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CITY San rafael
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Page Reviewed / Updated – November 26, 2022

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San Rafael, CA is located in the North Bay region of the Bay Area, just 18 miles from San Francisco. The city is home to over 60,700 residents, of whom more than 12,500 are seniors aged 65 and older. Not only does the community offer a relaxed, suburban environment with picturesque scenery, but there’s plenty more that makes it a great choice for retirees.

San Rafael is home to a vibrant arts community, iconic architecture and beautiful parklands. Thanks to the city’s Mediterranean climate, seniors can enjoy pleasant weather and plenty of sunshine year-round, allowing them to enjoy the beautiful, natural surroundings and participate in outdoor activities. Seniors can have peace of mind knowing that the area has low crime rates and medical services are easily accessible at both UCSF’s MarinHealth Urgent Care health clinic and Kaiser Permanente’s San Rafael Medical Center.

Assisted living in the San Rafael area costs an average of $6,319 per month. These rates are not only higher than the statewide median of $5,250, but they’re also more than $1,800 more expensive than the U.S. national average of $4,500.

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

Here’s an overview of the top 10 assisted living facilities in San Rafael.

Drake Terrace

Tucked away in the hills, residents of Drake Terrace can enjoy a peaceful, picturesque environment surrounded by nature. It's included in this list for its welcoming atmosphere, well-appointed suites and vibrant signature programming. Rooms are available in a variety of floor plans and are equipped with kitchens, ample storage space and private balconies or patios. Three restaurant style meals are served each day in the dining room. There's also a bistro offering beverages, computer access and places to socialize. To support active, healthy living, the community offers wellness programs and daily activities, including exercise classes, gardening and social events.

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  • Weekly housekeeping, linen and personal laundry
  • State-of-the-art fitness center

Greenwood Assisted Living

Greenwood Assisted Living is considered one of the area's top facilities for its compassionate caregivers, engaging activities and efforts to create a warm, family-like environment for its residents. Each resident receives a personalized care plan that's customized to meet their individual needs and preferences. Staff members may assist seniors with tasks such as bathing, grooming and medication management. The community is also equipped to provide memory care for individuals with Alzheimer's and dementia. Chores such as housekeeping and laundry are provided so seniors can enjoy a worry-free retirement and spend their days however they choose.

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Oakmont of San Rafael

Oakmont of San Rafael provides a luxurious senior living experience. Situated on a lush campus, the community is known for its picturesque views, award-winning dining and wealth of amenities. Residents can take a stroll along the scenic garden walking paths, meet with friends for a drink in the lounge or enjoy a matinee and complimentary popcorn at the onsite movie theater. Daily meals are shared in the community's spacious dining area, with menus featuring seasonal dishes made with fresh, local ingredients. A robust calendar of activities is offered to keep seniors physically, intellectually and socially engaged, including exercises, art classes, book club and happy hours.

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Villa Marin

As a continuing care retirement community, Villa Marin ensures seniors have access to the care they need at every stage of aging. It also offers a vibrant environment where seniors aged 60 and older can continue to enjoy active, engaged lifestyles. The resort-style campus features amenities such as a heated indoor pool, library, auditorium, fitness center and paddle tennis courts. Residents have daily opportunities to participate in educational, cultural and wellness activities, including gardening, sing-a-longs, lectures and movie nights. The community also offers transportation to special events, shopping and appointments, as well as off-site excursions. Routine housekeeping and daily meal preparation help residents enjoy carefree lifestyles.

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AlmaVia of San Rafael

We've included AlmaVia of San Rafael in this list for its person-centered model that focuses on delivering care that serves the mind, body and spirit. Here, seniors are welcomed into a homelike environment where they have access to services and amenities that not only enhance their daily lives but allow them to remain as independent as possible. Delicious, well-balanced meals are designed under the supervision of a registered dietician and served in the community's picturesque, restaurant-style dining room. In addition to daily meals, monthly rates include scheduled transportation, life enrichment activities, social programs, weekly housekeeping and personal laundry services.

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  • Expansive library containing multimedia materials
  • Onsite spiritual care director

Atria Tamalpais Creek

Atria Tamalpais Creek offers elevated senior living in a prime location that's convenient to shopping, restaurants and local attractions. Life on campus is equally engaging, with a plethora of amenities and recreational offerings at seniors' fingertips. Residents are free to choose how they spend their days, whether that means enjoying a film at the onsite theater, stopping in for some pampering at the salon or unwinding with a book in the fireside living room. Meals are made using fresh, seasonal ingredients and served in the community's dining room, so seniors can dine in a social setting.

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  • Activities based on six comprehensive dimensions of engagement
  • Medication management

Oakmont of Novato

What sets Oakmont of Novato apart is its elevated approach to senior living. The community is welcoming, spacious and designed with an array of upscale amenities, including a scenic garden patio, bocce courts, movie theater and resident lounge. There's even a pet park for residents' furry companions. A robust calendar of daily activities helps enrich seniors' lives, including programs such as art classes, yoga, knitting club and local outings. Complimentary concierge services help simplify seniors' daily lives by assisting with scheduling appointments, arranging transportation and coordinating pet care. Meals are crafted by a team of award-winning chefs and culinary professionals, so residents can enjoy a fine dining experience at each meal.

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Marin Terrace Senior Living

Marin Terrace Senior Living earns a spot on this list for its efforts to help seniors live healthy, well-rounded lifestyles in a safe, nurturing environment. Located right in the heart of Mill Valley, residents are surrounded by serene landscapes and enjoy easy access to local amenities. The community itself is outfitted with cozy touches, plenty of natural light and accessible suites. Residents can relax with services such as housekeeping, laundry and daily meal preparation taken care of. Care plans are customized to meet each resident's unique needs and preferences. The community's activity calendar is packed full of engaging classes, offsite outings and social events.

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Elegance Hamilton Hill

Residents of Elegance Hamilton Hill can enjoy discrete support and care in a welcoming environment. The community offers picturesque views and is thoughtfully designed with boutique-style amenities and well-appointed suites. Caregivers are available around the clock to assist with daily tasks as they work to build meaningful relationships with residents. Cooking, housekeeping and home maintenance are all taken care of so seniors can make the most of each day, whether that means taking the time to sit back and relax with a good book, meeting a friend for coffee or participating in one of the community's many social, cultural and exercise programs.

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The Redwoods - Retirement, Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing

The Redwoods - Retirement, Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing is an innovative and affordable non-profit senior living community that's been serving the Mill Valley area since 1972. Stretched across a beautiful 10-acre campus, the community features outdoor spaces with walking paths, gardens and areas for wildlife viewing. Its whole-person approach to wellness ensures that seniors have access to services and programming that support their full spectrum of physical, intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual needs. From fitness classes and aquatic therapy to personal wellness coaching, daily movies and bi-weekly courtyard concerts, residents can enjoy a well-rounded lifestyle without having to worry about household chores or maintenance.

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  • Full spectrum of care options
  • Onsite occupational, physical and speech therapies