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The 10 Best Memory Care Facilities in San Diego County, CA for 2024

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What to Consider About Memory Care in San Diego County

The California Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing Division (CCLD) and Continuing Care Contracts Bureau monitors long-term care communities, including memory care facilities, to make sure they are in compliance with state rules and regulations. 

Benefits and Drawbacks of Memory Care in San Diego County

  • The San Diego area has a high cost of living—60% higher than the national average. However, health care costs are 11% lower than the national average, which may be appealing to seniors and their families. 
  • California does not tax social security benefits. Although sales taxes and property taxes are high throughout the state of California, those in long-term care facilities in San Diego County avoid these costs. 
  • San Diego is also a recognized Dementia-Friendly community, which is defined as a city or town where those with dementia are supported and understood. 
  • The weather in Southern California is also conducive to spending time outdoors, which means that seniors in memory care facilities can enjoy gardening or simply sitting outside in secured areas enjoying their surroundings. 
  • Both the air quality and water quality in San Diego County are better than the national average, so seniors can feel confident that their environment contributes to their well-being. 

Paying for Memory Care in San Diego County

Memory care is typically provided in establishments licensed as assisted living facilities. The costs of memory care usually average around 20% – 30% higher than standard assisted living. Because no authoritative data exists for the costs of memory care, we estimated them by adding 25% to the costs of assisted living in the Genworth 2021 Cost of Care Survey.

Memory Care in San Diego County vs Nearby Cities

Memory care costs in San Diego County average $6,844 per month, which is $321 higher than the California average of $6,563 and $1,219 higher than the national average of $5,625. Within the state of California, the lowest memory care costs are found in Visalia at $4,313, while the highest are found in Santa Rosa at $8,810. Costs are slightly lower in Sacramento, at $6,531 but rise to $7,899 in San Francisco. 

San Diego County

$6,844

California

$6,563

The United States

$5,625

Visalia

$4,313

Santa Rosa

$8,810

Sacramento

$6,531

San Francisco

$7,899

Memory Care vs Other Types of Care in San Diego County, CA

Memory care is more expensive in San Diego than all other types of care with the exception of nursing homes, where the monthly average is $9,384. In-home care averages $6,387, and home health care averages $6,473. Assisted living costs are slightly lower at $5,475. Adult day health care is the least expensive option at $2,058. 

Memory Care

$6,844

In-Home Care

$6,387

Home Health Care

$6,473

Adult Day Health Care

$2,058

Assisted Living

$5,475

Nursing Home (semiprivate room)

$9,384

Financial Assistance for Memory Care in San Diego County

In San Diego County, 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 CA

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 San Diego County

The following resources are designed to help those in the early stages of memory loss and their families access the help they need to have the best possible quality of life. There are programs that provide caregiver training, help family members find the right care facility for their loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia and provide information for those dealing with an early diagnosis of either of these conditions. 

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Alzheimer's Association San Diego/Imperial Chapter(800) 272-3900The Alzheimer's Association San Diego/Imperial Chapter provides San Diego and Imperial County residents with educational programs and support services for those with Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia. The organization maintains a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week Helpline that's available in over 200 languages, provides caregiver training and support, publishes a number of relevant fact sheets and brochures and provides information and care options. All programs and services are free of charge. 
Encinitas, CA
Long-Term Care Ombudsman (800) 640-4661The Long-Term Care Ombudsman investigates complaints of neglect, abuse and exploitation in long-term care facilities made by residents or concerned parties. All services are free and confidential. Those seeking information on available long-term care options and how to pay for them can also get assistance from this service.
San Diego, CA
Alzheimer's San Diego (858) 492-4400Alzheimer's San Diego provides a variety of direct services for those with Alzheimer's or dementia, their families and their caregivers. Seniors can participate in group outings and enjoy music, art and physical exercise with their peers, receive weekly telephone calls and attend a five-week program designed to help those who have recently been diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer's and/or their partners prepare for the road ahead. 
San Diego, CA

Memory Care Laws and Regulations in San Diego County

San Diego County 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.

Laws and Regulations for memory care in California

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Sonia

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

Review of ActivCare at Bressi Ranch

My aunt moved into ActivCare at Bressi Ranch, and I liked best that they allowed my aunt her independence. She does have dementia, but she is a very, very social person, she loves to be active, and...

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Priscilla

I visited this facility

Review of Silvergate San Marcos

My brother will be moving into Silvergate San Marcos. We enjoyed the tour guide. David was very open and told us what was going on. He got us to tour some rooms that people said they were OK with...

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Darci

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

Review of Grossmont Gardens Memory Care

My mother has moved into Grossmont Gardens Memory Care. I like it. They're very nice there. It's clean. The room is nice and clean. The staff is great. It's a great place. They have an activities...

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