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COVID-19 Rules for Assisted Living in Sarasota

For assisted living communities, COVID-19 rules and regulations are typically set at the state level. You can view specific rules on our guide to assisted living in FL. These rules change often, and many communities have policies in place that go above and beyond what’s required by the state, so you should contact your local community for more information. Additionally, you can contact your local Area Agency on Aging to learn more.

How to Pay for Assisted Living in Sarasota

The average monthly cost of assisted living in Sarasota is $4,145. The cost typically includes rent, three meals a day plus snacks, access to therapy and medical care and some assistance with apartment upkeep and personal care tasks.

Assisted Living in Sarasota vs. Nearby Cities

Sarasota’s average assisted living cost is slightly more expensive than the state’s average cost of $4,000, but almost $400 less expensive than the national average. Comparing Sarasota to cities within a hundred miles radius reveals an interesting cost correlation. Sarasota is on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, about midway between Tampa and Cape Coral; the cost of assisted living care in Sarasota is about $800 higher than Tampa’s average rate of $3,350 and about $200 less than Cape Coral’s rate of $4,334 per month.

  • Sarasota: $4,145
  • Florida: $4,000
  • National: $4,500
  • Sebring: $3,436
  • Tampa: $3,350
  • Punta Gorda: $3,350
  • Cape Coral: $4,334

Assisted Living vs. Other Types of Care in Sarasota, FL

Seniors in Sarasota and the surrounding North Port area have a wealth of care choices based on their physical and cognitive abilities and their overall health. Assisted living communities cost $4,145 per month. Home care and home health care are both slightly more at $5,720 each month for skilled nursing care and assistance in the senior’s personal residence. For seniors who have less intensive medical needs, adult day health care is the least expensive care choice at $2,080 per month. A semiprivate room in a nursing home is the most expensive option for seniors who live in Sarasota at $9,490, but this cost includes 24-hour skilled nursing care, specialized treatments and assistance with personal care or daily living tasks.

  • Home Care: $5,720
  • Home Health Care: $5,720
  • Adult Day Health Care: $2,080
  • Assisted Living: $4,145
  • Nursing Home (semiprivate room): $9,490

Note: Data for Sarasota was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, North Port, was used instead.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Sarasota

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Other Ways to Pay for Assisted Living in Sarasota

Since not everyone can afford to pay for assisted living out-of-pocket, it’s important to find alternative methods to help make assisted living more affordable. Some of these options include:

Veterans Benefits

Life Insurance Policy

Long-Term Care Insurance

Reverse Mortgage

For more information about your options for making assisted living more affordable, visit our guide to Assisted Living in Sarasota.

Free and Low-Cost Assisted Living Resources for Seniors in Sarasota

Seniors in Sarasota who need help finding the information or services they need to thrive can find themselves quickly overwhelmed with the sheer number of government and nonprofit agencies out there. The table below includes the contact information and description of some free or almost-free resources available in the Sarasota area.

Resource Contact Service
Sarasota County Senior Advocacy Council 941-328-8088 Low-income seniors in Sarasota County can apply for a grant from the SCSAC program. They are eligible to receive up to $500 per year to purchase medical equipment or pay for other health-related expenses, such as vision and dental services, hearing aids and incontinence supplies. The agency also offers referral services.
Area Agency on Aging Southwest Florida 866-413-5337 The Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida (AAASWFL) is a nonprofit organization created to help older adults live as independently as possible. It hosts the Elder Helpline, a toll-free source of information on long-term care programs, caregiver support and elder law. It also offers outreach programs, including health and wellness classes and Medicare counseling.
Gulfcoast Legal Services 800-230-5920 Gulfcoast Legal Services offers low-income seniors aged 60+ in Sarasota County free legal counsel and advocacy. Seniors can request help with creating life-planning documents, dealing with medical bills, applying for SSI/Social Security or other medical benefits and other age-related legal needs.
Senior Friendship Centers 941-955-2122 Senior Friendship Centers provide older adults with classes, social activities, live music and other programs through activity centers located across Sarasota County. The center also offers one-on-one help to apply for Federal Assistance programs and case management services to help seniors deal with a crisis or find special assistance through their companionship program. Low-income seniors can apply for partial or full scholarships to pay the yearly membership fee.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Sarasota

Assisted Living Communities in Sarasota are required to follow a set of rules and regulations that are determined by the state. For more specific information, talk with your local community or Area Agency on Aging.

Laws and regulations for assisted living in Florida

The Top Assisted Living Communities in the Sarasota Area

In order to find the top assisted living communities in the Sarasota area, our team of researchers:

  • Sorted through 48 communities using our unique methodology
  • Spent over 15 hours researching assisted living communities in Sarasota
  • Read more than 380 reviews left by residents and their family members

After filtering out facilities that didn’t meet our high standards, we were left with 10 assisted living communities that earned our seal of approval. Through this process we discovered that the average cost of assisted living in the city of Sarasota is $4,145, which is higher than the state average of $4,000 and lower than the national average of $4,500.

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Christina Drumm-Boyd
Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) and Geriatric Care Manager (GCM)
Christina Drumm-Boyd
Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) and Geriatric Care Manager (GCM)

Christina is a Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) and Geriatric Care Manager (GCM) who is passionate about seniors and their families. Along with her staff, Christina works hands-on with each client to find the best solutions for the challenges that often come with aging.

Read on for in-depth information about the top assisted living facilities in Sarasota, a brief dive into our methodology for determining the best assisted living communities, and a searchable directory of 48 communities in the Sarasota area.

Our Methodology

It’s not what we research, but the way we research that makes stand out. We start by identifying problems and challenges in the senior care industry by gaining insight from conversations with industry professionals, older adults, and those that care for them. Next, our research team led by industry experts apply our data-driven research techniques to understand the magnitude of the challenge and how to overcome it. Finally, we present our findings in easy-to-understand guides and studies and share our actionable results with influencers and caregivers, as well as the general public.

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Facility Features (40%)

Facility Health Services Graded on health services provided
on the facility including, but not
limited to, on-site nursing,
pharmacy, skilled nursing,
medicine administration, etc

Facility Amenities Graded on the available

Affordability Financial assistance acceptance
and overall costs and value.

Residential Quality (40%)

Resident Satisfaction Polling & survey of overall facility satisfaction.

Facility Complaint and Violations Number of complaints and violations the facility had. Taking into account improvement over time.

Online Reviews Aggregated verified online reviews.

Location (20%)

Location-Based Benefits Including, but not limited to, proximity to
hospitals, ambulance response times, senior
resources available, and state and city
financial assistance.

Location Quality Local crime rates, incidents against older
adults, air quality, climate.

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