Page Reviewed / Updated - Jan. 2019This guide provides information for seniors and their family. Read on to discover the cost of senior care in the Fort Lauderdale area, financial assistance to help with senior living and care, and a resource listing of affordable senior apartments. For a comprehensive overview of senior care costs and financial help for the elderly throughout the rest of the state, refer to our guide on paying for senior care in Florida.
In the Fort Lauderdale area, senior care is relatively affordable compared to other major cities in Florida. According to the Genworth 2018 Cost of Care Survey, the average monthly cost of home care is especially affordable, having one of the lowest averages in the state.Note: Senior care cost data wasn’t available for Fort Lauderdale, so the data for the closest city, Miami, was used.
Assisted living in the Fort Lauderdale area costs an average of $3,350 a month, which is $150 less than the median cost for Florida as a whole. Jacksonville averages about $1,000 more a month, while other larger cities such as Tampa and Orlando are less expensive, coming in at $3,250 a month and $3,275 a month. Sebring is the lowest with a monthly average cost of $3,038.
The cost of home care in the Fort Lauderdale area averages $3,337 a month, assuming 44 hours of care per week at an average cost per hour of $17.50. That’s $467 cheaper than the state average of $3,804.
Compared to other major cities in the state, the Fort Lauderdale area is relatively affordable for home care. Punta Gorda is the most expensive with an average of over $1,000 more a month. The least expensive average costs for home care in the state is in Sebring at $3,051 a month.
In Fort Lauderdale, the Statewide Medicaid Managed Care Program (SMMC) consists of three parts: Managed Medical Assistance (MMA), Long-Term Care (LTC), and Dental. Applicants will be required to choose a plan.
If the applicant is in need of nursing home level care and requires long-term care services, he or she must apply for the Long-Term Care plan, which pays for care received in an assisted living facility, nursing facility, one’s home, and other services.
Refer to our guide on the SMMC for more in-depth information, eligibility guidelines, and instructions on how to apply.
Optional State Supplementation (OSS)
Fort Lauderdale residents 65 or older who live in an assisted living facility, adult family care home, or a mental health residential treatment facility may be able to receive financial assistance with room and board through the OSS program, which is managed by the Florida Department of Children & Families. Payment is given to the qualifying individual or their legal guardian to pay for fees the facility charges.
For eligibility requirements, payment amounts, and information on how to apply read our OSS guide.
Community Care for the Elderly (CCE)
Fort Lauderdale adults 60 or older who are at risk of being placed in a nursing home and not eligible for Medicaid may be able to get assistance with the Community Care for the Elderly program. The program gives older adults the opportunity to remain in their home rather than being placed in a nursing home. Some services include personal care, monthly payments to a caregiver of their choosing, case management, shopping assistance, and adult day care.
Discover more about the program, eligibility, and how to apply through our guide.
Respite for Elders Living in Everyday Families (RELIEF)
Caregivers of frail seniors 60 or older, or seniors with Alzheimer’s or dementia, can get a much-needed break thanks to RELIEF. This program provides free respite services of approximately four hours a month. Services are performed by volunteers or minimally-paid personnel from the South Florida Institute on Aging.
Learn more about RELIEF, eligibility, and how to apply.
Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative (ADI)
The ADI is available to Fort Lauderdale residents diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, dementia, or a related memory disorder. Some of the free services provided through the program include in-home and facility-based caregiver respite and support services, counseling for caregivers, case management, training, and a variety of other services. Additional information about the program can be found here.
Home Care for the Elderly (HCE)HCE offers basic financial assistance to individuals caring for frail elders who live in the caregiver’s home or their own home. The financial assistance given to the caregiver can be for housing, clothing, food, medical services, or medical equipment. The individual can be a relative of the elder or no relation at all. Refer to our guide for qualifications, funding, and instructions on how to apply.
2960 NW 19th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311
Broward Gardens is a gated community with affordable two to three bedroom apartments for low-income seniors.
1943 NE Sixth Court, N106
Gateway Terrace is managed by Silver Tree Residential. They offer 257 units for seniors. Rent is based on income.
645 NW 10th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311
Northwest Gardens offers affordable apartments for seniors. Some amenities include a fitness center and a clubhouse where residents can enjoy a variety of activities with their neighbors.
721 NW 19th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311
Venice Cove has affordable one, two, and three bedroom apartments with quality amenities.
720 NE 4th Avenue
Village Place Apartments has 112 units for low-income seniors 55 years of age or older. In 2016, they won an award for Best 55+ Affordable Rental Community.