Is 24-hour maintenance included in the assisted living fees?

  1. Molly Dworken 10/16/2012 05:33PM

    Many assisted living communities choose to have residents pay fees toward certain amenities, such as 24-hour maintenance; however, sometimes it is included in the monthly rent and not as an extra fee.

    Replacing a light bulb when it goes out in a ceiling fixture is a hard task to accomplish at any age, and not many people know how to stop a toilet from leaking or unclog a stopped-up sink. Who wants to shovel snow or mow grass in the heat of summer? That's why 24-hour maintenance is so important to residents in assisted living communities. Instead of worrying about the little things, spend that time focusing on the activities that make you happy.

    Some assisted living communities bill their residences as "maintenance-free," implying that the folks who live there needn't worry about keeping their homes in good repair. But it doesn't necessarily mean someone is on call 24 hours a day to provide maintenance services, so you'll have to ask if round-the-clock is the case. The assessment of a 24-hour maintenance fee depends on the assisted living community. You may be required to pay for this amenity, which normally covers interior and exterior maintenance. It could be included in a monthly fee or billed separately.