46 Assisted Living Communities in Escondido, California
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 46 Assisted Living Communities in Escondido and several in surrounding areas. The Cost of Senior Care in Escondido, CA
- Assisted Living: $4,500
- Nursing Home Care: $8,517
- In-home Care: $4,767
- Adult Day Health Services: $1,733
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Reviews of Assisted Living Facilities in Escondido
February 3, 2021
The Springs of Escondido was OK, it's just a little bit too far away from where I live. I want Mom closer to me if she has to go into something like that. The rooms were OK. The staff who accommodated me was really good. The dining area was nice. The girl who took me on a tour had them make a pie for me, and it was very good.
October 2, 2019
I liked Pacifica Senior Living Escondido. They were great. The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable and I loved how the staff members knew everyone's name. They didn't treat everyone just as a resident or patient and that showed the connection and that they care. The place was very clean and the studios were pretty spacious. The dining area was clean and looked like a very nice restaurant.
January 19, 2019
I thought Pacifica Senior Living Escondido was very nice. The staff was very pleasant, informative, friendly, and they were very delightful. We went through the dining area and a group of people were doing Wii Bowling when we got there. We also saw the exercise room and we saw all the facilities on all the floors. We went into a room that we thought my dad might like as well. I was impressed. The place was clean, there was nothing out of order or out of place, and it looked like it was top-notch. The staff was enlightening, answered all our questions, and took the time to sit with us and give us all the details. I enjoyed it very much.
October 29, 2018
I liked what I saw at Oakmont of Escondido Hills. I could've been quite happy there. I liked the liveliness of the members and the staff was good. I enjoyed them too. We didn't get too far into it as far as accommodating themselves, but I was pleasantly taken with it.
October 2, 2018
When you walk in at Las Villas Del Norte(Elmcroft, it was a very big place. But its very institutional. The room we saw was sunny and empty; you have to bring your own furniture. The person who gave me the tour was fine, but she was somebody brought from the outside and not part of the program there. They have facilities like a swimming pool. There was nothing wrong with it; its just not the right fit.
August 20, 2018
Oakmont of Escondido Hills is secluded. There are really not many houses, so it is a quiet neighborhood. The staff members seem good; we're happy with them. They have everything, i.e., a theater, a pool table, and a salon. They have a full range of amenities. The staff seems to be competent; everything seems to be fine. The place is very clean, open, bright, and nice. We feel very at home there. Some of the places we visited were not as friendly feeling. One thing we like about Oakmont is that it is by itself, it is quiet and it is more in the country.
June 29, 2018
The Springs of Escondido's food is very good, but it's difficult getting used to the way they serve because it's pretty regimental. You have to come for the meals at 8:12 and 5:00, and they have a certain pattern for serving. The staff has been very nice. However, they're not all that accommodating with transportation. They schedule trips on Sunday mornings, which does not allow for anyone to get transportation to church. I like my 1-bedroom apartment very much. I have sliding glass doors with a balcony, and it has lots of covered space, which is very nice. It's a much more livable apartment than where I was. They provide a system where you have a pendant, and if you have a problem, you can press it and they will find out what your problem is. In general, the staff has been good. There are two elevators, but they're small. I'm on the third floor, and one of the elevator is right on the other side of the building from where I live.
February 28, 2018
Las Villas Del Norte was a very large facility, but the room was semi-private, and I didn't like the setup where's she's practically in a living room and a room. The sales rep was very nice and knowledgeable; I didn't have any problems with her at all.
February 5, 2018
The rooms at Silverado Escondido were very nice. We had a tour and saw of their activities. The staff was favorable. The facility was clean, and the dining area was attractive and well kept.
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Assisted Living Costs in Escondido
According to Genworth’s 2018 Cost of Care study, the monthly cost of assisted living in Escondido is right in line with the California state average ($4,500) but $500 above the national average of $4,000. Rates here are on par with Los Angeles ($4,500), slightly less than Oxnard ($4,575) but much higher than other cities such as Riverside ($3,500), El Centro ($3,650) and Bakersfield ($3,150). Of the cities surveyed in this area of the state, only Santa Maria has a higher monthly cost at $4,825.
Note: Senior care cost data wasn’t available for Escondido, so data for the closest city, San Diego, was used.
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Care Cost Comparison
When comparing senior care options in Escondido, it’s important to consider the reasons why monthly costs differ, such as the number of service hours, the level of care and the setting. In-home care, including homemaker and home health aide services, costs a moderate amount more per month than assisted living, but the true cost may be much higher when household operating expenses are factored in. Nursing homes and assisted living communities both provide residential care that includes room and board, but there’s a huge rate difference between the two. The round-the-clock availability of skilled nursing services is the main reason why nursing home costs in Escondido are $4,000 higher per month compared to assisted living.
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Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Escondido
Medicaid in California
Medi-Cal, the California Medicaid program, is administered by the Department of Health Care Services and provides free or low-cost coverage to approximately one-quarter of the population.
Medi-Cal enrollees receive a range of health care benefits such as physicians visits, hospital, outpatient and emergency services, preventive care, physical therapy and lab services.
To qualify for coverage, applicants must be U.S. citizens or legal California residents with an income below 138% of the federal poverty level or:
- $16,395 annually or $1,366 per month for individuals
- $22,108 annually or $1,842 per month for couples
Income from all sources counts for Medi-Cal eligibility purposes, including wages, Social Security payments, Social Security disability benefits, stock dividends, IRA withdrawals and pension payments.
Escondido seniors with income over the allowed limit may qualify through Medi-Cal’s Aged, Blind and Disabled Medically Needy program. Under the program, an applicant can spend down excess monthly income on health care premiums or medical bills based on a predetermined share of cost.
Married applicants with high income may still qualify if just one spouse applies because Medi-Cal allows the transfer of up to $3,160.50 to the non-applicant spouse as a monthly maintenance needs allowance.
The Medi-Cal program also has asset limits of $2,000 per person and $3,000 for married couples.
Many assets are excluded, such as a primary home, household and personal effects, burial trusts and one vehicle. Excess assets can’t be spent down or disposed of by individual applicants to qualify for coverage. However, Medi-Cal does let a non-applicant spouse retain up to $126,420 in jointly held assets, which may help a married senior qualify.
Seniors who qualify for SSI and SSP benefits are automatically enrolled in Medi-Cal and receive full-scope coverage.
Those who need long-term care in a nursing facility qualify for institutional coverage without regard to income if they meet Medi-Cal asset guidelines.
Residents of Escondido can apply for Medi-Cal online, by calling (800) 300-1506 or by visiting the North Inland Family Resource Center.
Assisted Living Waiver Program
California’s Medicaid program only covers room and board in nursing homes, but the state does offer a home and community-based assisted living waiver that pays for various services in a non-medical facility.
Covered services include transition assistance, transportation, care coordination, personal care, medication administration and help with daily living activities. Basic facility services are also covered, such as housekeeping and laundry, prepared meals and snacks as well as social and recreational programs.
To qualify, seniors must be enrolled in Medi-Cal without a share of cost and be assessed as needing an intermediate level of nursing care. Applicants also must be able to live safely in an assisted living setting with the waiver’s support services.
The ALW isn’t an entitlement program and may not be available at all assisted living facilities in the Escondido area. Depending on enrollment numbers, qualified applicants may be placed on a waiting list.
Seniors interested in the ALW program can contact one of the four Care Coordination Agencies serving San Diego County to schedule an assessment and start the application process.
Other Financial Assistance Programs for Assisted Living
State Supplemental Payment
Escondido seniors with limited income and resources who qualify for Supplemental Security Income may be eligible for State Supplemental Payment benefits to help pay assisted living room-and-board costs. To qualify, an applicant must be a U.S. citizen or legal California resident and:
If approved, a state benefit of up to $160.62 per person or $407.14 per couple may be added to the recipient’s monthly SSI payment.
To apply, Escondido residents can contact the Social Security Administration at (800) 772-1213.
Assisted Living Bridge Loan
A bridge loan from Elderlife Financial offers an alternative for seniors who don’t have sufficient cash available at the moment to finance a transition to assisted living.
Available for terms of up to 24 months and set up as a line of credit, bridge loans offer a short-term source of funds for seniors waiting for benefit payments to begin or the sale of a home or other assets.
Applications can be completed online or over the phone, and oftentimes, loans are approved and funded within 24 hours. There are no up-front costs or fees to apply, and up to six borrowers are allowed on an application to help a senior qualify.
To learn more or apply, interested seniors can contact Elderlife Financial Services at (888) 228-4500.
Assisted Living Resources in Escondido
The Escondido Senior Center offers a wide array of programs and activities for area residents age 60 and over. Visitors can play shuffleboard or billiards, join an exercise class, enjoy chit chat over morning coffee, relax in the library room or volunteer in the center’s thrift shop. A delicious noontime meal is available Monday through Friday, and the center offers free transportation for the lunch program.
Escondido Senior Center
210 Park Ave., Escondido, CA 92025
Assistance with filing for benefits and pensions and making appeals is available to Escondido senior veterans at the local Military and VA resource center. The city’s community-based VA outpatient clinic provides primary care, lab services and other health-related services.
Military and Veterans Affairs Resource Center
649 W Mission Ave., Escondido, CA 92025
VA Outpatient Clinic
815 E Pennsylvania Ave., Escondido, CA 92025
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