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Page Reviewed / Updated – September 30, 2022

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The cost of living in Ocala, Florida, is nearly 17% lower than the national average and almost 20% lower than the state average. Seniors will also find the cost of groceries, health care and transportation to be lower than in most cities across the country, and housing is approximately 35% lower than the U.S. average. This is also true of assisted living facilities in Ocala which cost on average $3,850 per month. 

Florida is one of the best states to retire in terms of taxes for seniors. There is no state income tax, which means seniors don’t pay state taxes on Social Security benefits and retirement incomes and may keep more of their money at the end of the year. There’s also no inheritance or estate tax. 

In addition to providing a list of the best assisted living facilities in Ocala, FL, this guide provides an overview of the cost of assisted living in Ocala, as well as average costs for other types of care. Additionally, find a list of free and low-cost services that provide seniors with a variety of assistance in their communities.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Ocala, FL

According to Genworth’s 2021 Cost of Care Survey, assisted living facilities in Ocala are $3,850 per month. This is $150 less than the state average and $650 less than the national average. To the northwest in Gainesville, the cost is among the lowest in the state at $2,350 per month. To the east on the Atlantic Coast in Daytona Beach, assisted living is $125 more than in Ocala. Seniors in The Villages pay one of the highest costs of neighboring cities at $5,208.

  • Ocala: $3,850
  • Florida: $4,000
  • U.S. average: $4,500
  • The Villages: $5,208
  • Gainesville: $2,350
  • Daytona Beach: $3,975

The Cost of Other Types of Care in Ocala, FL

Assisted living facilities cost around $3,850 per month, but it’s important for seniors to consider the other types of care. Those who prefer to age in place can choose in-home care or home health care which cost $4,576 and $4,767, respectively. Adult day health care is the least expensive option at $1,408 per month. Those who require constant supervision may opt for a semi-private room in a nursing home, which costs around $7,908 per month.

  • Assisted Living Facility: $3,850
  • In-Home Care: $4,576
  • Home Health Care: $4,767
  • Adult Day Health Care: $1,408
  • Nursing Home (semi-private room): $7,908
  • Nursing Home (private room): $9,125

Canterfield of Ocala

Canterfield of Ocala residents share three meals a day in the elegantly decorated restaurant-style dining room. Meals are prepared by a staff chef, with menus designed with advice from a registered dietitian. Special meals are available for residents with medical and cultural needs. Grooming services are provided for Canterfield residents at the on-site beauty shop, and office machines are open to all in the community's business center. Members of the Thoroughbred Health Club get personal training assistance in the community's state-of-the-art wellness center. Movie nights are scheduled for the Canterbury Theater, and residents can share drinks and stories with each other in the relaxing atmosphere of the Starting Gate lounge. Charter Club members have their entrance fee waived and get priority selection of the facility's apartments and villas.

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Hampton Manor at Deerwood

Hampton Manor at Deerwood residents are protected by high-tech security with 24-hour monitoring, sturdy access control systems and a dedicated 24-hour staff that's on call to assist residents seven days a week. Staff certified caregivers at Hampton Manor assist residents with activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing and personal care, as well as medication management and assistance. Community staff and volunteers keep up a lively social schedule that includes educational lectures and classes, arts and crafts workshops and social outings for meals and shopping. Residents are encouraged to invite friends over to share a guest suite, and pets are welcome within breed and weight limits. Weekly housekeeping, linen and laundry service are provided at no additional cost.

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Brookdale Paddock Hills

Brookdale Paddock Hills maintains a safe, welcoming environment for seniors in the middle of a tree-lined residential neighborhood filled with multiple medical providers and outpatient clinics. Residents' safety is looked after with 24-hour security and emergency medical response through the in-room alert system. Residents get three meals a day, including special dietary menus, in either the community dining hall or a private dining room. Residents at Brookdale Paddock Hills can spend their downtime in the library, bistro or lobby, where a baby grand piano is available for those who can play. Outside, residents can enjoy the fine Ocala spring weather on the covered porch. Wi-Fi access is available throughout the facility, and the on-site salon offers low-cost beauty services.

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Bridgewater Park

Bridgewater Park offers one- and two-bedroom apartment homes in a cozy, homelike environment. Each unit has a well-appointed kitchenette with a full-size refrigerator and microwave. Rooms have private bathrooms with walk-in showers and grab bars for enhanced safety. Each unit has its own individually controlled thermostat for climate control. Meals at Bridgewater Park are prepared by the staff chef with a mix of nutritionally balanced offerings, including special menus for medical and cultural dietary needs. Residents have the option to join any of several clubs, including book clubs, bible study groups and card game societies. Several fun social outings are scheduled each month for residents to get out and shop together, enjoy local attractions and share meals at local restaurants.

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Brookdale Canopy Oaks

Brookdale Canopy Oaks has a range of living options for assisted living residents, including single occupant studio apartments, 575-square foot one-bedroom apartments and a two-bath suite option. Each unit and resident is protected by an emergency alert system that includes call buttons and wearable pendants. Security remotely monitors the community and responds with rapid deployment 24 hours a day. Wi-Fi access is available throughout the facility, and residents have their choice between communal meals in the restaurant-style dining room or private dinners in reserved spaces. Meals and snacks are available in the on-site bistro, and beauty services are provided at nominal charge in the barber shop. Residents and their guests can relax in the evening in the community's fireside living room.

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Higher Ground

Certified staff caregivers at Higher Ground of Belleview provide residents with 24-hour assistance, supervision and care, including help with activities of daily living such as grooming and personal needs. Daily housekeeping and laundry service are available, as is free local transportation within a 10-mile radius. The warm family atmosphere Higher Ground strives to create includes home-style meals prepared with the advice of a registered dietitian, snacks and beverages available all day long and outdoor barbecues that take advantage of the mild climate and warm evenings Ocala enjoys. Gardening and bible study groups welcome all interested residents, and periodic trips are scheduled up to nearby Orlando for fun visits to theme parks and other attractions.

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  • Free basic cable television and local telephone service
  • State-of-the-art amenities

The Windsor of Ocala

The Windsor of Ocala offers three chef-prepared meals a day served in its exclusive Gold Leaf dining room, a restaurant-style eatery where special meals are prepared for those with medical and cultural needs. Meal attendant service is provided for residents who have a limited ability to feed themselves. Staff at The Windsor schedule regular cultural and community events that include educational seminars, senior legal and financial planning workshops and religious services in the on-site chapel. Each room in The Windsor at Ocala is protected by an individual alarm and sprinkler system, and all have their own kitchenettes with refrigerators and microwaves. Housekeeping services are provided free of additional charge.

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  • Scheduled transportation to and from medical and personal appointments
  • 24-hour staff and licensed nursing associates on call

Brookdale Chambrel Pinecastle

Brookdale Chambrel Pinecastle works to keep residents safe with 24-hour security and emergency response teams, in-room alert systems and entry control points that restrict visitors to authorized parties only. The luxurious front lobby area has front desk services, including a complimentary concierge, for residents who plan a trip off site. Amenities in the downstairs common areas include a well-stocked library, arts and crafts studio and state-of-the-art fitness center. Personal training and health classes are provided in the wellness center for all residents. Outdoors, residents and guests may enjoy a stroll around the landscaped grounds on winding walking paths that pass through several spacious courtyards and past the gardens and the outdoor pool. Guest suites are available for overnight guests on request.

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Pacifica Senior Living Ocala

Pacifica Senior Living Ocala offers a wealth of individual and community amenities for competitive and all-inclusive monthly rates. Aging-in-place programs are available for residents transitioning from assisted living to other levels of care, as well as lifetime continuous care that retains old friends even if resources have run out. Sheltered courtyards surround the spacious facility, which sits at the end of its own cul-de-sac screened by a ring of dense greenery for enhanced privacy. Indoors, Pacifica Senior Living Ocala offers residents unrestricted access to its on-site arts and crafts center, beauty salon and movie theater. Outside, residents can pass the time in the community's charming hummingbird and butterfly gardens. Chauffeured transportation is available for all residents, as are weekly housekeeping, laundry and linen services.

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Brentwood at Fore Ranch

Brentwood at Fore Ranch offers assisted living residents a range of apartment choices, including studio and one-bedroom floor plans. Weekly housekeeping and linen service is available, as are three nutritious meals a day prepared by the staff chef. Special menus are available for medical and cultural needs. Staff at Brentwood Ranch are on call 24 hours a day, and include certified senior caregivers and licensed nurses who can assist with medication and care plan adherence. Health and wellness monitoring, including medication logs, are maintained by care providers who meet with family and medical professionals on behalf of residents. Scheduled transportation is provided, along with attendant service to and from medical appointments if needed.

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  • All-inclusive rates cover utilities, excluding telephone and cable TV
  • Memory care services available