Assisted Living in Florida

Caring.com can help you find the best Assisted Living in Florida. Read reviews, compare ratings, check prices and more with our comprehensive directory of Assisted Living Facilities.

What Assisted Living Facilities in Florida Offer

  • Individual living units (from single rooms to multiroom apartments with kitchen; some facilities have shared living units)
  • All meals, usually in a common dining area
  • Medication management
  • Personal care services: assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) such as eating, dressing, and bathing
  • Social and exercise activities
  • Special care programs for residents with memory loss (most facilities)
  • Some facilities: A special extended congregate care license allows more extensive ADL assistance and nursing services to frail residents.
  • Some facilities: A special limited nursing services license allows extra nursing services.

Note: Some facilities also offer respite care and other special services.

Cost for Assisted Living in Florida

Median monthly fees: $2,662.50 (higher for residents with Alzheimer's or other dementia)

Assisted Living in FL

State of Florida Requirements for Assisted Living Facilities

  • Residents may receive nursing or other health care services from an outside home health agency, hospice agency, or private duty nurse.
  • Provide a medical examination report of each resident's condition and care needs upon move-in.
  • No facility restrictions on over-the-counter medications.

State of Florida Oversight of Assisted Living Facilities

The Florida state Agency for Health Care Administration (850-412-4304) licenses and regulates assisted living facilities.

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How to Pay for Assisted Living

  • Most assisted living is paid for privately by the resident and/or his or her family.
  • For certain low-income residents with few assets, the Florida Assisted Living for the Elderly (ALE) program pays part of monthly fees at a participating facility. The ALE program doesn't pay for room and board but does pay a set amount for care services. The family of a resident who qualifies for ALE may pay some or all of the cost of room and board without affecting the resident's program eligibility. Not all assisted living facilities participate in ALE, and those that participate usually limit it to a small number of their living units.
  • Low-income veterans or surviving spouses of veterans may also be eligible for Aid and Attendance or other payments from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), which can help pay for assisted living.
  • Some assisted living facilities offer sliding scale fees, making a higher level of care available to families that might not otherwise be able to afford it. Be sure to ask -- or ask a geriatric care manager in the area if he or she knows which facilities offer sliding scale fees.

Help Finding and Choosing Assisted Living

  • Use the form at the top of this page to start your search for assisted living in Florida.
  • Call (866) 824-8174 to speak to a Family Advisor to get (free) help with your search.
  • Hire a geriatric care manager (most have extensive local knowledge about assisted living facilities in a particular geographic area, including space availability, resident needs assessments, sliding scale fees, and resident satisfaction). To find a geriatric care manager, see Caring.com's Geriatric Care Manager Directory.
  • To compare assisted living to board and care, skilled nursing, and other long-term residential care communities, see Residential Care Options: How to Decide.
  • For details about assisted living facilities in other U.S. states, see Assisted Living Regulations.

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