22 Assisted Living Facilities near San Rafael, CA
There are 22 Assisted Living Facilities in the San Rafael area, with 12 in San Rafael and 10 nearby.
The average cost of assisted living in San Rafael is $5,360 per month. This is higher than the national median of $3,500.
To help you with your search, browse the 78 reviews below for assisted living facilities in San Rafael. On average, consumers rate assisted living in San Rafael 4.0 out of 5 stars. Better rated regions include Corte Madera with an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars.
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Top 10 Assisted Living Facilities in San Rafael, CA
What to Consider About Assisted Living in San Rafael
San Rafael is an affluent, coastal city in Marin County, California, United States. Located in the North Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area, seniors — almost 18 percent of the population — will find beautiful parks, bay shorelines and plenty of open space to explore. San Rafael also has 12 assisted living facilities, and there are an additional 21 facilities located in nearby cities. In San Rafael, as in the rest of California, assisted living facilities are officially called Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly, and they are licensed through the Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing Division.
Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in San Rafael
- San Rafael has pleasant weather all throughout the year and is rated 84 out of 100 on Sperling’s Comfort Index. In July, the average high is 75 degrees Fahrenheit, and the January low is 42 degrees.
- The air quality in San Rafael is high, making this city a good option for seniors who have respiratory illnesses. On a scale of 1 to 100, with 100 being the best, the air quality is 67, which is 9 points higher than the U.S. average.
- San Rafael is an expensive city to live in, with an overall cost of living that is higher than California and U.S. averages. Among the primary reasons for this is the cost of housing in San Rafael, which is twice as high as the state average and four times higher than the average home in other U.S. cities. However, seniors can also expect to spend roughly 19 percent more on groceries, 11 percent more on health care, 7 percent more on transportation and 12 percent more on miscellaneous expenses, though utilities cost about 5 percent less here than in other California cities.
- The San Rafael area has few facilities from which to choose in the event of a medical emergency or illness, with the nearest major hospital located in Kentfield.
- San Rafael is a member of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities, meaning that its elected leadership “has made the commitment to actively work toward making their town, city or county a great place for people of all ages,” according to AARP.
- San Rafael has an array of community resources for seniors, including the Whistlestop, an organization that provides meals, educational workshops, social gatherings and referral services for seniors, as well as three senior centers.
Paying for Assisted Living in San Rafael
Average Monthly Costs
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Assisted Living costs in San Rafael start around $5,360 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 Rafael 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 Rafael
Low-income seniors residing in San Rafael may be eligible to apply for government funding to help pay for assisted living. There are currently two programs available: the 1915(c) Assisted Living Waiver program through Medi-Cal and Supplemental Security Income – Category G.
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 Rafael
San Rafael 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 Rafael, please visit our Assisted Living in California page.
Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in San Rafael
San Rafael-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.
Other Options in San Rafael, CA
Recent Reviews of Assisted Living in San Rafael
Review of Drake Terrace
The facility is pretty and clean and the staff is kind. My mother, with an Alzheimer's diagnosis, has lived there for 4 1/2 years, first in assisted-living and now a few months in the memory-care u... Read more
Review of Nazareth House
My mom is living in Nazareth House. We had to switch rooms a couple of times in the beginning. I don't know if there's a ton of variety with their meals. There are not a lot of organized activities... Read more
Review of Drake Terrace
Drake Terrace's staff was very accommodating and showed me the premises. They had a well-kept library with a fireplace which you could sit around at and read. They also had a movie theater, exercis... Read more