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Page Reviewed / Updated – September 16, 2020

The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Bradenton, FL

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Seniors seeking a sunny, snow-free place to settle down might find that Bradenton, Florida, is ideal. Located south of Tampa along the shores of the Manatee River, Bradenton is home to just under 60,000 full-time residents, and seniors 65 and older account for 24.7% of the city’s population. 

Bradenton has plenty of parks, historical buildings, museums and unique shops to explore, including the renowned Village of the Arts, an eclectic community of artists, independent restaurants and galleries. The Cortez Historic Fishing Village is also a must-visit attraction, and Bradenton is a short drive from the beaches and boardwalks of the Gulf Coast. 

Note: Assisted living cost data wasn’t available for Bradenton, so data from the nearest city, Tampa, was used. 

Take a look at the 10 best assisted living facilities in Bradenton to see if there’s a community that’s right for you. Additionally, find out more about the cost of assisted living in Bradenton and what financial assistance programs are available.

Woodlands Village

Woodlands Village is a vibrant, pet-friendly, single-level assisted living community located just 4 miles from downtown Bradenton. Residents enjoy a worry-free retirement lifestyle that gives them the freedom to enjoy local parks, relax in the Jacuzzi or play a game of cards with neighbors. Each private suite features individual climate controls, a balcony or patio, refrigerator and telephone jack, and wheelchair-accessible units are available. 

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Brookdale Bradenton Gardens

Nestled on a quiet, tree-lined street just a few blocks from the shops, restaurants and services along 14th Street, Brookdale Bradenton Gardens is a small, single-story assisted living and memory care community. Residents can enjoy plenty of fresh air and sunshine in the enclosed courtyard and garden, while the screened lanai is the perfect place to visit with family and friends. There's a beauty salon, snack shop and wellness center, and guest suites are available. 

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Elan Manatee Assisted Living and Memory Care

Centrally located close to the I-75/Highway 70 interchange in the Lakewood Ranch neighborhood southeast of downtown Bradenton, Elan Manatee Assisted Living and Memory Care is a modern, resort-style senior living community. Residents are provided with the support they need to feel safe while enjoying the freedom to explore new interests, pursue favorite hobbies and make the most of every day. There's a covered porch and gazebo, enclosed courtyard and level walking trails so seniors can take advantage of the year-round warm weather. The pet-friendly apartments are equipped with large barrier-free bathrooms, and some units feature patios that connect to the courtyard. 

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Westminster Point Pleasant

Owned and operated by a faith-based nonprofit organization, Westminster Point Pleasant is a large waterfront senior living community. Residents enjoy direct access to waterfront walking paths and parks, and many apartments have inspiring water views. The innovative My W Life program provides seniors with a wide variety of activities designed to promote physical, emotional and spiritual wellness, including exercise classes, educational workshops and escorted outings to area museums, theaters and historical sites. We featured Westminster Point Pleasant on Bradenton's best ALFs list because this community offers seniors a beautiful waterfront setting combined with high-quality assisted living care. 

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Waters Edge of Bradenton

Waters Edge of Bradenton is a faith-based senior living community operated by National Church Residences, the nation's largest nonprofit senior housing provider. Residents can relax and enjoy the heated swimming pool, stay active in the fitness center or catch a movie in the theater. Services include independent and assisted living along with memory care, and caring, professional staff is on-site 24 hours a day. 

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  • Transportation to local appointments and shopping areas
  • Emergency call devices in every room

Discovery Commons at Bradenton

Discovery Commons at Bradenton is a small, intimate senior living community located in a quiet residential neighborhood just a few blocks from the Blake Medical Center. Assisted living and memory care services are offered, and professional, supportive staff is always available to lend a helping hand. The Celebrations activation program provides a variety of engaging daily activities, including organized board games, chair workouts and prayer sessions, and the Sensations dining program focuses on healthy, made-from-scratch meals that appeal to seniors. 

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The Windsor of Bradenton

Bright, friendly and inviting, The Windsor of Bradenton is an assisted living community located next to the State College of Florida, Bradenton campus. Dedicated Life Enrichment Directors organize a variety of daily activities designed to keep seniors busy, including group games, visiting entertainers, outings to local restaurants and holiday celebrations. Chapel services and Bible study groups are held weekly, and transportation to nearby places of worship is provided. 

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  • Anytime dining available
  • Private apartments equipped with emergency call systems 

Bradenton — Westminster Manor

Owned and operated by a faith-based, not-for-profit organization founded by the First Presbyterian Church of Bradenton, Bradenton — Westminster Manor provides seniors with person-centered assisted living care. Residents enjoy the security of having professional staff, on-site 24 hours a day  and available through the courtesy call response system. The exclusive My W Life program promotes community engagement and wellness through lifelong learning and daily activities, and the facility also offers scheduled transportation to local appointments. We featured Bradenton —Westminster Manor in this top 10 list because the community has earned rave reviews from residents and family members who appreciate the warm, friendly staff and strong focus on quality care. 

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Langdon Hall of Bradenton

Langdon Hall of Bradenton is a gated senior living community that offers assisted living and memory care services. Level walking paths weave through the landscaped campus, and there's plenty of shaded seating areas where seniors can relax and enjoy the warm Florida weather. Daily life enrichment programming includes cooking clubs, organized games and outings to parks, restaurants and local beaches, and healthy home-style meals are served in the dining room. 

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  • Private and semiprivate apartments with kitchenettes and walk-in showers
  • Licensed nurse on staff

Brookdale Sarasota Midtown

Located next to the Midtown Medical Park a few blocks from the Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Brookdale Sarasota Midtown is a welcoming, purpose-built senior living community. Assisted living and memory care services are available, and there's plenty of amenities for seniors to enjoy, including an enclosed courtyard, putting green, covered porch and screened lanai. Daily exercise classes are held in the wellness center, and residents can stay connected in the computer center. Wi-Fi service is available throughout the community, and small companion animals are welcome. 

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The Cost of Senior Living and Care in Bradenton

The cost of senior care in the Bradenton, FL, area is fairly close to the average cost of care in Florida overall, according to the 2018 Genworth Cost of Care Survey. Prices here tend to be slightly higher as a rule, but the difference is minor compared with more expensive areas of the state, such as North Port and Cape Coral.

Note: Senior care cost data wasn’t available for Bradenton, so the data for the closest city, Tampa, was used.

How much does Assisted Living Cost in Bradenton?

Assisted living in Bradenton costs an average of $3,250 a month. This is around $250 less than the state average, and it is significantly lower than the $4,425 monthly cost paid in Jacksonville, or the $4,000 a month seniors pay for assisted living in Cape Coral. Of the eight largest metro areas in Florida for which numbers are available, Bradenton is the least expensive, narrowly edging out Orlando, which averages $3,275 a month for assisted living.  

How much does Home Care Cost in Bradenton?

In-home care costs in Bradenton are within about $100 a month of the state average, running to $4,096 a month, relatively close to the $3,909 seniors pay for home care statewide. North Port and Cape Coral are outliers, both costing an average of $4,385 a month for home visits. Miami, the most affordable for home care of the major metro areas in the state, averages $3,432 a month.

How much does Adult Day Care Cost in Bradenton?

At $1,907, the cost of adult day care in Bradenton is $500 a month higher than the Florida state average cost, but it is slightly lower than the average $2,080 seniors and their families pay for the same service in Jacksonville. Several other major cities in Florida are closer to the state average cost and are somewhat less expensive than Bradenton. The most affordable outliers in the state are Tallahassee and Orlando, where adult day care runs to $1,246 and $1,300, respectively.

How much does Nursing Home Costs in Bradenton?

Nursing home care in Bradenton costs an average of $8,319 a month for a semi-private room. Private rooms in this area cost considerably more, at an average of $9,642 a month. Semi-private rooms in the rest of the state cost an average of $8,152 a month. Jacksonville is one of the most affordable places in the state for nursing home care, with an average monthly cost of just $7,118 a month, followed by Pensacola and Tallahassee, which both run to $7,817 a month for semi-private rooms.

Financial Assistance Programs in Bradenton

Medicaid Program in Bradenton

The Agency for Health Care Administrationadministers Medicaid services in the state of Florida, but Medicaid applications are handled by two different departments. The Florida Department of Children and Families administers ACCESS Florida, the state’s Medicaid program for low-income residents who do not receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Seniors in Bradenton can establish eligibility and apply directly on DCF’s  website . For those who do receive SSI, applications are processed through the Social Security Administration, SSI division.

Eligible Bradenton residents can use Medicaid benefits to cover all or some of the cost of senior care. Costs covered by the program can include both medical and residential care provided by authorized Medicaid vendors, such as assisted living or nursing home facilities. Other state Medicaid benefits include:

  • Personal care assistance, which may be provided by friends or relatives
  • Home-delivered meals for homebound seniors
  • Respite care for caregivers
  • Home accessibility modifications

The state of Florida determines eligibility for Medicaid partly by looking at the applicants’ financial situation, which includes both income and assets. As of 2019, Florida’s maximum monthly income for single applicants with no dependents is $2,313. This amount changes from time to time, but it’s calculated to be exactly 300% of the Federal Benefit Rate. Married couples’ limit is double the individual threshold, at $4,626 a month.

Florida’s Medicaid guidelines allow applicants to own a home. The first $585,000 in equity are not counted as assets for the purposes of determining eligibility. Seniors can also own a primary vehicle, but apart from that, non-home assets are capped at $2,000 for single applicants and $3,000 for married couples. One exception to this limit is if one spouse needs residential nursing home care, in which case the other spouse may hold up to $123,600 in assets without disqualification.

For more information on Medicaid programs in Florida, click here.

Other Financial Assistance Programs

Seniors in Bradenton who don’t qualify for Medicaid, or who need extra help paying for senior care, still have options to manage the cost of care. Florida offers seven major programs for seniors who may not be eligible for low-income programs.

Optional State Supplement (OSS)

Low-income seniors who live in a family care home or another residential care setting, including an assisted living community, may be eligible for the Optional State Supplement (OSS). This is a grant of monetary aid that’s intended to help cover some of the cost of room and board. Income and asset limits apply to participants that are similar to the state Medicaid guidelines. Participants must either be over age 65, or they must be disabled or blind. Seniors are not permitted to use OSS subsidies if they are already receiving Medicaid assistance for assisted living. Eligibility guidelines for the program, and information about how to apply can be found here.

Community Care for the Elderly (CCE)

Seniors who are candidates for placement in long-term nursing home care, but who are not qualified for Medicaid for one reason or another, may be eligible for help from the Florida state Community Care for the Elderly (CCE) program. This program helps cover the cost of adult day care, personal and medical supplies and may also help with the expense of legal aid for qualifying seniors. To qualify, seniors must be over age 60 and have a functional impairment that could be managed with caregiver support. Limited income is not strictly a requirement of the program, but seniors who qualify for Medicaid have fewer standards to meet for acceptance.

Respite for Elders Living in Everyday Families (R.E.L.I.E.F.)

Respite for Elders Living in Everyday Families (R.E.L.I.E.F.) sends caregivers to seniors’ homes to provide respite care in the familiar surroundings of a senior’s own home. This program is funded by the state and is free to access. To be eligible, seniors over age 60 should be considered at risk of placement in residential care, or have a need for in-home assistance to remain independent. Income eligibility rules apply, and while every area agency has its own specific standards, assistance is for people who would not be able to pay for their basic needs if they had to pay for in-home care on their own. To learn more about who qualifies for the program, look here.

Florida Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative (ADI)

The Florida Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative (ADI) offers several forms of support for seniors with Alzheimer’s and their families. One benefit of the program is extended respite care of up to 30 days. To qualify for the program, participants must be Florida residents over the age of 18 and have a diagnosis of either Alzheimer’s disease or another memory-affecting illness. No income or asset criteria apply for participants in the program, though placement on the waiting list does partly depend on need. Learn more about the requirements and application process for ADI here.

Home Care for the Elderly (HCE)

When caregivers in Bradenton need support taking care of an elderly loved one, one program they can turn to is Home Care for the Elderly (HCE). This program’s cash allowance picks up some of the cost of medically necessary supplies and some essential basic support the caregiver needs to look after a qualifying senior. HCE is funded by grants at the state level. To qualify, seniors should be:

  • Over age 60
  • At risk of nursing home placement 
  • Have low enough income to receive SSI, or be a Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB), or Specified Low-income Medicare Beneficiary

For more information about signing up with the program, click here.

More Senior Living Resources in Bradenton

Phone Number


Catholic Charities Diocese of Venice

(941) 484-9545

The Catholic Charities branch in Manatee County works with Bradenton seniors and their loved ones to help out with multiple aspects of senior living, including rent assistance, help paying a mortgage, utility assistance, food resource referrals, prescription drug assistance and emergency financial assistance for low-income seniors, regardless of religious affiliation.

Bluebird Mobility Network

(863) 682-7249

Elderpoint Ministries, of Lakeland, FL, offers Bluebird Mobility Network to provide low-cost transportation services for Bradenton seniors who need scheduled trips for medical and other appointments outside the home.

Emergency Home Energy Assistance for the Elderly (EHEAP)

(941) 749-3030

EHEAP can pay up to $600 to cover the energy cost for Bradenton households with at least one senior living in them. To qualify, one member of the household must be over age 60, and all residents must meet income eligibility guidelines. Applications are currently by appointment only.

Bradenton Public Housing Authority

(941) 748-5568

The Bradenton Public Housing Authority offers low- and no-income seniors safe and affordable living accommodations in              1- through 4-bedroom apartments in and around the city.

Visiting Nurses Association of Florida (VNA)


(941) 366-1929

The VNA is a not-for-profit private association of registered nurses who provide in-home care to adults with disabilities in the Bradenton area. The association sometimes accepts payment through Medicare, but it also offers charitable care from a mobile clinic called the Florence Nightingale  Express.

Florida Adult Day Care Association

(727) 573-9444

The Association provides information and referrals to Tampa and Bradenton adult day care facilities for low- and no-income seniors and eligible caregivers who need respite care for seniors with dementia.

For additional information and planning, please read our comprehensive guide to paying for senior care in Florida.