Senior Living Options and Costs

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If you or your loved ones are starting to consider senior living options, you may be overwhelmed by the different choices that you have available. Here we have a breakdown of some of the most common types of housing that you will find. Prices vary by location and are based on the different facilities and services available.

Independent Living Communities

Seniors who need very little assistance may be interested in living in a private apartment in a retirement community. These generally cost about $2,000-$4,000 per month and include various community amenities. It is the cheapest option, since any other options will require a lot of staff attention, including registered nurses and doctors.

Assisted Living

It is possible to maintain a private apartment even once you start to need help with things like cooking, cleaning, and medication. Staff in assisted care communities are available for about $3,000-$5,000 a month, or slightly more for specialized areas like Alzheimer’s residences.

Nursing Homes

For full time carefully-monitored assistance, nursing homes can either provide short-term care during an illness or injury or long-term care. These skilled nursing centers can handle a wide range of medical conditions. Residents often room together, but the center fully provides for their needs. It provides their meals and encourages them to take part in various activities to raise community spirit. These homes can cost $4,000-$8,000 per month.

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