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The 5 Best Memory Care Facilities Facilities in Chico, CA for 2024

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  • Memory Care Facilities in Chico, California
  • What to Consider About Memory Care in Chico
  • Paying for Memory Care in Chico
  • Financial Assistance for Memory Care in Chico
  • Free & Low-Cost Memory Care Resources in Chico
  • Memory Care Laws and Regulations in Chico

What to Consider About Memory Care in Chico

In Chico, memory care facilities are licensed as assisted living facilities, and they’re regulated by the California Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing Division. This division publishes information on residents’ rights and what to look for in a long-term care facility, and it investigates complaints regarding substandard care or noncompliance with state-mandated regulations.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Memory Care in Chico

  • On a cost of living index based on a national norm of 100, Chico rates 109.5. This is about 10 points higher than the national average, indicating living costs are about 10% higher than in a typical U.S. city, but it’s 40 points lower than the state rate. Utilities and transportation expenses run high here, but living in residential care communities gives many seniors greater control over monthly expenses.
  • In Chico, seniors pay state income taxes on nearly all forms of retirement income at some of the highest tax rates in the nation. However, Social Security benefits are exempt, which may make living in Chico financially feasible for those who rely primarily on this form of retirement income.
  • Enloe Medical Center is in Chico proper, providing comprehensive services across numerous specializations. Health care costs in this city are in line with national norms, and while there are only 192 doctors per capita compared to 210 nationally, many memory care facilities have visiting physicians who provide prompt medical care as needed.
  • Chico has very warm summers with daytime temperatures in the 90s, and winters are pleasant with highs ranging from mid-50s to low-60s. While residents occasionally see a dusting of snow in December, there’s generally no measurable snowfall, and the city gets 28 inches of annual rainfall. Memory care residents typically have access to enclosed courtyards, letting them safely enjoy the city’s comfortable weather.
  • Property crime is somewhat prevalent in Chico, but violent crime occurs at a rate lower than national norms. On a 100-point crime index, the city rates 19.4 for violent crime and 51.1 for property crime, compared to national respective rates of 22.7 and 35.4. Memory care facilities keep residents safe through measures such as secured entrances and alarm systems.
  • The American Lung Association assigns Butte County, where Chico is located, a passing grade for annual particle pollution levels but grades of F for ozone and 24-hour particle pollution. While this may be a concern for those with certain chronic health conditions, many memory care facilities have air purification systems to keep residents healthy.

Paying for Memory Care in Chico

Note: Residential memory care is usually offered in assisted living facilities, and in general, memory care rates tend to be 20-30% higher than assisted living rates. No national database currently tracks memory care costs in the United States, so we’ve estimated the monthly memory care costs listed below by adding 25% to the rates listed in Genworth’s 2021 Cost of Care Survey.

In Chico, memory care facilities charge $6,383 per month for care.

The Cost of Memory Care in Nearby Cities

Seniors with dementia pay $6,383 per month for memory care services in Chico. While this exceeds the national average of $5,625, it’s a little lower than the state norm of $6,563. Rates in Yuba City tend to be lower at $5,823, but Chico is a budget-friendly alternative to several other cities in Northern California. In Sacramento, rates are higher than in Chico at $6,531, and in Napa, care costs exceed Chico’s median by nearly $1,500. In Santa Rosa, care costs are considerably higher at $8,810.

Chico

$6,383

California

$6,563

The United States

$5,625

Yuba City

$5,823

Sacramento

$6,531

Napa

$7,875

Santa Rosa

$8,810

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Memory care units in Chico cost $6,383 per month. This is hundreds of dollars higher than in-home care and home health care, which cost $5,720, and assisted living, which is considerably more cost-effective at $5,106. Seniors in adult day health care pay the lowest rates, which come in at a fraction of memory care services at $2,676. However, nursing home costs exceed dementia care rates at $9,201.

Memory Care

$6,383

In-Home Care

$5,720

Home Health Care

$5,720

Adult Day Health Care

$2,676

Assisted Living Facility

$5,106

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$9,201

Financial Assistance for Memory Care in Chico

In Chico there are options for seniors who need financial assistance paying for Memory Care. For more information about other options, who qualifies, and how to apply, visit our Memory Care in California page.

More ways to pay for memory care in CA

More Ways to Pay for Memory Care

While many families use their own funds or personal assets to pay for memory care, there are plenty of additional options to cover these costs. Some additional ways to finance memory care costs include:

  • Veterans Benefits
  • Life Insurance Policy
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Reverse Mortgage

For more information about different ways to finance memory care, visit our Memory Care in California page.

Free & Low-Cost Memory Care Resources in Chico

Those affected by Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia in the Chico region can find emotional support and practical guidance from numerous agencies and programs. The following table highlights top resources, such as the Alzheimer’s Association, the long-term care ombudsman and the local nonprofit legal aid clinic. Through these resources, seniors and families can get helpful information on navigating the system and finding ways to pay for care.

ResourceContactService
Alzheimer’s Association Northern California and Northern Nevada(831) 647-9890The Alzheimer’s Association offers an array of online education programs that cover dementia-related topics, such as managing challenging behaviors and understanding treatment options. It also has an online community for caregivers, families and seniors living with Alzheimer’s, and it has a database of in-person support groups that meet throughout the region.
Passages(800) 822-0109Passages provides in-person and over-the-phone assistance to seniors and families in Chico to help them connect with dementia resources, such as support groups, legal advisors and educational classes. The organization also houses the region’s long-term care ombudsman program, which advocates for seniors in memory care facilities.
Legal Services of Northern California(530) 345-9491Legal Services of Northern California provides free civil legal assistance in a range of areas, including health care and applying for public benefits. The office can also help families review and understand memory care contracts and assess options they may have for paying for care.
Veterans Services Office(530) 552-6608The county’s Veterans Services Office can help older veterans and their qualified family members apply for the benefits they’re entitled to, including Aid and Attendance, disability compensation and veterans’ and survivors’ pensions. The office can also provide referrals for veterans’ resources in the community, including transportation services and financial assistance.
Disability Action Center(530) 893-8527The Disability Action Center has a durable medical equipment loan program, which can help seniors obtain free medical equipment that may become necessary as their disease progresses. Loan options vary throughout the year but may include wheelchairs, walkers, shower chairs and commodes. It also provides adaptive equipment, such as Parkinson’s forks.
California 2112-1-1California 211 is a free informational helpline seniors and families in Chico can call for assistance with identifying dementia resources in the community. The helpline is staffed with live agents who provide recommendations and referrals for prescription drug programs, transportation services and Alzheimer’s support groups.

Memory Care Laws and Regulations in Chico

Chico Memory Care Communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all Memory Care Facilities in California are required to follow. Visit our Memory Care in California page for more information about these laws.

Laws and Regulations for memory care in California

Reviews of Communities Nearby

Memory Care

Ron

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

Review of Roseleaf Gardens

My wife has moved into Roseleaf Gardens. It is still new. It's a big facility. My wife has a big room, although it's a shared room instead of a single one. My only concern is that it might be too...

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Memory Care

Jonathan

I visited this facility

Review of Roseleaf Gardens

Roseleaf Gardens had low staff numbers. It didn't feel very inviting to put my mother there. The person that took us in for the interview was very friendly, knowledgeable, and caring. However...

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Memory Care

Jonathan

I visited this facility

Review of The Terraces of Chico

The Terraces of Chico was very clean. Their staff were very friendly, and the residents were also friendly. The staff who toured us was very informative, and energetic and provided the utmost...

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