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33 Floor plans available
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My mother was placed here over a year ago and we couldn't be happier. The staff is always supportive and helpful and it has been a while since I've seen my mom so comfortable. Glad we made the move!
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.
Grand Villa of Sarasota is a beautifully landscaped, Florida community situated on three lush acres on the Hudson Bayou. It is close to historic and charming downtown Sarasota, which offers residents plenty of excellent shopping and dining options. Residents enjoy our warm, relaxing environment,...
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22 Floor plans available
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Brookdale Sarasota Midtown has done a remarkable job taking care of my mom. They call their program Crossings and really have a top notch team. I appreciate the good communication and care. It’s not the...
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.
Putting the Life Back in Senior LivingThe exceptional life here is built around two things: interesting things to do and interesting people to do them with. That’s what our residents find, with a brand new list of options every day for how to spend their time, and a whole community’s worth of...
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We had to move my 92 year old mother into Heron House as caring for her became just too much for me and my family as much as we tried to keep her at home. It was one of the hardest decisions my family and I...
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.
About Heron HouseHeron House Senior Living Community is located in the heart of Sarasota, Florida. Our community is close to many award winning beaches like Siesta Key and located a stone's throw from trendy downtown Sarasota. Our residents also enjoy the variety of restaurants, art districts and...
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Staff is very accommodating, [name removed] went out to the rehabilitation facility to see her and check on her, as of yesterday she had moved to Georgia with her daughter, she is declining rapidly and the...
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.
The Windsor of Bradenton is a licensed assisted living residence committed to providing quality services in a caring, comfortable environment. We offer professional, personalized services designed to enhance the quality of life for those we serve. We have been serving the needs of senior adults...
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9.8
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30 reviews
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They have recently gone through some changes but I'm happy to say they are all for the better. They currently have a very caring staff. Now they just need more residents! My mother is 100, and says her...
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.
Assisted Living at The Fountains of Hope is designed for each individual's comfort, happiness and confidence. Our month-to-month structure means no stress or burden of long-term contracts or large entrances fees.The Fountains of Hope is owned and operated by Wind River Senior Living , a trusted...
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9.7
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54 reviews
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The staff paid personal attention to each resident which was very much appreciated. My Dad was a Navy vet and he said before he moved in that he liked just about any food because of his years on board ships....
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.
Rethinking Senior Living. Redefining Independence.There’s a different way to do senior living that doesn’t include living an isolated life at home. There’s a different way to be retired that doesn’t include spending days with the hassles and worries of home ownership and upkeep like cleaning and...
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44 Floor plans available
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Overall we were pleased with the care that my mother received here. I gave numbers 3 and 4 lower due to the constant turnover of staff and lack of training. The facility is clean, never has an odor. Good...
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.
Morningside House of Sarasota with over 20 years of experience, is located in the University area of Sarasota. Our community includes supervised excursions to nearby shops and local attractions like Ringling Art Museum or Marie Sebly Botanical Gardens to Move the Body, Intrigue the Mind, and...
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44 Floor plans available
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9.5
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Mom has been there for 3 months and so far so good. Plenty of trips and activities available. Staff is friendly and helpful. Her room is cleaned twice weekly. I have switched her to the Dr on staff there...
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.
Bradenton’s premier senior living community, Inspired Living at Lakewood Ranch, sits on 14 lush, wooded acres conveniently located off SR 70, and within quick access of Interstate 75. We are just minutes away from the exclusive restaurants and shopping areas of Lakewood Ranch.Purposefully...
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9.5
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Great move in experience. The process went smoothly. The food is excellent and many choices. Am enjoying all the activities and live music. Have met a couple of guys and having fun hanging out in the...
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.
HarborChase is an assisted living and memory care community located in sunny Sarasota, Sarasota County, Florida. The first thing that residents and visitors notice about this community is the beautifully landscaped grounds and pleasant architecture. HarborChase is in an established residential...
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22 Floor plans available
9.4
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Ever since my father moved in he has never been happier. He is thriving and getting the care he needs. All the staff are very friendly and supportive. They take the time to get to know your loved one and...
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.
Located just off Route 41 in the heart of Bradenton, Inspired Living at Hidden Lakes provides personalized care for those with Alzheimer's disease, dementia, or other memory impairments. The care your loved one receives at Inspired Living at Hidden Lakes is tailored to each resident. We begin by...
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9.3
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48 reviews
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Ever changing constant renovation period management is eager to please, as with all 55 plus communities food is mediocre but descent. I can see that Windsor of Lakewood Ranch attempts to provide balance...
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.
The Windsor is a licensed assisted living residence dedicated to providing quality services in a warm, comfortable environment. We offer professional, personalized services designed to enhance the quality of life for those we serve. At The Windsor, we are dedicated to each resident's...
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77 Photos available
55 Floor plans available
9.2
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The stairways aren't very attractive, the elevators could get cleaned more frequently. Most of the meals are very good. There are not a lot of activities in house. They have outings two days per week, plus...
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.
American House Sarasota is a premiere senior living community offering independent living and assisted living services in Sarasota Florida. Drawing people from all over the world with it's famous white sandy beaches, Sarasota boasts cultural and recreational opportunities for people of all ages,...
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9.2
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The move in was riddled with issues. The unit was to be ready by mid-Dec. It was not and Grandma planned to move in mid-late January. Still not ready by early January. Grandma had health issues and that...
Provides: Assisted Living, 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.
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.
Woodlands Village provides a fulfilling, independent lifestyle in a welcoming environment. Situated on fourteen acres of sprawling, landscaped grounds, you'll love our stunning, shady park and comfortable facilities. With numerous beaches, shops, golf courses and museums nearby, residents...
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Deer Creek has been very responsive to my uncle's needs and any requests that we have made. They have really tried hard to protect his dignity and genuinely seem to care about him. I chose Deer Creek...
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.
Maintaining identity and a strong sense of self comes from living a life filled with meaning, purpose and contributions and having dementia shouldn’t change that. For those with Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia, our community, located on the sunny Gulf Coast in beautiful Sarasota,...
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Needed to find a safe caring facility for our mother, and after reviewing several facilities decided that Windsor was a perfect fit. She enjoys lots of activities and social interaction every day. Staff is...
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.
Windsor Reflections is a licensed memory care community committed to providing quality services in a caring, comfortable environment. We offer professional, personalized services designed to enhance the quality of life for those we serve. At Windsor Reflections, we honor each resident's...
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33 Floor plans available
9.1
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Based on the experience we have had so far, we have to say that we all have been treated with kindness and respect. We would recommend Brookdale Palmer Ranch community to other families who are looking for a...
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.
When you’re here, you’re home.Are you ready to redefine your independence with the care you need and the lifestyle you want? Our community is a Continuing Care Retirement Community or CCRC, which means you’ll have the lifestyle you want, plus care if you need it with Assisted Living, memory care...
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33 Floor plans available
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Head of Facility [name removed] is very responsive, attentive and on top of the residents needs; nursing staff truly cares about the residents and providing the best possible care. They could have more...
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.
Across from the old theater at Sarasota Square Mall, at Prestancia at Palmer Ranch, sits a beautiful community where you can enjoy the feel of luxury living while receiving the benefits that assisted living has to offer. Artful Dining, Zestful Activities and Heartful Care are some of the...
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I'm glad I chose Arden Courts for him. Because he was quiet and seemingly content, I think he was overlooked at times. Not mistreated just overlooked. Especially Sunday evenings when AC was extremely...
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.
For nearly 25 years, Arden Courts Memory Care has catered to the special needs of individuals with memory loss. Staffed by specially trained caregivers, Arden Courts cares for individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. Each community features home like common areas,...
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We absolutely would recommend the facility and we actually have already! The move in process was very easy! Communication is AMAZING! Housekeeping is great. The food is okay, but part of that is just because...
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.
Water's Edge of BradentonWater’s Edge of Bradenton is a lovely assisted living community just off the coast of the Gulf of Mexico in the town of Bradenton, Florida. The local town is a vacation friendly area that is almost entirely filled with country clubs, beaches, and residential housing. With...
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11 Floor plan available
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We love the staff, they're very friendly. The nice residents have also helped her to adapt. The food is not that great. Hate to say that, but for what people pay in any of these facilities, dining should...
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.
Squeeze More Life Into Your Senior LivingFor our assisted living residents, life might never have been sweeter, as they have an almost endless onslaught of rewarding activities available every day. Tuesday hymn sings for our crooners, Wednesday Words With Friends for our word lovers, or Monday...
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33 Floor plans available
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They were very supportive, even before we signed a lease, to help with the hospital and rehab forms. The move in process was seamless, very adaptable to my timing, and very friendly about letting me have the...
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.
Welcome to Truewood by Merrill, Bradenton! If you are looking for a community that understands and honors you as a unique individual, you've come to the right place. We understand you probably have many questions, and we're here to help make the process as simple and straightforward as possible....
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8.6
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Its hard to get a hold of someone in memory care to ask questions or take care of my mom. Also, we just moved in a couple months ago and all of a sudden the rent went up [fee removed] per month which is not...
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.
Sarabella is Sarasota's newest Assisted Living community. Our community is set in a beautifully landscaped convenient location, close to shopping, Doctors and the interstate. We offer park like grounds, with a spacious outdoor area over looking a pond with lots of wildlife. We are pet friendly...
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8.6
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14 reviews
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They are very friendly and they always remember my loved on when she goes for her respite stays. I would recommend them to friends and family. I'm very satisfied with this caring and friendly facility.
Provides: Assisted Living, 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.
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.
DeSoto Palms Assisted Living Community is all about Living the Life and what better place to do just that than in the quaint, metropolitan city of Sarasota, Florida. DeSoto Palm's mediterranean style compliments the tropical living of Sarasota and is located just 10 miles from the beautiful white...
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66 Floor plans available
8.5
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7 reviews
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My first impression as I looked at the bright and open apartment was that I could make this my home and enjoy living here. My first impression was right. I live in an Assisted Living facility that is rated...
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 new Elan Manatee Assisted Living & Memory Care-where a lifestyle and distinction is easily found. Located in beautiful Bradenton, Florida, Elan strives to provide senior living services to brighten and enhance every residents life.We are dedicated to delivering the care and...
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8.0
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24 reviews
8.0
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24 reviews
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My father died in 2017, but my mother continues to live at the Fountains, now over 15 years. She moved to the Assisted Living residence in 2021. Overall, this has been a great place for both of them. They...
Provides: Assisted Living, 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.
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.
Elance' at Sarasota, located in Florida is a retirement community that offers Independent Living and Assisted Living. Elance' is located on a large and comfortable senior campus notable for spacious, beautifully landscaped grounds. Elance' at Sarasota is located just minutes from shopping,...
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Westminster Point Pleasant in Bradenton, FL

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Westminster Point is the best in the area based on the total value and what you get. You get what you pay for. Room sizes and community layout are excellent. The food is excellent. The services are great.

Venice Green Village

4.9
My mother has been at Venice Green Village for over a year. It gives me peace if mind to know my mother is being well cared for. Her health has actually improved now that she's eating better and gets her medication at the proper times.

Morningside House of Sarasota

4.4
Don’t even know where to start from [name removed]to [name removed] your loved ones will be treated as family always a smiling face and just down right a good place to live,visit, volunteer, or work They are definitely setting the bar for how a memory care community should be ran

Costs of assisted living in the Sarasota area

Assisted living in Sarasota costs an average of $4,600 a month, according to A Place for Mom’s proprietary data.[01] This total monthly sum includes more than just a room and meals. It also includes general caregiving services, like assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs). Additional care fees tend to fluctuate as care needs change. The above amount that families paid for assisted living each month includes the following:

  • Rent for a private or shared room
  • Three meals a day plus snacks
  • Personal care services, like ADL assistance
  • Housekeeping and maintenance
  • Amenities, such as access to a gym, game room, movie room, business center, etc.
  • Wellness classes and daily activities

Florida cost of living

Florida is an affordable state, especially compared to states along the East Coast and in the West. Florida doesn’t have an income tax, including on Social Security benefits and pensions. It also doesn’t have an estate or inheritance tax. These tax breaks can help offset some of the higher costs of living in Sarasota.

Sarasota compared to nearby neighborhoods

The figures in the chart below reflect the average starting costs of assisted living in Sarasota’s neighboring areas. It’s best read as a comparison of the baseline cost of assisted living in Sarasota versus neighboring cities.

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

Sarasota, FL
$4,581/mo

Average monthly cost of Assisted Living in Sarasota, FL vs. the state and national average

Sarasota, FL
$4,581/mo
$3,881/mo
U.S. national average
$4,553/mo

Average monthly cost of Assisted Living in Sarasota vs. other types of senior living

Assisted Living
$4,581/mo
$4,602/mo

Median monthly costs of Assisted Living in Sarasota, FL by room type

Semi-Private
$4,299/mo
Studio
$4,816/mo
1 Bedroom
$5,037/mo
2 Bedroom
$5,847/mo
Detached Cottage/Bungalow
$5,257/mo

Average cost of Assisted Living in Sarasota over time

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How people pay for assisted living in Sarasota

Seniors and their families have several options available when it comes to paying for assisted living. In many cases, seniors will start with their own savings and assets before looking into public resources. However, your loved one can use a combination of payment methods such as private pay, veterans benefits, Medicaid, and Medicare, depending on what they qualify for.

Private pay methods in Sarasota

Retirement accounts are one of the most common and widely used methods to pay for assisted living. However, these are not the only ways to use your private funds. Learn how to use other assets to pay for assisted living. The following articles explain each payment method in detail.

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

About 57% of veterans in Sarasota are 65+.

Senior veterans can expect to find a wide and welcoming community in Sarasota, Florida. Many seniors may be able to use veterans benefits to help cover the cost of assisted living. The most generous is the Aid and Attendance benefit, which can be added to an existing VA Pension. These additional monthly funds can be used for anything that improves the veteran’s quality of life, including any associated senior living costs.

Veterans benefit counseling in Sarasota 

There’s a wide range of benefits that seniors can apply for. However, the application process can be long and confusing, especially with different requirements for each benefit. Because of this, it’s best to talk to a certified benefits counselor who can look closely at your loved one’s case and help them apply for the right benefits. Counselors can also help with appeals, if necessary.

Sarasota has many organizations dedicated to helping veterans thrive. The Sarasota County Department for Veterans Services is an excellent starting point for veterans interested in applying for benefits. It provides access to the forms and resources needed to apply for veterans or survivors benefits. The Florida Department of Veterans Affairs, though located in St. Petersburg, offers virtual benefits counseling for anyone in the state.

Additional benefit counseling is available through Sarasota’s local veterans service organizations (VSOs). These organizations are vetted by the VA and help with advocacy, benefits counseling, and the application process. Seniors in Sarasota can work with a number of VSOs, including the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Disabled American Veterans (DAV), and the American Legion. Find their local contact information below.

Resources for Sarasota veterans

Government veterans services offices

Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs
9500 Bay Pines Blvd., #214
St. Petersburg, FL 33708

Phone: 727-316-7440

Email: vso@fdva.state.fl.us

Virtual benefits counseling

Sarasota County Department for Veterans Services
2200 Ringling Blvd., Suite 125
Sarasota, FL 34237

Phone: 941-861-3024

Email: veterans@scgov.net

Benefit Seminar Request Form

Local veteran services organizations (VSOs)

Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 3233
124 S. Tuttle Ave.
Sarasota, FL 34237

Phone: 941-365-1918

Disabled American Veterans Chapter 97
7177 Bee Ridge Road
Sarasota, FL 34241

Phone: 727-319-7444

American Legion Florida Post 312
1610 67th Ave. East
Sarasota, FL 34243

Phone: 941-758-6616

Email: ccobb312@gmail.com

Meetings: 1st Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Sarasota Medicaid for assisted living

Medicaid is a federal health insurance program for low-income adults and people with disabilities that is administered by the state. Each state runs their Medicaid program a bit differently. Florida Medicaid may cover some of the costs associated with assisted living. Run by the Agency for Health Care Administration, Florida Medicaid offers two different plans:

  • Managed Medical Assistance (MMA) plan. The MMA plan is Florida’s general Medicaid plan. It functions like other health insurance plans and covers doctor’s visits, prescriptions, and some procedures. The MMA plan will not cover any amount of time or care in a long-term care facility, such as an assisted living facility.
  • Statewide Medicaid Managed Care Long-Term Care (SMMC LTC) plan. The SMMC LTC plan is for people who need long-term care. This plan covers more services than the MMA plan.

Covered services under the SMMC LTC plan

Florida Medicaid’s SMMC LTC plan covers the same health care services as the MMA plan, as well as personal care services. In general, the SMMC LTC plan covers the following additional services:

  • Personal care and assistance with activities of daily living
  • Medication management
  • Therapy, including occupational, physical, and respiratory
  • Transportation to and from medical appointments

The SMMC LTC plan may cover rent and meals

Florida Medicaid’s SMMC LTC plan guarantees coverage for rent and meals for eligible seniors already residing in Medicaid-approved nursing homes in Florida. In Florida, any facility that provides skilled nursing care is considered a nursing home. Some assisted living facilities fall under this category and may be Medicaid-approved.

If your loved one doesn’t yet live in a Medicaid-approved nursing home, or you are unsure if they qualify, you may want to speak with an advisor at your loved one’s community or an eldercare attorney.

Eligibility for Florida Medicaid

To be eligible for Florida Medicaid, a senior should meet these criteria:

  • Be a Florida resident
  • Be without health insurance
  • Be low-income

As of 2024, an individual can make no more than $19,392 a year, and a couple can make no more than $26,228 a year.[03] These numbers may be adjusted annually for inflation.

Eligibility for the SMMC LTC plan

To be eligible for the SMMC LTC plan, a senior must meet the care requirements, which is typically done through the Comprehensive Assessment and Review for Long-Term Care Services (CARES) program. If a senior needs an assisted living level of care, they’re generally eligible for the SMMC LTC plan.

You can schedule your free needs assessment by contacting your local Medicaid office.

Home and community based services waivers

Home and community based services (HCBS) waivers are part of Florida Medicaid’s SMMC LTC plan. Florida seniors may be eligible for an HCBS waiver to help cover the costs of in-home care, which may be provided in their assisted living community. Here’s what you need to know about HCBS waivers in Florida:

  • HCBS waivers can help pay for home care services, like bathing, grooming, meal preparation, and mobility assistance.
  • If you or your loved one is 65+ and is eligible for the SMMC LTC plan, you’re likely also eligible for HCBS waivers.
  • You can choose your home care service while using an HCBS waiver.

Help to apply for Florida Medicaid

Seniors or their families living in Sarasota, Florida, can find Medicaid benefits counseling from a few different organizations, including the following:

  • The Florida Department of Health — Sarasota County. The county employs human services counselors to help you apply for the right Florida Medicaid plan.
  • The Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders (SHINE) program. SHINE is a free program run by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs and the Area Agency on Aging. It offers benefits counseling for Medicaid and Medicare in Sarasota’s Senior Friendship Centers. Call 866-413-5337 to set up a benefits counseling appointment.
  • The Florida long-term care ombudsman. All complaints about Medicaid or the application process can be directed towards the Florida long-term care ombudsman.

Sarasota resident Medicaid resources

Local Medicaid offices

Florida Department of Health
2200 Ringling Blvd
Sarasota, FL 34237

Phone: 941-861-2900

Email: DOHSarasotaInfo@FLHealth.gov

Medicaid benefits counseling

Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders (SHINE)
Senior Friendship Center – Sarasota

1888 Brother Greenen Way
Sarasota, FL 34236

Phone: 866-413-5337

Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida, Inc.

2830 Winkler Ave., Suite 112
Fort Myers, FL 33816

Phone: 239-762-6900

Florida long-term care ombudsman

4040 Esplanade Way, Suite 380
Tallahassee, FL 32399

Phone: 850-414-2323

Email: LTCOPInformer@elderaffairs.org

Medicare assisted living coverage in Sarasota

Medicare is a federally run health insurance program. Medicare covers some health care costs for seniors age 65 and older or people with disabilities. While Medicare won’t cover the cost of rent or meals at an assisted living facility in Sarasota, it can cover some health care procedures, medications, and other medically prescribed items.

Medicare covers short-term and medically necessary health care costs

Like most health insurance programs, Medicare only covers health care expenses. Short-term expenses, such as a few days in a rehabilitation facility, are typically covered. Recurring expenses, like dialysis or medications, are also often covered.

In order for Medicare to cover a procedure, medication, or item, a physician and Medicare need to establish that it’s medically necessary. You can get an idea of what’s usually covered by Medicare by going to the coverage portal on the Medicare website.

Sarasota pharmaceutical assistance programs

Sarasota seniors can apply for the state’s AIDS Drugs Assistance Program. To be eligible, seniors must have AIDS or HIV and lack prescription coverage. The program also has income limitations and won’t provide coverage for those living in a nursing home or hospital.

Medicare Savings Programs (MSP) in Sarasota

Seniors in Sarasota can get help to pay for their Medicare premiums through local Medicare Savings Programs. Requirements include income and resource limits, which will differ depending on which MSP a senior applies for. Sarasota offers the following MSP:

  • Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB)
  • Special Low-Income Medicare Beneficiary (SLMB)
  • Qualifying Individual (QI)
  • Qualified disabled and working individuals (QDWI)

Sarasota also offers the Extra Help/Low-Income Subsidy, which pays for the cost of Medicare prescription drug coverage. This includes the copays, premiums, and deductibles for Part D coverage. Seniors will need to meet income and resource limits in order to qualify.

Medicare benefits counseling in Sarasota

If your loved one is struggling to apply for Medicare or understand their coverage, they can speak to a Medicare benefit counselor. The following organizations offer Medicare benefit counseling services at no cost to the senior:

  • Florida Department of Health. Seniors can contact the Florida Department of Health directly to be paired with a benefit counselor.
  • The Department of Elder Affairs. These counselors may be local to Sarasota. You can set up your appointment by calling the Department of Elder Affairs.
  • Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders (SHINE). Offered by the Department of Elder Affairs and the State Health Insurance Assistance Program, SHINE offers benefits counseling for Medicare. Seniors can find out which services and get answers to other questions.

Sarasota resident Medicare resource

Social Security Administration

SSA office — Sarasota

2001 Siesta Drive
Sarasota, FL 34239

Phone: 800-772-1213

Medicare benefit counseling

Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders (SHINE)
Senior Friendship Center – Sarasota
1888 Brother Greenen Way
Sarasota, FL 34236

Phone: 866-413-5337

Florida Department of Health

2200 Ringling Blvd
Sarasota, FL 34237

Phone: 941-861-2900

Email: DOHSarasotaInfo@FLHealth.gov

Florida long-term care ombudsman

4040 Esplanade Way, Suite 380
Tallahassee, FL 32399

Phone: 850-414-2323

Email: LTCOPInformer@elderaffairs.org

Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida, Inc.

2830 Winkler Ave., Suite 112
Fort Myers, FL 33816

Phone: 239-762-6900

Sarasota laws and regulations for assisted living facilities

Sarasota assisted living facilities have high standards and offer compassionate care to their residents. All assisted living facilities in Florida are licensed and regulated by the Bureau of Health Facilities Regulation.

The bureau offers a few different assisted living licenses. Small residential care homes receive an Adult Foster Care license, and assisted living facilities that offer skilled nursing receive an Extended Congregate Care license. Most traditional assisted living communities apply for the Assisted Living Facility license.

Florida assisted living regulations

According to the Bureau of Health Facilities Regulation, all assisted living facilities in Florida should follow these standards to maintain their licensure:[04]

  • Facilities must be kept in a clean and livable condition.
  • Facilities must provide residents with nutritious daily meals.
  • Facilities should allow residents to keep their personal belongings in their rooms.
  • Facilities should allow spouses in the same facility to share a room.
  • Facilities should contact families or guardians at least once every 30 days.

Employee requirements in Florida assisted living facilities

Employees in Florida need to first meet the following requirements before working in an assisted living facility:[05]

  • All employees must pass a background check.
  • Within 30 days of their employment, caregiving staff members should complete a one-hour training on senior care. Then, they must complete an additional three hours of training during their first seven months.
  • Administrators should complete an initial 26 hours of training and 12 hours of continued training every two years.

Inspection results for Florida assisted living facilities

The Bureau of Health Facilities Regulation inspects all assisted living facilities at least every two years. Inspections are always unannounced, however, some low-risk facilities may be exempt from an inspection, especially if they have a good history of past inspections or are accredited through a reputable organization.[06]

Florida Department of Health contact information

Florida Agency for Health Care Administration

2727 Mahan Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32308

Phone: 888-419-3456

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COVID-19 regulations for Sarasota assisted living facilities

Florida complies with recent legislation prohibiting any mandatory mask mandates outside of clinical necessity.

Residents of assisted living facilities in Sarasota are encouraged to receive visitors regularly. Visitors are allowed at any time, regardless of vaccination status, and can take their loved ones on outings and trips. You can find vaccination sites, testing centers, and local mandates on the Sarasota COVID-19 FAQ page.

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Facility cleanliness. Frequently used areas are regularly disinfected.

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Staff safety. Caregiving staff members are required to go through a 4-hour training course on senior care and disease mitigation.

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Vaccination. All visitors are allowed in Florida assisted living communities regardless of vaccination status.

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CDC guidelines. Sarasota assisted living communities follow CDC guidelines.

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Masking. Assisted living facilities comply with legislation that prohibits mandatory masking.

Get to know assisted living in Sarasota

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93% of partnering assisted living facilities in Sarasota that are pet friendly
93% of partnering assisted living facilities in Sarasota offer complimentary transportation to residents
93% of partnering assisted living facilities in Sarasota offer day trips and outings for residents
82% of partnering assisted living facilities in Sarasota have on-site nursing care
71% of partnering assisted living facilities in Sarasota have an on-site physician
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Number of people we referred to assisted living facilities in Sarasota in the last 12 months

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Average age of residents we referred to assisted living facilities in Sarasota in the last 12 months

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Gender split: 62% female

What assisted living is like in Sarasota

Standards are high for Sarasota’s assisted living communities. Considered one of the best places to retire in the world, Sarasota lives up to its reputation. Lush scenery, including the famous Siesta Key Beach, and a coastline that’s protected from coastal weather patterns are just a few of the reasons why Sarasota tops so many retirement wish lists. Discover what makes Sarasota so special, and learn about our local partnering assisted living communities.

Sarasota’s assisted living is world-class

Over 37% of the population in Sarasota is 65+, and its popularity among seniors is still growing. Assisted living communities in Sarasota have developed to meet this demand, and the competition for new residents has pushed local assisted living communities to excel.

Communities are uniformly spotless, combining familiar design touches with state-of-the-art security systems and amenities. Residents receive compassionate care from some of the best caregivers in Florida. In Sarasota, caregivers are there because they want to be.

Multi-care assisted living facilities in Sarasota

About half of Sarasota’s assisted living facilities provide at least one additional type of senior living. Memory care is the most common care type tied to assisted living in Sarasota, and memory care is also the fastest-growing care type in the area. Many assisted living communities are also partnered with independent living facilities, memory and skilled nursing units.

These facilities tend to be large and are evenly distributed throughout downtown Sarasota and neighboring suburbs. Most multi-care facilities in Sarasota were built between 20 and 30 years ago. Amenities such as yoga studios, bars, and game rooms are the norm. Almost all assisted living communities also include a pool, although the beach is nearby.

Daily living in Sarasota’s assisted living facilities

Residents can often choose to have their own room or share a room with a spouse or a roommate. Rooms range between about 220 square feet to over 1,000 square feet for a shared room. Restaurant-style dining is offered at almost every assisted living community, and communities enjoy offering chef-prepared meals using local produce and seafood.

Activity coordinators work to fill residents’ days with engaging and sociable pastimes. Outings to local cultural highlights and, of course, the beaches occur every week in most communities. Daily activities like gardening clubs, finance classes, fitness courses, and dances are also common.

Sarasota is a senior living paradise

Safe, quiet, and dynamic, Sarasota has a strong argument to be paradise on earth. With a population of about 54,764 people, Sarasota is just the right size for most seniors. Bright blue skies, crystal clear water, and a vibrant cultural scene keep Sarasota residents happy and fulfilled.

Assisted living in the surrounding Sarasota suburbs

Lakewood Ranch and Bradenton offer cost-effective senior living options within an hour of Sarasota. Lakewood Ranch is inland and attracts young professionals, families, and seniors. It’s a growing city, and the assisted living facilities tend to be newer and more affordable. It’s within a 25-minute drive of Sarasota.

Bradenton is just north of Sarasota and is booming with seniors who want to stay near the water. It’s only 15 miles away from Sarasota, but senior living costs are about $500 cheaper, on average, in Bradenton than they are in Sarasota.

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Number of seniors over the age of 65 currently living in Sarasota, Florida

28%

Percentage of seniors 65 and older within Sarasota, Florida

54764

Total population in Sarasota, Florida

Best hospitals for seniors in Sarasota

Sarasota has a strong network of health care professionals and hospitals to serve local seniors. Hospitals and health care providers are spread evenly throughout the city, which keeps health care accessible for seniors regardless of where they live.

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Sarasota Memorial Hospital

Sarasota Memorial Hospital has 895 beds, making it the largest public hospital in Sarasota. Operated by the Sarasota Memorial Health Care System, it offers care services within every specialty. Providers specialize in geriatrics and neurology, among other specialties. The hospital has its own Cancer Institute. The hospital system operates six different campuses across Southwest Florida, but the main campus is in Sarasota.

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HCA Florida Blake Hospital

The HCA Florida Blake Hospital is an award-winning hospital specializing in acute care, including emergency medicine, burn care, strokes, heart health, trauma, and orthopedics. While technically in Bradenton, it serves all of Sarasota County.

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Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Sarasota

Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Sarasota is Sarasota County’s most well-known rehabilitation facility. Specializing in rehabilitation care for strokes, hip fractures, and spinal cord rehabilitation, Encompass also runs support groups for amputees, stroke and cardiac patients, and MS patients.

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Transportation for seniors in Sarasota 

Of our partnering assisted living communities in Sarasota, 93% offer complimentary transportation, so seniors won’t need to worry about finding their own way to get around. Visiting family members and friends should be aware that Sarasota is a driving city. While only 24 square miles, Sarasota does have traffic, especially during the winter months. Expect to spend some time in the car if you’re trying to get to the more popular areas, such as Siesta Key Beach.

Sarasota’s public transportation system is called Breeze (formerly known as The Sarasota County Transit System, or SCAT). Breeze offers bus transportation throughout Sarasota County. It also offers Breeze OnDemand, which is a pickup and drop-off service. Routes, fees, and instructions for how to sign up for OnDemand can be found on the Breeze website.

While Sarasota usually requires a car, it does have some walkable areas, including the Rosemary District and Gillespie Park. The scores below are based on how easy walking, biking, and taking public transportation is. Scores are based out of 100, with a higher number meaning an easier time using that kind of transportation. Sarasota received the following scores:[08]

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Walk Score

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Transit Score

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Bike Score

Things to do in Sarasota for seniors and their families

Living in Sarasota comes with its own rewards. Seniors in Sarasota benefit from a community of engaged peers, and visiting family or friends can enjoy one of the top vacation spots in the world. While there’s not a bad time to visit Sarasota, it does get hot in the summer months. Peak season runs from about November to March.

Activities in Sarasota’s assisted living communities

Almost every partnering assisted living community in Sarasota employs an activities coordinator to plan daily classes, activities, games, and outings for the residents. Residents can also enjoy their community’s amenities at their leisure, like a pool, garden, or game room. Visiting musicians and lecture series often come through Sarasota assisted living communities, enriching the lives of the residents. Happy hours and holiday parties are also common in these communities.

Recharge at Siesta Key Beach

Siesta Key Beach is one of the best beaches in the world. Made up of almost 100% white-quartz sand, it stays cool on your feet on even the hottest of days. The clear water and expansive shallows are perfect for wading. It’s also large, so you can find your own patch of paradise. Siesta Key Beach is one of the few public beaches with lifeguards on duty. Seniors can also request sand wheelchairs at any of the lifeguard stations for no cost.

There are additional beach options in and around Sarasota. Lido Beach, Caspersen Beach, and Longboat Key Beach are popular favorites, and they also offer sand wheelchairs. Unlike most other cities on the Gulf Coast, Sarasota is typically protected from coastal storms.

Explore Sarasota’s circus past at The Ringling Museum

The Ringling Museum offers a deep dive into the long history of circus life in Sarasota. John Ringling — also known as the Circus King — built his fanciful Ca d’Zan mansion here, and it’s still open for tours today. The museum includes two distinct circus museums, the Bayfront Gardens, the State Art Museum of Florida, and the Asolo Theater. Budget at least one full day for The Ringling Museum, or buy a membership to visit for shorter times across a few days. Seniors get ticket discounts at the door.

Go birding at Celery Fields

The Sarasota Audubon Society recommends The Celery Fields as one of Sarasota County’s best birding destinations. The Celery Fields are the region’s primary stormwater collection zone, and Sarasota County has worked to restore more than 100 acres to traditional wetlands. It’s an ideal location for breeding birds and many can be seen from picnic areas scattered throughout the site. Seniors get an admissions discount.

Find Paul McCartney’s car at the Sarasota Classic Car Museum

Amble amongst antique and notable vehicles from history at the Sarasota Classic Car Museum. In its collection are Paul McCartney’s Mini Cooper and John Lennon’s Mercedes Benz. Besides its permanent collection, the museum also has traveling exhibitions, such as The Automotive Art of Ferdinand Porsche and Enzo Ferrari.

Explore the rest of Florida from Sarasota

Sarasota is within driving distance from some of Florida’s most celebrated attractions. Walt Disney World is an hour and a half away, and Everglades National Park is two and half hours south of Sarasota. Or, head to Tampa (one hour away) or Fort Myers (two hours away) for a day trip.

Local guides to Sarasota

Visit Sarasota is an excellent resource for up-to-date information about events and deals in Sarasota. Learn about weekly community events, farmers markets, and restaurant deals.

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