Situated along the Pacific coast just 15 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border, San Diego is a thriving city of over 1.4 million people. The weather in San Diego is mild and sunny year-round, ideal for older adults seeking a snow-free retirement destination. The city is home to numerous top-ranked health care facilities, including UC San Diego Health and Sharp Memorial Hospital

Seniors with complex medical needs that cannot be safely managed in a non-institutional setting may require nursing home care. According to the Genworth 2020 Cost of Care Survey, the average monthly cost for semiprivate nursing home care in San Diego is $10,722, which is well above the national average of $7,756. Seniors who don’t require 24/7 medical care may find that other long-term care services such as assisted living or in-home care provide the level of support they need at a cost that’s lower than skilled nursing care. 

This guide provides an overview of nursing home costs in San Diego, and how those costs compare to other cities within California. There’s also information on Medicaid, Medicare and VA benefits for seniors who need long-term care and a list of free community resources geared towards older adults. 

Directory of Nursing Homes in San Diego, CA

Casa De Las Campanas

18655 W Bernardo Drive, San Diego, CA, 92127


2013

Vi at La Jolla Village

4171 Las Palmas Square, San Diego, CA, 92122

My dad stayed here after having hip surgery. The staff is wonderful and took very good care of him. Some of the physical therapy people could use and attitude adjustment but still did a good job helpi … (read more)
My dad stayed here after having hip surgery. The staff is wonderful and took very good care of him. Some of the physical therapy people could use and attitude adjustment but still did a good job helpi … (read more)

Reo Vista Healthcare Center

6061 BANBURY ST., San Diego, CA, 92139

I could not have asked for better accommodations. My bed overlooked a lovely patio area with grass and trees,it was very peaceful. The staff here was fantastic, and a few of them stand out for being … (read more)
I could not have asked for better accommodations. My bed overlooked a lovely patio area with grass and trees,it was very peaceful. The staff here was fantastic, and a few of them stand out for being … (read more)

Remington Club Health Center

16915 HIERBA DRIVE, San Diego, CA, 92128

Just last month I found myself very sick and have no one at home to help me. I went straight from the hospital to Remington club. It was a pleasant transition, was placed in a (very Clean room). I was … (read more)
Just last month I found myself very sick and have no one at home to help me. I went straight from the hospital to Remington club. It was a pleasant transition, was placed in a (very Clean room). I was … (read more)

University Care Center

5602 UNIVERSITY AVE, San Diego, CA, 92105

I was very impressed with University Care Center in San Diego. They had a very nice facility with professional Cali-style landscaping, and a very clean interior with a welcoming atmosphere that was no … (read more)
I was very impressed with University Care Center in San Diego. They had a very nice facility with professional Cali-style landscaping, and a very clean interior with a welcoming atmosphere that was no … (read more)

The Springs at Pacific Regent

3884 Nobel Dr, San Diego, CA, 92122

Rooms are beautiful and very well maintained, Staff is very nice very accommodating, competent and very helpful towards patient’s rehabilitation. Very wonderful experience
Rooms are beautiful and very well maintained, Staff is very nice very accommodating, competent and very helpful towards patient’s rehabilitation. Very wonderful experience

Arroyo Vista Nursing Center

3022 45TH STREET, San Diego, CA, 92105

Arroyo Vista is a large and modern nursing facility which offers great service at a stunning price. My grand mother was in this nursing home for a few months after a surgery and her experience was fla … (read more)
Arroyo Vista is a large and modern nursing facility which offers great service at a stunning price. My grand mother was in this nursing home for a few months after a surgery and her experience was fla … (read more)

St. Pauls Health Care Center

235 NUTMEG STREET, San Diego, CA, 92103

St. Pauls Health Care Center has a caring group of people. They have a beauty parlor, they do their nails, and they give a lot attention to the person so it’s pretty nice. They take them on outings du … (read more)
St. Pauls Health Care Center has a caring group of people. They have a beauty parlor, they do their nails, and they give a lot attention to the person so it’s pretty nice. They take them on outings du … (read more)

Kearny Mesa Convalescent and Nursing Home

7675 FAMILY CIRCLE DRIVE, San Diego, CA, 92111

Food – not much selection…usually soup and hamburger. My Dad could not eat them repeatedly. We ended up bringing food daily so he could eat. Service – there were times, my Dad had to keep callin … (read more)
Food – not much selection…usually soup and hamburger. My Dad could not eat them repeatedly. We ended up bringing food daily so he could eat. Service – there were times, my Dad had to keep callin … (read more)

Golden Hill Subacute and Rehabilitation Center

1201 34th St, San Diego, CA, 92102

Short staffed all the time typically 15 to 1. If you try to call after 5PM you mighty get through on the 4th try. Food is usually delivered LATE and COLD with no real selection. Rooms are small relati … (read more)
Short staffed all the time typically 15 to 1. If you try to call after 5PM you mighty get through on the 4th try. Food is usually delivered LATE and COLD with no real selection. Rooms are small relati … (read more)

Carmel Mountain Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center

11895 AVENUE OF INDUSTRY, San Diego, CA, 92128

Terrible – old, overpowering perfume masking odors in lobby, extremely long wait time for response to patient call button, failed to contact Dr. when change of meds indicated. Patient was having a myo … (read more)
Terrible – old, overpowering perfume masking odors in lobby, extremely long wait time for response to patient call button, failed to contact Dr. when change of meds indicated. Patient was having a myo … (read more)

San Diego Healthcare Center

2828 MEADOWLARK DRIVE, San Diego, CA, 92123

My mother is in LifeHOUSE San Diego Healthcare Center. It seems like it’s an acceptable, OK place. It’s a big place with 300 beds. When you first come in, it’s very impressive, and they clean the ro … (read more)
My mother is in LifeHOUSE San Diego Healthcare Center. It seems like it’s an acceptable, OK place. It’s a big place with 300 beds. When you first come in, it’s very impressive, and they clean the ro … (read more)

Villa Rancho Bernardo Care Center

15720 Bernardo Center Drive, San Diego, CA, 92127

I was told when my family member was looking for a new place that they had not had any C19 cases. They lead me to belive that it had been a Covid free facility. Also the food is not very health not t … (read more)
I was told when my family member was looking for a new place that they had not had any C19 cases. They lead me to belive that it had been a Covid free facility. Also the food is not very health not t … (read more)

Balboa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center

3520 FOURTH AVENUE, San Diego, CA, 92103

Balboa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center was barely adequate. I would not recommend it. They were very willing, but when my husband’s health was deteriorating, they didn’t know whether they had give … (read more)
Balboa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center was barely adequate. I would not recommend it. They were very willing, but when my husband’s health was deteriorating, they didn’t know whether they had give … (read more)

Mission Hills Health Care

4033 SIXTH AVENUE EXT, San Diego, CA, 92103

I put my husband at Mission Hills. The nurses there are very good at taking care of patients. Excellent! The nurses are fantastic. They are all working everyday with patients. They knew what’s going o … (read more)
I put my husband at Mission Hills. The nurses there are very good at taking care of patients. Excellent! The nurses are fantastic. They are all working everyday with patients. They knew what’s going o … (read more)

Point Loma Convalescent Hosp.

3202 DUKE STREET, San Diego, CA, 92110

Friend of a friend This place is a dump. Little to no safety and security. Patients sitting around soiled and dirty, hanging out of wheelchairs right in front of the nurse’s station! The person I was … (read more)
Friend of a friend This place is a dump. Little to no safety and security. Patients sitting around soiled and dirty, hanging out of wheelchairs right in front of the nurse’s station! The person I was … (read more)

Brighton Place San Diego

1350 Euclid Ave, San Diego, CA, 92105

This facility should be closed. Check there history and check for alternative business names. Poor quality of care. Neglects and has killed at least 2 patient since March because of not following basi … (read more)
This facility should be closed. Check there history and check for alternative business names. Poor quality of care. Neglects and has killed at least 2 patient since March because of not following basi … (read more)

Abby Gardens

8060 Frost Street, San Diego, CA, 92123


Mission Hills Post Acute Care

3680 Reynard Way, San Diego, CA, 92103


La Mesa Healthcare Center

3780 Massachusetts Avenue, La Mesa, CA, 91941

The staff is so friendly. Nobody gets upset when I’m always asking for help. The food has improved since the last time I was here. Though I am happy to go home, I am sad to leave my friends because th … (read more)
The staff is so friendly. Nobody gets upset when I’m always asking for help. The food has improved since the last time I was here. Though I am happy to go home, I am sad to leave my friends because th … (read more)

Nursing Home Costs in San Diego, CA

Average monthly nursing home rates in San Diego run $10,722 for a semiprivate room, and $14,433 for a private room. 

The Cost of Nursing Home Care in Nearby Cities

At an average of $10,722 per month, nursing home rates in San Diego are significantly higher than the national average, $7,756, and the statewide average of $9,247. Costs in nearby cities are notably lower, with rates averaging $7,396 east of San Diego in El Centro. To the north, semiprivate nursing home care costs an average of $8,060 per month in Los Angeles, $8,365 in Oxnard, and $9,962 in Santa Maria. 

$10722

San Diego

$9247

California

$7396

El Centro

$8060

Los Angeles

$9962

Santa Maria

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Nursing home care is the costliest type of senior care because it includes 24/7 medical care in a specialized institutional setting. Seniors who are considering nursing home placement may find that less-restrictive long-term care services such as adult day health care, in-home care or assisted living meets their needs. Average monthly rates for adult day programming in San Diego runs $1,733, while in-home care costs an average of $5,716 per month based on 44 hours of care weekly. 

$1733

Adult day health care

$4525

Assisted living

$5716

Home care

$5716

Home health care

$10722

Nursing home (semiprivate room)

$14433

Nursing home (private room)

Financial Assistance for Nursing Home Care in San Diego, CA

Many seniors and their families use some form of financial assistance to help them pay for nursing care. The main options available are Medicare, Medicaid, and veterans benefits. These programs can be complicated, especially when it comes to benefit terms. Below, we give a brief overview of how these programs may be used towards paying for skilled nursing care.

  • Medicare: Medicare will typically cover all skilled nursing costs for the first 20 days of one’s stay in a nursing home and a portion of the costs until day 100. After 100 days in a skilled nursing facility, Medicare will not cover any part of the cost of the stay. While this is adequate when short-term care is needed, those in need of long-term care will need to either pay out-of-pocket or use another source of financial assistance.
  • Medicaid: Medicaid covers most of the costs of living in a skilled nursing facility for those who qualify. Care, room, and board are covered with no time limit, but residents may be charged for extras like specially prepared food or cosmetic services. Medicaid eligibility standards are strict and complex, so not all seniors are eligible for Medicaid benefits.
  • Veterans Benefits: Veterans receiving a VA pension may also be eligible for the Aid and Attendance benefit administered by the VA. Aid and Attendance is a monthly allowance that beneficiaries may use to pay for their long-term care, including skilled nursing care.

If these options aren’t available to you, check if your loved one has long-term care insurance or contact your Area Agency on Aging to ask about any local financial assistance programs for seniors.

Free Resources for Seniors in San Diego, CA

Navigating long-term senior care can be challenging for seniors, their family members and caregivers. In San Diego, a number of government and nonprofit organizations offer free and low-cost services designed to help seniors navigate the complex issues around Medicaid coverage, guardianship and estate planning. 

ResourceContactService
Senior Legal Services(858) 565-1392Senior Legal Services offers free legal information and advice to seniors aged 60 and older. SLS attorneys can assist with elder law issues such as financial abuse, guardianship, Medicaid benefits and estate planning. 
Alzheimer’s Association — San Diego Chapter(800) 272-3900The San Diego chapter of the national Alzheimer’s Association provides free information, resources and support to people living with memory loss. Services include caregiver and patient support groups, assistance with long-term care benefits and help with finding appropriate community-based and residential care services. 
San Diego County — Adult Protective Services(800) 339-4661Adult Protective Services works to prevent elder abuse among those aged 65 and older, as well as dependent adults. APS workers investigate complaints about elder neglect, abandonment and self-neglect and take steps to connect vulnerable adults with the appropriate support services. 
Senior Options, Advocacy and Referrals(800) 339-4661SOAR is a county-run care management program for frail seniors aged 60 and older who are at risk of nursing home placement, and who are ineligible for other programs. SOAR case managers work with seniors and their caregivers to develop a care plan, source long-term care resources and coordinate services with community resources. 
Long-Term Care Ombudsman(800) 640-4661The Long-Term Care Ombudsman program works to address concerns related to long-term care services. The ombudsman provides free information to seniors and their families on their rights within a long-term care facility and can work to resolve complaints related to these rights. Ombudsmen can also witness advanced care directives in nursing homes.