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Page Reviewed / Updated – July 15, 2020

The 10 Best Memory Care Facilities in San Diego, CA

As the eighth-largest city in the U.S., sunny San Diego boasts more than 1.4 million residents, with 12.3% of this population aged 65 and older, according to information from the U.S. Census Bureau. While the high cost of living often makes the Golden State prohibitive for retirees on fixed incomes, the perpetually pleasant weather, high quality of life and availability of quality health care continues to make California a popular place for retirement. San Diego is a favored community thanks to its near perfect climate, lush landscapes, sandy beaches and plenty of activities that encourage family and friends to visit frequently.

Seniors who need specialized care due to Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia can find numerous homelike communities to suit their needs. Assisted Living in San Diego costs $4,750 per month, but the cost for memory care generally runs about 25% more. Seniors can expect to pay about $5,938 for this higher level of care, which is about $300 more than the state average of $5,625 and nearly $900 higher than the nationwide average of $5,064.

San Diego seniors have a variety of choices for communities that cater to residents in need of memory care. To help narrow the options, we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 memory care communities in the area.

Belmont Village Sabre Springs

Belmont Village Sabre Springs is recommended for its person-centered Alzheimer's care based on each resident’s brain health assessment and individual strengths. It also offers a proven whole-brain fitness program and a unique Circle of Friends program that provides structured mental exercises for residents with early to moderate memory loss and mild cognitive impairment. Residents benefit from a daily therapeutic calendar of cognitive enrichment activities, and a memory care neighborhood that provides a secure, carefully monitored environment.

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Features
  • Therapeutic activities overseen by a memory program coordinator
  • Carefully selected on-site activities that stimulate both mental and physical well-being

Atria Rancho Peñasquitos

Atria Rancho Peñasquitos is nestled amid the natural beauty of San Diego’s canyons and nature preserves and strives to combine comfort, connection and convenience for the greater well-being of its residents. Its forward-thinking Life Guidance memory care program offers a structured environment with specially trained staff and daily opportunities for exercise and social engagement. Thoughtfully designed neighborhoods offer secure indoor and outdoor spaces, which allow residents to maintain a sense of independence, and personalized memory displays to help residents navigate back to their apartments.

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Features
  • Calendar filled with engaging events of fun, fitness, creativity and connection
  • Dedicated staff available 24 hours a day to provide discreet support

Sunrise of La Jolla

As a Bronze Commitment to Quality Award recipient, Sunrise of La Jolla makes our top 10 list. This senior living community is sequestered in a peaceful suburban neighborhood with a beautiful view of the Pacific Ocean and offers a holistic approach to senior care. Its Reminiscence memory care program includes neighborhoods specially designed for residents with all forms of dementia and memory loss, personalized programs, memory-focused activities and life enrichment managers trained in Validation therapy and other special memory care techniques. The community also provides telehealth visits and employs an electronic health record system that minimizes the need for off-site doctors' office visits.

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Features
  • Therapeutic activities, including recreational, social, educational and devotional programs
  • Scheduled group trips and resident-sponsored clubs for a variety of interests

Oakmont of Pacific Beach

Situated on a lush, beautifully landscaped campus with stunning views, Oakmont of Pacific Beach makes the list for its industry-renowned dining and meals prepared by award winning chefs. Residents' days are filled with engaging activities, meaningful social interactions and physical and brain fitness to maintain memory and enhance cognition. Residents with advanced memory loss participate in the Traditions program, overseen by a licensed full-time nurse. Traditions provides a soothing environment and specialized activities focusing on sensory, musical and tactile stimulation.

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Features
  • Regular excursions, singing and happy hours to keep the mind stimulated
  • Complimentary chauffeur service to make getting around town easy

Harborview Chateau Inc

Overlooking San Diego Bay in the beautiful Bankers Hill area, Harborview Chateau is recommended for its inviting homelike atmosphere. Housed within a beautiful Italian Renaissance home surrounded by impeccably maintained gardens, this community offers breathtaking views of the city and the bay from an expansive patio. Residents enjoy cozy, casual living with individualized care and support services provided to those living with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia. Its compassionate staff offers daily creative, educational, physical fitness, social and spiritual activities within a dignified, safety-oriented environment.

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Features
  • Hospice waiver and hospice services available
  • Tasty and appealing menus created by a licensed nutritionist, including meals to meet special dietary needs

ActivCare at Mission Bay

ActivCare at Mission Bay is a specialized memory care community that offers a daily schedule of activities designed to accommodate residents at every stage of Alzheimer’s disease. With three levels of care, it meets the changing needs of its residents in a specially designed, safe and secure community that’s easy to navigate. Activities keep residents functioning at the highest level through meaningful participation that minimizes wandering and restlessness, including memory exercising games and invigorating play that utilizes large motor skills.

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Features
  • Specially trained caregivers provide round-the-clock compassionate care
  • Themed great rooms and corridors to help residents easily find their way around

Paradise Village

Paradise Village is a 12-acre resort-style gated community with a Mediterranean flair located in San Diego’s South Bay region that focuses on healthy living, social interaction and a sense of home. Residents suffering from memory loss enjoy a warm, supportive environment with programs tailored to the individual and the stability of a routine that maximizes independence. It also offers a wide variety of amenities in the community's social center, The Plaza, which include over 200 scheduled activities per month, 22 resident-run clubs and a state-of-the-art fitness center to keep residents active and engaged.

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Features
  • Live entertainment in a 200-plus seat theater with performance stage
  • Art studio and hobby/wood shop

The Montera

Located 12 miles northeast of San Diego, The Montera offers a memory care program called Connections for Living. This program focuses on physical wellness, environment, enrichment and family involvement to enhance the lives of residents suffering from all types of memory loss. Its memory care neighborhood provides a comfortable, engaging environment where staff offers gentle stimulation to make residents feel at ease and purposeful. Inspiration stations allow residents to interact with objects that awaken the senses and trigger memories.

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Features
  • Inviting secured outdoor walking and recreation areas
  • Teaching, Learning and Connecting program that supports the health and well-being of the whole family

Atria Bonita

Situated on beautifully landscaped grounds, Atria Bonita is a vibrant community 10 miles south of San Diego. Its forward-thinking memory care program, called Life Guidance, helps residents with memory impairment live meaningful lives in a safe, structured environment that offers daily opportunities for engagement. Life Guidance neighborhoods offer secure indoor and outdoor spaces that allow residents to maintain a sense of independence and at least two exercise opportunities every day to limit cognitive decline.

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Features
  • 24-hour care from specially trained caregivers
  • Culinary Excellence program that provides healthy menu selections based on residents' personal tastes

Plaza Village Senior Living

Located six miles south of San Diego, Plaza Village Senior Living earns a top 10 spot for its unique neighborhood living approach to memory care, which offers residents a real sense of home. Resident neighborhoods consist of three to four bedrooms, shared, fully furnished living rooms, dining rooms and kitchens. Each neighborhood also includes spacious common areas and courtyards to encourage social interaction and meaningful experiences. Plaza Village's Resident First Memory Care program focuses on each resident’s care needs, personal history, lifestyle and promotes social engagement to create a sense of comfort and belonging.

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Features
  • Daily activities program includes music, entertainment, games and exercise
  • Resident-centered activities based on individual preferences