Do you want to know how much it cost to start an assisted living facility? If YES, here are 13 factors that determine the cost of opening an assisted living business. An assisted living facility is a conducive facility designed basically for the elderly/aging people who need care and assistance. The facility is usually in a secure and less noisy area.

It is usually well furnished with beddings, furniture, fittings and other things that can add to the comfort and ambience of the facility. Businesses in the assisted living facility industry provide a significant range of services such as independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing or a combination of these, which are usually referred to as continuing care. Any business that mainly provides skilled nursing are not included in this industry.

Over and above, the Assisted Living Facility industry in developed countries are still enjoying good patronage particularly if they are well positioned and if they know how to reach out to their target market; the aging population and those who would also want to live in an assisted living community.

The Estimated Cost of Opening an Assisted Living Facility

When it comes to starting an assisted living facility, the major areas that you should look towards spending the bulk of your cash is in renting or leasing a standard facility, equipping the facility and also purchasing all the needed supplies such as medications, toiletries, food and water et al. Aside from that, you are expected to pay your employees and utility bills.

This are the key areas where you will spend our startup capital;

  • The total fee for registering the business in the United States of America – $750.
  • Legal expenses for obtaining licenses and permits as well as the accounting services (software, P.O.S machines and other software) – $3,300.
  • Marketing promotion expenses for the grand opening of the assisted living facility in the amount of $3,500 and as well as flyer printing (2,000 flyers at $0.04 per copy) for the total amount of $3,580.
  • The total cost for hiring a business consultant including writing a business plan – $2,500.
  • The total cost for the purchase of insurance (general liability, workers’ compensation and property casualty) coverage at a total premium – $2,400.
  • The cost for renting or leasing a facility that will be converted into the assisted living facility and that can accommodate the number of residents that will be accommodated per time (Re – construction of the facility inclusive) will cost – $300,000.
  • Other start-up expenses including stationery ($500) and phone and utility deposits ($2,500).
  • Operational cost for the first 3 months (salaries of employees, payments of bills et al) – $70,000
  • The cost for the purchase of supplies (medications, toiletries, food and water et al) – $50,000
  • The cost for store equipment (cash register, security, ventilation, signage) – $4,750
  • The cost of purchase and installation of CCTVs: $2,000
  • Equipping the assisted living facility (sound system, DVD players, beddings, Flat Screen TVs, computers, printers, projectors, markers, pens and pencils, furniture, telephones, filing cabinets, and electronics) will cost – $40,000
  • The cost of launching a website: $600
  • Miscellaneous: $2,000

From the rough estimate as listed above, you would need a minimum of four hundred and eighty – seven thousand seven hundred and eighty USD ($487,380) to establish a medium – scale but standard assisted living facility business in any city in the United States of America. Please note that this amount includes the salaries of all the staff for the first three months of operation.

Factors That Will Influence the Cost Of Opening an Assisted Living Facility

  1. The Type of Assisted living facility

A major factor that will determine the overall cost of opening an assisted living facility in the United States of America is the type of assisted living facility the owner of the business wants to start. There are different types assisted living facilities based on the services they offer and they are;

  • Continuing care retirement communities
  • Assisted living facilities and homes for the elderly
  • Independent-living facilities
  • Providing room and board for people who need daily assistance

These different services offered by assisted living facilities come with different cost implications when starting the business.

  1. The Choice of Location

Another major factor that will determine the cost of opening an assisted living facility in the United States of America is the location. In business, location is key part of what determine the success of the business. As a matter of fact, there are business consultants cum realtors who are specialized in helping people choose an ideal location for their type of business; a location that will guarantee them to profitability and to breakeven within the shortest time frame.

For example, renting or leasing an assisted living facility in a location that is off the city center or off residential estate will be less expensive when compared to renting or leasing a facility in a well-populated residential estate.

  1. The Required Licenses and Permits

In the United States of America, you cannot open an assisted living facility without first applying for the mandatory license and permits. You will need accreditation certificate, building license, zonal permits, and signage permits amongst others that may be unique to different cities and states.

These license and permits cost money and it will influence the overall cost of opening an assisted living facility in the United States of America. Please note you will pass through several inspections before you can be issued your licenses and permits – this will also cost you money.

In order to get the overall cost of licensing and permits associated with opening a new assisted living facility in the United States, we will advise that you reach out to your city government to find out what you need for your assisted living facility. You also need to consider state and federal requirements.

  1. The Type of Facility

The type of facility you want to run your assisted living facility business from is also a major factor that will determine the overall cost of opening an assisted living facility business in the United States of America. As regards the facility, you have the options of renting, leasing or designing and constructing your own assisted living facility from the scratch.

With renting and leasing a facility, you may need to modify the facility to fit into the number of rooms, waiting room, assembly hall, playing space and dining halls and library or gym you want to have in your assisted living facility.

Let us assume that you want to construct your assisted living facility from the scratch. It means that you will buy the land or a property and of course construct and equip the facility to fit into what you have in mind. With that, you will agree that you are going to spend way more when compared to people that rent or lease a facility.

  1. The Number of Residents You Want to Admit

Another very important factor that determine the cost of opening an assisted living facility in the United States of America is the number of residents they intend accommodating or admitting per time. No doubt, there are standard assisted living facilities that have the capacity to accommodate over 50 residents per time and there are assisted living facilities that can only accommodate less than 100 residents per time.

The more the number of residents the assisted living facility can accommodate, the more the money that you are expected to spend to set-up and run the facility.

  1. The Cost of Hiring and Paying a Business Consultant and Attorney

As expected, if you want to get your business started on the right foundation, it will be a wise decision to hire the services of a competent business consultant and perhaps an attorney. A business consultant will help you with drafting a workable business plan document, a marketing plan and strategy, comprehensive SWOT analysis, and other advisory issues that will help you with opening the business.

An attorney will help you with registering the business, drafting contract documents and offer you all the legal expertise that will help you start the business on the right foundation. Of course, you will agree that these services will cost you money and it will indeed influence the overall cost of opening an assisted living facility in the United States of America.

  1. The Cost for Branding, Promotion and Marketing 

The cost for branding, promoting and marketing the assisted living facility is yet another key factor that will determine the overall cost of opening an assisted living facility in the United States of America. Trust me, if you need massive results as it relates to competing and winning a fair share of the available market in your city, then you must be willing to pay for effective branding, promotion and marketing.

As a matter of fact, it is not cheap to come by an expert in branding, promotion and marketing that will help you compete with brands that are already determining the market direction of the assisted living facilities industry in your city. So, if you add the cost of paying a branding and marketing expert, it will sure increase the cost of opening your assisted living facility.

  1. The Cost of Furnishing and Equipping the Assisted Living Facility

Another very important factor that will determine the cost of opening an assisted living facility is of course, the cost for furnishing and equipping the facility.

Before you can open an assisted living facility, you should budget and buy chairs and tables, beds, projectors, flat screen TVs, sound system, DVD players, Satellite dish and decoder, office furniture (table, stools and sofas), drawers and cabinets, telephones, filing cabinets, office equipment (cash register, security and fire alarm and protection gadgets, CCTV, ventilation, signage), and sports/gym equipment and wares amongst others. All these will cost money and it will influence the overall cost of opening an assisted living facility in the United States of America.

  1. The Cost for Insurance

The cost for paying for insurance policy cover is yet another important factor that will determine the overall cost of opening an assisted living facility in the United States of America. In the United States and in most countries of the world, you can’t operate a business without having some of the basic insurance policy covers that are required by the industry you want to operate from.

Thus, it is imperative to create a budget for insurance policy cover and perhaps consult an insurance broker to guide you in choosing the best and most appropriate insurance policies for your own assisted living facility business.

  1. The Cost for Registering the Business

The cost for registering the assisted living facility business is yet another cost that will influence the overall cost of opening an assisted living facility in the United States of America. Although, the cost of registering a business an obtaining all the needed document that will give you the leeway to operate without any obstacle is affordable, it will no doubt add to the overall cost of opening an assisted living facility in the United States of America.

  1. Source of Your Supplies and Ongoing Expenses

Another major factor that will determine the cost of opening an assisted living facility in the United States of America is the source of your supplies such as medications, office supplies, toiletries and food supplies. For example, if you have access to manufacturers of the type of office supplies, toiletries and food supplies that you would need, it will sure cut down the cost of running the assisted living facility as against buying from retailers.

  1. Cost of Recruiting and Training Your Staff

The fact that you are opening your assisted living facility as a new business means that you are expected to recruit and train your staff. The training will help you sell the corporate culture of your organization to the new employees. As expected, it will cost you money to hire expert trainers that will help you train your new hires and that will add to the overall cost of opening an assisted living facility.

  1. The Cost for the Purchase and Customizing of Uniforms

Another factor that will determine the overall cost of opening an assisted living facility business in the United States is the cost for the purchase and customizing of uniforms, shoes, and caps amongst others. As expected, your personnel are expected to all have uniforms and they are expected to put on these uniforms. All these uniforms will cost you money which is why it must be part of your budget if you are looking towards opening an assisted living facility in the United States of America.

In Conclusion,

Please note that there are other factors not listed above that will sure influence the overall cost of opening your assisted living facility which is why we will advise that you work with a result driven business consultant in your city to give you the needed guide and info as it relates to the unique factors in your location that will influence the overall cost of opening your assisted living facility in the United States of America.

Solomon. O'Chucks