Right at the center of the Big Bend and Florida Panhandle, the city of Tallahassee attracts potential retirees with its generally pleasant climate and clean air, as well as the conveniences and opportunities of a homey state capital and college town. Around 10% or 20,000 of its residents are 65 and older. Aside from being an age-friendly city, Tallahassee actively invites 55+ nonresidents to Choose Tallahassee as a place to retire. The city is home to Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare, Capital Regional Medical Center and FSU, the first recognized Age-Friendly University in the southern states.

Despite Tallahassee’s overall affordability, the cost of nursing home care is in the average-to-high range, according to the Genworth 2020 Cost of Care Survey. Nursing care in semiprivate accommodations averages $7,543 per month, which is lower than the U.S. average of $7,756. However, private-room nursing home care is considered steep, at  $11,558, compared to the national median of $8,821. Nursing home care is usually the most expensive senior care option due to the high levels of skilled care and medical support it covers. Seniors who don’t need institutional care may benefit from home health care or assisted living.

This guide informs seniors about Tallahassee’s senior care costs and helpful local resources related to aging.

Directory of Nursing Homes in Tallahassee, FL

Westminster Oaks Tallahassee

4449 Meandering Way, Tallahassee, FL, 32308

Westminster Oaks Retirement is located on the east side of Tallahassee, about a block away from the Miccosukee Greenway and its walking trails. Residents and visitors enjoy a set of amenities that inc … (read more)
Westminster Oaks Retirement is located on the east side of Tallahassee, about a block away from the Miccosukee Greenway and its walking trails. Residents and visitors enjoy a set of amenities that inc … (read more)

Centre Pointe Health and Rehabilitation Center

2255 Centerville Road , Tallahassee, FL, 32308

The employees are rude, they treat residents with little respect. They are loud talking and playing in the halls. They tell you if you need anything to press the call button, but when you do you might … (read more)
The employees are rude, they treat residents with little respect. They are loud talking and playing in the halls. They tell you if you need anything to press the call button, but when you do you might … (read more)

HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Tallahassee

1675 Riggins Road, Tallahassee, FL, 32308

We cannot praise Health South enough for their fine staff, great accommodations, meals and most of all the very best care. Our 94 year old mother, broke her hip, and there were some who thought we sh … (read more)
We cannot praise Health South enough for their fine staff, great accommodations, meals and most of all the very best care. Our 94 year old mother, broke her hip, and there were some who thought we sh … (read more)

Tallahassee Memorial Outpatient Rehabilitation Center

1425 Village Square Blvd., Suite 3, Tallahassee, FL, 32312

My mom was at Tallahassee Memorial Rehab for about 40 days. Mom never complained about the food or anything. She just wanted to go home, but unfortunately she can’t anymore. They offer activities and … (read more)
My mom was at Tallahassee Memorial Rehab for about 40 days. Mom never complained about the food or anything. She just wanted to go home, but unfortunately she can’t anymore. They offer activities and … (read more)

Heritage Healthcare Center

3101 GINGER DRIVE, Tallahassee, FL, 32308

The only reason this facility is receiving this one star is because I HAD to, in order to write this review! This place needs to be SHUT DOWN! My sweet grandma was in this place for rehab due to her h … (read more)
The only reason this facility is receiving this one star is because I HAD to, in order to write this review! This place needs to be SHUT DOWN! My sweet grandma was in this place for rehab due to her h … (read more)

Tallahassee Memorial Hospital Extended Care

1609 Medical Drive , Tallahassee, FL, 32308

My grandfather went to Tallahassee Memorial Rehab Center, and it was an excellent facility. He was there for about 2 to 3 months. I would recommend them because they have a great physical, occupationa … (read more)
My grandfather went to Tallahassee Memorial Rehab Center, and it was an excellent facility. He was there for about 2 to 3 months. I would recommend them because they have a great physical, occupationa … (read more)

Miracle Hill Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Inc

1329 Abraham Street, Tallahassee, FL, 32304

Very outdated facility. A lot of paper is used and electronic charting is not possible at the moment. Apparently they are working to get it back online, but there has not been much progress. A lot of … (read more)
Very outdated facility. A lot of paper is used and electronic charting is not possible at the moment. Apparently they are working to get it back online, but there has not been much progress. A lot of … (read more)

Seven Hills Health & Rehabilitation Center

3333 Capital Medical Boulevard, Tallahassee, FL, 32308

I have never been so rudely treated, mostly by the night shift cna’s I question that because I didn’t see them do anything. Very rarely did I get what I requested, I would sometimes wait over an … (read more)
I have never been so rudely treated, mostly by the night shift cna’s I question that because I didn’t see them do anything. Very rarely did I get what I requested, I would sometimes wait over an … (read more)

Consulate Health Care Of Tallahassee

1650 Phillips Road, Tallahassee, FL, 32308

This facility is a TERRIBLE place !! Please avoid at all cost , my mother died in this facility .. the staff is terrible .
This facility is a TERRIBLE place !! Please avoid at all cost , my mother died in this facility .. the staff is terrible .

Nursing Home Costs in Tallahassee, Florida

Tallahassee’s average cost for nursing home care is $7,543 per month in semiprivate rooms and $11,558 for private-room accommodations.

The Cost of Nursing Home Care in Nearby Cities

Tallahassee’s estimated monthly nursing home care cost is around $200 less than the national average. It’s also less expensive by over $1,100 than the Sunshine State’s average of $8,669. Cost comparisons are based on the average monthly costs for semiprivate accommodations. 

Compared to most areas in Northern Florida, Tallahassee is the most affordable option for nursing home care, but only for semiprivate accommodations. The state capital saves seniors nearly $700 compared to Panama City and almost $1,100 compared to Jacksonville. Crestview is the second most affordable area in the Florida Panhandle but is still more costly than Tallahassee by nearly $400. In the North Central portion of the state, nursing home care in Ocala costs over $600 more per month.

$7543

Tallahassee

$8669

Florida

$7756

The United States

$8213

Panama City

$7908

Crestview Area

$8638

Jacksonville

$8187

Ocala

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Seniors and their loved ones may consider other care options based on costs and the level of care needed. The cheapest option in Tallahassee is adult day health care, at $1,246 per month, suitable for those who require minimal-to-moderate health support. For seniors who can safely remain at home, home care and home health care have close average costs, both over $4,000. Assisted living offers a homelike alternative to institutional care, at $5,506. Nursing home care is the costliest option, with a large price difference of about $4,000 between private and semiprivate arrangements.

$4124

Home care

$4290

Home health care

$1246

Adult day health care

$5506

Assisted living

$7543

Nursing home (semiprivate room)

$11558

Nursing home (private room)

Financial Assistance for Nursing Home Care in Tallahassee, 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 Tallahassee, Florida

Local resources connect Tallahassee seniors to appropriate services and programs that may help them remain safely in the community and delay institutionalization. Some of these services include care management and nursing facility preadmission assessments to help them plan for long-term care.

ResourceContactService
Tallahassee Senior Foundation

(850) 891-4000The Tallahassee Senior Foundation primarily supports the city government’s Tallahassee Senior Services and the Leon County Senior Outreach. It conducts fitness, lifelong learning and art programs at the Tallahassee Senior Center, which is also a SHIP-SMP counseling site for SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders). Its UPSLIDE (Utilizing and Promoting Social Engagement for Loneliness, Isolation and Depression in the Elderly) program offers phone counseling and Friends Connection gatherings for 50+ Tallahasseeans. Other programs include Grandparents as Parents, the Tallahassee Senior Services Volunteer Program and various support groups.
Area Agency on Aging for North Florida(850) 488-0055AAA-NF is the designated Aging and Disabilities Resource Center and local Elder Helpline for Tallahassee, providing information and assistance on available services and supports for seniors and their caregivers. The AAA-NF office is also a SHINE counseling site for Medicare beneficiaries.
Elder Care Service – Big Bend(850) 921-5554Contracted by AAA-NF, ECS Big Bend is Leon County’s lead agency for Florida’s Community Care for the Elderly program. CCE provides home and community-based services for eligible seniors, including care management, adult day care, home-delivered and congregate meals, transportation and in-home services such as personal care, homemaking and respite care. ECS also facilitates various senior volunteer programs, and its outreach services include short-term emergency assistance for utility bills, food, adaptive medical equipment and Lifeline alert systems.
Comprehensive Assessment and Review for Long-Term Care Services(850) 414-2000The CARES program of Florida’s Department of Elder Affairs’ provides preadmission screening assessments for nursing home placement and alternative care options. Medical eligibility for institutionalization and Medicaid HCBS waivers is determined by a registered nurse, identifying a client’s needs to establish the right level of care. The CARES field office for Tallahassee has the same location as the state’s Elderly Affairs office.
Capital Area Community Action Agency(850) 222-2043CACAA facilitates the Weatherization Assistance Program and Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program in Tallahassee. Weatherization refers to home improvements for enhanced energy efficiency and reduced heating bills, while LIHEAP provides utility payment assistance and other forms of energy crisis relief. Priority on these federally funded programs is given to qualified low-income seniors 60 and older.