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Page Reviewed / Updated – October 26, 2020

The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Northridge, CA

For retirees who want to be close to the action in California’s San Fernando Valley, living in Northridge is a great option. The home of California State University Northridge has an abundance of cultural experiences that keep seniors immersed in the local community. The Soraya at CSUN is recognized as the Valley’s center for performing arts, hosting a variety of live music, dance and theater events. Seniors can find an urban refuge at the CSUN Botanic Garden and volunteer for gardening duties, and those who value lifelong learning can sign up for CSUN Tseng College’s SAGE Learning in Retirement program.

Outside CSUN, The Museum of the San Fernando Valley conducts historic walking tours in nearby neighborhoods, while Northridge Fashion Center is a local shopping paradise. The Robert M. Wilkinson Multipurpose Senior Center welcomes Northridge residents aged 60 and older and offers case management services to eligible members. Northridge is also home to Dignity Health Northridge Hospital Medical Center, which is among the top hospitals in Los Angeles.

Note: Cost data wasn’t available for Northridge, so data for the nearest city, Los Angeles, was used instead. 

See our below top 10 list of assisted living facilities to find out which senior community in the Northridge area best suits your lifestyle. Additionally, find out more about the cost of assisted living in Northridge and what financial assistance programs are available.

Brookdale Northridge

As a continuing care retirement community, Brookdale Northridge benefits assisted living residents with smooth transitions to memory care and skilled nursing care. We recommend this facility to seniors who want to enjoy a worry-free lifestyle while aging in place. Its 6-acre campus features multiple park-like courtyards with walking paths and patio areas. Other welcoming common spaces include a game room, movie theater, library and salon. Residents can benefit from various activities, such as B-Fit exercises, Wii bowling, pet therapy, art classes and live entertainment. Brookdale Northridge is also conveniently close to Granada Village shopping center and Oakridge Estate park.

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  • Studio, one- and two-bedroom assisted living apartments
  • Optimum Life Cuisine menu choices with reduced sodium, fat and sugar

Brookdale Chatsworth

We added Brookdale Chatsworth in our list for its full calendar of activities that offer plenty of recreational and social opportunities for residents. This assisted living community is situated just a couple of blocks from Chatsworth Public Library and local shopping centers, and it has great views of the Santa Susana Mountains. Its courtyard and patio areas have raised gardening beds, and residents are welcome to use the pub, theater room, well-stocked library and full-service salon. In addition to various activities, such as B-Fit meditation and yoga, Wii bowling, acrylic painting and flower arranging, there are special interest groups, such as the poetry, coloring, bridge and book clubs.

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Brookdale North Tarzana

Brookdale North Tarzana is in an urban residential area off Ventura Freeway, located a few blocks from Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Medical Center and shopping and dining options on Ventura Boulevard. This pet-friendly assisted living community is among our top choices for its accessible location and comfortable homelike setting. Available accommodations include floor plans with private balconies or patios. The central courtyard has a garden fountain and covered sitting areas, while the theater room has a grand piano for live entertainment. Residents can take advantage of hair and nail services offered at the on-site salon.

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  • Activities include B-Fit exercises, music therapy, painting, happy hours and outings
  • Community-wide Wi-Fi access

Brookdale Gardens of Tarzana

Ideally situated in a mixed-use area off the Ventura Freeway, Brookdale Gardens of Tarzana keeps residents close to shopping centers on Ventura Boulevard and Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Medical Center. This assisted living community is on our top 10 list for its exciting activities that promote learning, creativity and an active lifestyle. Residents can join the scheduled Spanish classes, guitar and piano lessons, choir rehearsals and dance practices. They can freely access the facility’s fitness room, movie theater, full-service salon and two courtyards.

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  • Resident-led interest groups include the garden club, men’s club, book club, meditation club and debate team
  • Weekly outings to museums, musicals, theater performances and new movies

Cedars Assisted Living

The mission of Cedars Assisted Living is to provide a safe, supportive and enriching environment for seniors, which is why this facility is on our top 10 list. In addition to assistance with activities of daily living, residents benefit from wellness monitoring, medication management and scheduled transportation services. The facility has secured landscaped courtyards and garden areas, a piano lounge for live entertainment and an engaging activity area for games, puzzles, movies and crafting projects. Cedars Assisted Living also offers memory care and is conveniently located near Dignity Health Northridge Hospital.

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Pacifica Senior Living Northridge

Pacific Senior Living Northridge made our top 10 list due to its convenient location and beautiful homelike environment. This premier senior community is close to The Soraya, CSUN Orange Grove and Dignity Health Northridge Hospital. Its Heartland assisted living neighborhood consists of pet-friendly private rooms with ADA-compliant bathrooms. Inviting amenities include a fireside piano lobby, library, theater, billiards and piano room, secured courtyards and covered patio areas. Regular activities are made more interesting with a daily special theme, and they include morning exercises, story and poetry readings, painting and root beer float socials.

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  • Licensed nurse provide wellness checks and around-the-clock diabetic care
  • Three nutritious meals and two health snacks daily

The Village at NorthRidge

For discerning urban seniors who prefer an modern resort-like community, the Village at NorthRidge is our top recommendation. This SRG independent and assisted living community is a couple of blocks from Northridge Fashion Center. Its 5-acre campus has multiple gardens and patio areas, and its large main courtyard has a fire pit and pool area. Other upscale amenities include a fitness center, bistro, billiards room, internet cafe and cinema. For added convenience, there’s an on-site salon, spa and general store, and the family room features a play area for visiting grandchildren.

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  • Dine Your Way evolving menus and VIP service in the Prairie Grille restaurant
  • Mind, body and soul activities, including yoga, Rock Steady boxing, creative writing, art appreciation and live entertainment

Olive Branch Assisted Living

Olive Branch Assisted Living is a family-owned facility, and its among our top picks for its thoughtfully designed spaces that give a true sense of home. The spacious 25-acre campus features lush lawns, gardens and plenty of mature trees. The activity room features a piano for live music and a 72-inch HDTV for movies and sports games, while the well-stocked library carries a diverse catalog including New York Times' bestsellers for book club discussions. Other convenient amenities include a salon and snack area with vending machines. Residents enjoy various activities, such as morning exercises, arts and crafts, Wii games and mystery tours.

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Sunrise of Woodland Hills

The ideal location and flexible levels of care put Sunrise of Woodland Hills on our top 10 list. The facility is conveniently situated near the Ventura Freeway and close to Corbin Village shopping center and Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills Medical Center. In addition to assisted living and memory care, its Terrace Club care option supports residents with early-stage memory loss who are still able to function independently. The facility’s landscaped grounds feature gardens and walking paths connecting to spacious front porches and a large rear patio area. Residents enjoy various activities in the fireside library, cozy media room, recreation area and bistro.

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Sunrise of West Hills

We included Sunrise of West Hills on our list for its charming and sophisticated homelike environment. This 90-bed assisted living and memory care community features a cozy sunroom and welcoming front porches that provide relaxing garden and hillside views. The interior amenities have a warm ambiance, and they include multiple fireside lounges, a reflection room, a TV room and a bistro with a jukebox. Residents are offered various activities, such as aerobics, flower arranging, afternoon socials, outings and men’s club gatherings.

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  • Sunrise Signature Dining with vegetarian, low-sodium, low-fat and pureed diet options
  • Scheduled resident and family meetings

The Cost of Senior Living and Care in Northridge

Assisted living care in Northridge is relatively inexpensive compared to the state median and the average costs in California’s major cities. According to the Genworth 2018 Cost of Care Survey, the costs of home health care, adult day care and nursing home care are all lower in Northridge than in most places in California.

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

How much does Assisted Living Cost in Northridge?

The average monthly cost for assisted living in Northridge is $4,500, which is the same as the median cost for the entire state. Looking at nearby cities, Riverside is $1,000 less expensive at $3,500 per month, while even further inland, Bakersfield’s average assisted living costs are only $3,150 per month.

Compared to California’s large coastal cities, though, Northridge is on the inexpensive side. San Francisco’s average costs are $5,500 per month, as are San Jose’s. San Diego has similar costs to Northridge at $4,500 per month.

How much does Home Care Cost in Northridge?

Assuming 44 hours of care per week, home care costs in Northridge average $4,767 per month, which is almost $200 cheaper than the state median and is also less expensive than the average costs in many of California’s larger cities.

Both San Francisco and San Jose have average home care costs that are nearly $1,000 more per month than what Northridge residents pay. The average costs in San Diego and Sacramento, on the other hand, are the same as those in Northridge. Once again, the inland cities of Riverside, at $4,481 per month, and Bakersfield, at $4,385 per month, have some of the cheapest home care costs in the state.

How much does Adult Day Care Cost in Northridge?

At $1,565 a month, the average adult day care costs in Northridge are about $100 cheaper than the state minimum. Northridge also has less-expensive adult day care costs than most nearby cities as well as all of California’s major metropolitan areas.

The average monthly cost of adult day care in San Francisco, San Jose, Sacramento and San Diego are all more than $1,700 per month. Even the inland cities of Riverside and Bakersfield have costs that are around $100 per month higher than those in Northridge.

How much does Nursing Home Costs in Northridge?

At $7,604 a month, the cost of nursing home care in Northridge is much less expensive than the state median. It is also substantially cheaper than what residents pay in most of California’s major cities and in most nearby areas.

The median monthly cost of nursing home care in California is $8,365 per month, while residents of San Francisco and San Jose pay over $9,000 per month on average. San Diego and Sacramento both have average costs of $8,517 a month. Among both major and nearby cities, only Riverside and Bakersfield, both of which average between $7,500 and $7,600, have lower nursing home costs than Northridge.

Financial Assistance Programs in Northridge

Medicaid Program in Northridge

The Medi-Cal program for seniors helps the elderly in California pay for a host of services, including assisted living and other types of home care. Because Medi-Cal is an entitlement, all seniors who meet the program’s requirements are eligible to receive all of the services offered. There are also several Medicaid waivers available in California, but these are not entitlements, meaning they could be subject to enrollment caps and waiting periods.

To qualify for financial help with assisted living costs in California, a senior must meet certain income requirements. With an income below $1,012 for a single person or $1,372 for a married couple, a person can qualify for full assistance, meaning the program covers the total cost. Participants with higher incomes can receive partial assistance. The program also has asset caps of $2,000 for a single person and $3,000 for a married couple.

To apply for Medi-Cal, you can visit the program’s website or call (866) 613-3777.

Medicaid Waivers in Northridge

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

The Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waiver provides financial assistance to seniors receiving assisted living care either in their own home or at a facility or community. The purpose of the program is to allow seniors who would otherwise require care at a hospital or skilled nursing home facility to remain at home or in a traditional assisted living community. You can find out more by calling (213) 897-6774.

Assisted Living Waiver Program (ALWP)

The Assisted Living Waiver Program is available to eligible Northridge residents and covers services received in an approved assisted living facility or community. To qualify, you must have a demonstrated need for care, and you must meet Medi-Cal’s income and asset requirements.

Other Financial Assistance Programs in Northridge

In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS)

With the In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program, eligible participants receive financial help with assisted living care, and they are free to choose their own caregivers, which may include friends, relatives or loved ones. You must be at least 65 years old and eligible for Medi-Cal. You can apply for IHSS by calling (888) 944-4477.


The PACE program pays for long-term care services. Eligible seniors may receive these services in a facility or at home. You must be at least 55 years old and need assistance with at least one activity of daily living (ADL). ADLs include eating, bathing, dressing, toileting and transportation. Similar to Medi-Cal, the program is free if your income is below a certain threshold and has a partial cost if you make more.

PACE is part of Medi-Cal and therefore is an entitlement. If you qualify for benefits, you can receive them without being subject to a waiting period or enrollment cap. To apply or learn more, visit the program’s website.

Multi-Purpose Senior Services (MPSS) Program

The MPSS program provides free in-home care and other services at no cost for qualifying participants. You must be 65 years or older and need assistance with one or more ADLs. You can apply or learn more by calling (800) 510-2020 or visiting the program’s website.

Supportive Services Program

The Supportive Services Program pays for in-home care and other services and is available to Northridge residents who require assistance with one or more ADLs but do not meet the age requirements to sign up for MPSS. You can apply or learn more by calling (866) 563-7380

More Senior Living Resources in Northridge


Phone Number


Menorah Housing Foundation

(310) 477-1476 The Menorah Housing Foundation manages a large portfolio of affordable apartments for qualifying seniors in the Los Angeles region. To be eligible to live in one, you must make less than half the area’s median income and be at least 62 years old.
HandyWorker Program (213) 808-8803 This program provides up to $5,000 in home repairs for seniors in the Los Angeles area who have a demonstrated financial need. To qualify, you must be at least 62 years old and have a yearly income under $54,250 for a single person.
Southeast Area Social Service Funding Authority (562) 946-2237 The Southeast Area Social Service Funding Authority helps seniors who are homebound or struggling financially but do not qualify for Medi-Cal. The service offers help with home chores, enabling seniors to continue to live independently.
Retirement Housing Foundation (562) 257-5100 This organization operates apartment buildings and offers living spaces at below-market rent for qualifying seniors in the Los Angeles area.

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