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Page Reviewed / Updated – September 15, 2020

The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Ocala, FL

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Ocala is a popular tourism destination in central Florida. Once home to an advanced pre-Columbian civilization, Ocala is the site of several important locations from the First Seminole War, such as Fort King National Historic Landmark. Home to nearly 61,000 people, almost 19% of Ocala’s residents are seniors aged 65 and over.

Ocala welcomes seniors with a variety of indoor and outdoor amenities. With average temperatures that, even in the depth of winter, rarely dip below 70 degrees, Ocala invites active seniors to play at any of 20 expertly designed golf courses, including many tribute courses that mirror classic challenges from Saint Andrews and other world-famous links. Florida has no state income tax, which means that seniors pay no state-level tax on Social Security or other pension incomes. The state has no taxes for estates or inheritance, and seniors may qualify for reduced property taxes.

Seniors in Ocala pay an average of $3,925 a month for assisted living, according to Genworth Financial’s 2019 Cost of Care Survey. This is a few hundred dollars more than the $3,500 a month seniors pay, on average, in the rest of Florida. Nationwide, seniors pay an average of $4,051 a month for similar assisted living board and care.

Look over our list of the top 10 assisted living communities in Ocala, to see if one is right for you. Additionally, find out more about the cost of assisted living in Ocala and what financial assistance programs are available.

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

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Phone Number


Ocala Housing Authority

(352) 369-2636

The OHA provides housing to low and moderate income households, including seniors, in Marion County through public housing and the Housing Choice Voucher. There are waiting lists for the programs. Applications can be made online.

Senior Companion Program

(850) 414-2062

This program arranges volunteers to transport seniors to and from medical appointments, shopping and errands, to help with meal preparation and to provide companionship, all of which helps seniors age in place. The program may also provide respite to caregivers of elderly people.

Central Florida Community Action Agency

(352) 732-3008

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) can help low-income seniors pay for heating and cooling their home. Eligibility is income-based and adjusted based on how many people are living in the home.

Marion County Homestead Exemption

(352) 368-8200

Seniors aged 65 and older who are paying property tax in Marion County are eligible for an additional Homestead Exemption. This is available for permanent residents whose income is under a certain limit.