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What is an assisted living community fee & what does it cover?

While researching assisted living facilities in our area, my husband and I have noticed that many of them charge a community fee. What is this fee and what does it cover?

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Answered by: MySeniorCare Staff

These days, assisted living facilities, and most senior housing facilities, are charging a community fee, application fee or move in fee. The fee is usually a one time payment that will help cover the costs involved with moving a person in, prepping the room for occupancy and sometimes maintenance of the common areas.

This community fee can range in price from a few hundred dollars up to a few thousand dollars, depending on the facility. In most cases, the fee is equivalent to one month's rent. The community fee may also be non-refundable, so make sure to check with the facility beforehand to make sure you know your options for refund. Good luck!

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