Sarasota County is sought out for its award-winning coastline with miles of sandy beaches, cultural amenities and high-quality assisted living facilities. Over 430,000 people live in the county, and 37% of residents are aged 65 and over, making the county home to one of Florida’s largest proportions of seniors. The county is listed on the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities and is an attractive option for its comfortable year-round climate, age-friendly festivals and safe and affordable transportation options. Among its most popular attractions is Selby Gardens, a sprawling botanical garden that’s home to many of the state’s native plants, and Art Center Sarasota, which features works from local, regional and international artists.  

There are approximately 89 assisted living facilities in Sarasota County for residents to choose from, with facilities ranging in size from six to 300 beds. On average, seniors pay $3,888 per month for services, which is affordable compared to the national median. Across the county, fees may be higher or lower depending on local living costs and a facility’s amenities. 

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Sarasota County, FL

Grand Villa of Englewood

925 S. River Road, Englewood, FL, 34223

Grand Villa of Englewood is located close to the Gulf of Mexico beaches in Englewood, Florida. Residents say they are happy with the food served in the welcoming dining room. Residents and guests who … (read more)
Grand Villa of Englewood is located close to the Gulf of Mexico beaches in Englewood, Florida. Residents say they are happy with the food served in the welcoming dining room. Residents and guests who … (read more)

Elison Assisted Living of Bella Vita

1420 East Venice Avenue, Venice, FL, 34292

The rooms at Elmcroft of Bella Vita were too small. They had activities. We went and saw the room and that made Mom’s decision. They also take them on little bus tours down to the beach, and they take … (read more)
The rooms at Elmcroft of Bella Vita were too small. They had activities. We went and saw the room and that made Mom’s decision. They also take them on little bus tours down to the beach, and they take … (read more)

2017, 2018, 2021

Aravilla Sarasota

3251 Proctor Road, Sarasota, FL, 34231

My cousin found everyone in Aravilla Sarasota more than anxious to be helpful in both the move-in as well as adjusting to the facility. He particularly enjoyed that everyone was willing and anxious to … (read more)
My cousin found everyone in Aravilla Sarasota more than anxious to be helpful in both the move-in as well as adjusting to the facility. He particularly enjoyed that everyone was willing and anxious to … (read more)

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)

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)

2016, 2017

The Windsor of Venice

1600 Center Rd, Venice, FL, 34292

Windsor of Venice is nestled in eastern Venice, Florida, with easy access to beaches and Myakka River State Park. Residents of the facility enjoy frequent social activities including bridge, poker, bo … (read more)
Windsor of Venice is nestled in eastern Venice, Florida, with easy access to beaches and Myakka River State Park. Residents of the facility enjoy frequent social activities including bridge, poker, bo … (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)

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)

Grand Villa of Sarasota

730 South Osprey Avenue, Sarasota, FL, 34236

Staff goes above and beyond for the needs of my loved one. We could not be happier with the care and compassion felt the second you enter the community. Beautiful renovations!! Beautiful friendly resi … (read more)
Staff goes above and beyond for the needs of my loved one. We could not be happier with the care and compassion felt the second you enter the community. Beautiful renovations!! Beautiful friendly resi … (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.

Tuscan Gardens of Venetia Bay

841 Venetia Bay Boulevard, Venice, FL 34285, Venice, FL, 34285

My father moved into Tuscan Gardens of Venetia Bay. It is very friendly and very clean. The food is outstanding, and my father loves it. The staff is excellent, very professional, courteous, kind and … (read more)
My father moved into Tuscan Gardens of Venetia Bay. It is very friendly and very clean. The food is outstanding, and my father loves it. The staff is excellent, very professional, courteous, kind and … (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)

The Residences of Advinia Care Venice

950 Pinebrook Rd, Venice, FL, 34285

It was very nice. The staff was very friendly and helpful. She gave me a tour of some of the rooms and showed me the menu. I didn’t see any of the food. I saw the facilities around. It seemed very cle … (read more)
It was very nice. The staff was very friendly and helpful. She gave me a tour of some of the rooms and showed me the menu. I didn’t see any of the food. I saw the facilities around. It seemed very cle … (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)

Alderman Oaks

727 Hudson Ave., Sarasota, FL, 34236

I went and visited Alderman Oaks. It was fine. I talked to a gentleman, and he was very informative. He gave me a very good tour. However in discussing with my father, he thought that it was too far d … (read more)
I went and visited Alderman Oaks. It was fine. I talked to a gentleman, and he was very informative. He gave me a very good tour. However in discussing with my father, he thought that it was too far d … (read more)

Fountains of Hope

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)

Family Extended Care of Sarasota

4450 8th St, Sarasota, FL, 34232

Many recent updates. Michael is a caring manager and is a hidden gem. The care in Cabot has improved by leaps and bounds since he took over. The majority of the staff is great. Mom has a few she calls … (read more)
Many recent updates. Michael is a caring manager and is a hidden gem. The care in Cabot has improved by leaps and bounds since he took over. The majority of the staff is great. Mom has a few she calls … (read more)

Paying for Assisted Living in Sarasota County

Assisted living fees for Sarasota County as a whole aren’t available, but the Genworth 2020 Cost of Care Survey provides cost data for the North Port area, which is located within the county. According to the survey, U.S. seniors typically pay $4,300 per month for assisted living services, but fees vary drastically depending on local living costs. Florida is generally an affordable option for this level of care, with fees coming in 14% below the national average at $3,700 monthly. In Sarasota County, assisted living costs $3,888 per month, which is almost $200 higher than the state median but over $400 less than the national rate.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

By Florida’s standard, Sarasota County is moderately priced for assisted living services, but many cities offer cheaper care. The most cost-effective option in the state is the Sebring area, which is located about 80 miles east and has a monthly average of $2,895. In Tampa, which is about 70 miles north, assisted living facilities charge $3,225 per month, and in the Miami area, fees come in at $3,500. In some Florida cities, assisted living fees are closer to state and national averages. In Punta Gorda, seniors pay $3,938 for care, and Jacksonville is costlier at $4,150. In the Cape Coral area, monthly fees average $4,500, and the capital city of Tallahassee is the most expensive in the state at $5,506.

$3888

Sarasota County

$3700

Florida

$4300

The United States

$4150

Jacksonville

$4500

Cape Coral Area

$3938

Punta Gorda

$3225

Tampa Area

$2895

Sebring Area

$3500

Miami Area

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Sarasota County

Qualified seniors can receive assistance with the cost of services at assisted living facilities in Sarasota County through the state’s Medicaid Long-Term Care (MLTC) and Assistive Care Services programs. Although the state’s programs do not set a cap on room-and-board fees, the MLTC plan does help to negotiate those costs with the provider. 

The state also provides an optional state supplement (OSS) for those receiving Federal SSI benefits that can help with the costs of long-term care. Florida allows family supplementation to help cover the costs of assisted living without impacting Medicaid eligibility. 

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

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Sarasota County

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 County

ResourceContact Service
Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida(239) 652-6900The local AAA is a nonprofit organization that serves older adults aged 60 and over through a broad range of resources and programs. It’s the state’s Aging and Disability Resource Center for the region and provides information and assistance with accessing local supports such as elder care, legal assistance and volunteer opportunities. The AAA also hosts health and wellness workshops, administers ombudsman services and operates the Elder Helpline, which is reached at (866) 413-5337.
Veterans Services(941) 861-8387The county’s Veterans Services division helps veterans identify and apply for benefits that they’re eligible for and administers state-mandated human services programs such as the Healthcare Responsibility Act. This division assists qualifying individuals apply for disability compensation, VA pension benefits and the VA Aid and Attendance or Housebound benefits, as well as survivors’ and dependents’ benefits. 
Senior Friendship Centers(941) 955-2122Sarasota County is home to numerous Senior Friendship Centers, which are nonprofit centers that serve older adults aged 60 and over. These centers host congregate meals for a small donation, though no one is turned away due to lack of ability to pay. They host health clinics that provide medical, dental and behavioral health services. They also organize activities to promote a fun, social environment with rotating schedules of art and dance classes, fitness classes, games and cards and special events.
Sarasota County Aging Network(239) 410-5663The Sarasota County Aging Network is a nonprofit organization that provides information and referrals for local seniors, helping them connect with services and programs. It maintains a directory that’s available online and in select pharmacies throughout the county that includes listings for local activities and entertainment, fitness and wellness services, health insurance counseling and legal assistance. 
SHINE(239) 652-6900SHINE is the statewide health insurance counseling program that provides free, unbiased options counseling. SHINE volunteers are trained to answer questions regarding Medicare, Medicaid and long-term care insurance, which may help seniors find ways to cover assisted living services. Counselors also help with understanding medical bills and disputing denied coverage or billing errors. Counseling is provided in group and one-on-one settings at multiple sites throughout the county.
Gulfcoast Legal Services(941) 746-6151Gulfcoast Legal Services is a nonprofit legal organization that provides free civil legal services to area residents. Its Senior Citizens Law Program helps qualifying seniors address a broad range of issues including accessing public benefits, taking legal action against elder abuse, maintaining long-term financial security and advanced planning.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Sarasota County

Sarasota County-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 Sarasota County