Escondido is situated in a valley surrounded by rocky hills, about 30 minutes northeast of downtown San Diego. The 2020 census revealed that approximately 12.3% of its 151,000 residents are aged 65 and older. The city’s senior-friendly climate attracts older residents, as does its lower rates of crime, excellent water quality and wealth of resources focused on helping seniors deal with common tasks, such as getting around the city at a low cost and filing their taxes with help from experts.

Assisted living communities are ideal for seniors who find everyday tasks, such as cooking, more challenging as they age. A typical facility will include comfortable rooms furnished with much of the seniors’ own belongings and staff to handle cleaning duties, while chefs make the meals and managers organize social events for residents. The average cost for an assisted living placement is $4,525 per month, which, although above the U.S. average, is below the state median by around $475. 

The remainder of this guide deals with the advantages and disadvantages of living in Escondido and the costs of senior care in the region. There’s also a list of some useful resources for seniors.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Escondido, CA

2020, 2021, 2022

Pacifica Senior Living Escondido

1351 East Washington Ave, Escondido, CA, 92027

Pacifica Senior Living Escondido is located 30 miles northeast of San Diego, California, on 4 acres of land within a quiet residential neighborhood. Residents love this well-kept green space, with tre … (read more)
Pacifica Senior Living Escondido is located 30 miles northeast of San Diego, California, on 4 acres of land within a quiet residential neighborhood. Residents love this well-kept green space, with tre … (read more)

Westmont Town Court

500 E. Valley Parkway, Escondido, CA, 92025

Westmont Town Court is located in the middle of downtown Escondido, California, with entertainment, shopping and dining opportunities nearby. This assisted living community earns high marks from resid … (read more)
Westmont Town Court is located in the middle of downtown Escondido, California, with entertainment, shopping and dining opportunities nearby. This assisted living community earns high marks from resid … (read more)

Oakmont of Escondido Hills

3012 Bear Valley Parkway South, Escondido, CA, 92025

Oakmont of Escondido Hills is a luxury senior living community in Escondido, California. Residents comment on the accommodating and friendly staff, and family members highlight the modern, comfortable … (read more)
Oakmont of Escondido Hills is a luxury senior living community in Escondido, California. Residents comment on the accommodating and friendly staff, and family members highlight the modern, comfortable … (read more)

Redwood Terrace

710 13th Avenue, Escondido, CA, 92025

Redwood Terrace of Escondido, California is conveniently located near I-15 and in walking distance from the shopping, dining and entertainment options of downtown. Loved ones and residents are drawn t … (read more)
Redwood Terrace of Escondido, California is conveniently located near I-15 and in walking distance from the shopping, dining and entertainment options of downtown. Loved ones and residents are drawn t … (read more)

2015

Cypress Court

1255 N Broadway, Escondido, CA, 92026

I would highly recommend Cypress Court in Escondido. It’s superb, but it’s for more independent people or people that don’t need that much assistance. If you’re in that juncture of your life then it i … (read more)
I would highly recommend Cypress Court in Escondido. It’s superb, but it’s for more independent people or people that don’t need that much assistance. If you’re in that juncture of your life then it i … (read more)

2015, 2016

Las Villas Del Norte

1325 Las Villas Way, Escondido, CA, 92026

Las Villas Del Norte has been wonderful. We have been very, very pleased. The facility is large. It even has a swimming pool. The staff was very nice, very helpful, and very considerate (especially si … (read more)
Las Villas Del Norte has been wonderful. We have been very, very pleased. The facility is large. It even has a swimming pool. The staff was very nice, very helpful, and very considerate (especially si … (read more)

Felicita Vida

930 Monticello Drive, Escondido, CA, 92029

My dad is living in Felicita Vida. It was fairly new, very clean, and had pretty modern facilities. It seemed to me that the food was adequate and it was fine. The people I talked to in passing though … (read more)
My dad is living in Felicita Vida. It was fairly new, very clean, and had pretty modern facilities. It seemed to me that the food was adequate and it was fine. The people I talked to in passing though … (read more)

Crest View Manor

350 South Vine Street, Escondido, CA, 92025

Residents and visitors of Crest View Manor in Escondido, California, enjoy easy access to I-15 and a location steps away from the best shopping, dining and entertainment options in town. Loved ones no … (read more)
Residents and visitors of Crest View Manor in Escondido, California, enjoy easy access to I-15 and a location steps away from the best shopping, dining and entertainment options in town. Loved ones no … (read more)

Gardens at Escondido

1342 North Escondido Blvd., Escondido, CA, 92026

Was a bit worried with the situation at first but as soon as we walked in it was obvious my grandma was in good hands. Very clean, all staff was friendly and helpful. I look forward to my next visit. … (read more)
Was a bit worried with the situation at first but as soon as we walked in it was obvious my grandma was in good hands. Very clean, all staff was friendly and helpful. I look forward to my next visit. … (read more)

Villa Monticello Assisted Living

25695 N. Centre City Parkway, Escondido, CA, 92026

The staff at Villa Monticello Assisted Living is wonderful. It’s a very small community with only 29 residents. The food is good and they are very helpful. The assisted living and memory care unit ar … (read more)
The staff at Villa Monticello Assisted Living is wonderful. It’s a very small community with only 29 residents. The food is good and they are very helpful. The assisted living and memory care unit ar … (read more)

Edward James Retirement Home II

1747 Craigmore Ave, Escondido, CA, 92027

Located in the heart of Escondido, California, the Edward James Retirement Home receives high marks from residents and loved ones for being a beautiful and inviting facility with a compassionate and a … (read more)
Located in the heart of Escondido, California, the Edward James Retirement Home receives high marks from residents and loved ones for being a beautiful and inviting facility with a compassionate and a … (read more)

North County Cottage

221 West 6th Avenue,, Escondido, CA, 92025

The Cottage in Escondido, California, is a haven for those seeking assisted living care for relatives. The administrator is professional and makes transition to community life easy for residents, espe … (read more)
The Cottage in Escondido, California, is a haven for those seeking assisted living care for relatives. The administrator is professional and makes transition to community life easy for residents, espe … (read more)

Edward James Retirement Home LLC

1132 West Via Rancho Parkway, Escondido, CA, 92029


Sapphire Pacific II

262 Silver Creek Glen, Escondido, CA, 92029


Anne’s Place

2870 Wanek Road, Escondido, CA, 92027


Splendor Valley

930 Rockwell Springs Court, Escondido, CA, 92025


Champine Manor

1725 Tobacco Road, Escondido, CA, 92026


Madeleine’s Senior Living

2880 Wanek Road, Escondido, CA, 92027




What to Consider About Assisted Living in Escondido

The Senior Care Licensing Program, a division of the California Department of Social Services, is responsible for monitoring and licensing assisted living facilities throughout the state. Its network of 13 regional offices ensures close supervision of licensed facilities through unannounced inspections and reviewing other sources of information, such as complaints registered with the Long-Term Ombudsman.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Escondido

  • Escondido has an average cost of living index of 142.8, which, although above the national index of 100, is below California’s 149.9. Consequently, seniors typically find Escondido to be more affordable than most cities in the state. This is particularly true of health costs, which are lower than the state and national medians.
  • Escondido’s climate is particularly senior-friendly. With winter temperatures averaging 43 degrees and summer at 86, older residents don’t experience extremes in weather. The low annual rainfall of 14 inches means humid heat isn’t common either. There are also 266 sunny days, on average, per year, which is far above the norm for the country. 
  • Although the city’s air quality is one point below the U.S. average of 58/100, seniors needn’t be any more concerned about pollution than the typical American. However, they can be assured of excellent drinking water as Escondido scores 75/100, which is 20 points above the national median.
  • Although crime statistics never look good, Escondido’s show the city to be safer than most. According to Neighborhood Scout, the chances of being a victim of violent crime is 1 in 280, which is lower than the 1 in 227 for California. Property crime is also less common, with the chances being 1 in 62 against the state average of 1 in 43. In both examples, Escondido is safer than the typical U.S. city.
  • FACT (Facilitating Access to Coordinated Transportation) is a nonprofit that seeks to connect seniors throughout San Diego County with low-cost public and private transportation services. These can include local bus and senior center transport programs, paratransit services and ride-sharing. Seniors can find a ride that suits them by calling the organization’s number or by visiting its website.
  • Seniors on low to moderate incomes can get free help preparing their state and federal tax returns from Senior Service Council Escondido. It’s a nonprofit organization that operates through the IRS TCE (Tax Counseling for the Elderly) Program.

Paying for Assisted Living in Escondido

The 2020 Genworth Cost of Care Survey found that Escondido’s seniors get assisted living for lower fees than most in California — typically $4,525, while their peers average $5,000 per month for similar services. 

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Escondido’s assisted living costs are an attractive $4,525 per month, which is lower than almost every other city in the region, with the exception of Riverside, which averages $3,900. Similar services in Los Angeles, for example, cost $5,000, while in El Centro, they’re $5,825.

$4525

Escondido

$5000

California

$4300

The United States

$5825

El Centro

$5000

Los Angeles

$3900

Riverside

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Homemaker and home health aide services both average at $5,716 per month, even though the latter also provides basic medical aid. However, assisted living is $1,191 less costly, despite providing accommodation with senior care support. Adult day health care centers are the most affordable option, at $1,733. The most expensive is nursing home facilities, which typically charge $10,722 for a semiprivate room and an additional $3,711 for the convenience of a private one.

$5716

Homemaker Services

$5716

Home Health Aide

$1733

Adult Day Health Care

$4525

Assisted Living Facility

$10722

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$14433

Nursing Home Facility (private room)

Note: Data for Escondido was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, San Diego, was used instead.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Escondido

Low-income seniors residing in Escondido may be eligible to apply for government funding to help pay for assisted living. There are currently two programs available: the 1915(c) Assisted Living Waiver program through Medi-Cal and Supplemental Security Income – Category G.

Learn more about these programs, plus who’s eligible, on our Assisted Living in California page.

Paying for Assisted Living Facilities in California

More Ways to Pay for Assisted Living

While many families use their own funds or personal assets to pay for assisted living, there are plenty of additional options to cover these costs. Some additional ways to finance assisted living costs include:

  • Veterans Benefits
  • Life Insurance Policy
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Reverse Mortgage

For more information about different ways to finance assisted living, visit our Assisted Living in California page.

Free Assisted Living Resources in Escondido

There are many resources available to help Escondido’s seniors, some of which are included in the following list. They can help seniors concerned about the quality of care in their assisted living facility, those in need of expert legal advice and medical care for seniors who served their country.

Resource

Contact

Service

(858) 495-5276

The Long-Term Care Ombudsman is an advocate for seniors residing in assisted living communities in San Diego County. The ombudsman's role is to ensure standards are maintained and that seniors are fully aware of their rights. Seniors with complaints can register them with the ombudsman, who will investigate and seek to resolve them on the senior's behalf. Other services include supplying seniors with inspection reports of facilities they may be considering for their long-term care. 

(760) 466-7020

Escondido VA Clinic is a primary care facility serving the city's U.S. military veterans and their families. It includes facilities for dealing with mental health issues and some clinical testing in its laboratory and pathology lab. If the senior's medical needs can be served at the clinic, they're transferred to the nearest clinic or medical center in the VA San Diego Health Care System.

(760) 839-4688

Park Avenue Community Center is a place where Escondido's seniors go to join in with dances and exercise classes in the large auditorium, read books from its extensive library, play billiards on one of its six tables and enjoy freshly-made lunches with others in the Park Avenue Café. There are also regular games of bingo and it's common to see seniors socializing most mornings in the Joslyn Lounge.

(800) 339-4661

San Diego County's Aging & Independence Services provide a range of resources for seniors in the community, in addition to referring them to other resources supplied by government agencies and nonprofit organizations. It can help seniors who need legal assistance on a range of issues, including matters concerning health insurance and all aspects of elder law. For seniors concerned about their health, the agency manages the Feeling Fit Club, which is a range of programs designed to improve balance and develop physical and mental wellbeing.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Escondido

Escondido-area assisted living communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all assisted living communities in California are required to follow. Visit our Assisted Living in California page for more information about these laws.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in California