San Diego is a large city on the coast of California. It sits 120 miles south of Los Angeles, close to the Mexican border. The city has a population of almost 1.4 million, and 12.6% of its residents are seniors. The coastal location and California climate make San Diego an appealing choice for older adults looking for a retirement spot that offers a good balance between city amenities and scenic views.

Assisted living communities provide support for seniors who struggle with the activities of daily living but are otherwise healthy. They offer an option for older adults who don’t require nursing home levels of care but could benefit from help with household chores or tasks such as bathing or dressing. The average cost of assisted living in San Diego is $5,475 per month. This is slightly above average for California as a whole, with the state average being $5,250 per month.

This guide covers the cost of assisted living and other types of senior care in San Diego. It also discusses the benefits and downsides of living in the city as a senior and lists some free support and resources available to local older adults.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in San Diego, CA

2015, 2016, 2019, 2020

Belmont Village Sabre Springs

13075 Evening Creek Drive South, San Diego, CA, 92128

My wife moved into the Belmont Village Sabre Springs. She is being cared for very well. They have got all kinds of activities, but my wife is not into activities. We are lacking nothing, and they are … (read more)
My wife moved into the Belmont Village Sabre Springs. She is being cared for very well. They have got all kinds of activities, but my wife is not into activities. We are lacking nothing, and they are … (read more)

Brookdale Clairemont

5219 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard, San Diego, CA, 92117

I toured Brookdale Clairemont’s assisted living. It was very nice and very friendly. They seem like they have activities for the people to do so it’s nice that they have something to keep them busy. T … (read more)
I toured Brookdale Clairemont’s assisted living. It was very nice and very friendly. They seem like they have activities for the people to do so it’s nice that they have something to keep them busy. T … (read more)

2013, 2015

Atria Collwood

5308 Monroe Avenue, San Diego, CA, 92115

I liked Atria Collwood. The rooms were huge. It was a smaller community. They had independent living and assisted living. The girl at the front desk was very helpful. She was where she needed to be, a … (read more)
I liked Atria Collwood. The rooms were huge. It was a smaller community. They had independent living and assisted living. The girl at the front desk was very helpful. She was where she needed to be, a … (read more)

2013

Vi at La Jolla Village

8515 Costa Verde Boulevard, San Diego, CA, 92122

My relative has been at the facility for about 9 years. First in the independent living area and for the last couple of years in the skilled nursing section. Since the management team changed about a … (read more)
My relative has been at the facility for about 9 years. First in the independent living area and for the last couple of years in the skilled nursing section. Since the management team changed about a … (read more)

Torrey Pines Assisted & Senior Living

13101 Hartfield Avenue, San Diego, CA, 92130

It was terrific. The staff was courteous and professional. The facilities and the atmosphere were excellent. If we were considering a facility, that would be at the top of our list. We visited the ass … (read more)
It was terrific. The staff was courteous and professional. The facilities and the atmosphere were excellent. If we were considering a facility, that would be at the top of our list. We visited the ass … (read more)

2022

Sunrise of Sabre Springs

12515 Springhurst Dr., San Diego, CA, 92064

Sunrise of Sabre Springs had all the amenities like maid service, meal service, and laundry service. The staff was very nice. They was a musical activity. I was able to see an apartment. It was very n … (read more)
Sunrise of Sabre Springs had all the amenities like maid service, meal service, and laundry service. The staff was very nice. They was a musical activity. I was able to see an apartment. It was very n … (read more)

Sunrise of La Jolla

810 Turquoise Street, San Diego, CA, 92109

I toured Sunrise of La Jolla for my friend. It was a very nicely appointed facility. It has great amenities. They have a piano in the middle of the dining room. Everything was very well kept. I liked … (read more)
I toured Sunrise of La Jolla for my friend. It was a very nicely appointed facility. It has great amenities. They have a piano in the middle of the dining room. Everything was very well kept. I liked … (read more)

Casa Aldea Senior Living

14740 Via Fiesta, San Diego, CA, 92127

Casa Aldea is a fantastic community. It’s beautiful, it’s new, bright, and very well-laid out. The person who gave us the tour, Bailey, was very energetic, knowledgeable, and courteous. She did a grea … (read more)
Casa Aldea is a fantastic community. It’s beautiful, it’s new, bright, and very well-laid out. The person who gave us the tour, Bailey, was very energetic, knowledgeable, and courteous. She did a grea … (read more)

BayView Senior Assisted Living

3219 Canon St., San Diego, CA, 92106

I loved BayView Senior. It’s a beautiful facility. It’s in a beautiful setting and it’s a lovely building. I really liked it. It looks like they’ve totally redone it. The views are beautiful and the … (read more)
I loved BayView Senior. It’s a beautiful facility. It’s in a beautiful setting and it’s a lovely building. I really liked it. It looks like they’ve totally redone it. The views are beautiful and the … (read more)

Point Loma Elder Care

3941 Liggett Dr, San Diego, CA, 92106

My mother lived in the facility for 3 years until she passed away a few days ago. This is a great place for caring for your loved ones. My mother never said even once that she wants to go home. She lo … (read more)
My mother lived in the facility for 3 years until she passed away a few days ago. This is a great place for caring for your loved ones. My mother never said even once that she wants to go home. She lo … (read more)

Gold Canyon Care Home

6461 Quillan St., San Diego, CA, 92111

We have chosen Gold Canyon Care Home for my friend and we’re going in the direction of moving her. She needs assistance in walking, and personal needs, and she is a fall risk. In the sheet they gave u … (read more)
We have chosen Gold Canyon Care Home for my friend and we’re going in the direction of moving her. She needs assistance in walking, and personal needs, and she is a fall risk. In the sheet they gave u … (read more)

Pacifica Senior Living Rancho Peñasquitos

12979 Rancho Peñasquitos Blvd, San Diego, CA, 92129

I thought they were very professional here. I thought the place was clean, and it was very nice. The apartments looked pretty adequate. We only met with the representative, so we really didn’t inter … (read more)
I thought they were very professional here. I thought the place was clean, and it was very nice. The apartments looked pretty adequate. We only met with the representative, so we really didn’t inter … (read more)

Oakmont of Pacific Beach

955 Grand Avenue, San Diego, CA, 92109

I toured Oakmont of Pacific Beach. It is a top-notch facility. It has everything. It has gourmet dinner and lunch every day. It has a very personal and attentive service. It’s like a family. One drawb … (read more)
I toured Oakmont of Pacific Beach. It is a top-notch facility. It has everything. It has gourmet dinner and lunch every day. It has a very personal and attentive service. It’s like a family. One drawb … (read more)

Family Style Care

2875 Morningside St, San Diego, CA, 92139

Family Style Care is a very large house with five bedrooms. My mom has been there for a couple of months in her own bedroom and bathroom. The staff is very loving and caring. They take really, really … (read more)
Family Style Care is a very large house with five bedrooms. My mom has been there for a couple of months in her own bedroom and bathroom. The staff is very loving and caring. They take really, really … (read more)

Jacob Health Care Center

4075 54th Street, San Diego, CA, 92105

The facility is old, run down and dirty. The staff, besides the front desk ladies, are rude and argumentative, taking patients belongings (such as phone). The rooms are small and dirty and the nurses … (read more)
The facility is old, run down and dirty. The staff, besides the front desk ladies, are rude and argumentative, taking patients belongings (such as phone). The rooms are small and dirty and the nurses … (read more)

Canyon Guest Home

4224 Emet Court, San Diego, CA, 92117


Clairmont Guest Home

3476 Idlewild Way, San Diego, CA, 92117


Lake Murray Healthcare Center

7867 Lake Andrita Avenue, San Diego, CA, 92119


A Timeless Treasures

3474 Angwin Dr, San Diego, CA, 92123


Ridgeview Health Center

9825 Glen Center Dr., San Diego, CA, 92131


COVID-19 Rules for Assisted Living in San Diego

Since most COVID-19 rules for Assisted Living Communities and other Senior Living Facilities are set at the state level, you can view the specific rules for your state on our Guide to Assisted Living in California. Keep in mind that every community has specific policies that they put in place to protect their residents, so you should contact your local community for more information. Additionally, you can contact your local Area Agency on Aging to learn more – find contact information here.

What To Consider About Assisted Living in San Diego

Assisted living facilities in San Diego are regulated by the California Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing Division. This division oversees senior care services and sets out the rules and regulations facilities must abide by. These rules cover staffing, health and safety, medication administration and other issues to ensure the well-being of all residents.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in San Diego

  • The cost of living in San Diego is much higher than in other parts of California, which is itself more expensive than the U.S. average. However, many seniors feel the convenience of living in a scenic coastal area with a wealth of amenities makes the extra cost worthwhile.
  • The air quality in San Diego is rated as good. This may be important to seniors who have chronic respiratory conditions and want to retire somewhere that has lower pollution levels than many U.S. cities.
  • San Diego’s tap water is soft, and the safety of the drinking water is monitored regularly to ensure it meets EPA standards. Seniors who have skin conditions irritated by hard water may find the tap water in San Diego gentle on their skin when bathing or showering.
  • Both violent and property crime rates in the city are lower than the national average. Assisted living communities are usually monitored and staffed 24 hours a day for added peace of mind, and the low crime rates in the city mean seniors can feel safe and confident when out socializing or running errands.
  • The coastal location of the city means residents can take advantage of a generally pleasant climate and a variety of outdoor activities. San Diego attracts a lot of tourists, so entertainment options are abundant.
  • Social Security retirement benefits in California are untaxed, but other forms of retirement income are subject to taxation, and the state has some of the country’s highest sales tax rates. This mixed tax policy means seniors need to plan their finances carefully if they’re considering retiring to San Diego.

Paying for Assisted Living in San Diego

Assisted living communities in San Diego charge an average of $5,475 per month. This is slightly higher than the California average of $5,250. Nationwide, assisted living communities charge an average of just $4,500 per month.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

San Diego’s assisted living communities charge fees that are slightly higher than the state average of $5,250, but they’re far from the most expensive. In nearby Los Angeles, assisted living costs are in line with the average. Further north, fees are much more expensive, with seniors in Salinas paying $6,000 per month and those in Napa paying $6,300. Redding, being located further inland, is one of the cheapest cities in the state, with average fees of just $4,450.

$5475

San Diego

$5250

California

$4500

The United States

$5250

Los Angeles

$6000

Salinas

$6300

Napa

$4450

Redding

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Seniors have a variety of long-term care options in San Diego. Those who’d prefer to remain in their own homes can opt for homemaker services, costing $6,387 for personal care and housekeeping support, or $6,473 for that support plus some basic health services. Active seniors can attend an adult day health care center for day-to-day assistance, with fees of just $2,058.  A semiprivate room in a nursing home typically costs $9,384, while private rooms cost $12,167.

$6387

Homemaker Services

$6473

Home Health Aide

$2058

Adult Day Health Care

$5475

Assisted Living Facility

$9384

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$12167

Nursing Home Facility (private room)

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.

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 San Diego

Seniors who live in San Diego can take advantage of support from a variety of local government and nonprofit organizations. These organizations run social and recreational activities, offer benefits counseling and other financial advice and also provide wellness services and other support for older adults.

Resource

Contact 

Service

(800) 339-4661

The Aging and Independent Services agency is San Diego's designated Area Agency on Aging. Run by the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency, the agency runs programs for seniors and caregivers, offers transportation and meal services and provides wellness programs.

211

The 211 San Diego program is a local helpline that provides free advice to older adults. The line helps seniors access Medicare information, get assistance with the activities of daily living, find social connections and get urgent advice in the event of an emergency. 211 is a signposting service that connects seniors to programs run by numerous other organizations.

(844) 737-8838

The Riverside County Veterans Service Office supports veterans and their immediate relatives. It helps them navigate the VA benefits system and access the support they're entitled to. The CVSO can assist with completing claim forms or appeals in the event a claim has been denied. It also connects seniors with third-party organizations for other forms of support.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in San Diego

San Diego Assisted Living Communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all Assisted Living Facilities 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