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Seniors can find a vast array of senior care options in San Diego, California. From beachfront living to abundant, life-enriching experiences, seniors with a range of care needs can find their ideal lifestyle in San Diego. People sometimes refer to all senior living communities as nursing homes. However, the term nursing home refers to just one type of senior care — skilled nursing care. Skilled nursing facilities provide 24/7 medical care and supervision, rehabilitation, and hospice care by a staff made up of nurses and doctors.

If your loved one does not have a severe medical condition, is not rehabilitating from an illness or surgery, and does not require hospice, a nursing home is not the best option. Most seniors are better suited for an assisted living facility that provides tailored assistance with activities of daily living, medication reminders, and other senior-specific services. Memory care is another type of specialized assisted living for people with Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia. Many modern assisted living communities also have on-site skilled nursing services, through an on-campus unit or third-party services provided in a resident’s quarters. These residential assisted living communities are meant for peacefully aging in place, so your loved one won’t have to move to an institutional nursing facility if they ever require skilled nursing care.

With so many senior care options to choose from, deciding on a specific community may be challenging. We created this all-inclusive guide to help you make this decision. With 20+ years of senior living market experience and proprietary data from local partners, we highlight details that are important to seniors. You’ll find information on 40 of our assisted living and memory care partner communities in a 10-mile radius of the San Diego city center. For skilled nursing as well as assisted living, this guide provides local information on costs, payment tips, laws and regulations, and an in-depth overview of senior living in San Diego.

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After researching many facilities in San Diego, we easily made the decision to place our mom at Silvergate Rancho Bernardo. No doubt, it was the best of the facilities we toured. The well-thought-out design...
Provides: Memory Care
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Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Newly constructed, the separate Memory Care Suites building on Silvergate’s beautiful retirement campus provides seniors with a higher level of award-winning care in a secure, nurturing environment. Our “Neighborhood Design” eliminates long hallways for a more familiar home-like setting. Drawing...
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9.7
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The friendliness of the staff gets a 5+. (There have been 2 or 3 cooks since my mom has been there and the current one is not the best). It's a very personal choice but Atria has been a great fit for my mom....
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.
Atria Collwood is a senior residence located in the famous city of San Diego, California. Residents here enjoy access to highly qualified doctors, specialists, hospitals and medical centers. This active city features beautiful coastal views, great fishing, sailing, and many ways to stay active....
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The staff is very attentive to the residents and notice things that might become problems. I would and have recommended Stellar Care to others I know.
Provides: Memory Care
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Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Located in the heart of San Diego, the 123-apartment community offers studio & one bedroom apartments each with a private bathroom and individual climate control to ensure your comfort. We encourage you to bring your own furnishings and decoration to make you apartment your own. Residents feel...
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9.3
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We moved my sister in in February. I received notice today that her both her rent and her Level of Care monthly charges are going up by almost [amount removed] on 7/1! I'm in shock! This is an older...
Provides: Assisted Living
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
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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I would recommend to others, gladly. Place for Mom helped me so much in our family's difficult journey. My Place for Mom advisor has been helping a good friend of mine with her mother's issues. Thank you...
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.
Set among the canyons and nature preserves of northern San Diego County, with a central location off Interstate 15, Pacifica Senior Living Rancho Peñasquitos is a vibrant senior living community designed to help older adults find greater well-being.This independent and assisted living community...
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9.2
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35 reviews
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The staff is really friendly and know most everyone by name. They get along well with the residents and each other. Some even sing going around the halls and into the rooms. Housekeeping is weekly and done...
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.
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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1111 Photos available
66 Floor plans available
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39 reviews
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Very friendly and helpful staff. The facility is very homey with a lot of enriching activities. The room sizes are nice and we really like the layout which makes it very comfortable for my mom.
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.
Sunrise of Sabre Springs is an assisted living and memory care community. Residents can live in Assisted Living without care and age in place, adding in care as needed. Every resident receives a customized care plan that addresses their individual needs by a designated care manager who get to...
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My dad was previously a resident at Oakmont of Pacific Beach for a short time. I can't say enough how good the experience was. I am an emergency room physician and I have a lot of experience with Assisted...
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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1010 Photos available
1212 Floor plans available
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Much better than I expected. Staff are very friendly and responsive to individual needs. Restaurant menu and serving staff We are in one of the smaller one bedroom apartments and it is perfect for us....
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.
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...
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We chose Bayshire Torrey Pines because of the cheerfulness and the friendly attitudes of everybody there. The staff are amazing, especially [name removed], [name remove]'s caregiver [name removed] loves her...
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.
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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My husband who has Alzheimer's, has been a resident at ActivCare at 4S Ranch for [time frame removed]. Before I placed my husband in their care, I researched and visited at least 15 facilities in my area. ...
Provides: Memory Care
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Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
ActivCare 4S Ranch is a full-service memory care community that provides specialized assisted living for those with Alzheimer's or related dementias.As pioneers in memory care, ActivCare has been enhancing life for those with memory loss for more than 30 years. It's our sole focus.Purpose-built...
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I first visited this facility shortly before it opened over 10 years ago. Revisiting it for a family member, I found it to be a very pleasant & safe environment, & very convenient to many outings. The staff...
Provides: Memory Care
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Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Located in Pacific Beach just minutes away from Mission Bay Park, ActivCare Mission Bay is a specialized memory care community for those with memory loss that opened in 2014. ActivCare Mission Bay is home to a vibrant community of residents who enjoy a daily schedule of activities designed for...
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The staff provides quality care in a professional manner. The staff is outstanding. I am grateful to this facility for their continued consistent respectful care for the patients and inclusion of the family.
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.
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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Everything was a 5. They were amazing to our mom. We like how it is a smaller sized community, it is a nice facility that had a good feel to it and staff.
Provides: Memory Care
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Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
In house doctor that visits weekly. We are Covid FreeNew Mercedes SprinterNew Honda Odyssey Van Located in a quite neighborhood of La Jolla Message Chairs with individual remote settingsHighly Trained Care Staff155 Channels (sports, premium and movie channels. All rooms have wall mounted TV...
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Deciding to entrust your family member to strangers is a big leap of faith, regardless of situation or cost. I visit Monarch regularly and see how our mom is treated. I've seen my mom open up and re-engage...
Provides: Memory Care
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Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Welcome to Monarch Cottage La Jolla!About Us:Monarch Cottage La Jolla is a premier, senior living community focused on providing exceptional services to residents with memory impairments such as Alzheimer’s, dementia or other cognitive impairment, or who need assisted living services, respite...
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The beautiful home at Rancho Santa Fe Villa was always kept spotless and clean. Located in an exclusive residential community, it was a very clean facility at all times. The staff was very caring 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.
If your loved one is diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer's disease, you will discover that our Rancho Santa Fe Villa Assisted Living Facility offers an unprecedented level of personalized attention and care. You will also appreciate the value of knowing that the world around the person you...
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My Mother passed away on [date removed] at 100 years old. Since Monte Vista was taken over by Pacifica it sent down hill. They threatened us by saying she had to move asap. I have filed a complaint. Not a...
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.
Monte Vista Village is a charming senior community in Lemon Grove, CA, in San Diego County. We offer 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 enjoy...
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9.8
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The staff very friendly, the lady in charge, not so much. With Hospice, my Mom was safe, no longer alone, and was in the best place we could find. They did a good job, especially when she was in her last...
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.
Pacifica Senior Living Bonita is a beautiful, three-story Mediterranean-style building nestled in the center of Bonita's quiet country setting bordered by horse trails and golf courses, while still providing easy freeway access to an array of shopping centers, churches, banks, restaurants and...
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99 Floor plans available
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It is a great place, My father really likes it. The food is really good and he likes the entertainment. Convenient parking is very limited? It has been good. They have some very strict rules about...
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.
Tucked away on a gorgeous property in La Mesa, CA, just minutes from downtown San Diego, The Montera defines care-focused senior living. From well-appointed studio and one bedroom apartments, to personalized care plans designed for each Assisted Living resident, to rejuvenating short-term stays,...
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I don't require medical care. I'm home-bound in my apt so I don't see the grounds or activities. Everyone I do see are very nice. Still having problems getting 1 meal a day delivered to me. ( after 18...
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.
Lease by October 29 and get $1,000 off your rent for the first three months. THAT’S A SAVINGS OF $3,000!*We are continuing to admit new Residents, where possible and appropriate, to help residents and families in need. We will do all we can to help those who are in need of our services now and...
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Grossmont Memory Care is the perfect place for my mom. The staff is amazing! I really mean it! I visit every day and have seen how much love, kindness, and support the staff brings to their patients. It's...
Provides: Memory Care
Care types provided by this community
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Lease by October 29 and get $1,000 off your rent for the first three months. THAT’S A SAVINGS OF $3,000!*We are continuing to admit new Residents, where possible and appropriate, to help residents and families in need. We will do all we can to help those who are in need of our services now and...
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The staff at Sungarden Terrace is AMAZING. So friendly and caring. Mom was very comfortable and happy there. I would definitely recommend them for anyone who wants their loved one in a warm, welcoming,...
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.
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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The Westmont of La Mesa is a beautiful community that is kept clean and has friendly staff working there. Based on the experience we have had so far, we would recommend this community to other families who...
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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Hello! My family highly recommends Coronado Retirement Village as a wonderful place for our 89-year-old mother to live. She has her own private room with a large window, private bathroom and shower, 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.
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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44 Floor plans available
7.8
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30 reviews
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30 reviews
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I highly recommend this facility to others. The food is really good. The décor is very nice and perfectly suited to the tastes of my mother's generation. The high ceiling in her room is nice. The staff are...
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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How we rank order the San Diego community options above

We developed a proprietary recommendation system that orders San Diego community options based on factors we know are important to seniors and their families:

  • Proximity to your search location
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  • The amount of detailed community information available

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Costs of nursing homes in the San Diego area

You may find that nursing homes, or skilled nursing facilities, cost more than other types of senior care in San Diego, California. Seniors in skilled nursing facilities typically need 24/7 skilled medical care from specialized, medical staff. This leads to higher monthly costs than a senior would incur in an assisted living facility with a less specialized level of care.

The monthly median cost for a semi-private room in a San Diego skilled nursing facility is $9,384, and it’s $12,167 for a private room.[02] These monthly costs may include room and board, personal care services, and senior-specific amenities.  If your senior loved one doesn’t require 24/7 skilled medical care, you may want to look at other, more affordable senior living options.

Assisted living and memory care facilities in San Diego are less expensive than skilled nursing facilities and are better options for most seniors. Below are the average monthly costs that families paid in 2022 for A Place for Mom’s partnered assisted living and memory care communities in San Diego. These cost figures include rent, meal plans, care services, and any other add-on fees for extra services, amenities, or pet rent.

  • $4,642 was the average monthly cost families paid for assisted living.
  • $5,820 was the average monthly cost families paid for memory care. Memory care can be more expensive than assisted living due to specially trained dementia caregivers and specialized cognitive therapies.

Note that the starting costs of assisted living and memory care communities vary depending on location, specific amenities, and floor plan.

Average monthly cost of Nursing Homes in San Diego, CA vs. nearby cities

San Diego, CA
$5,817/mo
$5,903/mo
$5,807/mo

Average monthly cost of Nursing Homes in San Diego, CA vs. the state and national average

San Diego, CA
$5,817/mo
U.S. national average
$4,779/mo

Average monthly cost of Nursing Homes in San Diego vs. other types of senior living

$5,836/mo
Nursing Homes
$5,817/mo

Median monthly costs of Nursing Homes in San Diego, CA by room type

Semi-Private
$5,800/mo
Studio
$6,384/mo
1 Bedroom
$7,512/mo
2 Bedroom
$9,253/mo
Detached Cottage/Bungalow
$8,045/mo

Average cost of Nursing Homes in San Diego over time

San Diego, CACA stateNational

What families are saying about nursing homes in San Diego

Recent reviews for nursing homes in San Diego

White Sands, a CCRC in La Jolla, CA

5.0
White Sands facility has everything from independent living to skilled nursing. They have a lot of activities to offer, it is in a really beautiful location. We could not be happier with our decision, we know our mother is safe there. The food is excellent with a wide range of choices. The rooms ...
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Cypress Court in Escondido, CA

4.1
Love my apartment! Most residents are wonderful people, have made lots of nice friends. Food is great. I love that I'm surrounded with people that are fun and you can have conversations with them. I love that I no longer have to cook or clean. I still drive and am able to park my car in gated ...
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Brookdale San Marcos

4.8
When it comes to the overall cleanliness, they could do a little better with some of the appliances and overall open spaces (stains on carpets, etc.) However, based on the experience with have had with Brookdale San Marcos, we would absolutely recommend them to other families.

How people pay for a nursing home in San Diego

You and your senior loved one have several options to pay for long-term senior care. If the senior meets certain financial and medical criteria, nursing homes or skilled nursing facilities in San Diego can be paid for with the aid of state and federal programs. If assisted living and memory care communities are better suited for the senior in your life, similar payment options are available. Most families use a mix of private and public assistance methods to pay for senior care.

Continue reading to learn how private payment methods, public assistance options, and veterans benefits may be used to cover the costs of long-term senior care.

Private pay methods for nursing homes in San Diego

The costs of long-term senior care can be covered by personal income sources, such as savings, Social Security benefits, pensions, and investment returns. Some of the following options may apply to your family as well:

Selling a house
Reverse mortgage
Health savings accounts
Life insurance
Long-term care insurance

It may be helpful to note that long-term care insurance policies can vary in what they cover. If your loved one has a policy, we recommend speaking with their long-term care policy provider to understand what aspects of senior care their policy covers.

Veterans Affairs benefits for nursing homes in San Diego

Senior veterans in San Diego who need a nursing home level of care may qualify to move into a VA-approved skilled nursing facility. If your loved one is a senior veteran, they must meet the following requirements to receive long-term care in a nursing home:

  • Enroll in VA health care
  • Receive acknowledgement from the VA that they need specific medical treatment
  • Live near an appropriate facility [04]

California has a specific veteran services program, called CalVet, through which seniors can access a Veterans Benefit Enhancement Program (or VBE). The VBE helps seniors transition from California’s Medicaid program to VA health care.

Disabled veterans may also qualify for the VA Aid and Attendance benefit. This benefit provides monthly payments in addition to the VA pension that can be used to cover senior living expenses in a care community of the senior’s choice. To qualify, the veteran must receive a VA pension, be enrolled in VA health care, and meet at least one of these additional requirements:

  • Require assistance with some activities of daily living
  • Have a disability that causes them to be bedridden if left untreated
  • Live in a nursing home or skilled nursing facility
  • Have significantly impaired eyesight [05]

Senior veterans can apply for the Aid and Attendance by downloading VA Form 21-2680. The process for approval of benefits through the VA is often a long and complicated process. Check out the following for assistance with navigating the process:

  • Veterans can find local representatives who can assist with applications by contacting San Diego’s VA Regional Benefit Office.
  • Benefits counseling and assistance is also available through the County’s Office of Military and Veterans Affairs (also referred to as OMVA).
  • Volunteers are available through the San Diego Public Library’s Veterans Resources Center to assist veterans in accessing their benefits.
183769

Approximate number of veterans living in San Diego, according to the U.S. Census Bureau

Percentage of veterans in San Diego who are over the age of 75, according to the U.S. Census Bureau

Resources for San Diego veterans

San Diego VA Regional Benefit Office

San Diego VA Regional Benefit Office — public contact offices
8810 Rio San Diego Drive
San Diego, CA 9108
Phone: 800-827-1000
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

San Diego County Office of Military and Veterans Affairs (OMVA)

San Diego County Office of Military and Veterans Affairs — veterans services
5560 Overland Ave., Suite 310
San Diego, CA 92193
Phone: 858-694-3222
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

San Diego Public Library’s Veterans Resource Center

San Diego Public Library’s Veterans Resource Center — outreach
San Diego Central Library, Room 316
330 Park Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619-236-5800
Hours: Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Department of Housing and Urban Development — Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH)
A Place for Mom Veterans Benefits Guide
San Diego Medi-Cal for nursing homes

California’s Medicaid program is called Medi-Cal. It serves people of low-income status by paying for health care services, such as medical appointments, rehabilitation, and hospital stays. Covered California is the health care portal specifically for California residents that offers Medi-Cal as well as affordable, full-coverage health care plans to low-income residents. Applying through Covered California’s web portal allows you to see if you qualify for Medi-Cal, as the Covered California application is the same as the Medi-Cal application. Through their easy-to-use site, Covered California gives low-income residents access to full, essential health care benefits on top of their Medi-Cal coverage.

Skilled nursing care in a nursing home, or skilled nursing facility, is a mandatory benefit under Medi-Cal. This means that medically necessary care in a skilled nursing facility is covered through Medi-Cal.[06] However, receiving nursing care in a skilled nursing facility is not a senior’s only option. All of A Place for Mom’s partner assisted living communities have at least some on-site skilled nursing services, and in-home health care options are also available through Medi-Cal.

In-home health care services

Medi-Cal has in-home health care programs with specific Medi-Cal-approved providers. These in-home programs include skilled nursing services, enabling the senior to remain in their home or in an assisted living facility and still receive specialized nursing care. Note that not all assisted living facilities utilize Medi-Cal-approved in-home health care providers.

The Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) model is available to eligible seniors through California’s Department of Health Care Services (or DHCS). This model enables seniors to receive long-term care services in their place of residence rather than in a skilled nursing facility. All of the following requirements must be met for a senior to enroll in the PACE model:

  • Be at least 55 years of age
  • Live in an area that the PACE model serves
  • Receive confirmation from the DHCS that skilled nursing services are needed
  • Currently live safely within their home or their assisted living community [07]
Medi-Cal programs for assisted living

Medi-Cal doesn’t cover room and board fees in other types of senior living communities, such as assisted living and memory care communities. However, Medi-Cal may cover some of the costs of medical-related services that take place in assisted living or memory care communities, if it is a Medi-Cal-approved facility.[08]

Medi-Cal eligible seniors in San Diego may use the Assisted Living Waiver — a waiver designed to help seniors access care in an assisted living facility instead of in institutions such as nursing facilities or hospitals. The Assisted Living Waiver only helps seniors cover the cost of care services at a facility, and does not cover room and board in the community. Note that all of A Place for Mom’s partner assisted living facilities have at least some on-site skilled nursing services, enabling seniors to receive nursing care while living in an assisted living facility.

Seniors have many resources available in San Diego, whether it’s for assistance and support in applying for Medi-Cal or for information on chronic health conditions and senior care programs. The following resources include applications, program descriptions, and eligibility requirements, as well as where to find application counseling through your local Long-Term Care Ombudsman program.

San Diego resident Medi-Cal resources

San Diego County Health & Human Services Agency

Apply for Medi-Cal through San Diego County
Health and Human Services Agency
1600 Pacific Highway, Room 206
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619-515-6555
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Covered California

Apply for Medi-Cal through Covered California
1879 Logan Ave. J
San Diego, CA 92113
Phone: 800-300-1506
Hours: Monday through Friday, 5 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturdays, 5 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) model

Access home health care services through PACE
1515 K St., #400
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-713-8444

Medi-Cal

Medi-Cal program and eligibility information
Phone: 1-866-262-9881
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

California Department of Public Health (or CDPH)
San Diego Aging and Independence Services  

Find your local Long-Term Care Ombudsman
5560 Overland Ave., Suite 310
San Diego, CA 92193
Phone: 800-640-4661

Medicare nursing home coverage in San Diego

Medicare may cover up to 100 days of nursing home services in a certified skilled nursing facility in San Diego, California. To be eligible for skilled nursing services, your senior loved one must have a medical diagnosis and meet all of the following requirements:

  • Be age 65+
  • Receive Part A hospital insurance and have a leftover balance in their benefit period
  • Have an inpatient hospital stay that qualifies for coverage
  • Receive skilled nursing services in a facility certified by Medicare
  • Need skilled nursing services for either a medical condition that was treated during an inpatient hospital stay or for a medical condition that began in a skilled nursing facility[09]
Dual Medicare/Medi-Cal Plan

Seniors in need of skilled nursing levels of care may qualify for California’s Senior Care Action Network (SCAN) Health Plan. SCAN is a Medicare Advantage Special Needs Plan that contracts with the California Department of Health’s Medi-Cal program for a dual Medicare/Medi-Cal program. This dual program provides home and community based services for in-home care services in the senior’s home or at an approved assisted living facility. All of the following requirements must be met for a senior to access the SCAN dual-coverage plan:

  • Be at least 65 years of age
  • Enroll in Medicare Part A and B
  • Enroll in Medi-Cal with the full scope of benefits
  • Live in a San Diego County SCAN-approved area
  • Do not have end-stage renal disease [10]

Note that Medicare may cover some medical care costs at an approved assisted living or a residential care home. However, the cost of rent isn’t covered by Medicare — only specific, medically necessary care services.

Seniors enrolled in Medicare can check their eligibility for Medicare Savings Programs that may cover part of their Medicare premium. There are four different Medicare Savings Programs in California, each of which may cover some of Medicare Part A, B, C, or a combination of parts. Seniors who meet low-income requirements can apply for Medicare Savings Programs online and explore additional state Medicare resources to see which program best fits their needs.

San Diego resident Medicare resources

Social Security Administration

Social Security Administration — learn about Medicare benefits
1333 Front St.
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 800-772-1213
Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

California Department of Aging
San Diego Aging and Independence Services

Find senior services in your county
5560 Overland Ave., Suite 310
San Diego, CA 92193
Phone: 858-495-5885
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Senior Care Action Network (SCAN) Health Plan

SCAN information
Phone: 800-675-4439

San Diego Aging and Independence Services

Find your local Long-Term Care Ombudsman
5560 Overland Ave., Suite 310
San Diego, CA 92193
Phone: 800-640-4661

Understand California laws and regulations for nursing homes

California nursing homes, or skilled nursing facilities, are sometimes also referred to as rehabilitation centers and convalescent hospitals. All of these terms apply to skilled nursing facilities, which must be licensed in the state. Skilled nursing facilities that are part of larger senior living communities, such as Continuing Care Retirement Communities (or CCRCs), must be licensed by the California Department of Public Health (or CDPH). The CCRC as a whole must also be licensed by the California Department of Social Services (or CDSS).

Skilled nursing facilities in California are required to provide a range of services, including but not limited to services in the list below:

  • Physician services
  • Skilled nursing services
  • Dietary services
  • Pharmaceutical services
  • Activity programming
  • Arranged transportation to services that can’t be provided on-site
  • A plan for emergency medical care if the on-site physician isn’t present [11]

California skilled nursing facilities must also adhere to the following requirements for staff members and living spaces:

  • Sufficient nursing staff must be present so that each resident gets at least three hours of services each day.
  • All staff members need to participate in continuing education on safety and care procedures.
  • Each facility is licensed for a different number of residents and beds, and facilities must not exceed these numbers.
  • Each room must have a bed, table, chair, and a space to keep the resident’s belongings. [11]

Assisted living and memory care laws and regulations

A nursing home, or skilled nursing facility, may not be the right option for your loved one, particularly if they don’t need 24-hour medical supervision. So, we’ve included information on California’s assisted living and memory care laws and regulations.

Assisted living and memory care facilities in San Diego must be licensed by the California Department of Social Services (or CDSS). All assisted living and memory care facilities in California must assess a senior via interviews and by reviewing their health records before welcoming them as a resident. Once a senior moves in, these facilities must also adhere to the following regulations:

  • House a maximum of two residents per bedroom
  • Provide individual privacy in each bathroom
  • Ensure bedrooms have enough room to accommodate equipment such as wheelchairs and walkers
  • Provide clean and accessible common rooms for residents
  • Provide activities involving social, leisure, and daily living skills [12]

Inspections and reports

Nursing homes, or skilled nursing facilities, are inspected annually by the CDPH’s Licensing and Certification Division.[13] The CDPH Center for Health Care Quality (or CHCQ) has a dashboard of the most common skilled nursing facility requirement violations. You can search by facility name, facility type, and county to find them.

The CDSS inspects assisted living and memory care facilities once each year. The CDSS must also inspect a facility within 10 days of receiving a complaint.[12] Licensed facilities and their inspection reports are available to the public via the CDSS Care Facility Search. Scroll down to “Search By Facility Group,” select “Elderly Assisted Living,” select the “Facility Type” and “San Diego County,” then click on the search button. You can also search by facility name or address.

California Department of Health contact information

California Department of Public Health
1616 Capitol Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95899-7377
Phone: 916-558-1784

COVID-19 regulations for San Diego nursing homes

San Diego County has COVID-19 guidelines that residents are encouraged to follow. The most current recommendations include staying up to date with COVID-19 vaccines and getting tested if symptoms are suspected. In general, mask-wearing is not required. However, if you have COVID-19 symptoms, a recent positive test, or been exposed to the virus, San Diego County asks that you wear a mask in public. Masks are also required in at-risk settings, such as health care centers and skilled nursing facilities or nursing homes.

Read the most recent San Diego County COVID-19 guidelines here.

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Vaccinations. San Diego County encourages all citizens to stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations.

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Masking. Guests are required to wear masks in skilled nursing facilities.

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Facility cleanliness. Surfaces and shared items are routinely cleaned and disinfected with hospital-grade disinfectant.

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Staff safety. Health care facility staff are given personal protective equipment (also known as PPE) and are routinely screened for COVID-19 symptoms.

What to expect from senior care in San Diego

Assisted living and memory care communities in San Diego have much to offer seniors. From full calendars of engaging activities to connected care opportunities, seniors with a variety of needs can find the lifestyle option that fits them.

San Diego nursing homes and senior care facilities

San Diego nursing homes or skilled nursing facilities are staffed with doctors and nurses that provide seniors with round-the-clock supervision and skilled medical care. Skilled nursing facilities may also coordinate hospice and rehabilitation services for seniors. Rehabilitation services are designed for seniors recovering from surgery or an illness. Skilled nursing facilities as well as assisted living communities have a range of rehabilitative therapies available on-site. These therapies often include physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy. Residents of these San Diego facilities may also find unique options, such as acupuncture, massage therapy, and certified therapy dogs.

All of our San Diego assisted living and memory care communities should provide a least some on-site nursing care services to current residents, equivalent to the services received at a skilled nursing facility. However, it is not typical that an assisted living community will admit a senior in need of 24/7 medical observation, as that service is reserved for seniors already living in the community. For example, residents already in an assisted living community that grow to need rehabilitation or hospice care can receive such care services in the comfort of their own unit.

Seniors who aren’t recovering from surgery or an illness, aren’t in need of hospice care, and don’t require 24/7 medical oversight should look at assisted living communities — not nursing homes — to meet their current and future needs.

San Diego assisted living

Seniors who choose assisted living facilities in San Diego are set up to enjoy all that the city and their new lifestyle has to offer. Activities both within and outside of the community make for enriching social experiences, such as fitness classes, volunteer programs, parties, and live on-site entertainment. Visits to local museums, outings to sunny beaches, and lively tours of SeaWorld San Diego also await residents who want to maximize each day.

Luxe amenities can be found in many of San Diego’s assisted living communities, from living units to dining and common areas. Residents enjoy on-site fine dining experiences, pamper themselves in full service salons, wellness spas, and optimize their health in fitness centers and therapy pools. In addition, pools with views of the ocean waves and walking paths to nearby sandy beaches await residents. Some communities even maintain exclusive, private beach access and rooftop decks overlooking the ocean.

Most of San Diego’s assisted living facilities offer multiple senior care services in a single location, such as memory care and on-site skilled nursing care. These communities allow seniors to choose their ideal living situation without worry of moving in the future if their care needs change. Some of these facilities even have social services teams to coordinate residents’ appointments and facilitate communication between residents, families, and nursing staff.

San Diego memory care

Memory care communities in San Diego are ready to make each resident’s day meaningful. These specialized senior living communities are staffed with memory-care trained staff and uniquely designed for the safety and comfort of seniors with memory care needs. From person-centered activities to specialized therapies and amenities, these communities have something for all seniors to keep their minds engaged. Some communities even offer unique experiences, like virtual reality brain fitness games, accessible and safe social events, and chauffeured field trips to many of San Diego’s popular attractions.

Most memory care facilities in San Diego are a part of a larger assisted living facility which provides an array of on-site skilled nursing care services. Some even advertise themselves as luxury care communities, offering many high-end amenities for seniors to enjoy along the stages of their care journey.

Seniors can socialize in comfortable common areas after treating themselves to fresh styles and manicures in full-service, on-site salons. Residents are often found enjoying a gourmet meal with regional seafood and seasonal produce, or spending tranquil moments in on-site therapy gardens and landscaped courtyards. Like assisted living communities, many San Diego memory care communities even have unique, on-site amenities like personal wine storage, bars, and sports lounges.

San Diego nursing homes services and amenities

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

Availability of select care services in San Diego nursing homes

Nursing homes communities offer a variety of care services and visiting health care providers to meet seniors’ health needs. The chart below shows the percentage of nursing homes partners in San Diego that offer these care services compared to the percentage of partners that offer them nationally.
San Diego, CANational
Full medication management
Full medication management
52.2%
2.4%
Doctor on call
Doctor on call
37.7%
9.5%
24-Hour awake staff
24-Hour awake staff
76.8%
26%
Diabetic care
Diabetic care
79.7%
26.6%
*Visiting health care professionals
*Visiting health care professionals
53.6%
9.8%
Home care agency on-site
Home care agency on-site
17.4%
0.8%
Non-ambulatory care
Non-ambulatory care
73.9%
22.8%
Respite or short term stays
Respite or short term stays
36.2%
7%
Hospice available on-site
Hospice available on-site
56.5%
17.3%
0.0%20.0%40.0%60.0%80.0%100%
*Including nurse, dentist, OT, PT, speech or podiatrist

Availability of select dementia care services in San Diego nursing homes

Our community partners provide many services to keep residents with dementia or other memory concerns safe and engaged. Below, take a look at what percentage of San Diego Nursing Homes partners offer the selected dementia care services compared to the percentage of partners nationally.
San Diego, CANational
Dementia behaviors care
Dementia behaviors care
46.4%
3.8%
Specialized memory care training for staff
Specialized memory care training for staff
30.4%
0.2%
Secured community and/or wander guard
Secured community and/or wander guard
42%
5.4%
Memory care only community
Memory care only community
11.6%
1.2%
0.0%20.0%40.0%60.0%80.0%100%

Availability of select dietary accommodations in San Diego nursing homes

Nursing homes communities help seniors maintain a balanced diet by accommodating their health needs, allergies, and other restrictions. Below you’ll find the percentage of San Diego partners making specific dietary accommodations for seniors compared to the percentage of assisted living partners making those accommodations nationally.
San Diego, CANational
Nutritionist / dietician
Nutritionist / dietician
31.9%
0.5%
Low / no sodium
Low / no sodium
42%
1.4%
No sugar
No sugar
37.7%
1.4%
Vegetarian
Vegetarian
40.6%
3.5%
0.0%20.0%40.0%60.0%80.0%100%

Availability of select dining options in San Diego nursing homes

Our nursing homes communities know that seniors want top-quality meals and options for how they dine. The chart below indicates the percentage of San Diego communities that offer dining options to their discerning residents compared to our partners nationally.
San Diego, CANational
Professional chef
Professional chef
33.3%
0.2%
Restaurant style dining
Restaurant style dining
37.7%
0.4%
Room service
Room service
36.2%
0.4%
Anytime dining
Anytime dining
20.3%
0.7%
0.0%20.0%40.0%60.0%80.0%100%

Availability of select programs and activities in San Diego nursing homes

Senior living communities offer a variety of programming to keep seniors socially, mentally, and physically vibrant. The chart below shows what percentage of partnered nursing homes communities in San Diego offer the selected activities, amenities, and programs compared to the percentage of partners nationwide.
San Diego, CANational
Activity director
Activity director
43.5%
0.4%
Pet-focused programs
Pet-focused programs
27.5%
0.2%
Community service programs
Community service programs
21.7%
0.3%
Devotional activities on-site
Devotional activities on-site
42%
6.3%
Parties / BBQs / happy hour
Parties / BBQs / happy hour
43.5%
0.4%
Outings / off-site activities
Outings / off-site activities
50.7%
6.5%
Piano or organ
Piano or organ
37.7%
0.4%
Arts and crafts center
Arts and crafts center
33.3%
0.2%
Educational speakers / life long learning
Educational speakers / life long learning
40.6%
0.3%
Clubs / games / karaoke
Clubs / games / karaoke
39.1%
0.4%
Live performances
Live performances
40.6%
0.4%
Dances
Dances
26.1%
0.2%
Fitness center
Fitness center
20.3%
0.3%
Fitness classes
Fitness classes
40.6%
0.4%
0.0%20.0%40.0%60.0%80.0%100%

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Unfamiliar with San Diego? Highlights for seniors

195594

Number of seniors over the age of 75 currently living in San Diego, according to the U.S. Census Bureau

5%

Percentage of seniors 75 and older currently living in San Diego, according to the U.S. Census Bureau

77

Average high temperature (Fahrenheit) in August — San Diego’s warmest month, according to Weather Spark

Health care for seniors in San Diego

Senior residents in San Diego, California, have access to several nationally ranked hospitals and senior health care centers.

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UC San Diego Health – La Jolla and Hillcrest Hospitals

UC San Diego Health – La Jolla and Hillcrest Hospitals are teaching hospitals that provide general and surgical care. They’re nationally ranked for several areas of adult care, including cancer surgeries, cardiology, and their geriatric clinic.

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Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla

Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla provides general and surgical care. They’re nationally ranked for cardiology and orthopedics.

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Sharp Memorial Hospital

Sharp Memorial Hospital is nationally ranked for lung surgery and urology. This hospital also provides general medical and surgical care, in addition to having geriatric specialists and several senior resource centers.

Transportation for seniors in San Diego

Many of San Diego’s nursing homes and senior care facilities offer scheduled transportation to their residents for specific appointments, errands, and scheduled outings. Resident visitors will also find many public transportation options available, allowing them to maximize their experiences with their loved ones in San Diego.

San Diego Public Transportation has a program called PRONTO that enables riders to buy their tickets online through an app. These public transportation options are available to San Diego residents and visitors alike:

  • The San Diego Trolley allows people to travel as far north as the VA medical center, as far south as the Mexican border, and everywhere in between.
  • The COASTER train is a great option for people who want to spend a day at the beach, as the train has routes to several popular beach communities, such as Carlsbad and Solana Beach.
  • There are several local buses with a variety of routes.
  • The SPRINTER is the city’s light rail, which offers convenient routes for a small fare.
  •  Pedicabs are available for enjoyable tours of unique San Diego locations.
  •  Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner is a popular train for touring around southern California.

San Diego also has transportation options designed with seniors in mind.

  • Happy2Help Transportation helps seniors travel to and from medical and nonmedical appointments in wheelchair-accessible vehicles for a fee.
  • Ride FACT is another senior-specific option with low prices. Seniors at least 60 years of age are eligible and must schedule their transportation in advance.
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Popular senior activities in San Diego

Endless entertainment awaits seniors and their visitors in San Diego, California, a city known for its scenic beaches and world-renowned attractions. From lounging on picturesque beaches to visiting San Diego’s most iconic attractions, this city has something for everyone. Check out the San Diego Tourism Authority’s website for updates on things to do and local guides for San Diego visitors and locals alike.

Accessible theme parks

Many of San Diego’s popular attractions are wheelchair accessible and make accommodations for people with disabilities. For example, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park and the USS Midway Museum all offer wheelchair rentals, tour scripts, and accessibility guides. SeaWorld San Diego and the San Diego Zoo itself also offer accessibility accommodations and options for people with varying cognitive and physical abilities.

Dramatic coastal landscapes

Family visitors and locals alike have many opportunities to enjoy gorgeous coastal scenery while in San Diego. There are many popular beaches, including La Jolla Shores and Cove, located near unique shops and restaurants. Natural beauty, stunning views from the rocky cliffs, and marine life sightings await. Day trips to Coronado Island are also full of possibilities and unique experiences, from lounging on the breathtaking Coronado Beach to sipping coffee in coastal cafes.

Neighborhoods with flair

Locals and visitors alike enjoy spending time in Old Town San Diego or Balboa Park — a historical site and thousand-acre park with serene nature areas as well as entertainment venues, cafes, and museums. The Comic-Con Museum, the San Diego Museum of Art, lush gardens, tropical trails, and much more are all located in the park.

Find every cuisine imaginable in San Diego’s popular restaurants, from seafood fine dining experiences to unique steakhouses. And after dinner, live entertainment awaits. Whether via a sporting event or theatrical performance, San Diego’s cultural attractions make for an exciting and bustling city. Catch a San Diego Padres game in Petco Park or a rugby or lacrosse game at Snapdragon Stadium. San Diego is also home to several performing arts centers. The Old Globe and two venues managed by San Diego Theatres — Civic Theater and Balboa Theater — host famous acts, popular musicals, theatrical comedies, and more.

Frequently Asked Questions

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The average cost of Nursing Homes in San Diego is $5,817 per month. This cost may vary based on location, amenities, floorplan, level of care and other factors.

References

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  2. Genworth. (2021). Cost of care survey.

  3. United States Census Bureau. (2021). Sex by age by veteran status for the civilian population 18 years and over (B21001) [Data set]. American Community Survey.

  4. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. (2022, October 12). VA nursing homes, assisted living, and home health care.

  5. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. (2022, October 12). VA aid and attendance benefits and housebound allowance.

  6. Medicaid.gov. Mandatory and optional Medicaid benefits.

  7. Department of Health Care Services. (2023, January 12). Program of all-inclusive care for the elderly.

  8. Department of Health Care Services. (2019, November 19). Medi-Cal eligibility & covered California FAQ’s.

  9. Medicare.gov. Skilled nursing facility (SNF) care.

  10. Department of Health Care Services. (2023, January 3). Senior care action network health plan.

  11. Required Services, 22 CCR § 72301 (1983 & rev. 2023).

  12. State of California Health and Human Services Agency Department of Social Services. (2008). Manual of Policies and Procedures Community Care Licensing Division: Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFE) Title 22, Division 6, Chapter 8.

  13. California Association of Health Facilities. (2021, March). Facts and statistics – Long-term care providers.

  14. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Coronavirus disease (2019) preparedness checklist for nursing homes and other long-term care settings.

  15. United States Census Bureau. (2021). Age and sex (S0101) [Data set]. American Community Survey.

  16. Weather Spark. (2022). Average temperature in San Diego.  

  17. U.S. World and News Report. (2022). Best hospitals in San Diego, California.

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A Place for Mom. (2022). A Place for Mom proprietary data.

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Genworth. (2021). Cost of care survey.

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United States Census Bureau. (2021). Sex by age by veteran status for the civilian population 18 years and over (B21001) [Data set]. American Community Survey.

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. (2022, October 12). VA nursing homes, assisted living, and home health care.

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. (2022, October 12). VA aid and attendance benefits and housebound allowance.

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Department of Health Care Services. (2023, January 12). Program of all-inclusive care for the elderly.

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Department of Health Care Services. (2019, November 19). Medi-Cal eligibility & covered California FAQ’s.

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Department of Health Care Services. (2023, January 3). Senior care action network health plan.

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Required Services, 22 CCR § 72301 (1983 & rev. 2023).

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California Association of Health Facilities. (2021, March). Facts and statistics – Long-term care providers.

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United States Census Bureau. (2021). Age and sex (S0101) [Data set]. American Community Survey.

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Weather Spark. (2022). Average temperature in San Diego.  

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U.S. World and News Report. (2022). Best hospitals in San Diego, California.