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COVID-19 Rules for Assisted Living in Tampa

For assisted living communities, COVID-19 rules and regulations are typically set at the state level. You can view specific rules on our guide to assisted living in FL. These rules change often, and many communities have policies in place that go above and beyond what’s required by the state, so you should contact your local community for more information. Additionally, you can contact your local Area Agency on Aging to learn more.

How to Pay for Assisted Living in Tampa

Tampa area seniors pay just over $3,300 per month to live in assisted living communities. The monthly fee includes room and board, access to social events and activities and assistance with household chores, such as cleaning and laundry.

Assisted Living in Tampa vs. Nearby Cities

Tampa’s seniors pay less for assisted living services than most Floridians. Only the Lakeland area offers this level of care for less with a monthly cost of $3,300. South of Tampa, Punta Gorda matches the metropolitan area’s cost of care at $3,350. Every other midsize- to large-population area within a hundred miles of Tampa is considerably more expensive. Homosassa Springs has the highest cost of $4,250, a difference of $900 per month. The cost of assisted living in Tampa is also less than both the state and national averages, representing a difference of $650 and $1,150 per month respectively.

  • Tampa: $3,350
  • Florida: $4,000
  • National: $4,500
  • Lakeland: $3,300
  • North Port Area: $4,145
  • Punta Gorda: $3,350
  • Homosassa Springs: $4,250

Assisted Living vs. Other Types of Care in Tampa, FL

Assisted living communities in Tampa cater to seniors who are mainly independent, and the cost of $3,350 per month reflects this. Only adult day health care is less expensive with an average monthly cost of $2,123. Seniors who may have a higher need for nursing care but don’t want to live outside of their own homes may be eligible for home care services, which average between $4,767 and $4,862 per month. Seniors who need some level of skilled nursing care will pay $5,577 more for a nursing home based on an average of $8,927.

  • Assisted Living: $3,350
  • Homemaker services: $4,767
  • Home Health Aide: $4,862
  • Adult Day Health Care: $2,123
  • Nursing Home (Semiprivate room): $8,927

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Tampa

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Other Ways to Pay for Assisted Living in Tampa

Since not everyone can afford to pay for assisted living out-of-pocket, it’s important to find alternative methods to help make assisted living more affordable. Some of these options include:

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

For more information about your options for making assisted living more affordable, visit our guide to Assisted Living in Tampa.

Free and Low-Cost Assisted Living Resources for Seniors in Tampa

Tampa is a large city, so it may be difficult for seniors to pinpoint assisted living assistance in their immediate area. The following table provides just a small sampling of low-cost and free resources available to older residents of Hillsborough County and the surrounding area.

Resource Contact Service
David M. Barksdale Active Older Adult Center (813) 348-1180 This adult recreation center is sponsored by the City of Tampa Parks & Recreation department. It offers everything from fitness classes to visual arts workshops and open card games for seniors in the area, and it regularly hosts social events to allow seniors from all over the county to congregate and celebrate life.
Senior Connection Center (800)-963-5337 Operating through the Aging & Disability Resource Center, Senior Connection Center is a nonprofit agency that offers seniors the assistance they need to thrive whether they live in a long-term care facility or an independent living community. The center offers referral services, information and assistance with Medicaid/Medicare.
Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas (800) 963-5337 This is a resource center for seniors who live in Pasco or Pinellas County. Its mission is to help seniors live independently and safely within the community by providing assistance with transportation, case management and caregiving either through active programming or referral services.
Hillsborough County Department of Aging (813) 272-5250 This government agency works with the state and federal government to provide seniors with the services that they need to thrive in Tampa. In addition to questions regarding The Older Americans Act, the agency can also help residents with senior assistance programs, elder care, transportation and adult day care services.
Bay Area Legal Services (888) 895-7873 Bay Area Legal Services provides free legal aid to low-income seniors aged 60+, including help with guardianship issues, financial problems and health insurance coverage.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Tampa

Assisted Living Communities in Tampa are required to follow a set of rules and regulations that are determined by the state. For more specific information, talk with your local community or Area Agency on Aging.

Laws and regulations for assisted living in Florida

The Top Assisted Living Communities in the Tampa Area

In order to find the top assisted living communities in the Tampa area, our team of researchers:

  • Sorted through 104 communities using our unique methodology
  • Spent over 15 hours researching assisted living communities in Tampa
  • Read more than 830 reviews left by residents and their family members

After filtering out facilities that didn’t meet our high standards, we were left with 10 assisted living communities that earned our seal of approval. Through this process we discovered that the average cost of assisted living in the city of Tampa is $3,350, which is lower than the state average of $4,000 and considerably lower than the national average of $4,500.

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Christina Drumm-Boyd
Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) and Geriatric Care Manager (GCM)
Christina Drumm-Boyd
Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) and Geriatric Care Manager (GCM)

Christina is a Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) and Geriatric Care Manager (GCM) who is passionate about seniors and their families. Along with her staff, Christina works hands-on with each client to find the best solutions for the challenges that often come with aging.

Read on for in-depth information about the top assisted living facilities in Tampa, a brief dive into our methodology for determining the best assisted living communities, and a searchable directory of 104 communities in the Tampa area.

Our Methodology

It’s not what we research, but the way we research that makes stand out. We start by identifying problems and challenges in the senior care industry by gaining insight from conversations with industry professionals, older adults, and those that care for them. Next, our research team led by industry experts apply our data-driven research techniques to understand the magnitude of the challenge and how to overcome it. Finally, we present our findings in easy-to-understand guides and studies and share our actionable results with influencers and caregivers, as well as the general public.

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Facility Features (40%)

Facility Health Services Graded on health services provided
on the facility including, but not
limited to, on-site nursing,
pharmacy, skilled nursing,
medicine administration, etc

Facility Amenities Graded on the available

Affordability Financial assistance acceptance
and overall costs and value.

Residential Quality (40%)

Resident Satisfaction Polling & survey of overall facility satisfaction.

Facility Complaint and Violations Number of complaints and violations the facility had. Taking into account improvement over time.

Online Reviews Aggregated verified online reviews.

Location (20%)

Location-Based Benefits Including, but not limited to, proximity to
hospitals, ambulance response times, senior
resources available, and state and city
financial assistance.

Location Quality Local crime rates, incidents against older
adults, air quality, climate.

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