Home to over 84,600 residents, the coastal city of Melbourne is considered one of the top places to retire in the United States. In fact, more than 20% of the population is made up of seniors aged 65 and older. In addition to beautiful beaches and warm weather, seniors in Melbourne also enjoy affordable living costs, access to world-class health care and abundant recreation.

When living at home becomes difficult to manage alone, seniors have multiple options available, including transitioning to an assisted living community. At these facilities, residents benefit from assistance with day-to-day tasks, along with personal care services, meals, wellness programs and recreational activities. Assisted living in Melbourne costs an average of $4,461 per month, making it slightly more affordable than the average U.S. city.

The following guide offers an in-depth look at assisted living for individuals exploring their long-term care options. It includes some of the benefits and drawbacks of retiring to Melbourne, what seniors can expect to pay for assisted living and where they can turn for financial assistance. It also lists some local resources that seniors and their families may find useful.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Melbourne, FL

Grand Villa of Melbourne

964 South Harbor City Boulevard, Melbourne, FL, 32901

Located a few minutes drive from Paradise Beach and Park is Grand Villa of Melbourne, an assisted living and memory care facility in Melbourne, Florida. Residents and visitors often comment on the exc … (read more)
Located a few minutes drive from Paradise Beach and Park is Grand Villa of Melbourne, an assisted living and memory care facility in Melbourne, Florida. Residents and visitors often comment on the exc … (read more)

The Fountains of Melbourne

4451 Stack Blvd., Melbourne, FL, 32901

My mother has been in The Fountains for three months now. It’s nice. Any of the places I’ve looked at were single rooms that reminded me of hospital or motel rooms, but this is an apartment with all t … (read more)
My mother has been in The Fountains for three months now. It’s nice. Any of the places I’ve looked at were single rooms that reminded me of hospital or motel rooms, but this is an apartment with all t … (read more)

2015, 2017, 2018

The Brennity at Melbourne

7300 Watersong Lane, Melbourne, FL, 32940

The Brennity at Melbourne is a gated independent and assisted living and memory care facility in Melbourne, Florida. It’s surrounded by fields, across from a residential community, minutes from Duran … (read more)
The Brennity at Melbourne is a gated independent and assisted living and memory care facility in Melbourne, Florida. It’s surrounded by fields, across from a residential community, minutes from Duran … (read more)

Brookdale Melbourne

1765 West Hibiscus Blvd, Melbourne, FL, 32901

Brookdale Melbourne senior community center is located in Melbourne, Florida, near the airport and Melbourne Beach. A variety of living assistance is offered, including coordination with outside healt … (read more)
Brookdale Melbourne senior community center is located in Melbourne, Florida, near the airport and Melbourne Beach. A variety of living assistance is offered, including coordination with outside healt … (read more)

Sonata Viera Assisted Living

3325 Breslay Drive, Melbourne, FL, 32940

Sonata Viera Assisted Living is a lovely community based in Melbourne, Florida. It’s just a short distance from Viera East Market Center and the Indian River, and the newly renovated facility offers v … (read more)
Sonata Viera Assisted Living is a lovely community based in Melbourne, Florida. It’s just a short distance from Viera East Market Center and the Indian River, and the newly renovated facility offers v … (read more)

Greenwood Place

2680 Croton Road, Melbourne, FL, 32935

My dad is in Greenwood Place and it’s been really good. They have been really helpful, and they take care of him. His room is just a room with a bed. It’s a pretty standard room, but it’s clean and ne … (read more)
My dad is in Greenwood Place and it’s been really good. They have been really helpful, and they take care of him. His room is just a room with a bed. It’s a pretty standard room, but it’s clean and ne … (read more)

2015, 2016

Century Oaks

4001 Stack Blvd, Melbourne, FL, 32901

I’m currently living in Century Oaks Assisted and Independent Living. It’s terrible. They provide very few activities — very little. The place is basically dead because of COVID. The food is awful; i … (read more)
I’m currently living in Century Oaks Assisted and Independent Living. It’s terrible. They provide very few activities — very little. The place is basically dead because of COVID. The food is awful; i … (read more)

Veterans and Seniors Care First

502 Ford Circle W., Melbourne, FL, 32771


Discovery Village at Melbourne

3260 N. Harbor City Boulevard, Melbourne, FL, 32935

Discovery Village had both assisted living and memory care. It was a delightful, beautiful place. The people were friendly, and the residents were very happy. They had a new director, and it looks lik … (read more)
Discovery Village had both assisted living and memory care. It was a delightful, beautiful place. The people were friendly, and the residents were very happy. They had a new director, and it looks lik … (read more)

Victoria Landing

1279 Houston Street, Melbourne, FL, 32935

Victoria Landing is located in Melbourne, Florida. The facility is very close to the city, providing seniors with easy access to local stores and amenities. The apartments have great ocean views and c … (read more)
Victoria Landing is located in Melbourne, Florida. The facility is very close to the city, providing seniors with easy access to local stores and amenities. The apartments have great ocean views and c … (read more)

Enclave Assisted Living

2518 Bernice Court, Melbourne, FL, 32935

Enclave is a small facility. They’re all women in a private home. The girl that runs it has another home just for men. I like her philosophy and she is more caring. Mom has her own room. They took ver … (read more)
Enclave is a small facility. They’re all women in a private home. The girl that runs it has another home just for men. I like her philosophy and she is more caring. Mom has her own room. They took ver … (read more)

Chateau Madeleine

205 Hardoon Lane, Melbourne, FL, 32940

We liked the people at Chateau Madeleine. We had a good visit over there. My son took me to see it and he preferred that one for some reason. We ate dinner there, and it was very good. Everything was … (read more)
We liked the people at Chateau Madeleine. We had a good visit over there. My son took me to see it and he preferred that one for some reason. We ate dinner there, and it was very good. Everything was … (read more)

Hibiscus Court

540 East Hibiscus Boulevard, Melbourne, FL, 32901

Hibiscus Court was very active and had a lot going on. I talked to a lot of residents there, and they loved the place and were happy, friendly, outgoing, and talkative. They were older but really ment … (read more)
Hibiscus Court was very active and had a lot going on. I talked to a lot of residents there, and they loved the place and were happy, friendly, outgoing, and talkative. They were older but really ment … (read more)

Brookshire (THE)

85 Bulldog Boulevard, Melbourne, FL, 32901

Affordable. Caring. Veterans have a home. Pets welcome. Food great, large portions. Family atmosphere. Lots of activities. Very clean. Met with a smile.
Affordable. Caring. Veterans have a home. Pets welcome. Food great, large portions. Family atmosphere. Lots of activities. Very clean. Met with a smile.

Life Care Center Of Melbourne

606 E. Sheridan Road, Melbourne, FL, 32901


Florida Shores of Melbourne 1 ALF

2155 KEYSTONE AVENUE, Melbourne, FL, 32904

We happened to be in the region searching for a suitable assisted living facility for my friend’s mother – so stopped in to visit the Florida Shores of Melbourne 1. Many of their family members live i … (read more)
We happened to be in the region searching for a suitable assisted living facility for my friend’s mother – so stopped in to visit the Florida Shores of Melbourne 1. Many of their family members live i … (read more)

Pinewood Estates Assisted Living Facility

4055 Pinewood Rd, Melbourne, FL, 32934

Pinewood Estates Assisted Living Facility is located right by Interstate 518 in Melbourne, Florida. This facility has room for 14 residents, which allows the staff to deliver their expert care quickly … (read more)
Pinewood Estates Assisted Living Facility is located right by Interstate 518 in Melbourne, Florida. This facility has room for 14 residents, which allows the staff to deliver their expert care quickly … (read more)

The Town Square In Viera – CLOSED

1700 WUESTHOFF DRIVE, Melbourne, FL, 32940

My mother is in assisted living at The Town Square in Viera. It’s a single story, and it has individual apartments. It was one of the best places I toured. They’re very informative and very warm. The … (read more)
My mother is in assisted living at The Town Square in Viera. It’s a single story, and it has individual apartments. It was one of the best places I toured. They’re very informative and very warm. The … (read more)

Ginny’s Place of Lake Washington

2251Turtle Mound Road, Melbourne, FL, 32934


Ginny’s Place of Suntree

730 Whispering Pines Circle, Melbourne, FL, 32940


COVID-19 Rules for Assisted Living in Melbourne

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 Melbourne

In Melbourne, and all cities across Florida, assisted living facilities are operated under the licensing and regulation of the Agency for Health Care Administration. An inspection must be completed prior to licensure to ensure a facility is compliant with state laws and regulations, with subsequent inspections for re-licensure conducted every 2 years.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Melbourne

  • Positioned right along Florida’s Space Coast, Melbourne allows seniors to enjoy a relaxed yet active retirement, with access to miles of beaches, numerous hiking trails and golf courses. There’s also plenty to do in the city’s historic downtown area and Eau Gallie Arts District.
  • Melbourne offers an affordable retirement lifestyle for seniors, especially in terms of housing, health care and transportation costs. Overall, the city’s cost of living receives an index score of 90.9, which is lower than both the U.S. average of 100 and the statewide median of 102.8.
  • Seniors also benefit from some of the lowest tax rates in the United States. Melbourne residents don’t have to pay state sales tax or inheritance tax, and they’re not taxed on any form of retirement income, including Social Security benefits, pensions, IRAs and 401(k)s.
  • Crime rates in Melbourne are above average. The city receives an index rating of 42.7 for violent crime, which is nearly double the U.S. average of 22.7. Property crime is also high, scoring 57.9 compared to the national average of 35.4. Fortunately, most care facilities are equipped with state-of-the-art security features, which may offer seniors and families peace of mind.
  • Melbourne seniors have access to Health First’s network of hospitals and clinics across Brevard County, including the Health First Aging Institute and its Center for Family Caregivers.  
  • Retiring to Melbourne means seniors can say goodbye to cold, snowy winters. The area sees warm year-round temperatures and around 234 days of sunshine. However, summers can get very hot, which can lead to heat-related illnesses. The area is also prone to stormy weather during hurricane season.
  • Space Coast Area Transit offers reliable public transportation to help seniors get around Brevard County. The service offers fixed-route services and curb-to-curb paratransit service. Reduced-fare ID cards are available to adults aged 60 and older.

Paying for Assisted Living in Melbourne

According to the Genworth 2021 Cost of Care Survey, the average cost of assisted living in Melbourne is $4,461 per month. While these rates are over $400 higher than the statewide average, Melbourne is still a more affordable option compared to the average U.S. city.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Care in Melbourne is expensive compared to other cities along Florida’s Space Coast. For example, rates in the Lakeland and Sebastian areas are around $3,000 per month, which is more than $1,000 less than seniors pay in Melbourne. Costs in Orlando and Deltona are similar to the Florida state median of $4,000 — a difference of over $400.

$4461

Melbourne

$4000

Florida

$4500

United States

$4000

Orlando

$3975

Deltona

$3350

Sebastian

$3300

Lakeland

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Seniors in Melbourne have several other care options that may better suit their needs and budgets. Adult day health care is the least expensive option at $1,408 per month, ideal for individuals who need minimal supervision. Those who wish to remain living independently at home may opt for in-home care or home health care services, both of which cost $4,767. The highest level of care is offered at nursing home facilities, where monthly rates start at $9,688 for a semiprivate room.

$4767

In-Home Care

$4767

Home Health Care

$1408

Adult Day Health Care

$4461

Assisted Living Facility

$9688

Nursing Home (semiprivate room)

Note: Data for Melbourne was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Palm Bay, was used instead.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Melbourne

Low-income seniors can turn to Florida’s Medicaid Long-Term Care or Assistive Care Services program for help with the cost of services at assisted living facilities. These programs don’t cover room and board, but the MLTC plan does negotiate fees with the provider. 

For further help, residents receiving Federal SSI benefits can apply for optional state supplementation or consider family supplementation, which the state allows. 

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 Melbourne

Seniors in Melbourne have access to a wide range of resources to support their needs as they age. The following nonprofits and agencies facilitate a variety of programs and services such as care management, benefits counseling and wellness programming, which are available to seniors at little to no cost.

Resource

Contact

Service

(321) 639-8770

Aging Matters in Brevard is a nonprofit agency that provides services to seniors across the county. Programs include in-home care, transportation services, senior volunteer opportunities, health education workshops and congregate dining. The organization's Sunflower House serves as a resource center for caregivers, offering monthly classes and workshops, support groups and informational materials.

(321) 425-5533 or (321) 425-5534

Here, Melbourne's elderly residents can engage in activities, educational programs and social events with their peers. The daily calendar features activities such as bingo, arts and crafts, exercise classes and games. It also hosts a senior travel club. A $20 annual membership fee covers the majority of on-site activities and events.

(321) 323-7325

One Senior Place serves as a comprehensive resource office and shopping center for senior products and services. Trained specialists provide seniors with information, counseling and referrals to services that suit their needs. The center also offers daily seminars, educational events and access to a free on-site resource library.

(321) 473-7770

This organization provides information, education and resources. Its free senior information hotline offers case management and referral services, while its comprehensive media program delivers senior-focused content through podcasts, newspaper columns, radio shows and television broadcasts. It also hosts a volunteer-led Senior Advocacy Council that champions the needs and rights of elderly residents.

(321) 254-3410

The Melbourne Vet Center supports the needs of veterans and their dependents through a variety of services, including individual and group counseling, mental health assessments, assistance with applying for benefits and referrals to other VA services. The center also facilitates educational programming and community outreach efforts.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Melbourne

Melbourne 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