Page Reviewed / Updated - May 18, 2019
This guide is for seniors looking for information about paying for assisted living in the West Hills area of Los Angeles, including the various financial assistance programs in the area that are available to older adults. If you are looking for broader information about assisted living costs in the state, be sure to visit our guide to paying for assisted living in California.
Senior living and care in West Hills is generally less expensive than the state median and is mid-range compared to most of the big cities in California. According to the Genworth 2018 Cost of Care Survey, the monthly cost of homemaker services, adult day care and nursing home care are more affordable in West Hills than in the average California city, while the cost of assisted living in Northridge is right at the state median.
Note:Senior care cost data wasn’t available for West Hills, so the data for the closest city, Los Angeles, was used.
The average monthly cost of assisted living in West Hills is $4,500 a month, which is also the state median. In general, the big, coastal cities in California tend to have higher assisted living costs, while more inland and rural areas are less expensive.
San Francisco and San Jose both have costs that are $1,000 per month more than those in West Hills, while costs in San Diego are the same as what seniors pay in West Hills. The inland city of Riverside is $1,000 cheaper than West Hills, while Bakersfield, which is even farther from the coast, is about $1,500 cheaper than West Hills.
The average home care cost in West Hills is $4,767 a month. This total assumes 44 hours of care each week and is about $200 cheaper than the state median. Once again, most of California's big coastal cities have higher costs, while its smaller, inland cities tend to be less expensive.
Home care in San Francisco and San Jose is about $1,000 more expensive per month on average than home care in West Hills. Sacramento and San Diego have costs that are closer to those found in West Hills. Bakersfield and Riverside's average home care costs are several hundred dollars less than the average costs in West Hills.
At $1,565 a month, adult day care in West Hills is about $100 cheaper than the state's median costs, and it's also cheaper than what residents pay in any of California's major cities, including San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose and Sacramento, all of which have average adult day care costs higher than $1,700 per month. Even Riverside and Bakersfield residents pay more on average for adult day care than residents of West Hills. Both of those cities have average costs above $1,600 per month.
Nursing home care costs are substantially less in West Hills than in most California cities, and they are cheaper than what residents pay in any of the state's large coastal metropolitan areas. The West Hills average of $7,604 is more than $700 less than the state median of $8,365, and it is roughly $1,500 per month less than what residents pay in San Francisco and San Jose.
San Diego and Sacramento both have average monthly nursing home costs that are around $1,000 more than West Hills's average costs. Costs in Riverside and Bakersfield are less than those in West Hills, but the difference is less than $100.
The Medi-Cal program for seniors helps defray the cost of senior services, including assisted living care, for eligible residents of West Hills. Medi-Cal, which is the name of California's Medicaid program, is an entitlement, so it is not subject to enrollment caps or waiting lists. Residents who qualify can immediately begin receiving all services for which they are eligible.
Like all Medicaid programs, Medi-Cal has strict income and asset caps. To receive services with no out-of-pocket costs, you must have a monthly income below $1,012 if you are single or below $1,372 if you are applying jointly with a spouse. With a higher monthly income, you may qualify for partial assistance, leaving part of the cost for you to pay out pocket. The asset limits for Medi-Cal are $2,000 for a single person and $3,000 for a married couple.
You can apply by visiting the program's website or by calling (866) 613-3777.
Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Medi-Cal Waiver
The Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waiver is a non-entitlement program through which seniors in West Hills may receive assistance paying for assisted living services received either in-home or at a facility. By receiving assistance via an HCBS waiver, many seniors can remain at home or in traditional assisted living for longer, and do not have to relocate to a hospital or skilled nursing facility. Call (213) 897-6774 to apply or receive more information about the program.
Assisted Living Waiver Program (ALWP)
The Assisted Living Waiver Program is available to residents of West Hills who meet the income and asset requirements of Medi-Cal. A person also must demonstrate a specific need for assisted living care in order to qualify for ALWP.
In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS)
The In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program provides financial help for assisted living services and allows participants to choose their caregiver. They can select a friend or family member if they wish. To qualify for IHSS, you must be at least 65 years old and eligible for Medi-Cal. You can apply or learn more by calling 888-944-4477.
The PACE program offers financial assistance to pay for assisted living services received at home or in a facility. It is available to West Hills residents who are at least 55 years old and require assistance with one or more daily living activities, such as eating or transportation. The eligibility requirements with regard to income and assets are the same as those for Medi-Cal.
PACE is an entitlement program, so you can receive full benefits right away if you qualify, and you will not be subject to a waiting period or enrollment limit. You may visit the program's website to learn more.
Multi-Purpose Senior Services (MPSS) Program
The MPSS program is a no-cost program to assist with in-home care. It is restricted to West Hills residents who need help with one or more daily living activities and are at least 65 years old. To apply, you can call (800) 510-2020 or visit the MPSS website.
Supportive Services Program
The Supportive Services Program is similar to MPSS but is available to West Hills residents under 65 as long as they have a demonstrated financial need and require assistance with at least one daily living activity. To apply or learn more, you may call 1-866-563-7380.
|Menorah Housing Foundation||(310) 477-1476||This foundation manages affordable apartments all over the Los Angeles area. If you are at least 62 years old and have a yearly income that is less than half the median for the area, you can call the number above to inquire about housing at substantially below-market rent.|
|Liberty Hills||(818) 587-9450||Liberty Hills is an affordable housing complex in the West Hills neighborhood that accepts Section 8 vouchers. The complex welcomes seniors but does not have age restrictions.|
|Community House — West Hills
||(818) 708-1740||Community House is operated by the Department of Housing and Urban Development and offers government-subsidized housing to residents who qualify. Eligibility is based on income, and residents typically are required to pay only 30% of their gross income toward rent.|
|ALA Senior Living||(323) 650-7988||ALA Senior Living operates three apartment complex with a total of 94 units at below-market rent.|