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The 5 Best Memory Care Facilities in Bellingham, WA for 2024

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What to Consider About Memory Care in Bellingham

Memory care and other senior living facilities are regulated by the Aging and Long-Term Support Administration division of the Department of Social and Health Services. This division oversees compliance with state regulations, licensing and investigating and resolving complaints about care. It also provides a facility lookup tool for seniors to locate care in their areas. 

Benefits and Drawbacks of Memory Care in Bellingham

  • The cost of living in Bellingham is around 23% more than the national average but just 2% higher than the state’s average. However, compared to nearby areas, such as Seattle’s nearly 70% more than the national average, Bellingham is an affordable option for seniors looking to retire in northern Washington.
  • Bellingham is home to 219 physicians per 100,000 people, slightly higher than the national average of 210. Using the annual BestPlaces Health Cost Index, the area scores 78.9, with 100 being the U.S. average, showing that the cost of care in the area is lower than the national average.
  • Like much of the Pacific Northwest, Bellingham sees a significant number of days with precipitation. It rains or snows an average of 158 days per year, compared to the U.S. average of 106. The area sees 157 sunny days on average, well below the national average of 205. However, the weather in the area is quite moderate, with relatively mild winters and very comfortable summers that rarely get above 72 degrees F.
  • Property crime is on the rise in Bellingham. Using a scale of 1 to 100, with 100 being high crime, Bellingham scores 71.5 for property crime, compared to the U.S. average of 35.4. However, Bellingham is a relatively safe community in regard to violent crimes. On a scale of 1 to 100, Bellingham ranks 18.8 for violent crime compared to the U.S. average of 22.7. Most senior living facilities offer robust security to mitigate these numbers.
  • Bellingham is home to PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center, a highly rated Level II trauma center hospital offering comprehensive care, joint replacement and cardiovascular care, among other services. Medicare gave this hospital a 4-star overall rating out of 5 in 2021.
  • While Bellingham has a higher-than-average sales tax rate of 8.8%, Washington as a whole does not have a state income tax. This means that retirement income will not be taxed at the state level, making the state tax-friendly toward seniors.

Paying for Memory Care in Bellingham

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.

In Bellingham, the average cost for memory care is $5,750 per month, but this number will vary based on individual facilities.

The Cost of Memory Care in Nearby Cities

Memory care in Bellingham is more affordable than nearly every other area in Washington, costing an average of $5,750 per month. This is more affordable than both the state and national averages of $7,500 and $5,625, respectively. South in the Seattle area, care costs increase significantly, averaging nearly $3,000 per month more. To the southeast and southwest in Bremerton and Wenatchee, costs are also higher, averaging $7,188 per month. In the southern part of the state in Olympia, costs decrease considerably but are still more expensive than Bremerton, averaging $6,006 per month.

Bellingham

$5,750

Washington

$7,500

The United States

$5,625

Seattle

$8,438

Bremerton

$7,188

Wenatchee

$7,188

Olympia

$6,006

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Seniors in Bellingham not in need of the constant support of memory care may opt to age in place with in-home or home health care, both of which average $6,483 per month. Assisted living in the area offers support with daily living tasks for a 25% savings, averaging $4,600 per month. Those with more extreme needs or requiring around-the-clock skilled nursing may need a nursing home, with semiprivate rooms averaging $9,277 per month in the area.

Memory Care

$5,750

In-Home Care

$6,483

Home Health Care

$6,483

Assisted Living Facility

$4,600

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$9,277

Financial Assistance for Memory Care in Bellingham

In Bellingham there are options for seniors who need financial assistance paying for Memory Care. For more information about other options, who qualifies, and how to apply, visit our Memory Care in Washington 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 Washington page.

Free & Low-Cost Memory Care Resources in Bellingham

Seniors in need of additional support beyond how to pay for memory care have several options in Bellingham and the surrounding areas. These include access to information, social events, memory screenings and assistance navigating health insurance or legal issues. If seniors require assistance in any of these areas, they should contact the programs directly to get more information and apply for services.

ResourceContactService
Dementia Support Northwest(360) 671-3316Dementia Support Northwest provides access to several free resources for people living with dementia. These can include in-person and virtual events, support groups, memory screenings and other social opportunities for people with Alzheimer's or dementia.
Alzheimer's Association Washington State Chapter(800) 272-3900The Alzheimer's Association offers a wealth of informational resources for people with the condition to learn more about what to expect. It also provides support groups and conferences and events for people with early-stage Alzheimer's. Seniors can call the 24/7 Helpline to learn more, ask questions, seek support and chat.
Dementia Support Program(360) 676-6749Offered by the Northwest Regional Council, the Dementia Support Program provides support to people experiencing dementia and can make referrals to local support groups, for memory screening and to receive a medical diagnosis. It also provides information about medical directives and durable powers of attorney.
Aging and Disability Resources(360) 738-2500ADR offers referrals and assistance in obtaining services for seniors in the area. This can include assistance with Medicaid long-term care programs, locating long-term care options and general information about getting legal affairs in order.
Washington State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program(800) 562-6028Ombudsmen offer seniors in long-term care facilities an advocate when they feel their rights are being violated or they are receiving subpar care. Ombudsmen act as an intermediary during the dispute and can connect seniors with resources to protect themselves.
Coordinated Legal Education, Advice and Referral(888)-387-7111Offered by the Northwest Justice Project, CLEAR is a toll-free legal hotline for low-income individuals. Seniors 60 or older are rarely denied assistance due to income level. This program provides legal information about medical care, safety, housing and income. It also refers seniors to legal aid services if necessary.

Memory Care Laws and Regulations in Bellingham

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

Reviews of Communities Nearby

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Reviewer RC#0129

I visited this facility

Review of The Bellingham at Orchard

The Bellingham at Orchard was very clean and very friendly. I even talked to some of the residents there and it just seemed like a good fit. The gentleman who took us on the tour was wonderful....

Provider response

We are so happy to hear you had such an enjoyable experience on your recent tour with us. We take pride in treating each resident with care while providing a comfortable atmosphere for residents...

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Hiroko

I visited this facility

Review of Silverado Bellingham

Silverado Bellingham was a nice facility. I toured the memory care and everybody seemed to be very nice and caring. It was a clean environment and the facility was beautiful. They were very...

Provider response

Hi, Hiroko - Thank you for sharing your experience. We are glad you you had a positive experience with us, and we always welcome feedback to help us improve our care!

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Pamela

I visited this facility

Review of The Bellingham at Orchard

The thing I love the best about The Bellingham at Orchard is they have what's called the SPARK Program. What that looks like is they do all kinds of dance and music, and they use tons of all kinds...

Provider response

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave this review for The Bellingham at Orchard A Memory Care Residence. Our staff strives to foster a positive community experience for all our residents...

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