How Much Does Assisted Living Cost?

Shawn Plummer

CEO, The Annuity Expert

Overview of Assisted Living Costs

The national median monthly cost of an assisted living facility is $4,500. This cost varies depending on location, the level of care required, and the amenities offered by the facility.

Ways to Reduce Assisted Living Costs

  1. Long-Term Care Insurance: This insurance covers the costs of long-term care not covered by regular health insurance or Medicare. It can significantly lower out-of-pocket expenses for assisted living.
  2. Long-Term Care Annuity: This financial product combines the benefits of an annuity plan with long-term care coverage. It provides a stream of income and can be used to cover assisted living costs.
  3. Hybrid Long-Term Care Insurance: This option merges life insurance with long-term care insurance. If long-term care is not needed, it pays out as life insurance.

Example of Cost Reduction

  • Original Cost: $4,500 per month
  • With Insurance/Annuity: The cost can be reduced significantly, depending on the coverage. For example, if the insurance covers 70%, the out-of-pocket cost would be $1,350 per month.

Comparison of Cost Reduction Methods

Cost Reduction MethodDescriptionPotential Monthly Savings
Long-Term Care InsuranceInsurance covering long-term care expensesVaries by plan
Long-Term Care AnnuityAnnuity providing income for long-term careVaries by plan
Hybrid Long-Term Care Ins.Combines life and long-term care insuranceVaries by plan


Utilizing long-term care insurance, annuities, or hybrid options can substantially reduce the financial burden of assisted living. These tools help make the cost more manageable, ensuring quality care without the full out-of-pocket expense.

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Shawn Plummer

CEO, The Annuity Expert

Shawn Plummer is a licensed financial professional, insurance agent, and annuity broker with over 14 years of first-hand experience with annuities and insurance. Since beginning his journey in 2009, he has been pivotal in selling and educating about annuities and insurance products. Still, he has also played an instrumental role in training financial advisors for a prestigious Fortune Global 500 insurance company, Allianz. His insights and expertise have made him a sought-after voice in the industry, leading to features in renowned publications such as Time Magazine, Bloomberg, Entrepreneur, Yahoo! Finance, MSN, SmartAsset, The Simple Dollar, U.S. News and World Report, Women’s Health Magazine, and many more. Shawn’s driving ambition? To simplify retirement planning, he ensures his clients understand their choices and secure the best insurance coverage at unbeatable rates.

The Annuity Expert is an independent online insurance agency servicing consumers across the United States. The goal is to help you take the guesswork out of retirement planning and find the best insurance coverage at the cheapest rates

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