Looking to make a move into an assisted living community? The cost of assisted living can be your key focus of whether a community is right for you. We always get asked, “How much does assisted living cost?” But, the truth is, it’s essential to know all the facts when it comes to looking at monthly assisted living costs because what’s included can vary. Don’t fall victim to the hidden costs of assisted living! Know what you should ask about up front.
10 Hidden Costs of Assisted Living
Move-In Senior Living Costs
1. Community Fee
Most assisted living communities charge a community fee before moving in. The assisted living community fee generally covers the move-in process and preparing your apartment. This fee varies per assisted living facility, but here at Renaissance Villages, we give you an up front cost of this.
Seniors may not have the means or the support to pack and move their possessions to a new home or apartment. They may also need to hire an outside company to help with the packing and moving. Senior Move Masters is a company that specializes in moving seniors and one that we highly recommend. In addition, they have a variety of services that can include assessments, downsizing assistance, inventory, packing, moving, and unpacking.
Monthly Assisted Living Costs
5. Second Occupancy
Couples sharing an apartment at an assisted living community garners an additional cost for second occupancy. This monthly fee covers the second person’s portions of utilities, meals, etc. Contact us to learn more about Renaissance Villages’ monthly second occupancy fee.
9. Out Of Community
Some communities charge residents fees while they’re away. While basic rent is an ongoing fee, you can stop care. In addition, it’s important to notify the community straight away when leaving on a trip. However, policies and timeframes can vary by location. To learn more about our out of the community policy, please call us.