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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.

Nursing Homes Facilities near San Diego, CA

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Recent reviews of Nursing Homes in San Diego, CA
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 are very nice and adequate, they have many options to choose from. Our loved one has a beautiful view.

Torrey Pines Senior Living in San Diego, CA
5.0

I’ve just been impressed with your facility and the people were are very accommodating. The therapists,[names removed] nurses like [name removed] sees what I need. You people are just so wonderful taking us patient in getting well.

Sun and Sea in Imperial Beach, CA
5.0

The people here are really friendly, and the place is very pretty. They have a lovely garden outside. We came and had a little tour, spoke to the people, and they were very helpful and informative. My dad is a hospice patient and they do an excellent job with him and made the transition a very smooth one.

Silvergate Rancho Bernardo

16061 Avenida Venusto, San Diego, CA 92128

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
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9.9
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22 reviews

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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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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Atria Collwood

5308 Monroe Avenue, San Diego, CA 92115

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
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9.7
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95 reviews

Everything that your parent will need in a community is at Atria Collwood. I had my father-in-law live with myself and my family for a few years and wasn't being active. You have a community that feels...

Provides: Assisted Living, Independent Living
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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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Stellar Care

4518 54th Street, San Diego, CA 92115

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
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9.3
Review Score
34 reviews

What our family likes the most about the Stellar Care community is the attentiveness of the staff members who are working there. Based on the experience we have had so far, we would recommend them to other...

Provides: Memory Care

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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Lantern Crest Senior Living

800 Lantern Crest Way, Santee, CA 92071

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
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9.0
Review Score
32 reviews

Based on my experience so far, I would rate all categories above as a 5. I am very pleased with Lantern Crest Senior Living and would recommend it to anyone. I wish I had entered it a couple of years...

Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Independent Living

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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Torrey Pines Senior Living

13101 Hartfield Ave, San Diego, CA 92130

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
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9.0
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45 reviews

Very good services for safe assisted living, with perks not always available elsewhere, for seniors who are ambulatory. We picked this community, because of the proximity to home + 7/24 caregiver & nurse...

Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Independent Living
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Do more of what you love every day.At our continuing care retirement community (CCRC), you’ll have the lifestyle you want, plus care if you need it with assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing all on one campus.With several floorplans to choose from, including studio, one-bedroom and...

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Oakmont of Pacific Beach

955 Grand Ave, San Diego, CA 92109

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
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8.9
Review Score
7 reviews

For what it is worth I LOVE the place A Place For Mom found me, which is Oakmont of Pacific Beach here in San Diego no wonder I had to wait six month to get apartment I wanted it is excellent!!!!! I...

Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Independent Living
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Ivy Park at Sabre Springs

12515 Springhurst Dr, San Diego, CA 92128

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
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8.8
Review Score
37 reviews

My mother is currently a resident at Ivy Park at Sabre Springs and everything has been mostly great for her at this facility. The staff is great. The cleanliness, friendliness, care services and value for...

Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care
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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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Novellus Clairemont

5219 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92117

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
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8.7
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68 reviews

We are very happy with Brookdale. Especially with the care. Bingo is the only activity that my mom has done. That's by her choice. She's still weak but getting stronger and will enjoy other activities they...

Provides: Assisted Living
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Redefine your independence with more time for what you want to do.Here at our assisted living community, you get to redefine your independence, pursue your favorite hobbies and live your life your way. Whether that’s connecting with new friends or trying something new like yoga, you have choices...

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Belmont Village Sabre Springs

13075 Evening Creek Dr S, San Diego, CA 92128

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
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8.6
Review Score
59 reviews

My mom loves Belmont. She loves the activities, the exercise classes, and the swimming exercise. She looks forward to scenic drives on Fridays. A perfect place for her.We picked this community because,...

Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Independent Living
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The Belmont Village facility at Sabre Springs is located in the attractive residential community of Poway. Situated in northeast San Diego County, Poway is known as 'The City in the Country' and prides itself on the fact that much of the area is preserved as dedicated open space. With great views...

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Pacifica Senior Living Rancho Penasquitos

12979 Rancho Penasquitos Blvd, San Diego, CA 92129

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
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Pricing promotion expiring soon

8.5
Review Score
72 reviews

First of all the service here are fantastic. I would like to give a special shout out to[names removed] for their caring attitude and fantastic service. [name removed]and [name removed] our activity team is...

Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care
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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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ActivCare at 4S Ranch

10603 Rancho Bernardo Road, San Diego, CA 92127

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
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8.5
Review Score
5 reviews

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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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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Golden Living of Pt. Loma

3223 Duke St, San Diego, CA 92110

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8.0
Review Score
10 reviews

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

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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Monarch Cottage

7630 Fay Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
14
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8.0
Review Score
7 reviews

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

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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Rancho Santa Fe Villa

8292 Run of the Knolls, San Diego, CA 92127

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
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8.0
Review Score
9 reviews

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

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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Monte Vista Village

2211 Massachusetts Avenue, Lemon Grove, CA 91945

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
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Pricing promotion expiring soon

9.9
Review Score
72 reviews

They are responsive to the needs of their residents. My sister lives this place and the activities they offer. I speak to other residents there and they have lived in other places and they all like Monte...

Provides: Assisted Living, Independent Living
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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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The Montera

5740 Lake Murray Boulevard, La Mesa, CA 91942

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
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9
9 Floor plans available
9.4
Review Score
85 reviews

In my opinion, the chef and his staff do a truely great job-day after day-in feeding the multitude of residents. The food is consitently excellent. The dining room staff are consitently very friendly and...

Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care
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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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Grossmont Gardens

5480 Marengo Ave, La Mesa, CA 91942

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
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9.4
Review Score
128 reviews

As this is my brother's first experience at an assisted living there us no comparison. Plus he's been in the hospital or a nursing facility the majority of the time

Provides: Assisted Living, Independent Living
See all Vista La Mesa Senior Living Inc communities

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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Sungarden Terrace Assisted Living and Memory Care

2045 Skyline Drive, Lemon Grove, CA 91945

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
13
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9.2
Review Score
33 reviews

We were enthralled by the welcoming atmosphere of Sungarden Terrace Assisted Living and Memory Care from the minute we entered. The building has been meticulously maintained and is constructed to make...

Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Independent Living
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Sungarden Terrace is family owned for over 19 years and takes great pride in providing excellent care in a warm, nuturing environment. Some of our staff have been with us since our doors opened. Our reviews are all 4 and 5 star reviews focusing on great care, a family-like atmosphere, excellent...

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Westmont of La Mesa

9000 Murray Drive, La Mesa, CA 91942

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
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7
7 Floor plans available
8.8
Review Score
12 reviews

My parents have been at Westmont for over 2 months. During their time there, they've been treated very well. They use the pool, participate in the exercise classes, and attend the social events - which...

Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Independent Living
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Grossmont Gardens Memory Care

4960 Mills St, La Mesa, CA 91942

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
24
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8.3
Review Score
52 reviews

Overall, the experience there has been amazing at the beginning. I think I was upset because we lost a lot of our clothes but now it seems to be under control with the new management and I love the...

Provides: Memory Care
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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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Ivy Park at La Jolla

810 Turquoise Street, San Diego, CA 92109

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
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4
4 Floor plans available
7.6
Review Score
28 reviews

The staff at Ivy Park La Jolla seem to genuinely care about the residents in memory care. This, more than anything is of the utmost importance to us as no family lives in the area. We are truly depending on...

Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care
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About Sunrise of La JollaCommunity & Location Highlights:Conveniently located in San Diego, CAClose to Scripps Memorial Hospital La JollaGorgeous views of the Pacific oceanNear La Jolla Country Club and La Jolla's downtownSunrise of Pacific Beach in San Diego, California, provides exclusive...

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ActivCare at Mission Bay

2440 Grand Avenue, San Diego, CA 92109

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
7
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7.5
Review Score
3 reviews

My dad spent 1.5 years at ActivCare Mission Bay - he was almost 98 when he passed. Moving him there from another facility was the BEST thing we could have done for him in his final years! He was a retired...

Provides: Memory Care
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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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Cloisters of the Valley

4171 Camino Del Rio S, San Diego, CA 92108

5
5 Photos available

I had good stay. They took good care of me while I healed up. The facility is beautiful and well maintained. Staff is courteous and responsive. Now I am able to return to work.

Provides: Assisted Living
See all Bayshire, LLC communities

Cloisters of the Valley offers complete residential senior care in a private, caring environment. If you are looking into an assisted living facility for your loved one, you will want to make sure you are getting the best medical care in the most home-like environment possible. Please stop by to...

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AvantGarde Senior Living of La Jolla

6211 La Jolla Hermosa Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037

15
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1
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7.0
Review Score
2 reviews

My loved one liked the food. It was very expensive, but they did a pretty good job. Overall, I would recommend to other families.

Provides: Memory Care

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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White Sands, a CCRC

7450 Olivetas Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
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9
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The meals and dining service has been excellent, and they have really great activities for us to participate in. Based on my experience so far I would recommend the White Sands community to others.

Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Independent Living
See all HumanGood communities

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

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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.

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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.

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

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.

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

Inspections and reports

Nursing homes, or skilled nursing facilities, are inspected annually by the CDPH’s Licensing and Certification Division. 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. 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.

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

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

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

Staff safety. Health care facility staff are given personal protective equipment (also known as PPE) and are routinely screened for COVID-19 symptoms. [14]

Get to know senior living in San Diego

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Number of in-network assisted living facilities in market

3.9/5.0 average in-network rating
53% of assisted living and memory care facilities offer pet-friendly services
36% of assisted living and memory care facilities in our network have enclosed walking spaces
48% of assisted living and memory care facilities in our network have an on-site physician
100% of the assisted living and memory care facilities in our network have on-site skilled nursing services

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Number of people we have referred to our partner communities

82

Average age of residents we have referred to our partner communities
60% of residents we referred to our partner communities are female

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.

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Unfamiliar with San Diego? Highlights for seniors

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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.

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.[17]

Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla

Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla provides general and surgical care. They’re nationally ranked for cardiology and orthopedics.[17]

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.[17]

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.

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

Monte Vista Village, Silvergate Retirement Residence - Fallbrook and La Marea Senior Living are the top-rated Nursing Homes facilities near San Diego, CA. These Nursing Homes facilities received the highest rankings based on verified family reviews. See full list of communities.

The average cost of Nursing Homes in San Diego is 9,859 per month. This cost may vary based on location, amenities, floorplan, level of care and other factors.

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