Large, luxurious assisted-living facilities come with lots of amenities. But for some seniors, the comforts of a simpler home are a better fit.

Residents of the area’s larger, high-end assisted living communities—the kind where they can visit a beauty salon, restaurant, and theater without leaving the property—pay as much as $12,000 a month. For a lot of families, the fees are simply out of reach. Another option: Washington’s hundreds of small facilities, usually called assisted-living group homes. What these lack in luxe amenities, many make up for in personalized comforts and attention. The cost of living at such places—where maximum capacity can mean as few as eight residents—starts at less than $3,000 a month.

Published in Washingtonian, November 2017.

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