What to Consider About Memory Care in National City

National City is part of the greater San Diego metropolitan area and is located in the south of San Diego County. Nearly 7,425 of the 61,363 people living there are 65 or older, and roughly 2,600 of them have Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. California assisted living facilities that supervise and house patients with cognitive issues are called Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFEs).

RCFEs are tightly governed by statewide regulations and laws intended to foster the residents' independence, and the RCFEs are licensed through the Community Care Licensing Division (CCLD). National City has a single RCFE, but 17 alternative choices are in nearby San Diego, Chula Vista and surrounding communities.

  • San Diego County has average to poor air quality. It scored a C grade for particle pollution and an F for frequency of high ozone days. Seniors with respiratory issues may want to choose an alternative location when they look for an RCFE.
  • National City gets no snowfall and around 11 inches of rain annually, which is about 30 percent of the national average. Sunny days are abundant, with 53 more days of sunshine than the U.S. annual average of 205. The weather is consistently comfortable with only a 32-degree span between the winter low temperature of 46 and the summer high of 78. This earns National City an 83 out of 100 on the Sperling's Comfort Index.
  • When compared to a median cost of living rating of 100, National City's is rated 146.1, making it considerably more expensive to live here than other U.S. cities. This may make affording memory care here difficult for seniors on a fixed income. 
  • Crime rates are based on a 100-point scale, with one being the lowest and 100 representing the highest. National City's violent crime rate is 53.0, which is significantly higher than the national average of 31.1. Property crime is above the country's average by less than five points, at 43.7.


Paying for Memory Care in National City

Average Monthly Costs

Cities in California

$7,908.00 La Jolla
$5,800.00 Encinitas
$5,205.00 San Diego
$5,117.00 Chula Vista
$4,736.00 US
$4,275.00 National City
$4,250.00 El Cajon
$3,734.00 La Mesa

Memory Care costs in National City start around $4,275 per month on average, while the nationwide average cost of memory care is $4,736 per month.

It’s important to note that memory care rates in National City 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 Memory Care in National City

Learn more about these programs, plus who’s eligible, on our Memory Care in California page.

More Ways to Pay for Memory Care

While many families use their own funds or personal assets to pay for memory care, there are plenty of additional options to cover these costs. Some additional ways to finance memory care costs include:

  • Veterans Benefits
  • Life Insurance Policy
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Reverse Mortgage

For more information about different ways to finance memory care, visit our Memory Care in California page.


Free Memory Care Resources in National City

National City 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.

Memory Care Facilities in National City

Directory of Winners in the National City Area


Memory Care Laws and Regulations in National City

National City-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 Memory Care in California page for more information about these laws.