108 Assisted Living Facilities near San Diego, CA
Due to its near-perfect weather and endless attractions and activities, San Diego draws retirees from around the world who want to spend their days in the sunshine. To help seniors find the assisted living community that’s right for their family, we’ve researched and compiled in-depth information about the cost of care, how to pay for care, and important local laws and regulations involving senior care and assisted living.
With an average cost of $3,720 in San Diego, it’s often difficult to find assisted living communities that provide high-quality care at an affordable price. At Caring.com, our mission is to make this process as smooth and painless as possible, and we’ve helped many families along the way.
This guide provides everything you need to quickly compare communities and narrow your search, including 228 unique reviews from residents and our comprehensive database that gives pricing, amenity information, photos and more on the 79 facilities in San Diego.
79 Assisted Living Facilities in San Diego, CA
29 Assisted Living Facilities near San Diego, CA
What to Consider About Assisted Living in San Diego
Sun-drenched San Diego boasts a comfortable year-round climate, over 50 miles of white sand beaches and, according to the U.S. News & World Report, access to one of the best senior medicine programs in the nation. Seniors seeking an assisted living solution in San Diego can select from 78 different facilities available within the city limits. In San Diego and throughout California, assisted living communities are called Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFEs). They are licensed by the California Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing Division, and defined as facilities where at least three-quarters of the residents are age 60 or older.
Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in San Diego
• San Diego is a sunshiny city, averaging 266 sunny days each year. Seniors can enjoy outdoor activities year-round thanks to mild temperatures, with an average winter low of only 45.2 degrees and a summer high of 78.9 degrees.
• With living costs that are a staggering 66 percent above the national average, San Diego may be out of reach for some retirees, who can expect to pay dearly for routine expenses. For example, health care in the city costs 11 percent more than the national average and groceries, 6.8 percent more.
• According to the American Lung Association, which measures air quality, San Diego County has one of the highest rates of pollution in the nation. Those with existing respiratory illnesses may want to consider this before moving into an assisted living community in San Diego.
• San Diego offers a thriving art and culture scene for people of all ages. Sprawling Balboa Park, for example, covers 1,200 acres and is home to 16 museums. With theaters, restaurants, breweries, beaches and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, San Diego has something sure to catch any senior citizen's interest.
• The San Diego area is home to world-class medical facilities, including UC San Diego Medical Center, in the event of medical emergencies or illness.
• San Diego is a member of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities, meaning that its elected leadership “has made the commitment to actively work toward making their town, city or county a great place for people of all ages,” according to AARP.
Paying for Assisted Living in San Diego
Average Monthly Costs
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Assisted Living costs in San Diego start around $3,720 per month on average, while the nationwide average cost of assisted living is $4,000 per month, according to the latest figures from Genworth’s Cost of Care Survey.
It’s important to note that assisted living rates in San Diego and the surrounding suburbs can vary widely based on factors such as location, the level of care needed, apartment size and the types of amenities offered at each community.
Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in San Diego
Eligible seniors may receive help paying for assisted living through California’s Assisted Living Waiver Program. Financial aid is also available to those with Supplemental Security Income (SSI) through California's Optional State Supplement (OSS) program.
Learn more about these programs, plus who’s eligible, on our Assisted Living in California page.
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 San Diego
San Diego and the surrounding area are home to numerous government agencies and non-profit organizations offering help for seniors searching for or currently residing in an assisted living community. These organizations can also provide assistance in a number of other eldercare services such as geriatric care management, elder law advice, estate planning, finding home care and health and wellness programs.
To see a list of free assisted living resources in San Diego, please visit our Assisted Living in California page.
Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in San Diego
San Diego-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.
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Recent Reviews of Assisted Living in San Diego
Review of Mission Villa East
Excellent community. Staff is the greatest. Very clean and lots of large areas for families and residents to enjoy. Chickens were great! Read more
Review of Merrill Gardens at Bankers Hill
I visited MG with my mom, having been referred there by my mother-in-law, and my mom's home care company guys spoke very highly of it. It did not disappoint! Although the manager was on vacation, t... Read more
Review of Jacob Health Care Center
Jacob Health Care Center was very nice, new, bright, cheerful, clean, fresh looking, and lively. Everybody was very friendly. They would come up to me and start talking and greet me. Read more