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The 10 Best Memory Care Facilities in Salem, VA for 2024

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  • Memory Care Facilities in Salem, Virginia
  • What to Consider About Memory Care in Salem
  • Paying for Memory Care in Salem
  • Financial Assistance for Memory Care in Salem
  • Free Memory Care Resources in Salem
  • Memory Care Laws and Regulations in Salem

What to Consider About Memory Care in Salem

Salem is a small city of fewer than 26,000 people, nearly 19 percent of whom are seniors. It's situated in the southwestern region of Virginia, a state where 140,000 seniors have Alzheimer's disease. Families and seniors who have been affected by dementia receive support from the Local Office on Aging, as well as the Alzheimer's Association Central and Western Virginia Chapter.

To accommodate the needs of seniors with dementia who are no longer able to live at home, the Salem area has five memory care facilities, with two in the city proper and three more in the nearby cities of Roanoke and Daleville. These facilities are officially called "special care units" and may either be freestanding or located within an assisted living facility.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Memory Care in Salem

  • While Salem's cost of living is about 7 percent below the national average, healthcare expenses are about 4 percent higher here than they are in the nation as a whole. This may be a consideration for families whose senior loved one has a chronic condition like dementia.
  • Crime rates in Salem are a little lower than the national average, which may appeal to families who are researching memory care facilities in southwest Virginia. On a 100-point scale, with a lower score representing lower crime, the city's violent crime rate is 30, compared to the national average of 31.1, and the property crime rate is 36.5, versus the national median of 38.1.
  • Salem's climate is relatively pleasant throughout the year. On Sperling's Comfort Index, which evaluates cities based on their year-round temperatures and humidity levels, Salem is rated 70 out of 100, compared to the national average of 54. This city may be well-suited for seniors who enjoy relaxing outdoors.
  • Seniors in Salem do not pay income tax on their Social Security benefits. While other types of retirement income are taxable, up to $12,000 is tax deductible. This may allow for more money in the memory care budget. 

Paying for Memory Care in Salem

Memory Care costs in Salem start around $3,445 per month on average, while the nationwide average cost of memory care is $5,694 per month.

It’s important to note that memory care rates in Salem 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.

Cities in Virginia

King

$5,995

US

$5,694

Roanoke

$5,543

Lynchburg

$4,897

Bedford

$4,087

Danville

$3,876

Salem

$3,445

Staunton

$3,200

Financial Assistance for Memory Care in Salem

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

Free Memory Care Resources in Salem

Salem 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 Salem, please visit our Memory Care in Virginia page.

Memory Care Laws and Regulations in Salem

Salem-area memory care communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all memory care communities in Virginia are required to follow. Visit our Memory Care in Virginia page for more information about these laws.

Reviews of Communities Nearby

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Dee

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

Review of Brookdale Salem Virginia

My partner moved into Brookdale Salem Virginia. The grounds are gorgeous. Her room is lovely. She has a refrigerator, a little sink, and a private bath. It's big enough that she could get her...

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Donna

I visited this facility

Review of Friendship Salem Terrace

I toured Salem Terrace Harrogate. The ground was very well-kept. The place isn't new, but it looked fairly new. It was very well kept. The rooms were small, but they were clean and attractive. I...

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Karen

I visited this facility

Review of Friendship Salem Terrace

I took a tour of the memory care at Salem Terrace at Harrogate. The memory care is a locked unit where the patients cannot leave, whereas assisted living, they can come and go. It's a very nice...

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