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The 5 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Lake City, FL for 2024

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What to Consider About Assisted Living in Lake City

The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration licenses assisted living facilities in Lake City and enforces guidelines related to staffing, meal services and care planning. It publishes directories of licensed residential facilities and outlines best practices for facilities for issues such as infection control, caregiver background checks and staff training.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Lake City

 

  • Lake City is an economical option for those seeking long-term care, offering a cost of living that’s about 17% below the national median and 20 percentage points below the Florida average. Transportation, grocery and housing expenses all trend well below nationwide norms, which may correlate with competitive assisted living expenses.
  • On a 100-point crime index on which the nation rates 22.7 for violent crime and 35.4 for property-related offenses, Lake City has considerably higher respective scores of 72.7 and 95.2. Per capita, the number of property and violent incidents is considerably higher than in nearby cities such as White Springs and Alachua as well as similarly sized communities such as Jacksonville Beach. Assisted living may be a good alternative to living alone for those concerned about crime.
  • Lake City ranks as one of the warmest places to live in Florida with year-round daytime temperatures ranging from 66 in the winter to 92 in the summer. Humidity levels are typically very high in July and August, and the city gets about 52 inches of rain annually. Assisted living residents sensitive to heat and humidity can participate in indoor activities throughout the year.
  • Health care costs in Lake City exceed national norms by about 10%, and there are only 154 health care practitioners per 100,000 residents compared to the nationwide rate of 210, which may impact wait times to see practitioners. Even so, the city is home to HCA Florida Lake City Hospital, a 113-bed acute care facility, and many assisted living facilities have on-call physicians and registered nurses who provide prompt care and regular monitoring.  
  • Florida’s lack of state income taxes may make local long-term care costs more affordable for those seeking residential long-term care services in Lake City. Additionally, Florida doesn’t impose an inheritance or estate tax, and the sales tax rate is in line with national norms.
  • The American Lung Association gives Lake City a region an A for ozone pollution, indicating a very low number of reported high-ozone days. This may make the city a safe option for those with certain respiratory or cardiovascular conditions.

 

Paying for Assisted Living in Lake City

 

Assisted living communities in Lake City charge $2,350 per month on average for care.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Seniors in Lake City pay $2,350 monthly for assisted living, making this one of the most cost-effective places in the state and nation for residential care. Rates in nearby Ocala are $1,500 higher than in Lake City, and in Homosassa Springs, seniors pay $4,250 for services. In Jacksonville, rates are even higher at $4,660, and seniors may save nearly $2,900 per month by opting for care in Lake City instead of The Villages. Statewide and nationally, respective rates come in at $4,000 and $4,500.

Lake City

$2,350

Florida

$4,000

United States

$4,500

Ocala

$3,850

Homosassa Springs

$4,250

The Villages

$5,208

Jacksonville

$4,660

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Assisted living is economically priced compared to most other local long-term care options in Lake City, with costs averaging $2,350 per month for services. This offers significant monthly savings over the cost of in-home care, which averages $4,481 per month for full-time services, and skilled home health care, which averages $4,576. It’s a fraction of the cost of nursing home care, which starts at $8,213. Seniors may save nearly $1,000 per month by choosing adult day health care.

In-Home Care

$4,481

Home Health Care

$4,576

Adult Day Health Care

$1,403

Assisted Living Facility

$2,350

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$8,213

Note: Data for Lake City was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Gainesville, was used instead.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Lake City

Eligible seniors in Lake City can secure funding for assisted living facility expenses through two state programs. First, the need-based Optional State Supplementation program provides a monthly stipend to income-eligible seniors. Second, the Statewide Medicaid Managed Care Long-Term Care Program is a two-pronged program that includes the Long-Term Care Managed Care Program and Managed Medical Assistance Program. Both of these programs are available to Medicaid-eligible seniors who qualify.

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 Assisted Living Resources in Lake City

Lake City 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 Lake City, please visit our Assisted Living in Florida page.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Lake City

 

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

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Florida

Reviews of Communities Nearby

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Dale3

I visited this facility

Review of Grand Cypress Assisted Living Facility

We visited the Grand Cypress Assisted Living Facility. The location was great. The director that we met was excellent in giving us information about the facility. We're just not comfortable with...

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Nelwyn

I visited this facility

Review of Grand Cypress Assisted Living Facility

I would describe Grand Cypress Assisted Living Facility as friendly, clean, and very homey. The staff was wonderful and very thorough. They answered all my questions. They showed me around. I liked...

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Rweirsky

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

Review of Grand Cypress Assisted Living Facility

My father currently is staying at the facility. The room is very nice comfortable they allow you to customize the room to the patients liking. I cannot say enough about the cleanliness of the...

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