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How to Find the Best Senior Living or Retirement Facility in San Mateo County CA

The choice of senior living communities for independent living, or nursing home for assisted living for your loved one can be difficult and fraught with uncertainty. How can you be certain they'll give your loved one the care they need? Today, independent living communities for seniors, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and retirement homes in San Mateo County offer services to provide all the medical, social and nutritional needs of the elderly.

The following research by The Prime Buyer's Report identifies the best senior living facilities in San Mateo County and issues related to choosing them.

Updated December 20, 2013

 The TOP 10 Senior Living & Retirement Communities in San Mateo County CA

Retirement Inn of Daly City
(650) 878-5111
501 King Dr
Daly City, CA 94015

Atria Burlingame
(650) 343-2747
250 Myrtle Rd
Burlingame, CA 94010

Areas Served: Redwood City, Burlingame, San Mateo, Menlo Park, San Carlos, Woodside, San Bruno

Aegis of South San Francisco
(650) 952-6100
2280 Gellert Blvd
South SF, CA 94080

Hopkins Manor
(650) 368-5656
1235 Hopkins Ave
Redwood City, CA 94062

Sequoias
(650) 851-1501
501 Portola Rd
Portola Valley, CA 94028

Peninsula Regent
(650) 579-5500
1 Baldwin Ave
San Mateo, CA 94401

Canyon House
(650) 322-2022
16 Coleman Pl
Menlo Park, CA 94025

Marymount Greenhills Retire
(650) 742-9150
1201 Broadway
Millbrae, CA 94030

Magnolia Gardens Care Center
(650) 697-1865
1609 Trousdale Dr
Burlingame, CA 94010

How to Find the Best Senior Living or Retirement Facility in San Mateo County CA 

 

Facilities for senior living in San Mateo County California must obtain a certificate of authority from the state of California as protection for consumers. Additionally, any senior living facilities that provide skilled nursing services must also have a Skilled Nursing Facility License from the state DHS (Department of Health Services).  Further, the individuals who serve as administrators at RCFE (Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly), ARF (Adult Residential Facilities), or GH (Group Homes) are required to be a state Certified Administrator, requiring coursework and passing an exam.

But that is no guarantee that any particular senior living facility is doing business ethically, providing real value, and satisfying clients. And independent senior living communities and retirement communities in San Mateo County CA are not regulated by the state.

This makes it all the more significant that all senior living facilities, including senior independent living and retirement homes in San Mateo County CA bearing The Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 symbol have liability insurance coverage for the protection or residents in the event of injury, in addition to passing all other requirements for certification as Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 such as our survey phone calls to their residents or residents' family members to verify high satisfaction, verified license, only employees legal to work in the U.S., good complaint record, and more.

 

Options for Senior Living in San Mateo County CA

Depending on an individual's level of independence, there are choices available among aretirement homes and assisted living facilities. Typically, retirement communities are for those who are entirely independent. Assisted living facilities are for those who may be able to perform all or most of life's necessities, but prefer not to every day, or prefer to have the option. For instance, one may be able to cook, but prefer to leave the shopping and preparing to the on-site cafeteria or kitchen, at least some of the time. At these types of mid-range care, residents can get assistance with daily activities such as transportation to shopping or doctor's appointments, eating, bathing and dressing, if necessary but otherwise lead independent, self-directed lives. These elder care facilities are often utilized by couples where one spouse is more medically fragile than the other, thus allowing spouses to stay together in a supported environment.

Terminology varies throughout the nursing home and assisted living industry. Assisted living facilities may be referred to as board and care facilities, residential care facilities, nursing homes or any of a number of other names. The most important thing is to ensure that the facility matches the level of care required. The options run from simply renting an apartment in a facility that has nurses and other assistants available if needed, to full-scale 24/7 nursing care.

Some assisted living facilities in San Mateo County offer special Alzheimer's care wings, designed specifically to provide the best care for victims of that debilitating disease, occasionally with their spouses. Some assisted living facilities offer apartments for independent living, laundry and maid service, full dining rooms with varied and nutritious meals in a restaurant-like setting, transportation service and often provide various activities such as movies, parties and music, recreation rooms with games and books, snacks, in-house hair and nail salons and much more.

Residents may often bring their own furniture and other household items to make their apartment feel just like home. Some assisted living facilities even allow pets. The most important things are the level of comfort and care provided to residents. Your loved one needs to fee safe, cared for and have a sense of home. Regardless of the arrangements you make, don't forget to visit often.

Some Retirement Homes and Assisted Living Communities in San Mateo County Are Better Than Others
The Prime Buyer's Report lists these retirement communities in San Mateo County: Atria Burlingame, Marymount Greenhills Retire, Retirement Inn of Daly City, Canyon House, Magnolia Gardens Care Center, Sequoias, Hopkins Manor, Aegis of South San Francisco, Peninsula Regent, Bautista Guest House. Other retirement homes and facilities for assisted living in Redwood City, South SF and Burlingame CA include: Bayview Villa, Villa Residential Care, Lakeview Lodge, Home Sweet Home, Magnolia of Millbrae. Didn't find what you wanted with the TOP 10 Senior Living & Retirement Communities in San Mateo County? Then click here to see additional companies in this category.

 

 

Choosing the Best Assisted Living Facility or Retirement Home for Your Loved One in San Mateo County 

When choosing an assisted living or retirement facility, there are many considerations to take into account. Keep in mind that some medical conditions must be evaluated by a doctor, and his or her recommendation or classification can determine which facilities will accommodate you. Everyone's needs are different so it's best to write down as much as possible about what you are looking for—leaving no detail out—before you meet with representatives of potential San Mateo County retirement homes or nursing homes. This gives each a chance to comment on and address the same things, so it will be easier to compare responses.

Be ready also to ask lots of questions of your own. Listen not only to the answers to your questions, but to the level of interest and compassion the representative of the assisted living facility responds with. If they don't seem to be completely invested in ensuring your loved one is completely cared for in every way, choose another retirement facility or nursing home. You want the assisted living or retirement community you choose to be fully involved and to really care that everything goes perfectly for your loved one. If you've gotten a good initial impression, ask some questions about the retirement community's facilities, amenities, experience and credentialing. Use the list of questions below as a guide to develop your own.

• How long have the assisted living centers or retirement homes been in business?

• Are the assisted living facilities part of a chain?

• What training and certification do the retirement centers' staff have?

• What do retirement homes' staff schedules and staffing patterns look like on a daily basis? On the weekends? Holidays?

• Do the assisted living centers allow residents to bring their pets?

• Do the retirement homes allow residents to decorate their apartment as they like?

• What shopping or recreation facilities are near the nursing homes in San Mateo County?

• Will the retirement communities provide a copy of their annual state and federal facility survey? (Assisted living communities and retirement centers are required to provide this on request).

• What is the monthly charge at the retirement homes for different services? (Note: Adding living area square feet, extra rooms or in-room kitchen facilities can greatly affect the cost).

• Is housekeeping / laundry service including in the monthly charge at the retirement facilities?

• What system / staff do the nursing homes have in place in case of a medical emergency?

• Does each resident of the retirement facilities have their privacy respected?

• Will the residential care centers allow you to speak to some current residents and/or their families?

• What is the staff-to-resident ratio at the senior care centers or nursing homes?

• Can SSI offset some or all of the costs of living in the retirement community?

• What is the availability at the nursing homes or senior living centers? Is there a waiting list?

• Will the assisted living centers provide written contract sthat cover every expense, including ancillary services?

• What recreational facilities and services do the senior care centers or nursing homes provide residents?

Through this question-and-answer period, consider first impressions, technical abilities, experience levels, and compatible styles. Somewhere in this combination of facets you will find the right assisted living facility for you or your loved one. When you've selected the most suitable San Mateo County retirement community for you, make sure they are properly certified.

 

 

Tips for Choosing Good Senior Living or Retirement Community in Redwood City, South SF and Burlingame 

Take Time Choosing Your Retirement Community.
Take your time choosing an assisted living facility. It's a huge decision and choosing right can mean the difference between regret and a happy retirement.  Each retirement community will come to the table with different skill sets, experiences, services and philosophy. If can plan early enough to interview several-even if you like the first one you meet, your odds of a successful outcome will improve.

Write it Down.
We mentioned this in another article, but it's important. Think about what services or amenities you need from an assisted living facility or nursing home. Jot down all your notes about any details that seem important. Sit down and write this out as detailed as possible; write down everything that comes to mind, no matter how trivial. By writing it down you'll be able to hand each potential retirement community a clear, consistent summary of what you're looking for and expecting. It will also be easier for them to give you clear, complete answers to your questions and concerns.

Get Several Separate Estimates.
When selecting a San Mateo County assisted living facility, it's not about just finding the lowest bidder. Getting several estimates helps because it will not only help you get an idea of the market value of the service, it will give you a chance to sound out the personalities and policies and customer service of each retirement community before getting involved with them.

Get Everything in Writing.
Nothing is official until it is written and signed. So insist that your retirement community provides you with a detailed document that describes the services, fees, policies, pricing, and any guarantee information. Get it in writing.  Everyone will feel better.

Do Your Homework Before You Sign An Agreement With a San Mateo County Retirement Community.
To narrow down your choices, do some detective work. Research the retirement community's licensing, insurance and reputation. To help with this, see our article: Key Consumer Resources for Assisted Living and Retirement Communities in San Mateo County. Verify all of this information before signing the contract.

Choose Certified Retirement Communities.
In San Mateo County, there is an upper echelon of highly regarded retirement communities and assisted living facilities that insist on delivering the best customer service possible. Seek out local retirement communities that have earned awards or certifications for customer service and you are much more likely to have a better outcome.

Visit the prospective Assisted Living Facility During Different Times.
Before making a decision, it's a good idea to do some drop-in visits during different times to observe overall conditions, cleanliness, the demeanor and appearance of residents, presence of qualified staff, etc. You might also want to drop by unannounced at lunch and dinner to sample the food being served. Do you see family members visiting? Look around; talk to residents, and any visiting family members. This will give you a better sense of the realities of daily life than just taking the scheduled tour.
 
Know Your Rights.
If you have the misfortune of arriving at a disagreement or legal impasse with your assisted living facility, you are protected by certain rights. Start with the California Department of Consumer Affairs Web site (www.dca.ca.gov).

If An Assisted Living Facility or Retirement Community Doesn't Measure Up, Fire Them.
If your chosen assisted living or retirement community turns out to be inadequate in any way, look to the terms of your contract: what obligation do they have to make good? Do you have rights spelled out in the event of legal impasse?  What are they? Essentially, a retirement community's failure to perform under a contract constitutes grounds for dismissal.  But before you decide to terminate residency, weigh your options carefully.  Moving a fragile or elderly person can be much more disrupting than weathering the occasional disagreement with staff at your chosen facility.  Also keep in mind that really good facilities often have wait lists; if you suspect that you might have to move, examine your options thoroughly and get on waitlists as soon as possible.

 

 

Resources About Senior Living and Retirement Communities in San Mateo County 

Associations & Licensing

BBB Better Business Bureau (www.bbb.com)
DCA California Department of Consumer Affairs (http://www.dca.ca.gov/)
Diamond Certified www.diamondcertified.org
American Association of Retired People (http://www.aarp.org)
California Department of Aging (http://www.aging.ca.gov)
California Commission on Aging (http://www.ccoa.ca.gov)
National Center for Assisted Living (http://www.ncal.org)
Consumer Information about long-term care (http://www.longtermcareliving.com/assess/al/)
Medline Plus (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/assistedliving.html)
American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (http://www2.aahsa.org/)
National Association of Senior Move Managers (http://www.nasmm.org/)
California Assisted Living (http://caassistedliving.org/Consumers/what_is_al.htm)
California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (http://www.canhr.org/index.html)
Assisted Living Federation of America (http://www.alfa.org)
American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (http://www.aahsa)
American Senior Housing Association (http://www.seniorshousing.org)
Center for Aging Services Technologies (http://www.agingtech.org)
Senior Outlook (http://www.senioroutlook.com)

 


The Prime Buyer's Report provides information for the TOP 10 Senior Living & Retirement Communities in San Mateo County within the following zip codes.

94010, 94044, 94028, 94066, 94061, 94037, 94030, 94401, 94080, 94014, 94026, 94018, 94038, 94065, 94096, 94083, 94015, 94019, 94011, 94017, 94064, 94002, 94025, 94070, 94060, 94128, 94403, 94005, 94063, 94402, 94020, 94098, 94016, 94074, 94404, 94062, 94027 and 94021

 


 

Retirement Communities & Senior Living Belmont CA

Belmont Convalescent Hospital Belmont CA 94002
Belmont Vista Senior Community Belmont CA 94002
Bonnie Brae Terrace Belmont CA 94002
CFI Advisors Belmont CA 94002
Family Homes Inc Belmont CA 94002
Sunrise Assisted Living Belmont CA 94002

 

Retirement Communities & Senior Living Burlingame CA

AM Residential Care Home Burlingame CA 94010
Atria Burlingame Burlingame CA 94010
Burlingame Healthcare Center Burlingame CA 94010
Burlingame Senior Home Burlingame CA 94010
Burlingame Villa Burlingame CA 94010
Magnolia Gardens Care Center Burlingame CA 94010
Mills Estate Villa Burlingame CA 94010


Retirement Communities & Senior Living Daly City CA

Abelene Care Home I Daly City CA 94015
Angela's Rest Home II Daly City CA 94015
Angela's Rest Home Daly City CA 94015
Elle's Care Home Daly City CA 94015
Eva Marie Residential Care Daly City CA 94015
Eva-Marie Residential Care Home Daly City CA 94015
First Pacific Coast Home Daly City CA 94015
Holy Family Care Home Daly City CA 94015
Mission Villa Daly City CA 94014
Paradise Home Daly City CA 94015
Pines Residence Daly City CA 94015
Retirement Inn of Daly City Daly City CA 94015
Santa Barbara Guest Home Daly City CA 94014
St Francis Heights Convalescent Daly City CA 94015
Villa Residential Care Daly City CA 94014


Retirement Communities & Senior Living Emerald Hills CA

Lakeview Lodge Emerald Hills CA 94062

 

Retirement Communities & Senior Living Foster City CA

Beach Park Manor Foster City CA 94404
Emerald Retirement Residence Foster City CA 94404
Emmaus Care Home Foster City CA 94404
Foster City Care Home Foster City CA 94404
Garden Court Care Home Foster City CA 94404
Res-Care California Foster City CA 94404
Sandpiper Court Foster City CA 94404


Retirement Communities & Senior Living Half Moon Bay CA

Lesley Gardens Half Moon Bay CA 94019
Ocean View Plaza Half Moon Bay CA 94019


Retirement Communities & Senior Living Menlo Park CA

Atherton Health Care Menlo Park CA 94025
Canyon House Menlo Park CA 94025
Canyon House Menlo Park CA 94028
Corithians of Menlo Park Menlo Park CA 94025
Crane PLACE-HUD-SENIORS Menlo Park CA 94025
Golden Manor Menlo Park CA 94025
Orchid Villa Menlo Park CA 94025
Sharon Heights Care & Rehab Menlo Park CA 94025


Retirement Communities & Senior Living Millbrae CA

ANC Healthcare Millbrae CA 94030
Emmanuel Residential-Millbrae Millbrae CA 94030
Golden Age Retirement Home Millbrae CA 94030
Grandma's Home Millbrae CA 94030
Magnolia of Millbrae Millbrae CA 94030
Marymount Greenhills Retire Millbrae CA 94030

 

Retirement Communities & Senior Living Montara CA

Cedar Lane Residential Care Home Montara CA 94037
Three Bells of Montara Montara CA 94037

 

Retirement Communities & Senior Living Pacifica CA

Casa Pacifica Pacifica CA 94044
Oceanside Board & Care Pacifica CA 94044
Sunvalley Chateau Corp Pacifica CA 94044

 

Retirement Communities & Senior Living Portola Valley CA

Sequoias Portola Valley CA 94028


Retirement Communities & Senior Living Redwood City CA

AM Residential Care Home Redwood City CA 94063
Bay Area Care Homes Redwood City CA 94061
Bay Area Care Homes Redwood City CA 94062
Britannia House Redwood City CA 94061
Britannia Place Redwood City CA 94061
Canyon Care Home Redwood City CA 94062
Casa De Redwood Redwood City CA 94063
Charter Home Redwood City CA 94062
Chestnut House Redwood City CA 94062
Devonshire Oaks Nursing Center Redwood City CA 94062
Dolphin Park Rest Home Redwood City CA 94065
Duane Manor Residential Care Redwood City CA 94062
East West Care Service Redwood City CA 94063
East West Care Redwood City CA 94061
Edgeway Redwood City CA 94061
Five Star Care Home Redwood City CA 94065
Golden Years Rest Home Redwood City CA 94061
Gordon Manor Redwood City CA 94061
Hillcrest Manor Redwood City CA 94062
Hopkins Manor Redwood City CA 94062
Infinitum Services Co Redwood City CA 94063
Komar Care Home Redwood City CA 94062
Mariner's Green Residential Redwood City CA 94065
Maryland Home Redwood City CA 94061
McGarvey House Redwood City CA 94061
Redwood Care Home Redwood City CA 94062
Redwood City Commons Apartments Redwood City CA 94063
Redwood Haven Redwood City CA 94061
Rose Haven II Redwood City CA 94061
Spice of Life Redwood City CA 94062
Vera Manor Redwood City CA 94061
Woodacre Knolls Redwood City CA 94061

 

Retirement Communities & Senior Living South SF CA

Aegis of South SF South SF CA 94080
Alhambra Home Care South SF CA 94080
Alta Mesa Care Home South SF CA 94080
Bautista Board & Care 1 South SF CA 94080
Bel Amor II South SF CA 94080
Bel Amor South SF CA 94080
Ber Senior Service LLC South SF CA 94080
Bougainvilleas Care Home South SF CA 94080
Care Plus South SF CA 94080
Community Choice Inc South SF CA 94080
Damenik's South SF CA 94080
Daughters of the Elderly South SF CA 94080
Delia's Retirement Home South SF CA 94080
Desirrey Residential Care Home South SF CA 94080
Garrison Care Home South SF CA 94080
Heirloom Gardens South SF CA 94080
Lillies Care Home South SF CA 94080
McCaffrey's Care Home South SF CA 94080
MMA Medical Supply Inc South SF CA 94080
Nobis Care Home South SF CA 94080
Olympic Residential Care South SF CA 94080
Ori's Elderly Care Agency South SF CA 94080
Renaissance Senior Living Inc South SF CA 94080
San Felipe House South SF CA 94080
Victoria South SF CA 94080
Winston Manor Care Home South SF CA 94080

 

Retirement Communities & Senior Living San Bruno CA

Age With Dignity-Westborough San Bruno CA 94066
Bautista Guest House San Bruno CA 94066
Berkshire Manor Inc San Bruno CA 94066
Cristina's Care Home San Bruno CA 94066
Cruz Home Sweet Home San Bruno CA 94066
Crystal Springs Care Home San Bruno CA 94066
Gener's Care Home San Bruno CA 94066
Gonzalez Homes San Bruno CA 94066
Gracious Manor Inc San Bruno CA 94066
Latu Temaleti San Bruno CA 94066
San Bruno Home Care San Bruno CA 94066


Retirement Communities & Senior Living San Carlos CA

Bayview Villa San Carlos CA 94070
Chestnut House San Carlos CA 94070
De Anza Residential Care Home San Carlos CA 94070
Laurelwood Residential Care San Carlos CA 94070
Retirement Plus of San Carlos San Carlos CA 94070
San Carlos Elms San Carlos CA 94070


Retirement Communities & Senior Living San Mateo CA

Adlife Care Home San Mateo CA 94403
American Star Home San Mateo CA 94403
Asper Care Home San Mateo CA 94402
Atria Hillsdale San Mateo CA 94403
B&B Residential Facility Inc San Mateo CA 94403
Bay Horizon San Mateo CA 94401
Celeste Care Home San Mateo CA 94402
Chateau Sabelle San Mateo CA 94403
Classic Residence By Hyatt San Mateo CA 94402
Enchanted Garden for Seniors San Mateo CA 94402
Flores Garden Apartments San Mateo CA 94403
Friendly Corner Home San Mateo CA 94401
Hennelly House San Mateo CA 94403
Heritage Home San Mateo CA 94403
Heritage Inn San Mateo CA 94401
Heritage Park San Mateo CA 94401
Heritage Place San Mateo CA 94403
Hillsdale Rose Garden San Mateo CA 94403
Holland House San Mateo CA 94403
Humboldt House San Mateo CA 94401
Intermission House San Mateo CA 94401
JK Residential Care Home San Mateo CA 94403
James Court Manor San Mateo CA 94401
Kaufusi Residential Care Home San Mateo CA 94402
LJB Corporation-Cobb Home San Mateo CA 94401
Mills-Peninsula Extended Care San Mateo CA 94401
Moonlight Residential Care Home San Mateo CA 94403
Pacific Care Home San Mateo CA 94403
Park Towers San Mateo CA 94401
Peninsula Regent San Mateo CA 94401
Peninsula Terrace San Mateo CA 94403
Pilgrim Plaza San Mateo CA 94401
Portobello Care Home San Mateo CA 94401
Portola Place San Mateo CA 94403
San Mateo Convalescent Hospital San Mateo CA 94401
Serra Clergy House San Mateo CA 94403
St Joseph Care Home San Mateo CA 94402
Sterling Court San Mateo CA 94401
Sunrise of San Mateo San Mateo CA 94402
Sunrise Restcare-the Elderly San Mateo CA 94403
Sunrise Stratford San Mateo CA 94401
Three Sisters Care Home San Mateo CA 94403
Yesteryear House Residential San Mateo CA 94402
Yesteryear House San Mateo CA 94402

 

Retirement Communities & Senior Living Woodside CA

Woodside Care Home Woodside CA 94062