The cost of senior living is often comparable to living at home with the same services, but the bundled nature of senior living (hospitality services and care are often included in rent) can make it difficult to compare. If you go to any senior living community and ask for a cost comparison with staying at home, they will provide a comparison chart that lists all of the items included in senior living (food, real estate taxes, housekeeping, maintenance, utilities, entertainment, etc.) on one side, and on the other side gives you space to write-in how much the same items cost at home. The point of the exercise is that senior living includes way more than housing, and when you add up all of the benefits, it is often nearly the same price or cheaper than staying at home.