Assisted Living in Murrieta, California
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.
According to Genworth’s 2019 Cost of Care Survey, assisted living costs an average of $3,525 per month in Murrieta. Actual costs are set by each facility and may be higher or lower than the citywide average.
Note: Assisted living cost data wasn’t available for Murrieta, so data from the closest city, Riverside, was used.
Paying for Assisted Living in Murrieta, CA
The Cost of Assisted Living in Murrieta
At an average of $3,525, assisted living costs in Murrieta are well below the state average of $4,500 and quite affordable in comparison to the national average of $4,051. Costs are slightly lower in neighboring Nevada at $3,400 per month, while costs are slightly higher in Arizona, at an average of $3,750 per month.
To the north, assisted living costs in Oregon average $4,499 per month, and costs are notably higher in Washington state, where assisted living is an average of $5,500 per month.
Statewide, assisted living costs in California vary depending on the local cost of living. In Merced, assisted living costs an average of $3,175 per month, while comparable care is $5,640 in Santa Rosa. South of Murrieta, costs in San Diego average $4,750 per month, while to the west, assisted living costs an average of $4,500 per month in Los Angeles and $5,000 in Oxnard.
Murrieta Assisted Living Financial Assistance
Murrieta seniors who qualify for long-term Medicaid coverage and who meet the clinical criteria for nursing home placement may be eligible for enrollment in the Assisted Living Waiver. This Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services waiver, which is administered by Medi-Cal, helps fragile seniors remain in a noninstitutional setting, such as an assisted living facility. While the ALW does not cover assisted living room and board costs, it does fund enhanced medical and non-medical services, such as skilled nursing care, durable medical equipment and rehabilitation therapies. Riverside County also has a Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, or PACE, site. This comprehensive care program provides all Medicaid and Medicare-covered services plus additional supports in order to help seniors aged 55 and older retain their independence as they age. PACE participants can reside in their own homes, or in an assisted living facility.
Learn more about these programs, plus who is eligible, on our Assisted Living in California page.
Murietta Assisted Living Resources
|Riverside County Office on Aging||(951) 867-3800||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.|
|Riverside County Department of Veterans’ Services||(951) 955-3060||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 Senior Center||(951) 304-7275||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.|
|Riverside Transit Agency||(951) 565-500||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.|
|Riverside Legal Aid||(951) 682-7968||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
The State of California oversees all assisted living facilities in the state, including those located in Murrieta. State laws and regulations apply to a number of issues in assisted living, including staffing levels, medication management and specialized services for residents with Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia. Visit our Assisted Living in California page for more information about these laws.