21 Assisted Living Communities in Ocala, Florida
The average cost of assisted living in the city is $3,275 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 21 Assisted Living Communities in Ocala and several in surrounding areas.
- Assisted living: $3,275
- Nursing home semiprivate room: $7,452
- In-home care: $3,813
- Adult day health services: $1,408
Assisted Living Facilities near Ocala, Florida
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Reviews of Assisted Living Facilities in Ocala
May 25, 2021
We visited The Windsor of Ocala. It appeared to be clean and organized. It was not convenient for us to bring our furniture, so that was one of the things that made us decide not to go. The rooms are rather small but adequate. Brenda was very nice and helpful. Their exercise room was extremely small, as I recall.
May 13, 2021
Brookdale Chambrel Pinecastle was very nice, it's an older community, but it was remodeled. I was very impressed with the staff. I have it on my list of places to go back and see again if my friend's nephew ever gets here. I was very impressed by the marketing person. For the rooms, I saw mostly studios and one-bedrooms. They were very clean, they showed me renovated and not renovated apartments, and I liked the renovated one more. It was very nice. I'm considering it for my friend.
May 13, 2021
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 wandering the hallways and kind of confused. The staff that was with me stopped and immediately excused herself from me to get the lady help, and I was very impressed by that because that's what's lacking where my friend is right now. I remember that it's an older facility, and that it had a lot of artwork.
April 2, 2021
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.
January 22, 2021
Marion Woods was very well run, very clean, and it seemed like a nice community. The people we met that lived there seemed happy and the management seemed concerned and involved in every person, which was impressive to us. It had everything in between and all the amenities. It had a beautiful pool and a grill. There's pretty much a place to do everything. If you want to walk, there's a beautiful trail around the property. Everything was just super nice. All in all, we were very much impressed. My dad is 93 years old and not much impresses him, so that is like an extra brownie points for them. The rooms were very nice and very clean. They redo the carpet, and they paint so that everything is brand new each time someone leaves and before you move in. The floor plans were nice. They had everything. It felt very safe as well. The rooms were nice, the accessibility to them, everything is on one level, and they offer a lot of choices. They had studios and they had rooms as big as 2-bedrooms and 2-baths. So, you can be really like in an efficiency pretty much with one big room or you can be in the largest one, which is like a small home in a way as it has a lot of space. The price goes up as you get into bigger accommodations, but what we liked in the community was that it is a senior living residence, not an assisted living community. So, the residents are able to maintain as much independence as they want to, but there is backup for when they go. The minute you don't feel like driving anymore, there is a bus to take you. Everything is right there. There is a barbershop there. The other thing is that if you get to a point where you would need physical therapy or you need someone to come in and clean or anything like that, they have a list of people that they have used that are vetted by them and that they would recommend. They probably have already been coming to the community for other people. If you need somebody to help you, they know who to call; that was another perk as well. I could do a whole shoot on how good a community Marion Woods was.
April 28, 2020
The Windsor of Ocala is above our normal budget and exceeded our insurance coverage, but it's an established community. When I did the tour, the staff was very informative, she answered all our questions, and I had the opportunity to meet a few of the staff members. I saw some of their rooms and they were adequate. Their dining area was well-set up. The whole community is very similar to what the place we chose has.
April 27, 2020
Marion Oaks Assisted Living was a small facility that only had room for 16 people. It was more like a hospital, it was too small, the rooms were too small, and it wasn't what we were looking for at this time. The place was very clean, the people were very nice, and the staff member who accommodated us was very helpful and very good.
October 18, 2019
Brentwood at Fore Ranch is clean. My wife's room has a bed, 2 closets, a restroom, and it has a microwave, extra sink and a small refrigerator. The staff members are helpful but they need more people, especially during the afternoons, during holidays or on the weekends. The food is pretty good, they also have a lot of activities for the residents. They have checkers, puzzles, memory games, TV, and exercises, they have a lot of things going on. I'm rating this community a 4 because it needs a little improvement but the facilities they have is nice.
July 25, 2019
We were able to tour Pacifica Senior Living. It was beautiful, it's brand new, but they do not graduate into Medicaid if needed. It was a little bit higher in price. The rooms were large, the staff was wonderful (very nice), and the dining room was exceptionally nice. They have a community area, a nice library, an outside area that was wonderful, there were lots of plants, and a fountain. The rooms had a lovely bathroom, plenty of closet space, a little extra room here and there depending on where you are, and nice big windows. The residents seemed content and happy, the menu was on the board, and it was very nice. It's just across the street from Walmart. The lady there gave me more information than anywhere we went. She explained her costs, and why they charge what they do, she gave us a complete tour, and she didn't miss a thing. This is a place I would move into. They have a bus that takes them to different places, a complete schedule of different places to go, and they had a nice area where you could fix a cup of coffee anytime.
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Assisted Living Costs in Ocala
According to Genworth’s 2018 Cost of Care study, Ocala’s average monthly cost for assisted living is lower than the national average at $3,275 and just below the state average of $3,500. Assisted living costs are among the lowest in the area, with prices in nearby Gainesville ($3,775), Homosassa Springs ($4,125) and The Villages ($5,031) being significantly higher.
Cost of Assisted Living Comparison Chart
Care Cost Comparison
Senior care costs vary based on the location, type of care and included services. In Ocala, nursing home care costs are more than double that of assisted living, while in-home care, such as a home health aide or homemaker services, is also more expensive than assisted living. Adult day health care is the least expensive option. When evaluating the different care options, it’s important to factor in daily living expenses like rent, utilities, food and home maintenance that are often included in residential care services for seniors. Cost of Homemaker/Home Health Aide Comparison Chart
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Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Ocala
Medicaid in Florida
Medicaid is a nationwide program that provides low-income, low-asset Americans with access to limited health services such as screening for diabetes and management of chronic health conditions. The federal and state governments jointly fund it, and in Florida, the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration administers the Medicaid program.
To qualify for Medicaid coverage, Ocala seniors need to meet strict income and asset limits. For a single senior, the income limit is $2,313 per month, while a couple applying together can earn no more than $4,626. Income from all sources must be declared, including pensions, alimony, stock dividends, wages and annuities.
Medicaid limits countable assets to a maximum of $2,000 for individuals and $3,000 for couples. Assets include cash, bank account balances, bonds, stocks and all real estate except for the applicant’s primary residence as long as that residence has a current market value of $585,000 or less. Also excluded from countable assets are all personal effects such as clothing, furniture, jewelry and one vehicle.
Seniors aged 65 and over who qualify for Medicaid may be eligible for benefits through the Florida Statewide Medicaid Managed Care, Long Term Care Program, or SMMC LTC. This program funds services designed to delay or prevent nursing home placement by supporting seniors who remain in their own homes or an assisted living facility.
Services covered under the SMMC LTC include home accessibility adaptation, homemakers and attendant care, medication administration, and occupational, physical and speech therapy. It’s important to note that while this program does not cover the room-and-board portion of monthly assisted living costs, it may be used to fund other supports seniors could need to reside in an assisted living facility.
In addition to meeting eligibility requirements for Medicaid coverage, seniors who apply for the SMMC LTC program must also meet one or more of the clinical criteria for program inclusion. The Comprehensive Assessment and Review for Long-Term Care Services (CARES) or the Florida Department of Elder Affairs performs this assessment.
To learn more about Florida Medicaid for seniors and the Statewide Medicaid Managed Care and Long Term Care program, contact the Agency for Health Care Administration at (877) 711-3662 or call the Florida Elder Helpline at (800) 963-5337.
Other Financial Assistance Programs for Assisted Living
Assisted Living Bridge Loans
Seniors who require access to funds for assisted living on a short-term basis may be eligible for an assisted living bridge loan from Elderlife Financial Services.
These loans provide seniors with the cash they need to pay for moving expenses and monthly costs while transitioning from their home to an assisted living facility, making this a viable option for seniors who are selling their home or waiting on benefit approval.
Seniors can make assisted bridge loan applications over the phone, and in most cases, an answer is provided to the applicant within 24 hours. If approved, seniors can access funds through either a lump-sum payment or as a line of credit, and most assisted living loans have terms of 12 months or less.
To learn more about assisted living bridge loans through Elderlife Financial, call (888) 228-4500.
Assisted Living Resources in Ocala
Senior Centers in Ocala
Ocala’s senior centers give older residents access to a wide range of programs, events and resources. Seniors can participate in organized day trips to local attractions, weekly exercise classes and educational workshops on topics such as fraud prevention and healthy eating.
Barbara Gaskin Washington Adult Activity Center
210 NW 12 Avenue, Ocala, FL 34475
Senior Wellness Community Center
9850 SW 84th Court, Suite 500, Ocala, FL 34481
Veterans Centers and Clinics
Veterans in Ocala who require health services can contact the Ocala Community-Based Outpatient Clinic, which provides both general and specialized medical services. The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post hosts regular fish fries, karaoke nights and events where veterans can socialize, learn about area resources and enjoy a low-cost meal.
VA Ocala Community-Based Outpatient Clinic
1515 East Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, FL 34470
VFW Post 4209 – McCullough-Mixson Post
4805 NE 36th Avenue, Ocala, FL 34479
Community Aid Agencies
A number of government, faith-based and nonprofit organizations offer services to seniors in Ocala. These agencies can assist with income tax preparation, help seniors who require transportation to medical appointments and provide low-cost meal services. Marion County Community Services
2710 East Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, FL 34470
(352) 671-8770 Marion Senior Services
1101 SW 20th Ct., Ocala, FL 34472
(352) 620-3501 Interfaith Emergency Services
435 NW 2nd Street, Ocala, FL 34475
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