5 Memory Care Facilities in Howard County, MD

Caring Star 2016

Sunrise of Columbia

Provides: Memory Care
6500 Freetown Road, Columbia, MD 21044
"Just minutes from I-95, Howard County General Hospital and the Mall in Columbia, Sunrise of Columbia is nestled in a quiet, residential neighborhood between the Atholton High School athletic fields..." More

Caring Star 2015

Brighton Gardens of Columbia

Provides: Memory Care
7110 Minstrel Way, Columbia, MD 21045
"Discover our beautifully landscaped courtyard and gardens, enjoy our fine cuisine or join in an activity or social group. At Brighton Gardens, we have an abundance of ways to make your life here..." More


Somerford Place of Columbia

Provides: Memory Care
8220 Snowden River Parkway, Columbia, MD 21045
"This is the best place around. Go nowhere else. The staff here are beautiful people and the level of care exceptional. " More


Shangrila Senior Living

Provides: Memory Care
4475 Montgomery Road, Ellicott City, MD 21043
"Welcome to Shangri-La Senior Living of Ellicott City, Howard County’s premier assisted living and retirement community. Our 60 apartment community is conveniently located in Ellicott City and..." More


Arbor Terrace Fulton

Provides: Memory Care
11584 Scaggsville Rd, Fulton, MD 20759
"Opening May 2019 At Arbor Terrace Fulton, we look at senior living differently. Our priority is making deep connections with our residents and their families. We believe in giving seniors the..." More

Recent Reviews of Memory Care in Howard County

  • Review of Somerford Place of Columbia

    This is the best place around. Go nowhere else. The staff here are beautiful people and the level of care exceptional. Read more

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  • Review of Somerford Place of Columbia

    I found Somerford Place Columbia to be a very customized and family oriented place. It feels very much like home. The staff are very friendly and happy. Their rooms are just of the right size; they... Read more

  • Review of Somerford Place of Columbia

    We chose the Somerford Place because it has what we were looking for. It is a smaller facility. It is very family-oriented. It is fairly clean. If there is anything they need to improve on it would... Read more

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What to Consider About Memory Care in Howard County

Howard County, Maryland, has a robust population of 321,113 residents, 13.4 percent of whom are aged 65 years and older. People with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias make up 10.8 percent of the senior population. Howard County has five memory care facilities to serve this population. These facilities are licensed by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and are called Assisted Living Programs (ALPs).

  • Charles County is home to world-class medical facilities, including those specializing in brain health and dementia care such as the Howard County General Hospital, in the event of medical emergencies or illness.
  • Seniors looking for memory care facilities in Howard County should be aware that the area's cost of living is 50 percent higher than the national average. Almost all sectors of spending in Howard County are quite a bit higher than elsewhere in the state, but housing is the most expensive. Homeowners can expect to pay 134 percent more on housing than the national average.
  • Winters in Howard County can be snowy and cold. The area gets an average of 26 inches of snow per year, and the average January temperature can drop to 24 degrees. People with dementia who have difficulty getting around in cold weather can talk to their memory care providers about ways to stay ambulatory.
  • Howard County has crime rates significantly lower than the rest of the country, making it a safe place for seniors who need memory care. On a scale of 1 to 100, where 1 is the safest scenario, Howard County scores 23.7, just over 15 percent lower than the US average. Violent crime has a score of 21.1 compared to a national average of 31.1.

Paying for Memory Care in Howard County

Average Monthly Costs

Counties in Maryland

$8,197.00 District Of Columbia County
$6,346.00 Carroll County
$5,193.00 Montgomery County
$5,179.00 Howard County
$4,799.00 US
$4,410.00 Frederick County
$4,404.00 Baltimore County
$3,765.00 Baltimore City

Memory Care costs in Howard County start around $5,179 per month on average, while the nationwide average cost of memory care is $4,799 per month.

It’s important to note that memory care rates in Howard County 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.

Financial Assistance for Memory Care in Howard County

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

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 Howard County

Howard County and the surrounding area are home to numerous government agencies and non-profit organizations offering help for seniors searching for or currently residing in an assisted living 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 Howard County, please visit our Assisted Living in Maryland page.

Memory Care Facilities in Howard County

Directory of Winners in the Howard County Area

Memory Care Laws and Regulations in Howard County

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

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