Assisted Living in Santee

85 Communities

Lantern Crest Senior Living

11010 Sunset Trail, Santee, CA
$$$$
37 reviews
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. Housing includes studio and one-bedroom apartments as well as companion suites, and some rooms have kitchenettes. Residents like that they can experience shared meals in the dining room or opt for room service. Residents and their relatives enjoy the amenities and activities in this fa... (read more)
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Santee Golden Care

10111 Lafe Drive, Santee, CA
$$$$
1 review
Santee Golden Care is located in the lush Santee, California, close to Pyles View Peak, Mission Trails Regional Park and the city downtown. Loved ones praise the lively and homey atmosphere, as this helps the residents to feel like a family. The house only has six people, allowing each resident to receive more personalized care. Residents rave about how good the food is. The compassionate staff helps residents with day-to-day tasks like eating, dressing and bathing. Residents... (read more)
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Julie's Elderly Care

9041 Inverness Road, Santee, CA
$$$$
1 review
Julie's Elderly Care is an assisted living community located in Santee, CA, near Pyles View Peak and Mission Trails Regional Park. The small facility is designed to feel like home, with only six residents living there at a time. Family likes that fewer residents means more emotional intimacy with the staff and each other, and residents say the atmosphere encourages them to consider each other family. Every room has a private bathroom. Arts and crafts and music teachers come t... (read more)
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Lilac Chateau 1

9718 Eucalyptus Court, Santee, CA
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Santee Elderly Care

9069 Inverness Road, Santee, CA
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0 reviews
Santee Elderly Care is a six-resident facility nestled in a suburban neighborhood along the shore of the San Diego River in Santee, California, close to West Hills Park and Carlton Oaks Country Club. The facility, which overlooks the Carlton Oaks Golf Course, offers private rooms that come either furnished or unfurnished. The community provides home-cooked meals, and snacks and beverages are available at any time. Residents can participate in a variety of activities, such as ... (read more)
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Home Of Guiding Hands-Caldera

9915 Via Rita, Santee, CA
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Grossmont Gardens

5480 Marengo Avenue, La Mesa, CA
$$$$
38 reviews
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 amenities for socializing with friends and family. Residents also enjoy activities such as dance class, bingo, movies, swimming activities, ice cream socials and outings on the community bus. Family members appreciate the on-site nursing care, cleanliness and security measures. Re... (read more)
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Sungarden Terrace

2045 Skyline Drive, Lemon Grove, CA
$$$$
2 reviews
Valerie: "My appointment at Sungarden Terrace was really very impressive. It was outstanding. It’s probably a newer community, because it looked new, clean, and set up pretty nicely. The staff was excellent, I even saw the cleaning lady go by with the cart, everything was very neat and she was so nice. One of the tenants there had stopped and spoken with her, and she was very friendly with her. She even talked to me for a minute about how she was excited about her art class and was ab... (read more)
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Casa Del Cielo

6173 Adelaide Avenue, San Diego, CA
$$$$
2 reviews
Casa Del Cielo is an assisted living facility in San Diego. It has a small capacity of six residents, enabling staff to provide one-on-one care to residents. Room options at the facility consist of companion suites. Families like that residents receive three meals a day, incontinence care, massage therapy, daily housekeeping and other amenities. Relatives of residents are pleased that the facility is located in a residential area, allowing their loved ones to go out on the pa... (read more)
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Sunrise of Sabre Springs

12515 Springhurst Dr., San Diego, CA
$$$$
4 reviews
SteveUlrich: "Mom passed away peacefully yesterday on January 3rd. Michelle, you in particular, were so impressive with your knowledge of so many people in the industry, and just the way you presented yourself, and the confidence you conveyed…..well…… all that gave me GREAT confidence in Sunrise which was HUGE for my family towards the end of Mom’s life. I will most certainly recommend you to anybody and everybody who was in our situation. Thank you for working with me and being there... (read more)
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At A Glance

There are 85 assisted living communities in the city and surrounding suburbs to choose from. The average cost of assisted living in Santee is $4,400 per month, according to the latest estimates from Genworth.

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What to Consider About Assisted Living in Santee

The town of Santee, California lies just beyond the borders of San Diego and offers a refreshing atmosphere for seniors looking into assisted living, which the state of California calls Residental Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFE). Santee provides six local RCFEs and there are 54 more nearby from which seniors can choose. 

Each community is regulated by the California Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing Division. It is tasked with assisting seniors with activities of daily living and carefully monitoring their health and safety. 

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Santee

  • Residents in Santee face a higher cost of living versus the national average by 49 percent. The town is higher in every expense category including health and grocery, and seniors on a limited budget may want to consider this.

  • Residents enjoy a low violent and property crime rate in Santee, with both statistics being lower than the state and national average. Santee is safer than 39 percent of U.S. cities.

  • The Santee area has mild year-round weather, with the average temperature hovering between 55 to 72 degrees. Warm winters and cool summers provide a comfortable environment for seniors who suffer increased chronic pain from extreme climate changes.

  • The Santee area is home to world-class medical facilities, including the Sharp Grossmont Hospital and the Alvarado Hospital Medical Center in the event of medical emergencies or illnesses.

  • The city of Santee has some of the worse air quality in the nation and is ranked sixth worse for ozone by the American Lung Association. Seniors with respiratory issues may want to consider this before moving here.

  • Santee, part of San Diego County, 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.


Paying for Assisted Living in Santee

Average Monthly Costs

Cities in California

$4,492.00 La Mesa
$4,400.00 Santee
$4,000.00 US
$3,300.00 El Cajon
$3,250.00 Lakeside
$3,166.00 Poway
$2,895.00 Lemon Grove
$2,700.00 Spring Valley

Assisted Living costs in Santee start around $4,400 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 Santee 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 Santee

The California Assisted Living Waiver program and the optional state supplement (OSS) are two financial assistance programs offered to eligible seniors. In addition, the state provides a room and board cap for Medicaid-eligible residents.

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 Santee

Santee 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.


Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Santee

Santee-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.