San Francisco has 873,965 inhabitants, including 134,590 seniors aged 65 and older. Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia impact more seniors across the United States every year. According to the Centers for Disease Control, Alzheimer’s-related deaths in San Francisco have decreased by 8.13% between 2014 and 2018, going down from 480 to 441 deaths per year. Comparatively, the overall death rate for the city rose by 10.8% from 4,019 to 4,453, suggesting that San Francisco is starting to put measures in place to support seniors with Alzheimer’s and dementia but that it’s still a prevalent problem. 

Seniors in San Francisco are lucky to have access to a variety of long-term communities that are specialized for seniors with memory loss. Memory care communities help enhance quality of life through 24/7 care and supervision, therapies and activities specifically designed for seniors with Alzheimer’s and dementia. In this guide, you’ll discover more about memory care, including the costs compared to different cities and resources for those with memory loss.

Memory Care Facilities in San Francisco, CA


Coventry Place

1550 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA, 94109


Sagebrook Senior Living at San Francisco

2750 Geary Boulevard, San Francisco, CA, 94118

My partner moved into Sagebrook Senior Living at San Francisco, and they were welcoming. They were clear and concise about explaining their facility and their policies. I was very impressed with the s … (read more)
My partner moved into Sagebrook Senior Living at San Francisco, and they were welcoming. They were clear and concise about explaining their facility and their policies. I was very impressed with the s … (read more)

The Village at Hayes Valley

624 Laguna Street, San Francisco, CA, 94102

The Village at Hayes Valley, located in San Francisco, California, provides residents with highly-trained assisted living and memory care. The facility itself offers a smaller, more personal feel that … (read more)
The Village at Hayes Valley, located in San Francisco, California, provides residents with highly-trained assisted living and memory care. The facility itself offers a smaller, more personal feel that … (read more)

Coterie Cathedral Hill

1001 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA, 94109

I was visiting my Aunt and also looking into a home for my Mother who may potentially move to San Francisco to be closer to family. Like all families, we have been discussing what would be best to get … (read more)
I was visiting my Aunt and also looking into a home for my Mother who may potentially move to San Francisco to be closer to family. Like all families, we have been discussing what would be best to get … (read more)

Portola Gardens

350 University Street , San Francisco, CA, 94134

I went to Portola Gardens. The outside is beautiful. When you first walk in, it’s beautiful. They’ve redone it but they still have old rooms, and I wasn’t too happy with that. The rooms were still bac … (read more)
I went to Portola Gardens. The outside is beautiful. When you first walk in, it’s beautiful. They’ve redone it but they still have old rooms, and I wasn’t too happy with that. The rooms were still bac … (read more)

2012

Rhoda Goldman Plaza

2180 Post Street, San Francisco, CA, 94115

Rhoda Goldman Plaza of California is the premier choice for seniors in the San Francisco area. Located in the heart of the city, near Golden Gate Park, Rhoda Goldman offers assisted living services. T … (read more)
Rhoda Goldman Plaza of California is the premier choice for seniors in the San Francisco area. Located in the heart of the city, near Golden Gate Park, Rhoda Goldman offers assisted living services. T … (read more)

2012

Providence Place

2456 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA, 94115

My uncle is in Providence Place. The staff seems very attentive and there seems to be a high number of caregivers per resident. It’s very clean, well kept, well maintained, very safe, and secure. It h … (read more)
My uncle is in Providence Place. The staff seems very attentive and there seems to be a high number of caregivers per resident. It’s very clean, well kept, well maintained, very safe, and secure. It h … (read more)

2012

AlmaVia of San Francisco

One Thomas More Way, San Francisco, CA, 94132


Autumn Glow

654 Grove Street, San Francisco, CA, 94102


2016

Oakmont of Mariner Point

2400 Mariner Square Drive, Alameda, CA, 94501

Oakmont of Mariner Point is an assisted living facility located in Berkeley, California, very close to local dining, shopping and entertainment. Residents can choose from studios, one and two-bedroom … (read more)
Oakmont of Mariner Point is an assisted living facility located in Berkeley, California, very close to local dining, shopping and entertainment. Residents can choose from studios, one and two-bedroom … (read more)

Pacifica Senior Living Mission Villa

995 E Market St, Daly City, CA, 94014

Our auntie stayed at Pacifica Senior Living Mission Villa for only 7 days. We paid a total of $11735.71 They promised for refund of $4390.55 They only sent us $2290.55 back. The company kept prom … (read more)
Our auntie stayed at Pacifica Senior Living Mission Villa for only 7 days. We paid a total of $11735.71 They promised for refund of $4390.55 They only sent us $2290.55 back. The company kept prom … (read more)

The Watermark By The Bay

1440 40th Street, Emeryville, CA, 94608


Family Affair Care Home

264 Southcliff Ave., South San Francisco, CA, 94080


COVID-19 Rules for Memory Care in San Francisco

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 Francisco

The California Department of Social Services’ Community Care Licensing Division (CCLD) and Continuing Care Contracts Branch oversees memory care facilities in San Francisco and the state of California. It ensures that they comply with laws and regulations through checking licensing and carrying out inspections. 

Benefits and Drawbacks of Memory Care in San Francisco

  • San Francisco boasts one of the most inclusive health care systems in the nation. Healthy San Francisco is an initiative run by the San Francisco Department of Health that offers free health care to residents who cannot afford private health care. The city and the surrounding area have 16 hospitals, including UCSF Medical Center, which has been ranked in the top 10 in the country. It has a Center for Geriatric Care that has doctors specialized in caring for seniors. 
  • Crime rates in San Francisco are relatively high. For violent crime, the city has a rate of 5.63 per 1,000 residents compared to the state average of 4.4. When it comes to property crime, the rates in San Francisco are significantly higher than the California average, at 45.09 per 1,000 residents compared to 21.3. Although crime rates are high, as can be expected for a city of its size, seniors can still feel safe living in San Francisco. Memory Care Communities implement safety measures such as 24/7 video surveillance and around-the-clock staffing to enhance security for seniors. 
  • San Francisco has a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and cool, rainy winters. Thanks to the cold current that flows along the coast of California, the city never gets too hot in summer, but it can cause a lot of fog. During spring, summer and fall, seniors can take advantage of the pleasant conditions and spend time outside in the fresh air. In winter, it can be a bit colder and rainier and therefore seniors may prefer indoor activities during these months. 
  • California is not a tax-friendly state for retirees. Retirement accounts and private and public pensions are taxed at some of the highest rates in the country. California also has one of the highest sales tax rates in the nation. However, Social Security benefits are exempt from taxation. 
  • San Francisco has a high cost of living. Across all areas, the only area where San Francisco is cheaper than the U.S. average is utilities. For health care, the cost is only marginally higher than the national average, but for housing, the average costs are exponentially higher than the U.S. and California state averages. Luckily there are various federal grants seniors can access to assist them with costs. 

Paying for Memory Care in San Francisco

The cost of memory care is typically 20-30% higher than that of assisted living care, and it is often added on as an extra service at assisted living facilities. For the following figures, the memory care costs will be calculated by adding on 25% to the assisted living figures in the Genworth 2021 Cost of Care Survey.

The Cost of Memory Care in Nearby Cities 

At $7,897 per month, the cost of memory care in San Francisco is significantly higher than the state average of $6,562 and the national average of $5,625. Both Los Angeles and Sacramento offer more affordable memory care at $6,562 and $6,531. Santa Rosa has the least affordable memory care in the state, costing an average of $8,810 per month.

$7897

San Francisco

$6562

California

$5625

The United States

$6531

Sacramento

$6562

Los Angeles

$8810

Santa Rosa Area

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

For those who aren’t quite in need of a memory care facility, assisted living typically costs around $6,319, and for seniors who only require weekday assistance, adult day health care is the most affordable option, costing $1,950 per month. There are also care options for seniors wishing to remain living at home, such as homemaker services, which costs an average of $6,864 per month and home health aide, which costs $7,150 per month on average. For the highest level of care, there are nursing homes. A private room typically costs $14,068 per month, and a semiprivate room typically costs $11,566 per month. 

$6864

Homemaker Services

$7150

Home Health Aide:

$1950

Adult Day Health Care

$6319

Assisted Living

$14068

Nursing Home (private room)

$11566

Nursing Home (semiprivate room)

Financial Assistance for Memory Care in San Francisco

In San Francisco, 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 Francsico

Memory-impaired seniors and their families have access to a range of services in San Francisco. Local government agencies and nonprofit organizations offer support services, such as educational programs and free legal aid.

Resource

Contact

Service

(800) 272-3900

The Northern California Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association serves counties in northern California and northern Nevada. It provides educational programs to assist seniors with Alzheimer's and support programs for their loved ones and caregivers. It also offers opportunities for fundraising to raise money for Alzheimer's research. There are resources available to explain what to expect at each stage of dementia and nutritional resources to help seniors eat to optimize brain health. 

(415) 353-2057

The UCSP Memory and Aging Center is a world leader in the field of memory disorders and dementia. The center offers comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of patients and conducts research on new therapy techniques. It offers support groups for patients and caregivers, and there is also a social work team to help seniors find useful resources.

(415) 355-3555

The San Francisco Department of Aging and Adult Services provides information and services to assist older adults and their caregivers in the San Francisco area. Services include individual counseling, support groups and assistance in gaining access to services. The agency can be contacted by phone, by email or by walking into their office in San Francisco. 

Memory Care Laws and Regulations in San Francisco

San Francisco Memory Care Communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all Memory Care Facilities in Oregon 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