Frequently Asked Questions About Assisted Living in Florida

An assisted living community, also called an assisted living facility, is designed for older adults who need some assistance with activities of daily living but do not require the 24-hour nursing care or skilled care offered by a skilled nursing facility or “nursing home.” Assisted living at Sonata Senior Living provides personal care as well as life enrichment activities, 24-hour security and resort-style services and amenities designed to promote health and wellness.

Assisted living communities must be licensed in the state of Florida. The Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) regulates assisted living facilities and other long-term care facilities in Florida to ensure a standard level of care is met.

Sonata Senior Living offers an affordable month-to-month rental contract for assisted living services and care. Unlike entrance-fee communities that require a large upfront fee, residents of Sonata Senior Living enjoy the flexibility afforded by an assisted living rental community. Renting gives older adults more control over their financial assets and the freedom to leave when their needs change.

Renting an assisted living apartment in Florida provides advantages to both your personal independence and your finances while protecting your ability to manage the cost of personal care as you age. When you rent, you know what your out-of-pocket expenses will be each month, whereas home ownership always comes with an element of surprise. You are also relieved of the expense of property taxes that come with home ownership.

The average cost of assisted living in Florida is around $4,000 per month according to the Genworth Annual Cost of Care Survey. The cost varies based on the type of community, type of contract, desired services, apartment size and features. Some communities offer tiered pricing based on levels of care. Assisted living pricing changes frequently so it is important to call or visit the community and request current pricing.

In rental communities, assisted living services are often included in the monthly rent and may be paid for through a combination of funds such as social security and savings, proceeds from selling a home, veteran pension benefits, long term care insurance and life insurance policies. In the healthy Florida real estate market, many people sell the family home to fund assisted living.

In addition to personal care and support, assisted living fees typically include your apartment rent, meals, utilities, maintenance, housekeeping, social and leisure activities, amenities and transportation. When compared to owning a home in Florida, an assisted living community provides significant value as well as financial and emotional benefits. Learn more about how to pay for assisted living.

Sonata Senior Living assisted living apartments come in a variety of studio, one- and two-bedroom floor plans that are specifically designed for comfort and accessibility. Kitchens with full-size appliances, laundry appliances, wi-fi, cable, phone, individually controlled heating and air conditioning, built-in emergency call systems and other innovative safety features come standard in our assisted living apartments and many floor plans offer courtyard views and private patios. To determine which floor plan will best suit your individual needs, find an assisted living community near you and schedule a visit.

Services in assisted living typically include personal care, dining, housekeeping and laundry, home maintenance and transportation as well as daily activities and socialization opportunities. Sonata Senior Living emphasizes service excellence as fundamental to our approach to senior living. This means we go to great lengths to make sure our residents experience an unparalleled level of hospitality. Our signature program, At Your ServiceSM, represents our commitment to exceed your expectations while enriching your retirement life in every possible way. It’s why we say Expect More at Sonata!

Assisted living at Sonata Senior Living features amenities that support healthy aging. We emphasize concierge and hospitality services that make retirement living easier and appeal to seniors who value maintenance-free living underscored by service, variety and more choices.
With endless ways to enjoy your day, residents of assisted living enjoy access to lush courtyards and gardens, beautifully appointed common areas to socialize with friends, multiple dining venues, and opportunities to indulge in creative pursuits and hobbies, including an art studio, library, auditorium, theater, fitness center and dedicated dog park. The best way to learn about amenities at Sonata Senior Living is to schedule a visit an experience them in person.

Living with purpose is essential to health and well-being and assisted living at Sonata comes with a full and diverse activities calendar. Residents are encouraged to participate in both creative and intellectually stimulating activities as well as social events and lifelong learning. As part of our signature life enrichment programming, all activities integrate the latest research in healthy aging to nurture emotional, intellectual, spiritual, physical, and social wellness. Music, art, culture, fitness classes and wellness activities keep residents active and engaged.

Residents of Sonata Senior Living assisted living communities enjoy nutritious and delicious chef-prepared meals with a diverse selection of menu options every day. A registered dietician must approve every menu for nutritional value and include options for those with special dietary needs, including low-salt and sugar-free options. We also keep track of individual allergies and provide substitutions.

Pet policies vary by community and type, but many of Sonata’s assisted living communities allow residents to keep small pets. There are size and type restrictions that vary by community. Prior approval must be obtained and a pet agreement must be included in the residential agreement. For our residents’ convenience, Sonata also provides a designated area for pet exercise and waste disposal. Serenades Memory Care communities do not allow pets.

Our signature program, Sonata Safe, is reassurance that our residents will always be cared for in a safe and healthy environment. Our communities offer 24-hour controlled access and security. Our assisted living apartments are equipped with integrated smoke detectors, enhanced lighting, extra-wide accessible showers with retractable benches, access to 24-hour licensed nursing on site, and state-of-the-art emergency call systems to safeguard personal security.

Assisted living at Sonata Senior Living provides peace of mind that you and your loved ones will be cared for in a safe and secure setting. Find a community near you or schedule a visit to learn more.


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