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The 10 Best Memory Care Facilities in Columbia, MD for 2024

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There are 57 Memory Care Facilities in the Columbia area, with 7 in Columbia and 50 nearby.

The average cost of memory care in Columbia is $6,683 per month. This is higher than the national median of $5,500. Cheaper rated regions include Ellicott City with an average starting cost of 4,062.

To help you with your search, browse the 240 reviews below for memory care facilities in Columbia. On average, consumers rate memory care in Columbia 4.66 out of 5 stars. Better rated regions include Brookeville with an average rating of 5 out of 5 stars.

Caring.com has helped 5 families in Columbia find high-quality senior care. To speak with one of our Family Advisors about memory care options and costs in Columbia, call (855) 948-3865.

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What to Consider About Memory Care in Columbia

Columbia is a large city in east-central Maryland with a population of nearly 100,000 people, with those who are 65 and over making up almost 14 percent of the population. It's estimated by the Alzheimer's Association that 110,000 Marylanders have Alzheimer's disease, primarily diagnosed in seniors age 65 and over. The number of state residents with the disease is expected to increase to 130,000 by 2025. 

The Columbia area has three dozen memory care facilities, giving families plenty of options to choose from. Three of these facilities are located in the city, and the other 30 are in nearby cities, including Laurel, Ellicott City and Catonsville. While some memory care facilities have their own dedicated building, most are situated within assisted living facilities, also called assisted living programs

Benefits and Drawbacks of Memory Care in Columbia

  • Maryland does not tax Social Security benefits, but income from retirement accounts is fully taxable. The amount of money that a senior can put in their memory care budget may vary depending on where their retirement income is coming from.    
  • Columbia's summers are warm and humid, and the winters are cold and windy. Over the course of the year, the city's temperatures range from the mid-20s to the mid-80s. Seniors who enjoy relaxing outdoors may find Maryland's humid summers and icy winters uncomfortable. 
  • Columbia is located about 20 miles away from the Johns Hopkins Memory and Alzheimer's Treatment Center, which offers a nationally recognized model of care for those with dementia.
  • Columbia's property crime and violent crime rates are higher than state and national medians, which may be a consideration for families who are transitioning their loved ones to memory care in this city. On a 100-point scale, where a higher rate indicates higher crime, Columbia's property crime rate is 42.1 and the violent crime rate is 39.9. The U.S. averages are 38.1 and 31.1, respectively. 

Paying for Memory Care in Columbia

Memory Care costs in Columbia start around $6,355 per month on average, while the nationwide average cost of memory care is $5,694 per month.

It’s important to note that memory care rates in Columbia and the surrounding suburbs can vary widely based on factors such as location, the level of care needed, apartment size and the types of amenities offered at each community.

Cities in Maryland

Olney

$6,745

Gambrills

$6,414

Columbia

$6,355

US

$5,694

Laurel

$5,200

Catonsville

$4,231

Brookeville

$3,995

Ellicott City

$3,100

Financial Assistance for Memory Care in Columbia

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

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 Maryland page.

Free Memory Care Resources in Columbia

Columbia 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 Columbia, please visit our Memory Care in Maryland page.

Memory Care Laws and Regulations in Columbia

Columbia-area memory care communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all memory care communities in Maryland are required to follow. Visit our Memory Care in Maryland page for more information about these laws.

Reviews of Communities Nearby

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Ray

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

Review of Charter Senior Living of Columbia

My wife has been at Charter Senior Living of Columbia for about a year now. The staff is just wonderful. They treat her very well. The food is good. They have meals 3 times a day, and they have a...

Provider response

Hi Ray, your wonderful feedback and rating mean a lot to us. Please don't hesitate to reach out if there's anything additional we can do for you.

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Teresa

I visited this facility

Review of Brighton Gardens of Columbia

Brighton Gardens of Columbia was fine. The rooms looked good. They had a lot of activities. They were doing a special community outreach with the local fire department at the time that we were...

Provider response

Hi Teresa, Each and every guest who enters a Sunrise community is important to us. It is wonderful to know that you had such a positive experience when touring Brighton Gardens of Columbia. We...

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John Kline

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

Review of Bryant Woods Manor

just want to say that I could not be more happy with the care and hospitality that my Mom is receiving at Bryant Woods Manor. It is a tremendous relief for me to know that she is receiving this...

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