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COVID-19 Rules for Assisted Living in Mission Viejo

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 Mission Viejo

In Mission Viejo, assisted living rates are estimated at $5,250 per month. This is equal to the state average and $750 more than the national median of $4,500.

Assisted Living in Mission Viejo vs. Nearby Cities 

Compared to California as a whole, Mission Viejo’s assisted living rates are moderate. The city is an affordable alternative to El Centro, where rates are considerably higher at $6,150, and Oxnard, where assisted living residents pay $5,750. In San Diego, care costs are closer to Mission Viejo’s median at $5,475, and in Riverside, assisted living facilities charge $4,000.

  • Mission Viejo: $5,250
  • California: $5,250
  • United States: $4,500
  • San Diego: $5,475
  • El Centro: $6,150
  • Riverside: $4,000
  • Oxnard: $5,750

Assisted Living vs. Other Types of Care in Mission Viejo, CA

Seniors in Mission Viejo have several care types available, depending on their care needs and living preferences. Nursing home care is the costliest at $9,125 per month for semiprivate accommodations. Seniors who arrange homemaker services or skilled home health aide services in their own home pay $5,911, and those who obtain this type of care in a residential community setting pay $5,250 for assisted living. Adult day health care is the cheapest option at $1,652 per month.

  • Homemaker Services: $5,911
  • Home Health Aide: $5,911
  • Adult Day Health Care: $1,652
  • Assisted Living: $5,250
  • Nursing Home: $9,125

Note: Data for Mission Viejo was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Los Angeles, was used instead. 

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Mission Viejo

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Other Ways to Pay for Assisted Living in Mission Viejo

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 Mission Viejo.

Free and Low-Cost Assisted Living Resources for Seniors in Mission Viejo

In Mission Viejo, seniors have access to a wide range of resources that help them make informed decisions regarding their long-term care. The following table features information and referral specialists, options counselors and recreational programs for older adults.

Resource Contact Description
Norman P. Murray Community & Senior Center (949) 470-3062 At the local senior center, older adults can participate in social and recreational activities to supplement what they have access to through assisted living. The center hosts a range of classes and special events and has information specialists who help older adults connect with services in the community.
County of Orange Office on Aging (800) 510-2020 The OC Office on Aging serves as the Area Agency on Aging for the Mission Viejo region. Through this nonprofit program, older adults access information and referral services, which can help them connect with prescription drug assistance programs, wellness screenings and transportation services in the community to supplement what they receive through assisted living. The agency also provides benefits counseling to help seniors access public benefits that may help cover assisted living costs.
Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program (800) 300-6222 The local long-term care ombudsman advocates for those in assisted living facilities. Seniors can talk to the ombudsman about their rights and solutions for obtaining the services in their care plans. The ombudsman can also mediate family disagreements regarding a loved one’s care and investigate concerns regarding substandard care.
Community Legal Aid SoCal (800) 834-5001 Community Legal Aid SoCal is a local nonprofit organization that provides free civil legal services to those aged 60 and over. The office can help older adults understand assisted living contracts and resolve issues, such as unfair intake and discharge procedures. It can also provide public benefits screenings and help older adults enroll in Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security, which may help cover medical and long-term care expenses.
Aging & Disability Resource Connection (714) 480-6450 The Orange County Aging and Disability Resource Connection uses a No Wrong Door system to provide a single point of access to services and programs for seniors. Through the office, seniors can get information on paying for assisted living services, obtaining tax assistance and accessing community-based services, such as transportation, wellness screenings and prescription drug assistance.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Mission Viejo

Assisted Living Communities in Mission Viejo 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 Mission Viejo Area

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

  • Sorted through 119 communities using our unique methodology
  • Spent over 15 hours researching assisted living communities in Mission Viejo
  • Read more than 950 reviews left by residents and their family members

After filtering out facilities that didn’t meet our high standards, we were left with 10 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 Mission Viejo is $5,250, which is the same as the state average of $5,250 and higher than the national average of $4,500.

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Christina Drumm-Boyd
Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) and Geriatric Care Manager (GCM)
Christina Drumm-Boyd
Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) and Geriatric Care Manager (GCM)

Christina is a Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) and Geriatric Care Manager (GCM) who is passionate about seniors and their families. Along with her staff, Christina works hands-on with each client to find the best solutions for the challenges that often come with aging.

Read on for in-depth information about the top assisted living facilities in Mission Viejo, a brief dive into our methodology for determining the best assisted living communities, and a searchable directory of 119 communities in the Mission Viejo 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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