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10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in San Francisco, CA

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From warm weather to sandy beaches to urban living, it’s no surprise that seniors flock to San Francisco. In fact, the City by the Bay ranks No. 3 in the nation for attracting retirees. That’s no exception for older adults who need some help with their daily activities.

A Place for Mom partners with 28 assisted living communities, all located within a 10-mile radius of the downtown area, which includes areas such as Sausalito and the Marina District. These facilities help seniors slow down and enjoy their golden years by providing personal assistance and taking care of chores like housekeeping, maintenance, and laundry.

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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.
Average starting price $X,XXX/month
Nursing Homes
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Nursing homes provide short-and long-term care for seniors who have physical or mental health conditions that require 24-hour nursing and personal care.
Average starting price $X,XXX/month
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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.
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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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Residential care homes are shared neighborhood homes for seniors who need a live-in caregiver to assist with activities of daily living, like dressing and bathing.
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Senior apartments offer accessible, no-frills living for seniors who are generally active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
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Home care relies on trained aides to provide companionship and non-medical care for seniors living at home.
Recent reviews of Assisted Living in San Francisco, CA
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I love Golden Care but having issue with A Place for Mom. Golden Care is great and I'm pleased, but I went on my own to the facility, not through A Place for Mom.

3.6 / 5.0

I moved in last year and I am really happy with the community. I love the exercise classes and gym. Staff is very friendly and kind!

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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
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.
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
Care types provided by this community
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.
Care Homes: Residential care homes are shared neighborhood homes for seniors who need a live-in caregiver to assist with activities of daily living, like dressing and bathing.
Located in beautiful Jourdanton, Texas, Julie's Care Home, is proud to offer the best when it comes to real quality real quality senior care, where your senior can and will get the best in what they need. We offer the best when it comes to assisted live in home care and we have a real staff that...
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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.
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
Care types provided by this community
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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Provides: Memory Care, Residential Care Home
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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.
Care Homes: Residential care homes are shared neighborhood homes for seniors who need a live-in caregiver to assist with activities of daily living, like dressing and bathing.
Araville Residential Care Home is a senior care home located in the famous city of San Francisco, CA and in Santa Cruz county. San Francisco is in northern California and is on the very top of the peninsula that is surrounded by the Northern Pacific Ocean and the San Francisco Bay. The city is...
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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...

Costs of assisted living in the San Francisco area

According to A Place for Mom’s proprietary data, you can expect the average actual cost of assisted living in San Francisco to sit around $8,104 a month.[02] Location, size, and amenities can all factor into the cost of assisted living facilities in San Francisco. The cost includes all associated fees and service fee add-ons for in-house care, medication management, meals, and wheelchair-accessible facilities at A Place for Mom partner facilities.

Below, you can also view the average baseline costs without any additional fees being taken into consideration.

Average cost comparisons near San Francisco, CA

Average monthly costs

San Francisco, CA

$5,006

Waldo, CA

$4,708

How people pay for assisted living in San Francisco

There are several ways to fund your stay at an assisted living facility in the Golden City. In this section, we cover options like private payment methods, VA benefits, Medicaid, and Medicare.

Private pay methods

When it comes to private resources, some of the first options that people turn to are pensions, savings, Social Security benefits, and investment returns. However, depending on your situation, you can also rely on the following options:

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VA benefits
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Number of veterans who live in San Francisco

Veterans may be entitled to several benefits that can pay for assisted living. The VA Pension and Aid and Attendance are two highly valued benefits, as both can cover the costs associated with assisted living.

The VA Pension can go toward anything: groceries, medical bills, or rent. Aid and Attendance is a monthly benefit that can cover the rent for assisted living or in-home health care if it improves a veteran’s quality of life; to qualify, California veterans or their surviving spouses must need assistance with daily activities.

Veterans service officers can make the application process easier. These experts can check for benefits you might qualify for, assess your eligibility, and assist with problems that come up during the application process. San Francisco residents can find veterans service officers through CalVet, veterans service organizations (VSOs), 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

The Medicaid program in California is called Medi-Cal. Seniors with Medicaid cannot use it to cover the costs of assisted living. But, if qualified, a Home and Community-Based Services waiver can be used to provide health care to residents at assisted living facilities.

Not sure if you qualify for Medicaid? You can check your eligibility here; once you’ve determined your eligibility, you can easily apply for Medi-Cal online. For help with understanding the application process or the benefits, you can connect with the local Medicaid office, the Area Agency on Aging, or the long-term care ombudsman. Those resources are provided below.

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 won’t pay for assisted living custodial costs, meaning that it cannot be applied toward room and board. However, seniors are still encouraged to consider Medicare benefits as they can assist with medically necessary in-home care provided at an assisted living facility. You can also consider the following resources to help reduce your medical expenses even further.

If you are at least 65, you can apply for Medicare online or contact your nearby Social Security Administration office. There is help if you have questions about the process. The State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) gives presentations and offers free one-on-one counseling for seniors and their families to assist with both Medicare and Medicaid applications. 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 assisted living facilities

In California, assisted living facilities — called Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFE) — are licensed by the Department of Social Services’ California Senior Care Licensing Program. They’re also inspected every year to ensure they’re in compliance with laws and regulations. If you’d like to access inspection reports, you can use this facility search webpage provided by the California Department of Social Services.

Standards specific to assisted living

Assisted living facilities are held to certain standards by law in a broad range of areas from staff expectations to facility requirements. Here are some of the standards that apply:

  • Facilities have to provide personal care, such as getting dressed or bathing, and supervision
  • Facilities have to help residents with taking their medications
  • Three meals must be provided every day along with snacks. Dietary preferences and special diets must be considered.
  • All assisted living facilities must have a licensed administrator
  • No specific ratio of staff to residents is prescribed, but facilities are required to have a sufficient amount of staff to meet the needs of all residents
  • Someone must be awake 24/7 to assist residents
  • Criminal background checks must be passed by all staff members
  • Specific criteria are laid out for training and continuing education that must be completed by staff

For a full explanation, review this 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 assisted living facilities

Because assisted living is considered long-term care, such facilities are provided with guidance on how to safeguard residents and visitors from COVID-19 by the San Francisco Department of Public Health. There are even some mandatory requirements that are specific to the San Francisco area.

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Vaccinations.

Staff are required to have an initial series of COVID-19 vaccines and at least one booster.

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Masking.

Staff are required to wear a mask when working with residents. Note that this is a San Francisco-specific requirement and it is more strict than the state of California’s guidelines. Visitors are strongly encouraged to mask and wash their hands upon arrival.

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Facility cleanliness.

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.

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Quarantining.

While a quarantine is not mandated, it is recommended that both staff and residents be isolated for five days after the start of symptoms and continue to wear a mask for at least 10 days after that.

Get to know assisted living in San Francisco

28Number of in-network assisted living facilities in market
3.3/5.0 average in-network rating
57% of our partner communities in San Francisco offer on-site nursing
57% of our partner communities in San Francisco offer memory care
68% of our San Francisco partner communities are pet-friendly
86% of our San Francisco partner communities offer on-site hospice

3184

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

83

Average age of resident we have referred to our assisted living partner communities in San Francisco
Gender split: 63% female

What to expect from assisted living in San Francisco

Assisted living in the Golden City truly offers something for everyone’s needs. Great outings, care, and on-site socializing are just the tip of the iceberg. In this section, we look at the highlights that you can expect as an assisted living resident in San Francisco, plus additional information about the types of combination communities that are available in the city.

Proactive care and assistance

Many assisted living communities in San Francisco offer full medication management. Many also have an on-call doctor or facilitate visiting providers like nurses, occupational therapists, podiatrists, and physical therapists. Assistance is also given with daily activities, and most facilities also have on-site nursing, on-site hospice, some aspect of memory care, and 24-hour awake staff.

A vibrant senior culture

Do you fear that assisted living facilities might not offer much in the way of socializing? That’s not true in San Francisco — many of these communities provide day trips and outings so you can enjoy all the city has to offer, hobby-oriented classes, BBQs and picnics, birthday and holiday celebrations, live music, devotional activities, exercise classes, and more.

A wide variety of care options

Within a 10-mile radius of the downtown area, there are 28 assisted living facilities partnered with A Place for Mom.

  • 11 are smaller residential homes that offer more affordable rates and a more intimate and personalized environment
  • 2 facilities are considered standalone assisted living communities
  • 5 assisted living communities offer independent living options
  • 7 offer memory care
  • 3 offer a combination of assisted living, independent living, and memory care; this progressive care type has been appealing to care seekers looking for facilities that can handle all stages of a senior’s life

San Francisco’s broad range of care options ensures that there’s something for everyone who’s interested in assisted living.

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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

Health care for seniors in San Francisco

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UCSF Helen Diller Medical Center at Parnassus Heights

This massive 15-story hospital is considered the fourth-best hospital in the state of California. The hospital provides a shuttle service around its large campus and also explains on its website which public bus routes to take to get to it. The hospital is rated as high performing in 14 surgical procedures.

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Kaiser Permanente San Francisco

Kaiser Permanente, with 15 San Francisco locations,  is another Level 1 Trauma Center and is well-known for its cardiac care and stroke treatments.

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San Francisco VA Medical Center

This VA hospital takes care of the bay area’s veterans by offering everything from primary care checkups and home health to geriatric care and mental health care.

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Transportation for seniors in San Francisco

Most of our partner assisted living communities in San Francisco typically offer their own transportation services to residents. Among A Place for Mom’s partner communities, 75% of the facilities offer complimentary transportation services, while 39% offer at-cost transportation. Additionally, 68% of our partner assisted living communities are located close to public transit, which is good news because there is a healthy amount of public transit in San Francisco to choose from.

San Francisco Muni offers a substantial public transportation system that includes highly recognizable cable cars, as well as light rails, trolleys, streetcars, and public buses. The Muni has a transportation guide for older adults and people with disabilities that explains the myriad accessibility options available on all types of public transportation in the area. Free travel training is offered for seniors and people with disabilities to ensure they can feel comfortable using the Muni’s options. For additional information, seniors can contact the Mobility Management Center.

Seniors with physical or mental challenges can board special taxis or use SF Paratransit. Paratransit’s Van Gogh shuttle is another option offering both individual and group rides specifically to social events. The Shop-a-Round shuttle is available to take eligible seniors and those with disabilities to the grocery store or farmer’s markets.

If you want to run a quick errand on foot, San Francisco is a great place to do that. According to Walk Score, which looks at features in cities that make them walker-friendly, San Francisco is a very walkable city. This rating system scores locations on a scale with 100 signifying a fully walkable area, and with a score of 89, San Francisco allows you to run many errands and outings on foot.

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Walk Score

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Transit Score

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Senior activities in San Francisco

San Francisco is packed with things to do, places to visit, and cuisines to sample. Whether you love nature, science, history, art, or simply delectable food, good times are ahead! In this section, we’ll look at some of the top entertainment highlights that this bustling city has to offer for you and your loved ones.

A natural wonderland

No matter where you are in San Francisco, you’re never far away from a park. But one of the best to visit is Golden Gate Park. This 1,017-acre reserve is perfect for picnics, but you can also explore the park’s gardens, activity sites, and restaurants.

The California Academy of Sciences is another brilliant choice for nature lovers. This amazing place wears many hats, including an aquarium, a four-story rainforest, a planetarium, and a natural history museum.

Lights, thrills, and frills

A popular place to visit in San Francisco is the California Grand Casino. However, the city offers other thrilling opportunities for seniors who want an exciting day. For example, there are many outdoor festivals throughout the year, walking ghost tours where you can use real equipment to hunt for phantoms, and several show venues offering concerts, performances, and theater pieces that are always ready for an audience.

Foodie heaven

If spending quality time with loved ones at a good restaurant is your thing, San Francisco’s menus are a must. Known as one of the top food cities in the world, you can look forward to dining at award-winning establishments. The cuisine encompasses nearly everything you can set your sights on, drawing inspiration from local flavors and different cultures, ranging from exquisite seafood delicacies to the humble French fry.

Root for your favorite team

If you’re a sports fan, there are a lot of options for you. You can take in a game and cheer for the college athletes of the University of San Francisco. If professional sports teams are your cup of tea, take in a game and root on the NFL’s 49ers, the MLB’s Giants, and the NBA’s Golden State Warriors. You can also head out and star in your own game of golf by teeing off 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 Assisted Living facilities near San Francisco, CA. These Assisted Living facilities received the highest rankings based on verified family reviews. See full list of communities.

The average cost of Assisted Living in San Francisco is 5005.65 per month. This cost may vary based on location, amenities, floorplan, level of care and other factors.

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.