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

  • Sorted through 120 communities using our unique methodology
  • Spent over 15 hours researching assisted living communities in El Cajon
  • Read more than 960 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 El Cajon is $5,475, which is higher than the state average of $5,250 and considerably higher than the national average of $4,300.

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Christina Drumm-Boyd
Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) and Geriatric Care Manager (GCM)
Christina Drumm-Boyd
Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) and Geriatric Care Manager (GCM)

Christina is a Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) and Geriatric Care Manager (GCM) who is passionate about seniors and their families. Along with her staff, Christina works hands-on with each client to find the best solutions for the challenges that often come with aging.

Read on for in-depth information about the top assisted living facilities in El Cajon, a brief dive into our methodology for determining the best assisted living communities, and a searchable directory of 120 communities in the El Cajon area. Trusted Communities’s team of researchers spent dozens of hours researching the top assisted living communities in the El Cajon 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.

Atria Collwood
Studios, 1-Bedroom Apartments
Assisted Living, Independent Living
Assisted Living: $2,195, Independent Living: $2,195
Close to many restaurants and shopping centers, Atria Collwood is an assisted and independent living community located in a residential neighborhood near San Diego. With nurses on-call 24/7, caregivers help residents with activities of daily living such as medication management and housekeeping. Through the Engage Life program, residents can participate in morning spiritual services, take tai chi classes and join friends for scenic drives down the California coast. In the community garden and numerous indoor recreation areas, seniors can join gardening classes, dance lessons and drum circles. The community chef creates meals from fresh ingredients, performs cooking demonstrations and organizes themed culinary events.
What Residents are Saying:
For residents and their families, this community's cheery atmosphere and well-trained staff stand out. One writes, "It's bright and clean, the staff are kind and compassionate. Most importantly, my Dad (who had been resistant to assisted living) is happy at Atria! The food is good, and all his medications are managed responsibility by the Atria staff."
4.36 out of 5 stars
(147) Reviews
5308 Monroe Ave., San Diego, CA 92115
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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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