What’s Included in Senior Care Costs?

 

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It’s easy to look at these numbers and get caught up in sticker shock. You may even rule out certain options right away, thinking, “Mom could never afford that!” But you have to think of a senior living community in two parts: it’s a place to live and it provides medical/non-medical care services and amenities.

Consider all the people involved in the ongoing operations of a care community — from frontline workers to those behind the scenes: the care staff and nurses administering medications and attending to basic daily needs, the dining room servers and the kitchen team, the housekeeping staff and plant operations crew, the employees responsible for quality control, training, and human resource management, the sales team keeping the building occupied. It’s hard work — and it comes with a price tag.

Here’s a closer look at what comprises the costs of these senior living communities (but be aware, this is not an exhaustive list):

When it comes to senior living and senior care, you have a choice of:
  • living in your home and receiving care services (i.e. med management; assistance with daily activities; rehab)
  • residing in a senior housing community that provides care and services (i.e. meals, transportation and programs)
  • living in a health care center where skilled nursing (i.e. short/long term) is available


Senior Residential Communities

Assisted Living, Memory Care, and Independent Living
  • A private accommodation such as a studio or a shared room apartment
  • A meal plan and nutritional support for dietary needs
  • Housekeeping & laundry services
  • Grounds, landscaping & maintenance services
  • Parking for personal vehicles
  • Access to amenities: fitness center, religious services, recreational & social activities, hair salon, etc.
  • Specialized programming: fall prevention, brain health fitness training, etc.
  • A trained, vetted, caring staff to meet your lifestyle, healthcare and basic daily needs
  • Transportation to doctor’s appointments and other activities
  • Assistance with daily activities and other care services as needed: medication reminders, help with getting in and out of bed, etc.
  • Nursing care (varies by state)
  • Security & Emergency Response System
  • Hospice & Palliative Care


Home Based Care & Services

Adult Day Services, Home Care, Hospice & Palliative Care
  • Assistance with meals
  • Assistance with medications
  • Help with housekeeping
  • Transportation
  • Nursing and hospice/palliative care as needed: wound care, IV therapy, alternative treatments for pain management, etc.
  • Rehabilitation


Skilled Nursing Care

Rehabilitation or Hospice Facility, Skilled Nursing Facility
  • A private or shared room
  • Nursing care: medication management, access to therapies, etc.
  • A meal plan and nutritional support for dietary needs
  • Housekeeping & laundry services
  • Access to amenities: fitness center, religious services, recreational & social activities, hair salon, etc.
  • Specialized programming: fall prevention, brain health fitness training, etc.
  • A trained, vetted, caring staff to meet your lifestyle, healthcare, and basic daily needs
  • Security & Emergency Response System


Read our post, Senior Living 101: An Overview of Care Options, to learn more about these care settings.
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