The Tampa metro area sprawls along the eastern coast of Florida, encompassing the cities of Clearwater and St. Petersburg and a myriad of small communities. More than 1.5 million people live in this metropolis, and more than 200,000 of them are seniors, a portion of whom have some level of dementia. Between 2014-2018, dementia deaths in Tampa increased by an astonishing 71%, from 336 in 2014 to 525 just four years later. 

Memory care services can help reduce the deaths caused by dementia. In memory care communities, seniors have access to specialized therapies designed to maintain or improve cognitive functions, allowing seniors to live longer with their full faculties.

In this comprehensive memory care guide, we discuss the benefits and drawbacks of living in Tampa as a senior with dementia, the financial cost of memory care in the area and how to find financial assistance to cover that cost. We also provide a list of free or low-cost resources for seniors with dementia and their families.  

Memory Care Facilities in Tampa, FL

2013

Sodalis Tampa

2626 W. Bearss Avenue, Tampa, FL, 33618


2013

The Colonnade at Northdale

3401 West Bearss Ave., Tampa, FL, 33618

Absolutely terrible! We moved my mother-in-law out of there today. Her room was filthy! There was poop on her mattress, they just flipped it over, poop on her fabric chair! To know that she was sleepi … (read more)
Absolutely terrible! We moved my mother-in-law out of there today. Her room was filthy! There was poop on her mattress, they just flipped it over, poop on her fabric chair! To know that she was sleepi … (read more)

Atrium Gardens

1513 West Fletcher Avenue, Tampa, FL, 33612

Atrium Gardens has been such a great decision for our family. From the very first visit, we felt very comfortable and at ease that our father would be taken well care of. It’s been over a year now, an … (read more)
Atrium Gardens has been such a great decision for our family. From the very first visit, we felt very comfortable and at ease that our father would be taken well care of. It’s been over a year now, an … (read more)

The Estate At Hyde Park, A Memory Care Community

2301 W Palm Dr, Tampa, FL, 33606

I think The Estate At Hyde Park is a first-class place. The staff who accommodated me was very good. Everything about it was first class. Residents were doing a little activity, but I didn’t pay atten … (read more)
I think The Estate At Hyde Park is a first-class place. The staff who accommodated me was very good. Everything about it was first class. Residents were doing a little activity, but I didn’t pay atten … (read more)

Arden Courts of Tampa

14950 Casey Rd, Tampa, FL, 33624

Arden Courts of Tampa is close to my home. I’m only using it for respite so it would be easy for me to go back and forth. I liked the setup and the way it was arranged. I liked the staff; the marketin … (read more)
Arden Courts of Tampa is close to my home. I’m only using it for respite so it would be easy for me to go back and forth. I liked the setup and the way it was arranged. I liked the staff; the marketin … (read more)

Legacy at Highwoods Preserve

18600 Highwoods Preserve Pkwy, Tampa, FL, 33647


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)

Inspired Living at Tampa

5130 Kelly Road, Tampa, FL, 33615

Overpriced for the quality of service that is provided to its residents. Also, there is absolutely NO diversity within the staff.
Overpriced for the quality of service that is provided to its residents. Also, there is absolutely NO diversity within the staff.


Senior Point Assisted Living

2940 W Hillsborough Ave, Tampa, FL, 33614

My father moved into Senior Point Assisted Living. They’re doing a wonderful job, and we’re very happy with them. They’re very attentive with their patients, and they’ve taken really good care of Dadd … (read more)
My father moved into Senior Point Assisted Living. They’re doing a wonderful job, and we’re very happy with them. They’re very attentive with their patients, and they’ve taken really good care of Dadd … (read more)

Seacoast at Uptown Oaks

12250 N 22nd Street, Tampa, FL, 33612


Memory Lane Cottage at Tampa Palms

5175 Cypress Preserve Dr, Tampa, FL, 33647

The Facility Is great . And the Care Staff Work so good , but the way management treats them are unacceptable . The new Administrator , Rhonda is the worst asset of MLC . She treats those girls so dir … (read more)
The Facility Is great . And the Care Staff Work so good , but the way management treats them are unacceptable . The new Administrator , Rhonda is the worst asset of MLC . She treats those girls so dir … (read more)

Bella Vita Assisted Living

2011 Cape Bend Avenue, Tampa, FL, 33613


Best Care Senior Living at Saint Joseph

4406 North Melton Avenue, Tampa, FL, 33614

The staff is excellent and very personal and caring toward my mother and myself. Christine the manager goes out of her way to make sure that my mom feels like she’s at home. My mom calls the staff m … (read more)
The staff is excellent and very personal and caring toward my mother and myself. Christine the manager goes out of her way to make sure that my mom feels like she’s at home. My mom calls the staff m … (read more)

Elysian Gardens Assisted Living

312 E. 124th Street, Tampa, FL, 33612


Concordia Village of Tampa

4100 East Fletcher Ave., Tampa, FL, 33613


2015

Aston Gardens at Tampa Bay

12951 West Linebaugh Avenue, Tampa, FL, 33626

My mother is in Aston Gardens At Tampa Bay. They’re doing a fantastic job. We like the staff and we like everything about it. It’s not perfect and it’s not laid out like an apartment, but it’s well ke … (read more)
My mother is in Aston Gardens At Tampa Bay. They’re doing a fantastic job. We like the staff and we like everything about it. It’s not perfect and it’s not laid out like an apartment, but it’s well ke … (read more)

Renaissance – North Tampa

16001 Lakeshore Villa Drive, Tampa, FL, 33613

My husband is moving to Renaissance North Tampa. I was impressed with the cleanliness and how they handled things. Things seemed pretty calm and organized. Everyone there has been very helpful with th … (read more)
My husband is moving to Renaissance North Tampa. I was impressed with the cleanliness and how they handled things. Things seemed pretty calm and organized. Everyone there has been very helpful with th … (read more)

Arbor Terrace at Citrus Park- AL

13810 Sheldon Road, Tampa, FL, 33626

After several site visits to facilities in Northeast Pinellas (Clearwater/Safety Harbor/Palm Harbor) and in Northwest Hillsborough, I selected the Evergreen (Alzheimer’s) Unit at Arbor Terrace Citrus … (read more)
After several site visits to facilities in Northeast Pinellas (Clearwater/Safety Harbor/Palm Harbor) and in Northwest Hillsborough, I selected the Evergreen (Alzheimer’s) Unit at Arbor Terrace Citrus … (read more)

Weinberg Village

13005 Community Campus Dr., Tampa, FL, 33625

I went to Weinberg Village and did a tour. They were super nice. It’s an older facility, it’s a Jewish community, so in the memory care part they were not keen about somebody who was very social. The … (read more)
I went to Weinberg Village and did a tour. They were super nice. It’s an older facility, it’s a Jewish community, so in the memory care part they were not keen about somebody who was very social. The … (read more)

COVID-19 Rules for Memory Care in Tampa

Since most COVID-19 rules for Memory Care 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 Memory Care 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 Memory Care in Tampa

In Florida, memory care communities fall under the purview of the Division of Health Quality Assurance, a division of the Agency for Health Care Administration. The Health Quality Assurance division is responsible for the licensure and regulation of all manners of health care providers, including memory care facilities, and must conduct regular onsite evaluations and investigate care complaints as necessary.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Memory Care in Tampa

  • Tampa has been a member of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities since 2021. This signifies a huge commitment to making the city more senior-friendly by improving the infrastructure of the community and working with seniors to determine what the area needs to do to improve senior livability. This often includes making areas more pedestrian-friendly or increasing transportation options for seniors.
  • The weather in Tampa is both a positive and a negative. Summers are very hot and humid, with a normal summer high of 90 degrees. Fortunately, most homes and businesses have air conditioning, so seniors who cannot handle the heat can spend the most sweltering parts of the day inside. The winter climate is pleasant, with plenty of sun and temperatures in the 70s.
  • The cost of living in Hillsborough County, including Tampa and St. Petersburg, is about the same as the national average, with the cost of utilities and health care slightly below average and groceries slightly above average. However, the sheer number of organizations, businesses and utility companies in the area creates a competitive environment that can benefit seniors who aren’t afraid to shop around.
  • Tampa is a relatively safe place to live for being such a large city. The city has a crime rate that is 1.4 times lower than the national average, with a recent downward trend in violent crime and property crime. There is a larger law enforcement presence here than in other areas of the state and more access to emergency services. 
  • Seniors in the early stages of dementia have a huge selection of indoor and outdoor activity options to choose from around the city. Only a short jaunt away, the white, sandy beaches offer natural beauty and plenty to see. The city also has a walkability score of 85 out of 100, so seniors be accompanied to local shops and restaurants for good food and a little retail therapy. 
  • Tampa’s healthcare system has a lot of ground to cover, but seniors with dementia have a good selection of high quality physicians to choose from. AdventHealth Tampa offers Alzheimer’s and Dementia testing and a range of neurological and neurosurgical treatment options to help seniors maintain their current level of cognitive function. 

Paying for Memory Care in Tampa

Note: Residential memory care is usually offered in assisted living facilities, and in general, memory care rates tend to be 20-30% higher than assisted living rates. No national database currently tracks memory care costs in the United States, so we’ve estimated the monthly memory care costs listed below by adding 25% to the rates listed in Genworth’s 2021 Cost of Care Survey.

The Cost of Memory Care in Nearby Cities

Memory care costs in Tampa are among the most reasonable in Florida. Residents pay an average of $4,188 per month for comprehensive memory care services, approximately $900 less than the state average and nearly $1,500 less than the national average. In relation to the cities surrounding Hillsborough County, Tampa is one of the least expensive cities in the region, at $1,000 less than the North Port Area and approximately $1,100 less than Homosassa Springs per month. Tampa and its southern neighbor Punta Gorda share the same cost for assisted living. Lakeland, which is located east of Tampa towards the center of the state, offers assisted living care for around $60 less per month.  

$4188

Tampa

$500

Florida

$5625

The United States

$4125

Lakeland

$5181

North Port Area

$4188

Punta Gorda

$5313

Homosassa Springs

Memory Care vs Other Types of Care in Tampa, FL

The cost of memory care in Tampa is around $800 more than that of assisted living per month, mainly due to the extra services and treatment options that seniors with memory care require. Memory care services are also more expensive than adult day health care by more than $2,000 per month. Seniors who utilize in-home care or home health care pay slightly more for services than memory care seniors, an amount that averages around $580 more for home care and around $670 more for home health care. A semi-private room in a nursing home is $8,927, more than twice the cost of memory care services.

$4188

Memory Care

$4767

In-Home Care

$4862

Home Health Care

$2123

Adult Day Health Care

$3350

Assisted Living

$8927

Nursing Home (semiprivate room)

Financial Assistance for Memory Care in Tampa

In Tampa, there are options for seniors who need financial assistance paying for Memory Care. For more information about other options, who qualifies, and how to apply, Memory Care in Florida page.

More ways to pay for memory care in Florida

More Ways to Pay for Memory Care

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

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

For more information about different ways to finance memory care, visit our Memory Care in Florida page.

Free Memory Care Resources in Tampa

It can be difficult for seniors in the St.Petersburg-Tampa metro area to find the resources that are out there for seniors with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. The sprawling metropolis is just so big, with memory care agencies scattered from one side of the county to the other. The table below is a small collection of free or almost free resources for seniors in the Tampa area who live with dementia.

Resource

Contact

Description

(888) 695-1596

The Dementia Spotlight Foundation is a nonprofit organization that offers dementia-related seminars and events to residents of southern Georgia and Florida. They also host regular support groups and virtual memory cafes for seniors to connect with peers who also have cognitive impairments.

(800) 272-3900

The Florida Gulf Coast Chapter serves a sixteen county area, providing support and educational services to those with Alzheimer's, as well as their families. They also offer an early-onset connections program, support groups and a resource/referral guide for seniors who need special services.

813-396-0606

This USF Health Byrd Alzheimer's Center is working toward finding treatments and therapies that can improve the lives of those with dementia. The Center provides medical treatment choices for seniors in Hillsborough County who are dealing with dementia and allows seniors to sign up for a potential spot in current or future clinical trials.

800-336-2226

The Hillsborough County Department of Elder Affairs provides support services to seniors with dementia who live in the Bay Area. Thanks to the department's Alzheimer's Disease Initiative, seniors can participate in memory disorder clinics and receive free counseling and case management services. 

Memory Care Laws and Regulations in Tampa

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

Laws and regulations for memory care in Florida