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Cost of Assisted Living in Buena Park, California

Page Reviewed / Updated - October 01, 2019

This guide is for seniors in Buena Park, California, who are looking to evaluate their options for long-term care, as well as the local and federal assistance programs that can help pay for it. Information on rent assistance and subsidized housing for low-income residents is also available. Read more about senior care and financial assistance in our statewide guide to paying for senior care in California.

The Cost of Senior Living and Care in Buena Park

All categories of senior care in Buena Park are at or below the average cost for California. According to the Genworth 2018 Cost of Care Survey, the cost of services in this area is also relatively affordable compared to the national averages. Adult day care is just $5 per month higher than the country overall, and nursing care is roughly $150 higher.

Note: Data on the average cost of senior care wasn't available for Buena Park, so the data for the closest city, Los Angeles, was used.

Buena Park Assisted Living Costs

The cost of assisted living in Buena Park is $4,500 per month, which is the same as the state average and fairly typical for areas in major cities. In nearby Riverside, this level of care is cheaper by $1,000, and the lowest price in the state is in Bakersfield at $3,150.

The most expensive areas for assisted living in California are Santa Rosa, San Jose and San Francisco, with average costs of $5,500 per month, and Santa Cruz, at $5,595. Napa and San Luis-Obispo are only slightly less pricey.

Buena Park Home Care Costs

In-home care services in Buena Park have an average monthly cost of $4,767, which is roughly $200 cheaper than California overall. Riverside is approximately $500 less than average, and San Diego has an identical cost to Buena Park. Visalia has the lowest cost in the state at $4,290.

Napa is the least affordable area for home care in California at a cost of $5,911 per month, followed by El Centro and San Francisco at $5,720 and $5,625, respectively.

Buena Park Adult Day Care Costs

Adult day care in Buena Park costs an average of $1,565 per month, which is roughly $100 lower than the state as a whole, and cheaper than all surrounding areas. Riverside has an average cost just slightly higher at $1,668, and San Diego is similarly priced at $1,733.

The highest average cost in the state is in Napa, with an average of $2,167 per month, and the lowest cost is in Hanford at $867.

Buena Park Nursing Home Costs

Buena Park has a fairly low cost for assisted living at $7,604 per month. This cost is approximately $700 lower than the California average, and far below most areas in such close proximity to major cities. Visalia has the most affordable nursing care in California, with an average cost of $6,540 per month.

San Diego is roughly $1,000 more expensive than Buena Park at $8,517 per month. Napa, San Francisco and San Jose are higher still, all with costs over $9,000 per month.

Financial Assistance Programs in Buena Park

Medicaid Program in Buena Park

Medicaid is a federal benefits program that helps Americans on a low income pay for their health care needs. Each state manages its own Medicaid programs and waivers with varying eligibility requirements for additional services. It's referred to as Medi-Cal in California.

Medi-Cal covers services including:

  • Nursing facility care
  • Outpatient care
  • Hospital and emergency care
  • Medication
  • Preventive, wellness and chronic disease management
  • Dental
  • Vision

These services, known as essential health benefits, are entitlements for all Medi-Cal recipients, which means there is no waiting list. Assisted living and in-home care options aren't entitlements, and these services must be applied for through the additional waivers and programs explained below.

California residents who qualify for SSI at the federal level will also qualify for Medi-Cal with no additional requirements.

Medi-Cal eligibility requirements (Aged & Disabled coverage):

  • Aged 65+ or blind, or disabled according to Social Security standard
  • Resident of California and U.S. national or citizen
  • Maximum $1,271 monthly income ($1,720 for a couple if both apply for Medi-Cal)
  • Maximum $2,000 countable assets ($3,000 for a couple if both apply for Medi-Cal)

This category of coverage provides what is known as full-scope Medi-Cal; it has no share of cost.

Read the guidelines on countable assets and property limitations for a closer look at how Medi-Cal counts the value of assets, and which ones aren't counted. The second page of these guidelines explains the higher allowances made for assets and income when a spouse enters residential care and the other remains in the community.Applications for Medi-Cal coverage can be submitted at Covered California, by phone on (800) 300-1506 or by printing and mailing the required forms. The closest location for Buena Park residents to apply in person is the Social Services Agency at 3320 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim, which can be reached on (800) 281-9799.

Other Financial Assistance Programs in Buena Park

Assisted Living Waiver

The Assisted Living Waiver helps Medi-Cal recipients avoid being placed in a nursing home by providing alternatives, such as assisted living and subsidized housing. Buena Park, and Orange County as a whole, is a participant in the ALW program, which means residents aren't forced to move out of the area.

ALW eligibility requirements:

  • Aged 65+ (or 21+ if disabled)
  • Eligible for full-scope Medi-Cal coverage with no share of cost
  • Require a nursing home level of care
  • Able to live safely in an alternative setting (assisted living or subsidized housing)

Qualified applicants are generally added to the waiting list to receive services, as this isn't considered an entitlement and can only serve a limited number of people in the state.

Applications for the ALW are handled by Care Coordination Agencies throughout the state. Buena Park is served by the Star Nursing CCA. Application forms are available on the website, and a registered nurse will then assess each applicant to determine eligibility. Call (916) 542-1445 for assistance.

This program is further explained in our California Assisted Living Waiver guide.

Medi-Cal HCBS Waivers

HCBS waivers are similar to the ALW, as they were created to provide alternatives to nursing facilities for Medi-Cal recipients. This helps the state government save on nursing costs while giving its residents more options for long-term care.

Home and Community-Based Services available through these waivers include:

  • Private duty nursing and home health aides
  • Family / caregiver training
  • Respite
  • Case management
  • Utility assistance
  • Transition assistance
  • Habilitation

Recipients of these services must be eligible for full-scope Medi-Cal coverage, and they must also require a nursing home level of care. Once qualified, applicants are placed on a waiting list if there is no available position, as this isn't an entitlement program and services are limited.

Buena Park residents can contact the Southern California division of In-Home Operations on (213) 897-6774 or email [email protected] to begin the application process.

In-Home Supportive Services

The Orange County Social Services Agency manages the statewide In-Home Supportive Services program at the local level. The goal of IHSS is to provide additional services in the applicant's own home, so they can avoid the higher cost of nursing care for as long as possible.

IHSS covers various services including:

  • Groceries and food preparation
  • Household chores and errands
  • Personal care and assistance with activities of daily living
  • Transportation to approved services
  • Paramedical care

Eligibility requirements:

  • Aged 65+ or blind, or disabled
  • Need assistance to live at home (assessed by a social worker)
  • Financially eligible for SSI / SSP (or pay a share of cost)

Apply for services by calling IHSS to arrange an in-home assessment by a social worker. Orange County IHSS is responsible for Buena Park residents, and can be reached at (714) 825-3000.

More Senior Living Resources in Buena Park


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Orange County Housing Authority (714) 480-2700 The OCHA manages public housing and federal rent assistance programs at the county level. Low-income residents may qualify for assistance through Project-Based Vouchers, which is a part of the Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) program.
The waiting list for public housing is closed as of 2019, although applications for PBV locations are open.
Casa Santa Maria (714) 523-1734 The Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange manages this community of 100 units designated for low-income seniors (62+). Rent is subsidized by the federal government through Housing and Urban Development.
Harmony Park Senior Apartments (714) 994-9633 This is a gated community of 59 apartments with one or two bedrooms for low-income seniors (62+). Rent is subsidized by the federal government. Cats and dogs allowed. All apartments have a private patio and/or balcony.
Utility Payment Assistance (LIHEAP) (714) 839-6199 Low-income residents of Buena Park, and Orange County as a whole, may be eligible for assistance paying utility bills through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. LIHEAP is a federal program that also receives funding from the state of California.