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  • Shady Lane Retirement Home

    Shady Lane Retirement Home

    201 Rosefield Avenue, Leesburg, FL 34748
    (1)
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    Shady Lane Retirement Home, LLC is located in a peaceful setting, close to Downtown Leesburg. We provide 24 hours tender loving care in a home-like atmosphere.

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  • Silver Lake Village

    Silver Lake Village

    34601 Radio Road, Leesburg, FL 34788
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    EXCLUSIVE ASSISTED LIVING AT SILVER LAKE VILLAGE We are committed to providing the ideal home-like environment by combining optimal care, services and accommodations to our eight exclusive residents- All with private rooms and all-inclusive pricing (No resident, care or other fees). We recently...

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  • At Home Care Assisted Living Facility

    At Home Care Assisted Living Facility

    42042 Chinaberry Street, Eustis, FL 32736
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    When visiting At Home Care Assisted Living Facility you can rest assured that the following is provided: assisted living & memory care, secured facility with safe wandering areas, delicious gourmet meals, and fun activities. We also offer Skype sessions with patients inside so that you can...

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  • Rose Manor Inc

    Rose Manor Inc

    120 W North Street, DeLand, FL 32720
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    Rose Manor Inc Rose Manor Inc is located in Deland, FL in Volusia County. This residential care home provides the support that you are looking for in an area that is beautiful. Those spending time in Deland enjoy checking out all that the area has to offer, including Hontoon Island State Park,...

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  • Oak Village

    Oak Village

    1801 Monastery Rd, Orange City, FL 32763
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    EXCLUSIVE ASSISTED LIVING AT OAK VILLAGE The moment you enter Oak Village you step into a private and elegant residential home setting. We are committed to providing the ideal home-like environment by combining optimal care, services and accommodations to our twelve exclusive residents. Formerly...

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  • SerenityCare, LLC

    SerenityCare, LLC

    651 Regina Circle, Oakland, FL 34787
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    SerenityCare — The Inspiration Non nobis solum nati sumus! (Not for ourselves alone are we born!) - Cicero Marie Elsie Rene, my wife of 38 years, was diagnosed on March 4, 2013 with Stage IV pancreatic cancer. As a registered nurse, Elsie dedicated most of her life taking care of the sick....

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  • Alanson Acres Active Senior Living

    Alanson Acres Active Senior Living

    1644 Alanson Dr, DeLand, FL 32724
    (2)
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    We are a family operated Senior Family Care Home licensed for five residents. Family care homes provide family atmosphere with more one on one care. All our family members are licensed CNA’s. We strive to keep our residents as independent as possible while providing around the clock support,...

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  • Spring Hill AFCH

    Spring Hill AFCH

    9302 Gerona Street, Spring Hill, FL 34608
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    Spring Hill AFCH is located in beautiful sunny Spring Hill, Florida. We are well known for providing excellent assisted living care for our residents. We do know that the transition from leaving your home can be difficult but we make it easy for you. We are located in a very safe and quiet...

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  • True Valley Care, LLC

    True Valley Care, LLC

    935 Lake Sherwood Dr, Orlando, FL 32818
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    True Valley Care is a family oriented facility operated by experienced registered nurses. All the staff at True Valley Care are well trained in order to provide a compassionate, loving, and tendering care to the residents with over 35 years of nursing experience. A place where trust can be built,...

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  • Windermere Assisted Living

    Windermere Assisted Living

    7050 Bramlea Lane, Windermere, FL 34786
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    WELCOME TO WINDERMERE ASSISTED LIVING Windermere Assisted Living is your premier destination for assisted living and elderly care services in Windermere, FL and the surrounding areas. Our caregivers provide support at our charming assisted living facility, and can handle all your senior living needs...

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  • Caring Hands

    Caring Hands

    2933 Cottageville Street, Deltona, FL 32738
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    Caring Hands been in business since 1997. Marie Timogene is a Licensed Practical Nurse with over 20 years experience in senior care. Caring Hands is a safe, happy and nurturing environment for you or your family member whenever it is needed. Marie is the caring hands who will provide the tender...

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  • Fran's Elderly Care

    Fran's Elderly Care

    1309 Alcorn Road, Port Orange, FL 32129
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    Fran's Elderly Care is a residential care home located in the beautiful city of Port Orange, Volusia County, Florida. Our beautiful city has sunny skies and picturesque weather all year round, perfect for seniors who enjoy outdoor recreational activities. We encourage our seniors to experience...

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  • JBS Adult Family Care Home

    JBS Adult Family Care Home

    2718 Shenandoah Dr S, Orange Park, FL 32073
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    JBS Adult Family Care Home is wonderful for individuals who are looking for a home-like assisted living and memory care home. We are committed to excellence in providing quality care, safety and compassionate care to restore our residents' full vigor, health and wellness. Our home is a family like...

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  • Shiela's Home Care

    Shiela's Home Care

    2730 Blueslate Court, Land O' Lakes, FL 34638
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    Celebrating life in a family home setting, Shiela's Home Care Is an alternative to large assisted living facilities. We have been operating in the industry for 12 years and are a 5/Star rated facility. Licensed for 5/beds, we welcome your loved one into our home, a 4200 square feet private living...

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  • Evelyn's Home Assisted Living

    Evelyn's Home Assisted Living

    2119 Beacon Landing Circle, Orlando, FL 32824
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    Overview Evelyn's Home Assisted Living, LLC is a licensed Limited Mental Health facility that was established 2016 in the Lake Nona area of Orlando, Florida. Lake Nona is a quiet, picturesque locale perfect for senior living. The facility is near: ?Orlando Airport ?Orlando Veterans Affairs Medical...

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  • Anam Parc at Tanglewilde

    Anam Parc at Tanglewilde

    4294 Tanglewilde Drive South, Jacksonville, FL 32257
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    Anam Parc is an upscale 5-bed assisted living facility specializing in the care of Alzheimer's residents and those with other memory impairment disorders. This unique small facility located in the Mandarin area of Jacksonville provides a peaceful home that is calming, comforting and secure. It is a...

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  • Cherry Blossom ALF

    Cherry Blossom ALF

    2810 Cherry Tree Lane, Plant City, FL 33565
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    Cherry Blossom Assisted Living Facility is a cozy residential home located in Plant City, FL that offers a boutique environment with 2 private and 2 semi-private rooms where residents can expect to receive exceptional personalized care. If the only thing standing between your loved one and the...

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  • Mason House, LLC

    Mason House, LLC

    8005 Renault Drive North, Jacksonville, FL 32244
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    We have private rooms available for the basic rate of $2,750 a month and a semi-private room for the basic rate of $2,250. There is free cable T.V., Wi-Fi, and phone service in every room. All rooms are fully furnished including reclining chair and television. We are available for tours days,...

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  • Anam Parc at Susanna Woods

    Anam Parc at Susanna Woods

    4867 Susanna Woods Court, Jacksonville, FL 32257
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    nam Parc is an upscale 5-bed assisted living facility specializing in the care of Alzheimer's residents and those with other memory impairment disorders. This unique small facility located in the Mandarin area of Jacksonville provides a peaceful home that is calming, comforting and secure. It is a...

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  • Annie's Assisted Living Facility

    Annie's Assisted Living Facility

    2601 Campus Hill Drive, Tampa, FL 33612
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    Annie’s Senior Living is an assisted living facility located in beautiful Tampa, Florida. We seek to provide a homelike setting for our residents who may require additional assistance with daily living activities. Our mission is to provide the highest level of care so that our residents can age...

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  • Foxtail Lodge

    Foxtail Lodge

    4104 Foxtail Ct, Kissimmee, FL 34746
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    Foxtail Lodge is a hidden treasure, where you may enjoy a tranquil retirement in the heart of the Disney area. A warm welcome and wonderful quality of life awaits each new member of our family. For the enjoyment of our six senior residents, we provide spacious private and semi-private bedrooms, as...

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  • At Home Residential Care

    At Home Residential Care

    1890 Lemon Ave, Kissimmee, FL 34746
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    At Home Residential Care, we provide the human touch. The Goal of our Adult Family Care Home is to offer our family to yours and together create a lasting partnership-the stuff on which great memories are built.

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  • Humphrey Assisted Living Facility

    Humphrey Assisted Living Facility

    4010 West Humphrey Street, Tampa, FL 33614
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    About Us We pride ourselves in providing each resident with the respect and dignity they deserve while providing excellent care and services specifically designed to meet their individual needs. Our goal is for each resident to feel like they have found a second family and ensure their happiness,...

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  • Cameron Assisted Living Facility II

    Cameron Assisted Living Facility II

    3122 W Sligh Ave, Tampa, FL 33614
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    We offer a wide range of personalized services, patient care is what we are here for, we excel at aiding our patients during their adl's and understand the different needs of Alzheimer/dementia patients. At Cameron ALF you will find a more traditional facility, we have designated parking spaces...

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  • Honor House Assisted Living Facility LLC

    Honor House Assisted Living Facility LLC

    1912 Dove Field Place, Brandon, FL 33510
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    Being a small 5 bed residential Assisted Living Facility, Honor House ALF has been licensed since October of 2013. Being short on longevity, we don't lack in experience. Administrator Rusty has over 26 years of Hospital and Nursing Home experience. Assistant Administrator Jack has over 30 years of...

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  • Amoedo's ALF

    Amoedo's ALF

    3415 W Ivy St, Tampa, FL 33607
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    *Available Daycare Options. *Grooming once a month included. *Three meals a day included pluses snacks when asked for. *Bathing every single day available. *Privet Rooms unless married then they can share a room.

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  • Grand Mary's House

    Grand Mary's House

    4828 Evanston Road, Jacksonville, FL 32208
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    Grand Mary's House is a residential care home located in sunny Jacksonville, Florida in Duvall County. The city is located on the northwest coast of Florida and gets over 220 days of sunshine each year and provides the residents with plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation. With miles of...

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  • Arthur Home Assisted Living Facility

    Arthur Home Assisted Living Facility

    2701 W State Street, Tampa, FL 33609
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    We strive to make you feel closer to your own home in a family environment. We strive to support individual dignity and freedom of our residents, always making sure their safety and welfare. We are located close to I-275 Armenia/Howard exit, close to downtown in a very quiet neighborhood Nos...

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  • Crystel's Place

    15660 Southeast 86th Court, Summerfield, FL 34491
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    Crystal's Place is an assisted living facility located in beautiful Summerfield, Florida. The typical resident is a man or woman with mild to medium level needs. This basically means that the staff is prepared and able to offer assistence to people who need a little extra help with their day to day...

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  • Greene Acres AFCH

    575 W Sharp Lane, Lecanto, FL 34461
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    Greene Acres AFCH is a residential care home located in the picturesque town of Lecanto, in Citrus County, Florida. Our beautiful home has so much to offer residents and their loved ones. We have a serene and tranquil atmosphere, perfect for seniors looking to relax and spend some quality time with...

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  • KYR Tender Care

    429 E. Idlewild Avenue, Eustis, FL 32726
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    KYR Tender Care is a residential care home located in Eustis, Florida in Lake County. The region around the residential home care experiences relatively warm conditions .This provides a cool atmosphere for the seniors who want to sunbathe. The senior care home is surrounded by a number of lakes in...

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  • Pendry Estate

    36120 Huff Road, Eustis, FL 32736
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    Pendry Estate is the assisted living solution for you. Our extensive grounds are in a beautiful country setting near the Seminole State Forest. This allows your loved ones a peaceful setting that they can be proud to call home. Our experienced staff provide residents with warm care and peace of mind...

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  • Country Comfort Care

    15340 Mallory Lane, Clermont, FL 34715
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    Country Comfort Care is a residential care home located in Clermont, FL in Lake County. The apartment style residential care home sprawls under the warm sunny weather in Florida, and life here is fun yet idyllic. The qualified and certified staff members of Country Comfort Care is compassionate and...

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  • Deerfoot Manor

    374 Deerfoot Road, Deland, FL 32720
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    Deerfoot Manor Deerfoot Manor is a residential care home can be found in DeLand, Florida, the county seat of Volusia County. It is a beautiful drive away from the famous Daytona Beach and the business district of Orlando. This vibrant city has many amazing theaters and museums for those who love the...

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  • Guardian Home Health

    12452 Barrow Street, Spring Hill, FL 34609
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    Home Guardian Health is an adult living facility that is located in the quiet town of Spring Hill along Florida's Nature Coast. Spring Hill is a quiet relaxed community that is perfect for elderly living and enjoying the natural outdoors. The town is an easy commute for families living in most...

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  • Sunnydays Retirement Home

    2402 Greenacre Road, Apopka, FL 32703
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    Sunnydays Retirement Home Sunnydays Retirement Home is a senior care home situated in the City of Apopka, Florida in Orange County. The tranquil atmosphere in this region makes it suitable for the seniors to have a happy life. The location is about nine miles from the nearest hospital; hence medical...

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  • FL Golden Adult Care

    1686 Rachels Ridge Loop, Ocoee, FL 34761
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    FL Golden Adult Care is located in Ocoee, Florida. We pride ourselves on providing a warm and safe environment. We have a staff of highly trained care givers to assist with your loved ones needs. Our senior care facility goal is to offer superb attention while maintaining the dignity and respect of...

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  • Eden Manor

    5047 Clarcona Ocoee Road, Orlando, FL 32810
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    Eden Manor is a beautiful senior care home located in Toronto. Having been built in 1910, our home has a character that is one of a kind. Each room here is unique and distinctive from the others adding to the century old charm. Eden Manor was completely renovated in 1994 to offer residents all the...

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  • Gentle Care Assisted Living Facility III

    27 Rolling Sands Drive, Palm Coast, FL 32164
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    Gentle Care Assisted Living III Gentle Care Assisted Living III is a residential care home in Palm Coast, FL in Flagler County. Our quiet community is situated near multiple trees and seniors get to enjoy the fresh atmosphere with a touch of the urban lifestyle making it a perfect place for seniors...

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  • S & B Kingdom Care LLC

    53 Riviere Lane, Palm Coast, FL 32164
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    S &B Kingdom Care LLC is a senior care home in Palm Coast City, Florida, located in Flagler County. It is an expressive living environment that gives consideration to the seniors taking into account their needs. The breeze from the nearby lakes carries with it the smoothness that is fancied by...

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  • M.A.E. AFCH

    145 Whispering Pine Drive, Palm Coast, FL 32164
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    M.A.E. AFCH is one of the leading Alzheimer's Care service providers in Palm Coast, Florida. The facility is outstanding when it comes to providing senior citizens that are suffering with Alzheimer's with the highest level of care and professionalism to assist them and their loved ones with coming...

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  • The Islands ALF Inc

    901 N Hiawassee Road, Orlando, FL 32818
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    The Islands Assisted Living Inc. is a residential care home located in the fun capital of America, Orlando, Florida which is located in Orange County. Orlando is America's playground, boasting Disney World, Universal Studios, Medieval Times Dinner Theater, Bok Tower Gardens, Sea Life Orlando...

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  • Bill's Place

    4860 Chickpea Street, Middleburg, FL 32068
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    Bill's Place is located at 4860 Chickpea Street in Middleburg, Florida. This facility offers memory services for patients who suffer from Alzheimer's and similar diseases. Assisted living is another service offered by Bill's Place. If necessary, patients can also access respite care and hospice...

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  • Robert's Adult Care Home

    1615 Glendale Road, Orlando, FL 32808
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    Robert's Adult Care Home is a residential care home located in the city of Orlando, Florida in Orange County. We have been providing assisted living for our seniors for a number of years in our beautiful compound. Our community is positioned in an area that is highly accessible, making us your...

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  • Kevrona Manor

    5536 Kingswood Drive, Orlando, FL 32810
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    Kevrona Manor is an assisted living facility located in Orange County. It offers senior citizens an independent type of living experience while providing health and personal care assistance when needed. It is known for offering a nurturing atmosphere that makes you feel right at home, perfect...

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  • Arbor Cove Assisted Living Facility

    305 North Hiawassee Road, Orlando, FL 32835
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    Arbor Cove Assisted Living is a beautiful senior care home located in the cool city of Orlando, Florida in the Orange County. Our community is situated in an expansive compound complemented by the amazing scenery around. The large compound has enabled us to come up with a courtyard that our seniors...

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  • Lexelle Assisted Living Facility

    66 Patric Drive, Palm Coast, FL 32164
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    Lexelle Assisted Living Facility Lexelle Assisted Living Facility is a residential care home for seniors in Palm Coast, Florida which is located in Flagler County. Palm Coast is a city right along the coastline of Florida offering residents amazing ocean views, white sandy beaches, and all types of...

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  • Frances Ransom Adult Family Care Home

    3172 N Covington Drive, Deltona, FL 32738
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    Frances Ransom Adult Family Care Home provides residential care to seniors throughout Deltona, FL. Located in Volusia County, less than 30 miles from Daytona Beach, Frances Ransom offers a pristine and relaxing environment to its residents. Positioned well away from the stir of the city, it's a...

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  • Ponce Adult Family Care

    7224 Jaffery Court, Orlando, FL 32835
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    When you explore all of the amenities that we offer at Ponce Adult Family Care, you will quickly find out why we are a leader in our industry. Ponce Adult Family Care is located in a home in Orlando. This provides a beautiful climate to live out the golden years. Shopping, dining, and hospitals are...

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  • Dr. Phillips Assisted Living Facility, Inc

    5412 Palm Lake Circle, Orlando, FL 32819
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    Dr. Phillips Assisted Living Community is a senior care home located in the town of Orlando, Florida, in Orange County. It is popularly known for offering Dementia and Alzheimer's Care options for seniors. Our excellent and agreeable surroundings were outlined to give the solace, magnificence and...

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Care Homes in Ocala, FL

Residential care homes — sometimes called care homes, board and care homes, group homes, or personal care homes — are often houses in residential neighborhoods that are adapted, equipped, and staffed to care for a small number of residents, usually 10 or less. Similar to assisted living but in a smaller, more residential setting, these homes provide supervision, organized events, and assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs). This means care homes can help with everyday routines but typically do not provide 24-hour skilled nursing assistance.

The median monthly cost for a room in a care home in Ocala is about $1,500 within the metropolitan area. In the state of Florida, the median monthly cost for a room in a care home is around $2,800. However, the cost of living in a care home depends largely on location. Since the homes are private residences, costs are tied to real estate values and therefore may vary greatly.

A Place for Mom’s local Senior Living Advisors can help find the right residential care home in Ocala for you or your loved one.

Cost of Living in Ocala, FL

The cost of living in Ocala is pretty close to the national average, and in some cases, even cheaper. Ocala’s proximity to the Tampa/St. Petersburg metropolitan area makes it a great option for those like big city convenience at a fraction of the cost. All index ratings are based on a system where a score of 100 represents the cost of the national average.

Cost-of-living index Grocery index Health care index Median rent Rent burden Median home value Median family income
85 99 92.7 $1,125 15.2% $148,200 $37,422

Local Medical Providers

The Ocala area is home to several highly-rated hospitals, and the following are often ranked among the area’s best:

  • Ocala Regional Medical Center - An 430-bed medical community, Ocala Regional Medical Center specializes in a multitude of fields, including cardiology, chemotherapy, and physical therapy.
  • Ocala Regional Medical Center - An 430-bed medical community, Ocala Regional Medical Center specializes in a multitude of AdventHealth Ocala - AdventHealth Ocala is a faith-based hospital that has Emergency and Intensive Care Services and specialties including cardiac care, joint replacement, obstetrics, MRIs, and more.

Climate and Weather

Ocala’s climate is considered humid subtropical, and is characterized by year-round sun, occasional rain, and consistently warm air temperatures. On average, the humidity level for Ocala is roughly 59%. The humidity levels are often highest during the month of August at about 67%.

Seasonal Temperatures

Average summer temp Typical summer high Typical summer low Average winter temp Typical winter high Typical winter low
82°F 93°F (July) 72°F (June) 63°F 74°F (February) 43°F (January)

Air Quality

Average air quality index rating
29 (Good)

Precipitation and Natural Disasters

Average monthly precipitation Average maximum monthly precipitation Average yearly snowfall Natural Disasters
4” 9” (June) 0” Hurricanes, floods

Demographics and Values

Ocala is a small town in north central Florida. A small, agricultural and manufacturing center, Ocala is about halfway between Gainesville to the north and Orlando to the southeast. With its attractive tree-lined streets and Old South–style homes, it more resembles a typical Southern city than a Florida city or beach town. Ocala is the capital of Florida’s thoroughbred industry, and ranching and horse-breeding are popular local endeavors.

2016 Presidential Election for Marion County

Voted Democratic Voted Republican Voted Third Party
35.3% 61.3% 3.4%

Population Statistics

Population city proper Population density Population trend
57,812 320 people per square mile Growing at a rate of 1.1%

Age

Median 18-24 25-44 45-64 65+
38.6 10.3% 24.7% 20.6% 23.0%

Highest Level of Education

High-school diploma College degree Graduate degree
86.6% 23% 2.6%

Race & Ethnicity

Asian Black Hispanic Native American Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian White Two or more
2.8% 20.1% 13.3% <1% 0.1% 61.6% 2.5%

Crime

Total crimes Property crimes per 1,000 citizens Violent crimes per 1,000 citizens
3,314 48.12 6.72

Miscellaneous

Unemployed Participate in the labor force Have some form of disability Live in poverty Widows Veterans
9% 55% 15% 20% 9% 10%

Ocala is considered moderately unfriendly to members of the LGBTQ community, meaning that members of the community may feel somewhat unsafe in certain spaces.

Arts, Culture, Entertainment, and Recreation

Ocala is an ideal place for outdoor recreation, with a heritage and legacy of equestrian horse breeding, Ocala was named the Horse Capital of the World in 2007. This is very apparent with all of their horse farms and the many champion bred horses such as the 1956 Kentucky Derby winner, Needles, or Triple Crown Winner, Affirmed. There are more horses in Ocala/Marion County than anywhere in the world, along with many horseback trails and competitive racing tracks.

Ocala is also a great place to get out and enjoy the mild climate, birdwatching and cataloging all of the beautiful wildlife. Hunting is also a popular area pastime. Some locals operate a super fun zipline and will rent kayaks and canoes to those who want to enjoy the water. Ocala offers many other outdoors activities too including fishing holes, baseball games, and golf courses.

Lastly, for those looking for arts and culture, there’s the Appleton Museum and Brick City Center for the Arts to see classic and contemporary works art. If you desire something more kinetic, there is the Dance Alive National Ballet and Reilly Arts Center to take in some theatre. Ocala never forgets its history buffs either with such historic locations as Ma Barker House and the Historic Ocala Square.

Transportation

Ocala is serviced by the SunTran, a series of color-themed lines that are planned to get the maximum number of riders throughout the area. Though these are well planned, you’d be better off using private shuttles or rideshares if you needed to be somewhere specific. SunTran does offer charter services that may bridge the gap however.

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