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Where seniors live in South Tampa

By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published June 21, 2002

Here's an overview of retirement communities, assisted living facilities and nursing homes in South Tampa and surrounding neighborhoods. Homes were omitted if operators could not be reached.

RETIREMENT COMMUNITIES

Bayshore Presbyterian Apartments

2909 Barcelona St.

839-3381

Offers one-bedroom and efficiency apartments to low- to moderate-income seniors since 1969. Active residents association coordinates parties, bingo, movies and events. Income restricted. Rent not subsidized. Emergency buttons in bathrooms. Front desk supervised 24 hours a day. Card room, lounge, laundry facility, library and a small store.

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The Grand Court Tampa

4902 Bayshore Blvd.

835-4475

For more than 11 years, this 165-room high-rise has offered apartment living with additional support if needed. All apartments are equipped with pull cords in the living rooms and bathrooms. Some residents wear pendants with alert buttons, and there's a nurse on staff.

Rooms are cleaned weekly and residents can request additional help with daily activities. This independent living and assisted living facility only accepts private pay. Offers efficiency, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments.

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Jewish Center Towers

3001 W DeLeon St.

870-1830

The 16-story high-rise offers studio and one-bedroom apartments for low-income seniors age 62 or older. While residents live independently, apartments include pull cords and intercoms and there's a front-desk person on duty 24 hours a day.

Activities are scheduled daily and trips to the store are scheduled weekly.

"There is always something to do," said Sharon Stephens, administrator. The 199-room building is filled to capacity with a year-and-a-half waiting list. Rent may be subsidized by HUD.

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Presbyterian Homes of Tampa

4033 S Manhattan Ave.

831-7115

Two neighboring apartment buildings are operated under the umbrella of Presbyterian Homes of Tampa: 17-year-old Manhattan Place with 74 apartments and neighboring 31-year-old Presbyterian Villas with 210 apartments.

These buildings cater to low-income seniors, and rent is based on income. An active residents' association schedules activities, and both buildings offer laundry facilities, a beauty shop and recreation room.

There are no vacancies and there is a waiting list. Rent is HUD subsidized and the apartments are operated by the Presbyterian Homes and Housing Foundation.

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Tampa Baptist Manor

215 W Grand Central Ave.

253-2868

This 240-room apartment building, similar to Jewish Center Towers, offers efficiency and single bedroom apartments to low-income seniors. On-site beauty shop, library, laundry room and community room. Regular parties and social functions.

Building typically at 95 to 100 percent capacity. Rent based on a sliding scale. HUD does not subsidize the facility.

CONTINUING CARE RETIREMENT COMMUNITY

Canterbury Towers

3501 Bayshore Blvd.

837-1083

Community offers life care, spanning independent living to skilled nursing. There are 125 independent living apartments in this 15-story high-rise and 60 skilled nursing and rehabilitation beds.

Residents, age 62 and older, are free to live as independently as possible yet are offered assistance with activities as needed.

Busy activities schedule. Medicare and supplemental insurance are required to move in. Open since 1978.

ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES

Designed to help seniors make a transition from independent living to skilled nursing, ALFs serve meals, keep residents busy with activities and offer assistance with housekeeping, bathing, dressing and other day-to-day activities.

Smaller facilities offer a cozier, more personal environment with more one-on-one activities. Larger facilities may employ an activities director who coordinates outings and group functions.

Most are not equipped to handle people suffering from Alzheimer's disease, but some are licensed to handle those with mental disabilities.

Costs range from $900 to $3,000 per month. Most accept only private pay. Medicare will not pay for a stay in an Assisted Living Facility. Seniors in need of financial assistance may apply to the county and state for supplemental funding. Only designated facilities accept that aid.

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Adams House of Tampa

3330 S MacDill Ave.

835-5700

This single-family residence began with six beds but has expanded to accommodate 30 residents. Residents may stay in single or double rooms. Scheduled activities and outings. Private pay only.

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Aguila Adult Day Care Center

503 N Matanzas

872-8000

Open since 1993, this smaller, home-like facility is licensed to offer eight private-pay beds and two with supplemental funding.

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Aguila Adult Day Care Center II

4011 N Habana Ave.

872-8000

This facility, like its parent company, offers eight beds with three accepting supplemental funding. Offers a variety of activities for residents and levels of service.

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Alimar Assisted Living

2933 W Columbus Blvd.

350-9040

This family-owned and operated assisted living facility has been open for more than three years. The renovated apartment building has room for 56 residents.

Bingo, art classes and shows entertain residents. A new wing opened in January, and the facility has 14 beds open. They are licensed to accept supplemental funding for 18 beds and private pay for the remainder.

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At Home With Friends/Platt Street

3901 W Platt St.

876-9229

A 12-bed assisted living facility specializing in care for those with Alzheimer's disease and other memory disorders. The facility is secure to prevent residents from wandering. There's a waiting list to get in.

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At Home With Friends/Bay to Bay

3720 Bay to Bay Blvd.

831-1914

This renovated building offers 34 beds in a home-like atmosphere. Group discussions on a daily basis as well as activities keep residents busy.

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Clearview Manor

1080 S Clearview Ave.

839-1497

This 15-bed, private pay facility is near Plant High School and close to many restaurants, churches and stores. Outings are commonplace. Residents dine outside often, and three renovated homes create a close-knit atmosphere. There are a few vacancies and the home accepts residents of all ages.

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E&C's Ybor Manor Inc.

2903 N 17th St.

248-5663

For more than 12 years this eight-bed facility has been providing care for the elderly and those with mental disabilities. The facility accepts supplemental funding.

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Hudson Manor Inc.

115 E Davis Blvd.

254-8399

This renovated three-story hotel offers grand living. Most residents hail from South Tampa, and this is the only assisted living facility on Davis Islands.

A full-time activities director organizes outings to the beach and nearby stores as well as wine and cheese parties and ice cream socials.

The 13-year-old facility can accommodate 78 residents and currently has 10 openings. Most patients are private pay.

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McNealy's Enterprise Inc.

410 E Oak Ave.

229-2379

Nineteen beds for patients with supplemental funding. Daily activities such as bingo, music therapy and games. Group outings to Lowry Park Zoo, other sites. Transportation offered. Six beds are open.

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Migdalia's ACLF

2302 N Lincoln Ave.

879-6980

Offers seven beds, three with supplemental funding and four private pay.

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Monte De Sion

3204 Leroy St.

875-7425

This family owned and operated secure facility is in a single family residential home. Residents play bingo, garden and participate in many one-on-one activities. Everyone sits at the dining room table for meals, as if they were at home.

Because the facility is small, licensed workers will take residents to doctors appointments when family members aren't available. The 10-year old facility accepts only senior citizens and is licensed for two residents with supplemental funding and four private pay beds. There are currently two vacancies.

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Ms. B's Place Inc.

6701 S Kissimmee St.

876-7367

This small facility, in a home-like setting, is equipped to handle seven residents with two supplemental funding slots. It has been open for 5 years and has no vacancies. Seniors only.

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Nena's Comfort of Home

623 Bay to Bay Blvd.

837-0546

Eight private-pay beds in a home-like setting offering a variety of activities for residents.

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Palma Ceia Adult Community

3011 DeLeon St.

876-5235

Accommodates 86 residents. Rooms vary in size from small, private rooms to two-room suites. Full-time activities director oversees classes and field trips. Located one block from Memorial Hospital. Supplemental funds accepted.

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Rose of Sharon ALF

3313 W Ivey St.

875-7425

This single-family residence is owned and operated by the owners of Monte De Sion assisted living facility. Licensed for six residents with only one supplemental funding slot. There is one vacancy and the facility only accepts seniors.

NURSING HOMES

Mariner Health of Tampa

3117 W Gandy Blvd.

261-5500

The 117-bed facility offers long-term care as well as short-term rehabilitation and activities for residents.

"Ten years ago people felt they went to nursing homes to die, but that's not the case now," said Janice Gain, spokesperson for Mariner Health of Tampa.

Built in 1998, the corporate-owned facility offers new equipment and a high level of care.

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South Tampa Health and Rehabilitation Center

4610 S Manhattan Ave.

839-5311

This 179-bed skilled nursing facility offers a high level of care for those who can no longer function in an assisted living environment. It's the largest nursing home in South Tampa, with a wide range of rehabilitation services.

To learn more

For detailed information on nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, go to http://www.fdhc.state.fl.us and click on the nursing home guide.

For a complete list of assisted living facilities, go to http://www.floridahealthstat.com and click on the facility locator button.

To request an inspection report or complaint investigation on any assisted living facility, call (850) 414-6044.

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