How to Find the Best Senior Living or Retirement Facility in San Francisco CAThe 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 Francisco 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 Francisco and issues related to choosing them.
Updated March 14, 2013
Top 10 Senior Living & Retirement Communities in San Francisco
|Laguna Grove Care|
624 Laguna St
San Francisco, CA 94102
Areas Served: San Francisco CA, Union Square, Downtown San Francisco, Lower Haight, Civic Center
|Eden Villa San Francisco|
2750 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94118
Areas Served: San Francisco CA, Richmond District, Laurel Heights, Presidio Heights, Little Russia
|University Mound Ladies Home|
350 University St
San Francisco, CA 94134
Areas Served: San Francisco CA, Visitacion Valley, Sunnydale, Portola, Bayview, Portola Place, ...
|Grove Street Extended Care|
1477 Grove St
San Francisco, CA 94117
Areas Served: San Francisco CA, Lower Haight, Alamo Square, Panhandle, Ashbury Heights, The Haight,...
1444 Mcallister St
San Francisco, CA 94115
Areas Served: Pacific Heights, Alamo Square, Cow Hollow, Alamo Square, Presidio Heights, Laurel ...
|Victorian Healthcare Center|
2121 Pine St
San Francisco, CA 94115
Areas Served: San Francisco CA, Alamo Square, Pacific Heights, Alamo Square, Laurel Heights, Cow ...
|St Anne's Home|
300 Lake St
San Francisco, CA 94118
Areas Served: San Francisco CA, Laurel Heights, Sea Cliff, Richmond District, Little Russia, ...
|Brodrick Street Adult Residential|
1421 Broderick St
San Francisco, CA 94115
Areas Served: San Francisco CA, Pacific Heights, Alamo Square, Cow Hollow, Alamo Square, Laurel ...
2456 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94115
Areas Served: San Francisco CA, Cow Hollow, Alamo Square, Laurel Heights, Alamo Square, Pacific ...
According to the American Association of Retired People, people turning 50 today have about half of their life ahead of them and each year more than four million Americans join the over-fifty demographic. With advances in, and access to, first-rate medical care more people in San Francisco CA and throughout San Francisco will live long into retirement, which is a good thing for obvious reasons, but it can also bring certain problems, among them, an increased need for medical care and a corresponding rise in expenses.
Depending on an individual's level of independence, in San Francisco there are many choices available for retirement 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 San Francisco assisted living facilities offer special Alzheimer's care wings, designed specifically to provide the best care for victims of that debilitating disease, occasionally with their spouses. San Francisco assisted living facilities typically 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 San Francisco assisted living facilities, including many in San Francisco CA 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.
There Are Many Retirement Homes and Assisted Living Communities to Choose Among inSan Francisco
As our population ages, more and more retirement and assisted living communities are appearing in San Francisco CA and throughout San Francisco. Some are independently owned and some are part of a large chain; not all are created equal. Take the time to investigate several before choosing. To help, The Prime Buyer's Report lists these retirement communities in San Francisco: Grove Street Extended Care, Eden Villa San Francisco, Victorian Manor, Laguna Grove Care, St Anne's Home, Victorian Healthcare Center, University Mound Ladies Home, Providence Place, Brodrick Street Adult Residential. Other retirement homes and assisted living facilities that might still serve San Francisco include: .
Look for Assisted Living Facilities in San Francisco That Do More Than the Bare Minimum
When looking for a high-quality retirement home in San Francisco, look for industry certifications and/or kudos from consumer watchdog organizations.
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 Francisco 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 Francisco?
• 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 Francisco retirement community for you, make sure they are properly certified.
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 Francisco 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 Francisco 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 Francisco. Verify all of this information before signing the contract.
Choose Certified Retirement Communities.
In San Francisco, 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.
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 Francisco within the following zip codes.
94101, 94102, 94103, 94104, 94105, 94107, 94108, 94109, 94110, 94111, 94112, 94114, 94115, 94116, 94117, 94118, 94119, 94120, 94121, 94122, 94123, 94124, 94125, 94126, 94127, 94129, 94130, 94131, 94132, 94133, 94134, 94140, 94141, 94142, 94146, 94147, 94157, 94158, 94159, 94164, 94165, 94166, 94167, 94168, 94169, 94170, 94172 and 94188
Retirement Communities & Senior Living San Francisco CA
Adems Residential Care Home San Francisco CA 94110
Age Song San Francisco CA 94102
Aquino Rest Home San Francisco CA 94121
Autumn Glow San Francisco CA 94102
Avenue Assisted Living San Francisco CA 94109
Be-Be's Care Home San Francisco CA 94121
Belen's Residential Care Home San Francisco CA 94102
Bernal Heights Retirement Home San Francisco CA 94110
Bradford's Guest House San Francisco CA 94121
Brodrick Street Adult Residential San Francisco CA 94115
C&M Residential Care San Francisco CA 94112
Comeaux's Family Home San Francisco CA 94124
Damenik's Care Home San Francisco CA 94121
Eden Villa San Francisco San Francisco CA 94118
Eden Villa San Francisco CA 94118
Elizabeth Care Home San Francisco CA 94116
Ellis Residential Care Home San Francisco CA 94112
Farol Residential Care Home IV San Francisco CA 94121
Farol Residential Care Homes San Francisco CA 94121
Farol's Residential Home San Francisco CA 94121
Foronda Care Home San Francisco CA 94121
Francis Residential Care Home San Francisco CA 94112
Frank Ballesteros San Francisco CA 94121
Gaven House San Francisco CA 94134
Golden Residential Care Home San Francisco CA 94112
Granada Hotel San Francisco CA 94109
Grove Street Extended Care San Francisco CA 94117
Guirola Resident Care San Francisco CA 94112
Hayes Valley Care San Francisco CA 94102
Holland's Board & Care Home San Francisco CA 94124
Ida's Rest Home San Francisco CA 94121
JJ Oceanside Ambulatory Care San Francisco CA 94122
Janet's Residential Facility San Francisco CA 94132
Jewish Home for Aged Day Center San Francisco CA 94112
Julie's Rest Home San Francisco CA 94122
Kennedy's Rest Manor San Francisco CA 94115
La Salette Homes Ltd San Francisco CA 94112
Lady of Perpetual Help San Francisco CA 94110
Laguna Grove Care San Francisco CA 94102
Lake Street Rest Home San Francisco CA 94118
Lawton Healthcare Center San Francisco CA 94122
Leonard House San Francisco CA 94117
Lina's Rest Home San Francisco CA 94112
Lorne House II San Francisco CA 94112
Lorne House San Francisco CA 94110
Mae Bea Andrews Boarding Care San Francisco CA 94124
Margie's Residence II San Francisco CA 94112
Mariner House San Francisco CA 94110
Maulino Board & Care Service San Francisco CA 94110
Merced Residential Care San Francisco CA 94110
Merced Residential Care San Francisco CA 94112
Mornignstar Home #3 San Francisco CA 94134
Morning Star San Francisco CA 94110
Mt Zion Skilled Nursing Unit San Francisco CA 94115
Nacario's Home-Non Ambulatory San Francisco CA 94121
NCPHS Community Service San Francisco CA 94132
New Life Homes San Francisco CA 94132
Nobis Care Home San Francisco CA 94121
Nobis Care Home San Francisco CA 94132
Ocean View Homes San Francisco CA 94116
Openhouse San Francisco CA 94102
Palarca's Rest Home San Francisco CA 94122
Park's Rest Home San Francisco CA 94118
Parkside Care Home San Francisco CA 94116
Parkside Retirement Home San Francisco CA 94116
Providence Place San Francisco CA 94115
Quality Residential Care Home San Francisco CA 94116
Richard M Cohen Residence San Francisco CA 94103
Santiago's Home Care San Francisco CA 94112
Self Help for the Elderly San Francisco CA 94108
Seventh Avenue Rest Home San Francisco CA 94122
Somebody Haven San Francisco CA 94112
South Van Ness Manor San Francisco CA 94110
St Anne's Home San Francisco CA 94118
St Francis Manor San Francisco CA 94127
St Francis Manor San Francisco CA 94132
St Ignatius Residential Home San Francisco CA 94131
Starlight Home San Francisco CA 94110
Stella's Care Home San Francisco CA 94117
Stemberga Retirement Home San Francisco CA 94110
Sunset Gardens San Francisco CA 94122
Sutro Heights Non Ambulatory San Francisco CA 94121
Taraval Residential Care Home San Francisco CA 94116
Tiffany Residential Care Home San Francisco CA 94110
University Mound Ladies Home San Francisco CA 94134
Victorian Healthcare Center San Francisco CA 94115
Victorian Manor San Francisco CA 94115
Wikkeling Board & Care San Francisco CA 94112