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Page Reviewed / Updated – August 21, 2020

The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in La Habra, CA

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Located at Orange County’s northernmost corner, La Habra is a quiet residential community in southern California. It’s also conveniently situated within an hour of beautiful beaches and mountain recreation areas. With a population around 60,500, La Habra is relatively small, especially compared to Anaheim, its much larger neighbor due south where visiting grandchildren like to go to visit Disneyland. Seniors can count on warm weather year-round with a comfort index that makes it the most pleasant place in the Golden State.

Despite a higher cost of living compared to national averages, La Habra remains a favorable retirement community due to a lower than average crime rate and availability of quality health care. Older adults aged 65 and over make up 12.5% of the city’s population. Seniors enjoy La Habra’s well-rounded cultural, recreational and social services, including 20 parks, community theater and diverse community center services with stimulating senior programs.

Note: Information for La Habra wasn’t available, so data for the Los Angeles area was used.

Check out our list of the best 10 assisted living facilities in La Habra to see if any of them are right for you. Additionally, find out more about the cost of assisted living in La Habra and what financial assistance programs are available.

Park Regency Retirement Center

Park Regency Retirement Center offers the perfect balance of independence and support. With a stimulating array of daily social activities, residents explore new interests or enjoy favorite pastimes, including musical performances, trivia, gardening and outside entertainment. Caring staff members provides a sense of security with 24-hour availability, care coordination, wellness programs, assistance with activities of daily living and frequent health checks. Services include three nutritious meals daily, plus snacks.

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  • Housekeeping and laundry for linens and clothing
  • All services available on a month-to-month contract

Whitten Heights

Centrally located in La Habra, Whitten Heights is tucked away in a lovely neighborhood with adjacent shopping. This beautiful assisted lived community provides residents with all the comforts of home, while delivering superior personal care and safety. Residents enjoy tastefully decorated rooms, amazing landscaped grounds and abundant services, amenities and activities for a positive, fulfilling lifestyle. Roomy studios and bedroom suites surround a tranquil courtyard with private backyards attached to each residence and plentiful common areas throughout the community for socialization.

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  • Chef-prepared family-style dining
  • Private cleaning services, housekeeping, laundry for linens and clothing

Brookdale Garden Grove

Located 11 miles south of La Habra, Brookdale Garden Grove offers pet-friendly studio and one-bedroom apartments with scenic views. Each residence boasts cheerful, natural light and private bathrooms. Brookdale offers unlimited opportunities to get to know fellow residents through plentiful activities, clubs, special events and cultural enrichment programs. Its dining program is like going out to a favorite restaurant with friends without the need to go out and caring staff provide all the support residents need to safely pursue their passions and enjoy their golden years.

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  • Fitness classes, game nights and shopping trips
  • In-house laundry and dry cleaning

Brookdale Anaheim

Less than 8 miles south of La Habra, Brookdale Anaheim is a pet-friendly community with multiple floor plans, including cozy studios and roomy one-bedroom apartments. Each residence is designed to feel like a home with the added comfort and convenience of 24-hour emergency response systems for safety and security. Residents enjoy a wealth of events and activities to stay physically fit, stretch their creative muscles or attend social gatherings with new friends. Delicious meals are served table side in an elegant, spacious dining room. Residents can enjoy the great outdoors in the sun-kissed patio with shaded seats or the lovely rose garden.

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  • Guests allowed at mealtimes and overnight
  • Billiards room, beauty/barber shop, Happy Hours and Bridge, Canasta and Pinochle clubs

Brookdale San Dimas

Located 18 miles southwest of La Habra, Brookdale San Dimas is a continuing care retirement community that increases the level of care based on each resident’s unique requirements. Pet-friendly apartments with plenty of natural light offer residents the freedom to make their space their own. Multiple floor plans are available for the spacious studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom residences that include private bathrooms, walk-in closets and kitchens with refrigerators, microwaves and sinks for preparing light meals. Activities include arts and crafts classes, live music performances and a putting green as part of its outdoor sports activities.

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  • Amenities include billiards, on-site movie theater and fireside living room
  • Walking paths and outdoor garden available for enjoying nature

Atria Rancho Park

Atria Rancho Park is 18 miles southwest of La Habra in San Dimas and offers a warm, peaceful assisted living environment. Residents benefit from private apartments set on beautifully landscaped grounds with towering trees. The community sits on five stunning acres with breathtaking views of the San Gabriel Mountains. Extensive amenities and a calendar full of engaging events and activities keep residents active, happy and healthy. Residents connect with new friends and neighbors in the vast library, energetic fitness center, quaint chapel, on-site dining venue, peaceful garden space or convenient sundries shop.

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  • Offers short-term stays to see if assisted living is the right fit
  • Anytime Cafe with complimentary snacks and beverages

Brookdale Brookhurst

Brookdale Brookhurst in Westminster is located 14 miles due south of La Habra and offers multiple, pet-friendly floor plans designed to feel like a home. Each spacious apartment offers tons of natural light and closet space, plus private bathrooms, kitchenettes and emergency response systems for added peace of mind. Spacious and elegant common areas include a beautifully landscaped, shaded courtyard with a fountain. Residents bask in the delight of nutritious and delicious restaurant-style meals, numerous creative endeavors and an endless list of activities and events to share with new friends.

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  • Sports and fitness opportunities, including Zumba classes
  • Arts and crafts, gardening, sundaes on Saturdays and evening movies with popcorn

Rowntree Gardense

Located 10 miles south of La Habra, Rowntree Gardens in Stanton is ideally located in the heart of Orange County. This lovely, close-knit community features all the comforts of home with the added security of 24-hour access to highly trained staff who know you and your family by name. Rowntree Gardens offers a full array of integrated on-site services and amenities, including weekly housekeeping and linen service, on-site and on-call physicians, 24-hour licensed vocational nurses, a putting green and a spacious, well-stocked library. Residents also enjoy three healthy, delicious chef-prepared meals served in a cozy fireside dining room or intimate patio dining room overlooking verdant gardens.

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  • On-site wellness gym and exercise classes for stretching, cardio, strength building and improving balance
  • Apartments featuring spacious closets, full bathrooms, living rooms and cheerful sunrooms

Kirkwood Orange

Kirkwood Orange offers exceptional assisted living in sunny Orange, California, just 15 miles southeast of La Habra. Residents thrive in a warm, stimulating environment with thoughtfully designed private apartments that feature roomy one-bedroom layouts, ample storage space and convenient kitchenettes. Extraordinary amenities include a quaint 1950s-style ice cream parlor and inviting courtyard and patio areas with engaging social and cultural events and outings scheduled regularly. Residents also enjoy the added peace of mind of on-site supportive care service with 24/7 professional staffing and a continuum of care that allows aging in place.

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  • Enriching volunteer and community outreach opportunities
  • Three healthy, delicious meals daily and a casual bistro with nutritious snacks always available

Town & Country Manor

Town & Country Manor is a nonprofit community for residents aged 62 and older, located 16 miles southeast of La Habra in Santa Ana. The vibrant surrounding neighborhood offers plenty of dining, shopping, entertainment and amenities, including the lovely Santiago Park right across the street. At home, residents find an abundance of activities and amenities, including delightful dining, a putting green and stimulating physical, mental and social endeavors to fit individual needs and interests. Residents also enjoy beautiful garden views from private balconies or patios, a relaxing gazebo surrounded by a rose garden and a large reflection pool, cascading waterfall and gurgling fountain.

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  • The Corner Store features a resident-run sundry supply shop with affordable prices in a convenient on-site location
  • On-site mail room offers shipping and receiving of letters and packages to eliminate the need to run to the post office

The Cost of Senior Living and Care in La Habra

In La Habra, senior care is relatively affordable. Other major cities in California average higher prices in nearly every category, according to the Genworth 2018 Cost of Care Survey. Nursing home care is particularly affordable, at more than $750 below the state average. While assisted living matches the state average, seniors can expect to save money on home care and adult day care services in La Habra.

Note:Senior care cost data wasn’t available for La Habra, so the data for the closest city, Los Angeles, was used.

How much does Assisted Living Cost in La Habra?

Assisted living costs average $4,500 per month in La Habra, which matches the state average. While Bakersfield is significantly less expensive at $3,150, most areas in California fall between $3,500-$4,900. Napa, Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa are some of the most expensive with averages between $5,425-$5,500 per month — about $1,000 more per month than in La Habra.

How much does Home Care Cost in La Habra?

For services delivered in-home, La Habra seniors can expect to pay $4,767 for 44 hours of care per week, which is nearly $200 less than the state average. Visalia is the most affordable option for home health services at $4,290, a savings of nearly $500 per month compared to La Habra. High-cost areas like Napa run about $1,150 more per month, with Santa Rosa not far behind at an average of $5,625.

How much does Adult Day Care Cost in La Habra?

Adult day care costs in La Habra are fairly middle of the road at $1,565 — about $100 less than the state average. In Visalia, the cost for similar services is just $1,040, about $500 less than in La Habra, while Hanford seniors enjoy the lowest average at just $867. Santa Rosa seniors pay the most for adult day care at an average of $2,362, which is nearly $800 more.

Generally, costs for adult day care range between $1,600-$2,000, making La Habra an affordable region.

How much does Nursing Home Costs in La Habra?

Nursing homes in La Habra are some of the most affordable in California at just $7,604. While Visalia is lower at $6,540, most areas pay substantially more. The state average is $761 more than in La Habra, with Santa Maria and Napa averaging $10,646 and $9,962, respectively. Seniors in Santa Maria pay about $3,000 more than seniors in La Habra.

Financial Assistance Programs in La Habra

Medicaid Program in La Habra

In California, the joint federal and state-funded Medicaid program is known as Medi-Cal. This program helps La Habra seniors by covering the cost of medical care and some long-term care services. It also offers a variety of supportive services for seniors aging at home. Medi-Cal is an entitlement program offered to all eligible applicants, so everyone who qualifies receives covered services. Some Medicaid Waiver programs administered by Medi-Cal aren’t entitlement programs and may cap enrollment or have waiting lists for services.

To qualify for Medi-Cal, seniors must earn no more than $1,242 per month for an individual or $1,682 for a married couple. In addition, the asset limit restricts seniors to $2,000 in near-cash assets, excluding a personal home, vehicle, belongings and furnishings. Some other assets may also be excluded. La Habra seniors do not need to worry about an equity cap on home value. California is one of the few states where home value isn’t considered in asset calculations.

For those who do not qualify for full Medi-Cal, coverage may still be available with a share of the cost assessed. Seniors with out of pocket costs associated with Medi-Cal may not be eligible for all waiver programs, and some may be available with sliding scale fees.

To apply for Medi-Cal, call 866-613-3777 or go online at CoveredCa.

Medicaid Waivers in La Habra

Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Medi-Cal Waiver

Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waivers offer seniors an alternative to nursing home placements. These services help seniors living at home or in an assisted living facility with activities of daily living.  The program pays for services provided directly to caregivers as long as the cost of providing in-home services doesn’t exceed the cost of providing those same services in a nursing home facility.

La Habra is a Los Angeles suburb, and seniors enrolled in HCBS may receive services through Partners In Care or Access TLC. For more information or to apply for the HCBS waiver, call 213-897-6774.

Assisted Living Waiver Program (ALWP)

The Assisted Living Waiver Program offers financial assistance to seniors living in an assisted living facility. It only pays for assistive services, not room and board. As part of the program, seniors are expected to pay between $1,039 – $1,059 per month for room and board. To qualify for ALWP, seniors must meet all Medi-Cal eligibility requirements with no share of the cost assessment. Those that exceed the income guidelines may still be eligible after deducting certain recurring medical expenses.

For more information about the program and eligibility requirements, click here.

Other Financial Assistance Programs in La Habra

In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS)

In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) allow seniors to self-direct their care. Participants choose a caregiver — possibilities include friends, family members or a spouse. The program’s HomeCare Registry offers a list of acceptable third-party providers. Seniors receive a funding award to pay for non-medical assistive help at home. This might include laundry services or help getting dressed. While the program caps benefits at $3,500 per month, most seniors are awarded $2,200 per month or less.

To qualify, seniors must be legally disabled and eligible for Medi-Cal. Medicaid recipients who pay a share of the cost can enroll in IHSS. To apply, La Habra seniors can contact the Orange County IHSS office at 714-825-3000. For more information about eligibility, benefits and self-directed care, click here.


The PACE program offers a holistic approach to long-term care for seniors. Through this program, participants live at home and receive services at a registered facility. Seniors can participate in PACE if they are at least 55 years old, need help with activities of daily living and live in an area with a PACE provider. Seniors with full Medi-Cal who don’t pay a share of the costs pay nothing for the services they receive. Seniors with a share of the cost may have out-of-pocket expenses associated with the PACE program as well. PACE provides a variety of assistance services but doesn’t pay for room and board.

Seniors who apply for PACE are automatically removed from Medicare upon acceptance and may be assessed a premium. There are no co-pays or deductibles through PACE. There is even a private pay option for seniors that don’t qualify for Medicaid. La Habra seniors residing in zip code 90361 may apply. Services will be provided through CalOptima to Orange County residents. For more information about PACE, click here.

Multi-Purpose Senior Services (MPSS) Program

The MPSS program offers free in-home personal care for seniors enrolled in Medi-Cal with no share of the cost. Orange County participates in the MPSS program, and eligible seniors are encouraged to apply. Seniors must be at least age 65 and need help with at least one activity of daily living, such as personal hygiene, chores, meal preparation or shopping. MPSS services are delivered through local organization and aren’t available to seniors using the SCAN healthcare network. Seniors may enroll in both the MPSS and IHSS programs.

For more information about the MPSS program, click here.

More Senior Living Resources in La Habra


Phone Number


Casa El Centro Senior Apartments

(562) 691-4324

This 55-unit apartment complex is entirely devoted to low-income seniors and all units are available through project-based Section 8. Approved residents pay 30% of their gross income for rent. Vacancies fill quickly and waiting lists may be long.

Casa Nicolina

(562) 690-2704

The 22 units available at Casa Nicolina fall under affordable housing guidelines, with apartments ranging from studio-sized to three bedroom units. Residents can earn no more than 50 or 80% of the area median income to qualify, and waiting lists may apply.

Homeowners and Rental Assistance

(714) 568-5737

Seniors living in La Habra who meet certain income requirements may be able to get a portion of their property taxes back.

La Habra Shuttle

(866) 557-7433

Seniors aged 60 and older are eligible for low-cost transportation around La Habra. This shuttle service costs just $0.50 per trip and allows seniors to reserve transportation ahead of time for doctor appointments or running errands.

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