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The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Orange, CA

Situated in Orange County, California, Orange offers a combination of small-town friendliness and charm with quick access to big-city amenities in nearby Los Angeles, located just 31 miles away. Orange is also close to Disneyland Park in the neighboring community of Anaheim

Orange’s vibrant Old Town District features an abundance of boutique shopping, innovative dining and entertainment possibilities. Many of the homes in Old Town were built before 1920, and unlike other communities in the area, Orange decided to preserve these structures rather than tear them down to make room for new construction. Orange offers a pleasant climate, with typical summer highs in the 80s and average midwinter lows in the 40s. 

Note: Information for Orange was not available, so cost data for the Riverside area was used.

Check out our list of Top 10 assisted living facilities in Orange, CA, and see if there’s one that’s just right for you. Additionally, find out more about the cost of assisted living in Orange and what financial assistance programs are available.

Kirkwood Orange

Conveniently located in a peaceful residential neighborhood just 3 miles from historic downtown Orange, Kirkwood Orange ranks high for its attentive, caring staff, the overall cleanliness of the common areas and the quality of the food. Residents of this pet-friendly community enjoy a 1950s-style ice cream parlor, a coffee shop, inviting outdoor patios and courtyards, a library and a TV room. Meal options include restaurant-style dining and room service, and the apartments are equipped with kitchenettes. Studio and one-bedroom apartments are available, as well as companion suites. This community also offers an on-site beauty/barbershop, a security gate and customized wellness and enrichment programs. 

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Park Plaza

Park Plaza is situated in a walkable neighborhood, in close proximity to charming downtown Orange and just three blocks from the Orange Senior Center. The facility offers an upbeat, resort-like ambiance and spacious studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments. The outdoor living space is landscaped with lush vegetation and plenty of comfortable seating options. Residents have access to an on-site fitness center, a heated swimming pool, TV room and transportation services. Other features include elegant interior common spaces and gourmet-quality dining. 

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Oakmont of Orange

Oakmont of Orange provides luxury retirement living on a lush campus near Orange City Square and the Riverview Golf Course. The facility offers fine dining as well as a bistro for casual fare, and residents can also use the on-site catering option for private celebrations. Studio, one- and two-bedroom floor plans are available. Outdoor amenities at this pet-friendly community include flower and vegetable gardens, walking paths and a pet park. The movie theater with comfortable seating earns high praise from residents, along with the full-size fitness center.

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Brookdale Brookhurst

Brookdale Brookhurst offers a peaceful setting near Miles Square Regional Park with easy access to U.S. Interstate 405. Housing options at this pet-friendly community include studio and one-bedroom apartments. Amenities include an on-site library, salon and barbershop and activities such as Zumba classes, Bible studies and Saturday night movies with popcorn. The light-filled dining room serves restaurant-style meals, and residents also have the option of preparing meals and snacks in their in-room kitchenettes. Residents can also take part in bingo and other games, book clubs, group outings and arts and crafts classes. 

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Brookdale Garden Grove

Brookdale Garden Grove is situated in a quiet residential neighborhood within a few blocks of Interstate 405. Each room is equipped with internet and cable. On-site amenities include a library, a fitness room, a salon and barbershop, a general store and a TV room. This pet-friendly community offers studio and one-bedroom apartments with abundant natural light and plenty of closet space. Resident parking is also provided.

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The Groves of Tustin

Staff at The Groves of Tustin create custom-tailored personal care plans for residents, designed to provide them with a high quality of life. Small pets are allowed, and this community puts an emphasis on group outings to local attractions and events. The Groves of Tustin earned its place on our Top 10 list primarily because of its innovative cuisine. The on-site chef's garden provides fresh, in-season herbs and vegetables, and the kitchen is big on providing locally sourced, farm-to-table fare prepared with a classic California flair. 

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Sunrise of Yorba Linda

Conveniently situated across the street from the Yorba Linda Town Center and next door to the Yorba Linda Library and Cultural Center, Sunrise of Yorba Linda features pet-friendly studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments. Companion suites are also available. On-site amenities include a salon and garden and patio spaces, and residents can take part in various activities, including exercise classes, nature walks and a variety of classes and events. 

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Brookdale Nohl Ranch

Brookdale Rohl Ranch sits on 3 acres in the city of Anaheim and has its own dog park, making it a favorite for active seniors who want to live with their furry friends. Studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments are available, and residents can choose between sharing meals with friends in the dining room, requesting room service and preparing a meal in their own kitchenette. Overnight guests are welcome, and all apartments have internet and cable. The well-tended, attractive grounds contribute to this community's resort-like ambiance. Activities include tai chi, computer and cooking classes, various games and lectures and discussions. There is also an on-site fitness room and a salon/barbershop. 

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Citrus Hills Senior Living

Residents of Citrus Hills Senior Living have easy access to the vibrant downtown area of Orange. Accommodations at this pet-friendly community include studio apartments and companion suites. On-site amenities include a library, a beauty salon/barbershop and garden and patio areas. The light-filled dining room is a favorite with residents and guests, and party space is available for celebrations. Residents have the opportunity to participate in the facility's Culinary Corner program, where they meet with the chef to discuss the foods they would like to see on upcoming menus. 

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Town & Country Manor

Town & Country Manor is a not-for-profit, faith-based senior living community with studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments. Situated in a vibrant, walkable neighborhood with an array of shopping, dining and entertainment options, this community has a welcoming atmosphere, good food and spacious common areas, including a large patio garden. Small pets are welcome, and the facility has a computer room, an on-site salon and barbershop for residents' convenience. The on-site golf course, walking trails and reflecting pool with its fountain and waterfall encourage seniors to spend time outdoors.

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The Cost of Senior Living and Care in Orange

Senior living in Orange is generally less expensive than it is in the rest of California, according to the 2018 Genworth Cost of Care survey. Assisted living in Orange, for example, costs an average of $3,500, while the same level of care costs $4,500 across the rest of the state of California. Home care costs are likewise more affordable in Orange , where costs average $4,481 per month than the California state average of $4,957.

Adult day care in Orange costs an average of $1,668 per month for seniors and their caregivers, while the same services in the rest of California cost an average of $1,679. Nursing home care is one of the more expensive levels of care seniors in California can opt for. The cost of a semi-private room in the average California city is $8,365, while costs in Orange average $7,559 per month for the same care.

Note: Senior care cost data wasn’t available for Orange, so the data for the closest city, Riverside, was used.

How much does Assisted Living Cost in Orange?

Assisted living in California costs an average of $4,500 per month. The same level of care in Orange is $1,000 less expensive, at $3,500 per month. Los Angeles and San Diego are in line with the state average, with both reporting $4,500 per month for assisted living, while Stockton matches Orange at $3,500 per month. Chico is intermediate between these cities, with an average monthly cost for assisted living of $4,000.

San Jose and San Francisco report monthly costs at the high end for assisted living in California. Assisted living in both cities averages $5,500 a month, which is $1,000 a month more than the state average and a full $2,000 a month higher than Orange. Bakersfield has the lowest average cost of assisted living among surveyed cities in California. This level of care in Bakersfield costs just $3,150 a month.

How much does Home Care Cost in Orange?

Home care in California costs an average of $4,957 per month. This is over $500 a month higher than the average cost of home care in Orange, where care costs $4,481 per month. Prices for home care in other California cities cluster around the middle of this price range. Los Angeles and San Diego, for example, average $4,767 a month. Stockton is very close to these costs, at $4,957 per month for home care.

Bakersfield is an outlier on the low end of home care costs in California. Prices in Bakersfield average $4,385 per month, while Chico reports an average home care cost of $4,433. At the high end, San Francisco averages $5,625 per month for home care, while San Jose leads the state at $5,720.

How much does Adult Day Care Cost in Orange?

Adult day care costs an average of $1,679 per month in California. The city of Orange reports costs that are very close to the state average, at $1,668 per month for adult day care. Most surveyed cities in California hew close to these prices, with very little deviation from the median on either side. Bakersfield and Stockton, for example, report average costs of $1,653 and $1,679, respectively.

California cities that range further out from the state average include, on the high end, San Jose and San Francisco, where prices for adult day care average $1,993 and $1,733, respectively. San Diego matches San Francisco at $1,733 per month. Chico is at the high end of the cost spectrum, at $2,134 a month, while the city of Los Angeles reports some of the lowest costs in the state, at $1,565.

How much does Nursing Home Costs in Orange?

Nursing home care tends to cost more than most other levels of care in the state of California. Across the state, nursing care costs average $8,365 a month for a semi-private room. The same level of care in Orange costs significantly less, at $7,559 a month. Bakersfield is close to Orange ‘s average cost, reporting an average cost of $7,513 per month for nursing home care. Los Angeles is not much more expensive than these cities, at $7,604 a month.

Several California cities are significantly more expensive than Orange. Nursing home care in Stockton costs $8,173 per month, while San Diego averages $8,517 a month for care. Chico is in the same range, with an average cost of care of $8,456 a month. San Jose and San Francisco are among the most expensive cities in the state, with average costs of $9,125 and $9,148 a month, respectively.

Financial Assistance Programs in Orange

Medicaid Program in Orange

In the state of California, the Medicaid program is known as Medi-Cal. This program is administered as an entitlement, which means all qualifying applicants can sign up and receive benefits without enrollment caps or waiting lists. 

Medi-Cal delivers care through a network of health insurance providers throughout the state, such as Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Kaiser Permanente. These providers structure their Medi-Cal services as either HMO or PPO plans, which are open to seniors in Orange who meet program requirements. The details of these plans vary somewhat, but all cover the cost of preventive care and both urgent and emergency care. All Medi-Cal plans in California allow for certain additional costs, such as specialist care and second opinions. Residential care is also a commonly covered benefit for California’s Medi-Cal recipients, though details of coverage vary. 

Seniors in Orange who would like to sign up for a Medi-Cal managed care plan must be U.S. citizens or legal residents, residents of the state of California and either demonstrate a disability or medical need for coverage or provide proof of age for seniors age 62 and over. Applicants who lack secure housing do not necessarily have to provide proof of residence during the Medi-Cal intake process, though some form of mailing address is generally helpful when signing up.

In addition to the demographic requirements for Medi-Cal, applicants must meet certain income limits. These are based on the Federal Benefit Rate (FBR), which determines financial eligibility for multiple means-tested entitlement programs. In California, seniors qualify for needs-based coverage if they earn less than 138% of the federal poverty line. The exact dollar amount is adjusted upward every two years, but in 2018 the maximum allowable income from all sources is $16,395 a year for single applicants applying for themselves. Married couples have a higher ceiling, at $22,108 a month. For each additional adult member of the household, an extra $5,741 a year, regardless of whether the adult is also applying for benefits.

Seniors in Orange who earn more than these limits may still be eligible for Medi-Cal coverage. Applicants who earn between 138% and 300% of the FBR can still qualify for coverage with a copay and/or a share of cost that shifts some of the price of healthcare to the recipient. Details of these charges can get complicated, and only a Medi-Cal intake worker or certified senior consultant can provide a definitive benefit and cost quote.

Direct support is available to seniors in Orange through Medi-Cal’s In-Home Support Services (IHSS) program. This program pays the direct cost of an in-home caregiver for seniors who wish to remain in their own homes. Qualifying seniors can sign up for the program, and after a home inspection, a program worker authorizes an allotment of billable hours per month. Seniors can then hire registered caregivers, who may be spouses, family and friends of theirs, and authorize payment from the program for services delivered during the month. IHSS benefits are delivered this way to maximize seniors’ control over how care is delivered.

Applications for Medi-Cal are accepted year-round, though enrollment in managed care plans is only open during the annual open enrollment period. Applications can be submitted by benefits specialists at residential care facilities and hospitals, as well as by the applicants themselves in person or online through the Covered California website.

Medicaid Waivers in Orange

Assisted Living Waiver Program (ALWP)

Medi-Cal’s Assisted Living Waiver Program (ALWP) is a cost-saving program that encourages seniors who qualify for nursing home care to opt for assisted living instead. The waiver pays directly toward the monthly cost of care for qualifying seniors, but it does not cover any of the cost of a personal caregiver or physical therapist. 

Seniors can apply for an ALWP waiver through the benefits coordinator at their residential care facility. Alternatively, seniors in Orange can apply for a waiver directly from a Medi-Cal worker, or through the Medi-Cal website. Benefits are restricted to participating assisted living facilities in just 15 California counties, of which Orange is one.

Multipurpose Senior Services Waiver

Seniors in Orange who qualify for an ALWP waiver may also qualify for a Multipurpose Senior Services Program (MSSP) waiver. This waiver operates much like the ALWP, but it covers many of the costs seniors need to pay to safely remain at home. Benefits can be provided for seniors who live in their own homes, the homes of family members or other private residence. Applications can be submitted through a Medi-Cal worker. Covered benefits include:

  • In-home caregivers
  • In-home or remote location adult day care and respite care services
  • Minor home repairs and improvements, such as the installation of ramps and guard rails
  • In-home supervision for seniors with dementia
  • Meal service, both home delivered and meals served in community facilities
  • Help with household chores
  • Transportation and ride service for mobility-impaired seniors
  • Money management and financial advice for seniors
  • Benefits advice and care coordination by experienced case managers
  • Personal Emergency Response System (PERS) devices
  • Translation and interpretation services

Home and Community-Based Alternatives (HCBA) Waiver

Seniors in Orange can get help from the Home and Community-Based Alternatives (HCBA) waiver when they’re moving out of residential care and back into their own homes. Meant for seniors who are leaving residential care, this waiver combines the benefits of several older programs to pay some of the costs of moving and getting resettled back at home, including some caregiver benefits and both durable and disposable medical supplies. Applications may be submitted at the time of discharge by residential care benefits coordinators.

Community-Based Adult Services (CBAS)

Community Based Adult Services (CBAS) waivers help cover the cost of adult day care for seniors in Orange. Funds are delivered directly from Medi-Cal, and can be applied for through a Medi-Cal worker. Benefits of the program include supervision for seniors who need constant attendance, some meal service, including delivery at home, and physical and mental therapy, which may be delivered at a facility or in the seniors’ own home.

Other Financial Assistance Programs in Orange

Paid Family Leave 

California’s Paid Family Leave Act allows immediate family members of disabled seniors to take up to six weeks off from work to care for their senior loved ones. Benefits are paid through the state’s Employment Development Department (EDD), which also administers the state’s unemployment and student aid programs. Applications can be made by phone to the EDD intake staff. Medical documentation of need is usually required for final approval of leave.

More Senior Living Resources in Orange

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Community Development Department (714) 744-7220 The City of Orange administers the federal Section 8 housing voucher program through its Community Development Department. This department also plans for land use issues and fair housing enforcement that can help seniors in Orange find affordable rental housing. Applications for Section 8 are accepted as funds are available, and most new applicants go onto a waiting list. Applications can be made directly through the department by phone or in person.
Orange Community Services (855) 886-5400 Orange Community Services reports on current openings for low-income housing in 18 cities in Orange. Seniors and veterans can get direct referrals from the program to find affordable rental housing without a waiting list. Seniors can apply through their benefits social worker or at the leasing office of a participating property.
Community Action Partnership of Orange (714) 839-6199 Community Action Partnership of Orange helps seniors get signed up for California’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). This program reduces the cost of home utility service by up to 50% for seniors in Orange who meet the income requirements. Applications can be made online, by phone or in person at a county benefit office.
ReadyOC (714) 663-8188 ReadyOC helps seniors get their homes prepped for potential natural disasters, such as earthquakes, fire and flood. Some minor home modifications are paid for by the program to improve safety. Seniors can apply over the phone.


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