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Memory Care in Rhode Island

Rhode Island has a population that’s just slightly older than average for the country, with an estimated 17.7% of the population aged 65 or over. Even so, the impact of Alzheimer’s disease in the state has been relatively high. In 2019, there were 456 deaths attributed to the disease, and it ranked fifth in leading causes of death for Rhode Island residents.

Although the state has a generally high cost of living, Rhode Island’s average health cost is 19.9% lower than the U.S. average. Short-term hospital care is often required for people with Alzheimer’s, due to a fall or accident, but shouldn’t be considered an alternative to the types of services and living environments of memory care programs. These specialized programs are relatively expensive, however, with an average cost of $8,533 for memory care in Rhode Island.

Memory care can either be offered on its own in a community designed especially for those with dementia or Alzheimer’s, or, more often, it’s provided as a service in a separate wing of an assisted living facility. Memory care programs are designed specifically for those with memory impairment, and the facilities often coordinate social activities and schedules specifically for the needs of those living with Alzheimer’s or dementia.

This guide gives seniors and families an overview of memory care costs in Rhode Island and the wider region, as well as an explanation of the state’s financial assistance and other resources.

The Cost of Memory Care in Rhode Island

Note: Memory care services and programs are generally provided by assisted living facilities, with expected additional costs of up to 20-30% of the usual rate. As such, we’ve compared costs by adding 25% to the assisted living data in Genworth Financial’s 2021 Cost of Care Survey.

Rhode Island’s monthly average cost for memory care is $8,533, which is almost $3,000 higher than the U.S. average. Prices are similarly high in some nearby states, with Massachusetts offering little relief at $8,125 per month. New Hampshire residents save approximately $1,000 per month in memory care fees compared to Rhode Island. Connecticut and New York have the lowest average costs, with a considerable gap of around $2,100 to $2,800 per month between the cost in Rhode Island.

Due to a general lack of data in the region, we can only compare memory care costs in Providence to those found in other nearby states. The average is much lower in Connecticut’s closest surveyed cities, with costs of $5,375 and $6,531 in Norwich and Hartford, respectively. New York City and Worcester, Massachusetts, are similarly priced, with average savings of $391 and $472 per month when compared to Providence.



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Near the top of the list in terms of cost, the monthly average of $8,533 for memory care is below only the state’s nursing homes, at an average of $9,429 per month for a semiprivate room and $10,038 for a private room. Assisted living in Rhode Island costs less than memory care, with average savings of around $1,700 per month. Home care services may be suitable in the early stage of Alzheimer’s, averaging $5,720 per month for unskilled care and $5,958 for light medical care. Adult day care services have the lowest cost, at $1,798 per month, but are also the least suitable care for a person with Alzheimer’s or other cognitive issues.

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Does Medicaid Cover Memory Care in Rhode Island?

Note: For the purposes of this guide, when we say “Memory Care” we are referring to memory care provided in a “social setting,” such as an Assisted Living Facility. This is the most common way to receive Memory Care and is the best fit for all but the frailest seniors. Sometimes the actual service of memory care can be provided in a Nursing Home (“medical setting”), so the financial assistance options will be very different. To learn more about the financial assistance options available for memory care provided in a nursing home, read our guide to Nursing Home Care in Rhode Island.

Yes, some low-income residents may be eligible for at least partial coverage of memory care services received in licensed facilities via Medicaid in Rhode Island. This type of personal care and supervision in a residential setting is provided as one of many Medicaid Long-Term Services and Supports that may be granted upon approval.

Applicants for LTSS must be eligible for Medicaid, financially and otherwise, while also meeting certain functional/clinical requirements that can only be determined during the initial and follow-up assessments. Further details on eligibility and where to find help are provided below.

What Memory Care Services Are Covered by Medicaid in Rhode Island

Some or all of the services listed below may be provided at no cost to residents of approved assisted living and memory care facilities in Rhode Island. Room-and-board costs aren’t covered by Medicaid.


  • Assisted living/personal care
  • Homemaker/housekeeping
  • Medical equipment and supplies
  • Case management
  • Environmental modifications/minor home modifications
  • Personal Emergency Response System


Coverage of many services is determined for each person based on their needs, including financial, functional and medical requirements. A case manager or memory care facility staff can help with the process.

How to Know if You’re Eligible for Medicaid in Rhode Island

Medicaid is available to low-income residents in various eligibility groups, including the elderly and people with disabilities. Coverage for assisted living and memory care services, however, requires additional approval for Medicaid Long-Term Services and Supports. As such, the eligibility overview below is designed for seniors and people with disabilities, and these details are relevant to memory care coverage in particular.

The maximum allowable income for an individual is equal to 300% of the current SSI Federal Benefit Rate. As of 2022, this adds up to a maximum income of $2,523 per month or $30,276 per year for an individual. Virtually all sources of income are considered in the financial eligibility process. Many assets don’t count toward the limit of $4,000 per person, however, such as a vehicle, household goods and the home/property itself if it’s occupied by family.

2022 Basic Medicaid Income Limits for Seniors in Rhode Island

NameIncome limits*Asset limits
Single Applicant$30,276$4,000
Two-Person Household (Only One Person Applying)$30,276$4,000 (spouse w/o coverage can keep up to $137,400)
Two-Person Household (Both People Applying)$60,552$8,000

*Per year

In addition to the financial criteria, the following requirements must be met by applicants for Long-Term Services and Supports coverage from Medicaid.

  • Aged 65 or blind/disabled (as defined by Social Security)
  • Documented need for the level of care provided (help with functional activities, for example)
  • Rhode Island resident and United States citizen or satisfactory immigration status

Applicants are assessed as to their medical diagnosis and treatments, cognitive status and functional ability. Memory loss and other issues related to Alzheimer’s are reported in the assessment, as well as the individual’s expected daily care needs in their home, a memory care program or other long-term care. The level of care assessment must be performed by a licensed health care provider, which will be arranged soon after a request for LTSS is made.

How to Apply for Medicaid in Rhode Island

Rhode Island’s official health coverage marketplace, HealthSource RI, accepts online applications for Medicaid. The website has a helpful process of checking eligibility for various programs automatically, and telephone or in-person support is also available.

Alternatively, applications can be submitted to the regional offices of the Department of Human Services. The statewide DHS Call Center can be reached at (855) 697-4347.

Information You Will Need

Applicants may be asked to verify certain information as their request makes its way through the system. The following is a broad list of information that may be in question at some point.


  • Valid identification and Social Security number
  • Proof of state residency (for example, utility bill for an address in Rhode Island)
  • Financial records that include assets, income and expenses
  • Details of any current health care coverage, life and other insurance policies


Seniors who are currently receiving other types of public assistance, or have in the past, may not need to provide as many supporting documents if the necessary information can be retrieved.

How to Get Help Applying for Medicaid

There is help available for each step of the application process, including before and after, from the free programs and agencies listed below. Seniors and families can ask questions and get one-on-one options counseling to help determine a care plan that best fits the situation for each individual.

ProgramContactServices provided
Certified Application Counselors and NavigatorsVisit the website for local in-person assistance or call HealthSource RI at (855) 840-4774HealthSource RI is the official health insurance coverage marketplace for Rhode Island. Help is available with Medicaid, and if the individual doesn't qualify, staff try to find an affordable plan. In-person assistance is available in several locations, with details and contacts listed on the website.
The PointCall (401) 462-4444 or find a local office via the websiteThe Office of Healthy Aging is a useful source of information and assistance for people aged 55 and over. The helpline is open 24/7 to answer questions about health care, public benefits, private programs and other aging-related concerns. Residents can also find help in person at local offices.
DHS Call CenterCall the statewide helpline at (855) 697-4347 or find a local office via the websiteThe Department of Human Services is responsible for the state Medicaid program and should be contacted for help understanding the requirements and completing the application. This statewide call center can provide answers and solutions to some issues over the phone, and in-person assistance is available at local offices.

Does Medicare Cover Memory Care in Rhode Island?

The short answer is that no, Medicare does not cover the cost of memory care in Rhode Island. As was mentioned above, this doesn’t apply to Memory Care received in a Nursing Home. Since it is the most common to receive memory care in a “social setting” (such as an assisted living facility), Medicare won’t be a viable financial assistance option for most seniors who need Memory Care. However, Medicare will still cover things like approved medications, doctor visits, medical equipment, etc., just like it would if you lived at home.

For more information about when Medicare can be used to pay for Memory Care in a nursing home, and for Medicare-related resources, see our guide to Nursing Homes in Rhode Island.

Other Financial Assistance Options for Memory Care in Rhode Island

Seniors who are not eligible (due to location, financial situation, or other factors) for other types of financial assistance, do still have some options. See the table below for an overview of some of the most common ways to make Memory Care affordable.

NameHow To ApplyHow It Works
Aid and AttendanceLearn more and apply online at who receive a VA pension may also be eligible for the Aid and Attendance benefit, a monthly cash allowance that veterans receive in addition to their standard pension amount. The benefit is intended for veterans in need of long-term care services and may be used towards paying for Memory Care.
Reverse MortgagesLearn more about your options and how to apply at ftc.govIf you own a home, you may be able to use a reverse mortgage to help pay for Memory Care. Reverse mortgages are loans that one can take out against the value of their home, essentially converting some of the home's equity into cash. Reverse mortgage loans do need to be repaid with interest, typically within 12 months of receiving the loan.
Long-Term Care (LTC) InsuranceLearn more about Long-Term Care Insurance and how to apply for a policy at who already have long-term care insurance may be able to use it to pay for Memory Care. Most policies cover at least a portion of the cost, but it depends on the specific policy terms. Note that older adults who are already in need of Memory Care will not typically be eligible to sign up for a LTC insurance policy.

Free and Low-Cost Resources for Seniors in Rhode Island

The agencies and organizations listed here provide assistance to Rhode Island seniors, people with disabilities and those who care for them. Helpful services may be delivered in the home, community or long-term care facility at no cost to eligible residents, and many issues can be handled over the phone.

Rhode Island Office of Healthy AgingCall the OHA at (401) 462-3000 or learn more via the websiteThe Rhode Island OHA helps seniors and people with disabilities through its various programs that include housing and in-home care, legal assistance, transportation and other issues relating to long-term care and the aging population.
Nursing Home Transition ProgramCall (401) 462-6393 to discuss the programThe NHTP is an initiative of the Health and Human Services Department that helps current nursing home residents who are moving back to their homes or other community-based settings, such as memory care programs and assisted living.
Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly(401) 434-1400PACE is a method of care for people who need daily care, transportation and other services but can still live in their own homes. Residents with Alzheimer's and other cognitive issues can still participate in PACE and receive specialized care. Membership in the program can continue to provide support and coverage of various transition services when or if the individual needs to relocate from home to a memory care facility.
Rhode Island Assisted Living AssociationFind information and tools via the website or call (401) 435-8888RIALA is a nonprofit membership organization comprised mostly of professionals in the assisted living sector. The website can be a great source of information for anyone else interested in learning more about assisted living, such as how it works, how it's paid for and which particular facilities accept public funding sources.
Meals on Wheels of Rhode IslandCall the home delivery department at (401) 351-6700 or apply via the websiteSeniors with Alzheimer's may be eligible for weekday home deliveries from Meals on Wheels. This may be particularly useful as a short-term solution while a plan is developed for memory care in the future.
Senior and Resource Centers in Rhode IslandFind information and contact a local center via the websiteThere are dozens of community centers throughout Rhode Island that provide services and other resources for seniors. As well as being a place to socialize and eat lunch, these centers have staff who can help visitors understand the local options for long-term care and public assistance programs.
RIServes – Assistance for Veterans(401) 921-2119This organization assists veterans and their families by connecting them with services at the local level and helps coordinate services from a large network of providers. Direct services include housing, medical and legal assistance, transportation and access to benefits and pensions.

Memory Care Laws and Regulations in Rhode Island

In Rhode Island, all long-term care facilities are inspected annually, licensed and regulated by the state’s Department of Health, Center for Health Facilities Regulation. Memory care is provided in assisted living facilities, and those facilities must hold an F1-M1 license, which means residents require assistance in an emergency situation, and the facility provides medication storage and medication administration. Facilities that advertise dementia care services and/or house one or more residents with dementia-related functional impairments must also have a special dementia care license.

Scope of CareFacilities that hold a dementia care license may be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another type of progressive-degenerative dementia. Residents who require skilled nursing care for 45 days or longer; who are bedridden; and/or who pose a threat to themselves or others may not be admitted to, or retained by, an assisted living or memory care facility.
Care Plan RequirementsA registered nurse must complete a comprehensive Assisted Living Resident Assessment prior to admission to determine placement suitability. Once the resident is admitted, the assessment is used to develop an individualized care plan which is reviewed on a regular basis, or whenever the resident displays a significant change in behavior or physical health.
Medication Management RequirementsRegistered nurses, licensed practical nurses and staff who have successfully passed the four-hour medication administration training and exam who work in M1 licensed facilities that offer memory care services may administer most oral and topical medications. Only licensed medical staff may administer controlled substances such as prescription narcotics.
Staff Screening RequirementsFacility administrators are responsible for the screening and hiring of direct care staff, and they may opt to include a criminal background check as part of that screening process.
Staff Training RequirementsOnce hired, staff assigned to work in a dementia care program must complete a minimum of 12 hours of workplace orientation and training related to dementia care. All dementia care units must have at least one registered nurse either on-site or on-call at all times.
Medicaid CoverageRhode Island’s Global Consumer Choice Compact Waiver program covers some care costs for eligible seniors who require memory care services.
Reporting AbuseAny individual who witnesses or suspects the neglect or abuse of a vulnerable adult, including memory care residents aged 60 and older, must report their concerns to the Director of the Department of Elderly Affairs, Protective Services Unit at 1-401-462-0555.

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