Millbrae is a city of 23,216 residents located about 15 miles south of San Francisco and just moments away from the bay. It’s perfect weather, low crime, high density of physicians and nearby arts and cultural attractions make it an ideal retirement destination for its 4,434 seniors. Because of its efforts to accommodate older adults, the World Health Organization officially recognized San Mateo County as an age-friendly county in 2019.
Seniors looking for an assisted living community within the city only have four options, but if they expand their search to the area surrounding Millbrae, they can choose from around two dozen. Though care prices often vary depending on an individual’s needs, according to the Genworth 2020 Cost of Care Survey, Millbrae’s seniors spend an average of $6,100 a month on assisted living, a little over 20% above the statewide median cost of care.
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Across the country, seniors pay about $1,800 less for assisted living than seniors in Millbrae. Out of California’s bordering states, Nevada’s median cost of care is the most affordable at $3,595 a month. However, average care costs in all three of those states are well below Millbrae’s average.
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Santa Cruz and Napa are among the few cities in California with higher average costs of assisted living than Millbrae. In Redding and San Diego, seniors pay an average of $4,500 and $4,525 a month, respectively, establishing those cities as some of the state’s most affordable. Compared to Millbrae, Los Angeles seniors save about $1,100 a month on assisted living, while seniors in Fresno save around $1,350 each month.
Note: Data for Millbrae was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, San Francisco, was used instead.
California’s Assisted Living Waiver is the state’s most direct financial assistance option for assisted living expenses. Since the waiver program is part of Medi-Cal, applicants must meet the financial requirements of the state’s Medicaid program. For more details about California’s long term care financial assistance programs, check out our assisted living in California state page.
|Millbrae Senior Center||(650) 259-2360||The Millbrae Senior Center provides the town’s older adults with ongoing opportunities to engage in rewarding hobbies and build meaningful connections with like-minded seniors. Activities range from exercise classes and board games to arts and crafts workshops and tax preparation seminars. The senior center’s activities are open to all Millbrae adults over the age of 50. |
|San Mateo County Veterans Service Office||(650) 802-6598||At the San Mateo CVSO, retired members of the armed forces can receive assistance applying for veterans benefits as well as filing claims for disability compensation and pensions. Staff members at the veterans office can also inform seniors about employment opportunities specifically for veterans, and if needed, refer seniors to programs providing emergency food and shelter.|
|Healthcare Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program||(650) 627-9350||Volunteers from HICAP provide free counseling to seniors who need help understanding their Medicare benefits. Medicare recipients who are eligible for Medi-Cal can learn how the two insurance options work together to cover long term care expenses, and in the event of a denied claim, seniors can contact HICAP for assistance filing an appeal. The program also hosts presentations on common Medicare topics such as the differences between Medicare parts A, B and C. |
|Ombudsman Services of San Mateo County||(650) 780-5707||Ombudsman Services of San Mateo County is dedicated to ensuring nursing home and assisted living residents receive dignified, quality care without neglect or abuse. While seniors are still in the research phase, ombudsmen can help them find their ideal nursing home by examining nearby nursing facilities’ reviews, care services and inspection performance. Once seniors become residents, the OSSMC investigates any complaints they may have to ensure residents maintain a high quality of life.|
|San Mateo County Health Aging & Adult Services||(650) 713-8447||San Mateo County Health Aging & Adult Services is the designated Area Agency on Aging for Millbrae’s seniors. To help seniors continue living independently at home, the agency works with local organizations to provide transportation, home-delivered meals, caregiver support, respite care and other services to older residents.|
The Community Care Licensing Division in the state’s Department of Social Services enforces the laws that regulate Millbrae’s assisted living facilities. Visit our assisted living in California state page to learn more about the laws that California’s long term care communities must follow.