Our Senior Living Cost Index helps families plan for the costs of senior living. The Cost Index draws on our large database of families that have moved into senior living and assisted living homes between 2012 and 2018. It is the only free data source of its kind.
Our free cost index is based on what families actually spend, not surveyed list prices.
We estimate the range of Senior Living costs in over 2,000 cities & metropolitan areas.
Make better plans by knowing how costs for each type of care are changing in your region
Care Types Explained
It’s not always easy to know what kind of living environment you need. Many communities offer a spectrum of care, saving you a costly move if your care needs change. Here is a summary of care types, who they fit best, and the kinds of amenities likely to be included in your monthly costs.
For seniors who need daily assistance with personal care
- Private and semi-private suites
- Medication management
- Assistance with personal care
- All meals and housekeeping
- 24-hour access to caregivers
For independent seniors seeking community
- Individual apartments
- Transportation services
- Up to 3 meals per day
- Weekly housekeeping
- Some in-home assistance
For seniors with moderate to advance cognitive impairment
- Assisted living with specialized memory care services and programming
- Specialized training for staff
- Secured environments
Apartment homes tailored to the needs of active 55+ adults who don’t need assistance with personal care
- Fitness centers
- Swimming pools
- Golf courses and tennis courts
- Home maintenance
- Low maintenance lifestyle
In addition to the included items above, senior living communities offer lifestyle amenities such as…
Senior Living Planning Guide
We made a comprehensive workbook to help families prepare for the move to senior living. The guide walks you through the major steps of choosing senior living based on your priorities.
Once you understand your options, you can make better decisions. We’re here to help you every step of the way.
Data and plots from The Senior Living Cost Index are free to use for your own purposes, but we ask that you cite the source following the guidelines and citation examples below.
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The Senior Living Cost Index, developed in collaboration with Dr. Matthew Harris, Assistant Professor of Economics at University of Tennessee, is based on actual rent and care charges collected from referred family move-ins to A Place for Mom community partners.
Consumer cost estimates are based on a proprietary machine-learning algorithm that models inflation-adjusted first-month rent and care charges during the last two full calendar years. ZIP codes with a small number of move-ins borrow information about costs from nearby ZIP codes with similar median household income and older adult population share. City, metro, state, regional and national estimates are a weighted average of ZIP-code-level estimates. ZIP-code weights are based on the most recent five-year estimates of population counts of older adults from the American Community Survey.
Cost growth estimates compare the median first-month rent and care charges for a given property and type of care to the median charges in the previous year for the same property and care type.
Texas and Oklahoma estimates are unavailable as APFM does not collect monthly care and rent charges due to state regulations.
Find a more technical description of our methods here.
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