The cost of assisted living varies significantly between facilities across the nation and even within the same city. We have compiled estimated costs of assisted living facilities in the United States from many industry surveys.
The costs of assisted living care also depends greatly on the level of service a resident requires. The 2010 CDC National Survey of Residential Care Facilities provides some very valuable insights into the costs of assisted living, but also how facilities charge residents.
Genworth Financial notes that as a whole, costs of assisted living have gone up more than nursing homes, adult day care, and home care, but this change is likely due to a more broad range of services provided by assisted living than in prior years. Many times, residents that would need to go into a nursing home are able to use an assisted living facility instead. They argue that the rise in cost is just a bit more than average inflation.
|Care Type||National Average|
|Five Year Increase|
|Adult day care |
1 year increase
|Home care |
44 hours per week
|Nursing Home |
double occupancy room for one person
|Nursing Home |
single occupancy room for one person
The Genworth 2012 Cost of Care Survey is the most comprehensive study of its kind. Genworth Financial surveyed approximatey 15,000 care providers. The monthly cost is for a one-bedroom unit in an assisted living facility. When a range was provided, the average of the high and low was used for the calculation. We urge you to ask for a specific base price quote as well as a complete estimate of ALL services included while requesting information from ANY assisted living community.
48% of the facilities offered a flat base rate, while 52% of facilities have a variable rate, based on the disability of the resident and the services received.
The graph below shows the breakdown in the average monthly base rate for a single room from the CDC survey.
The graph below shows the average monthly base rate for a resident in an Alzheimer's unit, obviously, Alzheimer's care is more expensive as you can see by the number of facilities reporting a rate of $4200 or more compared to the above graph pricing distribution.
Facilities reported the costs of double rooms below, and the results show a cost-savings for those willing to share a room with other residents.
The CDC survey gives us a good idea of what types of services various facilities include in the base rate costs. Around 50% of facilities included skilled nursing services in the base rate, while 65% included incontinence care, 70% included transportation, while just 25% included occupational and physical therapy.
And typically, the majority of facilities include 3 meals per day in their monthly base rate.
72% of facilities allow the resident to obtain additional services in addition to the base rate.
30% of facilities required a security deposit, while 22% required an entrance fee prior to moving in.
It's important to note the total cost of service, in most cases is more than the base rate you can expect to pay for assisted living. The CDC shows a break down of the total costs residents of residential care facilities incurred per month. Looking at the bar chart, you can see the concentration of total costs lie between $2000-$4500 per month, but there are many residents that paid as little as $1000, but also many that paid over $6000 per month.
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