Just a short drive from Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay areas, Reno is a city of more than 260,000 residents with nearly 40,000 of them seniors. Many of the seniors who live in Reno have a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease or another form of dementia. Thankfully, the death rate from Alzheimer’s in Reno actually decreased between 2014-2018 from 125 people in 2014 to 102 in 2018, which may be due to the implementation of programs focused on treating the effects of dementia. 

Memory care programs are designed for seniors and their family members who are living with dementia. These programs provide affected seniors with access to occupational, physical and speech therapies, as well as medical treatments and cognitive activities, that work to maintain or improve their cognitive abilities.

This guide to Memory Care in Reno includes a cost comparison of Memory Care services across the region, ways to pay for memory care and free memory care resources available to seniors and their families and laws and regulations memory care facilities have to follow. 

Memory Care Facilities in Reno, NV

Summit Estates Senior Living & Memory Care

222 E Patriot Blvd., Reno, NV, 89511

I toured Summit Estates Senior Living and Memory Care for my husband. I liked them very much. They are on my shortlist. It was very well organized, very friendly, and very clean. They seem to have tho … (read more)
I toured Summit Estates Senior Living and Memory Care for my husband. I liked them very much. They are on my shortlist. It was very well organized, very friendly, and very clean. They seem to have tho … (read more)

Clearwater at Rancharrah

5255 Kietzke Lane, Reno, NV, 89511

We went to Clearwater at Rancharrah. We toured the assisted living and memory care. It’s very nice. The memory care facility was pretty and very impressive. The apartments were very nice. The staff wa … (read more)
We went to Clearwater at Rancharrah. We toured the assisted living and memory care. It’s very nice. The memory care facility was pretty and very impressive. The apartments were very nice. The staff wa … (read more)

Stone Valley

6155 Stone Valley Drive, Reno, NV, 89523

Stone Valley was very nice. They have three landscaped courtyards for their residents to walk in, a full range of recreational activities, and it looks like the food is decent, too. The rooms all look … (read more)
Stone Valley was very nice. They have three landscaped courtyards for their residents to walk in, a full range of recreational activities, and it looks like the food is decent, too. The rooms all look … (read more)

Brookdale Reno

3105 Plumas Street, Reno, NV, 89509

My husband is in Brookdale Reno. I think the level of caring is excellent. They are kind and they pay attention to everything about my husband. They are very responsive to families. There’s nothing I … (read more)
My husband is in Brookdale Reno. I think the level of caring is excellent. They are kind and they pay attention to everything about my husband. They are very responsive to families. There’s nothing I … (read more)

2013, 2016

The Seasons of Reno

5165 Summit Ridge Ct., Reno, NV, 89523

Brookdale Northwest Reno offers small apartments geared toward preserving independence, with caring staff supervising the health and comfort of their residents. Located in an affluent area of Reno, th … (read more)
Brookdale Northwest Reno offers small apartments geared toward preserving independence, with caring staff supervising the health and comfort of their residents. Located in an affluent area of Reno, th … (read more)

Silver Oaks Care Home

8255 Opal Ranch Way, Reno, NV, 89506



2016, 2020

MorningStar Senior Living of Sparks

2360 Wingfield Hills Drive, Sparks, NV, 89436

Conveniently located near Vista Boulevard and Pyramid Highway, MorningStar of Sparks, Nevada offers easy access to Golden Eagle Regional Park, Golden Eagle Sports Complex and Red Hawk Golf and Resort. … (read more)
Conveniently located near Vista Boulevard and Pyramid Highway, MorningStar of Sparks, Nevada offers easy access to Golden Eagle Regional Park, Golden Eagle Sports Complex and Red Hawk Golf and Resort. … (read more)

Arbors Memory Care Community

2121 E Prater Way, Sparks, NV, 89434

My mom is already in Arbors Memory Care. They solely specialize in memory care. They don’t have just senior living or assisted on the premises, so I felt like she would have more consistent care with … (read more)
My mom is already in Arbors Memory Care. They solely specialize in memory care. They don’t have just senior living or assisted on the premises, so I felt like she would have more consistent care with … (read more)

COVID-19 Rules for Memory Care in Reno

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 Nevada. 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 Reno

In Nevada, the Bureau of Health Care Quality and Compliance is responsible for the licensure and regulation of health facilities in the state, including memory care facilities and hospitals. This is a department of the state’s Department of Health and Human Service Division of Public and Behavioral Health. 

Benefits and Drawbacks of Memory Care in Reno

  • The weather in Nevada is to be envied. Summers are hot, but with a daily humidity that rarely gets above 35 percent. Low humidity also makes it a great area for seniors who have chronic pain or respiratory disease. Reno offers a four season climate that allows seniors to mark the year by differences in the weather; what doesn’t vary much is the cloud cover, as Reno gets more than 3,400 hours of sunshine each year.  
  • Nevada is one of the most tax-friendly states in the country for seniors. The state has no income tax, so seniors don’t  have to pay on the money they make throughout the year. It also has no tax on Social Security and other retirement accounts. The property tax rate is low, and there is no estate or inheritance tax either, making it easy for seniors to afford to leave property to their loved ones. 
  • Reno joined the AARP Age-Friendly Network in 2018. This means that government agencies in the city have pledged to make the city more senior-friendly. In Reno’s case, the city has promised to increase affordable housing for seniors, increase transit options and expand the number of caregivers accessible to seniors in the area. 
  • The crime rate in Reno is somewhat higher than in comparable cities across the nation, with residents sharing a 1 in 45 chance of being a victim of property crime and a 1 in 177 chance of being involved in a violent crime, compared to a 1 in 215 chance for the rest of the state. Fortunately, most senior communities that house dementia residents are secured through an electronic locking system or are housed in a gated community. 
  • The Northern Nevada Medical Center is a newly built hospital for seniors who live in the Reno-Sparks metropolitan area. It has already been recognized by the Joint Commission as the first to be certified in pain management. The city also has a highly ranked VA Hospital and close access to the resources of Sacramento and San Francisco. 

Paying for Memory Care in Reno

Note: Residential memory care is usually offered in assisted living facilities, and in general, memory care rates tend to be 20-30% higher than assisted living rates. No national database currently tracks memory care costs in the United States, so we’ve estimated the monthly memory care costs listed below by adding 25% to the rates listed in Genworth’s 2021 Cost of Care Survey.

Seniors who live in the Reno-Sparks metropolitan area pay an average of approximately $5,300 per month for memory care services. While this amount is $625 more than the state average, it is less than the national average by $300 per month. 

The Cost of Memory Care in Nearby Cities

Compared to Carson City, its closest southern neighbor in Nevada, memory care in Reno is more expensive by $538 per month. However, when comparing Reno to other cities in its geographical area, we have to move to cities in California, and in comparison to these cities, Reno is less expensive. More specifically, Reno’s price for memory care is $500 less than Yuba City, just over $1,000 less than that of Chico, and nearly $2,220 less than the cost of memory care in the Sacramento area. 

$5313

Reno

$4688

Nevada

$5625

The United States

$4775

Carson City

$6531

Sacramento area

$5823

Yuba City

$6383

Chico

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care 

Memory care is often more expensive than other types of senior care due to the advanced treatments that seniors with Alzheimer’s often require. Memory care costs approximately $5,300 per month, which is more than $3,600 more per month than adult day health care and more than $1,000 more per month than living in an assisted living community.

However, home health care and home care in Reno are both more expensive than memory care, amounting to a $400 cost difference. Memory care is also less expensive than entering a nursing home, with seniors paying more than $4,400 more each month for a semi-private room in a nursing home than they do for comprehensive memory care services.

$5313

Memory Care

$5720

Home Care

$5720

Home Health Care

$1679

Adult Day Health Care

$4250

Assisted Living

$9733

Nursing Home (semiprivate room)

Financial Assistance for Memory Care in Reno

In Reno 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 Nevada page.

More Ways to Pay for Memory Care in Nevada

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 Nevada page.

Free Memory Care Resources in Reno

The Reno metropolitan area is a rich, culturally-active community of seniors who have a multitude of needs. The structure of the community and the number of avenues available to seniors who need help can make it difficult to narrow down what programs to pursue. The following table reveals a list of free resources that seniors and their families can use to find assistance in living with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia.

Resources

Contact

Description

775-682-9444

Part of the Dementia Friendly Nevada network, this non-profit organization offers a number of programs to seniors living with dementia, including support groups, educational classes and opportunities to connect with others. Seniors here can participate in Open Door Cafes and the Java Music Club, among other gatherings.

775-786-8061 or online

The Northern Nevada/Northern California Chapter offers support and referral services to seniors with dementia, as well as their family members. This includes access to support groups, conferences and a 24-hour helpline. Seniors can also join the Peer-to-Peer Outreach program or volunteer to take part in a clinical trial.

775-688-2964

The Department of Health & Human Services handles many of the senior programs available to the elderly in Washoe County. It is responsible for coordinating the Adult Protective Services and the Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRC) and Medicare Assistance Programs (MAP). 

Memory Care Laws and Regulations in Reno

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

Laws and Regulations for Memory Care in Nevada