Memory Care in Nevada
Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in Nevada, as it is in the United States as a whole. The Silver State recorded 704 deaths related to the disease as of 2018, and a significant 25.4% of hospital readmissions are associated with dementia. About 49,000 older Nevadans were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s as of 2020, and this figure is estimated to increase by 30.6%, or to 64,000 cases, in 2025. With this growth, a projected 295% increase in the number of geriatricians is needed by 2050.
As an alternative to institutionalization, memory care facilities in Nevada offer a supportive homelike environment for cognitively impaired seniors. Licensed assisted living facilities with special endorsements to provide dementia care for older Nevadans are authorized to operate memory care units. These residential communities offer 24-hour support and specialized care programs that include therapeutic amenities, nutritious meals and family support.
Memory care can either be offered on its own in a community designed especially for those with dementia or Alzheimer’s, or, more often, it’s provided as a service in a separate wing of an assisted living facility. Memory care programs are designed specifically for those with memory impairment, and the facilities often coordinate social activities and schedules specifically for the needs of those living with Alzheimer’s or dementia.
This guide gives seniors and their loved ones a comprehensive look at memory care in Nevada, particularly its estimated costs, related financial assistance programs, free resources and regulatory information.
The Cost of Memory Care in Nevada
Nevada has memory care facilities that function as exclusive, standalone communities, as well as those that are part of assisted living and larger retirement communities. Because of the higher level of care it provides, memory care usually costs 20 to 30% more than standard assisted living. The higher pricing normally pays for a memory care facility’s specialized services, greater caregiver-to-resident ratio and advanced security features. Memory care costs are compared using adjusted average assisted living costs, but actual quotes for each facility may vary according to location and pricing structure.
Memory Care Costs in Nearby States
Based on the Genworth Financial Cost of Care Survey for 2019, Nevada is among the most affordable states for memory care in the western United States. It’s similar to neighboring Utah, with an average cost of $4,250 per month, around $800 lower than the U.S. average of $5,064. California is the most expensive neighboring state, at $5,625, costing seniors nearly $1,400 more compared to Nevada. Up north in Idaho and down south in Arizona, memory care costs are comparable, in the $4,600 range, about $400 more expensive than the Silver State.
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Cost of Other Types of Care in Nevada
Memory care is fairly affordable in Nevada, at $4,250 per month, compared to the state’s average costs for in-home, home health and nursing home care. In-home and home health care have similar costs, at $4,290, somewhat comparable but slightly higher than memory care. Although memory care facilities may charge more than the calculated average based on the level of care provided, this care option is conveniently inclusive of room and board, meals and round-the-clock support.
Nursing home care is the most expensive senior care option in Nevada, at $7,604 per month, costing seniors nearly $3,400 more than memory care. This price difference makes memory care a favorable choice, especially for those who prefer a noninstitutional environment. Standard assisted living costs $3,400, about $900 higher than memory care. Adult day care facilities charge an average of $1,733 per month, offering the most affordable option but a limited scope of care.
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The Cost of Memory Care in Nevada’s Top Cities
Comparing Costs Across Nevada
Most areas in Nevada have memory care costs within the $4,000 range, varying by a few hundred dollars. Reno is the least expensive area, with an average cost of $4,063 per month, comparable to Las Vegas in southern Nevada, which is also considered affordable at $4,125. Carson city, the state capital and most expensive area for memory care, costs seniors an average of $4,556 per month. For further comparison, these costs are about $1,000 lower per month than in cities across Nevada’s western state border in Sacramento, CA, and Yuma City, CA.
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Financial Assistance for Memory Care in Nevada
Home and Community Based Services Waiver for the Frail Elderly
The HCBS FE waiver program covers the cost of augmented personal care services provided in residential care settings, including assisted living and memory care facilities. These long-term care services for functionally impaired elderly Medicaid recipients are beyond what residential facilities are required by regulation to provide. The waiver also pays for the cost of case management services, personal emergency systems, respite care and adult day services.
Who Is Eligible?
Applicants 65 and older must be at risk of nursing home placement and meet financial eligibility requirements to qualify for the HCBS FE waiver program. An Aging and Disability Services Division intake case manager determines which services suit the applicant’s needs.
Community Options Program for the Elderly
COPE is a non-Medicaid program similar to HCBS FE, covering the cost of nonmedical, community-based services needed by eligible older Nevadans. These services include case management and personal care services.
Who Is Eligible?
Seniors 65 and older who are at risk of institutionalization must meet the financial criteria for COPE. A social worker performs a professional evaluation to determine the applicant’s needed services.
Personal Assistance Services
The PAS program provides community-based services to qualified seniors with severe physical disabilities. Services include case management and assistance with mobility and other activities of daily living.
Who Is Eligible?
Seniors who don’t qualify for HCBS FE or COPE must be physically disabled as diagnosed by a licensed physician and meet financial eligibility requirements.
Free and Low-Cost Memory Care Resources in Nevada
Older Nevadans have easy access to local and statewide programs for dementia and other aging-related concerns. These free resources include state-supported organizations that provide referrals and other forms of assistance, helping seniors and their families make informed decisions.
|Alzheimer’s Association Northern California and Northern Nevada Chapter||775-786-8061||Serving Nevada’s northern region through its Reno office, the Alzheimer’s Association Northern California and Northern Nevada Chapter offers support groups, one-on-one care consultations, training, education and local resources to seniors and families facing the challenges of dementia.|
|Alzheimer’s Association Desert West Chapter||702-248-2770||The Alzheimer’s Association Desert West Chapter serves southern Nevada seniors, families and caregivers through its Las Vegas office. It sponsors regular support groups and provides education programs for the general public.|
|Dementia Friendly Nevada||702-685-7072||Dementia Friendly Nevada is a federally funded initiative consisting of community action groups and providing free programs, services and resources to seniors with dementia. The southern Nevada community action group offers free, confidential memory screenings through licensed health care providers.|
|Nevada Care Connection||702-486-3831||Established as the state’s Aging and Disability Resource Center program, Nevada Care Connection serves as a single point of entry for navigating and accessing available long-term supports and services. Seniors, families and caregivers may directly contact a local resource center for free information and assistance.|
|Nevada Legal Services – Senior Legal Helpline||877-693-2163||Nevada Legal Services offers free legal assistance to income-eligible seniors on elder law topics such as wills and probate, Medicare, garnishment and long-term care facility issues. Its toll-free Senior Legal Helpline is available to all callers regardless of income.|
|Nevada Senior Centers||In addition to providing on-site recreational, educational and social activities, Nevada’s senior centers function as one-stop shops for health screenings, counseling services, and AARP assistance programs.|
|Nevada 211 Senior Services||1-866-535-5654||A program of the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, Nevada 211 Senior Services provides comprehensive information on regional services and programs for older Nevadans. Its resource directory includes adult day centers, dementia support groups, transportation providers, community meals and local offices offering various senior programs.|
|Nevada Senior Guide||702-269-9290||Updated quarterly, Nevada Senior Guide is a print publication and online directory of private, government and nonprofit agencies that offer services to seniors in the Silver State. A free printed copy may be requested via email.|
Memory Care Laws and Regulations in Nevada
Residential facilities providing care to persons with Alzheimer’s and dementia must obtain endorsements on their licenses, authorizing them to operate as memory care communities or as senior care facilities with memory care units. These facilities are regulated by the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services through the Division of Public and Behavioral Health, Bureau of Health Care Quality and Compliance.
|Scope of Care||A memory care facility must have a written statement that describes the following:Basic services provided for residents with dementiaActivities developed for the residentsFacility’s manner of managing behaviorsManner of medication managementActivities that encourage the involvement of family members in the residents’ livesPreventive steps and actions to take on wandering|
|Care Plans||A memory care resident’s evaluation must describe the forms of assistance a client needs to perform certain activities of daily living. This evaluation is prepared upon the resident’s admission and reviewed at least once a year, or as the resident’s condition and needs change.|
|Medication Management||Under adequate supervision, a caregiver assists in the administration of medications if needed by the resident. Assistance in the administration of controlled substances and dangerous drugs must be based on the written plan of care from a physician or registered nurse. Caregivers administering medications must attend a training program, and this should include initial orientation and an annual training update.|
|Staffing||A memory care facility must have at least one awake employee on duty at all times. There should be interaction groups of not more than six memory care residents for each caregiver during the residents’ awake hours. Employees who have direct contact with residents should complete at least two hours of dementia care training within the first 40 hours of initial employment and an additional eight hours of training within the first three months. Board-licensed and certified employees must receive at least three hours of continuing education on dementia care within the first year of employment.|
|Medicaid Coverage||Subject to available funding, Nevada Medicaid pays for community-based services provided in assisted living and memory care facilities. Recipients must be financially eligible and at risk of nursing home placement if they don’t receive these services.|
|Reporting Abuse||An employee must report suspected resident abuse, neglect, isolation or exploitation to a local ADSD office or a police department or sheriff’s office within 24 hours after the incident.|
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does memory care cost in Nevada?
Memory care facilities in Nevada charge an average of $4,250 per month. This estimate is calculated based on the assumption that memory care costs roughly 20 to 30% more than standard assisted living. The Silver State is one of the most affordable areas for memory care in the American West.
Are there financial assistance programs for memory care in Nevada?
Yes. In addition to Medicaid waivers, some non-Medicaid programs cover the costs of community-based services provided to financially and clinically eligible older Nevadans in assisted living and memory care facilities. These programs are subject to available funding, and some applicants may be put on a waiting list.
What are activities of daily living?
Activities of daily living are routine tasks that require basic life skills. These self-care tasks include mobility, bathing, dressing, personal hygiene and eating. A person’s ability to perform these ADLs determines the extent of aid needed for each task. A caregiver may provide gentle reminders, stand-by help or full assistance.
What types of therapies are offered in memory care facilities?
Memory care facilities usually offer multidisciplinary therapeutic approaches to address cognitive, emotional and sensory challenges associated with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Color therapy may be incorporated into a facility’s purposely designed environment to give visual cues that encourage self-direction. Life skill or journey stations, music therapy and reminiscence sessions help bring back pleasant memories, while aromatherapy, art and pet therapies offer stress relief. Occupational therapy assists residents with fall prevention and in retaining their ability to do simple tasks. Professional counseling services may also be provided to residents and their families.
What security features are present in memory care facilities?
Memory care facilities have controlled entry access and 24-hour monitoring and alert systems that may use door and motion sensors, surveillance cameras and individual resident detectors. Each residential unit is equipped with emergency call systems, and residents may have medical alert pendants or bracelets.