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When you start your search for senior living, cost is one of the largest factors that comes into play when deciding on the best assisted living facility. Often times we are intrigued by the many amenities and decor of a community but understand that the care provided is top priority! Keep in mind assisted living communities offer so much more than just your living expenses, most include the room, utilities, maintenance, meals, electricity, and sometimes phone and cable. Sometimes there are communities that include the cost of care while others may add additional charges for levels of care.
It’s true, you can hire a caregiver to help in the privacy of your own home, however the cost may increase thus, an assisted living facility may be a more affordable option. To hire a home care agency to provide care in their own home is about $18+/hr, which over time can really add up. If you decide to hire someone privately you can pay much less but you face other concerns such as not having liability insurance, or if they are out sick, not having a back up person on days your caregiver is out. We advise you to conduct a background screening on anyone you are consider hiring to assist with care. Most home care agencies will handle this for you.
The burden of maintaining a home can become difficult and if something breaks such as the air conditioning or plumbing, you will have to worry about who to hire to come fix the problem. Yard work is another chore that takes a lot of time and effort and can also be difficult to accomplish for someone who needs help with mobility.
Wouldn’t it be great to have everything covered for you? A place where you no longer have to worry about maintenance of your home, paying for individual bills or cooking meals. In an assisted living facility,. this is provided for you!
In the state of Florida, the average cost for assisted living is about $3050 per month, but varies based on region and amenities offered. North Star Senior Advisors partners with communities and adult family care homes that range from $2000 to $5000+ per month.
The great thing about assisted living facilities is that seniors can receive the type of assistance tailored to their needs while ensuring they receive routine exercise, health checkups, and the opportunity to meet new people when participating in fun and lively activities. If you have additional questions regarding the cost of senior living in Central Florida and what options you have, please call a senior advisor today at 407-796-1582.