Insider Guide to Los Angeles Senior Living: Santa Monica

Whether you are relocating your mom and dad from out of town or finding a new place for your local loved one, living by the beach is often a dream. Here is a list of the five most notable Santa Monica area senior living communities from Los Angeles Senior Living Advisor, Sarah Ordover, Owner of Assisted Living Locators Los Angeles.

Patio view at Brookdale Ocean House

Brookdale Ocean House

2107 Ocean Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90405

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Sarah says: "Brookdale Ocean House is among my favorite senior living communities in Los Angeles. Located right on Ocean Avenue with views from almost every room, Brookdale Ocean House residents are accomplished and mentally active. It's one of the places I would want for my retirement home."

Cost of Living at Brookdale Ocean House

Brookdale Ocean House offers a range of studio and one bedroom apartment sizes starting at around $6,000/month. This base rent price includes all meals, utilities, housekeeping, laundry and linen service and nurse oversight. Personal care services such as assistance with bathing and grooming, medication management and ambulation are additional.

Amenities at Brookdale Ocean House

Ocean House is on Ocean Avenue, the street that fronts the beach in Santa Monica. Their beautiful library boasts a 180 degree panorama of the ocean and Santa Monica pier, a gorgeous place to soak in the views while reading a favorite book.

Portrait of commons grounds at Welbrook of Santa Monica - Memory Care

Welbrook of Santa Monica - Memory Care

1450 17th St
Santa Monica, CA 90404

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Sarah says: "Welbrook in Santa Monica is one of the best dementia care facilities in Los Angeles. As one of the few memory care only communities in Los Angeles serving residents with Alzheimer's disease, Lewy Body, Parkinson's and other memory impacting conditions, Welbrook is an innovative leader in dementia care programming and health."

Cost of Living at Welbrook of Santa Monica- Memory Care

All private suites start at $7800, which includes care. There are three different tiers of pricing that increase depending on care level but all care is bundled into the one cost. There are not separate care charges.

Amenities at Welbrook of Santa Monica - Memory Care

Nurses on staff 24 hours/day means that residents receive careful oversight seven days a week, including diabetes management. Each room is equipped with the Vigil Monitoring System, providing unobtrusive sensors and silent paging to keep staff alerted to when a resident needs help.

Facilites at Santa Monica Home and Care

Santa Monica Home and Care

912 10th St
Santa Monica, CA 90403

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Sarah says: "Beautiful, bungalow style board and care home for up to 20 residents in a great Santa Monica neighborhood makes Santa Monica Home and Care a favorite."

Cost of Living at Santa Monica Home and Care

Board and care homes are priced at a fixed amount that includes both rent and care. Santa Monica Home and Care starts at $6200 for a shared room and $6600 for a private room.

Amenities at Santa Monica Home and Care

Enjoy activities in the lush gardens or visit with the resident dog and cat. Your pet is welcome. This board and care home specializes in caring for residents with dementia and is able to take individuals on hospice. With an accommodating cook on staff, Santa Monica Home and Care can modify food to fit most client's food preferences or physician prescribed restrictions.

Brookdale Santa Monica Gardens

Brookdale Santa Monica Gardens

851 2nd St
Santa Monica, CA 90403

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Sarah Says: "Brookdale Santa Monica Gardens is a great option for individuals looking for senior independent living or assisted living in Santa Monica. Three blocks from the bluffs and around the corner from Montana Avenue, you'll often see residents out with their dogs enjoying what beach living has to offer."

Cost of Living at Brookdale Santa Monica Gardens

This luxury senior community in Santa Monica offers studio, one and two bedroom units starting at $5510. This price includes rent, utilities, dining, wellness monitoring, housekeeping, laundry and linen service. Personal care costs are extra.

Amenities at Brookdale Santa Monica Gardens

Santa Monica Gardens is one of the few independent and assisted living communities to offer two bedroom suites with full kitchen. These senior apartments have lots of natural window light and plenty of room for the grandkids to visit. Brookdale Santa Monica Gardens also offers respite short-term stays.

Portrait of piano at Holiday Villa East

Holiday Villa East

1447 17th St
Santa Monica, CA 90404

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Sarah says: "Holiday Villa East is a simple independent living community right in the middle of Santa Monica. Those looking for a comfortable place to live that provides meals and housekeeping will find Holiday Villa East an affordable option on LA's Westside."

Cost of Living at Holiday Villa East

Holiday Villa East studios start at $2750/month. No personal care services are provided although there is an independent caregiver company that services many of the facility's residents.

Amenities at Holiday Villa East

Holiday Villa East has been family owned since 1978. Most studios come with patios or balconies. Social, recreational and educational programming is offered. Residents are very friendly.

Finding the right place for your loved one to live is one of the most important decisions you'll make. You don't need to figure it out alone. Sarah and the team at Assisted Living Locators can help you explore these communities as well as others to meet your specific needs. The service is provided at no charge to you. Call 310-853-8282.

Local Santa Monica Senior Resources

Looking for additional local resources and information for seniors in the Santa Monica & Santa Monica adjacent area? Here are links to some valuable organizations and websites.

Wise and Healthy Aging

Providence St. John’s Health Center

UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center

UCLA Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Program


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I am unsure if I can afford Assisted Living. How will I know?

We assist you every step of the way. At our initial meeting, we figure out what you are looking for and what will work for your monthly payments. There may be insurance policies, veteran benefits, flexible pricing structures, and other financial aid possibilities that you aren’t aware of. Book a consultation, our services are always free to you.

How will I know if Assisted Living is the right choice for me or my loved one?

There are many wonderful options in assisted living communities. Are you looking for a social environment where you can enjoy a glass of wine with friends at an outdoor fire pit and a gourmet dinner in the dining room, or maybe you are looking for a new hobby or activity without having to leave home, or maybe you would like the extra safety and security that a communal living space offers? We can discuss the benefits with you and your family to see if there is a good fit for them. 

I have a dog and want to bring her with me, is this possible?

Yes! There are lots of communities which are pet friendly. Let’s look and see what will work best for you. 

What activities or amenities are offered in Assisted Living Communities in Santa Monica?

Santa Monica is a beautiful setting and the assisted living communities have so many fantastic activities and amenities. You will have three wonderful meals prepared daily, the opportunity to participate in group activities and outings, large windows that let in the California sun, and so much more.

Sarah Ordover, Owner & Certified Senior Advisor

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