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COVID-19 Rules for Assisted Living in Pasadena

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 Pasadena

Seniors looking for assisted living arrangements in the city will have to pay $5,250 per month on average. These prices are on par with the state of California but are around $750 more expensive than the national cost.

Assisted Living in Pasadena vs. Nearby Cities

Pasadena’s assisted living costs per month are consistently cheaper than other cities around Southern California but not by much. Most cities around the area are only a couple of hundred dollars more expensive. The closest city with lower assisted living prices per month is Bakersfield, which can cost up to $1,500 less per month.

  • Pasadena: $5,250
  • California: $5,250
  • National: $4,500
  • Oxnard: $5,750
  • Santa Maria: $5,300
  • San Diego: $5,475
  • Bakersfield: $3,750

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

Assisted living costs are some of the lowest prices for senior care in the state. The only service cheaper is the monthly price of adult day health care, which can be a couple of thousand dollars less. In-home care prices are more expensive than assisted living prices but only by an average of about $800. This is far cheaper than paying for nursing home care, which can go above $9,000 a month.

  • Assisted living: $5,250
  • Adult day health care: $1,652
  • Home health aide: $5,911
  • Homemaker services: $5,911
  • Nursing home (semiprivate room): $9,125

Note: The cost of care in Pasadena was not available, so data from the nearest city, Los Angeles, was used.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Pasadena

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Other Ways to Pay for Assisted Living in Pasadena

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 Pasadena.

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

There are dozens of programs and organizations that can help with the costs of residing in an assisted living community and that provide free information to seniors. Although Pasadena has a few of those, residents may find more helpful programs going through the nearby city of Los Angeles.

Resource Contact Service
Health Consumer Alliance (888) 804-3536 Health Consumer Alliance is a free program that helps seniors over the phone and in person learn how to obtain, pay for and resolve complaints regarding health insurance in California. Seniors can learn about health insurance rights and learn how to find a doctor in their system, solve billing errors and correct mistakes involving denied health insurance claims when applying to live in assisted living communities.
Medi-Cal Managed Care Health Care Options (800) 430-4263 Medi-Cal is the state’s free or low-cost health insurance program, which greatly benefits seniors looking for help paying for assisted living. The Medi-Cal Managed Care Health Care Options is a small service that provides assistance to seniors signing up for health insurance to help them learn about the differences in plans.
Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (800) 434-0222 Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program is a free service that speaks up for seniors who have difficulty paying for care. The program has one-on-one meetings to help seniors sign up for Medicaid, Medicare or other health insurance plans.
Los Angeles Senior Services – Area Agencies on Aging (800) 510-2020 The Area Agencies on Aging is a state-funded program that covers more than 30 different cities and helps seniors learn information and gain financial support for varying types of medical care. Individuals can learn about legal and financial assistance, loan programs and congregate meal sites to help lower costs of care. In-person meetings are required to help assess each situation and determine whether seniors qualify for benefits.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Pasadena

Assisted Living Communities in Pasadena 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 Pasadena Area

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

  • Sorted through 61 communities using our unique methodology
  • Spent over 15 hours researching assisted living communities in Pasadena
  • Read more than 485 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 Pasadena 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 Pasadena, a brief dive into our methodology for determining the best assisted living communities, and a searchable directory of 61 communities in the Pasadena 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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