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CITY Santa maria
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Santa Maria is one of the cheapest places to live in California. On the 100-point cost of living index, the city scores 119 compared to the statewide score of 150, indicating that residents spend less on living expenses. Housing is comparatively affordable in this city, but residents may also find affordable health care services, transportation and utilities. Assisted living rates in this city are consistent with the state median, with the Genworth 2021 Cost of Care Survey reporting that facilities in Santa Maria charge $5,300 per month for services. To help seniors with modest incomes to afford long-term residential care, California funds entitlement programs such as the Supplemental Security Income/State Supplementary Program

In addition to providing a list of the best assisted living facilities in Santa Maria, CA, this guide provides an overview of the cost of assisted living in Santa Maria, as well as average costs for other types of care. Additionally, find a list of free and low-cost services that provide seniors with a variety of assistance in their communities.

TThe Cost of Assisted Living in Santa Maria, CA

Assisted living facilities in Santa Maria charge $5,300 on average for services per month. While this is $800 higher than the national norm, it’s consistent with rates in California. Care costs in surveyed cities nearby range considerably. In Oxnard, rates are $450 higher than in Santa Maria at $5,750. Hanford figures are roughly $1,000 lower than in Santa Maria at $4,350. In Bakersfield and Visalia, care costs are among the lowest in the state with respective rates coming in nearly $2,000 less than in Santa Maria at $3,750 and $3,450.

  • Santa Maria: $5,300  
  • California: $5,250    
  • United States: $4,500    
  • Hanford: $4,350   
  • Bakersfield: $3,750   
  • Oxnard: $5,750   
  • Visalia: $3,450  

The Cost of Other Types of Care in Santa Maria, CA

Seniors in Santa Maria pay $5,300 for assisted living. This is about half the cost of a shared room in a nursing home and a third of the cost of a single-occupancy room. Assisted living is also a budget-friendly alternative to in-home care and home health care, which has rates that are about $1,400 higher than assisted living at $6,673. 

  • Assisted Living Facility: $5,300    
  • In-Home Care: $6,673    
  • Home Health Care: $6,673    
  • Adult Day Health Care: n/a   
  • Nursing Home Care (semiprivate room): $10,737    
  • Nursing Home Care (private room): $15,665 

Santa Maria Terrace 

The resident-tended gardens and landscaped grounds at Santa Maria Terrace provide friendly social space for residents when they are not enjoying one of the many scheduled activities or relaxing in their spacious studio apartments. The community offers luxury transportation to appointments and events, restaurant-style dining, a library with computers and a beauty salon. Monthly activities include bingo, poker, exercise classes, movie nights and group outings for shopping and sight-seeing trips. 

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Merrill Gardens

Merrill Gardens, with a campus-style setting, is close to shopping, dining, the Rancho Maria Public Golf Course, medical facilities and wineries. The facility offers beautiful walking paths and an outdoor swimming pool and spa to keep residents active and social. There are 242 studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments along with cottage homes. Anytime dining is available to accommodate residents' lifestyles. Services are tailored to individual needs. 

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The Oaks at Nipomo

The Oaks at Nipomo was designed to encourage lifelong learning and community involvement by providing activities to keep residents social and active, which is why it ranked in our top 9. Residents can join a variety of clubs such as ballroom dancing, poker and bird-watching groups or retire to their private studio, one-bedroom or two-bedroom apartments equipped with kitchenettes. The monthly cost includes all utilities except phone and cable. Community amenities include a full-time nurse, a game room, a theater and private dining. Along with a fitness and wellness center, residents can take advantage of the many classes offered from art to languages and travel. 

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  • Scheduled transportation to events and appointments
  • Studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments with kitchenettes

Fountain Square of Lompoc

Residents at Fountain Square can enjoy a wide variety of activities such as group walks, bingo, board games and movie nights. Private one and two-bedroom apartments are available. The amenities include restaurant-style dining, a rooftop patio and spacious common areas to encourage socializing. 

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  • Snacks and beverage service throughout the day
  • Private and semi-private studios available 

Wyndham Residence

Watercolor classes, poetry groups, card games and musical entertainment are just a few of the many activities to choose from at Wyndham Residence. Residents can also engage in a lively game of horseshoes or ring toss, participate in a stretchercise class or enjoy scenic drives and special excursions in the wheelchair-equipped Wyndham van. The resort-like setting includes a well-stocked library, TV lounge and fitness center. One-bedroom and two-bedroom apartment options are available, each with a programmable thermostat and emergency call response system for safety and security. Three daily meals are included in the monthly fee, and fresh fruit and snacks are available throughout the day. 

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Mydor's Open Guest Home, Inc.

Located in quiet residential areas in the Santa Maria Valley, Mydor's Open Guest Home, Inc. provides assisted living care in four different homes. Each facility is nonmedical and has 24-hour care and supervision for the residents. A mixture of private and semi-private rooms are available, all located on ground floors with handicap access. Transportation to appointments, three nutritious daily meals and planned activities such as trips to the beach are included.

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  • Facilities all located within one mile of Marian Medical Hospital
  • House cleaning and laundry service provided

AAA Kindness

Nestled in the foothills of Santa Maria, AAA Kindness has a cozy country feel. The 20-acre facility has only 23 bedrooms so there are plenty of wide-open spaces and opportunities to enjoy the beautiful panoramic scenery. The huge stone fireplace and raftered ceiling in the living room help create the warmth that the outside beauty inspires. Residents can enjoy leisurely walks and gardening in the raised vegetable plots along with many organized daily activities. All private and semi-private bedrooms are equipped with satellite television, phone lines and large handicap-accessible showers. 

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  • Grounds are fully monitored by a security system and gates
  • Healthy meals and snacks are provided 

Casa Rosa Living

Casa Rosa is a rural gated facility located just minutes from the Arroyo Grande Community Hospital. Some of the 15 private and semi-private rooms have scenic ocean views, while a fully monitored security system keeps residents safe on the facility grounds. Spacious common areas, family-style living rooms, an outdoor billiards table and a large patio lend themselves to a cozy lifestyle. Residents can enjoy movie nights, music, gardening and trips to the beach. 

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Bella Vita Senior Living

For seniors looking for a coastal lifestyle, Bella Vita Senior Living provides one. The property has scenic mountain and ocean views that can be enjoyed while strolling on the beautiful grounds, which are complete with many resting spots. Along with a multitude of scheduled activities at the complex, outings to the beach, local shops, restaurants and parks are frequent. 

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  • Physician and podiatrist house calls provided
  • American and European cuisine