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The average cost of assisted living in the county is $3,275 a month. This guide is a starting point covering the cost of assisted living care in the county, as well as financing options to pay for it. You'll find in-depth information on 27 assisted living facilities in Marion County and 27 in surrounding areas.
The Cost of Senior Care in Marion County, FL
Situated on 14 wooded acres, Brookdale Pinecastle is a stunning retirement community that caters to both active seniors and those in need of assisted living.
Families who are looking for compassionate, high-quality care for their loved ones who need assisted living services can turn to Pacifica Senior Living Ocala.
Brentwood at Fore Ranch offers five-star living for seniors who want an escape from household responsibilities and the peace of mind that comes with having on-site supportive services.
Set in a rustic area of horse farms, Brookdale Canopy Oaks is a peaceful assisted living and memory care community where residents enjoy fine living and many engaging activities.
Near medical care and shopping, Brookdale Paddock Hills is a warm, country-style community offering the full spectrum of flexible senior care so residents never have to move again.
Marion Oaks Assisted Living provides a loving sanctuary to active seniors that has growing needs and assistance. We are located in a peaceful area of Ocala, Marion County, Florida and is surrounded by peaceful nature, shopping centers and restaurants.
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A provider of supportive living options, Always There Assisted Living, LLC - Citrus Springs, FL offers services and amenities Dunnellon seniors seeking an inviting environment.
Since 1999, when The Bridge at Ocala in Ocala, FL, first opened its doors, we have thrived on the notion of community, the strength of neighborhood, the comfort and warmth of extended family, and the hospitality befitting good friends. Both…
As Ocala’s newest, most elegant retirement living community, Canterfield of Ocala invites you to discover a truly exceptional way of life. From our ideal location on Highway 200 to our continuum of care, we are an inspiring retirement community that…
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Summerfield Suites LLC is a homelike assisted living community offering seniors a variety of care services dependent upon each individual's needs. A nurse is on staff to provide skilled nursing care and medication management, and a physician, physical and occupational therapists…
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Welcome to Camelot Chateau Assisted Living Our rolling hills and majestic tree-lined scenic country roads are a surprise to many first time visitors. Within this setting, Camelot Chateau presents an 80-unit assisted living community with an open, casually elegant atmosphere.…
At Heidi's Haven, we include all services in our daily or monthly fee. Daily rates depend upon each resident's needs. Our homes do not require entrance or admission fees. We commit ourselves to maintaining a healthy family lifestyle and a…
Welcome to Palm Garden Of Ocala! Palm Garden of Ocala is a provider of short-term, long-term care, and rehabilitation services in Ocala, Florida.As your partner in health, Palm Garden of Ocala shares your goal to return safely home with maximum…
My mother moved into Hampton Manor at Deerwood, and as far as I can tell it is very good. Everybody is kind and friendly. The room is bare and grey. It is what it is, but it is functional, it is available, and we are grateful. The food is delicious; they love the food.Read more Hampton Manor at Deerwood reviews
I visited Hampton Manor at Deerwood's assisted living. I saw people interacting, it was very clean, and if I remember correctly, it's privately owned, so it's not a large management company. Activities were going on while I was there. I also remember seeing a lady that I thought was probably in memory care. She was wa...Read more Hampton Manor at Deerwood reviews
Brookdale Paddock Hills was small, nice, clean, and personable. The director was very nice. The rooms were nice, not too big and not too small. The activities director had good ideas and made up a calendar with different things on it. She wanted to actively involve as many people as she could and had a nice personality...Read more Brookdale Paddock Hills reviews
The rooms and activities at Brookdale Paddock Hills were fine. All in all, it was a good and nice place. They had a gaming area and would take their residents on shopping. It was more like a blue-collar worker kind of place where you don't have a lot of bells and whistles but you do have nice things there for people. I...Read more Brookdale Paddock Hills reviews
Brookdale Canopy Oaks would've been the best facility to go to because it was walking distance from where we live, but they had a $1,500 move-in fee, which we can pay over three months. Then, the guy offered us a fee of $3,400 a month, and we had to buy it right away. We had to have a December 1st move-in date, but thi...Read more Brookdale Canopy Oaks reviews
According to Genworth’s 2018 Cost of Care study, assisted living prices in Marion County are lower than both the state ($3,500) and national ($4,000) averages. Costs are also lower than nearby areas, such as The Villages ($5,031), Gainesville ($3,775) and Homosassa Springs ($4,125). Other areas in Florida with similar prices for assisted living include Tampa ($3,250), Miami ($3,350) and Orlando ($3,275).
Note: Senior care cost data wasn’t available for Marion County, so data for Ocala, the seat of Marion County, was used.
The Cost of Assisted Living in Surrounding Areas
In Marion County, average monthly costs for senior care range from $1,408 for adult day health care up to $7,452 for nursing home care. Assisted living costs are less than half of nursing home care. The significant price difference is largely based on the type of care provided.
Nursing home care includes 24/7 skilled nursing along with personal care services and room-and-board costs, while prices for in-home senior care from a homemaker or home health aide are based on 44 hours of service weekly. Assisted living prices generally include meals and living expenses along with some nonmedical support.
Senior Care Cost Comparison Chart
Medicaid is a nationwide, government-run health insurance program designed to help low-income Americans access basic health care services. Funding is provided by the state and federal governments, and the annual budget for Medicaid in Florida is more than $23 billion, of which about two-thirds goes towards services for the elderly and disabled.
Strict financial criteria is used to determine Medicaid eligibility to ensure only seniors who have no other means of paying for health care are enrolled in Medicaid. In Florida, seniors who receive Supplemental Security Income benefits are automatically qualified for Medicaid, and they don’t need to submit an application unless they’re seeking long-term care services.
Note: Florida is an income-cap state. This means that seniors with incomes exceeding Medicaid limits cannot spend down their income on medical expenses in order to achieve eligibility.
Statewide Medicaid Managed Care Long-Term Care Program
Florida seniors age 65 and older who require the level of care provided in a nursing home may qualify for Medicaid coverage under the Statewide Medicaid Managed Care Long-Term Care Program. This program reduces nursing home placement among seniors in Florida by providing additional services and supports in an assisted living setting. To be eligible, seniors must:
Note: seniors are exempt from counting personal belongings, such as clothing and household furnishings, under Medicaid eligibility rules. One vehicle, a non-revocable burial contract and the senior’s principal residence valued up to $585,000 are also considered to be non-countable assets.
If approved for the SMMC LTC program, seniors may receive one or more types of medically required services, such as a personal attendant, skilled nursing care, physical or occupational therapy, medical supplies and transportation.
For more information on Florida Medicaid, the SMMC LTC and the CARES assessment program, contact the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, Ocala branch at (352) 620-3457.
Optional State Supplementation
Florida is one of a number of states providing SSI top-up money to seniors who receive SSI payments and reside in a licensed assisted living facility through the Optional State Supplementation program. This cash-based program is designed to assist seniors with room-and-board costs.
Florida OSS rates are currently set at a maximum of $78.40 for an individual senior and $156.80 for a couple. These rates are subject to change on an annual basis.
To learn more about the OSS, contact ACCESS Florida at (866) 762-2237.
Veterans Aid and Attendance Benefits and Housebound Allowance
Veterans and their survivors who receive regular VA pension benefits and have a disability that significantly impacts day-to-day living may qualify for a pension top up through the VA Aid and Attendance Benefits and Housebound Allowance program.
Applicants may only be approved for either Aid and Attendance Benefits or the Housebound Allowance. Note: Disabilities don’t have to be linked to military service.
Aid and Attendance provides up to $22,577 per year in combined VA pension payments to single veterans without dependents and up to $26,766 with one dependent. Eligible survivors without dependents may receive up to $14,509 per year in combined VA pension payments and up to $17,309 with one dependent.
To qualify for A&A benefits, applicants must meet at least one of the following criteria:
To qualify for the Housebound Allowance, applicants must have a permanent disability that has rendered them largely housebound. Veterans without dependents may receive up to $16,540 in combined VA pension through the Housebound Allowance and up to $20,731 with one dependent. Eligible survivors without dependents may receive up to $11,095 per year and up to $13,893 with one dependent.
For more information and assistance with the application process, contact Marion County Veterans Services at (352) 671-8422.
Seniors in Marion County can access and participate in low-cost fitness classes, weekly bingo games, baking classes and woodcarving clubs at the two adult activity centers in the county. These centers also host education programs and AARP income tax clinics, and experts are available to help seniors navigate health insurance options.
Eighth Avenue Adult Activity Center
830 NE Eighth Avenue, Ocala, FL 34470
Barbara Gaskin Washington Adult Activity Center
210 NW 12th Avenue, Ocala, FL 34475
Marion County seniors who need help getting to and from medical appointments, want to connect with low-cost legal services or want to participate in low-cost congregate meals can contact Marion Senior Services.
Free health and wellness screenings, health-related support groups and the American Diabetes Association Self-Management Education Program are available at the Ocala Health Senior Wellness Community Center.
Marion Senior Services
1101 SW 20th Court, Ocala, FL 34472
Senior Wellness Community Center
9850 SW 84th Court, Suite 500, Ocala, FL 34481
Marion County veterans and survivors can access VA health services, including psychiatric care, chronic disease management and referrals to specialists at the Ocala Community-Based Outpatient Clinic. Marion County Veterans Services provide assistance with VA pension applications and appeals, death and burial benefits and service records.
Ocala Community Based Outpatient Clinic
1515 East Silver Springs Boulevard, Suite 226, Ocala, FL 34470
Marion County Veterans Services
2730 East Silver Springs Boulevard, Unit 100, Ocala, FL 34470
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