The City of Tampa is located along Florida’s Gulf Coast. It has a population of close to 385,000, with 12% aged 65 and older. The weather is warm and sunny year-round, and the cost of living and quality health care make the area an excellent place for seniors to retire.

One option for retirement is assisted living. This type of long-term care community provides personalized care to seniors in a residential setting. Most assisted living communities offer amenities such as an on-site library, health and fitness classes, hot meals, housekeeping and medical monitoring. In Tampa, assisted living costs around $3,350 per month, which is less than both the state and national averages.

This guide covers the cost of assisted living throughout the state and offers a list of pros and cons of what the city has to offer older adults. It also provides a list of free and low-cost resources to help seniors improve their quality of life and remain as active as possible.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Tampa, FL

The Colonnade at Carrollwood

13550 South Village Drive, Tampa, FL, 33618

My mother spent a couple of weeks at The Colonnade at Carrollwood. They were so caring. They had entertainment, and they took them out. I just thought it was a very nice and bright place. She was just … (read more)
My mother spent a couple of weeks at The Colonnade at Carrollwood. They were so caring. They had entertainment, and they took them out. I just thought it was a very nice and bright place. She was just … (read more)

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)

2013

Sodalis Tampa

2626 W. Bearss Avenue, Tampa, FL, 33618

Sodalis Tampa was a little dated, but they were refurbishing. They showed me some of the rooms that they were doing. I was only there for an hour or so. All I saw was the place itself. I really didn’t … (read more)
Sodalis Tampa was a little dated, but they were refurbishing. They showed me some of the rooms that they were doing. I was only there for an hour or so. All I saw was the place itself. I really didn’t … (read more)

2013

The Colonnade at Northdale

3401 West Bearss Ave., Tampa, FL, 33618

My father was in The Colonnade at Northdale for a few weeks before he passed away. They’re very good, highly recommended. They’re very friendly people, it’s very clean and they’re very helpful. They o … (read more)
My father was in The Colonnade at Northdale for a few weeks before he passed away. They’re very good, highly recommended. They’re very friendly people, it’s very clean and they’re very helpful. They o … (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)

Legacy at Highwoods Preserve

18600 Highwoods Preserve Pkwy, Tampa, FL, 33647

The Legacy at Highwoods Preserve was good. It was nice. They are only about half capacity, so there weren’t very many people out. The rooms were nice. The person who toured us was not a salesperson. H … (read more)
The Legacy at Highwoods Preserve was good. It was nice. They are only about half capacity, so there weren’t very many people out. The rooms were nice. The person who toured us was not a salesperson. H … (read more)

Tampa Gardens Senior Living

16702 North Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, FL, 33618

Tampa Gardens is nestled between the peaceful neighborhoods of Lake Heather and Cypress Meadows in Tampa, Florida. Residents and visitors love that the staff at this facility are friendly, helpful and … (read more)
Tampa Gardens is nestled between the peaceful neighborhoods of Lake Heather and Cypress Meadows in Tampa, Florida. Residents and visitors love that the staff at this facility are friendly, helpful and … (read more)

Cameron ALF III

3202 W Minnehaha St, Tampa, FL, 33614

My mom has moved into Cameron ALF III. They’re excellent, they’re very good, and she’s enjoying herself. I’m very happy because she’s happy. Everything’s very expensive everywhere, but I suppose it’s … (read more)
My mom has moved into Cameron ALF III. They’re excellent, they’re very good, and she’s enjoying herself. I’m very happy because she’s happy. Everything’s very expensive everywhere, but I suppose it’s … (read more)

Miracle Assisted Living Facility

8716 Fountain Ave, Tampa, FL, 33615

Miracle Assisted Living Facility is nestled in a quiet and beautiful neighborhood in Tampa, Florida. Its housing options include private rooms, semi-private rooms and companion suites. The facility ha … (read more)
Miracle Assisted Living Facility is nestled in a quiet and beautiful neighborhood in Tampa, Florida. Its housing options include private rooms, semi-private rooms and companion suites. The facility ha … (read more)

Central Tampa Assisted Living

5010 N. 40 St, Tampa, FL, 33610

Central Tampa Assisted Living was nice. The apartment was clean, nice, and pretty standard. The dining area was pretty busy at the time, but clean for normal dining hours. They had a garden area, a la … (read more)
Central Tampa Assisted Living was nice. The apartment was clean, nice, and pretty standard. The dining area was pretty busy at the time, but clean for normal dining hours. They had a garden area, a la … (read more)

Buena Vida Residence

5813 Lake Bend Avenue, Tampa, FL, 33614

My husband was at Buena Vida. It was much closer to me. My experience there was excellent. He had even a larger room, and it was right next to the kitchen. The ladies took very good care of him. The o … (read more)
My husband was at Buena Vida. It was much closer to me. My experience there was excellent. He had even a larger room, and it was right next to the kitchen. The ladies took very good care of him. The o … (read more)

The Meridian at Brandon – Now Open!

9215 Causeway Blvd., Tampa, FL, 33619

The Meridian at Brandon was excellent. It’s brand new, it just started. I don’t know about the food, but other than that, the service, the amenities, and everything are excellent. I toured the assiste … (read more)
The Meridian at Brandon was excellent. It’s brand new, it just started. I don’t know about the food, but other than that, the service, the amenities, and everything are excellent. I toured the assiste … (read more)

Elderly Love Inc.

10006 N. Hartts Dr., Tampa, FL, 33617

The owner, Keekee lives in the home and is totally invested in making sure that my sister was always cared for, the home was clean, and that she kept my sister engaged in doing different things, like … (read more)
The owner, Keekee lives in the home and is totally invested in making sure that my sister was always cared for, the home was clean, and that she kept my sister engaged in doing different things, like … (read more)

Senior Point Assisted Living

2940 W Hillsborough Ave, Tampa, FL, 33614

I toured Senior Point Assisted Living a month ago, and it met the criteria that I was looking for. The first one is that they cater to Hispanic people, that all of the staff speak Spanish, have Lati … (read more)
I toured Senior Point Assisted Living a month ago, and it met the criteria that I was looking for. The first one is that they cater to Hispanic people, that all of the staff speak Spanish, have Lati … (read more)

Seacoast at Uptown Oaks

12250 N 22nd Street, Tampa, FL, 33612

My sister has moved into Seacoast at Uptown Oaks. The appearance is very clean. The people are very friendly. The apartment is big. The staff is very friendly and very helpful. I saw residents going t … (read more)
My sister has moved into Seacoast at Uptown Oaks. The appearance is very clean. The people are very friendly. The apartment is big. The staff is very friendly and very helpful. I saw residents going t … (read more)

Memory Lane Cottage at Tampa Palms

5175 Cypress Preserve Dr, Tampa, FL, 33647


Hudson Manor

115 E. Davis Boulevard, Tampa, FL, 33606

If you need assistance with anything this is NOT the place to go. It was HORRIBLE, residents are afraid to push the call button because of the treatment they receive from the staff. My mother was th … (read more)
If you need assistance with anything this is NOT the place to go. It was HORRIBLE, residents are afraid to push the call button because of the treatment they receive from the staff. My mother was th … (read more)

Best Care Senior Living at Saint Joseph

4406 North Melton Avenue, Tampa, FL, 33614

I went to Best Care Senior Living at Saint Joseph. I thought it was very big. The neighbor said there was a homeless person sitting outside on a bench, and the residents were sitting out there. Their … (read more)
I went to Best Care Senior Living at Saint Joseph. I thought it was very big. The neighbor said there was a homeless person sitting outside on a bench, and the residents were sitting out there. Their … (read more)

Best Care Senior Living at Heritage Manor

1908 E 131st Avenue, Tampa, FL, 33612

I like it very much. They have excellent food and acceptable service. I am in the assisted living area, and I’ve been here for two weeks. The staff is a little above-average. This is much better than … (read more)
I like it very much. They have excellent food and acceptable service. I am in the assisted living area, and I’ve been here for two weeks. The staff is a little above-average. This is much better than … (read more)

Santa Lucia ALF

2706 Westhigh Ave, Tampa, FL, 33614

Residents Die fast in this place., & get bedsores, no changes every 2 hours .
Residents Die fast in this place., & get bedsores, no changes every 2 hours .

COVID-19 Rules for Assisted Living in Tampa

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 Tampa

The Agency for Health Care Administration provides licenses and oversees assisted living communities in Florida. The agency regulates all aspects of care, including activities of daily living, staffing, room and board and extracurricular activities.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Tampa

  • Tampa is home to Tampa General Hospital, which is the No. 1 hospital in Tampa Bay and one of the top-ranked hospitals in the country according to U.S. News & World Report. It provides treatment for cancer, orthopedics and heart and vascular issues, and it’s a top hospital for transplants. Other hospitals in the region that provide surgery and treatment for accidents and illnesses include Florida South Tampa Hospital and Morton Plant Hospital.
  • Seniors who don’t drive can move around the city using the Sunshine Line. Available for all seniors in Hillsborough County, the Sunshine Line offers door-to-door transportation for medical appointments, errands, shopping and outings.
  • The cost of living in Tampa is approximately the same as the national average and just slightly lower than the state average. Health care, housing and utilities are all lower than the national averages. Florida is also a tax-friendly state for seniors looking for a place to retire. The state has no state income tax, inheritance tax or estate taxes.
  • Tampa provides seniors with approximately 246 sunny days per year. July highs are around 90, and January lows are around 52. This gives active seniors plenty of time to explore their surroundings and get outdoors.
  • Tampa is a relatively safe city for seniors. Property crime is lower than the national average, and long-term care communities also offer increased on-site security to keep residents feeling safe and secure.

Paying for Assisted Living in Tampa

According to the 2021 Genworth Cost of Care Survey, assisted living in Tampa carries an average cost of $3,350 per month. The average median cost throughout the state of Florida is $4,000 per month, while the national average is $1,150 more than Tampa at $4,500 per month.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

At $3,350 per month, Tampa is one of the more affordable cities in Florida for assisted living. Pensacola and Miami are very close in costs at $4,323 and $4,385 per month. Located in the northeast corner of the state on the Atlantic Coast, Jacksonville has an average monthly cost of $4,660, which is $1,310 more than Tampa.

$3350

Tampa

$4000

Florida

$4500

The United States

$4323

Pensacola

$4660

Jacksonville

$4385

Miami

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Homemaker services and a home health aide allow seniors to age in place within their own homes. In Tampa, these services average $4,767 and $4,862 per month, respectively. Adult day health care, the most affordable option at $2,123, helps seniors who only need care during the day, possibly while loved ones work. An assisted living community runs an average of $3,350 per month, and seniors who need maximum level care can choose a nursing home. Semiprivate rooms average $8,927 per month, and private rooms are $9,885.

$4767

Homemaker Services

$4862

Home Health Aide

$2123

Adult Day Health Care

$3350

Assisted Living Facility

$8927

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$9885

Nursing Home Facility (private room)

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Tampa

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 Tampa

Seniors in Tampa have access to a variety of programs and services to help improve their quality of life. Many of these programs are free, while others are low-cost. 

Resource

Contact

Service

(813) 272-5250

Hillsborough County Aging Services provides services that enhance the lives of adults ages 50 and older. Services include hot meals, program referrals, adult and senior classes and insurance counseling.

(800) 963-5337

The Senior Connections Center is a nonprofit corporation that helps seniors age with dignity through connections with local services. Programs available at no cost include health care information, Medicare and Medicaid information, assistance locating physicians and educational outreach. The center also acts as an advocate with the legislature on senior issues.

(850) 494-7101

The Northwest Florida AAA provides information and referral services to elders ages 60 and older and those with disabilities. It plans and coordinates services that assist seniors and advocates on behalf of the older population.

(850) 414-2377

The Florida long-term care ombudsman investigates and resolves complaints against long-term care communities in the state. The ombudsman educates individuals, caregivers and staff members who work at long-term care communities on the laws and regulations regarding elder rights. The office also makes regular visits to long-term care communities to ensure they're maintaining state and federal standards.

(813) 975-2181

Hillsborough County Veterans Services helps former military sign up for benefits and compensation they're entitled to. The organization can assist with medical appointments, health insurance, education and training, and it provides information on the Aid and Attendance benefit that helps pay for long-term care.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Tampa

Tampa 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