Oakland, California, may be often relegated to second fiddle in the Bay Area, but there are areas in Oakland that can offer safety and more affordable assisted living facilities than San Francisco. The city is home to slightly under 400,000, and is directly across the bay from San Francisco. Oakland assisted living facilities have all the amenities and options you need to live comfortably. SeniorLiving.org helps you search through all those options so you can process the information and make the best decision possible.
The average cost of Oakland assisted living is inflated by the high costs in nearby San Francisco. It is more likely you will find assisted living facilities with monthly costs closer to the rates of San Jose, or other Alameda County cities like Fremont, than to San Francisco. This would put the monthly cost of a private bedroom in an ALF at state median of $3,500, although some ALFs start as low as $3,000. A private room in a nursing home would cost much more per month than the median, an average of $9,155, more than $1,200 more than California’s median cost. Oakland living does incur a substantially high cost of living; the March 2012 cost of living index rates Oakland at 137.0. This is still much lower than San Francisco, which is rated at 156.8. The crime rates in Oakland are notoriously elevated, at more than double the national average, so it is wisest to focus on assisted living facilities in the neighborhoods of Lake Merritt, the city’s self-anointed jewel, and the Piedmont neighborhood. Lake Merritt is a beautiful community that has a three mile lake perimeter, home to egrets, herons, and other birds, and equipped with tennis, golf, boating, and hiking trails.
Oakland’s health care needs are serviced by the Alameda County Medical Center, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, and Kaiser Foundation Hospital Oakland/Richmond. Oakland is a great place for sports fans, with Oakland the home of the Raiders and Athletics, San Francisco the home to the 49ers, and the Giants, and the University of California-Berkley collegiate athletics only six miles away. Oakland has the highest concentration of artists per capita in the country, which coincides with the city’s large ethnically diverse population. This makes Oakland very culturally diverse, seen in the many musical and food influences throughout the city’s neighborhoods. There are many places for active retirees to explore. The Oakland Zoo, Oakland Museum of California, Oakland Aviation Museum, Paramount Theatre, and Chinatown lay within the city. Outdoor recreation can be found just to the east, at Lake Chabot Regional Park, Redwood Regional Park, and Las Trampas Regional Wilderness.
Finding the right assisted living facility in Oakland takes a good amount of research. SeniorLiving.org can help you with that research with our listing services and customer reviews.