Located approximately 55 miles east of Los Angeles and at the center of the Inland Empire, Riverside offers senior outdoor enthusiasts a one-hour drive to some of Southern California’s best beaches and breathtaking views of the San Bernardino Mountains. It has a warm Mediterranean climate with an average of 277 days of sunshine per year. Golf aficionados can appreciate the 55-acre Fairmont Golf Course, and history buffs enjoy the annual Dickens Festival, the beautiful Spanish architecture of the Mission Inn and March Field Air Museum.
The city’s three senior centers provide a plethora of resources, including fitness and language classes, social events and nutrition programs. Area hospitals are easy to access and include Kaiser Magnolia and Riverside Community Hospital. The price of living (32.5% less expensive) and assisted living homes ($1,000 less per month) are much less costly than Los Angeles, so seniors can enjoy a relaxed, quiet lifestyle along with all the fun amenities Southern California has to offer. With so many excellent and affordable assisted living options from which to choose, we’ve created a list describing eight of our top Riverside favorites.
The Grove Care and Wellness
3401 Lemon St.
Riverside, CA 92501
Grove Care and Wellness provides its residents with skilled nursing and assisted living in a tastefully decorated, light-filled building with spacious rooms. Seniors have access to a plethora of activities, including on-site religious services, ice-cream socials and visiting outside entertainment. Each resident receives an individualized care plan, and a well-equipped therapy room helps residents overcome concerning issues. In the dining hall, nutritious, home-cooked meals are prepared by a chef trained at Le Cordon Bleu.
7898 California Ave.
Riverside, CA 92504
We included this facility in our list of top eight for its attractive grounds containing a gated swimming pool and hot tub that’s perfect for enjoying the sunny Riverside weather. Surrounding the pool, the secure, manicured courtyard has raised garden beds, a fountain and easy-to-navigate walking paths. Welbrook Arlington’s interior receives an abundance of natural light through its many large windows, and the elegant dining room stands out for its high ceilings and baby grand piano. Residents receive care coordination services and personalized care plans designed to accommodate individual health needs and special diets.
Sunrise at Canyon Crest
5265 Chapala Dr.
Riverside, CA 92507
Sunrise at Canyon Crest made our list for its warm, cozy one-story cottages surrounded by beautiful nature views. It’s located on a tree-lined street across from Canyon Crest Golf Course and only walking distance from Andulka Park. Perfect for nature lovers, the grounds are filled with local wildlife, gardens and walking paths. Residents enjoy a cheerful atmosphere, comfortable living rooms and shady outdoor seating. In the shared and private dining rooms, residents are served healthy, delicious meals with options for pureed diets.
Raincross at Riverside
5232 Central Ave
Riverside, CA 92504
With Raincross at Riverside, residents enjoy a selection of spacious apartments with kitchenettes, weekly housekeeping and concierge services and high quality living. Providing assisted living and memory care, the facility encourages residents to continue learning through its unique Watermark University courses and frequent group excursions. In addition to snacks served in the on-site bistro, the dining hall serves nutritious meals with options for easy-to-eat gourmet finger foods. The facility’s amenities include a beauty salon, numerous game rooms, scheduled transportation services and outdoor patios.
Pacifica Senior Living Riverside
6280 Clay St.
Riverside, CA 92509
Residents receive excellent care from the dedicated staff and visiting medical professionals at Pacifica Senior Living Riverside. We chose this pet-friendly assisted living facility for our list because of its specialization in memory care and unique layout of secure cottages. Each of the six cottages are well-designed and easy to navigate, and they include studio apartments and private bathrooms. The family-style dining room, beauty salon and visiting chaplain provide additional convenience and opportunities for socialization. Outside, residents can enjoy the lush grounds and stroll along safe walking paths.
At Regency Ranch Residential Care
16005 Regency Ranch Rd.
Riverside, CA 92504
Regency Ranch Residential care is a cozy, intimate and homelike facility that strives to create an easy transition for residents as they move from their personal homes into assisted living. Highly trained staff members work around the clock to aid residents with activities of daily living and provide scheduled transportation for errands, appointments and social outings. Along with facilitating a hydration program, staff members serve healthy, nutritious meals and accommodate specialized diets. Nearby, Lake Mathews and California Citrus State Park offers opportunities for residents and their loved ones to enjoy the sunny, warm weather and the area’s natural beauty.
155 Bracebridge Ct.
Riverside, CA 92506
A residential, homelike community nestled in an attractive, quiet neighborhood and housing up to 15 residents aged 60 and older, Simcare Homes offers residents privacy and a sense of independence. Residents live in cozy one-bedroom apartments and receive assistance with activities of daily living as needed. The facility serves three nutritious meals per day and provides transportation services for group outings, errands and appointments. Nearby, the beautiful Sycamore Canyon Park, March Field Air Museum and shops at Moreno Valley Mall provide ample areas for residents to explore.
17050 Arnold Dr.
Riverside, CA 92518
Altavita Village is nestled on a sprawling, gorgeous 221 acre gated campus close to the General Archie Old Golf Course and March Air Reserve Base. Within the homelike cottages, highly skilled caregivers help residents create individualized schedules of activities and daily habits based on their unique preferences and interests. An abundance of amenities are accessible to residents, including the full-service beauty salon, fitness center, heated indoor pool and on-site chapel. The grounds themselves are full of entertainment, ranging from shuffleboard and pickle ball courts to hiking trails and cozy outside patio with fireplace. Further enhancing residents’ freedom of choice and independence, the facility provides scheduled transportation and flexible meal plans.
Is Riverside the Right Choice for You?
Penned the City of Arts and Innovation, Riverside offers aging seniors a vibrant lifestyle and access to unique cultural amenities and events, including the Riverside Art Museum, Festival of Lights and the University of California-Riverside campus. As seen in this list, the fortunate 10% of the city’s population aged 65 and older have a wealth of nature and amenity-filed assisted living options from which to choose.