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CITY Merced
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Located in central California about 110 miles southeast of San Francisco in the San Joaquin Valley, Merced is a midsized city that’s long served as the western gateway to Yosemite National Park. The city serves as the seat of Merced County, and of Merced’s 86,333 residents, one in 10 are seniors aged 65 and older. 

Seniors who enjoy warm, sunny and dry weather will appreciate the climate in Merced. The area receives an average of just 13 inches of rain annually, and it’s sunny on about 262 days each year. Comprehensive emergency and acute health care services are available at Dignity Health’s Mercy Medical Center in Merced, a hospital equipped with a primary stroke center, cancer care center and orthopedic clinic. 

The Genworth 2020 Cost of Care Survey shows that the average monthly rate for assisted living care in Merced is $3,750, although actual rates are set by each facility. Given that the average monthly rates in Merced are $1,250 below California’s statewide average of $5,000, Merced is a good option for seniors looking for an affordable assisted living facility in the Central Valley. 

Review our list of the 10 best assisted living facilities in Merced to find one that’s right for your loved one. 

Pacifica Senior Living Merced

Pacifica Senior Living Merced is a spacious assisted living and memory care facility. Residents can enjoy breathtaking views of the nearby Sierra Mountains from many of the assisted living suites, and there are a number of beautifully decorated common areas that help encourage a strong sense of community. This community makes it into our top 10 because well-behaved companion animals are welcome, and the grounds include a number of level trails that are ideal for dog-walkers.

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Paramount Court Senior Living

Located right next to the California State University campus in an established residential neighborhood, Paramount Court Senior Living is a single-story assisted living and memory care community. Residents can spend their days relaxing in the sun-filled garden, enjoying a home-cooked meal on the patio and taking part in one of the many daily social and recreational activities. We included this community because caregivers use a research-based approach to care that focuses on empowering seniors to remain as independent as possible while fostering meaningful social connections within the community.

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  • Private suites with large, barrier-free bathrooms
  • Weekly chair yoga classes

St. Thomas Retirement Center and Assisted Living

Owned and operated by the Sisters of the Daughters of Mary Immaculate Conception, St. Thomas Retirement Center and Assisted Living is a faith-based facility that's open to all seniors. The community is home to 49 residents who receive around-the-clock assistance, three meals daily and access to recreational programming each weekday. Catholic Mass is celebrated weekly at the on-site Catholic chapel, which is also open to non-residents.

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Samaritan Village

Situated on a beautifully landscaped 20-acre campus, Samaritan Village is an independent, non-profit senior living community filled with exceptional amenities. Opened in 2002, this facility features a heated indoor swimming pool, games lounge, library and computer lab, and a clinic where residents can access massage therapy, podiatry care and hearing tests. Residents in the assisted living program are supported by a team of caregivers who are always happy to lend a hand, transport seniors to medical appointments and organize group and one-on-one activities. We included Samaritan Village on this 10-best list because this innovative community provides seniors with affordable, high-quality care in a welcoming, vibrant setting.

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  • Pet-friendly community with on-site dog park
  • Chapel with weekly Catholic and non-denominational services

Covenant Living of Turlock

Covenant Living of Turlock is a pet-friendly senior living community. Assisted living services at this large, spacious facility include personalized care provided by a team of friendly caregivers who are on-site 24 hours a day, and it is their compassionate ethos that ensures this community is on our top 10 list. Three healthy homestyle meals are served daily, and special diets can be accommodated. Regular activities include exercise classes, afternoon socials and escorted day trips to nearby parks and shopping areas.

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Cedar Creek Senior Living

Cedar Creek Senior Living is a long-standing independent, assisted living and memory care community that offers seniors a safe, supportive place to spend their retirement years. Dedicated team members are passionate about providing exceptional care, and the facility is committed to helping seniors age in place by offering enhanced services as needed. Recreational programming is tailored to the needs and interests of the residents, and daily menus feature plenty of fresh, locally sourced fruits and vegetables. We included Cedar Creek Senior Living on this top 10 list because this locally-managed facility offers a comprehensive range of services, including support to family caregivers and hospice care.

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The Stratford at Beyer Park

The Stratford at Beyer Park is a supportive assisted living and memory care community located in an established residential neighborhood. Residents enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing compassionate, professional caregivers are on-site 24 hours a day. Pets are welcome upon approval, and every studio and one-bedroom suite includes a kitchenette and spacious private bathroom with a walk-in shower and bathing bench. Scheduled local transportation is available, and there's a private dining room that families can reserve for special occasions.

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Dale Commons

Dale Commons is a vibrant, well-appointed assisted living community that welcomes both full-time and part-time residents, making this facility ideal for family caregivers who require ongoing respite care for their loved one. The staff team uses a relationship-based model of care, which means they take the time to create positive, professional relationships with every senior. Daily activities are designed to promote mindfulness and community connections, and there are a number of common areas including a fitness center, media room and bistro.

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Casa de Modesto

Casa de Modesto is an established nonprofit continuing care facility. Assisted living residents receive around-the-clock support with activities of daily living, and the community-wide call system ensures that seniors can call for help at any time. Three healthy meals are served each day in the bright dining room that's decorated with hand-painted murals depicting local landscapes, and there's a number of on-site amenities including a gift shop, library, exercise room and hair salon.

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Bethel Retirement Community

Known for having a homey, supportive atmosphere for over 30 years Bethel Retirement Community has provided high-quality, affordable assisted living and memory care services. A licensed nurse oversees the team of caregivers, and care plans are developed in close collaboration with family members. The 7-acre campus features landscaped gardens and walking paths, and a variety of meal options are offered at each meal along with all-day hot and cold drinks in the beverage parlor. We featured Bethel Retirement Community on our top 10 list because this facility has a well-established reputation as one of the best assisted living communities in the area.

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