Page Reviewed / Updated - September 2019
This guide is written for seniors, caregivers and other loved ones who live in the Burbank area, and who need information about senior living options in the San Fernando Valley. It identifies the various levels of senior living available in Burbank and outlines the likely costs associated with each. Finally, this guide pulls together information about local resources seniors in Burbank can use to help cover the costs of living independently.
For more information about senior living in the state, please read our comprehensive guide to paying for senior care in California.
Senior living in Burbank is generally less expensive than the average price seniors pay in the rest of the state, according to the 2018 Genworth Cost of Care Survey. Assisted living prices in Burbank are equivalent to the average in California, but other areas of senior care tend to be between $100 and more than $800 a month less expensive.
Note: Senior care cost data wasn’t available for Burbank, so the data for the closest city, Los Angeles, was used.
Assisted living in Burbank costs seniors an average of $4,500 a month. This is the average price seniors pay in the rest of the state, as well as in San Diego, where prices are also $4,500 a month. Sacramento is very close to these rates, with a monthly average price of $4,473. San Francisco is an outlier in the cost of assisted living, with a monthly average cost to seniors of $5,500. At the other end of the price spectrum, Bakersfield seniors pay an average of $3,150 for similar care.
Home care in Burbank costs an average of $4,767 a month, which is $190 a month under the state average of $4,957. Sacramento and San Diego match Burbank, at $4,767 each for home care. Chico and Bakersfield are both relatively low in the cost of home care, at $4,433 and $4,385 a month, respectively. San Francisco is significantly more expensive than Burbank at $5,625, or $858 a month over Burbank's average.
Adult day care in Burbank is significantly less expensive than it is in most other surveyed California cities. Seniors in Burbank pay an average of $1,565 a month for care, while the state average runs to $1,679. Stockton matches the state average for adult day care costs, while the middle range of the state is held by Sacramento, San Francisco and San Diego, each of which reports monthly costs of $1,733. Chico's average cost of $2,134 is well above Burbank's average cost. Vallejo reports a lower monthly average cost for adult day care than Burbank, at just $1,354.
Nursing home care in Burbank costs seniors an average of $7,604 a month. The cost of a semi-private room elsewhere in the state averages $8,365, putting the California average $761 a month above the typical cost in Burbank. Only Bakersfield reports lower costs for nursing care than Burbank, at $7,513 a month, approximately $100 a month less expensive. At $9,148 a month for nursing care, seniors in San Francisco pay roughly $1,500 a month more than seniors in Burbank.
Seniors in Burbank who need help paying the costs of residential care can apply for low- or no-cost healthcare coverage through the federal Medicaid program, which in California is known as Medi-Cal. Medi-Cal is structured as an entitlement program, which means that all qualified applicants can sign up and start receiving coverage, with no waiting periods or annual enrollment caps. Medi-Cal delivers coverage through a network of in-state private health insurance carriers, such as Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Kaiser Permanente. Seniors who need coverage can browse these carriers' HMO and PPO plans online, as well as apply for Medi-Cal compatible plans, at the Covered California website.
Medi-Cal plans are available with a variety of coverage options, but all have similar enrollment standards. To qualify for a Medi-Cal plan, seniors in Burbank must be citizens or legal residents of the United States and reside in the state of California. Seniors applying for themselves must earn less than 138% of the Federal Benefit Rate. In 2019, this put the maximum income from all sources at $16,395 a year for single adults and $22,108 for married couples. Seniors can add an additional $5,741 per year for every other adult in the household, whether or not they receive coverage through Medi-Cal. Seniors who earn more than these limits may still qualify for limited Medi-Cal benefits. Applicants who earn up to 300% of the Federal Benefit Rate may have to pay a share of cost for medical care.
Some Burbank seniors can speed up the Medi-Cal approval process by showing prior approval for other entitlement programs that use the same income criteria. These programs often use the same application packet, and the sign-up process is similar. The programs include:
Seniors in Burbank can apply for Medi-Cal online, by mail or in person at a Los Angeles County Human Services office.
Assisted Living Waiver Program (ALWP)
Seniors in Burbank may seek help with the monthly cost of assisted living through the Assisted Living Waiver Program (ALWP). To qualify, seniors must be covered by Medi-Cal or a Medi-Cal compatible coverage plan and have a medical diagnosis that entitles them to placement in a nursing care home. Seniors who prefer assisted living may waive their admission to the nursing home and apply for an ALWP voucher through their Medi-Cal case worker or at the benefits office of their residential care facility. The ALWP voucher is only available in 15 counties in the state of California, including Los Angeles County.
Multipurpose Senior Services Waiver
Seniors who choose to remain in their own homes in Burbank can apply for necessary services through the Multipurpose Senior Services Program (MSSP). Seniors eligible for the MSSP must meet Medi-Cal eligibility guidelines and opt out of residential care to live at home. Applications can go through either a Medi-Cal caseworker or the discharge desk at a participating residential care facility. Covered benefits include:
Home and Community-Based Alternatives (HCBA) Waiver
The Home and Community-Based Alternatives (HCBA) helps Burbank seniors who are transitioning out of residential care cover many of the expenses of returning home. Seniors who meet the Medi-Cal income eligibility standards can apply for an HCBA waiver through the discharge planner at the residential care facility they are moving out of. The waiver pays many costs associated with moving with a reimbursement voucher. This program replaces several of the state's earlier facility-specific vouchers.
Community-Based Adult Services (CBAS)
Seniors in Burbank who wish to remain active in the community may qualify for participation in the Community Based Adult Services (CBAS) waiver program. This program covers many of the direct costs of independent senior living and may be used by seniors who live in their own homes or the home of a loved one. Applications can go through a Medi-Cal caseworker. Services covered by the CBAS program include:
In-Home Support Services (IHSS)
Burbank seniors can get personal caregiver services through California's In-Home Support Services (IHSS) program. IHSS pays the caregiver of a senior's choice, who may be a spouse, family member or friend, to provide medically necessary assistance in the home. Caregivers can also help with reasonable errands outside of the home. Seniors can decide how care is delivered and by whom.
To apply, seniors in Burbank can call or visit an IHSS office in Los Angeles County. Once eligibility is established, a program worker visits the senior's home to establish benefit limits. Recipients can approve hours worked by their chosen caregiver. New caregivers must apply to IHSS, pass a background check and can receive a free training session.
Paid Family Leave
Seniors who are transitioning home, or who have passed through a bout of illness or other medical need, can get personal support from an immediate family member through California's Paid Family Leave Act (PFLA). PFLA establishes a fund from payroll deductions to support workers who take up to six weeks off to care for a close family member. The law requires any position vacated to remain open for the entire six-week absence. While on leave, benefits are paid by mail twice a month, with amounts based on a complex calculation of the worker's average wage over the three-year look-back period. Once funds are depleted, they must be replenished before paid leave can be taken again.Workers can apply for PFLA up to a month in advance by calling or visiting the website of the Employment Development Department (EDD). EDD typically schedules a phone interview and reviews documents to establish the medical need and the closeness of the family relationship.
|Burbank Housing Corporation (BHC)||(818) 559-2336||The Burbank Housing Corporation (BHC) is a local nonprofit corporation that develops and maintains low-income and affordable housing units in the San Fernando Valley. Seniors can apply for housing during one of BHC's open enrollment periods, or they can apply to join the waiting list. Applications can be made by phone.|
|Los Angeles County Development Authority (LACDA)||(626) 262-4510||The Los Angeles County Development Authority (LACDA) administers the Housing Choice Voucher Program, formerly known as Section 8, for residents of the San Fernando Valley, including Burbank. Seniors who meet income and asset guidelines can apply for the program waiting list by calling or visiting LACDA offices.|
|Emergency Assistance to Prevent Eviction (EAPE)||(818) 701-8200||The Los Angeles County Emergency Assistance to Prevent Eviction (EAPE) program provides a lifetime maximum of $3,000 help to seniors in Burbank who may be facing eviction due to non-payment of rent or a mortgage. Seniors who qualify for CalWORKS can request an application by phone or through a caseworker at the Glendale office.|
|Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)||(800) 427-2200||SoCalGas takes applications from Burbank seniors for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). LIHEAP can cut seniors' gas and electric bills by up to 30%. Other benefits include emergency bill assistance and home weatherization. Applications can be requested by phone and submitted by mail.|