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The average cost of assisted living in the city is $4,500 a month. This guide is a starting point covering the cost of assisted living care in the city, as well as financing options to pay for it. You'll find in-depth information on 13 assisted living facilities in Carlsbad and 30 in surrounding areas.
The Cost of Senior Care in Carlsbad, CA
Sitting just blocks away from shopping and recreation, La Villas de Carlsbad offers accommodations and services for independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing care.
Brookdale Carlsbad is a unique oceanside senior living community offering a continuum of care to accommodate our residents' changing needs throughout all stages of life.
When seniors join the Hillside Garden I care home, they will enjoy the great weather of Carlsbad and the excellent service they receive from our friendly twenty-four-hour staff.
At the Carlsbad Elder Care home, we pride ourselves on providing individualized services and activities that enable seniors to thrive and enjoy a worry-free lifestyle.
When seniors join the Hillside Gardens II care home, they will feel refreshed and energized by the ocean breezes and excellent, respective service provided by our dedicate staff.
Along with the gorgeous view of the La Costa Golf Course, residents of La Costa Golf Care receive excellent service, care and amenities from a dedicated, compassionate staff.
For seniors needing assisted living care in Carlsbad, the Family Comfort Care is the ideal location because we take care of household chores while providing engaging activities.
La Costa Elder Care is a care home where residents find a friendly staff available twenty-four hours and a warm and nurturing environment that has house pets and a garden.
For when your loved one can no longer live alone, La Costa Palms offers a homelike setting which includes services and amenities that will make your loved one love their new home.
Carlsbad By The Sea in Carlsbad, Calif., is a continuing care retirement community located on 3.8 acres that has an oceanfront view. When you join our community, you will have the beach in your backyard and all the shops and…
This community is all about the care of the resident with potential for cognitive issues. It is an older property and smaller rooms but each inch is used to look like a different venue. From cafes, to sitting areas, to fireplaces with warm sofas, just the kind of place that is cozy and offers safety. All the residenc...Read more Sunrise at La Costa reviews
Sunrise at La Costa is a great facility for seniors needed assisted living or seniors who have memory case needs. The staff are very caring and address the residents by name. The residents are treated like family and taken care of by a well-trained, attentive staff. This facility offers a bistro that operates 24 hou...Read more Sunrise at La Costa reviews
This facility is one of the most active communities for parties and activities. They have a large staff of islanders and like to share their culture. The activity director is very creative and always offering new experiences to the residence. I think the courtyard could be a little bigger however this community is more...Read more Brookdale Carlsbad reviews
Brookdale Carlsbad has such nice outdoor areas. I really liked the outdoor area in the back of the facility as it had a patio and nice shaded tables. Though the outdoor areas here aren’t huge, they are thought out considering the amount of space available. Inside Brookdale Carlsbad is reasonably clean with nice décor t...Read more Brookdale Carlsbad reviews
The tour with Brookdale Carlsbad was good. The community was very nice, but expensive because it is in Carlsbad. There was an entrance fee that you have to pay, but it was reasonable. It was better than the other community too. The facilities were very posh. However, they charge $35 a month for parking and they also to...Read more Brookdale Carlsbad reviews
Genworth’s 2018 Cost of Care study shows that at $4,500 per month, Carlsbad’s average monthly cost for assisted living is equal to the state average, which is $500 higher than the national average ($4,000).
Prices in cities to the north, such as Santa Maria ($4,825), Los Angeles ($4,500) and Oxnard ($4,575), are comparable. Further inland, where real estate prices are lower, assisted living costs less in El Centro ($3,650), Riverside ($3,500) and Bakersfield ($3,150).
Note: Senior care cost data wasn’t available for Carlsbad, so data for the closest city, San Diego, was used.
The Cost of Assisted Living in Surrounding Areas
Monthly senior care costs in Carlsbad range from $1,733 for adult day health services up to $8,517 for semiprivate nursing home care. The significant price difference is due to the type of care offered with each service. Nursing home care involves around-the-clock medical care in a specialized, state-licensed residential facility, while day health services provide nonmedical supervision on weekdays only in a group setting.
Assisted living costs between $267 and $299 less than 44 hours of weekly homemaker or home health aide services, and as with nursing home care, assisted living prices include accommodations, meals, home maintenance and most utilities.
Senior Care Cost Comparison Chart
One in four California residents are enrolled in Medicaid, the nationwide health protection plan for those who can’t afford medical care, including children, adults with disabilities and the elderly. It includes coverage for primary, emergency and long-term care services.
Medicaid is jointly funded by federal and state governments and administered at the state level. In California, the program is known as Medi-Cal. To qualify for free Medi-Cal coverage, seniors either need to be Supplemental Security Income recipients or meet the following financial criteria:
Some assets are exempt, including one vehicle, clothing, household furnishings, a non-revocable burial trust and a home in which either the applicant and/or their spouse lives.
If only one spouse in a married couple is seeking Medi-Cal coverage, the non-applicant spouse is entitled to a minimum monthly maintenance needs allowance of up to $3,161, which can be transferred from the applicant spouse without penalty. The non-applicant can also keep up to $126,420 of the couples’ countable assets under the community spouse resource allowance clause.
For more information and assistance with Medi-Cal enrollment, contact the Access Call Center at (866) 262-9881.
Assisted Living Waiver
The Assisted Living Waiver is a Medicaid home and community waiver that funds support services for seniors who meet the Medicaid criteria for nursing home placement.
To qualify for the ALW, seniors must be 65 or older, have Medi-Cal coverage with no share-of-cost and wish to reside in an assisted living facility. Under the program, participants pay the room-and-board portion of their monthly costs, and Medi-Cal funds services participants need to remain safely in assisted living, which may include:
The ALW also provides transition support for seniors who are moving from a nursing facility to an assisted living setting.
Participants are placed in an assisted living facility operated by a participating ALW provider. Seniors who meet program criteria may be placed on a waiting list as there are statewide ALW enrollment limits.
For more information and to request an ALW assessment, contact GrandCare, the ALW Care Coordinator Agency for San Diego County, at (866) 554-2447.
VA Aid and Attendance Benefits and Housebound Allowance
VA pension recipients who have a chronic illness or permanent disability that impacts their ability to perform self-care and/or limits their mobility may qualify for increased pension payments under either the VA Aid and Attendance Benefit or the Housebound Allowance.
Maximum annual pensions rates under Aid and Attendance are:
To qualify for Aid and Attendance, applicants must:
Maximum annual pension rates under Housebound are:
To qualify for Housebound, applicants must have a permanent disability that prevents them from leaving their home most of the time.
Note: Benefits from these two programs cannot be combined, and veterans who already receive VA disability benefits are ineligible for Aid and Attendance and Housebound.
For application assistance, contact the San Diego County Office of Military and Veterans Affairs at (858) 694-3222. Veterans and survivors who are unable to travel to a VA office location can request outreach services.
Seniors aged 50 and older can participate in a wide variety of fitness classes, activity groups and social clubs at the Carlsbad Senior Center. Operated by the City of Carlsbad, the center offers a low-cost lunch on weekdays for seniors aged 60 and older.
There are regular, free educational workshops for seniors that focus on financial, health and wellness issues. Seniors can register in free tech classes to learn how to use a smartphone, tablet or laptop, and transportation to the center is available for a $2 donation.
Carlsbad Senior Center
799 Pine Ave., Carlsbad, CA 92008
San Diego County’s Aging and Independence Services provides seniors with referrals to local resources, including free legal assistance, senior dining centers and home-delivered meals and the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program.
For information on AIS services and programs, call (800) 510-2020.
Assistance with VA benefit applications, appeals and service records is available at the Military and Veterans Affairs Resource Center in nearby Oceanside. The center also offers outreach services for vets and survivors who have difficulty traveling due to a disability.
Outpatient VA health services, including primary care, physical therapy and diabetes care, are available at the Oceanside VA Clinic, which is affiliated with the VA San Diego Healthcare System.
San Diego County Military and Veterans Affairs Resource Center
1701 Mission Ave., Suite 110, Oceanside, CA 92058
Oceanside VA Clinic
1300 Rancho del Oro Dr., Oceanside, CA 92056-1729
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