The County of San Mateo is centrally located between the Pacific coast and San Francisco Bay. It’s home to about 770,000 residents, nearly 17% of whom are seniors. The region is known for its botanical gardens, including the Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden, which is open to the public for free, and the Filoli Historic House & Garden, where 75,000 bulbs bloom every spring. Art enthusiasts won’t want to miss the Anderson Collection, which is located at Stanford University and features 121 works from 86 artists. The county also has a large library system comprised of 13 branches where visitors have access to one-on-one technology help, print and digital media and free museum passes

There are over 240 assisted living facilities in San Mateo County, ranging from small group home settings to sprawling, resort-like communities. The region tends to be expensive for those seeking senior care, with assisted living fees exceeding state and national averages at $6,100 monthly. This guide highlights how these fees compare to care costs in other regions of the state. It also summarizes the benefits and drawbacks of living here and the programs available to seniors seeking assisted living.  

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in San Mateo County, CA

Brookdale Redwood City

485 Woodside Road, Redwood City, CA, 94061

For older people downsizing, Brookdale, located in Redwood City, California, receives high praise. Reviewers state that the comfortable apartments, planned activities, and delicious food are some of t … (read more)
For older people downsizing, Brookdale, located in Redwood City, California, receives high praise. Reviewers state that the comfortable apartments, planned activities, and delicious food are some of t … (read more)

Atria Park of San Mateo

2883 South Norfolk Street, San Mateo, CA, 94403

Atria Park of San Mateo is located in San Mateo, California with a waterfront location close to Laurelwood Park and Bair Island Ecological Reserve and 20 minutes from Downtown San Francisco. Loved one … (read more)
Atria Park of San Mateo is located in San Mateo, California with a waterfront location close to Laurelwood Park and Bair Island Ecological Reserve and 20 minutes from Downtown San Francisco. Loved one … (read more)

2015, 2016

Peninsula Del Rey

165 Pierce Street, Daly City, CA, 94015

Peninsula Del Rey’s rooms were very nice and spacious. The staff was very nice and accommodating. We were invited for a very nice brunch, and the food was great. They need to update the carpeting in t … (read more)
Peninsula Del Rey’s rooms were very nice and spacious. The staff was very nice and accommodating. We were invited for a very nice brunch, and the food was great. They need to update the carpeting in t … (read more)

Atria Burlingame

250 Myrtle Road, Burlingame, CA, 94010

Atria Burlingame is an assisted living facility offering studio and one-bedroom apartments to seniors 55 and older and their small pets in Burlingame, California. Family members have said they’re plea … (read more)
Atria Burlingame is an assisted living facility offering studio and one-bedroom apartments to seniors 55 and older and their small pets in Burlingame, California. Family members have said they’re plea … (read more)

Atria Daly City

501 King Drive, Daly City, CA, 94015

We toured Atria Daly City, and our total experience was good. Jennifer, who was the new general manager there, could have handled things a bit differently during the interview process. We went in ther … (read more)
We toured Atria Daly City, and our total experience was good. Jennifer, who was the new general manager there, could have handled things a bit differently during the interview process. We went in ther … (read more)

2015

Sunrise of San Mateo

955 South El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA, 94402

Sunrise of San Mateo, located in San Mateo, California, is an assisted living and memory care community offering studio, one and two-bedroom apartments — including companion suites — to retired se … (read more)
Sunrise of San Mateo, located in San Mateo, California, is an assisted living and memory care community offering studio, one and two-bedroom apartments — including companion suites — to retired se … (read more)

Sunrise of Belmont

1010 Alameda de Las Pulgas, Belmont, CA, 94002

Sunrise of Belmont is an assisted living facility located in Belmont, California just moments from Barrett Park and several banks, shopping centers and restaurants. Residents of the facility and their … (read more)
Sunrise of Belmont is an assisted living facility located in Belmont, California just moments from Barrett Park and several banks, shopping centers and restaurants. Residents of the facility and their … (read more)

Mills Estate Villa

1733 California Drive, Burlingame, CA, 94010

This is a thank you letter I wrote to the staff at Mills Estate Villa: June 18, 2021 Dear Staff of Mills Estate Villa, I am writing you this letter of appreciation for the skillful, caring, and con … (read more)
This is a thank you letter I wrote to the staff at Mills Estate Villa: June 18, 2021 Dear Staff of Mills Estate Villa, I am writing you this letter of appreciation for the skillful, caring, and con … (read more)

Atria at Foster Square

707 Thayer Lane, Foster City, CA, 94404

Atria at Foster Square is tucked away in Foster City, California, a short drive from Laurelwood Park. Some of the most popular amenities include a fitness center, library and a studio. Residents enjoy … (read more)
Atria at Foster Square is tucked away in Foster City, California, a short drive from Laurelwood Park. Some of the most popular amenities include a fitness center, library and a studio. Residents enjoy … (read more)

Sunrise of Burlingame

1818 Trousdale Drive, Burlingame, CA, 94010

Situated across the street from the Burlingame Plaza Shopping Center and Mills-Peninsula Hospital, Sunrise of Burlingame is located in the city of Burlingame, California, 15 minutes from San Francisco … (read more)
Situated across the street from the Burlingame Plaza Shopping Center and Mills-Peninsula Hospital, Sunrise of Burlingame is located in the city of Burlingame, California, 15 minutes from San Francisco … (read more)

Palm Villas of Redwood City

1931 Woodside Road, Redwood City, CA, 94061

Palm Villas of Redwood City is conveniently located near Interstate 280 in Redwood City, California, only 6 miles from Edgewood Park & Natural Preserve. Family members describe Palm Villas as an i … (read more)
Palm Villas of Redwood City is conveniently located near Interstate 280 in Redwood City, California, only 6 miles from Edgewood Park & Natural Preserve. Family members describe Palm Villas as an i … (read more)

AM Residential Care Home

1000 Balboa Ave, Burlingame, CA, 94010

Well, Burlingame is weather-wise too hot for Mom, or AM Residential would be among our top choices! The residents are happy, well dressed, interactive, and clean. The facility was older, but well kept … (read more)
Well, Burlingame is weather-wise too hot for Mom, or AM Residential would be among our top choices! The residents are happy, well dressed, interactive, and clean. The facility was older, but well kept … (read more)

Pacific Care Home II

3653 Pacific Blvd, San Mateo, CA, 94403

Pacifica Care Home II is located south of downtown San Mateo near the intersection of South El Camino Real and East Hillsdale Boulevard. The Hillsdale Shopping Center, San Mateo Medical Center and Red … (read more)
Pacifica Care Home II is located south of downtown San Mateo near the intersection of South El Camino Real and East Hillsdale Boulevard. The Hillsdale Shopping Center, San Mateo Medical Center and Red … (read more)

Golden Manor of San Bruno

2045 Sea Cliff Way, San Bruno, CA, 94066

Golden Manor of San Bruno is located in San Bruno, California, right next to Milagra Ridge. The facility offers private and semi-private rooms and independent living arrangements. Residents look forwa … (read more)
Golden Manor of San Bruno is located in San Bruno, California, right next to Milagra Ridge. The facility offers private and semi-private rooms and independent living arrangements. Residents look forwa … (read more)

Cadence Millbrae

1201 Broadway, Millbrae, CA, 94030

Cadence Millbrae is located across from Green Hills Park in Millbrae, California. Visitors and residents compliment this independent living, assisted living and memory care community for its kind and … (read more)
Cadence Millbrae is located across from Green Hills Park in Millbrae, California. Visitors and residents compliment this independent living, assisted living and memory care community for its kind and … (read more)

Vista Terrace of Belmont

900 Sixth Avenue, Belmont, CA, 94002

Vista Terrace of Belmont was a small community, which is nice. They had some activities, but I feel like the rooms were really small for the price that they were asking. I felt like the tour was a lit … (read more)
Vista Terrace of Belmont was a small community, which is nice. They had some activities, but I feel like the rooms were really small for the price that they were asking. I felt like the tour was a lit … (read more)

The Trousdale

1600 Trousdale Drive, Burlingame, CA, 94010


CLM Care Home

1320 Valota Road, Redwood City, CA, 94061

I didn’t think CLM Care Home was staffed well. It was very clean, but it wasn’t very pretty, and it didn’t have any yard. The place is not good for memory care. I only saw one room, and it was fine. I … (read more)
I didn’t think CLM Care Home was staffed well. It was very clean, but it wasn’t very pretty, and it didn’t have any yard. The place is not good for memory care. I only saw one room, and it was fine. I … (read more)

Bayview Villa

777 Bayview drive, San Carlos, CA, 94070


Heirloom Gardens of Burlingame

1424 Sanchez Ave, Burlingame, CA, 94080


Paying for Assisted Living in San Mateo County

The Genworth 2020 Cost of Care Survey discloses that the average assisted living facility in the United States charges $4,300 per month for services. In California, care costs tend to be higher, with average assisted living fees coming in at $5,000. Cost data isn’t available for San Mateo County, but because of its proximity to San Francisco, this city is used for the following cost comparison. Here, assisted living fees exceed state and national averages at $6,100 per month.  

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

At $6,100 per month, the San Mateo County region is among the most expensive in the state for assisted living. Only a handful of cities have higher monthly care costs, including Santa Cruz, where facilities charge approximately $6,800 per month, and Salinas, where monthly fees are the highest in the state at $7,100. Seniors seeking more affordable care options may find lower rates in Santa Maria, where fees are consistent with the statewide average at $5,000, or in San Diego, where they’re closer to the national median at $4,525. In Merced, rates are low at $3,750, and in Bakersfield, care costs are the lowest in the state at $3,613.  

$6100

San Mateo County/San Francisco Area

$5000

California

$4300

The United States

$6800

Santa Cruz Area

$7100

Salinas

$5000

Santa Maria Area

$4525

San Diego Area

$3750

Merced

$3613

Bakersfield

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in San Mateo 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 Mateo 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.

Free Assisted Living Resources in San Mateo County

ResourceContact Service
Aging and Adult Services(800) 675-8437Aging and Adult Services is one of California’s 33 Area Agencies on Aging, which are nonprofit organizations that advocate on behalf of aging issues in the state. Through their local AAA, San Mateo County seniors obtain a broad range of services, including information and referrals for community-based services, legal assistance and transportation services. The agency is also a HICAP location with advisors who can answer questions and provide guidance with issues related to Medicare, Medicaid and long-term care insurance.
Well Connected(877) 797-7299Well Connected is a service of Covia, a local nonprofit public benefit organization. This virtual community features free programming that addresses a broad range of interests, including line dancing, art classes, knit and crochet circles, health and wellness and current events. Participants also find groups where they can share stories about their pets, travels or work history. Services are available in English and Spanish.
Veterans Service Office(650) 802-6598The county’s VSO serves veterans and families in the region through a wide range of programs, including those that may help cover health and assisted living expenses. The office can help qualifying veterans and their families apply for service-related disability compensation, non-service-connected pension claims, federal and state veterans’ benefits, and the Aid and Attendance benefit. The office also provides information and referrals for discharge upgrading and community-based agencies.
Senior Center(650) 522-7490The senior center in the City of San Mateo is one of several in the county. This center provides social and recreational programming for residents aged 50 and over, including history or current events seminars, yoga classes and games. Members can participate in regular activities such as the center’s band, book discussion groups, computer and technology classes and chorus. The center also hosts special seasonal and holiday events. 
Ombudsman Services of San Mateo County, Inc.(650) 780-5707Ombudsman Services of San Mateo County, Inc., advocates on behalf of seniors in a variety of issues that may arise in assisted living, from problems related to the quality of care to abuse, neglect or exploitation. This agency educates residents of their rights and ensures that they’re receiving the services they’re entitled to. It can also help seniors and families locate long-term care facilities.
Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County(650) 558-0915The Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County provides free civil legal services to those aged 60 and over. Through this nonprofit agency, seniors obtain assistance with applying for public benefits such as Medicare or Social Security, as well as with drafting wills or assigning powers of attorney.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in San Mateo County

San Mateo 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 Mateo County