I. How Memory Care Facilities Can Help

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.

II. Our Selection Process

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:

  • Spent over 36 hours researching memory care facilities in Tampa
  • Read more than 125 reviews written by residents and their loved ones
  • Interviewed 10 representatives from local communities

III. Reviews of the 16 Best Memory Care Facilities in Tampa

Tampa, FL

A Country Place Assisted Living Facility

  • Resident Capacity: 24
  • Room Types: Companion Suites, Private Rooms, Shared Rooms
  • Care Provided: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Day Services
  • Base Pricing: $4,000+ all-inclusive Memory Care, $2,800+ Assisted Living

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.

What Residents Are Saying

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.”

Reviews: 3.9 out of 5 stars; 14 reviews

Phone: (813) 891-0549

Address: 10515 Memorial Hwy., Tampa, FL 33615

WEB: tampaalf.com

Angels Senior Living At Palma Ceia

  • Resident Capacity: 30
  • Room Types: Companion Suites, Private Rooms
  • Care Provided: Assisted Living, Memory Care
  • Base Pricing: $3,650

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.

What Residents Are Saying

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.”

Reviews: 4 out of 5 stars; 35 reviews

Phone: (866) 283-5410

Address: 3720 W. Bay to Bay Blvd., Tampa, FL 33629

Web: angelsseniorliving.com

Arden Courts of Tampa

  • Resident Capacity: 60
  • Room Types: Private Rooms with bathrooms
  • Care Provided: Memory Care, Respite Care
  • Base Pricing: $6,125 is the all-inclusive rate – Ancillary Services available upon request with additional fees

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.

Residents of Arden Courts are encouraged to pursue their individual interests, such as walking outdoors, completing word puzzles or working in the garden, and 96 hours of group activities are also offered every week to encourage socialization. Seniors enjoy freedom of movement throughout the secure community where they can choose to relax on the porch or explore the paved walkways. Those who prefer indoor activities may choose to visit the wellness center or arts and craft studio.

What Residents Are Saying

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.”

Reviews: 4.7 out of 5 stars; 15 reviews

Phone: (813) 963-6100

Address: 14950 Casey Rd., Tampa, FL 33624

Web: arden-courts.com/Tampa

Atrium Gardens

  • Resident Capacity: 38
  • Room Types: Studios, Companion Suites
  • Care Provided: Memory Care, Respite
  • Base Pricing: $4,500

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.

What Residents Are Saying

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.

Reviews: 3.7 out of 5 stars; 34 reviews

Phone: (813) 265-0844

Address: 3315, 1513 West Fletcher Ave., Tampa, FL 33612

Web: atriumgardensalf.com

Brighton Gardens of Tampa

  • Resident Capacity: 125
  • Room Types: Studios, 1-Bedroom Apartments, 2-Bedroom Apartments, Companion Suites
  • Care Provided: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Respite, Skilled Nursing
  • Base Pricing: Starting at $2,700 for Assisted Living apartment, plus $600 and up for care, $450 for medication management. Memory care starts at $2,600 plus $1,500+ for care

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.

What Residents Are Saying

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.”

Reviews: 3.8 out of 5 stars; 90 reviews

Phone: (813) 908-2333

Address: 16702 North Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa, FL 33618

Web: sunriseseniorliving.com

Brookdale Northdale

  • Resident Capacity: 34
  • Room Types: Studios, 1-Bedroom Apartments, Private Rooms, Shared Rooms
  • Care Provided: Assisted Living, Memory Care
  • Base Pricing: Shared room $3,450, Private $4,095 all inclusive, community fee is $2,100

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.

What Residents Are Saying

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.”

Reviews: 4.2 out of 5 stars; 100 reviews

Phone: (844) 646-6499

Address: 3401 West Bearss Ave., Tampa, FL 33618

Web: brookdale.com

Central Tampa Assisted Living

  • Resident Capacity: 100
  • Room Types: 2-Bedroom Apartments, Companion Suites
  • Care Provided: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Hospice
  • Base Pricing: Memory Care and Assisted living start at $2,500 per month

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.

What Residents Are Saying

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.

Reviews: 3.6 out of 5 stars; 32 reviews

Phone: (813) 663-9696

Address: 5202, 5010 N. 40 St., Tampa, FL 33610

Web: Call for details

Elmcroft of Carrollwood

  • Resident Capacity: 133
  • Room Types: Studios, 1-Bedroom Apartments, 2-Bedroom Apartments, Private Rooms
  • Care Provided: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Respite
  • Base Pricing: Assisted Living starting at $3,300 per month. Memory Care starting at $4,575 per month

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.

What Residents Are Saying

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.

Reviews: 4 out of 5 stars; 122 reviews

Phone: (813) 960-5346

Address: 2626 W. Bearss Ave., Tampa, FL 33618

Web: elmcroft.com

Hanna Oaks ALF

  • Resident Capacity: 135
  • Room Types: Studios, Companion Suites
  • Care Provided: Assisted Living, Independent Living, Memory Care, Respite
  • Base Pricing: Assisted Living starting at $2,750 per month. Memory Care starting at $2,500 per month

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.

What Residents Are Saying

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.”

Reviews: 3.1 out of 5 stars; 48 reviews

Phone: (813) 238-3053

Address: 2425 East Hanna Ave., Tampa, FL 33610

Web: hannaoaks.com

Inspired Living at Tampa

  • Resident Capacity: 58
  • Room Types: Studios
  • Care Provided: Memory Care, Respite
  • Base Pricing: $4,000 all inclusive

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.

What Residents Are Saying

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.

Reviews: 4.6 out of 5 stars; 66 reviews

Phone: (813) 419-6306

Address: 5130 Kelly Rd., Tampa, FL 33615

Web: inspiredliving.care

Legacy at Highwoods Preserve

  • Resident Capacity: 82
  • Room Types: Studios, 1-Bedroom Apartments
  • Care Provided: Assisted Living, Memory Care
  • Base Pricing: Starting at $4,295 for assisted living, $5,395 for memory care

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.

What Residents Are Saying

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.”

Reviews: 4.5 out of 5 stars; 37 reviews

Phone: (813) 586-2788

Address: 18600 Highwoods Preserve Pkwy., Tampa, FL 33647

Web: legacyathighwoodspreserve.com

Memory Lane Cottage at Tampa Palms

  • Resident Capacity: 20
  • Room Types: Private Studios
  • Care Provided: Memory Care
  • Base Pricing: $5,000, community fee of $2,000

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.

What Residents Are Saying

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.

Reviews: 4 out of 5 stars; 16 reviews

Phone: (813) 632-1270

Address: 5175 Cypress Preserve Dr., Tampa, FL 33647

Web: memorylanecottage.com

Renaissance Senior Living

  • Resident Capacity: 198
  • Room Types: Studios, 1-Bedroom Apartments, 2-Bedroom Apartments, Companion Suites
  • Care Provided: Assisted Living, Independent Living, Memory Care, Respite
  • Base Pricing: $2,650

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.

What Residents Are Saying

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.”

Reviews: 3.9 out of 5 stars; 44 reviews

Phone: (813) 344-2633

Address: 16001 Lakeshore Villa Dr., Tampa, FL 33613

Web: renaissancesrliving.com

Royal Sun Park

  • Resident Capacity: 50
  • Room Types: Private Rooms, Shared Rooms
  • Care Provided: Assisted Living, Memory Care
  • Base Pricing: $2,500

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.

What Are Residents Saying

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.

Reviews: 4.5 out of 5 stars; 20 reviews

Phone: (813) 932-3618

Address: 312 E. 124th St., Tampa, FL 33612

Web: royalsunpark.com

The Estate At Hyde Park, A Memory Care Community

  • Resident Capacity:
  • Room Types: Studios, 1-Bedroom Apartments, Companion Suites
  • Care Provided: Memory Care
  • Base Pricing: $5,700

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.

What Residents Are Saying

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.”

Reviews: 4.6 out of 5 stars; 59 reviews

Phone: (813) 278-6707

Address: 2301 W Palm Dr., Tampa, FL 33606

Web: seniorlifestyle.com

Weinberg Village

  • Resident Capacity: 95
  • Room Types: Studios, 1-Bedroom Apartments
  • Care Provided: Assisted Living, Memory Care
  • Base Pricing: $3,015

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.

What Residents Are Saying

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.

Reviews: 4.6 out of 5 stars; 39 reviews

Phone: (813) 969-1818

Address: 13005 Community Campus Dr., Tampa, FL 33625

Web: weinbergvillage.org