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The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Vero Beach, FL for 2024

Vero Beach is a city on the Atlantic Coast with a well-deserved reputation for being popular with seniors. This is confirmed by the 2020 Census, which revealed 28% of the city’s approximately 16,300 residents are in the 65+ age group. For comparison, the national average is 16.5%. The city is known for its abundance of golf courses and ample opportunities for fishing and water sports, and the beach offers a beautiful, peaceful oasis.

Vero Beach’s assisted living facilities are appropriate for seniors burdened by daily living tasks, such as making meals and personal grooming. They’re places where staff take care of those needs while also providing safe, comfortable living spaces and opportunities to socialize with other residents. The typical monthly fee in Vero Beach is $3,350, which is significantly below Florida’s median of $4,000 and the $4,500 paid by the average American.

This guide examines the benefits and drawbacks of living in Vero Beach and compares the city’s assisted living costs with others nearby. It also compares costs for other types of care for older residents and lists some of the city’s senior-friendly resources.

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What to Consider About Assisted Living in Vero Beach

The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration is responsible for licensing assisted living facilities in the state. It ensures that the facilities are following the laws when it comes to staffing and residents’ health and safety.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Vero Beach

  • Seniors in Florida can hold on to more of their earnings as the state doesn’t tax incomes, including Social Security benefits and pensions. It also doesn’t have an inheritance tax or estate tax. Seniors in Vero Beach can get more detailed information and support by contacting the taxpayer service center in Ft. Pierce.
  • Getting around Vero Beach and Indian River County is inexpensive for seniors. There is a free bus service with 15 fixed routes that operates Mondays to Saturdays. Seniors who pass the eligibility tests can use the Community Coach, a door-to-door service that uses wheelchair-accessible vehicles.
  • Vero Beach is one of the safer cities in Florida. The chances of being a victim of a violent crime are 1 in 481 compared to the state average of 1 in 258. Property crime, though more common, is still below average, with the chances being 1 in 65, compared to Florida’s average of 1 in 56.  
  • Despite its compact size, Vero Beach is home to several medical facilities. Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital deals with a wide range of medical needs, including seniors affected by strokes and those with heart and vascular problems. Indian River County Hospital District operates four facilities throughout the county, including one in Vero Beach, and Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Treasure Coast focuses on helping people recovering from serious illnesses and major surgery. 
  • Vero Beach is generally recognized as an affordable place to live. Its average cost of living index is 95.1, which is significantly below the state average of 102.8. The cost of healthcare is often lower too, with a cost index of 95 compared to the state’s 98. 
  • Although Vero Beach can get hot and humid in July, with temperatures averaging 90 degrees and above-average levels of rainfall, the heat is tempered by cool Atlantic breezes. In January, seniors can expect pleasant temperatures in the region of 51 degrees, which contributes to the city achieving a comfort index of 9.1 — with 10 being the optimum.

Paying for Assisted Living in Vero Beach

With fees averaging $3,350, Vero Beach is an affordable location for seniors considering assisted living. Its fees are notably below the state and national averages of $4,000 and $4,500, respectively. 

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Vero Beach is the most economical choice in the region. Sebring comes close, at $3,436, but seniors will need to budget for at least another $1,000 annually. Down the coast in Port St. Lucie, fees begin to rise steeply, with typical fees of $3,763, and up in Palm Bay, the gap with Vero Beach is even wider, at $4,461.

Vero Beach

$3,350

Florida

$4,000

The United States

$4,500

Palm Bay

$4,461

Port St. Lucie

$3,763

Sebring

$3,436

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Assisted living is one of several types of senior care. Those who prefer to remain at home can get homemaker or home health aide services, both of which have average fees of $5,100. Seniors able to attend adult day centers have the most affordable option, with fees in the region of $1,300. Those who need 24/7 care provided by nursing homes can expect to pay around $9,680 for a private room, but semiprivate rooms can be had for $8,334.

Homemaker Services

$5,100

Home Health Aide

$5,100

Adult Day Health Care

$1,300

Assisted Living Facility

$3,350

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$8,334

Nursing Home Facility (private room)

$9,680

Note: Care cost data for Vero Beach was not available, so data for the closest city, Sebastian, was used instead.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Vero Beach

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 Vero Beach

Seniors in Vero Beach don’t need to feel alone, as there are many resources to help them. The nonprofit organizations included in this list can assist seniors with complaints about their assisted living facilities, loan various types of medical equipment and provide opportunities for volunteers to support their communities.

ResourceContactService
Florida Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program(888) 831-0404Some seniors may not understand their rights within residential care and feel unable to challenge underperforming facilities. The purpose of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman program is to educate seniors so they know when their rights are being infringed on and to advocate for them if they complain about the quality of their care. The department can also investigate complaints made by third parties and the families of residents.
Florida Department of Veterans Affairs(727) 319-7440The Florida Department of Veterans Affairs supports the needs of U.S. military vets and their dependents across the state. In Vero Beach, it operates a VA clinic that provides primary care and behavioral health services, in addition to nutritional advice and rehabilitation. The clinic is also home to a claims specialist who can help vets and their families identify and apply for local, state and federal benefits.
Resource Center for Disability Solutions(772) 774-3060The Resource Center for Disability Solutions provides free short- and long-term loans of durable medical equipment for seniors whose insurance doesn't cover their costs. As the devices are donated, availability isn't consistent, but the organization will attempt to source the required equipment as quickly as possible. Typical loans include wheelchairs, canes, walkers and electric scooters.
Palm Beach County Community Services(561) 355-4746Palm Beach County's Community Services program is one of several resources for seniors. It can provide training for those who want to give back to their communities and connect them with the departments most in need of their support. Volunteers can take on multiple roles, such as providing telephone reassurance to people suffering mental health crises, being a companion to homebound seniors, giving clerical support to various county departments and passing on their life skills and experience to younger members of the community.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Vero Beach

Vero Beach 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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