What to Consider About Assisted Living in Bonita Springs

Bonita Springs has a population of about 54,000 and is home to beautiful beaches and plentiful recreational opportunities. Another big draw of living in Bonita Springs: Florida doesn't tax Social Security benefits, so its cities are attractive to senior citizens.

The Bureau of Health Facility Regulation in Florida licenses assisted living facilities. Under a standard license, these facilities provide personal care services, meals and housing. You’ll find six assisted living facilities in Bonita Springs itself with 18 nearby in places such as Naples.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Bonita Springs

  • Bonita Springs has a friendly climate in the winter with an average low of just 54 degrees. However, summer temperatures can get uncomfortable with highs in the 90s in July. There are also hurricane risks. Overall, though, Bonita Springs ranks a smashingly good 82 out of 100 on the Sperling’s Comfort Index. Compare that to the U.S. average, which is 54.

  • The cost of living in Bonita Springs falls in line with the national average. Groceries, transportation and housing tend to cost above the national average, but lower costs for utilities and health care balance them out.
  • Bonita Springs comes in as safer than 61 percent of U.S. cities. Its violent crime rate is a low 1.72 per 1,000 residents.

  • Residents can get around Bonita Springs using LeeTran, and people 65 and older qualify for discount passes. For example, a 31-day senior citizen pass costs $23 as of 2018. Bonita Springs is not really a walkable city in general, scoring 18 out of 100 on Walk Score.

  • Arts and culture opportunities in Bonita Springs are provided by venues such as the Center for Performing Arts and the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs. Festivals include the Bonita Springs National Art Festivals. Beachfront parks include Lovers Key State Park and Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park. Residents can walk, snorkel, swim or take in wildlife such as manatees and dolphins. Seniors should also enjoy the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. Naples, just 14 miles to the south, provides many more opportunities such as history museums, art galleries and art museums.

  • Florida does not have an estate or inheritance tax. In fact, it has no state income tax, so IRA and 401(k) income are untaxed.

Paying for Assisted Living in Bonita Springs

Average Monthly Costs

Cities in Florida

$4,000.00 US
$3,226.00 Fort Myers
$3,168.00 Cape Coral
$3,022.00 Naples
$2,975.00 Bonita Springs
$2,592.00 Port Charlotte
$2,587.00 Punta Gorda
$2,050.00 Lehigh Acres

Assisted Living costs in Bonita Springs start around $2,975 per month on average, while the nationwide average cost of assisted living is $4,000 per month, according to the latest figures from Genworth’s Cost of Care Survey.

It’s important to note that assisted living rates in Bonita Springs and the surrounding suburbs can vary widely based on factors such as location, the level of care needed, apartment size and the types of amenities offered at each community.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Bonita Springs

Florida has a program, Assistive Care Services, that can help with assisted living costs. The state also runs a 1915(b)(c) MLTC waiver program.

Learn more about these programs, plus who’s eligible, on our Assisted Living in Florida page.

More Ways to Pay for Assisted Living

While many families use their own funds or personal assets to pay for assisted living, there are plenty of additional options to cover these costs. Some additional ways to finance assisted living costs include:

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

For more information about different ways to finance assisted living, visit our Assisted Living in Florida page.

Free Assisted Living Resources in Bonita Springs

Bonita Springs and the surrounding area are home to numerous government agencies and non-profit organizations offering help for seniors searching for or currently residing in an assisted living community. These organizations can also provide assistance in a number of other eldercare services such as geriatric care management, elder law advice, estate planning, finding home care and health and wellness programs.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Bonita Springs

Bonita Springs-area assisted living communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all assisted living communities in Florida are required to follow. Visit our Assisted Living in Florida page for more information about these laws.