Assisted Living near Bay Area, CA

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The Bay Area, CA, is home to many high-quality assisted living facilities. Here you’ll find over 63 of these communities to start looking at in more depth. Though the specific services at senior living facilities vary by location, seniors can count on support with daily activities such as eating, bathing, laundry, housekeeping and more. No matter the care requirements you and your loved one are looking for, you can find it in this beautiful region of the country.

When selecting an assisted living facility for your loved one, you will most likely be faced with many questions. This guide will help you answer those questions and provide greater insight into selecting the right community for your family.

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Senior housing types near Bay Area, CA

  • Atria Sunnyvale

    Atria Sunnyvale

    175 East Remington Drive, Sunnyvale, CA 94087
    (37)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Atria Sunnyvale is a welcoming assisted living community in a lovely, quiet neighborhood situated close to downtown Sunnyvale, California. Residents and their families can enjoy a stroll along winding walkways or relax in the beautifully landscaped courtyard. Or they may prefer to entertain friends...

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  • Acacia Creek

    34400 Mission Boulevard, Union City, CA 94587
    (15)
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    Acacia Creek is a not-for-profit Continuing Care Community (CCRC) located on the beautiful 305-acre site of the Masonic Home in Union City, and offers a truly rewarding retirement lifestyle - one that is filled with friendship and fun. One that is filled with with vitality, excitement, security and...

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  • Vi at Palo Alto

    Vi at Palo Alto

    620 Sand Hill Road, Palo Alto, CA 94304
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Located in the heart of Silicon Valley California, Vi at Palo Alto is a Life Plan community, also known as a continuing care retirement community (CCRC), situated on 23 lush acres of Stanford Property. Our assisted and independent living community offers a wide array of amenities and benefits to...

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  • Belmont Village San Jose

    Belmont Village San Jose

    500 South Winchester Boulevard, San Jose, CA 95128
    (45)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Belmont Village of San Jose, California is located in a city that is renowned for its quality of life, beautiful climate, and variety of exciting cultural, recreational, educational and entertainment opportunities. The facility is ideally situated directly across the street from the famed Winchester...

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  • Acacia Manor Care Home

    1510 Newlands Ave, Burlingame, CA 94010
    (1)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Acacia Manor Care Home has been serving the elderly community of San Mateo County since 1996. Our friendly and caring staff brings many years of elderly care experience and is available to assist our residents 24 hours a day. We also have a nurse that can provide health care services. Acacia Manor...

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  • Blossom Garden Senior Home

    Blossom Garden Senior Home

    21307 Western Blvd, Hayward, CA 94541
    (1)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Blossom Garden Senior Home is a senior care home located in the large city of Hayward, CA and in Alameda County. Hayward is located on the eastern bay sub region of the beautiful San Francisco Bay, offering much to do along the coastline. The Blossom Garden Senior group home setting is also within...

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  • Janie's Home

    197 Flying Cloud Isle, Foster City, CA 94404
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Janie's Home sits in a quiet cul de sac in a residential setting fronting a lagoon. A wide and spacious secured deck affords seniors a tranquil view of the water that flows from the bay. It provides specially designed activities to stimulate seniors to live productive and inspiring lives. The...

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  • Merrill Gardens at Campbell

    Merrill Gardens at Campbell

    2115 South Winchester Boulevard, Campbell, CA 95008
    (10)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Merrill Gardens at Campbell is luxurious, modern and convenient. Take advantage of being connected to a wellness center in addition to free Wi-Fi throughout the building. Good Samaritan Hospital and Kaiser Permanente Medical Center are also nearby. Most apartments in this modern retirement home...

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  • Merrill Gardens at Willow Glen

    Merrill Gardens at Willow Glen

    1420 Curci Drive, San Jose, CA 95126
    (35)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Set in San Jose's Willow Glen neighborhood, Merrill Gardens at Willow Glen offers easy senior living in a modern building with large apartments. Enjoy the small-town feel and being within walking distance of outdoor cafes, coffee shops, boutiques and bookstores. The high-ceilinged, airy building...

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  • Always TLC

    Always TLC

    226 Sandpiper Court, Foster City, CA 94404
    (6)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Always TLC is located in a cul-de-sac in a quiet residential neighborhood of Foster City, adjacent to a park and near neighborhood amenities such as a senior center and shopping malls. The facility is a spacious 6 bedroom home converted to accommodate 6 elderly residents, all of whom may be...

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  • Aegis Gardens - An Asian Community

    Aegis Gardens - An Asian Community

    36281 Fremont Blvd., Fremont, CA 94536
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    At Aegis Gardens in Fremont, California, our focus on Chinese culture is reflected in everything we do. Our retirement community is designed to be warm and inviting with thoughtfully-designed architecture and interiors, exceptional menus, enticing activities, and caring Chinese-speaking staff. This...

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  • Atria at Foster Square

    Atria at Foster Square

    707 Thayer Ln, Foster City, CA 94404
    (13)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Atria at Foster Square residents enjoy contemporary, upscale surroundings in the heart of Foster Square, a new residential and retail neighborhood in Foster City just south of San Francisco. The community’s central location puts older people within easy walking distance of boutiques, cafés and...

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  • Palo Alto Commons

    Palo Alto Commons

    4075 El Camino Way, Palo Alto, CA 94306
    (5)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Palo Alto Commons is family owned and has been operating since 1990. Providing premier assisted living, Alzheimer’s/dementia care and exclusive, specialized higher levels of care in a lovely, residential setting. A month to month rental structure allows for flexibility and peace of mind. Our...

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  • Fremont Hills

    Fremont Hills

    35490 Mission Blvd, Fremont, CA 94536
    (30)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Welcome to Fremont Hills Assisted Living. We are proud to be Fremont's premier Assisted Living and Memory Care community. Fremont Hills Assisted Living is where residents can enjoy life and their families can have peace of mind, knowing that their loved ones are being cared for with dignity and...

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  • Villa at Castro Valley

    Villa at Castro Valley

    19960 Santa Maria Avenue, Castro Valley, CA 94546
    (9)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Villa at Castro Valley has been serving seniors in the Castro Valley area for over 40 years. We offer 24 hour Assisted Living and secured Memory Care as well as short term stays/hospice care. Pricing includes meals, housekeeping, personal laundry, cable TV, transportation arrangements as well as...

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  • Landmark Villa

    Landmark Villa

    21000 Mission Blvd, Hayward, CA 94541
    (20)
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    We offer a home like setting and cheerful smiles from our professional staff who greet you everyday. Our caring staff offers the assistance you need while respecting your independence. Our peaceful setting, restaurant style dining experience, activities and beautiful setting combine to create a...

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  • Sunrise of San Mateo

    Sunrise of San Mateo

    955 South El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA 94402
    (13)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    About Sunrise of San Mateo Sunrise of San Mateo offers a homelike and nurturing setting with personal services and engaging activities for seniors of all life stages. Located just minutes away from downtown San Mateo, California, our residents may enjoy a variety of fine dining, shopping and attend...

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  • Blessing Home

    Blessing Home

    5195 Proctor Road, Castro Valley, CA 94546
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    BLESSING HOME is a newly remodeled single level home located on a 10,000 SF lot in the beautiful Castro Valley. There is easy access to shopping, salons, libraries, medical and dental offices, hospitals, senior center, parks and other locations for recreational and functional activities. WHO DO WE...

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  • Pacifica Senior Living Union City

    Pacifica Senior Living Union City

    33883 Alvarado Niles Road, Union City, CA 94587
    (161)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Pacifica Senior Living Union City is an assisted living senior community that is located in Union City, California. What makes our community unique is its program that is designed to enrich the body, mind, and soul. For the mind, Pacifica Senior Living Union City offers services such as educational...

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  • St. Mary's Residential Care Home II

    St. Mary's Residential Care Home II

    1265 Socorro Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94089
    (4)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    St. Mary's Residential Care Home II is committed to maintain and preserve the privacy, dignity, and independence of our residents by offering the highest quality of life, services and health care in warm friendly environment. It's a place like your own home in accordance with the residents needs...

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  • Williams Family Care Home

    674 Gleneagle Avenue, Hayward, CA 94544
    (2)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Residential Care living with a personal touch, providing supervision, security and assistance with the goal of enhancing quality of life. Our cozy setting and personable staff promote socialization as well as independence, while being treated with dignity and respect so residents can truly enjoy...

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  • Belmont Village Sunnyvale

    Belmont Village Sunnyvale

    1039 East El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA 94087
    (36)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    The community of Belmont Village of Sunnyvale is conveniently located between San Jose and San Francisco, in the heart of Silicon Valley. The facility is situated in a prime residential area, assisted living residents have easy access to shopping, restaurants, healthcare facilities and places of...

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  • Atria Burlingame

    Atria Burlingame

    250 Myrtle Road, Burlingame, CA 94010
    (24)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Set within the City of Trees on the San Francisco Peninsula, Atria Burlingame offers a progressive senior living community for active adults. We're located across the street from Washington Park, which provides scenic views for nearly every apartment. We are also convenient to the shops and...

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  • Cadence Millbrae

    Cadence Millbrae

    1201 Broadway, Millbrae, CA 94030
    (19)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Cadence Millbrae is designed for those who choose to pursue their lifelong dreams in an engaging social environment and who have passion for life and live with purpose in life. Our Residents have spacious apartments, elegant common areas and numerous service

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  • Silver Oaks

    Silver Oaks

    16 Coleman Place, Menlo Park, CA 94025
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    We are family owned and managed offering care home accommodations in the San Francisco peninsula area for seniors in need of living assistance. In specific homes we have the ability to care for seniors with special needs such as dementia, Alzheimer's, immobility, incontinence and other special...

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  • White Dove Residential Care Home

    White Dove Residential Care Home

    965 Lakebird Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94089
    (1)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    The White Dove Residential Care Home is intended primarily to meet the personal needs of the elderly in a stress-free atmosphere and environment that is healthy and comfortable for their well being.  Prepared by the Administrator herself, the food are carefully selected to ensure proper calorie...

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  • Marymount Villa

    345 Davis Street, San Leandro, CA 94577
    (27)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    At Marymount Villa we believe everyone can find meaning and joy in life, even when they need a little help with daily living. We offer independent, assisted living, respite, hospice care, and now our newly renovated memory care unit. Marymount Villa offers a gracious setting and well-appointed...

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  • Sunrise of Sunnyvale

    Sunrise of Sunnyvale

    633 South Knickerbocker Drive, Sunnyvale, CA 94087
    (18)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    About Sunrise of Sunnyvale Community & Location Highlights: Convenient location in beautiful Sunnyvale, CA Near El Camino Hospital Rooftop garden with stunning views of the surrounding region Convenient access via Highways 85, 101, 880 and 280 Minutes from Sunnyvale Town Center, featuring Macy's and...

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  • Sunrise of Pleasanton

    Sunrise of Pleasanton

    5700 Pleasant Hill Rd, Pleasanton, CA 94566
    (2)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Sunrise Senior Living is the first senior living provider to be recognized in customer satisfaction by J.D. Power, the most trusted name in market research, as “Highest in Customer Satisfaction among Senior Living Communities.” Sunrise Senior Living received the highest numerical score in the J.D....

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  • Aegis of Fremont

    Aegis of Fremont

    3850 Walnut Ave, Fremont, CA 94538
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Nestled in the beautiful tri-city valley, Aegis of Fremont is a new, luxuriously appointed assisted living community. Our building is designed on a smaller scale so it is more homelike and promotes socializing between staff and residents. With such amenities as aromatherapy, massage, a full service...

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  • Golden Living Guest Home, LLC

    Golden Living Guest Home, LLC

    9450 Mountain Boulevard, Oakland, CA 94605
    (1)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Golden Living Guest Home is an assisted living and memory care community located in the sunny city of Oakland, California. Situated in Alameda County, Oakland is known for its dynamic arts and culture scene, its wide variety of cuisine and its beautiful parks. Golden Living Guest Home is designed...

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  • Atria Hillsdale

    Atria Hillsdale

    2883 South Norfolk Street, San Mateo, CA 94403
    (30)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    For more than 20 years, Atria Hillsdale has served the families of San Mateo. With a continuing commitment to quality, the community is undergoing an extensive renovation to enhance its beauty and functionality. Once complete, residents will enjoy a host of exciting new spaces and amenities,...

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  • BridgePoint at Los Altos

    BridgePoint at Los Altos

    1174 Los Altos Ave, Los Altos, CA 94022
    (6)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    BridgePoint at Los Altos is a full-service month-to-month rental retirement community offering independent and assisted living. Conveniently located just one block from El Camino Real on Los Altos Avenue, and just minutes from Interstates 101 and 280, BridgePoint at Los Altos is just two miles from...

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  • Voralto Living at Belmont

    Voralto Living at Belmont

    900 6th Ave, Belmont, CA 94002
    (14)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    One of the Peninsulas most centrally located communities, just steps from a Cal Train station, El Camino Real, HWY 101, Downtown Belmont and minutes up Ralston Avenue to 280; Voralto Living at Belmont is a convenient location for those seeking Independent Living, Assisted Living or families looking...

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  • Harmony Assisted Living of San Mateo

    Harmony Assisted Living of San Mateo

    1818 Royal Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94401
    (3)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Harmony Assisted Living of San Mateo is a senior residential care home that is located in the high-tech city of San Mateo, CA and in San Mateo County. San Mateo is located near the enclave of Silicone Valley and is right on the coast of the San Francisco Bay Area. It is within walking distance to...

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  • Sunrise of Burlingame

    Sunrise of Burlingame

    1818 Trousdale Drive, Burlingame, CA 94010
    (7)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    At Sunrise of Burlingame, we have a philosophy built around the individual: We treat each resident with the respect and care only a personalized approach and tailored services can deliver. From assisted living and memory care to short-term stays and hospice relationships, our communities provide a...

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  • Golden Age Retirement Home

    Golden Age Retirement Home

    624 Cypress Ave, Millbrae, CA 94030
    (6)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    An elegant Senior Residential Care Home Located in the heart of the beautiful town Millbrae.

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  • East West Care

    East West Care

    1018 Clinton St., Redwood City, CA 94061
    (10)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    East West Care Redwood City II is a residential care home located in Redwood City, CA in San Mateo County and about 27 miles from San Francisco. In an area known as an old lumber port, Redwood City is now home to a lot of great tech companies like Oracle, and residents will enjoy the modern city...

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  • Pacifica Senior Living San Leandro

    Pacifica Senior Living San Leandro

    348 W Juana Ave, San Leandro, CA 94577
    (108)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Welcome Home to Pacifica Senior Living of San Leandro! We are located in the cozy downtown section of San Leandro below the Oakland foothills. With the cool evening breeze off the San Francisco Bay, you can sit outside in the patio courtyard and enjoy a beautiful Bay Area evening. Pacifica Senior...

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  • Home at Crestmoor

    Home at Crestmoor

    2600 Plymouth Way, San Bruno, CA 94066
    (5)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    newly remodeled home spacious deck area for activity; for wheelchair garden enclosed fence parking storage exit doors for non ambulatory clients laundry area quiet neighborhood, surrounded by redwood spacious activity area

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  • California Senior Care

    2454 Alvarado Dr., Santa Clara, CA 95051
    (2)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    A Board and Care Assisted Living facility in the Bay Area dedicated to providing quality care and comfort in a home-like environment for your loved ones.

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  • St. Therese Care Home II

    St. Therese Care Home II

    2640 Mallard Court, Union City, CA 94587
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Our HOME is located in quiet residential area. We are STATE-Licensed residential care home for the elderly with accommodations for six residents,  ambulatory and non-ambulatory. Our HOME is elegantly decorated. We provide private and semi-private, beautifully furnished rooms. We have nice...

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  • Woodside Care Home

    Woodside Care Home

    2155 Woodside Rd, Woodside, CA 94062
    (2)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    We offer our residents full range of health support with individualized, affectionate and dignified care. Our staff is ready to provide personal assistance with all activities of daily living which include bathing, dressing, personal grooming, social activities and medication management. Our staff...

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  • Sunrise of Belmont

    Sunrise of Belmont

    1010 Alameda De Las Pulgas, Belmont, CA 94002
    (14)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    About Sunrise of Belmont Community & Location Highlights: Convenient location in Belmont, CA Near the San Mateo Medical Center Next to Carlmont Village Shopping Center Fantastic views of the San Francisco peninsula coastal hills Near a library, art center and park Sunrise of Belmont in Belmont,...

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  • Chestnut House

    Chestnut House

    590 Chestnut St, San Carlos, CA 94070
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Assisted Living administered by a Registered Nurse. Licensed for 6 seniors 60 years and older. Ambulatory and non-ambulatory. Full care, room and board. Home cooked meals and meals on request. Open to visits of family and friends any time. Family oriented ambiance. Facility consists of two single...

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  • Fremont Retirement Community

    Fremont Retirement Community

    2860 Country Drive, Fremont, CA 94536
    (32)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Fremont Retirement Community is an independent and assisted living community in Fremont, California. Our luxurious and active community is ideally situated in a residential area of the city, giving residents all the comforts of a small town near the amenities of a large city. Residents enjoy our...

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  • Mt. Zion Home For The Elderly

    Mt. Zion Home For The Elderly

    32655 Almaden Blvd, Union City, CA 94587
    (5)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    DESCRIPTION Mt. Zion Home for the elderly is a private pay six (6) bed residential care facility for sixty (60) years old and above residents who may have non-ambulatory/ambulatory status. This facility was founded on December 12, 2011 by Restituto and Gertrudes Sabadera. The latter is an active...

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  • Brookdale Redwood City

    Brookdale Redwood City

    485 Woodside Road, Redwood City, CA 94061
    (41)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Make the Most of Your Golden Years Our warm and welcoming independent and assisted living community is nestled in one of the most scenic areas of the San Francisco Bay. With a convenient location between Palo Alto and San Mateo, you can embrace all the natural beauty and wonder California has to...

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  • Sunrise of Palo Alto

    Sunrise of Palo Alto

    2701 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306
    (10)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    About Sunrise of Palo Alto Community & Location Highlights: Convenient location in Palo Alto, CA. Near Stanford hospitals and clinics, as well as Palo Alto Medical Foundation. Easy access to Stanford University, theatres, and Palo Alto Art Center; walking distance to shopping and dining on...

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  • San Bruno Care Home

    San Bruno Care Home

    1382 Williams Ave, San Bruno, CA 94066
    (3)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    When we think of our future we want to know that we are secure, comfortable and well taken care of. We need to know that we can still have our independence and pursue our dreams. At San Bruno Care Home we aim to give that to you. We believe that everyone, regardless of age, can live fulfilling...

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Assisted Living in the Bay Area, CA

What Is Assisted Living?

Assisted living is a form of long-term care for seniors who need some assistance with daily living activities such as dressing, bathing and household chores, but who wish to maintain their independence. Residents enjoy a combination of personal care services, healthcare management, housing and meals. However, assisted living is not synonymous with nursing care. In a nursing home, residents may expect round-the-clock skilled nursing care whereas in an assisted living facility, residents receive support only in the areas in which they need it most.

Why Choose the Bay Area?

The Bay Area encompasses several counties in Northern California, including San Francisco, Napa, Santa Clara and Solano. Though vast, the Bay Area is known for its arts, culture and out-of-the-box activities. Seniors enjoy trips to the beach, visits to Oracle Park to watch the Giants play, outings to galleries and museums and classes such as yoga, Tai Chi and dance.

What Services Are Available in Assisted Living?

Each Bay Area assisted living facility offers a unique menu of services designed to meet the needs of their residents. That said, most assisted living facilities offer basic amenities such as meals, complimentary transportation, wellness programs and private accommodations. Some other services and amenities you may expect from the facility you choose include the following:

  • Indoor and outdoor common areas
  • Activities offsite
  • Incontinence care
  • Beautician onsite
  • Visiting physical therapist and other healthcare providers
Many assisted living communities in the Bay Area also tend to offer more luxury services such as high-quality dining, book clubs and social activities such as cooking, gardening, writing and art classes.

How Do I Choose the Right Assisted Living Community?

When you first begin the search for an assisted living facility for your loved one, you may be a bit overwhelmed by the number of options and available services. The good news is that as you expand your knowledge, the decision becomes exponentially easier. At the beginning of your search, there are a few things you should keep in mind:

  1. Preference – One mistake many adult children of aging parents make is considering their own preferences over their parent's. For instance, you may like the fact that the facility offers art classes and an onsite beautician, even though your mom has never expressed interest in crafting and has always preferred an all-natural appearance. Always consider your loved one's personality and preferences before making a decision.

  2. Current and Future Needs – Another mistake adult children make is selecting communities based on who their parents were rather than who they are now. For instance, your father may have once loved to spend his Sundays playing 18 holes, but since developing arthritis, he hasn't played a single game of golf. Choose a community that is appropriate for your loved one now. In addition to taking into consideration your loved one's current needs, you should also be realistic about his or her future needs. Does your loved one show signs of dementia? Does diabetes run in your family? Though it might scare you to think of the possibilities, it's necessary to do so if you don’t want to have to pack up and move your loved one once his or her needs exceed the services an assisted living facility can provide.

  3. Quality Care – It's easy to judge an assisted living community by its appearance, but don't be too hasty to make a decision based on that alone. Many senior living facilities that come with a high price tag and fancy décor lack what matters most — high quality care — while others with a simpler appearance have extremely capable staff. Take the time to interview staff members, review a facility's credentials and read reviews before coming to a conclusion about a community.

  4. Location – Though it's understandable that you want to live close to your Mom, Dad or other elderly loved one, try not to place too much emphasis on proximity to your own home. If you live in Foster City and find a community in Sunnyvale that seems like a better fit for your loved one, go with the better fit. Sacrificing an additional 30 or so minutes of your time on the days you visit is worth it if it means your elderly parent will be happier at the distant location.

What Can I Expect to Pay for Senior Living in the Bay Area?

The cost of assisted living in the Bay Area varies exponentially, with some communities charging as little as $1,800 a month and others requiring as much as $14,000 a month. Price is dependent upon a number of factors, including the type of residence (shared or private), the size of the apartment (one- or two-bedroom or a studio), amenities offered and the types of services the community provides.

How Do I Manage the Costs of Assisted Living?

Below are just a few strategies other families have used to successfully lower the costs of care:

  • Plan Ahead: If you anticipate your loved one needing more care than what you're able to provide in the future, plan ahead. Scope out the senior living communities in your area and discuss your budget with a senior living advisor. By planning ahead, you can avoid having to settle for a community that is at the high end of your budget or that doesn't meet your needs.
  • Look into A La Carte Services: Some assisted living centers offer services in an a la carte fashion. If you need assistance with only a few responsibilities, such as bathing and incontinence care, this type of setup may be ideal for your family.
  • Consider Long-Term Care Insurance: Because of the high cost of long-term care, many insurance providers cover some of the costs of care. Check with your private carrier to see if your loved one's policy covers senior living care. If it doesn't, look into Medicaid. Bear in mind that insurance generally doesn't cover the whole cost of care, but it can address the gap between your other resources.

What Should I Look for as I Tour a Facility?

The best way to determine if an assisted living facility is right for your loved one is to tour it yourself. Ideally, you and your loved one should tour four or five facilities to get a more well-rounded idea of what to expect from high quality senior living communities. Below are a few tips to keep in mind during each tour:

  • Observe Staff Friendliness – Though staff members are likely to be on their best behavior during a visit, you can tell the true nature of caregivers by the details. Do caregivers smile when they interact with residents? Do they make eye contact? Do they speak to residents like they're adults, or do they use condescending tones and brush off seniors who approach them?

  • Pay Attention to Cleanliness – Though you shouldn't judge a facility by its appearance, you should judge one by its cleanliness — or lack of it. An unkempt facility is a huge indicator of staff incompetence or lack of care. In addition to paying attention to the overall picture, examine the details. Do the windows seem smudged? Are there cobwebs in the corners? Does a facility smell musty or dirty in any way? In addition to using your senses, ask the director about how often the place is cleaned and by whom. Don't forget to inquire about personal services, such as laundry and housekeeping.

  • Dine at the Property – Nutrition plays a huge role in your loved one's overall health and happiness, so be sure the substance offered by the facility you choose can provide the nourishment your mother, father or elderly relative needs. First, make sure the food is something the individual will want to eat. Most facilities allow potential residents and their families to enjoy a meal before making a decision. Lastly, make sure the dining facility keeps convenient dining hours and abides by state-mandated cooking and cleaning policies.

  • Trust Your Instincts – When it comes down to it, the best thing you can do is trust your gut. If something seems amiss, that's because it probably is. Likewise, if everything appears perfect but you just don't think the facility would be a good fit for your loved one, don't force it. Keep looking, as the right community will come along.

Assisted Living Inspections and Ratings in the Bay Area

When choosing a senior living community in California, individuals rely on the state's regulatory agencies to provide them with information regarding a community's reputation and background to make an informed decision. However, the level of public access varies from state to state. Below is an overview of the level of transparency in California.

Key Findings – Though California makes assisted living records readily available to consumers, we hesitated to give it an "Exceptional" rating because it only requires inspections every five years. Elderly individuals and their loved ones can locate licensing information and information regarding inspection results and violations in one easy-to-access database.

You can access records by visiting the California Department of Social Services website. Select the name of the community about which you wish to learn more. You'll be directed to a page with links to inspection reports.

How Do I Get More Help Selecting an Assisted Living Facility?

You have already taken a giant step in the selection process by choosing the Bay Area to begin your search. The numerous assisted living options here provide a wide array of services and possibilities, and we know that this can seem overwhelming.

Our dedicated team of advisors in the Bay Area has helped thousands of families make the right choice for their elderly loved ones. Our service is completely free for you and can assist you in touring facilities, finding reviews of those facilities, and ensuring that those you love will find the best fit for them. If you would like help in this journey, contact one of our Senior Living Advisors for a free consultation.