3 Memory Care Facilities in New Bern, NC
The average cost of memory care in New Bern is $4,421 per month. This is lower than the national median of $4,781. Cheaper nearby regions include Jacksonville with an average starting cost of $3,800.
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What to Consider About Memory Care in New Bern
New Bern is a city with a population of about 30,000 in Craven County, near the Atlantic Coast, and its senior population is around 18.4 percent. In North Carolina has a whole, about 210,000 residents are projected to have Alzheimer's or dementia. For those living in New Bern, there are two memory care facilities within the city limits and another two in surrounding areas that care for residents with cognitive conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. The state of North Carolina formally refers to these facilities as adult care facilities, which it regulates through the Division of Health Service Regulation.
- New Bern has a rating of 73 on the Sperling Comfort Index, indicating that memory care residents will find the climate in this city more comfortable than most other cities in the United States. This index rates a location’s climate on a scale of one to 100, with 100 being the most comfortable. The average high temperature in New Bern is 90 degrees in July, and the average low temperature during January is 33 degrees.
- The cost of living is quite low in New Bern, largely due to the large number of retirees in this city. Its overall cost of living is only 85 percent of the national average, and housing costs about 70 percent of the average. Healthcare is the only costly living expense, at 10 percent above average. The cost of groceries is about eight percent below average, and the cost of utilities is average. Senior citizens on a budget will, therefore, find New Bern more affordable than the great majority of cities in the U.S.
- New Bern generally has a high crime rate, so memory care facilities may need to take additional measures to protect their residents. The rate of property crimes is 68.7 percent on a relative scale of one to 100, with 100 indicating the highest crime rate. By comparison, the state average is 43.8 percent and the national average is only 38.1 percent. The rate of violent crime is 41.8 percent in New Bern, compared to 28.9 percent for the state and 31.1 percent for the country.
- The air quality in New Bern is significantly better than average, which is particularly beneficial for seniors with existing respiratory conditions. This city’s score on the National Air Toxics Assessment (NATA) is 72, compared to the U.S. average of 58. The NATA is a relative scale from 1 to 100, with a high score indicating better air quality.
Paying for Memory Care in New Bern
Average Monthly Costs
Cities in North Carolina
Memory Care costs in New Bern start around $4,421 per month on average, while the nationwide average cost of memory care is $4,890 per month.
It’s important to note that memory care rates in New Bern 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 New Bern
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 New Bern
New Bern 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 New Bern, please visit our Memory Care in North Carolina page.
Memory Care Laws and Regulations in New Bern
New Bern-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.