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Home Care In San Marcos, CA

Home Care San Marcos, CA

They say that your golden years are the best years of your life. For most older Americans, that's how it should be - a time to relax, reflect, and live life in a familiar place. After all, senior citizens in the U.S. have worked tirelessly to build a better economy, serve their communities, and raise families.

However, as seniors grow older, completing daily tasks like showering and enjoying activities such as visiting the historic San Marcos Historical Society gets harder without someone by their side. Unfortunately, many older Americans aren't able to rely on their adult children for help. The reality in today's world is that family members do not have the skills or time to dedicate to caring for their parents. That's where Always Best Care Senior Services comes in.

Our in-home care services are for people who prefer to stay at home as they grow older but need ongoing care that family or friends cannot provide. More and more older adults prefer to live far away from long-term, institutionalized facilities and closer to the place where they feel most comfortable - their home. Home care in San Marcos, CA is a safe, effective way to give your loved ones the care they need when they need it the most.

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The Always Best Care Difference

Since 1996, Always Best Care has provided non-medical in-home care for seniors to help them maintain a healthy lifestyle as they get older. We are proud to have helped more than 25,000 seniors maintain higher levels of dignity and respect. We focus on providing seniors with the highest level of in-home care available so that they may live happily and independently.

Unlike some senior care companies, we genuinely want to be included in our clients' lives. We believe that personalized care is always the better option over a "one size fits all" approach. To make sure our senior clients receive the best care possible, we pair them with compassionate caregivers who understand their unique needs. That way, they may provide care accordingly without compromising their wellbeing.

The Always Best Care difference lies in life's little moments - where compassionate care and trustworthy experience come together to help seniors live a fruitful, healthy life. Whether you are an aging adult that can't quite keep up with life's daily tasks or the child of a senior who needs regular in-home services, Always Best Care is here to help.


“Hi, my name is Janett .. Working at Always Best Care has been the best experience of my life, from the day I went to apply for the job as a caregiver I felt very humbled. Im happy working at ABC and I hope to continue working for many years.. "❤️"”

Chapis V.

“I'm a caregiver with Always Best Care. I've work for the agency since early April 2023. My experience has been fun, challenging at times but very rewarding. My clients are very nice. It is a great place to work. Management and administration are very communicative and attentive. They always address any concerns I have whether it is schedule issue, a client issue, or a special request. I love working for ABC. I highly recommend our company for any prospective or experienced caregivers. ????”

Robert T.

“My name is Haley Maddox and I’ve been with Always Best Care for a few months now and I would just like to say I absolutely LOVE and appreciate the company because they are always willing to work with you and your schedule to fit your personal life as well. Not only that but they make sure you know it’s ok to report any and every kind of complications at work and they always encourage you to ask questions and I like that a lot because not many jobs give you that comfortable feeling that YOU matter too. Thank you to ALWAYS BEST CARE for taking great care of not just their clients but their employees as well!❤️”

Haley L.

“So grateful to be apart of this wonderful community of people, it is such a great company! My clients treat me as I am their family and I truly take great pride in being able to care for them.”

Midori G.

“Have really enjoyed working for Always Best Care !”

Angelica L.

“Chelsea from the day she manager has been sweet and wonderful, making sure my schedule which is very complicated was met. She is a blessing to me”

Gloria B.

“This is Gloria Brown and Ive been with always best care for some years. Its always been a great company to work for, but it even got better when Chelsea became the manager. With my super busy schedule she's alway been able to accommodate me, witch is not easy. It has been a blessing having her in my life. I've never worked for a company that shows appreciation and rewards us often. It feels wonderful to be appreciated. Thank you.”

Willie B.

“Always Best Care has been and continues to be a great working environment. The flexibility in my schedule has made it one of the most beneficial advantages working here. I have had the pleasure to have such great clients that have been very compatible both ways. Overall working at Always Best Care is and continues to be a great, flexible, compatible, understanding environment. Thank you Always Best Care”

A Q.

“Aida Gomez is truly an Angel in disguise She is patient with me & attend to all my needs as a caregiver.. Her appearance & personality is awesome!!????. Am very pleased with Aida. I love her flexibility.”

Martha C.

“For me it is a honor to be part of this company called ALWAYS BEST CARE . From the first moment they always treated me with great respect , always worried about what I need . For me , my clients are part of my family, they are people who needs heard,respected and loved♥️I feel very blessed to be their caregiver ????.. Thank you very much for allowing me to be part of your beautiful company ????”

leticia O.

“I have a great experience, flexible hours, great place to work.”

Ofelia C.

“This is a great place to work, great environment there is very nice staff a job you can call home and care about are clients.”

Janet M.

“Always best care provides an excellent service as a caregiver. They care about the staff and the patient needs. The Leadership team are very compassion because they have a good level of communication and it also wants to do the right things.”

Lorena D.

“Ophelia Carter is the best thing that ever happened to Bobby Wigley. She has a lot of patience and she is so good for him. She manages to do everything in a timely manner for him. She's amazing. I don't know how much money she makes but she deserves more. Thank you”

Darlene W.

“Hello ???????? there this is Leonardo Martínez I’m one of the formal Care givers associates for Always best Care I would like to thanks not only always best care in general for the amazing management but specially to my manager the best and most caring manager I have ever had ever, specially when it comes to work and making things work for everyone, awesome communication stills and training, always showing the best guidance for work,making me learn something new I can apply for work, honestly couldn’t be more great full and satisfied for chelsy Boscarino being by manages. God bless sincerely.”

Leonardo M.

“I am getting the best quality of care”

Marilyn V.

“Always Best Care Senior Services meets each of their client's needs regardless of the intensity of the illness. Health and safety are #1 with this agency without question as to the complexity or time frame. They are committed for the duration. Customer service is not a lost cause. The staff will go beyond its means to comply to request.”

Bennie S.

“From the start everyone (I've interacted with) has been awesome. You can tell they really care and so do their jobs well. From Chelsea in admin to Steven the phone nurse and especially Martesha Dad's caregiver. They make taking care of my father so much easier than it would be if I were on my own. I appreciate all of you and all you do. Thank you.”

Dawn W.

“Honestly this is a great company to work for. The owners really care about what they do and it's really refreshing for a change. It's been a blessing to be apart of the family. I look forward to continue my journey with them and helping seniors in our community!”

Shepherd B.

“Just wanted you to know that we moved Beth into Pacific Pointe last weekend. All is going well and I can’t thank you enough for taking the time to show me this place.”

Jill K.

“Ethan Kim was extremely helpful in assisting us set up in home care support. His staff was very friendly and made my mother comfortable. Ethan was always available to answer questions and was quick to provide substitute support when needed. Would highly recommend this company for senior care.”

Kathy C.

“Ethan Kim of Always Best Senior Services helped me find a place for my husband to recuperate after surgery for a broken femur and extensive surgery. He took me to see three places. I was able to choose one and I am very happy with my choice. I know I wouldn’t be able to accomplish this on my own. Very grateful for his service.”

Connie G.

“Outstanding service taking care of my Dad. The CNA assigned was awesome and we felt great knowing that she was there throughout the day. She was attentive, caring and genuine. I would highly recommend their services. You will not be disappointed.”

Steve P.

“Ethan did an excellent job finding placement for my father within tight time parameters. The home care facility Ethan helped us to find has turned out to be the best thing that could have happened for all of us. They have my father rehabilitated with their extra attention and care to the point where he can even walk again.”

Heather R.

“Ethan is a hard-working, honest man who will do everything in his power to get the right service you need.”

Sora K.

What is Non-Medical Senior Care in San Marcos, CA?


Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, it is especially true for many seniors living in America. When given a choice, older adults most often prefer to grow older at home. An AARP study found that three out of four adults over the age of 50 want to stay in their homes and communities as they age.


When you begin to think about why, it makes sense. Home offers a sense of security, comfort, and familiarity.


The truth is, as we age, we begin to rely on others for help. When a family is too busy or lives too far away to fulfill this role, in-home senior care is often the best solution. Home care services allow seniors to enjoy personal independence while also receiving trustworthy assistance from a trained caregiver.


At Always Best Care, we offer a comprehensive range of home care services to help seniors stay healthy while they get the help they need to remain independent. As your senior loved one gets older, giving them the gift of senior care is one of the best ways to show your love, even if you live far away.

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Types of Elderly Care in San Marcos, CA

To give our senior clients the best care possible, we offer a full spectrum of in-home care services:

Personal Care

Personal Care Services

If your senior loved one has specific care needs, our personal care services are a great choice to consider. Personal care includes the standard caregiving duties associated with companion care and includes help with tasks such as dressing and grooming. Personal care can also help individuals with chronic conditions like diabetes.

Common personal care services include assistance with:

  • Eating
  • Mobility Issues
  • Incontinence
  • Bathing
  • Dressing
  • Grooming

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Home Helper

Home Helper Services

Sometimes, seniors need helpful reminders to maintain a high quality of life at home. If you or your senior has trouble with everyday tasks like cooking, our home helper services will be very beneficial.

Common home helper care services include assistance with:

  • Medication Reminders
  • Meal Preparation
  • Pet Care
  • Prescription Refills
  • Morning Wake-Up
  • Walking
  • Reading
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Companionship Services

Companionship Services

Using this kind of care is a fantastic way to make life easier for you or your senior loved one. At Always Best Care, our talented caregivers often fill the role of a companion for seniors. That way, older adults can enjoy their favorite local activities, such as visiting Lakeview Park with friends while also receiving the care they need daily or weekly.

Common companionship services include:

  • Grocery Shopping
  • Transportation to Appointments
  • Nutritional Assistance
  • Conversation
  • Planning Outings
  • Completing Errands
  • Transportation to Community
  • Events and Social Outings
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Respite Care

Respite Care Services

According to AARP, more than 53 million adults living in the U.S. provide care to someone over 50 years old. Unfortunately, these caregivers experience stress, exhaustion, and even depression. Our respite care services help family caregivers address urgent obligations, spend time with their children, and enjoy nearby activities. Perhaps more importantly, respite care gives family members time to recharge and regroup. Taking personal time to de-stress reduces the risk of caregiver burnout. So, if you've always wanted to eat at the local The Bellows or visit Lake San Marcos Cross, don't feel bad. Doing so is great for both you and your loved one.

At the end of the day, our goal is to become a valuable part of your senior's daily routine. That way, we may help give them the highest quality of life possible. We know that staying at home is important for your loved one, and we are here to help make sure that is possible.

If you have been on the fence about non-medical home care, there has never been a better time than now to give your senior the care, assistance, and companionship they deserve.

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Benefits of Home Care in San Marcos, CA

Always Best Care in-home services are for older adults who prefer to stay at home but need ongoing care that friends and family cannot provide. In-home care is a safe, effective way for seniors to age gracefully in a familiar place and live independent, non-institutionalized lives. The benefits of non-medical home care are numerous. Here are just a few reasons to consider senior care services from Always Best Care:

Always Best Care offers a full array of care options for patients at all levels of health. With our trusted elderly care services, your loved one will receive the level of care necessary for them to enjoy the highest possible quality of life.

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Aging in Place: The Preferred Choice for Most Seniors

While it's true that some seniors have complicated medical needs that prevent them from staying at home, aging in place is often the best arrangement for seniors and their families. With a trusted caregiver, seniors have the opportunity to live with a sense of dignity and do so as they see fit - something that is unavailable to many older people today.

In-home care makes it possible for millions of seniors to age in place every year. Rather than moving to a strange nursing home, seniors have the chance to stay at home where they feel the happiest and most comfortable.

Here are just a few of the reasons why older men and women prefer to age at home:

How much does a senior's home truly mean to them?

A study published by the American Society on Aging found that more than half of seniors say their home's emotional value means more than how much their home is worth in monetary value. It stands to reason, then, that a senior's home is where they want to grow old.

With the help of elderly care in San Marcos, CA, seniors don't have to age in a sterilized care facility. Instead, they can age gracefully in the place they want to be most: their home. In contrast, seniors who move to a long-term care facility must adapt to new environments, new people, and new systems that the facility implements. At this stage in life, this kind of drastic change can be more harmful than helpful.

Institutional care facilities like nursing homes often put large groups of people together to live in one location. On any given day, dozens of staff members and caregivers run in and out of these facilities. Being around so many new people in a relatively small living environment can be dangerous for a seniors' health and wellbeing. When you consider that thousands of seniors passed away in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, opting for in-home care is often a safer, healthier choice for seniors.

Aging in place has been shown to improve seniors' quality of life, which helps boost physical health and also helps insulate them from viral and bacterial risks found in elderly living facilities.

For many seniors, the ability to live independently with assistance from a caregiver is a priceless option. With in-home care, seniors experience a higher level of independence and freedom - much more so than in other settings like a nursing home. When a senior has the chance to age in place, they get to live life on their own terms, inside the house that they helped make into a home. More independence means more control over their personal lives, too, which leads to increased levels of fulfillment, happiness, and personal gratification. Over time, these positive feelings can manifest into a healthier, longer life.

More independence, a healthier life, and increased comfort are only a few benefits of aging in place. You have to take into consideration the role of cost and convenience. Simply put, it's usually easier and more affordable to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, seniors who age in the comfort of their homes can save thousands of dollars per month.

In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, are often less expensive than long-term solutions, which can cost upwards of six figures per year. To make matters worse, many residential care facilities are reluctant to accept long-term care insurance and other types of payment assistance.

With Always Best Care's home care services, seniors and their families have a greater level of control over their care plans. In-home care gives seniors the chance to form a bond with a trusted caregiver and also receive unmatched care that is catered to their needs. In long-term care facilities, seniors and their loved ones have much less control over their care plan and have less of a say in who provides their care.

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Affordable Care

In-home care is a valuable resource that empowers seniors to age in place on their own terms. However, a big concern for many families and their loved ones is how much in-home care costs. If you're worried that in-home care is too expensive, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that it is one of the most affordable senior care arrangements available.

Typically, hiring an Always Best Care in-home caregiver for a few hours a week is more affordable than sending your loved one to a long-term care facility. This is true even for seniors with more complex care needs.

At Always Best Care, we will work closely with you and your family to develop a Care Plan that not only meets your care needs, but your budget requirements, too. Once we discover the level of care that you or your senior need, we develop an in-home care plan that you can afford.

In addition to our flexible care options, families should also consider the following resources to help offset potential home care costs:

If your loved one qualifies, Medicaid may help reduce in-home care costs. Review your CA's Medicaid program laws and benefits, and make sure your senior's financial and medical needs meet Medicaid eligibility requirements.
Attendance and aid benefits through military service can cover a portion of the costs associated with in-home care for veterans and their spouses.
Many senior care services like in-home care are included in long-term care insurance options. Research different long-term care solutions to find a plan that provides coverage for senior care.
Home care can be included as part of a senior's private insurance plan. Read over your loved one's insurance policy carefully or speak with their insurance provider to determine if in-home care is covered.
Depending on the life insurance plan, you may be able to apply your policy toward long-term care. You may be able to use long-term-care coverage to help pay for in-home elderly care.
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Compassionate Care. Trusted Caregivers.

When you or your senior loved one needs assistance managing daily tasks at home, finding a qualified caregiver can be challenging. It takes a special kind of person to provide reliable care for your senior loved one. However, a caregiver's role involves more than meal preparation and medication reminders. Many seniors rely on their caregivers for companionship, too.

Our companion care services give seniors the chance to socialize in a safe environment and engage in activities at home. These important efforts boost morale and provide much-needed relief from repetitive daily routines. A one-on-one, engaging conversation can sharpen seniors' minds and give them something in which to be excited.

At Always Best Care, we only hire care providers that we would trust to care for our own loved ones. Our senior caregivers in San Marcos, CA understand how important it is to listen and communicate with their seniors. A seemingly small interaction, like a short hug goodbye, can make a major difference in a senior's day. Instead of battling against feelings of isolation, seniors begin to look forward to seeing their caregiver each week.

Understanding the nuances of senior care is just one of the reasons why our care providers are so great at their job.

Unlike some senior care companies, our caregivers must undergo extensive training before they work for Always Best Care. In addition, our caregivers receive ongoing training throughout the year. This training ensures that their standard of care matches up to the high standards we've come to expect. During this training, they will brush up on their communication skills, safety awareness, and symptom spotting. That way, your loved one receives the highest level of non-medical home care from day one.

Assisted Living Referral Services

While it's true that many seniors prefer to age at home, sometimes in-home care isn't the best fit. For those seniors and their families, choosing an assisted living facility makes more sense. Unfortunately, finding the optimal care facility is easier said than done in today's day and age. That's when Always Best Care's assisted living referral services begin to make a lot of sense.

Assisted living is a form of housing intended for seniors who require varying degrees of medical and personal attention. Accommodations may include single rooms, apartments, or shared living arrangements. Assisted living communities are typically designed to resemble a home-like environment and are physically constructed to encourage the independence of residents.

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At assisted living communities, seniors receive help with daily activities such as bathing, dressing, and eating. They may also benefit from coordination of services with outside healthcare providers, and monitoring of resident activities to ensure their health, safety, and well-being. Caregivers who work at assisted living communities can also provide medication administration and personal care services for older adults.

Other services offered within assisted living communities can include some or all of the following:

  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Recreational Activities
  • Social Outings
  • Emergency Medical Response
  • Medication Monitoring
  • Family Visitation
  • Personal Care
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At Always Best Care, our representatives can match your senior's emotional, physical, and financial needs with viable assisted living communities nearby. Results are based on comparative data, so you can select the best choice for you or your loved one.

Always Best Care works closely with local senior living communities to gain valuable knowledge that we then use to help seniors and their loved ones make informed decisions. This information can include basic care and rent, resident availability, and services provided. Because Always Best Care is compensated by these communities, we provide senior living referral services at no extra cost to you.

Some of the most popular assisted living communities to consider in our area include the following:

  • Meridian at Lake San Marcos
  • Therasearch - Senior Assisted Living Facility, Adult Day Care in San Marcos CA
  • Brookdale San Marcos
  • Anne's Place Assisted Living
  • Daybreak Retirement Villa
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For many seniors, moving into a senior living community revolves around how and when they want to make a transition to more involved care. Some seniors are more proactive about transitioning to independent living. Others choose to remain home until their care needs or other requirements are satisfied. Remember - our staff is here to help. Contact our office today to learn more about assisted living communities and how we can find a facility that exceeds your expectations.

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Taking the First Step with Always Best Care

The first step in getting quality in-home care starts with a personal consultation with an experienced Always Best Care Care Coordinator. This initial consultation is crucial for our team to learn more about you or your elderly loved one to discover the level of care required. Topics of this consultation typically include:

A discussion of your needs and how our trained caregivers can offer assistance in the most effective way


A draft of your care plan, which includes highly detailed notes and a framework for the care that you or your senior will receive


Discuss payment options and help coordinate billing with your insurance provider


Our caregivers are trained to spot changes that clients exhibit, like mental and physical decline. As your trusted senior care company, we will constantly assess and update your Care Plan to meet any new emotional, intellectual, physical, and emotional needs.

If you have never considered in-home care before, we understand that you and your family may have concerns about your Care Plan and its Care Coordinator. To help give you peace of mind, know that every team member and caregiver must undergo comprehensive training before being assigned to a Care Plan.

At the end of the day, we only hire the best of the best at Always Best Care. Whether you need home care in San Marcos, CA 24-hours a day or only need a respite for a couple of hours, we are here to serve you.

When you're ready, we encourage you to contact your local Always Best Care representative to set up a Care Consultation. Our Care Coordinators would be happy to meet with you in person to get to know you better, discuss your needs, and help put together a personalized Care Plan specific to your needs.

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Latest News in San Marcos, CA

LSU offers 2026 quarterback from San Marcos, California

Brian Kelly and his recruiting staff took a trip to southern California to extend an offer to one of the best quarterbacks in the 2026 recruiting class. To land him, they’ll have to pull him away from UCF....

Brian Kelly and his recruiting staff took a trip to southern California to extend an offer to one of the best quarterbacks in the 2026 recruiting class. To land him, they’ll have to pull him away from UCF.

Troy Huhn is a 6-foot-3, 195-pound quarterback from San Marco, California, where he plays for Mission Hills High School. The Mission Hills Grizzlies finished the 2023 season 9-4 with a loss to St. Augustine in the Division I state championship game.

Huhn does not currently have any Crystal Ball projections at this time but UCF is a 70% favorite to land him per On3.

Film Analysis: Huhn is a quarterback who can make any throw on the field. He is not well known yet but he will be soon.










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Kaiser Permanente opens new medical center in San Marcos

After nearly 3 years of construction, the new Kaiser Permanente San Marcos Medical Center will open to patients on August 9. The 7-story, 433,000-square-foot facility expands access to award-winning health care for Kaiser Permanente’s 636,000 members in San Diego County.Located in the heart of San Marcos, California, the new facility adds a third medical center in Kaiser Permanente’s San Die...

After nearly 3 years of construction, the new Kaiser Permanente San Marcos Medical Center will open to patients on August 9. The 7-story, 433,000-square-foot facility expands access to award-winning health care for Kaiser Permanente’s 636,000 members in San Diego County.

Located in the heart of San Marcos, California, the new facility adds a third medical center in Kaiser Permanente’s San Diego service area, complementing San Diego Medical Center and Zion Medical Center. It also brings Kaiser Permanente’s number of hospitals in Southern California to 16.

“We are thrilled to add another new hospital to support our rapidly growing membership in north San Diego County,” said Michelle Gaskill-Hames, interim president of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals of Southern California and Hawaii. “San Marcos Medical Center brings our evidence-based medical care, delivered through a facility nationally recognized for its environmental stewardship. With leading-edge technology, our team of physicians, nurses, and staff are dedicated to delivering exceptional medical quality and care experience.”

Dedicated to an ‘unparalleled patient care experience’

“San Marcos Medical Center was designed from a patient-centered, holistic point of view,” said Ramin Davidoff, MD, executive medical director of the Southern California Permanente Medical Group and co-chief executive officer of The Permanente Federation. “This beautiful new hospital incorporates the latest innovations and proven techniques that improve outcomes and make the patient care experience safer, more effective, and more convenient. It is a wonderful facility for our physicians and staff to deliver care, and for our patients to receive care.”

San Marcos Medical Center features a comprehensive 24-hour emergency department with 39 private treatment areas, 8 operating rooms, and capacity for 206 single interactive patient rooms. It offers several new state-of-the-art technologies to support the highest quality care and an enhanced patient experience.

Specialty services include an intensive care unit, interventional radiology, gastroenterology, endocrinology, urology, nephrology, orthopedics, a robotic surgery program, maternal child health services, and a neonatal intensive care unit.

“With nearly 1 in 5 San Diegans entrusting their care to Kaiser Permanente, our new hospital allows us to continue to bring access to quality health care where, when, and how our patients want it,” said Michael Lalich, MD, area medical director and chief of staff for Kaiser Permanente in San Diego.

Patient rooms at San Marcos Medical Center have a 65-inch flatscreen display that gives patients bedside access to on-demand education, room controls, room service, the internet, and entertainment. An integrated video visit platform allows physicians to virtually check on their patients as needed. Each room is also equipped with a special lighting system that mimics the natural rhythms of daylight, a feature that improves health and well-being.

The campus offers patients and visitors various spaces to find quiet and respite, such as a healing garden, meditation room, and landscaped walking paths.

“Every design and planning decision we have made since breaking ground on this medical center has been guided by providing an unparalleled patient care experience,” said Jane Finley, senior vice president and area manager of the Kaiser Permanente San Diego service area. “Every patient will benefit from cutting-edge medical technologies, our integrated model of expert care, and, most importantly, personal service.”

At the forefront of green building design

Continuing Kaiser Permanente’s longstanding commitment to sustainability, the new hospital earned LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. This makes San Marcos Medical Center just the third hospital in California to achieve Platinum status.

The building uses cutting-edge technologies to produce its own electricity, heat, and cooling. Native plants and an efficient drip irrigation system help save 400,000 gallons of water each month — the equivalent of what is used monthly by 1,000 homes.

Flooring, insulation, and furniture made of low-emitting materials improve indoor air quality.

Supporting the San Marcos community

At its opening, San Marcos Medical Center will provide more than 1,000 permanent new jobs, helping boost the economic vitality of northern San Diego County. The hospital also features installations from 18 local artists whose works were inspired by the surrounding hillsides and ocean vistas.

Get more information about the services and specialties available at San Marcos Medical Center.

San Diego Neighborhood Guide: San Marcos

Where to eat, drink, shop, and play in this North County gemSan Marcos has a variety of delectable dining options conveniently located downtown in Old California Restaurant Row. This Spanish-style plaza houses a dozen chain and regional restaurants, many of which are open for outdoor dining, including mainstay Fish House Vera Cruz, gold-rush-inspired Old California Mini...

Where to eat, drink, shop, and play in this North County gem

San Marcos has a variety of delectable dining options conveniently located downtown in Old California Restaurant Row. This Spanish-style plaza houses a dozen chain and regional restaurants, many of which are open for outdoor dining, including mainstay Fish House Vera Cruz, gold-rush-inspired Old California Mining Company, and North County’s first microbrewery, San Marcos Brewery & Grill. Just up the street you’ll find Mama Kat’s. This charming café named for the owner’s mother offers breakfast favorites, specialty coffees, pastries, and pies.

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San Marcos has some tasty drink options, too. Meadiocrity’s sweet honey wine supports local beekeepers and helps hives thrive. Visitors to Sunshine Mountain Vineyard can enjoy its varietals on a patio overlooking the lush, rolling hillsides.

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Tucked amid the warehouses and showrooms along Furniture Row is Antique Village, a one-stop shop for vintage jewelry, collectibles, coins, china, toys, memorabilia, and more from over 60 vendors. San Marcos also caters to crafters and creators with stores like Yarning for You, Grand Country Quilters, Quilt in a Day, and Discount Hobby.

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Affectionately known as “San Parkos,” this city is blanketed with green space and trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. Double Peak, accessible via scenic Discovery Lake, is one of the most popular treks. At the top of this 1,000-foot climb in the San Elijo Hills, hikers are treated to views stretching from the mountains to the sea. Not a hiker? Not a problem. There are plenty of outdoor options for you, too. Head to Lake San Marcos for a day on the water. Lakehouse Hotel & Resort rents motorboats to cruise along the calm waters, and you can even explore the lake by gondola by booking an advance tour with The Black Swan Gondola Company. End the day with a cold one at Decoy Dockside, the resort’s restaurant, which has two spacious decks.


Nearby Elfin Forest is a hiker’s paradise and Halloween-lover’s delight. Legend has it that shadowy apparitions, a wicked witch, and a ghostly woman in white roam this rugged reserve after dark. However, after-hours visits are strictly off-limits for a dangerous practical reason: Mountain lions and the other wildlife who call the reserve home need to do what they do undisturbed.

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San Marcos council greenlights Restaurant Row project

SAN MARCOS — A mixed-use project planned for the historic Old California Restaurant Row site is moving forward with unanimous approval from the San Marcos City Council, just one month after a rough start with the Planning Commission.First introduced last fall and designed by Lennar Homes, the project includes plans for 202 housing units, over 10,000 square feet of commercial sp...

SAN MARCOS — A mixed-use project planned for the historic Old California Restaurant Row site is moving forward with unanimous approval from the San Marcos City Council, just one month after a rough start with the Planning Commission.

First introduced last fall and designed by Lennar Homes, the project includes plans for 202 housing units, over 10,000 square feet of commercial space, and a 1.5-acre park with a skate park and pickleball courts at the site along West San Marcos Boulevard.

The once-thriving dining and entertainment hub, established by the Eubanks family in the 1970s, has seen a steady decline, with the pandemic killing many businesses and several leases not renewed, leaving the site all but empty. The land was sold to San Marcos Restaurant Row LLC in 2020.

Mayor Rebecca Jones admitted during the council’s Dec. 12 meeting that she was initially concerned about the project erasing the legacy of the beloved site, but that seeing Lennar engage the community in the planning process and commit to preserving elements of the Row’s original design alleviated her fears.

“If someone tried to come and pretend Restaurant Row never happened, that would change our community. The fact that you listened but also responded was really important to our community. Kudos for that,” Jones said. “I think that this will end up being something really good for our city.”

Council members’ approval went against the Planning Commission’s recommendation in early November, which advised the council not to approve the project. At the time, the commission indicated a litany of concerns about inadequate parking on site and the project’s potential violations of private agreements with neighboring businesses.

Specifically, owners of neighboring restaurants Cocina Del Charro and Fish House Vera Cruz said the project as planned would infringe upon easements granted to them via private agreements with the Eubanks family in the 1980s and 1990s.

Lennar Division President Ryan Green told the council that in the month since the commission hearing, they added 17 parking spaces onsite for a total of 518 and that they reached an agreement with Cocina del Charro about their parking.

Discussions with Fish House owners about its easement are ongoing.

“The Planning Commission vote was a shock to us,” Green said. “But we didn’t rest on our laurels, and we heard what they asked of us.”

John Butler, co-owner of Fish House, said he has yet to come to a solution with Lennar. Butler claimed that the planned site of the park will eliminate 36 parking spaces granted to Fish House that are not permitted for general public use.

“Approval of the project as designed, and specifically the location of the park, is, in our view, a taking of property without fair compensation,” Butler said.

City staff and attorneys for the project said no documentation has been produced identifying the exact location of the 36 parking spaces and that the project would still allow the joint sharing of parking spaces between the project site, the Sears/movie theater property to the west and the eastern portion of Restaurant Row housing Fish House, Cocina Del Charro and Buffalo Wild Wings.

Councilmember Sharon Jenkins said she would have liked to see Lennar engage the neighboring businesses earlier in the process.

“I wish you had worked as hard before the Planning Commission happened as you did after… because I think that would have taken a lot of angst away from any people,” Jenkins said

Apart from Butler and his attorney, the remaining 15 public speakers made comments in support of the project at the meeting. Resident Becky Garrett said the city desperately needs the pickleball courts the project will provide, and 11-year-old Sierra Nevada said she would look forward to visiting the park.

“I love to play outside and roller skate and skateboard,” Nevada said. “I think you should vote yes.”

All housing units will be market rate, and the developer will pay an in-lieu fee to the city rather than providing affordable housing onsite. Councilmember Maria Nuñez said she was disappointed by the lack of affordable units but otherwise supported the project.

While the new Restaurant Row project plans to have eateries in the commercial space, they will be around 1,000 to 3,000 square feet, much smaller than the traditional sit-down restaurants that have been at the site.

Green said Lennar still has to choose tenants for the space, stating that “we want local, we want organic, we want eccentric.” However, they have promised a spot to Ascend Coffee Roasters (formerly Old California Coffee Company), which currently operates at the southwestern edge of Restaurant Row.

Council members said they hope the project will also lead to further positive development along West San Marcos Boulevard, including at the neighboring lot housing the movie theater.

“It’s going to be a starting point for sprinkling some life along the boulevard,” Councilmember Mike Sannella said.

10 Reasons to Move to San Marcos, CA, and Why You’ll Love Living There

San Marcos, CA, is a charming and picturesque city known for its beautiful natural surroundings, thriving brewery scene, and rich history in Southern California. Life in San Marcos is characterized by outdoor adventures, nights out on the town, and a strong sense of community that attracts people from all around the state.Whether you’re looking on Redfin to ...

San Marcos, CA, is a charming and picturesque city known for its beautiful natural surroundings, thriving brewery scene, and rich history in Southern California. Life in San Marcos is characterized by outdoor adventures, nights out on the town, and a strong sense of community that attracts people from all around the state.

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One of the unique features of San Marcos is its location in close proximity to several popular outdoor destinations in Southern California. San Marcos is a great place to live for those who love outdoor recreation. For example, the city is just a short drive away from the beach communities of Carlsbad and Encinitas, where residents can enjoy swimming, surfing, and sunbathing. San Marcos is also located near several state parks and natural reserves, including Torrey Pines State Reserve, which features hiking trails and stunning ocean views.Other outdoor recreation opportunities in San Marcos include Lake San Marcos, which offers boating and fishing, and the nearby San Diego Zoo Safari Park, which features a variety of wildlife exhibits and educational programs.

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San Marcos’ education system emphasizes on career technical education (CTE). The city has partnered with local businesses and industry leaders to provide students with hands-on learning opportunities in fields such as healthcare, engineering, and information technology. This approach to education helps prepare students for success in the workforce and is a key reason why San Marcos is considered a great place to live. The San Marcos Unified School District serves students in the area and has received high marks for academic achievement and student engagement.

3. Great shopping and dining options

San Marcos has a variety of shopping centers and local restaurant options to choose from. The city is home to the popular San Marcos Grand Plaza, which features a mix of retailers and restaurants. In addition, there are several other shopping centers throughout the city, including the Nordahl Marketplace and the San Marcos Town Center. Whether you’re in the mood for a casual meal or a fine dining experience, San Marcos always has something to bring to the table.

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San Marcos is home to several highly known healthcare facilities, including Palomar Health Medical Center and Scripps Coastal Medical Center. With a focus on patient-centered care and advanced medical technology, these facilities offer comprehensive healthcare services to residents of San Marcos and the surrounding areas. Whether you need routine medical care or specialized treatment, you can trust that you’ll receive top-notch care in San Marcos.

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San Marcos’ thriving brewery scene has made it a hub for craft beer enthusiasts. Breweries such as Rip Current Brewing, Mason Ale Works, and Dos Desperados Brewery have won national awards for their beers and offer a wide variety of brews. For example, Rip Current Brewing’s Breakline Bock won a gold medal at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival, while Mason Ale Works features a stylish tasting room and upscale pub fare. They also host events and food trucks, making them popular among locals and tourists. The city’s brewery scene is just one of the many reasons why San Marcos is a great place to live.

6. Rich history

San Marcos has a rich history that dates back to the early 1800s, when it was a ranching community. The city’s architecture and landmarks are reminders of this history, including the historic Rancho de Los Quiotes, which was built in 1840 and is one of the oldest buildings in the area. The city also has a historical museum, which houses exhibits and artifacts that tell the story of San Marcos’ past. Visitors can explore the museum’s collection of artifacts, including old photographs, documents, and tools used by early settlers. Additionally, the city hosts historical walking tours that showcase the rich history of the area.

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San Marcos has a strong agricultural heritage, with many farms and orchards still in operation today. This gives residents the opportunity to buy fresh, locally grown produce and support small, local businesses. The city hosts a weekly farmers market, where visitors can purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, and other locally made products. Additionally, the city’s vineyards and wineries offer tours and tastings, giving residents a chance to learn about the winemaking process and sample locally made wines.

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San Marcos enjoys a mild climate year-round, with an average temperature of 71 degrees Fahrenheit. This makes it a great place to enjoy outdoor activities like hiking, biking, golfing, among many other fun things to do outdoors. The city has several golf courses, including the beautiful Lake San Marcos Executive Golf Course, which features stunning views of the lake and surrounding mountains. The city’s mild weather also makes it an ideal location for those who want to enjoy an active lifestyle in a comfortable climate.

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San Marcos hosts a range of cultural events throughout the year, including concerts, art exhibitions, and food festivals. The city’s annual Spring Festival, held in April, features live music, carnival rides, and food vendors. In the summer, the city hosts the San Marcos Summer Music Fest, which showcases local musicians and bands.

To get all the latest news and details on these events check out San Marcos’ Community Event Calendar. The city also has a thriving arts scene, with several galleries and studios that showcase the work of local artists. The city’s ArtWalk, held in the fall, is a popular event that showcases the work of local artists and provides an opportunity for visitors to purchase original artwork.

10. Sustainable lifestyle

San Marcos has a strong commitment to sustainability and green living. The city has implemented numerous environmental programs to promote sustainability, such as offering rebates for installing solar panels, encouraging residents to use public transportation, and implementing water conservation measures. The city also hosts events and workshops to educate residents on sustainable living practices, such as composting and reducing waste. For those who prioritize living a sustainable lifestyle, San Marcos offers a welcoming community with a strong emphasis on environmental responsibility.

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