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Assisted Living in San Diego, CA

The average cost of assisted living in San Diego is $4,500 a month. This guide is a starting point covering the cost of assisted living care in the city as well as financing options to pay for it. You'll find in-depth information on 32 assisted living facilities in San Diego and 30 in surrounding areas.

  • Assisted living: $4,500
  • Nursing home semiprivate room: $8,517
  • In-home care: $4,767
  • Adult day health services: $1,733

Atria Rancho Peñasquitos

12979 Rancho Peñasquitos Blvd
San Diego, CA

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Located in sunny San Diego, The Arbors Assisted Living Community works to provide seniors with the confidence and care they need to live a full and active life.

Brookdale Clairemont

5219 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard
San Diego, CA

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8 Reviews

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Brookdale Clairemont in San Diego is a premiere assisted living community that offers hassle-free living and spacious accommodations.

Belmont Village Sabre Springs

13075 Evening Creek Drive South
San Diego, CA

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6 Reviews
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At Belmont Village of Sabre Springs, seniors live amongst distinctive interiors and enjoy signature programs in hospitality and dining while receiving care from responsive staff.

Sunrise of La Jolla

810 Turquoise Street
San Diego, CA

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5 Reviews

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Located in a quiet seaside community of northern San Diego, Sunrise of Pacific Beach compassionately provides a range of assisted living, Alzheimer's care and hospice care services.

Brookdale Carmel Valley

13101 Hartfield Avenue
San Diego, CA

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Brookdale Carmel Valley, located just minutes from the Pacific Ocean outside of beautiful San Diego, offers a full spectrum of assisted living, memory and skilled nursing care.

Sunrise of Sabre Springs

12515 Springhurst Dr.
San Diego, CA

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Step into a Sunrise Assisted Living community and you can't help but feel at home. We stop at nothing to make your experience warm and inviting, from our homelike exterior architecture, to our comfortable community areas and choice of suites…

Point Loma Elder Care

3941 Liggett Dr
San Diego, CA

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Point Loma Elder Care located in San Diego, provides seniors with a selection of amenities to encourage an enjoyable senior living experience.

Casa Aldea Senior Living

14740 Via Fiesta
San Diego, CA

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Every day at Casa Aldea Senior Living, we integrate wellness into the “living” part of senior living. Enhance your interests and expand your horizons. What makes Casa Aldea stand apart is our passion for our residents. We offer a stimulating…

Coastal Breeze Assisted Living And Memory Care-C3

2189 Crown Hill Road
San Diego, CA

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Situated in San Diego, Coastal Breeze Assisted Living And Memory Care-C3 offers seniors a place to receive services and care within an inviting and home-like setting.

BayView Senior Assisted Living

3219 Canon St.
San Diego, CA

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Bayview Senior Assisted Living is located in the Point Loma neighborhood and features around-the-clock assistance and comfortable accommodations with an abundance of natural lighting.

Jacob Health Care Center

4075 54th Street
San Diego, CA

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At Jacob Healthcare, you are a family. We have a beautiful building with 128 total skilled and sub-acute beds. High quality services, personal care. F...

Santa Martha Residential I

3739 Millikin Avenue
San Diego, CA

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Welcome to Santa Martha Residential Care Homes Santa Martha Residential is a modest 6-bed residential care home located in San Diego, California. Santa Martha Residential Care Home is near hospital, local churches, senior centers, and Dr offices. This multilingual speaking…

Santa Martha Residential IV

6893 Radcliffe Drive
San Diego, CA

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Residents of Santa Martha Residential IV enjoy a variety of care services tailored to meet their individual needs and preferences.

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Santa Martha Residential VI

7108 Werner Street
San Diego, CA

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Residents of Santa Martha Residential VI enjoy a variety of care services tailored to meet their individual needs and preferences.

Santa Martha Residential II

4615 Sauk Avenue
San Diego, CA

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A provider of supportive living options, Santa Martha Residential II offers services and amenities San Diego seniors seeking an inviting environment.

Santa Martha Residential III

5706 Tulane Street
San Diego, CA

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A provider of supportive living options, Santa Martha Residential III offers services and amenities San Diego seniors seeking an inviting environment.

Santa Martha Residential V

6325 Dennison Street
San Diego, CA

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Santa Martha Residential V is an inviting home offering a selection of amenities and supportive services for San Diego seniors to consider.

Family Style Care II

2847 Morningside Street
San Diego, CA

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Family Style Care II offers residents independent living options and daily support services. We offer private and semi private rooms. On-going assessments of the residents needs to include assistance with medication management, showers, dressing and grooming. In–house visits from physicians…

A Timeless Treasures

3474 Angwin Dr
San Diego, CA

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Situated in San Diego, A Timeless Treasures offers seniors a place to receive services and care within an inviting and home-like setting.

Casa Del Cielo

6173 Adelaide Avenue
San Diego, CA

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Casa Del Cielo is a peaceful and safe community for elderly. We specialize in providing loving care, lots of understanding for Alzheimer's and dementia clients. Services include three meals, medication assistance, incontinence care, assistance with personal hygiene, daily housekeeping, laundry…

Lake Murray Healthcare Center

7867 Lake Andrita Avenue
San Diego, CA

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Lake Murray Healthcare Center is an inviting home offering a selection of amenities and supportive services for San Diego seniors to consider.

Canyon Guest Home

4224 Emet Court
San Diego, CA

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Canyon Guest Home is a friendly care home in San Diego where residents find a staff ready to assist with day-to-day activities and social events.

Santa Martha Residential VII

3664 Governor Drive
San Diego, CA

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Santa Martha Residential VII located in San Diego, provides seniors with a selection of amenities to encourage an enjoyable senior living experience.

Family Style Care

2875 Morningside St
San Diego, CA

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Family Style Care is an inviting home offering a selection of amenities and supportive services for San Diego seniors to consider.

St. Paul's Villa

2340 Fourth Avenue
San Diego, CA

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St. Paul's Villa residents enjoy a relaxing atmosphere with an array of daily activities, weekly live music, scheduled outings and delectable dining all while feeling secure that professional assistance is there when needed.

Cloisters of the Valley

4171 Camino Del Rio South
San Diego, CA

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Cloisters of the Valley Assisted Living, located in San Diego, provides seniors with a selection of amenities to encourage an enjoyable senior living experience.

Wesley Palms

2404 Loring Street
San Diego, CA

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Say hello to your 35-acre front yard overlooking scenic Mission Bay and the Pacific Ocean when joining the Wesley Palms, an independent, assisted living and memory care community.

Golden Living of Point Loma

3223 Duke Street
San Diego, CA

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Golden Living of Point Loma is an affordable living options for active senior but can no longer live alone. Our focus is not only to the physical aspect of our residents but also to their spiritual, social and emotional needs.

Del Cerro Manor Iii

6655 Crampton Court
San Diego, CA

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Del Cerro Manor III is a lovely care home located just a short walk from Lake Murray in San Diego. Residents here receive excellent care from a 24-hour staff ready to serve them.

Aacorn Oaks Manor Inc

6217 Acorn Street
San Diego, CA

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Centrally located near multiple parks, shopping centers, hospitals, freeways and Lake Murray, Acorn Oaks Manor I is an intimate private care home serving up to 14 elderly residents.

Serra Mesa Guest Home III

3008 Melbourne Drive
San Diego, CA

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Serra Mesa Guests Home III provides compassionate assisted living accommodations and services within the walls of our charming single-family care home.

Casa Rosa

1039 Santa Barbara Street
San Diego, CA

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Casa Rosa Assisted Living, located in the Point Loma area of San Diego, CA is a pleasant family-style home that lends itself to the comfort and ease d...

Reviews of San Diego Assisted Living Facilities

Sunrise of La Jolla

Review by Local Professional | Expert

Very beautiful facility located only a few miles from shopping and restaurants. This facility is clean throughout and has an open and functional floor plan. There is not many places within walking distance, but the facility offers transportation at an additional cost. There is much to do on site including a media ...

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Sunrise of La Jolla

Review by Visitor | Consumer

I liked the staff at Sunrise of La Jolla (Sunrise of Pacific Beach). The place itself was very welcoming and had a grand staircase, which I really liked. The people that greeted us and sat in with us were very nice. I liked that place a lot. That was the one I thought I would end up going to for my husband.

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Sunrise of La Jolla

Review by Visitor | Consumer

Sunrise of La Jolla was a much nicer facility and more expensive than other places. It was in a nice part of San Diego, and the second story had an ocean view. It's very nice on paper. Inside, it's very nicely decorated, with the interior designs all themed and matching. It's definitely an upscale community and staff. ...

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Sunrise of La Jolla

Review by Elizabeth | Consumer

We visited Sunrise and really liked it and the atmosphere. It's nice with a bit old style, but older people like that. We had a very good lunch, and the chef even came out and talked to us. They can accommodate restrictions in diet. That's the place we're going to go with.

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Sunrise of La Jolla

Review by Marilyn | Consumer

Sunrise of La Jolla was excellent. I didn't like the basement area that much, but the rest of it was very nice. The area that you drove into to park was kind of scary for somebody that's older, but when you got upstairs to the elevator, it was very nice. I liked the rooms and I liked the views. The dining room was very...

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Brookdale Carmel Valley

Review by Elizabeth a sad and unhappy widow | Consumer

The food is very starchy. The cereal is made with water and the residents are given artificial cream to pour over the thick gooey mess that they call cereal. There are no fresh fruits or vegetables. The food is salty and there is greasy bacon and sausage at breakfast, There is no whole wheat bread. It takes forev...

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Map of San Diego Assisted Living Facilities

Assisted Living Costs in San Diego

According to Genworth’s 2018 Cost of Care Study, assisted living prices in San Diego are slightly higher than the national average of $4,000 and equal to the state average of $4,500. Compared to other metropolitan areas in Southern California, local assisted living costs are similar to Los Angeles and Oxnard. Although rates are substantially higher than Bakersfield, Riverside and El Centro, where the average cost of assisted living is around $3,433, the San Diego area is 20 percent more affordable than San Jose where residents pay $5,500 per month on average.

Cost of Assisted Living Comparison Chart

  • San Diego: $4,500
  • National average: $4,000
  • State average: $4,500
  • Los Angeles: $4,500
  • El Centro: $3,650
  • Riverside: $3,500
  • Oxnard: $4,575
  • Bakersfield: $3,150
  • San Jose: $5,500

Care Cost Comparison

In general, the cost of senior care is based on the level of assistance that each individual requires. Adult day programs and home health aides provide full-time care during normal business hours. While adult day care is one of the most affordable options, rates for homemaker services and home health aides in the San Diego area are close to $4,800 per month. This exceeds the cost of assisted living by some $250 per month, and it doesn’t factor in maintenance and other costs incurred by seniors who live at home.

For adults who require a higher level of care, assisted living facilities and nursing homes are typically the most suitable options. Both facilities provide 24-hour care. However, assisted living services are about half as expensive.

Cost of Homemaker/Home Health Aide Comparison Chart

  • Assisted living: $4,500
  • Homemaker services: $4,767
  • Home health aide: $4,799
  • Adult day health: $1,733
  • Nursing home care (semiprivate room): $8,517

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in San Diego

Medicaid in California

California’s Medicaid program provides health insurance, vision, dental and long-term care benefits to seniors, disabled adults and low-income residents of San Diego. It covers most health-related services directly or indirectly through waivers. For example, Medi-Cal provides financial assistance to almost two-thirds of nursing home residents in San Diego. The system also covers the cost of community-based services that allow members to remain in their own homes. The Assisted Living Waiver is a third option. It serves as an alternative to nursing care and in-home care for seniors who are eligible for Medicaid alone or in addition to Medicare. To qualify, applicants must meet the following requirements.

  • Be blind, disabled or aged 65 or over
  • Earn less than $1,366 if single and have less than $2,000 in cash assets
  • Earn less than $1,852 if married and have less than $3,000 in assets

Seniors who don’t meet these guidelines but need substantial care may qualify for share-of-cost benefits through the Aged, Blind, & Disabled Medically Needy Medi-Cal program. Additionally, Medi-Cal allows seniors to write off some of their room-and-board costs for assisted living, which can reduce their share-of-cost fees. In some cases, deductions may help members qualify for full Medi-Cal benefits, including Assisted Living Waivers. To see if you’re eligible, apply online, in person or by calling (866) 262-9881.

Other Financial Assistance Programs for Assisted Living

Assisted Living Waivers

California’s Assisted Living Waiver pays for the cost of personal care in Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly. Medicaid normally covers the cost of skilled nursing facilities as well as services in the community. Just as Medicaid doesn’t pay for rent or housing in the community, it does not cover the cost of room and board, but it does pay for the following services that are billed separately.

  • Care management
  • Assistance with activities of daily living
  • Intermittent skilled nursing
  • Medication management
  • Housekeeping
  • Transportation
  • Laundry

Medicaid waivers are designed to reduce government spending by providing a lower cost alternative to skilled nursing. This means that Medi-Cal members must require the level of care typically provided by nursing homes to qualify for the waiver. They must also be enrolled in a Medicaid program that has zero cost sharing based on their monthly income. For applicants who exceed the income guidelines, spend-down options can help.

Section 1915(c) of the Social Security Act authorizes California’s Assisted Living Waiver. Because the program covers optional services, regulations allow the state to set an enrollment cap and create a waiting list once available funding is spent. Since 2017, San Diego’s ALW has been operating at capacity. Medi-Cal members who would like to receive waiver services can join the waiting list by contacting a registered Care Coordination Agency in San Diego County.

Assisted Living Resources in San Diego

Senior Citizen Services

Senior centers are a lifeline for many San Diego residents. These facilities provide social activities, affordable meals, wellness services and options counseling. They also organize trips and special events. San Diego operates nine senior centers across the city. You can find a full list of locations online or by contacting the main office.

Senior Citizen Services Center Office
202 C St. San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 236-6905

Area Agencies on Aging

Area Agencies on Aging provide a single point of contact for older adults and disabled persons who are eligible for federal, state or county benefits. These regional organizations engage in advocacy, manage community outreach campaigns, make case management referrals and provide services directly to the public. To learn more about programs that are available in San Diego, contact your local AAA.

Aging & Independence Services
1600 Pacific Hwy, San Diego, CA 92101
(800) 510-2020

County of San Diego Aging & Independent Services
5560 Overland Ave, Suite 310, San Diego, CA 92123
(858) 495-5885

Veterans Administration Services

Although the VA is best known as a healthcare service for the nation’s military veterans, this government agency also provides pensions, housing assistance and other benefits to military families. Veterans can access services through the following administrative offices, community-based outpatient clinics and medical centers in San Diego.

San Diego VA Regional Office
8810 Rio San Diego Dr, San Diego, CA 92108
(800) 827-1000

Rio Clinic San Diego VA Healthcare
8989 Rio San Diego, Suite 360, San Diego, CA 92108
(619) 228-8000

VA San Diego Healthcare System
3350 La Jolla Village Dr, San Diego, CA 92161
(858) 552-8585

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