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Page Reviewed / Updated – October 31, 2020

The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Modesto, CA

Modesto is conveniently located right in the heart of California’s Central Valley. Despite its growing population, the city maintains a charming, small-town atmosphere. With its tree-lined streets, rich history and lively downtown area, Modesto is the perfect setting for seniors to enjoy a relaxing, yet vibrant retirement. 

Seniors can expect warm year-round weather with about 260 days of sunshine. The area offers an abundance of outdoor recreation for active retirees, and nearby destinations such as the Stanislaus National Forest provide a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. 

Seniors can enjoy a night on the town at the Modesto SymphonyCentral West Ballet or Gallo Center for the Arts. The culturally rich city is full of vibrant street murals and hosts a variety of annual festivals, as well as monthly art shows featuring the work of local artists. It’s also home to E&J Gallo Winery, the headquarters of the world’s largest family-owned wine and spirit company.

At a cost of $4,250 per month, assisted living services are slightly more expensive in Modesto than they are in the average American city. However, it’s a more affordable option than other communities in California, which cost an average of $4,500 per month. The city also has a much lower overall cost of living, which could benefit seniors on a budget.

Here’s a look at the top 10 assisted living facilities in the Modesto area. Additionally, find out more about the cost of assisted living in Modesto and what financial assistance programs are available.

Stratford at Beyer Park

Nestled in a quiet neighborhood in North Modesto, Stratford at Beyer Park is designed to make seniors feel comfortable and at home. The campus features beautiful outdoor patios and garden spaces, as well as access to luxury community amenities, including the Poodle Skirt Cafe, Rhett and Scarlet movie theater and Cut-N-Curls beauty salon. It's known throughout the area for its efforts to keep seniors connected with technology, offering complimentary Amazon Echos in each resident's room. Through its innovative Vibrant Life program, seniors have daily opportunities to participate in activities that help create a sense of community. 

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  • Weekly housekeeping and linen services
  • Resident units feature private baths and kitchenettes

Dale Commons

Dale Commons is considered one of the best assisted living facilities in the area for its vibrant, care-focused environment. Seniors can have peace of mind knowing that trained caregivers are on-site 24 hours a day to provide assistance tailored specifically to their individual needs. The engaging calendar of events and activities helps residents stay physically, socially and mentally active, and through its MBKuisine program, seniors enjoy fresh, delicious meals three times a day. With its convenient northwest location, residents have easy access to health care services at Kaiser Permanente, local parks and the shops and attractions at Vintage Faire Mall.

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  • Activities include wellness classes, art lessons, cooking demonstrations, tai chi and local tours
  • Pet-friendly

Vintage Faire Residential

Designed to feel like home, Vintage Faire Residential offers specialized senior care in a clean, safe and secure setting. In its efforts to provide personalized quality care, the community offers three levels of care so seniors have access to the support they need. To promote daily encouragement and interaction, the community runs scheduled activities 7 days a week, including a morning exercise program, crafts, games and manicures. It also hosts weekly shopping trips and outings, as well as monthly themed events. Residents can enjoy the sunshine in the front garden area or from the comfort of their own private patios.

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  • Nursing and rehabilitation services available on campus
  • Three home-cooked meals daily and two scheduled snacks

Samaritan Village

At Samaritan Village, residents are empowered with daily choices, access to conveniences and opportunities to build connections with those around them. The community is designed with upscale amenities, including an indoor heated pool for water aerobics and swimming, a library and computer center, a fully equipped fitness center and theater room. For residents' enjoyment, there are over 130 planned activities every month, including local excursions, live entertainment, social events and a variety of weekly worship services hosted in the on-site chapel. Samaritan Village is a pet-friendly environment and features a community dog park for residents' furry friends to run around.

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  • Daily wellness check-ins
  • Transportation to appointments, shopping and activities

St. Thomas Retirement Center and Assisted Living

St. Thomas Retirement Center and Assisted Living is considered one of the area's premier senior living communities for its top-of-the-line services and faith-based approach to care, which is why we included it on our top 10 list. The Christian Catholic community happily welcomes all denominations and hosts a morning mass six times a week in the on-site chapel. Residents are served three nutritious, homemade meals each day, along with two snacks, and benefit from weekly housekeeping, laundry and linen services. Planned social and recreational activities help create a vibrant atmosphere, and the community offers transportation for medical appointments and escorted shopping trips throughout the week.

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Bethel Assisted Living

Locally owned and operated Bethel Assisted Living has been providing personal attention and compassionate support to area seniors for over 28 years. It features a beautifully landscaped campus that offers panoramic views of Modesto and easy access to restaurants, shops and local golf courses. The community provides a warm, inviting atmosphere and a number of cozy common areas for residents to socialize with friends and family. Seniors can enjoy the comfort of deluxe studio, one- and two-bedroom suites, which are equipped with Wi-Fi connectability and cleaned on a daily basis.

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  • Varied levels of care available
  • Full array of activities to benefit residents' mental and social well-being

Paramount Court Senior Living

Paramount Court Senior Living is included on our top 10 list for its active, engaging lifestyle and efforts to keep residents involved in the local community through volunteer opportunities, intergenerational programming and fundraising projects. The community places a high emphasis on healthy living, taking into account the mind, body and spirit when planning social events and group activities. The monthly calendar includes strength training, yoga classes, crafts, book discussions and cocktail-hour gatherings. Both studio and one-bedroom layouts are available, and residents are encouraged to bring their own furnishings and decor items so their apartments feel like home.

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  • Medication management and assistance 
  • Restaurant-style dining with daily specials

Covenant Village

Set in California’s Central Valley, Covenant Village is a charming community located near some of the area's premier destinations for shopping, dining, fine art and live music. The 23-acre campus is filled with resort-style amenities to help seniors make the most of each day. To promote overall health and physical wellness, residents can take advantage of the on-site fitness studio, indoor saltwater pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room. With its full calendar of life-enrichment programming, seniors have daily opportunities to explore their creativity, boost their mental awareness and create social connections. Restaurant-style meals are served in the elegant dining room, with more casual options available in the bistro and cafe.

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Brandel Manor

At Brandel Manor, the goal is to provide help with day-to-day activities in a way that respects seniors' dignity and promotes independence. The community made our list because of its integrated approach to well-being and access to a full range of health care services. It's also conveniently located across the street from medical specialists and the regional hospital. With respect to seniors' individual needs, the community offers personalized care plans. Residents enjoy the comfort of studio apartments, three nutritious daily meals and scheduled weekly housekeeping and linen services. Daily life-enrichment events and scheduled outings help to create a vibrant, engaging atmosphere.

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Casa de Modesto

Since 1965, Casa de Modesto has been supporting seniors in a way that allows them to live as independently as possible in an environment that feels like home. It's been voted as one of the area's top senior living communities for its attentive staff, engaging social events and comprehensive care services. The community's grounds are beautifully landscaped and feature walking paths and patio areas where residents can enjoy the sunshine. Seniors can spend time with friends and family in the many welcoming common spaces and enjoy the convenience of on-site amenities, including an exercise room, hair and nail salon, library and gift shop.

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  • Emergency and staff call systems in place
  • Private dining areas for family gatherings

The Cost of Senior Living and Care in Modesto

The Genworth 2018 Cost of Care Survey shows senior care costs in Modesto at well below the state average in most categories. Compared to other metropolitan areas, assisted living is particularly affordable, at $700 less than the median. Only nursing home costs exceed the state average, and only by around $500, which is still well below the most expensive California cities.

How much does Assisted Living Cost in Modesto?

Assisted living facilities in Modesto charge an average of $3,200 per month, which is well below the state average of $4,500. Modesto is one of the least expensive areas statewide, with major cities like San Francisco and Santa Cruz topping $5,500, on average. Most cities fall between $3,500-5,500, making Modesto an affordable outlier.

How much does Home Care Cost in Modesto?

Average home health care costs are $4,957 in California, making Modesto an inexpensive option at $4,576 — nearly $400 less. While Merced is slightly less expensive at almost $100 less per month, most cities in the area average at least $200 more. Madera, Los Angeles and Sacramento all average $4,767. Santa Cruz and San Francisco are both upwards of $5,500, which makes Modesto a much more affordable option at approximately $1,000 less.

How much does Adult Day Care Cost in Modesto?

Modesto is one of the least expensive areas for adult day care services at an average of $1,517 — more than $150 lower than the state average and more affordable than neighboring cities like Stockton at $1,679 or Merced at $1,565. Some of the most expensive areas like Santa Maria and Santa Cruz are more costly per month by $541 and $292, respectively, than adult day care costs in Modesto.

How much does Nursing Home Costs in Modesto?

While Modesto is one of the most affordable areas in California for most senior care services, nursing home costs are $8,882 per month, about $500 above the California average. 

In Los Angeles, nursing home care costs are $1,278 less per month than in Modesto, but Madera, a neighboring city, is even more affordable: $1,521 less per month. Santa Maria is nearly $2,000 more expensive than Modesto, but many cities in the region cost between $8,000-8,500 per month for nursing home care.

Financial Assistance Programs in Modesto

Medicaid Program in Modesto

In California, Medicaid is called Medi-Cal and includes both a full range of health services and some personal care and nursing home options. This program is designed for low-income seniors to help mitigate the rising costs of health care.

To qualify for Medicaid, seniors must meet specific income and asset guidelines. A single individual cannot have an income that exceeds $1,235. A married couple can earn as much as $1,664 per month. In addition to the income restrictions, individuals must also have $2,000 or less in countable assets, while married couples must have $3,000 or less. Some examples of exempt possessions include:

  • Household furnishings
  • Burial plots
  • Personal effects
  • Personal vehicle
  • House valued at equity not to exceed $858,000

These items are not included in the asset calculation. 

Under Medi-Cal, the In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program may offer additional services for seniors. This program offers a variety of personal care options designed to allow seniors to age in place. Included are assistance with tasks like:

  • Bathing
  • Eating
  • Dressing
  • Grooming
  • Meal preparation
  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Shopping assistance
  • Transportation

Participants in IHSS may select a provider, allowing them to hire a family member, friend or even a spouse to fill this role. Typically, service providers are paid at a rate set by Medi-Cal which usually falls between $10.75-13.25 per hour. Total services cannot exceed $3,500 per month, though in practice benefits average $2,200 per month. Only services approved by a social worker are paid through IHSS. To qualify, seniors must have a determination regarding their Medi-Cal eligibility. They don’t need to qualify for full Medi-Cal, but those that do not may have a share of the cost of services provided. To apply, contact the Stanislaus Community Services Agency through their website or call 209-558-2637. 

Medicaid Waivers in Modesto

Assisted Living Waiver Program

The Assisted Living Waiver Program allows seniors who would prefer to delay nursing home admission the option to choose an assisted living facility instead. When a senior’s care needs rise to the level of a nursing home but it is equally affordable to deliver those services in an assisted living facility, the ALWP may help with the cost. While this program is available to all California residents, there are no approved facilities in Stanislaus County, so seniors would need to move to Alameda, Contra Costa, Fresno, Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, or Sonoma, where services are provided. This program does not cover room and board, which typically costs between $1,039-1,059. 

To qualify, seniors must have a functional need for nursing home level assistance and meet full Medi-Cal financial eligibility requirements. Those who pay a share of the cost for services don’t qualify. For more information about eligibility requirements, click here.

Multipurpose Senior Services Program

The Multipurpose Senior Services Program assists seniors who are nursing home eligible but would prefer to live at home. Under this program, seniors can receive assistance with:

  • Assistive technology
  • Adult day care
  • Home modifications (chair lifts, ramps, railings, etc.)
  • Meal delivery
  • Medication management
  • Minor home repairs
  • Money management
  • Personal care services
  • Personal Emergency Response System
  • In- and Out-of-home respite care 
  • Transportation, both medical and non-medical

While this program is not available in all areas, Modesto residents are eligible though there may be a waiting list. The MSSP is not an entitlement program and is designed to offer services to 12,000 seniors throughout the state. 

To qualify, seniors must demonstrate the functional need for these services and meet the income and asset guidelines for Medi-Cal participation. Share of cost participants can usually retain $600 per month in income for an individual and $934 for a married couple.

Home and Community-Based Alternatives Waiver

This broad program is designed to allow seniors to receive a variety of care services — including medical care — while living at home. The goal of the Home and Community-Based Alternatives Waiver is to help current nursing home or hospital residents with a transition back to their homes provided it is safe and sustainable as an option. Some of the services include: 

  • Home health aide 
  • Home modifications
  • Personal care
  • Medical equipment maintenance and expenses
  • Personal Emergency Response System installation and service fees
  • Respite care 
  • Skilled nursing services

This waiver program is not an entitlement program and there may be waiting lists. Enrollment caps currently fall between 5,500-8,974. 

To qualify, seniors must need a nursing home level of care, and those already in a residential facility receive priority placement on the waiting list. Seniors must also meet the Medi-Cal income and asset limits for enrollment. For more information about this program, click here. 

Community-Based Adult Services

Seniors with severe cognitive impairment may qualify for the Community-Based Adult Services program. Under this program, seniors receive services at an approved facility each day. There are 250 licensed adult care centers available to choose from throughout the state. Some services may include skilled nursing care, meal assistance, social activities, therapy, and other services you might expect from an adult day care provider.Eligible participants must meet the income and asset guidelines for Medi-Cal and have a diagnosed and severe cognitive impairment.  Those in the early stages of dementia or Alzheimer’s may not immediately qualify for CBAS services. A senior must need help with at least two ADLs. For more information about CBAS, click here.

Other Financial Assistance Programs in Modesto

California Paid Family Leave Act

Caregivers in Modesto have some financial assistance available when they need to take unpaid time off from work to care for a family member. Under the California Paid Family Leave act, resident caregivers may take up to six weeks of paid time off per year, with a maximum benefit of $1,252 per month or up to 70% of paid wages, whichever is less. To obtain this benefit, the caregiver must work for an employer that participates in State Disability Insurance. The family member that needs care must be seriously ill or injured and must be an immediate family member. Recipients may be asked to provide medical documentation for the injury or illness. It is important to note that employers are not required to hold the position open if an employee needs substantial time off under the California Paid Family Leave Act. For more information, click here.  

More Senior Living Resources in Modesto


Phone Number


Downey Terrace (209) 557-2000 This 11-unit senior community offers low-cost housing for seniors aged 62 and over. Rent is typically $520 per month and Section 8 is accepted. 
Tower Park (925) 924-7100 This 49-unit senior housing complex offers affordable housing to those who meet the income limits. Rent is typically between $265-586 with a maximum occupancy of two people per unit. There may be a waiting list for available units.
Relief for Energy Assistance through Community Help (REACH) (800) 933-9677 The REACH program offers one-time assistance in paying past due energy bills. The total grant amount is not to exceed $300 and most applicants can only apply once every 18 months. This program is designed to assist with temporary emergencies that may impact a senior’s ability to pay energy bills.
Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (209) 338-0004 Low-income residents in Modesto may qualify for an annual payment made to utility providers. Payment amounts vary, and seniors must earn no more than 130% of the Federal Poverty Level to qualify. Water and trash bill discounts may also be available.

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