The Top 10 Assisted Living Facilities in Ocala, FL

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Ocala is located in Central Florida, and while not on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico or the Atlantic Ocean, Ocala still has the balmy weather that snowbirds enjoy about the state. The city is one of five in the world allowed to refer to itself as the Horse Capital of the World, due to the many thoroughbred breeding farms in the area. Touring these farms, or visiting one of the many sites in the Ocala Historic District along East Fort King Street are popular activities for residents and tourists. 

Seniors interested in making Florida their home will find that Ocala is about 20% less expensive than other cities in the state, and the cost of living is about 16% lower than the national average. Monthly assisted living fees average $3,925 in Ocala compared to the $3,500 state average, based on the Genworth Cost of Care Survey 2019. Nursing home facilities are more than double this amount, starting at $8,547 for Florida overall and $8,060 in Ocala. For seniors aging in place in their own homes with light in-home assistance and health care, average costs in Ocala range from $3,718 to $4,242. Adult day care is the most affordable option, at $1,408 on average. 

Take a look at our top 10 list of assisted living facilities in Ocala, to see if any are right for you or a loved one.

The Best Assisted Living Facilities in Ocala

Superior Residences at Cala Hills

Address: 2300 SW 21st Circle, Ocala, FL 34471
Phone Number: (352) 254-8930

Helping seniors stay active, develop friendships, and live their best lives is the focus of every staff member at Superior Residences, and this is the main reason it made our top 10 list. This assisted living facility encourages its residents to enjoy a delicious meal with friends in the community dining room, discover new hobbies by joining a club or participating in a fitness class or relax on the landscaped grounds. Specialized care plans ensure that seniors receive extra assistance when needed.

Starting Monthly Cost: $3,675 for memory care
Room Types: Studio Apartments 
Number of Beds: 75

  • Average Stars: 4 out of 5
  • Number of Reviews: 36

Hampton Manor at Deerwood

Address: 1810 SE 16th Avenue, Ocala, FL 34471
Phone Number: (352) 261-0418

The sweeping covered veranda at Hampton Manor at Deerwood is a popular gathering spot for seniors who enjoy conversing with friends over a cup of coffee or quietly reading a book. Mealtimes are anticipated events, partly because of the unique Heirloom Dining Program, a popular initiative that encourages residents to share their favorite recipes with the community. Professional caregivers are available day and night to help with mobility and daily living needs. Small pets are allowed. 

Starting Monthly Cost: $2,995
Room Types: Studio and One-Bedroom Apartments
Number of Beds: 60

  • Average Stars: 4.3 out of 5
  • Number of Reviews: 62

Brookdale Paddock Hills

Address: 1601 SE 24th Road, Ocala, FL 34471
Phone Number:  (352) 221-9627

Healthcare is important for residents at Brookdale Paddock Hills, and to ensure that everyone is cared for, there's a skilled nurse on staff 16 hours each day. For general assistance with mobility, personal care and medication management, caregivers are available to help around the clock. Nutritious meals are prepared three times each day, with special low-salt or low-fat options available. Group exercise classes are scheduled during the weekdays and an on-site fitness center is open every day.

Starting Monthly Cost: Not Listed
Room Types: Studio Apartments
Number of Beds: Not Listed

  • Average Stars: 4.2 out of 5
  • Number of Reviews: 161

Pacifica Senior Living Ocala

Address: 11311 SW 95th Circle, Ocala, FL 34481
Phone Number: (352) 229-8132

The assisted living program at Pacifica Senior Living is designed for seniors who desire an inclusive retirement community but who still need a little extra help with daily tasks. There's a full social calendar, which helps reduce feelings of isolation. Rousing card tournaments, Wii sports games and group fitness classes are among the most popular activities. Pacifica schedules regular group outings to explore the local community and surrounding areas. Its central location in Ocala is what landed this community on our top 10 list. 

Starting Monthly Cost: $3,100
Room Types: Studio, One- and Two-Bedroom Apartments
Number of Beds: 70

  • Average Stars: 4.8 out of 5
  • Number of Reviews: 278

Higher Ground

Address: 10155 SE 110th Street, Belleview, FL 34420
Phone Number: 
(352) 687-8001

Higher Ground residents enjoy living and dining in a homelike atmosphere, with lovely manicured grounds and cozy apartments. This facility is meticulously clean and extremely comfortable, which is why it made our top 10 list. It has welcoming common areas for reading books or playing games, as well as a fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment. Meals are served communally three times a day and prepared on-site using fresh, healthy ingredients. Helpful caregivers are available day and night to assist with mobility, grooming or simple redirection and reminders. 

Starting Monthly Cost: $3,000
Room Types: Companion Suites and One-Bedroom Apartments
Number of Beds: 10

  • Average Stars: 5 out of 5
  • Number of Reviews: 6

Paddock Ridge

Address: 4001 SW 33rd Court, Ocala, FL, 34474
Phone Number: (866) 785-4116

Jaunty palm trees frame the entrance to Paddock Ridge, an assisted living facility a mere 15 minutes from the picturesque and historic downtown of Ocala. Transportation for outings is provided by the facility, although residents that still drive have private parking available. Focus on the importance of senior nutrition and wellness is a high priority at Paddock Ridge. Seniors who appreciate a healthy lifestyle will enjoy freshly prepared meals, yoga classes, and access to a fitness studio. For residents who need a little extra help with bathing or grooming, skilled caregivers are on hand 24/7 for discreet assistance. 

Starting Monthly Cost: Not Listed
Room Types: Studio and One-Bedroom apartments; Companion Suites
Number of Beds: Not Listed

  • Average Stars:  5 out of 5
  • Number of Reviews: 5

The Windsor of Ocala

Address: 2650 Southeast 18th Ave, Ocala, FL 34471
Phone Number: (352) 433-0946

Residents enjoy light health care and personal attention from caregivers in the secure, comfortable environment at The Windsor. Plenty of different options are presented to help residents fill their days, from music programs and guest speakers to hobby groups, book clubs and fitness classes. While each apartment is equipped with a kitchenette, many residents prefer the social atmosphere of shared meals in the community dining room. Positive reviews from residents and their loved ones earned The Windsor a place on our top 10 list. 

Starting Monthly Cost: Not Listed
Room Types: One-Bedroom Apartments
Number of Beds: Not listed

  • Average Stars: 4.8 out of 5
  • Number of Reviews: 64

Hawthorne Inn of Ocala

Address: 4100 SW 33rd Ave., Ocala FL 34474
Phone Number: (352) 237-7776

The lush green landscape and private garden for resident use make Hawthorne Inn feel welcoming and homey. This assisted living facility encourages independence while offering caregiver services as needed, allowing seniors to do as much as possible for themselves. Regular oversight by trained professionals gives families peace of mind about their loved one's care. We've chosen this facility as one of the best due to the low staff-to-patient ratio and the multiple safety features, such as call buttons, in each apartment and common area. 

Starting Monthly Cost: Not Listed
Room Types: Deluxe and Standard Suites
Number of Beds: Not Listed

  • Average Stars: 4.7 out of 5
  • Number of Reviews: 39

The Bridge at Ocala

Address: 2800 SW 41st Street, Building 200, Ocala, FL 34474
Phone Number: (352) 873-2036

Seniors who call The Bridge home have plenty of different options to indulge in favorite activities or discover new hobbies. From shuffleboard to billiards and with a room dedicated to card and board games, relaxing and having fun with friends is always on the schedule at The Bridge. Off-site group trips are especially popular, allowing seniors to explore Ocala. Helping the elderly retain their independence is also important here, and professional caregivers are on hand day and night. 

Starting Monthly Cost: Not Listed
Room Types: Studio, One- and Two-Bedroom Apartments 
Number of Beds: 95

  • Average Stars: 4 out of 5
  • Number of Reviews: 30

Camelot Chateau Assisted Living

Address: 1831 Southeast Lake Weir Avenue, Ocala, FL 34471
Phone Number: (352) 629-6077

Seniors at Camelot Chateau can relax and enjoy their golden years without worrying about home upkeep. The assisted living facility provides housekeeping and maintenance, three nutritious meals served daily and plenty of different activities to encourage socialization. An on-site beauty salon and barbershop helps residents look their best, while skilled nursing care during business hours helps residents feel their best. For those who require it, transportation is provided for appointments and shopping trips. 

Starting Monthly Costs: $1,700
Room Types: Studio Apartments and Companion Suites 
Number of Beds: 80

  • Average Stats: 4.1 out of 5
  • Number of Reviews: 79

Learn More About Assisted Living in Ocala

Ocala may be a great option for seniors choosing assisted living in Florida. The lower cost of living, proximity to excellent health care, and many different options for a retirement community mean there's something for everyone. 

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