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The 5 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Sebastian, FL for 2024

 

Sebastian is a peaceful and relatively laid-back city with plenty of restaurants and a beautiful riverfront looking out to the Atlantic. Almost 35% of its 25,000 residents are seniors, which suggests it offers much to older adults. This includes an average cost of living below the state and national averages and significantly lower crime rates. Sebastian's seniors also benefit from an excellent climate and outstanding air quality.

Assisted living facilities provide homelike environments for seniors no longer able to live at home without some help. Their caregivers assist residents with daily living tasks, such as getting in and out of bed and eating. They also manage residents' medications and do common household chores, including cleaning their rooms, washing clothes and cooking meals. The median fee for assisted living in Sebastian is $3,350, which is about 16% cheaper than Florida's average and 25.5% more affordable than the national average.

This guide discusses the advantages and disadvantages of living in Sebastian, the cost of assisted living and various ways to pay. It also includes a list of free resources for seniors and briefly covers the rules and regulations governing assisted living in Florida.

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What to Consider About Assisted Living in Sebastian

Sebastian's assisted living facilities must be licensed by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration's Bureau of Health Facility Regulation. Issuing the license is dependent on the facility complying with various regulations regarding staff training, fire safety, health and safety and financial stability. Licenses must be renewed every 2 years and can be revoked if the facility fails an inspection.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Sebastian

 

  • Sebastian is one of the most affordable cities in Florida and the United States. Its average cost of living index of 97.6 is significantly lower than the state average of 103.1 and the country's 100. Health care costs are also typically lower than normal, which may please adults aged 55+, as they account for half of all health spending.
  • Seniors may be interested to know Sebastian experiences less crime than most cities. Violent crime is almost half the U.S. average and crime involving property is about 16% lower than the country's norm. 
  • Sperling's BestPlaces gives Sebastian a comfort index of 7.1, which places it among the most environmentally comfortable cities in Florida. Rainfall averages 54 inches annually, which is enough to generate high levels of humidity in summer. Summer temperatures regularly reach 90 degrees and winter temperatures rarely fall below 51 degrees, so seniors benefit from warm to cool weather throughout the year.
  • Sebastian is generally healthier than most cities, boasting water quality near the U.S. average and air quality that far surpasses it. There are also more physicians per capita than normal, and the city is doing excellent work with the EPA's Superfund project by revitalizing contaminated land.
  • Due to its limited population and relatively quiet location, Sebastian has only one hospital. However, Sebastian River Medical Center has a good reputation and is known for high-quality care, including treating patients with pneumonia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Also, residents don't need to travel far to find more medical care at Indian River Hospital in nearby Vero Beach.
  • Another reason why seniors gravitate to Florida is its status as a non-income tax state. It also doesn't tax retirement income, including Social Security, IRAs and 401(k)s. Consequently, seniors relocating from other states may find their dollars go a little further in Sebastian.

 

Paying for Assisted Living in Sebastian

 

In Sebastian, the median monthly fee for assisted living is $3,350, although some facilities will be costlier and others less expensive.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Sebastian's assisted living fees are usually more affordable, as the typical Floridian pays an additional $650 per month and the equivalent American pays $1,150 more. The city is the least costly in Central Florida, which is illustrated by the additional costs for assisted living in nearby cities, such as Port St. Lucie ($413 more), Sebring ($86 more) and Orlando ($650 more). The costliest nearby city is Palm Bay, where the typical senior pays an additional $1,111. 

Sebastian

$3,350

Florida

$4,000

United States

$4,500

Port St. Lucie

$3,763

Palm Bay

$4,461

Sebring

$3,436

Orlando

$4,000

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Alternatives to assisted living include home care, which provides nonmedical care, and home health care, which provides medical care. These share the same median fee of $5,100 per month, making assisted living's $3,350 average more affordable. Assisted living is certainly less costly than a semiprivate room in a nursing home, which is around $8,334 per month. Adult day care is the most affordable care option, at $1,300.

In-Home Care

$5,100

Home Health Care

$5,100

Adult Day Health Care

$1,300

Assisted Living Facility

$3,350

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$8,334

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Sebastian

Sebastian offers eligible seniors three state programs to help with financial assistance, including the Florida Medicaid, Managed Care Waiver Long-Term Care Program (MLTC), optional state supplement (OSS) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Medicaid offers one additional aid waiver called Assistive Care Services (ACS).

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

Financial Assistance 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 Sebastian

Sebastian 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.

To see a list of free assisted living resources in Sebastian, please visit our Assisted Living in Florida page.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Sebastian

 

Sebastian 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

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I went to Pelican Landing Assisted Living and Memory Care. It was lovely and clean. The clients there were very happy. The staff seemed wonderful. I met several of them. They have a beauty shop, a...

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Hi Deborah, thank you for your kind review. We appreciate your time and feedback, and will never take it for granted. Our mission ?To Welcome, To Care, To Serve? propels our goal to exceed...

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