What to Consider About Assisted Living in Orange Park
Orange Park, Fla., is located in Clay County near Jacksonville. It has a large senior population of over 17 percent in a relatively small town of under 8,800 people. Assisted Living Facilities (ALFs) in Orange Park are regulated by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs. To live in an ALF a person must meet the residency criteria set out by Florida regulations and the facility. Florida offers three specialty assisted living licenses; in addition to standard assisted living, facilities can offer limited nursing services, limited mental health and extended congregate care. There are eight ALFs in Orange Park and another 50 in the surrounding area.
Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Orange Park
- Orange Park is a suburb of Jacksonville and has easy access to the cultural riches of this large city. Some assisted living facilities may arrange supervised trips to major attractions such as The Ritz Theater and Museum or a performance by The Florida Ballet.
- The cost of living in Orange Park is around 5 percent lower than the national average, making it an attractive option for seniors on a fixed income. However, Jacksonville as a whole is expensive, so seniors planning to spend time in the city should take this into account.
- Orange Park has a subtropical climate with long, warm summers and mild winters. It's vulnerable to hurricanes, but most lose their strength before reaching the north where Orange Park is situated.
- Florida has no income tax, which means social security checks, pensions and income from an IRA or 401(k) are untaxed. This leaves more money in the budget to spend on an assisted living facility.
Clay Transit offers community transportation throughout Clay County. Seniors receive a 50 percent discount on fares. Clay Transit also offers a door-to-door service to medical appointments and other activities. Seniors may be eligible for this service, though there is an additional fee.
- Property crime in Orange Park is on par with the rest of the country, but violent crime is higher than the Florida average. Orange Park is safer than 24 percent of U.S. cities.
Paying for Assisted Living in Orange Park
Average Monthly Costs
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Assisted Living costs in Orange Park start around $4,547 per month on average, while the nationwide average cost of assisted living is $4,000 per month, according to the latest figures from Genworth’s Cost of Care Survey.
It’s important to note that assisted living rates in Orange Park and the surrounding suburbs can vary widely based on factors such as location, the level of care needed, apartment size and the types of amenities offered at each community.
Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Orange Park
Seniors in Orange Park who are not on Medicaid may be eligible for financial assistance through Florida's Optional State Supplement. This grant goes toward the payment of room and board at a family care home or assisted living residence.
Learn more about these programs, plus who’s eligible, on our Assisted Living in Florida page.
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 Orange Park
Orange Park and the surrounding area are home to numerous government agencies and non-profit organizations offering help for seniors searching for or currently residing in an assisted living community. These organizations can also provide assistance in a number of other eldercare services such as geriatric care management, elder law advice, estate planning, finding home care and health and wellness programs.
Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Orange Park
Orange Park-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.