Akin to buying a ticket on a low cost carrier, the cost of assisted living is dependent on what one selects from the list of options. Location, location, location plays a significant role in cost as establishments renting a building or leasing a piece of land may pass on rental or leasing hikes to their residents. In some scenarios, clauses within the signed contracts may stipulate residents to share in any rise in said cost. These centers probably work along the same lines as hotels brandishing their star ratings. Those able to provide more extensive facilities such as swimming pools and golf courses understandably charge a much higher rate for the assisted living expenses than average places offering room and board, meals with the usual offerings of amenities and entertainment.
Choosing between a single room and a shared room attracts different prices. Size of room, view and altitude as well as location from central facilities may add to the cost factor. As such, a room with a view and closest to the dining room and living area may command a higher bid than a crow’s nest. Cost of assisted living is also driven by the type of assistance or service required. In the event the service commands more time or resource from the staff or center, the figure charged is higher. Helping a resident to bathe as compared to monitoring the intake of medication may be assessed at different levels. It is thus essential to fully comprehend how the institution applies its pricing scheme for assistance living expenses so as not to be slapped with a nasty surprise at month end. Rather than opting for ala carte style of services, identify what exactly is required beforehand and request that the resident or financier be duly informed before any new service is rendered. Allowing the caregiver to charge as and when needed is no different than giving the mechanic a full hand in tinkering with the car.
In some cases, added facilities such as phone usage and connection to the internet are surcharges. Additional meals such as snacks may also be outside the normal order of things and are charged accordingly. Whilst the staff is on hand to attend to medical needs, additional trips to the mall or market can also add up the cost of assisted living. As their responsibilities in providing living assistance do not cover the more frivolous matters, a resident asking for special treatment is expected to pay more.