Assisted Living in Citrus Heights, California
Citrus Heights is a relatively new city in the suburbs of Sacramento, California. First incorporated in 1997, the largely residential community has grown to house nearly 88,000 people, over 16% of whom are seniors aged 65 and over. The Citrus Heights area, along with neighboring Carmichael and Fair Oaks, has one of the densest concentrations of assisted living and nursing care homes in the capital region. Seniors are welcome to shop an hour early in most of Citrus Heights’ grocery stores, while every morning sees local seniors walking for exercise in the climate-controlled Sunrise Mall, which also opens its doors for seniors an hour before the rest of the public can shop. Between the mall on the eastern edge of the city and the Greenback theater complex on its western front, Citrus Heights is almost all heavily tree-lined roads and bicycle trails where seniors can get a low-impact workout in an area with lower crime rates than most other cities in California.
Citrus Heights has hundreds of assisted living facilities within its borders or within a 10-minute drive from Carmichael to Arden-Arcade. Monthly rates at Sacramento-area assisted living communities average $4,500 for board and care, according to Genworth Financial’s 2019 Cost of Care Survey. This is exactly in line with the state average, but both Citrus Heights and California more generally are roughly $450 a month more expensive than the national average of $4,051 for assisted living.
Paying for Assisted Living in Citrus Heights, CA
The Cost of Assisted Living in Citrus Heights
The cost of assisted living in California is somewhat higher than it is in most neighboring states. This is partly due to California’s higher than average cost of living overall, and also because of the exceptionally large population in the state. Seniors in California pay an average of $4,500 a month for assisted living services, which is $1,100 a month higher than the cost of care in Nevada. Arizona is also less expensive than California for assisted living, with an average monthly cost of $3,750. Oregon is somewhat unusual, as it is exactly $1 a month less expensive, on average, than California, at $4,499 a month, while similar services run up to $1,000 a month higher in Washington state, where seniors can expect to pay $5,500 a month for assisted living.
Costs for assisted living vary widely among California’s many urban areas. As the most populous state, California has a wide range of urban and rural areas where seniors can expect to pay very different costs for similar assisted living care. The $4,500 a month seniors pay in Citrus Heights and the rest of the Sacramento area is matched by Los Angeles, and it is far surpassed by both Chico and San Jose, where monthly costs average $4,925 and $5,853, respectively. Bakersfield and Stockton offer some of the lowest rates in the state by contrast. Average costs for assisted living in Bakersfield run to $3,650, while seniors in Stockton pay an average of $3,532 a month.
Citrus Heights Assisted Living Financial Assistance
California’s Medicaid program, commonly known as Medi-Cal, offers an Assisted Living Waiver for seniors with low income who need help with the cost of assisted living. The waiver program helps seniors divert away from costly nursing home care and into assisted living instead. Seniors aged 65 and over who qualify for Medicaid can use the program to get needed support services. Services include caregiver help with activities of daily living, transportation services and adult day care.
Find out about the Assisted Living Waiver, eligibility requirements for participation and the details seniors need to know about the application process at our Assisted Living in California page.
Citrus Heights Assisted Living Resources
|Resource Name||Contact Information||Description|
|City of Citrus Heights Senior Resources Department||(916) 725-2448||The City of Citrus Heights funds multiple services to help seniors adjust to independent and assisted living and help seniors with limited income to remain healthy and active in the community. City projects include housing grants, accessibility grants for home improvements and help signing up for LifeLine phone service.|
|Area Agency on Aging Area 4||(916) 486-1876||California’s Area 4 Agency on Aging plans and oversees a variety of programs for seniors in Citrus Heights. The agency also operates a community center that offers congregate meals and healthy living classes for adults aged 50 and over. Other programs the agency offers include meal delivery service, volunteer placement and companion care.|
|Senior Legal Helpline||(916) 551-2140||The Senior Legal Helpline connects seniors in Citrus Heights with free and low-cost legal aid from volunteer law firms in the area. Professional advice is offered for estate planning, living wills, transition services and power of attorney. Referrals are available for Medicare and Medicaid planning and financial planning.|
|Health Insurance Counseling &|
Advocacy Program (HICAP)
|(916) 498-1000||HICAP is a state program that helps seniors find and apply for health insurance that can address their specific needs on an individual basis. Case manager support is provided, as are referrals and application assistance for Medicare, Medicaid and private health insurance supplements.|
|Alzheimer’s Aid Society||(916) 483-2002||The Alzheimer’s Aid Society provides caregiver training and community support groups for seniors in Citrus Heights and the surrounding areas. Adult day programs are available on a space-limited basis.|
Citrus Heights Assisted Living Laws and Regulations
Assisted living communities in Citrus Heights are regulated at the state level by the California Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing Division (CCLD). The CCLD sets policies for facilities to follow and inspects licensed communities to ensure compliance. Visit our Assisted Living in California page for more information about the regulations Citrus Heights assisted living facilities must follow.