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The 3 Best Memory Care Facilities in Buncombe County, NC for 2024

The average cost of memory care in Buncombe County is $7,695 per month. This is higher than the national median of $5,500. Cheaper rated regions include ...

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What to Consider About Memory Care in Buncombe County

The population of Buncombe County, NC, is 257,607, and 19.4 percent of these people are age 65 or over, which is just under 50,000 seniors, the group most at risk of developing Alzheimer's disease or dementia. In North Carolina, the Alzheimer's Association estimates there are 170,000 people living with Alzheimer's, and this number is estimated to grow to 210,000 by the year 2025.

To accommodate residents of Buncombe County who require memory care, there are two memory care facilities, both located in Asheville. In Buncombe County, as in the rest of North Carolina, memory care facilities are officially known as Special Care Units (SCUs). 

Benefits and Drawbacks of Memory Care in

  • Located in the western part of North Carolina, the climate in Buncombe County is relatively comfortable — summers tend to be warm, as the average high in July is around 88 degrees. However, compared to the rest of North Carolina that typically doesn't get much snow, Buncombe County averages 18 inches annually. This may be a drawback for seniors who find winters challenging.
  • The cost of living in Buncombe County is a bit above average for North Carolina as a whole. On a cost of living index that takes costs of housing, utilities and food into account and where the national average is 100, Buncombe County falls at 114, slightly above North Carolina's average of 96.
  • North Carolina has low property taxes and sales tax is about average at 4.75 percent. For retirees collecting income, Social Security is tax exempt, but other retirement accounts, such as IRAs, pensions and 401ks, are subject to the state's income tax rate of 5.499 percent.
  • Buncombe County is home to world-class medical facilities, including Mission Hospital in Asheville, in the event of medical emergencies or illness. 

Paying for Memory Care in Buncombe County

Memory Care costs in Buncombe County start around $7,695 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 Buncombe 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 North Carolina

Buncombe County

$7,695

Henderson County

$6,753

US

$5,694

Cleveland County

$5,617

Greenville County

$4,622

Washington County

$4,066

Pickens County

$3,495

Financial Assistance for Memory Care in Buncombe County

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

Free Memory Care Resources in Buncombe County

Buncombe 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 Buncombe County, please visit our Memory Care in North Carolina page.

Memory Care Laws and Regulations in Buncombe County

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

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Review of Harmony at Reynolds Mountain

I loved the tour at Harmony at Reynolds Mountain. It was a great place. It was clean and comfortable. They had a movie theater with popcorn. They took the residents out sometimes onto the Blue...

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William

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Review of Brookdale Asheville Walden Ridge

I had a good tour of Brookdale Asheville Walden Ridge. They showed us a lot of amenities and showed us a lot of the things that were available for the residents. They had game nights. They had an...

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Beverly

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Review of Brookdale Asheville Walden Ridge

My tour at the Brookdale Asheville Walden Ridge was over the top. I was very pleased with them. They are the ones that have followed up with me and tried to help me (more than any other place). It...

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