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The 5 Best Memory Care Facilities in Williamsburg, VA for 2024

In the dementia-friendly community of Williamsburg, residents are seeing an increased need for dementia care. According to information published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of Alzheimer's-related deaths in the region increased by 22% between 2016 and 2020. During that time, the total number of deaths went up by less than 19%. Alzheimer's is usually diagnosed in those aged 65 and over, an age group that makes up 17% of Williamsburg's 15,400 residents.

Dementia care can be hard to navigate, but fortunately, the many residential memory care facilities can help. These facilities meet the needs of those with Alzheimer's and other types of dementia through tailored programming, individualized personal care plans and dementia-informed nutrition services. They also oversee social and recreational activities that promote engagement and functional abilities.

This guide for memory care in Williamsburg provides more information on things to consider before moving a loved one to a local facility, including specialized care costs, financial assistance options and resources for information and supportive services.

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What to Consider About Memory Care in Williamsburg

Williamsburg is located in the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News metropolitan area in Virginia, a state in which 140,000 people are living with Alzheimer's disease. The city itself is home to about 15,000 people, about 15 percent of which are at least 65 years old. To support local seniors who have Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia, Williamsburg has nine memory care facilities, and there are two more outside of the city limits.

Memory care facilities in Williamsburg may also be referred to as "special care units," or SCUs. These facilities provide at least 16 hours a week of scheduled activities that focus on cognitive stimulation, physical functioning and natural world activities. Some SCUs are freestanding while others are located in secured units in assisted living facilities.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Memory Care in Williamsburg

 

  • The cost of living in Williamsburg is on par with the state average and about 14 percent higher than the national average, which may be a consideration for those transitioning to memory care from outside of the state. Healthcare expenses are slightly higher in this area at over 10 percent higher than state and national averages. 
  • Williamsburg residents enjoy comfortable temperatures throughout the year. Summers are warm with highs in the upper-80s and winters are cold with lows near 30 degrees. The region receives just 6 inches of snow annually, compared to the national average of 26 inches, which may appeal to families who travel to local memory care facilities to visit loved ones.
  • Williamsburg is a safe city with a crime rate that is lower than state and national averages, which may provide peace of mind for families with loved ones in memory care. On a scale of 1 to 100, with 1 representing the lowest crime rate, the property crime level is 28.6, compared to the U.S. average of 38.1, and the violent crime rate is 13.1, compared to the national average of 31.1.
  • Seniors in Williamsburg do not pay income tax on Social Security benefits. While other types of retirement income are taxable, there is up to a $12,000 deduction, which may leave more money in the budget for memory care.

 

Paying for Memory Care in Williamsburg

Memory Care costs in Williamsburg start around $4,939 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 Williamsburg 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

Chester

$6,195

Petersburg

$6,000

Norfolk

$5,933

US

$5,694

Portsmouth

$5,405

Suffolk

$5,403

Hampton

$5,190

Williamsburg

$4,939

Financial Assistance for Memory Care in Williamsburg

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 Williamsburg

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

Memory Care Laws and Regulations in Williamsburg

Williamsburg-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.

Memory Care Facilities near Williamsburg, VA

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