Assisted living residents in Ocala enjoy a scenic location in the backwaters of north-central Florida. Known as the horse capital of the state, Ocala is famous for its lush rolling hills and crystal clear springs. The city is located just 35 miles south of Gainesville next to Ocala National Forest, which features more than 600 pristine lakes used for kayaking, snorkeling and other recreational pursuits.

This retirement hot spot is home to an above-average number of seniors representing more than 18% of the city’s residents. Older adults who need a little extra help around the house or don’t want to deal with exterior maintenance and other concerns can find private apartment-style accommodations at local assisted living facilities. These communities offer 24-hour assistance from trained personal care aides, and most have a nurse on-call or on-site 24 hours a day. Monthly costs average around $4,000, which is $300 more than the state median and $300 less than the rest of the country.

This guide features information about local assisted living facilities, average long-term care prices and organizations that can help with planning and placement.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Ocala, FL

Brookdale Chambrel Pinecastle

1801 SE 24th Road, Ocala, FL, 34471

Brookdale Chambrel Pinecastle is located in Ocala, Florida near Reservoir Park and just a short drive from Highway 301. Visitors comment that the staff is friendly and attentive, and residents say the … (read more)
Brookdale Chambrel Pinecastle is located in Ocala, Florida near Reservoir Park and just a short drive from Highway 301. Visitors comment that the staff is friendly and attentive, and residents say the … (read more)

2017, 2018, 2020, 2021, 2022

Pacifica Senior Living Ocala

11311 SW 95th Circle, Ocala, FL, 34481

Pacifica Senior Living Ocala has plenty of green spaces and palm trees to enjoy along with the local year-round warm Ocala, Florida weather. Residents highly praise the restaurant, its full service an … (read more)
Pacifica Senior Living Ocala has plenty of green spaces and palm trees to enjoy along with the local year-round warm Ocala, Florida weather. Residents highly praise the restaurant, its full service an … (read more)

Brentwood at Fore Ranch

4511 SW 48th Avenue, Ocala, FL, 34474

Brentwood at Fore Ranch is located in a lush area of Ocala, just moments away from West Marion Community Hospital. This large facility offers spacious rooms with assisted living and independent living … (read more)
Brentwood at Fore Ranch is located in a lush area of Ocala, just moments away from West Marion Community Hospital. This large facility offers spacious rooms with assisted living and independent living … (read more)

2015, 2022

Hampton Manor at Deerwood

1810 SE 16th Avenue, Ocala, FL, 34471

Hampton Manor at Deerwood in Ocala, Florida, boasts plantation-style architecture and lovely appointed rooms and common spaces that create an inviting ambiance for residents and their guests. The faci … (read more)
Hampton Manor at Deerwood in Ocala, Florida, boasts plantation-style architecture and lovely appointed rooms and common spaces that create an inviting ambiance for residents and their guests. The faci … (read more)

2014, 2017

The Windsor of Ocala

2650 Southeast 18th Ave, Ocala, FL, 34471

The Windsor is located just off a quiet road in Ocala, a short distance from a number of convenient medical facilities. At Windsor of Ocala, residents are provided spacious rooms and their health is a … (read more)
The Windsor is located just off a quiet road in Ocala, a short distance from a number of convenient medical facilities. At Windsor of Ocala, residents are provided spacious rooms and their health is a … (read more)

Brookdale Paddock Hills

1601 SE 24th Road, Ocala, FL, 34471

Thick woods and open lawns dominate the surroundings of Brookdale Paddock Hills, a pet-friendly assisted living and memory care facility in a residential community of Ocala, Florida. Visitors often co … (read more)
Thick woods and open lawns dominate the surroundings of Brookdale Paddock Hills, a pet-friendly assisted living and memory care facility in a residential community of Ocala, Florida. Visitors often co … (read more)

Brookdale Canopy Oaks

9070 SW 80th Ave, Ocala, FL, 34481

Brookdale Canopy Oaks is an assisted living and memory care community in Ocala, FL, near the sunny neighborhood of Marion Oaks. The facility is best known for its beautiful, wooded property with an in … (read more)
Brookdale Canopy Oaks is an assisted living and memory care community in Ocala, FL, near the sunny neighborhood of Marion Oaks. The facility is best known for its beautiful, wooded property with an in … (read more)

The Residences of AdviniaCare at Ocala

4001 SW 33RD Court, Ocala, FL, 34474

Great staff and amenities
Great staff and amenities

Canterfield of Ocala

9589 SW Highway 200, Ocala, FL, 34481

The facility is brand and very pretty inside and out, the sales person was very knowledgeable and gracious. Mom and I were treated to a delicious lunch, we had an opportunity to be served by the Dini … (read more)
The facility is brand and very pretty inside and out, the sales person was very knowledgeable and gracious. Mom and I were treated to a delicious lunch, we had an opportunity to be served by the Dini … (read more)

Camelot Chateau Assisted Living

1831 Southeast Lake Weir Avenue, Ocala, FL, 34471

Place is dirty. Not properly clean and sanitize. Majority of the staff is rude including the administration staff. Rooms are small , poorly dated decorated with old dirty wear out furniture. Food ter … (read more)
Place is dirty. Not properly clean and sanitize. Majority of the staff is rude including the administration staff. Rooms are small , poorly dated decorated with old dirty wear out furniture. Food ter … (read more)

Hawthorne Inn of Ocala

4100 SW 33rd Ave., Ocala, FL, 34474


The Bridge at Ocala

2800 SW 41st Street, Building 200, Ocala, FL, 34474

The Bridge at Ocala is an assisted living facility located near route 75 in Ocala, Florida. It provides residents with transportation into town for shopping and entertainment. There are physical thera … (read more)
The Bridge at Ocala is an assisted living facility located near route 75 in Ocala, Florida. It provides residents with transportation into town for shopping and entertainment. There are physical thera … (read more)

Hawthorne Health and Rehab of Ocala

4100 SW 33RD AVE, Ocala, FL, 34474

The Hawthorne Inn of Ocala was very nice and I liked that it was only one floor. It was very clean and very nicely decorated. The staff lady who attended to me, I think her name was Tanya, was very, v … (read more)
The Hawthorne Inn of Ocala was very nice and I liked that it was only one floor. It was very clean and very nicely decorated. The staff lady who attended to me, I think her name was Tanya, was very, v … (read more)

2016

Marion Oaks Assisted Living

3590 SW 137th Loop, Ocala, FL, 34473

Marion Oaks Assisted Living is located in a cozy, green area of Ocala. Residents are offered pet-friendly assisted living and memory care services in a safe facility, staffed by friendly, skilled team … (read more)
Marion Oaks Assisted Living is located in a cozy, green area of Ocala. Residents are offered pet-friendly assisted living and memory care services in a safe facility, staffed by friendly, skilled team … (read more)

Bridgewater Park

9174 SW 81st Court, Ocala, FL, 34481

Bridgewater Park is very expensive but it’s great. Mom hates the food but then she hates everything so I don’t know if the food’s terrible; it’s institutional food. The staff is great; they’re really … (read more)
Bridgewater Park is very expensive but it’s great. Mom hates the food but then she hates everything so I don’t know if the food’s terrible; it’s institutional food. The staff is great; they’re really … (read more)

Memory Lane Assisted Living

1665 SW 7 Street, Ocala, FL, 34471

Memory Lane did not have an outside area at all. The facility was nice; it was clean, and it was smaller facility. The workers and staff were all extremely friendly.
Memory Lane did not have an outside area at all. The facility was nice; it was clean, and it was smaller facility. The workers and staff were all extremely friendly.

Life Care Center of Ocala

2800 Southwest 41st Street, Ocala, FL, 34474

I was in LifeCare Center back in Dec 2018, I found it very stressful,,, {!st} I was told I could only take a shower every other day, which I found out that was not true,, .. when they took me to get … (read more)
I was in LifeCare Center back in Dec 2018, I found it very stressful,,, {!st} I was told I could only take a shower every other day, which I found out that was not true,, .. when they took me to get … (read more)

Change of Pace Retirement Center

1715 E. SILVER SPRINGS BLVD., Ocala, FL, 34470

I was at change of pace . there were bed bugs reported 4 different times. The room were awful Also now the people there in the facility wer good people and they deserve better.don’t put your loved on … (read more)
I was at change of pace . there were bed bugs reported 4 different times. The room were awful Also now the people there in the facility wer good people and they deserve better.don’t put your loved on … (read more)


Specialty Care Services Inc

2925 Nw 4Th Ave, Ocala, FL, 34475


What to Consider About Assisted Living in Ocala

Assisted living facilities in Ocala that provide standard or specialized care must comply with state regulations enforced by the Bureau of Health Facility Regulation, Assisted Living Unit. This agency licenses facilities and performs ongoing inspections.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Ocala

  • Ocala’s affordable cost of living, which is 16% lower than the national average, makes it possible for many seniors to live the dream of retiring in Florida.

  • Crime rates in Ocala are well above the national average based on the number of property crimes and violent offenses. Fortunately, assisted living facilities have a number of integrated security features in place.

  • Ocala’s BestPlaces Comfort Index of 7 makes it more comfortable than most parts of Florida. Residents enjoy 233 days of annual sunshine and winter lows in the 40s.
  • Marion County has a moderate air quality rating of B based on ozone levels. Seniors who have respiratory concerns or chronic medical conditions may need to take precautions or stay indoors at certain times of the year.
  • Ocala is recognized for its attractive downtown area and nearby recreation opportunities that contribute to the area’s overall livability.
  • Local seniors have access to five hospitals in the city. Although the area has a below-average number of health care providers, prices are slightly lower than the national average.

Paying for Assisted Living in Ocala

According to Genworth Financial’s 2020 Cost of Care Survey, assisted living facilities in Ocala typically charge $4,000 per month, depending on the amenities and services that they provide. Rates also vary based on the type of apartment that you select.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Assisted living facilities in Ocala typically charge $4,000 per month. Although rates are slightly higher than the state median of $3,700, the community is very affordable for the region. In Gainesville and Homosassa, seniors pay more than $500 extra each month. Prices also increase by $950 or nearly 24% in The Villages, where the going rate is approximately $4,950.

$4000

Ocala

$3700

Florida

$4300

The United States

$4571

Gainesville

$4527

Homosassa

$4950

The Villages

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Assisted living in Ocala provides great value since it includes accommodations, meals, activities and personal care for approximately $4,000 per month. Homemaker services that provide help with chores and errands cost slightly less at $3,813, but home health aides that provide personal care and medical assistance charge $4,576 per month. Adult day health care costs just $1,408 per month. The cost of a nursing home facility jumps to $8,187 for a semiprivate room or $8,973 for a private room, which is more than double the cost of assisted living.

$3813

Homemaker Services

$4576

Home Health Aide

$1408

Adult Day Health Care

$4000

Assisted Living Facility

$8187

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$8973

Nursing Home Facility (private room)

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Ocala

Across the state of Florida, qualifying seniors can apply to receive financial assistance for assisted living through the Florida Statewide Medicaid Managed Care Long-Term Care Program (SMMC LTC). If seniors are not eligible, the state of Florida pays for certain ALF services at specific facilities through a statewide 1915(b)(c) MLTC program

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

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Ocala

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 Ocala

Ocala residents who need more information about assisted living and long-term care can turn to the following organizations for advice. They provide a variety of free services to seniors and their spouses or caregivers.

ResourceContactService
Elder Options(800) 262-2243This Area Agency on Aging serves seniors and qualifying adults in Ocala and 16 counties across central Florida. Elder Helpline is a free informational service that can direct you to transportation, recreational activities, legal help, housing, insurance counseling and other services. It provides information about assisted living and nursing homes along with care management services for seniors making transitions.
Marion County Veterans Services(352) 671-8422Veterans in the Ocala area are entitled to a variety of benefits through the state and federal government, including pensions, health care, long-term care, counseling and transportation. If you need help applying for benefits, accessing services or appealing a decision, a veterans service officer can provide advice and prepare the necessary paperwork. State veterans’ homes provide long-term care, and funding for assisted living may be available through the Aid & Attendance program.
Marion Senior Services(352) 620-3501Marion Senior Services is a local nonprofit funded by the Older Americans Act. It supports senior nutrition programs that provide low-cost meals, and it offers in-home supports for seniors and caregivers. Low-cost rides are available in partnership with Marion Transit for just $2 each way. You can also contact this organization for case management services and legal advice.
Florida’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program North Central District(352) 620-3088Located in Ocala, the long-term care ombudsman for north-central Florida handles complaints regarding assisted living facilities and nursing homes. Advocates provide confidential, impartial advice and work to ensure that residents understand their rights. They act as a liaison between long-term care providers, seniors and their families and can assist with admissions and evictions when needed.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Ocala

Ocala-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 Ocala