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

  • Sorted through 42 communities using our unique methodology
  • Spent over 16 hours researching assisted living communities in Santa Maria
  • Read more than 125 reviews left by residents and their family members

After filtering out facilities that didn’t meet our high standards, we were left with 7 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 Maria is $5,248, which is considerably higher than the state average of $4,500 and the national average of $4,051.

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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 Santa Maria, a brief dive into our methodology for determining the best assisted living communities, and a searchable directory of 42 communities in the Santa Maria area. Trusted Communities spent dozens of hours researching the top assisted living communities in the Santa Maria 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.

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Santa Maria Terrace
Studios, Companion Suites
Assisted Living, Independent Living
Assisted Living: $2,700, Independent Living: $2,100
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We selected Santa Maria Terrace for our list of Santa Maria's top eight assisted living facilities because of its exceptionally hospitable staff that treats residents like guests at an upscale hotel. Here, residents have access to professional concierge and transportation conveniences and are treated to five-star, restaurant-style service in the shared dining hall and private dining room. The in-house bakery serves delicious treats, and a beauty salon takes appointments for personal haircuts and stylings. Additional amenities include a baby grand piano, an on-site general store and well-landscaped grounds.
What Residents are Saying:
Family members like the community's nice living quarters and outstanding dining choices. "My father moved into Santa Maria Terrace. ... He's very happy with his room, the food, and everything else. The staff is very friendly and very helpful. It's really a good situation for him. I've eaten twice with him, and the food was definitely acceptable and good," said one.
3.89 out of 5 stars
(33) Reviews
1405 E. Main St, Santa Maria, CA 9954
Casa Rosa Elder Care
The Oaks at Nipomo
Yokam's Rcfe
Merrill Gardens at Santa Maria
Fountain Square of Lompoc
Wyndham Residence

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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