2021 Top California Senior Living Communities

Making the choice to move into a senior living community is not easy. If it is for yourself, giving up your independence can be tough. If it is for a loved one, having this discussion can be somewhat uncomfortable. California has hundreds of communities for every level of care and budget. While this is helpful, it can be difficult to know where to start. Independent living is great, but doesn’t offer any care. Residential care homes have a small and cozy environment, but your loved one may need a larger facility with more resources.

We created this list of top communities for California to help you narrow down your search for the right senior living. There are 15 detailed profiles on the highest rated facilities throughout the state as well as 10 other honorable mentions. Even if you don’t see a community near you, there are still lots of quality living and care options. Visit our senior living directory for more choices or contact us for help.

Tip for Budgeting for a California Senior Living Community
One of the most frequent mistakes when putting together a budget to eventually move into a senior living community is not considering current spending behavior. Detailing regular monthly expenses is a good start, but try and zero in on actual spending in a given week to gain a better understanding.

Ranking The Best Senior Living Facilities in California

Ranking the best senior living facilities in California was no easy feat. It’s a large, diverse state with a lot of providers. We combined user reviews from Facebook, Google, alongside reviews from own users. Reviews don’t tell the whole story, so our team looked through The Care Management Provider Bureau (CMPB) for care violations and health hazards.

Affordability is a big issue when it comes to a senior living community. Prices fluctuate greatly, but the median price in California is $2,900 per month for assisted living. Most of these quotes include meals, services, and amenities, but it is recommended to read the fine print to fully understand what’s included. Independent Living is cheaper, but doesn’t provide any care. Nursing homes and memory care provide the highest level of care, but can be thousands more.

Top Rated California Senior Living Facilities

4.8/5 Average Rating of Facilities
232 Total Reviews

5 stars

Vivante on the Coast

1640 Monrovia Ave
Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Living Types Available: Assisted Living, Memory Care

5 stars

5.0/5 Average Rating
17 Total Reviews

Vivante on the Coast Costa Mesa CA

What residents and loved ones have to say about Vivante on the Coast:

My father has lived in a Senior Living facilites for the past 10 years. This is by far the nicest facility I have ever visited. The food is outstanding. The clam chowder was the best I have ever tasted. The staff are kind and really helpful. Needless to say I moved him here and I am delighted.

-Bob Rojas

Paradise Valley Manor and Health Care Center

2575 E 8th St
National City CA 91950

Living Types Available: Assisted Living, Nursing Home

5 stars

5.0/5 Average Rating
20 Total Reviews

Paradise Valley Manor National City CA

What residents and loved ones have to say about Paradise Valley Manor and Health Care Center:

I been here over a week & the care here is definitely a 5 stars. I am so happy I am here. The nurses are so sweet & they treat everyone with such love & respect. I have really bad pain & they make sure I am in no pain. I am only 50 years old & I hope I come back here when I can’t take care if myself. All my love & respect for the nurses & all staff, keep up the excellent care you give to us.

-Martha Garcia

Merrill Gardens at West Covina

1400 W West Covina Pkwy
West Covina CA 91790

Living Types Available: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

4.5 stars

4.9/5 Average Rating
27 Total Reviews

merrill gardens at west covina ca

What residents and loved ones have to say about Merrill Gardens at West Covina:

An amazing community with an amazing team. The community looks great! It’s brand new. More important that what it looks like on the outside is the team running it on the inside. I’ve known and worked with Sherry (the Executive Director) off and on for years and she’s one of the best leaders in our industry. The residents and families at Merrill Garden’s West Covina community are lucky to have her. It’s tough finding leaders who genuinely care about their residents and employees as much as Sherry does. Congratulations to Sherry and her team on opening a wonderful community.

-Dean Mattsson

Los Angeles Jewish Home

7150 Tampa Ave
Reseda CA 91335

Living Types Available: Assisted Living

4.5 stars

4.9/5 Average Rating
22 Total Reviews

Los Angeles Jewish Home CA

What residents and loved ones have to say about Los Angeles Jewish Home:

I thought Jewish Home (Grancell Village) was the best one my husband had ever been in. We were not Jewish, but it was one of the best. The care there was unbelievable. They had entertainment and they had excellent food. Most of them were regular food, but they were very good. The whole thing was great. You could go outside. They had a beautiful garden area, you could sit on one of the tables, and they had several picnic tables there. They actually had a store for the visitors to be able to buy sandwiches or something for themselves.

-Sandy

Oakmont of Brookside

3318 Brookside Rd
Stockton CA 95219

Living Types Available: Assisted Living, Memory Care

4.5 stars

4.8/5 Average Rating
9 Total Reviews

Oakmont of Brookside Stockton CA

What residents and loved ones have to say about Oakmont of Brookside:

I am writing on behalf of my Uncle, Henry (Jeff) Schuller. I am his nephew and closest family member and am actively involved in his care and his affairs. In the past my uncle has been very hard to please when it came to his living and care issues. Since he arrived he has really been pleased and as his overseer I am also pleased with every aspect of the Facility. Consistently goes above and beyond his duties to ensure that Jeff is taken care of and consistently communicates with me. We could not ask for more ! Our sincere appreciation.

-Eric Schuller

Royal Vista Care Center

909 W Santa Anita St
San Gabriel, CA 91776

Living Types Available: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Nursing Home

4.5 stars

4.9/5 Average Rating
12 Total Reviews

Royal Vista Care Center San Gabriel CA

What residents and loved ones have to say about Royal Vista Care Center:

I would like to express my gratitude to the management, and to all staff of Royal Vista Memory Care Unit for the excellent care they gave to my brother in-law. The place is quiet, looks festive for the holiday, and very clean. Their staff are very helpful and polite

-Maria Brown

Parkview of Glendale Assisted Living

426 Piedmont Ave
Glendale CA 91206

Living Types Available: Assisted Living, Memory Care

4.5 stars

4.4/5 Average Rating
15 Total Reviews

Parkview of Glendale Glendale CA

What residents and loved ones have to say about Parkview of Glendale Assisted Living:

It was a very comfortable fit for my mom because the staff was very engaging and the residents seemed to be very friendly. The dining room is not fancy, but it’s very clean and well run. The food is very fresh and well prepared. They have exercises, recreation, and art programs. It seems more intimate there. The staff is terrific and very good about engaging the residents who live there and making my mom feel comfortable and oriented.

-Hal

Rose Place Memory Care

1119 Rosemarie Ln
Stockton CA 95207

Living Types Available: Memory Care

4.5 stars

4.4/5 Average Rating
14 Total Reviews

Rose Place Memory Care Stockton CA

What residents and loved ones have to say about Rose Place Memory Care:

Last night was a very upsetting situation for myself and my siblings. We had to find an emergency placement for our mother. Christina left her home and dinner guest to meet with us, showed us around, and explained some key info on Dementia. Within a few hours Mom in a bed and settled for the night. Thank you Christina and staff.

-Antoinette Marino

Cogir of Vallejo Hills

350 Locust Dr
Vallejo CA 94591

Living Types Available: Independent Living, Assisted Living

4.5 stars

4.7/5 Average Rating
11 Total Reviews

Cogir of Vallejo Hills CA

What residents and loved ones have to say about Cogir of Vallejo Hills:

I visited for a tour with Sally Schultz for my mother. Very impressed with the location, facility and staff. Very clean and beautiful with outside gardens, fountains and flowers. Plenty of parking for visitors. Rooms are spacious, clean, bright and cheery. Great services are available to make the golden years golden! I look forward to placing my mom here

-Andrea Rodoni

Cloisters of the Valley

4171 Camino Del Rio S
San Diego CA 92108

Living Types Available: Memory Care, Nursing Home

4.5 stars

4.9/5 Average Rating
19 Total Reviews

Cloisters of Valley San Diego CA

What residents and loved ones have to say about Cloisters of the Valley:

When I had to move my mother from a Senior Residence in Connecticut to San Diego because I needed to spend more time with her than I could give her 3000 miles away, I chose Cloisters of the Valley over ll the other places I was shown because of the caring interest of the staff in each resident, and the beauty of the facility and its grounds. She was happy there – her great grandchildren could visit, and engage in the play activities- and the staff and outside services from the administrator Bonnie Dolan on down made her feel special. This was a very good choice for us.

-Barbara Alcorn

Heritage Park Nursing Center

275 Garnet Way
Upland CA 91786

Living Types Available: Nursing Home

4.5 stars

4.5/5 Average Rating
13 Total Reviews

Heritage Park Nursing Center Upland CA

What residents and loved ones have to say about Heritage Park Nursing Center:

9 months and counting. My mother has been at this place for nine months now. I continually write reviews because I want others to know that this skilled nursing facility is one that sets the pace and standards that others should notice. Micayla the Activity director and her staff makes the patients feel that they are an extended family member. From the dining area with table class to scheduled activities during the day and let’s add there once a Month outings . It is nice to know that your love one is not going to be bored. The staff at Heritage have a great way of including staff and patient interaction. I definitely recommend this place.

-Sharon Perez

WellQuest of Elk Grove

8871 E Stockton Blvd
Elk Grove CA 95624

Living Types Available: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

5 stars

5.0/5 Average Rating
8 Total Reviews

wellquest of elk grove ca

What residents and loved ones have to say about WellQuest of Elk Grove:

I was visiting my grandparents today and I would like to say how excellent the dinner was. Not just taste, but also presentation. I’m very pleased to know my grandparents are in good hands.

-Riya Gill

Westmont Village

17050 Arnold Dr
Riverside CA 92518

Living Types Available: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

5 stars

5.0/5 Average Rating
22 Total Reviews

westmont village riverside ca

What residents and loved ones have to say about Westmont Village:

A word in passing, as a 10 year resident of AF Village West, a beautiful joyful place for residents, I am currently in the AF Village West Skilled Nursing Facility as a result of a falling injury. In retrospect, the most intelligent thing that I have ever done was to enter the program here that has been devised and improved upon by its inhabitants during its 26 years of existence. The camaraderie, joy and comfort that I have shared here provides a beautiful living experience – a proven fact that this extends and creates a joyful quality of life.

-Rita Sayre

Southland Care Center

11701 Studebaker Rd
Norwalk CA 90650

Living Types Available: Assisted Living

5 stars

5.0/5 Average Rating
12 Total Reviews

Southland Care Center Norwalk CA

What residents and loved ones have to say about Southland Care Center:

Thank you Southland Living for taking care of me and the therapist to they really help me. The therapist came twice a day to help me and get me starting walking again after surgery. The nurse were all nice if I wanted a sandwich they would bring to me. The food there is great three meals a day. Your friend Lina.

-Lina Carroll

Serento Rosa Senior Living

17803 Imperial Hwy
Yorba Linda CA 92886

Living Types Available: Assisted Living, Memory Care

4.5 stars

4.9/5 Average Rating
12 Total Reviews

Serento Rosa Senior Living Yorba Linda CA

What residents and loved ones have to say about Serento Rosa Senior Living:

This place takes such good care of their residents. They have all kinds of activities such as BINGO, outings, Hawaiian luau, black jack, art and music classes, sewing parties, and much more. I would highly recommend this place for your loved one.

-Clayton Dalton

Honorable Mentions – CA Communities

Smith Ranch Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
Community Living Options
Little Tokyo Towers
Carnelian Assisted Living
Carroll’s Residential Care
Waters Edge Lodge
The Gardens at Laguna Springs
Acacia Villas Assisted Living
Valley Vista Senior Living
Voralto at Belmont