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Page Reviewed / Updated – August 18, 2020

The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Burlingame, CA

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Sitting on the San Francisco Bay Peninsula, Burlingame is recognized as one of America’s 50 best cities. Not only are its attractive scenery and sunny year-round climate a draw for retirees, but its proximity to the San Francisco Airport also makes it convenient for family members to visit.

The charming city has a walkable downtown area where seniors can explore a variety of quaint shops, local restaurants, cafes and entertainment venues. Crime is low so seniors can feel safe exploring on their own, and there are a number of top medical facilities in the area. Those who enjoy spending time outdoors will enjoy the city’s expansive shoreline and abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities.

Note: Information for Burlingame was not available, so data from the nearest city, San Francisco, was used.

Take a look at this list of the top 10 assisted living facilities in Burlingame. Additionally, find out more about the cost of assisted living in Burlingame and what financial assistance programs are available.

Atria Park of San Mateo

Located along the waterfront in California's hillside neighborhood, Atria Park of San Mateo is focused on supporting seniors' physical and emotional well-being. Marina Shopping Plaza is right across the street, putting residents within walking distance of grocery stores, restaurants and banks. Staff members are available 24 hours a day to offer discreet support, and the facility is thoughtfully designed with a host of amenities, including a full-service salon and spa, library, games room and worship space. Each day, residents have countless opportunities to participate in engaging activities, such as yoga classes, painting workshops and ice cream socials, or socialize with fellow seniors over coffee on the outdoor patio.

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  • Pet-friendly environment
  • Scheduled transportation to local appointments, errands and events

Sunrise of Burlingame

Sunrise of Burlingame offers an environment that's safe, welcoming and nurturing. The neighborhood is very pedestrian-friendly, and seniors can enjoy shopping and take care of errands at Burlingame Plaza Shopping Center. It's also just minutes from the airport, making it easy for families to visit. We included it in the list of top 10 facilities for its resident-centered approach to care, which ensures each senior receives personalized support and attention. Daily meals are prepared by culinary professionals with the nutritional needs of seniors in mind. The modern, eco-friendly facility is designed with an array of resort-style amenities, such as a spa, salon, coffee shop and library.

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  • Range of care services available for every stage of aging
  • Activities promote physical fitness, socialization, creative and learning

The Trousdale

The Trousdale is considered one of the best senior living facilities in the Bay Area because of its lifestyle focused on wellness, personal growth, innovation and connectivity, and its integration of state-of-the-art technology into daily life. Residents are within walking distance of restaurants, drugstores and grocery stores, and Mills-Peninsula Medical Center is across the street for added peace of mind. The community encourages lifelong learning through lectures, classes, art, music and spiritual activities, as well as the Eskaton Kids Connection program which promotes multi-generational socialization. Relationship-based services ensure seniors receive the best care possible, and the community is pet-friendly. Residents have the option of restaurant-style dining or casual cafe fares.

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  • Holistic services include massage, acupuncture and aromatherapy
  • Online resident portal for easy communication with family

Mills Estate Villa

Located right in the heart of Burlingame, MillsEstate Villa seeks to provide the perfect balance between support and independence. Residents are right downtown so they can easily walk to restaurants, shops and local attractions. The grounds are beautifully landscaped with a private courtyard area where residents can relax and socialize, and the facility hosts fun holiday celebrations all throughout the year. We included it in this list for its engaging life enrichment programs and individualized care services. Daily activities are designed around the creative arts, music and movement, and exercise and coordination. Meals are served in the spacious dining room where residents can catch up with friends or enjoy a meal with visiting family members.

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  • On-site concierge services
  • Amenities include a piano, fireplaces and garden areas

Atria Burlingame

At Atria Burlingame, seniors are welcomed into a warm, family environment that feels like home. It's located in a quiet neighborhood right by historic Washington Park and Burlingame Recreation Center. Staff members are on-site 24 hours a day to deliver as much or as little assistance as each resident needs. The facility also offers specialized memory care services in its signature Life Guidance neighborhood. Atria Burlingame is regarded as one of the area's top facilities for its engaging events calendar and delicious chef-prepared meals. Residents have daily opportunities to participate in their choice of activities, such as group exercise classes, arts and crafts projects, karaoke and movie nights.

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  • Housekeeping services for worry-free living
  • Scheduled transportation to errands and appointments

Magnolia of Millbrae

Magnolia of Millbrae's convenient downtown location places seniors close to banks, stores, parks and restaurants. Residents are encouraged to live healthy, active lifestyles through the Magnolia's health and wellness programs, which include walking excursions, water aerobics and balance classes. The facility also organizes group excursions to local cultural events, concerts and lectures. Each apartment is fully equipped with a full-size kitchen, washer and dryer, spacious closet and walk-in shower. The facility is designed with an array of amenities including a heated pool and spa, arts and crafts studio, ice cream parlor and chef's demonstration kitchen. It's pet-friendly sp residents can enjoy the company of their furry friends.

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  • Complimentary happy hours with drinks and hors d’oeuvres
  • Guest suites available for visiting family members

The Stratford

The Stratford is a boutique, high-rise senior community located right across the street from San Mateo Central Park, designed with all the features you'd expect at a five-star hotel. Its warmth and friendliness are what set this facility apart. Team members work to build meaningful relationships with each resident and support them in any way needed. The facility is designed with welcoming common areas and luxurious amenities to promote activity and socialization, including an indoor pool, sauna, rooftop garden and workout room. An all-inclusive activities program allows seniors to maintain their physical fitness, explore their creative side and learn. Residents are treated to three delicious, chef-prepared meals each day, with the added option of room service.

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San Carlos Elms

A nonprofit community, San Carlos Elms offers assisted living and memory care services to seniors in the charming town of San Carlos. Residents are just steps from shops, cafes and the local library. Three meals are served daily in the elegant dining room, and residents can enjoy a cup of coffee with friends on the garden patio. Each day, the events calendar offers a range of activities, from exercise classes to games and art projects. Residents enjoy the independence of apartment-style living with the peace of mind of trained staff members on-site to offer care and support. A complimentary shuttle is available to take seniors on regularly scheduled excursions.

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  • Weekly housekeeping and linen services
  • Studio, one- and two-bedroom floor plans

Atria at Foster Square

Residents of Atria at Foster Square live in comfort and luxury. We included it in this list for its vibrant community atmosphere and resort-style community amenities, including a cocktail lounge movie theater and three eating venues, one of which is an outdoor veranda. Right in the city center, seniors have a wide variety of dining, shopping and recreation options all within walking distance. Residents have a full calendar of activities to choose from during the day and enjoy regular performances, cocktail hours and special celebrations in the evening. Apartments feature full kitchens, private baths,large closets and floor-to-ceiling windows so seniors can enjoy views of the bay.

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Sunrise of Belmont

At Sunrise of Belmont, seniors can enjoy views of the Peninsula coastal hills with the convenience of Carlmont Village Shopping Center, the local library and parks nearby. The facility's focus on individual wellness and personal needs is what sets it apart from other assisted living communities in the area. Residents are encouraged to be socially involved with the community through daily fitness, creative, social, learning and spiritual activities. Educational programs are also offered to family members. Apartments are available in a variety of floor plans, and seniors can relax with housekeeping and laundry taken care of on a weekly basis.

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  • Daily meals based on residents' dietary needs and preferences
  • Monthly wellness visits from a licensed nurse

The Cost of Senior Living and Care in Burlingame

Senior living options in Burlingame are relatively expensive at every level of care. According to the Genworth 2018 Cost of Care Survey, Burlingame has substantially higher costs in assisted living, in-home and nursing care when compared to the state and national averages, while adult day care is just slightly higher.

Note: Data on the average cost of senior care wasn’t available for Burlingame, so the data for the wider San Francisco area was used.

How much does Assisted Living Cost in Burlingame?

Assisted living in Burlingame costs an average of $5,500 per month, which puts it on the high end of the price scale in California, where the overall average is $4,500. San Jose is also at $5,500, and Santa Cruz is slightly more expensive, with the highest cost in the state at $5,595 per month.

Vallejo is the closest area with relatively affordable assisted living, coming in just below the state average with a monthly cost of $4,350. Bakersfield has the lowest cost in the state for this level of care at $3,150 per month.

How much does Home Care Cost in Burlingame?

Burlingame has a relatively high cost for home care at $5,625 per month. The average for California is roughly $670 cheaper at $4,957, and it’s lower still in Vallejo where the average is $4,576. Visalia is the most affordable area for in-home care overall with an average cost of $4,290 per month.

Napa has the highest prices in California for home care – almost $1,000 higher than average at $5,911 per month – while Sacramento and Los Angeles sit just below average at $4,767.

How much does Adult Day Care Cost in Burlingame?

The cost of adult day care is much more consistent compared to other levels of care, although Burlingame is still more expensive than the state average at $1,733 per month. California’s average is roughly $50 lower at $1,679, while Vallejo is $380 cheaper than Burlingame.

San Jose is approximately $300 higher than California’s average monthly cost for adult day care, and Napa has the state’s top monthly average at $2,167. Hanford is the most affordable area, with adult day care costs roughly half of the state average at $867.

How much does Nursing Home Costs in Burlingame?

Burlingame nursing care facilities cost an average of $9,148 per month, which is roughly $800 more than California’s average of $8,365. San Jose has similar costs at $9,125, while Vallejo is relatively affordable and below the state average with a cost of $8,167.

Napa has the highest price tag for nursing care in California at an average of $9,962 per month, and Visalia is the most affordable at $6,540. Los Angeles is the cheapest major city at $7,604.

Financial Assistance Programs in Burlingame

Medicaid Program in Burlingame

Burlingame seniors who don’t earn much money may qualify for Medi-Cal health coverage, which is California’s Medicaid program. At the basic level, Medi-Cal covers nursing facilities and in-home care; it may also help cover the cost of assisted living.

Aside from long-term care, Medi-Cal also covers health benefits, such as emergency and hospitalization, prescriptions, habilitation, dental, vision and preventive services.

Medi-Cal health benefits, as well as nursing facility care and limited in-home care services, are available as part of an entitlement program, so there is no delay in service for qualified individuals. Medi-Cal may also help pay for assisted living, or provide enhanced in-home support at no cost, but these aren’t entitlements and are offered separately through other programs.

The simplest Medi-Cal eligibility check for seniors and people with disabilities is whether they receive Supplemental Security Income payments. If the individual receives or is qualified to receive SSI, they qualify for full-scope coverage.

Californians who don’t financially qualify for SSI must be at least 65 years old or have a disability as recognized by the Social Security Administration, in order to qualify for Aged & Disabled Medi-Cal. They must also own less than $2,000 of assets and have a monthly income no higher than $1,271.

Married couples are permitted to have $3,000 of assets and up to $1,720 of monthly income. Read more about the different requirements for couples, and which assets are counted toward eligibility in the DHCS property limitations guide.Apply for health benefits and long-term care through Medi-Cal at Covered California using the online forms, or call (800) 300-1506 to apply for coverage by phone. Burlingame residents can contact San Mateo County Human Services on (800) 223-8383 with any questions.

Other Financial Assistance Programs in Burlingame

Assisted Living Waiver

Assisted living may be covered by Medi-Cal if the applicant qualifies for the Assisted Living Waiver. It’s currently available in San Mateo County and most nearby counties. The ALW is one of the most popular Medi-Cal HCBS waivers, but it’s not an entitlement program, which generally causes a delay in coverage.

Applicants for the ALW must be eligible for Medi-Cal without paying a share of cost; the Aged & Disabled coverage detailed in this guide satisfies this requirement. The applicant must also need the level of care normally provided in a nursing home and be willing and able to live at a lower level of care, such as assisted living.

Burlingame seniors can contact Institute on Aging on (650) 424-1411 to begin the application process. IOA is the Care Coordination Agency responsible for San Mateo County.

Read our California ALW guide for more details on this waiver.

Medi-Cal HCBS Waivers

Aside from the Assisted Living Waiver, the state of California offers several other alternatives designed to lessen the demand for costly nursing home care. These alternatives are available through Home and Community-Based Services waivers.

HCBS services include case management and enhanced in-home care services, such as private nursing and health aides. Respite and training for family and caregivers are also available.

Applicants for waiver services must be eligible for full-scope Medi-Cal, such as Aged & Disabled, and they must be evaluated by a nurse to determine the level of care required. All services are available at no cost to qualified individuals, but there is a statewide limit on the number of recipients for each service, and they’re not entitlements.

Applications for HCBS waiver services are managed by In-Home Operations. Call the Northern California division of IHO on (916) 552-9105 to arrange an in-home visit so that staff can explain the services and begin determining eligibility.

In-Home Supportive Services

Seniors and people with disabilities in Burlingame can receive home care support services through San Mateo County Health and the In-Home Supportive Services program. These services are provided to qualified residents who wish to remain at home, instead of being placed in a long-term care facility.

IHSS provides services such as transportation, shopping and meal assistance, hygiene, laundry and some paramedical care. Protective supervision may also be provided.

Applicants for IHSS must be eligible for Medi-Cal and at least 65 years old, or disabled and living in their own home. They must also be assessed as requiring help with activities of daily living, and at risk of institutionalization if services aren’t provided at home.

Call the IHSS information line on (800) 675-8437 to ask any questions or make an application. A social worker will be sent to the home of the applicant to assess their needs.

Community-Based Adult Services

CBAS is a managed care program under Medi-Cal; it provides adult day health care for seniors and people with functional impairments. The goal of this program is similar to that of the IHSS and many of the HCBS waivers, which is to prevent at-risk Californians from being institutionalized prematurely.

Services are generally provided in the home of the individual and at adult day health care centers, and recipients with greater needs are treated in the appropriate facilities.

Community-Based Adult Services may provide nursing care in day health centers, various therapies, personal assistance in the home, meals and nutrition support, transportation and social services. Applicants are assessed to determine their eligibility for each service.

Individuals must be eligible for a full-scope category of Medi-Cal coverage with no share of cost, and assessed as requiring CBAS in order to prevent institutionalization. Aged & Disabled Medi-Cal, as detailed previously, is appropriate for this program.

Burlingame residents can apply for Community-Based Adult Services by contacting Mills-Peninsula Senior Focus on (650) 696-3660. This adult day health center is partnered with the state to assess applicants and provide services.Read our California CBAS guide for detailed eligibility guidelines and more information.

More Senior Living Resources in Burlingame


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San Mateo County Department of Housing (650) 363-4000 The DOH funds various affordable housing programs in San Mateo County, with additional money provided by the state and federal governments. These programs help low-income residents find subsidized apartments or pay for their rent in private housing.
Dolores Lia Apartments (650) 589-1247 This community in neighboring Millbrae has one and two-bedroom units for low-income individuals and families. It is an LIHTC property, which means the rent is scaled to the resident’s income.
Rotary Plaza Apartments (650) 871-5323 This apartment community in South San Francisco has 179 one-bedroom apartments designated for low-income seniors aged 62 and above. All apartments are rent-controlled and some are accessible for people with disabilities.
Rotary Terrace Apartments (650) 763-1333 This apartment community near downtown South San Francisco is currently accepting applications from low-income seniors 62+.
Emergency Rent and Utility Assistance (650) 347-3648 Samaritan House of San Mateo County partners with the county’s Human Services department to provide core services to at-risk residents in Burlingame. These services include emergency rent assistance to avoid eviction and help paying utility bills.

For additional information and planning, please read our comprehensive guide to paying for senior care in California.