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The 10 Best Memory Care Facilities in Modesto, CA for 2024

Modesto is a city of 218,000 people in California, with the population of seniors aged 65 and over making up 13% of that total. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of Alzheimer’s-related deaths has remained fairly consistent in recent years. In 2016, about 11% of deaths in the region were due to Alzheimer’s, compared to approximately 9% in 2020. While the total death rate increased by 25% over the reporting period, Alzheimer’s-related deaths increased by a little more than 6% in the same timeframe.

Many seniors affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia prefer residential dementia care facilities, as they provide 24-hour monitoring and personal care. These communities also offer housekeeping services, daily meals and social programs and activities that engage residents and assist them in maintaining as much independence as possible. This guide for memory care in Modesto provides information on the cost of care in the city and an overview of service providers offering support and comfort for those affected.

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What to Consider About Memory Care in Modesto

The California Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing Division, licenses memory care facilities in Modesto and the rest of the state. Through this department, individuals can find advocacy and support for loved ones in long-term care and get up-to-date information on the rules facilities follow.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Memory Care in Modesto

  • Modesto is among the more affordable places to live in California with an overall cost of living that’s about 35 percentage points below the state norm. Grocery and utility expenses in this city exceed the national average, but seniors may reduce living expenses by opting for long-term residential care.
  • Modesto seniors pay some of the highest state income taxes on nearly all their retirement income, which may affect memory care budgets. However, Social Security benefits are exempt, making the state a retiree-friendly option for those who rely primarily on this form of income.
  • The air quality in Modesto is very poor, which may be a consideration for seniors with cardiovascular or respiratory conditions. The American Lung Association gives the region the lowest possible scores across three categories, including Ozone, Particle Pollution 24-hour and Particle Pollution Annual. Memory care facilities typically organize indoor activities throughout the year to accommodate those sensitive to environmental pollutants.
  • On a 100-point crime index, with a higher score indicating more incidents, Modesto rates 46.6 for violent crime and 62.8 for property-related offenses. By comparison, the national norms are 22.7 and 35.4, respectively. To keep vulnerable seniors safe, memory care facilities feature controlled access and secured courtyards.
  • Modesto seniors have access to several volunteer-based and public transportation options, including Senior Connection, Dial-A-Ride and Angel on Wheels. This can help seniors attend medical appointments and reduce their reliance on paid services available through their residential facilities.
  • Modesto residents enjoy favorable weather throughout the year, including mild winters with daytime temperatures in the mid-50s and warm summers with highs in the low-90s. Memory care facilities often plan community outings and therapeutic outdoor activities to give residents opportunities to enjoy the weather.
  • Modesto offers very high access to health care with four hospitals within the city, including Stanislaus Surgical Hospital, Doctors Medical Center Modesto, Kaiser Permanente Modesto Medical Center and Memorial Medical Center. Medical expenses, such as doctor’s office visits and hospital stays, come in about 5% below the national average, making care affordable for those managing chronic conditions.

Paying for Memory Care in Modesto

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.

Dementia care facilities in Modesto charge $5,000 per month for services.

The Cost of Memory Care in Nearby Cities

Modesto is a cost-effective option for seniors and families seeking memory care services, offering some of the lowest rates in the state at $5,000. This is nearly $1,600 below California’s norm of $6,563, and it’s over $600 less than the national average of $5,625. While seniors may save money by obtaining care in Stockton, where facilities charge $4,561, rates in other surveyed cities are considerably higher. In Sacramento, care costs exceed Modesto’s average by over $1,500 at $6,531 monthly. Rates in Napa are nearly $3,000 higher at $7,875, and in Santa Rosa, care costs are the highest in the state at $8,810.





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The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Memory care is moderately priced compared to other long-term care options in Modesto. For seniors without memory impairment, assisted living is $4,000 per month, for a savings of $1,000. However, memory care may be a budget-friendly alternative to in-home care or home health care, which average $5,768. Nursing home care is more than double the cost of memory care at $10,463.

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Financial Assistance for Memory Care in Modesto

In Modesto 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.

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Free Memory Care Resources in Modesto

The Modesto region has several nonprofit agencies and programs to help seniors and families navigate dementia treatment options. Through resources such as the Alzheimer’s Association and the Senior Advocacy Network, older adults and their families get personalized assistance with determining the next steps after a dementia diagnosis and finding ways to pay for long-term care.

Alzheimer’s Association California Central Coast(800) 272-3900The local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association provides free education programs and supportive services for seniors and families affected by Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia. It also provides in-home care consultations to help Modesto families make informed decisions regarding their loved one’s long-term care needs.
Senior Advocacy Network(209) 577-3814The Senior Advocacy Network is a nonprofit organization that provides free civil legal advice and assistance to those aged 60 and over. Through this agency, Modesto residents can get help with assigning guardianship and powers of attorney, applying for public benefits and consumer debt issues.
Stanislaus County Department of Aging and Veterans Services(800) 510-2020The county’s Department of Aging and Veterans Services is the designated Area Agency on Aging for the Modesto region. It has options counselors who provide screenings to help seniors obtain the state, federal and veterans’ benefits they’re eligible for, which may help them find ways to pay for memory care.
Catholic Charities Diocese of Stockton(209) 529-3784Catholic Charities serves as the long-term care ombudsman for the Modesto region, providing support and advocacy for those in local memory care facilities, as well as their families. The ombudsman can assist with finding ways to pay for residential services and help facilities develop solutions for meeting residents’ needs.
Alzheimer’s/Dementia SC(209) 260-1818Alzheimer’s/Dementia SC is a regional nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization that provides support groups, educational and information resources and referral services for area residents affected by dementia. The organization also provides peer-to-peer counseling and can serve as an unbiased third party in family conflicts regarding a loved one’s care.

Memory Care Laws and Regulations in Modesto

Modesto 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.

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Review of Orangeburg Memory Care

The people at Orangeburg Memory Care were very friendly, and it was very clean. We liked the way they presented themselves, so that's why we chose them for my brother-in-law. The cost was a...

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Review of El Rio

El Rio Memory Care has by far set the Gold Bar standard beyond expectation for Seniors with Alzheimer’s, Dementia and memory loss. With an on-site Executive Director, residents are sure to receive...

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Thank you for your 5-star review of El Rio Memory Care. We are so glad we've had the opportunity to serve one of your best friend's mothers during a season of uncertainty and challenge. It's an...

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Review of El Rio

Called to inquire about a place for my family member and was immediately connected to Tiffany. Tiffany so graciously arranged a time for a tour. Tiffany was very thorough and compassionate about...

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Thank you so much for taking the time to let us know how much you appreciated El Rio. We value each one of the people who make our community what it is and look forward to welcoming your...

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