Assisted Living Costs: Cases Involving Increased Care

Assisted living costs are directly related to each patient's health. If you’re planning to enter an assisted living facility after retirement or considering various assisted living options for aging family members, it is important to be aware of the fact that increased care often means greater costs.

Assisted Living Care Costs

When you or your loved one enters assisted living, the facility coordinator will offer you several different plans to choose from. Although the average cost of assisted living in the U.S. is $2500 monthly (in 2010), additional care will leave you with additional costs. Your base rent is determined in part by the amount of aid you need to go about your daily activities.

Increased Care May Result in Contract Termination

Assisted living facility coordinators understand that, as people age, their medical needs often increase. Some facilities require residents to sign a contract stating that, should the facility be unable to meet their needs at any point in the future, they agree to move out.

Some assisted living facilities do not cater to special medical needs at all. If an emergency requires a no-care facility to manage a patient’s medical needs until he moves out, the facility often charges additional fees for each service performed.

Assisted Living vs. Nursing Facilities

Although many assisted living facilities are capable of helping seniors manage minor medical conditions or take medications at the appropriate time, these institutions are not regulated to the same degree as nursing facilities. In the event that you or your loved one requires round-the-clock care, a nursing facility is usually better equipped to provide that care in addition to being more closely monitored by state government agencies.

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