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The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Redwood City, CA

The diverse community of Redwood City, California, is home to 76,815 residents. The midsize city sits on the San Francisco Bay, near San Jose, San Francisco and San Mateo. This central location is also close to Stanford University, providing retirees with opportunities to expand their learning.

Seniors who choose to retire to Redwood City can spend their retirement soaking in the mild climate and taking advantage of the waterfront location. This community is also close to the towering redwoods of Portola Redwoods State Park, and hiking trails are easily accessible. Redwood City has a thriving cultural scene, with the Fox Theatre and the Dragon Theater providing live performance venues, and the city’s year-round comfortable climate may make it popular with seniors. Top-rated medical care is also near at hand, with Kaiser Permanente and Stanford University Hospital both nearby.

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

Keep reading to learn more about the top 10 assisted living communities in and around Redwood City. Additionally, find out more about the cost of assisted living in Redwood City and what financial assistance programs are available.

Brookdale Redwood City

Brookdale Redwood City is situated halfway between Palo Alto and San Mateo. This community made our top 10 list because of its resort-style amenities. Residents can relax and exercise in the indoor pool, read a book in the fully-stocked library and have the peace of mind that comes from the 24-hour security system. The entire community is equipped with Wi-Fi access, and it also has a computer room for residents to use. Concierge service helps connect residents with medical appointments and entertainment. When it's time to go to town, the on-site beauty and barber salon assists residents in looking their best.

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Hopkins Manor

Hopkins Manor is surrounded by beautiful gardens with walking paths, so residents can spend time in the warm California air whenever they wish. The staff strives to create a homelike atmosphere, and their care and personal attention is part of what helped it make our list of the top facilities in Redwood City. Mail is hand-delivered, and snacks are available throughout the day. Residents receive help with activities of daily living, as well as encouragement to remain as active as possible.

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Atria Park of San Mateo

Atria San Mateo sits on the waterfront in San Mateo's Hillsdale neighborhood. This location provides residents with lovely views from their apartments and the community's many common areas. In addition to assisted living care, Atria San Mateo provides memory care in a neighborhood setting that helps orient residents struggling with dementia. Regular arts and crafts classes, ice cream socials and on-site religious services provide opportunities for social interaction. A chef prepares three meals a day with options to cater to unique dietary needs, including vegetarian options. Pets are welcome to join their owners in the comfortable apartments in this community.

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Atria at Foster Square

Atria at Foster Square sits near the waterfront in a highly walkable area of Foster City, not far from San Mateo. This puts shopping, dining and other attractions close at hand for residents. This upscale senior living community has a beautiful lobby decorated with local artwork. Residents have many relaxing ways to spend their time, from lounging in a movie theater to taking in some sun on the courtyard and green roof. Meals are served in a formal dining room and a casual dining room, and the veranda is a spot for al fresco dining. The facility also features photometric lighting designed for mature eyes.

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Sunrise of San Mateo

Located near the heart of downtown San Mateo within walking distance of Central Park, Sunrise of San Mateo makes it easy to take part in the lifestyle available on the San Francisco Peninsula. This community lands on the list of the top facilities near Redwood City because of its location and beautiful common areas. Light infuses the spaces as it flows in from large windows. Residents can find a good book in the on-site library and relax in the sitting room near the fireplace. Each studio apartment has its own kitchenette, and residents can also choose to dine on made-from-scratch meals in the community dining room.

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Sunrise of Belmont

Sunrise of Belmont is next to the Carlmont Village Shopping Center near the San Mateo Medical Center. This convenient location affords great views of the coastal hills of the San Francisco Peninsula and puts the amenities seniors need close at hand. Included resident transportation makes it easy to access nearby amenities. When they aren't out exploring the community, residents can relax in the TV room, get their grooming needs met in the on-site barber and beauty parlor and participate in lectures and book clubs. Music and craft activities are common here, and the staff works hard to keep residents engaged and active.

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Sunrise of Palo Alto

Sunrise of Palo Alto is close to the MayView Community Health Center, as well as the hospitals and clinics of Stanford University. This close access to top-rated medical care is one of the reasons it is ranked high for assisted living communities near Redwood City. Each resident at this community is given a personalized care plan based on their physical needs, as well as their wants and preferences. The staff creates activities that stimulate physical and mental activity. Several floor plans allow residents to choose an apartment that fits their unique needs.

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Features
  • Housekeeping and linen services provided
  • Wellness visits from on-staff nurse

Vi at Palo Alto

With a tranquil pond and fountain right outside the main dining area, Vi at Palo Alto provides a beautiful place for seniors to live. Walking paths along this water feature give residents a chance to spend time outdoors, and when they step back inside a resort-style atmosphere awaits. A concierge is on hand to assist with all resident needs, and a valet can help with parking the car for residents and their guests. Rehab facilities are located within the community to help residents stay active or recover after an illness or accident. Scheduled transportation service means residents never have to drive to the store or the doctor's office.

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Palo Alto Commons

The dining options at Palo Alto Commons help this community stand out. Residents can choose between fine dining and bistro-style dining, with soup and salad bars, desserts and wine during dinner. A continental breakfast option is available for those who want something quick and easy, and in-room dining is also available. Spacious apartment homes with private bathrooms and kitchens are offered to each resident, and housekeeping and maintenance needs are taken care of by the staff. Activities throughout the week, such as lecture discussions, yoga classes, gardening, cooking demonstrations and crafting classes, provide mental and social engagement.

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Sequoias-Portola Valley

Tucked away on 42 landscaped acres near Sanford University, Sequoias Portola Valley provides residents with elegant apartments to call home while taking part in active retirement living. Health and fitness are highly encouraged, and exercise classes are common. Residents can access several hiking trails nearby, and an on-site pool provides an opportunity for water-based exercise. In the beauty and barbershop, residents can have their hair done and take advantage of massage therapy services. A woodworking shop and art studio provide a space for creative expression, and the community has its own gift shop and general store for last-minute shopping needs.

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The Cost of Senior Living and Care in Redwood City

Senior care in Redwood City is generally more expensive than the average cost of care elsewhere in California, according to the 2018 Genworth Cost of Care Survey. Assisted living in Redwood City, for example, costs seniors an average of $5,500 a month, which is significantly more than the $4,500 a month California seniors pay across the state. Home care, adult day care and nursing home care are similarly expensive, relative to the state averages for similar levels of care.

Note: Senior care cost data wasn’t available for Redwood City, so the data for the closest city, San Jose, was used.

How much does Assisted Living Cost in Redwood City?

Assisted living in Redwood City costs an average of $5,500 a month. This is $1,000 a month above the average seniors pay in the rest of California and $2,000 a month higher than the average cost of assisted living in Stockton.

Seniors in Bakersfield, the least expensive city surveyed for assisted living, reports an average monthly cost of $3,150. Among surveyed California cities, only San Francisco is in the price range of Redwood City. Seniors in San Francisco also pay $5,500 a month for assisted living.

How much does Home Care Cost in Redwood City?

Home care in Redwood City costs seniors an average of $5,720 a month. This is significantly more than the California state average of $4,957 for the same or similar care. Stockton matches the state average, at $4,957 a month, while Sacramento, Los Angeles and San Diego all report costs that are lower still, at $4,767 a month.

Bakersfield has some of the lowest monthly rates in California, at $4,385 a month for home care, while only San Francisco gets close to the cost of care in Redwood City, at $5,625 a month.

How much does Adult Day Care Cost in Redwood City?

Adult day care in Redwood City costs an average of $1,993 a month. This is the second-highest cost in the surveyed sample, behind only Chico, where seniors pay an average of $2,134. Average costs in the rest of California run to $1,679, or more than $300 a month less than the cost of adult day care in Redwood City.

Sacramento, San Francisco and San Diego all report an average cost that’s near the middle range of cities in California, $1,733, while seniors in Los Angeles pay some of the lowest monthly rates at $1,565 a month. This is more than $400 a month less than the average seniors pay in Redwood City.

How much does Nursing Home Costs in Redwood City?

Nursing home care in Redwood City costs local seniors an average of $9,125 a month. This is several hundred dollars a month more than the average cost of a semi-private room in the rest of California, which is $8,365. Redwood City is an outlier among California cities.

Sacramento and San Diego, for instance, both report average monthly costs of $8,517 for nursing home care. Bakersfield has one of the lowest monthly rates in the state, at $7,513 a month, which is nearly $1,600 a month less than Redwood City’s average. Only seniors in San Francisco pay more than the average in Redwood City. Monthly prices in San Francisco average $9,148, or just $23 a month more than Redwood City.

Financial Assistance Programs in Redwood City

Medicaid Program in Redwood City

Seniors in Redwood City may be able to get the help they need paying for assisted living through the federal Medicaid program, which in California is called Medi-Cal. Seniors can sign up for Medi-Cal at a county Human Services office, or online at the Covered California website. There, seniors from Redwood City can browse Medi-Cal plans that are administered as HMO or PPO options through in-state providers such as Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Kaiser Permanente. Because Medi-Cal is structured as an entitlement program, Redwood City seniors who qualify for the program can join and begin receiving benefits immediately, with no waiting periods or enrollment caps.

To qualify for a Medi-Cal plan, seniors in Redwood City must be citizens or legal residents of the United States and residents of the state of California. Intake workers may need to see proof of citizenship and residency prior to approving benefits, though Medi-Cal often pays medical bills retroactively for approved recipients. 

In addition to residency restrictions, seniors in Redwood City must also meet income guidelines to qualify for the program. Medi-Cal offers no-cost coverage to seniors who earn less than 138% of the federal poverty line. This means that, as of 2019, seniors in California may earn up to $16,395 a year from all income sources combined. Married couples are allowed up to $22,108 a year. For each additional adult living in the household, seniors are able to claim an additional $5,741 a year in income, regardless of whether the other adults also apply for benefits.

Income and asset standards for participating in Medi-Cal can be complex, which is why seniors may wish to consult with a certified senior financial adviser prior to applying for the program. Seniors who earn more than 138% of the federal guideline, but who still earn less than 300%, can still participate in Medi-Cal, though they may be asked to pay an annual share of cost before benefits become available to them.

Some Redwood City seniors can fast-track their Medi-Cal applications by showing prior acceptance into another low-income program in California. Many of these programs use the same or similar financial criteria for eligibility, and so an acceptance letter from any of them often serves as preliminary evidence of eligibility for Medi-Cal, which can speed up the provisional approval of an application. Several of these programs can be applied for using the same form as the Medi-Cal application, and approvals often follow the same process. Compatible programs in the state of California include:

  • CalFresh, the state SNAP or food stamp program
  • WIC
  • SSI/SSDI
  • Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers
  • Residence in public housing or a homeless shelter
  • TANF, also called cash aid or welfare

Medicaid Waivers in Redwood City

Assisted Living Waiver Program (ALWP)

Redwood City seniors can cover much of the cost of assisted living by applying for the state Assisted Living Waiver Program (ALWP). This waiver program pays the monthly cost of assisted living for seniors who meet Medi-Cal income guidelines and have a medical clearance to stay in a nursing home. To obtain the waiver, seniors must forgo placement in a nursing care facility and opt instead for the less expensive option of assisted living at an enrolled community.

To get an ALWP voucher, seniors can apply directly through their Medi-Cal case worker, or they can ask for assistance from the benefits specialist at a participating assisted living facility.

Multipurpose Senior Services Waiver

Seniors in Redwood City who opt out of assisted living may get financial help living at home through the Multipurpose Senior Services Program (MSSP) waiver. MSSP benefits are directed toward creating a safe and comfortable home environment for seniors who prefer to remain in their own communities, rather than move into a regulated facility. Benefits are open to seniors who meet Medi-Cal participation guidelines and who qualify for residential care.

Qualifying seniors may live in their own homes, or they can move into the private home of a friend or family member. Applications may be submitted through a Medi-Cal case worker or upon discharge from a residential care facility.

Covered MSSP benefits include:

  • Case worker support for identifying and applying for low-income and senior programs
  • Senior-focused financial advice from a certified senior financial adviser
  • Caregiver help inside the home from the caregiver of the recipient’s choice
  • Adult day care in the home or at a local facility
  • Respite care in the home or at a local facility
  • Protective supervision in the home for seniors who need continuous attendance
  • Meal service to the home or served in a community setting
  • Personal Emergency Response System (PERS) hardware for rapid summons of emergency assistance
  • Some home improvements, such as wheelchair ramps, guard rails and weatherization of the structure
  • Vouchers for public transportation, including rides on BART, and scheduling assistance for disabled ride services and non-emergency medical transports within a specified radius
  • Certified translation and interpreter services

Home and Community-Based Alternatives (HCBA) Waiver

The Home and Community-Based Alternatives (HCBA) waiver helps cover many of the miscellaneous costs seniors face when discharging from a residential care facility and returning home. Seniors can apply for an HCBA waiver through their assigned Medi-Cal case worker or through the discharge planner at the facility they are leaving.

Community-Based Adult Services (CBAS)

Redwood City seniors who remain in their own communities and homes can get help plugging some of the gaps in their needs with a Community Based Adult Services (CBAS) waiver. To participate in the program, seniors must meet Medi-Cal intake requirements and choose to remain in their homes. Applications can go through a Medi-Cal case worker. Benefits covered by the CBAS waiver include:

  • Meal service at home or in a local facility
  • Adult day care at home or in a local facility
  • Physical therapy for seniors recovering from injuries and surgery
  • Mental health therapy for seniors with cognitive issues
  • Monthly social events in and around Redwood City for program participants

Other Financial Assistance Programs in Redwood City

Paid Family Leave (PFLA)

Seniors in Redwood City may be able to get in-home caregiver assistance from a close relative under California’s Paid Family Leave Act (PFLA) program. PFLA allows employed Californians to take up to six weeks off from work with pay to care for a medically needy relative. This can help seniors in Redwood City who have recently come home from the hospital or residential care, as well as seniors who are passing through a bout of illness. Benefits are paid via a withholding deduction from workers’ paychecks, and funds must be available before a claim can be approved. Benefit amounts vary according to a formula applied to workers’ earnings over a three-year look-back period, and payment is issued every two weeks.

California workers who wish to take paid leave to care for a senior relative can apply for benefits through the state’s Employment Development Department (EDD), the same agency that approves unemployment claims. Employees can apply in advance of their need for leave, though approval may require a telephone interview and proof of both medical need and family relationship with the senior.

In-Home Support Services (IHSS)

Seniors who need continuing caregiver support can get help hiring an in-home caregiver through the In-Home Support Services (IHSS) program. IHSS pays qualified caregivers to assist seniors with household activities and reasonable errands outside of the home. Once approved for the program, seniors receive a home visit from a case worker, who usually assigns a set number of caregiver hours the program can pay for. Seniors can then sign off on hours worked by their caregiver, who then submits the time sheet for payment by mail.

Seniors can designate anyone close to them as a caregiver. Spouses, family members and friends can all sign up as caregivers, provided they pass a background check and attend a training session at an IHSS office. Both seniors and their prospective caregivers may apply for IHSS through a program office in person or by mail, and applications are also available at county Human Services offices.

More Senior Living Resources in Redwood City

Resource

Phone Number

Description

Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo (HACSM)

(650) 802-3300

The Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo (HACSM) operates multiple programs to help low-income seniors find and obtain affordable housing.

HACSM administers the local Section 8 Housing Choice voucher program, operates public housing, funds private multi-unit developments and maintains an active list of affordable senior housing in and around Redwood City.

Seniors can apply for all programs and waiting lists online through the authority’s website.

Fair Oaks Community Center

(650) 780-7500

The Fair Oaks Community Center on Middlefield Rd. offers seniors with insecure housing rent and deposit assistance, help paying overdue utility bills, food assistance and other emergency services. Seniors can call for information or visit in person without an appointment.

The Salvation Army of Redwood City

(650) 368-4643

The Salvation Army Redwood City Corps helps local seniors meet requirements for housing deposits and emergency rental assistance.

It is also able to help seniors apply for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which can cut the cost of home energy bills by up to 30%. Applications for aid can be made on a walk-in basis as the need arises.



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