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COVID-19 Rules for Assisted Living in Walnut Creek

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 Walnut Creek

The median rate for assisted living in Walnut Creek is $6,319 per month, making it the second most expensive city for this type of care in the region.

Assisted Living in Walnut Creek vs. Nearby Cities

Santa Rosa, which is just to the north of Walnut Creek, is more expensive, with a monthly average of $7,048. The only nearby city with assisted living costs lower than the national average is Stockton at $3,649. Vallejo has assisted living costs just below the California average, at $4,950 per month. In the southern part of the Bay Area, the city of San Jose has a median price of $6,000 per month for assisted living.

  • Walnut Creek: $6,319
  • California: $5,250
  • National: $4,500
  • San Jose: $6,000
  • Stockton: $3,649
  • Vallejo: $4,950
  • Santa Rosa: $7,048

Assisted Living vs. Other Types of Care in Walnut Creek, CA

Compared to in-home care and nursing homes, assisted living in Walnut Creek is an affordable option. A semiprivate room in a nursing home costs an average of $11,566 per month, more than $5,000 above the average rate for assisted living. When care is needed for 40 hours per week, homemaker services cost $6,864 per month, and home health care costs $7,150 per month. Adult day health care, at $1,950, is significantly less expensive but only available during certain hours of the day.

  • Assisted Living: $6,319
  • Homemaker Services: $6,864
  • Home Health Care: $7,150
  • Adult Day Health Care: $1,950
  • Nursing Home (semiprivate room): $11,566

Note: Data for Walnut Creek was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, San Francisco, was used instead.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Walnut Creek

Other Ways to Pay for Assisted Living in Walnut Creek

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 Walnut Creek.

Free and Low-Cost Assisted Living Resources for Seniors in Walnut Creek

The following organizations can help Walnut Creek families find support services and assisted living or resolve issues within long-term care. Resources are provided by local and state governments as well as nonprofit organizations.

Resource Contact Service
Walnut Creek Seniors Club (925) 295-1490 Operated by the Walnut Creek Recreation Department, the Seniors’ Club hosts a variety of indoor and outdoor activities that are appealing to adults aged 55 and older. In addition to the low-cost membership benefits, the club offers free social services, such as financial counseling, income tax preparation and legal advice. The weekly newsletter is a great source of information about local events and destinations for seniors.
Area Agency on Aging (925) 229-8434 The Contra Costa County Area Agency on Aging (AAA) provides a variety of services to seniors in Walnut Creek with functional impairments, including older adults in assisted living communities. Seniors can contact the hotline to learn about local service providers or get help with health benefits through the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP).
Empowered Aging (925) 685-2070 Empowered Aging operates the Long-term Care Ombudsman Program for Walnut Creek and much of the Bay Area. Ombudsmen address reports of abuse, including neglect, exploitation and mistreatment, in local assisted living facilities. The Resident Empowerment Program offers timely screening, legal counsel and screening services to all types of residents in long-term care.
Diablo Valley Foundation (925) 945-8040 The Diablo Valley Foundation for the Aging has provided care management services for seniors and families in Walnut Creek since 1875. This service includes a face-to-face consultation, full needs assessment, regular visitation, coordination of services and advocacy. The foundation also operates the Heritage Program, which can provide durable power of attorney for health care and finances.
Walnut Creek Seniors Mini Bus (925) 256-3533 In addition to several transportation options, such as the Recreation Transportation Program, that serve seniors throughout the city, Walnut Creek operates the Seniors Mini Bus. This service is available for city residents who are aged 60 and older and have a disability that prevents them from using the city’s fixed or concierge transportation services.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Walnut Creek

Assisted Living Communities in Walnut Creek 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 Walnut Creek Area

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

  • Sorted through 103 communities using our unique methodology
  • Spent over 15 hours researching assisted living communities in Walnut Creek
  • Read more than 820 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 Walnut Creek is $6,319, which is considerably higher than the state average of $5,250 and also considerably 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 Walnut Creek, a brief dive into our methodology for determining the best assisted living communities, and a searchable directory of 103 communities in the Walnut Creek 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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