Costs and Payment Methods for Care in Southern California

Senior Care Referral Specialists, Inc. provides a FREE service to assist families in finding appropriate senior living and care options. We work with over 1,200 independent, assisted, and memory care settings throughout San Diego county, Riverside county, San Bernardino county, and Orange county. Because our referral agency team regularly visits and is in daily contact with these settings, we have the most up-to-date knowledge of availability, levels of care provided, pricing, and activities. Make ONE CALL to us, and we will take it from there!

At Senior Care Referral Specialists, Inc. we see you as an extension of our family, and we take great care to minimize your stress and help you step-by-step towards making an educated care decision for your elderly loved one.

How Do I Pay For Care?

Most senior living and care communities only accept private pay residents. Each community (Independent Living, Assisted Living, Residential Care Homes, and dedicated Dementia/Alzheimer’s care settings) has their own rates, which can range anywhere from $2000 – $6000 per month on average. Rates will depend on the type of senior living or care community selected, level of care involved, selection of room or apartment choice, and the area of Southern California in which the community is located. When we speak with you, we will educate you on the details of the different types of settings and which may be best to consider based on the specific clinical and social needs involved, as well as location and budget criteria.

Financial Assistance for Veterans & Their Spouses (Living or Widowed)

VA Aid and Attendance is a program available to help offset assisted living care costs for veterans and their living or widowed spouses ($1100 – $2700 per month available), so be sure to ask us about that when you call! This is an earned benefit, and while there are some financial restrictions, the veteran or related spouse does not need to be in a low income bracket to receive this benefit. What is required is that the veteran, spouse, or widowed spouse must need assistance with 2 approved activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing, ambulation, etc. This VA benefit may also help qualified individuals with lower incomes who have family that can supplement their care costs until this benefit is obtained.

Will MEDI-CAL Pay for Care?

Unfortunately, for those on Medi-Cal or Medi/Medi, we are unable to assist with placement resources unless the family can supplement the income up to around $2000 or more per month to help provide for their loved one’s care costs. In California, the majority of people who are on Medi-Cal only must consider either a nursing home that accepts Medi-Cal or look into the Assisted Living Waiver Program. Below are two links for those in this Medi-Cal or low-income situation:

To search for Nursing Homes or Dementia care paid for by Medi-Cal, click here.

To search for available Assisted Living (non-medical care) paid for by Medi-Cal, click here.