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The average cost of assisted living in the city is $3,250 a month. This guide is a starting point covering the cost of assisted living care in the city, as well as financing options to pay for it. You'll find in-depth information on 4 assisted living facilities in Brandon and 30 in surrounding areas.
The Cost of Senior Care in Brandon, FL
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Parent is resident and our overall experience has been less than impressive. Communication from administration is difficult at minimun. There has been issues with medical and medicine management on more than one occasion. Hands on staff well liked by parent. Some units are in less than grear condition. For the price I'...Read more Brookdale Brandon reviews
Our visit at Brookdale Brandon was good, but they just didn’t have the level of care that my father needs, so I didn’t take the whole tour because I didn’t want to waste my time or theirs. They’re like mid-level, and he’s a higher level of care. The rooms were nice and clean. The people looked content there. The dining...Read more Brookdale Brandon reviews
The staff seems caring at Brookdale Brandon. Food is as good as you can expect, but there’s many choices every day for lunch and dinner. My mom is in a two-bedroom apartment. It is small but adequate. So far, so good. They have people that administer the medicines, and they get their therapies like physical therapy and...Read more Brookdale Brandon reviews
Brookdale Brandon was very clean. The staff was extremely informative. The administrator was very friendly and very accommodating. We talked several times on the phone, and she wanted to make sure that my mom had a place to go. The services that they offered were very much what I like, the only reason why I didn't choo...Read more Brookdale Brandon reviews
I visited Brookdale, and they seemed to have a lot of staff, from the nurses, to the CNAs, to the physical therapists. The place was extremely clean, there were a lot of residents, and there were a few empty beds left. They had a gazebo area, and everything was accounted for. They had assisted living, skilled nursing, ...Read more Brookdale Brandon reviews
Genworth’s 2018 Cost of Care study shows that at $3,250 a month, assisted living costs in Brandon are below the state average of $3,500 and the national average of $4,000. Further south along the Gulf coast, prices are higher in Punta Gorda ($3,400), North Port ($3,874) and Cape Coral ($4,000), while assisted living costs in inland cities such as Lakeland ($2,808) and Sebring ($3,038) are slightly lower.
Note: Senior care cost data wasn’t available for Brandon, so data for the closest city, Tampa, was used.
The Cost of Assisted Living in Surrounding Areas
Senior care costs vary depending on the type of care, the number of service hours provided and the location. In Brandon, nursing home costs include around-the-clock skilled nursing care and are more than double assisted living costs.
In-home senior care for 44 hours a week through either homemaker services or a home health aide is also more expensive than assisted living in Brandon. Unlike residential care options for seniors, home health services do not include room and board or other costs such as home maintenance and utilities.
Senior Care Cost Comparison Chart
Medicaid is the national health-coverage program designed to provide low-income Americans with access to basic health services. It’s jointly funded by the federal and state governments, and in Florida, 88% of all seniors and people with disabilities are eligible for no-cost Medicaid coverage.
To qualify for Medicaid, seniors aged 65 and older can earn no more than $2,313 per month when applying as an individual or $4,626 when applying with a spouse. Income from all sources is counted, including alimony payments, pensions and wages.
Medicaid applicants are also subject to asset limits of $2,000 per individual and $3,000 per couple. Countable assets include cash, bank account balances, stocks and investment real estate. Florida’s Medicaid rules exempt some assets, such as one vehicle and a primary residence with equity of less than $585,000. Personal effects such as clothing, collectibles and household goods are also exempt.
Seniors who meet the criteria for Medicaid coverage and require a nursing home level of care will be screened by Florida’s Comprehensive Assessment and Review for Long-Term Care Services program. Under this federally-mandated program, a registered nurse or designated assessor will evaluate the care needs of the senior, develop a long-term care plan and recommend the most appropriate placement.
Following completion of a CARES assessment, seniors may be enrolled in the Statewide Medicaid Managed Care, Long-Term Care Program, which reduces nursing home placement among Medicaid-covered seniors by providing long-term care services within an assisted living setting.
If approved for the SMMC LTC program, seniors will be prescribed additional supports that may include:
To learn more about Florida Medicaid coverage for seniors and the SMMC LTC program, contact the Hillsborough County Elder Helpline at (800) 963-5337 or the Florida Department of Children and Families, SunCoast Region at (813) 558-5500.
Veterans Aid and Attendance and Housebound Benefits
Veterans and their surviving spouses who qualify for a regular VA pension and are either housebound due to a disability or need daily living assistance may be eligible for a pension top-up through the VA Aid and Attendance and Housebound program. This cash-based benefit can be used toward the cost of assisted living.
For the Housebound Allowance, applicants may qualify if they’ve been assessed with a VA disability rating of 100% and are functionally housebound as a result of their disability.
For the Aid and Attendance Benefit, applicants must meet at least one of the following criteria:
Recipients of a VA disability pension are excluded from this program, and qualifying disabilities do not need to be service-related. Applicants may be awarded either Aid and Attendance Benefits or the Housebound Allowance but not both.
To apply for the VA Aid and Attendance Benefit and Housebound Allowance contact the Hillsborough County Office of Veterans Services in Brandon at (813) 635-8316.
Optional State Supplementation
Florida seniors who are 65 and older, receive Supplemental Security Income payments and are unable to live independently due to a disability or age can apply for an SSI top-up through the Optional State Supplementation program.
OSS pays up to $78.40 for an individual and $156.80 per couple for use toward the room-and-board portion of monthly assisted living costs. This extra money is usually paid directly to the assisted living facility.
For more information about the Florida OSS program, call ACCESS Florida at (866) 762-2237.
Seniors living in Brandon can participate in a wide variety of social, educational and wellness programs Monday through Friday at the Brandon Senior Center. The Center is operated by Hillsborough County, and membership is free for county residents age 50 and older. Seniors can enjoy all-day access to the computer and fitness centers, ongoing card games and weekly crotchet clubs, craft workshops and sitting exercise classes.
Brandon Senior Center
612 North Parsons Ave, Tampa, FL 33510
Hillsborough County Aging Services offers a low-cost noontime meal program for adults 60 and older at the Brandon Senior Center and other sites throughout the county. They can also help seniors access the Sunshine Line, a door-to-door, barrier-free transportation service with fees based on income.
Sunshine Line – Door to Door Transportation
601 East Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33602
Hillsborough County Florida – Noontime Meal Program – Brandon
612 North Parsons Ave, Tampa, FL 33510
Veterans can contact the Hillsborough County Veterans Services office for information about VA benefits, pensions and assistance with the VA Aid and Attendance Benefit and Housebound Allowance. VA health care services are provided at the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital in Tampa, and there are a number of active veterans service clubs in Brandon and Hillsborough County.
Hillsborough County Office of Veterans Services
311 Pauls Dr, Brandon, FL 33511
James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital
13000 Bruce B. Downs Blvd, Tampa, FL 33612
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