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Assisted Living in Hillsborough County, FL

The average cost of assisted living in the county is $3,250 a month. This guide is a starting point covering the cost of assisted living care in the county, as well as financing options to pay for it. You'll find in-depth information on 61 assisted living facilities in Hillsborough County and 30 in surrounding areas.

The Cost of Senior Care in Hillsborough County, FL

  • Assisted Living: $3,250
  • Nursing Home Semiprivate Room: $8,319
  • In-home Care: $3,718
  • Adult Day Health Services: $1,907

Sun Towers Retirement

101 Trinity Lakes Drive
Sun City Center, FL

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11 Reviews
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Aging in place in a gorgeous Florida setting is possible when you join Sun Towers Retirement Community because we offer a continuum of long-term care services that are complemented by first-class amenities.

Brighton Gardens of Tampa

16702 North Dale Mabry Highway
Tampa, FL

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6 Reviews

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6 Reviews

Nestled south of Florida’s Pasco County farmlands, Brighton Gardens of Tampa provides the complete continuum of senior care in a peaceful setting with highly trained staff.

Brookdale Carrollwood

13550 South Village Drive
Tampa, FL

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7 Reviews

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7 Reviews

In lush northwest Tampa, residents of Brookdale Carrollwood enjoy quality assisted living and memory care in an elegant community on beautifully landscaped grounds.

Sun City Senior Living

3855 Upper Creek Dr
Sun City, FL

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4 Reviews
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4 Reviews
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Ideally located in the greater Tampa Bay area, Pacific Senior Living Sun City offers a full spectrum of assisted living and memory care services in a comfortable and quiet setting.

Brookdale Northdale

3401 West Bearss Ave.
Tampa, FL

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4 Reviews

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4 Reviews

Near Carrollwood Commons and Grand Plaza Shopping Center, Brookdale Northdale is a comfortable and conveniently located community specially designed for senior living and care.

Brookdale Bayshore

4902 Bayshore Blvd
Tampa, FL

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4 Reviews

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4 Reviews

Brookdale Bayshore, located steps from Tampa Bay and a state park, offers exceptional active senior living in an elegant community within walking distance of several restaurants.

Magnolia Manor Assisted Living

17420 Old Tobacco Road,
Lutz, FL

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3 Reviews
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3 Reviews
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A community dedicated to providing quality supportive services and accommodations, Magnolia Manor Assisted Living, Inc. offers an inviting environment for Lutz seniors.

Atria Lutz

414 Chapman Road East
Lutz, FL

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2 Reviews
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Located just north of Tampa, Horizon Bay in Lutz is a splendid choice for seniors seeking an assisted living community.

Palm Terrace Assisted Living & Adult Day Care

5121 East Serena Drive
Tampa, FL

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2 Reviews
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2 Reviews
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If you or a loved one require assistance with activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, grooming, toileting, transportation, preparing meals, housekeeping, laundry, or assistance with medications, Palm Terrace Assisted Living Facility provides assistance with all of this and…

Elmcroft of Carrollwood

2626 W. Bearss Avenue
Tampa, FL

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2 Reviews
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2 Reviews
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Seniors will find that Elmcroft of Carrollwood provides services such as help with day-to-day tasks and full-service dining, along with stylish apartments.

Dorothy Cares ALF, LLC

11626 Tropical Isle Lane
Riverview, FL

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2 Reviews
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2 Reviews
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Dorothy's Adult Family Care Home provides individual care to your loved ones in a small homelike family environment.

Northdale ALF

4815 Centerbrook Ct
Tampa, FL

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Residents of Northdale ALF enjoy a variety of care services tailored to meet their individual needs and preferences.

Legacy at Highwoods Preserve

18600 Highwoods Preserve Parkway
Tampa, FL

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The Legacy at Highwoods Preserve features an innovative approach to assisted living and memory care, based upon the latest research and utilizing state-of-the-art technology in an atmosphere of gracious senior living.

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Bamboo Villas Assisted Living Facility

2730 W Wilder Ave
Tampa, FL

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Bamboo Villas is an assisted living facility owned and operated by the Sumulong family. We offer a friendly, family-oriented environment where every resident enjoys a wide range of services, amenities and activities. From the moment you enter our facility, one…

Aldea Green

700 S Kings Ave
Brandon, FL

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Remarkable Living. Exceptional Care. Come surround yourself in a close-knit community of friends where excellent amenities, hospitality, delicious dining and innovative programing enrich every day. Nestled on seven gorgeous landscaped acres, Aldea Green is a premier Assisted Living facility in…

Central Tampa Assisted Living

5010 N. 40 St
Tampa, FL

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Central Tampa Assisted Living provides personalized all-inclusive assisted living services and memory care in a setting that is reminiscent at home.

Hanna Oaks ALF

2425 East Hanna Avenue
Tampa, FL

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__________________________ We care about our residents health and well being so we offer a wide array of amenities and services to ensure our residents are always safe, entertained, and taken care of. We want to help our residents maintain as…

Heritage View ALF Inc

104 N. Gordon Street
Plant City, FL

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A provider of supportive living options, Heritage View ALF Inc offers services and amenities Plant City seniors seeking an inviting environment.

Weinberg Village

13005 Community Campus Dr.
Tampa, FL

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Our senior Assisted Living Facility in Tampa Florida offers a unique blend of assisted living, memory support care, and respite care - all geared toward providing senior care that combines the best of both worlds - the independence of a…

Homewood at Sun City Center

3910 Galen Ct.
Sun City Center, FL

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Homewood Residence at Freedom Plaza, located in the active retirement community of Sun City Center, provides quality services and care in personalized senior assisted living.

Twin Creeks

13470 Boyette Road
Riverview, FL

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Twin Creeks Assisted Living and Memory Care community is brand new in Riverview, Florida. The professionalism of the staff, the quality of the care, and the richness of the activities programs all set this community apart. Residents enjoy the thoughtfulness…

Heritage Manor Assisted Living Facility

1908 E 131st Avenue
Tampa, FL

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You will find an affordable, yet comfortable home at Heritage Manor. Our professionally trained caregivers create a safe and nurturing assisted living environment for you or your loved one to thrive.

Lakeshore Assisted Living

10919 Mistletoe Drive
Thonotosassa, FL

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Starting at XXXX per month

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Starting at XXXX per month

Lakeshore Assisted Living was designed to provide the ideal balance between support and independence for its residents.

Hudson Manor

115 E Davis Boulevard
Tampa, FL

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Hudson Manor is a one-of-a-kind assisted living community because of our boutique-style inspired surroundings and first-class services that our residents enjoy every day.

Heritage ALF of Plant City Inc.

1307 E. Baker Street
Plant City, FL

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Located near the downtown, Heritage ALF of Plant City is near numerous shops and restaurants. We provide quality care and service to our residents, affording each resident with the dignity and respect they deserve.

Cameron Alf II

3122 W Sligh Ave
Tampa, FL

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Starting at XXXX per month

A provider of supportive living options, Cameron Alf II offers services and amenities Tampa seniors seeking an inviting environment.

Jovyia Comfort Home ALF

1709 State Road 60 West
Plant City, FL

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Starting at XXXX per month

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Starting at XXXX per month

Jovyia Comfort Home ALF is an inviting home offering a selection of amenities and supportive services for Plant City seniors to consider.

Arthur Home Alf Inc

2701 W State St
Tampa, FL

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Starting at XXXX per month

Arthur Home ALF Inc. is a helping hand when you and your loved ones need it

Patty's House #4

2805 Jerry Smith Rd
Dover, FL

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A provider of supportive living options, Patty's House #4 offers services and amenities Dover seniors seeking an inviting environment.

Patty's House #1

10637 Lithia Pinecrest Road
Lithia, FL

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Patty's House #1 is an inviting home offering a selection of amenities and supportive services for Lithia seniors to consider.

Patty's House #2

3425 Porter Rd
Lithia, FL

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Patty's House #2 is an inviting home offering a selection of amenities and supportive services for Lithia seniors to consider.

Buena Vida Residence

5813 Lake Bend Avenue
Tampa, FL

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Buena Vida Residence located in Tampa, provides seniors with a selection of amenities to encourage an enjoyable senior living experience.

Patty's House #3

110 E Keyville Road
Plant City, FL

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Residents of Patty's House #3 enjoy a variety of care services tailored to meet their individual needs and preferences.

Belvedere Commons of Sun City Center

758 Cortaro Drive
Sun City Center, FL

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Starting at XXXX per month

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Starting at XXXX per month

At Belvedere Commons of Sun City Center, we believe in “aging gracefully” and work hard every day to constantly improve our residents’ quality of life.

Colonial Assisted Living at Tampa

11722 N 17th St
Tampa, FL

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Starting at XXXX per month

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Starting at XXXX per month

Colonial Assisted Living at Tampa offers a homelike setting with jolly smiles from our professional and caring staff. Once inside you will immediately feel the genuine atmosphere of a skillfully run community that has been family owned for Over 30…

Consuelos Alf

4401 W Ballast Point Blvd
Tampa, FL

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Starting at XXXX per month

Consuelos Alf located in Tampa, provides seniors with a selection of amenities to encourage an enjoyable senior living experience.

Durant Home LLC

6929 Durant Rd
Plant City, FL

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Durant Home LLC is a locally owned assisted living care home with 20 residents. Durant Home LLC is located in a beautiful quiet neighborhood. We aim to provide the highest quality of care to all residents at all times by…

Villa's ALF #2

16116 Tampa Street
Lutz, FL

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Starting at XXXX per month

Situated in Lutz, Villa's ALF #2 offers seniors a place to receive services and care within an inviting and home-like setting.

Villa's ALF

4534 Hampshire Rd
Tampa, FL

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Villa's ALF is an inviting home offering a selection of amenities and supportive services for Tampa seniors to consider.

Consuelo's ALF II

4335 Wallace Circle
Tampa, FL

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Starting at XXXX per month

Consuelo's ALF II located in Tampa, provides seniors with a selection of amenities to encourage an enjoyable senior living experience.

Valdespino Assisted Living Facility

7012 N Orleans Ave,
Tampa, FL

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Starting at XXXX per month

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Starting at XXXX per month

Residents of Valdespino Assisted Living Facility enjoy a variety of care services tailored to meet their individual needs and preferences.

Miracle Assisted Living Facility

8716 Fountain Ave
Tampa, FL

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Starting at XXXX per month

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Starting at XXXX per month

Miracle Assisted Living Facility is an inviting home offering a selection of amenities and supportive services for Tampa seniors to consider.

Wellswood Care Center

907 Clanton Avenue
Tampa, FL

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At Wellswood Care Center, our goal is to provide our residents with the best in senior living. Our high quality care and dedicated staff ensure that the health needs of all our residents are supported, while our wide variety of…

Comfort Care ALF

2907 North Boulevard
Tampa, FL

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Starting at XXXX per month

Comfort Care ALF is an inviting home offering a selection of amenities and supportive services for Tampa seniors to consider.

Valdespino Assisted Living Facility

3204 West Leroy Street
Tampa, FL

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Starting at XXXX per month

Valdespino Assisted Living Facility located in Tampa, provides seniors with a selection of amenities to encourage an enjoyable senior living experience.

Angels Garden Assisted Living

8003 North Rome Avenue
Tampa, FL

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Starting at XXXX per month

Angels Garden Assisted Living is a home away from home, where residents received the best care as they get a comfortable, safe and secured environment

Heritage Oaks ALF Inc.

2801 N. Branch Forbes Road
Plant City, FL

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Residents of Heritage Oaks ALF Inc. enjoy a variety of care services tailored to meet their individual needs and preferences.

Senior Point Assisted Living

2940 W Hillsborough Ave
Tampa, FL

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Quality, Affordable Care is Coming! Our modern 33,000 square foot assisted living residence is currently under construction near the corner of Hillsborough Avenue and Habana Avenue in Tampa. We’re excited to provide affordable and superior care for the senior residents…

Brookdale Brandon

700 South Kings Avenue
Brandon, FL

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7 Reviews

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7 Reviews

Less than a mile from Brandon Regional Hospital, Brookdale Brandon is an elegantly appointed retirement community that offers the best in assisted living care.

Aston Gardens at Tampa Bay

12951 West Linebaugh Avenue
Tampa, FL

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3 Reviews

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3 Reviews

Whether you're looking for independent living, assisted living or memory care, you won't find a more high-end community, at a more affordable price, than Aston Gardens at Tampa Bay.

Renaissance Senior Living

16001 Lakeshore Villa Drive
Tampa, FL

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1 Review

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1 Reviews

A newly renovated assisted living community in Tampa Florida that provides upscale, modern feel and continuum of care to active seniors is Renaissance Senior Living.

Concordia Village of Tampa

4100 E. Fletcher Ave
Tampa, FL

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1 Reviews

A retirement set in sunny Tampa Bay that also includes the peace of mind of a full continuum of care awaits seniors at St. Joseph’s John Knox, a full-service continuing care retirement community.

Southern Live-in Of Brandon

619 Princeton Street
Brandon, FL

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1 Review

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1 Reviews

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Cypress Creek Assisted Living

970 Cypress Village Blvd
Sun City Center, FL

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Cypress Creek Assisted Living Residence, located in Ruskin, provides seniors with a selection of amenities to encourage an enjoyable senior living experience.

Coventry Assisted Living

415 North Wilder Road
Plant City, FL

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Happiness and well-being require a comfortable living area as well as loving care where help is necessary. They can, however, also be furnished and designed with personal style - with your own furniture, decoration and memories. Of course, all rooms…

Angels Senior Living At Palma Ceia

3720 W. Bay to Bay Blvd.
Tampa, FL

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Angels Senior Living At Palma Ceiaspecializes in providing exceptional memory care for its residents in a setting that truly feels like home. Each and every AAngels Senior Living At Palma Ceia team member receives Level I and Level II memory…

Stone Ledge Manor

12006 McIntosh Road
Thonotosassa, FL

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tone Ledge Manor awaits your arrival offering luxury, hospitality and peace of mind in a quiet country setting. Our members enjoy a well-deserved independent lifestyle, while benefitting from a full selection of on-site nursing and health care services. Our daily…

A Country Place Assisted Living Facility

10515 Memorial Hwy
Tampa, FL

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A place where you could feel yourself at home that is well designed, functional and senior friendly is Country Place Senior Living a place where we provide care for your way of life.

Good Shepherd ALF

1801 Lido Drive
Brandon, FL

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Situated in Brandon, Good Shepherd ALF offers seniors a place to receive services and care within an inviting and home-like setting.

Amalia Gardens ALF

2411 W. North B Street
Tampa, FL

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Amalia Gardens ALF is a new facility in the Tampa Bay area striving to provide the best care for our community. We are perfectly located just minutes from downtown Tampa; St. Josephs, Tampa General and Memorial Hospitals; shopping centers; churches;…

University Village FL

12401 N. 22nd St.
Tampa, FL

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At University Village, you will find a sunny Tampa setting that is the perfect place for a relaxing retirement. Settled on 34 acres of nature-filled grounds, you can relax, breathe the fresh air and enjoy the good things in life.…

Reviews of Hillsborough County Assisted Living Facilities

Elmcroft of Carrollwood

Review by Sharon A. - Penrose Senior Care Auditors® | Expert

I encountered approximately 12 seniors who were all smiling, well groomed in casual attire, and very pleasant. They all appeared friendly and upbeat, and quite happy to be there. Each person I encountered smiled, looked directly at me, and said hello. As we passed by the dining area there were many residents enjoying l...

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Elmcroft of Carrollwood

Review by GM | Consumer

I like Elmcroft of Carrollwood. I like that it is donut shaped, so if my mother walks and gets lost, she ends up in the same spot. It's small, and she can go out in the courtyard without going out to the street. They have activities throughout the day. The staff helps me out and answers all our questions. She has a lit...

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Renaissance Senior Living

Review by A Resident | Consumer

We chose Renaissance Assisted Living. It's fine, but not really as appropriate as I had hoped, but for what they do it's alright. The facilities and apartments are nice. The response time of the home care workers is OK, but not really as much as we need. The food is OK to good, but basically for the cost I can do bette...

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Palm Terrace Assisted Living & Adult Day Care

Review by Debbie | Consumer

We visited Palm Terrace, and it was nice, but they did not have any openings. The staff was very helpful and very professional. The apartments were very clean, the people seemed to like the place, and I was impressed. We went there while they were eating, the food looked good, and the kitchen was very clean.

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Palm Terrace Assisted Living & Adult Day Care

Review by Barbara | Consumer

Palm Terrace was nice. The dining area looked fine and I also saw a sitting area. The people were nice and the residents seemed happy, which was a good sign. The staff was very accommodating. Everything was great.

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Southern Live-in Of Brandon

Review by Cristina | Consumer

Great experience! We are going through transitional stages with my mom. The staff have been amazingly knowledgeable and attentive. The facility is clean and feels like home. Thsnk you for going above and beyond

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Map of Hillsborough County Assisted Living Facilities

Assisted Living Costs in Hillsborough County

According to Genworth’s 2018 Cost of Care study, at $3,250 per month, the average cost of assisted living in Hillsborough County is below the national ($4,000) and state ($3,500) averages. To the north, prices are higher in Homosassa Springs ($4,125), while to the east, prices are lower in Lakeland ($2,808), which has the lowest assisted living costs in the state. 

Costs for assisted living in Florida vary widely and tend to reflect the local cost of living. Prices range from $5,031 in The Villages and $5,448 in Naples, while prices in Miami ($3,350) and Ocala ($3,275) are comparable to Hillsborough County. 

Note: Senior care cost data wasn’t available for Hillsborough County, so data for the county seat, Tampa, was used. 

The Cost of Assisted Living in Surrounding Areas

Care Cost Comparison

Senior care costs vary with the level of care and the number of direct service hours provided each week. In Hillsborough County, at $8,319 per month, semiprivate nursing home care is more than twice the amount of all other care options. In-home care from a homemaker is $3,718 per month, and $4,096 from a home health aide. 

At $3,250 per month, assisted living costs are significantly lower than all other types of senior care except adult day health ($1,907), which includes limited group care on weekdays only. When weighing the costs of the various senior care options, it’s important to consider that residential care services, such as assisted living, include room-and-board. 

Senior Care Cost Comparison Chart

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Hillsborough County

Medicaid in Florida

Medicaid is the national government health insurance program that provides approximately 3,280,000 low-income Florida residents with access to essential health care services, such as physician care, hospital and long-term care. Some additional services, such as community-based supports, may be offered through optional state programs and Medicaid waivers. 

To qualify for Medicaid, applicants must meet eligibility requirements that include income and asset limits. Seniors who are eligible to receive Supplemental Security Income benefits automatically qualify for basic Medicaid coverage, and they only need to complete an additional screening if they need long-term residential care services through Medicaid. 

In order to qualify for long-term Medicaid funded services, seniors must earn less than $2,313 per month when applying as an individual or under $4,626 per month when applying with a spouse. Income from all sources, such as wages, investment interest and alimony payments, is included in this limit.

Medicaid asset limits are set at $2,000 per individual and $3,000 for a couple. Countable assets include all cash and bank account balances, life insurance policies worth $1,500 or more, stocks and bonds and real estate other than a home in which the applicant and/or their spouse live full-time valued at $585,000. 

Spousal Income and Asset Limits and Exemptions

If only one spouse in a married couple needs long-term Medicaid services, the income of the non-applicant spouse (community spouse) isn’t included when determining eligibility. 

The applicant spouse may be able to transfer up to $3,161 per month of income to their community spouse as a minimum monthly maintenance needs allowance, and this amount is deducted from the income declared for Medicaid eligibility. 

The community spouse may also be able to keep the lesser of 50% of the couple’s jointly held assets or $126,420, excluding the marital home and one vehicle, under the community spouse resource allowance clause. 

Statewide Medicaid Managed Care Long-Term Care Program

Seniors aged 65 and older who require the type of care that’s normally provided in a nursing home may qualify for medically necessary care services and support through the Statewide Medicaid Managed Care Long-Term Care program. 

The SMMC LTC is a state-specific Medicaid nursing home diversion program that lets frail seniors live in an assisted living setting with help from nurses, care workers, rehabilitation therapists and senior care specialists.  

Federal law dictates that all seniors who meet the financial requirements for the SMMC LTC must complete a pre-enrollment screening through the Comprehensive Assessment and Review for Long-Term Care Program. This assessment is performed by a registered nurse or designated assessor to ensure the senior can live safely in the community with the services available through the SMMC LTC. 

Seniors accepted into the SMMC LTC are assigned services based on their medical needs in addition to all the mandatory Medicaid benefits. These services may include: 

  • Personal care to help with activities of daily living
  • Intermittent and skilled nursing
  • Medication management and administration
  • Transportation to medical appointments
  • A personal emergency response device
  • Adult day health services
  • A homemaker
  • Medical supplies and durable medical equipment
  • Nutritional assessment
  • Hospice services
  • Physical, occupational and/or speech therapy

To apply for Medicaid or learn more about the SMMC LTC program, contact ACCESS Florida at (866) 762-2237 or the Hillsborough County Elder Helpline at (800) 963-5337.

To request a CARES assessment, contact the Department of Elder Affairs at (727) 376-7152.  

Other Financial Assistance Programs for Assisted Living

Optional State Supplementation

Low-income Florida seniors who receive Supplemental Security Income benefits and need to reside in a licensed assisted living facility may qualify for benefits through the Optional State Supplementation (OSS) program.

This state-funded SSI top-up program provides eligible seniors with cash to help pay the room and board portion of their assisted living costs. Seniors may receive maximum monthly OSS benefits of up to $78.40 per person and up to $156.80 per couple. 

For more information about the OSS, call ACCESS Florida at (866) 762-2237. 

Assisted Living Bridge Loans

Seniors who require access to funds to finance a move into assisted living  while waiting for their benefits to become available or for their home to sell may qualify for an assisted living bridge loan from Elderlife Financial. 

Offered in 12-month open terms with interest-only monthly payments, seniors can apply for a bridge loan online or over the phone for free, and up to six people can be listed on the loan application. Loan approval is based on the credit rating of the borrowers, and the funds are often available for use within 24 hours for qualified applicants. 

Money from the assisted living loan can be sent directly to the assisted living provider as needed, and monthly payments are interest only. Borrowers are free to pay off and close the loan at any time without penalty. 

To learn more, contact Elderlife Financial at (888) 228-4500. 

Assisted Living Resources in Hillsborough County

Veterans Services

Primary outpatient VA health services, including women’s care are available at the Hidden River VA Clinic, and comprehensive diagnostic, specialty and hospital services are offered at the James. A Haley Veterans’ Hospital. 

There are five Hillsborough County Veteran’s Services offices where veterans and survivors can get free help with local, state and federal benefits, such as obtaining service records and filing for death benefits. 

Hidden River VA Clinic
13515 Lake Terrace Ln., Tampa, FL 33637-1003
813-998-8000

James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital
13000 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Tampa, FL 33612
(813) 972-2000

Senior Centers

Hillsborough County operates 7 active senior centers where adults aged 50 and older can take part in free social and fitness activities, special events and educational workshops. Daily noon meals are available for seniors aged 60 and older at each center, and designated centers offer free seasonal flu vaccines in September and October of each year. 

Community Aid Agencies

Low-income seniors unable to use the regular transit service due to disability can register for the Sunshine Line, a door-to-door, wheelchair-accessible transportation service.

Seniors who need help navigating Medicaid coverage options can contact the Service Health Insurance Needs of Elders program through the Senior Connection Center. 

Sunshine Line
2709 E. Hanna Ave., Tampa, FL 33610
(813) 272-7272

Senior Connection Center – SHINE Program
8928 Brittany Way, Tampa, FL 33619
(800) 963-5337

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