Assisted Living in Tampa, Florida
Located on the west coast of Florida along the shores of Tampa Bay, Tampa is home to just under 400,000 full-time residents. Adults aged 65 and older make up 12.3% of the population, while statewide approximately one in five residents, or 20.5%, are seniors. Tampa has a humid, subtropical climate, which means summers are hot and damp, while winters are mild, relatively dry, and free from snow, making activities such as golfing and boating accessible year-round. There are a number of nationally ranked hospitals and medical centers in Tampa and the surrounding areas. Florida’s major theme parks are located about an hour’s drive to the east, and nearby St. Petersburg and Clearwater feature sandy beaches and plenty of shops, restaurants and entertainment options.
The average monthly cost of assisted living in Tampa is $3,250, although actual costs vary with each assisted living community.
Paying for Assisted Living in Tampa, FL
The Cost of Assisted Living in Tampa
The average monthly cost of assisted living in Tampa is $3,250, which is $250 less than the statewide average cost of $3,500. Assisted living costs in Tampa are $801 less than the national average of $4,051. Average monthly costs are the same in neighboring Alabama, and higher in Georgia ($3,335), South Carolina ($3,500) and Tennessee ($3,900).
Throughout Florida, there’s a wide range of assisted living costs. Costs are lowest in Sebring at $2,836 per month, and highest in The Villages at $5,375 per month. South of Tampa, costs in cities along the Gulf coast such as North Port ($3,925), Cape Coral ($4,000) and Naples ($4,195) are above the state average, while assisted living costs are much lower along the Atlantic coast in Miami ($3,250) and Sebastian ($3,375).
Tampa Assisted Living Financial Assistance
The Statewide Medicaid Managed Care Long-term Care Program is available to Medicaid-eligible, low-income seniors who need help covering their long-term care costs. This managed care program reduces nursing home placement rates by funding a range of medical and nonmedical services including assisted living care. Alternatively, Florida seniors can enroll in the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, a nursing home diversion program that provides seniors with comprehensive, community-based managed care services including adult day care, medical care and placement in an assisted living facility.
Learn more about these programs, plus who’s eligible, on our Assisted Living in Florida page.
Tampa Assisted Living Resources
|Senior Connection Center Inc. Aging and Disability Resource Center||(800) 963-5337||Florida’s Department of Elder Affairs administers programs and services for seniors through a statewide network of 11 Area Agencies on Aging, which are known as Aging and Disability Resource Centers. The local Tampa ADRC offers a number of free services for seniors, including health insurance counseling, help accessing long-term care and evidence-based health and wellness workshops.|
|Hillsborough County Veteran’s Resource Center||(813) 635-8316||Veterans, survivors and dependents can learn about local, state and federal benefits at the Hillsborough County Veteran’s Resource Center. This one-stop center houses accredited service officers who provide free information, support and assistance to all vets and their families, and outreach service is available for those who reside in assisted living facilities.|
|Sunshine Line Door-to-Door Transportation||(813) 272-7272||The Sunshine Line is a barrier-free, door-to-door transportation service for seniors, people living with disabilities and low-income residents. Priority is given to those who need rides to medical and social service appointments, although transportation to shopping centers, places of worship and recreational facilities is also offered. Fees are based on a sliding scale and range from free to $5 per trip.|
|David M Barksdale Active Older Adult Center||(813) 348-1180||The City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department operates the David M Barksdale Active Older Adult Center, a multipurpose center where seniors can participate in low-cost fitness classes, monthly social dances, shuffleboard tournaments and weekly card games. The center also serves as a resource center for seniors who need help accessing social services and long-term care.|
|Hillsborough County Senior Centers||(814) 272-5900||Hillsborough County operates eight senior centers throughout Tampa and the surrounding areas that offer a variety of social and recreational programs for seniors, including the Oaks Senior Center in Tampa. These centers are open to all residents of Hillsborough County aged 50 and older, and there are no membership fees.|
|Adult Day Services||(813) 272-5250||Adult Day Services of Hillsborough County maintains four service sites, including two in Tampa. These sites provide comprehensive day programming for seniors who live with physical and/or cognitive impairments. Services include health monitoring by registered nurses, meals and snacks, therapeutic activities and assistance with medication administration. Fees are charged on a sliding scale.|
|Dining and Activity Centers||(813) 272-5900||Hillsborough County Aging Services sponsors a number of Dining and Activity Centers in Tampa and the surrounding areas. These centers provide low-cost noontime meals to seniors age 60 and older, as well as a variety of free recreational and social activities. Centers are open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. except on holidays.|
Tampa Assisted Living Laws and Regulations
Tampa assisted living facilities are regulated by state laws that cover medication administration, staffing levels, infection control procedures and specialized services such as dementia care. Visit our Assisted Living in Florida page for more information.