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Page Reviewed / Updated – November 20, 2020

The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Sunnyvale, CA

With a population of over 150,000, Sunnyvale, California, is considered part of the Bay area and Silicon Valley. While the area may be best known for its emerging technological innovations, Sunnyvale also has a notable senior population that encompasses almost 12% of its population. The city recognizes the need of this group by providing seniors with access to a community senior center, regular senior trips, a senior advisory council and a free senior care management program.

It is easy for seniors to stay active in Sunnyvale due to the extensive parkland, which stretches over 772 acres, and the warm, sunny climate of the city. While most people drive or walk-in Sunnyvale, the city is served by the Caltrain commuter rail and the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, which offers seniors a reduced fare allowing them to easily explore the greater Bay Area. Due to the low crime rate, most Sunnyvale seniors feel safe traveling on their own.

To find out more about assisted living in Sunnyvale check out our list of the top 10 assisted living facilities in Sunnyvale. Additionally, find out more about the cost of assisted living in Sunnyvale and what financial assistance programs are available.

Atria Sunnyvale

Atria Sunnyvale is an upscale senior living community located across the street from the Sunnyvale Community Center Park. The luxury facility features independent living, memory care and assisted living apartments and offers a carefully manicured courtyard and stunning community areas including a banquet room and ornate lobby. Assisted living residents are assisted with their daily activities and are assigned apartments with kitchenettes, walk-in showers and walk-in closets. Most also have a balcony or patio allowing residents to enjoy fresh air from the privacy of their homes. During the day seniors can be found catching a film at the on-site movie theater, enjoying happy hour with friends in the cocktail lounge or getting a manicure at the salon. We included the Atria Sunnyvale on our list for its great atmosphere. 

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Belmont Village Sunnyvale

Situated off El Camino Real near a handful of restaurants, the Belmont Village Senior Living Sunnyvale offers hotel-like apartments and amenities paired with individual care plans and housekeeping services. Assisted living residents have access to staff 24/7 along with a licensed nurse and receive help with activities of daily living and medication management. Throughout the day seniors can be found enjoying a coffee at the bistro, walking their pets through the landscaped courtyard or getting a haircut at the on-site salon. 

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Sunrise of Sunnyvale

Just a few blocks away from El Camino Real, the Sunrise of Sunnyvale is an elegant assisted living facility that offers seniors individualized care plans and a handful of amenities. All residents enjoy three daily meals, weekly housekeeping and laundry, maintenance and regular family meetings and regularly scheduled outings. Seniors can be spotted relaxing in the sunroom, basking in the sun at the rooftop, enjoying coffee with friends at the bistro or relaxing in the library. We included the Sunrise of Sunnyvale on our list for its modern and sleek accommodations along with its convenient location. 

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Belmont Village San Jose

Belmont Village Senior Living San Jose is an elegant assisted living and memory care statute conveniently near the junction of Interstates 880 and 280 next door to a major shopping plaza and just down the street from the Frank. M. Santana Park. Assisted living residents receive individualized care plans so that couples with different needs can stay together, medication management, housekeeping services and access to a licensed nurse. Throughout the day seniors can be spotted in the fitness center, taking advantage of scheduled transportation, shopping for daily treats at the general stores or enjoying the sunshine on the garden patio. We placed Belmont Village Senior Living San Jose on our list for its upscale amenities and central location. 

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Pacific Gardens Assisted Living & Memory Support

Situated in a residential neighborhood directly off the Lawrence Expressway, Pacific Gardens is an assisted living and memory care community that prides itself on offering residents an environment that feels like home. Assisted living residents receive assistance with daily activities of living via personalized care plans that identify where gaps exist, housekeeping and laundry services, access to staff members 24/7, three daily chef-prepared meals and medication management. Residents can be spotted sipping tea in the courtyard, talking with family members on Skype from the computer room or getting their hair done at the on-site salon. 

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BridgePoint at Los Altos

Nestled into a cove of citrus trees right off El Camino Real, BridgePoint at Los Altos is an assisted and independent living facility that offers supportive living accommodations to seniors within close proximity to downtown. BridgePoint at Los Altos prides itself on offering choices to its seniors, which is why it offers several levels of assisted living so that residents receive only the care they need. Customized care plans can include assistance with daily activities, health care coordination and medication management. Gourmet dining options are available for seniors daily along with special refreshments and treats throughout the day.

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Features
  • Regular guest speakers from Foothill Community College
  • Transportation provided within a 5-mile radius

Oakmont of San Jose

Located near the junction of Interstate 280 and 80 just minutes from Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, the Oakmont of San Jose is a luxury assisted living and memory care community. From the open layout to ornate high ceilings and spacious community spaces, the Oakmont offers seniors a slice of finer living as they age. Assisted living residents have access to caregivers 24/7 and receive personalized care services based on their individual level of independence that can include diabetes management, health care coordination, assistance with daily activities, medication management and incontinence management. We placed the Oakmont of San Jose on our list for its upscale amenities, which include day spa services, gourmet dining, a wellness center and manicured gardens lined with walking paths.

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Saratoga Retirement Community

The Saratoga Retirement Community is a senior living facility that offers resort-like amenities and accommodations within a stately Mediterranean styled complex. The impressive facility features multiple floor plans suited for every occupant. Each modern apartment is spacious with a kitchen or kitchenette and private balconies. Assisted living residents enjoy assistance with daily activities as well as housekeeping, laundry and transportation. Seniors find it easy to stay active and engaged at Saratoga Retirement Community due to a wide array of daily activities, which is why we included it on our top 10 list. On a normal day, residents can be found in the woodworking shop crafting a gift, visiting the private wine tasting room with friends, doing water aerobics in the indoor pool or enjoying the many on-site dining options. 

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Sunrise of Palo Alto

Located across the street from the Mayfield Soccer Complex next to a Chipotle and a bus stop, the Sunrise of Palo Alto offers seniors a walkable city apartment to call home. The upscale facility offers assisted living and memory care accommodations in an upscale building with several common areas including a cozy library, movie room, rooftop terrace and spacious lobby. All residents enjoy restaurant-style dining and snacks throughout the day. Assisted living residents have access to staff around the clock, receive help with daily activities as needed, receive wellness checks monthly and indulge in maintenance-free living. 

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Merrill Gardens at Willow Glen

Tucked into a residential neighborhood next door to the Los Gatos Creek Trail trailhead just a block away from St. Elizabeth Park, Merrill Gardens at Willow Glen offers assisted living, independent living and memory care residents a quiet and elegant facility to call home. The facility features spacious common areas with high ceilings creating an airy atmosphere that encourages socialization. Popular hangouts for active seniors include the fully equipped gym, pool table, a cozy library, vast outdoor courtyards and fireside social area. Friendly team members are always available to help assisted living residents with the activities of daily living, medications, mealtimes and perform safety checks if deemed appropriate. 

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Features
  • Underground parking 
  • Daily chef-prepared meals served in a restaurant-style dining hall

The Cost of Senior Living and Care in Sunnyvale

The cost of senior living in Sunnyvale is substantially higher than the state average for all types of care, according to the 2018 Genworth Cost of Care Survey. The biggest difference is in the cost of assisted living, which is $1,000 more per month than the state average. Home care and nursing home care are both priced more than $750 higher per month than the state median, while adult day care is just $314 more per month.

Note: Data on the average cost of senior care wasn’t available for Sunnyvale, so the data for the closest city, San Jose, was used.

How much does Assisted Living Cost in Sunnyvale?

Seniors who receive assisted living care in Sunnyvale pay an average of $5,500 per month. While this cost is on the higher end of the spectrum, it’s not the highest in the state. Santa Cruz’s average cost is slightly more at $5,595 per month. In Sacramento, the state capital, assisted living costs an average of $4,473 per month, which is more than $1,000 below the average price in Sunnyvale. The least expensive assisted living in California is in Bakersfield, where the average cost is only $3,150 per month.

How much does Home Care Cost in Sunnyvale?

The cost of home care in Sunnyvale is among the highest in California at an average of $5,720 per month. In Santa Rosa, home care costs an average of $5,625 per month, just $95 less than in Sunnyvale. In some of California’s largest cities, including Los Angeles, Sacramento and San Diego, home care is considerably lower at an average of $4,767 per month, while in Bakersfield, home care costs are among the lowest in the state at only $4,385 per month. Only Visalia is lower, at $4,290.

How much does Adult Day Care Cost in Sunnyvale?

The average cost of adult day care in Sunnyvale is $1,993 per month, which is comparable to costs in most of California’s major cities. In San Diego and Sacramento, the average cost is just slightly less at an average of $1,733 per month while costs in Santa Maria and Santa Rosa are a bit higher at $2,058 and $2,362 per month, respectively. Seniors in the Visalia area pay an average of $1,040 per month for adult day care, but the lowest cost of adult day care in California is in Hanford, which averages just $867.

How much does Nursing Home Costs in Sunnyvale?

Nursing home care in Sunnyvale costs an average of $9,125 per month, which is higher than in many major cities throughout California. In Santa Rosa, nursing home care costs slightly more at an average of $9,258 per month while in Santa Maria, nursing home care costs are the highest in the state at an average of $10,646 per month. Sacramento and San Diego both have an average cost of $8,517 per month, which is about $600 less than in Sunnyvale, while the Visalia area has the lowest prices at an average of $6,540 per month.

Financial Assistance Programs in Sunnyvale

Medicaid Program in Sunnyvale

California’s state Medicaid program is known as Medi-Cal. It provides free health insurance to low-income families and individuals in California. Many of those served by Medi-Cal are senior citizens and disabled persons. The program covers a wide array of services including primary care, ambulatory care and inpatient hospital services, dental care, nursing home care and limited home care services. Nursing and home care costs are only available to seniors and disabled persons who undergo a care assessment to determine their level of need. Medi-Cal is an entitlement program, which means that all eligible applicants are entitled to benefits immediately upon approval.

To be eligible for the Medi-Cal state plan as a senior citizen, applicants must be at least 65 years of age and meet the following financial requirements:

  • Single applicants are allowed a maximum monthly income of $1,242 and up to $2,000 in countable assets
  • Married applicants are allowed  a maximum monthly income of $1,642 and up to $3,000 in countable assets

All applicants must be legal U.S. citizens and permanent residents of California. Medi-Cal considers all sources of income when reviewing  applications. Some assets are exempt, including the applicant’s home, vehicle and personal belongings.

Seniors who don’t meet the state’s financial requirements may be able to qualify via California’s Aged, Blind and Disabled Medically Needy program, which is the state’s Medicaid spend-down program. It allows some applicants to pay for their medical bills before considering their income toward eligibility requirements.

To apply Medi-Cal, seniors can call the Department of Public Social Services at (866) 613-3777 or complete an application online at Covered California.

Medicaid Waivers in Sunnyvale

Community-Based Adult Services

Community-Based Adult Services helps seniors to access care in their home or community as an alternative to nursing home placement. It covers services that include personal care, mental health services and skilled nurse visits. This waiver is an entitlement program.

To qualify, applicants need to be 18 years of age or older and cognitively impaired or at least 65 years of age to qualify on the basis of age. All applicants must require assistance with at least two activities of daily living (ADLs), regardless of age. They must also be financially eligible for the state Medi-Cal plan. This waiver covers a large number of senior citizens who are living with dementia-related conditions.

To apply, seniors in Sunnyvale can call the California Department of Aging at (800) 510-2020.

More information can be found here.

Assisted Living Waiver

The Assisted Living Waiver helps seniors who reside in assisted living facilities to pay for personal care and skilled nursing services. The waiver also pays for additional costs including non-emergency transportation and transitional costs for those who downgrade from nursing care into assisted living facilities.

To qualify, applicants must be at least 65 years old and be able to live safely outside of a nursing care facility. All applicants must be financially eligible for Medi-Cal with no share of cost. This program accepts only a limited number of participants, which means there is often a waiting list.

To apply, seniors in the Sunnyvale area can call the County of Santa Clara Social Services Department at (408) 758-3800.

More information can be found here.

Multipurpose Senior Services Program

The Multipurpose Senior Services Program (MSSP) is open to frail elderly persons. It exists to help them avoid the need for nursing home care by providing services to seniors in their own homes. It covers the cost of personal care, home health aides, respite care and non-emergency transportation, as well as skilled nurse visits and meal services.

To be eligible for this program, seniors must be at least 65 years of age and they may not be participating in any other Medi-Cal waiver program. Applicants must also undergo a comprehensive care assessment to determine their level of care. This program is capped at 12,000 participants, which means there is often a waiting list for eligible participants.

To apply, seniors in Sunnyvale can call the California Department of Aging at (800) 510-2020.

More information can be found here.

Other Financial Assistance Programs in Sunnyvale

In-Home Supportive Services

In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) is a program that provides home care services to low-income elderly and disabled Californians. The program is administered by the state and aims to reduce costs by providing care to seniors in their own homes as an alternative to nursing home care. It covers a variety of services including personal care, home health care and protective supervision. Some seniors participating in IHSS are permitted to direct their own care by hiring, training and supervising their own caregivers.

To qualify for the program, applicants are required to live in their own home or in a family member’s home. They’re also required to be residents of California, legal U.S. citizens and financially eligible for Medi-Cal. All applicants must also meet with a social worker prior to approval who will determine their need for care and the services they’re able to access while participating in the program.

To apply, seniors in the Sunnyvale area can call the County of Santa Clara Social Services Department at (408) 758-3800.

More information can be found here.

California Paid Family Leave

California’s Paid Family Leave benefit provides income compensation for those caring for ailing or aged family members at home. The benefit is available for up to six weeks and covers up to 70% of the caregivers’ missed income. It’s important to note that this program doesn’t require employers to hold caregivers’ jobs while they’re away from work. 

To qualify for pay, caregivers must be offering care in their own home to a family member who requires full-time care, as determined by a medical doctor. To receive compensation, caregivers must also be on full leave from regular employment.

To receive this benefit, caregivers can file a claim online.

More information can be found here.

More Senior Living Resources in Sunnyvale

Resource

Phone Number

Description

Housing Choice Vouchers

(408) 730-7250

Housing choice vouchers allow low-income families and individuals to access rental housing of their choice. The program requires participants to pay 30% of their income toward rent and utilities while subsidizing the remainder.

Sunnyvale Community Services

(408) 738-4321

Sunnyvale Community Services provides one-time financial assistance to those with urgent needs. Assistance offered by the organization includes financial help with rent, damage deposits, utility bills, prescription medication and groceries.

United Way Bay Area

(408) 345-4300

United Way helps low-income individuals and families in Santa Clara County and throughout the Bay Area in times of crisis. It may provide assistance with damage deposits, rent, utility bills and groceries depending on need.

HomeFirst

(408) 539-2100

HomeFirst provides shelter and rental assistance to those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Additionally, the organization provides counseling, food and educational services.



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