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The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Winter Haven, FL for 2024

Our comprehensive listings and authentic reviews in Winter Haven, FL below include 33 Assisted Living facilities with 419 reviews. On average in Winter Haven, residents and their loved ones rate Assisted Living options 4.0 out of 5 stars.

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What to Consider About Assisted Living in Winter Haven

The Agency for Health Care Administration oversees assisted living facilities in Winter Haven and throughout the state of Florida. The agency offers an assisted living facility database, updated Medicaid information and resources on licensure and regulation for different health care providers the agency works with throughout the state. 

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Winter Haven

  • The weather in Winter Haven is mostly pleasant, with 6 months of the year experiencing temperatures between 70 and 85 degrees. While winters are mild with snowfall being a rare occurrence, Winter Haven is also considered one of the hottest locations in Florida. August has some of the highest temperatures and worst humidity, but it drops once fall rolls around.
  • Citrus Connection provides public transportation in the Winter Haven area and helps older adults get around without needing a personal vehicle. It offers a fixed bus route and a paratransit service that provides a shared ride for people who need extra assistance. Preapproval is required to use this service. 
  • Based on a 100-point cost of living index that calculates average expenses nationwide, Winter Haven has an overall score of 88.1, meaning it has a lower cost of living than the national average. The cost of groceries and utilities are slightly higher than the national average, but housing, health care and transportation are all ranked lower. 
  • The crime rates near Winter Haven are a bit high depending on where you live. On a 100-point crime index, Winter Haven scores 27.5 for violent crime compared to a national score of 22.7. For property crime, the city has a score of 51.9, while the national average is 35.4. However, FBI crime data does show a decline over the past 2 decades, and assisted living facilities usually have security measures.
  • Florida is tax-friendly for Winter Haven seniors. Ranked as one of the best states for retirees, Florida has no state income tax or state taxes on Social Security. The state also doesn’t tax income from pensions,  IRAs or 401(k)s. Seniors don’t have to worry about paying inheritance or estate taxes, either. 

Paying for Assisted Living in Winter Haven

Seniors pay an average of $3,300 for assisted living care in Winter Haven, but that cost can vary based on the facility’s location, services and amenities.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

The monthly cost of assisted living in Winter Haven is low compared to the national average of $4,500 and the Florida state median of $4,000. Orlando shares an equivalent monthly cost to the state average, while the capital city of Tallahassee has higher rates of $4,650. In Miami, assisted living fees are $1,000 more than in Winter Haven, at $4,385. Tampa shares some of the lowest monthly costs at $3,350.

Winter Haven

$3,300

Florida

$4,000

United States

$4,500

Orlando

$4,000

Tallahassee

$4,650

Miami

$4,385

Tampa

$3,350

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Seniors pay an average of $3,300 to receive care at an assisted living facility. For older adults who wish to remain in the comfort of their homes, in-home care services have a higher average monthly rate of $4,576. Older adults who require skilled nursing can get home health care for an average cost of $4,481 per month. A semiprivate room in a nursing home has some of the highest monthly care costs at $9,703.

In-Home Care

$4,576

Home Health Care

$4,481

Assisted Living Facility

$3,300

Nursing Home (semiprivate room)

$9,703

Note: Care cost data for Winter Haven was not available, so data for the closest city, Lakeland, was used instead.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Winter Haven

Florida has a program, Assistive Care Services, that can help with assisted living costs. The state also runs a 1915(b)(c) MLTC waiver program.

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 Winter Haven

Winter Haven offers many resources and programs to seniors. These provide financial assistance, legal advice, recreational activities and educational resources to help older adults connect with their community and obtain the assistance they need. 

ResourceContactService
Senior Adult Center(863) 291-5870The senior center offers recreational activities and programs for those aged 50 and older. Seniors can enjoy holiday parties, musical entertainment, shuffleboard courts, social events and classes. A large auditorium-style hall is available to rent for private events.
Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida(239) 652-6900The Area Agency on Aging is a nonprofit organization serving adults aged 60 and older and those with disabilities. Its mission is to connect adults to resources that make it easier to live safely and independently. Resources include housing assistance, housekeeping, meals, personal care and volunteer opportunities.
Lakeland Vet Center(863) 284-0841Lakeland Vet Center provides veterans, service members and their families with individual and group counseling. It helps those struggling with military-related issues, grief or substance abuse. Community outreach and other educational opportunities are also available.
Bay Area Legal Services(888) 895-7873Bay Area Legal Services is available to seniors aged 60 and older. By calling their legal helpline, seniors can access assistance for housing, government benefits, family matters and contracts they've signed. All legal advice is free and confidential.
Better Living for Seniors(863) 588-6690Better Living for Seniors is a nonprofit dedicated to improving seniors' lives. It provides resources, networking and educational opportunities to address the needs of older adults, and it runs fundraisers for area shelters, social agencies and nursing homes.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Winter Haven

Winter Haven 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

Reviews of Communities Nearby

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Linda

I visited this facility

Review of Spring Haven Retirement

I am moving into Spring Haven. It's fantastic. It's everything I want in assisted living and more. They're in the process of remodeling. The rooms are nice. The assisted living is in one area. They...

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Michele

I visited this facility

Review of Brookdale Winter Haven

We toured Brookdale Winter Haven Assisted Living. The layout was very nice. All on one floor. We didn't walk around the property much, but we did go into the main building and saw the model...

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Kerry

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

Review of Spring Haven Retirement

My mom was at Spring Haven. We chose it because it was in her price range and her location. It was an adequate facility. I thought the staff members were very competent. They did a good job. My...

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