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Paying for Long-Term Care

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Paying for long-term care is a significant budget item that can quickly become a burden for aging adults. Families are relieved to learn there are many options to help cover the costs of senior care. This comprehensive guide is based on A Place for Mom’s exclusive price data and expertise developed from working with more than 2 million families.

Read on to learn everything you need to know about how to pay for senior care, whether at home or in senior living.


How to Pay for Assisted Living: A Comprehensive Guide

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Medicare, Medicaid, and Long-Term Care

Understand the ins and outs of Medicare and Medicaid to see how you can use these programs to pay for senior care.

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Long-Term Care Insurance: An In-Depth Guide and Options for 2023

For the chronically ill or disabled, this insurance can fund respite care, adult day care, senior living, and more. See ...

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Cost of Long-Term Care and Senior Living

Explore A Place for Mom's Cost of Care Report to learn about the median costs of assisted living, memory care, and more.

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Paying for senior care with personal funds

You may be surprised by the many ways to pay for long-term care. Typically, families finance senior care through a combination of options: savings and retirement income, long-term care insurance, proceeds from the sale of a home, or other alternatives. Learn more about each payment option.

Private payment options

Seniors may use individual retirement accounts (IRAs), stocks, bonds, or other investments to pay for care. They may be able to sell these assets or use dividends to pay for long-term care.


Selling a House to Pay for Care: A Guide for Seniors and Families

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Does Long-Term Care Insurance Cover Assisted Living?

Learn how long-term care insurance can help pay for assisted living. Plus, understand common policy terms and eligibilit...

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Using Life Insurance to Pay for Long-Term Care: Tips for Seniors to Free Up Cash

Life insurance for seniors can help pay for long-term care, even without long-term care insurance.

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Can You Use Your HSA for Long-Term Care Costs?

Learn how an HSA can be used to pay for long-term care costs to offset some senior living expenses.

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Using Medicare and Medicaid to pay long-term care costs

Jointly funded by the federal and state governments, Medicaid is the state-run health insurance program for low-income families. Medicare, on the other hand, is national health insurance that covers most seniors. Both government programs can help pay for the cost of elder care.

Some families turn to Medicaid for help paying for senior care costs after their private resources have run out. And while Medicare won’t pay for room and board — meaning rent, food, and amenities like pet fees — it can pay for health care expenses in long-term care. For example, Medicare may pay for medical services such as doctors appointments and physical therapy, regardless of where a senior lives.

Browse the articles below to learn more about how Medicaid and Medicare can help cover senior care costs.


Does Medicaid Pay for Assisted Living?

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Medicaid and Home Health Care: Your Questions, Answered

Learn about Medicaid-covered home health care, and get tips for finding in-home care options for your loved one.

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Does Medicare Cover Memory Care? A Detailed Look

Learn about what memory care-related costs Medicare may cover and find other resources to cover dementia care costs.

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Does Medicare Cover Home Care and Home Health Care?

Medicare pays for home health care if the recipient meets certain requirements. However, nonmedical home care typically ...

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Understand veterans benefits for senior care

U.S. veterans and their spouses may be eligible for benefits that can help cover the cost of senior care. Most veterans benefits for long-term care are based on a wide-ranging list of disabilities connected to a veteran’s military service. Veterans service officers can help veterans and their spouses understand eligibility and how to apply for benefits.


Assisted Living Benefits for Veterans: A Comprehensive Guide 

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A Guide to the VA Aid and Attendance Benefit

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Planning for long-term care and costs

Planning for long-term care can make a difficult time as smooth as possible. This may mean having conversations with aging loved ones as early as possible and understanding costs and options.


Only about 34% of families surveyed by A Place for Mom were prepared for senior living costs in 2023. Costs depend on how much care a person needs and where they receive care — in a senior living community or at home. The median starting cost for assisted living in the U.S. is  $4,995 per month, according to A Place for Mom’s 2024 Cost of Care Report. Home care is priced by the hour. Our data shows that the national median price of home care is $30 an hour.


Understand the facts that affect the cost of senior living and take steps to help your aging loved one prepare for the next stage of their life.

How to Talk to Your Aging Parents About Finances

Learn how to approach private financial topics now to help ease conversations about long-term care planning in the future.

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How Much Does Home Care Cost? A State-by-State Guide

Review the costs of in-home care in each state. Explore the different factors that contribute to the varying costs of in-home...

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How Much Does In-Home Dementia Care Cost? Surprising Facts and Resources

Understanding in-home dementia care costs can help you and your family determine next steps for your loved one’s care.

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Where to Find the Cheapest Assisted Living in 2023

Explore which states have the lowest assisted living costs. Learn how costs are calculated and how location affects pricing.

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Comparing the Average Cost of Retirement Communities

Understand the cost of retirement communities to find the best retirement option based on your budget, needs, and preferences...

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30+ Legal Documents for Aging Parents to Have in Order

Learn about the legal documents that are important to helping your aging parent plan for care, assistance and end-of-life.

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Factors that affect the cost of senior living

Care needs typically determine pricing. For example, memory care communities usually offer 24-hour care and security for residents, and the starting price is about $6,200 a month, according to A Place for Mom’s 2024 Cost of Care Report of median prices nationally. Independent living, however, provides little hands-on care and costs about $3,100 a month, nearly half the starting price of memory care.


In addition, facilities sometimes charge a care fee based on the level of care they provide. A high level of care in assisted living may include daily help with bathing, dressing, toileting, medication, etc., and can cost an extra $2,195 a month, according to A Place for Mom proprietary data of median prices nationwide. Someone who doesn’t need as much hands-on care may pay $500 per month in fees for low levels of care, such as meal preparation or transportation a few times a week.

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How to Pay for Home Care

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VA Memory Care Resources for Veterans

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Assisted Living

Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.

The score shown is the overall experience rating which is an average of the reviews submitted for those communities. The overall experience rating is a star rating that ranges from 1 being the lowest to 5 being the highest.

Below are the 51 largest cities grouped by their metropolitan area.

Top states for Assisted Living

Alabama, AL
299 facilities
Alaska, AK
58 facilities
Arizona, AZ
962 facilities
Arkansas, AR
138 facilities
California, CA
3380 facilities
Colorado, CO
424 facilities
Connecticut, CT
173 facilities
Delaware, DE
41 facilities
Florida, FL
2029 facilities
Georgia, GA
824 facilities
Hawaii, HI
39 facilities
Idaho, ID
185 facilities
Illinois, IL
696 facilities
Indiana, IN
481 facilities
Iowa, IA
478 facilities
Kansas, KS
322 facilities
Kentucky, KY
274 facilities
Louisiana, LA
125 facilities
Maine, ME
144 facilities
Maryland, MD
367 facilities
Massachusetts, MA
350 facilities
Michigan, MI
1074 facilities
Minnesota, MN
880 facilities
Mississippi, MS
189 facilities
Missouri, MO
524 facilities
Montana, MT
135 facilities
Nebraska, NE
310 facilities
Nevada, NV
121 facilities
New Hampshire, NH
100 facilities
New Jersey, NJ
362 facilities
New Mexico, NM
137 facilities
New York, NY
521 facilities
North Carolina, NC
702 facilities
North Dakota, ND
101 facilities
Ohio, OH
926 facilities
Oklahoma, OK
248 facilities
Oregon, OR
601 facilities
Pennsylvania, PA
1094 facilities
Rhode Island, RI
66 facilities
South Carolina, SC
400 facilities
South Dakota, SD
127 facilities
Tennessee, TN
452 facilities
Texas, TX
1378 facilities
Utah, UT
167 facilities
Vermont, VT
59 facilities
Virginia, VA
490 facilities
Washington, WA
1400 facilities
West Virginia, WV
58 facilities
Wisconsin, WI
1132 facilities
Wyoming, WY
47 facilities

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