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Tips to Prepare Financially for Senior Care Expenses

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Tips to Prepare Financially for Senior Care Expenses

Senior care expenses are often one of the biggest factors in whether or not to stay at home, even when the benefits to quality of life may favor the move. There’s no question that senior living isn’t inexpensive and that the budgets of most families aren’t unlimited. But what if you haven’t given home versus senior living in Hillsborough Township an apples-to-apples comparison? Often families don’t realize that in some cases senior care expenses are actually less than the total monthly cost at home. Here’s the true way to compare. 

Senior Care Expenses at Home and in Senior Living 

First, it’s important to understand the cost at each of the different levels of care both at home and in senior living in Hillsborough Township. While a number of factors affect the amount you’ll pay, in general, the more care you need, the higher the cost. Here are the average monthly costs according to the most recent Genworth Cost of Care Survey. 

Senior Care Expenses at Home 

  • Homemaker Services – Help with household tasks like cooking, cleaning, and errands that cannot be managed independently. The average monthly cost is $4,957 assuming 44 hours per week. 
  • Home Health Aide Services – Assistance with personal care, but not medical care. The average monthly cost is $5,148 assuming 44 hours per week. 
  • Adult Day Care – Typically includes meals and snacks, health monitoring, medication assistance plus enrichment programs, and social activities during normal business hours, five days a week. The average monthly cost is $1,690. 

In Senior Living in Hillsborough Township 

  • Independent Living – Ideal for seniors who can still live independently as the lifestyle is focused on convenience and active living with home upkeep, cooking, and cleaning taken care of for you in addition to a range of amenities as well as social and enrichment opportunities to enjoy. Published data on the average cost of independent living varies greatly, but you can typically expect it to be between $1,000 to $4,000 a month. 
  • Assisted Living – This level of care provides many of the same services and amenities and activities as independent living but you’ll also have assistance with daily tasks such as bathing, dressing, and medication management as well as onsite medical care. The average monthly cost for a private, one-bedroom is $4,500. 
  • Memory Care – This level of care is just for those with Alzheimer’s and dementia and offers 24-hour support in a secure, nurturing environment with specially trained staff. Published data on the average monthly cost for memory care also varies greatly, but you can usually expect a range between $2,000 to $7,000 a month. 

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Comparing Senior Care Expenses  

When comparing the cost of senior living in Hillsborough Township with staying at home, the mistake families often make is to compare the monthly cost in a community to just their mortgage or rent. However, your total monthly cost of living at home also includes food, utilities, home maintenance, property taxes, insurance, entertainment, and healthcare. To get a true apples-to-apples comparison you must factor these in because they are included in the monthly cost of senior living! This worksheet can help you more easily compare your specific circumstances. 

Monthly Expenses Cost at Home  Cost in Senior Living Community  
Mortgage or rent   
Caregiving  included 
Property tax and insurance  included 
Home maintenance and repairs  included 
Lawn care and yard maintenance  included 
Housekeeping  included 
(electricity, gas, water, trash removal, etc.) 
24-hour security  included 
(insurance, gas, registration, repairs) 
Dining  included 
Social and Entertainment  included 
Exercise and wellness  included 
24-hour emergency alert system  included 
Total Actual Costs   

Once you’ve compared senior care expenses, you may find that senior living is actually less than what you pay at home per month! This may hold true even at higher levels of care as at-home caregiving costs can quickly skyrocket the more help you need, and you may have to pay for home modifications for safety as well as accessibility. 

What If It’s Still Too Much? 

Even if the cost of senior living in Hillsborough Township does turn out to be less than you would pay at home, you may still worry whether or not you can make it work with your budget. Fortunately, there are a number of options that can help you offset senior care expenses including: 

  • Veterans Aid & Attendance Benefit – Wartime veterans or a surviving spouse may be eligible to receive a non-service-connected pension (above the basic pension) to assist in paying for senior living if certain conditions are met. 
  • Long-Term Care (LTC) Insurance – LTC insurance can help pay for the cost of senior living by covering services typically not covered by health insurance, Medicare, or Medicaid.  
  • Life Insurance Conversion – You may be able to convert your in-force life insurance policy into a pre-funded financial account that disburses a monthly benefit to help pay for senior living. 
  • Reverse Mortgage – This type of home equity loan is for homeowners 62 or older who want to access their equity to help pay for senior living. 

For more information download our Family Guide to Funding Senior Care & Housing or contact us today to schedule a tour. 

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