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The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Torrance, CA

Located along the Pacific coast and just northwest of Long Beach, Torrance is part of the desirable South Bay region of California. With a population of 143,592, the city is in Los Angeles County and known for its beautiful beaches and nearby ocean piers, easy access to world-class entertainment and health care and comfortable year-round climate

Seniors who enjoy being active will find there’s plenty to do in Torrance and the surrounding areas. The world-renowned Griffith Observatory is a must-visit destination, and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is a great place to spend an afternoon with friends and neighbors. There’s plenty of nature preserves and parks in the region that offer safe walking trails, fishing piers and picnic areas. 

Note: Cost data wasn’t available for Torrance, so data from the closest city, Los Angeles, was used. 

This guide highlights the 10 best assisted living communities in Torrance and the neighboring areas that are worth checking out. Additionally, find out more about the cost of assisted living in Torrance and what financial assistance programs are available.

Oakmont of Torrance

Located just steps from the Torrance Memorial Medical Center, Oakmont of Terrace is a well-appointed senior living community that offers a resort-style retirement experience. Residents can relax and enjoy the chef-created meals, participate in daily health and wellness programs and use the full-time concierge service to schedule appointments. There's a beautiful day spa, private movie theater and bistro that serves beverages and light snacks, and pets are welcome upon approval. We featured Oakmont of Torrance on the Torrance top 10 ALF list due to the stunning setting and caring, attentive staff. 

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Sunrise Palos Verdes

Conveniently located close to Torrance Memorial Hospital and the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Sunrise Palos Verdes is a purpose-built senior living community with assisted living and memory care services. Caring, supportive staff are on-site 24 hours a day, and there's a full-time recreation coordinator to plan daily games, social activities and special events. The beautiful outdoor area features level walking paths and plenty of shaded seating areas, and there's a beautiful private dining room available for family celebrations and intimate meals. 

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Features
  • Barrier-free suites with large private bathrooms
  • Wi-Fi available throughout the community

Clearwater at South Bay

Located across the street from the scenic Madrona Marsh Nature Center, Clearwater at South Bay offers seniors easy access to nearby shops, medical services and the iconic Redondo Beach Pier. This assisted living and memory care community features plenty of indoor and outdoor common areas where residents can relax and visit with friends and neighbors, including an enclosed courtyard, theater and game room. Weekly laundry, housekeeping and linen service is included, and transportation within the local area is available.

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Features
  • Three chef-created meals served daily plus healthy snacks
  • Private dining room available

Huntington Retirement Hotel

Located next to the Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center and near the Village Del Amo shopping plaza, Huntington Retirement Hotel is an approachable, remodeled senior living community. Private suites range in size from 340-square-foot alcove studios up to 420-square-foot one-bedroom units, each offering a view of the landscaped grounds or gardens. Common areas include a library, chapel and putting green, and residents are encouraged to join in daily activities and special events. 

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Harbor Terrace Retirement Community

Harbor Terrace Retirement Community gives seniors a safe, welcoming place to call home. Healthy, home-style meals are served in the restaurant-style dining room, and the coffee's always on at the 24-hour coffee shop and snack bar. The comfortable studio and one-bedroom suites are equipped with individual climate controls, kitchenettes and safety features, such as toilet safety bars, an emergency call system and automatic sprinkler system. 

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South Bay Senior Living

Located just south of the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center near Old Town Torrance, South Bay Senior Living is a single-story senior living community designed to give seniors the ideal mix of support and independence. Three home-style meals are served daily, and housekeeping and linen service are included. Caring staff are on-site around-the-clock and readily available through the community-wide call system, and transportation is easily accessible to local appointments. 

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Belmont Village Rancho Palos Verdes

Overlooking the Vista Del Norte Reserve, Belmont Village Rancho Palos Verdes is a beautifully designed senior living community that offers independent and assisted living and memory care services. Residents who are experiencing mild memory loss can participate in the Circle of Friends, an innovative daily program designed to promote cognitive health. There's also plenty of on-site activities and regular day trips, a full-time concierge and a well-equipped fitness center staffed by licensed physical and occupational therapists. We included Belmont Village Rancho Palos Verdes in the Torrance top 10 ALF list due to the innovative, health-focused programming, stunning decor and friendly staff. 

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The Canterbury

The Canterbury is a not-for-profit, nondenominational Life Plan community owned and operated by Episcopal Communities and Services. Overlooking Los Angeles, this community is designed to promote healthy aging through a diverse range of cultural, social and physical activities and programs. Independent and assisted living and memory care services are available, and each private one- and two-bedroom suite features high-end touches, such as granite counters and custom cabinetry. 

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Villa Sorrento

Located next to the Torrance Memorial Medical Center and just east of Hawthorne Boulevard, Villa Sorrento provides seniors with customized care and assistance. Accommodations include spacious private and shared rooms with patios, and furnished rooms are available upon request. There's elevator access to the upper floors, and the community is equipped with an emergency call system that enables residents to contact on-site staff at any time. 

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Sunrise of Hermosa Beach

Offering assisted living and a dedicated memory care program, Sunrise of Hermosa Beach is a beautiful, Cape Cod-style community where residents enjoy inspiring ocean views, large bright living spaces and care from a dedicated staff team. The community is less than a mile from the Hermosa Beach Pier, a lively beachfront destination where seniors can enjoy a sunset stroll, special dinner or relaxing afternoon of fishing. On-site amenities include a bistro, gaming areas and library, and the outdoor space features a barbecue area and an inviting covered porch. We included Sunrise of Hermosa Beach in this top 10 list because of its well-maintained property and proximity to oceanfront shops, beaches and walking paths. 

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Features
  • Studio, one-bedroom, two-room and companion suites are optional floor plans
  • Restaurant-style dining

The Cost of Senior Living and Care in Torrance

The cost of most types of senior care in Torrance is moderately less than the state median and is also less than similar services in most of California’s major metropolitan areas. According to the Genworth 2018 Cost of Care Survey, homemaker services, adult day care and nursing home care all cost less in Torrance than in a typical California city. Assisted living cost is the same per month as the state average.

How much does Assisted Living Cost in Torrance?

Residents of Torrance pay an average of $4,500 a month to stay in an assisted living facility. This cost is the same as the California state median. Nearby cities that are farther from the coast, such as Riverside and Bakersfield, have lower monthly assisted living costs. In Riverside, assisted living residents pay an average of $3,500 monthly, while in Bakersfield, the average monthly cost is $3,150.

Compared to the cost of assisted living in California’s major cities, Torrance’s costs are on the low end. San Francisco and San Jose both average $5,500 a month, San Diego comes in at $4,500 and Sacramento is slightly lower at $4,473.

How much does Home Care Cost in Torrance?

Assuming 44 hours of care per week, Torrance residents pay an average of $4,767 monthly for home care, which is almost $200 less than the state median of $4,957.

The cost of home care in Torrance is less than in many of California’s major cities, such as San Francisco and San Jose, both of which have average home care costs that are about $1,000 higher. In San Diego, the average cost is exactly the same as in Torrance. In inland cities such as Riverside and Bakersfield, home care costs average several hundred dollars less than in the coastal suburban area of Torrance.

How much does Adult Day Care Cost in Torrance?

At $1,565 a month on average, adult day care costs in Torrance are more than $100 cheaper than the state median of $1,679. Torrance residents also pay less each month for adult day care than residents of most of California’s major cities, including San Francisco, San Jose, San Diego and Sacramento. In all of these cities, the average monthly cost of home care is between $1,700 and $2,000.

Even the cities of Riverside and Bakersfield, which are cheaper than Torrance in many areas of senior care, have higher monthly costs for adult day care, both coming in between $1,600 and $1,700.

How much does Nursing Home Costs in Torrance?

Nursing home care is much less expensive in Torrance than in a typical California city. It is also cheaper than what residents pay in most of the state’s major metropolitan areas.

In Torrance, nursing home residents pay an average of $7,604 monthly for a semi-private room compared to the state average of $8,365. In San Francisco and San Jose, the average cost is over $9,000 a month. It is more than $8,500 in San Diego and Sacramento. Riverside and Bakersfield have costs that are very similar to what residents pay in Torrance.

Financial Assistance Programs in Torrance

Medicaid Program in Torrance

Torrance residents can apply for Medi-Cal for seniors, which is California’s Medicaid program. As an entitlement program, its services are available to all state residents who qualify, and the program directly pays the cost of assisted living, nursing home care and other senior services. There are no waiting lists or caps to receive Medi-Cal, but some of its waiver programs, listed below, are subject to restrictions.

The Medi-Cal program for seniors has tiered income requirements. If your income is below $1,012 a month for a single person or $1,372 for a married couple, you are eligible to receive all of Medi-Cal’s services for free. If your income is higher, you may still be eligible to receive services but will likely have to chip in on the cost. The amount you have to pay versus what Medi-Cal pays is based on your income.

Medi-Cal also has asset limits. You cannot have more than $2,000 in assets as a single person or $3,000 as a married couple, though the program lets you exclude certain items from being counted.To apply for Medi-Cal or to learn more about the program, you can visit the program’s website, call (866) 613-3777 or (626) 569-1399 or visit a local office in person.

Medicaid Waivers in Torrance

Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Medi-Cal Waiver

The Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) waiver helps pay for the cost of long-term care. You can apply it both to care received in-home and to care received in an assisted living facility. Specific services available include private-duty nursing, home health aides, family training, habilitation services and respite care. Since this program is not an entitlement, enrollment numbers are capped, and if it is at its current cap, you may be placed on a waiting list. You can apply for an HCBS Medi-Cal waiver in Torrance by calling (213) 897-6774.

Assisted Living Waiver Program (ALWP)

The Assisted Living Waiver Program helps Torrance residents pay for services such as meal preparation, housekeeping and laundry, social services, recreation and round-the-clock staff. To qualify, you must have a demonstrated need for a specific type of care, and you must meet the program’s income requirements, which include making less than $1,242 for a single applicant and $1,682 for a married couple. You can apply or inquire about the program by visiting the website. Learn more by visiting our ALWP information page here.

In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS)

In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) provides support that enables seniors in Torrance to remain in their own home. It is set up as an alternative to live-in care facilities, such as nursing homes and assisted living. Eligible residents can receive assistance with meal preparation, shopping, errands, laundry, grooming and paramedical services. You can apply or learn more about the program by calling (888) 944-4477 or (213) 744-4477, or by visiting our informational page.

PACE

PACE is a Medi-Cal program that covers the cost of long-term care services received at home or at a live-in facility. You must be at least 55 years old and require assistance with one or more activities of daily living (ADL) to qualify. If your monthly income levels are below Medi-Cal’s threshold for free services, and you also qualify for PACE, you can receive its services for free as well. To find out more about PACE, visit the program’s website.

Other Financial Assistance Programs in Torrance

Multi-Purpose Senior Services Program (MSSP)

This program is available to Torrance seniors who have low incomes and are eligible to receive Medi-Cal services for free. It provides help with a variety of in-home services, such as chores, transportation to doctor appointments, grocery shopping, laundry and respite care. To qualify, you must be at least 65 years old and require assistance with one or more activities of daily living (ADL). You can apply by calling (323) 937-5930 or (818) 765-0530. Learn more by visiting our informational MSSP page.

Supportive Services Program

If you live in Torrance and require help with activities of daily living but are not yet 65 years old and thus do not qualify for MPSS, you may be eligible to receive assistance through the Supportive Services program. You can qualify for this program even if you are not eligible for help from any government agency. To learn more, call (866) 563-7380.

More Senior Living Resources in Torrance

Resource

Phone Number

Description

Coleman Court (310) 212-5898 Coleman Court is a 79-unit apartment complex reserved for seniors aged 62 and up. It is designated as low-income and accepts Section 8 vouchers, meaning residents can live there for a monthly rent that is well below the market rate.
Ocean Terrace (310) 373-0903 Ocean Terrace is another 62-and-up apartment complex that offers 36 units to low-income seniors. The community accepts Section 8 vouchers.
Focal Point on Aging (310) 320-1300 Focal Point on Aging is a Torrance program giving older adults access to resources that help them afford transportation, housing, health care and legal services.
Torrance Community Transit Program (855) 932-4245 The Torrance Community Transit Program provides discounted transit, including taxi rides, around Torrance and the Los Angeles metropolitan area to eligible seniors.


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