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Keep in mind that this is the national average and that costs in different states and cities differ drastically. The ALW offers a community-based alternative to nursing home care for those who have extensive care needs but want to live in an assisted living facility.
According to Skilled Nursing News, the average length of stay in skilled nursing is between 20 and 38 days, depending on whether you have a traditional Medicare plan or a Medicare Advantage plan. For those who use Medicare, the current requirement to go to a skilled nursing facility is a three-night hospital stay.
Assisted Living Communities Medicare does not cover any cost of assisted living. You will pay most of the medical costs incurred while the older person is in assisted living, but you will not pay anything for custodial care (personal care) or the cost of room and board for assisted living.