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About 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.

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About 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.

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Veterans Resources

VA benefits for long-term care, such as Aid and Attendance benefits, can help eligible veterans and their surviving spouses pay for senior care.

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About Home Care

Home care relies on trained aides to provide companionship and non-medical care for seniors living at home.

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About 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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About 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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About Nursing Homes

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.

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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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314 Independent Living Facilities near San Rafael, CA

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If you’re looking for independent living in the San Rafael area, our local senior living advisors can help you each step of the way. From affordable independent living for seniors to luxury options, we’ll work with you to understand the cost of independent living in San Rafael. From there, we’ll show you the best independent living communities for your lifestyle, interests, and budget.

Discover unique independent living amenities, social activities, dining, and more independent living benefits. With 314 independent living facilities in San Rafael, A Place for Mom makes it easier to find your new, maintenance-free home.

We are also serving Independent Living facilities in surrounding neighborhoods like Canal, Lincoln San Rafael Hill and Gerstle Park. You may also consider nearby communities such as Antioch, Danville or Fairfield.

Independent Living Facilities near San Rafael, CA

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Review ofBrookdale Redwood City
5.0

Bring your suitcase and your checkbook, and move right in. They're great across the board. No one can surpass their level of care for my personal health and safety.

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Pacifica Senior living is the best place for seniors. The care provided here is excellent. At Pacifica it is home like atmosphere.

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Review ofBrookdale Redwood City
5.0

Bring your suitcase and your checkbook, and move right in. They're great across the board. No one can surpass their level of care for my personal health and safety.

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Review ofPacifica Senior Living Union City
5.0

Great place to live and work.

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Pacifica Senior living is the best place for seniors. The care provided here is excellent. At Pacifica it is home like atmosphere.

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Drake Terrace

275 Los Ranchitos Rd, San Rafael, CA 94903

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$X,XXX+ monthly
17
20

Provides: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

Drake Terrace allows you the freedom to express yourself as you continue to learn and grow in this enriching environment. Whether you choose Independent Living, Assisted Living or Memory Care, you will have many opportunities to participate in the heart and soul of this vibrant community....

4.4(4 reviews)
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Oakmont of San Rafael (Opening Early 2022)

3773 Redwood Hwy, San Rafael, CA 94903

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$X,XXX+ monthly
6
10

Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care

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Aldersly

326 Mission Ave, San Rafael, CA 94901

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$X,XXX+ monthly
2
4

Provides: Independent Living

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Pacifica Senior Living Union City

33883 Alvarado Niles Road, Union City, CA 94587

Starting at

$X,XXX+ monthly
17
4

Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care

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

4.8(212 reviews)

This has been a great place for our mom. She enjoys her independence and the opportunities to socialize with other resid...

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Pacifica Senior Living San Leandro

348 W Juana Ave, San Leandro, CA 94577

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$X,XXX+ monthly
25
3

Provides: Independent Living, Assisted Living

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

4.9(200 reviews)

My 82 year old mother is a resident at Pacifica Senior Living San Leandro. All the staff members Including [name removed...

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Pacifica Senior Living Oakland Heights

2361 E 29th Street, Oakland, CA 94606

Starting at

$X,XXX+ monthly
114
8

Provides: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

Pacifica Senior Living Oakland Heights provides a wide range of services to meet the needs of seniors in all stages of life. They offer everything from independent living to dementia care. They even offer support services for family members, including support groups for those interested. Elderly...

4.3(123 reviews)
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Pacifica Senior Living Burlingame

250 Myrtle Rd, Burlingame, CA 94010

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$X,XXX+ monthly
8
5

Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care

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

4.7(125 reviews)

Enjoyed every visit at Atria Burlingame. Super nice staff and rooms always clean. Excellent care givers.

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Pacifica Senior Living Healdsburg

725 Grove Street, Healdsburg, CA 95448

Starting at

$X,XXX+ monthly
153
11

Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care

INDEPENDENT LIVINGApartments are rented on a monthly basis. Our studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments are fully carpeted, with individual climate control and emergency call systems. At Healdsburg Senior Living, you will enjoy the privacy of your own individual apartment within a community of...

4.8(78 reviews)
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Solano Life House

575 S. Jefferson Street, Dixon, CA 95620

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$X,XXX+ monthly
20

Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care

Welcome to Solano Life House. My name is Mary Felix, and I have been dedicated to senior care for eighteen years, and passionate about distinguishing Solano Life House as its Administrator since 2015, with award winning Memory Care. When considering care, you’ll have some key interests, so I’ll...

4.8(74 reviews)

I’m grateful for Solano Life House for taking care of our Mom.

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The Village at Hayes Valley

624 Laguna Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

Starting at

$X,XXX+ monthly
26
1

Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care

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...

4.1(56 reviews)
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Atria Sunnyvale

175 East Remington Drive, Sunnyvale, CA 94087

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$X,XXX+ monthly
13
7
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Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care

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

4.2(54 reviews)

We've never seen anything better. We looked at quite a lot of other places, and this one is far and away the one that i...

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Atria Park of San Mateo

2883 South Norfolk Street, San Mateo, CA 94403

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$X,XXX+ monthly
9
8
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Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care

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

4.0(57 reviews)
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Serra Highlands Senior Living

501 King Dr, Daly City, CA 94015

Starting at

$X,XXX+ monthly
11
3

Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care

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 Living provides views of the...

4.0(52 reviews)

I have been very pleased with our experience. It is a down to earth kind of community from the residents to the staff e...

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Brookdale Redwood City

485 Woodside Road, Redwood City, CA 94061

Starting at

$X,XXX+ monthly
8
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Provides: Independent Living, Assisted Living

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

3.7(53 reviews)

I would tell others to make sure to do a walk through before you make your choice of apartment. I did not do that and wh...

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The Commons at Dallas Ranch

4751 Dallas Ranch Rd, Antioch, CA 94531

Starting at

$X,XXX+ monthly
14
7

Provides: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

The Commons at Dallas Ranch, where elegance and excellence go hand in hand. The beautiful city of Antioch, California is located just east of the East Bay, within easy reach of the San Francisco Bay area and all its dining, cultural and, shopping attractions. Antioch is home to The Commons at...

4.2(43 reviews)

While my mother-in-law's stay was short, we couldn't have asked for kinder care givers, a cleaner facility, and more ple...

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Redwood Retirement Residence

2350 Redwood Road, Napa, CA 94558

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$X,XXX+ monthly
10
15
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Provides: Independent Living

Redwood Retirement Residence provides a fulfilling, independent lifestyle in a welcoming environment. Nestled within beautiful grounds in the heart of California's wine country, you'll enjoy the elegance of our facilities and all the conveniences of the nearby community. We're just minutes from...

4.1(41 reviews)
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Atria Valley View

1228 Rossmoor Parkway, Walnut Creek, CA 94595

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$X,XXX+ monthly
12
8
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Provides: Independent Living, Assisted Living

With the classic California ambiance of a Mission-style lodge, Atria Valley View is a vibrant assisted living community nestled in the hills of Walnut Creek, conveniently located near downtown, shopping, banking and the John Muir Medical Center.Recently redeveloped to create strong indoor-outdoor...

4.4(37 reviews)

We chose Atria Valley View because my mom really enjoyed the tour, she really liked the staff and the other residents se...

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Quail Lodge Retirement Community

4850 Deer Valley Road, Antioch, CA 94531

Starting at

$X,XXX+ monthly
14
4

Provides: Independent Living

At Quail Lodge, we offer a variety of community features. Residents can enjoy regular off-site adventures and excursions. Cats and dogs are allowed in private quarters. We offer free wi-fi. Free resident parking available at our location. All meals are provided to residents. Dining includes...

4.5(34 reviews)
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Atria Walnut Creek

1400 Montego, Walnut Creek, CA 94598

Starting at

$X,XXX+ monthly
10
8
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Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care

As one of the most trusted senior living providers in the East Bay, Atria Walnut Creek has served families like yours for more than 10 years.With a continued commitment to quality, they have just completed a full-scale renovation to enhance the beauty and functionality of the community, indoors...

4.2(37 reviews)

Our family had an in person tour and unfortunately the location was just to far away and the studio apartments were to s...

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Brookdale Paulin Creek

2375 Range Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Starting at

$X,XXX+ monthly
8
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Provides: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

Good Times, Good CompanyIf you have higher expectations of your golden years than a standard senior living community, look no further. Nestled among historic redwoods and stunning views of Sonoma County vineyards, your new community gives you the freedom to redefine what it means to be...

3.8(41 reviews)
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Cost of independent living in San Rafael, CA

The average cost of senior living in San Rafael is $4,597 per month. Cheaper nearby regions include Pinole, CA with an average of $3,838 per month.

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What is independent living?

Independent living offers a stress-free lifestyle for older adults. Independent living communities don’t provide personal care or supervision, but do offer generally healthy adults opportunities for socialization and hassle-free living. Independent living services often include:

  • Nutritious meals and snacks
  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Home maintenance and repairs
  • Social activities and outings
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Learn More About Independent Living in San Rafael, CA

This picturesque, bayside Marin County town offers all the resources and conveniences of a modern city — like shopping and dining options, health care facilities, and transportation — along with one-of-a-kind museums and recreational areas that allow residents to absorb the surrounding Northern California landscape. Some of San Rafael’s most popular destinations include the Smith Rafael Film Center, the Museum of International Propaganda, and McNears Beach County Park.

Independent living communities — also known simply as retirement communities — in San Rafael are geared towards seniors who are able to live on their own, without daily assistance, and prefer to live among people their age. This usually means residents are self-sufficient and do not require hands-on care. Think of San Rafael retirement communities as age-restricted (typically 55+) complexes, which provide organized activities, meal services, and transportation.

Cost of Independent Living in San Rafael, CA

The median monthly cost of independent living in 2019 was about $4,300 in the San Rafael area and $3,000 in the state of California.

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Cost of Living

The total household expenses associated with living in San Rafael are rated 26 points above the national average. Grocery and other essential costs are also rated significantly higher than the average.

Index Scores

All index scores are based on a scale that has the national average set at 100. A score of 200 indicates that the cost is twice as expensive as the national average, while a score of 50 indicates that the cost is half as expensive.

Household Expenses Health Care Insurance Entertainment Groceries Clothing
126 156 123 124 117 113

Income and Housing

Median Income Age 45-64 Median Income Age 65+ Median Household Income Average Individual Income Median Employee Salary Average Property Tax One-bedroom Apartment Gross Rent Estimate
$102,477 per year $71,418 per year $87,599 per year $52,978 per year $53,627 per year $9,081 per year $2,411 per month

Local Hospitals

The top hospitals that service San Rafael include:

MarinHealth Medical Center

  • Facility type: nonprofit, short-term acute care
  • Bed count: 230+
  • Specialties: emergency department, ICU, spine surgery

San Rafael Medical Center

  • Facility type: nonprofit, short-term acute care
  • Bed count: 110+
  • Specialties: emergency department, ICU, joint replacement

Weather and Climate

San Rafael’s climate is classified as Mediterranean, with mild winters and warm summers. The average humidity level is 67%, and humidity levels are often highest during January at about 80%.

Seasonal Temperatures

January Average January Maximum January Minimum
49°F 56°F 41°F

July Average July Maximum July Minimum
68°F 81°F 55°F

Air Quality

  • Relative Air Quality Index: 100

This index is based on a scale that has the national average set at 100. A score of 200 indicates twice the presence of air pollutants than the national average, while a score of 50 indicates half the presence.

Precipitation

  • Average annual precipitation: 34″

Demographics and Values

Population Statistics

Median Age Percent of Population Over 65 Population Population Density Average Household Size
42 19.3% 58,727 3,517 per square mile 2.5

Race & Ethnicity

American Indian or Alaskan Native Asian Black Hispanic or Latino Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander Two or More Races White (not Hispanic or Latino)
0.9% 6.8% 1.4% 31.0% <0.1% 4.8% 57.0%

These figures were taken from the most recent U.S. Census.

LGBTQ+ Inclusivity

These scores were taken from the 2020 Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index.

  • Non-discrimination laws in San Francisco: 30/30
  • Overall inclusivity: 100/100

2016 Presidential Election Results for Marin County

Democratic Republican Other
78.8% 15.9% 5.2%

Arts, Culture, Entertainment, and Recreation

Some of the most popular museums and historic sites in San Rafael include:

  • Marin Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Marin History Museum
  • The Museum of International Propaganda
  • San Quentin Museum
  • Harbor Light Building
  • Saint Rafael Church

Outdoor attractions in San Rafael:

  • Terra Linda Park
  • Freitas Park
  • Boyd Memorial Park
  • China Camp State Park
  • McNears Beach County Park
  • Edgewood Botanical Garden

San Rafael’s top entertainment destinations and shopping districts are:

  • Smith Rafael Film Center
  • Century Northgate
  • San Rafael Art and Wine Festival
  • Montecito Plaza
  • Northgate
  • Marin Square

Transportation

Marin County offers numerous local and regional transportation options available to San Rafael residents, including Marin Transit, Marin Access, and Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit. These providers operate buses, ferries, trains, and paratransit services. Taxis and rideshare services, like Uber and Lyft, are also available in San Rafael.

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Greenridge Senior Care, Kimochi Home and Merced Care 1 & 2 are the top rated independent living facilities near San Rafael, California. See full list of communities.

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