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Page Reviewed / Updated – November 18, 2020

The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Stockton, CA

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Seniors who appreciate a healthy outdoor lifestyle with plenty of sunny summer days, minimal precipitation and mild winters will find the California Central Valley community of Stockton a pleasant place to retire. Situated in the heart of California’s San Joaquin Valley, Stockton offers residents fresh produce all year round. The area around Stockton has a thriving wine industry, providing plenty of opportunities for wine lovers to visit local tasting rooms and vineyards. There are also 21 golf courses in and around Stockton, and mild winter temperatures make it possible for golf enthusiasts to tee off nearly 365 days a year, although they may need to dress warmly in January and February and get an early start in July and August to avoid the midday heat. The most pleasant months to enjoy outdoor activities in Stockton are April, May and October. 

Check out our top 10 assisted living communities in Stockton to see if any meet your personal needs and preferences. Additionally, find out more about the cost of assisted living in Stockton and what financial assistance programs are available.

Oakmont of Brookside

Oakmont of Brookside is a pet-friendly facility featuring studio and one-bedroom apartments. Each unit is equipped with a kitchen or kitchenette so residents may prepare snacks and meals. They also have the option of ordering room service or joining others for a communal meal in the restaurant-style dining room. A private dining room and party space is available for residents to host celebrations with friends and family. Scheduled transportation is provided to local shopping, entertainment and medical venues. 

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The Commons on Thornton

We included The Commons on Thornton on our top 10 list because of its state-of-the-art fitness center where residents can participate in a variety of exercise and wellness classes and work with a personal trainer on a one-on-one basis. This pet-friendly facility also earns high marks for its spacious and elegant living accommodations. Each unit is equipped with its own kitchen, plenty of storage space and 9-foot ceilings. Residents can enjoy anytime dining in the on-site bistro, and the restaurant-style dining room serves three delicious meals a day.

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Camlu Assisted Living

This facility's beautifully landscaped grounds make it a good choice for retirees who enjoy spending time outdoors. There's a gazebo on the grounds that's ideal for small gatherings of friends and family, spending solo time with a good book or just listening to the birds sing while enjoying the lush landscaping, memorial rose garden and sparkling water fountain. Camlu Assisted Living has studio and one-bedroom apartments as well as companion suites. Pets are not accommodated here, which makes it a good choice for those who suffer from allergies to animals.

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Rio Las Palmas

Apartment options at this facility include studio, one- and two-bedroom pet-friendly units equipped with kitchens or kitchenettes. All units have in-room cable, Wi-Fi and emergency call systems. On-site amenities include a salon and barbershop, a computer room and a fitness room. Besides a full-service restaurant-style dining room, there's an on-site coffee shop where residents can enjoy snacks and beverages. The activity menu includes tai chi, arts and crafts, gardening and a variety of card and board games. 

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O'Connor Woods

One of the reasons O'Connor Woods earned a place on our top 10 list is its beautiful setting under stately old oak trees. The well-landscaped grounds provide plenty of comfortable seating areas where residents can enjoy the fresh air and sunshine and trails where they can exercise their pets. There's an on-site spa, pool, library, computer room and fitness room, and happy hours, classes and communal meals provide plenty of opportunities to socialize.  Living options at O'Connor Woods include studio, one- and two-bedroom units and single detached cottages.

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The Oaks at Inglewood

This facility has a resident capacity of 76, making it a good choice for those seeking the benefits of living in a smaller community. Residents can participate in book clubs, join a tai chi group, work out in the fitness room alone or take a scheduled exercise class. There are studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments, and all units are pet-friendly and equipped with in-room cable and kitchens or kitchenettes. Residents can receive relaxing treatments at the on-site spa, have their hair done a

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Plymouth Square

With a resident capacity of only 38, Plymouth Square is the smallest assisted living community on our list and is ideal for those looking for a more intimate living experience. Spacious pet-friendly studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments are available, and each unit is equipped with a kitchen or kitchenette and individual temperatures controls, and some have private balconies. Other amenities include 24-hour security, an on-site beauty salon and an outdoor garden and patio area. A variety of languages are spoken here, including Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai and Jordanian. 

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Wagner Heights Residential

Wagner Heights Residential has a resident capacity of 80 and offers studio apartments. There's a beauty salon, a game room, a fitness room and a separate area for watching television and movies. Resident transportation to appointments and shopping is available as well as planned outings to local events and attractions. This facility doesn't allow pets. The professional culinary staff happily accommodates individual dietary needs and preferences. 

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Cogir of Manteca Senior Living

Situated near Yosemite National Park in the midst of California wine country and within a short drive of San Francisco, Cogir of Manteca Senior Living is ideal for those seeking assisted living in a vibrant community. Residents enjoy a variety of group outings designed to get the most out of the fabulous location. Outings include trips to local wine tasting rooms and wineries, local casinos, restaurants and nearby shopping and entertainment centers. Residents also receive complimentary transportation to medical appointments. The on-site activity calendar at this facility is packed with opportunities to participate in fitness classes, create an arts and crafts project or enjoy playing a board game with friends. 

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  • Daily happy hour with live entertainment
  • Outdoor courtyard and walking paths

Prestige Senior Living at Manteca

Prestige Senior Living at Manteca offers residents a well-rounded roster of activities that includes yoga, arts and crafts, computer classes, book clubs and gardening. Residents also have access to an on-site beauty salon/barbershop, a general store and a computer room. Besides a dining room with restaurant-style table service, there's a coffee shop and a party space for personal festivities. Guests are welcome at mealtimes and to stay overnight, and guest parking spaces are available. This pet-friendly facility has studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments. 

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The Cost of Senior Living and Care in Stockton

Senior living costs in Stockton are generally at or slightly below the average cost for similar care in the state of California, according to the 2018 Genworth Cost of Care Survey. Costs for both senior home care and adult day care, for example, are the same in Stockton as they are in California at large, $4,957 and $1,679 a month, respectively. Where Stockton’s prices differ from the state, they tend to be somewhat lower, as they are for both assisted living and nursing home care.

How much does Assisted Living Cost in Stockton?

Seniors in Stockton pay an average monthly cost of $3,500 for assisted living. This is fully $1,000 less than the state average cost of $4,500 a month, and it’s exactly $2,000 a month behind the highest reported monthly cost in the state, San Francisco at $5,500.

Los Angeles and San Diego report assisted living costs in line with the state, at $4,500 a month for each of them, while only Bakersfield, at $3,150 a month, reports a lower cost for assisted living than Stockton.

How much does Home Care Cost in Stockton?

Home care in Stockton costs an average of $4,957 a month. This is in line with what seniors pay in California generally. Stockton and the state average are somewhat higher than many other California cities report. Sacramento seniors, for example, pay an average of $4,767 a month for home care, as do seniors in Los Angeles and San Diego.

Chico and Bakersfield report some of the lowest costs among surveyed California cities, with monthly prices of $4,433 and $4,385, respectively. San Francisco leads the list with the highest home care costs, which at $5,625 a month are $668 higher than Stockton.

How much does Adult Day Care Cost in Stockton?

Adult day care costs Stockton seniors an average of $1,679 a month. This is also the exact price reported for California seniors on average, and it’s only slightly higher than the $1,653 seniors pay for adult day care in Bakersfield.

Sacramento, San Francisco and San Diego seniors all pay more than in Stockton, at $1,733 in each of the three cities, while seniors in Chico pay an average of $2,134, the highest surveyed. Only Los Angeles reports adult day care costs significantly lower than Stockton. Seniors there pay just $1,565 a month for care.

How much does Nursing Home Costs in Stockton?

Nursing home care costs an average of $8,173 in Stockton. This is almost $200 a month less than California’s average monthly cost of $8,365 for a semi-private room. Most other cities in California report higher monthly costs for nursing home care than Stockton does, with San Francisco topping the list at $9,148 a month. Los Angeles and Bakersfield both have somewhat lower costs than Stockton. Seniors in those two cities pay average costs of $7,604 and $7,513 a month, respectively.

Financial Assistance Programs in Stockton

Medicaid Program in Stockton

Seniors in Stockton who earn less than the program limits can qualify for Medicaid to help them pay some of the costs of residential senior care. Medicaid, which in California is known as Medi-Cal, pays for basic and emergency healthcare, as well as some prescription drugs and the cost of medically oriented residential care. 

Seniors can apply for Medi-Cal in person or by phone through a San Joaquin County Health and Human Services office. They can also browse through compatible coverage and sign up for a plan online through the Covered California website.

To qualify for Medi-Cal, seniors in Stockton must be citizens or legal residents of the United States and reside in the state of California. Income limits also apply that are based on the federal poverty line. To be eligible, seniors must earn less than 138% of this guideline, or $16,395 a year for individual seniors applying alone. Married seniors can earn up to $22,108 a year to qualify for no-cost coverage. Additional adults in the household raise the allowable income limit from all sources combined by $5,741 a year, whether the other household members are applying for coverage or not. Seniors who earn more than 138% of the poverty line, but still make less than 300% of the limit, may still be able to receive Medi-Cal coverage, though they may have to pay a share of cost.

Some seniors are able to get approval for Medi-Cal sooner than usual if they are able to show prior acceptance into one of California’s other entitlement programs. These means-tested programs use many of the same or similar criteria to determine eligibility, and in California, some of them use the same application form. Acceptance into these programs can be taken as evidence of eligibility for Medi-Cal and benefits can be activated before the full approval process is complete. Compatible programs include:

  • CalFresh, the state’s SNAP or food stamp program
  • WIC
  • TANF, also called cash aid or welfare
  • Section 8 housing support
  • Residence in public housing

Medicaid Waivers in Stockton

Assisted Living Waiver Program (ALWP)

Seniors in Stockton may be able to pay the monthly cost of assisted living with help through the Assisted Living Waiver Program (ALWP). This waiver program is for seniors who would otherwise qualify for Medi-Cal funding of skilled nursing home placement, but who choose to waive that level of care for assisted living instead. Seniors can apply for an ALWP voucher through the benefits specialist at the participating assisted living facility where they reside.

Multipurpose Senior Services Waiver

Stockton seniors who waive placement in an assisted living facility can pay for many of the costs of living independently at home through the Multipurpose Senior Services Program (MSSP). This voucher covers several costs stay-at-home seniors can sometimes struggle with, especially for the professional help they need to remain independent. Applications are approved by a Medi-Cal caseworker, and they may be submitted by the discharge planner at a residential care facility the senior is leaving. Benefits covered by the MSSP include:

  • Professional guidance from a case manager who can help seniors find and apply for benefits they may be eligible for
  • Financial advice focused on senior needs from a certified senior financial adviser
  • Caregiver assistance in the home or at a local facility
  • Help with household chores
  • Adult day care in the home or at a facility
  • Respite care at home or in a local facility
  • Protective supervision in the home for seniors with limited ability to be alone
  • Personal Emergency Response System (PERS) hardware for rapid emergency calling
  • Meal service to the senior’s home or served in a communal setting
  • Public transportation vouchers, including help paying for and booking a disabled ride and non-emergency medical transportation in a reasonable radius’
  • Minor home repairs and upgrades
  • Certified translation and interpreter services

Home and Community-Based Alternatives (HCBA) Waiver

For seniors who choose to remain in their own homes, or who move in with family or friends, the Home and Community-Based Alternatives (HCBA) waiver can help pay for many of the costs of necessary care. Seniors can apply directly for an HCBA waiver through their Medi-Cal caseworker, or they can request an application be submitted at or near the time of discharge from a residential care facility.

Community-Based Adult Services (CBAS)

The Community Based Adult Services (CBAS) waiver program helps Stockton seniors pay many of the miscellaneous costs they face when living on their own. After approval by their Medi-Cal caseworker, seniors can use the CBAS benefit for many reasonable expenses related to their care, including:

  • Meal delivery to the home
  • Adult day care
  • Physical therapy
  • Mental health care related to dementia
  • Social events planned by CBAS workers and put on at no cost to seniors

Other Financial Assistance Programs in Stockton

In-Home Support Services (IHSS)

Seniors who wish to remain independent, but who need some help to get by at home, can apply for California’s In-Home Support Services (IHSS) program. This program pays the cost of a caregiver, who can visit with the senior in their home and help them with routine activities and chores, as well as limited transportation assistance. Approved seniors are allocated a set number of hours a month that can be paid through the program, and caregivers’ hours must be signed off on by the senior every two weeks to authorize payment.

Caregivers can be anyone the senior chooses, though they must have a clean background history and maintain CPR certification. Seniors can designate spouses, family members and friends as caregivers, though all new caregivers must attend a brief training session at IHSS offices. Applications for IHSS go through a Medi-Cal caseworker.

Paid Family Leave

Immediate family members of seniors may be able to take paid time off from their jobs to care for their senior loved one through California’s Paid Family Leave Act (PFLA). PFLA funds are deducted from workers’ paychecks over an extended period of time, and then they are made available as a supplement when a worker needs to take up to six weeks of leave from a job to care for a loved one.

Applications must go through the Employment Development Department (EDD), which may conduct a phone interview and require documentation of both medical need and the family relationship before approving the bi-monthly check. Funds may be spent on anything, though the exact benefit amount is determined by work history and the worker’s average wages over a three-year look-back period.

More Senior Living Resources in Stockton


Phone Number


City of Stockton Housing Division (209) 937-8539 The city of Stockton administers the federal Section 8 housing support voucher through its Housing Division. Seniors who wish to apply for this voucher can do so by phone or at the city office on E. Main St. Applicants generally face a delay while on a waiting list for approval.
Emergency Repair Program (209) 937-8539 The City of Stockton offers seniors who live on their own a one-time direct payment benefit to help them repair or maintain their homes or to upgrade for better safety, mobility or energy efficiency. Seniors in Stockton can inquire by phone. Applications are approved on a first-come/first-served basis.
Emergency Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP) (888) 524-5705 ECIP provides emergency assistance to seniors in Stockton with paying their overdue and soon-to-be-disconnected home utility bills. Applications can be made by phone or in an unscheduled walk-in at the Project GO office.
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) (209) 463-4960 California’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program can cut home energy bills by up to 30%. Income requirements are similar to Medi-Cal, and applications can be made by several routes. Seniors in Stockton can apply at an HHS office or by requesting an application packet from their utility provider. They may also apply in person at the Salvation Army office in Stockton.

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