8 Assisted Living Facilities in Gainesville, FL
Also serving communities of Keystone Heights.
The average cost of assisted living in Gainesville is $3,412 per month. This is lower than the national median of $3,450. Cheaper nearby regions include High Springs with an average starting cost of $2,750.
To help you with your search, browse the 115 reviews below for assisted living facilities in Gainesville. On average, consumers rate assisted living in Gainesville 4.1 out of 5 stars. Better rated regions include High Springs with an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars.
Caring.com has helped 9 families in Gainesville find high-quality senior care. To speak with one of our Family Advisors about assisted living options and costs in Gainesville, call (855) 863-8283.
Top 5 Assisted Living Facilities in Gainesville, FL
What to Consider About Assisted Living in Gainesville
Gainesville is the largest city in Alachua County in North Central Florida. It is a bustling college town with over 30 miles of biking and hiking trails, rivers and freshwater springs. Seniors — a little over 9 percent of the population — can choose from seven assisted living facilities in Gainesville with several others in nearby High Springs and Keystone Heights. The Florida Bureau of Health Facility Regulations licenses three types of assisted living communities: standard, limited nursing services (LNS) and extended congregate care (ECC).
Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Gainesville
- Seniors on a fixed income may find budget flexibility due to Florida's lack of state income taxes on all income, including retirement income such as pensions and social security benefits. Alachua County does have a sales tax of 6.5 percent on most purchases.
- Located in the northern part of the state, Gainesville isn't quite as hot as other Florida locations, but the summers are still hot and humid with highs in the 80s and low 90s. Winters are mild with low temps in the 40s and 50s, though daytime temperatures are typically warmer.
- The cost of living in Gainesville is 6 percent lower than the national average; it's also lower than surrounding areas like Alachua and Newberry.
- There are 6.69 violent crimes per 1,000 residents per year, which is more than 50 percent higher than the state and national averages. This is not uncommon for college towns, and Gainesville is home to the University of Florida.
- Alachua County received A and B grades from the American Lung Association for particle pollutants and high-ozone days, respectively. Poor air quality can worsen the symptoms of respiratory conditions like COPD.
- Gainesville's Freedom in Motion program offers an Uber-like system of transportation for eligible seniors that's subsidized and sometimes free. For seniors who don't qualify, RTS offers half-price bus passes as well as free passes for ADA-certified people.
Paying for Assisted Living in Gainesville
Average Monthly Costs
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Assisted Living costs in Gainesville start around $3,412 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 Gainesville 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 Gainesville
Florida allows family supplementation to help pay for the costs of long-term care without affecting a senior's Medicaid benefits.
The state has two programs, Assistive Care Services and Medicaid Long-Term Care, that cover the costs of services at assisted living facilities for qualified seniors. Florida also provides optional state supplementation for seniors who receive SSI benefits.
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 Gainesville
Gainesville 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 Gainesville, please visit our Assisted Living in Florida page.
Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Gainesville
Gainesville-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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Recent Reviews of Assisted Living in Gainesville
Review of Brookdale Gainesville Southwest
After visiting this facility, I am surprised to see how anyone would let a family member live there. The one lady who I had a tour with Courtney was amazing and very informative but other than that... Read more
Review of The Windsor of Gainesville
My mother stayed at The Windsor of Gainesville during the month of December 2018, and I was very positively impressed by the management and staff of The Windsor, for Assisted Living. They went the... Read more
Review of Brookdale Gainesville Southwest
Brookdale Gainesville Southwest is a good place, but there were some issues initially. Someone forgot to come and take my sister to the restroom, but it's been corrected. Her apartment is great, an... Read more