You can research the price of a new car, a college and a house to help you narrow down your choices before taking a drive or a tour. Yet if you search most senior living providers' websites for the community's monthly cost, you will be hard-pressed to find a dollar amount. If there is a mention of costs, it generally references what is included in the monthly fee, such as rent and services, but does not give the full amount you will be writing a check for each month. Instead they encourage you to call and take a tour to answer your questions.
Online directories which serve as a one-stop-resource to search for senior living communities may include the starting cost of a community on its profile page. However, you cannot easily compare the pricing of nearby communities without clicking back and forth between profiles. Some sites even lock this pricing behind a form that you must complete to view the pricing.
At SeniorHomes.com, we don't think either experience allows you to easily search for senior living options, whether for yourself or for your aging parents and relatives.
That's why we recently updated our City pages for Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care to include the median costs of senior living communities within that city and the surrounding area. This way you can search one place for the cost information and narrow down your search for the communities within your price range.
To the right is an example of the Independent Living options in Atlanta. You can sort the list either by Community or Starting Price by clicking on the arrows. We also include the nearby communities to provide you with more options to consider. To learn more about any community, click its name to be taken to its profile page.
If you experience sticker shock when you see the monthly price, keep in mind the number of amenities and services included: rent, utilities (generally excludes telephone and cable), dining services, laundry services, housekeeping and transportation. For memory care communities, personal care services may also be included in the monthly price or may be extra.
We obtain this cost data directly from the senior living communities and update the information as new pricing is received. Please be aware that this cost data is for informational purposes only and your actual senior living costs, upon joining a community, may vary for a variety of reasons not limited to availability and your personal situation. Should you need further help narrowing down your search, consider chatting with one of our Family Advisors who will be able to give you a better sense of the costs you can expect.