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

  • Sorted through 51 communities using our unique methodology
  • Spent over 9 hours researching assisted living communities in Santa Cruz
  • Read more than 100 reviews left by residents and their family members

After filtering out facilities that didn’t meet our high standards, we were left with 9 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 Santa Cruz is $6,800, which is considerably higher than the state average of $5,000 and the national average of $4,051.

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 Santa Cruz, a brief dive into our methodology for determining the best assisted living communities, and a searchable directory of 51 communities in the Santa Cruz area.

AssistedLiving.org Institute Trusted Communities

The Assisted Living Research Institute spent dozens of hours researching the top assisted living communities in the Santa Cruz area to allow seniors and their families to find the community that’s right for them. Click through the facilities listed below to read in-depth reviews, what residents are saying, and details such as base pricing, room types, and more.

Aegis Living Aptos
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Studios, 1-Bedroom Apartments, Companion Suites
Assisted Living, Memory Care, Respite
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Aegis Living Aptos offers assisted living, memory care and respite services to the Aptos area. The community activities center around life enrichment with the activities designed to promote cognitive and physical health, social engagement and incorporating art, education and music. Seasonal meal options are served all day in the communal dining hall, with the community recognizing the role that mealtimes play in providing an opportunity for residents to socialize. To assist residents in maintaining their connection with their families, the Aegis Living Family Link app was developed, allowing families to check that their loved one is happy and healthy. Set on beautifully landscaped gardens complete with walking paths and either covered or uncovered courtyards, there is plenty of space for the residents to enjoy the outdoors.
What Residents are Saying:
Visitors praised the modern community and range of activities offered, with one visitor saying, "Aegis of Aptos seemed like a very nice large home. It was very clean. Everything was modern. They had a dining room where you could choose your meal. They had religious services. They had day trips. They had garden activities, and they had a nice outdoor area. It was very upscale. They had a lot of good activities..."
4.26 out of 5 stars
(36) Reviews
125 Heather Ter., Aptos, CA 95003
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De un Amor
Maple House II
Montecito Manor
Paradise Villa
The Terraces of Los Gatos

Our Methodology

It’s not what we research, but the way we research that makes AssistedLiving.org 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.

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
amenities.

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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