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The 10 Best Memory Care Facilities in Oakland, CA for 2024

The California community of Oakland has 441,000 residents, 14% of whom are aged 65 and over and at a greater risk for developing dementia. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that the number of Alzheimer’s-related deaths in the region is dropping even though the total death rate is increasing. In 2016, Alzheimer’s was the primary cause of over 10% of deaths in the region, compared to 9.6% in 2020.

Fortunately, seniors and families in this region have access to a broad range of dementia care resources, which may help improve health outcomes for those with Alzheimer’s and related conditions. Residential memory care is a key component of comprehensive dementia treatment, providing a safe environment for seniors and peace of mind for their families. These facilities have caregivers and licensed health care providers who oversee care services, medication management and therapeutic recreational activities, keeping residents as comfortable and engaged as possible.

This guide for memory care in Oakland provides an in-depth look at popular options for paying for services and free and low-cost resources available to seniors and families.

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What to Consider About Memory Care in Oakland

The California Department of Social Services’ Senior Care Licensing Program licenses and monitors residential and continuing care facilities for the elderly, including memory care facilities. It conducts regular inspections to ensure facilities uphold standards around care, food services and other aspects of congregate living to keep seniors with cognitive disorders safe, healthy and comfortable.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Memory Care in Oakland

  • California has some of the best health care facilities in the world, and many are in or close to the Oakland area. Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center and the Alta Bates Summit Medical Center regularly appear on Healthgrades’ Top 100 hospital lists. Not far away in Sacramento, the UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center offers early-stage screening and also presents satellite events and programs at the North Oakland Senior Center. Across the Bay, the University of California San Francisco’s Center for Geriatric Care is a leader in elder care practices. 
  • California living doesn’t come cheap, and Oakland’s cost of living is almost double the U.S. average. For seniors requiring memory care, monthly average care costs of $7,854 reflect this lack of affordability, higher than in many other California communities and much higher than the national average of $5,625 per month.
  • Oakland became a member of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities in 2018. The Network is an initiative that recruits cities and communities to improve livability for seniors through better design, services and outreach. In the case of Oakland, the city focuses on health and community services, housing and outdoor spaces. 
  • California weather is famous for its abundance of warm, sunny days. But during the summer months, when the rest of the state is baking, Oakland remains temperate and comfortable. In the winter, snow is rare, and temperatures usually stay well above 45 degrees Fahrenheit. On the downside, like much of California, Oakland suffers from poor air quality, especially during wildfire events.
  • Although California does not tax Social Security income, it taxes public and private pensions and retirement fund withdrawals. Because sales and income taxes are higher in Oakland than the national average, the community is not tax-friendly for seniors or retirees. California does have a Senior Citizen Property Tax Relief program for some seniors who qualify. 
  • For all the beauty of its location and many amenities, Oakland has a serious crime problem. The area has some of the highest numbers in the country when it comes to violent, property and motor theft crimes.

Paying for Memory Care in Oakland

Note: Residential memory care is usually offered in assisted living facilities, and in general, memory care rates tend to be 20-30% higher than assisted living rates. No national database currently tracks memory care costs in the United States, so we’ve estimated the monthly memory care costs listed below by adding 25% to the rates listed in Genworth’s 2021 Cost of Care Survey.

Memory care in Oakland costs an average of $7,854 per month. This is higher than the California average of $6,563 monthly and much higher than the national average of $5,625.

The Cost of Memory Care in Nearby Cities

California memory care can be costly. Oakland has some of the state’s highest care rates at $7,854 per month. To the south, memory care in San Jose and Los Angeles is $7,500 and $6,563, respectively. In nearby Sacramento, costs are a little lower at $6,531 per month. In Modesto to the west, prices are lower still at $5,000 per month.





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The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Memory care can be complex as seniors with cognitive disorders have special requirements. Of the different types of senior care, only nursing home care is more expensive at $11,566 per month for a semiprivate room. Non-medical in-home care averages $6,864 a month. Home health care requires care providers with professional training for medical interventions and costs $7,150. Assisted living care in a community setting costs $6,319 monthly in Oakland. The least expensive form of senior care, adult day care, costs $1,950 per month.

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Note: Data for Oakland was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, San Francisco, was used instead.

Financial Assistance for Memory Care in Oakland

In Sacramento, there are options for seniors who need financial assistance paying for Memory Care. For more information about other options, who qualifies, and how to apply, Memory Care in California page.

More ways to pay for memory care in California

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 Oakland

Alzheimer's Services of the East Bay(510) 644-8292Located just to the north in Berkeley, ASEB provides a range of services to Bay Area residents experiencing cognitive disorders. Programs include early stage workshops, adult day care and support for caregivers. The organization also hosts an extensive online library of educational videos.
Alzheimer's Association (AA) Northern California(800)272-3900Providing advocacy and support to Oakland residents with cognitive disorders, their families and caregivers, AA's regional chapter offers in-person and online tools for many aspects of living with Alzheimer's and dementia. AA's 24/7 Helpline's trained professionals who can provide guidance and referrals, and ALZConnect is an online forum for sharing information and support.
City of Oakland Aging and Adult Services(510) 238-3121Oakland's Office of Aging and Adult Services maintains a portal for senior services ranging from education to transportation options to links to neighborhood senior centers around the city.
Alameda County Aging Services DirectoryOnlineAlameda County maintains a downloadable PDF packed with information and service listings of interest to seniors in the Oakland area and across the county, including those requiring memory care programs.
Memory Café at The Point(510)658-9266Hosted by care communities, The Point at Rockridge Generations Memory Care Program and Senior Helpers in Alameda County, this monthly Memory Café is open to Oakland seniors experiencing cognitive disorders.

Memory Care Laws and Regulations in Oakland

Oakland Memory Care Communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all Memory Care Facilities in California are required to follow. Visit our Memory Care in California page for more information about these laws.

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Reviews of Communities Nearby

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Review of Merrill Gardens at Rockridge

I was less impressed with the ambiance at Merrill Gardens at Rockridge. The memory care area was good. The entry was kind of utilitarian. The people were very nice. Everything was nice. There was...

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Hi There, thank you for leaving us this honest tour review. Please don't hesitate to reach out if you ever need anything.

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I visited this facility

Review of The Point at Rockridge

I toured The Point at Rockridge. The room was spacious and had good large windows, so it was well-lit. It had its own bathroom that was appropriately done. It had very adequate space for the...

Provider response

Thank you so much for your feedback. We are thrilled that you had a positive experience here at the Point at Rockridge. We appreciate your support and hope to see you again soon!

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Review of Lakeside Park

I was visiting a friend at Lakeside Park. It was a very nice facility. It was well run. They were very friendly and very attentive to the people who lived there. They would take them out for walks...

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