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The average cost of assisted living in the city is $3,750 a month. This guide is a starting point covering the cost of assisted living care in the city, as well as financing options to pay for it. You’ll find in-depth information on 15 assisted living facilities in Melbourne and 30 in surrounding areas.
Nestled in the heart of Melbourne just minutes from shopping, parks, golf courses, hospitals, sandy beaches and the airport is Watersong, a luxury retirement community.
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Grand Villa of Melbourne blends a vibrant independent lifestyle with the comfort of knowing you have extra support and care if you need it and every resident is a respected member of our family.
We offer a home like setting and cheerful smiles from our professional staff who greet you every day. Our caring staff offers the assistance you need while respecting your independence. Our peaceful setting, restaurant style dining experience, activities and beautiful…
Victoria Landing is a community built with character and heart, and we strive to enrich the lives of our residents through intellectual, physical, spiritual and social wellness.
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Pinewood Estates Assisted Living Facility located in Melbourne, provides seniors with a selection of amenities to encourage an enjoyable senior living experience.
Well-trained staff, a welcoming setting and first-class supportive services are just a few of the reasons why families trust Heritage Pointe when their loved one requires supportive services to remain independent.
Hammock Manor is a welcoming residential care community whose well-trained staff deliver the supportive services that seniors need to continue living full, engaged lives.
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When seniors need assisted living or memory care, Sonata at Melbourne – Harmony & Serenades offer an active and fulfilling lifestyle for all their residents.
Century Oaks of Melbourne, Florida features beautiful one- and two-bedroom independent and assisted living apartments within a safe and securely monitored courtyard building.
Brookdale Melbourne is too clinical for me and the assisted living unit looked more like a regular nursing home. The person who assisted me was very nice. They have activities and an outdoor sitting and a dining area. They should try to do away with the clinical feel.Read more Brookdale Melbourne reviews
Brookdale Melbourne was okay. The studio we saw had a little kitchenette and a bathroom. There was nobody to greet you, and the girl that usually is there is on maternity leave. I wasn't overly impressed. They wouldn't show us the memory care. Most of the people there were in wheelchairs. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't a...Read more Brookdale Melbourne reviews
My brother is in Life Care Center. It's a rehabilitation center and they also have a long-term facility, but the wait list is long. They have nurses on call and doctors that come pretty often. The staff is caring when they get to the patient, but I feel that they need more help because they're too busy and can't fully ...Read more Life Care Center Of Melbourne reviews
Life Care Center of Melbourne was an excellent place. I received excellent rehabilitation there. The food was good, though I prefer more vegetables. They have an activity room that's constantly busy with exercises, games, movies, and music. The staff there was excellent too.Read more Life Care Center Of Melbourne reviews
We went to visit Grand Villa of Melbourne. It’s looked nice. We were there on a Sunday when there was a gentleman playing guitar and singing and people were in the hallways lined up in their wheelchairs. The common rooms are way too small. They don’t have independent living and have to evacuate for every hurricane! It ...Read more Grand Villa of Melbourne reviews
My mom is currently in assisted living at Grand Villa of Melbourne. It is fabulous and doesn't have a clinical feel at all. It's very open and just very nice. The staff is very nice and they all know Mom by name, even though she's only been there a little over a month. They also know me. I'm pleased with the services. ...Read more Grand Villa of Melbourne reviews
Genworth’s 2018 Cost of Care study places Melbourne’s average monthly cost for assisted living slightly higher than the state’s average of $3,500 but significantly lower than the national average of $4,000. Melbourne is one of the costlier cities for assisted living on Florida’s Atlantic coast, averaging over $100 a month more than Port Saint Lucie ($3,620) and more than $200 a month more than cities in the nearby Sebastian area ($3,524).
Assisted Living Cost Comparison Chart
Cost for senior care varies significantly, depending on type. While adult day health care costs over $2,000 less per month than assisted living in Melbourne and the Palm Bay area, it does not offer around-the-clock services, and seniors should factor in additional costs for housing, meals and other basic necessities. Similarly, home health services are more expensive, on average, than assisted living in Melbourne, and don’t cover rent and upkeep, expenses generally included in assisted living costs. Nursing home care is by far the most expensive option in Melbourne, with an average monthly cost over double that of assisted living for a semiprivate room.
Cost of Senior Care Comparison Chart
Florida Medicaid offers medical care assistance to residents who meet specific income and asset requirements, regardless of age. Qualified residents who enroll in the Managed Medical Assistance (MMA) program may choose from a selection of managed care plans and receive access to comprehensive services, including doctors, hospitals, home health care, nursing homes, hospice, prescription drugs, behavioral health and transportation to appointments.
To apply for Medicaid, you can visit the Florida Department of Children and Families or call 866-762-2237. Seniors who currently receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) should work directly with the Social Security Administration.
Statewide Medicaid Managed Care Long-Term Care Program
Designed to support residents who require long-term care, the Statewide Medicaid Managed Care Long-Term Care Program (SMMC LTC) assists Medicaid-eligible Florida seniors with in-home assistance, community services and assisted living. Program participants work with case managers, who assess care needs to determine a plan to facilitate care in the least restrictive environment possible. Benefits are numerous and may include assisted living, adult foster care, assistive care services and home-delivered meals.
To receive SMMC LTC services, individuals must be legal Florida residents at least 65 years old (or between 18 and 64 and designated as disabled), meet Florida Medicaid eligibility requirements and require a nursing facility level of care, which does not necessarily mean they require residence in a nursing home. An individual’s monthly income and assets cannot exceed a combined total of $2,313, while couples applying jointly cannot go over $4,626.
Seniors interested in this program should call their local Area Agency on Aging or the Elder Helpline at 800-262-2243 and request a screening for home- and community-based services. A representative will schedule a screening interview with the primary caregiver, who will be asked to provide basic information, such as income and care needs.
The Optional State Supplement (OSS)
For low-income Florida seniors already in residential care facilities, such as assisted living, The Optional State Supplement (OSS) grant provides financial assistance that comes as a cash payment to be applied toward room and board. Payments vary depending on the facility, up to a maximum of $239 per month for individuals and $487 per month for couples.
Residents must be 65 or older (unless disabled) and require placement in residential care, as determined by an assigned case manager. The monthly income limit for eligibility is $828.40 for individuals and $1,656.80 for couples in residential care. The income limits are slightly higher for individuals in mental health care facilities. Asset limits and rules are similar to those in place for Medicaid. To apply for this program, you can visit the ACCESS Florida website.
VA Aid and Attendance Program
For veterans or surviving spouses seeking help with assisted living costs, the VA Aid and Attendance Program provides additional funds beyond the basic VA pension to help offset costs of care. The VA Aid and Attendance Program is available to veterans aged 65 and over who require assistance with activities of daily living.
As financial eligibility requirements for this program may be complex, it’s best to visit your local VA benefits office.
Florida Project R.E.L.I.E.F.
Individuals looking to stay in their homes may find assistance through Florida’s Project R.E.L.I.E.F. (Respite for Elders Living in Everyday Families). This free in-home program provides trained volunteers to relieve caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients and individuals with dementia, allowing families to better care for their loved ones at home.
To qualify, individuals must be Florida residents 60 years of age or older, who are unable to care for themselves and cannot afford respite care. The program is managed by the Florida Area Agencies on Aging, with each local agency maintaining its own specific requirements. To learn more, you can also visit Florida’s Department of Elder Affairs.
Community Care for the Elderly (CCE)
Medicaid-ineligible Florida residents may qualify for the Community Care for the Elderly (CCE) program, which strives to enable seniors to receive care at home rather than in costly Medicaid-funded facilities. Available benefits may include non-medical transportation, adult day health care and other services that allow individuals to stay safely at home. Seniors can select and hire their own caregivers, including family members. Participants pay a co-pay for benefits, which is generally 1 to 3 percent of their income.
Applicants must be Medicaid-ineligible Florida residents at least 60 years of age with a functional impairment for which they require assistance. There are no income limits. To learn more about the program or apply, contact one of the program’s lead agencies or call the Elder Helpline at 1-800-963-5337.
Assisted Living and Eldercare Bridge Loans
For individuals in need of immediate funds while awaiting benefits or selling a home or for families looking for a temporary solution until permanent funding can be secured, Elderlife Financial provides bridge loans. This line of credit has a fast approval process, sometimes within 24 hours of applying, and it allows multiple co-borrowers.
Similar to traditional loans, eldercare bridge loan originators consider credit scores, although loans with multiple borrowers weight individual creditworthiness less. Lenders will also want to know where borrowers plan to secure long-term funding. As these loans are generally given to families, the age and the health of the person in need of care aren’t relevant to approval.
For additional information on assisted living and eldercare bridge loans, you can contact Elderlife Financial Services.
Brevard County, where Melbourne is located, has the largest population of seniors in the state of Florida, with one in four residents a senior. Consequently, Melbourne is home to several senior centers and wellness programs dedicated to improving the quality of life for its elder population, offering educational and socialization opportunities.
Wickham Park Senior Center
2785 Leisure Way, Melbourne, FL 32935
Senior Adventures in Learning (SAIL) of Melbourne
2950 N. Harbor City Boulevard, Melbourne, FL 32935
Low-income individuals looking for assistance with housing needs have several options in Melbourne. Subsidized housing is available in many sizes and types, and individuals should seek additional information at local housing authorities.
Housing Authority of Brevard County
1401 Guava Avenue, Melbourne, FL 32935
Senior Resource Alliance
988 Woodcock Road, Orlando, FL 32803
Eligible veterans can find counseling services, apply for benefits and receive employment referral at their local Veterans Affairs office. These centers are open during nontraditional hours to accommodate family needs.
Melbourne Vet Center
2098 Sarno Road, Melbourne, FL 32935
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