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Cost of Assisted Living in Sunnyvale, California

Page Reviewed / Updated - August 2019

This guide is to help seniors who are considering long-term care to learn about the cost of different types of senior living in Sunnyvale, as well as the financial assistance programs that are available to help pay for the cost of care. For more information about financial assistance programs that are available state-wide, visit our guide to paying for senior care in California.

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.

Sunnyvale Assisted Living Costs

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.

Sunnyvale Home Care Costs

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.

Sunnyvale Adult Day Care Costs

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.

Sunnyvale Nursing Home Costs

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.