5 Assisted Living Facilities near Fort Walton Beach, FL

3 Assisted Living Facilities in Fort Walton Beach, FL

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Caring Star 2019

The Meridian at Westwood

Provides: Assisted Living
1001 Mar Walt Dr, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547
"The Meridian is a top notch assisted living facility. My father is a new resident, and the staff has been friendly and helpful to him. This has been a wonderful experience for me. After my father..." More

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Caring Star 2018

Belvedere Commons of Fort Walton Beach

Provides: Assisted Living
2000 Principal Lane, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547
"The people at Belvedere Commons of Fort Walton Beach were busy, there's always something going on, and people were happy. I did not ever think of assisted living as being a happy place, but the..." More

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Caring Star 2016

Brookdale Fort Walton Beach

Provides: Assisted Living
233 Carmel Drive, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547
"My father is living in Brookdale Fort Walton Beach. It’s been exceptional, and the people have been extremely helpful with the stressful situation of getting my father moved. They were awesome..." More

2 Assisted Living Facilities near Fort Walton Beach, FL

Hawthorn House

Provides: Assisted Living
1200 HAWTHORN HOUSE DRIVE, Shalimar, FL 32579
"My mother is on the waiting list for Hawthorn House. The facility was by far the best we visited in this area. They have 1-bedroom units, and there were a lot of military facilities on the grounds...." More

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Twin Cities Pavilion

Provides: Assisted Living
1053 John Sims Parkway, Niceville, FL 32578
"This place is wonderful! It isn't one of the newer fancier assistant living facilities but the staff make up for that. It meets all of my mom's needs and I feel very confident she is in great..." More

    What to Consider About Assisted Living in Fort Walton Beach

    There are many enjoyable amenities in Fort Walton Beach, located in north Florida along the Gulf Coast. Situated between Pensacola and Panama City, this city features white sand beaches, golf courses, parks, museums, and aquariums for seniors — almost 18 percent of the population — to explore and enjoy. 

    There are also three assisted living (ALF) facilities located within the city limits and eight nearby in places like Shalimar and Niceville. AFLs provide an array of services, including 24-hour supervision and security, health and exercise programs, laundry services and housing. Assisted Living Facilities (ALFs) in Fort Walton Beach are regulated by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration.

    Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Fort Walton Beach

    • The Fort Walton Beach area is home to world-class medical facilities, including the Fort Walton Beach Medical Center, in the event of medical emergencies or illness.

    • Fort Walton Beach has an array of community resources for seniors, including the Northwest Florida Agency on Aging, which provides information and referral services to available programs for seniors, as well as four senior centers.

    • The cost of living in Fort Walton Beach is slightly lower than other cities in the state of Florida and the United States. Housing is the biggest factor in the cost of living difference in Fort Walton Beach, with the cost of an average home around $182,500 in 2017.

    • Crime is about the same in Fort Walton Beach as it is in other cities within the state and comparable cities within the United States. This makes Fort Walton and relatively safe place to live.

    • The weather in Fort Walton Beach is mild year-round, which is ideal for those who enjoy outdoor activity. The area does receive an above-average amount of rainfall that is normal for most cities in Florida.

    • There are several transportation options for seniors within Fort Walton Beach, including the Okaloosa County Transit, which offers reduced fares for the elderly and disabled. The city also has a Dial-A-Ride program through the Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantage to provide cost-sharing assistance for those who meet income requirements.


    Paying for Assisted Living in Fort Walton Beach

    Average Monthly Costs

    Cities in Florida

    $4,695.00 Santa Rosa Beach
    $4,187.00 Niceville
    $4,000.00 US
    $3,550.00 Milton
    $3,377.00 Gulf Breeze
    $3,308.00 Fort Walton Beach
    $1,875.00 Crestview

    Assisted Living costs in Fort Walton Beach start around $3,308 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 Fort Walton Beach 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 Fort Walton Beach

    The Statewide Managed Medicaid Care Long-Term Care program offers financial assistance to individuals who require an AFL. The Assistive Care Services program is another state program that is available to eligible individuals. A person may qualify for one or both programs, but those who utilize both programs must have a service plan in place that dictates which program pays for each service.

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

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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 Walton Beach

    Fort Walton Beach 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.

    To see a list of free assisted living resources in Fort Walton Beach, please visit our Assisted Living in Florida page.


    Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Fort Walton Beach

    Fort Walton Beach-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.

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    Assisted Living near Fort Walton Beach, FL

    Recent Reviews of Assisted Living in Fort Walton Beach

    • Review of The Meridian at Westwood

      The Meridian is a top notch assisted living facility. My father is a new resident, and the staff has been friendly and helpful to him. This has been a wonderful experience for me. After my father b... Read more

      Gayle Anne
    • Review of The Meridian at Westwood

      On our recent tour of the Meridian, we found it to be, WITHOUT A DOUBT, the ABSOLUTE, BEST VALUE of all the other like facilities in the area!!! Considering: Amenities Food Activities En... Read more

      DD and Stu
    • Review of The Meridian at Westwood

      Very nice tour. The staff were nice and helpful. A nice facility. Read more

      Lisaking
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