49 Assisted Living Communities in Sarasota, Florida
The average cost of assisted living in the city is $3,874 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 49 Assisted Living Communities in Sarasota and several in surrounding areas. The Cost of Senior Care in Sarasota, FL
- Assisted Living: $3,874
- Nursing Home Care: $8,669
- In-home Care: $3,813
- Adult Day Health Services: $1,907
Assisted Living Facilities near Sarasota, Florida
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The Fountains of Hope Assisted Living and Memory Care
2250 Jesus Way, Sarasota, FL 34240
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Reviews of Assisted Living Facilities in Sarasota
March 30, 2021
Aravilla Assisted Living & Memory Care was a nice place. It was clean, and it was nice. It was built in a circle. The staff was friendly, and the rooms were nice. They offered everything, like arts and crafts. It was lovely, and I really liked it, but it was just too expensive.
November 20, 2019
Our biggest issue with Heron House was the shared room and the price, and they weren't willing to negotiate or help at all. Everybody was very friendly. They showed us different rooms, and they were nice. With just a half a wall separating their two areas that was waist high, I thought that it could be very problematic for senior citizens. They had quite a bit of activities like games and trips to stores.
October 18, 2019
Sarasota is the one we want to go to live. We want to take the villa, it's like a condo, all on first floor, overlooking the lake. They've got 2-bedrooms, 2-baths, we want to have an undercover for the car, and they have a glassed-in patio, so that makes an extra room. It's more footage, it has a full kitchen, oven, stove, dishwasher, and they have a washer and dryer in the apartment. They don't do the laundry, they give you 2 meals a day, and they also have a central building in addition to the villas. The staff is very good, and she's not pushy. They had a bus, and they were going to take the people somewhere. They take pets.
July 22, 2019
Heron East was more assisted living, but my dad was not at that stage yet, so that's why I picked another more independent community. The staff member who helped me during the tour was super nice and very knowledgeable. The rooms were a little small, and they only had a studio set up, so it was just one room with a bathroom. The dining room was very nice and everybody ate at their own little tables. I didn't try the food.
June 25, 2019
My husband was in Arden Courts of Sarasota for less than a month, and if everything goes OK in rehab, he will go back there. The place was friendly and nice, but very old fashioned design and amenities wise. They had small rooms designed for everybody, so they would feel comfortable walking from the bed to the toilet or bed to the chair, and they don't have to cross a lot. They had a lot of common areas and railings. The food and their cook were very good. The activities were dedicated to memory care and were a bit quaint. We encouraged him to participate in their trivia, group crossword, and bingo. He didn't always like the food, but they were very caring about giving something that he might eat. I would like to consider a cord button for memory care people who actually can use it like my husband, as opposed to dragging himself out of bed and going somewhere to call a nurse. They said nurses pass by or check him periodically, but it's not that periodical. He had good rapport with the other nurses, but there was a nightshift nurse who he had a really big problem with. Generally, it's a very good place.
June 24, 2019
Desoto Beach Club was absolutely marvelous. I would move in immediately, but you have to move out when you need assistance. You can't stay there because it's just independent living. The residents I met were marvelous, and the staff was lovely. It was a really nice place.
January 16, 2019
We liked it very much. We could have a waterfront villa with a full kitchen and I can take my cat. It had two bedrooms, two baths, and was small but adequate. They had a whole page full of activities every day. They play Jeopardy, bridge, go on trips almost every day either shopping or to a restaurant, and exercise. They have a director of activities that keeps everybody including herself busy. There's a library, a movie room, a pool, get-togethers once a week, and they serve wine once in a while. The staff during the tour was wonderful and very helpful.
September 29, 2018
We liked Heron House and it felt like home. My dad just felt like the rooms were too small for him. The staff was wonderful and nice. We had lunch there and the food was good and wonderful. Everything else seemed nice and it was very homey.
September 20, 2018
Desoto Beach Club is very good. It is pretty close to where I'm at now, so it is not a big change for me. They have a game room, and there is a big room that most of the residents go to and watch movies. They take them out by bus to a grocery store or other places they want to go. The activities are quite good. The staff members are very good too. They're very knowledgeable about everything. They have a couple of rooms that were recently renovated.
Map of Sarasota, Florida
Assisted Living Costs in Sarasota
While monthly assisted living costs in Sarasota ($3,874) fall just under the national average of $4,000, the city is one of the most expensive in this region of Florida, coming in at nearly $400 per month over the state average according to Genworth’s Cost of Care Study 2018. Nearby locations such as Punta Gorda ($3,400) and the Tampa area ($3,250) are slightly less expensive, while farther inland, in places such as Sebring ($3,038) and the Lakeland area ($2,808), expenses drop even more.
Senior care cost data wasn’t available for Sarasota alone, so data for the North Port Area was used.
The Cost of Assisted Living in Surrounding Areas
Care Cost Comparison
The cost of senior services in Sarasota varies significantly by type, with adult day health services on the low end at $1,907 per month and nursing home care nearly five times that at $8,669. Assisted living falls toward the middle at $3,874, as do homemaker services ($3,813) and home health aides ($4,385). The cost of in-home care can vary further depending on the extent of services required. Seniors looking at in-home services should factor in expenses such as mortgage or rent when determining monthly costs, while those considering a residential program may want to consider transitional costs such as moving expenses.
Senior Care Cost Comparison Chart
Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Sarasota
Medicaid in Florida
Eligible seniors can receive comprehensive benefits from Florida Medicaid, including physician visits, inpatient hospital stays, nursing home care, home health services, adult day health care and prescription medication coverage. Benefits may vary depending on an individual’s medical and functional needs, and those who qualify are enrolled in the statewide Managed Medical Assistance program, which administers services.
To qualify for Florida’s SSI-related Medicaid program, applicants must be legal state residents aged 65 and over and meet strict income requirements. Single applicants may not exceed $891 in monthly income, and married couples with both spouses applying must have a total monthly income of no more than $1,208. Seniors who already receive Supplemental Security Income or who are eligible but not yet receiving SSI automatically qualify for Medicaid. To apply for benefits, these individuals should work directly with the Social Security Administration.
Further information on the state’s Medicaid program is available through ACCESS Florida or by calling (866) 762-2237.
Florida’s Statewide Medicaid Managed Care Long-Term Care Program provides community services, in-home care and assisted living programs to Medicaid-eligible seniors in need of extended care. Benefits may include adult foster care and services such as home-delivered meals. Qualified individuals are professionally assessed and assigned a case manager who develops an individualized plan for the applicant, enabling an individual to receive appropriate care in the least restrictive environment possible.
Legal Florida residents who are over the age of 65 and Medicaid-eligible may apply for SMMC LTC. Disabled individuals under 64 may also apply, and applicants must require a nursing facility level of care. Income limits apply. For single applicants, combined income and assets must not exceed $2,313 per month, and the limit is $4,626 for couples.
The first step in the application process is an assessment, which seniors can schedule via the Elder Helpline at (800) 262-2243. Potential applicants should request a screening for home- and community-based services. The primary caregiver should have basic information available for the initial interview, including the applicant’s income and required care needs.
Other Financial Assistance Programs for Assisted Living
Optional State Supplementation Program
Financial assistance is available for low-income Florida seniors already living in residential care communities through the Optional State Supplementation program. OSS funding offsets the costs of room and board in care facilities, and the stipend varies, depending on the type of care, up to a $239 monthly maximum for individuals and $487 for couples.
Unless disabled, individuals must be 65 or older to qualify for this benefit and must currently live in a residential care facility. Income limits apply, and individual applicants should make no more than $828.40 per month. The maximum monthly income for couples is exactly double that, at $1,656.80. For applicants living in dedicated mental health care facilities, income limits may be slightly higher. Asset limits follow Medicaid guidelines.
For additional information, answers to questions or to apply, potential applicants should visit ACCESS Florida.
VA Aid and Attendance Program
Financial assistance to offset the costs of assisted living is available to eligible veterans and their surviving spouses through the VA Aid and Attendance Program. Qualified individuals must be 65 or older and require assistance with the activities of daily living. There are no additional level-of-care requirements.
Financial eligibility requirements for the program are complex, making the application process confusing for many individuals. In addition to income information, applicants may need to provide specifics about un-reimbursed medical expenses. The VA benefits office staff assist veterans and their families with the application process and provide essential information on eligibility and other available benefits.
Assisted Living Bridge Loans
Elderlife Financial Services offers assisted living bridge loans to individuals in need of short-term funding for residential care. Seniors can secure up to 12 months of payments to allow them to transition to a program while awaiting final benefit approval or a payout from the sale of a home. Available as a lump sum payment or as a line of credit, bridge loans can also help fund transitional costs such as moving expenses. Approval is often quick.
These loans can have up to six borrowers, minimizing approval concerns centering around individual creditworthiness or the health and age of the senior receiving services. Borrowers are expected to furnish information about the anticipated source of permanent funding during the application process.
To discuss whether assisted living bridge loans are a viable option, contact Elderlife Financial Services directly.
Assisted Living Resources in Sarasota
Area Agency on Aging
Area Agencies on Aging offer community resources, information and referrals for services to senior citizens and caregivers. Individual counseling, support groups and respite care are available for families in need. Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida
15201 North Cleveland Avenue, Suite 1100, Fort Myers, FL 33903
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