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Page Reviewed / Updated – September 30, 2022

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Winter Haven offers a very affordable lifestyle for seniors looking to maximize their retirement income, with a cost of living that’s more than 11% lower than both the Florida state median and U.S. national average. This is largely due to the city’s low housing costs, though seniors may also notice savings in terms of health and transportation. Care costs are also affordable. At $3,300 per month, assisted living expenses are very low compared to statewide and national averages. Florida offers a tax-friendly climate for retirees, with no estate, inheritance or income tax. Social Security benefits and other forms of retirement income such as pensions, IRAs and 401(k)s are also exempt.

In addition to providing a list of the best assisted living facilities in Winter Haven, FL, this guide provides an overview of the cost of assisted living in Winter Haven, 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 Winter Haven, FL

In Central Florida’s Chain of Lakes region, Winter Haven’s assisted living costs are $3,300 per month. According to the Genworth Cost of Care Survey 2021, assisted living costs in the Winter Haven are $1,200 lower than the national average and $700 less expensive than the average Florida city. Many other central Florida cities have similar costs, including Tampa at $3,350 and Sebring at $3,436 per month. Others are more expensive, including North Port at $4,145 and Orlando at $4,000.

  • Winter Haven: $3,300
  • Florida: $4,000
  • United States: $4,500
  • Orlando: $4,000
  • Tampa: $3,350
  • North Port: $4,145
  • Sebring: $3,436

The Cost of Other Types of Care in Winter Haven, FL

Seniors may explore additional care options based on their needs and budget. In-home care and home health care are great choices for aging in place.They’re a little more expensive than assisted living, costing an average of $4,576 and $4,481 per month, respectively. Those who require intensive care and supervision may opt for a nursing home facility, where rates start at $8,745 per month for semiprivate accommodations.

  • Assisted Living Facility: $3,300
  • In-Home Care: $4,576
  • Home Health Care: $4,481
  • Adult Day Health Care: n/a
  • Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room): $8,745
  • Nursing Home Facility (private room): $9,703

Note: Data for Winter Haven was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Lakeland, was used instead.

Spring Haven Retirement

Situated close to Lake Hartridge, just north of downtown Winter Haven, Spring Haven Retirement is an independent and assisted living community with a dedicated memory care program. Residents can spend their days strolling the landscaped grounds, playing games with friends in the common areas or catching a movie in the on-site theatre. There's a handy in-house beauty and barber shop, and accommodations range from cozy studios to spacious two-bedroom, two-bath apartments complete with generous en suite storage and large living rooms. We included Spring Haven Retirement on this list because this pet-friendly community offers on-site pet care, a service that's often difficult to find in assisted living settings. 

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Lake Howard Heights

Discerning seniors who are seeking an upscale retirement experience will feel right at home at Lake Howard Heights. This independent and assisted living community features healthy, chef-prepared meals crafted with fresh, seasonal ingredients and served in the well-appointed dining room. The innovative ZESTFUL activities program ensures there's always plenty of social activities to keep seniors engaged, including pet therapy, walking clubs, yard games and group outings to local restaurants, shops and attractions. 

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Brookdale Winter Haven

Located near the Legoland Beach Resort close to Cypress Gardens, Brookdale Winter Haven is a pet-friendly assisted living community that offers seniors the ideal mix of independence and support. Amenities include a cozy fireside living room, ice cream parlor, screened lanai and paved walking paths. In-house concierge services help residents schedule appointments and arrange transportation, and the community is secured with a keypad entry system. 

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Family Extended Care of Winter Haven

Locally owned and operated, Family Extended Care of Winter Haven is a nonprofit assisted living community with a dedicated memory care wing for those living with Alzheimer's disease or dementia. Wheelchair-accessible accommodations include private and semiprivate suites equipped with cable TV and an emergency call system, and there are numerous common living spaces to promote social interaction between residents. We included Family Extended Care of Winter Haven on this list because it ranks highly for having friendly, compassionate staff and an exceptionally clean, comfortable environment.

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  • Special diets can be accommodated
  • Daily social and recreational programming

The Village at Vienna Square

Centrally located near the Bay Care Hospital campus, The Village at Vienna Square is a vibrant senior living community that offers assisted living, rehabilitation and skilled nursing care services. Residents enjoy spacious private apartments equipped with individual climate controls, a handy kitchenette, wall-to-wall carpeting and emergency call systems that instantly connect with in-house staff. There's a computer center that seniors can use to surf the web and stay connected with friends and family and a fitness center with specialized individual and group programming. The community also provides scheduled transportation to area health clinics and shopping centers.

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Brookdale Oakbridge

Nestled on a quiet, landscaped lot just steps from the Southpoint Medical Group campus, Brookdale Oakbridge offers seniors a comfortable, supportive place to enjoy their retirement years. Caring staff are always available to lend a helping hand, and the community is secured with a keypad entry system. Accommodations include cozy 225 square-foot studios and 325 square-foot one-bedroom suites, and each apartment includes a private barrier-free bathroom equipped with an emergency call system. 

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Lake Morton Plaza

Known for having caring, compassionate staff, Lake Morton Plaza provides seniors with a worry-free retirement lifestyle. The semiprivate and private suites are exceptionally spacious, ranging in size from 707 square feet to 812 square feet. Community amenities include plenty of safe walking trails, activity rooms and a beautiful restaurant-style dining room, and many apartments offer stunning water views of Lake Morton. We featured Lake Morton Plaza because this community offers a convenient downtown location, within easy walking distance of banks, restaurants and public transit. 

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  • Suites with full kitchens, walk-in closets and private balconies
  • Pet-friendly

Grand Villa of Lakeland

Located just steps from the shores of Lake Parker and Joker Marchant Stadium, the winter training home of MLB's Detroit Tigers, Grand Villa of Lakeland is a modern, well-appointed assisted living and memory care community. Residents are welcome to bring along a well-behaved pet weighing 20 pounds or less, and nearby Lake Parker Park is the perfect place to enjoy a leisurely walk with a furry friend. The community's full-time activities coordinator ensures there's always plenty of engaging games, groups and special events to enjoy, and residents are encouraged to share their skills and knowledge by leading classes, prayer groups and crafting workshops.

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Brookdale Highlands

Brookdale Highlands is a modern, single-story assisted living and memory care community overlooking the scenic Sanlan Golf Course. Residents enjoy access to a long list of amenities, including a convenient general store, fitness center, games room and screened lanai. There is a 24 hour security system, and every suite is equipped with an emergency alert system that instantly connects with on-site staff. Daily recreational events include fitness classes, ice cream socials and movie screenings, and the private dining room can be reserved for family celebrations and special meals. 

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The Manor at Lake Morton

The Manor at Lake Morton is a luxurious senior living community located in the heart of historic downtown Lakeland. Residents enjoy three daily gourmet meals created by the in-house chef, and sugar and salt-free options are always available. Mail is hand-delivered daily, and resident suites include Wi-Fi, cable TV and individual telephone numbers. On-site primary care is available, as are laboratory, optical, podiatry and psychiatric services. The community is equipped with a sprinkler system, secured access points and video surveillance, and each resident receives a wearable medical alert device they can use to instantly connect with in-house staff. 

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  • Innovative iN2L program encourages socialization and cognitive health
  • Bright, sunlit suites