How Much Does Assisted Living Cost?

What many don't realize is how affordable the cost of senior living communities can be compared with living at home. Relying on family or friend caregivers or hiring in-home care may seem cost-effective on the surface, but can often result in higher cost and greater stress than other options. 

Common Assisted Living Costs

The costs of senior living communities is comprised for three main types of fees: 

  • Recurring Monthly Fees include care along with basic services like housing, transportation, meals and activities. In our communities, these vary based on the size of the resident's apartment, and the exact amount and type of care needed, so our residents don't pay for unnecessary services.  
  • Á La Carte Fees are for optional services, like additional housekeeping or laundry services. Our communities don't charge these when our residents don't use these services. 
  • A Community Fee is a one-time, non-refundable fee paid upon move-in. In our communities, it directly offsets the cost of preparing an apartment for a new resident, and is also applied to the upkeep of shared community spaces, like living and dining rooms.

Costs of Assisted Living vs. Costs of Living at Home

To better understand the value of a community’s senior living costs, it helps to compare against the total cost if you were to continue living at home. Finding the means to join our senior living communities can be simple. We work with you to assess affordability for your big move.  

First, you should calculate your current monthly home living cost. Because these costs can vary month to month, you should add up annual living costs and divide by 12 to determine a monthly average. Be sure to identify major repairs (including furnace and roof) and modifications (like bathtub grip bars, handrails, and an alarm system) that may be necessary to remain safe at home.

A girl helps her grandparents figure out the cost of senior living

Also consider the costs of having a primary caregiver at home. Taking time away from work, hiring an elder-care sitter, and transportation costs all add up. Bear in mind that there can be psychological costs as well. Assisted living relieves family members of psychological and financial stress so they can provide more emotional support.

There are many myths about assisted living costs that may make them seem more expensive than they truly are. After adding all monthly living costs to the expense of in-home care, the average cost of assisted living in an Enlivant community often turns out to be a much better value. To find out more, try our Affordable Senior Care Calculator so you can answer the question "How much does assisted living cost?".

An older couple embraces and smiles for a photo

How to Pay for Assisted Living 

If you're looking into senior care, budgeting assistance may be available for assisted living. 

  • Selling the  Senior's Home: While this option may not initially seem appealing, selling the home is typically the best source of revenue to help move your loved one into assisted living. The income gained from selling the home can greatly ease the stress and financial burden of paying for senior care.   
  • Long-Term Care Insurance: These policies typically cover assisted living costs. If your loved one has a long-term care insurance policy, check with the insurance carrier to fully understand what costs are covered. 
  • Veterans (VA) Benefits: Many veterans and their spouses are eligible for tax-free aid per month toward care services, thanks to the Aid and Attendance Pension Benefit. Even veterans who were not injured during service qualify for the benefit. Learn more about veterans' benefits for assisted living.

Are you or your loved one ready to make the transition? Explore our list of senior living communities near you.