Located on a scenic chain of lakes in north-central Florida, Mount Dora is a small town with a big personality. This city of 14,500 is a great place for seniors thanks to its mild climate, reasonable cost of living and abundance of cultural attractions and community events, many of which have been held annually for more than 30 years. The city hosts a bicycle festival, art and crafts fairs, plant sales and holiday parties, including a Christmas parade and lighted boat celebration.  

Given the area’s numerous amenities and attractions, it’s not surprising that Mount Dora is a retirement hot spot where seniors represent almost 34% of the population. This also means that there’s increased demand for assisted living and other forms of care. According to Genworth Financial’s 2020 Cost of Care Survey, the median cost of assisted living in the area is $4,950, higher than the national average and well above other parts of the state.

If you’re interested in assisted living, this guide features information about local providers, average prices and community amenities that make Mount Dora a smart choice for retirees. We’ve also included a directory of local agencies that can accommodate your changing needs.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Mount Dora, FL

2016, 2021

Waterman Village

445 Waterman Avenue, Mount Dora, FL, 32757

The rooms are adequate for the residents; however, the bathroom is a little tight for individuals with wheelchairs, plus it lacks storage /counter space for personal hygiene needs. Staff are a de … (read more)
The rooms are adequate for the residents; however, the bathroom is a little tight for individuals with wheelchairs, plus it lacks storage /counter space for personal hygiene needs. Staff are a de … (read more)

Kiva of Mount Dora

505 E. 9TH AVENUE, Mount Dora, FL, 32757

We visited Kiva but they never got back with us. They didn’t seem like they were really interested, so we gave up on it. It was a nice facility and I really liked it; the rooms were really nice and … (read more)
We visited Kiva but they never got back with us. They didn’t seem like they were really interested, so we gave up on it. It was a nice facility and I really liked it; the rooms were really nice and … (read more)

Pleasantville Assisted Living

609 Oak Avenue, Mount Dora, FL, 32757

My mom moved into Pleasantville Assisted Living and it’s a 14-bed facility. They converted a home in a residential neighborhood. They serve three meals a day, they help her with bathing, and they have … (read more)
My mom moved into Pleasantville Assisted Living and it’s a 14-bed facility. They converted a home in a residential neighborhood. They serve three meals a day, they help her with bathing, and they have … (read more)

Waterman Village

500 Waterman Avenue, Mount Dora, FL, 32757


Lake Port Square

701 Lake Port Boulevard, Leesburg, FL, 34748

I will be moving into Lake Port Square. We chose it because I have two pets, and several places that I called said they only allow one so then I’d have to get rid of one of them. Secondly, the place h … (read more)
I will be moving into Lake Port Square. We chose it because I have two pets, and several places that I called said they only allow one so then I’d have to get rid of one of them. Secondly, the place h … (read more)

Vista Lake

700 South Lake Street, Leesburg, FL, 34748

We toured Vista Lake. The tour guide was wonderful. As far as the facility, the carpets were stained. He showed us the nurses’ station; the walls were all chipped, and the paint was falling off. It di … (read more)
We toured Vista Lake. The tour guide was wonderful. As far as the facility, the carpets were stained. He showed us the nurses’ station; the walls were all chipped, and the paint was falling off. It di … (read more)

Brookdale Wekiwa Springs

203 S. Wekiwa Springs Road, Apopka, FL, 32703

Brookdale Wekiwa Springs is located in close proximity to Route 441 and the Piedmont Plaza shopping mall in Apopka, Florida. Residents and their guests compliment the facility’s friendly, accommodat … (read more)
Brookdale Wekiwa Springs is located in close proximity to Route 441 and the Piedmont Plaza shopping mall in Apopka, Florida. Residents and their guests compliment the facility’s friendly, accommodat … (read more)

2015, 2016

Brookdale Lake Tavares

1211 Caroline Street East, Tavares, FL, 32778

I particularly didn’t care for Brookdale Lake Tavares because it was like an apartment complex, and it was kind of dark inside. The rooms were OK. They were older, but they were OK. There’s a couple o … (read more)
I particularly didn’t care for Brookdale Lake Tavares because it was like an apartment complex, and it was kind of dark inside. The rooms were OK. They were older, but they were OK. There’s a couple o … (read more)

2014, 2015, 2016

Brookdale Tavares

2232 Dora Avenue, Tavares, FL, 32778

Brookdale Tavares was quiet and very clean. The staff said the place was just completely remodeled, which I noticed. The rooms were brand new. They had a kitchenette, a roll-in shower, and a bathroom. … (read more)
Brookdale Tavares was quiet and very clean. The staff said the place was just completely remodeled, which I noticed. The rooms were brand new. They had a kitchenette, a roll-in shower, and a bathroom. … (read more)

Lakeview Terrace

331 Raintree Dr, Altoona, FL, 32702

Lakeview Terrace was very nice and older but well kept. The person during the tour was very knowledgeable. We ate in the bistro, and it was fine. They had many activities including golf, bocce ball, s … (read more)
Lakeview Terrace was very nice and older but well kept. The person during the tour was very knowledgeable. We ate in the bistro, and it was fine. They had many activities including golf, bocce ball, s … (read more)

Mayfield Retirement Center

460 Newell Hill Road, Leesburg, FL, 34748

My grandmother is in Charlotte Mayfield. She is adjusting tremendously and becoming more independent. When she went in there, she used a wheelchair. Now she’s using a walker to go to the dining room. … (read more)
My grandmother is in Charlotte Mayfield. She is adjusting tremendously and becoming more independent. When she went in there, she used a wheelchair. Now she’s using a walker to go to the dining room. … (read more)

At Home Care Assisted Living Facility, Inc

42042 Chinaberry Street, Eustis, FL, 32736

My sister has been at At Home Care Assisted Living Facility for a while. It’s not an institution atmosphere, it’s a family, and it’s like being in someone’s home. It’s very small, that’s why she gets … (read more)
My sister has been at At Home Care Assisted Living Facility for a while. It’s not an institution atmosphere, it’s a family, and it’s like being in someone’s home. It’s very small, that’s why she gets … (read more)

Pendry Estate, LLC.

36120 Huff Rd, Eustis, FL, 32736

Pendry Estate Assisted Living Facility is a beautiful Spanish style home located on 11 acres, in Lake County, Florida. My mother is a resident at Pendry, and will tell you that she has so much respec … (read more)
Pendry Estate Assisted Living Facility is a beautiful Spanish style home located on 11 acres, in Lake County, Florida. My mother is a resident at Pendry, and will tell you that she has so much respec … (read more)

Eustis Senior Care

228 N Center St, Eustis, FL, 32726

My son will be moving into Eustis Senior Care next Thursday. It’s not too far from my home, and I could visit him every day if I wanted. It looked clean. I visited the whole thing, and I think it’s fi … (read more)
My son will be moving into Eustis Senior Care next Thursday. It’s not too far from my home, and I could visit him every day if I wanted. It looked clean. I visited the whole thing, and I think it’s fi … (read more)

The Gardens at Tavares

900 East Alfred Street, Tavares, FL, 32778


2015

Osprey Lodge

1761 Nightingale Lane, Tavares, FL, 32778

We visited Osprey Lodge in December. I think it would probably be assisted living because they’re all in-house apartments. It’s very friendly and looked like a very well cared for place We happened t … (read more)
We visited Osprey Lodge in December. I think it would probably be assisted living because they’re all in-house apartments. It’s very friendly and looked like a very well cared for place We happened t … (read more)

2015, 2016

Wellsprings Residence

700 E. Welch Road, Apopka, FL, 32712

Wellsprings Residence is located on a 14-acre campus in Apopka, Florida, next to Wekiva Springs State Park and a short drive from Orlando and Disneyworld. Guests describe the community as impeccably c … (read more)
Wellsprings Residence is located on a 14-acre campus in Apopka, Florida, next to Wekiva Springs State Park and a short drive from Orlando and Disneyworld. Guests describe the community as impeccably c … (read more)

The Cove at Tavares Village

1501 Sunshine Parkway, Tavares, FL, 32778

The staff I have witnessed have all been attentive , interactive and caring. Clean with a lovely Hair salon and cute rooms. My Grandmaw lives on the Alzheimer’s unit. The atmosphere is always calm … (read more)
The staff I have witnessed have all been attentive , interactive and caring. Clean with a lovely Hair salon and cute rooms. My Grandmaw lives on the Alzheimer’s unit. The atmosphere is always calm … (read more)

Regency Park Assisted Living & Memory Care

15000 US-441, Eustis, FL, 32726

I think we’ve already decided on Regency Park Assisted Living & Memory Care. They’re the most workable as far as not giving us a hard time. It seemed fine. It seemed like a nice place. From what I … (read more)
I think we’ve already decided on Regency Park Assisted Living & Memory Care. They’re the most workable as far as not giving us a hard time. It seemed fine. It seemed like a nice place. From what I … (read more)

AdventHealth Care Center Apopka South

3355 E Semoran Boulevard, Apopka, FL, 32703

Florida Living Center is an assisted living facility located in Apopka, Florida, near Mirror Lake and within a mile of many restaurants. The facility gets high marks for its staff, whom visitors descr … (read more)
Florida Living Center is an assisted living facility located in Apopka, Florida, near Mirror Lake and within a mile of many restaurants. The facility gets high marks for its staff, whom visitors descr … (read more)

What to Consider About Assisted Living in Mount Dora

Assisted living facilities in Mount Dora are licensed by the Assisted Living Unit of the Bureau of Health Facility Regulation, which is part of the Agency for Health Care Administration. Facilities may qualify for a standard or specialty license depending on the level of care that they provide.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Mount Dora

  • Mount Dora is a highly livable community for seniors and members of other generations. It’s been recognized as one of America’s best small towns, and it’s received numerous accolades for its history, farmers market, community festivals and hidden attractions.
  • Central Florida’s warm, sunny climate is a key factor behind its popularity among retirees. Although rainfall levels are higher than average, residents can expect mild winters with lows in the mid-40s. Comfort levels drop slightly from June through September due to high heat and humidity.
  • Despite being regarded as a resort community, Mount Dora’s cost of living is comparable to the state and national average. The reasonable cost of essentials, such as housing, health care and groceries, can help retirees who depend on a fixed income.
  • As part of Lake County, seniors in Mount Dora have access to accessible transportation. LakeXpress operates fixed-route bus lines that travel to Leesburg, The Villages and surrounding areas. Lake County Connections provides low-cost paratransit services to individuals unable to use other transportation systems.
  • Mount Dora receives a C+ rating for crime from Niche, which means it’s a fairly safe area for seniors. Property crimes and violent crimes are slightly higher than the national average. However, assisted living communities have security measures in place to ensure resident’s safety.
  • Health care access in Mount Dora is limited. The community has just 160 doctors per 100,000 residents compared to the national average of 210. Although the nearest hospital is almost 18 miles away, several medical centers in the area have been ranked as high-performing by U.S. News & World Report.

Paying for Assisted Living in Mount Dora

Assisted living in Mount Dora costs $4,950 per month, significantly higher than the state and national averages.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Data from Genworth’s annual Cost of Care Survey shows that seniors in Mount Dora pay $650 more per month for assisted living compared to the national average of $4,300. Local rates are $1,250 higher than the state median of $3,700, and the community is more expensive than neighboring metropolitan areas. Monthly rates in Homosassa Springs are approximately $425 lower, and other cities offer more substantial savings. Seniors in Ocala pay $950 less per month, and prices in Orlando are on par with the state average. Assisted living in Tampa costs about 35% less, saving residents $1,725 per month or about $20,000 per year.

$4950

Mount Dora

$3700

Florida

$4300

The United States

$4000

Ocala

$3225

Tampa

$4527

Homosassa Springs

$3700

Orlando

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Your personal needs and preferences have a significant effect on how much you pay for long-term care. In Mount Dora, prices start at $1,625 per month for daytime recreational programs. Rates increase significantly for in-home care, which costs $4,124. These services are slightly cheaper than the $4,950 average associated with assisted living, but homeowners also need to budget for everyday expenses. Skilled nursing is the most expensive option, with rates that range from $8,973 to $9,551 for semiprivate or private accommodations.

$4124

Homemaker Services

$4124

Home Health Aide

$1625

Adult Day Health Care

$4950

Assisted Living Facility

$8973

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$9551

Nursing Home Facility (private room)

Note:  Data for Mount Dora was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, The Villages, was used instead.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Mount Dora

Residents of assisted living facilities in Mount Dora may be eligible for financial assistance through the Medicaid Long Term Care Program and the Assistive Care Services waiver. Additional funding may also be available for the Optional State Supplement for seniors who receive Social Security income.

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 Mount Dora

If you want to learn more about assisted living and ways to maintain your health and independence as you age, the following agencies can help. Most services are free to local residents.    

Resource

Contact

Service

(800) 262-2243

Elder Options, the Area Agency on Aging for Mount Dora and north-central Florida, is a one-stop-shop for information about healthy aging, long-term care, government benefits and community-based services. Its Elder Helpline provides information, advice and referrals to seniors, disabled adults, caregivers and family members. Seniors aged 60 and older can also sign up for free telephone wellness checks and friendly calls through Tele-Talk.

(352) 729-6394

Mount Dora's Martin Luther King Center on Florida Avenue hosts a free Senior Club on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Seniors can meet new friends and enjoy a complimentary meal while participating in games, trying their hand at arts and crafts and listening to educational guest speakers.

(352) 620-3088

Based in Ocala, Florida's long-term care ombudsman for the North Central District serves seniors and families in Mount Dora and 16 surrounding counties. It's dedicated to enhancing the quality of the state's long-term care system by advocating for residents, helping them understand their rights and ensuring that facilities comply with health and safety regulations. It also accepts complaints and refers consumers to relevant regulatory agencies.

(352) 742-6585

The Lake County Veterans Service Office has been serving military families since 1945. It helps veterans and dependents access health care, pensions, disability benefits and survivor's compensation. Accredited service officers can also help qualifying pension recipients apply for Aid & Attendance stipends that can be used to pay for personal care at home or in an assisted living facility.

(352) 742-0021

We Care of Lake County operates a medical equipment lending bank that distributes more than 600 pieces of medical equipment to seniors, veterans and other needy residents annually. It supplies hospital beds, CPAP machines, nebulizers, walkers, rollators, crutches, shower chairs, bedside commodes and other items to aid in mobility, continence and hygiene.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Mount Dora

Mount Dora-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