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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.
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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.
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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.
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, located just minutes from the Pacific Ocean outside of beautiful San Diego, offers a full spectrum of assisted living, memory and skilled nursing care.
For more than 35 years, Sunrise Senior Living has been committed to providing seniors the best possible support, rooted in the latest research, and theories of aging. We take a holistic approach to senior care, where everything we do has…
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…
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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 is located in the Point Loma neighborhood and features around-the-clock assistance and comfortable accommodations with an abundance of natural lighting.
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…
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…
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…
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 Assisted Living, located in San Diego, provides seniors with a selection of amenities to encourage an enjoyable senior living experience.
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 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 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.
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.
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 ...Read more Sunrise of La Jolla reviews
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.Read more Sunrise of La Jolla reviews
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. ...Read more Sunrise of La Jolla reviews
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.Read more Sunrise of La Jolla reviews
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...Read more Sunrise of La Jolla reviews
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...Read more Brookdale Carmel Valley reviews
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
County of San Diego Aging & Independent Services
5560 Overland Ave, Suite 310, San Diego, CA 92123
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
Rio Clinic San Diego VA Healthcare
8989 Rio San Diego, Suite 360, San Diego, CA 92108
VA San Diego Healthcare System
3350 La Jolla Village Dr, San Diego, CA 92161
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