4 Memory Care Facilities in Durham County, NC
The average cost of memory care in Durham County is $5,972 per month. This is higher than the national median of $4,800. Cheaper nearby regions include Orange County with an average starting cost of $5,681.
To help you with your search, browse the 15 reviews below for memory care facilities in Durham County. On average, consumers rate memory care in Durham County 4.2 out of 5 stars. Better rated regions include Wake County with an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars.
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What to Consider About Memory Care in Durham County
According to figures from the Alzheimer's Association, approximately 170,000 people have Alzheimer's in North Carolina, out of the state's 10.3 million residents. In Durham County, North Carolina, which is the sixth-most populous county in the state at 316,739 people, there are about 40,225 seniors age 65 or over, or about 12.7 percent of the population, many of whom may benefit from memory care services. To accommodate those residents, there are four memory care facilities in Durham County, three located in Durham and one in Chapel Hill.
In North Carolina, memory care facilities are classified as Special Care Units, or SCUs, within Adult Care Homes (ACHs). The state classifies ACHs as a type of assisted living residence, or ALR.
- According to Sperling's Comfort Index, Durham County is a comfortable place to live — it scores a 59 out of 100. The area averages 217 sunny days a year, and the average July high is 89 degrees, so air conditioning is definitely important for seniors during the summer months. Winters are relatively mild compared to more northern regions of the country, as Durham County averages about 4 inches of snow each year.
- Families of seniors investigating memory care options in Durham County may want to inquire about additional security measures, as violent and property crime are on the higher side of the spectrum. On a scale of 1 (low crime) to 100 (high crime), Durham County ranks 34.2 for violent crime, well above the state average of 21.4; and 62.7 for property crime, significantly higher than the state average of 37.7.
- The cost of living in Durham County is affordable. Durham County scores a 102.4 on the cost of living scale that calculates housing costs and utilities among other factors. This is slightly above the state average of 96 and the national average of 100.
- North Carolina is relatively tax-friendly for seniors. It does not tax Social Security, but it does tax pension income and withdrawals from retirement accounts at the state rate of 5.5%.
Note: Data on this page was updated in 2019 and based on the latest 2018 figures.
Paying for Memory Care in Durham County
Average Monthly Costs
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Memory Care costs in Durham County start around $5,572 per month on average, while the nationwide average cost of memory care is $4,939 per month.
It’s important to note that memory care rates in Durham 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 Durham 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 Durham County
Durham 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 Durham County, please visit our Memory Care in North Carolina page.
Directory of Winners in the Durham County Area
Memory Care Laws and Regulations in Durham County
Durham 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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Recent Reviews of Memory Care in Durham County
Review of Seasons at Southpoint
We're extremely satisfied with Seasons at Southpoint thus far. My mother-in-law seems to be thriving there and they have a lot of people to keep them busy throughout the day. Her room is spacious, ... Read more
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Review of Seasons at Southpoint
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