The coastal city of Sarasota is home to 54,842 residents, 27.3% of whom are seniors aged 65 and older. Alzheimer’s and dementia affect an increasing number of seniors every year, which has been shown to be especially true in Sarasota, where rates have skyrocketed in recent years. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the deaths from Alzheimer’s disease in Sarasota increased by 109.41% between 2014 and 2018, from 170 to 356 deaths. The overall death rate in the city rose by only 11.2% during these years, showing that Alzheimer’s-related diseases are becoming increasingly more worrisome in Sarasota. 

There are a variety of memory care communities in the Sarasota area that can help seniors with Alzheimer’s and dementia by providing a secure homelike community that offers 24/7 care tailored to the unique needs and interests of each resident. Qualified staff provides care and therapies, designed to slow down cognitive decline and enrich body, mind and spirit. Read on to find out more about memory care, including the costs of care, the benefits and drawbacks of living in the city and free resources for seniors living with memory loss. 

Memory Care Facilities in Sarasota, FL

2017, 2018, 2021

Aravilla Sarasota

3251 Proctor Road, Sarasota, FL, 34231

Do not consider Aravilla Sarasota. Management and staff are unable to communicate efficiently within the facility, let alone with family members. Patient dignity is nonexistent. My father was transpor … (read more)
Do not consider Aravilla Sarasota. Management and staff are unable to communicate efficiently within the facility, let alone with family members. Patient dignity is nonexistent. My father was transpor … (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)

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)

Grand Villa of Sarasota

730 South Osprey Avenue, Sarasota, FL, 34236

My second choice is the Grand Villa of Sarasota. It’s about seven miles from my home. I just wanted close proximity to my loved one, so I chose the other place. It’s beautiful. It’s clean. The staff a … (read more)
My second choice is the Grand Villa of Sarasota. It’s about seven miles from my home. I just wanted close proximity to my loved one, so I chose the other place. It’s beautiful. It’s clean. The staff a … (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

Our overall tour experience at Brookdale Sarasota Midtown was very good. The dining area was nice. They had tablecloths in it. Their memory care program (called Crossings Program) has services for peo … (read more)
Our overall tour experience at Brookdale Sarasota Midtown was very good. The dining area was nice. They had tablecloths in it. Their memory care program (called Crossings Program) has services for peo … (read more)

Arden Courts of Sarasota

5509 Swift Rd, Sarasota, FL, 34231

I went to Arden Courts of Sarasota. I liked best that it was convenient. It seemed very clean and well put together. It was not as updated as some of the other facilities, and I really wanted somethin … (read more)
I went to Arden Courts of Sarasota. I liked best that it was convenient. It seemed very clean and well put together. It was not as updated as some of the other facilities, and I really wanted somethin … (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)

Poet’s Walk Sarasota

5851 N. Honore Ave, Sarasota, FL, 34243

The Poet’s Walk Sarasota is a wonderful community. It’s something that I had wanted. I have looked at others before, but this is such a wonderful place and the people here are great. Courtney, the exe … (read more)
The Poet’s Walk Sarasota is a wonderful community. It’s something that I had wanted. I have looked at others before, but this is such a wonderful place and the people here are great. Courtney, the exe … (read more)

2014

Brookdale Deer Creek Sarasota

8450 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, FL, 34238

Brookdale Deer Creek Sarasota is on the top of our list. We thought it was small, but we liked that the tour guide knew everyone’s name in there, and everyone seemed well taken care of. We liked that … (read more)
Brookdale Deer Creek Sarasota is on the top of our list. We thought it was small, but we liked that the tour guide knew everyone’s name in there, and everyone seemed well taken care of. We liked that … (read more)

SaraBella Senior Living

5650 Gantt Rd., Sarasota, FL, 34233

SaraBella Senior Living was nice. It was brand new. At that time, they only had two ladies living in memory care. He’d be the only man there. The rooms were very nice, but I did not feel it would be … (read more)
SaraBella Senior Living was nice. It was brand new. At that time, they only had two ladies living in memory care. He’d be the only man there. The rooms were very nice, but I did not feel it would be … (read more)


Cabot Reserve on the Green

4450 8th St, Sarasota, FL, 34232


Liana North Sarasota

2630 University Parkway, Sarasota, FL, 34243


Inspired Living at Sarasota – CLOSED

1900 Phillippi Shores Drive, Sarasota, FL, 34231

When we went to Inspired Living at Sarasota, we liked that it was not a hard sale pitch. We sat and had lunch together with the sales director, and we had conversations. We talked about our mother-in- … (read more)
When we went to Inspired Living at Sarasota, we liked that it was not a hard sale pitch. We sat and had lunch together with the sales director, and we had conversations. We talked about our mother-in- … (read more)

Ashton Place

4151 Ashton Road, Sarasota, FL, 34233


Grand Living at Lakewood Ranch

7230 University Parkway, Sarasota, FL, 34240

My mother-in-law was at Grand Living at Lakewood Ranch. She was at the independent living first and then went into their memory care. It was very clean and they were very professional. They listened t … (read more)
My mother-in-law was at Grand Living at Lakewood Ranch. She was at the independent living first and then went into their memory care. It was very clean and they were very professional. They listened t … (read more)

Lily’s Promise – Sarasota

1958 Rolling Green Circle, Sarasota, FL, 34240


COVID-19 Rules for Memory Care in Sarasota

Since most COVID-19 rules for Memory Care 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 Memory Care 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 Memory Care in Sarasota

In Florida, memory care facilities are overseen by The Long Term Care Services Unit, which is within the Division of Health Quality Assurance for The Agency for Health Care Administration. It is in charge of licensing, certifying and regulating various health care providers and long-term care providers, including memory care facilities and ensuring they comply with the laws and regulations

Benefits and Drawbacks of Memory Care in Sarasota

  • Sarasota enjoys a beautiful year-round climate, with 251 sunny days per year. It has hot humid summers and warm, dry winters. Summers can get uncomfortably hot on some days, but July typically has highs of 91°F. Winter is very pleasant, with it rarely going below 51°F, perfect for staying active out in the sun. 
  • The crime rate in Sarasota is relatively high. When it comes to violent crime, your chances of being a victim are 1 in 156 in Sarasota compared to 1 in 258 in Florida. For property crime, the chances are 1 in 33 compared to 1 in 56 across the state. Despite having higher than average crime rates, memory care facilities put measures in place to increase security, such as having securely gated communities with 24/7 surveillance.
  • Sarasota has great health care facilities, including Sarasota Memorial Health Care, which has been recognized as one of the nation’s biggest and best hospitals. The hospital has also received a NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders), a special award for hospitals that implement special interventions and initiatives that promote excellent outcomes in senior citizens. 
  • Florida is one of the most tax-friendly states to live in for seniors, with no state income tax, meaning Social Security retirement benefits, incomes from both public and private pensions are all untaxed. There is also no estate or inheritance tax, and the rates of property and sales tax are close to national levels. 
  • The city has some public transport available for residents. Sarasota County Area Transit operates 14 bus routes. For seniors aged 65 and older, there is a 50% discount on fixed-route fares. Although many parts of the city are accessible by bus, for memory-impaired seniors, getting private transportation can be a more comfortable option. Most memory care facilities offer scheduled transportation to medical appointments. There are also other companies that offer specialized transportation for seniors.

Paying for Memory Care in Sarasota

According to the Genworth Cost of Care Survey, the average cost of memory care in Sarasota is $5,181 per month. The average cost of memory care is 20-30% more than assisted living care and it is often offered as an extra service at Assisted Living Facilities. Therefore the following memory care figures have been calculated by adding 25% to the assisted living figures. 

The Cost of Memory Care in Nearby Cities 

At $5,181 per month, Sarasota is slightly more expensive than the Florida state average of $5,000 per month but more affordable than the national median of $5,625 per month. Nearby in Tampa, memory care is around $1,000 cheaper per month at $4,187. Cape Coral Area and Miami are both more expensive than Sarasota at $5,417 and $5,481 per month. At $6,625, Naples is the most expensive city in the state for memory care. 

$5181

Sarasota

$5000

Florida

$5625

The United States

$4187

Tampa

$5417

Cape Coral Area

$5481

Miami

$6625

Naples

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

For seniors in Sarasota, there are a variety of other long-term care options available. At $2,080, Adult Day Health Care is the most affordable option for seniors who only require assistance during the weekdays. For those who prefer to stay in the comfort of their own home, there are homemaker services and home health aides available, both for an average of $5,720 per month. There are also nursing homes, which provide 24/7 medical care and cost on average $9,490 per month for a semi-private room and $10,615 for a private room. 

$5720

Homemaker Services

$5720

Home Health Aide

$2080

Adult Day Health Care

$4145

Assisted Living

$5181

Memory Care

$9490

Nursing Home (semi-private room)

$10615

Nursing Home (private room)

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

Financial Assistance for Memory Care in Sarasota

In Sarasota there are options for seniors who need financial assistance paying for Memory Care. For more information about other options, who qualifies, and how to apply, Memory Care in Florida page.

More ways to pay for memory care in FL

More Ways to Pay for Memory Care

While many families use their own funds or personal assets to pay for memory care, there are plenty of additional options to cover these costs. Some additional ways to finance memory care costs include:

  • Veterans Benefits
  • Life Insurance Policy
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Reverse Mortgage

For more information about different ways to finance memory care, visit our Memory Care in Florida page.

Free Memory Care Resources in Sarasota

Seniors have access to free resources in the Sarasota area for Alzheimer’s and dementia care, legal issues and social interaction. Below are a few popular programs. 

Resource

Contact

Service

(800) 272-3900

The Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association serves 16 counties in the Gulf Coast of Florida. It provides education and support related to Alzheimer's and dementia, including community education programs that are one-hour interactive programs, and education classes related to optimum diet and nutrition for brain health. There are also Early Stage Services, where information and support about early-stage dementia are provided by telephone, email or by private consultations. It also has fundraising events to raise money for Alzheimer's research. 

(239) 652-6900

The Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida is a nonprofit organization that serves older adults and people with disabilities across seven counties. It aims to improve social and health services, administer programs and to raise funds. There is an Alzheimer's Disease Initiative, funded by a State of Florida grant, which provides support for seniors with Alzheimer's and their family members.

(941) 955 - 2122

Senior Friendship Centers of Sarasota are fun communities where seniors can get together to take classes, play cards, socialize and learn about healthy aging. It offers one-on-one help with accessing federal assistance programs such as free legal aid and tax preparation through AARP. 

Memory Care Laws and Regulations in Sarasota

Tallahassee Memory Care Communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all Memory Care Facilities in Florida are required to follow. Visit our Memory Care in Florida page for more information about these laws.

Memory Care Laws and Regulations in Florida