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CITY Lake forest
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Page Reviewed / Updated – September 30, 2022

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The Orange County community of Lake Forest, CA, isn’t typically considered an affordable community. However, the area does have some financial benefits for seniors. For instance, health care is nearly 5% lower than the national average, and utility costs as well as groceries are less than the overall California average. The state of California does not collect income tax on Social Security payments, and other forms of retirement income are taxed on a sliding scale that reserves the highest rates for the wealthy. The average cost of assisted living in Lake Forest is $5,250 per month, which is the same as the overall average for the state of California. 

In addition to providing a list of the best assisted living facilities in Lake Forest, CA, this guide provides an overview of the cost of assisted living in Lake Forest, 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 Care in Lake Forest, CA

According to the 2021 Genworth Cost of Care Survey, the average cost of assisted living in Lake Forest is $5,250 per month. This is on par with the California average but is $750 higher than the national average of $4,500. Within California, assisted living costs range from a low of $3,450 in the Central Valley area of Visalia to a high of $7,048 in the Bay Area community of Santa Rosa. At the southern end of the state, El Centro residents pay an average of $6,150, while their counterparts in Northern California in Redding pay $4,450. 

  • Lake Forest: $5,250
  • California: $5,250
  • United States: $4,500
  • Visalia: $3,450
  • Santa Rosa: $7,048
  • El Centro: $6,150
  • Redding: $4,450

The Cost of Other Types of Care in Lake Forest, CA

Other senior care options in Lake Forest are available at higher and lower costs. In-home care and home health care each average $5,911, while adult day health care averages $1,652. Nursing home care is the most expensive at $9,125 for a semiprivate room and $11,269 for a private room. 

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

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

Freedom Village

Freedom Village is an all-inclusive facility with studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments. Units are equipped with kitchens, 24-hour emergency response systems and cable television. There is a lovely patio area where residents can enjoy sunny days, and they are welcome to assist staff with gardening activities. A cozy library with a fireplace provides an ideal setting for enjoying a good book in the evening or a round of drinks with friends. Available activities include yoga, arts and crafts, music and games. There are on-site religious services, and the community hosts holiday-themed celebrations and events. Freedom Village is a pet-friendly facility. 

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Sunrise of Mission Viejo

Residents of Sunrise of Mission Viejo can choose from studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments and companion suites. All units feature in-room kitchenettes, Wi-Fi and bedside emergency call systems. Shared meals and snacks are available in the dining room, and the kitchen staff is happy to accommodate those on low-fat and low-salt diets. Guests are welcome at meals and to spend the night. Activities include yoga, fitness classes and arts and crafts. 

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Regents Point

Its location next to a 347-acre nature preserve is just one of the reasons we decided to include Regents Point on our top 10 list. Other attractive features of the community include a private putting green, a year-round heated swimming pool and an on-site art studio. Accommodation options include studio, one- and two-bedroom units, cottage-style homes and companion suites in a variety of floor plans. Units have kitchens or kitchenettes, washer/dryer hookups, spacious walk-in closets and emergency call systems. Residents can join scheduled group outings to see the Pacific Symphony or a live performance at the Laguna Playhouse. Furry friends are welcome here. 

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  • Bistro and restaurant-style dining options 
  • Kosher and vegetarian diets available

Atria Park of Woodbridge

Surrounded by graceful trees and emerald green lawns near the banks of a creek, Atria Park provides pet-friendly studio and one-bedroom apartments with kitchenettes. Skilled nursing services, medication management and physical therapy are available. Vegetarian options are available in the 24-hour restaurant-style dining room, and there is also a bistro for snacks, casual meals and beverages. A secure courtyard lets residents enjoy the sun while socializing with friends or family. There are on-site religious services, scheduled transportation and a party room that residents can use for private celebrations. 

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Brookdale Irvine

At Brookdale Irvine, the skilled chefs use fresh, locally sourced ingredients whenever possible, and a large menu selection ensures that there's something to appeal to discriminating residents. The restaurant-style dining room is open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m, and residents have the option of having meals delivered to their rooms by staff. There is also an on-site coffee shop for beverages and light snacks. Guests are welcome at all meals and may also spend the night in the guest suite. Residents are welcome to have their furry friends at this facility. We chose this community as part of our top 10 due to its gourmet dining programs.

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  • Walking paths with pet waste stations
  • Concierge services 24 hours a day

Atria Golden Creek

Its beautiful location on the banks of San Diego Creek is one of the reasons we included Atria Golden Creek on our list. There are walking trails along the creek as well as a big deck overlooking it. Restaurant-style meals are served three times per day with plenty of vegetarian options on the menu, and residents can visit the Anytime Cafe for beverages and snacks no matter what the time of day or night. This community welcomes pets.

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Heritage Pointe

Heritage Pointe is a not-for-profit senior facility dedicated to providing high-quality living for all residents while incorporating Jewish traditions and lifestyles into aspects of community life. There is an on-site synagogue, and the dining room serves an excellent selection of gourmet kosher meals, and a private dining room is available for family gatherings and other celebrations. The numerous amenities include an on-site theater, a creative arts studio, a putting green and a heated swimming pool. 

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  • On-site personal trainers available
  • Concierge driving service to appointments and community amenities


Crestvilla is an Atria Signature Residence set among spectacular natural beauty.  Residents can enjoy views from the 15,000-square-foot rooftop retreat, go exploring and wildlife viewing in nearby Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park or participate in a group outing to the nearby beach. This facility has studio, one- and two-bedroom units in a variety of floor plans. Most units feature full kitchens, balconies or patios, spacious walk-in closets and washers and dryers. There is an open-air art studio complete with a pottery kiln for residents to get creative, and those who love to garden will have access to raised beds to grow their favorite flowers, herbs and vegetables.

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Bellmont Village Aliso Vieja

Situated in the heart of Orange County, this three-story facility is surrounded by entertainment, dining and shopping venues. Residents can enjoy chef-prepared meals in the dining room, request room service or prepare something themselves in their studio, one- or two-bedroom apartments. Small pets are allowed here. There is also an on-site full-service beauty salon and barbershop and a fitness center. 

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  • Year-round heated saltwater swimming pool
  • Transportation for personal outings 

Meridian at Laguna Hills

Meridian at Laguna Hills offers several floor plans including studios, one-and two-bedroom units with kitchenettes, emergency call systems and individual temperature controls. Situated under tall, graceful palm trees and surrounded by serene walking paths, this facility is located close to Laguna Beach, medical centers and shopping options. There is an on-site salon and barbershop and a spacious sunroom equipped with computers for resident use. 

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