94 Assisted Living Facilities near San Mateo, CA
With an average cost of $4,666 in San Mateo, 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 47 unique reviews from residents and our comprehensive database that gives pricing, amenity information, photos and more on the 26 facilities in San Mateo.
Top 10 Assisted Living Facilities in San Mateo, CA
What to Consider About Assisted Living in San Mateo
The population density in San Mateo, California is 3,526 percent greater than the California average. Seniors in the San Mateo area can choose from there 64 assisted living communities, with 26 located right in San Mateo and the remaining 39 in surrounding areas Alameda, Belmont, Foster City and Redwood City. In San Mateo and throughout California communities that provide assisted living services to senior citizens are officially known as Residential Care Facilities (RCFs). These facilities are licensed and regulated by the California Department of Social Services' Senior Care Licensing Program.
Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in San Mateo
- San Mateo's cost of living is extremely high. The overall cost of living in the city is 169.4 percent higher than the national average. This is reflected particularly in housing costs, but can also be seen in expenses such as groceries, health care and transportation.
- The weather in San Mateo is comfortable year-round. The city usually has no snow and minimal rainfall each year with an average high of just over 63 degrees in the warmest months of the year and approximately 48 degrees in the coolest months. Although the summer highs are below the U.S. national average of 72 degrees, the lows are considerably higher than the national average of 32.23 degrees.
Crime rates in San Mateo are low when compared with the state median. Residents have only a 1 in 426 chance of becoming a victim of violent crime and a 1 in 48 chance of becoming a victim of property crime. State median rates show that residents have a 1 in 225 chance of becoming a victim of property crime and a 1 in 39 chance of becoming a victim of property crime.
- The San Mateo area is home to world-class medical facilities, including San Mateo Medical Center, in case of medical emergencies or illness.
SamTrans offers a safe public transportation option with reduced fares for seniors.
- The state of California doesn't tax social security income. Seniors may be able to use these savings to help pay for costs associated with assisted living.
Paying for Assisted Living in San Mateo
Average Monthly Costs
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Assisted Living costs in San Mateo start around $4,666 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 Mateo 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 Mateo
The Medicaid 1915(c) Assisted Living Waiver helps eligible seniors in California pay for services provided in residential care facilities, while an optional supplement (OSS) to Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is available to help with room and board costs. Residential care facilities are not permitted to charge room and board fees to Medicaid eligible seniors that exceed their combined SSI and optional supplement less a personal needs allowance of $131 per month.
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 Mateo
San Mateo 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 Mateo, please visit our Assisted Living in California page.
Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in San Mateo
San Mateo-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 Mateo
Review of Sunrise of San Mateo
Sunrise of San Mateo was very good. They were very warm to us. The rooms were light and airy. They have social activities. Basically all the communal activities happen on one level, which is helpfu... Read more
Review of Atria Park of San Mateo
The only issue about Atria Hillsdale was it's a big company, so it wasn't best suited for my father. The rooms were good. They offer the normal amenities, but it's not something we're looking for i... Read more
Review of George Anne Home
My dad has been at George Anne Home for two months. The staff is very kind, nice, and caring. The house is clean and is really a nice place. They provide hospice care, and I'd highly recommend it. ... Read more