23 Assisted Living Communities in Oakland, California
The average cost of assisted living in the city is $5,500 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 23 Assisted Living Communities in Oakland and several in surrounding areas.
- Assisted living: $5,500
- Nursing home semiprivate room: $9,148
- In-home care: $5,625
- Adult day health services: $1,733
Assisted Living Facilities near Oakland, California
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Reviews of Assisted Living Facilities in Oakland
March 19, 2022
There are several positive features to life at Piedmont Gardens, mainly the many talented and experienced people who live there. It has a lovely courtyard garden and planting areas, if I say so myself. Its urban location, near so many interesting shops and restaurants on Piedmont Avenue, is ideal. There are also many dedicated and attentive staff. I can vouch for these statements because my wife and I lived there for more than four years. We left in late 2019, however, because the building we lived in was rated by competent seismic engineers to be below the \"life safety\" standard in an earthquake of the magnitude predicted to occur, at any time, in the Bay Area. I read the first of two reports prepared by the engineers, so I know that my statement of the building\'s condition is accurate. The Crestmont Tower is a 16-story, reinforced concrete structure of a slab and column design, non-ductile, and highly vulnerable in an earthquake. Being below the \"life safety\" standard means that the building is at serious risk of damage and loss of life in an earthquake. Now, since 2019, I believe that the management, HumanGood, has been engaged with the engineers in preparing a plan to retrofit the structure, likely at considerable expense, taking some time to carry out, and likely very disruptive to residents living in the building. I mentioned I was allowed to read the first engineers\' report. Although residents were promised they could read both reports, they were not allowed to read the second, but it is a certainty that the second report enlarged upon the essential findings of the first. In the past two years, I am not aware that any plans to retrofit the Crestmont Tower have been announced or shared with residents. I expect that such an announcement will be made eventually. In the meantime, if you are considering moving into the Crestmont Tower, I strongly suggest that you insist upon reading the seismic reports prepared by the engineers first. You should know what you are getting yourself into before signing a contract. If Piedmont Gardens were a condo, and you were buying a unit there, the management would be legally obliged to share such information with you. Why a \"continuing care and retirement community\" for senior citizens doesn\'t have to provide such critical information, I can\'t say, but it doesn\'t. Nevertheless, if you ask to read the reports and are denied an opportunity to do so, you may reach your own conclusions about the safety of the building. I should add, that if the building is brought up to the minimum \"life safety\" seismic standard, it means that occupants are likely to survive a strong earthquake but that the building itself may not be inhabitable as a result of damage. Finally, if you are told that the building is \"legal\", all that means is that it was \"grandfathered\" at the time the State seismic building standards were strengthened. It does not mean that the building is safe in an earthquake of the magnitude likely to occur at any time in the Bay Area. I\'ll conclude by saying that, if the building had met the minimum seismic standard of \"life safety\", I am reasonably certain that my wife and I would have stayed, because we liked so much living at Piedmont Gardens.
October 12, 2019
I toured Pacifica Senior Living Oakland Heights. It was alright, but it was a little older, and not updated. The rooms were not really clean, it wasn't dirty, but it wasn't up to par. It was okay, and the staff was very friendly, very knowledgeable. It just gave me a dreary kind of feeling, and it wasn't a happy setting to me. It needs to be upgraded.
September 30, 2017
St. Paul's Towers was a very pleasant place. It had excellent staff and excellent food service. It had many amenities, including a large library, two craft rooms, multiple meeting rooms, and an exercise room. The dining area was very attractive and had large windows looking out over a garden.
July 17, 2017
Mercy Retirement & Care Center did a great job, and if I were looking for housing right now, I would probably be very interested in pursuing them. The staff member was excellent, very patient, knowledgeable, kind, understanding, and gave me a lot of time. He told me the history of the place, gave me a thorough tour, and I had a good experience with him. He's highly recommended. I really liked the place. I did observe people doing puzzles, listening to music, sitting around, talking, and socializing.
July 17, 2017
My mom was at The Point at Rockridge. We love it. The services were excellent as far as taking care of my mom. The caregivers were good. The place was always very clean. The staff was always very attentive. They had the dining room service and activities where they tried to get the residents involved in. Overall, it was a very good community. I would give it an excellent rating. It was in March when my mother contracted pneumonia. The medical technicians were excellent. They communicated back and forth with me. They gave her her meds, they checked on her, and they made sure that she ate. It was excellent.
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Assisted Living Costs in Oakland
The Genworth 2018 Cost of Care Study indicates that the average monthly cost of assisted living in Oakland, as well as in San Jose, is the highest in the state. Oakland’s costs are $1,000 above the state average and $1,500 above the national average. When compared with other major cities, such as Los Angeles ($4,500), Sacramento ($4,473) and San Diego ($4,500), the cost in Oakland is significantly higher.
Specific senior care cost data isn’t available for Oakland. Data for the nearest major city, San Francisco, has been listed instead.
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Oakland/San Francisco area
Care Cost Comparison
The type of care needed is the biggest factor influencing the cost of care. The average monthly cost of nursing home care is more than $3,500 higher than that of assisted living in Oakland. When compared with home care services, assisted living is slightly less expensive. However, when factoring in the additional costs seniors are required to pay when they continue to live at home, such as rent, groceries and utilities, the difference becomes far more sizable. Cost of Homemaker/Home Health Aide Comparison Chart
Cost of Homemaker/Home Health Aide Comparison Chart
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Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Oakland
Medicaid in California
Medicaid programs across the U.S. provide low-income Americans, including families, pregnant women and seniors, with access to healthcare, prescription medication and medical supplies. In California, the state Medicaid program is called Medi-Cal. It’s funded by the state with the support of the federal government.
Medi-Cal supports seniors who need help with the cost of assisted living in Oakland and throughout California through two waiver programs: The Assisted Living Waiver and the Multipurpose Senior Services Program. Seniors can only participate in one of these waivers. To qualify, seniors must submit to a comprehensive assessment that determines their level of need.
For all Medi-Cal programs, including the state plan and individual waivers, applicants cannot have an income higher than $1,242 (individual) or $1,682 (couple) per month or countable assets higher than $2,000 (individual) or $3,000 (couple). Exempt assets include the applicant’s home, household furnishings and personal belongings.
To apply for the state Medi-Cal plan, seniors can call (800) 300-1506.
Assisted Living Waiver
Seniors who reside in assisted living facilities can apply to have Medi-Cal pay for the cost of care under the Assisted Living Waiver. Covered services may include medical care, dental care and transportation services. The cost of room and board is not covered by Medi-Cal.
To apply for the Assisted Living Waiver, seniors can contact the Institute on Aging at (408) 474-0679 or visit any Care Coordinator Agency in the San Francisco area.
Multipurpose Senior Services Program
The Multipurpose Senior Services Program exists to provide low-income seniors with services that help them to avoid a nursing care facility. The program is available only to those who have reached a nursing level of care but can continue to safely live within an assisted living community or in their own home. The program covers services, including nurse visits, physical therapy and transportation.
The Multipurpose Senior Services Program is capped at 12,000 participants, so there is often a waiting list for those who wish to participate. Seniors are often required to be reassessed on an annual basis.
To learn more about how to apply or be added to the waiting list, seniors can contact the California Department of Health Services at (866) 262-9881.
Other Financial Assistance Programs for Assisted Living
State Supplemental Payment
California’s State Supplemental Payment is available to low-income seniors who receive the federal Supplemental Security Income benefit. It was created to assist with paying for room-and-board costs or other necessary expenses for long-term care. The maximum monthly payment is $160.72 per month (individual) or $407.14 (couple), and each senior’s payment is calculated based on their income and living situation.
To be eligible for this supplement, seniors must meet financial eligibility requirements, which change often. To learn more about current requirements or to apply for the State Supplemental Payment, seniors can call their local Social Security office at (800) 772-1213.
Elderlife Bridge Loan
Elderlife Financial Services offers seniors an alternative way to pay for long-term care. The company provides bridge loans, which are issued directly to the senior’s residence and repaid in affordable monthly installments. These loans are useful for seniors who are awaiting approval of benefits, the sale of a home or other long-term funding solutions.
While eligibility depends on credit and income, seniors who don’t qualify for a loan can include up to six cosigners on their application to increase their chances of approval. Seniors can apply online or by calling (888) 228-4500.
Long-Term Care Insurance
Long-term care insurance policies can cover most of the cost of long-term care for seniors who own them. Policies typically need to be purchased by adults before health deteriorates or the need for long-term care exists. Premiums, deductibles and terms vary depending on the insurance provider and the policy.
Assisted Living Resources in Oakland
Oakland Senior Centers
Senior centers offer individuals 55 and older with a sense of community and a place to gather with peers. They usually provide a variety of programs and activities, such as bingo or card games, classes, day trips and meals.
City of Oakland Senior Centers
Fruitvale-San Antonio Senior Center
3301 East 12 Street Suite 201, Oakland, California 94601
Vietnamese Community Center
106 International Boulevard, Oakland, California 94606
Area Agency on Aging
Area Agencies on Aging are nonprofit organizations that work as senior advocates. They provide a range of services including community resource facilitation and benefits mediation. Alamada County Adult & Aging
6955 Foothill Boulevard Suite 100, Oakland, California 94605
Veterans Affairs provides vets with a range of benefits and services that may include free medical care, which can be accessed in VA clinics across the country. Seniors can call or visit their local Veterans Affairs clinics to learn more.
VA Oakland Regional Office
1301 Clay Street North Tower Oakland, California 94612
Oakland Outpatient Clinic – VA Northern California Health Care System
2221 Martin Luther King Junior Way, Oakland, California 94612
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2361 EAST 29TH STREET,
Oakland, California 94606
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