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CITY South san francisco
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Page Reviewed / Updated – February 18, 2023

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Located on the San Francisco Peninsula adjacent to San Francisco Bay, South San Francisco has about 64,000 residents, including more than 10,600 seniors aged 65 or older. Residents of this beautiful city by the Bay enjoy mild winters and dry, cool summers, with the western hills shielding them from much of the fog that plagues neighboring areas. 

Like most places in California, the cost of living in South San Francisco is higher than the national average, but it comes with perks like cleaner air and low crime. The city doesn’t receive any snow, so seniors have reduced risks of falling on slippery sidewalks. Should they need medical care, South San Francisco has a higher than average number of physicians per capita and a high-performing Kaiser Permanente medical center.

Seniors may consider an assisted living community to live among their peers while receiving help with personal needs. Genworth’s 2021 Cost of Care Survey doesn’t list separate long-term care costs for South San Francisco, but it does include it with the San Francisco area. Seniors in this area can expect to pay an average of $6,319 for assisted living. While this is higher than the statewide average of $5,250, it’s lower than Santa Rosa’s average of $7,048 by more than $700. 

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

Explore our top 10 assisted living facilities in South San Francisco to see if one meets your long-term care needs.

Aegis of San Francisco

We chose this warm, welcoming assisted living community for its five-star service and proximity to top-rated medical facilities and city amenities, like parks, grocery stores and pharmacies. Residents may choose from spacious, private studio or one-bedroom residences with step-in showers and emergency call systems. All residents receive comprehensive, customized care plans, with assistance available 24/7. Its Life Enrichment Directors plan entertainment, events and local excursions, with daily activities meant to encourage seniors to socialize, stay fit and indulge in their favorite hobbies. Meals include various options from a seasonal menu, served in a formal dining room.

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Peninsula Del Rey

We included Peninsula Del Rey because it’s accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities and conveniently located near a hospital, medical services, shopping, entertainment and major highway connections that make it easy for family and friends to visit. Peninsula Del Rey is about 9 miles northwest of South San Francisco in Daly City and just 15 minutes from downtown San Francisco. Residents may choose from studio, one-bedroom or two-bedroom apartments and enjoy VIP service at the on-site restaurant, with daily fresh specials and evolving menus. The fully equipped fitness center helps residents stay fit and active, and the full-service salon keeps them looking their best.

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Sunrise of San Mateo

Located about 11 miles south of South San Francisco, Sunrise of San Mateo focuses on each resident’s holistic well-being. The pet-friendly community features beautiful outdoor spaces, fun fitness classes, activity rooms, social activities and trained staff available 24/7. Residents may choose from studio, one-bedroom or two-bedroom suites, with companion suites available. Besides three delicious and nutritious meals served in the shared dining room, residents can also grab snacks throughout the day in the bistro. They have access to scheduled transportation, daily trash removal, weekly housekeeping and personal laundry and monthly wellness visits from a licensed on-staff nurse.

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  • English, Spanish, Cantonese and Mandarin languages spoken
  • Accommodates diabetic, low-fat, low-salt and renal diets

Mills Estate Villa

About 8 miles south of South San Francisco in Burlingame, Mills Estate Villa strives to balance support and independence for its residents. The assisted living community features private and shared rooms and lies in the same neighborhood as Mills-Peninsula Hospital. It's easily accessible from Interstate 101 and just south of the San Francisco Airport, making it easier for family and friends to visit. The community’s staff provides activities and programs designed to inspire and engage residents. Life enrichment activities include games, daily socialization and leisurely walks in serene outdoor areas. Residents receive three nourishing meals daily and may bring their small pets to live with them

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Coterie Cathedral Hill

Less than 10 miles north of South San Francisco, in the heart of San Francisco, lies Coterie Cathedral Hill. It made our top 10 list because it teamed up with the Mayo Clinic to create personalized plans to help its assisted living residents achieve their health goals, with nutrition recommendations, stress and resiliency coaching and fitness regimes. The community features studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom residences and numerous luxury services, including morning wake-up calls, plant care, gift wrapping, shoe-shining, seasonal wardrobe rotations and car services. It also has physician suites for private, convenient on-site care and a pet park where all pets are welcome.

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Serra Highlands Senior Living

We included Serra Highlands in Daly City on our list because the pet-friendly community is near award-winning medical care, top-rated dining, shopping and other points of interest. Its in-house culinary team can accommodate various dietary needs, including allergies and sensitivities while serving fresh, tasty meals. Residents also enjoy a diverse social calendar, with a full-time director of activities and events, and spacious studio and one-bedroom residences in a warm and welcoming environment. Supportive services include scheduled transportation, medication assistance, housekeeping and laundry for linens and clothing, with staff available 24/7.

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Cadence Millbrae

Cadence Millbrae is about 6 miles south of Millbrae and features a walkable neighborhood with tree-lined streets and numerous restaurants, shopping venues and the local farmer’s market. We chose Cadence Millbrae for its holistic approach to community engagement that supports residents’ social, emotional, physical, intellectual and spiritual well-being. Residents have access to three daily meals, anytime snacks and happy hour in the community’s piano lounge. Studio and one-bedroom apartments include large bathrooms with walk-in showers and emergency alert systems. Companion suites are available, and small pets are welcome. Residents can also access physical and occupational therapy and in-home health services.

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The Village at Hayes Valley

Located in the heart of Hayes Valley in San Francisco, The Village lies within a residential neighborhood lined with restaurants, ice cream shops and boutiques, with a park at the end of the street. It provides transportation by community bus for doctor visits and various outings. Residents have companion suites and enjoy a range of activities that change daily, including games, fitness programs, entertainment, artistic activities and church services. They benefit from personalized, physician-designed nutrition plans, with the culinary staff able to accommodate various dietary needs, including soft, low sugar and low salt. The community accepts small dogs, and outdoor patios are available.

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Sunrise of Burlingame

We included Sunrise of Burlingame on our top 10 list because it's located directly across from Mills-Peninsula Hospital and down the road from Kaiser Hospital. The pet-friendly community maintains strong relationships with all local hospitals and skilled nursing facilities to ensure its residents receive the care they need. Its 24/7 staff includes nurses, care managers, care coordinators and medical technicians. Sunrise of Burlingame is also within walking distance of supermarkets, coffee shops and pharmacies. Residents may choose from studio, one-bedroom or two-bedroom suites, with companion suites available. They have access to an on-site beauty/barber shop, benefit from all-day dining and can grab a snack anytime in the bistro.

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Pacifica Senior Living Burlingame

Nestled within the San Francisco Peninsula, Pacifica Senior Living Burlingame is a progressive community providing customized care to its assisted living residents, with staff available 24/7. Residents have inviting private apartments with walk-in showers and balconies where they’re welcome to live with their dogs or cats. The community van provides rides to doctor’s offices, financial institutions, various errands, nearby restaurants and the beach. Residents enjoy customized meals tailored to their dietary needs, concierge service, community laundry service and stimulating activities such as music, dancing, arts and crafts workshops, fitness classes, happy hours, concerts and movie nights.

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