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What services are provided in Assisted Living Facilities in San Francisco, California?

Assisted living facilities in San Francisco provide non-medical care, 3 meals per day, assistance with activities of daily living, medication management, and 24-hour supervision. Some facilities in San Francisco provide transportation, robust social activities, Alzheimer’s and other dementia related illnesses care, diabetes care, short-term respite care, and much more. Looking for different types of listings? Explore Memory Care communities for rent in San FranciscoIndependent Living communities for rent in San FranciscoShort-Term Assisted Living communities for rent in San Francisco, and In-Home Care services in San Francisco.

The typical monthly cost for assisted living in San Francisco ranges from $3,000 - $10,000+. There are also more than 500 reviews and inpection reports on assisted living facilities in San Francisco on Seniorly.

Assisted Living San Francisco, California

Find 267 Assisted Living Facilities in San Francisco and also 27 Independent Living, 86 Memory Care127 communities with Private Rooms18 communities that allow dogs, 23 starting at less than $3,000 per month, and 37 that offer Short-Term Respite Stays. More than 50 of these licensed facilities specializing in senior care services in San Francisco are single family homes that have been converted to Board and Care Homes. Filter by price, beds, location, and size of property. Read our financial planning resource when you’re considering “Paying for Assisted Living”. Trying to figure out what is a better fit between Assisted Living or In-Home Care? You might want to find to speak with a local Geriatric Care Manager in San Francisco to help you go over options.

Chinese Affinity Assisted Living in San Francisco

There are many communities in San Francisco that target the Chinese community in San Francisco. These assisted living communities include:

Fook Hong San Francisco Care Homes

Welcome to Fook Hong S.F., specializing in serving the needs of the San Francisco Asian Community! We offer care for up to 40 residents and are proud to serve a culturally-diverse program that incorporates meals and entertainment for all our residents.

Merced Residential Care Homes

We strive to help each individual maintain dignity, independence, and quality of life. With accommodations for 28, we offer fully-furnished private and shared suites. We provide 24-hour care and supervision, ensuring safety and comfort for each resident. Situated in lovely San Francisco, we are proud to introduce to you Merced 1 & 2 Residential Care Home!

The Avenue

Welcome to the Avenue! Our luxurious senior facility in San Francisco has the staff, amenities, and services that ensure the best assisted living experience available. Come see why the Avenue is the best place for you and your loved ones!


Interesting Facts About San Francisco Assisted Living 

Average cost in U.S.: $3,628/ month
Average cost in San Francisco: $5,950/ month
Highest average cost in U.S.: Washington D.C. ($6,700/ month)
Average length of stay in U.S.: 36 months
Number of U.S. assisted living communities: 31,200
*Source: Genworth - Compare Long Term Care Costs Across the United States


Assisted Living Care, Services and Amenities

As stated above assisted living communities are residential senior care options that provides non-medical assistance with activities of daily living (“ADLs”). According to Investopedia there are “There are six basic ADLs: eating, bathing, dressing, toileting, transferring (walking) and continence. A person's ability to perform ADLs is important for determining what type of long-term care — for example.”.

In addition to providing assistance with ADLs, most assisted living communities offer central dining, exercise programs, housekeeping services, transportation options and care supervision. Assisted living residents typically live in their own private or semiprivate apartments depending on their preference. Care needs for assisted living residents are assessed regularly in case there is a change that requires staff notification. Assisted living communities feature activities schedules filled with events to suit a variety of preferences. Families are encouraged to visit assisted living communities where their loved ones are residing. Loved ones are invited to special events and holiday parties designed for community residents.

Happiness also comes from a supportive and compassionate staff, independence and affordability. In many ways it's like a marriage. There are many choices, more now than ever, and so when selecting the right assisted living for you or your loved one, care, patience and research should be the number one priority.


Cost of Assisted Living in San Francisco

Assisted living is a type of senior community that allows you to have your own personal space, with care in place right there should you need it.

That makes an assisted-living community a great choice for a loved one whose health may be good now, but may require some extra care and assistance as time goes on. It’s always a relief for families to have a system in place should anything change down the road.

Your loved one can start their senior housing experience with an individual apartment, allowing them to live as independently as they’d like, while also taking advantage of social connections, activities and fitness offerings the community may offer. In addition, things like cleaning, meals and laundry would be taken care of.

But the best part is if something unexpected should happen, healthcare and assistance is available immediately, without having to make another move or locate services that can help. So if you needed to add assistance with eating, dressing or medication management, it would be taken care of seamlessly.

The national median rate of assisted living per month is $3628, according to a 2016 cost of care survey by Genworth Financial. Of course, that could be higher or lower depending on where you live and how much care your loved one may need. That comes to about $43,000 a year, far less than in-home round-the- clock assistance.

When choosing an assisted living community, be sure and factor in things like staff to resident ratio, activities and amenities available and sample a meal on your tour. It’s also a great idea to talk to other residents. You can request a meal for yourself and a loved one with a group of residents as well.

But one of the best ways to check out a place is a short-term or respite stay for your loved one. Many assisted-living communities encourage these stays, so your loved one can get a better sense of the community and what they have to offer.


Helpful Resource Articles on Assisted Living

How can I pay the costs of Assisted Living? 
What services should I expect to be offered in Assisted Living? 
How do I navigate the Assisted Living process and make a decision if it’s right for me? 
How do I evaluate an Assisted Living facility on a tour?


Featured Articles

Understanding the Assisted Living Experience? - This is article describes the experience you can expect when moving into an Assisted Living Community.

The Cost of In-Home Care vs. Assisted Living - A guide on figuring out how to make the decision on assisted living vs. in-home care.

Downsizing for a Move to Assisted Living - A guide on tips for transitioning from your home into an assisted living community.

Finding the Right Assisted Living Situation For a Family Member - Tips on finding the right assisted living facility that fits your needs.


Top 12 Question to Ask While Touring Assisted Living Facilities

  • What is the ratio of staff to residents?  

  • What is the staff turnover rate?

  • What types of training do the staff members have?  

  • Is there staff available to provide 24-hour assistance with activities of daily living (ADL’s) such as dressing, eating, bathing and toileting?

  • Can meals be provided at a time the resident prefers, or are there set times for meals?

  • Does the community have any special amenities or services worth mentioning, such as a beauty parlor, fitness room, therapy pool, etc.?  

  • Are residents actively encouraged to participate?

  • Is there someone on staff who coordinates home healthcare visits from a nurse, physical therapist, etc., if needed?

  • Are services such as hospice and physical therapy available?  If so, is there an additional charge?  If so, how much?

  • Is transportation offered to residents for doctor’s appointments?  Is the transportation wheelchair/disabled-friendly?  Is there a fee?  If so, how much?

  • Are incontinence supplies included in the price?  If not, what is the cost?

  • Are visitors allowed at any time, or are there specific visiting hours?  If you have specific visiting hours, what are they?  

Check out more questions here: Questions to Ask On Your Community Tour


Assisted Living Reviews and Ratings has aggregated reviews and ratings on assisted living communities from across the web. While nothing can replace the experience of touring a community, reviews and ratings can help you narrow down options. 


Assisted Living Definition

Assisted living is defined as: “housing for elderly or disabled people that provides nursing care, housekeeping, and prepared meals as needed.”  A simple way to understand it is housing that provides non-medical assistance of activities of daily living (“ADLs”) in a supportive environment.


Retirement Communities, San Francisco: Assisted Living vs. Nursing Home

While many people use Nursing Home and Assisted Living interchangeably, they are actually two different types of housing options. Nursing Homes, or Skilled Nursing Facilities, provide 24-hour medical care, while Assisted Living provides 24-hour non-medical care. Nursing Homes are licensed and reimbursed by Medicare or Medicaid, while Assisted Living primarily private pay (some exceptions do apply). Nursing Homes tend to be more like Hospitals while Assisted Living tends to be a more home-like community.

Bay Area Assisted Living vs. Homecare

According to AARP, 87% of seniors say they want to age in place. It's easy to understand that many seniors would rather live out their golden years at home than in an assisted living community. It's a comfortable, private and familiar place. However, depending on the circumstances, an assisted living may be the smarter alternative to receiving home care. Just keep in mind that not all senior assisted living facilities are created equal. Some provide resort-like amenities, such as retirement residences, while others focus on health care and health management, like skilled nursing facilities. There are major differences in cost, as well. And, the move will most likely be to smaller quarters. This means the bulk of what has been collected over the years, such as furnishings, mementos and other personal effects, will have to be left behind. This can be one of the most difficult and traumatic aspects of leaving your home for assisted living, for each item may carry significant meaning and letting go means life is changing in a big way.


Assisted Living Regulations

Each state has a regulatory department that oversees Assisted Living facilities. They also do periodic evaluations (at least once every five years) to make sure that the facilities meet the requirements set in place to ensure the safety of the residents. Each local district licensing office has a file on every facility in its district. As a consumer, you have the right to view the public file upon request. Items you should expect to see in the public file include:

  • the most recent inspection report

  • any complaints a facility has received within the last two to three years

  • the facility’s Plan of Operation

  • the waiver application and/or approval for hospice care (state by state)

  • any Advisory Notes regarding the facility.

Complaints may be filed by anyone – a resident, a resident’s family member or friend, or by a staff member. When reviewing a public file, be particularly aware of any complaints that allege abuse of patients or those that suggest any violations of resident rights. Check to see if there is a pattern of any one of more similar complaint. recommends you do your own evaluations too. Once you have reviewed the public files of your top choices and are ready to make a personal visit, you should have a checklist of items to be looking for as you tour the facility.

Meet the administration and ask to meet a current resident if possible. Plan at least one visit at a mealtime. Visit more than once, at various times of day to see how different staffing shifts relate to the residents.


Assisted Living Medicaid

Medicaid is available to people with limited income and has more coverage for long-term care costs than Medicare. It covers personal care (such as help bathing, dressing, etc.), home health care, adult day care, and assisted living care among other things. However, it has specific health and financial eligibility requirements. In particular, if your financial resources are above a certain limit, you will be required to use those resources first.  

It’s also important to know that eligibility and what is covered varies by state. In California, for example, Medicare benefits are provided under the Medi-Cal program. The plans provided through Medi-Cal vary by county. They are all required to provide a core set of benefits through the Affordable Care Act, but access to long-term care may vary. There are multiple ways to apply, including online, but if you have any doubts about what plan might be best for you, it’s a good idea to apply in person at your local county social services office, or get advice through a financial advisor or your local Area Agency on Aging.


Learn More About the City of San Francisco

“High on a hill, it calls me. To be where little cable cars climb halfway to the stars. The morning fog may chill the air, I don’t care My love waits there in San Francisco.” Welcome to the city where you will lose your heart! San Francisco is a special city with a rich history, culture, and diversity. From the gold rush to the tech rush, San Francisco is a place where dreams are made. With unbeatable views of the Pacific Ocean and an ever growing urban skyline, San Francisco is a beautiful place to live. San Francisco is actually a small city measuring 7 miles by 7 miles, and is home to less than 1 million people.

San Francisco changed greatly following the 1906 earthquake experiencing a renaissance of multicultural development. San Francisco ranks year in and year out as one of the most desirable places to live in California and the United States. It is also now one of the richest cities in the world, primarily driven by its rapid technology growth. Despite this, the years of the Haight and Ashbury hippies have left a mark, where people are still driven by helping their follow man. San Francisco is also known for its sophisticated culinary scene, museums, and other rich cultural offerings. There is truly something for everyone in San Francisco.


Famous Landmarks

San Francisco is home to many must-sees including: Alcatraz, the Painted Ladies, the Mrs. Doubtfire House, the Palace of Fine Arts, Coit Tower, the Ferry Building, and of course its iconic Cable Cars.


The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco” - Mark Twain. San Francisco is best known for its foggy weather. The temperature however is typically moderate with its warmest time of in September and October.


There are several major hospitals in San Francisco including: the University of San Francisco Medical Center, Sutter Health’s CPMC campuses, Kaiser Hospital San Francisco, St. Mary’s and St. Francis, and several others.

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