Assisted Living in La Mesa, California
Idyllically situated in the rolling hills east of San Diego, La Mesa offers a highly walkable environment with tree-lined streets and a quaint, artistic city center. Although La Mesa is only nine miles from downtown San Diego, it contains enough conveniences and amenities to make it a vibrant community in its own right. Residents of La Mesa enjoy an almost ideal climate with warm summers and mild winters.
Senior citizens aged 65 and over comprise approximately 14.4% of the overall population of La Mesa of a little under 60,000 people. The average cost of assisted living facilities in La Mesa is $4,525 per month, which is less than the average for California. However, the prices of individual facilities vary depending on location within the community and the types and quality of the services and amenities they provide.
Note: Data for La Mesa was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, San Diego, was used instead.
Paying for Assisted Living in La Mesa, California
The Cost of Assisted Living in La Mesa
The average resident of an assisted living community in La Mesa pays $4,525 in monthly costs. This is several hundred dollars lower than the state average ($5,000) and slightly higher than the national average ($4,300). Oregon residents pay nearly the same costs as their La Mesa counterparts ($4,659), while prices are higher in Washington ($5,750). Costs in Arizona are lower ($3,900) and falling even further in Nevada ($3,595) and Utah ($3,400).
The least expensive assisted living costs in California are found in Stockton ($3,500), Bakersfield ($3,613) and Riverside ($3,900). Those in Salinas ($7,100) pay the most followed by Santa Cruz ($6,800), Napa ($6,250) and San Francisco ($6,100), while mid-range prices can be found in Visalia ($4,548).
La Mesa Assisted Living Financial Assistance
California residents who meet specific income qualifications may be able to receive assistance with some of the costs of assisted living through the state’s Assisted Living Waiver. Approved applicants must need a nursing home level of care but would prefer to remain in an assisted living facility.
See our Assisted Living in California page for more information, including who’s eligible for this waiver and how to apply.
La Mesa Assisted Living Resources
|La Mesa Aging & Independence Services
|As the Area Agency on Aging for San Diego County, La Mesa Aging & Independence Services provides supportive services and referrals to relevant local, state and federal services and programs for seniors living in San Diego County. The agency provides a call center where seniors, their caregivers and families can obtain information, apply for services or report suspected elder abuse. La Mesa Aging & Independence Services also publishes a comprehensive bulletin 10 times per year containing a calendar of events, updates on community and county services and an article from the AIS Director covering relevant topics.
|La Mesa Adult Enrichment Center
|Open Monday — Wednesday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., on Thursdays from 10 a.m. until Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Fridays from 10 a.m. until noon, La Mesa Adult Enrichment Center provides a broad range of services and activities for older adults. Activities include group walks, outings to local areas of interest and attractions, exercise, dance, and art classes and hot, nutritious lunches served every day of the week. Seniors can also access health screenings, legal services and assistance with state and federal tax forms.
|Retired & Senior Volunteer Program
|The Retired & Senior Volunteer Program is administered by San Diego County and provides opportunities for those aged 55 and over to engage with their communities through volunteer efforts and activities. This program partners with over 200 community-based organizations in areas such as the arts, education, law enforcement and health care. Volunteers are matched with opportunities according to interest, expertise and education.
|Rides 4 Neighbors Program
|Those aged 60 and over and those with disabilities who are not able to drive can access personalized transportation from the Rides 4 Neighbors program. Rides are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. and must be requested a minimum of five days before the day of the appointment or planned shopping trip.
|American Legion La Mesa Post 282
|The American Legion provides current and former members of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families with opportunities to socialize with other military families in a supportive and fun environment. Members can also receive experienced assistance identifying and applying for service-based entitlements and may be eligible for emergency financial help in some cases.
La Mesa Assisted Living Laws and Regulations
Assisted living in California must be in compliance wilt relevant local, state and federal laws and regulations. Long-term care facilities in California are licensed and monitored by the Senior Care Licensing Program.
Our Assisted Living in California page has more information about these laws and regulations.