Costs of Senior Living
Many factors come into play when deciding on the right senior living community for you. And while each person's list of 'must-have' amenities might vary from one to the next - affordability is certainly a line item on everyone's list. Two of our most frequently asked questions are, "How much does independent living cost?" and "What is included?"
At our Independent and Assisted Living community in Phoenix, we offer several senior living options to fit a wide range of budgets. If you are unsure of what your budget might be or if you want to explore affordable senior housing, we encourage you to visit our Paying for Senior Living page to learn more.
When comparing the cost of senior living to your current living situation, it's important to review what services and amenities are included in independent living and consider the benefits of what senior living communities have to offer.
It's not only how many meals are included in your rent each month but also the intrinsic value of sharing a meal with neighbors.
It's getting out of the house and gathering around a table to enjoy a meal in the company of others, instead of having (another) frozen dinner on the couch. The intrinsic value of human connection - developing new friendships, learning new hobbies, and becoming part of a community. Most budgets don't have a line item for these assets. These are all fundamentals in maintaining your independence and overall health and wellness. Priceless.
The Costs and Benefits of Independent Living
We have created the worksheet below to help you compare the costs of your current living situation with the costs of living in a retirement community like Fellowship Square Phoenix. This worksheet will also help you weigh the amenities and services included in your monthly rent – such as lawn care, housekeeping, and maintenance, against the costs of similar services you currently pay for in your own home.
As you go through the worksheet, enter the amount you are paying in your current home next to each expense type. For costs such as unexpected home or appliance repairs, it's sometimes helpful to look at past repair bills and enter a ballpark number.
You can also download a print-friendly version here.
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Cost Comparison Worksheet
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Dining Options and Additional Meals
In the Main Dining Room, additional meals can be charged to the resident's account and they are $12 each for residents and guests.
In the Garden Café, menu items are priced individually. Residents can charge to their account, pay by cash or credit/debit card.