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10 Best Memory Care Facilities in San Francisco, CA

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Are you looking for the best memory care communities in San Francisco? The Golden City offers plenty of opportunities for your loved one to thrive in a caring environment. San Francisco ranks No. 3 in the nation for attracting retirees, so it may come as no surprise that there are many facilities available.

In memory care, the focus is always on safety, dignity, and specialized dementia care. A Place for Mom partners with 12 memory care facilities in the city, all of which are located within a 10-mile radius of the downtown area, which includes areas such as Sausalito and the Marina District.

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4.5 / 5.0

They're doing their best when it's hard to get staff these days. I appreciate that, and they're good people. I wish we could always count on having the same people, but again, they staff they have are great. The facility itself is wonderful - it's very pleasant and attractive, and it makes people fe...

4.2 / 5.0

Most staff are very friendly, with occasional lapses in service (too busy to help dress; slow, slow kitchen sometimes); coordination of offsite pharmacy and medicine technicians could be better; like in any health care setting, patient advocacy (usually a family member) is essential (especially duri...

5 / 5.0

Excellent caring staff. Clean place. My Auntie [name removed] is here. I visited from Anaheim California. My auntie Husband just passed away. My auntie looked beautiful and happy. I talked with staff and they were very professional

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The staff is unparalleled in their sincerity, commitment, and caring for each and every one of the residents and their families. They go the extra mile and are always there for you no matter what the...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Independent Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
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After a 45 day respite stay I believe that Sagebrook would be a great fit as a permanent resident and mom is considering it. The staff was great and very kind and caring. The facility is nice and clean. The...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Sagebrook Senior Living at San Francisco, Assisted Living and Memory Care Community, is building on more than three decades ofexperience in transforming health and wellness programs that promotewell-being and enriched lifestyles. We’re shattering stereotypes and pushingboundaries for what senior...
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We picked this community, because of the location. The tour experience was excellent, and the facility was spacious. Respite, furnished room was available immediately after release from the hospital....
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Independent Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
Make yourself at home at the Vintage Golden Gate in San Francisco, California. It’s a friendly, flexible environment that celebrates your individuality and nurtures your soul. We recognize that each new resident has a unique lifestyle. So we’ve tailored solutions to match: Independent Living, for...
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The staff is absolutely wonderful. They make you feel welcomed, at home and included in the community. The residents are really supportive and friendly. My loved one has made a number of friends, in a short...
Provides: Assisted Living, Independent Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
Situated in the heart of San Francisco atop Cathedral Hill, The Carlisle offers assisted living and independent living for older adults looking to live within a vibrant community. From the moment you walk through our doors, you’ll feel as though you’ve entered a friendly, boutique hotel where you...
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I picked this community, because I had another relative there during COVID-19, and he was well taken care of. I would recommend to others.
Provides: Assisted Living
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
At Serra Highlands Senior Living, you'll find a serene and welcoming senior community with all the comforts of home. Residents enjoy a diverse social calendar with an extensive continued learning program. Surrounded by beautiful wooded walkways, Serra Highlands Senior Livingprovides views of the...
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My mom been living here for over 10 years. Now as she is aging she started to receive care service. The level of attention and support provided to residents is truly commendable. The staff’s dedication to...
Provides: Assisted Living, Independent Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
Cardinal Point is a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) which means that our residents move in when they are independent and active, truly being able to participate in all we have to offer! Additionally, we are also licensed for Assisted Living, so as the years go on, the resident can...
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The leadership, the staff, the quality of the facility are all top notch. I would recommend this facility to anyone with a parents or relative in need of memory care!
Provides: Memory Care
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Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Specialized Memory Care program uniquely designed to meet all of our residents’ cognitive, social and physical needs. Complimentary scheduled transportation, medication management, daily housekeeping and more! Pacifica Senior Living Mission Villa is strictly a Dementia and Alzheimer's Memory Care...
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[name removed] dislikes it there but that's not the fault of the place. She dislikes everything. I would highly recommend Peninsula Del Rey, it is like being on a luxury cruise ship!
Provides: Assisted Living, Independent Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
Welcome to Peninsula Del Rey, a luxurious senior living community in Daly City, CA.Conveniently located in the heart of the peninsula, residents and family members enjoy easy access to shopping and entertainment as well as hospital and medical services. Whether friends and family are visiting,...
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My mother is currently a resident at Aegis of San Francisco. The staff is very caring and thorough, handling a lot of support for an advanced Parkinson's patient. I would appreciate greater...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
As you enter Aegis of San Francisco, you will notice its homelike atmosphere and thoughtful details, such as the smell of fresh baked bread, the sweep of the staircase, the coziness of the fireplace, and the serenity of the courtyard. You will be greeted with a helpful smile by our concierge, and...
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The staff is good at keeping me involved and informed about my loved one. My loved one says that the food is great and they have a variety to choose from. The community offers a lot of activities, well I...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Our dynamic community, The Watermark by the Bay, located in Emeryville, California serves the entire East Bay area. With features including modern residences with stunning views and access to the best of entertainment, shopping and dining plus exceptional care and amenities, it’s no wonder we are...
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Victorian Manor assisted living facility located in a quiet residential location. We at the Victorian Manor realize that selecting the right senior care facility is a very difficult choice that takes time and research. We would like to share an important fact with those considering our facility....
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Very professional and helpful staff. Attentive to people. I witnessed caring kindness and compassion.. What I experienced was not expected but it was a very eye opening experience. The personnel and staff...
Provides: Assisted Living
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
The Village at Hayes Valley is a 47-bed community offering specialized care for high-needs assisted living as well as innovative dementia dementia care. Located in San Francisco's vibrant Hayes Valley neighborhood and set in a beautifully restored Victorian, The Village at Hayes Valley imbues a...
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The medical team really gives enough individual attention to each of their client. Though it is a smaller facility compared to others. The staff specially customized their work to each individual need and...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
AgeSong University provides outstanding care to residents in the newest AgeSong community. We strive to create an environment that is culturally and economically diverse. Since 1884 the site has continually evolved to meet the changing needs of the aging population in San Francisco, and that...
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The staff at Peninsula Reflections is truly wonderful. We had just days to choose a memory care center and were so lucky to find Peninsula Reflections. Every member of the staff got to know my dad - they...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
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The quality of the food has gone down. The value for the money is great. We picked this community, because it was close to home, the quality, it was the nicest, price point and I liked the people. My loved...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Oakmont of Mariner Point assisted living community situated in Alameda, Alameda County, California provides seniors with a safe place to live. This community offers the memory care that seniors are looking for in a location that is peaceful and good. When a senior chooses this community they will...
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I have known many residents of Buena Vista Manor House as a volunteer. The care is excellent and the atmosphere is warm. As a bonus, the food is delicious. I highly recommend Buena Vista Manor House to...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
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Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
AgeSong Hayes Valley in San Francisco, CA, is a facility that is known for its care and exceptional staff. This facility houses up to 40 residents, and the rooms are spacious and homey. Since many of the residents in the facility require care, there is a fantastic staff that can accommodate their...
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Provides: Assisted Living
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Belen's Residential Care Home To speak with an advisor about this community call: (866) 344-4946 565 Grove St San Francisco, CA 94102 Assisted Living Independent Living About Belen's Residential Care Home Belen's Residential Care Home is an assisted living community in San Francisco, California....
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We found a perfect match for my uncle. His limitations are met with kind and efficient care. The staff are professional and make suggestions so that family can assist the client. [Name removed] is a huge...
Provides: Memory Care
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Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Dignified, loving care in gracious surroundings for 31 seniors with high-level care needs, psychiatric conditions, and all stages of Alzheimer's disease and related conditions. Low resident-to-caregiver ratio and high caregiver retention rate. Skill in managing difficult-to-care-for residents...
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Rhoda Goldman Plaza has changed my parents' lives very much for the better. The people are lovely and humorous, there are lectures, concerts and art classes. My father can do outside activities without...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Rhoda Goldman Plaza is a vibrant assisted living community located within minutes of downtown San Francisco. Residents enjoy a comfortable apartment home, a wide selection of activities, three delicious kosher meals served daily in our dining room, weekly housekeeping and linen service and...
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Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Merced Care - Three is a memory care provider and assisted living community located in San Francisco, County of San Francisco, California. With the year-round warm weather, the sandy beaches, and walking trails that lead to some of the most beautiful gardens and vegetation, you will feel like you...
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Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Independent Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
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Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
At The Irene Swindells Alzheimer's Residential Care Program, our mission is to provide specialized, state-of-the-art care for persons with Alzheimer's and related forms of dementia in a secure, nurturing environment. We believe passionately that persons with dementia deserve to live in comfort...
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Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Independent Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
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My mother went to adult day care there 5 days a week. Everyday was different. They had exercises in chairs, people come in and sing. They had a lot of activities like groups that came from Japan, girl scouts...
Provides: Assisted Living
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
The Kimochi Home Center for Seniors is located at 1531 Sutter Street (at Octavia) in San Francisco, California. Our specialty is providing culturally sensitive programs that are Japanese language based for seniors in the Bay Area and beyond. At the Kimochi Home the emphasis is upon maintaining...

Costs of memory care in the San Francisco area

According to A Place for Mom’s proprietary data, you can expect the average actual cost of memory care in San Francisco to tally around $8,192.[02] This monthly total includes all associated fees and add-ons for services related to security, personal care, meals, medication administration, and activities at A Place for Mom partner facilities. Below, you can also view a graphic of the average baseline costs without additional fees included.

Average cost comparisons near San Francisco, CA

Average monthly costs

San Francisco, CA

$6,164

How people pay for memory care in San Francisco

In the Golden City, there are a variety of payment options for memory care. In this section, we’ll talk about different methods like private pay, VA benefits, Medicaid, and Medicare. You will also find useful resources to help you apply for these benefits.

Private pay methods

Private funds are usually the first resource that seniors and their families turn to. But other sources can also go toward paying for memory care. Some options include personal savings, Social Security benefits, pensions, and investment returns. Depending on your situation, you can also use any of the following:

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VA benefits
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Number of veterans who live in San Francisco

About 34 percent of San Francisco veterans are 75+

If your loved one served in the armed forces, they are potentially entitled to veterans’ benefits. It’s important to know that some of these benefits can help offset the costs of living at a memory care facility. In the next section, we’ll discuss two of the best options and provide you with the resources to apply for both.

The VA Pension is aimed at disabled veterans who were honorably discharged and meet the financial limits set by Congress, but you can also apply if your loved one is over 65. This monthly payment can apply toward memory care fees, clothing, groceries, or whatever your family member needs. Aid and Attendance is another popular benefit to help with memory care costs because it’s specifically designed for seniors and their spouses who need assistance with daily living and can be used for anything that improves the quality of their life.

Searching for the perfect memory care facility that will take good care of your senior family member might already be a stressful experience; you don’t need the additional anxiety when it comes to dealing with the notoriously complex application process for veterans’ benefits. Your first priority should always be to contact your nearest veterans service officer. They are VA-vetted and -recognized experts who can guide you every step of the way. They’ll also assess your loved one’s eligibility and determine whether they qualify for more benefits. San Francisco residents can utilize veterans service officers’ expertise through CalVet, veterans service organizations, and the VA office.

Resources for San Francisco veterans

VSOs and veteran resources

County Veterans Service Office
2 Gough St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone: 415-934-4200
Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – noon; 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

California Department of Veterans Services (CalVet)
1227 O St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 800-952-5626
Email

DAV California
13733 Rosecrans Ave.
Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670
Phone: 562-404-1266

American Legion CA Posts
401 Van Ness Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: 559-875-8387

South San Francisco VFW | VFW Post 4103
920 Stonegate Drive
South San Francisco, CA 94080
Phone: 650-589-4030
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 6 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Medicaid

In the state of California, Medicaid is called Medi-Cal. This program provides health services to certain groups, including low-income seniors.

Medi-Cal can be particularly useful for financially supporting a senior living in a memory care community. Through a program called the Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waiver program, also called 1915(c) waivers, states can use Medi-Cal funds to provide most aspects of senior care to qualifying individuals within the community — rather than in a nursing home.

If your loved one doesn’t have medical coverage yet, you can check the eligibility requirements and also apply for Medi-Cal online. Should you have any further questions or run into problems, there are people who can help. In the next section, you can find the details of your local Medicaid office, the Agency on Aging, and the local ombudsman who can answer your questions.

San Francisco resident Medicaid resources

Medicaid assistance

Medicaid Office | San Francisco Human Services Agency
2 Gough St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone: 415-558-4700
Email: SFMedi-Cal@sfgov.org
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Area Agency on Aging
1650 Mission St., Fifth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone: 415-355-3555
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program
6221 Geary Blvd., Second Floor
San Francisco, CA 94121
Phone: 415-751-9788
Email: ombudsman@felton.org

Medicare

Medicare isn’t eligible to help with memory care custodial costs, meaning it does not apply toward a senior’s room and board at a memory care facility. Nonetheless, seniors are encouraged to consider Medicare benefits, which can assist with medically necessary in-home care provided at a memory care facility. The following resources can also help reduce a senior’s medical expenses further.

If your loved one is at least 65, they can apply for Medicare online or contact the nearby Social Security Administration office. If you need further assistance while navigating the Medicare or Medicaid application process, the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) gives presentations and offers free one-on-one counseling for seniors and their families. The long-term care ombudsman is an additional resource you can turn to for help.

San Francisco resident Medicare resources

Medicare programs and assistance

Medicare Savings Programs
Phone: 800-541-5555

Program of All-Inclusive Care of the Elderly (PACE)
Gee Center
1333 Bush St.
San Francisco, CA 94109
Phone: 415-292-8888
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)
601 Jackson St., Second Floor
San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone: 415-677-7520
Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

San Francisco Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program
6221 Geary Blvd., Third Floor
San Francisco, CA 94121
Phone: 415-751-9788
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

San Francisco Health Plan
7 Spring St.
San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: 415-547-7800
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Social Security Administration Offices

90 Seventh St.
San Francisco, CA 94103

1098 Valencia St.
San Francisco, CA 94110

560 Kearny St.
San Francisco, CA 94108

Phone: 800-772-1213
Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Understand California laws and regulations for memory care facilities

Memory care is often viewed as a subtype of assisted living care. Because more than 90% of A Place for Mom’s partner facilities in San Francisco combine memory care and assisted living, we’ll look at the regulations that apply to both.

In California, assisted living facilities (including those with memory care components) and memory care facilities are called Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFE) and are licensed by the Department of Social Services’ California Senior Care Licensing Program. These facilities are inspected every year to ensure they’re compliant with laws and regulations. For those interested in accessing inspection reports, they are available through this facility search webpage provided by the California Department of Social Services.

Standards specific to memory care

According to the California Code of Regulations, any standalone memory care facility or combination communities that offer both assisted living and memory care must keep a sufficient number of trained staff on duty to ensure that the needs of residents are met at all times. Similarly, communities must also employ sufficient nursing staff to cover the needs of all residents. In communities that are designated to provide memory care, caregivers and administrators are required to receive dementia-specific training.

Facilities must also offer basic services, care, and supervision, including assistance with daily tasks and personal hygiene, fun activities, arranging for medical and dental care, medication administration, and monitoring diets or food intake. Other essential services include transport, healthy meals and snacks, laundry and housekeeping, and skilled nursing services.

Residents themselves must meet the requirements to reside in a memory care facility. Residents must be screened for cognitive impairment before admission to communities that are designated to provide memory care. For more information, review the Manual of Policies and Procedures for Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFE) or the California Code of Regulations.

California Department of Health Contact Information

California Department of Public Health
1616 Capitol Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-558-1784
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

San Francisco Department of Public Health Contact Information

San Francisco Department of Public Health
101 Grove St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: 415-554-2500
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

COVID-19 regulations for San Francisco memory care facilities

Because memory care communities are viewed as long-term care facilities, their COVID-19 regulations are typically stricter than other senior living accommodations in San Francisco. Due to the vulnerability of memory care adults, such facilities are required to do all they can to protect staff, residents, and visitors from potential infection.

The San Francisco Department of Public Health advises that every person who enters a  facility must be screened and monitored for COVID-19 symptoms.

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Vaccinations.

Staff are required to have both an initial series of COVID-19 vaccines and at least one booster while working in a memory care facility.

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Masking.

Staff must wear a mask when working with residents. This is a San Francisco-specific requirement, stricter than the state of California’s guidelines. Visitors are also strongly encouraged to wear a mask and wash their hands when arriving at a memory care facility.

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Facility cleanliness.

Memory care facilities must disinfect surfaces per CDC guidance and in accordance with Cal/OSHA standards.

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Staff safety.

Staff should wear personal protective equipment as needed and must be trained to recognize and respond to atypical symptoms.

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Quarantining.

Quarantines are not mandated, but it is recommended that staff and residents isolate for five days after the start of symptoms; they are asked to wear a mask for a minimum of 10 days after.

Get to know memory care in San Francisco

12Number of in-network assisted living facilities in market
3.9/5.0 average in-network rating
67% of these partner communities are designed specifically to accommodate memory loss
75% of these partner communities in San Francisco offer specialized memory care training for staff
92% of these partner communities in San Francisco offer on-site hospice care
92% of our partner communities are pet-friendly

1975

Number of people we have referred to our partner communities in San Francisco

83

Average age of resident we have referred to partner communities in San Francisco
Gender split: 62% female

What to expect from memory care living in San Francisco

Memory care in the Golden City provides a safe and dignified environment for seniors with memory impairment. These facilities are geared toward comfort, care, and supporting residents to help them live as independently as possible. In this section, we’ll look at different types of facilities available in San Francisco, some of their key amenities, and more.

Wide-ranging memory care options

Very often, a retired couple won’t have the same needs. For example, one might be more independent than the other. For this reason, combination facilities are popular with spouses who want to remain together despite their different care requirements.

Within a 10-mile radius of downtown San Francisco, there are 12 memory care communities partnered with A Place for Mom. One is a standalone memory care facility, while one is a group home with memory care facilities. Seven combine assisted living with memory care. Among the most appealing care classifications is a community that provides living arrangements for independent living, assisted living, and memory care, covering a wide range of care needs. In San Francisco, there are three such partner facilities.

High-quality amenities

Most of our partner memory care communities have cozy amenities like courtyards, TV lounges, and libraries. More than three-quarters also have visiting specialists, including podiatrists, physical therapists, speech therapists, and occupational therapists. Roughly 83% have activity directors to ensure your loved one remains engaged.

Comfortable and supportive settings

Memory care communities are centered on comfortable living and maintaining a home-like environment. In San Francisco, you can choose between different types of rooms, from smaller units to large places. Many also have wheelchair-accessible entrances and showers. Getting outside is often important for those managing memory impairments, and 83% of our partner facilities offer enclosed courtyards, as well as redirection, cuing, and disorientation care. An identical percentage offer restlessness, pacing, and wandering care for your loved one.

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Unfamiliar with San Francisco? Highlights for seniors

142,482

Number of seniors over the age of 65 currently living in San Francisco

18%
Percentage of seniors 65 and older within the San Francisco population

$56,248

Median annual income for San Francisco seniors 65 and older

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Transportation for Seniors in San Francisco

For safety reasons, seniors in memory care should not use transport without a family member or caregiver. While about 75% of A Place for Mom partner communities provide complimentary transportation services to their residents and 58% offer at-cost transportation, it’s important for seniors and their families to explore the public transport options available as well.

A vast 92% of our partner memory care communities are located close to public transit, and there are several public transit options to choose from in San Francisco.

San Francisco Muni’s public transportation system includes the city’s highly recognizable cable cars; it also has light rails, trolleys, streetcars, and public buses. The Muni has a transportation guide for older adults and people with disabilities that explains the area’s numerous accessibility options. Free travel training is offered for seniors, people with disabilities, and their caregivers so they can comfortably make the most of the Muni’s options; for additional information, seniors or their caregivers can contact the Mobility Management Center.

Seniors with additional physical or mental needs are not limited in San Francisco. They can board special taxis or use SF Paratransit. Paratransit’s Van Gogh shuttle is an option offering both individual and group rides specifically to social events. The city’s Shop-a-Round shuttle takes eligible seniors and those with disabilities (and their caregivers) to grocery stores or farmer’s markets to complete their grocery shopping.

Senior activities in San Francisco

The Golden City offers a rich variety of activities for older adults to enjoy, together with their caregivers or family. In this section, we explore the vibrant senior-friendly culture that has something for everyone!

Get in touch with nature

Interacting with nature often has a beneficial effect on seniors. San Francisco has no shortage of green parks, but the best place to go might be Golden Gate Park. You can spoil your loved one with several outings to this 1,017-acre reserve, perhaps for a picnic, touring the park’s gardens, or lunching at one of its many restaurants. You can also consider a day at the California Academy of Sciences. It’s an aquarium, rainforest, planetarium, and natural history museum all rolled into one.

Music, theater, and casino attractions galore

If your senior is full of spunk and prefers a more exciting evening, you can always visit the California Grand Casino, attend an outdoor festival, or visit a show venue where the city’s top performers offer concerts, theater pieces, and other entertainment.

Tasty snacks at every turn

Looking to spend some quality time together without too much exertion? Sharing a good meal with your loved one is a great way to have an amazing time. San Francisco is among the top food cities in the world, offering award-winning establishments. However, the city’s cuisine is not limited to high-end menus; it represents a variety of popular meals from local vendors and different cultures.

Get up close and personal with your favorite team

For families looking for sporting events, you’re in luck in San Francisco. Seniors and their loved ones can attend games and sporting events at the University of San Francisco. For professional sports aficionados, the city offers up the NFL’s 49ers, the MLB’s Giants, and the NBA’s Golden State Warriors. For seniors who relax best by doing, not seeing, they can golf with their families at one of San Francisco’s six public golf courses.

Frequently Asked Questions

Sunrise of San Mateo, Coterie Cathedral Hill and Serra Highlands Senior Living are the top-rated Memory Care facilities near San Francisco, CA. These Memory Care facilities received the highest rankings based on verified family reviews. See full list of communities.

The average cost of Memory Care in San Francisco is 6163.92 per month. This cost may vary based on location, amenities, floorplan, level of care and other factors.

The 49 memory care facilities near you in San Francisco, California typically provide housing, therapies, and care tailored to those who have Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. To find memory care in San Francisco, California, browse our detailed listings showing photos, floor plans, amenities, activities, and reviews from real families.

Browse A Place for Mom’s listings for memory care in San Francisco, California, to take a virtual tour. Our local senior living experts can arrange for a live tour of these communities as well.

The cost of memory care facilities in San Francisco, California ranges from $695 to $66000. The average Memory Care cost in San Francisco, California is $6163.92. Prices often vary based on care provided, amenities, unit size, and more. 

The cost of memory care in San Francisco, California typically starts at $695. A Place for Mom’s local, expert senior living advisors can help you find affordable memory care facilities near you and offer advice on how to lower costs and pay for care with VA benefits or public payment options.

References

  1. Stacker. (February 2023). Best Big Cities for Retirees in America.

  2. A Place For Mom. (2023). A Place For Mom proprietary data.

  3. United States Census Bureau. (2021). Veteran Status (S2101) [Data Set]. American Community Survey.

  4. United States Census Bureau. (2021). Age and Sex (S0101) [Data Set]. American Community Survey.

  5. U.S. News & World Report. (2022). UCSF Health-UCSF Medical Center.

  6. U.S. News & World Report. (2022). Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Medical Center.

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Stacker. (February 2023). Best Big Cities for Retirees in America.

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A Place For Mom. (2023). A Place For Mom proprietary data.

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United States Census Bureau. (2021). Veteran Status (S2101) [Data Set]. American Community Survey.

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United States Census Bureau. (2021). Age and Sex (S0101) [Data Set]. American Community Survey.

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U.S. News & World Report. (2022). UCSF Health-UCSF Medical Center.

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U.S. News & World Report. (2022). Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Medical Center.