When it comes to senior living San Diego has hundreds of options in several categories.  Two common categories we hear are “independent living” and “assisted living”.  Finding the right place can be confusing.

Do you or does your loved one need assistance, or are you independent?  And what does being independent mean?

Below is an overview of your senior living San Diego options.

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Most senior living communities in San Diego (as well as in the other cities in our county) are licensed to provide care to their residents.  Technically they are “assisted living communities”.

However, many seniors who don’t necessarily need “care” still enjoy living in them to receive the other benefits of being in community.

This is where the terms “independent living” and “assisted living” are easily confused.

Many seniors decide to make this change for reasons other than just needing care.  The other advantages of moving to a senior living community in San Diego are having meals, transportation and others to socialize with.

Are There Independent Living Communities in San Diego?

There are a few San Diego senior communities that are strictly “independent”.  This means they have no license to provide care to their residents.

However, there are fewer and fewer of them as time goes on.  Most seniors want to “age in place”.  They’d rather not move to an entirely different place if they need some assistance with things like medications or help in the shower.

What About A Senior Apartment?

Throughout the county of San Diego, there are hundreds of apartment complexes for those 55 years of age or older.  In 55 plus apartments there are no (or very few) amenities provided.

In a senior apartment residents still do their own shopping, meal preparation, and housekeeping.  And a senior here will most likely still be driving, as no transportation is provided.

More Thoughts On Senior Living San Diego

If a senior is younger, healthy and can function on their own each day, an independent living community or a senior apartment may make sense.  They are typically more affordable.

But it’s always wise to consider what will happen in the future.  Even if a senior doesn’t need any care now, you may want to look at an assisted living community.

And if a senior needs more care than is appropriate for some larger care communities, a small assisted living home could be a good option.

A Less Common Category of Senior Living San Diego

A Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) or Life Care Community is also a retirement community option.  There are several in San Diego County and most require a financial investment.

A CCRC provides different levels of living and care in different areas of their campus.  Most of the community is independent living where seniors can take advantage of lots of activities and amenities, and where there is no care staff.  CCRCs then also have assisted living and skilled nursing on the same campus.

A CCRC is a good choice for those who are younger, still independent, and who are planning for the future.

Help Is Available If You Need It

Elder Answers provides personalized assistance to families searching for the most appropriate senior living San Diego has to offer, including all assisted living options.

I hope you will learn more about how we help here.

Please email us at any time at lise@elder-answers.com, or complete the contact form on this page.

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Client Testimonials

I came across Lise after dealing with several other senior consultants, all of whom were either located out of town or not at all in tune with what I was looking for.

Lise was a “breath of fresh air”, taking the time and patience to learn about my parents and their needs.

She saved me LITERALLY hours upon hours of time and effort by providing me referrals to senior homes that met my criteria.

To say that she knows the San Diego senior market and is very well connected thereto would be an understatement!

At all times, her ONLY concern was getting my parents located in a place that was best for them, and for our family!

I recommend Lise without reservation. You may contact me for a reference/further information about my experience at any time.

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Tom F.
San Diego CA.
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Lisa found my mother in law a palace to live in for her final days. Give us tons of information and basically took us through the whole process all without charging a dime. She seems to know everything about everyone of the homes in this area and answered all of our questions at least twice (sorry about that part Lisa 🙂 Some of them on a Sunday afternoon (sorry about that too Lisa)

The place told us they were giving us a discount because they really like her (Lisa that is) which is awesome. Thank you so much for helping my dying relative find such a perfect place to spend what little time she has left.

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Jill T.
Encinitas, CA
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There is no one better than Lise when it comes to placing a loved one. I have not seen anyone work harder and never give up on the more difficult cases. Being in Senior Care myself you learn quickly who you can trust, and I trust Lise more than any other Senior Care adviser out there!

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Oceanside CA.
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