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What to Consider About Memory Care in Barnstable County

In Massachusetts, where an estimated 130,000 residents have Alzheimer's, it's important for counties and cities to have enough memory care facilities to accommodate this population. This is no exception in Barnstable County, where there are eight memory care facilities. Barnstable County, which consists of Cape Cod and nearby islands, is home to 213,444 residents, 29.9 percent of whom are 65 or over.

In Barnstable County as in the rest of Massachusetts, memory care facilities are known as “Dementia Special Care Units”, (DSCUs). In addition, some assisted living facilities in Barnstable County may include a Special Care Residence, or SCR, for residents with dementia, Huntington's disease or other mental health issues. 

Benefits and Drawbacks of Memory Care in Barnstable County

 

  • Barnstable County, being located on Cape Cod, enjoys pleasant summers. The average July high is 80 degrees, and memory care residents can enjoy supervised outdoor walks during the spring and summer. During the fall, the area has beautiful foliage to admire. Winters can be a bit challenging; however, Barnstable County receives less snow than other parts of Massachusetts. They average about 33 inches per year, whereas other parts of the state, such as Boston, that are further inland, average around 50 inches.
  • The cost of living in Barnstable County is about on par with the rest of Massachusetts. On a cost of living index where the national average is 100, Barnstable County sits at 141, while Massachusetts is at 139. Housing is the biggest cost of living difference in this part of the country. Families may want to keep this in mind when searching for memory care facilities.
  • Massachusetts is considered to be moderately tax-friendly towards retired seniors. Social Security income and public pension retirement income are fully exempt from taxation, but other forms of retirement income are taxed at a rate of 5.1 percent, including withdrawals from retirement accounts such as an IRA or 401k.
  • Barnstable County is home to world-class medical facilities, including those specializing in brain health and dementia care such as Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis, in the event of medical emergencies or illness.

 

Paying for Memory Care in Barnstable County

Memory Care costs in Barnstable County start around $7,721 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 Barnstable 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.

Counties in Massachusetts

Newport County

$8,565

Plymouth County

$8,058

Barnstable County

$7,721

Bristol County

$7,579

Norfolk County

$7,552

Suffolk County

$6,542

US

$5,694

Providence County

$5,545

Financial Assistance for Memory Care in Barnstable County

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

Free Memory Care Resources in Barnstable County

Barnstable 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 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 Barnstable County, please visit our Memory Care in Massachusetts page.

Memory Care Laws and Regulations in Barnstable County

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

Reviews of Communities Nearby

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ReviewerFC031524C

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

Review of Harbor Point at Centerville

My brother is in Harbor Point at Centerville. It is very nice. They're very good with the residents and they take care of them. It's a very homey atmosphere. They're very clean. The rooms were very...

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Brenda D.

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

Review of Maplewood At Mill Hill

The Mill Hill Residences is such a warm and inviting community. My mother has been a resident for the last 18 months and I cannot say enough wonderful things about the food, staff, rooms...

Provider response

Dear Brenda, We're so glad to hear that your mother has found a warm and inviting home at Maplewood at Mill Hill. It's heartwarming to know that you and your siblings feel fortunate to have chosen...

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cheryllj

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

Review of Maplewood At Mill Hill

My mother moved into Maplewood At Mill Hill a little over a year ago. Since then, her condition has actually improved! They provide structure ,as well as, activities which have helped her...

Provider response

Dear Cheryl, We're delighted to hear about your mother's improved condition and her positive experience at Maplewood at Mill Hill. Our structured activities are designed to enhance the well-being...

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