Assisted Living in Irvine, California
As part of the Los Angeles metro area, Irvine is a modern, master-planned city that offers seniors easy access to world-class health care, eclectic entertainment and plenty of parks and recreation facilities. Irvine is home to just over 287,000 people, and about one in 10 residents are aged 65 and older. A number of high-tech companies and higher education institutions have facilities in Irvine, including the University of California, which operates the only academic health system in Orange County. The climate in Irvine is relatively dry and mild, with temperatures falling no lower than 40 degrees Fahrenheit during the winter and rarely exceeding 90 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer.
According to the Genworth 2019 Cost of Care Survey, the average monthly cost of assisted living in Irvine is $3,525, although prices at individual facilities may be higher or lower depending on the location, amenities and accommodations.
Note: Assisted living cost data wasn’t available for Irvine, so data from the closest city, Riverside, was used.
Paying for Assisted Living in Irvine, California
The Cost of Assisted Living in Irvine
At an average monthly cost of $3,525, assisted living in Irvine is $975 less than the state average of $4,500, and $536 less than the national average of $4,051. The identical assisted living cost in the neighboring states of Nevada and Utah is $125 less at $3,400 per month, while costs in Arizona are $225 higher at $3,750. North of California, costs are higher in Oregon ($4,499) and Washington ($5,500).
As with most states, assisted living costs in California tend to reflect local real estate values. Statewide, costs are highest in upscale coastal areas such as Oxnard ($5,000), Santa Maria ($5,248), San Luis Obispo ($5,500) and Santa Rosa ($5,640). Costs are more affordable in many inland communities, including Merced ($3,175), Bakersfield ($3,650) and Visalia ($3,975).
Irvine Assisted Living Financial Assistance
Seniors in Irvine who need help paying assisted living costs may qualify for enrollment in the Assisted Living Waiver, a Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services waiver offered through Medi-Cal, California’s Medicaid system. While the ALW does not cover room and board costs for residents of assisted living facilities, it does fund a number of medical and nonmedical supportive services to help frail seniors delay or avoid nursing home placement. These services may include skilled nursing care, personal care and specialized medical devices and supplies needed to help ALW participants remain in an assisted living setting. Alternatively, seniors in Irvine who need assisted living care may be eligible for the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, or PACE, which is open to residents of Orange county. The PACE program provides all Medicaid and Medicare-funded benefits plus a number of additional, personalized services designed to help seniors remain as independent as possible.
Learn more about these programs, plus who is eligible, on our Assisted Living in California page.
Irvine Assisted Living Resources
|Council on Aging – Southern California||(714) 479-0107||As part of California’s network of Area Agencies on Aging, the Council on Aging is the local AAA for Orange County. Seniors and their family members can contact the Council to learn about local resources designed to help older adults retain their independence and access the services and supports they need. The Council administers the local health information counseling program, the long-term care ombudsman program and the friendly visitor program for isolated seniors.|
|Orange County Veterans Service Office||(714) 480-6555||Veterans, their families and survivors living in Irvine can contact the Orange County Veterans Service Office for free assistance with county, state and federal programs, including the VA Aid and Attendance and Housebound pension top-up programs. Veterans Service Officers provide up-to-date information on VA benefits, help vets and survivors with the benefit application process and can provide assistance with the VA claims appeals process.|
|Alzheimer’s Orange County||(844) 435-7259||Alzheimer’s Orange County is a nonprofit agency focused on supporting people living with Alzheimer’s, their family members and caregivers. The agency operates a number of day health programs in Orange County, as well as memory screening clinics, support groups and community education sessions.|
|Lakeview Senior Center||(949) 724-6900||The City of Irvine operates the Lakeview Senior Center, a community center for residents aged 50 and older. The center offers a variety of social, recreational and educational programs for older adults, including tai chi classes, preventative health screening sessions and a mobility equipment lending library.|
|Metrolink Transit||(800) 371-5465||The Southern California Regional Rail Authority operates the Irvine station, an ADA-compliant rail hub. Transit users can connect to numerous stations throughout the greater Los Angeles area on Metrolink, the regional rail network. The station is also served by Amtrak, and there is an on-site Amtrak ticket office.|
Irvine Assisted Living Laws and Regulations
Assisted living communities in Irvine are subject to state laws and regulations related to staffing, medication management, dementia care services and infection control procedures. Visit our Assisted Living in California page for more information about these laws.