- There are several well-respected hospitals in and around Daytona Beach, such as the nonprofit AdventHealth Daytona Beach, which is ranked among the top 20 in Florida and rated as high-performing in multiple categories, including colon cancer surgery and heart-related treatments. The Halifax Medical Center of Daytona Beach is a 563-bed facility providing all major surgeries and treatments, as well as having a 24/7 emergency room and critical care services.
- Daytona Beach has an enviable average cost of living index of 85.7 that’s significantly lower than Florida’s 102.7, suggesting the city’s seniors get more for their dollar than most places in the state. Health care costs are slightly below Florida’s average, but notably below the norm for the country, so a senior in Daytona Beach is more likely to pay a little less for their health care.
- The city’s health cost index of 95.3 given by Sperling’s BestPlaces cites Daytona Beach among the healthiest cities in Florida. Factors include shorter than average commute times and above-average air quality, which is mostly due to fresh winds coming in from the Atlantic.
- Daytona Beach’s rainfall is above-average, resulting in hot and humid days during summer, where temperatures average 90 degrees. However, winter is much more comfortable, with less rain and temperatures hovering around 47 degrees. Consequently, the winter months are the most senior-friendly because temperatures rarely fall below freezing.
- Crime rates in Daytona Beach are high, with violent crime being more common than property crime. Certain neighborhoods skew the statistics of what is a generally safe city. Seniors considering assisted living but worried about crime may want to compare facilities in relatively low-crime areas.
- Votran Gold Service is a shared-ride bus service for frail older Volusia County residents and people with disabilities. Fares are $3 per one-way trip, with certified personal care attendants traveling for free. Buses operate between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays, with limited services operating on Sundays.
Seniors thinking of retiring to one of Daytona Beach’s assisted living facilities should know their fees can differ considerably due to location and the services each provides. However, the city’s median fee is $3,975, which is below the state and national averages of $4,000 and $4,500, respectively.
At $3,975 per month, Daytona Beach’s median fee compares favorably with the average for Florida and several surrounding cities. For example, seniors down the coast in Palm Bay commonly pay $4,461, while up the coast in Jacksonville, it’s $4,660. Inland cities typically have lower fees, such as Ocala, at $3,850, and Gainesville, at $2,350.
Assisted living facilities are the most affordable at $3,975 per month, while nursing homes cost more than double at $8,213 for a semiprivate room. However, it’s worth noting nursing homes provide near-hospital levels of care, while assisted living is mostly non-medical. The most affordable type of senior care is adult day health care, at $1,625, while home and home health care agencies both have an average fee of $4,576.
Home Health Care
Adult Day Health Care
Assisted Living Facility
Nursing Home (semiprivate room)
Note: Care cost data for Daytona Beach was not available, so data for the closest city, Deltona, was used instead.
Although room-and-board fees are not covered, Florida provides financial assistance for services at assisted living facilities through two state programs: Managed Long-term Care (MLTC) and Assistive Care Services. The MLTC plan does negotiate room-and-board rates on behalf of participants.
Florida also provides optional state supplementation (OSS) for seniors receiving SSI payments to help with long-term care costs and the allows family supplementation without affecting Medicaid eligibility.
Learn more about these programs, plus who’s eligible, on our Assisted Living in Florida page.