Gainesville is a city in Florida that’s known for its beautifully preserved historic buildings and scenic natural surroundings. The city has a population of about 134,000 and around 10.8% of residents are aged 65 and older. Seniors in Gainesville have access to exceptional medical care at UF Health Shands Hospital which is ranked as the number 1 hospital in Florida and is nationally ranked in nine specialties by USN

Nursing home care provides a high level of medical care and assistance to seniors who are extremely frail or suffer from a severe chronic illness that requires constant care. This type of care is generally very expensive and seniors in Gainesville may want to look at alternative care options such as assisted living and home care services if they don’t require such a high level of care. According to the Genworth Cost of Care Survey 2020, the average monthly cost of a semiprivate room in a nursing home in Gainesville is $8,213, which is slightly higher than the national average of $7,756. 

This article looks at the costs of nursing home care in Gainesville and nearby cities as well as the costs of alternative care options. 

Directory of Nursing Homes in Gainesville, FL

Palm Garden of Gainesville

227 S.W. 62nd Blvd, Gainesville, FL, 32067

My mother-in-law was a patient. She was placed in Palm Gardens for therapy due to a broken wrist from a fall. My mother-in-law is 100-years-old. She was neglected and got a severe bed sore on her l … (read more)
My mother-in-law was a patient. She was placed in Palm Gardens for therapy due to a broken wrist from a fall. My mother-in-law is 100-years-old. She was neglected and got a severe bed sore on her l … (read more)

The Plaza Health & Rehab

4842 SW Archer Road, Gainesville, FL, 32608

I had my father here for rehab. The care that was provided was outstanding. The staff cares about the residents. They pay attention to detail. Yes, his entire stay wasn’t perfect. However, all my conc … (read more)
I had my father here for rehab. The care that was provided was outstanding. The staff cares about the residents. They pay attention to detail. Yes, his entire stay wasn’t perfect. However, all my conc … (read more)

Signature Healthcare of Gainesville

4000 SW 20th Ave, Gainesville, FL, 32607

Overall, Signature Healthcare of Gainesville was a good facility. It was an older facility that had been remodeled and refurbished. It was also a small facility. They were very professional and they s … (read more)
Overall, Signature Healthcare of Gainesville was a good facility. It was an older facility that had been remodeled and refurbished. It was also a small facility. They were very professional and they s … (read more)

The Terrace Health and Rehabilitation Center

7207 SW 24th Avenue, Gainesville, FL, 32608

I’m currently in Terrace Health & Rehabilitation Center. I’ve been staying here for around seven months now. I don’t really know if I’m qualified to be here, because I’m quite independent. It’s a … (read more)
I’m currently in Terrace Health & Rehabilitation Center. I’ve been staying here for around seven months now. I don’t really know if I’m qualified to be here, because I’m quite independent. It’s a … (read more)

Parklands Rehabilitation and Nursing Center

1000 SW 16TH AVE, Gainesville, FL, 32601

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Park Meadows Health And Rehabilitation Center

3250 SW 41St Pl, Gainesville, FL, 32608

This place is really awful. My mom was put in a big room, alone at the end of a hallway. An exit close to her room had a door alarm. That alarm was on almost every day. (meaning people were just goi … (read more)
This place is really awful. My mom was put in a big room, alone at the end of a hallway. An exit close to her room had a door alarm. That alarm was on almost every day. (meaning people were just goi … (read more)

North Florida Specialty Care Center

6700 NW 10th Place, Gainesville, FL, 32605

The best therapy department I’ve seen. My husband is a resident there. Most gave him no chance to return home. My husband is now ready to come home. He has had the benefit of a highly skilled and c … (read more)
The best therapy department I’ve seen. My husband is a resident there. Most gave him no chance to return home. My husband is now ready to come home. He has had the benefit of a highly skilled and c … (read more)

UF Health Senior Care at Oak Hammock

2660 S W 53RD LANE, Gainesville, FL, 32608

Understaffed Used to be good in 2017 but recently horrible. Management horrible never available.
Understaffed Used to be good in 2017 but recently horrible. Management horrible never available.


Nursing Home Costs in Gainesville, Florida

The average monthly cost of nursing home care in Gainesville is $8,213 for a semiprivate room and $9,642 for a private room.

The Cost of Nursing Home Care in Nearby Cities

Family members and seniors might be interested in the costs of nursing home care in nearby cities. Using the average monthly cost of a semiprivate room as a comparison point, the cost of care in Gainesville is higher than the national average of $7,756. However, it’s slightly lower than the Florida state average of $8,669.

The average monthly cost of nursing home care is higher in the cities of Miami ($9,095), Naples ($10,391), Jacksonville ($8,638) and Punta Gorda ($9,125) than in Gainesville.

$8213

Gainesville

$8669

Florida

$7756

The United States

$9095

Miami

$10391

Naples

$8638

Jacksonville

$9125

Punta Gorda

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Seniors who have not yet decided on nursing home care may find it interesting to look at the costs of alternative options in Gainesville. The lowest cost option is adult day care at a monthly average of $1,408, while assisted living is a popular choice at an average monthly cost of $4,571. The average monthly costs for home care and home health care are $4,004 and $4,671 respectively. The highest cost option is nursing home care at an average monthly cost of $8,213 for a semiprivate room and $9,642 for a private room.

$1408

Adult Day Care

$4571

Assisted Living

$4004

Home Care

$4671

Home Health Care

$8213

Nursing Home Semiprivate

$9642

Nursing Home Private

Financial Assistance for Nursing Home Care in Gainesville, Florida

Many seniors and their families use some form of financial assistance to help them pay for nursing care. The main options available are Medicare, Medicaid, and veterans benefits. These programs can be complicated, especially when it comes to benefit terms. Below, we give a brief overview of how these programs may be used towards paying for skilled nursing care.

  • Medicare: Medicare will typically cover all skilled nursing costs for the first 20 days of one’s stay in a nursing home and a portion of the costs until day 100. After 100 days in a skilled nursing facility, Medicare will not cover any part of the cost of the stay. While this is adequate when short-term care is needed, those in need of long-term care will need to either pay out-of-pocket or use another source of financial assistance.
  • Medicaid: Medicaid covers most of the costs of living in a skilled nursing facility for those who qualify. Care, room, and board are covered with no time limit, but residents may be charged for extras like specially prepared food or cosmetic services. Medicaid eligibility standards are strict and complex, so not all seniors are eligible for Medicaid benefits.
  • Veterans Benefits: Veterans receiving a VA pension may also be eligible for the Aid and Attendance benefit administered by the VA. Aid and Attendance is a monthly allowance that beneficiaries may use to pay for their long-term care, including skilled nursing care.

If these options aren’t available to you, check if your loved one has long-term care insurance or contact your Area Agency on Aging to ask about any local financial assistance programs for seniors.

Free Resources for Seniors in Gainesville, Florida

The following resources may be of interest to seniors in Gainesville who are looking at services to assist them in safely staying in their own homes for as long as possible. One option looks at financial assistance information for those who have decided to move to nursing home care.

ResourceContactService
Nutrition Program(352) 334-2105The UF Academic Health Center operates the Meals on Wheels and congregate meals nutrition program in Gainesville. The Meals on Wheels program delivers a hot meal at around noon each day to homebound seniors in the community. To be eligible, seniors must be aged 60 or older and unable to prepare a meal for themselves. The meals are delivered by volunteers or employees who carry out a social check on seniors at the same time and will let authorities know if anything seems amiss. The congregate meal program serves hot meals at different sites throughout the region. This program provides nutrition and socialization opportunities. 
Home-based services(352) 265-9040UF Health Academic offers a range of services to help seniors aged 60 and over to remain independently in their own homes. Some of the services charge a small fee but financial assistance is available through various grants. A case manager is assigned to each senior to assess their needs and plan for any care services required. Services offered include occasional respite care, personal care assistance and home care assistance. Additionally, it offers a community-based emergency response system for seniors who are on their own for extended periods of time. 
SHINE(800) 262-2243SHINE is the Florida state program designed to assist seniors by providing unbiased information on health insurance. The program is funded by the federal government and the state of Florida. Staff members help seniors and their caregivers to find the best health insurance options for their particular circumstances. Counselors can assist in filling out forms and making sure that seniors get all the benefits they are eligible for. Additionally, they can assist in finding nursing homes that accept those particular health insurance payments.