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San Diego is the largest city in San Diego County, California and the second largest city in California. If you love being close to the ocean with mild climates all year round, you will enjoy the many beaches San Diego has to offer. Live actively and be carefree when you choose to live in an independent living community in San Diego. You will have time to golf its many picturesque golf courses, explore new restaurants, and relax on the by the ocean in lovely San Diego.

Senior housing types near San Diego, CA

  • Merrill Gardens at Bankers Hill

    2567 Second Ave, San Diego, CA 92103
    (18)
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    Merrill Gardens at Bankers Hill gives discerning seniors a casual elegance and sophistication found only in the prestigious Bankers Hill neighborhood of downtown San Diego. Downtown retirement living has never been this good — or as much fun — as it can be at Merrill Gardens! Merrill...

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  • Golden Living of Pt. Loma

    Golden Living of Pt. Loma

    3223 Duke St, San Diego, CA 92110
    (6)
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    Golden Living is located in the Loma Portal area of San Diego, just west of Mission Bay. Golden Living is conveniently located near several large shopping areas and numerous doctor's offices. Golden Living strives to make all of their residents feel at home by urging residents to decorate their...

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  • Brookdale Clairemont

    Brookdale Clairemont

    5219 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92117
    (44)
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    Redefine your independence with more time for what you want to do. Here at our assisted living community, you get to redefine your independence, pursue your favorite hobbies and live your life your way. Whether that’s connecting with new friends or trying something new like yoga, you have choices...

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  • Atria La Jolla

    Atria La Jolla

    4025 Pulitzer Pl, San Diego, CA 92122
    (15)
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    Atria Senior Living is a leading operator of independent living, assisted living, supportive living and memory care communities in more than 200 locations in 26 states and seven Canadian provinces. Atria communities are home to more than 23,000 seniors and employ more than 14,000 people.

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  • Vi at La Jolla Village

    Vi at La Jolla Village

    8515 Costa Verde Blvd, San Diego, CA 92122
    (5)
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    Vi at La Jolla Village is a Life Plan Community, also known as Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), located in San Diego, California, within the ‘Golden Triangle’. Our location offers spectacular views with access to high-end shopping, dining, parks, and walking trails. Our retirement...

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  • Belmont Village Sabre Springs

    Belmont Village Sabre Springs

    13075 South Evening Creek Drive, San Diego, CA 92129
    (44)
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    The Belmont Village facility at Sabre Springs is located in the attractive residential community of Poway. Situated in northeast San Diego County, Poway is known as 'The City in the Country' and prides itself on the fact that much of the area is preserved as dedicated open space. With great views of...

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  • Brookdale Carmel Valley

    Brookdale Carmel Valley

    13101 Hartfield Avenue, San Diego, CA 92130
    (22)
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    Do more of what you love every day. At our continuing care retirement community (CCRC), you’ll have the lifestyle you want, plus care if you need it with assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing all on one campus. With several floorplans to choose from, including studio, one-bedroom and...

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  • Casa Aldea Senior Living

    Casa Aldea Senior Living

    14740 Via Fiesta, San Diego, CA 92127
    (1)
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    At Casa Aldea Senior Living, a beautifully designed boutique Assisted Living and Memory Care community uniquely located near the communities of Rancho Santa Fe and Santaluz in San Diego, CA, expect the extraordinary. Casa Aldea ensures senior living is firmly in the 21st Century with its beautifully...

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  • The Remington Club

    The Remington Club

    16925 Hierba Drive, San Diego, CA 92128
    (11)
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    Nestled in the exclusive community of Rancho Bernardo, The Remington Club strives to offers the finest in independent, assisted and skilled nursing services and outpatient therapy. Our close proximity to shopping, combined with our wonderful activities and social programs, make The Remington Club...

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  • Oakmont of Pacific Beach

    955 Grand Ave, San Diego, CA 92109
    (2)
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  • Paradise Village

    Paradise Village

    2700 E Fourth St, National City, CA 91950
    (44)
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    WELCOME TO PARADISE! Introducing Paradise Village, the newest retirement community located in San Diego's South Bay. Offering retirement and assisted living in a resort-style, gated community with a Mediterranean flair. One bedroom, one bedroom w/den, 2 bedroom, and penthouse options. Studio and...

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  • Pacific Pointe

    Pacific Pointe

    171 4th Avenue, Chula Vista, CA 91910
    (42)
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    Pacific Pointe is an affordable all-inclusive retirement community, located near the shores of the Pacific Ocean in beautiful Southern California, just minutes from shops, restaurants and hospitals. We offer a variety of amenities to simplify your life, including three chef-prepared meals daily,...

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  • Monte Vista Village & Lodge

    Monte Vista Village & Lodge

    2211 Massachusetts Avenue, Lemon Grove, CA 91945
    (30)
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    Monte Vista Village is a luxurious senior community in Lemon Grove, CA, in San Diego County, which offers excellent assisted living and independent living options. Located amongst 7.5 acres of land (including a stunning tiered waterfall), Monte Vista Village is the perfect place to kick back and...

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  • Sungarden Terrace

    Sungarden Terrace

    2045 Skyline Drive, Lemon Grove, CA 91945
    (23)
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    Sungarden Terrace is family owned for over 19 years and takes great pride in providing excellent care in a warm, nuturing environment. Some of our staff have been with us since our doors opened. Our reviews are all 4 and 5 star reviews focusing on great care, a family-like atmosphere, excellent...

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  • Waterford Terrace

    Waterford Terrace

    5580 Aztec Drive, La Mesa, CA 91942
    (22)
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    We believe that Waterford Terrace is so much more than walls and windows - it's a place to enjoy home-cooked meals, game night, or a quiet evening with family and friends. It's where you always feel comfortable, safe, and secure. At Waterford Terrace, our management teams live on-site, and are...

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  • Grossmont Gardens

    Grossmont Gardens

    5480 Marengo Ave, La Mesa, CA 91942
    (88)
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    Lease by November 30 and lock in your rate! Enjoy no increases to your base rent until 2021.*See our Sales Director for details. At Grossmont Gardens, we offer a variety of community features. Residents can enjoy regular off-site adventures and excursions. Cats and dogs are allowed in private...

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  • White Sands

    White Sands

    7450 Olivetas Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037
    (6)
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    Waking up each morning and taking a morning stroll along the coastline before joining friends for a round of golf at the Torrey Pine Golf Course or an outing to the Museum of Contemporary Art. End the day dining alfresco as you watch the sun set over the Pacific Ocean. For the residents of White...

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  • Solstice Senior Living at El Cajon

    444 Prescott Avenue, El Cajon, CA 92020
    (48)
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    Solstice Senior Living of El Cajon provides a fulfilling, independent lifestyle in a welcoming environment. Situated on beautiful grounds just outside of the beautiful San Diego Bay, you'll love our elegant and graceful facilities and caring staff. Residents also enjoy being close to world-class...

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  • Legacy Hills at Poway

    Legacy Hills at Poway

    12730 Monte Vista Road, Poway, CA 92064
    (2)
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    Legacy Hills at Poway Independent Senior Living, offers a quaint community nestled at the foothills of Twin Peaks Mountain for independent living and 55 plus residents who want to enjoy their retirement years and living life to the fullest. You’ll appreciate our life enrichment programs, on-site...

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  • The Gateway & Gateway Gardens

    The Gateway & Gateway Gardens

    12751 Gateway Park Road, Poway, CA 92064
    (9)
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    The Gateway - Gateway Gardens is located in Poway, CA. Poway is a part of San Diego County, and this independent living community provides seniors with a great location to call home. Poway offers much to do and see, so that residents and their guests always have entertainment options. Those who...

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  • Belmont Village Cardiff

    Belmont Village Cardiff

    3535 Manchester Avenue, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA 92007
    (25)
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    The beautifully appointed senior living community of Belmont Village Cardiff by the Sea, California provides an exceptional level of service and support for independent living, assisted living, and Alzheimer's residents. Nestled in the hillside along Manchester Avenue with views of the San Elijo...

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  • Atria Encinitas

    Atria Encinitas

    504 South El Camino Real, Encinitas, CA 92024
    (28)
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    Atria Encinitas offers older adults a comfortable, vibrant senior living community. Residents enjoy nearby shopping, beaches and attractions, as well as a spacious courtyard with colorful gardens and welcoming lounge and common areas for spending time with friends. Free from the concerns of...

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  • Oakmont of Escondido Hills

    Oakmont of Escondido Hills

    3012 Bear Valley Parkway, Escondido, CA 92025
    (30)
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    Oakmont of Escondido Hills is a lovely retirement community situated on a lush six-acre campus with lovely views of the Escondido Hills and within walking distance of Westfield's North County Fair Shopping Mall. If an active lifestyle is what you desire, you'll feel at home in our retirement...

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  • Redwood Terrace

    710 W 13th Avenue, Escondido, CA 92025
    (22)
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    Redwood Terrace is a proud member of Human Good, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to providing quality living options and support services to Seniors.

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  • Westmont Town Court

    500 E Valley Parkway, Escondido, CA 92025
    (32)
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    Westmont Town Court is centrally located in Escondido, within walking distance from the Historic Grand Avenue Downtown District where residents can enjoy unique shops, fine eateries and medical services as well as cultural performances and fine art at the nearby California Center for the Arts. Our...

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  • Brookdale San Marcos

    Brookdale San Marcos

    1590 West San Marcos Boulevard, San Marcos, CA 92078
    (40)
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    Redefine your independence and do more of what you love. Here at our assisted living community, you’ll have help with the little things like simple housekeeping and meals—and with bathing and getting dressed, too. And we’ll customize your care to your specific needs. We know that peace of mind...

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  • Silvergate Retirement Residence

    Silvergate Retirement Residence

    1550 Security Pl, San Marcos, CA 92078
    (59)
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    For more than 20 years, Silvergate Retirement Residence has been providing premier independent, assisted living, and Alzheimer's and Dementia accommodations and services to the North San Diego County. Located near the beautiful Lake San Marcos, our community is conveniently near popular restaurants,...

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  • Overture of San Marcos 55+ Apartment Homes

    736 Center Drive, San Marcos, CA 92069
    (3)
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    Overture San Marcos’ 55+ active adult apartment home community is designed specifically with you in mind. Our maintenance-free lifestyle gives you the active and healthy atmosphere you desire and plenty of time to pursue old interests or discover new ones. Keep fit in our newly-renovated fitness...

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  • The Springs of Escondido

    The Springs of Escondido

    1261 East Washington Avenue, Escondido, CA 92027
    (50)
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    The Springs of Escondido provides a fulfilling, independent lifestyle in a welcoming environment. Located on charming, secluded grounds in central Escondido, you'll love our quiet country setting with the convenience of the city just minutes from your doorstep. We're within walking distance of...

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  • Las Villas Del Norte

    Las Villas Del Norte

    1325 Las Villas Way, Escondido, CA 92026
    (56)
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    Lease by November 30 and lock in your rate! Enjoy no increases to your base rent until 2021.*See our Sales Director for details. Las Villas Del Norte Community offers an assisted living community in beautiful Escondido, California. Our residents enjoy an active lifestyle, very comfortable apartments...

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  • Cypress Court

    Cypress Court

    1255 N Broadway, Escondido, CA 92026
    (12)
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    Cypress Court embraces the wonderful climate North County San Diego has to offer. Nestled in Escondido, California, we are centrally located near shopping, entertainment, theaters, and all the conveniences of a thriving town. As you walk through our doors, you will feel an immediate sense of...

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  • Coastal Living at San Marcos 55+ Active Living Community

    Coastal Living at San Marcos 55+ Active Living Community

    768 Woodward St, San Marcos, CA 92069
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    We invite you to come in and make your home here at Coastal Living at San Marcos 55+ Community. Coastal Living is a brand new 55+ community beautifully located adjacent to San Marcos Creek. Be the first to experience the light, airy, and open apartments and the many amenities newly completed and now...

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  • Las Villas De Carlsbad

    Las Villas De Carlsbad

    1088 Laguna Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008
    (29)
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    Lease by November 30 and lock in your rate! Enjoy no increases to your base rent until 2021.*See our Sales Director for details. Las Villas De Carlsbad located in Carlsbad, California is a multilevel retirement community that offers a full continuum of care. Care options include: assisted living,...

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  • Merrill Gardens at Oceanside

    Merrill Gardens at Oceanside

    3500 Lake Boulevard, Oceanside, CA 92056
    (28)
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    Merrill Gardens at Oceanside is located in Oceanside, California, just north of San Diego. Our community includes independent and assisted living apartments and Alzheimer's care. Merrill Gardens offers the amenities of a home without the work. Imagine a life without household chores, yard work or...

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  • Alta Vista Senior Living

    Alta Vista Senior Living

    2041 W Vista Way, Vista, CA 92083
    (27)
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    At Alta Vista Senior Living, excellence is not enough; we strive to go beyond that. As an award-winning senior living campus in Vista, CA, we welcome seniors with an innovative blend of expert care, personalized plans, lifestyle-focused amenities, and inclusive activities. Residents will find here a...

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  • Pacifica Senior Living Vista

    Pacifica Senior Living Vista

    760 E. Bobier Dr, Vista, CA 92084
    (34)
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    Welcome to Pacifica Senior Living Vista, located in Vista, California, offering multilevel retirement that provides independent living, assisted living, Alzheimer's and dementia care, and health and rehabilitation all on one convenient campus. Pacifica Senior Living Vista is a multilevel retirement...

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  • Arcadia Place

    Arcadia Place

    1080 Arcadia Avenue, Vista, CA 92084
    (35)
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    Holiday Retirement provides a fulfilling, independent lifestyle in a welcoming environment. With average temperatures of 74 degrees, you'll love strolling our beautiful grounds while enjoying all the convenience of living in one of California's finest communities. We're just minutes from shopping,...

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  • Fairwinds - Ivey Ranch

    Fairwinds - Ivey Ranch

    4490 Mesa Drive, Oceanside, CA 92056
    (15)
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    Fairwinds — Ivey Ranch offers luxurious apartment homes in a fun and active retirement community. We are very proud to be managed by Leisure Care, who leads the industry in the development and management of elegant retirement communities that are all about Five-Star Fun. At Fairwinds —...

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  • Silvergate Retirement Residence

    Silvergate Retirement Residence

    420 Elbrook Dr, Fallbrook, CA 92028
    (43)
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    For more than 20 years, Silvergate Retirement Residence has been providing premier independent, assisted living, and Alzheimer's and Dementia accommodations and services to North San Diego County. Located in the quaint village of Fallbrook, our community is conveniently close to shopping and medical...

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  • Regency Fallbrook

    Regency Fallbrook

    609 East Elder, Fallbrook, CA 92028
    (18)
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    Regency Fallbrook's assisted living options offer personalized assistance, supportive services and compassionate care in a professionally managed, carefully designed, retirement community setting. It's the perfect alternative for seniors who can no longer live on their own at home, yet don't need 24...

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  • Coronado Retirement Village

    299 Prospect Place, Coronado, CA 92118
    (15)
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    Welcome to Coronado's Luxurious Senior Living! Thank you for your interest in Coronado Retirement Village. We are a family owned & operated licensed community that offers high Secure (Memory) Care. With beautiful views of San Diego Bay and the historic Coronado Bridge, our residents enjoy the...

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  • Plaza Village Senior Living

    950 L Avenue, National City, CA 91950
    (41)
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    PLAZA VILLAGE IS A UNIQUE APPROACH TO SENIOR LIVING From our innovative design to our resident centered approach to care and activities, you'll notice the difference. Our assisted living and memory care programs are designed to meet the individual care needs and social needs of each resident. The...

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  • Westmont at San Miguel Ranch

    2325 Proctor Valley Rd., Chula Vista, CA 91914
    (11)
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    Westmont at San Miguel Ranch is a beautiful, scenic assisted living center located in beautiful Chula Vista, San Diego County, California. Nestled along the coast of Southern California, seniors can enjoy picturesque views of San Diego and the Pacific Ocean. Offering a small-town feel in a large...

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  • Lantern Crest Senior Living

    800 Lantern Crest Way, Santee, CA 92071
    (21)
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    At Lantern Crest Senior Living, we offer a variety of community features. Residents can enjoy regular off-site adventures and excursions. Cats and dogs are allowed in private quarters. Our property is conveniently located near accessible public transportation. We offer free wi-fi and high speed...

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San Diego, California

Independent Living

If you or your loved one would like the peace of mind of having many of your frequent tasks managed while living life the way you wish, consider an Independent Living Community. Seniors can continue to live their lives as they wish while their food is prepared by a professional chef, housekeeping and laundry duties are handled by staff, and recreational activities are organized and scheduled. Along with their daily needs being met, residents can enjoy the opportunity to live among peers, surrounded by others of similar ages and backgrounds. Residents' quarters consist of a private living space with their own kitchen. The independence of apartment life is still enjoyed, offering an opportunity to entertain guests and visitors in a private and personal setting. While policies vary between communities, many residences allow cats and dogs as well. Nursing and health care services can always be arranged for with private care providers if desired. There are a number of costs and advantages to consider while selecting an independent living community. It is important to figure out if these amenities are included in your plan: parking, meals, laundry, cable TV, housekeeping, field trips, Waiting list deposit, and move-in fee. The amenities associated with independent living include transportation, community activities, game/TV room, security guards, golf course, restaurant-style dining hall, concierge services, and private rental hall.

Regional Climate and Weather Information

According to many seniors, weather and climate are the most significant influence in determining a care destination. On average, the air quality index rating in San Diego is around 69.2. The average air quality conditions are rated as moderate. This means that those who are unusually sensitive should consider limiting the amount of time spent on outdoor exertion. The air quality index score reaches its peak in the month of June at approximately 90.4. During this time, the average air quality conditions are rated moderate. This means that those who are unusually sensitive should consider limiting the amount of time spent on outdoor exertion. On average, San Diego has a humidity rating of around 68%. Humidity ratings reach their peak during the month of July at around 74%. During the summer months, San Diego is approximately 70°F. The summer high is at about 78°F in August. The lowest summer temperature is approximately 62°F during June. In the winter, the average temp falls to approximately 59°F. The peak winter temperature is about 68°F during the month of January. The low winter temperature gets to roughly 49 °F during the month of January. Monthly, San Diego receives about 1 inches of precipitation. The most rain usually falls in December with an average of 2 inches in a month. In terms of snow fall San Diego gets on average 0.00 inches of snow. San Diego has a warm-summer mediterranean type of climate.

Local Hospitals and Health Care Providers

Access to hospitals might be a significant factor in deciding the right retirement home. In total, there are 8 hospitals located in San Diego which offer emergency services and other healthcare. The top hospitals that service San Diego include Alvarado Hospital Medical Center, Uc San Diego Health Hillcrest - Hillcrest Med Ctr, and Sharp Memorial Hospital.

Cost of Living

Cost of living is a motivating factor in selecting which care option works best. The cost of living index for San Diego is 177.5 based on an average of 100, where any amount above 100 is considered costlier than said average. San Diego has a grocery-price index of about 103.7. The rent burden for San Diego is about 22.8% of the average monthly income. Monthly, the median rent in San Diego is $1,925 and the median price of a home in San Diego is $523,012.

Demographics and Values

Based on gender, 50.3% are male and 49.7% are female. In San Diego, 22.4% of the population are over the age of 55, 9.1% are over the age of 60, 4.7% are over the age of 70, and 3.2% are over the age of 80. The median age of San Diego is 34 years old. In the previous presidential election, 7.1% voted for a third party candidate, 36.6% voted Republican, and 56.3% voted Democrat in San Diego county. Of the population of San Diego 18.1% have a graduate degree, 15.7% have a high-school diploma, and 44.4% have a college degree. San Diego has a population density of 1,683 people per square mile. The current population of San Diego is growing at a rate of 0.008%. Racially, the population of San Diego is 30.0% Hispanic, 0.4% Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian, 0.4% Native American, 6.4% black, 6.2% other or not specified, 5.1% mixed race, 64.7% white, and 16.8% Asian. In San Diego, 8.4% of the citizens are veterans. San Diego is considered very friendly to members of the LGBTQ+ community. In terms of Christian denominations, out of the total population of San Diego 26.8% practice Catholicism, 6.7% practice another Chrisitan faith, and 2.4% worship the Church of Jesus Christ. In terms of non-Christian denominations in San Diego, out of the total population 0.6% practice Judaism, 1.5% practice an Eastern religion, and 0.7% practice Islam. In San Diego, 55.0% are nonbelievers. In terms of crime, San Diego has 3.7 violent crimes per 1000 residents and 19.3 property crimes per 1000 residents. In San Diego, 4.2% are widows, 9.0% have some form of disability, 14.5% live in poverty, and 67.6% participate in the labor force.

State Information

An overview of California

In terms of resources, California has a cost of living index of 138.7, a grocery index rating of 121.4, and a housing index rating of 227.3. These index ratings are based on a system where 100 is considered the national average and anything above 100 is considered more expensive than said average. Based on natural beauty, California ranks 5th in the nation. There are 391 general hospitals and 1,108 health centers that provide care for 39,715,372 California residents. The three highest ranked hospitals in California are Mills-peninsula Medical Center, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, and And Santa Monica ̢РUcla Medical Center &Amp; Orthopedic Hospital. The quality of life enjoyed by the average California citizen is ranked 19th nation-wide. Additionally, California is ranked 7th by healthcare standards.

Social demographics of the state

Thirty-one percent of California residents regularly attend a religious service from one of the state's 23,558 different congregations. The top three Christian denominations in the state are Evangelical Protestant-20%, Mainline Protestant-10%, and Historically Black Protestant-2%. The top three non-Christian denominations in the state are Jewish-2%, Buddhist-2%, and Hindu-2%. In California there are 395 masonic lodges. The state of California ranks 1st in the country for diversity and the state is considered very LGBTQ friendly. During the latest presidential election, 32% voted for the Republican candidate while 62% voted for the Democratic candidate. The state has a median age of 37 and 26% of its population being over the age of 55.

State-wide weather information

The average amount of precipitation peaks during the month of December at around 16.26 inches. On average, the state receives 2.04 inches of precipitation a month. During the winter, the average temperature in California drops to around 47°F. During the winter, the average high temperature peaks at around 76°F during the month of February. The average low temperature during the winter drops to around 8°F in the month of January. During the summer, the average temperature in California is around 71°F. The average high summer temperature is around 116°F in the month of July. The average low summer temperature is around 34°F in the month of June. On average, California has an air quality index rating of around 57.1 AQI. The highest seasonal air quality index rating occurs in the month of August with a rating of 83.0 AQI. On average, the humidity rating for California is around 61%. Humidity levels tend to reach their peak in the month of July at around 81%. While residents of California mostly enjoy pleasant conditions, it's important to be aware of inclement weather as well, which in California can include earthquakes (high), floods, and and tornados.

Wildlife to be found in California

The state of California has a diverse array of plant and animal life. Local plant life can consist of sequoia, joshua tree, california poppy, and service-berry. While venturing throughout the state, you might see animals such as the coyotes, the black bears, the cougars, or the whales. The state animal of California is the california grizzly bear.