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Ask The Expert: How much does an Assisted Living Community cost?

posted by: Lisa Sneddon Founder & President, Senior Living Experts

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The cost of long-term care in Assisted Living Communities varies, depending on the services included. Keep in mind, the costs of various services can add up quickly, just as an all-inclusive resort costs much more than a Motel.

Assisted Living Communities in prime real estate locations, with all the amenities and services included, will cost more than a community in a rural location. Other factors determining the price could include the size and view of the apartment, as well as its location within the building. As the care needs increase, so does the cost. It will cost more to have the advantage of knowing a nurse is staffed 24-hours a day, but at the same time, this benefit may save you money by allowing medical conditions to be caught early. Any additional services offered are reflected in a higher monthly rental rate.

According to the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging:

  • The average daily cost for a private room in a nursing home is $213.00, ($6,390.00 per month and $77,745.00 annually).
  • The average daily cost for a semi-private room in a nursing home is $189.00, ($5,670.00 per month and $68,985.00 annually).
  • The average monthly cost of living in Assisted Living Communities is $2,969.00 or $35,628.00 annually.
  • The average cost of living in a not-for-profit Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) is $2,672.00 per month, or $32,064.00 annually.
  • The average monthly rate for assisted living facilities that charge additional fees for providing Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia care is $4,270.00 per month or $51,240.00 annually.
  • To move into a community, individuals might also have to pay an entry fee ranging from $60,000.00 to $120,000.00 or more.

While the price may be shocking to some, keep in mind you do not have the expenses of maintaining a house along with the accompanying insurance and taxes. While you may need to hire a private caregiver while living in an Assisted Living Community, you may not need as much private care as if you were living alone at home. The combined upkeep of a house and the cost of a private caregiver could actually be more than the cost of moving to an Assisted Living Community.

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Posted by:Norman

10/25/2013 10:28:43 AM

I ran across this company on their website states they offer senior care services abroad for a lot less. I don't know it may be an option. assisted living abroad dot net LLC.

Posted by:kelly

5/26/2013 3:31:38 AM

I coordinate full care for two seniors at home, (children have to let go and take a break at some point or they get very frustrated)and it is 24 hour care and that takes three staff at 15$/hr- 14 hrs a day the other 8 hours they have a medical alert service. (while they r sleeping). I do all their shopping- I clean their home(better than a cleaning service -which they had and the home still smelled like urine) it cost just as much ( aprox 6k) a month. But they are together at home, not being checked on every two hours- they have one on one care all day- waited on hand and foot- walked every hour ( for circulation and oxygen levels) they are made home made meals for everymeal-* they r living longer together and they r happy! (by the way I changed their doctor to a geriatric specialist that comes right to the home and if they do get sick- I have access to the doctor right at their home- I also only get paid for the time I am there- I do all the shopping and med pic ups and other needs (creams etc) on my own time- when the relief comes-

Posted by:Pam

9/19/2012 9:01:53 PM

My mom was just admitted to an assisted living community as respite care. It is $100 dollars a day. I was hopeful to make it a permanant placement. She has parkinsons and is experiencing some dementia...not at home but in rehab and current placement. I am truly disappointed at the sales pitch versus the reality. These are privately owned and preach wonderful homes and are hoping they can convince you that your loved ones dementia is clouding their judgement and impeding their ability to settle in. Please don't say dementia is in your spectrum if after one day your loved one is checked on every two hours and not directed as to how to participate in activities. My mom missed breakfast on day two and was left to sit until eleven am until the activity director looked for her....after activity. Granted, I was way over protective as my mom slept with me every night before attempted placement. But DROP THE BALL CITY at the assisted living home. I was a former college recruiter and quit due to the lack of respect to confused high school kids being high pressured. I made a lot of money but valued key decisions as more important. I am being told by the center that they leave the new people alone as to not feel pressured. I was assured, based on my mom's personality, she would she shadowed by the head nurse, due to her parkinsons needs and used as a helper for the center due to her need to be needed. No one has engaged her in that way. She has fallen twice in three days...only had one fall in 81 years in my home. I am at odds what to do. I can't deal with the drama of ocd at my one wants to live here daughter stays with her friend. But can't get a vibe on the assisted living sales pitch. Can you advise?

Posted by:Mary

9/14/2012 12:29:42 PM

@Marlene--first read the article. The ave. price of assisted living is around $3000, not $6000. Even for the $6000 in a SKILLED Nursing, you seem to be ignoring the cost of meds, keeping nurses and other caregivers on staff 24-hr/day, and the high acuity of some of the residents. If you had to hire 24 hour care for your family member at home, it's going to run you money for meds, doctor calls or visits, and Proper staffing. If you hire that $12/caregiver for a couple of hours a day, and they're sick enough that they need 24-hr care, you must want your family member dead. Residents eat out in a dining room specifically so they get out and socialize some. Most people are fairly social creatures. If you want to hole up in your room and never come out, more power to you. You're one who will be begging for an assisted living when the time comes. I don't see you taking care of your folks. You also have no idea how regulated these communities are. Both the Skilled Nursing and Assisted Living. We're inspected a minimum of once a year, more often if there are complains. You do have no clue as to the cost of these places and why. They do seem expensive until you start breaking out all the cost.

Posted by:Leanne

8/25/2012 6:16:09 PM

It seems that there are a lot of people who have left comments here that have absolutely no understanding of the what it really costs to own and operate an assisted living or nursing facility. Many nursing homes actually LOSE money on a lot of residents if there aren't careful of the acuity of patients they accept!!!

Posted by:jerry alfert

6/5/2012 5:04:43 AM

my mother needs a nursing home in west palm florida asap thank you jerry

Posted by:Marlena

5/1/2012 12:18:19 PM

Can you say rip off - most people in assisted living need to eat in the dining room, have someone oversee that they take their medication and may need help bathing and dressing. My parents live in a paid off house ( most older people do), property taxes are about $200 per year and they eat very little about $200 worth of groceries per month. We have home care for approximately 4 hours per day and pay $12 per hour - this is nowhere near $6,000 per month someone is making a really huge profit off old people and their families - this is an industry that should be investigated more thoroughly. $6K is jusitifed for round the clock nursing care and meals given in room and not the dining room.

Posted by:robert

3/3/2012 10:52:11 PM

i used to live in the philippines and have seen pretty nice homes there with single rooms for less then 1,000 a month.. but labour is cheaper there

Posted by:maria

2/16/2012 6:49:16 AM

its just another way for them to rob medicade/medicare way to expensive? why families would pay that rich or not is beyond me assisted living is a joke? i mean really who would pay over $6,000 a month??? iits not like your living with donald trump hey do they have a gourmet chef too? probably not they have to cook on their own and and buy their own food too i suppose wow what is this greedy world coming to???

Posted by:Taryn

12/12/2011 1:05:47 PM

how can anyone afford this? Im very sad.

Posted by:JB

11/21/2011 2:24:41 PM

I know of a community in Dallas on the lower end of your scale (it is not-for-profit). From what I have seen, it is pretty affordable and it looks pretty posh. What blew me away was that they have a 2 to 1 ration of residents to employees!! I won't mention the name, but I just wanted to throw this out there to let you know that there are options that are affordable for middle-income seniors.

Posted by:an

4/15/2011 8:33:23 AM

I find it a robbery to ask 6 000 monthly ! where do they get that much from, come to Europe, we will take care of you for much less

Posted by:Debbie Benting

7/26/2008 10:05:12 AM

I live in Virginia.I am interested in taking 3 assisted living people into my home.I am a caregiver now and i work with an agency here.Sometimes i have to go to a nursing home to sit with people and i don't like things that go on there.Could you tell me what i would have to do to get started ?If i can keep 3 people from going to a nursing home that is my dream.I have girls that are RN and LPN that are willing to work for me already.I just need a mentor to help me and move me in the right direction.Any help would be appeciated. Thanks Debbie

Posted by:Mark

3/26/2008 7:44:51 AM

Great Answer!

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