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Page Reviewed / Updated – July 18, 2022

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Pasadena is a comparatively expensive place to live, with an overall cost of living that exceeds the national average by 89% and the state median by nearly 40%, but older adults have access to a range of programs and public benefits that help them afford living and long-term care costs. While living costs are high, health care in this region is generally affordable, with costs for services coming in about 15% below the national median, and local assisted living rates are consistent with California as a whole at $5,250 per month

This guide to assisted living in Pasadena provides information on how older adults pay for assisted living when retirement income isn’t enough to cover care. It also includes an overview of free resources that help older adults get the support and assistance they need and a list of the top assisted living facilities in the Pasadena region.  

The Cost of Assisted Living in Pasadena, CA

The 2021 Genworth Cost of Care Survey reports that assisted living residents in Pasadena pay $5,250 per month for care. 

Assisted living rates in Pasadena are consistent with the state average of $5,250, but costs exceed the national median of $4,500 by several hundred dollars. Those seeking more affordable care in California may consider researching facilities in Visalia, which has one of the lowest surveyed rates in the state at $3,450. In Hanford, care costs are closer to the national average but $900 less than Pasadena at $4,350. Pasadena is affordable compared to El Centro, where facilities charge $6,150 per month, and Santa Rosa, where residents pay $7,048. 

  • Pasadena: $5,250 
  • California: $5,250  
  • United States: $4,500  
  • El Centro: $6,150  
  • Visalia: $3,450  
  • Hanford: $4,350  
  • Santa Rosa: $7,048  

The Cost of Other Types of Care in Pasadena, CA  

Seniors seeking the most affordable long-term care option in Pasadena may consider adult day health care, which costs $1,652 per month for daytime services. Assisted living is costlier at $5,250 but includes most living expenses, helping older adults budget their retirement income. In-home care and specialized home health care each cost $5,911 per month, and nursing homes charge $9,125 per month for semiprivate rooms and $11,269 for private rooms.

  • In-Home Care: $5,911  
  • Home Health Care: $5,911  
  • Adult Day Health Care: $1,652  
  • Assisted Living Facility: $5,250  
  • Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room): $9,125  
  • Nursing Home Facility (private room): $11,269 

Note: Data for Pasadena was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Los Angeles, was used instead. 

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Pasadena, CA

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Other Ways To Pay for Assisted Living in Pasadena, CA

Since not everyone can afford to pay for assisted living out-of-pocket, it’s important to find alternative methods to help make assisted living more affordable. Some of these options include:

  • Veterans Benefits
  • Life Insurance Policy
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Reverse Mortgage

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

Free Resources for Seniors in Pasadena, CA

The Pasadena region is home to nonprofit agencies that provide services such as options counseling, Medicare assistance and legal advice, helping older adults make important decisions regarding their care. This table highlights the top resources for seniors in Pasadena.

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County of Los Angeles Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services  (888) 211-0644  WDACS is the Area Agency on Aging for Pasadena and the surrounding region, meaning it has programs and services to promote healthy aging for those aged 60 and over. Some services this agency provides include congregate meals, volunteer-based transportation services, information and referrals to support resources in the community and health insurance options counseling. It also has a long-term care ombudsman seniors can contact for help navigating issues related to assisted living.  
Pasadena Senior Center  (626) 795-4331  The Pasadena Senior Center is a nonprofit activity center where older adults participate in recreational activities, educational classes and special events throughout the year. The center provides prerecorded programs such as technology courses, exercise classes and meditation, along with in-person activities such as movie afternoons, club meetings and games. Members may also participate in Masters Series Lifelong Learning classes, cultural events and Cosmic Cocktail Hour.  
WISE & Healthy Aging 

(310) 394-9871 

WISE & Healthy Aging is a nonprofit social services organization nationally recognized for its programs and services for seniors. It houses the region’s long-term care ombudsman, who can help seniors in assisted living understand their rights and resolve issues regarding the quality of care they receive. The organization also provides peer counseling and low-cost transportation services. 
Center For Health Care Rights 

(800) 824-0780 

The Center for Health Care Rights is a nonprofit health advocacy organization that provides information and assistance with obtaining health insurance. Through this organization, seniors get one-on-one Medicare options counseling with advisers who help them understand their Original Medicare benefits and compare Medigap and Medicare Advantage Plans available in the Pasadena region. The organization can also screen for Medicaid eligibility.  
South Central Los Angeles Emerging Aging Disability Resource Connection  

(213) 627-0477 

The ADRC offers a single entry point into the services and programs available to seniors in Pasadena. Through this organization, older adults can connect with long-term care options counseling services, transportation, congregate meals and assistance with applying for public and veterans’ benefits.  

Rules and Regulations for Assisted Living Facilities in Pasadena, CA

Assisted Living Communities in Pasadena are required to follow a set of rules and regulations that are determined by the state. For an overview of those rules and regulations, see the information below. For more specific information, talk with your local community or Area Agency on Aging.

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The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Pasadena, CA

Fair Oaks by Regency Park

Centrally located just a few blocks south of the Huntington Hospital, Fair Oaks by Regency Park is a comfortable, personalized independent and assisted living community. The bright, spacious studio, one- and two-bedroom suites have balconies or patios and come furnished or unfurnished. Residents can join in the daily fitness classes, catch a movie at the in-house theater or relax in the spa and massage room. We featured Fair Oaks by Regency Park on our Pasadena top 10 ALF list because it ranks highly for resident care and safety.

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Bella Vista

Family-owned and operated, Bella Vista is an established, friendly assisted living facility that provides seniors with personalized care and support. Each room is equipped with an emergency call system, and there is a delayed egress system to reduce wandering among those with memory loss. Three nutritious meals are served daily plus morning, afternoon and evening snacks, and special diets are accommodated upon request. 

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Features
  • Close to the St. Vincent Health Care center
  • Regular field trips to local restaurants, shops and attractions

The Terraces at Park Marino

Situated just north of I-210 near the Angeles National Forest, the Terraces at Park Marino offers seniors thoughtfully-designed spaces and caring, compassionate support. There's a strong focus on community, and residents are encouraged to join in daily exercise classes, board games, summer BBQs and wine socials. Each private apartment features a barrier-free bathroom, kitchenette, and individual thermostat, and many offer stunning views of the San Gabriel Mountains. We included The Terrace at Park Marino on our Pasadena top 10 ALF list because this facility ranks highly for cleanliness and the wide variety of recreational activities. 

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Arbor Vista

Centrally located in the Normandie Heights neighborhood, Arbor Vista is a cozy, welcoming assisted living facility. Established in 1984, this family-owned and operated community provides seniors with 24-hour support and assistance in a safe, homelike environment. Three nutritious, freshly prepared meals are served daily along with three daily snacks, and meals can be customized to each resident's individual tastes and preferences. 

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Features
  • Delayed exit devices help reduce wandering
  • Comfortable common areas including a family-style living room

Villa Gardens

Villa Gardens is an innovative senior care community that offers independent and assisted living along with rehabilitation, skilled nursing and memory care. Companion animals are welcome, and there's a fenced off-leash dog park. Residents can join a variety of fun daily activities such as Taco Tuesday, happy hour with live music and day trips to local museums, concerts and wineries. The Metro Gold Line transit station is just a block away, and there's plenty of restaurants and shops in the area. We included Villa Gardens in this top 10 list because of its extensive activity calendar and great location. 

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Windsor

Located in a residential area near downtown Glendale, Windsor is a single-story community with beautifully landscaped grounds and a number of thoughtful amenities. This pet-friendly facility features an on-site convenience shop, coffee nook, billiards room and library, and daily activities include fitness classes, games and educational seminars. Transportation to appointments, shops and restaurants within a 15-mile radius is included, and staff is on-site 24 hours a day. 

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The Hearth

Owned and operated by faith-based Monte Vista Grove Homes, founded in 1924 by the Presbyterian Church, The Hearth is an assisted living facility open to all seniors. Private rooms feature en-suite bathrooms and individual climate controls, and the rooms are arranged around a communal living room to create a homelike feel. Residents can visit the MVGH Wellness Center, an indoor/outdoor space that's accessible to seniors with a wide range of physical and cognitive limitations. 

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Features
  • Community-wide medical alert system with wearable emergency pendant
  • Meals served family-style

Regency Park Astoria

Located close to the quaint shops of Old Town Pasadena, Regency Park Astoria is a modern assisted living and memory care community. There's a strong focus on health and safety, and caring, mature staff is available to provide comfort and support 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Assisted living residents can choose between furnished or unfurnished studio, deluxe studio and one-bedroom suites with en-suite bathrooms, and pet-friendly suites are available. 

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Features
  • Guided day trips to local museums, shops and restaurants
  • Daily fitness classes

Del Mar Park

Located in Pasadena's South Lake District next to Caltech, Del Mar Park offers seniors a charming, comfortable assisted living community that's close to shops, restaurants and health care services. The in-house wellness program provides residents with a personalized preventative health care plan, and there's an on-site hairdresser and manicurist. Scheduled transportation to local appointments and shopping centers is available, and caregivers are on-hand 24 hours a day. 

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Pasadena Highlands

Nestled along a quiet, palm-lined residential street in Pasadena's Brigden Ranch neighborhood, Pasadena Highlands is a boutique-style senior living community. Each studio, one- and two-bedroom suite features polished granite countertops, quality window coverings and a private balcony or patio. Pets are welcome, and community amenities include a modern fitness center, library, beauty shop and shady outdoor dining area. 

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Features
  • Daily scheduled transportation to local medical centers, shops and attractions
  • Close to the Methodist Hospital