31 Assisted Living Facilities near San Luis Obispo, CA
With an average cost of $4,000 in San Luis Obispo, 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 27 unique reviews from residents and our comprehensive database that gives pricing, amenity information, photos and more on the 9 facilities in San Luis Obispo.
Top 10 Assisted Living Facilities in San Luis Obispo, CA
What to Consider About Assisted Living in San Luis Obispo
Located on the Central Coast between Los Angeles and San Francisco, the city of San Luis Obispo has a population of 46,716. In San Luis Obispo, as in the rest of California, assisted living facilities are called residental care facilities for the elderly (RCF). There are seven RCFs in San Luis Obispo and 38 nearby. Each helps seniors with personal care and activities of daily living and is regulated and licensed by the California Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing Division (CCLD).
Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in San Luis Obispo
- San Luis Obispo seniors should be cautious about going outdoors when there are unhealthy air quality levels reported by the Air Quality Index. This is common during fall and spring months. Due to the town's high particle pollution, it was ranked 13th worse in the nation by the American Lung Association (ALA).
- The cost of living in California is 52 percent higher than the national median, while the city of San Luis Obispo has an 83 percent higher one. This is inflated mainly due to housing costs, with other living expenses remaining relatively average. Seniors pay 2.8 percent less on health bills and 12.7 percent less on groceries than those in neighboring cities, which could help those on a limited income in California.
- San Luis Obispo is only considered safer than 4 percent of other communities in California. Seniors may want to consider the 27.75 percent higher violent crime rates compared to the national average before moving here if security is an issue.
- Seniors enjoy the relatively mild year-round weather in the San Luis Obispo area that allows for more outdoor activity than others in the nation. The hottest month, September, averages 65 degrees while the coldest month, December, averages 52 degrees.
- The San Luis Obispo area has an array of community resources for seniors, including the San Luis Obispo Senior Center, an organization that provides clubs, senior services and outdoor activities at the local senior center.
- Seniors enjoy the discounts on the abundant transportation options available in San Luis Obispo, including the Morro Bay Transit, Paso Express, SLO Transit, South County Transit (SCT) and Regional Transit Authority.
Paying for Assisted Living in San Luis Obispo
Average Monthly Costs
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Assisted Living costs in San Luis Obispo start around $4,000 per month on average, which is on par with the 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 Luis Obispo 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 Luis Obispo
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 Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo 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 Luis Obispo, please visit our Assisted Living in California page.
Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo-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 Luis Obispo
Review of Vista Rosa
I visited Vista Rosa for my friend. That is the cream of the crop, but it was also very expensive. They have the best activities. It was the Cadillac of senior living, and for the right person that... Read more
Review of The Park Grove
My friend went to a small facility called The Park Grove - San Luis Obispo. It was a 6-bed facility, and they were fantastic. Their assessment was excellent, and the care was above and beyond. It m... Read more
Review of Avila Senior Living at Downtown SLO
I saw Avila Senior Living. It was a weekend, but the staff was really overwhelmed. She was taking deliveries, she was answering questions, and she had five people coming in. She had way too much to... Read more