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Page Reviewed / Updated – October 31, 2020

The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Garden Grove, CA

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Situated in the northern portion of Southern California’s Orange County, Garden Grove offers an ideal climate for those who enjoy sunshine and balmy temperatures. The city receives zero snowfall, averages 275 sunny days and receives only 13 inches of rain annually, which is significantly less than the national average of 38 inches. Active retirees appreciate the opportunities for year-round outdoor activities, such as golfing, hiking and simply strolling through the city’s many parks. Seniors aged 65 and older make up 13.4% of Garden Grove’s total population of slightly less than 172,000 citizens. 

Thanks to its location near some of the West Coast’s best agricultural land, Garden Grove is a treasure trove of year-round open-air farmers markets, including one located on the city’s historic Main Street. Garden Grove’s downtown also features an eclectic culinary scene, boutique shopping options and professional services, and it serves as the venue for a variety of events and festivals. 

Note: Information for Garden Grove wasn’t available, so data for the nearest city, Riverside, was used instead.

Check out our top 10 list of assisted living communities in Garden Grove to see which one is right for you. Additionally, find out more about the cost of assisted living in Garden Grove and what financial assistance programs are available.

Brookdale Garden Grove

Brookdale Garden Grove is a pet-friendly facility with studio and one-bedroom units located in a peaceful residential neighborhood. All rooms have cable and Wi-Fi, as well as lots of closet and storage space. Residents have access to an on-site library, a beauty salon and barbershop and a fitness room. There's also a general store on-site for the convenience of residents. 

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Brookdale Valley View

Accommodations at Brookdale Valley View include pet-friendly studio and one-bedroom apartments. Each unit has its own kitchen, and there's also an on-site dining room that serves three meals per day. The community's chefs gladly accommodate those on low salt/low-fat diets. There's a general store, a salon/barbershop, a library and a designated party space where seniors can celebrate special occasions with their friends and family. Residents can participate in arts and crafts, use the fitness room, enjoy games and book clubs or sit and relax on the porch.

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Brookdale Anaheim

This pet-friendly facility offers studio and one-bedroom units in a secure environment. All apartments have emergency response systems, Wi-Fi and cable TV. A daily happy hour and common-interest clubs provide seniors with opportunities to socialize, and there's a piano available for residents who like to play music. This facility's lovely rose garden adds grace and beauty to the outdoor living space, and residents are welcome to help staff maintain the garden. Planned activities include tai chi, Wii sports and group games. 

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Brookdale Brookhurst

Residents of Brookdale Brookhurst enjoy being close to Miles Square Regional Park and having easy access to Interstate 405. This community is pet-friendly, and housing options include studio and one-bedroom apartments equipped with kitchenettes. The dining room has abundant natural light, and family and friends are welcome to dine with residents, as well as to stay overnight in the guest suite. Available amenities include an on-site beauty salon and barbershop, a library and game and crafting areas. 

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  • Movies and popcorn on Saturday nights
  • Shaded courtyard complete with water features

Huntington Terrace

Huntington Terrace is a luxurious facility situated on 1.5 acres. The outdoor living space includes beautiful gardens, a putting green, a swimming pool and gazebos where residents can relax with a book or socialize with friends. This facility is also located near the heart of Huntington Beach, providing seniors with easy access to shopping and medical centers. For residents' convenience, there's a movie theater on-site as well as a beauty salon and barbershop. 

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Rowntree Gardens

Rowntree Gardens is a nonprofit, faith-based facility offering studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments as well as companion suites. There's an on-site chapel and regularly scheduled Bible study and prayer meetings. Residents can prepare snacks and lighter fare in their in-suite kitchenettes, or be waited on in the dining room where three tasty and nutritious meals are served each day. One of the two dining rooms overlooks a lovely garden, and the other one is equipped with a fireplace. Along with English, staff members speak Japanese, Tagalog and Spanish. Although furry friends are welcome to visit this facility, Rowntree Gardens doesn't accept residents' pets. 

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Kirkwood Orange

Situated on a serene residential street three miles of the city of Orange's historic downtown district, Kirkwood Orange provides a clean, inviting atmosphere for residents and their pets. Accommodations include studio and one-bedroom apartments and companion suites. There's a 1950s-style ice cream parlor on-site where residents can enjoy a treat and socialize with friends, as well as a coffee shop when the occasion calls for a hot cup of coffee or tea. The outdoor patio and courtyard areas provide ideal spots for enjoying the warm Southern California weather, and a library and TV room are available for indoor activities. Meals are served three times per day in the restaurant-style dining room.

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Town & Country Manor

Town & Country Manor is a faith-based senior living community that features studio, one- and two-bedroom units and a warm, welcoming environment. The facility is located in a walkable neighborhood where residents can enjoy easy access to dining, entertainment, health care and shopping options. We included Town & Country Manor on our top 10 list because of its on-site golf course, which makes the community particularly attractive to golfing enthusiasts. The spacious common areas include a well-tended patio garden, a reflecting pool and walking trails where residents can exercise their furry friends. There's also an on-site beauty salon and barbershop.

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Westminster Terrace Assisted Living

Westminster Terrace provides residents with a variety of life enrichment activities, including exercise classes, book clubs, Wii sports and games, including Scrabble and Pinochle. Residents can enjoy group outings to community events, such as live music performances, or simply relax during a scheduled scenic drive. Accommodation options include studio and one-bedroom apartments that feature kitchenettes, individual climate controls and emergency call systems. Small pets are welcome here. 

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  • Full-time activity and life enrichment coordinator 
  • Special events for families 

The Groves at Tustin

Staff at this pet-friendly assisted living community, The Groves at Tustin, put a strong emphasis on crafting customized care plans that are designed to promote each resident's quality of life. We included the Groves of Tustin on our top 10 list because its cuisine truly shines. The facility has an on-site chef's garden where kitchen personnel source fresh herbs and vegetables for use in meal preparation, and they also use locally produced ingredients for a classic farm-to-table dining experience. Residents can also enjoy frequent planned outings to community events and local attractions. 

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  • Party space available for entertaining family and friends
  • Companion suites available 

The Cost of Senior Living and Care in Garden Grove

Senior living in Garden Grove is generally less expensive than similar levels of care around the rest of California, according to the 2018 Genworth Cost of Care Survey. Seniors in Garden Grove pay $1,000 less for assisted living than the California average for the same level of residential care. Prices are closest in adult day care, with only an $11 difference between Garden Grove and the state.  

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

How much does Assisted Living Cost in Garden Grove?

Assisted living in Garden Grove costs seniors an average of $3,500 a month. This is exactly the cost reported in Stockton, but significantly below the average cost of assisted living statewide. Prices for care in California are $4,500 a month, a price point also reported by the cities of Los Angeles and San Diego. Across the state, the highest costs for assisted living are in San Jose and San Francisco, which both report monthly rates as high as $5,500. Bakersfield averages the lowest cost among surveyed cities, at just $3,150 a month for assisted living.

How much does Home Care Cost in Garden Grove?

Home care in Garden Grove costs an average of $4,481 a month. This is nearly $500 a month less than the average in the state of California, where costs come to $4,957. California’s highest reported costs for home care are in San Francisco and San Jose, where prices are $5,625 and $5,720, respectively. Some of the lowest costs in California are to be found in Chico and Bakersfield, where monthly rates are $4,433 and $4385, respectively, or roughly $50 to $100 more per month than Garden Grove.

How much does Adult Day Care Cost in Garden Grove?

Adult day care costs in Garden Grove, at $1,668 a month, are close to the state average of $1,679. Seniors in Garden Grove pay a price very close to both Stockton, which matches the state at $1,679, and Bakersfield, where adult day care runs to $1,653. The highest cost for adult day care among surveyed California cities is in Chico, where seniors pay an average of $2,134 a month. Los Angeles reports some of the lowest costs, at $1,565 a month.

How much does Nursing Home Costs in Garden Grove?

Nursing home care in Garden Grove costs an average of $7,559 a month for a semi-private room. The state average is well above this price, at $8,365 for similar residential nursing care. Across the state, some of the highest prices are found in San Jose and San Francisco. Nursing care in these two neighboring cities costs $9,125 and $9,148, respectively. Seniors in Bakersfield, on the other hand, pay some of the lowest rates in California, at an average of $7,513 a month for a semi-private room.

Financial Assistance Programs in Garden Grove

Medicaid Program in Garden Grove

Seniors in Garden Grove who need financial assistance with the cost of residential care may be able to get coverage from the state Medicaid program, known in California as Medi-Cal. This program is structured as an entitlement, which means all seniors in Garden Grove who meet the income and other eligibility standards may enroll and receive care, without waiting periods or enrollment caps due to limited space. Medi-Cal generally delivers care through an in-state network of private health insurance carriers, such as Blue Cross/Blue Shield or Kaiser Permanente. These carriers offer both HMO and PPO options seniors in Garden Grove may choose from during the programs’ open enrollment period at the end of each year.

Medi-Cal pays for most of the medical expenses left uncovered by standard Medicare plans. Common benefits include preventive care and access to specialists, as well as emergency care and some prescription medications.Medi-Cal plans differ in their details, but most also cover some residential care options, such as nursing home care and adult day care. The program also offers caregiver support for seniors who need assistance to remain in their own homes or in the homes of their relatives. This benefit, known as the In-Home Support Services (IHSS) program, pays caregivers hired by seniors for the help they render in the recipient’s own home. Caregivers must pass a background check and attend training, but they can be spouses, friends and family members of the senior receiving benefits. 

Seniors in Garden Grove are considered eligible for Medi-Cal coverage if they are citizens or legal residents of the United States, over age 65 or disabled, and can demonstrate a medical need for health insurance. Applicants must also demonstrate financial need and meet intake requirements for income from all sources. The threshold for no-cost coverage is set at 138% of the federal poverty line, which in 2018 put seniors’ maximum countable income at $16,395 a year. Married couples can earn up to $22,108 a year, and each additional adult who lives in the senior’s household adds an extra $5,741 a year to the allowable income, whether the other adults apply for Medi-Cal or not. Seniors who earn between 138% and 300% of the federal poverty line can still generally qualify for Medi-Cal coverage, though they may be asked to pay a share of cost or spend down before receiving coverage.

Seniors can apply for Medi-Cal in person, at the Orange County office of the Department of Health and Human Services, or online at the Covered California website. Seniors who have already been approved for a number of other means-tested entitlement programs are automatically considered eligible for Medi-Cal in California. Since these programs use the same admission criteria as Medi-Cal, acceptance into any of them is taken as preliminary admission for Medi-Cal coverage. The list of compatible programs includes:

  • CalFresh, the state’s SNAP or food stamp program
  • WIC
  • Section 8 housing assistance
  • Tanf, sometimes called cash aid or welfare

Medicaid Waivers in Garden Grove

Assisted Living Waiver Program (ALWP)

Medi-Cal’s Assisted Living Waiver Program (ALWP) is a cost-saving program that encourages seniors who qualify for nursing home care to opt for assisted living instead. The waiver pays directly toward the monthly cost of care for qualifying seniors, but it does not cover any of the cost of a personal caregiver or physical therapist. 

Seniors can apply for an ALWP waiver through the benefits coordinator at their residential care facility. Alternatively, seniors in Orange can apply for a waiver directly from a Medi-Cal worker, or through the Medi-Cal website. Benefits are restricted to participating assisted living facilities in just 15 California counties, of which Orange County is one.

Multipurpose Senior Services Waiver

Seniors in Orange who qualify for an ALWP waiver may also qualify for a Multipurpose Senior Services Program (MSSP) waiver. This waiver operates much like the ALWP, but it covers many of the costs seniors need to pay to safely remain at home. Benefits can be provided for seniors who live in their own homes, the homes of family members or other private residences. Applications can be submitted through a Medi-Cal worker. Covered benefits include:

  • In-home caregivers
  • In-home or remote location adult day care and respite care services
  • Minor home repairs and improvements, such as the installation of ramps and guard rails
  • In-home supervision for seniors with dementia
  • Meal service, both home delivered and meals served in community facilities
  • Help with household chores
  • Transportation and ride service for mobility-impaired seniors
  • Money management and financial advice for seniors
  • Benefits advice and care coordination by experienced case managers
  • Personal Emergency Response System (PERS) devices
  • Translation and interpretation services

Home and Community-Based Alternatives (HCBA) Waiver

Seniors in Orange can get help from the Home and Community-Based Alternatives (HCBA) waiver when they’re moving out of residential care and back into their own homes. Meant for seniors who are leaving residential care, this waiver combines the benefits of several older programs to pay some of the costs of moving and getting resettled back at home, including some caregiver benefits and both durable and disposable medical supplies. Applications may be submitted at the time of discharge by residential care benefits coordinators.

Community-Based Adult Services (CBAS)

Community-Based Adult Services (CBAS) waivers help cover the cost of adult day care for seniors in Orange. Funds are delivered directly from Medi-Cal, and can be applied for through a Medi-Cal worker. Benefits of the program include supervision for seniors who need constant attendance, some meal service, including delivery at home, and physical and mental therapy, which may be delivered at a facility or in the seniors’ own home.

Other Financial Assistance Programs in Garden Grove

Paid Family Leave

Family members of seniors in Garden Grove may be able to take up to six weeks of paid leave from work under California’s Paid Family Leave Act. Benefits are paid bi-weekly and may be spent like any other paycheck. Applicants must be immediate family members of the senior, who must have a medical recommendation for caregiver assistance prior to approval. Applications are processed by the state Employment Development Department

More Senior Living Resources in Garden Grove


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Orange County Housing Authority (OCHA) (714) 834-2182 OCHA administers the federal Section 8 housing voucher program for smaller and unincorporated communities in Orange County. Section 8 applicants generally apply to join a waiting list directly through an OCHA office or by phone. Applicants on the list are contacted as spaces come available nearby.
Community Action Partnership of Orange County (714) 839-6199 Community Action Partnership of Orange County takes applications from Garden Grove seniors for the state-funded Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Recipients who are approved for LIHEAP may pay up to 50% less each month for home energy and utility bills, with emergency help available for disconnect notices. Applications are taken on a walk-in basis at all Orange County CAP offices, though seniors can call for information about program requirements before visiting.
ReadyOC (714) 663-8188 ReadyOC helps Garden Grove seniors prepare their homes for natural disasters, such as earthquakes and fire. The program pays for safety-related home improvements and can be applied for by phone.
Orange County Community Services (855) 886-5400 Orange County Community Services maintains a user-friendly list of current openings for local low-income housing in each of the 18 cities around the county. Veterans and seniors aged 65 and over get preference in low-income housing placement, which minimizes the time they spend on the waiting list. Orange County social workers can sign Garden Grove seniors up for the program, or seniors can apply directly at the management office of a listed property and ask for placement.

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