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Pensacola’s balmy weather and beachside living make it a natural choice for seniors looking for an assisted living facility. Assisted living gives seniors the chance to relax without the daily hassles of chores or meal preparation and with caregivers who provide help with daily activities like bathing and toileting.

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66 Photos available
44 Floor plans available
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The food is good. Should be more flexible with supper times. The activities are great. Just need more of them. The facility is nice. The apartment is perfect. The staff is mostly great. Takes a good person...
Provides: Assisted Living
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
The Waterford at Carpenter's Creek offers Assisted Living services in the picturesque Panhandle city of Pensacola. Our senior living community has been serving residents and families in the area for almost 30 years. We offer a warm, friendly, supportive environment for residents and we're staffed...
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The Blake at Pensacola is a very clean, light and bright community. It was a decent space for our loved one and he has a nice private room. From what we saw the meals looked to be really good but they just...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Welcome to The BlakeThe food. The music. The architecture, family and traditions. Once you’ve enjoyed the Blake way of life, it’s hard to imagine settling for anything less.Located only minutes from Historic Downtown Pensacola and some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, The Blake at Pensacola...
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I would highly recommend Summer Vista. I like that my loved one is free to roam around, and she gets the extra care that she needs.
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
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The staff is very friendly, caring and understanding. The facility is very clean with no odor and the meals are very good. I recommend Sodalis Cantonment to anyone that is looking for a loving facility to...
Provides: Assisted Living
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
A Lifestyle Community Engaged living, a tranquil setting, and compassionate care are the hallmarks of Sodalis Cantonment, a community that encourages an active lifestyle and daily activities for residents, both on campus and throughout the Pensacola area. With our "residents first" philosophy,...
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They are unbelievably helpful and friendly. Best prices that I found, I have complete peace, knowing that my loved one is there.They walked me through every step of this process from beginning to end it was...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
We are continuing to admit new Residents, where possible and appropriate, to help residents and families in need. We will do all we can to help those who are in need of our services now and always.We are now offering Virtual Tours of our communities via Skype, Zoom and Google Duo. If you’re...
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My sister loves the people and says the food is good This was her pick of the places we toured still ironing out details but as long as my sister is happy I’m happy would love more flexible rules with pump...
Provides: Memory Care
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Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Find the comfort and care you deserve at The Waterford at Creekside. The senior living community in Pensacola, FL provides residents with a positive, nurturing environment that encourages health and happiness while promoting companionship among residents and staff. Our goal is to enrich the lives...
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We're very happy with Inspiritas. Mom has adjusted well to her new living situation. Very compassionate and caring team. Very helpful and responsive when I reach out. Would like to see a greater variety of...
Provides: Memory Care
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Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Positioned in Pensacola, Florida, Inspiritás of Pensacola is devoted to residents with impaired memory, offering a unique holistic program designed to celebrate life with residents, while maintaining their safety and comfort.Our Inspiritás “neighborhood” is secured for resident safety yet still...
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Very nice place and am so happy my dad is moving in. [name removed] was so helpful. ??. Recommend this place to everyone if you can find a spot. Great location and very convenient. I’m sure my father will...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
The Beacon at Gulf Breeze is a superior Retirement, Assisted Living and Memory Care Community, providing our residents access to programs that promote well-being, security, longevity, family and self-worth. Our community has 70 apartments for individuals seeking an active, but simpler lifestyle....
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I absolutely love the employees and their interactions with the residents. I would highly recommend Brookdale Pensacola. Once the food situation is solved, they should have a 10 in every category.
Provides: Assisted Living
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Your Next Great AdventureJust a short drive from local amenities like West Florida Hospital and the always pleasant gulf of Mexico, you will find a warm and cheerful assisted living community full of men and women who inspire you to pursue your golden years with enthusiasm. From the moment you...
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Our experience with FLorida Memory Lane has been very pleasant. [name removed] treated my mother with great respect and one of the family, The facility was always neat and clean. My mothers room never...
Provides: Memory Care, Residential Care Home
Care types provided by this community
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Care Homes: Residential care homes are shared neighborhood homes for seniors who need a live-in caregiver to assist with activities of daily living, like dressing and bathing.
FL MEMORY LANE ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY “OUR SMALL NUMBER OF RESIDENTS MAKES IT POSSIBLE FOR US TO PROVIDE A WIDE RANGE OF INDIVIDUALIZED SERVICES WORKING TO ENHANCE EVERY RESIDENT’s QUALITY OF LIFE”WE OFFER A WARM, SUPPORTIVE,AND NURTURING ATMOSPHERE FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO REQUIRE ASSISTANCE WITH...
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Photo of The Arbors of Gulf Breeze
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44 Floor plans available
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Beautiful clean apartments and common areas. Good food with an extensive option menu. Friendly and helpful staff, variety of activities.
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Independent Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
The Arbors of Gulf Breeze offers the finest senior living experience for those needing independent living, assisted living or memory care services. Come see how our caring team can provide a wonderful home environment for you or your loved one
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If you need a place for mom, dad, uncle Joe or aunt Mabel this is the place, so much to do, the food is good, free cable and internet, and so very much more, I would not be anywhere but here Come check it...
Provides: Assisted Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Renowned for our convenient location, excellence in food, first-class staff, affordability and signature activities; Grandview Retirement Center is Pensacola’s most recommended senior community.We offer your loved one an opportunity to enjoy living a comfortable daily routine by providing an...
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I have my aunt here. The reputation used to be bad here but it has changed with the new management. I want everyone to know that this place is much better than the past.
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Noble Senior Living at Pensacola is an assisted living and memory care community centrally located in Pensacola, Florida. Our community has beautiful courtyards that give it the feel of country living in a convenient, urban setting. Our community is set on Mobile Highway close to three area...
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I would recommend the Watermark. It is a good size, you could tell that the staff knew all the residents by name. The outdoor space is okay. It is a very clean place. We really liked the community and maybe...
Provides: Assisted Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
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Photo of Homestead Village of Pensacola
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My dad has been a resident here for over a year. I'm so thankful that he's going to be able to age in place and not have to move to another facility as his dementia progresses. He's happy, and that's what...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Independent Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
Photo of The Residence at Covenant Memory Care Center
Provides: Memory Care
Care types provided by this community
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
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Provides: Assisted Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
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Provides: Memory Care
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Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
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Provides: Assisted Living, Independent Living
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
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Photo of The Residence, Covenant Memory Care Center
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Provides: Memory Care
Care types provided by this community
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Our covenant is to improve the quality of every life we touch by providing comprehensive support, personalized care, and honoring the wishes of our patients and families.Vision:To deliver world-class service and innovative solutions for the nation’s most vulnerable populations, while preserving...
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Provides: Assisted Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Independent Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
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My mother is there and has had excellent care. The nurses and staff are very caring and take pride in there patients. If you really want to know what kind of care your loved one is receiving visit them! No...
Provides: Assisted Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
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Provides: Assisted Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.

What families are saying about assisted living in Pensacola

Recent reviews for assisted living in Pensacola

Sodalis Pensacola

3.8
They are currently renovating the facility. They do seem slightly under staffed but the staff they do have, have been wonderful. The value is great! This was the main reason we chose Sodalis. They've been very kind, welcoming and helpful when I've been there.

The Arbors of Gulf Breeze

3.8
They do have social activities but I think that it would be great if they did an orientation for the new residents to get used to the community and have someone that they can speak to if they have some issues. It would be nice to meet monthly and check in with residents for any new things, ...
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Sodalis Milton

4.0
My loved one is currently a resident at Sodalis Milton and things have been good for her at this facility so far. The staff is very helpful and friendly. My loved one enjoys the food. The building does not smell like most other facilities do. The cleanliness, care services, activities and value ...
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Costs of assisted living in the Pensacola area

According to A Place for Mom’s proprietary data, the average total monthly cost to live in one of our partner Pensacola assisted living facilities is $4,245.[02] This figure includes all room, board, personal assistance, and other amenities and add-ons to reflect the total price of living in one of our partner Pensacola assisted living facilities.

The following baseline costs show you the cost of assisted living in the Pensacola area but don’t include fees or add-on amenities and services.

Assisted living costs around $4,000 a month on average in Pensacola, according to A Place for Mom’s in-house data.[01] Typically a community will have a baseline fee for rent, meals, weekly housekeeping, and some personal care.

Other things, like fitness classes, transportation services, or personal care services that go above and beyond the community’s basic services may be charged as additional fees each month.

The $4,000 average monthly amount families paid for assisted living in Pensacola reflects the actual amount paid by families, including all additional fees, in the last 12 months.

Cost of living in Pensacola

Pensacola is one of the most cost-effective places to live in Florida. The cost of living is about 11% lower than the rest of the state.[02]

Florida doesn’t tax income, including income from Social Security or pensions, making it an appealing place for seniors with fixed incomes. Florida also doesn’t have an estate or inheritance tax.

The following baseline costs show the price of assisted living in the Pensacola area, but do not include fees or add-on amenities and services.

Average monthly cost of Assisted Living in Pensacola, FL vs. nearby cities

Pensacola, FL

$3,877/mo

Ensley, FL

$3,788/mo

How people pay for assisted living in Pensacola

How seniors and their families pay for assisted living depends on their financial situation. Most use a mix of personal savings and public assistance.

Private pay methods in Pensacola

Many seniors have spent their lives building up nest eggs in their retirement accounts, cash savings, and equity in a home or other investments. Seniors can use any of these to help pay for assisted living in Pensacola, but they’re not the only methods. Read the articles below to learn other strategies to use private funds for your assisted living expenses.

VA benefits for assisted living in Pensacola
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Number of veterans who live in Pensacola

About 20% of Pensacola veterans are 75+.

Pensacola is a welcoming city for retired veterans. Its strong military presence is due to the Naval Air Station — the first in the nation — located just west of the city. About 20% of resident veterans are over 75, and Pensacola provides multiple resources for this group.[03]

Using veterans benefits to pay for assisted living in Pensacola

Veterans in Pensacola may be able to pay for some of their assisted living expenses using veterans benefits. Depending on how long you served, your age, and your current health status, you may be eligible for veterans benefits that you can apply toward assisted living costs. We recommend speaking with a veterans benefits counselor in your area to help you find eligible benefits and to help you apply.

The VA Pension is the most common veterans benefit, which can be used to pay for assisted living. The Aid and Attendance benefit is additional money added to the VA Pension. Eligible veterans can use these funds to pay for anything that improves their quality of life, including assisted living fees.

Because you must qualify for specific eligibility standards for the VA Pension and the Aid and Attendance benefit, do your homework before submitting any paperwork. A dedicated veterans service officer (VSO) should be able to help you apply and find other eligible veterans benefits.

Veterans benefits counselors in Pensacola

The Florida Department of Veterans Affairs has veteran services offers (VSOs) to help you understand your benefits and the application process. Plus, any veteran living in Florida can receive virtual benefits counseling too. You can sign up for your first session by calling the number listed on their website. The Escambia County Veterans Service Office also offers benefits counseling services to Pensacola locals.

National organizations like the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled American Veterans also offer local benefits counseling. While these are not affiliated with the VA, they do provide objective, third-party advice about veterans benefits.

Resources for Pensacola veterans

Government offices

Florida Department of Veterans Affairs Benefits Services

Office phone: 727-319-7440

Virtual appointment requests: 727-319-7408

Email: FDVA.VSO@FDVA.FL.GOV

Regional VA Benefits Office

9500 Bay Pines Blvd.
Bay Pines, FL 33744

Phone: 800-698-2411

Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Escambia County Veterans Services Office
221 Palafox Place
Pensacola, FL 32502

Phone: 850-595-2409

Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Contact: Martin Merillat, Escambia County Veterans Services Officer

Phone: 850-595-1479

Email: mrmerillat@myescambia.com

VSOs and veteran resources

VFW Post 706
5000 W. Lillian Highway
Pensacola, FL 32506
Phone: 850-455-0026
Email: vfwpost39+ContactUs@gmail.com

Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Office
4504 Twin Oaks Drive
Pensacola, FL 32506
Phone: 727-319-7444

Pensacola Medicaid for assisted living

Seniors in Pensacola may be able to pay for some of their assisted living costs using Medicaid. Florida Medicaid is a state health insurance program for people under a certain income and people with disabilities. The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) runs the Medicaid program.

Florida Medicaid offers a Long-Term Care Program, which helps some seniors pay for senior care services. According to Florida Medicaid’s coverage policies, a senior must need a “nursing-facility level” of care, which is determined by the Comprehensive Assessment and Review for Long-Term Care Services (CARES) program.

While it uses the term “nursing-facility level” of care, some of the medical needs included in the CARES program are personal care services provided in assisted living. This means that if you reside in an assisted living facility, you may still be able to pay for some of your assisted living services with Florida Medicaid’s Long-Term Care Program.

The Long-Term Care Program only covers some care services at senior living facilities, including assisted living. It won’t cover rent, meals, or any other expenses at an assisted living facility. You can find a list of what’s covered and not covered under the Long-Term Care Plan in sections 4.0 and 5.0 of the Florida Medicaid policies booklet.

Help applying to Florida Medicaid

For help applying to Florida Medicaid, you may want to contact someone at the HHS Region 4 Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)/Health and Human Services (HHS) Regional Office. You can also contact the Northwest Florida Area Agency On Aging, Inc., or set up an appointment with a long-term care ombudsman.

Pensacola resident Medicaid resources

Local Medicaid assistance

Northwest Florida Area Agency On Aging, Inc.
5090 Commerce Park Circle
Pensacola, FL 32505

Phone: 850-494-7101

Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program
160 W. Government St., Suite 514
Pensacola, Florida 32502

Phone: 850- 595-0469

Fax: 850- 916-6722

Medicare assisted living coverage in Pensacola

Medicare is a federal insurance plan specifically for people over 65 and those with disabilities. Medicare doesn’t cover any assisted living costs, like rent, meals, or personal care fees. Instead, it covers medically necessary and short-term health care expenses, like an appendectomy, some prescription medications, or a one-week stay at a rehabilitation center after surgery.

You can search for specific items, tests, or services to see if they’re covered on the Medicare coverage search tool. You can also dial 2-1-1 to connect with a Social Security officer or contact your local Social Security office with your questions. The SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) program also offers free Medicare benefits counseling to seniors. You can direct complaints and concerns to the long-term care ombudsman.

Pensacola resident Medicare resources

Medicare assistance offices

Social Security Administration Office
411 W. Garden St.
Pensacola, FL 32502

Phone: 800-772-1213

Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Florida Department of Elder Affairs (SHINE) program
4040 Esplanade Way
Tallahassee, FL 32399

Phone: 850-494-7100; 800-414-2000

Email: information@elderaffairs.org

Florida Agency for Health Care Administration
2727 Mahan Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32308

Phone: 888-419-3456

Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program
160 W. Government St., Suite 514
Pensacola, Florida 32502

Phone: 850-595-0469

Pensacola laws and regulations for assisted living facilities

Assisted living facilities in Pensacola must be licensed and regulated by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration’s Bureau of Health Facility Regulation. Facilities can be licensed as either standard or specialty, depending upon the services they offer to their residents.

According to federal and state regulations, all assisted living facilities must meet these standards:

  • Preserve the personal dignity of all residents
  • Allow residents or their power of attorney to make their own health care decisions
  • Allow residents to make complaints without punishment
  • Allow residents to move rooms at their request
  • Meet staff-to-resident ratios
  • Give residents a healthy and safe living environment
  • Communicate with families of residents at least once every 30 days

 

The Bureau performs routine annual inspections, and you can find all inspection results on the facility finder site. The AHCA also provides a full list of any facilities that have been noted as deficient in some areas. After you, or your relative, move to an assisted living community, you can always make a report online to share any concerns or observations with the AHCA.

The most important thing to remember is that all licensed assisted living facilities must meet or exceed set standards. From staff training and nutritional programming to compliance with Escambia County zoning requirements, each facility is mandated to take residents’ care, comfort, and concerns seriously.

Florida Department of Health contact information

Florida Department of Health

4052 Bald Cypress Way
Tallahassee, FL 32399

Phone: 850-245-4444

Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

COVID-19 regulations for Pensacola assisted living facilities

Assisted living facilities in Pensacola don’t have to follow specific COVID-19 guidelines. Nevertheless, the facilities and their residents do follow CDC guidelines to slow the spread of infectious diseases.

Florida makes it easy for anyone healthy enough to receive a free COVID-19 vaccine to register for it online. If you’re homebound and unable to leave an assisted living facility to travel to get your COVID-19 vaccine or booster, contact HomeboundVaccine@em.myflorida.com, a program that will come to people’s homes to give COVID-19 shots.

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Vaccinations. Florida offers free COVID-19 vaccines to any state resident, but no one is required to receive a vaccine.

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Masking. Masks are not a requirement in Pensacola.

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Facility cleanliness. Pensacola assisted living facilities have to maintain sanitary conditions to meet state requirements.

Fast facts about assisted living in Pensacola

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100% of our partner assisted living communities in Pensacola offer devotional activities on-site
100% of our partner assisted living communities in Pensacola offer day trips and outings
100% of our partner assisted living communities in Pensacola offer a beauty salon
100% of our partner assisted living communities in Pensacola offer medication monitoring
100% of our partner assisted living communities in Pensacola have 24-hour awake staff
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Approximate number of people we referred to our assisted living partner communities in Pensacola in 2023

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Average age of residents referred to our assisted living partner communities in Pensacola in 2023

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Gender split: 61% female

What assisted living is like in Pensacola

Pensacola is the most Northwestern city in the Florida Panhandle, located right on the Gulf of Mexico. Residents enjoy temperate weather year round and withstand some exposure to hurricanes.

The majority of our partner assisted living facilities in Pensacola aren’t stand-alone, traditional assisted living facilities. Instead, they’re combined communities that include other types of living arrangements. For instance, an assisted living facility in Pensacola may be connected with a memory care unit or an independent living community.

Assisted living facilities in Pensacola offer personal care services, like help with grooming, bathing, eating, and mobility. Many assisted living facilities have memory care units, which offer health care services for residents with dementia. However, you and your loved one do have options. If you specifically want skilled nursing or memory care in one building, consider one of Pensacola’s excellent nursing homes or memory care facilities.

Apartments designed for autonomy and safety

Each assisted living facility in Pensacola will offer slightly different living arrangements. In general, you can expect to find studio or one-bedroom apartments. In Pensacola, these are often private, but shared rooms are sometimes available for a lower price.

Rooms typically include a bedroom, a bathroom, and a kitchenette. All have extra-wide doorways and safety features like handrails and emergency call buttons. You can expect a staff member to be awake on the premises at any time, day or night.

Activities and social lives

Besides the care services and daily help, residents enjoy a robust social life in assisted living facilities. In Pensacola, activities tend to center around devotional activities, beach-going, and game nights.[01] As of 2024, all of our partner communities employ an activity director who takes resident interests into account when designing activity schedules.

Cuisine with a chef-inspired flair

Even if you have a kitchenette, you may want to taste some on-site meals prepared at your assisted living community. Since assisted living facilities offer residents at least three meals per day, they tend to rotate their menu with plenty of tempting choices. You can indulge in tasty dishes in multiple ways, such as ordering room service or eating in the dining room.

The majority of assisted living facilities we partner with are happy to design meals around residents’ preferred dietary needs. For example, you can ask for low-sodium, vegetarian, or vegan meals. Ultimately, the goal is for you or your relatives to be able to leave every breakfast, lunch, and dinner feeling satisfied.

Pensacola for seniors

Pensacola has a small-town feel compared to other Floridian cities like Tampa, Orlando, or Miami. Unlike other small beach-front towns, however, Pensacola is much more cost-effective, especially for senior living.

Compared to Sarasota, which has about the same population and is also near excellent beaches, assisted living in Pensacola is about $500 less a month.[01] You’re also less likely to experience large crowds of spring breakers and snowbirds in Pensacola. The closest mid-sized city to Pensacola is Mobile, Alabama.

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Seniors’ guide to the city of Pensacola

15,000

Approximate number of seniors over the age of 65 currently living in Pensacola

29%

Percentage of seniors 65 and older within the Pensacola population

$50,000

Median annual income for Pensacola seniors 65 and older

Best hospitals for seniors in Pensacola

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Baptist Hospital

Baptist Hospital has a long-standing reputation for being one of the best nonprofit health care options in Pensacola. Baptist Hospital offers a full range of inpatient and outpatient care, including primary care services, geriatrics, and cardiovascular surgery. In 2023, it opened with extensive renovations.

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Ascension Sacred Heart Pensacola Hospital

Ascension Sacred Heart Pensacola Hospital offers more than 550 beds and is a world-class facility. If you’re looking for cancer treatment, need cardiovascular care, or require diabetes treatment, consider making an appointment.

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HCA Florida West Hospital

HCA Florida West Hospital offers primary and specialty care and also includes an emergency room. It provides care across the spectrum, from birth to death. It also has an in-house rehabilitation center for patients after a procedure or severe illness. It’s received multiple awards and first-in-the-region accreditations for various specialties.

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Transportation for seniors in Pensacola

Most residents get around the city or head to the waterfront by using their private vehicles, taking advantage of public transportation, or hiring rideshare companies. Since most of the assisted living facilities in Pensacola offer free or low-cost transportation, you or your loved one may be able to get automatic rides to the beach, shops, and interesting landmarks. In fact, transportation is free at 89% of our partner facilities, and 78% provide certain rides at cost.

Getting on the ECAT

Do you prefer to take advantage of public transportation whenever possible? The Escambia County Area Transit system offers the ECAT bus line. This line covers Pensacola and operates seven days a week, although not all buses run on the weekends. You’ll find that all ECAT buses are accessible. They also have bike racks. But if regular ECAT buses aren’t comfortable based on your needs, you may want to try the curb-to-curb ECAT ADA option available to those with disabilities living in the area.

Specialty Rides in Pensacola

Do you need to get to a medical appointment? Your physician may be able to give you a voucher so you can use the ECMS Foundation’s Go Seniors! Transportation Program. It’s meant only for health care visits and costs $20. You may also be able to get a ride through the free ECCT Paratransit Services program. Just be advised that you’ll need to call a day in advance to use ECCT services, and transportation availability isn’t guaranteed.

Freedom To Go is an additional private transportation service that seniors can use to get around Pensacola. Their drivers will escort you to doctor appointments, the grocery store, or even brunch with friends Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Prices often change due to gas price fluctuations.

Getting around on foot

There are some parts of Pensacola that are walkable. However, Pensacola only gets 36 out of 100 for its walkability score. The rating is based on Walk Score, which measures how walkable cities are in comparison with each other.[06]

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Things to do in Pensacola for seniors and their families

Because of its smaller-town feel and warm, clear northern shores on the Gulf of Mexico, Pensacola is an excellent place for seniors looking for their new home. Pensacola is set to become a retirement magnet because it’s also more cost-effective than other coastal cities.

It’s not surprising that you’ll find many of Pensacola’s top things to do have outdoor components. After all, the area offers a temperate climate year round. When it gets humid and hot, you can move your festivities and excursions indoors to explore the area’s museums, shops, and restaurants.

A city of surf, sand, and pristine beaches

If the idea of being close to countless white, sandy beaches appeals to you, Pensacola is your town. Some of the most popular public surfside spots are Langdon BeachDog BeachPark WestQuietwater BeachOpal Beach, and Casino Beach. However, you’ll want to make sure that you start your beach excursions at Pensacola Beach.

Pensacola Beach boasts a 1,500-foot pier. From dawn until dusk, you’ll find people fishing, strolling, and taking pictures of the scenic view. Pensacola Beach has about five Mobi-mats to make the area wheelchair accessible.

As long as you have transportation, you might want to set aside a day to head to the Gulf Island National Seashore. Both Perdido Key Beach and Johnson Beach attract visitors year round. However, only the latter has an on-duty lifeguard.

Museums, sightseeing, and attractions

One of the most well-known museums is the Pensacola Lighthouse and Maritime Museum. Situated on the Naval Air Station, the museum features exhibits about the Maritime traditions of the area. The first floor is wheelchair accessible.

Another nod to military members and operations is The National Naval Aviation Museum. With its free general admission, it’s always a big draw. Plus, you may be able to see the famous Blue Angels practice while you’re there.

The Historic Pensacola Village is designed to give you a taste of the bygone lifestyles of the people who built the region. Those ages 65 and older get discounted ticket rates.

For those new to Pensacola, taking a Pensacola Bay City Ferry ride can be an excellent way to get a fast overview of the city. Throughout the year, you can get on a regular or themed ferry cruise.

After cruising, you might want to do a little “landlubbing” touring courtesy of Go Retro. This tour involves being driven on an updated 1930s Ford transit bus throughout Pensacola. An expert tour guide will be sure you don’t miss any of the notable statues, buildings, or stories that make the city a one-of-a-kind site to live and visit.

Golfing, exercising, and staying healthy

Not surprisingly, Pensacola — with its large retirement population — is a great place to maintain your physical fitness level. Golfing is one pleasure that many seniors rarely pass up, especially because there’s an abundance of well-maintained greens across the city.

Those interested in pickleball can either bring a partner to play at one of the area parks or racket sports facilities. If you’re interested in finding a pickleball tournament or partner, head to the Pensacola Panhandle Pickleball Facebook group. Alternatively, you may want to become a member of the Bear Levin Studer Family YMCA. When you do, you’ll have access not just to pickleball courts but also to the YMCA’s other amenities, like cardio classes and aquatics programming.

After fueling your inner athlete, you can always support others at the Blue Wahoos Ballpark along Pensacola Bay. During baseball season, the park is home to the area’s minor-league baseball team.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Waterford at Carpenter's Creek, Sodalis Milton and Sodalis Cantonment are the top-rated Assisted Living facilities near Pensacola, FL. These Assisted Living facilities received the highest rankings based on verified family reviews. See full list of communities.

The average cost of Assisted Living in Pensacola is 3877.34 per month. This cost may vary based on location, amenities, floorplan, level of care and other factors.

References

  1. A Place for Mom. (2023). A Place for Mom proprietary data.

  2. RentCafe. (2023). Cost of Living in Pensacola, FL.

  3. United States Census Bureau. (2022). Veteran Status (S2101) [Data Set]American Community Survey.

  4. United States Census Bureau. (2022). Age and Sex (S0101) [Data Set]American Community Survey.

  5. United States Census Bureau. (2022). Median Income in the Past 12 Months (S1903). [Data Set]American Community Survey.

  6. Walk Score. (2023). Living in Pensacola.

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A Place for Mom. (2023). A Place for Mom proprietary data.

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RentCafe. (2023). Cost of Living in Pensacola, FL.

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United States Census Bureau. (2022). Veteran Status (S2101) [Data Set]American Community Survey.

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United States Census Bureau. (2022). Age and Sex (S0101) [Data Set]American Community Survey.

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United States Census Bureau. (2022). Median Income in the Past 12 Months (S1903). [Data Set]American Community Survey.

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Walk Score. (2023). Living in Pensacola.