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10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Jacksonville, FL for 2024

Jacksonville is a cosmopolitan city on the Atlantic Coast. With a population approaching 950,000, 13.4% of whom are aged 65 and older, it’s Florida’s most populous city. The city’s long shoreline has beaches to suit most tastes. Jacksonville has a growing reputation for its food, with highly recommended restaurants serving local delicacies and world cuisine. Its rich and diverse cultural heritage is reflected in the historic neighborhoods west of downtown, the Jacksonville Jazz Festival and the Jacksonville Symphony.

Assisted living can be a good solution for seniors who find living at home increasingly challenging. Facilities offer clean and comfortable rooms, opportunities to socialize with other residents and staff trained to care for everyday needs. The typical monthly fee in Jacksonville is $4,660, which is $660 more than the state median and $160 more than the U.S. average for this type of care.

This guide discusses the advantages and disadvantages of residing in Jacksonville and the costs of assisted living in nearby cities. It also reveals costs for other types of senior care and lists some helpful resources.

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What to Consider About Assisted Living in Jacksonville

The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration issues licenses to assisted living facilities that satisfy the necessary conditions, such as a fire safety certificate, adequate insurance and compliance with relevant health and safety laws. The facility’s director must also be licensed, which involves passing the ALF Director course and passing an FBI level 2 background check.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Jacksonville

  • Florida’s tax-friendly status helps retirees in Jacksonville hold on to more of their money. The state is known for not taxing incomes, which includes Social Security benefits and pensions, but it also doesn’t have an inheritance tax or estate tax, enabling seniors to pass on more of their wealth to loved ones. The Jacksonville taxpayer service center can help older residents get answers to their tax-related questions. 
  • Jacksonville is a more affordable place to live than most in Florida. Its average cost of living index is 93.5, which is lower than the state’s 102.8 and the country’s 100. The city’s health cost index is lower than average too, at 97.1, which suggests Jacksonville’s seniors are more likely to get health care for better rates than normal.
  • Florida justifies its reputation as “the sunshine state”, a statement Jacksonville supports by having around 221 sunny days annually. The city’s average temperatures are also senior-friendly, with July usually a warm 91 degrees and January a cool 44 degrees. The above-average rainfall contributes to humid days in summer, but it also benefits residents by enriching the soil that’s birthed an abundance of trees, green lawns and varied flora.
  • Jacksonville’s health cost index of 97 puts it into the better-than-average category for the country. Although the water quality needs improving, other factors give the city an overall better score. These include shorter commute times when compared to other U.S. cities and a high number of Medicare-registered physicians per 100,000 residents — 50 more than the national average of 210.
  • As with all major cities, Jacksonville has crime. Its property and violent crime figures are significantly higher than state and national averages. Seniors concerned about crime may wish to consider assisted living facilities where, statistically, recorded crime is less frequent. An additional benefit of residing in an assisted living facility is there’s usually a staff member nearby and the building and surrounding areas are typically monitored 24/7 by security and surveillance equipment.

Paying for Assisted Living in Jacksonville, FL

When trying to decide how to pay for assisted living, one of the first questions that comes up is "How much does it cost?" With the impact of inflation, it's more important than ever to have up-to-date information when making a financial plan for senior living. To help shed light on real senior living prices, Caring.com has compiled proprietary cost data from its network of more than 75,000 senior living providers to provide insight into the average cost of assisted living in Jacksonville and 133 other cities in Florida.

Inflation's Impact on the Cost of Assisted Living in Jacksonville, FL

Inflation has impacted many aspects of life in Jacksonville, including the cost of assisted living. While seniors paid an average of $4,180 per month for care in 2022, that pricing has increased by over 9.5% to $4,580 in 2023. Costs are expected to be even higher in 2024 ($4,932). Despite being a little higher than the state median ($4,067), Jacksonville's costs are in line with national averages ($4,459). However, nearby cities, such as Gainesville ($4,296) and Tallahassee ($3,784), offer more affordable assisted living.

Location2022 Cost (Historical)2023 Cost (Current)2024 Cost (Estimated)
Jacksonville$4,180$4,580$4,932
U.S. Average$4,070$4,459$4,802
Florida$3,727$4,067$4,438
Gainesville$3,921$4,296$4,626
Tallahassee$3,454$3,784$4,075
Tampa$3,259$3,571$3,846

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Jacksonville’s costs are almost the highest in North Florida, exceeded only by Panama City’s average of $5,081. Moving down the coast to the Deltona area can see savings of $685 per month. Significant savings are also likely for seniors considering Gainesville, as the city’s median fee is $2,350, which is about half Jacksonville’s average.

Jacksonville

$4,660

Florida

$4,000

The United States

$4,300

Panama City

$5,081

Deltona

$3,975

Gainesville

$2,350

The Costs of Other Types of Senior Living

Care costs typically vary between different types of senior living based on the scope of services provided and the available amenities. Independent living is the most affordable option at $3,074, as support is minimal, allowing seniors to enjoy maximum levels of independence and autonomy. As assisted living includes personal care services and daily assistance, costs are higher at $4,580. Memory care, which is even more specialized, sees even higher rates ($5,151).

Assisted Living

$4,580

Memory Care

$5,151

Independent Living

$3,074

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Jacksonville

Florida has a number of programs that can help seniors afford assisted living in Jacksonville. One is the Optional State Supplement (OSS) provided by the Florida Department of Children and Families. Eligible seniors may also find assistance through Florida Medicaid.

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

Financial Assistance in Florida

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 and Low-Cost Resources for Seniors in Jacksonville,FL

There are many resources in Jacksonville,FL that assist seniors in their retirement. Caring.com has compiled information on local organizations, programs and agencies and categorized them into care types for easy reference.

For information about statewide resources and those in nearby cities, go to Caring’s Florida state page.

Area Agency on Aging

Retirees can find support and advice on various senior-related issues from their local Area Agency on Aging. The agency provides advice on topics such as financial assistance programs, in-home care and long-term care planning. It also connects seniors and caregivers with community-based resources.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
ElderSource888-242-4464Floridians aged 60 and over can access critical care, support and education programs provided through the state's Area Agencies on Aging. With multiple location offices organized by region, the AAAs offer home- and community-based services. Options include Meals on Wheels, fitness and wellness sessions and home care assistance with personal care tasks and homemaking activities. All Florida AAAs focus on helping older persons to stay independent for longer.

Food Assistance Programs

Local organizations help ensure elderly citizens have a balanced diet and receive essential vitamins and minerals to remain healthy. Through nutrition programs, congregate meals, home-delivered meals and food pantries, these programs help Jacksonville seniors afford the nutritious food they need.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Feeding Northeast Florida - Jacksonville904-513-1333Food pantries help people at risk of hunger access the basics, such as rice and pasta and some fresh food, when available. They're often operated by nonprofits, although local government agencies also serve some areas.
Paxon Revival Center Food Pantry - Jacksonville904-781-0348Paxon Revival Center in Jacksonville is a member site of Feeding Florida, which partners with Feeding America. Its food distribution occurs on the second Wednesday morning of each month. By collaborating with retail partners, manufacturers and farms, the organization provides high-quality meat, dairy, produce and pantry staples to seniors struggling with food insecurity. It nourishes hope and restores dignity by offering nutritious food, innovative programs and education.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) - Jacksonville800-963-5337Low-income seniors in Jacksonville who need additional help to buy groceries can apply for food assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. SNAP is awarded based on income and expenses, and seniors can apply online through the Florida Department of Children and Families and its automated system. Qualified seniors receive a card they can use at the grocery store to pay for food.

Home Repair and Modifications

Seniors and those with disabilities can access a variety of local resources to help them pay for home repairs and modifications. Programs in Jacksonville have different eligibility criteria and often assist retirees by providing grants or loans.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Weatherization Assistance Program - Jacksonville Main Office904-398-7472The program aims to make homes energy-efficient, which simultaneously can reduce the householder's energy costs and make their living spaces more comfortable. Types of assistance include insulating attics, installing solar screens and replacing inefficient HVAC units.

Senior Centers

Senior centers in Jacksonville bring together residents through recreational activities and events. Many also offer advice and support on senior issues, run wellness and nutrition programs, and connect older adults with other resources in the local area.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Catholic Charities - Jacksonville904-354-4846Catholic Charities Jacksonville offers a variety of programs and services that may help seniors remain in their homes. Its Emergency Financial Assistance (EA) program can help seniors pay for utility bills and rent or mortgage payments. For seniors in need of food assistance, the charity also operates a food pantry.
Aging True Community Senior Services904-807-1203Aging True Community Senior Services supports older adults in Jacksonville and the surrounding Clay County communities through home care, recreational programming and health care services. The organization also provides independent living through the Cathedral Residences and coordinates the Meals on Wheels service for the local community. Aging True operates a network of four senior centers throughout Clay County to provide recreation and social outlets for those aged 60 and older.

Social Security Offices

Social Security offices in Jacksonville help seniors and disabled people access the benefits they're entitled to. Older adults can contact their local office for information about receiving retirement benefits, disability allowance and Supplemental Security Income.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Jacksonville Social Security Offices800-772-1213Social Security is a source of income available to retirees and people who can no longer work because of a disability. The money for Social Security comes from a payroll tax levied on employers, employees and self-employed individuals. When you retire, you'll receive monthly payments based on how much you earned when you were working.

Tax Assistance

Seniors can apply for tax assistance from several Jacksonville resources. Elderly residents and those with disabilities could be eligible for tax exemptions on medical expenses, reductions on property tax and other tax assistance programs.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Homestead Exemption904-630-2012Floridians aged 65+ can get an additional homestead exemption of up to $50,000. The real estate must have a just value of no more than $250,000 and be the applicant's permanent residence for a minimum of 25 years.

Transportation Assistance

Assistance is available for seniors unable to access or use private transportation. These community resources help elderly and disabled residents make journeys in and around Jacksonville, allowing them to run errands and attend appointments in the local area.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Connexion Paratransit Services904-265-6999Jacksonville Transportation Authority's Connexion Paratransit Service provides door-to-door, shared public transportation for seniors who can't independently use regular fixed-route services due to accessibility issues or physical impairments. The service operates during the same hours as the city's regular fixed-route services. For a small fee, seniors can also use the Connexion Plus service, which offers private transportation to anywhere in Duval County. To use Connexion services, seniors must attend an in-person interview and, in some cases, participate in a functional assessment.

Utility & Energy Bill Assistance

Low-income seniors who are struggling to meet the costs of maintaining their homes can find support from organizations that offer assistance with utility and energy bills. Jacksonville retirees could also qualify for emergency funding programs if they're in danger of losing utility services due to unpaid invoices.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) - Jacksonville904-398-7472The federally-funded program contributes towards energy costs for residents on low incomes up to three times per year (depending on monies available). The local program provider pays the utility company directly.

Veteran's Services

Jacksonville retirees who have served in the U.S. military can find support from local veteran services. These offices and organizations help vets access the benefits they're eligible for and provide advice and information on a variety of issues.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Jacksonville, FL Vet Center904-399-8351The Jacksonville Vet Center provides confidential patient-centered care for veterans, current service members and their families in a comfortable, nonmedical setting. Services at the Jacksonville, FL, location include in-person and telehealth individual and group counseling for a wide range of needs, such as the psychological effects of military sexual trauma, PTSD and depression. In addition, couples and family counseling, LGBTQ+ veteran care, intimate partner violence support and grief and bereavement counseling are available.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Jacksonville

Jacksonville-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.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Florida

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