Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, California, San Jose is a thriving, modern city that offers seniors a comfortable, relatively dry coastal climate, a vibrant cultural scene and access to local wineries, upscale shopping areas and historic attractions. San Jose is home to 1,021,795 people, and just over 12% of residents are aged 65 or older. There are plenty of world-class health care providers in the area, including the Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center and the Stanford Hospital.
If you need help with daily living but don’t need the high-level medical care provided by nursing homes, assisted living offers care in a supportive residential environment. Caregivers assist with personal care tasks, such as dressing and grooming, and facilities typically offer a diverse enrichment program. In San Jose, CA, assisted living communities charge around $6,000 per month, which is more than national and state averages.
This guide compares assisted living costs in California and provides details of laws and regulations that govern assisted living facilities. You’ll also find a list of agencies offering affordable programs for seniors.
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COVID-19 Rules and Restrictions for Assisted Living in San Jose
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.
San Jose’s seniors typically pay more than the state and national averages, which are $5,250 and $4,500, respectively.
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The median cost of assisted living in San Jose is higher than in many nearby cities. Modesto and Merced share the same average rate of $4,000, while average rates in Santa Cruz and Stockton are $5,550 and $3,649, respectively. The average price is higher in San Francisco, where you can expect to pay around $6,319 for residential assisted living. Communities in Southern California’s cities of Los Angeles and San Diego are more affordable, with monthly averages of $5,250 and $5,475, respectively. Older adults in Sacramento pay around $5,225 per month, which is less than their peers in San Jose.
How to Get Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in San Jose
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, Sourcewise Community Resource Solutions serves as a one-stop shop for seniors who need free help accessing local, state and federal resources. Seniors can contact Sourcewise to speak with a certified health insurance counselor, sign up for case management services and get referrals to area agencies that serve older adults.
California veterans, their families and survivors can contact the Santa Clara County Office of Veterans Services for assistance with local, state and federal programs and benefits. Staff can help with VA benefit claims, including for Aid and Attendance and Housebound, a VA pension top-up program that can be used to pay assisted living costs. Outreach services are available for those who cannot attend the office in person.
The City of San Jose’s Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services department operates a number of free and low-cost programs for adults aged 50 and over. These programs include a weekday Senior Nutrition Program that provides low-cost lunchtime meals for those aged 60 and over, and a number of recreational programs including fitness classes, social groups and special events for seniors.
The Valley Transportation Authority is the public transit provider for San Jose and the surrounding areas. The authority publishes a Senior Mobility Guide to help seniors and their caregivers learn about VTA programs geared towards older adults and people with disabilities. These include the VTA Daycation Program, a public transit orientation program, and VTA Access Paratransit, a low-cost door-to-door transportation service for those who are unable to use VTA’s bus and light rail service due to age or disabilities.
The San Jose Senior Citizens Commission is a resident-based committee focused on issues that impact older adults. Commissioners study, review and make recommendations to the San Jose City Council on matters related to seniors within the city, such as transportation, housing, health and recreation.
San Jose Assisted Living Laws and Regulations
Assisted Living Facilities in the San Jose 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.