Boise, the capital of Idaho, has an estimated population of 237,446 with 14.6% aged 65 or older. This age group is at risk of cognitive impairment conditions, such as Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. With one in three seniors dying from Alzheimer’s in America, Boise is not exempt from the impact of this condition. In 2014, Alzheimer’s fatalities made up 6.49% of all deaths in Boise. By 2018 that number had climbed to 9.83%, a rise of 74.07%. When compared to the 15.01% rise in all causes of death from the same four-year period, it’s clear that Alzheimer’s is an increasing concern for seniors in the area. This also supports the estimate that Alzheimer’s diagnoses are likely to reach 13 million by 2050, double the rate seen today.

To aid seniors in navigating the unique needs that come with all forms of dementia, Boise is home to several memory care communities that provide supportive care services in an environment tailored to maintain their safety and security. This guide explains the pros and cons of living in Boise, the expense of senior care and several free resources available in the area.

Memory Care Facilities in Boise, ID

Truewood by Merrill, Boise

2600 North Milwaukee Street, Boise, ID, 83704

Willow Park Assisted Living is nestled in a quiet residential area in Boise, Idaho, close to parks, restaurants and shopping. Visitors appreciate the personal touch the facility provides to its reside … (read more)
Willow Park Assisted Living is nestled in a quiet residential area in Boise, Idaho, close to parks, restaurants and shopping. Visitors appreciate the personal touch the facility provides to its reside … (read more)

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Overland Court Senior Living

10250 W. Smoke Ranch Drive, Boise, ID, 83709

The staff are all amazing here. From our very first warm and welcoming experience with Brenda, to the day to day interactions with caregivers, we are very pleased with the care our dad is receiving. H … (read more)
The staff are all amazing here. From our very first warm and welcoming experience with Brenda, to the day to day interactions with caregivers, we are very pleased with the care our dad is receiving. H … (read more)

MorningStar at Englefield Green

350 South Allumbaugh Way, Boise, ID, 83709

MorningStar at Englefield Green is wonderful, and the staff is really good. It’s a nice layout. They check on my mom every couple of hours. She likes the food and the activities there, and they take t … (read more)
MorningStar at Englefield Green is wonderful, and the staff is really good. It’s a nice layout. They check on my mom every couple of hours. She likes the food and the activities there, and they take t … (read more)

Aspen Valley Senior Living Community

4455 E Warm Springs Ave, Boise, ID, 83712


The Terraces of Boise

5301 E Warm Springs Avenue, Boise, ID, 83716

We’ve chosen The Terraces of Boise, and my husband is moving in. It’s a very nice facility, it’s closer to me than the others we looked at, and I liked that. I liked the location, the number of rooms, … (read more)
We’ve chosen The Terraces of Boise, and my husband is moving in. It’s a very nice facility, it’s closer to me than the others we looked at, and I liked that. I liked the location, the number of rooms, … (read more)

Veranda Senior Living at Barber Station

3290 E Barber Valley Dr, Boise, ID, 83706


Regency Columbia Village

3521 East Lake Forest Drive, Boise, ID, 83716

The care givers are always warm, friendly, and compassionate when dealing with my mother. They understand her needs and are on top of her daily care. The food is freshly prepared for each meal, and … (read more)
The care givers are always warm, friendly, and compassionate when dealing with my mother. They understand her needs and are on top of her daily care. The food is freshly prepared for each meal, and … (read more)

Ashley Manor Care Center

1908 N 13th St, Boise, ID, 83702

Ashley Manor was really beautifully-decorated and clean. They’re very caring about their staff and the lady that showed me around showed me the private rooms and suites which were really nice. The fur … (read more)
Ashley Manor was really beautifully-decorated and clean. They’re very caring about their staff and the lady that showed me around showed me the private rooms and suites which were really nice. The fur … (read more)

Copper Springs Senior Living

3570 E Amity Rd, Meridian, ID, 83642


Touchmark at Meadow Lake Village

4037 Clocktower Lane, Meridian, ID, 83642

Touchmark at Meadow Lake Village is an assisted and independent living and memory care facility on about 100 private acres with walking paths in Meridian, Idaho. Its surroundings are characterized by … (read more)
Touchmark at Meadow Lake Village is an assisted and independent living and memory care facility on about 100 private acres with walking paths in Meridian, Idaho. Its surroundings are characterized by … (read more)

Emerson House at Riverpointe

8250 West Marigold, Garden City, ID, 83714

My husband is placed in Emerson House at River Pointe, and it’s very nice. You walk into a nice living room-type setting and the care so far has been excellent. The staff has been awesome, they’re won … (read more)
My husband is placed in Emerson House at River Pointe, and it’s very nice. You walk into a nice living room-type setting and the care so far has been excellent. The staff has been awesome, they’re won … (read more)

COVID-19 Rules for Memory Care in Boise

Since most COVID-19 rules for Memory Care Communities and other Senior Living Facilities are set at the state level, you can view the specific rules for your state on our Guide to Memory Care in Idaho. Keep in mind that every community has specific policies that they put in place to protect their residents, so you should contact your local community for more information. Additionally, you can contact your local Area Agency on Aging to learn more – find contact information here.

What to Consider About Memory Care in Boise

The Idaho Department of Health & Welfare is responsible for the licensing of residential assisted living facilities that provide memory care. A dedicated RALF Team is charged with conducting inspections for initial licensure, investigating complaints and verifying regulation compliance within this department.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Memory Care in Boise

  • Boise is home to the two largest medical institutions in the state as well as the primary VA medical center. St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center was ranked number one in Idaho by the U.S. News & World Report and scored as high performing in several cardiac and pulmonary conditions along with stroke care. St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center is ranked number two, sharing many of the same high-performance procedures and conditions.
  • In general, Boise’s air quality is almost always within the healthy limits set by the U.S. government and the World Health Organization. Due to issues with forest fires, wood-burning, vehicle emissions and the city’s placement within a valley, there are occasional days of unhealthy ozone levels and elevated pollution readings. Seniors and others who are considered sensitive groups are advised to limit outdoor activity when this happens.
  • The Boise area experiences all four seasons, with temperatures occasionally reaching triple digits in the summer and freezing temperatures are common in the winter. Despite that, extreme weather events are rare and the average high temperature for July sits at 93 degrees Fahrenheit while the average low is recorded as 25 degrees in December and January.
  • Boise’s crime index is 30, making it less safe than 70% of all U.S. cities. Although this seems like a high crime rate, when compared just to cities with similar population levels, the crime rate in Boise is considered much lower than average. Like most cities, crime risk to seniors is affected greatly by the area in which they live with the higher crime areas tending to be situated deeper within the city.
  • Idaho can be considered somewhat senior-friendly in regards to tax benefits. Social Security earnings are not taxed by the state and there are some exemptions offered for local, state, and federal pensions. Seniors may also qualify for the annual grocery credit and Idaho currently charges no estate or inheritance tax.

Paying for Memory Care in Boise

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.

The cost of memory care in Boise averages $4,483 per month which is a few hundred less than standard rates in Idaho and significantly lower than the national average of $5,625.

The Cost of Memory Care in Nearby Cities

Despite being one of Idaho’s largest metropolitan areas, memory care fees in Boise are surprisingly reasonable. Seniors should expect to pay around $4,483 per month which is lower than the state average of $4,798. Of the three cities nearest to the Boise area, only Idaho Falls shows lower average rates of $4,375 while Pocatello and Twin Falls averages are $5,258 and $4,775, respectively.

$4483

Boise

$4798

Idaho

$5625

The United States

$5258

Pocatello

$4375

Idaho Falls

$4775

Twin Falls

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Seniors who aren’t in need of memory care have several other care options in Idaho. Monthly fees for nursing homes are the highest, averaging $8,608 per month for a semi-private room. Care options within the home are a little less expensive around $5,720. Choosing an assisted living facility without memory care services has a typical monthly fee of around $3,586 which is still higher than the average charge of $2,167 for adult day health care services.

$4483

Memory Care

$5720

In-Home Care

$5720

Home Health Care

$2167

Adult Day Health Care

$3586

Assisted Living

$8608

Nursing Home (semiprivate room)

Financial Assistance for Memory Care in Boise

In Boise 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, Memory Care in Idaho page.

More Ways to Pay for Memory Care - Idaho

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 Idaho page.

Free Memory Care Resources in Boise

Seniors in need of memory care may have difficulty navigating the complexities of their condition and require additional assistance. In Boise, there are several free resources available to help ensure every senior with cognitive issues has access to information and services that can help them manage their progression, report any safety issues and explain their care options.

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Contact

Service

(800) 272-3900

This Idaho chapter of the Alzheimer's Association works to advocate for seniors living with Alzheimer's, spreading awareness in local communities and providing free resources to assist with care. A 24/7 helpline is available to connect seniors with local programs and discuss options for associated legal, financial and medical issues. 

(208) 608-7580

As a way to encourage secure social outings for seniors living with dementia, the Dick Eardley Senior Center hosts a memory cafe event on the fourth Thursday of each month. Seniors can connect with others who are facing the same challenges in a safe and supportive environment.

(208) 746-7541

Seniors who are at least 60 years old may qualify for free counseling on civil legal issues. This can include assistance on a variety of topics, such as powers of attorney, health benefits, issues with a nursing home facility, discrimination, and guardianship disagreements.

(208) 898-7060

Vulnerable seniors and their advocates can contact the Southwest Idaho Area Agency on Aging to report suspected abuse, fraud, neglect or exploitation. The agency also provides meal services, homemaker assistance and information on specific medical conditions through their Living Well Series workshops.

(208) 334-3833

Idaho's Ombudsman works to advocate for proper care while following all laws and regulations and maintaining resident dignity in senior care facilities. The Ombudsman communicates to the public the standards of care while handling the investigation of any complaints made against a caregiver or facility.

Memory Care Laws and Regulations in Boise

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

Laws and Regulations for Memory Care in Idaho