Brandon is Florida’s largest unincorporated community and home to more than 114,000 residents. Its affordable living costs, warm winters and access to health care make it a great option for the 13% of its population who are seniors. Just 10 miles east of Tampa, the city also allows retirees to maintain access to big-city amenities and attractions while enjoying a relaxed retirement lifestyle.

Seniors requiring a little extra help may benefit from care at an assisted living community. These facilities provide a welcoming environment with trained care staff who are on-site to assist with daily tasks and personal care services. Residents often enjoy daily meals, wellness programming and a full calendar of recreational activities. In Brandon, living in one of these communities costs around $3,350 per month ⁠— a very affordable rate compared to the average U.S. city.

This guide offers information about assisted living in Brandon, including how much these services typically cost, what other long-term care options are available and where seniors can go for financial assistance. It also features some of the pros and cons of retirement in Brandon, as well as a list of local resources seniors can go to for support.

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2015

Aldea Green

700 S Kings Ave, Brandon, FL, 33511

Aldea Green was clean. It seemed that they care for the residents. The rooms were nice and nice sized. The cafeteria was very open and the chef answered questions. It was a nice and clean facility, wh … (read more)
Aldea Green was clean. It seemed that they care for the residents. The rooms were nice and nice sized. The cafeteria was very open and the chef answered questions. It was a nice and clean facility, wh … (read more)

Savannah Court of Brandon

824 N. Parsons Avenue, Brandon, FL, 33510

I toured Savannah Court of Brandon and I loved the lady that I interviewed with. She was so personable and empathetic. When she toured me through the location, the rooms were clean and nice. She was a … (read more)
I toured Savannah Court of Brandon and I loved the lady that I interviewed with. She was so personable and empathetic. When she toured me through the location, the rooms were clean and nice. She was a … (read more)

Hawthorne Center for Rehabilitation of Brandon

851 W LUMSDEN ROAD, Brandon, FL, 33511

It had nice-sized apartments, and it’s a smoke-free facility. They had two meals a day, but for breakfast you’re kind of on your own or you could go down and eat continental style like muffins and cof … (read more)
It had nice-sized apartments, and it’s a smoke-free facility. They had two meals a day, but for breakfast you’re kind of on your own or you could go down and eat continental style like muffins and cof … (read more)

Hawthorne Estates Of Brandon

859 W Lumsden Road, Brandon, FL, 33511

Hawthorne Inn of Brandon was very nice. It was easily accessible. They offer transportation, and they bring the provider to the residents. You don’t have to worry about picking up your loved one. The … (read more)
Hawthorne Inn of Brandon was very nice. It was easily accessible. They offer transportation, and they bring the provider to the residents. You don’t have to worry about picking up your loved one. The … (read more)

Cloudberry Lodge of Brandon

3918 KINGS AVENUE, Brandon, FL, 33511

It is the best facility ever. They have plenty of staff who are very nice and very helpful. The rooms were larger than normal. They have crafts and they sing songs. It’s not the most modern or newes … (read more)
It is the best facility ever. They have plenty of staff who are very nice and very helpful. The rooms were larger than normal. They have crafts and they sing songs. It’s not the most modern or newes … (read more)

Ava Cares Iv

1007 Brooker Rd, Brandon, FL, 33511

My husband is living at AVA Cares, which is a smaller facility with a maximum of six residents, and he seems to be doing better there than he did in a larger community. They’re very caring and he gets … (read more)
My husband is living at AVA Cares, which is a smaller facility with a maximum of six residents, and he seems to be doing better there than he did in a larger community. They’re very caring and he gets … (read more)

Tessera of Brandon

1320 Oakfield Dr, Brandon, FL, 33511

We are moving our parents into Tessera of Brandon. We toured it about three times altogether, my brother and I first, and my parents and I toured, and then we went back to make a final decision on whi … (read more)
We are moving our parents into Tessera of Brandon. We toured it about three times altogether, my brother and I first, and my parents and I toured, and then we went back to make a final decision on whi … (read more)

Rosecastle at Delaney Creek

320 S Lakewood, Brandon, FL, 33511

This facility has multiple issues and violation against them. They are terribly understaff and unable to retain employees. My family member is neglected. He has been bullied by the staff and unable … (read more)
This facility has multiple issues and violation against them. They are terribly understaff and unable to retain employees. My family member is neglected. He has been bullied by the staff and unable … (read more)

Southern Live-in Of Brandon

619 Princeton Street, Brandon, FL, 33511

Staff is caring and accurate regarding their service. Facility provides the best service to residents.
Staff is caring and accurate regarding their service. Facility provides the best service to residents.

Westbury at Lake Brandon

1210 Westbury Pointe Drive, , Brandon, FL, 33511


Good Shepherd ALF

1801 Lido Drive, Brandon, FL, 33511


New Life Home Care Inc.

202 Beverly Blvd, Brandon, FL, 33511



Garden Oasis Alf

515 Hickory Lake Dr, Brandon, FL, 33511


Living Well Community Llc

2222 John Moore Rd, Brandon, FL, 33511


Ava Cares

3005 Bell Shoals Road, Brandon, FL, 33511


St. Cloud Haven ALF

907 N Taylor Rd, Brandon, FL, 33510


2014, 2015

Brookdale Bayshore

4902 Bayshore Boulevard, Tampa, FL, 33611

Located two miles from the MacDill Air Force base, Brookdale Bayshore is tucked right along the coast in Tampa, Florida. Visitors praise this facility as being unusually clean and well-decorated. Amen … (read more)
Located two miles from the MacDill Air Force base, Brookdale Bayshore is tucked right along the coast in Tampa, Florida. Visitors praise this facility as being unusually clean and well-decorated. Amen … (read more)

2016

The Crossings at Riverview

8451 US Hwy 301 S, Riverview, FL, 33578

My mom is at The Crossings at Riverview’s assisted living. Overall, I think it’s mediocre at best. I don’t think the care is very good. There are times when she pushes the button (they all wear one ar … (read more)
My mom is at The Crossings at Riverview’s assisted living. Overall, I think it’s mediocre at best. I don’t think the care is very good. There are times when she pushes the button (they all wear one ar … (read more)

Colonial Assisted Living at Tampa

11722 N 17th St, Tampa, FL, 33612

We toured Colonial Assisted Living at Tampa. It was very clean and pretty, but the rooms were a little bit small for two people. I have a sewing machine that I want to use, so I need a bigger room, an … (read more)
We toured Colonial Assisted Living at Tampa. It was very clean and pretty, but the rooms were a little bit small for two people. I have a sewing machine that I want to use, so I need a bigger room, an … (read more)

COVID-19 Rules for Assisted Living in Brandon

Since most COVID-19 rules for Assisted Living Communities and other Senior Living Facilities are set at the state level, you can view the specific rules for your state on our Guide to Assisted Living in Florida. Keep in mind that every community has specific policies that they put in place to protect their residents, so you should contact your local community for more information. Additionally, you can contact your local Area Agency on Aging to learn more – find contact information here.

What to Consider About Assisted Living in Brandon

Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration licenses and regulates assisted living facilities in Brandon and throughout the state. Facilities must undergo an inspection prior to licensure and every two years when applying for re-licensure to ensure they uphold state laws and regulations.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Brandon

  • Brandon residents have access to abundant amenities and entertainment to support a healthy, happy retirement. The area is home to numerous beaches and local parks, which provide many opportunities for outdoor recreation. It’s also just a short distance from Tampa, where seniors can enjoy a variety of arts, culture and entertainment.
  • With an index rating of 99.6 out of 100, Brandon’s cost of living falls slightly below the Florida statewide median (102.8) and U.S. national average (100). Seniors will likely see the largest savings in their housing and health care costs.
  • Brandon seniors also benefit from Florida’s senior-friendly tax policies. The state doesn’t tax any forms of retirement income, including Social Security benefits, pensions, IRAs and 401(k)s. Florida also doesn’t have a state sales tax or inheritance tax. 
  • Crime rates in Brandon are slightly above average. On a scale from 0 to 100, Brandon’s violent crime rate is 28.6, and its property crime rate is 52.6. These numbers are higher than the regional and statewide averages. They’re also higher than the national rating of 22.7 and 35.4 in the same categories, respectively. Fortunately, most assisted living facilities are fully equipped with surveillance systems and security features.
  • The Brandon area is home to a number of world-class health care facilities, including HCA Florida Brandon Hospital. In addition to acute care, the hospital specializes in neurological care, wound care and cardiology and is accredited as a Certified Comprehensive Stroke Center.
  • Seniors looking to escape harsh, snowy winters can enjoy Brandon’s warm year-round climate. Winters are mild and dry, with temperatures staying above 50 degrees, and the area sees an average of 245 days of sunshine throughout the year. However, summers can be extremely hot and humid, so it’s important for seniors to be mindful of their time outdoors.
  • Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART) offers fixed-route services around Brandon and surrounding communities. Seniors aged 65 and older are eligible for a discounted fare permit. Unfortunately, local routes are quite limited, so seniors may have to seek other transportation options.

Paying for Assisted Living in Brandon

According to the 2021 Genworth Cost of Care Survey, Brandon seniors pay an average of $3,350 per month for assisted living care. Significantly lower than the statewide median ($4,000) and U.S. national average ($4,500), the city is a very appealing option for budget-conscious retirees.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Brandon is an affordable option for long-term care compared to many nearby cities. Rates are similar in the Lakeland area at $3,300 per month, while cities such as Orlando ($4,000) and North Port ($4,145) are closer to the Florida state average. The most expensive nearby option is The Villages, where seniors typically pay $5,208 per month for assisted living care.

$3350

Brandon

$4000

Florida

$4500

United States

$4145

North Port

$3300

Lakeland

$4000

Orlando

$5208

The Villages

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

There are other care options available to Brandon seniors, including adult day health care at an average cost of $2,123 per month. Seniors looking to age in place may opt for in-home care or home health care services. These options are more expensive than assisted living, costing $4,767 and $4,862 per month, respectively. Nursing homes offer the greatest scope of care and are the most expensive option at $8,927 for semiprivate accommodations.

$4767

In-Home Care

$4862

Home Health Care

$2123

Adult Day Health Care

$3350

Assisted Living Facility

$8927

Nursing Home (semiprivate room)

Note: Data for Brandon was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Tampa, was used instead.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Brandon

Florida provides two state programs to help eligible seniors with the cost of services at assisted living facilities: Medicaid Long-Term Care and Assistive Care Services. The state also offers optional state supplementation (OSS) for residents who receive social security income. 

Learn more about these programs, plus who’s eligible, on our Assisted Living in Florida page.

Paying for Assisted Living Facilities in Florida

More Ways to Pay for Assisted Living

While many families use their own funds or personal assets to pay for assisted living, there are plenty of additional options to cover these costs. Some additional ways to finance assisted living costs include:

  • Veterans Benefits
  • Life Insurance Policy
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Reverse Mortgage

For more information about different ways to finance assisted living, visit our Assisted Living in Florida page.

Free Assisted Living Resources in Brandon

There are several local nonprofits and government-sponsored agencies in the Brandon area dedicated to supporting the needs of the community’s aging population. These organizations offer a wide range of services and senior-focused programs such as financial guidance, benefits counseling, care management and legal aid.

Resource

Contact

Description

(800) 963-5337

The Senior Connection Center is the region's Local Area Agency on Aging and the Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC). Its Elder Helpline assists seniors and their families with making informed decisions about long-term care. These may include Medicare counseling, health and wellness programming, elder abuse prevention and caregiver support.

(813) 272-5250

Hillsborough County Aging Services offers services and programs to support adults aged 50 and older, including in-home care services, congregate dining, active adult programming and door-to-door transportation. It can help seniors locate their nearest community resource center, offers Medicare enrollment assistance and provides information and referrals to other local programs.

(813) 635-8066

The Brandon Senior Center offers a welcoming environment where seniors aged 50 and older can socialize with peers, participate in activities and classes, enjoy hot meals and attend special events. It also offers support services such as transportation and financial aid and doesn't require a membership fee to participate.

(800) 625-2257

Bay Area Legal Services is a nonprofit firm that provides free legal advice, assistance and representation to low-income individuals, including seniors. Some of the firm's practice areas include advance planning for wills and estates, health care benefits, guardianship, taxes and veterans affairs.

(813) 635-8316

The Brandon Office of Hillsborough County Veterans Services supports veterans and their dependents with accessing federal, state and local benefits such as pensions, disability compensation, health benefits and Aid and Attendance payments. It also offers outreach services for veterans living in assisted living facilities and other long-term care environments.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Brandon

Brandon Assisted Living Communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all Assisted Living Facilities in Florida are required to follow. Visit our Assisted Living in Florida page for more information about these laws.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Florida