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The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Fort Pierce, FL for 2024

Fort Pierce is a vibrant city in the southern region of Florida with a reliable public transportation system, warm weather and a low cost of living. It has a large senior community that makes up about a fifth of its 47,000 residents, fostering a social environment for retirees. The city’s air quality is good and residents enjoy high access to health care, which may make it an attractive option for those seeking long-term care on Florida’s east coast.

Fort Pierce has several assisted living facilities to meet the needs of older adults who need help with daily activities. On average, these facilities charge $3,763 per month, which is considerably lower than the Florida norm of $4,000 and the national rate of $4,500. Seniors in these facilities live in private and semiprivate housing and can enjoy three meals plus snacks daily, engaging recreational activities and access to on-site amenities, such as beauty salons, swimming pools and art studios.

Through this guide, seniors can learn more about assisted living in Fort Pierce, including details on how local care costs compare to rates in nearby cities, options for paying for care and some of the rules assisted living facilities follow.

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What to Consider About Assisted Living in Fort Pierce

Assisted living facilities in Fort Pierce and throughout the state follow rules set by the Agency for Health Care Administration. This agency licenses assisted living facilities and publishes information on residents’ rights and what to do in instances of substandard care.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Fort Pierce

  • Florida doesn’t have a state income tax, leaving many Fort Pierce seniors with more money to put toward living and long-term care expenses.
  • The American Lung Association gives the Fort Pierce region an A for ozone pollution, indicating very low levels of this type of pollution. This may make the city a good option for prospective assisted living residents with heart or lung conditions.
  • Fort Pierce is among the most affordable places to live in Florida, with an overall cost of living that comes in 12 percentage points below the national average and 15 points below Florida’s norm. This may make the city a financially favorable option for older adults with limited resources.
  • On a 100-point crime index, Fort Pierce rates 47.7 for violent offenses and 60.2 for property crime, which is high compared to the national average scores of 22.7 and 35.4, respectively. However, data from the FBI shows that both types of crime have been declining significantly over the past two decades. Assisted living facilities provide security and peace of mind to seniors with measures such as high-security locks and surveillance cameras.
  • Compared to the rest of Florida, Fort Pierce has moderate weather throughout the year. Daytime temperatures in the winter are comfortable at 72 degrees, and summers are very warm and humid with highs near 90 degrees. Assisted living facilities in this region often have swimming pools and indoor amenities, such as libraries and activity centers, helping residents stay cool throughout the year.
  • Health care options are limited in Fort Pierce with 101 doctors per capita, about half the national norm of 210. However, costs for services such as doctor’s office visits, hospitalization and dental care are near national norms, and residents have access to high-performing hospitals, such as HCA Florida Lawnwood Hospital, which is located in the city proper.
  • The Fort Pierce region has a reliable, easy-to-use public transportation system, accommodating seniors who don’t drive. Along with a fixed-ride service, it provides ADA paratransit services to help seniors attend local errands and appointments.

Paying for Assisted Living in Fort Pierce

Based on regional data, assisted living facilities in Fort Pierce charge estimated monthly rates of $3,763.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Assisted living residents in Fort Pierce pay $3,763 for services, offering a monthly savings of over $200 compared to the statewide rate of $4,000. It’s $700 less than the national average of $4,500, indicating that it’s one of the more budget-friendly communities in the nation for care. Most nearby cities have higher monthly rates, including Miami, where residents pay $4,385, and Palm Bay and Naples, where respective monthly rates average $4,461 and $5,300. In Sebastian, care costs are about $400 less than in Fort Pierce.

Fort Pierce

$3,763

Florida

$4,000

United States

$4,500

Sebastian

$3,350

Palm Bay

$4,461

Miami

$4,385

Naples

$5,300

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Assisted living facilities in Fort Pierce charge $3,763 for care. This is about $1,000 less than the monthly rates for in-home care and home health care, which average $4,671 and $4,767, respectively. It also offers thousands of dollars in monthly savings over the cost of nursing home care, which averages $8,164. Adult day health care is the only option that’s more cost-effective than assisted living, with seniors paying $1,517 for care.

In-Home Care

$4,671

Home Health Care

$4,767

Adult Day Health Care

$1,517

Assisted Living Facility

$3,763

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$8,164

Note: Data for Fort Pierce was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Port St. Lucie, was used instead.

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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 Fort Pierce

In Fort Pierce, prospective and current assisted living residents have access to a network of options counselors, financial and legal experts and benefits advisors who help them make informed decisions regarding their long-term care plans. This table outlines some of these resources and can be useful for older adults considering long-term care in this region.

ResourceContactService
Council on Aging of St. Lucie(772) 336-8908The county’s Council on Aging provides recreational activities, transportation services and nutrition counseling for area residents aged 60 and over. It also has benefits counselors who help older adults apply for programs such as Social Security, Supplemental Security Income and Medicaid, which can help with medical and long-term care expenses.
SHINE(800) 963-5337SHINE is a statewide program that provides free health insurance counseling and assistance to Medicare beneficiaries. Seniors in Fort Pierce can contact a SHINE representative to learn about local Medicare Advantage and Medigap plans or to learn how to dispute denied health insurance claims or canceled health insurance policies.
Florida Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program(888) 831-0404The long-term care ombudsman publishes information on residents’ rights and has volunteers and staff who visit local assisted living facilities to ensure a high standard of care. The ombudsman can also help seniors find ways to pay for assisted living and represent them in cases regarding unfair discharge orders.
Veteran Services(772) 337-5670The county’s veterans’ services office has advisors who specialize in submitting claims for state and federal benefits, including Aid and Attendance and medical care. The office can also provide information and referrals for supportive services in the community.
Florida Rural Legal Services(772) 466-4766Florida Rural Legal Services provides free legal advice to those aged 60 and over. Through the Fort Pierce office, seniors can get help with applying for state, federal and veterans’ benefits, navigate the state’s laws regarding guardianship and powers of attorney and prepare simple wills and advance directives.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Fort Pierce

Fort Pierce Assisted Living Communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all Assisted Living Facilities in Florida are required to follow. Visit our Assisted Living in Florida page for more information about these laws.

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Reviews of Communities Nearby

Assisted Living

Elise

I visited this facility

Review of The Lynmoore at Lawnwood

The Lynmoore at Lawnwood was a very nice community. It was very bright. The units were a decent size. The lady that did the tour was very informative and very friendly.

Provider response

Thank you for your review, Elise. We are thrilled you enjoyed our community!

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Mary

I visited this facility

Review of The Lynmoore at Lawnwood

While we're on vacation my mother-in-law is going to get respite care at the Lynmoore at Lawnwood. Some of the other facilities were asking for a minimum of three weeks or one month for respite...

Provider response

Thank you so much for taking the time to write your thoughts! We are excited for your mother-in-law's stay.

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Assisted Living

Edward

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

Review of The Lynmoore at Lawnwood

My aunt is in The Lynmoore at Lawnwood. I just like the layout compared to the other community we saw. I like the fact that she's on the ground floor, not having to use an elevator to go to dinner...

Provider response

Hi Edward, thank you so much for your positive comments about The Lynmoore at Lawnwood! If you ever need anything else from us, please feel free to give us a call or stop by. Have an awesome day!

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