You’re retired and ready to spend more time doing things that bring you joy instead home maintenance, yard work and the never-ending cooking and cleaning.
Although a CCRC (i.e. life-plan community) would give you these opportunities and more, can you afford it? There’s one way to find out; compare a community’s monthly costs against your expenses living at home. A life-plan community may be more within reach than you think.
Most people assume a life-plan community costs more than living at home. That could be the case if you’re only comparing the community’s monthly cost against a monthly mortgage.
However, your mortgage is not your only monthly expense. There’s food, utilities, home maintenance, property taxes and entertainment. It’s crucial to add these into your comparison because they’re already included in the community’s monthly cost.
Use the following worksheet to help you compare.
|Monthly Expenses||Home Expenses||Senior Living Costs|
|Property tax and insurance||Included|
|Home maintenance and repairs||Included|
|Lawn care and yard maintenance||Included|
|Housekeeping||May be included|
|Apartment utilities (i.e. electricity, gas, water, trash removal, etc.)||Included|
|Transportation (i.e. insurance, gas, registration, repairs)||Included|
|Social and entertainment||Included|
|Exercise and wellness||Included|
|24-hour emergency alert system||Included|
|Total monthly expenses|
Even if your comparison shows a life-plan community may cost more, the positive impact on your quality of life is a value that often can’t be matched at home.
Consider the following benefits:
If you’re only considering a community’s monthly fee against your mortgage, you’re not getting the full picture that will lead to making an informed decision. You need to consider both tangible costs and intangible benefits.