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Do all adult family care home request security deposit from residents? We are seeking to place a family member in an AFCH in Orlando and the rate we were quoted is $3150.00 per month for all the basic services (the room is private but shared bathroom). In addition to the first month rent, a security deposit of ½ the basic rate is also required prior to moving in. Is this (the security deposit) normal and what is the average rate for this type of facility?

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Rates vary enormously around the country and depending on the services provided, however even if you rent an apartment, a security deposit isn't unusual. I would call around to different care homes in Orlando and ask their policy. That way you'd know if the charge, which should be refunded when the room is vacated, is common in Orlando. Maybe someone on this site lives in the area and can give us some insight.
Take care,
Carol
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Our rent is $3600, the security deposit was $1000 and the non-refundable facility fee was $3600.
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Thanks for responding...I was unaware of a facility fee and I think $3600 is way too much to pay for fees in addition to the first month rent plus security deposit. How much are they really doing for the residents that justify such a high price for service and what the heck are the fees for that makes it non-refundable? To me this is greed.
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Care Homes and ALs are businesses. Move in fees,nor Community fees are standard in the Northeast. They cover the administrative expenses of setting up a new resident's care.
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OR community fees, not NOR
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What about private adult care 24/7 in a family home located in a residential neighbofhood? Looking in VA.
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I have learned that most places in the Middle Atlantic area charge what they call a community fee anywhere from 3000 to $5,000. If you must use that facility negotiate. They are always looking for new residents because of the turnovers. Mind you they make money on the turnovers. Your community fee,or whatever the other name for it is, is not refundable.
Places will negotiate down especially if you threaten to walk away.
Another option is a privately owned home that provides care for usually 1 to 5 residents. These homes are in residential neighborhoods staffed by CNAs, usually, with the residents treated as family: a home away from home. Help with ADLs. Not nursing homes. A wonderful option.
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