Responding YES to some of these questions may help to reduce the cost of assisted living.
① Along the same line as hotel ratings, can you manage to be comfortable in a "3 star" moderate assisted living facility as opposed to needing a “5 star” luxury facility?
② Are you able to forgo a room with special views, a location close to common areas, ground floor, or with a balcony and patio?
③ Are you willing to move to an assisted living facility that is in a lower traffic, possibly quiet suburban setting with less nearby conveniences such as shopping center complexes?
④ Are you willing to relocate to an overall lower cost of living area that may be some distance from your current home?
⑤ Are you willing to reduce your square footage living requirements substantially, which may accommodate only a few special pieces of furniture?
⑥ Are you willing to share an apartment or room with a roommate, or share a bathroom in a suite arrangement?
⑦ Will you consider moving to a new assisted living facility with no prior track record or established reputation but that may offer new residents special moving in rates?
⑧ Is your family willing and able to share with some of the maintenance chores such as housekeeping, laundry and transportation?
⑨ Is your family willing and able to purchase medications and supplies outside of the assisted living facility at lower prices?
⑩ If you or your spouse is independent and in good health, will you consider living in the independent senior apartment area and bringing in a caregiver for the more dependent one?