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Page Reviewed / Updated – October 19, 2020

The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Oakland, CA

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Oakland is the county seat of Alameda County, CA, and curves along the eastern side of the San Francisco Bay. It connects to downtown San Francisco via the Bay Bridge. 

Oakland offers plenty of cultural and entertainment activities. The Oakland Museum of California offers exhibits on natural science, art and the history of the state. The city’s parks include Cesar Chavez Park, where seniors can take in magnificent Pacific sunsets. Of 433,000 residents, 12.5% are seniors 65 years old and above. Nearby Lake Merritt is the country’s largest saltwater lake. To get around the San Francisco Bay Area, seniors can take the reliable Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system, which offers senior discounts. Oakland’s safest neighborhoods are located on the city’s eastern edge and amenities include the Oakland Downtown Senior Center

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

Check out our list of the top 10 assisted living facilities in Oakland to find the one that best suits your lifestyle. Additionally, find out more about the cost of assisted living in Oakland and what financial assistance programs are available.

Pacifica Senior Living Oakland Heights

Located near the Central Reservoir, Pacifica Senior Living Oakland Heights offers assisted living, independent living and memory care in a posh community featuring hardwood floors and upscale furnishing in common areas. An elegant lobby welcomes guests and amenities include a bistro where seniors can read the daily news and share a cup of coffee and goodies with friends. The media room and sunroom offer opportunities to relax in front of a nice view. Spacious one-bedroom apartments include oversized chairs and comfortable beds. The exercise room has air conditioning and well-maintained machines. 

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The Point at Rockridge

The Point at Rockridge is located in a neighborhood with lots of amenities, including nearby shops, restaurants and churches. The community offers a continuum of care that includes assisted living, independent living and memory care. The range of activities is one of the reasons we chose this as one of the top 10 assisted living facilities in Oakland. Residents can listen to music, play games and enjoy stories at organized events. Lecture discussions and book clubs also help residents stay mentally active. Wii sports, Tai Chi and yoga classes keep participants in shape, while gardening and arts and crafts allow creative expression. 

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Sunrise of Oakland Hills

Sunrise of Oakland Hills is close to Leona Heights Park where seniors can go on day trips with loved ones. The community offers assisted living and memory care, and caring staff members assist residents with the activities of daily living such as personal grooming and medication management. Daily physical fitness and a variety of activities designed to spark creative and social experiences fill the monthly calendar and group trips give everyone a change of scenery. Residents can join in activities, enjoy landscaped outdoor areas and take part in resident-led clubs. Weekly housekeeping and laundry services make life a little easier for residents.

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Mercy Retirement & Care Center

Mercy Retirement & Care Center is located near Cesar Chavez Parks and other green spaces in the city. Residents receive assisted living, skilled nursing or memory care, including care from compassionate, trained staff members. A licensed nurse is on duty day and night for medical supervision. The panoramic view of the San Francisco Bay is one of the reasons this community made our list of the top 10 assisted living facilities in Oakland. Secure courtyards and patios let residents walk and sit outside in safety. Residents can choose from a variety of exercise classes and other activities.

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  • Off-site trips to museums and sporting events
  • Weekly laundry and housekeeping services

Brookdale San Ramon

Brookdale San Ramon is conveniently located just off Bollinger Canyon Road. This community offers assisted living services in a homelike atmosphere. Residents stay active through a rich variety of clubs, activities and special events. Seniors can get their hair cut at the on-site salon or enjoy some pampering at the community spa. The computer room offers access to social media and digital technology, and the library has plenty of books for traditional reading pleasure. A TV room, garden and patio area and party space provide dedicated areas for seniors to relax and meet up with friends. 

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Brookdale Diablo Lodge

Located in Danville, CA, Brookdale Diablo Lodge is an assisted living facility 26 minutes east of downtown Oakland. Seniors who vintage collectibles can tour the Blackhawk Museum. With a game room, a billiards room and an arts and crafts studio, there's always space for friendly competition. Seniors looking for fitness choices can work out at the fitness center or explore the walking paths. A general store stocks everyday items, and seniors can bring their pets with them when they move into Brookdale Diablo Lodge.

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Lake Park Retirement Residence

Lake Park Retirement Residence offers a complete continuum of care inside a beautiful community with views of Lake Merritt, the San Francisco Bay and the East Bay Hills. Residents choose from fitness classes designed and conducted by a trained exercise physiologist. Afterward, seniors can enjoy a personal massage. To encourage cognitive engagement, seniors can join in book discussions, computer classes and writing seminars. Housekeeping and laundry services keep residents' apartments clean and tidy.

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  • Music, photography, sewing, dance and other activities
  • VA benefits consultation

Merrill Gardens at Rockridge

Merrill Gardens at Rockridge is a colorful senior residential community in Oakland, close to Temescal Regional Recreation Area. It provides assisted living, independent living and memory care to residents, who choose from studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments. The 24-hour staff includes caring aides and licensed nurses, which is one of the reasons that we chose it for one of the top 10 assisted living facilities in Oakland. Residents receive as much assistance with daily activities as needed but seniors are also encouraged to retain their independence. Transportation to appointments and errands is available. 

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Piedmont Gardens

Piedmont Gardens is located in a neighborhood with plenty of amenities, including a medical center, restaurants and shops. Caring staff members offer assisted living, independent living and nursing home care including help with bathing, dressing, preparing meals and managing medications. Amenities include a fitness center with senior-friendly equipment. An on-site library provides a quiet place to rest and relax with a good book. Residents can also spend outdoor time in the garden. Beautifully landscaped ground and multipurpose common areas make this one of the top 10 assisted living facilities in Oakland.

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St. Paul's Towers

St. Paul's Towers is located near Glen Echo Creek and Lake Merritt, which makes great destinations for day trips with loved ones. The community has many activities to help residents stay engaged and active such as Tai-Chi, yoga and workout classes. Residents receive three chef-prepared meals a day served in a restaurant-style dining room. Special diets are accommodated.  An outdoor garden and patio area provide outdoor seating for seniors. 

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The Cost of Senior Living and Care in Oakland

In Oakland and across the entire Bay Area, senior care is more expensive than in most parts of California. This is most likely due to the notoriously high living costs in the region. According to the Genworth 2018 Cost of Care Survey, the average monthly cost of home health care, adult day care, assisted living care and nursing home care are all higher in Oakland than in the average California city.

How much does Assisted Living Cost in Oakland?

Oakland’s average monthly assisted living costs of $5,500 are $1,000 higher than the state median, and they are higher than what residents pay in most of California’s big cities as well as in most nearby areas. Among large cities in California, only San Francisco and San Jose have similar assisted living costs. Residents of Los Angeles, San Diego and Sacramento all pay about $1,000 less per month.

In the inland areas of Northern and Central California, costs are even cheaper. Assisted living in Fresno costs an average of $3,500 a month. In Modesto, it is $3,200 a month.

How much does Home Care Cost in Oakland?

Oakland’s home care costs are among the highest in the state of California. At $5,720 a month, they are almost $800 higher than the state median of $4,957. San Jose and San Francisco have similarly high costs, while Los Angeles, San Diego and Sacramento all come in at roughly $1,000 cheaper per month.

Once again, the inland cities of Fresno and Modesto have the cheapest costs of all cities surveyed. Residents in those towns pay $4,528 and $4,576, respectively, for home care.

How much does Adult Day Care Cost in Oakland?

Oakland’s average adult day care costs of $1,993 per month are among the state’s highest. Even San Francisco, among the country’s most expensive cost-of-living cities, has cheaper costs at $1,733 a month. The state median, at $1,679, is even lower. Los Angeles, San Diego, Sacramento and Fresno all have monthly adult day care costs that are at least $200 lower than those found in Oakland. In Modesto, it is even cheaper, coming in at $1,517 per month.

How much does Nursing Home Costs in Oakland?

As is the case with most other areas of senior care, nursing home costs are more expensive in Oakland than in most of California. The city’s average monthly cost of $9,125 is more than $700 higher than the state median of $8,365. It is also higher than the costs found in every major California city except San Francisco, where costs are marginally more expensive at $9,148 per month.

Among California’s largest cities, Los Angeles has the cheapest average monthly nursing home costs at $7,604 a month, while residents of San Diego and Sacramento both pay an average of $8,517 a month. Typical nursing home costs in the inland cities of Fresno and Modesto come in between $8,600 and $8,900 monthly.

Financial Assistance Programs in Oakland

Medicaid Program in Oakland

California has a version of Medicaid called the Medi-Cal program for seniors, which helps pay for an array of senior services, including assisted living, nursing home care and home care. Medi-Cal is an entitlement program in California. That means there are no waiting lists or enrollment caps. Any state resident who meets the program’s requirements can sign up and immediately begin receiving all available services.

To receive Medi-Cal, residents must qualify on an income basis. That means having a monthly income below $1,012 for a single person or $1,372 for a married couple to receive total assistance. Recipients with incomes below these thresholds do not have to pay anything out of pocket for Medi-Cal services. Those with higher monthly incomes may still receive Medi-Cal but will likely have to contribute to the costs of certain services.

Applicants also must have total assets below $2,000 for a single person and $3,000 for a married person to qualify for Medi-Cal.

You can visit the program’s website or call (866) 613-3777 to apply for Medi-Cal or receive more information.

Medicaid Waivers in Oakland

Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Medi-Cal Waiver

The Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waiver is one of two waiver programs available to seniors in Oakland. It helps pay for the costs of assisted living care received at home or a facility, with its primary goal being to keep seniors from having to relocate to a hospital or skilled nursing facility whenever possible. By helping these older adults pay for assisted living, the program lets them continue living more of an independent lifestyle. To find out more about the HCBS waiver, call (213) 897-6774.

Assisted Living Waiver Program (ALWP)

The Assisted Living Waiver Program helps pay for care received in an approved Oakland assisted living facility. You must meet Medi-Cal’s income and asset requirements to qualify. You also must show a demonstrated need for assisted living care.

Because the two programs listed above are waivers and not entitlements, both are subject to enrollment caps and waiting periods. Even if you qualify for services, you are not guaranteed to begin receiving them immediately.

Other Financial Assistance Programs in Oakland

In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS)

The In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program helps eligible participants pay for assisted living care. One of the best aspects of this program is recipients can choose their caregiver as long as they follow the program’s guidelines. In other words, a participant can select a friend, family member or loved one to provide them care, and IHSS will help pay for it. To qualify, you must be 65 or older and eligible for Medi-Cal. To apply or learn more, call (888) 944-4477.


The PACE program helps cover the costs of long-term care services received at home or in a facility. To qualify for help, you must be at least 55 years old and require assistance with one or more activities of daily living (ADLs), such as eating, bathing or transportation. Depending on your income, PACE might be completely free or you may have to come out of pocket for a small portion of your costs of care.

Because PACE is a Medi-Cal program, it is an entitlement and, therefore, not subject to enrollment caps or waiting periods. You can learn more by visiting the program’s website.

Multi-Purpose Senior Services (MPSS) Program

The MPSS program provides free in-home care services to Oakland residents who are 65 years or older and need help with one or more ADLs. There is no out-of-pocket contribution required from qualifying participants. To apply or learn more, visit the program’s website or call (800) 510-2020.

Supportive Services Program

The Supportive Services Program is similar to the MPSS program in that it offers free assistance with in-home care services and requires participants to need help with at least one ADL. However, SSP is available to Oakland residents even if they are not 65 or older. You can apply or learn more by calling (866) 563-7380.

More Senior Living Resources in Oakland


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Lake Merritt Senior Housing (510) 763-1417 Lake Merritt is an affordable apartment community in Oakland for seniors age 62 and above who have a demonstrated financial need. The units were renovated, including new kitchens, flooring and appliances. The community is located in a walkable neighborhood.
Lincoln Court Senior Apartments (510) 336-0170 Lincoln Court is a three-story affordable apartment community in Oakland featuring 82 units reserved for seniors with demonstrated financial needs. It is a tax-credit community, meaning the complex receives a tax break in exchange for providing housing at below-market rents.
Bridge Housing (510) 985-6421 Bridge Housing offers 90 affordable housing units at below-market rents for seniors and families who make between 30 and 50% of Oakland’s median income.
The Altenheim Senior Housing (510) 531-6389 The Altenheim is an affordable housing complex on MacArthur Boulevard that is specifically for senior households making between 20 and 50% of the area’s median income.

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