Find Assisted Living in

STATE California
  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming
CITY Carlsbad
Get Pricing & Availability for Assisted Living in Rlsbad, CA

Call (855) 481-6777 for immediate assistance and get more details


Page Reviewed / Updated – September 30, 2022

Image 1

Carlsbad is among the most expensive places to live in California with an overall cost of living that’s nearly double the national median and 40% more than the state average. This is mainly due to very high housing costs, but residents may also spend more on groceries and transportation. In some cases, assisted living is an affordable solution for those who need personal care. According to the Genworth 2021 Cost of Care Survey, Carlsbad seniors pay $5,475 per month for services. 

To help income-qualifying individuals pay for nursing home care, the state funds the Assisted Living Waiver. While this waiver can’t be used in facilities statewide, there are qualifying facilities in San Diego County, where Carlsbad is located. 

In addition to providing a list of the best assisted living facilities in Carlsbad, CA, this guide provides an overview of the cost of assisted living in Carlsbad, as well as average costs for other types of care. Additionally, find a list of free and low-cost services that provide seniors with a variety of assistance in their communities.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Carlsbad, CA

Because Carlsbad is situated near San Diego, it shares the city’s assisted living rate of $5,475. This is a couple hundred dollars higher than the state rate of $5,250 and nearly $1,000 over the national average of $4,500. In Oxnard, rates are a little higher at $5,750, and in El Centro, care costs exceed rates in Carlsbad by $675 at $6,150 per month. Los Angeles has slightly more affordable rates of $5,250, and in Riverside, facilities charge $4,000, nearly $1,500 less than Carlsbad. 

  • Carlsbad: $5,475 
  • California: $5,250 
  • United States: $4,500 
  • El Centro: $6,150 
  • Riverside: $4,000 
  • Los Angeles: $5,250 
  • Oxnard: $5,750 

The Cost of Other Types of Care in Carlsbad, CA

 In Carlsbad, assisted living facilities charge $5,475 per month for services. The only long-term care option that’s cheaper is adult day health care, which costs $2,058 per month. Seniors pay about $1,000 more to obtain home-based care, which costs $6,387 for in-home care and $6,473 for home health care. Nursing home rates are even more at $9,384 for shared rooms and $12,167 for private rooms.

  • Assisted Living Facility: $5,475 
  • In-Home Care: $6,387 
  • Home Health Care: $6,473 
  • Adult Day Health Care: $2,058 
  • Nursing Home Care (semiprivate room): $9,384 
  • Nursing Home Care (private room): $12,167 

Note: Data for Carlsbad was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, San Diego, was used instead. 

Sunrise at La Costa

Conveniently located in Carlsbad next to shopping, dining and entertainment, Sunrise at La Costa ranked high on our list of top assisted living facilities due to its location and beautiful grounds. Residents can head next door to the Carlsbad City Library for reading material or live performances, but they'll find plenty to do at home as well. Music therapy, art kits and a lovely outdoor courtyard with garden are all available for residents to enjoy. Secure studio and suite apartments help encourage independence, and staff is on hand to assist whenever needed.

See Full Description
  • Nurse and pharmacy services on-site
  • Regular clubs, game nights and religious services

Las Villas de Carlsbad

Las Villas de Carlsbad stands out because of its all-inclusive pricing model, which gives residents predictable costs for their care. This community is located close to The Shoppes at Carlsbad and Carlsbad State Beach, and excursions into town are common among residents. It has staff on hand 24 hours a day, and housekeeping and linen services are included to give residents the freedom to enjoy the grounds. It's not uncommon to find residents engaged in a lively bingo game or taking part in an ice cream social with friends. Apartments and suites have their own kitchens, but residents often choose to dine on the chef-prepared meals in the dining hall, which offers kosher and vegetarian options when needed.

See Full Description

The Gardens by the Sea Carlsbad

Situated on Highland Drive in Carlsbad, The Gardens Carlsbad is just a couple of blocks from the waterfront. Residents can see the ocean and feel the breeze from the garden and courtyard, which is fully secure for the safety of those who call the community home. This community can take up to 15 residents, which means each one gets close attention from the staff. Private or shared bedrooms give The Gardens Carlsbad a homelike feel. Home-cooked meals are served in a community dining room, and extremely low staff turnover helps residents stay comfortable. Staff members provide assistance with personal care, housekeeping and linens.

See Full Description

La Costa Glen Carlsbad

La Costa Glen sits just 2 miles from the ocean off of El Camino Real, not far from the Encinitas Ranch Golf Course. Residents can choose from a wide range of housing options, including single-family homes and spacious apartments. Active living is a way of life at this community. Residents can spend their days lounging by the pool or playing tennis with friends. Five libraries provide ample reading material, and a woodworking hobby shop lets residents pursue a new hobby. The pet-friendly community has two dog parks. Staff is on hand to assist when needed and provide housekeeping services, but residents have many opportunities to enjoy an independent lifestyle if they wish.

See Full Description

Carlsbad by the Sea

Carlsbad by the Sea is an oceanfront community on Carlsbad Boulevard, across the street from dining and shopping. We chose this community for our top 10 list because of its exceptional dining options. The dining room feels like a fine dining restaurant, with five entrees at each meal, served with the help of wait staff. The executive chef crafts a new menu daily. The spacious one- and two-bedroom apartments have their own kitchens when residents desire to eat in. A concierge assists residents to make plans to spend time in the community, and scheduled transportation helps with appointments and social plans. This community is on the beach, and staff is on hand at all times to assist residents.

See Full Description


Residents at GlenBrook have everything they need close at hand; this community is adjacent to the GlenBrook Health Center and across the street from a large shopping and dining complex. This community offers a full range of care services so residents can get the exact level of care they need in one convenient location. The staff focuses on encouraging independent living and building residents' self-esteem while also building cognitive, social and physical skills. Medical care is provided on-site, while one- and two-bedroom apartment floor plans give residents privacy and independence when appropriate. Residents often spend time outdoors in the patio, surrounded by beautiful gardens.

See Full Description

Silvergate San Marcos

The smaller size of Silvergate San Marcos means residents receive personal attention in a family-like setting. This community is tucked away off of San Marcos Boulevard, just a few blocks from Bradley Park and the Grand Plaza shopping center. Silvergate San Marcos encourages active living through many types of activities and classes. Residents can take part in exercise or art classes or attend concerts and other live entertainment. A coffee and snack lounge is a great place to grab a snack between meals, and the facility has card and game rooms, as well as a craft lounge for other activities. Residents have access to staff, including nurses, at all times to meet their personal care needs.

See Full Description

Brookdale Carlsbad

Brookdale Carlsbad sits just minutes from the coast and conveniently close to Highway 79 in Carlsbad. This community made our list because of its large number of activities that encourage seniors to remain active. While the spacious studio and one-bedroom apartments have kitchenettes and quite a bit of space, residents have many reasons to get out and spend time with their neighbors. An extensive library stocked with books and computers helps residents stay connected and entertained. An on-site salon assists with personal grooming needs, while a billiards room is ideal for a quick game of pool. The landscaped, secure courtyard with its palm trees, gazebo and walking path is a great place for an evening stroll.

See Full Description

Brookdale Oceanside

Located just a few blocks from Highway 78 and the Tri-City Crossroad mall in Oceanside, Brookdale Oceanside is convenient to shopping and dining. This community works well for active seniors in need of just a little assistance. Staff is on hand at all times, and activities are abundant. Exercise classes, movie nights and craft activities are commonplace here. Spacious apartment homes include studio, one-bedroom apartments and friendship suites, and the one-bedroom floor plans have kitchenettes. When residents opt to dine in the community dining room, they see meals on the menu that come straight from their suggestions, with special care taken for residents living with dementia.

See Full Description

Brookdale San Marcos

Situated just a few blocks from Regal Edwards San Marcos, Brookdale San Marcos makes entertainment quite accessible. This pet-friendly community has an on-site nurse and caring staff available whenever help is needed. The team members encourage residents to pursue their passions, and they will arrange for craft and educational programs to make it easier to do so. By attending to housekeeping and meal prep, the staff frees up their residents' time to pursue their passions. A concierge on-site helps arrange trips into town and medical appointments.

See Full Description