7 Assisted Living Facilities near Fort Walton Beach, FL

Top 5 Assisted Living Facilities in Fort Walton Beach, FL

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Caring Star 2021

Meridian at Westwood

Provides: Assisted Living
1001 Mar Walt Dr, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547
"In looking for a new home near us for my father in law who recently lost his wife of 58 years, we easily settled on Meridian at Westwood, knowing this is a place where he can become part of a..." More
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Caring Star 2020

Belvedere Commons of Fort Walton Beach

Provides: Assisted Living
2000 Principal Lane, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547
"I toured both the assisted living and memory care at Belvedere Commons of Fort Walton Beach. It's excellent. I like them over the other place. They have a bunch of daily activities scheduled for..." 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

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Bay Port of FWB Opening Spring 2021

Provides: Assisted Living
243 Hollywood Blvd. NW, Fort Walton Beach, FL 3...
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Hawthorn House

Provides: Assisted Living
1200 HAWTHORN HOUSE DRIVE, Shalimar, FL 32579
"I really like that Hawthorn House was a non-profit community, and it was for military widows. All the people I've dealt with so far, my mom has had no complaints. She really likes the food, the..." More

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Airforce Enlisted Village

Provides: Assisted Living
92 Sunset Lane, Shalimar, FL 32579
"Airforce Enlisted Village or Bob Hope Village is excellent for retired enlisted military, and it's also just an excellent community. Plus it's close to where my family lives so it's an ideal..." 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
    $4,422.00 Niceville
    $4,000.00 US
    $3,761.00 Fort Walton Beach
    $3,550.00 Milton

    Assisted Living costs in Fort Walton Beach start around $3,761 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 Brookdale Fort Walton Beach

      Brookdale Fort Walton Beach was nice. The staff was nice, and the people seemed friendly. I didn't have any complaints at all. I saw both assisted living and memory care. The rooms were very basic;... Read more

      Zach
    • Review of Belvedere Commons of Fort Walton Beach

      I toured both the assisted living and memory care at Belvedere Commons of Fort Walton Beach. It's excellent. I like them over the other place. They have a bunch of daily activities scheduled for th... Read more

      Zach
    • Review of Meridian at Westwood

      My daughter and I were really impressed with Meridian at Westwood. In fact, they're more or less on the top of my list. They were very helpful, and we were impressed by their prices. I saw two diff... Read more

      R.W.
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