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Tips for Cutting Costs of Assisted Living ©

By: Clare Absher RN, BSN

Responding YES to Questions Below May Help Make Assisted Living Affordable

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