San Antonio is one of the Lone Star State’s key hubs for culture, business and tourism. San Antonio, the second-most-populated city in Texas, is home to 1,434,625 residents, 12% of whom are seniors ages 65 and up, smaller than the U.S. average of 16.5%. With its below-average cost of living, mild winters and lack of state income tax, San Antonio is an ideal retirement destination for seniors.

Assisted living facilities are ideal for seniors who need extra help with daily living activities, such as housekeeping, transportation and personal care. They’re ideal for seniors who struggle to live independently but don’t need the 24-hour, advanced level of care offered by nursing homes. Seniors living in San Antonio pay an average of $3,413 per month for assisted living care, $585 less than the statewide average ($3,998) and $1,087 less than the U.S. average ($4,500).

Read on to learn about the benefits and drawbacks of retiring in San Antonio, the average assisted living costs of nearby cities and local resources that help seniors who live in assisted living facilities.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in San Antonio, TX

2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022

NewForest Estates

5034 New Forest Street, San Antonio, TX, 78229

We liked NewForest Estates. My husband was with me and he was telling me about it, because I’m blind, and he loved it. Their staff was very nice. They were courteous and very informative. They treated … (read more)
We liked NewForest Estates. My husband was with me and he was telling me about it, because I’m blind, and he loved it. Their staff was very nice. They were courteous and very informative. They treated … (read more)

2014, 2017, 2019

Carol Ann’s Home

8005 Chambers, San Antonio, TX, 78229

Carol Ann’s Home seems okay but just a small community. Their rooms seemed nice and were all private which was nice, but they were just small rooms. The place was nice and everything looked clean. It’ … (read more)
Carol Ann’s Home seems okay but just a small community. Their rooms seemed nice and were all private which was nice, but they were just small rooms. The place was nice and everything looked clean. It’ … (read more)

2012

Independence Hill Retirement Resort Community

20450 Huebner Rd, San Antonio, TX, 78258

We toured Independence Hill Retirement Resort Community, and we liked that it had all different levels of care. They had individual homes up to full assisted care. And then they had what they called t … (read more)
We toured Independence Hill Retirement Resort Community, and we liked that it had all different levels of care. They had individual homes up to full assisted care. And then they had what they called t … (read more)

2013, 2014

Brookdale N. Fredericksburg Road

9505 Fredericksburg Road, San Antonio, TX, 78240

We went to Brookdale N. Fredericksburg Road. The overall experience was good. The place was nice. The people were friendly. It would be a good fit. The staff was very nice, and they answered all the q … (read more)
We went to Brookdale N. Fredericksburg Road. The overall experience was good. The place was nice. The people were friendly. It would be a good fit. The staff was very nice, and they answered all the q … (read more)

Adante Assisted Living

2739 Cembalo Blvd, San Antonio, TX, 78231

We chose Adante Assisted Living for mom because the place was very friendly, very clean, and there were no bad vibes. Everybody’s just great and nice. They’re very informative. The food is excellent. … (read more)
We chose Adante Assisted Living for mom because the place was very friendly, very clean, and there were no bad vibes. Everybody’s just great and nice. They’re very informative. The food is excellent. … (read more)

Brookdale Hamilton Wolfe

5331 Hamilton Wolfe Rd., San Antonio, TX, 78229

Brookdale Hamilton Wolfe was OK. The people were very friendly and courteous. Some of the residents were also very friendly. The apartments were very spacious and very easy for us to walk through. We … (read more)
Brookdale Hamilton Wolfe was OK. The people were very friendly and courteous. Some of the residents were also very friendly. The apartments were very spacious and very easy for us to walk through. We … (read more)

2017, 2020, 2021

Villa De San Antonio

8103 North Hollow, San Antonio, TX, 78240

I went to look at Villa De San Antonio yesterday. I thought the grounds were very well-kept. The place felt more like an apartment complex driving up to it. People greeted me really warmly and efficie … (read more)
I went to look at Villa De San Antonio yesterday. I thought the grounds were very well-kept. The place felt more like an apartment complex driving up to it. People greeted me really warmly and efficie … (read more)

Franklin Park Sonterra

18323 Sonterra Place, San Antonio, TX, 78258

Franklin Park Sonterra was the place that we wanted to go. We actually are signing a contract for it. It was excellent. They were organized, expecting us, and friendly. The price was within the range … (read more)
Franklin Park Sonterra was the place that we wanted to go. We actually are signing a contract for it. It was excellent. They were organized, expecting us, and friendly. The price was within the range … (read more)

2015, 2018, 2020

The Inn at Los Patios

8700 Post Oak Lane, San Antonio, TX, 78217

I really like The Inn at Los Patios, and I have recommended it to several people to try to get their family members in. Everything was wonderful. It was a beautiful facility with lovely grounds. Every … (read more)
I really like The Inn at Los Patios, and I have recommended it to several people to try to get their family members in. Everything was wonderful. It was a beautiful facility with lovely grounds. Every … (read more)

2013

Brookdale Medical Center Kingsley

9000 Floyd Curl Drive, San Antonio, TX, 78240

By looking at Brookdale Medical Center Kingsley’s programs, the activities they had for the residents, plus the attitude of the staff, all those came up positive for this facility. The staff had a goo … (read more)
By looking at Brookdale Medical Center Kingsley’s programs, the activities they had for the residents, plus the attitude of the staff, all those came up positive for this facility. The staff had a goo … (read more)

The William Senior Living

9203 Cinnamon Hill, San Antonio, TX, 78240

The William was able to accommodate both of my parents’ needs, for which we needed to, and I was able to get them in for a short amount of time. They’re very accommodating and nice. My parents have lo … (read more)
The William was able to accommodate both of my parents’ needs, for which we needed to, and I was able to get them in for a short amount of time. They’re very accommodating and nice. My parents have lo … (read more)

2015, 2016

Franklin Park TPC Parkway

21802 Encino Commons, San Antonio, TX, 78259

I saw Franklin Park TPC Parkway’s assisted living. It’s very, very pretty. I had never seen a place like that. It was just so nice, so clean, and didn’t smell. The other places I had toured were on th … (read more)
I saw Franklin Park TPC Parkway’s assisted living. It’s very, very pretty. I had never seen a place like that. It was just so nice, so clean, and didn’t smell. The other places I had toured were on th … (read more)

The Gardens of Castle Hills

1207 Jackson Keller Rd, San Antonio, TX, 75034

The rooms and bathroom are nicely appropriated for the needs of the residents. My mother-in-law is very busy with activities in this facility. She doesn’t spend a lot of time in her room (puzzles, m … (read more)
The rooms and bathroom are nicely appropriated for the needs of the residents. My mother-in-law is very busy with activities in this facility. She doesn’t spend a lot of time in her room (puzzles, m … (read more)

Sodalis San Antonio

6849 Crestway, San Antonio, TX, 78239

I like the size of the rooms at Sodalis San Antonio, and that’s a plus. The other thing that wasn’t pleasant as there’s a kind of an odor. Their price is good, but the problem is that the environment … (read more)
I like the size of the rooms at Sodalis San Antonio, and that’s a plus. The other thing that wasn’t pleasant as there’s a kind of an odor. Their price is good, but the problem is that the environment … (read more)

2021

The Etta at Shavano Park

4096 DeZavala Rd., San Antonio, TX, 78249

My sister moved into The Etta at Shavano Park, which was wonderful. The staff members are great and so accommodating. Every little thing seems taken care of, and it is just amazing. The place is excep … (read more)
My sister moved into The Etta at Shavano Park, which was wonderful. The staff members are great and so accommodating. Every little thing seems taken care of, and it is just amazing. The place is excep … (read more)

Red Oak Memory Care

13311 Cassia Way, San Antonio, TX, 78232

Very knowledgeable and caring staff in a home-like atmosphere.
Very knowledgeable and caring staff in a home-like atmosphere.

Brookdale Oakwell

3360 Oakwell Court, San Antonio, TX, 78218

Brookdale Oakwell is located in San Antonio, Texas, a short drive from North Star Mall, The Quarry Golf Course and Sunset Memorial Park. Visitors note the wide selection of recreational activities ava … (read more)
Brookdale Oakwell is located in San Antonio, Texas, a short drive from North Star Mall, The Quarry Golf Course and Sunset Memorial Park. Visitors note the wide selection of recreational activities ava … (read more)

Sodalis at Stone Oak

25690 Wilderness Oak, San Antonio, TX, 78261

Sodalis at Stone Oak was a beautiful facility, but it’s just too small. Everything was beautiful. The lady that showed us around was fabulous. The food didn’t look really good, but we didn’t try the f … (read more)
Sodalis at Stone Oak was a beautiful facility, but it’s just too small. Everything was beautiful. The lady that showed us around was fabulous. The food didn’t look really good, but we didn’t try the f … (read more)

2022

Franklin Park Alamo Heights

230 W Sunset Rd, San Antonio, TX, 78209

Our dad is now in Franklin Park Alamo Heights and it’s great. It was clean, the staff was friendly, it was very well organized, the tour and everything. They have a dining room, they have full wait st … (read more)
Our dad is now in Franklin Park Alamo Heights and it’s great. It was clean, the staff was friendly, it was very well organized, the tour and everything. They have a dining room, they have full wait st … (read more)

Landon Ridge Alamo Ranch Assisted Living and Memory Care

11349 Alamo Ranch Parkway, San Antonio, TX, 78253

We toured Landon Ridge Alamo Ranch Assisted Living and Memory Care. It’s amazing. The dining area was really nice. At the assisted living it was restaurant style, so you could come and sit, and they w … (read more)
We toured Landon Ridge Alamo Ranch Assisted Living and Memory Care. It’s amazing. The dining area was really nice. At the assisted living it was restaurant style, so you could come and sit, and they w … (read more)

COVID-19 Rules for Assisted Living in San Antonio

Since most COVID-19 rules for Assisted Living Communities and other Senior Living Facilities are set at the state level, you can view the specific rules for your state on our Guide to Assisted Living in Texas. Keep in mind that every community has specific policies that they put in place to protect their residents, so you should contact your local community for more information. Additionally, you can contact your local Area Agency on Aging to learn more – find contact information here.

What to Consider About Assisted Living in San Antonio

The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services, a subagency of Texas Health and Human Services Commission, oversees and licenses assisted living facilities in the Lone Star State. Assisted living facilities in Texas receive either a Type A or B license: basic assisted living providers receive Type A licensure, whereas providers that offer memory care receive Type B licensure.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in San Antonio

  • San Antonio has high crime rates. Ranked on a low-to-high scale from 1 to 100, San Antonio’s violent crime rating is 37, 63% higher than the U.S. average of 22.7. San Antonio’s property crime rating is even worse, earning a 72.4 — more than twice as high as the national average (35.4). Fortunately, most assisted living facilities offer several security features. Common examples include closed-circuit camera systems and keycard-entry doorways.
  • Seniors can stretch their savings further here than in many other retirement destinations thanks to its below-average cost of living, which is 10.3% below the U.S. average and 4.4% below the Lone Star State’s statewide average. Health care costs here are also low, calculated at 6.7% below the national average.
  • As typical for South Texas, San Antonio has unbearably hot summers. The average July high in San Antonio is 94.2 degrees Fahrenheit, 8.4 degrees higher than the U.S. average (85.8 degrees). On the bright side, the Alamo City has some of the warmest winters in the United States, featuring an average January low of 40.5 degrees, more than 18 degrees warmer than the national average (21.7 degrees). San Antonio also receives below-average rainfall, averaging 32.8 inches per year, or 5.3 inches less than the U.S. average (38.1 inches). With its lack of snowfall, below-average rainfall and warm year-round temperatures, active seniors will find that weather rarely gets in the way of outdoor activities in San Antonio.
  • San Antonio is rich with culture, offering active seniors tons of potential for age-appropriate entertainment and recreation. Fans of history will appreciate San Antonio’s abundant history, being home to nationally recognized monuments such as the Alamo.
  • Texas is one of nine states without a state income tax, giving seniors more bang for their buck. Of course, the state government offsets the lack of income tax with above-average sales taxes. San Antonio’s sales tax rate is 8.25%, only slightly higher than the national average of 7.3%.

Paying for Assisted Living in San Antonio

In the San Antonio area, seniors receiving assisted living care pay an average of $3,413 per month according to Genworth’s 2021 Cost of Care Survey. This rate is $585 less than the Texas statewide average ($3,998) and $1,087 below the U.S. average ($4,500).

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Assisted living facilities in San Antonio are some of the most affordable in the Lone Star State. Assisted living communities in other cities across the state charge as much as $5,600 (Victoria) and as little as $2,770 per month (Texarkana). Austin, the fourth-most populated city and capital of Texas, averages $5,345 per month for assisted living care. Assisted living facilities in Houston ($4,245), the largest city in Texas, also charge significantly more than in San Antonio. 

$3413

San Antonio

$3998

Texas

$4500

The United States

$5600

Victoria

$5345

Austin

$4245

Houston

$2770

Texarkana

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

San Antonio is home to some of the most affordable adult day care providers in the nation, averaging just $856 per month, $2,557 less than assisted living. Home care and home health care providers charge an average of $4,576, $1,163 more than San Antonio’s assisted living providers. Nursing homes are the most expensive senior care providers in San Antonio, charging anywhere from $5,232 for semiprivate accommodations to $6,935 per month for private accommodations.

$4576

Home Care

$4576

Home Health care

$856

Adult day health care

$3413

Assisted Living Facility

$5232

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$6935

Nursing Home Facility (private room)

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in San Antonio

Look for programs designed to ease the cost of assisted living. The Texas Department of Health and Human Services has a number of services to help seniors stretch limited budgets.

Learn more about these programs, plus who’s eligible, on our Assisted Living in Texas page.

Paying for Assisted Living Facilities in Texas

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 Texas page.

Free Assisted Living Resources in San Antonio

As the second-most-populated city in Texas, San Antonio is home to a wealth of resources for seniors living in or considering moving to assisted living communities. Local government agencies and nonprofit organizations provide supports and services such as legal assistance and advocacy for assisted living residents.

Resource

Contact

Service

(210) 477-3275

The Bexar Area Agency on Aging, a nonprofit organization run by the Alamo Area Council on Governments, is one of 28 area agencies on aging in Texas. Covering San Antonio and Bexar County, the BAAA provides a wide range of senior-oriented services in achieving its goal of fostering increased community support for seniors, including care coordination, long-term care ombudsmen, door-to-door transportation, and information, referral and assistance. 

(512) 600-9288

The AGE of Central Texas' Health Equipment Lending Program loans durable medical equipment to seniors throughout Central Texas, which includes San Antonio. Loans of medical equipment are free and have no time limits, allowing seniors to use equipment such as wheelchairs, rollators, shower chairs and shower transfer benches for as long as necessary. The program also provides seniors with brand-new adult incontinence products. 

(210) 688-0606

The San Antonio Northwest Vet Center provides a broad array of outreach, referral and counseling services to active-duty military members, veterans and their immediate family members. Common types of counseling offered by the Vet Center include bereavement, adjustment and trauma counseling. The San Antonio NW Vet Center also offers nontraditional hours based on community need, staying open as late as 7:00 p.m. twice a week.

(800) 252-2412

The Office of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman, a division of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, protects the rights and quality of life of seniors living in assisted living facilities. More than two dozen long-term care ombudsmen serve 28 regions across the state; two ombudsmen serve the San Antonio area, specifically. Although residents ultimately decide on the ombudsman's level of involvement, long-term care ombudsmen visit assisted living facilities to tell residents about their rights, identify and fix gaps in facilities' services and receive and investigate complaints.

(210) 207-8198

The City of San Antonio's Senior Services department runs San Antonio's senior centers. Its website offers vital information to seniors, such as listing online classes about chronic disease self-management and other senior-oriented topics.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in San Antonio

San Antonio Assisted Living Communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all Assisted Living Facilities in Texas are required to follow. Visit our Assisted Living in Texas page for more information about these laws.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Texas