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Nestled in the heart of the Coachella Valley about 14 miles east of Palm Springs, Palm Desert has long been an attractive retirement destination. The area has dozens of golf courses, exceptional shopping areas, year-round arts festivals and plenty of wide-open spaces.

Seniors who love dry, warm weather and sunshine will appreciate the fact that Palm Desert receives just five inches of rain and has about 269 sunny days each year. Of the city’s 53,275 full-time residents, 36% or about one in three, are seniors aged 65 and older. The city offers a number of programs and services geared toward older adults, many of which are held at The Joslyn Center, a multipurpose recreation center for adults aged 50 and over. 

According to Genworth Financial’s 2020 Cost of Care Survey, the average rate for assisted living in Palm Desert is $4,525 per month. Rates in Palm Desert are $475 below California’s statewide average of $5,000, making the area a great option for seniors looking for an affordable, sunny place to spend their retirement years. 

Note: Information for Palm Desert was not available, so data from the nearest city, San Diego, was used. 

Take a look at our list of the 10-best assisted living facilities in Palm Desert and the nearby areas to see if one is right for you or your loved one. 

Atria Hacienda

Located near multiple shopping centers, restaurants and services, Atria Hacienda offers independent and assisted living services as well as a dedicated memory care program. Residents enjoy a number of amenities, including a movie theater, full-service salon and spa, fitness center and town car service. There's also a putting green, outdoor pool and hot tub, and engaging social events organized by the full-time recreation coordinator.

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Atria Palm Desert

Atria Palm Desert is a vibrant, upscale senior living community designed to promote healthy aging. Palm Desert's Joslyn Center, a multipurpose senior's center and theater, is right across the street, and the boutiques and bistros of El Paseo Drive are nearby. Residents can stay connected with the community-wide Wi-Fi, enjoy healthy meals made with local ingredients, and stroll through the landscaped grounds on paved walking paths. Companion animals are welcome upon approval, and staff members are on-site 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We featured Atria Palm Desert on this 10-best list because of its handy location close to the senior center and shops, which makes it easy for residents to stay active.

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The Fountains at The Carlotta

The Fountains at The Carlotta is a spacious, resort-style senior living community that offers independent and assisted living services, as well as rehabilitation and skilled nursing care. The sprawling 20-acre gated campus sits just northeast of downtown, surrounded by golf courses and tree-lined residential streets. Residents enjoy gourmet meals, a well-equipped fitness center, two outdoor pools and stunning desert views. There's a community-wide call system that instantly connects to on-site staff, and scheduled transportation is provided to nearby medical centers, shops and places of worship.

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Legend Gardens

Renovated in 2017, Legend Gardens provides seniors with around-the-clock support in the heart of Palm Desert. Conveniently located across the street from the city's senior center in a quiet residential area, amenities include a large landscaped courtyard with putting green, a shady outdoor dining area and comfortable common rooms. Seniors with pets can choose one of the pet-friendly suites, and daily activities include yoga classes, outings to nearby shops and religious services.

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Rancho Mirage Terrace

Rancho Mirage Terrace is a large, multilevel senior living community. There are plenty of amenities for residents to enjoy, including a beautiful outdoor swimming pool and hot tub, a well-stocked library and safe, level walking paths. Healthy, freshly prepared meals are served restaurant-style, and small dogs and cats are welcome. Professional caregivers are always on-site, and the in-house medical alert system makes it easy for seniors to call for assistance at any time, day or night.

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Brookdale Mirage Inn

Situated near Eisenhower Health Hospital in beautiful Rancho Mirage, Brookdale Mirage Inn provides seniors with a safe, fun-filled environment that's designed to meet the needs of discerning retirees. The community offers numerous in-house amenities, including an arts and crafts studio, heated outdoor pool, coffee shop and pub. A concierge is available to assist with errands and appointments, and transportation to nearby medical services, shops and places of worship is provided. We included Brookdale Mirage Inn on this 10-best list due to the community's proximity to health care services, public transit and shops.

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Bayshore Rancho Mirage

Bayshore Rancho Mirage is a continuing care community that offers independent and assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing services. The five-acre campus features plenty of walking paths and beautifully-manicured gardens, and there's a relaxing heated outdoor pool and hot tub. Mobile physician, dental and foot care services are available, and daily life enrichment activities encourage residents to stay active. Eisenhower Hospital is right across the street, and the community is close to Highway 111 and I-10.

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Pacifica Senior Living Palm Springs

Situated just east of downtown Palm Springs, Pacifica Senior Living Palm Springs is a friendly, one-level assisted living and memory care community. Residents enjoy stimulating recreational programs and activities such as pet therapy, exercise classes and holiday celebrations. Seniors can choose between a spacious studio or one-bedroom suite, and some units are equipped with a small kitchen. Housekeeping staff make up each bed daily, and weekly linen and cleaning services are included.

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Stonewall Gardens

Seniors who identify as LGBT will feel right at home at Stonewall Gardens. This unique senior living community provides LGBT elders with a safe, supportive and comfortable environment where they're treated with dignity and respect. Situated close to Palm Spring's vibrant downtown district, this pet-friendly facility consists of 24 one-level apartments for up to 26 residents. Meals are served in the bistro-style dining room, which features a piano, modern artwork and a cozy fireplace. We featured Stonewall Gardens on this 10-best list because of the focus on providing quality care in a way that celebrates the lived experiences of LGBT residents.

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Windsor Court Assisted Living

Windsor Court Assisted Living is a long-standing senior living community that's known for having dedicated, compassionate staff. Located just a few blocks east of downtown Palm Springs, this facility features bright, spacious rooms equipped with emergency call systems, individual climate controls and complimentary cable television. Residents can relax by the outdoor pool, enjoy an ice cream float in the retro diner, or join in one of the many daily organized activities. We included Windsor Court Assisted Living on this 10-best list because this community offers seniors a fun, welcoming environment and a strong focus on personalized care.

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