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Assisted living facilities in Oakland provide personal care for seniors, letting them maintain their safety and independence in a homelike environment. These facilities are ideal for those who need help with daily living activities but don’t require the intensive medical care and monitoring nursing homes provide. According to the Genworth 2021 Cost of Care Survey, seniors in Oakland pay $6,319 for this type of care, which is high compared to state and national averages.

COVID-19 Rules for Assisted Living in Oakland

For assisted living communities, COVID-19 rules and regulations are typically set at the state level. You can view specific rules on our guide to assisted living in CA. These rules change often, and many communities have policies in place that go above and beyond what’s required by the state, so you should contact your local community for more information. Additionally, you can contact your local Area Agency on Aging to learn more.

How to Pay for Assisted Living in Oakland

In Oakland, assisted living facilities charge $6,319 per month for services, making this city a relatively expensive option for care. By comparison, in California as a whole, facilities charge $5,250, and nationwide, rates average $4,500.

Assisted Living in Oakland vs. Nearby Cities

Oakland seniors pay $6,319 per month for assisted living services, which is over $2,000 higher than care costs in Modesto, where rates are among the lowest in the state at $4,000. In Santa Cruz, care costs are a little higher than the state median but affordable compared to Oakland at $5,550, and in Salinas, rates average $6,000 per month. Oakland may be a cost-friendly alternative to Santa Rosa, where older adults pay $7,048 for services.

  • Oakland: $6,319
  • California: $5,250
  • United States: $4,500
  • Santa Cruz: $5,550
  • Modesto: $4,000
  • Salinas: $6,000
  • Santa Rosa: $7,048

Assisted Living vs. Other Types of Care in Oakland, CA

Assisted living is moderately priced at $6,319 per month. Home-based care, which doesn’t include living costs such as meals and housing, is generally pricier at $6,864 for homemaker services and $7,150 for skilled home health aide services. Nursing home care is costlier at $11,566 and is for those with more extensive needs. Older adults pay the lowest rates for adult day health care, which costs $1,950 per month.

  • Homemaker Services: $6,864
  • Home Health Aide: $7,150
  • Adult Day Health Care: $1,950
  • Assisted Living: $6,319
  • Nursing Home: $11,566

Note: Data for Oakland was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, San Francisco, was used instead. 

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Oakland

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Other Ways to Pay for Assisted Living in Oakland

Since not everyone can afford to pay for assisted living out-of-pocket, it’s important to find alternative methods to help make assisted living more affordable. Some of these options include:

  • Veterans Benefits
  • Life Insurance Policy
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Reverse Mortgage

For more information about your options for making assisted living more affordable, visit our guide to Assisted Living in Oakland.

Free and Low-Cost Assisted Living Resources for Seniors in Oakland

In Oakland, nonprofit agencies and programs help seniors find the best residential care options for their personal goals, lifestyle preferences and budgets. Through these resources, seniors can research assisted living facilities, connect with recreational programs and obtain legal counseling.

Resource Contact Service
Area Agency on Aging (510) 577-1900 The local Area Agency on Aging is a nonprofit resource that provides services and resources to those aged 60 and over in Oakland and surrounding cities. It has information and referral specialists who help older adults apply for public benefits that may help cover medical and long-term care expenses, and it has professional advisors who help seniors navigate financial and legal issues related to aging.
Downtown Oakland Senior Center (510) 238-3284 The Downtown Oakland Senior Center has social and recreational activities for those aged 55 and over. At this center, members participate in innovative programming to help them maintain their health and independence throughout their retirement years, including a lunch program, in-person and online lifelong learning classes and wellness services. Seniors can also rent the center for private events.
Empowered Aging (510) 638-6878 Empowered Aging is a regional nonprofit organization that supports older adults and those with disabilities in the Oakland region. It houses the region’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, which provides advice, support and advocacy for those in assisted living facilities. The ombudsman helps residents understand their rights and ensures their care plans accurately reflect their needs and goals. They can also mediate disagreements and investigate concerns about substandard care or noncompliance with state regulations.
Legal Assistance for Seniors (510) 832-3040 Legal Assistance for Seniors provides legal support and assistance regarding age-related civil matters such as accessing health care, conservatorships and fair housing practices. Through this program, older adults can talk to a HICAP counselor for personalized help with understanding Medicare benefits and private alternatives to the government program. HICAP counselors can also screen individuals for Medicaid and Medicare Savings Programs eligibility and educate them on protecting against Medicare fraud and abuse.
VA Oakland Regional Office (800) 698-2411 The Oakland Regional Office provides in-person and over-the-phone advice and assistance to older veterans in Oakland and the surrounding region. It has trained benefits officers who help individuals apply for Aid and Attendance and veterans’ and survivors’ pensions, which can help cover long-term care expenses, as well as obtaining federal and local benefits such as tax breaks and medical care.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Oakland

Assisted Living Communities in Oakland are required to follow a set of rules and regulations that are determined by the state. For more specific information, talk with your local community or Area Agency on Aging.

Laws and regulations for assisted living in California

The Top Assisted Living Communities in the Oakland Area

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

  • Sorted through 71 communities using our unique methodology
  • Spent over 18 hours researching assisted living communities in Oakland
  • Read more than 565 reviews left by residents and their family members

After filtering out facilities that didn’t meet our high standards, we were left with 12 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 Oakland is $6,319, which is considerably higher than the state average of $5,250 and also considerably higher than the national average of $4,500.

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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 Oakland, a brief dive into our methodology for determining the best assisted living communities, and a searchable directory of 71 communities in the Oakland area.

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.

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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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