Approximately 14.5% of San Diego County’s overall total population of slightly under 3,300,000 citizens are aged 65 and over. Some of these seniors will face Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. According to the CDC, the rate of deaths from Alzheimer’s disease increased by almost 4% from 2014 – 2018. As of 2018, As the eighth-largest city in the nation, San Diego’s county seat and largest city, San Diego, has numerous resources for those with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia and their families. 

Care options for those with Alzheimer’s and/or dementia include memory care facilities, which are typically associated with assisted living communities, usually in their own separate wing or on another part of the property. Memory care units have open floor plans and provide a secure environment to prevent residents from wandering off. 

This guide provides an overview of memory care in San Diego County. Included are cost comparisons with other California communities and different types of care options as well as a list of resources for those with memory loss, their families and their caregivers. 

Memory Care Facilities in San Diego County, CA

2015, 2016

Paradise Village

2700 East 4th Street, National City, CA, 91950

We found the overall experience at Paradise Village to be impressive. Carolyn did a great job with the tour and it made our decision so much easier when our mother’s needs increased to have her resi … (read more)
We found the overall experience at Paradise Village to be impressive. Carolyn did a great job with the tour and it made our decision so much easier when our mother’s needs increased to have her resi … (read more)

2020, 2021

Pacifica Senior Living Vista

760 E Bobier Dr, Vista, CA, 92084

Pacifica Senior Living Vista is located near Guajome Regional Park in Vista, California. Residents appreciate the social events scheduled by the staff, sing-a-longs and church services. Positive revie … (read more)
Pacifica Senior Living Vista is located near Guajome Regional Park in Vista, California. Residents appreciate the social events scheduled by the staff, sing-a-longs and church services. Positive revie … (read more)

2020, 2021, 2022

Pacifica Senior Living Escondido

1351 East Washington Ave, Escondido, CA, 92027

Pacifica Senior Living Escondido is located 30 miles northeast of San Diego, California, on 4 acres of land within a quiet residential neighborhood. Residents love this well-kept green space, with tre … (read more)
Pacifica Senior Living Escondido is located 30 miles northeast of San Diego, California, on 4 acres of land within a quiet residential neighborhood. Residents love this well-kept green space, with tre … (read more)

2022

Alta Vista Senior Living

2041 W. Vista Way, Vista, CA, 92083

Conveniently located near California State Route 78, in Vista, California, Alta Vista Senior Living provides studio and one-bedroom apartments to those over the age of 65. Both residents and visitors … (read more)
Conveniently located near California State Route 78, in Vista, California, Alta Vista Senior Living provides studio and one-bedroom apartments to those over the age of 65. Both residents and visitors … (read more)

2014, 2021, 2022

Silvergate Fallbrook

420 Elbrook, Fallbrook, CA, 92028

From the moment I toured Silvergate and met the staff, I knew this would be the right place for my mother in law. Even with her dementia, she was very comfortable in her new home. Everyone welcomed … (read more)
From the moment I toured Silvergate and met the staff, I knew this would be the right place for my mother in law. Even with her dementia, she was very comfortable in her new home. Everyone welcomed … (read more)

Lantern Crest Senior Living

11010 Sunset Trail, Santee, CA, 92071

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. Housin … (read more)
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. Housin … (read more)

Silvergate San Marcos

1550 Security Place, San Marcos, CA, 92078

Silvergate San Marcos is located in a scenic residential neighborhood near Highway 78 with nearby access to many shopping, dining and cultural venues. Guests of the community give high marks for the c … (read more)
Silvergate San Marcos is located in a scenic residential neighborhood near Highway 78 with nearby access to many shopping, dining and cultural venues. Guests of the community give high marks for the c … (read more)

The Montera

5740 Lake Murray Blvd, La Mesa, CA, 91942

We had a great experience touring The Montera. They explained what they do, and we liked that place. It was well-kept and clean, the staff was very friendly to us, and it fulfilled everything that wou … (read more)
We had a great experience touring The Montera. They explained what they do, and we liked that place. It was well-kept and clean, the staff was very friendly to us, and it fulfilled everything that wou … (read more)

Brookdale Oceanside

3524 Lake Blvd., Oceanside, CA, 92056

Brookdale Oceanside offers memory care and assisted living in the beautiful city of Oceanside, California. Residents and visitors give this community high marks for its cleanliness and a staff that is … (read more)
Brookdale Oceanside offers memory care and assisted living in the beautiful city of Oceanside, California. Residents and visitors give this community high marks for its cleanliness and a staff that is … (read more)


Westmont Town Court

500 E. Valley Parkway, Escondido, CA, 92025

Westmont Town Court is located in the middle of downtown Escondido, California, with entertainment, shopping and dining opportunities nearby. This assisted living community earns high marks from resid … (read more)
Westmont Town Court is located in the middle of downtown Escondido, California, with entertainment, shopping and dining opportunities nearby. This assisted living community earns high marks from resid … (read more)

2015, 2016, 2019, 2020

Belmont Village Sabre Springs

13075 Evening Creek Drive South, San Diego, CA, 92128

I toured Belmont Village Sabre Springs. I’m so pleased with what I saw and with the particular levels of memory care, since they have different levels in their program. I have a nurse coming in from B … (read more)
I toured Belmont Village Sabre Springs. I’m so pleased with what I saw and with the particular levels of memory care, since they have different levels in their program. I have a nurse coming in from B … (read more)

2015, 2016

Fredericka Manor

183 Third Avenue, Chula Vista, CA, 91910

Fredericka Manor is located in sunny Chula Vista, minutes from the San Diego Bay and easily accessible from I-5 and I-805. Residents and visitors praise the facility for its unique option for cottage … (read more)
Fredericka Manor is located in sunny Chula Vista, minutes from the San Diego Bay and easily accessible from I-5 and I-805. Residents and visitors praise the facility for its unique option for cottage … (read more)

2013

Vi at La Jolla Village

8515 Costa Verde Boulevard, San Diego, CA, 92122


Oakmont of Escondido Hills

3012 Bear Valley Parkway South, Escondido, CA, 92025

Oakmont of Escondido Hills is a luxury senior living community in Escondido, California. Residents comment on the accommodating and friendly staff, and family members highlight the modern, comfortable … (read more)
Oakmont of Escondido Hills is a luxury senior living community in Escondido, California. Residents comment on the accommodating and friendly staff, and family members highlight the modern, comfortable … (read more)

2013, 2014, 2018, 2021, 2022

Sunrise at La Costa

7020 Manzanita Street, Carlsbad, CA, 92008

Sunrise at La Costa is located in Carlsbad, California, and provides assisted living options and memory care for seniors. This facility receives high marks from residents and their loved ones for a ve … (read more)
Sunrise at La Costa is located in Carlsbad, California, and provides assisted living options and memory care for seniors. This facility receives high marks from residents and their loved ones for a ve … (read more)

La Vida Real

11588 Via Rancho San Diego, El Cajon, CA, 92019

My mom is living out at La Vida Real. It was great. The lady that helped me get my mom set up in here was wonderful, very sweet, and a caring lady. They have a little courtyard that my mom can walk ou … (read more)
My mom is living out at La Vida Real. It was great. The lady that helped me get my mom set up in here was wonderful, very sweet, and a caring lady. They have a little courtyard that my mom can walk ou … (read more)

Redwood Terrace

710 13th Avenue, Escondido, CA, 92025

Redwood Terrace of Escondido, California is conveniently located near I-15 and in walking distance from the shopping, dining and entertainment options of downtown. Loved ones and residents are drawn t … (read more)
Redwood Terrace of Escondido, California is conveniently located near I-15 and in walking distance from the shopping, dining and entertainment options of downtown. Loved ones and residents are drawn t … (read more)

Sunrise of Bonita

3302 Bonita Road, Chula Vista, CA, 91910

Sunrise of Bonita is located in the city of Chula Vista, just minutes away from Interstate 805. Residents have easy access to the shops at the Westfield Plaza Bonita and the Chula Vista Golf Course. R … (read more)
Sunrise of Bonita is located in the city of Chula Vista, just minutes away from Interstate 805. Residents have easy access to the shops at the Westfield Plaza Bonita and the Chula Vista Golf Course. R … (read more)


COVID-19 Rules for Memory Care in San Diego County

Since most COVID-19 rules for Memory Care 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 Memory Care in California. 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 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. 

$6844

San Diego County

$6563

California

$5625

The United States

$4313

Visalia

$8810

Santa Rosa

$6531

Sacramento

$7899

San Francisco

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. 

$6844

Memory Care

$6387

In-Home Care

$6473

Home Health Care

$2058

Adult Day Health Care

$5475

Assisted Living

$9384

Nursing Home (semiprivate room)

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. 

Resource 
Contact
Description 
City, ST
(800) 272-3900
The 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
(800) 640-4661
The 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
(858) 492-4400
Alzheimer'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