Dementia, and specifically Alzheimer's, is a serious, growing problem. In fact, 1 out of every 10 adults over the age of 65 has Alzheimer’s dementia. As Tampa’s senior population continues to grow (19% growth between 2013 and 2017), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment.
In Tampa, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease rose 28% between 2013 and 2017. To put that in perspective, the number of deaths from all causes for that same age group only increased by 11%, showing that Alzheimer’s is a growing concern in the region. Overall, the percentage of seniors’ deaths related to Alzheimer’s is lower than the rest of the nation (5.53% in Tampa vs. 6.46% in the U.S.).
In order to help families and caregivers of those with Alzheimer's find the support and care that their loved ones need, we've compiled information below about the cost of Memory Care, how to get financial assistance to help make care more affordable, free resources, etc. Also included are reviews of the best memory care facilities in the area, which cover pricing, types of care provided, residents' reviews, and more.
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For memory care facilities, COVID-19 rules and regulations are typically set at the state level. You can view specific rules on our guide to memory care in Florida. 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.
Note: Memory care is typically provided in communities licensed as assisted living facilities, and in general, costs 20-30% more than standard assisted living services. No authoritative cost data is available for this type of care, so we estimated memory care rates by adding 25% to assisted living fees in the Genworth 2021 Cost of Care Survey.
Memory care communities in Tampa provide a secure environment with advanced medical care and therapeutic services. Seniors who live in Tampa pay an average of $4,188 per month for memory care.
Tampa offers seniors one of the best rates for memory care in the state. At $4,188 per month, the area's monthly memory care cost is almost $1,500 less than the national average and almost $900 less than the state average. Compared to other west Florida cities, Tampa is still one of the least expensive options for seniors who need memory care, with a price more than $1,000 per month cheaper than North Port and Homosassa Springs. Only Lakeland, a mid-sized city in the middle of the state, provides memory care for less.
In Tampa, memory care is approximately $800 more per month than assisted living and more than $2,000 higher than adult day health services. Surprisingly, in-home care and home health care in Tampa are both more than $500 higher per month than memory care. Care in a nursing home is the most expensive at more than twice the cost of a memory care community.
Since not everyone can afford to pay for memory care out-of-pocket, it's important to find alternative methods to help make memory care more affordable. Some of these options include:
For more information about your options for making assisted living more affordable, visit our guide to Memory Care in Tampa.
Finding memory care resources for seniors in the Tampa area can be overwhelming, as there are hundreds of organizations around Tampa Bay that offer some level of educational or support services for families living with Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia. Below is a list of free or low-cost memory care resources in the Tampa metropolitan area.
|Alzheimer's Association Florida Gulf Coast Chapter||800-272-3900||The Alzheimer's Association offers support services and information to help those in the Tampa area impacted by Alzheimer's disease, including families, seniors, caregivers and health care workers.|
|Dementia Spotlight Foundation||888-695-1596||This nonprofit organization was founded to educate families and caregivers about dementia and related disorders and provide support resources and social opportunities for those dealing with the disease. It now offers virtual memory cafes for seniors with dementia and a mentorship program for those recently diagnosed, in addition to community activities in Florida and Northern Georgia.|
|USF Health Byrd Alzheimer's Center and Research Institute||813-396-0606||The institute provides a range of services for seniors and their families, including access to clinical trials from their own research department. It also provides medical treatment options for seniors with Alzheimer's in addition to caregiver support services.|
|Department of Elder Affairs Hillsborough County||800-336-2226||The Florida Department of Elder Affairs, through the Division of Statewide Community-Based Services, offers a range of services to seniors through the Bay area. Its Alzheimer's Disease Initiative (ADI) specializes in providing memory care residents with access to memory disorder clinics and support services such as counseling and case management.|
|Alzheimer’s Association — Florida Gulf Coast Chapter||Toll-free 24/7 Hotline: 800-272-3900||The Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association offers early detection and diagnosis services, along with educational programs for family and professional caregivers, including on-demand webinars and a statewide outreach program with two mobile units that serve underserved communities. Services and programs are available in English and Spanish.|
|University of South Florida — Memory Disorders Clinic||813-821-8032||The Memory Care Clinic in Tampa, which is administered by the University of South Florida, researches Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Research participants receive a comprehensive examination using state-of-the-art imaging equipment and other laboratory tests, as well as professional assistance exploring medical and behavioral treatment options.|
|Florida State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program||888-831-0404||Ombudsmen investigate complaints against memory care communities and other long-term care facilities. They resolve issues effectively and respectfully. Certified by the state, ombudsmen stay up-to-date on state and federal regulations through annual conferences. Families can also reach out to ombudsmen for help looking for local memory care communities.|
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 83% of all caregivers are unpaid family members, relatives, or other friends, and nearly half of all care is for older adults with some form of dementia. Caregiving, especially when it involves Alzheimer’s or dementia, is extremely exhausting and time-consuming, leading many caregivers to feel isolated and overwhelmed.
As a loved one continues to progress through the stages of dementia and his or her cognitive abilities continue to decline, behavioral problems, safety, and general care often become more than one caregiver can handle. This is when it’s important to find extra help, and residential facilities that have specialized memory care programs are often the best solution.
In addition to providing a safe environment, memory care programs seek to delay or halt cognitive decline while providing the opportunity for a social, independent lifestyle.
To choose the best memory care facilities in Tampa, our team of researchers started by using our unique methodology to develop a list of contenders. We further refined the list in the next phase of our process by completing hands-on research for each one of the companies that we developed. Finally, we compiled online reviews from residents and families and wrote summaries of each facility that made it through our selection process.
Overall, our team:
A Country Place Assisted Living Facility lives up to its name thanks to quiet, rural surroundings and even pet chickens, peacocks, turkeys, goats, and geese among the on site orchards and gardens. Residents enjoy a homelike atmosphere that's reminiscent of a modest country home. However, modern features, such as an updated kitchen with granite and stainless steel fixtures and hardwood floors, add a touch of luxury to this facility. Comfortable living spaces, including a sitting area with a cheerful fireplace, add to the overall ambiance. Depending on the level of care needed, residents receive everything from simple assistance with everyday tasks to comprehensive care from a full-time licensed nurse. Afternoon movies or games, sing-alongs and three meals a day in the dining area, provide opportunities for residents to socialize. The philosophy here identifies positive environmental aspects as a healing component to dementia symptoms as opposed to medications, and focus on providing a happy home to keep residents engages and thriving using natural settings as well as state-of-the-art technology such as VR therapy. This facility pairs with the Bird Institute, a nationally recognized Alzheimer’ institute, to bring students from University of South Florida to provide cutting-edge therapies to residents as well as help further clinical studies.
Residents and family members are satisfied with this community's cleanliness and the caring staff. One reviewer says, "I pop in for visits multiple times a week and the place is always clean and Mom is well taken care of. The owners are good people who are passionate about the care provided. They have been a blessing to our family."
Angels Senior Living at Palma Ceia provides assisted living and memory care services in a cozy, homelike setting in South Tampa. Training is important at this facility and every team member receives Level I and Level II memory care education to best serve the community residents' special needs. A comfortable lobby, updated sitting areas and a sunny patio all encourage residents to form friendships and socialize, but those who prefer solitude will enjoy the quiet, tidy rooms as well. The residence features a historic lobby and dining area that dates back to the 1920s and the decor throughout the facility features cheerful colors.
The staff seems to stand out in particular at Angels Senior Living at Palma Ceia. One review says: "Angels Senior Living At Palma Ceia was very nice and clean. The people were absolutely wonderful. The staff was very sweet, nice, and accommodating."
Arden Courts of Tampa is located in a quiet residential neighborhood in northern Tampa, close to numerous shopping centers and restaurants. Residents live in one of four self-contained houses, and the homelike community permits residents to provide their own bedroom furnishings and decor. Common areas include kitchens, dining rooms and laundry facilities, and most residents have private bedrooms. This secured facility offers a private key code to allow families 24-hour access.
Visitors appreciate the facility’s comfortable environment. “When I walked inside the facility, I noticed how roomy the common areas are, and the residents I met were all very happy,” explains one reviewer. Arden Courts of Tampa also receives compliments for its staff. As one family member of a resident says, “the staff was very friendly and open to answering my questions.”
Atrium Gardens is a dedicated memory care facility located in the northern part of the city. The active community offers a full calendar of enrichment activities, including gardening, drive-in movies and live entertainment, and residents can suggest activity ideas. Transportation to off-site attractions, including local shops, is also provided. The facility’s quiet suites have been designed to help prevent excess stimulation, and residents can decorate their suites to feel more at home. With the help of landmarks and sensory cues, residents can independently move around the facility. Chef-prepared meals are served in the dining room, and snacks and beverages are available 24/7. To help seniors retain their mobility, on-site therapy is offered.
Reviewers appreciate the memory care community’s helpful staff. “We could see that the residents are treated with care, kindness and respect in this thoughtful living environment,” notes one visitor. People love the full activity calendar. “They have walking, and they do crafts, coloring and play dough,” comments one reviewer. “It was clear that the residents enjoy living here,” says another.
Brighton Gardens of Tampa is located near shopping centers, dining and major hospitals in the northern part of the beautiful city of Tampa, Florida. The staff, at this pet-friendly facility, are specially trained to understand the needs of those with dementia, and they create personalized care plans based on each senior's health care requirements. Memory care residents take part in the Reminiscence neighborhood program, which provides seniors a safe and secure environment while keeping them physically active and socially engaged. The team at Brighton Gardens focuses on becoming familiar with each of the residents behaviors, ensuring staff respond to residents' anxieties in a positive, comforting manner that reinforces seniors' sense of calm and belonging. Residents enjoy a variety of activities, including bingo nights and sing-alongs and a bus shuttle service is available to take residents to and from church.
One family member said in an online review, "This year we tried Brighton Gardens Assisted Living Reminisce Unit (for dementia). [Mom] has been doing great there. I've walked in on the staff several times and find them dancing with my Mom, or hugging her, or sitting with her on the bench and talking with her.”
Situated on beautifully landscaped grounds in Tampa, Florida, Brookdale Northdale offers memory care and assisted living services for seniors. With an emergency response system in each room and a daily check-in system, residents are kept safe and secure while being encouraged to maintain their independence. The senior living community includes a library, community room and an arts and crafts studio. Residents enjoy a variety of activities, such as book clubs and exercise classes in the on-site fitness room. A person-centered approach is taken to improve the quality of life for memory care residents in a safe and secure environment. The Clare Bridge Alzheimer's and Dementia Program gives residents a sense of belonging and purpose through living a life with meaning.
Many reviewers mention the clean, beautiful facility, and the staff are helpful and wonderful. One online reviewer said, "We placed my father here over a year ago. He has really thrived here at Brookdale Northdale. The staff treats him with respect and love. He is also very happy with the great food. I would definitely recommend."
Located near downtown Tampa’s many attractions, Central Tampa Assisted Living specializes in caring for seniors with Alzheimer’s disease. The facility is designed with the needs of memory care residents in mind. The building and gardens are secure, and the color-coded hallways help seniors move around the facility independently. Seniors participate in daily activities, such as games and arts and crafts, to help maintain their cognitive functions. Family members of residents are encouraged to participate in these daily activities. The community’s specialized memory care team includes a physician and registered nurse practitioner, and staff receive on-going training. Meals are provided in the dining room, and seniors who require special diets can be accommodated.
Reviewers are impressed with Central Tampa Assisted Living’s staff. “They take good care of their patients. They have a more than sufficient number of staff,” one visitor says. Reviewers describe the facility as “very secure” and appreciate the safe outdoor areas that are available for residents.
Elmcroft of Carrollwood offers memory care and assisted living services in the beautiful city of Tampa, Florida. Memory care residents participate in an especially designed program called the Heartland Village, which provides socialization experiences and memory engagement in a safe and secure environment. The specially trained staff offer support and comfort while helping seniors maintain their independence. Residents enjoy a beauty and barber shop along with restaurant-style dining and a snack and beverage area, and an on-site gym allows residents to engage in physical therapy without having to leave the community. Seniors enjoy barbecues and fitness classes and can participate in games, such as bingo and Pokeno. They also enjoy happy hours at this pet-friendly facility.
Reviewers appreciate the many activities offered to residents and the cleanliness of the facility. "Elmcroft was all on one floor; it was very clean and nice. The rooms were very nice; they had shared rooms. Nice dining room, activity room, hair salon, and nice area for sitting outside also. They had a barbecue and movie nights," expressed one online reviewer.
Hanna Oaks is a Tampa facility providing independent living, assisted living and memory care services. The highly trained staff create a homelike atmosphere to help transitioning residents adjust to their new surroundings. Comfortable living areas, three meals a day in the dining room, an on-site library and game room encourage socializing among residents. Cheerful murals in the common areas add a touch of familiar charm. As suggested by the name, Hanna Oaks is situated on a wooded lot which provides a place for residents to enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. For memory care patients, Hanna Oaks develops a customized program for each resident using lifelong hobbies and passions to engage and revitalize the memory of the individual.
Online reviews from residents and family members mention the affordability of Hanna Oaks. One reviewer noted, "Every resident appeared to be very well cared for in a peaceful, yet fun environment by kind, caring and attentive staff."
Inspired Living takes a multidisciplinary approach to memory care and aims to meet people's emotional, physical and spiritual needs. Each resident receives a personalized care plan and regular evaluations. Staff spend time with residents and get to know them so they can notice changes and adapt care as needs change. The environment is also designed with dementia care in mind and includes a memory care courtyard, where residents can safely enjoy nature, and a community garden that encourages them to stay active. Residents can join in programs that nurture the mind, body and spirit, including a lecture program, laughter therapy and water aerobics. Highly-trained staff are dedicated to providing the right level of care to help residents preserve their independence.
Many people mention the many activities available to residents. As one reviewer says, "Their philosophy of keeping their residents engaged with activities, outings and even just conversation has a natural consequence of a better daily disposition for those dealing with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease as well as avoiding sun-downing." Reviewers are also delighted with the beautiful grounds and caring, experienced staff.
Located in a quiet residential neighborhood in Tampa, Legacy at Highwoods Preserve provides assisted living and memory care in a luxurious environment. The community’s private apartments feature granite countertops, walk-in closets and spacious showers. Each apartment has a nurse call system and motion sensor technology to help keep seniors safe. Residents can use the senior-friendly tablets to stay in touch with their family and friends, or they can spend time with other residents in the video game room. They can also maintain or build strength with the pneumatic exercise equipment. The community’s on-site chefs prepare nutritious meals, and the menu can be adapted for residents with special dietary needs.
Reviewers appreciate the facility’s many amenities, which include a billiards room, snack bar and chapel. They comment on its upscale environment. “The Legacy is a beautiful, clean place,” says one family member of a resident. People love the Legacy at Highwoods Preserve for its staff. As one visitor says, “the staff members are very nice, professional and attentive.”
Memory Lane Cottage offers memory care in a luxurious, homelike environment. The cozy community has 20 private suites with private bathrooms. Residents have access to familiar common areas, such as a dining room and a living room with a large screen television. Outdoor common areas include an enclosed courtyard, walking paths and two covered patios. Residents can freely explore the secure facility and are kept safe with GPS technology and security cameras. Three nutritious meals are served each day, and residents are also treated to fresh-baked cookies and pastries. In the activity room, seniors participate in games and other structured group activities based on seniors’ interests, such as skill stations and gardening stations.
People are impressed with Memory Lane Cottage’s homelike environment. “The building itself is so spacious, warm and comfortable,” raves one reviewer. Visitors speak highly of the attentive staff and the home-cooked meals. “The food is very appetizing and cooked right on site,” notes one reviewer.
Renaissance Senior Living offers independent living, assisted living and memory care services. Throughout all three levels of care, trained staff strive to provide residents the greatest level of independence possible based on their individual situations. The community offers wellness programs, dining services, social events and amenities, including a fitness center, theater room, salon, library and card room, designed to encourage a good quality of life. Renaissance Senior Living is located on a beautiful 12-acre campus featuring a newly-renovated building for each level of care, and residents can enjoy walks around the lake featuring a fountain, dock, and gazebo. This community offers the Ensemble program for memory care residents. It's designed to provide person-centered care, including life skill centers and computer-generated activities, to help reassure and engage residents.
Residents and their families praise the level of care and the beautiful campus. One reviewer said, "Renaissance offers a great continuum of care. The staff is committed to safety, health and quality of life. Their team believes in helping their residents reach their fullest potential. The campus is lovely with lots of sidewalks, oak trees and a small lake."
Royal Sun Park is located on a quiet, residential street in North Tampa, enhancing the homelike feeling of community. The compassionate staff provide specialized memory care while being respectful of each resident's privacy and dignity. Furnished private and semiprivate suites include an emergency call system, climate control and handicapped accessible bathrooms. Staff are available 24-hours a day to provide assistance with the activities of daily living, including grooming, dressing and medication management. The activities director organizes daily fun for the residents, including arts and crafts, music, games and exercise, encouraging seniors to stay social and active. Nondenominational religious services are offered to residents.
Reviews of Royal Sun Park regularly mention the high-quality staff. They're described as caring, considerate and professional with one reviewer saying, "the staff is very friendly and cares about each of the people living there". Many also appreciate the way staff encourage residents to spend time in the common areas and ensure they don't miss meals.
The Estate at Hyde Park is an elegant community that was specifically designed with memory care residents in mind. An open environment encourages residents to move freely throughout spacious living areas, which include an elegant dining room, a parlor for socializing, an outdoor patio with stately palm trees and a beauty salon and barbershop to keep residents looking their best. The professional and friendly staff are specifically trained in memory care and are available 24 hours a day. The pet-friendly facility offers planned social activities, such as award-winning Brain Health University and Walk With Me programs, to provide both cognitive and physical exercise for its residents.
Many reviewers noted that this facility stands out due to its beauty, cleanliness and the caring staff. One reviewer says, "In a difficult time, this facility made the impossible possible. The high quality of care, excellent food, activities, outings and services in house are above reproach."
Weinberg Village, which sits on a 21-acre property in Tampa, is a Jewish retirement community that offers assisted living and memory care. The community’s self-contained memory care unit is secured with monitored doors and perimeter security. Seniors can move freely throughout this unit with the help of visual cues, such as color-coded rooms. Memory care residents enjoy three kosher meals per day in their private dining room, plus snacks. In the facility’s activity room, seniors participate in engaging activities to help maintain their level of cognitive ability. Activities may include exercises, crafts or games. The community celebrates Jewish holidays with services, festive meals and other special activities.
Weinberg Village receives compliments for its well-maintained facilities. “They take very good care of the grounds and they take very good care of the place,” explains one visitor. People also love the community for its attentive staff. “He was well cared for and always surrounded by caring, friendly people,” says a resident’s family member.