Sunny Manatee County offers beautiful beaches, a wide range of cultural and recreational amenities and numerous assisted living facilities for seniors. Over 400,000 people live here, including a large senior community that accounts for over 28% of the population. The county is best known for its scenic parks, giving residents plenty of opportunities to enjoy outdoor activities, such as fishing and birdwatching. It also has a large library system that hosts numerous free programs and activities, along with several senior centers.  

Manatee County has approximately four dozen assisted living communities, ranging from small facilities with as few as six beds or as many as 160. In this region, assisted living tends to be affordable, with care fees coming in at $3,888 per month, on average. These reasonable costs paired with Florida’s senior-friendly income tax laws help make Manatee County a desirable retirement destination.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Manatee County, FL

2018

Holiday Woodlands Village

1055 301 Blvd E, Bradenton, FL, 34203

Situated on 14 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, Woodlands Village in Bradenton, Florida, is a pet-friendly community offering assisted and independent living services. The skilled staff go abo … (read more)
Situated on 14 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, Woodlands Village in Bradenton, Florida, is a pet-friendly community offering assisted and independent living services. The skilled staff go abo … (read more)

2014, 2015

Freedom Village of Bradenton

6410 21st Avenue West, Bradenton, FL, 34209

I toured Freedom Village of Bradenton for my mom. It was nice for her. Right now she is at Bay Club Condominium, and it’s just down the road about two minutes away. It’s so close to doctors and family … (read more)
I toured Freedom Village of Bradenton for my mom. It was nice for her. Right now she is at Bay Club Condominium, and it’s just down the road about two minutes away. It’s so close to doctors and family … (read more)

2016

Water’s Edge of Bradenton

2015 32nd Ave West, Bradenton, FL, 34205

Water’s Edge of Bradenton in Bradenton, Florida, is located on 37 picturesque acres of land with water views from many of the upscale apartments. The facility has many special features including in-un … (read more)
Water’s Edge of Bradenton in Bradenton, Florida, is located on 37 picturesque acres of land with water views from many of the upscale apartments. The facility has many special features including in-un … (read more)

Inspired Living at Lakewood Ranch

5424 Lena Road, Bradenton, FL, 34211

I went to Inspired Living at Lakewood Ranch. It was nice. It did have the smallest of all the apartments that we went to. The staff was knowledgeable, they were able to answer all my questions. It was … (read more)
I went to Inspired Living at Lakewood Ranch. It was nice. It did have the smallest of all the apartments that we went to. The staff was knowledgeable, they were able to answer all my questions. It was … (read more)

Brookdale Bradenton Gardens

5612 26th Street West, Bradenton, FL, 34207

Spacious common rooms and friendly, caring staff are reasons residents enjoy calling Brookdale Bradenton Gardens in Bradenton, Florida, home. Nutritious meals are provided and served in a community di … (read more)
Spacious common rooms and friendly, caring staff are reasons residents enjoy calling Brookdale Bradenton Gardens in Bradenton, Florida, home. Nutritious meals are provided and served in a community di … (read more)

Bradenton Oaks

1029 7th Avenue East, Bradenton, FL, 34208

Bradenton Oaks offers both assisted living and memory care services in the conveniently located center of Bradenton, Florida. Spacious studios, one-bedroom apartments and companion suites offer a choi … (read more)
Bradenton Oaks offers both assisted living and memory care services in the conveniently located center of Bradenton, Florida. Spacious studios, one-bedroom apartments and companion suites offer a choi … (read more)

Brookdale Palma Sola

450 67th Street W, Bradenton, FL, 34209

A clean and well-maintained assisted living facility is how residents and their families describe Brookdale Palma Sola located in Bradenton, Florida. There are many activities for tenants, from bingo … (read more)
A clean and well-maintained assisted living facility is how residents and their families describe Brookdale Palma Sola located in Bradenton, Florida. There are many activities for tenants, from bingo … (read more)

The Windsor of Lakewood Ranch

8220 Natures Way, Lakewood Ranch, FL, 34202

We toured The Windsor of Lakewood Ranch, and it was in a great location. They have a lot of things around them, probably a little bit unique in that they have a couple of restaurants literally within … (read more)
We toured The Windsor of Lakewood Ranch, and it was in a great location. They have a lot of things around them, probably a little bit unique in that they have a couple of restaurants literally within … (read more)

The Windsor of Bradenton

2800 60th Avenue West, Bradenton, FL, 34207

The Windsor of Bradenton in Bradenton, Florida, is an upscale assisted living facility with a full complement of special features and amenities for its residents. Each room is equipped with an individ … (read more)
The Windsor of Bradenton in Bradenton, Florida, is an upscale assisted living facility with a full complement of special features and amenities for its residents. Each room is equipped with an individ … (read more)

The Sheridan at Lakewood Ranch

11705 Evening Walk Drive, Lakewood Ranch, FL, 34211

Not only is the facility extremely nice, but I also can’t say enough good things about the management and staff at the Sheridan. My parents lived there together until my mom passed last June. The staf … (read more)
Not only is the facility extremely nice, but I also can’t say enough good things about the management and staff at the Sheridan. My parents lived there together until my mom passed last June. The staf … (read more)

Elan Manatee Assisted Living & Memory Care

7375 Stone River Rd., Bradenton, FL, 34203

We chose Elan Manatee Assisted Living & Memory Care for my mother. She will be moving there. The room sizes were nice. The kitchenette area was important to us. It seems that everybody that we saw … (read more)
We chose Elan Manatee Assisted Living & Memory Care for my mother. She will be moving there. The room sizes were nice. The kitchenette area was important to us. It seems that everybody that we saw … (read more)

DeSoto Palms Assisted Living Community

5601 N. Honore Avenue, Sarasota, FL, 34243

DeSoto Palms Assisted Living Community was beautiful. It’s a great place. We were very impressed. We took pictures and spoke to the administrator. Everybody was great. The facility itself was nice. Th … (read more)
DeSoto Palms Assisted Living Community was beautiful. It’s a great place. We were very impressed. We took pictures and spoke to the administrator. Everybody was great. The facility itself was nice. Th … (read more)

Select Group Home

4730 30TH Street West Bradenton, Bradenton, FL, 34207

Select Group Home in Bradenton, Florida, offers a relaxed setting that is close to the water and beautiful walking paths. Bradenton is known for its friendly residents and as the host of year-round sp … (read more)
Select Group Home in Bradenton, Florida, offers a relaxed setting that is close to the water and beautiful walking paths. Bradenton is known for its friendly residents and as the host of year-round sp … (read more)

The Cottages of Bradenton

5700 24th Street East, Bradenton, FL, 34203

My loved one is at The Cottages of Bradenton. Visit was none because of the Covid. I’ve seen the front area, but not the rooms. They have memory games, bingo, and painting. The dining area is a big op … (read more)
My loved one is at The Cottages of Bradenton. Visit was none because of the Covid. I’ve seen the front area, but not the rooms. They have memory games, bingo, and painting. The dining area is a big op … (read more)

Cortez House

5015 29th Ave. West, Bradenton, FL, 34209


Bradenton – Westminster Manor

1700 21st Avenue West, Bradenton, FL, 34205

We thought Westminster Manor-Bradenton was the nicest apartment for my mother-in-law so we moved her there. It was newly refurbished with soft, uplifting colors. It has big spaces and spacious windows … (read more)
We thought Westminster Manor-Bradenton was the nicest apartment for my mother-in-law so we moved her there. It was newly refurbished with soft, uplifting colors. It has big spaces and spacious windows … (read more)

Truewood by Merrill, Bradenton

3409 26th St W, Bradenton, FL, 34205

Truewood by Merrill, Bradenton Assisted Living offers assisted living options and memory care in the beautiful city of Bradenton, Florida. This senior living community receives high marks from residen … (read more)
Truewood by Merrill, Bradenton Assisted Living offers assisted living options and memory care in the beautiful city of Bradenton, Florida. This senior living community receives high marks from residen … (read more)

Westminster Point Pleasant

1533 4th Avenue West, Bradenton, FL, 34205

Westminster is right at the top of my list. It’s a luxurious facility with views of the Bradenton River that are drop-dead beautiful. It is gorgeous. The view is really the seller. The food at the bru … (read more)
Westminster is right at the top of my list. It’s a luxurious facility with views of the Bradenton River that are drop-dead beautiful. It is gorgeous. The view is really the seller. The food at the bru … (read more)

Discovery Village At Sarasota Bay

1414 69th Ave W, Bradenton, FL, 34207

I moved into Discovery Village at Sarasota Bay. My late girlfriend’s daughter lives here and she found out about it, and then we moved down here together. My girlfriend passed about two months ago now … (read more)
I moved into Discovery Village at Sarasota Bay. My late girlfriend’s daughter lives here and she found out about it, and then we moved down here together. My girlfriend passed about two months ago now … (read more)

Sunny Bower

1604 71ST STREET NW, Bradenton, FL, 34209

My mom is in Sunny Bower, and it is great. It is a very small facility, but it is wonderful. It is an old house. It is very cozy and comfortable, and they have wonderful people there. I think there ar … (read more)
My mom is in Sunny Bower, and it is great. It is a very small facility, but it is wonderful. It is an old house. It is very cozy and comfortable, and they have wonderful people there. I think there ar … (read more)

Paying for Assisted Living in Manatee County

According to the Genworth 2020 Cost of Care Survey, assisted living services in Manatee County are moderately priced compared to the state as a whole and affordable compared to the national average. The survey doesn’t include data for Manatee County, but assisted living fees for Bradenton, the county’s principal city, are included in the average for the North Port area. In this region, seniors pay $3,888 per month for assisted living. This is higher than the state median of $3,700, but it’s considerably lower than the national overall rate of $4,300. 

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Assisted living costs in Manatee County are toward the lower end of the price spectrum compared to other areas of Florida. The most expensive city in the state is the capital, Tallahassee, where fees average $5,506 per month. In The Villages, a planned 55+ community, care costs are relatively high at $4,950. In the Sebastian area, monthly rates are closer to the national average at $4,500, while in the Palm Bay area, assisted living facilities charge approximately $4,100 per month. In Punta Gorda, seniors pay approximately $3,938, and the Miami area, the average is $3,500. Sebring has the most affordable rates in the state at $2,895 per month. 

$3888

Manatee County/North Port

$3700

Florida

$4300

The United States

$3500

Miami

$4100

Palm Bay

$4950

The Villages

$5506

Tallahassee

$4500

Sebastian

$3938

Punta Gorda

$2895

Sebring

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Manatee County

In 2014, the state of Florida replaced all their HCBS waiver programs with the Statewide Medicaid Managed Care Long-Term Care Program (SMMC-LTC), which helps eligible seniors pay for assisted living costs. Florida also has the Optional State Supplement (OSS), a non-Medicaid program available for qualified seniors.

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

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Manatee County

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 Manatee County

ResourceContact Service
Manatee County Senior Services(941) 749-3030Manatee County administers a broad range of programs for those aged 60 and over, enabling them to avoid institutional placement and enjoy optimal quality of life in an assisted living facility. It operates the countywide Elder Helpline, which is reached at (941) 742-5818. This informational line is staffed with live agents who provide information on local services available to seniors. The county also oversees programs such as case management and medical transportation and provides referrals to other area resources. 
Senior Connection Center, Inc.(800) 336-2226Senior Connections Center, Inc., is the county’s Aging and Disability Resource Center and the designated Area Agency on Aging in the region. This local nonprofit organization provides services and supports to those aged 60 and over, including free health and wellness courses, Medicare options counseling and elder abuse prevention services. The agency also operates an Elder Hotline that provides over-the-phone information and assistance accessing programs that meet seniors’ needs.
Manatee County Veterans Services Office(941) 745-3795The county’s VSO links qualifying veterans and their families to the state and federal benefits and services they’re entitled to. Through this office, eligible veterans can apply for disability and pension benefits and the Aid and Attendance benefit, which may help them cover the cost of assisted living services. The VSO can also help visitors determine whether they’re eligible for VA healthcare services or veterans’ home placement.
SHINE(800) 963-5337SHINE is a statewide program that provides free senior health insurance options counseling. It’s staffed by trained volunteers who answer questions about Medicare benefits, Medicare Advantage and prescription drug plan options and long-term care insurance in Manatee County. Residents can receive personalized services over the phone or in person, or they may attend community classes that cover topics such as long-term care and Medicare benefits.
Legal Aid of Manasota(941) 747-1628Legal Aid of Manasota provides free civil legal assistance to Manatee County residents aged 60 and over. Through this local nonprofit agency, seniors can obtain assistance with drafting simple wills and assigning powers of attorney. The agency can help qualifying seniors obtain federal benefits such as Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, Medicare and Medicaid. It also advocates on behalf of seniors in cases regarding illegal debt collection practices, elder abuse and health insurance fraud.
Manatee County Aging Network(941) 894-8686The Manatee County Aging Network is a nonprofit organization that connects older adults with programs and services that promote healthy aging. It maintains a member list of community organizations that provide financial services, legal assistance, options counseling, transportation and volunteer opportunities.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Manatee County

Manatee County-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 Manatee County