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10 Best Independent Living Communities in San Francisco, CA

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With its warm climate and iconic landmarks, San Francisco offers a wonderful environment for seniors. The city is highly favored by seniors exploring their independent living options in California as it offers the perfect lifestyle for those who are still self-reliant but also want convenience and, sometimes, a little luxury.

If you’re considering putting down roots in the Golden City, this guide is for you. A Place For Mom partners with eight independent living communities in a 10-mile radius of downtown San Francisco, including areas such as Sausalito and the Marina District. We showcase the best listings, payment options and benefits, regulations, available medical facilities, demographics, the top activities the city has to offer, and more.

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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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My mom had a wonderful experience at Sagebrook. I highly recommend it. The food quality is good. The people leading the activities are wonderful.
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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My sister was previously a resident at The Broadmoor and her experience at this facility was great. The staff and residents were kind, friendly and helpful. The meals were of good quality. The move in and...
Provides: Independent Living, Senior Apartments
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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.
Senior Apartments: Senior apartments offer accessible, no-frills living for seniors who are generally active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
The Broadmoor offers the finest in senior living in San Francisco. We are centrally located in Cathedral Hill to shopping, banks, theatres, and the symphony. All our affordable rates include three meals per day prepared by our chef and served in our formal dining room, maid and linen service, on...
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CARING, FRIENDLY STAFF AND ADMIN. MY PARENTS SEEMED TO HAVE SETTLED IN AND THEIR HEALTH HAS IMPROVED THRU MEALS, INTERACTION WITH OTHERS, AND ACTIVITIES. I WOULD DEFINITELY RECOMMEND IF YOU CAN AFFORD. FOR...
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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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.
Welcome to Ivy Park at Cathedral Hill. Located in downtown San Francisco, Ivy Park offers fulfilling and flexible senior living with a range of services for every phase of retirement.From activities and outdoor spaces meant to nourish body and soul, to comprehensive assisted living and memory...
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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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9.2
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64 reviews
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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
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.
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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It's like a resort in some respect and it was very nice to be able to having dinner with my mom when we visited. Staff were very attentive and helpers as well. I would definitely recommend Peninsula Del...
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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Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
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
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.
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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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.
The Granada features freshly renovated rooms, large common lounges and even a movie room. Tenants can choose from a variety of room sizes, furnished or unfurnished, and can dine at the onsite cafe.
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Provides: Senior Apartments
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Senior Apartments: Senior apartments offer accessible, no-frills living for seniors who are generally active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
Sign By Jan 15th, Just Pay $99 to move in and Rent won't be due until March 2021! Welcome to the Brunswick Street Apartments offering studio apartments for 55+ seniors! Conveniently located near public transportation, eateries, Daly City's main streets, our beautiful property has amenities...
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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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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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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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Provides: Senior Apartments
Care types provided by this community
Senior Apartments: 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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Provides: Independent Living
Care types provided by this community
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.
Provides: Independent Living
Care types provided by this community
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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Provides: Senior Apartments
Care types provided by this community
Senior Apartments: 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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Provides: Senior Apartments
Care types provided by this community
Senior Apartments: 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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Provides: Independent Living, Senior Apartments
Care types provided by this community
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.
Senior Apartments: 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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How we identify the top facilities in your location

We developed a proprietary recommendation system that ranks communities based on factors
we know are important to seniors and their families:

  • Proximity to your location
  • Recent, high-quality reviews
  • The amount of information available

Where we source our information

14,000+ communities

We’ve collected data from and about our network of more than 14,000 senior living communities in the U.S. for over twenty years, and we update this information at least once a year.

350,000+ reviews

Additionally, we’ve gathered over 350,000 reviews from senior living residents and family members to provide first-hand accounts of what senior living communities are really like.

What families are saying about independent living in San Francisco

Recent reviews for independent living in San Francisco

Sycamore Hills By the Bay in Hercules, CA

5.0
The only improvement that I can think of that needs to be made at Sycamore Hills By the Bay is there is not enough parking. That is my only complaint about this facility. Everyone is very nice, the facility is really clean. I am really happy with my experience here so far.

Rosemont Gardens in San Leandro, CA

5.0
Excellent caring staff. Clean place. My Auntie [name removed] is here. I visited from Anaheim California. My auntie Husband just passed away. My auntie looked beautiful and happy. I talked with staff and they were very professional

Sunrise of San Mateo

5.0
[Name removed] and [Name removed] have been incredible with them helping our family make this tough transition. They are so kind and knowledgeable. I would recommend this place to anyone who is looking for a loving, caring place.

Costs of independent living in the San Francisco area

According to A Place for Mom’s proprietary data, the average actual cost of independent living in San Francisco is about $9,496 per month.{{citation: 1}} This 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.

You can also view the graphic below to see the average baseline costs without any add-on fees.

Average monthly cost of Independent Living in San Francisco, CA vs. nearby cities

San Francisco, CA
$5,523/mo
$5,306/mo
$5,385/mo

Average monthly cost of Independent Living in San Francisco, CA vs. the state and national average

San Francisco, CA
$5,523/mo
U.S. national average
$4,090/mo

Average monthly cost of Independent Living in San Francisco vs. other types of senior living

$5,990/mo
Independent Living
$5,523/mo

Median monthly costs of Independent Living in San Francisco, CA by room type

Semi-Private
$6,879/mo
Studio
$7,252/mo
1 Bedroom
$7,620/mo
2 Bedroom
$11,400/mo

Average cost of Independent Living in San Francisco over time

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How people pay for independent living in San Francisco

Independent living in San Francisco can be funded in several ways. Seniors must choose carefully and stay aware of the limitations of some of these sources. For example, independent living communities aren’t senior care facilities, so the rent cannot be covered by Medicaid or Medicare — although seniors in independent living can still glean medically necessary in-home care services from these programs.

In this section, we’ll provide an overview of options such as private payment methods, VA benefits and resources, Medicaid, and Medicare.

Private pay methods

Many retirees lean on private funds to support their independent lifestyles. Because these are not considered senior care facilities, certain options like long-term care insurance cannot cover the rent of independent living. Useful funding sources include personal savings, Social Security benefits, investment returns, pensions, and any of the following:

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VA benefits
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Number of veterans who live in San Francisco

About 57 percent of San Francisco veterans are 65+

If you are a veteran or your spouse has served in the armed forces, it’s essential to know that there are benefits available that can help with rent and medical expenses. In this section, we’ll look at some of the resources available that can help you determine your eligibility and apply for those benefits.

There are two programs that might prove very useful for veterans who want to settle down in San Francisco. First, the VA Pension is a flexible option that can go toward anything you need, be it rent payments or medical bills. Aid and Attendance is a monthly benefit that can cover the rent for independent 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. Indeed, the first step should be to contact these VA-vetted and -recognized experts. Applying for veteran benefits is notoriously complex. However, your local veterans services officers can check for other benefits you might qualify for, assess your eligibility, and assist with any problems that might crop up during the application process. Assistance for San Francisco residents can be found at local veterans service organizations, the County Veterans Service Office, or through CalVet.

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

Also called Medi-Cal in California, this program provides health services to low-income older adults, among others. While Medicaid cannot cover your rent at an independent living facility, it can apply toward medically necessary in-home care services. These services can take place in your independent living community, thanks to the Home and Community-Based Services waiver program. Also called 1915(c) waivers, they allow all states to use Medicaid funds to conveniently offer those services at your place of residence for those eligible.

If you don’t already have Medi-Cal, first check your eligibility. You can also apply for Medi-Cal online. Both resources are very informative, but should you have any further issues, you can contact the local Medicaid office, the local Area Agency on Aging, or the ombudsman. Ombudsman services are free and confidential; they are provided locally by the Felton Institute, a San Francisco Human Services Agency community partner.

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 cannot pay for the cost of living in an independent living community, but it can cover medical costs, like short-term medically necessary in-home care. You can also opt for these additional Medicare and adjacent resources to carry the costs of medical expenses:

To be eligible for Medicare, you must be 65+ or have a disability. If you qualify, the next step is to apply online or visit the nearest Social Security Administration office. To help you with this process, the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) provides free counseling.

If you run into issues or have additional questions, you can also contact the local long-term care ombudsman,  provided locally by the Felton Institute, a San Francisco Human Services Agency community partner.

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 independent living communities

In California, because independent living communities aren’t considered senior care facilities, they do not have to be licensed. However, they are still subject to rental, safety, and other laws.

One important requirement that independent living communities must comply with is the Fair Housing Act. According to this law, no landlord may refuse you as a tenant, or evict you, based on your appearance, gender, ethnicity, beliefs, health status, sexual orientation, or status as a recipient of a housing subsidy such as a Housing Choice Voucher (formerly known as Section 8). If you are the victim of such discrimination, please contact the San Francisco Human Rights Commission.

Independent living communities must also be ADA-compliant and ensure that people with disabilities can move freely around the property; those with support animals, as stated by the Fair Housing Act, may also not be discriminated against or refused a rental in a community where pets aren’t allowed.

Landlords must do things like keeping the plumbing in working order. Owners must also rectify leaking roofs, walls, and windows. Anything that threatens the health or safety of tenants must be fixed without delay. If you want to learn more about tenant laws and rights, the California Tenants Guide is very informative.

Laws and regulations for combined communities

In downtown San Francisco, there are five A Place for Mom partner independent living communities that combine with assisted living facilities. There are also three independent living partners that add assisted living and memory care into the mix. All these facilities must comply with the laws and regulations that apply to those additional types of senior care.

In California, all assisted living and memory care facilities must be licensed as Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFE). Both are licensed by the Department of Social Services’ California Senior Care Licensing Program. The California Code of Regulations also states that all facilities must have enough trained staff on duty to meet resident needs at all times.

Each facility must provide basic services, care, and supervision. These can include personal assistance with daily tasks, fun activities, providing arrangements for medical and dental care, helping with personal hygiene, offering assistance with medication, and monitoring diets or food intake. Other important services include healthy meals and snacks, housekeeping and laundry, and transportation.

Inspections and reports

In California, independent living communities are inspected by their own city if the rental property consists of four or more living units. The San Francisco Department of Public Health’s Apartment Inspection Program specifics and inspection reports can provide information on individual properties.

Combination independent living facilities that provide assisted living, memory care, or both are inspected on an annual basis by the Adult and Senior Care Regional Office. If you want to view reports from a particular facility, you have to contact your local regional office the Department of Social Services, and make a request to view the facility file or use this online facility search portal.

Requirements for living in an independent living community

Moving into an independent living community requires residents to be at least 55 years old, but this is not a hard-and-fast rule. However, by law, independent living facilities cannot accept residents who need a higher level of care, including 24-hour nursing care; assistance with all daily living activities; patients with communicable diseases; or those who are bedridden.

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 independent living communities

San Francisco doesn’t currently have any regulations in place for COVID-19, but the city recommends that everyone take certain precautions.[04] Recommendations include avoiding those who are ill, keeping your home well-ventilated, and avoiding contact with others when you suspect you might be infected or have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

Independent living communities can impose their own rules to keep residents safe. If you’re interested in a certain complex, don’t hesitate to contact the facility for further information.

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Vaccinations.

Stay up-to-date with vaccinations and boosters

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Masking.

You can wear a mask if you choose. It’s also a good idea to wear one when your immunity is low or you suspect that you might have contracted COVID-19.

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Social distancing.

Avoid people who have tested positive for COVID-19

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Quarantining.

Self-isolate when you suspect or have confirmed COVID-19

Types of independent living in San Francisco

Settling down in San Francisco can be a unique and thrilling experience. The city has a rich history and vibrant modern culture, meaning you will always have something to do or see. In this section, we cover just some of the highlights that you can look forward to as a Golden City resident of an independent living community.

A nature lover’s dream

Besides San Francisco’s bustling nature, the city is also famous for its pleasing weather and beautiful natural scenery. The mild climate allows people to enjoy outdoor activities, like visiting the city’s lovely parks and beaches. The temperature typically does not dip below 50 degrees or go above 70 degrees Fahrenheit. This can be appealing to older adults who dislike extreme heat or cold. Most independent living facilities ensure you have plenty of ways to enjoy the outside by offering courtyards, outdoor grills, patios or balconies, or by being located near parks.

Generous room and facility amenities

Depending on the community, some of the best room amenities include wheelchair-accessible showers and doors, high-speed internet, full kitchens, air-conditioning, and cable TV. All of our partner facilities offer features like libraries, beauty salons, and arts and crafts centers; many also offer bonus features like in-house bars, cafés, fitness centers, game or common rooms, and dining rooms.

A variety of care options

San Francisco’s independent living communities provide multiple levels of care. This is a useful arrangement for couples where one person is self-reliant, but their spouse needs assistance, or for families who want to ensure their loved ones receive care in place across multiple life stages. In the downtown area, you can choose among five facilities that provide both assisted living and independent living and three communities that additionally offer memory care.

San Francisco independent living services and amenities

These charts highlight some of the many care, dining, and entertainment offerings available in San Francisco independent living communities. They don’t represent all possible services and amenities available at assisted living communities in San Francisco, but support comparisons against nationwide offerings. Our Senior Living Advisors can help you find communities that fit your preferences.

Availability of select dietary accommodations in San Francisco independent living

Independent living communities help seniors maintain a balanced diet by accommodating their health needs, allergies, and other restrictions. Below you’ll find the percentage of San Francisco partners making specific dietary accommodations for seniors compared to the percentage of assisted living partners making those accommodations nationally.
San Francisco, CANational
Nutritionist / dietician
Nutritionist / dietician
7.9%
19.5%
Low / no sodium
Low / no sodium
19.7%
32.5%
No sugar
No sugar
17.1%
30%
Vegetarian
Vegetarian
26.3%
31.8%
Pureed meals
Pureed meals
5.3%
7.2%
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Availability of select dining options in San Francisco independent living

Our independent living communities know that seniors want top-quality meals and options for how they dine. The chart below indicates the percentage of San Francisco communities that offer dining options to their discerning residents compared to our partners nationally.
San Francisco, CANational
Professional chef
Professional chef
19.7%
34.6%
Restaurant style dining
Restaurant style dining
22.4%
41.5%
Room service
Room service
23.7%
35.1%
Anytime dining
Anytime dining
11.8%
16.3%
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Availability of select programs and activities in San Francisco independent living

Senior living communities offer a variety of programming to keep seniors socially, mentally, and physically vibrant. The chart below shows what percentage of partnered independent living communities in San Francisco offer the selected activities, amenities, and programs compared to the percentage of partners nationwide.
San Francisco, CANational
Activity director
Activity director
25%
43.3%
Pet-focused programs
Pet-focused programs
14.5%
27%
Community service programs
Community service programs
11.8%
31.3%
Devotional activities on-site
Devotional activities on-site
25%
47.1%
Parties / BBQs / happy hour
Parties / BBQs / happy hour
27.6%
48%
Outings / off-site activities
Outings / off-site activities
34.2%
52.9%
Piano or organ
Piano or organ
23.7%
41.2%
Arts and crafts center
Arts and crafts center
18.4%
36%
Educational speakers / life long learning
Educational speakers / life long learning
22.4%
39.8%
Clubs / games / karaoke
Clubs / games / karaoke
26.3%
45.6%
Live performances
Live performances
26.3%
45.3%
Dances
Dances
14.5%
30.8%
Fitness center
Fitness center
15.8%
38.4%
Fitness classes
Fitness classes
25%
45.1%
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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

Rated as the fourth-best hospital in California, UCSF is a Level 1 Trauma Center, and nationally, it also ranks highly in geriatric specialty treatment and diabetes/endocrinology. The hospital is well-known for excellence in 14 surgical procedures, with strong expertise in cancer-related surgeries.

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Kaiser Permanente San Francisco

Kaiser Permanente is another Level 1 Trauma Center, but this facility is better known for high performance in cardiac treatment, including heart failure, heart attack, and bypass surgery. KPSF is also famous for its excellent stroke response treatment.

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San Francisco VA Medical Center

This hospital offers general primary care to veterans. The center also provides educational classes to caregivers of veterans. Specializing in cardiac surgery and epilepsy care, the center is additionally recognized for its expertise in combat-related brain and spinal cord injuries.

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Transportation for seniors in San Francisco

San Francisco is regarded as one of the most pedestrian-friendly cities in the U.S. According to Walk Score, which grades cities on a scale with 100 as the best score, the Golden City has a rating of 89. This means that you can walk around comfortably and run errands on foot.

When transportation is needed, San Francisco has you covered. Walk Score gives the city a healthy transit score of 77 out of 100. San Francisco Muni’s public transportation system offers various modes of transport. You can choose between the city’s famous cable cars, public buses, historic streetcars, light rails, and trolleys, or join the city’s bike-friendly culture. To make sure seniors feel safe and comfortable getting around, the Muni offers group and one-on-one travel training.

Seniors can also rely on special taxis that accommodate disabilities. Paratransit’s Van Gogh shuttle is another popular service among older adults with physical and mental challenges. The Shop-a-Round shuttle takes eligible seniors and people with disabilities to the grocery store or to farmer’s markets.

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89

Walk Score

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77

Transit Score

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72

Bike Score

Senior activities in San Francisco

The Golden City is a top tourist and retirement destination, and it’s not hard to see why. Everywhere you look, there are historical sites, stunning nature scenes, and a lively culture that offers something for everyone.

First stop? For many, it’s the infamous prison on Alcatraz Island. But don’t forget to visit the Palace of Fine Arts, a prime events venue where entertainment never stops, and the California Academy of Sciences, a brilliant blend of rainforest, aquarium, planetarium, and natural history museum.

When it comes to a multidimensional experience for nature lovers, there’s nothing quite like San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. Spread across 1,017 acres, you can enjoy a panorama of natural wilderness and also visit the area’s gardens, activity sites, annual events, and restaurants. Take a peek at the sea lions at Pier 39. If you prefer the indoors, there’s lots of excitement to be had at the California Grand Casino.

Sporty seniors can also tee off on six public golf courses, each a stunning creation of the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, or enjoy the popular sport of pickleball on indoor and outdoor courts. For those who would rather be a spectator, San Francisco is home to numerous professional sports teams including the NFL’s 49ers, the MLB’s Giants, and the NBA’s Golden State Warriors. If you like collegiate sports, root for the teams that play for the University of San Francisco.

You can also visit the Golden Gate Park Senior Center for great activities. Open to any adult who is 55 and over, seniors can partake in programs that support social, physical, and mental health. The Sequoia Senior Center is another great hub for seniors. Members include adults with disabilities or those who are 60 and over. The site offers a creative space where you enjoy social opportunities, hot meals, a gym, and hobby-oriented classes.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Heritage Downtown, Sunrise of San Mateo and Coterie Cathedral Hill are the top-rated Independent Living facilities near San Francisco, CA. These Independent Living facilities received the highest rankings based on verified family reviews. See full list of communities.

The average cost of Independent Living in San Francisco is $5,523 per month. This cost may vary based on location, amenities, floorplan, level of care and other factors.

References

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

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

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

  4. San Francisco Department of Health. (March 2023). Coronavirus (COVID-19). Sf.gov.

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

2.

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.

4.

San Francisco Department of Health. (March 2023). Coronavirus (COVID-19). Sf.gov.

5.

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.