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Table for Calculating Monthly Expenses for a Couple Where Both Spouses Are 70 or Older

Use the table below to calculate monthly expenses based on rent for a couple living in an apartment where both spouses are 70 or older.

Table for calculating monthly expenses for a couple where both spouses are 70 or older
Home-support service Percentage of your monthly rent Minimum amount Maximum amount
Basic amount 12% $150 $375
Laundry service (care of clothing and household linens) 5% $75 $125
Housekeeping service 4% $50 $125
Meal service1See note 1 (one meal a day) 14% $200 $400
Meal service1See note 1 (two meals a day) 21% $300 $600
Meal service1See note 1 (three meals a day) 26% $400 $800
Nursing service 8% $100 $250
Personal care service
Basic amount 15% $200 $600
Supplement for a dependent senior 10%2See note 2 $200 10%2 of the monthly rent
Cost of services included in rent
Non-dependent senior N/ANot applicable N/ANot applicable 70% of your monthly rent
Dependent senior (you or your spouse) N/ANot applicable N/ANot applicable 80% of your monthly rent

Note 1 1. Each meal (breakfast, lunch and supper) shown in the schedule to the lease must be counted as a single meal, even if it is provided for both you and your spouse. For example, if the schedule to the lease shows that breakfast is provided every day for both of you, it counts as only one meal per day.

Note 2 2. If both you and your spouse are considered dependent seniors, the rate is 20%.

  • The rate applies to the total monthly rent.
  • The total monthly rent is the rent paid to house both you and your spouse, regardless of who pays it or how it is divided between you.
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