Senior Living

Comparing the Cost of Home to Senior Living

Comparing the Cost of Home to Senior Living

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Many people assume that senior living costs more than aging in place in your home. While senior living costs can vary greatly depending upon location, floor plan, and needed care services, there are affordable options that often compare to your current living expenses.
We provide a breakdown of how to compare the monthly costs of remaining at home to senior living. You may be surprised at the results!

Comparing home care with senior living costs

You may need to budget for food, utilities, maintenance, property taxes, mortgage payments/rent, entertainment, and healthcare while living in your own home, condominium, or apartment. Assisted living communities like Frontida offer monthly fees that include these types of expenses.
For example, you can expect freshly prepared, home-cooked meals served three times daily. You can also enjoy a monthly calendar of life-enriching activities, special events, outings, classes, and more. Additionally, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to create meaningful connections with peers and team members.

Assisted living staff can assist with daily tasks like personal grooming, laundry, and medication management. They can also help with maintenance tasks, transportation, and housekeeping.
In a community like Frontida Assisted Living, you can look forward to greater independence with access to supportive care and a specialized team whenever needed. Peace of mind and a higher quality of life are important factors to consider when weighing the value of senior living as well.

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Using a cost comparison worksheet to weigh the costs of senior living

We recommend using the following chart for a side-by-side comparison of your current living expenses with senior living costs. This cost guide tool can help provide you with more of an apples-to-apples comparison.

Monthly Expenses Cost at Home Senior Living Costs
Caregiving Included
Property tax/insurance N/A
Home maintenance/repairs Included
Lawn care/snow removal Included
Housekeeping Included
Utilities (electricity, gas, water, trash, sewage) Included
24-hour security Included
Transportation (insurance, gas, registration, repairs) Included
Dining Included
Social/entertainment Included
Exercise/wellness Included
24-hour emergency alert system Included
Total Monthly Expenses

When you’ve completed the home costs in the provided worksheet, make sure you find out all of the costs and funding sources at the senior living communities you’re considering. Ask what the monthly fees include and what you can expect to incur at an additional cost.
You’ll also want to know what floor plan and care services are available to you so you can understand your options and make a fully informed decision. Our senior living experts at Frontida are here to support you and answer any questions you may have about senior living costs.

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Feel at Home at Frontida Assisted Living

Frontida Assisted Living values transparency and trust in each of our Wisconsin communities, and our team is ready to answer your questions, offer support, and provide resources to help you make a confident and informed decision for your future care.
Our compassionate team strives to create a sense of community and purpose for each resident through personalized programming, life-enriching activities, and special events.
Learn how we care for our residents:

  • Private suites, bedrooms, and companion rooms
  • Fully accessible bathrooms
  • Spacious living rooms and engaging indoor recreation areas
  • Cozy fireplaces and open-plan seating in living spaces
  • Beautifully maintained outdoor areas
  • Delicious, home-cooked meals and snacks
  • 24-hour personal care and supervision
  • Comfortable spa and salon (in specific locations)
  • Dedicated memory care communities
  • Specialized behavioral health care communities
  • Housekeeping and laundry services
  • Individualized care plans
  • Life Enrichment Coordinators to plan and schedule meaningful activities for all residents
  • Nursing staff to oversee the health and wellness of each resident

We value honesty, trust, and open communication to build relationships with our residents and their loved ones. Together, we form a partnership to ensure your loved one lives a fulfilling life, feeling a sense of belonging and purpose.

When you’re ready, contact any of our 11 Frontida assisted living and memory care communities to gather more information, or to set up a personalized tour. We’re here for you whenever you need us.
We understand that transitioning into assisted care can be an emotional, stressful and often confusing journey. That’s why we’re dedicated to helping you and your family navigate the complex world of care. Download our free “Guide to Funding Senior Living” to learn more.


Rachel Potente
• 3 min read