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The 5 Best Memory Care Facilities in Bismarck, ND for 2024

 

Bismarck is the capital of North Dakota and home to 74,400 people. People aged 65 and over make up 17% of residents, and this segment of the population is more likely to have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. Unfortunately, as the U.S. population ages, Alzheimer’s disease is expected to rise, and Bismarck’s experience reflects this. In fact, from 2016 to 2020, the number of Alzheimer’s-related deaths in the city rose by 76%, according to the CDC

Thankfully, quality dementia care can help seniors with Alzheimer’s disease experience a better quality of life. Team members of memory care facilities have special training to help them provide care for residents. These communities offer programs and activities that promote brain health, and they are specifically designed to provide a secure and calming environment. 

This guide includes information about the cost of memory care in Bismarck, the benefits and drawbacks of living in the city and a list of resources available to seniors. This can help older adults and their families make decisions about future long-term care.

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What to Consider About Memory Care in Bismarck

Memory care facilities in Bismarck and throughout North Dakota are licensed in the same way as assisted living facilities. These communities must be licensed by both the Medical Services Division and the Food and Lodging Unit of the state’s Department of Health and Human Services. 

Benefits and Drawbacks of Memory Care in Bismarck

 

  • Bismarck has around 50% more doctors per 100,000 people than the U.S. average, giving seniors in the area a good chance of finding a primary care physician they like. Local hospitals, including CHI St. Alexius Bismarck, provide emergency care and specialist services.  
  • The overall cost of living in Bismarck is 5% lower than the national average. Despite the high costs of groceries, health care costs are less than both the state and national averages. This can help seniors save more money for memory care. 
  • Bismarck is a good choice for seniors who like comfortable summers and white winters. In summer, the average temperature is around 75 degrees Fahrenheit, while winters average 15 degrees, with approximately 46 inches of snow each year. 
  • The State of the Air 2023 Report gives Bismarck a mixed grade for air quality. Although it has a failing grade for 24-hour particle pollution, the city earns an A for ozone pollution. It also has a passing grade for annual particle pollution, meaning that overall the air tends to be healthy for seniors. 
  • Bismarck has a crime rate of 38 crimes per 1,000 residents, which is higher than 98% of other communities in North Dakota. Despite this, the violent crime rate is lower than the national average, with much of the crime rate coming from burglary and theft. However, memory care facilities are generally very secure, which can help protect seniors from property crime. 
  • Bismarck is a member of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities. This means that the city's leaders are working to make it a pleasant place to live for people of all ages.

Paying for Memory Care in Bismarck

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.

Memory care in Bismarck costs an average of $4,638 per month. 

The Cost of Memory Care in Nearby Cities

Memory care costs in Bismarck are 9.4% higher than the North Dakota average of $4,239 per month. Despite this, the city’s prices are still very affordable compared to the national monthly average of $5,625. Bismarck’s costs sit in the middle compared to prices in the state’s other surveyed cities. Grand Forks’ costs are significantly lower, with seniors there paying $2,750 monthly, or 40% less than those in Bismarck. Fargo’s average monthly costs of $4,800 are 3.4% higher than Bismarck's fees. Across the state border, Rapid City, SD, also has higher costs, with monthly prices averaging $4,893.

Bismarck

$4,638

North Dakota

$4,239

United States

$5,625

Fargo

$4,800

Grand Forks

$2,750

Rapid City, SD

$4,893

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

At $4,638 per month, memory care is an affordable option in Bismarck. Only assisted living, which provides help with daily tasks, has a lower average cost, at $3,719 monthly. Adult day health care, which offers support during business hours, averages more at $5,287. Seniors looking for assistance at home can expect to pay $7,823 monthly for both non medical in-home care and medical home health care. A semi private room in a nursing home facility costs the most, at $10,342 per month, reflecting the high level of medical assistance provided.

Memory Care

$4,638

In-Home Care

$7,823

Home Health Care

$7,823

Adult Day Health Care

$5,287

Assisted Living Facility

$3,719

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$10,342

Financial Assistance for Memory Care in Bismarck

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

Financial Assistance for Memory Care in North Dakota

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 Dakota page.

Free Memory Care Resources in Bismarck

Bismarck 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 Bismarck, please visit our Memory Care in North Dakota page.

Memory Care Laws and Regulations in Bismarck

 

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

Memory Care Laws and Regulations in North Dakota

Reviews of Communities Nearby

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Delaine

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

Review of Edgewood on Dominion in Bismarck

My sister is in memory care for now at Edgewood on Dominion in Bismarck. We're actually thinking about assisted living because she seems to be doing a little better. She's actually enjoying...

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Michael

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

Review of Edgewood on Dominion in Bismarck

My mother is at Edgewood on Dominion in Bismarck. The people that work there are phenomenal. She was in assisted living in January, and last month we moved her into memory care. The staff is...

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Shannon5

I am a friend or relative of a resident

Review of Maple View - Bismarck

Maple View was the only place we had, so we didn't really have a choice. My family was not greatly impressed. It seemed like they only wanted people who have lost most of their faculties. People...

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