Levels created by providers to quantify the cost of personal care services. For example, a level one resident may pay $500 per month for minor help with dressing. A level two resident with more intense needs (perhaps bathing and dressing) would pay more. Communities perform an assessment (questionnaire) before move-in to place a resident in a level and to determine how much the resident will pay per month. Reassessments are typically done annually or as the resident's needs change. Nearly all residents have increased care needs over time, so prepare for additional levels of care costs when you complete your financial planning. Most communities have between three and five levels of care, but this can vary.