Sarasota is a small and charming Gulf Coast city in the south of Florida. Once the playground and winter home of wealthy American families, such as the Palmer and Ringling dynasties, it now attracts retirees looking for a gentler climate and slower pace of living. The total population of Sarasota is 54,842 according to the 2020 U.S. Census. An astounding 28% of this population is over age 65, part of a steadily growing national demographic.

Many of these seniors will require assisted living as they age. This type of senior care is generally residential within a building or community where meal service, medical assistance and personal care are available as needed. These facilities vary greatly in levels of comfort, care and on-site services. According to the Genworth 2021 Cost of Care Survey, assisted living in Sarasota costs an average of $4,145 per month. This is more than the Florida state average of $4,000 but lower than the national average of $4,500.

This guide offers information about assisted living in Sarasota, including some pros and cons, financing options and free resources for seniors and families in the area.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Sarasota, FL

2017, 2018, 2021

Aravilla Sarasota

3251 Proctor Road, Sarasota, FL, 34231

This place is mismanaged and the staff to patient Ratio is very low residence wait forever for service in their rooms.
This place is mismanaged and the staff to patient Ratio is very low residence wait forever for service in their rooms.

2015

Heron Club at Prestancia

3749 Sarasota Square Blvd., Sarasota, FL, 34238

Heron Club at Prestancia is conveniently located near restaurants, shopping centers and a scenic pond. Residents praise the large, apartment-like rooms that are spacious and cozy. Residents and their … (read more)
Heron Club at Prestancia is conveniently located near restaurants, shopping centers and a scenic pond. Residents praise the large, apartment-like rooms that are spacious and cozy. Residents and their … (read more)

American House Sarasota

4540 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota, FL, 34233

Sarasota is located in a quiet, private area of Sarasota, Florida, while still being conveniently close to Bee Ridge Road, near an array of entertainment venues, shops and restaurants. One of the most … (read more)
Sarasota is located in a quiet, private area of Sarasota, Florida, while still being conveniently close to Bee Ridge Road, near an array of entertainment venues, shops and restaurants. One of the most … (read more)

Heron House

3221 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota, FL, 34237

Heron House is an impressive community conveniently located in a thriving area of Sarasota, Florida, just a short distance from the main road and close to numerous shops, restaurants and cafés. The f … (read more)
Heron House is an impressive community conveniently located in a thriving area of Sarasota, Florida, just a short distance from the main road and close to numerous shops, restaurants and cafés. The f … (read more)

2022

HarborChase of Sarasota

5311 Proctor Rd., Sarasota, FL, 34233

HarborChase of Sarasota in Sarasota, Florida, is in a relatively quiet location southwest of the downtown area, while still being close enough to make use of the many amenities and medical services th … (read more)
HarborChase of Sarasota in Sarasota, Florida, is in a relatively quiet location southwest of the downtown area, while still being close enough to make use of the many amenities and medical services th … (read more)

Heron East

2290 Cattleman Rd, Sarasota, FL, 34232

Heron East is an assisted living community located in Sarasota, FL, just west of Sarasota Springs. This community has a variety of things for residents to do, from Brain Health University to in-house … (read more)
Heron East is an assisted living community located in Sarasota, FL, just west of Sarasota Springs. This community has a variety of things for residents to do, from Brain Health University to in-house … (read more)

2014

Brookdale Colonial Park

4730 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota, FL, 34233

Brookdale Colonial Park is located in Sarasota, near I-75 and close to several beautiful beaches on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Residents and family members applaud the facility’s meal selection and excelle … (read more)
Brookdale Colonial Park is located in Sarasota, near I-75 and close to several beautiful beaches on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Residents and family members applaud the facility’s meal selection and excelle … (read more)

Grand Villa of Sarasota

730 South Osprey Avenue, Sarasota, FL, 34236

I love Grand Villa of Sarasota. You walked past staff and it was ‘hi or hello, how are you?’ that kind of thing. The people were so very friendly, and the place was extremely inviting. I very much lik … (read more)
I love Grand Villa of Sarasota. You walked past staff and it was ‘hi or hello, how are you?’ that kind of thing. The people were so very friendly, and the place was extremely inviting. I very much lik … (read more)

Aviva Senior Living

1951 N. Honore Ave, Sarasota, FL, 34235

Single site non-profit rental community offering all levels of care.
Single site non-profit rental community offering all levels of care.

Brookdale Phillippi Creek

5501 Swift Road, Sarasota, FL, 34231

Brookdale Phillippi Creek is nestled in the friendly city of Sarasota, Florida, and is just moments from Interstate Highway 75, beautiful beaches, great shopping areas and medical facilities. Resident … (read more)
Brookdale Phillippi Creek is nestled in the friendly city of Sarasota, Florida, and is just moments from Interstate Highway 75, beautiful beaches, great shopping areas and medical facilities. Resident … (read more)

Brookdale Sarasota Midtown

2186 Bahia Vista St, Sarasota, FL, 34239

I went to Brookdale Sarasota Midtown. This was perhaps the most uncomfortable one that I went to. I felt like the ceilings were right on top of my head. The hallways were narrow. One of the public res … (read more)
I went to Brookdale Sarasota Midtown. This was perhaps the most uncomfortable one that I went to. I felt like the ceilings were right on top of my head. The hallways were narrow. One of the public res … (read more)

Brookdale Palmer Ranch

5111 Palmer Ranch Parkway, Sarasota, FL, 34238

Brookdale Palmer Ranch is located in a cozy, secluded area of Sarasota, allowing residents to live peacefully on the facility’s large, lush property. The friendly staff meet and exceed expectations wi … (read more)
Brookdale Palmer Ranch is located in a cozy, secluded area of Sarasota, allowing residents to live peacefully on the facility’s large, lush property. The friendly staff meet and exceed expectations wi … (read more)

DeSoto Palms Assisted Living Community

5601 N. Honore Avenue, Sarasota, FL, 34243

DeSoto Palms Assisted Living Community was beautiful. It’s a great place. We were very impressed. We took pictures and spoke to the administrator. Everybody was great. The facility itself was nice. Th … (read more)
DeSoto Palms Assisted Living Community was beautiful. It’s a great place. We were very impressed. We took pictures and spoke to the administrator. Everybody was great. The facility itself was nice. Th … (read more)

SaraBella Senior Living

5650 Gantt Rd., Sarasota, FL, 34233

My in-law is in SaraBella Senior Living which is close to us, so convenience is good. I like that they can go down and eat whenever they want to. There are three meals a day and two snacks, so they’re … (read more)
My in-law is in SaraBella Senior Living which is close to us, so convenience is good. I like that they can go down and eat whenever they want to. There are three meals a day and two snacks, so they’re … (read more)

The Fountains of Hope Assisted Living and Memory Care

2250 Jesus Way, Sarasota, FL, 34240

My mother spent a year in The Fountains of Hope. It was poorly managed, inefficient, with poor staff training, poor responsiveness in regards to follow up, and there was no individual diet plan for pe … (read more)
My mother spent a year in The Fountains of Hope. It was poorly managed, inefficient, with poor staff training, poor responsiveness in regards to follow up, and there was no individual diet plan for pe … (read more)

2015

Savannah Grand of Sarasota

7130 Beneva Road, Sarasota, FL, 34238

My dad died December 16th at age 89 at Savannah Grande. He had a heart attack when he fell out of his bed in the night and was a mess in the early morning hours after spending most of the night on the … (read more)
My dad died December 16th at age 89 at Savannah Grande. He had a heart attack when he fell out of his bed in the night and was a mess in the early morning hours after spending most of the night on the … (read more)

Cabot Reserve on the Green

4450 8th St, Sarasota, FL, 34232

Cabot Reserve On the Green had a caring staff. They took pretty good care of my mom. When I walked in, it was clean and neat, and it passed the nose test right off the bat. It didn’t have the typical … (read more)
Cabot Reserve On the Green had a caring staff. They took pretty good care of my mom. When I walked in, it was clean and neat, and it passed the nose test right off the bat. It didn’t have the typical … (read more)

Glenridge on Palmer Ranch

7333 Scotland Way, Sarasota, FL, 34238

We’re moving into Glenridge on Palmer Ranch in June. I did do some physical therapy there for about 15 days. I liked it a lot. Their physical therapy is very good, and the people are very understand … (read more)
We’re moving into Glenridge on Palmer Ranch in June. I did do some physical therapy there for about 15 days. I liked it a lot. Their physical therapy is very good, and the people are very understand … (read more)

Bay Village of Sarasota

8400 Vamo Road, Sarasota, FL, 34231

Bay Village of Sarasota is better than most places I went to. Their assisted living and independent living programs are terrific, but their skilled nursing set up is not good; it’s not well-decorated … (read more)
Bay Village of Sarasota is better than most places I went to. Their assisted living and independent living programs are terrific, but their skilled nursing set up is not good; it’s not well-decorated … (read more)

2013

Pines of Sarasota

1251 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota, FL, 34236

I am the daughter of an out-patient physical therapy patient. I am an out-of-town daughter who has had the opportunity to accompany her on several visits. I was very impressed with the individualize … (read more)
I am the daughter of an out-patient physical therapy patient. I am an out-of-town daughter who has had the opportunity to accompany her on several visits. I was very impressed with the individualize … (read more)

COVID-19 Rules for Assisted Living in Sarasota

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 Florida. 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 Sarasota

In Florida, the Bureau of Health Facility Regulation, which is part of the state’s Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA), oversees, regulates, licenses and inspects nursing homes and assisted living facilities. This ensures the comfort, health and safety of senior residents living in these facilities.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Sarasota

  • Sarasota is on par with Florida for cost of living, but both are higher than the national average based on the cost of basics like groceries and housing. For Floridians requiring assisted living, the higher cost is reflected in the average monthly cost of $4,145 for an assisted living facility or community.
  • Florida is considered a tax-friendly state. There’s no state income tax, so retirement income and pensions are tax-exempt. There are no state taxes on Social Security and no inheritance or estate taxes either.
  • Sarasota County, home to the city of Sarasota and nearby North Port, Venice and Longboat Key, became Florida’s first member of AARP’s Network of Age-Friendly Communities in 2015. Network members make a commitment to improving communities for senior residents through their design, infrastructure and social programs. These improvements benefit residents of all ages and abilities.
  • Southern Florida’s climate and weather are a major draw for seniors fleeing winter weather in the North. The region averages 251 sunny days each year, with no snow. The downside is increased humidity, rainfall and hot summers that are somewhat mitigated by ocean breezes. There are occasional hurricanes between June and late November. Air and water quality are comparable to most other areas in the U.S.
  • Health care facilities in the Sarasota area are well-developed, with many levels of care available nearby in North Port or up the coast in Tampa. Area hospitals include the Doctors Hospital of Sarasota and the Blake Medical Center in Bradenton, both of which have cardiology departments. The highly ranked Sarasota Memorial Hospital has a geriatric department, a dedicated Memory Disorders Clinic and a Senior Driver Evaluation and Rehabilitation program.

Paying for Assisted Living in Sarasota

The average cost of assisted living in Sarasota is $4,145 per month. This is above the Florida state average of $4,000 but well below the average monthly cost of assisted living across the U.S., which is $4,500.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Sarasota is not the most expensive city in Florida for assisted living. The state average is $4,000 per month, and Sarasota is only slightly above that. Both averages are well under the national monthly rate of $4,500. Up the coast in Tampa, monthly costs average $3,350. On the other side of the state in Miami, the monthly average is $4,385. Costs are lower inland towards Orlando, where the monthly average is $4,000. The highest average on this list is to the north in Tallahassee, where the monthly rate is $4,650.

$4145

Sarasota

$4000

Florida

$4500

United States

$3350

Tampa

$4385

Miami

$4650

Tallahassee

$4000

Orlando

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

In Sarasota, Florida, assisted living is not the most costly form of senior care. In-home care, which involves assistance with nonmedical tasks such as meal preparation and grooming, averages $5,720 per month, as does home health care, which requires some degree of medical intervention or nursing, such as changing dressings or handling medications. Adult day health care, which provides daily activities and engagement for seniors, costs on average $2,080 per month. Not surprisingly, the most expensive form of care is skilled nursing, which costs an average of $9,490 per month for a semiprivate room in Sarasota.

$4145

Assisted Living Facility

$5720

In-Home Care

$5720

Home Health Care

$2080

Adult Day Health Care

$9490

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

Note: Data for Sarasota was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, North Port Area, was used instead.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Sarasota

Florida provides two state programs to help eligible seniors with the cost of services at assisted living facilities: Medicaid Long-Term Care and Assistive Care Services. The state also offers optional state supplementation (OSS) for residents 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 Sarasota

Central Florida has many resources for seniors, as this demographic has always been well-represented in the state. Many of the organizations listed below can provide further referrals and information regarding specialized services and programs in Sarasota and the immediate area.

Resource

Contact

Description

(941) 955-2122

The Sarasota SFC offers members a range of programming, including educational classes on nutrition and health, scheduled activities and social events. It also serves as a resource center for area seniors. For caregivers, the embedded Center for Aging Studies has accredited continuing education programs in a range of subjects.

(800)
963-5337

A service of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs and the local Area Agency on Aging, this toll-free Elder Helpline is staffed 24/7 to assist seniors and their families. Whether they're seeking legal advice, benefits counseling or social services, the hotline is a one-stop source of information and referrals. 

Online

This state wide chapter of AARP provides Sarasota-specific news and updates as well as specialized information on such topics as hurricane season preparedness from a senior's perspective. Its website also serves to connect seniors with other vital services and programs.

(239)
410-5663

An organization dedicated to making seniors' lives better in Sarasota County, SCAN and its affiliated members offer a range of public and private services for the area's aging population. With links organized into a single site, SCAN connects area seniors with the assistance and programs they need.

(800)
963-5337

Another free program offered by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs and the local Area Agency on Aging, SHINE provides one-on-one counseling and information for seniors and families seeking help with the sometimes complex issues of Medicare, Medicaid and other health insurance benefits applications.

(850)
414-2323

Providing legal advice and advocacy for seniors living in long-term care facilities, the ombudsman's office is available for filing complaints and arranging facility visits. It's charged with protecting and speaking up for vulnerable seniors who may have few other advocates.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Sarasota

Sarasota Assisted Living Communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all Assisted Living Facilities 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