People often experience sticker-shock when they find out how expensive great senior care can be, but there’s no need to panic.

When it comes to paying for care, here’s the best advice we can give you: call us. No, really, get in touch to tell us more about your loved one’s unique financial situation, and let us help you make sense of the costs.  

We’ll also introduce you to resources that might be available to make great care more affordable, like benefits for veterans and spouses of veterans. We’ll also help you model your loved one’s financial resources to give you an idea of how long he or she may be able to afford care in a Ridge Care Senior Living community. 

Here are a few things to keep in mind about how Ridge Care simplifies the process of shopping and paying for senior care:

  • There are no long-term leases. This is important as you consider your loved one’s changing needs. You don’t want to be locked into a lease in a community that can’t meet his or her needs. 
  • There are no costly buy-ins. To move in, your loved one will pay the first month’s rent and a community fee equal to one month’s rent. That’s it. 

In the spirit of pricing transparency, here’s everything you need to know about what it costs to live in a Ridge Care Senior Living community: 

Independent Living Community Pricing

You pay one affordable, all-inclusive rate for room and board. This includes your apartment rent, utilities (minus phone service, but most folks nowadays bring their cell phones), meals, housekeeping, social activities, scheduled transportation, and more.

Each new resident pays a community fee equal to one month’s rent.

The only additional charges you should anticipate are costs for care through Summit Care at Home and pharmacy charges.

Your loved one will receive an annual increase on their base rent rate. While changing economic conditions prevent us from being able to guarantee the amount of increases from year to year, we generally counsel our residents to plan on an annual increase of between 3 and 5 percent.

Assisted Living Community Pricing

You pay one affordable rate for room and board, which includes apartment rent, utilities (minus phone service, but most folks nowadays bring their cell phones), meals, housekeeping services, laundry services, social activities, scheduled transportation, and more. We call this your “base rate.”

Each new resident pays a community fee equal to one month’s rent.

Prior to your loved one’s move-in date, he or she will be assessed by our resident care team who will assign them a level of care based on their unique needs. We’ll provide you with descriptions of each level of care and the associated cost, and an explanation for why a particular level has been assigned. After 30 days, your loved one will receive another assessment to determine if the assigned level is appropriate. If it is, great! If it’s determined your loved one’s level of care is too high, we’ll back it down a level. If it’s too low, we’ll increase it right away, but remember, you won’t be charged for the new level until you’ve been given a 30-day notice of the increase.

The only additional charges you should anticipate are pharmacy charges, fees associated with any necessary incontinence supplies, and the costs of dietary supplements (thickened liquids, etc.), if ordered by a physician.

Your loved one will receive an annual increase on their base rent rate. While changing economic conditions prevent us from being able to guarantee the amount of increases from year to year, we generally counsel our residents to plan on an annual increase of between 3 and 5 percent.