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Understanding Costs of Assisted Living

Assisted living facilities offer a safe, comfortable place to live along with a wide array of services and amenities, including help with daily tasks like dressing, bathing, and walking, as well as housekeeping, laundry, and meals, plus medicine management and medical care when it’s needed.

When you first think about the costs of assisted living, you might imagine the expenses involved in having a butler, cook, housekeeper, chauffeur, laundress, personal maid or valet, and nurse. But the expenses of assisted living don’t actually add up to the upkeep on Downton Abbey.

MetLife did a national survey in 2012 and found that the base cost of assisted living across the country averaged $3,500. But averages give you only the most general idea of the actual costs of life in an assisted living facility.

The size of the apartment is one of the most important factors in determining the actual cost of assisted living. A studio apartment in a senior care facility will have much different costs from a two or three bedroom home in an assisted living community.

The amount of care needed is another crucial factor in determining the cost of assisted living services. Some people may only need help with housekeeping, meals, and laundry, while others need help dressing, using the toilet, and bathing. Different levels of service involve different costs.

The geographic area will also have an influence on prices. Some parts of the country are more expensive to live in than others, and location will affect the cost of an assisted living facility just as it does the cost of a private home.

When comparing the costs of different assisted living facilities, be sure to consider both the services and amenities included in the basic cost, and those that will be extra. If one facility bundles services together — as about half of the assisted living facilities in the country do — and the other lists services and entrance fees separately, it can be hard to compare them. Make sure you fully understand what is covered by the prices you’re quoted when you call or visit an assisted living facility.

Tutera assisted living facilities are happy to answer all your questions. Feel free to call us at 877-988-8372 or visit the Tutera facility near you.