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The 5 Best Memory Care Facilities in Hickory, NC for 2024

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What to Consider About Memory Care in Hickory

In Hickory and the rest of North Carolina, the North Carolina Division of Health Service Regulation oversees assisted living homes, including memory care units. It provides regulations that facilities must follow, maintains licensing information and investigates violations. It also provides seniors looking for residential care with a list of licensed facilities and information about complaints or violations.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Memory Care in Hickory

  • The cost of living in Hickory is low, about 12% cheaper than the national average and 3% lower than the state average. This is primarily due to the low cost of housing and transportation. 
  • The local climate is mostly pleasant with summer temperatures averaging around 88 degrees. Winter lows average 29 degrees. However, the area sees an average of 210 sunny days per year, slightly more than the national average of 205. The months of May, September and October tend to be the most comfortable.
  • Health care costs tend to run a bit higher in the area, which may be discouraging for seniors with more extensive medical needs, such as those with Alzheimer’s disease. However, it’s home to slightly more physicians than the national average, with 237 per 100,000 available compared to the U.S. average of 210. Residents can also access high-quality health care through the Catawba Valley Health System and Frye Regional Medical Center, which offers acute care, as well as the Frye Regional Brain Center.
  • Local crime rates are higher in Hickory than the national average, scoring 25.4 on a scale of one to 100 for violent crime and 69.3 for property crime. In comparison, the national averages are 22.7 and 35.4 for violent and property crime, respectively. However, because memory care facilities have high security to prevent wandering, seniors have an extra barrier between them and potential dangers.
  • North Carolina taxes most retirement income, including withdrawals from retirement accounts, wages and public or private pensions. However, it does not tax Social Security or Railroad Retirement income. Retirement benefits for service in the U.S. Armed Forces may also be deducted from a senior’s income.
  • Hickory is served by Greenway Public Transportation. Its ADA Complementary Paratransit Service provides door-to-door services Monday through Saturday to people living within three-quarters of a mile of a fixed route service who have a disability that prevents them from accessing a bus stop, getting onto a bus or understanding the bus system.

Paying for Memory Care in Hickory

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 in Hickory can expect a monthly memory care cost of $4,404 on average.

The Cost of Memory Care in Nearby Cities

Memory care in Hickory is below both the state and national averages by $609 and $1,221, respectively. It’s also cheaper than Asheville where average costs rise to $6,248. The average cost in Charlotte is also $1,096 higher. Greensboro is more affordable, at $4,750, but that’s still more than in Hickory. Lower costs can be found in the Fayetteville area, saving seniors an average of $654 compared to Hickory.

Hickory

$4,404

North Carolina

$5,013

United States

$5,625

Asheville

$6,248

Charlotte

$5,500

Fayetteville

$3,750

Greensboro

$4,750

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Not all seniors require the level of support provided by memory care, and in many cases, they can benefit from lower priced care. In-home care provides an average savings of $305. Home health care averages about the same as memory care at $4,385 per month. Seniors requiring daytime assistance can receive it in adult day health care and save an average of $1,104 per month. Assisted living options in the area average 25% less than memory care at $3,523. Seniors in need of around-the-clock assistance and skilled nursing may benefit from nursing home care, with semiprivate rooms averaging $3,748 more per month.

Memory Care

$4,404

In-Home Care

$4,099

Home Health Care

$4,385

Adult Day Health Care

$1,300

Assisted Living Facility

$3,523

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$8,152

Financial Assistance for Memory Care in Hickory

In Hickory 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, visit our Memory Care in North Carolina page.

More ways to pay for memory care in NC

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 & Low-Cost Memory Care Resources in Hickory

There’s more to memory care than simply paying for a facility. These resources provide other avenues of assistance to cover a broad range of needs from educational material to legal assistance and referrals to programs that can help. Seniors or caregivers interested in more information should contact the programs directly.

ResourceContactService
Alzheimer's Association Eastern North Carolina(800) 272-3900The Alzheimer's Association provides seniors with dementia and their families with access to numerous educational resources as well as regular in-person and online programs and support groups. It also offers a 24/7 helpline, available in over 200 languages, for seniors who have questions, need resources or want someone to talk to.
Catawba County Council on Aging(828) 328-2269This organization provides seniors aged 60 and older with access to information, referrals, tax counseling, legal services and access to several resources. It offers a range of activities, including a pen pal program and health and wellness courses.
Senior Law Project(877) 579-7562The Senior Law Project provides civil legal help to state residents 60 or older. This may include assistance with wills, powers of attorney, abuse and neglect, housing issues and public benefits. There are no income limits for the Senior Legal Helpline, but it prioritizes those with greater needs.
Regional Ombudsman(828) 485-4213The regional ombudsman serves as an advocate for seniors in long-term care who believe that their rights have been violated or that they have received improper care. Seniors can report violations and have an ombudsman mediate the dispute or provide information and resources to resolve it.
Area Agency on Aging(828) 322-9191The local AAA acts as a primary resource for information and assistance for seniors in Hickory. It provides education, connects caregivers with community resources and operates a Health Promotion Program. It also publishes the Resource Directory for Older Adults, a guidebook for local seniors.

Memory Care Laws and Regulations in Hickory

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

Reviews of Communities Nearby

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Becky

I visited this facility

Review of Springs of Catawba

Springs of Catawba was good. We were impressed, but it's the normal big facility. There's one-on-one care, and they'll be there if you absolutely need them, but they have too many people and not...

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Memory Care

zzzzzzzz

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

Review of Springs of Catawba

This place is not the place you want your loved one to be. Big turn over of PSA's. They are basically babysitters. Also, as my loved one was dying the facility was getting ready for a HUD...

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Memory Care

hisgranddaughter

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

Review of Hickory Village Memory Care

Having spent years working with senior living facilities, I know good care when I see it. The staff are kind but poorly prepared to care for the dementia population they have. Frequent...

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