If you’re looking for information about the cost of assisted living in Columbus, Ohio, you might have a difficult time getting an answer.
That’s because assisted living costs can vary depending on the individual’s needs. However, you can get an idea of the assisted living price ranges from the Genworth Financial Cost of Care Survey 2021.
Assisted Living Costs in Ohio
|2021 Monthly Assisted Living Costs|
|Columbus, Ohio Median Cost||$4,085 (per month)|
|National Median Cost||$4,500 (per month)|
Some communities may fall above or below these rates based on their services and amenities. For example, communities that offer services like memory care may be closer to the $7,000-$9,000 range per month.
It’s important to keep in mind that the cost of assisted living varies by community and resident.
Assisted Living Costs at The MacIntosh
At MacIntosh, two rates factor into our assisted living costs: the apartment rate and the level of care rate, which is determined by an assessment done prior to the resident’s move-in date.
The apartment rate depends on the size of the apartment. The level of care rate is based on how much assistance the resident needs with things like dressing or medication management.
Together, these rates make up the monthly cost. Depending on your loved one, the monthly rate at a MacIntosh assisted living community can range from $4,000-$5,000.
Included Fees vs. a La Carte Fees
At MacIntosh senior living communities, we offer all-inclusive monthly pricing which include the following services:
- Weekly linen services
- Daily towel service and trash removal
- Weekly housekeeping
- Suite maintenance
- Three daily meals plus snacks
- Emergency call system
- Activities and scheduled outings
- Health assessment by a licensed nurse
- Monitoring of health care needs by a physician
The only services that aren’t included are personal laundry and cable, which are available for nominal fees, plus any personal care items.
Other communities may offer what are called à la carte services. That means there may be additional fees for services like the ones listed above. Those fees are required on top of the monthly fees. When you tour communities, be sure to ask what is actually included.
At MacIntosh, we also offer what we call a “lifestyle rate.” That is a lower rate for people who would like to move to one of our communities for the convenience but also maintain the independent lifestyle they prefer. These individuals don’t require assistance with activities of daily living.
Some older adults prefer this option because it frees them from the hassle of home maintenance. They can live independently while enjoying services and amenities at the community.
Another benefit of this choice is that if you ever do need assistance, you don’t have to move. You can receive assisted living services right where you are.
Paying for Assisted Living
Medicare nor most private insurance policies cover assisted living, meaning many people pay out of pocket. However, if a resident has long-term care insurance or veteran’s benefits, those can be financially beneficial and assist with covering the cost.
At our Whetstone community in Columbus, we also accept the assisted living Medicaid waiver after one year of private pay in assisted living. There are only a few select communities that accept this waiver.
It works like this: if a resident who has moved into Whetstone spends their funds after one or more years of private pay, they can then apply for the assisted living Medicaid waiver. As long as they’re still a good fit, they can remain in assisted living and transition from private pay to the Medicaid waiver.
And don’t worry — most communities (MacIntosh included) will go over the finances of any potential resident in order to determine if they are a good fit and can afford it.