In order to find the top assisted living communities in the Carlsbad area, our team of researchers:

  • Sorted through 37 communities using our unique methodology
  • Spent over 16 hours researching assisted living communities in Carlsbad
  • Read more than 140 reviews left by residents and their family members

After filtering out facilities that didn’t meet our high standards, we were left with 10 assisted living communities that earned our seal of approval. Through this process we discovered that the average cost of assisted living in the city of Carlsbad is $4,750, which is considerably higher than the state average of $4,500 and the national average of $4,051.

Jonathan Frank
Licensed Social Worker and Certified Dementia Practitioner
Jonathan Frank
Licensed Social Worker and Certified Dementia Practitioner

Jonathan Frank is a Licensed Social Worker with over 10 years experience working with the geriatric population in a variety of different settings. He received his Masters degree from Rutgers University with a certificate in Aging and Gerontological Services. Additionally, he is a Certified Dementia Practitioner accredited by the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners. Jonathan also has Bachelors degree in psychology and worked as an Emergency Medical Technician for 14 years. His passion lies with the elderly and ensuring they age with dignity.

Read on for in-depth information about the top assisted living facilities in Carlsbad, a brief dive into our methodology for determining the best assisted living communities, and a searchable directory of 37 communities in the Carlsbad area. Trusted Communities spent dozens of hours researching the top assisted living communities in the Carlsbad area to allow seniors and their families to find the community that’s right for them. Click through the facilities listed below to read in-depth reviews, what residents are saying, and details such as base pricing, room types, and more.

Brookdale Carlsbad
Studios, 1-Bedroom Apartments
Assisted Living, Memory Care, Skilled Nursing
Assisted Living: $3,585, Memory Care: $6,210, Skilled Nursing: Not Listed
The charming senior living community at Brookdale Carlsbad offers numerous levels of care, including assisted living and memory care. Residents can enjoy group activities, such as classical music concerts, social gatherings and culinary demonstrations. The staff performs housekeeping and regular clothes laundering. Transportation to and from appointments is available and resident outings are a part of the community's activities. Seniors can find The Shoppes at Carlsbad about half a mile away. Brookdale Carlsbad earned a spot on our list thanks to its skilled nursing center and spacious apartments.
What Residents are Saying:
The well-maintained living spaces and friendly staff members constantly impress residents and their families. One resident's sister-in-law said, "The main office staff was very friendly and accepting ... The food was excellent. The building itself was very nice," while another online reviewer mentioned, "Overall, it appeared very well maintained and well kept .... They had a very good menu."
4.37 out of 5 stars
(73) Reviews
3140 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Brookdale Oceanside
Carlsbad By the Sea
La Costa Glen
La Costa Heights Assisted Living
Las Villas De Carlsbad
Silvergate San Marcos
Sunrise at La Costa
The Gardens Carlsbad

Our Methodology

It’s not what we research, but the way we research that makes stand out. We start by identifying problems and challenges in the senior care industry by gaining insight from conversations with industry professionals, older adults, and those that care for them. Next, our research team led by industry experts apply our data-driven research techniques to understand the magnitude of the challenge and how to overcome it. Finally, we present our findings in easy-to-understand guides and studies and share our actionable results with influencers and caregivers, as well as the general public.

Facility Features (40%)

Facility Health Services Graded on health services provided
on the facility including, but not
limited to, on-site nursing,
pharmacy, skilled nursing,
medicine administration, etc

Facility Amenities Graded on the available

Affordability Financial assistance acceptance
and overall costs and value.

Residential Quality (40%)

Resident Satisfaction Polling & survey of overall facility satisfaction.

Facility Complaint and Violations Number of complaints and violations the facility had. Taking into account improvement over time.

Online Reviews Aggregated verified online reviews.

Location (20%)

Location-Based Benefits Including, but not limited to, proximity to
hospitals, ambulance response times, senior
resources available, and state and city
financial assistance.

Location Quality Local crime rates, incidents against older
adults, air quality, climate.

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