Lincoln has a population of 291,082, which includes 19% aged 60 and older. Many of these seniors struggle with Alzheimer’s disease, included in the top 10 causes of adult deaths in the United States and the 5th leading cause of death for seniors age 65 and older. Alzheimer’s and dementia are the causes of death in Lincoln for more than one hundred seniors each year, and the number is rapidly growing. The Centers for Disease Control tracks Alzheimer’s-related deaths in Lincoln, showing an increase of 100% from 2014 to 2018 compared to a 15% increase in all deaths.

Seniors living with Alzheimer’s and dementia can find long-term care living options in Lincoln, including memory care services. These communities provide trained staff, activities to slow the mental deterioration from dementia and secure accommodations intended to ward off unintentional wandering. In this informative guide, you can find information about the costs of memory care in Lincoln, a list of memory care communities, the advantages and disadvantages of living in Lincoln and free or low-cost resources for seniors.

Memory Care Facilities in Lincoln, NE

Independence House at Northview

2355 Superior Street, Lincoln, NE, 68521

Independence House at Northview, situated in the north end of Lincoln, Nebraska, is close to many shopping centers and restaurants. Visitors to the facility compliment its well-decorated companion sui … (read more)
Independence House at Northview, situated in the north end of Lincoln, Nebraska, is close to many shopping centers and restaurants. Visitors to the facility compliment its well-decorated companion sui … (read more)

Fallbrook Assisted Living and Memory Care

6600 Juliet Court, Lincoln, NE, 68521

Fallbrook Assisted Living and Memory Care is beautiful and all that, but the thing that caught me the most was the staff. They knew so much about dementia. Their knowledge was amazing. They know how t … (read more)
Fallbrook Assisted Living and Memory Care is beautiful and all that, but the thing that caught me the most was the staff. They knew so much about dementia. Their knowledge was amazing. They know how t … (read more)

Bickford of Lincoln

4451 Old Cheney Road, Lincoln, NE, 68516

Bickford of Lincoln was very nice. The gal that took me on a tour and her knowledge of the dementia disease was amazing. She did a great job at following up and so I loved her. She gave an awesome tou … (read more)
Bickford of Lincoln was very nice. The gal that took me on a tour and her knowledge of the dementia disease was amazing. She did a great job at following up and so I loved her. She gave an awesome tou … (read more)

High Plains

5601 S. 84th Street, Lincoln, NE, 68516

We toured High Plains Memory Care, and it was fine. The man who gave us the tour was very nice. It just reminded me more of what I would call a nursing home. When we walked in, there were a lot of peo … (read more)
We toured High Plains Memory Care, and it was fine. The man who gave us the tour was very nice. It just reminded me more of what I would call a nursing home. When we walked in, there were a lot of peo … (read more)

AVIVA Woodlands

9421 Gable Pines Road, Lincoln, NE, 68520

My relative was a resident at this facility for more than two years. They died while in residence. I visited my relative four to five times a week for the entire time they were there. The lack of … (read more)
My relative was a resident at this facility for more than two years. They died while in residence. I visited my relative four to five times a week for the entire time they were there. The lack of … (read more)

CountryHouse at 70th & O – Lincoln

240 S. 70th St, Lincoln, NE, 68510

This is a lovely place for a family member to live. The staff are excellent and develop a real relationship with the residents. There are always interesting activities or outings residents can look … (read more)
This is a lovely place for a family member to live. The staff are excellent and develop a real relationship with the residents. There are always interesting activities or outings residents can look … (read more)

CountryHouse at Pine Lake – Lincoln

6616 South 84th Street, Lincoln, NE, 68516

My mother has moved into CountryHouse at Pine Lake – Lincoln Memory Care, and everything is going along great. People there are really nice. The room is good size, and we had to furnish it. That was O … (read more)
My mother has moved into CountryHouse at Pine Lake – Lincoln Memory Care, and everything is going along great. People there are really nice. The room is good size, and we had to furnish it. That was O … (read more)

The Knolls Retirement Community

5801 Norman Road, Lincoln, NE, 68512

There are some staff that care but overall the staff are overworked and in my opinion under appreciated by the management. The rooms are nice but the facility fails in maintaining a clean environment. … (read more)
There are some staff that care but overall the staff are overworked and in my opinion under appreciated by the management. The rooms are nice but the facility fails in maintaining a clean environment. … (read more)

CountryHouse on Old Cheney – Lincoln

5720 South 25th Street, Lincoln, NE, 68512

Our beloved Aunt Ellen McCrory was here for 6 weeks before her death (cancer). She also had vascular dementia. They took such great care of her. We loved the atmosphere of this place. It was furnishe … (read more)
Our beloved Aunt Ellen McCrory was here for 6 weeks before her death (cancer). She also had vascular dementia. They took such great care of her. We loved the atmosphere of this place. It was furnishe … (read more)

Pemberly Place

7655 Archer Pl, Lincoln, NE, 68516

We used Pemberly Place for Mom. She did memory care. It was awesome. It’s a great place. The apartments were very nice. My interaction with the staff was great. The environment was excellent. I liked … (read more)
We used Pemberly Place for Mom. She did memory care. It was awesome. It’s a great place. The apartments were very nice. My interaction with the staff was great. The environment was excellent. I liked … (read more)

Independence House at Coddington

5500 South Coddington Avenue, Lincoln, NE, 68523

Both my mother, then later, my younger sister were admitted to the Independence House on Coddington in 2011, my mother with dementia and my sister with brain trauma injury and M.S. As a regular visi … (read more)
Both my mother, then later, my younger sister were admitted to the Independence House on Coddington in 2011, my mother with dementia and my sister with brain trauma injury and M.S. As a regular visi … (read more)

The Waterford at Wilderness Hills Memory Care

8939 Keystone Drive, Lincoln, NE, 68516

The people at The Waterford at Wilderness Hills Memory Care weren’t very on top of things. I had an appointment and the person that we spoke to wasn’t there, so the person who gave me the tour wasn’t … (read more)
The people at The Waterford at Wilderness Hills Memory Care weren’t very on top of things. I had an appointment and the person that we spoke to wasn’t there, so the person who gave me the tour wasn’t … (read more)

GracePointe Assisted Living & Memory Care

4620 Randolph, Lincoln, NE, 68510

GracePointe Assisted Living and Memory Care in Lincoln, Nebraska, is located a few blocks away from Highway 34 near the Bryan Medical Center East Campus. Visitors and residents give the facility high … (read more)
GracePointe Assisted Living and Memory Care in Lincoln, Nebraska, is located a few blocks away from Highway 34 near the Bryan Medical Center East Campus. Visitors and residents give the facility high … (read more)

Sumner Place Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation

1750 SOUTH 20TH STREET, Lincoln, NE, 68502

My mother moved into Sumner Place Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation. It’s a beautiful place. We were welcomed at the door, and they immediately started to get to know Mom. The staff has been very a … (read more)
My mother moved into Sumner Place Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation. It’s a beautiful place. We were welcomed at the door, and they immediately started to get to know Mom. The staff has been very a … (read more)

Tabitha Residence – Harbor House

6100 S 34th St, Lincoln, NE, 68516

My parents used to be in Tabitha Residence Harbor House. It was beautiful, that’s what I liked best. You felt like you were really doing the right thing for your loved ones, but when you get into it a … (read more)
My parents used to be in Tabitha Residence Harbor House. It was beautiful, that’s what I liked best. You felt like you were really doing the right thing for your loved ones, but when you get into it a … (read more)

COVID-19 Rules for Memory Care in Lincoln

Since most COVID-19 rules for Memory Care Communities and other Senior Living Facilities are set at the state level, you can view the specific rules for your state on our Guide to Memory Care in Nebraska. Keep in mind that every community has specific policies that they put in place to protect their residents, so you should contact your local community for more information. Additionally, you can contact your local Area Agency on Aging to learn more – find contact information here.

What to Consider About Memory Care in Lincoln

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services regulates the licensure of long-term care living facilities. It ensures all facilities are in compliance with federal rules and regulations for long-term care licensing. Certification and licensing are necessary to allow a long-term care facility to receive Medicare and Medicaid payments.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Memory Care in Lincoln

  • Lincoln has moderate weather. The city receives 31 inches of rain per year on average, a bit lower than the national average of 38 inches, and 26 inches of snow per year, while the nation’s snowfall average is 28 inches. Lincoln’s seniors can enjoy an average of 214 sunny days each year, allowing plenty of days to visit the area’s numerous museums, parks, eateries and the Nebraska State Museum of Natural History.
  • Nebraska is not a tax-friendly state for retirees. Social Security income is partially taxed, money is taken out of retirement accounts and public and private pension income is fully taxed. To help seniors maintain their budget, Lincoln does offer a lower cost of living at 89.8 with 100 as the U.S. average.
  • The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services is headquartered in Lincoln and offers numerous resources and support for residents living with Alzheimer’s, their families and their caregivers. The community takes notice of the increasing number of seniors diagnosed with dementia and has a comprehensive plan, Nebraska State Plan for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias, to meet the needs of residents living with this disease.
  • Seniors have numerous options to choose from for health care in Lincoln. Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) Hospitals consist of 14 hospitals, and there are several campuses in Lincoln with numerous providers associated with the hospital. CHI Health also includes a dedicated heart institute in Lincoln. Additional hospitals in Lincoln include Bryan Health and Lincoln Surgical Hospital, offering surgery and personalized surgical recovery options in a comfortable, hotel-like environment.

Paying for Memory Care in Lincoln

Memory care services account for an additional 20 to 30% fee increase beyond assisted living costs each month. There are no memory care costs included in the Genworth Cost of Care Survey, so we calculated the monthly average cost for memory care in Lincoln by adding 25% to the reported assisted living cost. 

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

In Lincoln, memory care averages a cost of $5,894, almost $800 higher than the Nebraska average of $5,095 and a bit higher than the national average of $5,625. Lincoln’s memory care cost of $5,894 is comparable to the cost in Omaha, an hour’s drive southwest, averaging $5,815. Grand Island, an hour and a half drive directly west, averages much less for memory care at $3,633 monthly and Sioux City, Iowa to the north of Lincoln averages $3,500. Manhattan, Kansas, south of Lincoln, averages much higher costs for memory care at $6,748.

$5894

Lincoln

$5095

Nebraska

$5625

The United States

$5815

Omaha

$3633

Grand Island

$3500

Sioux City, Iowa

$6748

Manhattan, Kansas

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Seniors who remain living in their homes but need weekday supervision and care can save money by enlisting the services of adult day health care averaging only $579 a month. Homemaker services offer assistance with everyday living, housekeeping and transportation and home health aides offer the same with some medical care. Both these services average $5,148 a month. Assisted Living costs less per month at $4,715 and provides a social setting for seniors. When seniors need higher-level medical care, a nursing home may be necessary averaging $7,908 monthly for a semiprivate room and $8,745 for a private room.

$579

Adult Day Health Care

$5148

Homemaker Services

$5148

Home Health Aide

$4715

Assisted Living Facility

$5894

Memory Care

$7908

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$8745

Nursing Home Facility (private room)

Financial Assistance for Memory Care in Lincoln

In Lincoln, 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, Memory Care in Nebraska page.

More Ways to Pay for Memory Care in Nebraska

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 Nebraska page.

Free Memory Care Resources in Lincoln

Many cities offer free and reduced-cost services and support for seniors living with dementia. These may be administered through government and local agencies or nonprofit groups and include benefits counseling, caregiver support and long-term care advocacy. 

Resource

Contact

Services

(402) 420-2540

Alzheimer’s Association Nebraska Chapter provides free educational workshops that offer information concerning lifestyle choices for mind and body health when living with Alzheimer's, communication with family members and how to recognize and understand behaviors associated with dementia. The group also offers support groups for caregivers. 

(402) 441-7070

With the increase of seniors living in Lincoln, the city desires to include additional resources, recreation and services to meet the needs of this aging group. Aging Partners creates and plans programs for seniors and advocates for their rights. The agency exists to enhance daily living for seniors in their community and provide for their needs to live a full, inclusive life.

(402) 441-7154

The Lincoln Downtown Senior Center acts as a focal point for senior activities and socialization. While seniors can find help with services and benefits, the center includes numerous activities, such as live music events, exercise classes, card games, special guest speakers, arts and crafts and bingo. A monthly calendar is available with all the scheduled events. 

(402) 441-7031

The Lancaster County Public Rural Transit offers pick-up and drop-off public transportation for the Lancaster county area. Vehicles are wheelchair accessible, and one trip must be a location in Lincoln City limited. The fair is reduced and includes a rider punch card. Riders can schedule one day in advance.

Memory Care Laws and Regulations in Lincoln

Lincoln Memory Care Communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all Memory Care Facilities in Nebraska are required to follow. Visit our Memory Care in Nebraska page for more information about these laws.

Laws and Regulations for Memory Care in Nebraska