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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 14 assisted living facilities in Whittier and 30 in surrounding areas.
The Cost of Senior Care in Whittier, CA
Sitting just outside Los Angeles in historic Uptown Whittier, Brookdale Uptown Whittier is a vibrant senior community offering independent and assisted living.
Located in the beautiful Historic District of Whittier just East of Los Angeles, Brookdale Central Whittier is a dynamic community providing compassionate assisted living services.
Offering a wide selection of services, activities and events, Brookdale Casa Whittier is an ideal community at which residents enjoy assisted living accommodations.
Posada Whittier is an assisted living community that is lively, fun and full of surprises. Offering 77 private suites, you're free to choose one that fits your budget, from studios to deluxe one-bedrooms.
Centrally located in the greater Los Angeles area, Whittier Place is a charming community providing independent living, assisted living and memory care accommodations for seniors.
Oakmont was one of these places that are very nice but very expensive. The food was excellent, everything was a step above and it is brand-new. It's really nice. The activities are a level above compared to my mother's current community. The rooms were not quite the size of where my mom is currently at. There were larg...Read more Oakmont of Whittier reviews
Oakmont of Whittier is lovely, clean, and a very nice place to live. It's expensive and relatively new. The hallways were wide and light. There are a lot of nice places to sit and eat and walk around. The gardens were very nice and the open areas were very inviting. Everything seemed high-end. The people looked very ha...Read more Oakmont of Whittier reviews
Oakmont of Whittier called me and they told me they had a room for $6,000, and I think that's really expensive for that place. It's small, and doesn't really have a lot to offer, so I don't think it's worth it. The rooms they showed me looked good. They were all right. It looks just like its sister community that I've ...Read more Oakmont of Whittier reviews
Brookdale Central had a nice balance, it's not too big and not too small. They have all the amenities but it's very subtle. Everything was non-pretentious. My mother is very happy with the food there and it doesn't cost is not as much as other places. They have limited activities, there's an exercise class, bingo and c...Read more Brookdale Central Whittier reviews
My dad is in Brookdale and it's excellent. They have very caring staff from administration to housekeeping. They're very attentive and very personal with my father. The dining is like a restaurant environment, with plenty of selections for all meals, and they are very attentive to the elders. The waiters and waitresses...Read more Brookdale Central Whittier reviews
While the Posada has beautiful decorations and a clean environment, once you scratch the surface, the problem becomes evident. In an effort to save money, there is no full-time activities director. Exercising to a video is not an activity. Activities to keep the senior's mind engaged are not present. Seniors are of...Read more Posada Whittier reviews
At $4,500 per month, the average cost of assisted living care in Whittier is on par with the California average, but $500 more than the nationwide norm. In many of California’s major cities, including Sacramento ($4,473) and San Diego ($4,500), assisted living costs about the same as in Whittier.
Some California cities are much pricier. In Santa Cruz, assisted living costs an average of $5,595 per month, which is over $1,000 more than in Whittier. San Francisco is not far behind at $5,500. Bakersfield seniors pay the lowest assisted living price in California at just $3,150. The Riverside area, at $3,500 per month, is also relatively inexpensive.
Note: Senior care cost data for Whittier wasn’t available, so data for nearby Los Angeles was used.
The Cost of Assisted Living in Surrounding Areas
While location plays a major role in the cost of senior care, the type of care is also a significant factor. In Whittier, assisted living ($4,500) is nearly three times the cost of adult day health services ($1,565), reports Genworth’s 2018 Cost of Care study. At $7,604 per month, nursing home care is over $3,000 more expensive than assisted living.
For $4,767 per month, seniors can receive in-home care from a homemaker or home health aide. While this is only $267 more than assisted living, property taxes, home maintenance, utilities, groceries and other such bills are still the senior’s responsibility. These expenses are usually included in monthly assisted living fees.
Senior Care Cost Comparison Chart
Established in 1965 by President Lyndon B. Johnson, Medicaid offers medical insurance to low-income people. The program is jointly funded by the state and federal governments, and each state tailors its Medicaid program to serve its residents.
California’s Medicaid program, known as Medi-Cal, has over 10.5 million enrollees. It serves seniors, families with children, pregnant women and other eligible Californians. Some of the core benefits provided by Medi-Cal include:
Whittier seniors may qualify for Medi-Cal if they:
While this asset limit is low, a number of assets are exempt. A primary home, household items, recreational items, personal effects and one car aren’t counted toward the limit. Real estate and personal property used for business purposes are also exempt.
Seniors who earn more than the Medi-Cal income limit may be eligible for a share of cost, which requires that a set amount of monthly income is spent on medical bills before Medi-Cal kicks in.
Seniors can apply for coverage on the Covered California website. Those who prefer to apply in person can enroll at KCAL Health Insurance Services, located at 2148 S Hacienda Blvd. in Hacienda Heights or call (626) 855-8288 for assistance.
In addition to core benefits, Medi-Cal offers a number of home and community-based services waivers, including one for assisted living.
Assisted Living Waiver
This Medicaid waiver program may help Whittier seniors pay for assisted living care. The waiver doesn’t pay for room and board, but it covers a wide variety of assisted living services, including:
The ALW also includes a care coordination benefit, which provides seniors with the services of a care coordinator who identifies their needs and organizes service delivery.
The waiver is only available to seniors who have full Medi-Cal coverage with no share of cost. Applicants must also have care needs normally met in a nursing home and be willing to receive services in an assisted living facility.
Enrollment in the ALW program is handled by Care Coordination Agencies, including Archangel Home Health, located at 16446 Woodruff Ave., Ste. A, in Bellflower. To learn more or apply, call Archangel Home Health at (562) 861-7047 or Covered California at (800) 300-1506.
Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly
PACE is a Medicaid and Medicare program that provides comprehensive medical and supportive services to frail seniors. These services can be provided at home, at a PACE center or in the community. Seniors can receive any Medicare or Medicaid-covered service through PACE as long as it’s authorized by their physician. The PACE program doesn’t contribute funds toward assisted living facility fees but may provide services a senior would otherwise pay for through their AL fees.
Seniors may qualify for PACE participation if they:
PACE premiums are paid by Medicaid and Medicare, and seniors who are dually eligible for these programs won’t pay any out-of-pocket costs.
Whitter’s PACE provider is AltaMed Senior BuenaCare. To learn more or to schedule a PACE assessment, call (855) 252-7223.
Optional State Supplementation
The federal government’s Supplemental Security Income program provides monthly cash assistance to low-income seniors with limited assets. Whittier SSI recipients may be eligible for an additional monthly state supplementation payment.
For single seniors in assisted living facilities, the maximum combined benefit is $1,194.37 per month. Couples may receive up to $2,388.74 per month.
For more information about SSI or the OSS program, call the Social Security Administration at (800) 772-1213.
Whittier residents aged 55 or older can join the city’s two senior centers for just $3 per year. The centers offer a number of drop-in activities such as cards, billiards and table tennis. Scheduled programs and activities include art classes, line dancing, hikes, discussion groups and group outings.
Parnell Park Community and Senior Center
15390 Lambert Rd., Whittier, CA 90604
Uptown Senior Center
13225 Walnut St., Whittier, CA 90602
Seniors can learn more about Social Security or SSI and apply for these programs at the local Whittier Social Security office. The office staff can also answer questions or help seniors enroll in Medicare.
Whittier Social Security Office
7200 Greenleaf Ave., Ste. 200, Whittier, CA 90602
Eligible seniors in Whittier can access many Veterans Affairs resources located near the city. The Los Angeles VA hospital offers emergency care, cardiology, urology and other specialties, while the VA clinic in Santa Fe Springs provides primary care and related services. Seniors can visit the Vet Center in Commerce to receive counseling.
Santa Fe Springs VA Clinic
10330 Pioneer Blvd., Ste. 180, Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670
West Los Angeles VA Medical Center
11301 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90073
East Los Angeles Vet Center
5400 E Olympic Blvd., Ste. 140, Commerce, CA 90022
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