What is assisted living?

What is Assisted Living?

Assisted Living at a Glance

  • 91% of residents are satisfied with their Assisted Living experience.
  • There are 7,757 licensed Assisted Living Assisted Living communities (RCFEs) in California.
  • 164,824 seniors live in California’s Assisted Living communities.
  • Assisted Living provides more than 68,000 jobs in California.

Assisted Living as a Model of Care

Assisted Living is a licensed residential setting that provides 24 hour care and supervision to seniors who need assistance, but do not require around the clock nursing care. Assisted Living communities provide assistance with activities of daily living, medication management, social activities, housekeeping, meals, transportation, and may offer dementia care programs and health-related services.

Government Oversight in California

Assisted Living communities in California are licensed Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFEs) and are regulated by the Department of Social Services. Inspections by state officials, staff training and certification requirements, family and community involvement, and ongoing assurance efforts work together to help ensure quality care.

Costs & Payments

Assisted Living in California is almost entirely private pay. Unlike health facilities or other home-and-community based programs, Medi-Cal does not cover Assisted Living, except through a small, time limited, pilot program in three counties. We are seeing, however, more long-term care insurance policies covering Assisted Living. The cost of Assisted Living varies depending upon the level of need, amenities, apartment size and location. Price changes are impacted by factors such as labor, energy, food and transportation costs.

Informed Consumer Choice

One of the most important elements of Assisted Living is the variety of Assisted Living communities available. Variations in size, amenities, services, and pricing enable consumers to choose an environment that they consider attractive, a community that meets their needs, and pricing that works for them. Assisted Living includes family-owned and operated communities, providers who serve seniors in several communities within California, and providers who offer Assisted Living services in communities in multiple states. The variety and flexibility of Assisted Living has helped make it the popular care option it is today.

Taking full advantage of this variety, consumers today are more informed than ever before. Current law requires admission agreements to disclose pricing structures and reasons rates may go up. Communities must also provide written disclosure of their prior rate increase history for the past three years. In addition, current law also requires disclosure of the reasons for a rate increase, along with the amount of the increase at least 60 days in advance. These laws help ensure that consumers understand the cost of care and have adequate notice of changes. Consumer may also take advantage of information provided by local Community Care Licensing offices. A phone call will provide a verbal review of licensing history at specific communities a consumer may be considering.


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