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Miami is the largest city in Florida, and it commands a long stretch of beach in one of the nation's most popular tourist destinations. Home to 468,000 people, almost 17% of Miami's residents are seniors aged 65 and over.
Miami invites active seniors outdoors with year-round mild temperatures and cool sea breezes that sweep across almost the entire city. More than 67 golf courses serve the population of the Miami-Dade region, as do 30 hospitals and medical centers that accept Medicare. Nearly two-dozen senior centers operate around Miami, out as far as Ft. Lauderdale, where seniors can gather for community social mixers and congregate meal service.
Assisted living in Miami costs an average of $3,250 a month, according to Genworth Financial's 2019 Cost of Care Survey. This is significantly lower than the average national cost of $4,051 a month most seniors pay elsewhere in the United States. The average cost in the rest of Florida is $250 a month higher than the Miami average, at $3,500 a month.
Have a look at our list of the top 10 assisted living communities in Miami, and see which one is right for you. Additionally, find out more about the cost of assisted living in Miami and what financial assistance programs are available.
11355 SW 84th St
Miami, FL 33173
The Palace Renaissance offers 198 beds in its spacious studio apartments. With a 24-hour staff that's trained in the special needs of seniors with Alzheimer's, The Palace Renaissance holds a current certification from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) for dementia care. Residents are served breakfast, lunch and dinner daily in the elegant dining room, or in their room. In addition to the normal activities of daily living, certified caregiver staff assist residents with medication management and monitoring. A doctor's office and physical therapy room are available on-site, and a licensed nurse is on call 24 hours a day. Rooms at The Palace Renaissance have a 24-hour emergency call system for safety.
2751 NE 183rd St
Aventura, FL 33160
Imperial Club Independent and Assisted Living Community has spacious apartment living for active older adults. Each unit in the assisted living wing of the community has its own kitchenette with a full-size refrigerator, ample closet space and a view of either the water or the surrounding cityscape. Assisted living residents carry emergency alert pendants, and all bathrooms are equipped with grab bars and walk-in showers for seniors with limited mobility. Residents of this highrise community near the beach have daily room service, morning newspaper delivery and all-inclusive living with free basic cable TV. Religious services are provided in the chapel, including weekly Shabbat. Imperial Club Independent and Assisted Living Community is a pet-friendly community.
2777 NE 183rd St
Aventura, FL 33160
Sterling Aventura residents are served three chef-prepared meals a day in a restaurant-style dining room. Private dining is also available for residents and their guests. The sprawling property around Sterling Aventura is well landscaped and crossed with multiple walking trails that are laid out for seniors who may have limited mobility. Indoors, the community has a well-stocked library and game room, a media room where movie nights are held and a beauty and barber salon. Sterling Aventura residents are protected by 24-hour security and around-the-clock health support and monitoring. Staff assist with medication management, and every room has an emergency call system and walk-in shower.
5617 NW 7th St
Miami, FL 33126
Residential Plaza at Blue Lagoon offers private accommodations for its assisted living residents. Residents and their guests can dine on three meals a day in the large family-style dining room, where staff chefs prepare a variety of menus developed by a certified nutritionist. After meals, residents can stroll through the landscaped terrace and courtyard in the mild Miami evening weather, or stay indoors and read in the library or visit the multi-purpose room for games, crafts and other group fun. Housekeeping, laundry and routine maintenance are provided by the community's caring staff, as are personal care services and medication management. On-site pharmacy services help residents stay current on their prescriptions, while certified case managers help keep care plans current as well.
5300 W 16th Ave
Hialeah, FL 33012
Epworth Village Retirement Community offers 24-hour medical care for the residents who need personal attention, including personal care and medication assistance. Residents' rooms at Epworth Village all have spacious bedrooms and living rooms. Bathrooms include step-in showers with grab bars for extra safety. Weekly housekeeping and linen service is provided, as are chef-prepared meals in the restaurant-style dining room. Residents can keep up their exercise schedules in the state-of-the-art fitness center, or relax in the well-stocked library. Arts and crafts classes are held in the game room, which is also stocked with multiple board games and puzzles. Movie nights are held in the on-site theater, while spiritual services are provided in the chapel.
5890 SW 8th St
Miami, FL 33144
The Pointe of North Gables has a staff of caregivers who are trained in senior care and assistance with daily activities. Medication management, monitoring and assistance are available, as are weekly linen and laundry services. The Pointe of North Gables community organizes regular movie nights, activities and games, as well as monthly birthday and special holiday celebrations. Residents can stroll outdoors in the large open-air courtyard, or take in a movie on the large-screen TV in the spacious dining room where home-cooked meals are served daily. Private single and double rooms are available at The Pointe, with both smoking and non-smoking spaces available. Daily room cleaning is provided at no additional charge.
17250 SW 137th Ave
Miami, FL 33177
Newly renovated and under entirely new management, Seasons Gardens welcomes new residents in a handsome Spanish Colonial facility across from the Miami Zoo. All residents of Seasons Gardens are served three nutritionally balanced meals a day in the remodeled dining room, with attendant care for meal service if needed. Staff caregivers assist residents with activities of daily living and medication assistance, as well as coordination of medical, dental and other appointments. The updated landscaping around the Seasons Gardens property is lined with comfortable walking paths that pass through several outdoor gardens. Residents are provided with emergency call button pendants that can rapidly summon help if needed.
15520 NW 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33169
LiveWell at Courtyard Plaza offers resort-style assisted living and front-desk concierge service for its assisted living residents. The front hall of the facility is a grand hotel-style lobby area, with spacious living rooms and activity rooms adjacent to it. The maintenance department at LiveWell at Courtyard Plaza is on call 24 hours a day to respond to sudden needs, and care staff at the facility schedule regular cultural and educational programs to help keep residents active in their community. Scheduled transportation is provided at no cost for all trips within a 5-mile radius, which can take residents as far out as the shoreline at Haulover Park. Trips for medical appointments are free out to 10 miles from Courtyard Plaza.
7100 Rue Granville
Miami Beach, FL 33141
Normandy Estates has a 24-hour staff that offers assistance for residents' daily living, as well as weekly linen and housekeeping services. Meals are served in the restaurant-style dining room, as are round the clock snacks and other refreshments. Community amenities include a private theater and emergency response system. Staff at the community maintain a full schedule of diverse and engaging activities, including educational lectures and classes on arts and crafts. Scheduling assistance is available for medical appointments, as is scheduled transportation to and from office visits. Residents at Normandy Estates have their choice of studio, studio deluxe and one-bedroom apartments, each with plush carpeting and window treatments.
280 Sierra Dr
Miami, FL 33179
The resort-style living offered at LiveWell at Grand Court Lakes includes luxurious dining facilities in both the cafe-style dining hall and private dining rooms for residents and their guests. A well-appointed living room hosts evening get-togethers among residents, as well as regular classes for cultural and educational programs. Residents are frequently invited on group outings and special events, while in-house clubs welcome new residents for card games and other activities of interest. Transportation to medical appointments is free within a 10-mile radius of the facility, and for any destination within 5 miles. Maintenance staff are available 24 hours a day to respond to emergencies and routine repair calls.
In Miami, senior care is relatively affordable compared to other metropolitan areas in Florida. According to the Genworth 2018 Cost of Care Survey, the only type of senior care that is more expensive in Miami than it is in the rest of the state is nursing home care.
In Miami, the average monthly cost for assisted living is $3,350, which is slightly below the median cost for Florida as a whole. Assisted living in Miami is significantly less expensive than Naples, which is the next closest major metropolitan area in South Florida and costs $5,448 per month.
The majority of other major metropolitan areas in Florida average between $3,000 and $3,500 a month - with The Villages and Naples falling on the higher end of the spectrum and the Lakeland and Sebring areas falling on the lower end:
The cost of home care in Miami averages $3,337 a month, assuming 44 hours of care per week. That’s approximately $500 cheaper than the state average of $3,804.
Compared to other major cities in the state, Miami is relatively affordable for home care – Jacksonville is about $1,000 more each month, while care in Orlando averages about $700 more. Some of the least expensive average costs for home care in the state are in the Lakeland area at $2,808 a month.
Adult day health care in Miami costs an average of $1,408 a month, which is about equal to the state average of $1,463. This is relatively in line with all other major metropolitan areas in Florida.
The cost of nursing home care in Miami is about average when compared with the other metropolitan areas of Florida, but more expensive than the state on average. At $8,699 a month for a semi-private room, it’s more than the state average of $8,152.
Medicaid in Miami is referred to as the Statewide Medicaid Managed Care (SMMC) program. SMMC consists of three programs: Long-Term Care (LTC), Managed Medical Assistance (MMA), and Dental. Older Miami residents in need of long-term care should apply for the LTC program. Services covered under this program include but are not limited to assisted living, in-home care, nursing home, intermittent and skilled nursing, medical equipment and supplies, home meal delivery, respite care, transportation, and homemaker.
Since SMMC LTC is an entitlement program, eligible applicants will receive benefits. To be eligible for the LTC program one must be 65 or older, require a nursing home level of care, have a monthly income of $2,313 or less for single applicants ($4,626 for couples), and assets cannot exceed $2,000 (single) or $3,000 (married).
Additional information about SMMC LTC and how to apply may be found on the Florida Department of Children and Families website.
Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative
The Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative program helps Alzheimer’s patients 60 or older and their caregivers. The main focus is on providing education and support services for caregivers. Some of the support services include counseling and respite to offer caregivers some relief. Head to the Department of Elder Affairs website for more information.
Community Care for the Elderly (CCE)
Community Care for the Elderly allows Miami seniors at risk of nursing home placement to age more comfortably and affordably in their homes. If eligible, some of the services include adult day care, case management, emergency alert response, home meal delivery, personal care, pest control, and more. Eligible seniors are required to pay a co-payment based on a sliding scale. Refer to our CCE guide for more detailed information about the program.
Home Care for the Elderly (HCE)
Home Care for the Elderly offers financial assistance averaging $106 a month to adults 60 or older. The elder adult must be at risk of nursing home placement, have a live-in caregiver, a monthly income less than $2,313, and assets cannot exceed $2,000. The money can be used for incontinence supplies, home health aide services, and other services. To learn more about HCE and how to apply, visit the Alliance for Aging.
Optional State Supplementation (OSS)
Older adults living in a licensed assisted living facility or adult family care home could receive an additional payment from the state to help pay for room and board. The maximum amount paid to a single individual is $78.40, and married couples receive up to $156.80 a month. Read more about this program and eligibility requirements.
The PACE program is a provider group that covers payment for long-term care services received while living either at home or in a residential care facility. To qualify, an applicant in Miami must:
PACE is administered by the Department of Elder Affairs in consultation with the Agency for Health Care Administration. In Miami, the PACE service center is Miami Jewish Health Systems.
Respite for Elders Living in Everyday Families (RELIEF)
RELIEF is a program created to give caregivers of frail homebound elders a break. While caregivers are taking advantage of their much-needed break, a volunteer provides up to four hours per day of companionship. Unlike other respite services, RELIEF provides evening and weekend services. Go here to learn more.
11410 North Kendall Drive, Ste. E-306
Miami, FL. 33176
The Catholic Health Services currently manages 16 subsidized apartment complexes for active, independent seniors with limited financial resources in Miami-Dade County. Only seniors who are 62 years of age or older are eligible to apply for one of these housing options. Rent is calculated at 30% of an individual’s income.
1551 NW 36 St.
Miami, FL 33142
Friendship Towers is a smoke-free community for seniors 62 or older. There are one and two bedroom units. Some amenities include a fitness center, scheduled activities for residents, and a library. Income restrictions do apply, so call ahead for those.
350 NW 2ND ST.
Miami, FL 33128
Lummus Park Manor has apartments for the elderly as well as those with low incomes or special needs. Rent is based on income.
5200 NE 2nd Ave.
Miami, FL 33137
Miami Jewish Health Systems manages Douglas Gardens North in Pembroke Pines. This HUD 202 facility for low-income seniors offers spacious one-bedroom apartments. Services include housekeeping and maintenance.
2351 NW 119th St.
Miami, FL 33167
McCormack Baron Management manages the Westview Gardens Apartments for low-income seniors 62 and older. Rent is based on income.
For additional information and planning, please read our comprehensive guide to paying for senior care in Florida.