources combined, but who still earn less than 300% of the federal benefit rate, can still sign up for Medi-Cal coverage, though they may be asked to pay an annual share of the cost before receiving benefits.

Medi-Cal uses much the same financial criteria for eligibility as a number of other state and federal entitlement programs, and many of these even use the same sign-up form for applications. As a result, the program is able to fast-track the approval process for seniors who have already been accepted into one or more of the other compatible state benefits programs. Seniors who are already approved for these programs need only show their approval letters to provisionally qualify for Medi-Cal. Some of the accepted programs include:

  • Cal-Fresh, the state’s EBT or SNAP food stamp program
  • WIC
  • Section 8 federal housing support vouchers
  • Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
  • TANF, also called cash aid or welfare

Medicaid Waivers in Fremont

Assisted Living Waiver Program (ALWP)

California’s Assisted Living Waiver Program (ALWP) helps many seniors in Fremont pay the cost of living in an assisted living facility. This program is intended for seniors whose health condition makes them eligible for placement in a nursing home and whose financial status entitles them to Medi-Cal coverage for it. Seniors who waive their right to nursing home care can have some or all of their assisted living costs covered through the ALWP waiver. 

This program is only available at participating assisted living facilities in 15 counties across the state, including many in Alameda County, where Fremont is located. Interested seniors can apply directly through Medi-Cal case workers, or through the benefits coordinator at a participating facility.

Multipurpose Senior Services Waiver

Seniors who remain in their own homes in Fremont may qualify for financial help paying some of the costs of independent living through the state’s Multipurpose Senior Services Program (MSSP) waiver. Intended to cover many of the gaps left unfilled in seniors’ home budgets, the MSSP waiver pays for many miscellaneous costs seniors at home may incur, including:

  • Professional advice from a program caseworker, who can find and recommend entitlement programs and benefits seniors are eligible for
  • Support in the home from professional caregivers
  • In-home or facility respite care, as well as adult day care in the home or at a nearby facility
  • Some home improvements centered on seniors’ mobility and safety, such as wheelchair ramps and guard rail installation
  • Weatherization of the home to minimize energy losses in summer and winter
  • Vouchers for bus and rail rides on BART and various local public transportation providers, as well as help scheduling and booking private disabled ride services from assisted taxi providers
  • Installation of a free Personal Emergency Response System (PERS) alert network in the home
  • Meal service at home and in communal dining facilities
  • Protective supervision in the home for seniors with dementia
  • Expert advice for senior money management and other financial affairs, such as estate planning, from certified professionals
  • Translation and interpreter services provided at no cost to the senior

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Home and Community-Based Alternatives (HCBA) Waiver

The Home and Community-Based Alternatives (HCBA) waiver helps seniors who are being discharged from some type of residential senior care facility pay for the cost of moving back home. This waiver pays for most reasonable move-related expenses and can be applied for at the time of discharge by the benefits specialist at a qualifying assisted living, post-acute rehab or nursing care home.

Community-Based Adult Services (CBAS)

Seniors can live on their own in Fremont with the help of a Community Based Adult Services (CBAS) waiver. This program provides many miscellaneous services that can help pick up seniors’ unmet financial needs if they have chosen to remain in their own homes. Benefits of the CBAS program include:

  • Adult day care as needed
  • Meal services
  • Therapy for physical or mental health issues
  • Social events with other enrolled seniors at no cost

Other Financial Assistance Programs in Fremont

Paid Family Leave Act (PFLA)

Working-age family members of Fremont’s seniors may be able to take up to six weeks off from their jobs with pay to care for their loved one at home. This is possible through California’s Paid Family Leave Act (PFLA), which establishes a payroll withholding deduction to pay for temporary medical leave from work. Payment is distributed bi-weekly, and amounts vary with several factors, but they are generally a fixed percentage of the recipient’s wages over a three-year look-back period. Funds must be replenished before this benefit can be claimed a second time. 

Workers can apply for PFLA benefits by calling the state Employment Development Department. By law, employers in California are required to hold open the worker’s vacant position during the statutory absence period and to not discriminate or retaliate against employees who take PFLA leave.

In-Home Support Services (IHSS)

Seniors who qualify for Medi-Cal and have a documented medical need for residential care may be able to remain in their own homes with the assistance of a caregiver. The In-Home Support Services (IHSS) program pays the caregiver of a senior’s choice to look after their needs inside their own home, or in the private home of a relative or friend. These caregivers can be a spouse, family member or friend of the senior, though they are required to obtain CPR certification and pass a short training course before the program can accept them.

Seniors can apply for IHSS support directly through the California Department of Developmental Services website, or they can ask a Medi-Cal caseworker about their eligibility for the program.

More Senior Living Resources in Fremont

Resource

Phone Number

Description

Fremont Housing Division  (510) 494-4500

The city of Fremont’s Housing Division maintains an online list of local affordable rental housing units, as well as provides help locating and signing up for the city’s affordable housing waitlist. This department also administers the federal Section 8 housing voucher program to Fremont seniors. Applications may be made online or by phone.
Season Of Sharing  (510) 881-5743 Season Of Sharing is supported by the San Francisco Chronicle and private donations, and it helps seniors who’ve resided in Alameda County for at least six months with emergency rent assistance on a one-time basis. Applications can be made online or by phone.
Echo Housing  (510) 581-9380 Echo Housing helps Alameda County seniors with a variety of housing issues, including dispute mediation and one-time grants to help cover rental deposit expenses. Seniors in Fremont can apply for help from Echo Housing through the group’s website or by phone.
EL CONCILIO  (650) 330-7432 EL CONCILIO is a Palo Alto-based non-profit organization that provides seniors and low-income residents with a variety of assistance programs, including automotive repair, emergency shelter, rental assistance, help signing up for Section 8 vouchers, deposit assistance and help with utility bills. Seniors can apply online or by phone, or by visiting a program branch office in Alameda County.


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