Thank you for visiting the Assisted Living Navigator™ blog, brought to you by Always Best Care – Florida West.  We hope to share useful information about assisted living placement options, and to shed light on the process of choosing the right community.

Like this blog, all of our services to families (and referral sources) are free of charge. We work with a wide range of assisted and independent living communities as an extension of their marketing team. We tour and evaluate a growing number of communities throughout Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Polk and Hernando counties.  Only those Tampa Bay area communities that meet our standards will be recommended to a family.  Each community tour and evaluation aims to catalog the features and amenities offered, the level of care available and the quality of the community management team.

On the family side, we take the time to understand what is important to the family and the loved on transitioning to senior housing. We will look to understand the geographical, budget and personal preferences and priorities. Our job is then to find the best match between the family’s needs and the communities capabilities. Given a choice of three or four personally matched communities, we will tour communities with the family to make sure all the bases are covered.

All decisions are up to the family, but our involvement doesn’t end there. We will work to make sure the transition is as smooth as possible and follow-up with the family, new resident and community.

Please call us at 888-407-5212, or email us at malembo@abc-seniors.com  or  mmanzolembo@abc-seniors.com with your questions. We are here to help.

Family Testimonials



I had placed my severely disabled sister, Mira, in an Assisted Living facility in Tampa.  I became concerned about the care she was getting there and wanted to find a new facility that would accept her with her substantial care needs.

I saw an ad in the church bulletin by Always Best Care offering free service searching for an Assisted Living  facility.  I called them, spoke with Michele Manzo-Lembo and engaged her.  We met the next day,, and I described my sister’s need for substantial care.

The next day she provided us with a matrix listing five facilities, their amenities, costs, and availability of a room.  We selected two and Michele arranged a visit to each.  We made our selection, placed my sister there, and are delighted in the facility and the care they are giving her.

Michele’s knowledge of the Assisted Living market was invaluable.  It saved us our time and energy to research the market, sort through their information, and arrange visits.  With Michele’s help we had placed my sister in the new facility within three weeks of engaging her.

Without reservation, we would highly recommend Always Best Care to assist anyone searching for an Assisted Living facility.

Vera & Walt M.

Thank you again for all of your great help! Everything is going great. I love the owners, they are so nice, thorough and so organized it is truly unbelievable.

The transition (from home) has gone alone better than expected and my mother is receiving services I just wasn’t really expecting. She goes to bed early so they wake her at 9 pm to give her a pill an late night protein snack – both at the recommendation of her doctor – and they constantly clean and care for her hearing aides. They even painted her finger nails yesterday.

I am very pleased with the assisted living community you found for us. Thanks again, you did a great job!

Gregg L.

Recent Posts

Protect Yourself from Charity Scams

While we may be heading into cooler weather and the beginning of the Holidays, it is also time for an increase in deceptive “charity” scams. Be prepared, be aware! From :  http://www.freshfromflorida.com/Divisions-Offices/Consumer-Services/Consumer-E-Newsletter  “Charity scammers use deception to steal money from people who believe they are donating to legitimate causes. They siphon money away from those in … Continue reading Protect Yourself from Charity Scams

Home Care/Assisted Living Cross-over … 2017 Update

Originally posted on Assisted Living Navigator's Blog:
Recently updated figures (emphasis, sadly, on “up”) from the annual Genworth Cost of Care Survey. While every situation is unique and based on its own set of circumstances, note the potential cross-over point around $3,000 per month, where Assisted Living starts to make sense economically.  Certainly an…

More Posts