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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.

Ocala

$4,000

Florida

$3,700

The United States

$4,300

Gainesville

$4,571

Homosassa

$4,527

The Villages

$4,950

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.

Homemaker Services

$3,813

Home Health Aide

$4,576

Adult Day Health Care

$1,408

Assisted Living Facility

$4,000

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$8,187

Nursing Home Facility (private room)

$8,973

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

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