Priceless Benefits: What’s Included in the Cost of Senior Living

Priceless Benefits

Read a brochure for a senior living community and you might assume it is going to be way more expensive than what you’re paying to live at home. But you might be surprised. In fact, at Senior Star, we find that many people are very pleasantly surprised when they discover what’s included in the cost of senior living. 

More than just a place to live, the right senior living community can be your passport to a whole new outlook on life—one filled with more freedom, more opportunities for engaging and embracing life, more ways to pursue lifelong wellness, and more peace of mind. And much more affordable than you may think.

Consider the costs of staying in your home:

Over the years it’s easy to get into a routine of paying for the expenses of living at home. So easy, that you might not even be realizing how many things you are actually paying for. Obvious costs are mortgage or rent, property tax and insurance, and utilities. Now stop to consider maintenance costs that can be regular or occur suddenly, such as a leaky roof, lawn and garden upkeep, interior and exterior painting, repair or replacement of plumbing, heating and air conditioning, appliances and more. 

There’s also the safety factor. Do you really want to be crawling in the attic to replace a filter? Or climbing a ladder to get the leaves off the roof? You can hire someone to handle these tasks, adding to the expense of staying at home. Even cooking can become dangerous or even difficult if mobility issues arise. That can lead to added expenses or a tendency to not maintain proper nutrition.

Now consider what’s included in the cost of senior living:

All the “nuts and bolts” of daily life are covered in your monthly fee:

  • Monthly rent
  • Home maintenance and repairs
  • Grounds maintenance
  • Utilities
  • (no property tax or insurance fee)

In addition, look at how much more is included in the cost of senior living—things you might not be able to enjoy at home:

  • 24-hour security. It can be very reassuring to know that someone is always available day or night, regardless of weather.
  • Housekeeping. Let someone else do the dusting! Most modern senior living communities let you schedule your regular housekeeping services so you can sit back and relax.
  • Transportation: Would you love to go see the new play at the theater but don’t want to drive at night? Scheduled transportation can be the answer. Enjoy a ride to scheduled appointments, special outings, grocery stores and more. This perk is one of the most popular of what’s included in the cost of senior living.
  • Dining. You can still cook as much as you choose in your private residence. But if the thought of hanging up your pots and pans whets your appetite, you’ll love having nutritious and delicious dining just steps away. It can feel great to have someone else serve you for a change!
  • Exercise and wellness. Living at home and trying to follow an exercise regimen can be a challenge. Living in an atmosphere of wellness, with classes, senior-friendly exercise equipment and professional instruction available can help you stay strong and active and it’s a major plus of what’s included in the cost of senior living. Plus, you have the added perk of being around others who share the same goals—great for motivation!
  • Social activities and events. Isolation can be harmful to an older adult’s mental and physical health. What’s included in the cost of senior living is an array of opportunities for sharing good times. Classes, trips, parties, hobbies, clubs, happy hours, discussions—be as active as you choose. No reservation required!

Maybe the biggest benefit of what’s included in the cost of senior living? Peace of mind. 

The peace of mind that comes from knowing you have made a plan for the future. You have chosen a lifestyle that is designed for your safety and security, with exceptional staff and caregivers close at hand when needed. You have access to the resources and expertise that can help you maintain your independence and more fully enjoy the next chapter in your story. 

What’s included in the cost of senior living? At Senior Star, it’s services, conveniences and amenities that make life carefree—priceless benefits you can enjoy every day. 

Independence. Freedom. Quality Time. Senior living at Senior Star offers more than you may have realized. Download our free guide Family Decision Toolkit for more in-depth and helpful information. Questions about senior living?  Contact us to learn more.


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