Research

Exploring Assisted Living Communities in Florida

This website hopes to help consumers learn about Florida’s Assisted Living Communities, and what services they have to offer. This map of Florida provides an easy to navigate platform for consumers to use. The data comes from the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) and includes information about Assisted Living Communities' location, licensing, number of beds, profit/non-profit status, services, activities, and more. 


Florida currently has the fastest growing older adult population, with over 21% of its population aged 65 and older. Long-term care options, specifically Assisted Living Communities, are a popular residential option for many of Florida’s older adults. There are currently over 3,000 Assisted Living Communities in Florida, which total over 106,000 beds. This is in comparison to the 691 nursing homes in Florida that have about 84,000 beds. In addition to the above, Florida offers a unique opportunity to explore the diverse aspects of these Assisted Living Communities.

For additional information on the varying aspects of these Assisted Living Facilities in Florida, please read the following briefs:

Occupational Therapy in Florida's Rural and Urban Assisted Living Communities
Hillary Rouse
This policy brief is based on research by Nhu Nguyen, Hillary Rouse, and Lindsay Peterson of the University of South Florida, School of Aging Studies and Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging.

Speech Therapy in Florida's Rural and Urban Assisted Living Communities
Lindsay Peterson, Ph.D.This policy brief is based on research by Jocelyn Brown, Christian Slater, and Lindsay Peterson of the University of South Florida, School of Aging Studies and Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging.

Physical and Occupational Therapy Availability in Florida's Assisted Living Communities
Lindsay Peterson, Ph.D. This policy brief is based on research by Christian Slater, Jocelyn Brown, and Lindsay Peterson of the University of South Florida, School of Aging Studies and Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging.

Pet Therapy in Florida's Assisted Living Communities
Lindsay Peterson, Ph.D. 
This policy brief is based on research by Christian Slater, Jocelyn Brown, and Lindsay Peterson of the University of South Florida, School of Aging Studies and Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging.

Comparison of Assisted Living Communities With and Without Memory Care in Florida
Hillary Rouse
This policy brief is based on research by Hillary Rouse, Daniel Pupo, Lindsay Peterson, and Kathryn Hyer of the University of South Florida, School of Aging Studies and Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging.

Physical Therapy in Florida's Rural and Urban Assisted Living Communities
Hillary Rouse
This policy brief is based on research by Jocelyn Brown, Christian Slater, Hillary Rouse, and Lindsay Peterson of the University of South Florida, School of Aging Studies and Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging.

Florida Power Rule: Discrepancies Reported and Actual Compliance
Hillary Rouse
This policy brief is based on research by Hillary Rouse, Joseph June, Christian Slater, Lindsay Peterson, and Kathryn Hyer of the University of South Florida, School of Aging Studies and Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging. 

Defining Memory Care Services in Florida Assisted Living Communities
Hillary Rouse
This policy brief is based on research by Chloe Burns, Hillary Rouse, and Kathryn Hyer of the University of South Florida, School of Aging Studies and Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging. 

Lack of Preparation for Demographic Shifts in Rural Florida
Hillary Rouse
This policy brief is based on research by Joseph Ayala, Hillary Rouse, Lindsay Peterson, and Kathryn Hyer of the University of South Florida, School of Aging Studies and Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging.

Limited Access to Memory Care Services in Assisted Living Communities in Rural Florida
Hillary Rouse
This policy brief is based on research by Hillary Rouse, Joseph Ayala, and Kathryn Hyer of the University of South Florida, School of Aging Studies and Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging. 

The Above Average Burden of Hearing Loss for Rural Counties in Florida
Daniel Pupo
This policy brief is based on research by Daniel Pupo, Hillary Rouse, Lindsay Peterson , Michelle Arnold and  Kathryn Hyer of the University of South Florida, School of Aging Studies and Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging.

Limited Access to Audiology Services in Florida Assisted Living Communities
Daniel Pupo
This policy brief is based on research by Daniel Pupo, Moriah Jones, Hillary Rouse, and Kathryn Hyer of the University of South Florida, School of Aging Studies and Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging. 

Rural and Urban Assisted Living Communities in Florida
Hillary Rouse
This policy brief is based on research by Jocelyn Brown, Joseph Ayala, Hillary Rouse, Lindsay Peterson, and Kathryn Hyer of the University of South Florida, School of Aging Studies and Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging.