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10 Best Nursing Homes in Sarasota for 2024

Sarasota is a city on Florida’s Gulf Coast that’s a short distance from many impressive beaches and a home for cultural institutes that regularly exhibit fine examples of traditional and modern art. The city has over 58,000 residents, with 27.3% being aged 65 and over, which is significantly higher than the national average of 16.5%. Seniors have easy access to high-quality medical facilities, such as the Sarasota Memorial Hospital, ranked #7 in Southern Florida by U.S. News & World Report.

Sarasota has excellent nursing homes. According to the 2020 Genworth Cost of Care Survey, its costs replicate the state’s, although they’re also greater than U.S. averages. For example, a semiprivate room in Sarasota is typically $9,186, while the U.S. average is 7,756. The city’s nursing homes offer levels of care above those of other senior living facilities. These may include rehabilitative services for seniors who may have suffered medical trauma, such as a stroke. They also provide 24-hour supervision and are staffed by caregivers trained to assist seniors with limited self-help abilities. Sarasota also has numerous assisted living and home health care options for seniors.

This guide provides more information about the city’s care options and resources for seniors.

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Nursing Home Costs in Sarasota, FL

The average cost of a semiprivate room in a Sarasota nursing home is $9,186, while seniors in private rooms typically pay $10,463.

The Cost of Nursing Home Care in Nearby Cities

When compared with the monthly costs of semiprivate rooms in other American cities, Sarasota’s $9,186 costs are significantly above the average of $7,756. However, the city is in line with other locations in Florida. Families can expect to pay in the region of $8,669 for a semiprivate room in a nursing home.

Among the cities surrounding Sarasota, Tampa is the most costly, with fees averaging $9,946. Heading east to Lakeland sees costs drop by $548, while Sebring is more affordable at $7,452. Down the coast, in Punta Gorda, fees are similar to Sarasota’s, at $9,125.

Sarasota

$9,186

Florida

$8,669

The United States

$7,756

Tampa

$9,946

Lakeland

$8,638

Sebring

$7,452

Punta Gorda

$9,125

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Sarasota’s variety of care options have different costs. It may be worth comparing them, particularly if families aren’t sure about the type of care their loved ones need. Adult day health care is typically the most affordable option for seniors who can still live at home. There isn’t a figure for Sarasota, but the Florida average is $1,408. Home care and home health care costs are $4,385 and $4,576, respectively. Assisted living is an affordable $3,888, while nursing home semiprivate rooms are $9,186, and private rooms are $10,463.

Home care

$4,385

Home health care

$4,576

Assisted living

$3,888

Nursing home (semiprivate room)

$9,186

Nursing home (private room)

$10,463

Financial Assistance for Nursing Home Care in Sarasota, FL

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 Sarasota, FL

Sarasota’s seniors have access to many resources that may help them continue to live in their own homes for longer, in addition to services that may make nursing home care more affordable. Some of these resources are listed here.

ResourceContactService
Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program(888) 831-0404Long-term care ombudsmen are volunteers who advocate for seniors in nursing homes and assisted living facilities throughout Florida, including Sarasota. Their role involves regularly visiting senior living facilities to talk to residents, discuss their concerns and deal with their complaints. These complaints can range from dissatisfaction with the facility’s menu to serious issues, such as elder abuse. Families of seniors can also complain to the ombudsman.
Meals on Wheels(941) 366-6693The nonprofit organization delivers freshly prepared frozen meals to homebound seniors throughout Sarasota County. Deliveries are Monday to Saturday. All meals provide the recommended daily nutrition intake for seniors and can be adapted to comply with dietary requirements such as low sodium and low fat. A $50 fee is requested on enrollment. Per meal donations are $6. However, seniors unable to pay will not be refused.
Safe at Home(813) 878-9000This no-cost service is provided by Rebuilding Together, a nonprofit dedicated to helping seniors and the disabled struggling with mobility in their homes. The organization can help fit ramps, grab bars, elevated toilets and other features that make homes safer for seniors with restricted movement and other disabilities, such as limited vision.
VA Aid and Attendance Benefits and Housebound Allowance(800) 827-1000The VA Aid and Attendance benefit is available to eligible U.S. military veterans and their surviving spouses who now, or soon will be, living in nursing homes. The monthly payment doesn’t need to be repaid and is in addition to the VA pension. Veterans and their spouses who are still able to live at home may be eligible for the Housebound Allowance, which is a monthly payment that can contribute to home health care costs. VeteranAid.org provides an online tool for veterans to determine their eligibility. 
SHINE(800) 963-5337Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders (SHINE) is a free program operated by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs. Trained and unbiased counselors provide information and support to Sarasota’s seniors in matters regarding Medicare and Medicaid. This may include helping them understand their policies, introducing them to other forms of health care insurance and helping them enroll.

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