Located along the I-15 corridor about 80 miles southeast of Los Angeles, Murrieta is one of the fastest-growing cities in California. It’s home to about 116,223 people, and the population has risen by 12% over the past decade. About 12% of Murrieta’s residents are aged 65 and older, and there’s plenty for seniors to do in Murrieta and the surrounding area. The region is home to multiple wineries, working ranches and parks that welcome day trippers, and the Murrieta Mesa High School hosts a number of theater productions each year in the 750-seat Gershwin Performing Arts Center. Seniors seeking a mild, snow-free retirement destination appreciate the fact that Murrieta sees about 12 inches of rain each year and no snow, while the national average is 38 inches of rain and 28 inches of snow. There’s also an average of 275 sunny days annually in Murrieta, 70 more than the national average.
Seniors in need of a little extra daily assistance may benefit from the services offered by an assisted living facility. These communities are staffed by trained professionals who can aid with daily tasks and seniors’ personal care needs. Meals, chore services and recreational programming are often also provided. In Murrieta, these communities typically cost $5,475 per month, which is higher than both the state median and national average.
This guide is designed to provide information about the costs of these services, options for financial assistance and resources available to seniors in Murrieta that offer free services and local support.
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COVID-19 Rules and Restrictions for Assisted Living in Murrieta
COVID-19 restrictions and rules for Assisted Living Facilities are typically set by the state – to see the rules in your state, you can read our guide to Assisted Living in California. Keep in mind that there may be other policies that communities put in place to protect their residents, so you should contact your local community for more information. Additionally, you can contact your local Area Agency on Aging to learn more – find contact information here.
Paying For Assisted Living in Murrieta
According to Genworth’s 2021 Cost of Care Survey, the median monthly expense for assisted living in Murrieta is $5,475.
The Cost of Assisted Living in Murrieta
Care in Murrieta is about $225 more expensive than the California state median of $5,250. These costs are also nearly $1,000 higher than the national average of $4,500.
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As Murrieta’s costs tend to be quite high, there are a few less expensive options nearby. Los Angeles is $225 cheaper per month, and costs in Riverside are $1,475 lower. Fresno is even less expensive, with monthly costs of $3,900. However, Murrieta is more affordable than cities such as Oxnard, where care costs are $275 higher per month. At $6,150 per month, El Centro sees rates that are $675 more expensive. Further north, San Jose and San Francisco also see care costs above $6,000.
Note: Data for Murrieta was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, San Diego, was used instead.
How to Get Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Murrieta
More Ways to Pay for Assisted Living
Since not everyone can afford to pay for assisted living out-of-pocket, it’s important to find alternative methods to help make assisted living more affordable. Some of these options include:
As part of California’s network of Area Agencies on Aging, the Riverside County Office on Aging works to promote services and programs that enhance the health, well-being and independence of older adults. Seniors and their caregivers can contact the office to learn about local resources for older adults, access nutritional support programs and speak with the long-term care ombudsman.
Veterans and dependents in Murrieta qualify for free assistance with county, state and federal benefit claims through the Riverside County Department of Veterans’ Services. Certified Veteran Service Officers help vets apply for the regular and enhanced (Aid and Attendance and Housebound) VA pension, VA burial benefits and medical benefits as well as compensation for service-related disabilities.
Murietta residents aged 50 and older can participate in a variety of fitness classes, social groups and activities at the Murietta Senior Center. No membership is needed, and many of the programs are offered at no cost.
The Riverside Transit Agency operates an ADA-compliant fixed-route bus service throughout Riverside County, including in Murrieta. Seniors qualify for discounted fares, and those who are unable to use the fixed-route system due to disability can use the door-to-door Dial-A-Ride service.
Low-income seniors in Murietta who require legal assistance with noncriminal matters related to long-term care, estate planning, health insurance or elder abuse can contact Riverside Legal Aid. The organization provides free (pro bono) legal services, advice and counseling to seniors who cannot afford to hire an attorney.
Murietta Assisted Living Laws and Regulations
Assisted Living Facilities in the Murrieta area are required to follow a set of rules and regulations that are determined at the state level. For an overview of those rules and regulations, see the information below. For more specific information, talk with your local community or Area Agency on Aging.