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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Many types of San Diego senior living communities provide care to seniors, so are technically referred to as “assisted living”.  And many senior communities, in fact most, have seniors living in their “assisted living” buildings who are still independent.  So these communities fit a lot of families needs.

However, there are those San Diego senior communities that are strictly “independent”.  This means they have no license to provide care staff to their residents.

Which Category of Senior Living San Diego is Right For You?

Some senior communities that are considered independent living are referred to as “retirement communities”.  All retirement communities include amenities.  Other places that are considered independent living are senior apartment complexes for those 55 years of age or older, where no (or very few) amenities are provided.

The amenities at retirement communities will usually be meals, transportation, housekeeping, activities and outings.  And these are all included in your monthly rental rate.

The benefits of a retirement community vs a senior apartment are:

  • Activities and social opportunities with peers
  • Transportation for seniors who do not want to drive
  • Take care of housekeeping and meal preparation

On the other hand, senior apartments have no, or very limited, amenities.  Here you still do your own shopping, meal preparation, and housekeeping.  And you most likely will still be driving, as no transportation is provided.

More on Senior Living San Diego

If you or your elderly loved one is healthy and can function on their own each day, an independent living community in San Diego may make sense.

However, if some care is needed, even a minimal amount, you may want to look at an assisted living community.  And it’s always best to consider what will happen in the future.  Even if no care is needed now, is it wise to make a second move if and when that changes?

Another consideration is finances.  If your budget is tight, a senior apartment for those 55 and older will be a more practical option.  Since independent living communities include amenities, they will be more expensive than a senior apartment.

One More Category of Senior Living San Diego

One specific type of senior community that I haven’t mentioned yet is a Continuing Care Retirement Community (referred to as a CCRC).

A CCRC provides different levels of living and care in different areas of their campus.  There will be an independent living community as part of the campus where seniors can still take advantage of amenities, but where there is no care staff.  Then there will be a different part of the community that is licensed as assisted living, and where care staff is present.

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

It’s very easy to become confused when you’re looking for the most ideal senior living San Diego location.  If you’re not sure if an independent living community, a senior apartment, or an assisted living community is the most appropriate choice for you or your loved one, I’m happy to help.

Elder Answers provides free, personalized assistance to families searching for the most appropriate senior living San Diego location for themselves or a loved one.

Please call us today at 619-538-9155.  You can also email me directly at any time at lise@elder-answers.com, or complete the form on the 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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Shanyn C.
Oceanside CA.
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