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The diverse and vibrant Tampa, Florida, is a popular destination for retirees from all around the country. Many people from the eastern U.S. and across the Midwest retire in Tampa every year. These out-of-towners come to Tampa looking for warm weather, beaches, and an escape from a state income tax. And, eventually, many of these retirees will need assisted living. Assisted living is residential, long-term senior care that provides meals, activities, and assistance with daily activities — tasks that may become challenging with aging, like bathing and taking medications.
Because of the sustained interest in Tampa as a retirement haven since the 1960s, there are plenty of assisted living options. Within a 10-mile radius of Tampa city center, A Place for Mom partners with 27 assisted living communities. In this guide, we introduce you to assisted living communities in Tampa with top-rated care, meals and dining services, amenities, and more. We’ll also outline costs and review common questions about Medicaid, Medicare, veterans benefits, and helpful demographic information about senior living in Tampa, Florida.
Types of care available in Tampa, FL
The facility is really beautiful with all the greenery, ducks etc. The staff is amazing and so caring and patient. And the food is wonderful and I love how they let you have access to the café for all day hours. I cannot say enough about the Oak Manor facility and staff. It was such a process making the best choice for mom and we were so happy with the results. I would not wish her to be anywhere else. Thanks to all the staff at Oak Manor, I will be forever grateful.
We love The Canopy, they get all 5 stars! My Dad was very sick...UTI and pneumonia. [name removed], the head nurse at The Canopy said they could take him back home to The Canopy with Assistance. She actually came to the hospital to visit my dad! The staff cares and works with family. They aren't uptight and they let people live a quality life. The staff cares immensely and works WITH family. They do what's right and best for their residents on an individual basis.
I have found that the staff is excellent in their caring for my wife. The grounds are very pretty. It does not seem like Assisted Living, but rather a group of cottages in a nice setting.
800 West Azeele Street, Tampa, FL 33606
My mother lived here for nearly three years and she was the happiest she had been in a long time. It is a beautiful community but what really makes it beautiful are the people who live and work there. A...
“The family feeling that you experience at Horizon Bay at Hyde Park is due to the genuine love the employees have for the residents.” Horizon Bay at Hyde Park is the first independent and assisted living retirement community built in South Tampa in more than twenty years. Located on the corner of...
5121 E Serena Dr, Tampa, FL 33617
Excellent facility! Great staff especially [name removed]. She was very helpful in her presentation, tour and getting him into your community. She is truly genuine, friendly, patient, understanding and has a...
Palm Terrace Assisted Living Facility and Adult Day Care offers private and semi-private accommodations at an affordable price for low to moderate income seniors in the heart of Temple Terrace, Florida. The community offers apartments with kitchenettes and accessible bathrooms. Residents also...
115 E Davis Blvd, Tampa, FL 33606
Our loved one does complain about the meals and dining service - there could always be improvement there. However everyone there is just extremely friendly and helpful, when we speak to our loved one she...
Hudson Manor is an assisted living community located within minutes of the dynamic and exciting community of Tampa, FL. The Tampa area is known for its diversity and beauty, and both of those traits show up in the look of this amazing assisted living community. Family members that come to visit...
312 East 124 Avenue, Tampa, FL 33612
I have my Mother here and she is doing wonderful. I love the staff I have a real connection with all of the day shift. The staff go that extra mile to make sure your loved one is being taken care of. I had a...
Royal Sun Park is an assisted living community nestled away in scenic Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida. The trees are abundant, lining the streets and paving the way to this paradise. With the Museum of Science and Industry nearby, there is plenty to do. The helpful and friendly staff...
4100 E Fletcher Avenue, Tampa, FL 33613
My parents reside at St Josephs John Knox Village the serving staff the nurses, and staff seem to have been there for quite some time which indicates their turnover rate is low. Michele Caruso goes above and...
St. Joseph's John Knox Village is an accredited Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in Tampa, Florida. It offers comfortable independent retirement living with financial security. In our beautiful 14 acre gated campus, we offer Independent Living choices which include Lease/Rent or...
14527 N Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33613
I'am satisfied with this community, my father is doing pretty well here.The community looks great, they do a very good job keeping his room and the community neat and tidy. The staff is very good, they have...
Angels Senior Living at North Tampa was built in 1978 for the sole purpose of caring for the elderly. We have been caring for the elderly for over 3 decades and have a loving and caring staff around the clock available to take care of our residents. We come from a down home country background and...
3330 S MacDill Ave, Tampa, FL 33629
No place is perfect but after touring 9 ALFs, this one is the best fit for my Mom. There are some common areas that need new carpeting and furniture but the residents rooms are immaculate from what I've...
Enhanced Independent Living and Assisted Living Not just bricks and mortar, far more than just food, shelter, and traditional senior activities, residents are encouraged to be socially involved and active. Our aim is to enhance independence while providing a strong, yet largely invisible, needs...
4902 Bayshore Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33611
The community has a schedule of activities for the residents. The common areas are very clean. We would recommend the community to others for their loved ones. In fact we would live there if we could.
Do more of what you love.If you’re ready to trade your hedge clippers for golf clubs, our bayfront community in Tampa, Florida, may be the perfect fit for you. With both Independent Living and Assisted Living, here you have the freedom to experiment with new hobbies, re-ignite your sense of...
8250 Marlvern Cir, Tampa, FL 33634
Wonderful and caring couple. I am very trusting they would provide great care for my loved one.
Renacer Assisted Living , LCC is a senior care home located in Tampa, Florida, in Hillsborough County. A relaxing group home setting in a beautiful location, Renacer Assisted Living , LCC is a fantastic choice for your new home. Situated right beside Tampa Bay, Tampa is an exciting and vibrant...
5175 Cypress Preserve Drive, Tampa, FL 33647
A few years back as my mom entered her 80’s, her memory began to diminish. At first, it was slow and we, her family, worked had to overlook any imperfections. But by her 81st birthday, her short comings...
Memory Lane Cottage @ Tampa Palms is designed for individuals with Alzheimer's Disease or other dementia related disorders. Memory Lane Cottage @ Tampa Palms is located off Bruce B. Downs Blvd. and conveniently located to the USF Health Byrd Alzheimer's Institute, James Haley VA Hospital, Moffitt...
9318 Memorial Highway, Tampa, FL 33615
They have done well in everything. I am very satisfied with their work and the friendliness and everything and my husband is doing okay there and they are good there. I am very pleased with the staff there.
La Casa Assisted Living is a residential care home in Tampa, Florida in the county of Hillsborough. Tampa is a bustling metropolis, a city that is rich in arts and culture. Home to Busch Gardens, Tampa is cultural mecca. There are many attractions including several museums, parks, and libraries....
320 S. Lakewood Drive, Brandon, FL 33511
My grandmother has lived at Delaney Creek for 5 years and has had the best treatment and experience! She loves it there and wouldn't want to be anywhere else. She gets to play bingo every day if she wants to...
We welcome residents to Rosecastle at Delaney Creek Assisted Living and Memory Care community in Brandon, Florida. Our residents enjoy living among stately trees and natural wetlands as we are located just minutes from I-75 and near medical offices, restaurants, shopping malls, theaters and local...
17470 Brookside Trace Ct, Tampa, FL 33647
Overall I think it is a great facility!! It's becoming more expensive so my parents will have to move soon. The staff is kind and respectful. If there is a problem they sit and discuss and try to solve. I...
Welcome to Discovery Village At Tampa Palms, a world-class senior living community in Tampa, Florida that is elevating senior living to a new standard.Our stylish community offers three distinct lifestyle options, starting with supervised independent living, and progressing to assisted living and...
11330 Country Way Blvd, Tampa, FL 33626
I love living here! The staff is great! Lots of things to do. Food is good. Building is 18 months old.
The brand-new Discovery Village At Westchase combines upscale senior living and personalized care, just minutes from Tampa Bay and the diverse entertainment options offered in and around Downtown Tampa.Our community offers resident-focused Assisted Living, complete with superb dining and...
4401 West Ballast Point Blvd, Tampa, FL 33611
The owners and caregivers are fantastic, always working, the facility is super clean and organized. They all feel like a big family, my father loves been there he doesn’t miss the place he was before at all....
Consuelo's Assisted Living is a resident care home located in Tampa, Florida in the county of Hillsborough. The city of Tampa is vibrant and pulsing with life. Home to Busch Gardens, Tampa offers Many exciting attractions for visitors and residents alike. Tampa is a city filled with cultural...
6411 Wilshire Drive, Tampa, FL 33615
Although there are many reasons to be concerned once your parent or close relative is admitted to an ALF you always hope that your loved ones are well taken care of. My mom entered the ALF in [date removed]...
1514 E Chelsea St, Tampa, FL 33610
701 E Virginia Avenue, Tampa, FL 33603
Vintage Village, Inc Vintage Village, Inc is a peaceful residential care home located in the city of Tampa, Florida in Hillsborough County. We are dedicated to meeting the personal requirements of every senior in our home. We have established our home in a big compound that is beautifully...
3405 N 12Th St, Tampa, FL 33605
Seeing the community was a nice experience. They have a nice lanai in the back of the house. I would highly recommend them. They staff had good interaction with the staff.
Living With Friends Assisted Living Facility is located in picturesque Tampa, Florida. The ideal location makes it one of the best places for your loved ones to experience the nurturing care that they need if they are suffering from Alzheimer's or other types of diseases that cause dementia. We...
907 Clanton Avenue, Tampa, FL 33603
Wellswood Care Center is a residential care home found in the ever growing Tampa City, Florida in Hillsborough County. Our residence is strategically located near one of the best hospitals in the region. Its accessibility has been made easy to seniors from far regions due to its closeness to an...
8112 N 9th St, Tampa, FL 33604
3501 E. Knollwood Street, Tampa, FL 33610
Assisted Living Morning Dew is a fantastic senior care home in Florida's beautiful retirement haven of Tampa. Not only are we blessed with 365 days of summer—residents love to enjoy daily walks or meals outdoors—but we have so many retirement and senior communities around us that we...
2812 N Nebraska Ave, Tampa, FL 33602
5010 North 40th Street, Tampa, FL 33610
Sangetta is a wonderful lady. My uncle was with them for 9 years. They talk to them, and hug them, and make them feel really wanted. They loved the man and took good care of him, I was there at least a...
Central Tampa Assisted Living is located in the heart of the beautiful city of Tampa, Florida just blocks from downtown. At Central Tampa Assisted Living, our residents receive specialized care in memory disorders including Alzheimer's disease. We work to make our residents stay in our assisted...
The average cost of senior living in Tampa is 3,767 per month. Cheaper nearby regions include St. Petersburg, FL with an average of 2,500 per month.
Planning ahead can better position you to make good choices for your loved one’s care in the future. But if your aging family member needs care now, there are ways to finance the cost of long-term care through a combination of approaches.
Assisted living is long-term care for seniors who are generally active and independent, but who require increased supervision and help with some daily tasks. Staff can assist residents with activities of daily living like dressing, bathing, and medication management. Assisted living is also a good option for seniors seeking more socialization. Services and amenities in assisted living facilities often include:
Assisted living costs in Tampa average around $3,711 a month, based on A Place for Mom’s proprietary data. This figure includes housing, meals, care fees, and any additional service fees. Although the cost of living in Florida is increasing, the cost of assisted living in Tampa is still below other top destinations for retirees, like Las Vegas, Phoenix, and Dallas. And with no state income tax, Tampa, Florida, remains a good option for seniors looking to retire somewhere warm and relatively affordable. The figures below reflect the average starting costs for assisted living in the Tampa area before any additional fees for care or services.
Because assisted living provides both residential housing and personal care, most families and seniors pay for their assisted living with a mix of private means — like personal savings and investments — and public sources, like Medicaid. This section includes information on how to afford your ideal assisted living community in Tampa, Florida.
The private resources seniors use to pay for assisted living often include more than just a retirement account. For example, some seniors have long-term care insurance that may cover necessary care services offered by assisted living communities. However, your policy may not cover the costs of room and board. If not, it might be possible to cash out your policy and use those funds for your total assisted living costs. Whether or not this is possible is entirely dependent on your individual plan, so be sure to ask your insurance provider directly.
Read on for some other common ways people pay for their assisted living costs:
In Florida, the Bureau of Health Facilities Regulation licenses and regulates assisted living facilities. Depending on the care setting, the licenses and regulations may be slightly different. For example, residential group homes with a live-in caregiver need an additional license for Adult Foster Care. Assisted living communities that offer both independent living and skilled nursing units on-site need to apply for an Extended Congregate Care license. To be eligible for assisted living in Tampa, Florida, a senior should not require 24-hour nursing care. The senior should be able to successfully complete their activities of daily living with caregiver assistance. The following are some other regulations that Tampa assisted living communities must adhere to:
All employees of assisted living communities are required to pass a background check. Within 30 days of starting their employment, caregiving staff must complete 1 hour of training on mitigating infectious diseases and 3 hours of training on senior residents’ needs. Administrative staff of assisted living facilities need to complete an initial 26 hours of training and 12 hours of continuing education every two years.
After an initial inspection, assisted living communities in Tampa go through inspections every two years. Inspection results are available to the public on the Agency for Health Care Administration website. To find an inspection report, click the “Statement of Deficiencies” tab, and in the drop down menu for “Provider type” select “Assisted Living Facility.” To search for individual facilities, write the name of the facility under “Provider name,” or simply select “Hillsborough County” to see the inspection results for every assisted living community in Tampa.
Agency for Health Care Administration – Assisted Living Facility Unit
Chequita Byrd, MSW
Manager, Assisted Living Unit
Bureau of Health Facility Regulation
2727 Mahan Drive, MS #30
Tallahassee, FL 32308
Florida does not have any mandatory COVID-19 regulations for assisted living facilities, but it does use a preparedness checklist for nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other long-term care facilities. Some of the recommendations for assisted living communities to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 include the following:
Masking. Communities need a system to identify and manage ill residents and prevent visitors from spreading COVID-19 in the community.
Facility cleanliness. Proper hygiene like washing hands and regularly disinfecting frequently used areas should be followed by all staff members.
Staff safety. A written COVID-19 plan should be available to the staff, and ongoing education on virus prevention should be available for the staff, residents, and families.
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Since the 1960s, seniors from across the United States have flocked to Tampa, Florida, as a retirement haven. Pristine beaches, strong diversity, and no state income tax make up a large part of Tampa’s appeal. A growing local economy in the Tampa Bay area is also bringing in highly paid workers followed by aging parents. This persistent demand for senior living translates to a wide variety of assisted living options for Florida seniors.
Tampa is a very diverse city. Many assisted living communities in Tampa reflect this diversity by offering Spanish-speaking services and international cuisine options. From its racial and ethnic heterogeneity to its wide range in household income and ages of its residents, Tampa is called home by a huge variety of people. The largest age group in Tampa is between the ages of 25 and 39, making up 25.8% of the population. People 65+ make up 14.2% of the total population. In surrounding Tampa Bay areas, like Clearwater, however, people 65+ make up the largest age group.
Though Tampa itself lends quick access to excellent health care in the area, over 60% of our partner Tampa assisted living communities have an on-site medical director who is either a board-certified physician or a nurse practitioner. On top of quick access to medical care, most assisted living communities in Tampa are traditional residential facilities offering daily meals, comfortable private or semi-private rooms, dedicated staff members to aid residents with daily activities, and some on-site amenities. The more luxurious assisted living communities, with expansive pools and more activities and amenities, tend to be in neighboring cities in the Tampa Bay area, like Clearwater and Wesley Chapel.
Tampa and Tampa Bay are often referred to interchangeably, but Tampa Bay is the larger geographic area that includes cities like Tampa, Clearwater, and Wesley Chapel. We decided to expand on Clearwater and Wesley Chapel as important hubs for senior living in the Tampa Bay area.
Clearwater has a higher concentration of assisted living options than the city of Tampa. Some seniors enjoy Clearwater because many of the assisted living communities are oceanfront, with beautiful views over the water and closer proximity to the beach. There are also more luxury assisted living communities in Clearwater than in Tampa. And almost 23% of the population in Clearwater is over 65 years of age.
Wesley Chapel is an affluent northern suburb of Tampa. Due to its high growth in the last 10 years, the assisted living communities in Wesley Chapel tend to be newer and have more suburban amenities, like on-site dog parks, walking paths, and putting greens. Despite having more amenities than assisted living in Tampa, assisted living communities in Wesley Chapel tend to be the same price as those in Tampa. Meaning, you can get more bang for your buck in Wesley Chapel.
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About 14% of Tampa’s population is 65+, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Seniors age 75+ make up 5% of the population in Tampa, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
In Clearwater, Florida, 23% of the population is 65+, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
About 25% of the population in Tampa is Hispanic or Latino, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Tampa has a well-established health care system. And many hospitals are nationally ranked for a number of specialties, most specifically cancer and geriatrics.
The Tampa General Hospital is a general medical and teaching hospital. It’s highly ranked across a variety of specialties and is a high-performing hospital for geriatrics. It’s ranked No. 16 in the nation for ear, nose, and throat care, No. 27 in the nation for diabetes and endocrinology, No. 33 in the nation for orthopedics, and No. 34 in the nation for gastroenterology and GI surgery.
1 Tampa General Circle
Tampa, FL 33606-3571
H. Lee Moffit Cancer Center and Research Institute is ranked 25th in the nation for cancer treatment, according to U.S. News and World Report. It is also ranked nationally for geriatrics, gastroenterology and GI Surgery, and urology.
12902 USF Magnolia Drive
Tampa, FL 33612-9497
The Morton Plant Hospital, located in Clearwater, Florida, is ranked No. 7 for care across all hospitals in Florida. It is particularly high-performing with cardiac procedures.
300 Pinellas St.
Clearwater, FL 33756-3804
St. Joseph’s Hospital — Tampa is a regionally ranked general hospital and surgery center in Tampa, Florida. It performs highly for lung and colon cancer procedures.
3001 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33607-6387
Tampa is best explored by car, which is why 78% of our partnering assisted living communities in Tampa offer complimentary transportation. However, traffic in downtown Tampa can be fierce, and a drive across Tampa at peak traffic hours can take more than an hour.
For seniors who do not have access to transportation services, the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) runs the local bus system, which is an affordable, moderately reliable mode of transportation for locals.
The Sunshine Line is Tampa’s door-to-door transportation option for the elderly or disabled. Seniors can enroll in the program by calling their enrollment number, 813-272-7272.
Living in the Tampa Bay area feels like living in a vacation destination because it is one. Many seniors of local assisted living communities enjoy group outings to local restaurants, malls, and casinos. Other well-loved group activities in our partnering assisted living communities include visits to the plentiful nearby beaches and birding expeditions. Walking clubs are one of the most popular activities in Tampa’s assisted living communities, and with the year-round sunshine, it’s not hard to see why.
Tampa’s Parks and Recreation Department has an exceptionally robust senior activities program. Water aerobics, quilting, and bridge are just a few of the many weekly activities free to seniors in Tampa, if they sign up on the Parks and Recreation website. The department also puts on regular formal dinners and dances for seniors, like the annual Silver Night Out Dance, which shows seniors in their finest enjoying fine dining and live entertainment.
Tampa seniors also have opportunities to attend retrospective concerts from acts like the Beach Boys, Elvis impersonators, Cher, and the Irish Tenors through the Adults at Leisure series at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Coordinators at Ruth Eckerd Hall also send musical acts directly to assisted living communities, so seniors can enjoy a show from the comfort of their community.
While visiting family members enjoy the classic Floridian theme park experience in Tampa, the older adults in the family may enjoy some of the more low-key options, like local historical sites. One of Tampa’s lesser-known charms is the Ybor City neighborhood, which is the only neighborhood in the South designated as a National Historic Landmark District. Visitors can stroll down palm tree-lined streets influenced by Spanish and Cuban architecture and learn how Ybor City made Tampa the cigar capital of the United States.
Nature and wildlife viewing is never far away in Tampa. Some of the most popular nature parks in the Tampa Bay area are Lettuce Lake Park and Weeden Island Preserve in St. Petersburg. Anywhere you go in the Tampa Bay area, you’re likely to see plenty of shorebirds and perhaps even spy an alligator. The Tampa Audubon Society is open to the public with advanced registration on its website, and it does a good job of listing the length and difficulty of their birding outings. Some birding routes, like the Circle B Bar Reserve, are even wheelchair accessible.
The average cost of Assisted Living in Tampa is 3,767 per month. This cost may vary based on location, amenities, floorplan, level of care and other factors.
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