Lakeland is a central Florida city with over 112,000 residents, 22% of whom are seniors over the age of 65. Located in Polk County, Lakeland is a friendly city for seniors because of its low cost of living and central location that allows residents a wealth of opportunities to stay active, pursue their passions and delve into new interests.   

The cost of assisted living services in Lakeland averages $3,300 per month, which is lower than both the state and national averages. Assisted living services provide seniors in Lakeland the opportunity to receive medical attention or access to physical and occupational therapy if they need it. Additionally, seniors live in a community of their peers, giving them the opportunity to enjoy connecting with others. 

This guide to Assisted Living care in Lakeland provides an overview of the city and the advantages and disadvantages of living here as an elderly resident. It also addresses how to pay for assisted living care and how the cost of care here differs from that of care in other Florida cities. Finally, it provides a list of free resources that seniors can use to find the services they need in Lakeland. 

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Lakeland, FL

2013

Lake Morton Plaza

400 S Florida Avenue, Lakeland, FL, 33801

Lake Morton Plaza is located in a thriving area of Lakeland, Florida, near Lake Morton and a wide selection of restaurants and shops. Visitors praise the homey, spacious rooms available for residents … (read more)
Lake Morton Plaza is located in a thriving area of Lakeland, Florida, near Lake Morton and a wide selection of restaurants and shops. Visitors praise the homey, spacious rooms available for residents … (read more)

2022

Grand Villa of Lakeland

2111 Lakeland Hills Blvd, Lakeland, FL, 33805

Grand Villa is located in a breathtaking spot in Lakeland, near Lake Parker and its neighboring park, and it’s conveniently close to numerous medical facilities, stores and restaurants. The facility o … (read more)
Grand Villa is located in a breathtaking spot in Lakeland, near Lake Parker and its neighboring park, and it’s conveniently close to numerous medical facilities, stores and restaurants. The facility o … (read more)

Ansley Parke at Oakbridge

3110 Oakbridge Blvd East , Lakeland, FL, 33803

Ansley Parke at Oakbridge was fine. The only thing is they didn’t have the facilities or a room that was large enough that my father felt comfortable in. We saw the maintenance in motion. They were re … (read more)
Ansley Parke at Oakbridge was fine. The only thing is they didn’t have the facilities or a room that was large enough that my father felt comfortable in. We saw the maintenance in motion. They were re … (read more)

2015, 2016

Brookdale Highlands

4250 Lakeland Highlands Rd., Lakeland, FL, 33813

Brookdale Highlands is nestled in the friendly city of Lakeland, Florida just a short drive away from the Polk Parkway, medical facilities and shopping centers. Visitors note the high-quality care pro … (read more)
Brookdale Highlands is nestled in the friendly city of Lakeland, Florida just a short drive away from the Polk Parkway, medical facilities and shopping centers. Visitors note the high-quality care pro … (read more)

2016

Savannah Court of Lakeland

6550 N Scorum Loop Road, Lakeland, FL, 33809

The staff that I saw at Savannah Court of Lakeland, and the people that I talked to, they were very, very friendly. The facilities were older. They’re in the process of doing renovations, and they sta … (read more)
The staff that I saw at Savannah Court of Lakeland, and the people that I talked to, they were very, very friendly. The facilities were older. They’re in the process of doing renovations, and they sta … (read more)

The Manor at Lake Morton

534 East Lime Street, Lakeland, FL, 33801

We found The Manor at Lake Morton for Mom. It’s relatively new and it’s beautiful. The facilities and the rooms are beautiful and well maintained. The staff is very caring and helpful. My mother tells … (read more)
We found The Manor at Lake Morton for Mom. It’s relatively new and it’s beautiful. The facilities and the rooms are beautiful and well maintained. The staff is very caring and helpful. My mother tells … (read more)

Hawthorne Inn Lakeland

6150 Lakeland Highlands Road, Lakeland, FL, 33813

I toured Hawthorne Inn Lakeland, and it is a gorgeous place. It’s very, very bright and airy and the staff seems very, very attentive to the patients. The biggest problem is it’s so expensive, so I gu … (read more)
I toured Hawthorne Inn Lakeland, and it is a gorgeous place. It’s very, very bright and airy and the staff seems very, very attentive to the patients. The biggest problem is it’s so expensive, so I gu … (read more)

Grace Manor Suites

4620 North Socrum Loop Road, Lakeland, FL, 33809

Grace Manor Suites is located in a beautiful neighborhood in Lakeland, Florida, conveniently close to a shopping center, restaurants and Lake Gibson. This facility is praised for its homey environment … (read more)
Grace Manor Suites is located in a beautiful neighborhood in Lakeland, Florida, conveniently close to a shopping center, restaurants and Lake Gibson. This facility is praised for its homey environment … (read more)

2013, 2015, 2016, 2017

Arbor Oaks at Lakeland Hills

4141 Lakeland Hills Blvd, Lakeland, FL, 33805

Arbor Oaks at Lakeland Hills is nestled in a beautiful residential area of Lakeland, Florida and is just minutes away from medical facilities, shopping centers and I-4. Loved ones and residents give c … (read more)
Arbor Oaks at Lakeland Hills is nestled in a beautiful residential area of Lakeland, Florida and is just minutes away from medical facilities, shopping centers and I-4. Loved ones and residents give c … (read more)

The Estates at Carpenters

1001 Carpenter’s Way, Lakeland, FL, 33809

The Estates at Carpenters is located in a prime location of Lakeland, near the beautiful Lake Gibson and a wide selection of shops and restaurants. The facility offers residents spacious rooms with ho … (read more)
The Estates at Carpenters is located in a prime location of Lakeland, near the beautiful Lake Gibson and a wide selection of shops and restaurants. The facility offers residents spacious rooms with ho … (read more)

Lake Gibson Village

771 Carpenters Way, Lakeland, FL, 33809

Great atmosphere-communication-actitives, etc. Easy and caring community.
Great atmosphere-communication-actitives, etc. Easy and caring community.

Florida Presbyterian Homes

16 LAKE HUNTER DRIVE, Lakeland, FL, 33803

Florida Presbyterian Homes is a lakefront assisted living community in sunny Lakeland, Florida. Visitors appreciate that the facility is very clean and well organized, and they recently added new inde … (read more)
Florida Presbyterian Homes is a lakefront assisted living community in sunny Lakeland, Florida. Visitors appreciate that the facility is very clean and well organized, and they recently added new inde … (read more)

Lakeland Manor

747 Bon Air Street, Lakeland, FL, 33805

Lakeland Manor was really nice when I walked in the front door. They took us downstairs and that’s when my sister and I kind of like freaked out; it wasn’t what we imagined it was going to be or what … (read more)
Lakeland Manor was really nice when I walked in the front door. They took us downstairs and that’s when my sister and I kind of like freaked out; it wasn’t what we imagined it was going to be or what … (read more)

Lake Wire Retirement Center

315 WEST PEACHTREE STREET, Lakeland, FL, 33815

My grandfather was placed into this particular facility once released from the hospital. Our family visited the establishment on a regular basis and we were always satisfied with his care. The staff w … (read more)
My grandfather was placed into this particular facility once released from the hospital. Our family visited the establishment on a regular basis and we were always satisfied with his care. The staff w … (read more)

New Era Assisted Living

815 WEST DOUGHTERY ROAD, Lakeland, FL, 33809


Residence Retirement Center Inc

212 Chestnut Road, Lakeland, FL, 33815


Kindhearted Assisted Living Facility Inc

2815 Cleveland Heights Blvd, Lakeland, FL, 33803


2014, 2015, 2016

Spring Haven Retirement

1225 Havendale Blvd, NW, Winter Haven, FL, 33881

Spring Haven Retirement is located on the shores of Lake Hartridge in Winter Haven, Florida, close to Lakeside Memorial Park and Winter Haven Hospital. Visitors compare the clean, well-decorated facil … (read more)
Spring Haven Retirement is located on the shores of Lake Hartridge in Winter Haven, Florida, close to Lakeside Memorial Park and Winter Haven Hospital. Visitors compare the clean, well-decorated facil … (read more)

Lake Howard Heights

650 N. Lake Howard Drive, Winter Haven, FL, 33881

Lake Howard Heights is located in Winter Haven, southwest of Haines City, Florida. It sits just off U.S. Route 17, near Lake Howard and the Winter Haven Hospital. Residents say they feel safe on the p … (read more)
Lake Howard Heights is located in Winter Haven, southwest of Haines City, Florida. It sits just off U.S. Route 17, near Lake Howard and the Winter Haven Hospital. Residents say they feel safe on the p … (read more)

The Canopy at Walden Woods

2051 Walden Woods Dr, Plant City, FL, 33563

My mom moved into The Canopy at Walden Woods. It is a very nice and clean place. The people are very nice and helpful. They’re taking pretty good care of my mom. Everybody has been very polite. They h … (read more)
My mom moved into The Canopy at Walden Woods. It is a very nice and clean place. The people are very nice and helpful. They’re taking pretty good care of my mom. Everybody has been very polite. They h … (read more)

COVID-19 Rules for Assisted Living in Lakeland

Since most COVID-19 rules for Assisted Living Communities and other Senior Living Facilities are set at the state level, you can view the specific rules for your state on our Guide to Assisted Living in FL. Keep in mind that every community has specific policies that they put in place to protect their residents, so you should contact your local community for more information. Additionally, you can contact your local Area Agency on Aging to learn more – find contact information here.

What to Consider About Assisted Living in Lakeland

In Florida, the Agency for Health Care Administration via the Bureau of Health Facility Regulation is responsible for licensing and managing assisted living facilities throughout the state. This includes investigating complaints and ensuring that facilities have safety measures in place. 

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Lakeland

  • Lakeland has one of the lowest costs of living in the state, 13.6% lower than the state average. It is particularly obvious in the housing market, transportation sector and the cost of goods and services. Seniors find their retirement checks going further, improving their quality of life and their ability to save money for the future. 
  • Lakeland’s convenient location in central makes the city a pleasant and active locale to enjoy the outdoors and the city’s numerous cultural and artistic venues. The city is within an hour from both Orlando and Tampa, two of the most populous cities in the state and home to innumerable activities for seniors.  
  • Lakeland became part of the AARP’s Age-Friendly Community in 2017, but long before that, the city had been working toward creating a place that was easily accessible for area seniors. The community is easy to walk and bike through, and the city has partnered with Florida Southern College to discuss the implementation of senior programming. 
  • Polk County takes care of its senior population through offering generous tax and licensing exemptions. Seniors aged 65+ can fish or hunt without a license, and they are also eligible for property tax exemptions for property within Polk County. It is also easier for seniors to own a business, as sole proprietors are exempt from business taxes.
  • Lakeland is a great place for seniors to live in winter months, with temperatures that typically stay above 70 degrees. Summers, however, are very hot and humid, with frequent storms, particularly in July and August. Fortunately, most homes and businesses are equipped with air conditioning, and the community offers plenty of indoor activities for seniors who want to stay busy during those sweltering days.

Paying for Assisted Living in Lakeland

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

The cost of an assisted living community averages $3,300 per month in Lakeland. This is $700 less than the state’s average and $1,200 less than the national average each month. In fact, Lakeland is the least expensive city for assisted living care within a 50-mile radius. The cost of assisted living services in Lakeland is slightly less than in Tampa, representing a difference of just $50 per month. It’s almost $140 less than Sebring, $700 less per month than Orlando and approximately $850 per month less than the North Port area. 

$3300

Lakeland

$4000

Florida

$4500

United States

$4000

Orlando

$3350

Tampa

$4145

North Port Area

$3436

Sebring

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care 

Assisted living care is often in the middle of the cost range of the different types of senior care available in Polk County. However, since there is no data indicating the cost of adult day care in the area (which is usually the least expensive type of care offered to seniors), assisted living is the least expensive care type in Lakeland at $3,300 per month. Home care services are more than $1,270 higher and home health care nearly $1,200 higher in cost than assisted living. This trend continues for seniors who need a more advanced level of medical care than assisted living can provide. A semiprivate room in a nursing home costs an average of more than $8,700 per month, more than $5,400 higher in cost than assisted living.

$4576

In-Home Care

$4481

Home Health Aide

$3300

Assisted Living Facility

$8745

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Lakeland

Florida offers low-income seniors two programs that can help cover services at assisted living facilities. The Medicaid Long-Term Care (MLTC) and Assistive Care Services plans don’t cover room and board, but the MLTC plan does negotiate those fees for participants. 

Family supplementation is permitted under certain circumstances, and the state provides an optional state supplement to seniors who receive Federal SSI benefits. 

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

Paying for Assisted Living Facilities 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 Lakeland

Polk County takes care of its senior population with access to a variety of programs. However, it can be difficult for seniors to find information on these programs without prior knowledge that they exist. The table below provides a short list of free resources that are available to help seniors find the Polk County programs they need to thrive.  

Resource

Contact

Description

800-533-0741

There are two separate Departments of Aging in Polk County, one in Bartow and one in Lake Wales. Both offer seniors access to services that include elder care, financial assistance programs, transportation and home companion services. The department also offers referral services to other programs.

863-588-6690

Polk County Better Living for Seniors is a coalition dedicated to improving life for seniors who live in Polk County through offering educational programs, sponsoring conferences and health fairs and coordinating referrals for service. The nonprofit group also offers regular events for seniors around Polk County, from support groups to chair yoga and caregiver training. 

1-800-963-5337

The Senior Connection Center serves the seniors of Hillsborough, Polk and surrounding counties by providing access to legal aid services, locating financial assistance to cover basic needs and advocating for the safety and health of area seniors. The Senior Connection Center sponsors Mid Florida Community Services, a senior assistance agency specifically for Polk County residents. 

863-688-7376

Florida Rural Legal Services is a private nonprofit agency that guides seniors through the legal process of drafting and filing important legal documents such as living wills, powers of attorney and guardianship papers. The organization also helps seniors manage the cost of assisted living services.   

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Lakeland

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

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Florida