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Top assisted living facilities in California by bed count

Assisted living facilities (ALFs) are distinguished from other long-term care facility types by the level of medical support and intervention they provide. ALFs provide full-time housing and daily support for older adults, not requiring supervision from nurses or other medical personnel.   

The following list highlights the top 20 ALFs in California by reported bed count. This metric refers to the number of beds that a medical center has within its facility. Bed count can also indicate the degree to which a hospital can provide inpatient care. Generally, the more beds a healthcare organization has, the more people it can care for.   

Top 20 California assisted living facilities with the most beds

RankAssisted Living Facility Name City Definitive ID Bed Count Explore dataset
1La Costa Glen Carlsbad - Assisted Living Carlsbad 39905 1233 Explore
2Vi at Palo Alto - Assisted Living Palo Alto 48985 876 Explore
3Stoneridge Creek Pleasanton Pleasanton 49150 828 Explore
4Vi at La Jolla Village - Assisted Living San Diego 48984 783 Explore
5Westmont - Westmont Village (FKA Altavita Village Assisted Living) Riverside 48210 770 Explore
6The Forum at Rancho San Antonio - Assisted Living Cupertino 46234 741 Explore
7Morningside of Fullerton Fullerton 48277 712 Explore
8Spring Lake Village - Assisted Living Santa Rosa 47269 679 Explore
9The Terraces at San Joaquin Gardens - Assisted Living Fresno 39725 652 Explore
10Paradise Valley Estates - Assisted Living Fairfield 47711 603 Explore
11The Glen at Scripps Ranch San Diego 48246 600 Explore
12Casa De Las Campanas - Assisted Living San Diego 46873 582 Explore
13Hillcrest Birch Court and Cedar Court La Verne 49936 574 Explore
14Ventura Townehouse Ventura 48695 566 Explore
15Fredericka Manor - Assisted Living Chula Vista 46506 560 Explore
16Valle Verde - Assisted Living Santa Barbara 48186 547 Explore
17Freedom Village Health Care Center - Assisted Living Lake Forest 46509 533 Explore
18Oak Tree Lodge at Mount San Antonio Gardens Pomona 48510 520 Explore
19Atherton Baptist Homes Alhambra 52725 518 Explore
20University Village Thousand Oaks - Assisted Living Thousand Oaks 48174 514 Explore

Fig. 1 Data is from the Definitive Healthcare LongTermCareView product. Data is accurate as of November 2023. 

Which assisted living facility in California has the most beds? 

With 1,233 available beds, La Costa Glen Carlsbad is the assisted living facility in California with the most beds. Collectively, the top 20 ALFs in California total up to 12,791 beds, with an average of 640 beds per facility.  

In second place is Vi at Palo Alto Assisted Living, which has a total of 876 available beds. Stoneridge Creek Pleasanton comes in third place with 828 beds.  

California also has the highest number of active assisted living facilities across the U.S., with 5,808. Michigan has the second-highest number of ALFs at 3,213. Check out Healthcare Insight on ALFs in Michigan with the most beds for more information.  

Assisted living facilities vs. nursing homes 

Assisted living facilities and nursing homes are both types of residential care options for individuals who may need assistance with daily activities. Still, they differ in terms of the level of care provided and the types of residents they cater to. 

For example, ALFs are designed for individuals who need some assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs), such as bathing, dressing, grooming, and medication management. Residents in assisted living facilities are more independent and may not require intensive medical care. Nursing homes, on the other hand, provide a higher level of medical care and are suitable for individuals with more complex health needs. They have a higher staff-to-resident ratio and are equipped to handle individuals who require ongoing medical supervision, rehabilitation, or assistance with serious health conditions. 

Why is ALF bed count important for sales strategy? 

Healthcare commercial intelligence like bed count in ALFs can be important for several businesses looking to sell into or compete in the healthcare market in California. Some reasons why a business might leverage this information include: 

  • Strategy. You can use the number of beds available in ALFs to help you analyze the market demand for such services. It provides insights into the saturation levels in specific regions, allowing you to identify areas with higher demand and fewer competitors. 
  • Resource allocation. Knowing the availability of beds helps in efficient resource allocation. For example, if there is a high demand for assisted living in a particular region, you can allocate more resources, staff, and services to meet the needs of that specific market. 
  • Risk management. Understanding the bed occupancy rates can help assess the financial stability of assisted living facilities. Facilities with consistently high occupancy rates may indicate a stable and well-managed business, reducing the risk associated with potential partnerships or collaborations. 
  • Marketing and outreach. If you offer services that complement those provided by assisted living facilities, knowing their bed availability allows you to target your marketing efforts more effectively. 

What is the cost of assisted living in California?  

According to Genworth’s annual Cost of Care Survey, the average cost of assisted living care in California in 2023 was $3,750 per month. The cost of care does vary across the state, however, and it likely differs between ALFs within the same county or region. The cost of assisted living in San Francisco ranges from about $900 - $6,900 per month. Care in the Los Angeles area is more expensive, ranging from $1,100 - $9,500 per month.  

Assisted living costs vary wildly because every facility offers unique amenities and services. A luxury ALF community, for example, may have access to a spa, tennis court, concierge, or other services. 

Who regulates assisted living facilities in California?   

The Senior Care Licensing Program helps to license, monitor, and enforce continuing care retirement communities and elderly residential care facilities.   

Learn more  

Healthcare Insights are developed with healthcare commercial intelligence from the Definitive Healthcare platform. Interested in more insights on long-term care facilities? Read our blog detailing the top tips for marketing to long-term care centers you should know.  

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