Assisted Living Costs
Review the Average Costs of Assisted Living by State
Overview of Assisted Living Costs
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 depend on the level of service a resident requires. The 2010 CDC National Survey of Residential Care Facilities provides some treasured insights into the costs of assisted living, but also how facilities charge residents.
Genworth Financial notes that the costs of assisted living has gone up more than nursing homes, adult day care and home care. Many times, residents that would go into a nursing home can use an assisted living facility instead. They argue that the rise in cost is just a bit more than average inflation.
Compare Senior Care Costs
|Care Type||National Average Cost|
|Home Health Care|
8 hours per week
|Adult Day Care|
44 hours per week
|Home Health Care|
44 hours per week
Semi-Private - double occupancy room for one person
Private - single occupancy room for one person
Assisted Living Costs by State
The Genworth 2015 Cost of Care Survey is the most comprehensive study of its kind. Genworth Financial surveyed approximatey 15% of assisted living communities. 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.
Median Monthly Cost of Assisted Living One-Bedroom Unit
How is the base rate structured?
48% of the facilities offered a flat base rate while 52% of services have a variable rate, based on disability.
Average Monthly Base Rate for a Single Room
The graph below shows the breakdown of the average monthly base rate for a single assisted living room from the CDC survey.
The chart below shows the average monthly base rate for a resident in an Alzheimer's unit. It is more expensive than any other care, and they charge $4200 a month compared to the above graph pricing distribution.
Average Monthly Base Rate for a Double Room
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.
Learn more about assisted living room types.
What's Included in the Base Rate?
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, most facilities include three meals per day in their monthly base rate.
72% of facilities allow the resident to obtain additional services also to the base rate.
Security Deposit or Entrance Fee?
30% of facilities require a security deposit while 22% require an entrance fee before moving in.
Total Cost of Services
It's important to note the full cost of service, in most cases is more than the base rate you can expect to pay for assisted living. The CDC shows a breakdown of the total costs residents of residential care facilities incurred per month. The bar chart below lists the cost of services. They range from $2000-$4500 per month, but there are many residents that pay as little as $1000, but some pay over $6000 per month.
After seven years of helping her aging parents, Carol Marak has become a dedicated senior care writer. Since 2007, she has been doing the research to find answers to common concerns: housing, aging and health, staying safe and independent, and planning long-term.
- What is Assisted Living?
- Who Lives in Assisted Living?
- Services Provided
- Staff and Administration
- Quiz: What type of care is right for me?
- Talking to a Parent
- Assisted Living Costs
- Ways to Pay for Assisted Living
- Putting Together a Financial Plan
- If You Can't Afford Assisted Living
- Planning Your Social Security to Better Pay for Retirement
- Prescription Drug Assistance
- Choosing an Assisted Living Facility
- Moving Out of the Family Home
- Moving Into an Assisted Living Community
- Resident Activities
- Resident Health
- Medication Management and Adherence Education
- How Tech Advanced are Facilities?