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COVID-19 Rules for Assisted Living in Fresno

For assisted living communities, COVID-19 rules and regulations are typically set at the state level. You can view specific rules on our guide to assisted living in CA. These rules change often, and many communities have policies in place that go above and beyond what’s required by the state, so you should contact your local community for more information. Additionally, you can contact your local Area Agency on Aging to learn more.

How to Pay for Assisted Living in Fresno

In Fresno, assisted living fees are affordable at $3,900 per month. This is considerably lower than the state rate of $5,250 and the national median of $4,500.

Assisted Living in Fresno vs. Nearby Cities

Assisted living facilities in Fresno charge $3,900 per month for care, which is very competitive compared to rates in nearby cities. Seniors in Santa Cruz pay $5,550, and in San Jose, rates average $6,000 per month. In San Francisco, care costs are nearly $2,500 higher than in Fresno at $6,319. Seniors may find more affordable care in Visalia, where facilities charge $3,450 per month.

  • Fresno: $3,900
  • California: $5,250
  • United States: $4,500
  • Visalia: $3,450
  • San Jose: $6,000
  • San Francisco: $6,319
  • Santa Cruz: $5,550

Assisted Living vs. Other Types of Care in Fresno, CA

Seniors in Fresno have multiple care options available, the cheapest of which is adult day health care at $1,652 per month. Assisted living is the second-most affordable senior care option at $3,900 per month. Older adults who arrange basic homemaker services or skilled home health aide services pay approximately $5,529 per month, and those in nursing homes pay the highest rates of $8,638 for semiprivate accommodations.

  • Homemaker Services: $5,529
  • Home Health Aide: $5,529
  • Adult Day Health Care: $1,652
  • Assisted Living: $3,900
  • Nursing Home: $8,638

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Fresno

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Other Ways to Pay for Assisted Living in Fresno

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:

  • Veterans Benefits
  • Life Insurance Policy
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Reverse Mortgage

For more information about your options for making assisted living more affordable, visit our guide to Assisted Living in Fresno.

Free and Low-Cost Assisted Living Resources for Seniors in Fresno

In Fresno, older adults get one-on-one help from local nonprofit agencies, information and referral specialists and long-term care options counselors who assist them in identifying long-term care solutions that fit their needs and budgets. The following table features resources in the region that provide free and low-cost services to seniors.

Resource Contact Service
Fresno-Madera Area Agency on Aging (559) 214-2099 The Fresno-Madera Area Agency on Aging publishes a free resource guide to help older adults find community services, veterans’ assistance, options counseling and advocacy. The agency also has comprehensive information on recognizing and preventing elder abuse, and it provides advocacy services for those in assisted living facilities.
Fresno County Veteran Service Office (559) 600-5436 The Fresno County Veteran Service Office, which is headquartered in Fresno proper, sets up appointments with VA Claims Representatives, helping older veterans apply for the state and federal benefits they’re entitled to. It can also answer questions and provide referrals to other agencies. The office is open on most weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and until noon on Fridays.
Agewell Fresno (559) 676-6570 Agewell Fresno is a virtual resource center that helps older adults connect with services in Fresno and the surrounding region. It organizes local events, conferences and programs that address age-related issues, such as managing cognitive decline, finding local resources to meet diverse care needs and advance care planning tips. It also operates congregate dining sites and senior centers throughout the region, four of which are in Fresno proper.
Valley Caregiver Resource Center (800) 541-8614 The Valley Caregiver Resource Center serves seniors and families in Fresno and throughout its nine-county region. This nonprofit agency has specialists who help older adults research assisted living facilities in the region and find solutions for substandard care in facilities. Its HICAP representatives can help older adults apply for Medicare and understand long-term care insurance options available to them. The agency also has helpful videos and podcasts that address age-related topics, and it has a long-term care ombudsman who visits local facilities to ensure compliance with state regulations.
Central California Legal Services (800) 675-8001 Central California Legal Services is a local nonprofit organization that provides free civil legal assistance to those aged 60 and over. It operates the Legal Advice and Referral Line, in which seniors can call for help with age-related topics, such as benefits counseling and understanding assisted living contracts.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Fresno

Assisted Living Communities in Fresno are required to follow a set of rules and regulations that are determined by the state. For more specific information, talk with your local community or Area Agency on Aging.

Laws and regulations for assisted living in California

The Top Assisted Living Communities in the Fresno Area

In order to find the top assisted living communities in the Fresno area, our team of researchers:

  • Sorted through 71 communities using our unique methodology
  • Spent over 30 hours researching assisted living communities in Fresno
  • Read more than 565 reviews left by residents and their family members

After filtering out facilities that didn’t meet our high standards, we were left with 20 assisted living communities that earned our seal of approval. Through this process we discovered that the average cost of assisted living in the city of Fresno is $3,900, which is considerably lower than the state average of $5,250 and lower than the national average of $4,500.

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Jonathan Frank
Licensed Social Worker and Certified Dementia Practitioner
Jonathan Frank
Licensed Social Worker and Certified Dementia Practitioner

Jonathan Frank is a Licensed Social Worker with over 10 years experience working with the geriatric population in a variety of different settings. He received his Masters degree from Rutgers University with a certificate in Aging and Gerontological Services. Additionally, he is a Certified Dementia Practitioner accredited by the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners. Jonathan also has Bachelors degree in psychology and worked as an Emergency Medical Technician for 14 years. His passion lies with the elderly and ensuring they age with dignity.

Read on for in-depth information about the top assisted living facilities in Fresno, a brief dive into our methodology for determining the best assisted living communities, and a searchable directory of 71 communities in the Fresno area.

Our Methodology

It’s not what we research, but the way we research that makes stand out. We start by identifying problems and challenges in the senior care industry by gaining insight from conversations with industry professionals, older adults, and those that care for them. Next, our research team led by industry experts apply our data-driven research techniques to understand the magnitude of the challenge and how to overcome it. Finally, we present our findings in easy-to-understand guides and studies and share our actionable results with influencers and caregivers, as well as the general public.

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Facility Features (40%)

Facility Health Services Graded on health services provided
on the facility including, but not
limited to, on-site nursing,
pharmacy, skilled nursing,
medicine administration, etc

Facility Amenities Graded on the available

Affordability Financial assistance acceptance
and overall costs and value.

Residential Quality (40%)

Resident Satisfaction Polling & survey of overall facility satisfaction.

Facility Complaint and Violations Number of complaints and violations the facility had. Taking into account improvement over time.

Online Reviews Aggregated verified online reviews.

Location (20%)

Location-Based Benefits Including, but not limited to, proximity to
hospitals, ambulance response times, senior
resources available, and state and city
financial assistance.

Location Quality Local crime rates, incidents against older
adults, air quality, climate.

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