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

 

According to the Alzheimer's Association,1 in 3 seniors die with a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia. It affects 10.7% of those age 65 or older, and the number of people affected by the disease continues to grow. Around 10% of Merced's population of 91,563 people is aged 65 or older, putting them at an increased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. However, in Merced, there has been a slight decline in deaths associated with Alzheimer's disease. In 2016, Alzheimer's related deaths comprised 6.10% of all deaths in the city. In 2020, that number declined to 5.99%. 

As Alzheimer's progresses, seniors often require specialized dementia care to remain safe. This is commonly provided in memory care communities, which provide secure environments where seniors with cognitive decline can receive access to evidence-based therapies, participate in cognitive activities and socialize. This guide provides insight into the pros and cons of memory care in Merced, as well as the costs and alternative care options. It also discusses financial assistance and offers a list of resources that may provide additional relief.

 

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What to Consider About Memory Care in Merced

The California Senior Care Licensing Program oversees residential care facilities in Merced and the rest of the state, including memory care, to ensure compliance with all regulations. It also accepts and investigates complaints made by residents or their families and offers tools to the general public to assist in looking up licensed care. 

Benefits and Drawbacks of Memory Care in Merced

 

  • While the cost of living in Merced is still above the national norm, scoring 105.8 on an index where 100 is the U.S. average, it's considered quite affordable in California, which scores 149.9 on the same scale. Seniors on a budget who enjoy the beautiful California weather may find this to be a suitable option.
  • With an overall comfort index of 8.1 out of 10, Merced is very comfortable by national norms and is on par with the comfort index throughout the state. The area averages 262 days of sunshine per year, nearly 2 months more than the national average of 205. It sees about 13 inches of rain and no snow throughout the year.
  • Crime in Merced is somewhat high compared to the national average. On a scale of 1 to 100, Merced ranks 37.2 for violent crime and 47.1 for property crime. In comparison, the national averages are 22.7 and 35.4, respectively. This can be somewhat concerning, but memory care communities tend to be highly secure, with security on-site and other preventative measures employed to keep residents safe.
  • The air quality in Merced scores just 44/100, compared to the national average of 58/100. However, memory care communities often employ air filtration and purification systems to improve air quality indoors.
  • The number of physicians per capita in Merced is low compared to the national average. In Merced, there are just 86 physicians per 100,000 people, while the national norm is 210. However, residents can still receive high-quality health care through local hospitals, such as Mercy Medical Center - Merced, which offers a 24/7 emergency room, critical care services, a center for diabetes, cardiac services and a stroke center, among other specialties.
  • Tax rates in Merced are quite high. The sales tax rate is 8.3%, higher than the national average of 7.3%. Likewise, the income tax rate is 9.3% in Merced, more than double the national average of 4.6%. Most retirement income, including public and private pensions and withdrawals from retirement accounts, is fully taxed. However, low-income seniors can see some financial relief as Social Security income is not taxed.

 

Paying for Memory Care in Merced

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 Merced, seniors can expect to pay an average of $5,000 per month for memory care.

The Cost of Memory Care in Nearby Cities

Memory care prices vary greatly across the state, but it's relatively affordable in Merced at $5,000 per month. This is $625 less than the national average and $1,563 less than the state average. Modesto and Merced share the same monthly costs, and the average cost for memory care drops by an additional $215 per month in Madera. Higher costs can be found in both Sacramento and Santa Cruz, where memory care averages $6,531 and $6,938, respectively. 

Merced

$5,000

California

$6,563

United States

$5,625

Madera

$4,785

Santa Cruz

$6,938

Modesto

$5,000

Sacramento

$6,531

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

In Merced, seniors have access to numerous other types of care. Older adults wishing to age in place but who require some level of assistance and support can receive in-home or home health care for $6,288 per month. Around-the-clock nonmedical assistance with daily living tasks can be found in assisted living facilities for an average of $4,000 per month. Seniors seeking daytime assistance can opt for adult day health care for nearly $3,000 less on average than memory care. Those needing around-the-clock skilled nursing services and medical supervision can receive care in nursing home facilities, where semiprivate rooms average $8,730 per month.

Memory Care

$5,000

In-Home Care

$6,288

Home Health Care

$6,288

Adult Day Health Care

$2,074

Assisted Living Facility

$4,000

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$8,730

Financial Assistance for Memory Care in Merced

Learn more about these programs, plus who’s eligible, on our Memory Care in California page.

Financial Assistance in California

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 Memory Care Resources in Merced

Merced and the surrounding area are home to numerous government agencies and non-profit organizations offering help for seniors searching for or currently residing in a memory care community. These organizations can also provide assistance in a number of other eldercare services such as geriatric care management, elder law advice, estate planning, finding home care and health and wellness programs.

To see a list of free memory care resources in Merced, please visit our Memory Care in California page.

Memory Care Laws and Regulations in Merced

 

Merced 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 in California

Reviews of Communities Nearby

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Delia

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

Review of Pacifica Senior Living Merced

My mother-in-law looks very happy at Pacifica Senior Living Merced. She is making friends there. The manager is very helpful. My mother-in-law's room is nice, but it's small. She also looks happy...

Provider response

Hi Delia, thank you for your positive review.

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Janelle

I visited this facility

Review of Pacifica Senior Living Merced

I went to Pacifica Senior Living Merced. Overall, the environment was clean, friendly, and well lit. The person I met was very friendly, and helpful and gave me a lot of good pointers and a lot of...

Provider response

Hello Janelle, thank you for your positive review, We strive to provide excellent care and service to our residents and their families at Pacifica Senior Living Merced. Thank you again, we hope you...

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Brian

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

Review of Pacifica Senior Living Merced

My mother-in-law stayed in Pacifica Senior Living Merced for two weeks before she passed. My first experience going in, was joyful, because it was clean, and there was a lot of staff per resident....

Provider response

Brian, thank you for leaving this review about your experience with our community at Pacifica Merced. Please don't hesitate to reach out if there's anything additional we can do for you. Take care!

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