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The 10 Best Memory Care Facilities in Ellicott City, MD for 2024

Rich with nearly 300 years of history and a unique culture, Ellicott City is as resilient as its residents and an ideal place for seniors to spend their retirement years. The estimated population is 76,000 residents, and around 16.5% are aged 65 and over. As the general population continues to age, the number of seniors in America living with Alzheimer’s is expected to quadruple by the year 2050. Although CDC data indicates an overall increase in the number of Alzheirmer’s-deaths, the percentage has actually decreased in Ellicott City by 5.19% from 2016 to 2020.

This reduction in deaths from cognitive decline may be due to the access seniors have to excellent hospitals and dementia care in focused establishments. Memory care communities are staffed 24/7 by specially trained employees, and therapy services offered are specifically designed to slow the advance of Alzheimer’s and improve cognitive abilities. Ample socialization opportunities and stimulating activities, such as reminiscence therapy, are provided to enhance quality of life.

This guide highlights some pros and cons of living in Ellicott City and presents comparative costs of memory care in nearby cities. It also provides a brief list of memory care resources for seniors and their families.

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Memory Care Facilities in Ellicott City, Maryland

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What to Consider About Memory Care in Ellicott City

Maryland’s Department of Health is responsible for licensing and monitoring health care facilities in the state, including those providing memory care services. The Office of Health Care Quality (OHCQ) within the Maryland Department of Health is tasked with overseeing and regulating health care facilities. OHCQ ensures facilities meet state and federal regulations regarding quality of care, safety and resident rights.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Memory Care in Ellicott City

  • Ellicott City’s cost of living is a bit higher than both the statewide average and the national median. Despite the overall score of 137.3 based on a 100-point scale, Ellicott City still offers residents low-cost options on goods, transportation, groceries and housing, which may appeal to budget-conscious individuals.
  • Based on a 100-point scale, health care costs in Ellicott City are just slightly lower than the U.S. average, with a score of 97.7. Seniors have access to 454 physicians per 100,000 population, which is higher than the national average of 210.
  • For medical services, Ellicott City seniors are less than 20 minutes from nationally ranked hospitals such as Johns Hopkins Hospital. The full-service facility provides world-class stroke care and pulmonary care services. As strokes and memory loss can go hand in hand, seniors have access to some of the highest-quality neurological care in the U.S.
  • The climate in Ellicott City boasts a little more rain than the national median, but less snowfall. On average, there are 206 sunny days per year. The average high in July is only about 88 and the low in January averages 24 degrees Fahrenheit. Ellicott City also ranks 8.2 on a 10-point comfort index, placing it rather high as a pleasant place to live in Maryland. 
  • Crime in Ellicott City is low at a 13.4 ranking compared to the U.S. average of 22.7 on a scale of 1 to 100. Most offenses involve petty theft or shoplifting and violent crimes are even rarer. This makes the city safe for residents of all ages. Those in memory care communities can be comforted by 24/7 security to ensure seniors are free from harm.

Paying for Memory Care in Ellicott City

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.

Seniors in Ellicott City pay an average of $5,937 per month for memory care, but those costs can change depending upon amenities and the location of the community. 

The Cost of Memory Care in Nearby Cities

Memory care in Ellicott City costs $5,938 per month, which is $600 less than Maryland’s statewide average but about $300 more than the national median. Similarly, memory care costs in Baltimore match those in Ellicott City, but Hagerstown is about $600 pricier. Cumberland is only slightly lower, at $5,788. Across the Chesapeake Bay, Salisbury is almost $300 more expensive than Ellicott City. 

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The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Several care options are available in Ellicott City. Adult day health care is the most affordable, at $1,927 per month, offering respite for caregivers on weekdays. In-home care and home health care, which offers light medical services, are cheaper alternatives to memory care and suitable for seniors remaining at home. Assisted living costs $4,750 monthly, including room, board and 24-hour staff access, and seniors needing round-the-clock skilled nursing care can access a semiprivate nursing home room for $10,798.

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Note: Data for Ellicott City was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Baltimore, was used instead.

Financial Assistance for Memory Care in Ellicott City

In Ellicott City 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 Maryland page.

More ways to pay for memory care in MD

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 & Low-Cost Memory Care Resources in Ellicott City

Ellicott City offers several resources for seniors and their families to navigate the challenging path of memory loss. Some resources focus on well-being while others offer support services specific to senior needs. The following table highlights a few of the organizations and government agencies that offer free or low-cost services and supports for those living with Alzheimer’s or dementia.

Howard County Maryland Access Point(410) 313-1234The Maryland Access Point of Howard County (MAP) offers guidance with assistance and benefits, referrals to programs for seniors and counseling to help with long-term care options. Caring representatives can help seniors and their family members complete necessary applications and guide them to the resources they need.
Ellicott City 50+ Senior Center(410) 313-1400This senior center focuses on encouraging an active and vital lifestyle for seniors. Fitness programs, wellness classes and recreational activities as well as volunteer opportunities can all increase quality of life and may positively impact cognitive decline caused by isolation. It also has a memory café on site.
Seniors Together in Howard County(410) 550-8093Peer support groups in this program focus on emotional wellness and encourage thriving during aging. They also involve educational sessions and resource sharing with an emphasis on staying stimulated intellectually and socially, which may be integral for memory loss struggles.
Loan Closet of Howard County(410) 313-0363The Loan Closet is a reuse resource center for assistive technology, including needed medical equipment for seniors. Through donations from the community, they refurbish, clean and disinfect in-demand ambulatory equipment and loan it to those who need it. They also offer referrals to other services in the county.
Howard County Department of Aging(410) 313-1234The Howard County Department of Aging (HCDA) aims to keep aging residents connected and supported right where they live. Their dementia-friendly communities support seniors and their care partners to facilitate the continuation of meaningful lives. They offer memory loss support, transportation and first response medical assistance services.
Senior Legal Assistance Program of Central Maryland(844) 627-5465The Senior Legal Assistance Program offers legal advice, counseling and representation for older adults in need of free legal services. This program also supports local ombudsmen, public guardianship managers and health insurance counselors. Any resident who is 60+ years or their caregivers are eligible for these free services.

Memory Care Laws and Regulations in Ellicott City

Ellicott City Memory Care Communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all Memory Care Facilities 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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Review of Shangrila Senior Living

I had an in-person tour of Shangrila Senior Living. The place was good. The manager in charge seemed very caring and nice. They have an activity coordinator. They have good food. They have an...

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Review of Morningside House of Ellicott City

My mom is now in Morningside House of Ellicott City. I like that it's beautiful and quiet, and everybody is nice and polite. She has enough room to put a bed, a dresser a little table, TV, and...

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Review of Shangrila Senior Living

Shangrila Senior Living was great. The people were all pleasant and a lot of them had been there for a long time, which shows loyalty. I met the cook while I was sitting in a waiting room, and some...

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Thank you for the kind words Don. It was our pleasure. I was the director here a number of years ago and could not wait to come back and work for this wonderful company, community and dedicated...

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