7 Memory Care Facilities in Blue Earth County, MN
The average cost of memory care in Blue Earth County is $6,053 per month. This is higher than the national median of $4,781. Cheaper nearby regions include Freeborn County with an average starting cost of $4,728.
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What to Consider About Memory Care in Blue Earth County
Located in the heart of the Minnesota River Valley, Blue Earth County is home to nearly 67,000 residents. Roughly 13.5 percent of the population are aged 65 and older, and with 94,000 seniors across the Land of 10,000 Lakes diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, the state's Department on Aging has developed a State Plan to ensure specialized dementia care is accessible.
Seniors can receive these services at memory care facilities, known in Blue Earth County and the rest of Minnesota as Special Care Units (SCUs), six of which are available throughout the county.
- Winters in Blue Earth County can be quite harsh, which may prove challenging for seniors with dementia. Temperatures can drop to 5 degrees, and 42 inches of snowfall is expected annually. Overall, the county only receives a comfort index score of 35 out of 100, with 100 representing the best climate.
- The overall cost of living in Blue Earth County scores a 94.8, based on the national average of 100. This number is also lower than Minnesota's 106 average, largely due to low transportation and healthcare costs. This may make Blue Earth County an appealing option for seniors looking to minimize daily living costs so a greater portion of their funds can be put toward memory care services.
- Blue Earth County scores a 35.4 for violent crime and a 36.6 for property crime on a scale of 100, with 100 representing high crime. These numbers are close to the U.S. averages fo 31.1 and 38.1, respectively, which are higher than the average rates seen across Illinois. Consider asking about the security policies and procedures an SCU has in place in addition to any security systems or surveillance it may have.
- Blue Earth County is home to world-class medical facilities, including those specializing in brain health and dementia care, such as United Hospital District and Mankato's Mayo Clinic Health System hospital and clinic, in the event of medical emergencies or illness.
Paying for Memory Care in Blue Earth County
Average Monthly Costs
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Memory Care costs in Blue Earth County start around $6,053 per month on average, while the nationwide average cost of memory care is $4,852 per month.
It’s important to note that memory care rates in Blue Earth 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 Blue Earth County
Learn more about these programs, plus who’s eligible, on our Memory Care in Minnesota 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 Minnesota page.
Free Memory Care Resources in Blue Earth County
Blue Earth 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 Blue Earth County, please visit our Memory Care in Minnesota page.
Directory of Winners in the Blue Earth County Area
Memory Care Laws and Regulations in Blue Earth County
Blue Earth County-area memory care communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all memory care communities in Minnesota are required to follow. Visit our Memory Care in Minnesota page for more information about these laws.