Floating an alternative to assisted living

Share this content:
Floating an alternative to assisted living
Floating an alternative to assisted living

For bargain-hunting seniors in reasonably good health, cruise ships may be a more affordable housing option than assisted living communities. So claims a recent article in USA Today.

“Living on a cruise ship could be a lower-cost way for seniors to take advantage of similar amenities to those provided by assisted living facilities, like all-you-can eat meals, a swimming pool for low-impact exercise, regular companionship and entertainment, and even access to on-board doctors,” the newspaper suggests.

The story uses $3,750 a month as its baseline cost for assisted living. The average daily rate on a cruise ship was pegged at roughly $100 per day. The story assumed that those opting for the ship option also would need to pay about $200 a month in storage costs. It found that living on a ship would be roughly $6,000 cheaper.

The report notes that living at sea might not be advisable for those requiring higher care needs, or people who need to see a doctor regularly.

“But for relatively healthy seniors who can no longer handle the demands of living alone and who want a fun alternative, a cruise ship may just be the ideal retirement option,” the story notes.

Sign up for newsletters

In Focus

Feb. 21

Handmade holiday

Rochester, NY

Residents of St. John's recently were surprised with handmade Valentine's Day cards and gifts from local elementary school students.