ALs provide a room or suite with full amenities: meals, socialization, activities and sometimes, transportation to various activities are included. ALs may be very small with only a few rooms or large communities. Pricing is typically based on size and services available. Assisted living is paid for privately and ranges from $2,000 to $6,500 per month or more for specialized dementia care. There are subsidies for low income and qualified seniors, which can offset a minimal amount. The Medicaid waiver, which unfortunately at this point has a waiting list, aims to keep higher functioning seniors in the AL setting and out of nursing homes. However, once again there is bad news: very few assisted livings accept the waiver. Medicare does not pay for assisted living care.