Assisted living facilities offer seniors independent living while providing accommodations with the activities of daily living (ADLs), such as medication management, dressing and bathing, meal preparation and eating, the cleaning of the residence and clothing, and transportation. Most assisted living facilities also offer daily activities, such as classes, off-site trips, gardening, parties, and in-house entertainment, like live bands or comedians.
Seniors in the Los Angeles County, California, area might consider the city of Whittier. For art buffs, Whittier provides a collection of nationally recognized artwork throughout the city as part of its Art in Public Places program. Whittier believes that public art shows a city’s maturity, identity, and values.
Whittier was the filming location of a number of movies, including Amish Grace, Back to the Future, and Back to the Future Part 2. It’s also been the location for an assortment of television series, including The Wonder Years. Steeped in history, Whittier has four historical residential districts, with houses dating to the early 20th Century. Whittier is also home to President Richard M. Nixon’s first law office. Do you have an interest in transportation? Whittier has one of the only four remaining 1890’s railroad stations in the state. It’s been converted into a Transportation Center and Museum.
Located about 12 miles southeast of Los Angeles, Whittier offers residents a haven away from big-city living, with over 1700 acres preserved for parks and recreation and an award-winning Greenway Trail. The city boasts views of the Pacific Ocean, downtown Los Angeles, and the famous Hollywood sign.
Uptown Whittier offers a historic shopping district with an array of boutiques, dining opportunities, and a historic restored movie theater. Yearly events include antique fairs, vintage car shows, and a Christmas parade. A farmer’s market is available every Friday. During the summer months, Wittier presents its Concerts in the Park series, every Monday and Thursday evenings.
Whittier loves its seniors! The city offers Senior Services to those 55 and older by arranging regular trips, dinner-and-show outings, evening dances and special holiday events. Whittier’s two multi-purpose senior centers schedule an endless array of activities including educational classes, cultural activities, lectures, discussion groups, health screenings, and exercise programs. They also offer free legal counseling and veteran’s assistance. Caregiver support groups are also available.
The annual assisted living facility rate in Los Angeles County is slightly less than that of the rest of the state, at $41,184. Most facilities allow cats and medium-sized dogs and offer complementary transportation, indoor common areas, and resident parking. All locations have 24-hour care staff available. Other amenities range from on-site beauticians, anytime dining, Med-Alert, and outdoor patios, depending on the location. Some facilities also offer retirement communities, hospice care, and Alzheimer’s care. Residents must be at least 55 years old.
To find an assisted living facility in your area, enter your desired neighborhood into the search bar and then use the tabs to find each specific type of care in that area. SeniorLiving.org can give you tips on locating the facility that’s right for you. We can also help you determine if assisted living is the right choice, or if you’d be better off with other options, such as a nursing home or home health care.