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Page Reviewed / Updated – August 27, 2020

The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Kissimmee, FL

Kissimmee is the largest city in Osceola County and the county seat, yet it retains an attractive small-town charm. Located 18 miles south of Orlando, Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and SeaWorld are just minutes away, which is perfect for visiting grandchildren. Like much of the Sunshine State, Kissimmee’s pleasant year-round tropical climate is a big draw for retirees tired of cold weather, snow and ice.

Often touted as one of the ultimate places to retire in Florida, Kissimmee was recently selected as a top retirement destination by Where to Retire magazine. Active seniors find a wide variety of things to do and see in Kissimmee, which is dubbed the Gateway to the Everglades. Some popular activities include fishing, golfing, shopping, hiking, hot air ballooning, airboat rides, dinner theater, historical and cultural tours and communing with nature.

From a financial standpoint, Kissimmee’s population of nearly 73,000 people enjoy a cost of living that’s 11% lower than the national average. Florida is also the fourth most tax-friendly state in the nation,  and Kissimmee ranked sixth statewide for having one of the lowest tax burdens. Because Florida has no state income tax, Social Security benefits, pensions and IRA or 401(k) income are all untaxed. This makes Kissimmee very tax-friendly for retirees, which is great for the 10.7% of its population aged 65 and older who call the city home.

The average cost of assisted living in Kissimmee is $4,274, which is only slightly higher than the national average of $4,051 and nearly the same as the average cost of $4,195 in Naples, Florida, where 52.8% of the population is aged 65 or older.

Note: Information for Kissimmee was not available, so data for the Orlando area was used.

Check out our list of the top 10 assisted living facilities in Kissimmee to find one that’s right for you. Additionally, find out more about the cost of assisted living in Kissimmee and what financial assistance programs are available.

Sonata Hunter’s Creek

Sonata Hunter’s Creek was included in our Top 10 list because of its unique At Your Service philosophy to deliver unmatched levels of hospitality and services. It’s known for its personalized care that blends each resident’s preferences into daily activities, programming and dining options. Care plans fully reflect individual needs with an emphasis on abilities and engagement in a community designed to optimize safety, well-being and independence. The pet-friendly community also offers plenty of amenities, including anytime dining, a coffee bistro, a full-service hair salon and game, fitness and therapy rooms.

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Features
  • Spacious apartments with kitchenettes, washers and dryers
  • Chauffeured transportation, weekly housekeeping and personal laundry included in one convenient monthly fee

Tomeguin Garden Assisted Living

Tomeguin Garden Assisted Living is a three-bedroom, two-bath private residence that offers more individualized care in an intimate, homelike setting. Residents receive healthy, home-cooked meals, 24/7 personal care and convenient amenities to make them feel as if they’re in their own home. Quality of life and resident care are further enhanced with numerous daily activities and a beautiful lake view from a private, fenced backyard.

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Features
  • Swimming pool and enclosed patio
  • Wheelchair-accessible bedrooms and bathrooms

HarborChase of Dr. Phillips

Located just north of Kissimmee in Orlando, HarborChase offers resort-style amenities, customized programs and fun activities to enhance residents’ health and happiness. Trained experts, 24/7 compassionate care staff and superior concierge services combine to provide residents with personalized attention in a tranquil atmosphere. Its life enrichment program features 21 stimulating experiences to choose from daily, and the community boasts a beautiful rooftop terrace and cocktail lounge for socializing and relaxation.

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Features
  • Health care services include physicians, auditory clinics, psychology, dermatology, podiatry, therapy and support groups
  • Chef-prepared meals with an ever-changing menu of delicious, nutritious meals, featuring seasonal ingredients and regional favorites

Spring Hills Hunters Creek

We included the award-winning Spring Hills Hunters Creek in our top 10 for its repeated deficiency-free designations from the Florida Registry for Health Care Administration. This community provides resort-inspired assisted living that combines compassionate, personalized care and a commitment to total wellness in a positive environment. Each spacious residence includes private bathrooms, individually controlled thermostats and emergency call systems monitored on-site by licensed personnel. Meticulous outdoor gardens provide serenity and an ideal space to entertain guests in Florida’s beautiful weather.

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Features
  • Signature Touches program provides activities
  • Gourmet dining often featuring fresh, farm-to-table ingredients

Windsor at Celebration

Located 12 miles east of Kissimmee, Windsor at Celebration offers thoroughly modern assisted living with tasteful features, specialized services and amenities and customizable, on-request extras. Residents enjoy unparalleled opportunities for leisure, entertainment and lifelong wellness in a secure setting nestled in an idyllic neighborhood. Comfortable, sunlit residences include convenient kitchenettes, low-profile carpeting, showers with safe entry features and seating and individual climate controls. Daily activities supply a wealth of ageless fun and discovery, and caregivers and a licensed nurse are available 24/7 to ensure health and safety.

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Features
  • Transportation to medical appointments, shopping and other community services
  • Central Bark, a pet-friendly with a fully fenced dog recreation area

The Rose Garden of Orlando

Located in south Orlando, the Rose Garden is an aging in place assisted living community with personalized support services and health care designed to respond to the changing needs of its residents. Daily planned activities and programs fill residents’ physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs, while visiting physicians, home health professionals and hospice services support health needs. Spacious apartments and wonderful amenities, including a sports lounge with a pool table, a movie theater, a beauty and barbershop, an on-site rehabilitation gym and a spectacular ballroom for special themed events, offer an enriching environment.

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Features
  • Chef prepared meals with restaurant-style dining
  • Rose petal foot baths and hand massages

Merrill Gardens at Solivita Marketplace

Ideally located near downtown Kissimmee, Merrill Gardens offers a Tuscan-style community with private apartments in a homey neighborhood. Residents soak up the sunshine in numerous outdoor common areas and enjoy stunning central Florida sunsets in the sprawling courtyard. Seniors socialize and stay engaged with a calendar packed with things to do in large activity spaces and kick back with a good book in cozy nooks. Delicious, yet nutritious meals are served in restaurant-style dining rooms and the bistro.

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Features
  • Various floor plans available to accommodate varied tastes
  • Anytime dining options provide mealtime flexibility

Somerby Lake Nona

Located north of Kissimmee in a beautiful Orlando community, residents of Somerby Lake Nona enjoy a small-town atmosphere while being close to all the wonderful attractions the area has to offer. At home, residents appreciate upscale amenities and services, including a full-service salon and spa, an indoor heated aerobic exercise pool, an art studio, a movie theater, a game room and a library with a computer center. Chef-prepared meals feature multiple entrée options with more casual fare in The Bistro. Residents enjoy a dynamic calendar of community activities and outings that provide an engaging lifestyle filled with new friendships.

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Features
  • Coastal-living design with pool, verandas and outdoor living spaces
  • Spacious, open-concept apartments include washers and dryers, spa showers and inviting kitchens with full-size appliances

Savannah Court of St. Cloud

Located 9 miles southeast of Kissimmee in Saint Cloud, Savannah Court residents enjoy a small-town feel without giving up superior medical facilities and big-city shopping, entertainment and attractions located nearby. Savannah Court made our top 10 list because it's respected for the extraordinary hospitality, care and services it offers to residents and their family members and guests. This gracious assisted living community offers a full spectrum of services, amenities and activities programs designed to enhance quality of life in a safe, nurturing atmosphere.

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Features
  • Scheduled transportation to medical appointments, shopping and other outings
  • Suites and common areas offer beautiful views of the enclosed courtyard, fountain and landscaping full of colorful flowers

Brookdale Dr. Phillips

Brookdale offers relaxed, resort-style living and exceptional assisted living care in a community conveniently located near downtown Orlando. Carefully decorated living quarters with distinctly different floor plans allow residents to choose the space that suits them best. Beautifully landscaped grounds with gardens and walking paths are perfect for enjoying nature. On-site amenities and entertaining activities offer an elegant lifestyle and socialization opportunities with a community full of interesting people. Customizable care plans ensure residents get the personalized attention they need, and three freshly prepared, chef-driven meals ensure mealtimes stand out.

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Features
  • Safety-first features include 24-hour security systems and emergency response systems in every room
  • Amenities include arts and crafts studio, beauty/barber shop, fireside living room and wellness center

The Cost of Senior Living and Care in Kissimmee

In most categories of senior living, the cost in Kissimmee is lower than the state median. In the 2018 Genworth Cost of Care Survey, assisted living in Kissimmee is $225 lower than the state median. Similarly, seniors in Kissimmee pay $163 less each month for adult day care and $46 less for nursing home care. The one exception is home care, which costs $4,004 in Kissimmee, $200 more than the state median.

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

How much does Assisted Living Cost in Kissimmee?

The cost of assisted living in Kissimmee is among the lowest in Florida. At $3,275 a month, it’s only $237 more than in Sebring, which has the most affordable assisted living in the state. Naples has the most expensive assisted living in Florida, and seniors in the area pay $2,173 more each month than those in Pasadena.

Kissimmee is also significantly more affordable than most major cities in Florida. Seniors in the Miami area pay only $75 a month more than those in Kissimmee, but in Tallahassee, that price difference rises to $1,064 a month, and in Jacksonville, the difference is $1,150.

How much does Home Care Cost in Kissimmee?

The cost of home care in Kissimmee is higher than in nearby cities. Seniors in the Lakeland area pay $667 less each month, and for those in Deltona, the difference is $95 monthly. Kissimmee is also less affordable than some of Florida’s large cities, with the cost in Jacksonville $334 less each month. The most affordable home health care in Florida is available in Sebring, where seniors pay $3,051 monthly, almost $1,000 less than those in Kissimmee. The least affordable home care is $4,385 a month in Punta Gorda, $381 more than Kissimmee.

How much does Adult Day Care Cost in Kissimmee?

At $1,300 a month, Kissimmee has some of the most affordable adult day care in Florida. Only Tallahassee has less expensive adult day care, with seniors in the city paying $1,246, $54 less than in Kissimmee.

The most expensive adult day care is in Jacksonville. The cost there is $2,080 a month, or $780 more than in Kissimmee. Seniors in the nearby Lakeland area pay just $65 more each month than those in Kissimmee, while the cost in Deltona is $1,463, equal to the state median and $163 more than in Kissimmee.

How much does Nursing Home Costs in Kissimmee?

The cost of nursing home care in Kissimmee is $8,106 a month, which is close to the state median. The most affordable nursing home care in Florida is found in Jacksonville. The cost there is $7,118 a month, $988 less than Kissimmee, and Tallahassee is also more affordable at $7,817 a month.

Other major cities, including Tampa and Miami are more expensive than Kissimmee, with seniors in Tampa paying $8,319 monthly and those in Miami paying $8,699. The least affordable nursing home care in Florida is in the Naples area where the average cost is $10,319 a month, $2,213 a month more than Kissimmee.

Financial Assistance Programs in Kissimmee

Medicaid Program in Kissimmee

The Statewide Medicaid Managed Care Long-Term Care program provides long-term Medicaid to residents of Kissimmee and the rest of Florida. Under the program, the state is divided into 11 regions, which are managed by different Managed Healthcare Organizations. Kissimmee is part of Region 7.

A range of services is provided by SMMC-LTC, and nursing home care, assisted living, home health care and adult day care are all covered by the program. Others services that are available include respite care, medical equipment and caregiver training. Not all participants are able to access every service, and some services can be directed by participants.

The SMMC-LTC is an entitlement program, so all eligible residents receive care. To be eligible, applicants must require assistance with at least two activities of daily living, which is considered a nursing facility level of care. They must be legal residents of Florida and aged 65 and over. People aged between 18 and 64 can access the program if they are designated as disabled.

Applicants must also meet the financial eligibility criteria. For single applicants, the income limit is $2,313 a month and the asset limit is $2,000. For married applicants who are applying alone, the same income and asset limits apply; although, the non-applicants spouse can keep a further $126,420 worth of assets. If both members of a married couple are applying, they can have a joint monthly income up to $4,626 and assets of $3,000. Not all assets are included in the asset value calculation. Non-countable assets include personal belongings, furniture, burial trusts, an automobile and the family home.

For residents unable to meet the financial eligibility requirements, a number of pathways exist to help them gain access to the SMMC-LTC. The Medically Needy Pathway lets participants use excess income to pay for medical expenses. This pays down their income, and once they reach the income limit, they can gain access to Medicaid for the rest of the month. This lets people with high incomes and high medical expenses qualify, but it does not assist if people are above the asset limit.

Qualified Income Trusts are another way for people to pay down their income. Participants put excess income into the trusts, qualifying them for Medicaid. There are strict terms attached to the trusts. There are specific purposes that the money can be used for, such as medical bills and a personal needs allowance. In addition, the trust can’t be canceled, and the state receives any remaining money upon the death of the Medicaid recipient.The first step in applying for SMMC-LTC is to contact the local Area Agency on Aging. In Kissimmee, this is the Senior Resource Alliance on 1-800-963-5337.

Other Financial Assistance Programs in Kissimmee

Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative (ADI)

All people aged 18 and over who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or a related condition are eligible to receive support through the Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative. The program is designed to provide support to people living with the disease and their caregivers. Respite services are available through the program, including in-home, facility-based, emergency and extended respite care.

Training and other support services are available to caregivers of participants, and the program provides access to services offered by Memory Disorder Clinics. An MDC can provide assessments for people who are suspected of having a memory disorder. Our guide to the ADI can provide further information, and applications are available through the local Area Agency on Aging.

Community Care for the Elderly (CCE)

The Community Care for the Elderly program is available to adults aged 60 and over who are assessed as functionally impaired. The community-based services available include adult day care, medical therapy, companionship and help in the home. The program has waiting lists, and those assessed as being in need of immediate care to prevent harm are given priority. Applications in Kissimmee are managed through the Senior Resource Alliance, and further information can be found on our CCE page.

Home Care for the Elderly (HCE)

The Home Care for the Elderly program is designed to help older adults stay in communities and out of institutional or nursing home care. The program provides a subsidy to help care for participants and special subsidies may also be available for additional services or supplies. The program has limited funding, so applicants may be put on a waiting list.

The program is available to Florida residents aged 60 and over who are at risk or entering a nursing home. Financial eligibility requirements for the program are the same as the Medicaid income and asset limits, although people cannot receive HCE and Statewide Medicaid Managed Care at the same time. In addition, participants must live with an adult caregiver who can arrange or provide care for them. Learn more about eligibility or apply through the local Area Agency on Aging.

Respite for Elders Living in Everyday Families (RELIEF)

Frail older adults who have a full-time caregiver are eligible for the RELIEF program. It is designed to help families and caregivers continue caring for elderly relatives by giving them time to themselves. In-home respite care is provided through the program. The local Area Agency on Aging administers the program, and more information can be found on our RELIEF page.

Optional State Supplement (OSS)

Florida’s Optional State Supplement provides financial assistance to eligible Kissimmee seniors. It’s available to Florida residents aged 65 and over who are assessed as requiring placement in residential care. Applicants must also meet financial eligibility requirements. For singles, this is an income less than $828.40 a month and assets no higher than $2,000. For couples, the income limit is $1,656.80 and the asset limit is $3,000. Higher income limits apply to people in mental health treatment facilities.The supplement helps people pay for room and board at residential care facilities, which can include mental health treatment centers, assisted living facilities and adult family care homes. Further information about the program can be found on our Florida OSS page, and applications are managed through the Department of Children and Families website.

More Senior Living Resources in Kissimmee

Resource

Phone Number

Description

Osceola County Housing Office (407) 742-8400 The Osceola County Housing Office has a range of programs designed to provide housing assistance to low- and moderate-income residents of the county. Programs include the Section 8 program and housing rehabilitation for owner-occupied homes.
Kissimmee Housing and Community Development Division (407) 847-2821 The SHIP Program is overseen by the Kissimmee Housing and Community Development Division. It has a number of initiatives that help low income residents with housing, including Special Needs Owner Occupied Rehabilitation, which can help with special needs pay for home modifications.
Osceola County Property Appraiser (407) 742-5000 Osceola County has a number of exemptions available that offer property tax assistance to residents. The Senior Exemption is available to households where at least one owner of the property is aged 65 or over. An additional Super Senior exemption offers an extra discount to eligible seniors.
Emergency Home Energy Assistance for the Elderly (800) 963-5537 The Emergency Home Energy Assistance for the Elderly program provides financial assistance to help eligible seniors pay their utility bill. The benefit is available once per season.


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