Located in southern California, San Diego County is an ideal retirement destination for seniors who want to live in a friendly, diverse area with near-perfect weather all year round. Residents can go to famous Balboa Park, one of the largest urban parks in the United States, where they can get immersed in the local culture at the San Diego Art Institute and the Museum of Photographic Arts. Additionally, nature lovers can visit the San Diego Zoo, take a walk through Sunset Cliffs Natural Park or enjoy the sun and surf at Coronado Beach and La Jolla Cove.

There are approximately 112 assisted living facilities within San Diego, the seat of San Diego County. According to Genworth’s Cost of Care Survey 2020, seniors in the city can expect to pay $4,525 per month, which is $475 less than the statewide average of $5,000. These affordable costs, along with the area’s top-notch medical centers and high standard of living, make San Diego County an enticing option for retirees.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in San Diego County, CA

2015, 2016

Paradise Village

2700 East 4th Street, National City, CA, 91950

I did a tour of Paradise Village. Their staff, Caroline, is very good. She has an excellent attitude, is very accommodating, and is very patient. She accompanied me on a tour inside of their facility. … (read more)
I did a tour of Paradise Village. Their staff, Caroline, is very good. She has an excellent attitude, is very accommodating, and is very patient. She accompanied me on a tour inside of their facility. … (read more)

2020, 2021

Pacifica Senior Living Vista

760 E. Bobier Drive, Vista, CA, 92084

Pacifica Senior Living Vista is located near Guajome Regional Park in Vista, California. Residents appreciate the social events scheduled by the staff, sing-a-longs and church services. Positive revie … (read more)
Pacifica Senior Living Vista is located near Guajome Regional Park in Vista, California. Residents appreciate the social events scheduled by the staff, sing-a-longs and church services. Positive revie … (read more)

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)

2022

Alta Vista Senior Living

2041 W. Vista Way, Vista, CA, 92083

Conveniently located near California State Route 78, in Vista, California, Alta Vista Senior Living provides studio and one-bedroom apartments to those over the age of 65. Both residents and visitors … (read more)
Conveniently located near California State Route 78, in Vista, California, Alta Vista Senior Living provides studio and one-bedroom apartments to those over the age of 65. Both residents and visitors … (read more)

2014, 2021, 2022

Silvergate Fallbrook

420 Elbrook, Fallbrook, CA, 92028

We toured Silvergate Fallbrook and we loved it there. It’s very homey and kind of like you’re in a community where real homes are. There were lots of trees and you’re in a nice setting. The food there … (read more)
We toured Silvergate Fallbrook and we loved it there. It’s very homey and kind of like you’re in a community where real homes are. There were lots of trees and you’re in a nice setting. The food there … (read more)

Lantern Crest Senior Living

11010 Sunset Trail, Santee, CA, 92071

Lantern Crest Senior Living is an assisted living, independent living and memory care facility in Santee, California, a San Diego suburb less than twenty miles from the beautiful Pacific Ocean. Housin … (read more)
Lantern Crest Senior Living is an assisted living, independent living and memory care facility in Santee, California, a San Diego suburb less than twenty miles from the beautiful Pacific Ocean. Housin … (read more)

Silvergate San Marcos

1550 Security Place, San Marcos, CA, 92078

Silvergate San Marcos is located in a scenic residential neighborhood near Highway 78 with nearby access to many shopping, dining and cultural venues. Guests of the community give high marks for the c … (read more)
Silvergate San Marcos is located in a scenic residential neighborhood near Highway 78 with nearby access to many shopping, dining and cultural venues. Guests of the community give high marks for the c … (read more)

The Montera

5740 Lake Murray Blvd, La Mesa, CA, 91942

My parents are at The Montera, it’s assisted living and they also have memory care. My parents are really happy there and it’s a great place. I have no complaints. They might get the wrong thing for d … (read more)
My parents are at The Montera, it’s assisted living and they also have memory care. My parents are really happy there and it’s a great place. I have no complaints. They might get the wrong thing for d … (read more)

Brookdale Oceanside

3524 Lake Blvd., Oceanside, CA, 92056

Brookdale Oceanside offers memory care and assisted living in the beautiful city of Oceanside, California. Residents and visitors give this community high marks for its cleanliness and a staff that is … (read more)
Brookdale Oceanside offers memory care and assisted living in the beautiful city of Oceanside, California. Residents and visitors give this community high marks for its cleanliness and a staff that is … (read more)

2019

White Sands La Jolla

7450 Olivetas Ave, La Jolla, CA, 92037

They are very helpful, friendly, and very accommodating to the residents. We have two bedrooms, two baths, a living room, and a kitchen looking down at the beach. The food is excellent. The dining roo … (read more)
They are very helpful, friendly, and very accommodating to the residents. We have two bedrooms, two baths, a living room, and a kitchen looking down at the beach. The food is excellent. The dining roo … (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)

2015

Brookdale San Marcos

1590 W. San Marcos Blvd, San Marcos, CA, 92078

Located in San Marcos, California, Brookdale San Marcos is within a short commute of the Crossings at Carlsbad Golf Course, the Ronald Packard Parkway, numerous shops and restaurants. Residents mentio … (read more)
Located in San Marcos, California, Brookdale San Marcos is within a short commute of the Crossings at Carlsbad Golf Course, the Ronald Packard Parkway, numerous shops and restaurants. Residents mentio … (read more)

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)

2015, 2016

Fredericka Manor

183 Third Avenue, Chula Vista, CA, 91910

Fredericka Manor is located in sunny Chula Vista, minutes from the San Diego Bay and easily accessible from I-5 and I-805. Residents and visitors praise the facility for its unique option for cottage … (read more)
Fredericka Manor is located in sunny Chula Vista, minutes from the San Diego Bay and easily accessible from I-5 and I-805. Residents and visitors praise the facility for its unique option for cottage … (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)

2015, 2016

Grossmont Gardens

5480 Marengo Avenue, La Mesa, CA, 91942

Grossmont Gardens in La Mesa, California, is situated on nine acres of landscaped grounds with beautifully manicured gardens and walkways. Residents compliment the walking paths for exercise and the a … (read more)
Grossmont Gardens in La Mesa, California, is situated on nine acres of landscaped grounds with beautifully manicured gardens and walkways. Residents compliment the walking paths for exercise and the a … (read more)

Brookdale Clairemont

5219 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard, San Diego, CA, 92117

The tour at Brookdale Clairemont was a great experience. The staff was very welcoming. The courtyard was lovely. The gathering room seemed nice. They talked about doing some renovation. So overall, we … (read more)
The tour at Brookdale Clairemont was a great experience. The staff was very welcoming. The courtyard was lovely. The gathering room seemed nice. They talked about doing some renovation. So overall, we … (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)

Monte Vista Village

2211 Massachusetts Avenue, Lemon Grove, CA, 91945

I’m in the independent living section at Monte Vista Village and it’s going very well. The staff is very friendly and very nice. For breakfast, they have eggs, poached eggs or scrambled eggs, bacon or … (read more)
I’m in the independent living section at Monte Vista Village and it’s going very well. The staff is very friendly and very nice. For breakfast, they have eggs, poached eggs or scrambled eggs, bacon or … (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)

Assisted Living Costs in San Diego County, California

San Diego County likely shares the city of San Diego’s average cost of $4,525 per month for assisted living. This is about $225 higher than the United States as a whole, but about $475 more affordable than the statewide average of $5,000.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Assisted living costs in California are typically considerably higher than the national average, but San Diego County is among the most affordable locations in the state. About 120 miles to the north, Los Angeles residents can expect to pay about $5,000 per month, which is on par with the California average but $475 more than in San Diego. In El Centro, to the east of San Diego, seniors pay about $5,825 per month, which is $1,300 above the local average rate. Costs keep increasing farther north; those in San Jose and San Francisco pay $5,875 and $6,100 per month, which are $1,350 and $1,575 higher, respectively. Seniors living in the state capital of Sacramento pay an average of $5,395 or $870 more per month. Salinas, situated between San Francisco and Los Angeles, has the highest assisted living costs in the state. Residents here can expect to pay $7,100 per month for this level of care, which is $2,575 more than their peers in San Diego County.

$4525

San Diego County/San Diego

$5000

California

$4300

The United States

$5000

Los Angeles

$5395

Sacramento

$5825

El Centro

$5875

San Jose

$6100

San Francisco

$7100

Salinas

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in San Diego County

California’s Medicaid program, Medi-Cal, offers financial assistance to help impoverished seniors cover the cost of assisted living. Those who are eligible may be able to take part in the state’s Assisted Living Waiver Program (ALWP).

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

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in San Diego County

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.

Senior Resources in San Diego County, California

ResourceContact Service
California Assisted Living Waiver(888) 452-8609Offered through the Department of Health Care Services, California’s Assisted Living Waiver program may help cover the cost of care at select assisted living communities. To qualify, seniors must be eligible for Medi-Cal and need a nursing home level of care but prefer to live in a less restrictive setting. Applicants may be placed on a waitlist to receive coverage through the program based on availability.
San Diego County Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program(800) 640-4661The Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program advocates for those living in assisted living facilities throughout San Diego County. Volunteers investigate and resolve complaints related to the quality of care, physical abuse, neglect, financial issues, transfers and discharges. The ombudsman informs seniors about their rights as residents, and older adults may also receive assistance to locate a facility that suits their specific needs.
San Diego Veterans Affairs Benefits(800) 827-1000Staff at the San Diego Regional Office of the Veterans Affairs Department can help those who served in the military apply for the benefits they’ve earned. Pensions are available for veterans with limited or no income, and seniors may be eligible for monthly compensation if they have a service-connected disability. Aid and Attendance pension top-up benefits may also help eligible senior veterans pay for assisted living services.
San Diego Area Paratransit Service(619) 557-4555The Metropolitan Transit System’s paratransit service provides affordable transportation alternatives for individuals who are unable to use standard, fixed-route buses. All vehicles are fully equipped to accommodate wheelchairs and other mobility devices. Trips must be reserved at least two days in advance, and personal care attendants ride for free. Participants must be covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act, and their application must be processed before being eligible to schedule a ride.
Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program(858) 565-1392The Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program has trained counselors available to help seniors make informed choices about their health care coverage. Staff provides free, unbiased advice on Medicare and Medi-Cal, long-term care insurance, financial assistance to pay for drugs or medical costs and helps with appeals and grievances. Seniors can also receive personalized counseling on how to avoid Medicare fraud, abuse and errors.
Mira Mesa Senior Center(858) 860-5355The Mira Mesa Senior Center offers programs and services to promote an active lifestyle for older adults and help them stay engaged in the community. Classes are provided on subjects such as painting, guitar, piano, ukulele and technology coaching. Seniors can receive a free lunch on weekdays, but a small donation is encouraged. Free legal advice is available on aging-related issues including basic estate planning.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in San Diego County

San Diego County-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 San Diego County