If your loved one has a memory-related problem like dementia, they can become too difficult to care for at home with the limited resources at hand. It might be a sign to consider senior living options that provide specialized care for those with memory impairments. The type, quality, and cost of care for adults with dementia varies and the regulations are different in each state. Here is our list of the memory care costs for the respective type of care chosen.
Memory Care Communities
You might have realized that senior living communities would have special sections within their residence is dedicated to caring for residents with dementia. As a matter of fact, across the United States, nearly three-quarters of assisted living communities have such arrangements. Their dedicated wings would usually consist of security features that encourage the safety and well-being of their residents with dementia. Also, staff working in such communities are well-trained in providing proper dementia care and any problems that may arise with residents.
The cost of a memory care community can range from roughly $3,500 to $7,000 monthly depending on the state you live in.
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Trained and Skilled Nursing Communities
If your loved one with dementia requires medical help which exceeds the specialized care needed by them, it could be more beneficial to move into a nursing community instead. Nursing communities, also commonly referred to as nursing homes can be quite costly. Prices range from $4,500 to $20,000 monthly, depending on which state you reside in and also the type of medical services that are required.
Home Care for Adults with Alzheimer’s and Dementia
If your loved one doesn’t wish to move about and prefers to receive personalized care at home, do consider home care as an option. Having your loved one in the home will eliminate the issues of transitioning into a new living environment as they could fear being in a foreign setting with unfamiliar people. Home care costs can range from $15 to $26 hourly depending on location. Since adults with Alzheimer’s disease typically need constant care and supervision, you have to account for the costs on a 24-hour basis which means having more than one caregiver possibly.
Evaluating the Costs of Memory Care Options
The costs for memory care differ widely mainly due to the type of care given and the state location. For instance, in states like Alaska and Delaware, memory care costs $7,000 per month on average. In contrast, states such as North Carolina and Missouri have memory care options that run about $4,000 monthly on average. If you have financial concerns, there are some resources on hand to assist with memory care in the form of credits or tax deductions depending on your state and current finances. While you have to evaluate carefully the type of care your loved ones require, it’s best to discuss with them during the early onset of symptoms before coming to an informed decision.