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Page Reviewed / Updated – July 6, 2022

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Sarasota is situated south of Tampa on the Gulf Coast in Sarasota County, which is listed on the AARP Age-Friendly Network. Year-round sunny skies and warm temperatures, high access to health care and a broad range of senior services and programs available are among the reasons this city is recognized as the top retirement destination in the nation. Its cost of living is slightly higher than the national average but consistent with the state average, and because Florida doesn’t have a state income tax, older adults may have more income to put toward long-term care. Despite the region’s desirability, local assisted living rates are affordable at $4,195 per month.  

This guide provides more information on how assisted living rates in Sarasota compare to other communities in Florida as well as to the nation as a whole. It also highlights resources that provide free and low-cost services to older adults and includes a list of the top local assisted living facilities.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Sarasota, FL

The 2021 Genworth Cost of Care Survey shows seniors in Sarasota pay $4,145 per month for assisted living. This is a little higher than Florida’s average rate of $4,000, but it’s affordable compared to the national average of $4,500. 

Assisted living rates across Florida vary considerably. Tampa, which is just 60 miles north of Sarasota, has some of the lowest rates in the state at $3,350. In Miami, care costs average $4,385, and in Florida’s capital city of Tallahassee, fees average $4,650. The Villages, which is a 60+ community in Central Florida, has relatively high assisted living rates at $5,208 monthly. 

  • Sarasota: $4,145 
  • Florida: $4,000 
  • United States: $4,500 
  • Tampa: $3,350  
  • The Villages: $5,208 
  • Miami: $4,385 
  • Tallahassee: $4,650 

The Cost of Other Types of Care in Sarasota, FL 

Seniors in Sarasota have a range of long-term care options at multiple price points to choose from. Nursing home care is the most expensive, with seniors paying $9,490 per month for shared rooms and $10,615 for private. Older adults who obtain care in their own homes pay $5,720 for in-home care and home health care, and those who live in assisted living facilities pay $4,145 for services. Adult day health care is the cheapest option at $2,080 per month. 

  • In-Home Care: $5,720 
  • Home Health Care: $5,720 
  • Adult Day Health Care: $2,080 
  • Assisted Living Facility: $4,145 
  • Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room): $9,490 
  • Nursing Home Facility (private room): $10,615 

Note: Data for Sarasota was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, North Port, was used instead. 

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Sarasota, FL

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Other Ways To Pay for Assisted Living in Sarasota, FL

Since not everyone can afford to pay for assisted living out-of-pocket, it’s important to find alternative methods to help make assisted living more affordable. Some of these options include:

  • Veterans Benefits
  • Life Insurance Policy
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Reverse Mortgage

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

Free Resources for Seniors in Sarasota, FL

In Sarasota, older adults have access to a range of resources to help them make informed decisions regarding their care needs and options. Through the following table, seniors can find options counselors and information specialists.




Senior Friendship Centers (941) 955-2122 Senior Friendship Centers provide a range of social and recreational programs for older adults, including dancing, billiards, library visits, affordable classes and congregate meals. The center also provides volunteer opportunities and one-on-one assistance with accessing public benefits, such as Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security Disability Insurance. Membership is required, but full and partial scholarships may be available for qualifying individuals. 
Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida  (239) 652-6900  The Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida provides free resources and assistance with finding long-term care solutions in the Sarasota region. This agency has options counselors who help older adults locate community-based services and understand their Medicare benefits. It operates the Elder Helpline, which provides over-the-phone benefits counseling and assistance. It also offers the Elder Abuse Education & Prevention program to increase awareness of elder abuse and neglect and how to recognize signs in long-term care communities.
Veterans Services 

(941) 861-8387 

Sarasota County’s Veterans Services office is situated in Sarasota. It helps older veterans access services in the community, including transportation services and counseling, and apply for benefits, such as disability compensation, Aid and Attendance, veterans’ and survivors’ pensions and Veterans Preference. It also operates the Sarasota Vet Center, which provides in-person and over-the-phone benefits assistance. 
Gulfcoast Legal Services 

(941) 746-6151 

Gulfcoast Legal Services is a regional nonprofit legal organization that specializes in age-related issues, such as resolving problems with the quality of care in assisted living facilities, applying for public benefits and accessing veterans’ services. It promotes financial security for seniors by representing them in cases involving garnishment of Social Security benefits and addressing burdensome medical bills. It also helps seniors draft life-planning documents, such as wills and advance directives. 

Rules and Regulations for Assisted Living Facilities in Sarasota, FL

Assisted Living Communities in Sarasota are required to follow a set of rules and regulations that are determined by the state. For an overview of those rules and regulations, see the information below. For more specific information, talk with your local community or Area Agency on Aging.

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The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Sarasota, FL

Grand Villa of Sarasota

Grand Villa of Sarasota maintains 24-hour staff on call, which includes certified personal caregivers and a staff nurse. Medication management is provided for a small fee in addition to the monthly charges for room and board. Staff at Grand Villa help residents make scheduling and transportation arrangements for medical appointments, as well as prescription ordering and delivery. Daily and weekly housekeeping, linen and personal laundry are included in the monthly fee. Scheduled transportation is provided for medical appointments, shopping and banking trips into town, as is group transportation for scheduled outings to cultural and entertainment hotspots in Sarasota and nearby Tampa.

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Atria Sarasota

Atria Sarasota offers a selection of roomy floorplans for its independent and assisted living residents. Apartment homes at Atria Sarasota all have individual thermostats, fully-equipped kitchenettes and walk-in closets. A washer and dryer are available on each floor for residents who wish to do laundry for themselves, though housekeeping and linen service is provided weekly. Rooms are connected to the community Wi-Fi, basic cable or satellite TV and complimentary landline telephone network, as well as an in-room emergency call system that summons help as needed. Meals are prepared by staff chefs and served with full service in the restaurant-style dining room. Private dining rooms are available on request for residents and guests. Outdoor dining is available from the community grill, with meals served on the sheltered courtyard near the hot tub and pool.

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Brookdale Phillippi Creek

Brookdale Phillippi Creek keeps residents safe with a state-of-the-art emergency alert system and 24-hour staff response. Maintenance is also on call 24 hours a day, as are security and medical response. Community amenities include a library, beauty shop, well-equipped fitness center and surface parking on the community lot. Outdoors, residents can stroll through the closely kept gardens and along the well-maintained walking paths that lead to furnished outdoor courtyards. Indoors, residents can enjoy each others' company in the game room, billiards room or fireside living room. Postal services and internet access are provided for residents free of charge, as is computer access in the office center. Residents can share meals in the spacious dining room, or skip off to the ice cream parlor for a warm afternoon's snack.

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Elmcroft of Sarasota

Elmcroft of Sarasota serves three chef-prepared meals a day in its large restaurant-style dining room, where snacks are also available throughout the day. Residents can enjoy Sarasota's legendary climate outdoors on the winding walking paths around the facility, or while lounging in the sheltered courtyard. Fitness options at Elmcroft of Sarasota include exercise clubs, walking clubs, Wii Bowling in the game room, community gardening and guided workouts in the gym. Staff at Elmcroft put on community-wide birthday parties and holiday events, and celebrate special occasions such as anniversaries and resident milestones. Several times a week, residents gather in the TV room to watch the latest blockbusters together and share each others' company.

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DeSoto Palms Assisted Living Community

DeSoto Palms Assisted Living Community has trained and certified staff caregivers who are on call 24 hours a day to assist with personal care needs, including acitivities of daily living and discreet personal hygiene or assistance with medication. Residents are kept safe with an electronic call system and have the option of visiting with the on-site physician in the facility outpatient clinic. Community events, such as scheduled outings and recreational trips to shopping and the beach, are arranged almost daily, while residents have access to free transportation for shopping trips on their own, church services and medical appointments offsite. Back at the facility, community amenities include a game room, spa, beauty shop and well-stocked cafe with a broad selection of coffee and tea from around the world. Chef-prepared cuisine is always available in the open seating dining hall or in one of the private dining rooms reserved for residents and their guests.

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HarborChase of Sarasota

HarborChase of Sarasota residents share engaging and exciting experiences during the community's scheduled group outings and weekly excursions into town. The community's Life Enrichment Program offers more than 20 interest group and affinity activities for residents to do together, including arts and crafts, games and other hobbies. On-site medical services are provided for: Primary care, Support groups, including bereavement, Podiatry, Dermatology, and Hearing.

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  • Therapy/wellness services available
  • Weekly housekeeping, laundry and linen service

Aravilla Assisted Living & Memory Care

Aravilla Assisted Living & Memory Care is laid out with zero thresholds and virtually no tripping hazards that could pose an issue for seniors with limited mobility or balance. Potentially dangerous nighttime falls are prevented with under-bed motion activated lighting, and heat lamps in each room help keep residents warm in the private bathrooms each unit offers. Rooms at Aravilla are secured with a keyless entry system that prevents unauthorized access, and each resident's private dwelling has its own thermostat to control the heating and AC independently. Cable TV and Wi-Fi internet are provided free of additional charge to all residents, as are spiritual services in the chapel.

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Fountains of Hope

Fountains of Hope assisted living options include roomy studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments with private bathrooms and individual climate controls. Rooms are rented on a convenient month-to-month basis for maximum freedom and flexibility, and all units have their own emergency call system to help keep residents safe. Room amenities include hardwood floors, walk-in showers, walk-in closets and full-size refrigerators. Weekly housekeeping, laundry and trash service is available, as are limited move-in specials, moving services and additional storage. Apartments at Fountains of Hope are pet-friendly within certain size and breed restrictions. Community amenities include a cozy library with a warm fireplace reading pit.

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  • Smoke-free community
  • All-inclusive rates with Cable TV, Wi-Fi and all utilities except telephone

Brookdale Sarasota Midtown

Apartment homes in the Brookdale Sarasota Midtown assisted living complex all offer private bathrooms with a sink and a toilet, emergency alert system to rapidly summon help if needed and a 24-hour security response that monitors the grounds and rapidly answers calls for help. Community amenities include a well-stocked library, cafe and barber shop where residents can get their beauty services for a nominal fee. Residents can work out in the community fitness center, stroll the grounds on the well-maintained walking paths or perfect their stroke on the community putting green. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the common areas and some of the rooms, and postal services are on offer from the front desk.

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Heron Club at Prestancia

The Heron Club at Prestancia offers lavish resort-style accommodations in spacious luxury apartments with balconies that overlook golf courses and private local ponds. Studio and one-bedroom apartments are available, all of which have fully stocked kitchenettes, walk-in closets and a 24-hour emergency response system. Weekly housekeeping, linen and laundry service are provided as part of the all-inclusive monthly package, and pets are welcome, though a deposit may be required for certain animals. Staff chefs prepare three meals a day from seasonal menus that use always fresh, never frozen ingredients. Special menus are available for medical and cultural needs. Daily happy hour is observed in the bistro-style dining hall, where drinks and snacks are available all day long.

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