2 Memory Care Facilities in Douglas County, WA
The average cost of memory care in Douglas County is $4,397 per month. This is lower than the national median of $4,790.
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What to Consider About Memory Care in Douglas County
Douglas County, located in central Washington near the east slope of the Cascade Range, is home to more than 38,000 residents. More than 5,000 of these residents are seniors in the 65 and older age bracket, and some of them may be among the 110,000 Washington seniors who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. To house and support those seniors, the county is home to two memory care facilities, located in Castle Rock and Wenatchee.
In Douglas County and the rest of Washington, memory care facilities are known as Assisted Living Facilities (ALFs) and are licensed by the Aging and Long-Term Support Administration Department of the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services.
- Douglas County has a violent crime rate of 11.1, almost half of the national average of 22.7. The property crime rate is 39.9, four points higher than the national average of 35.4. Seniors’ families may want to inquire with facility staff to ensure safeguards are in place to protect seniors from crime.
- The cost of living in Douglas County is 114.8, more than 14 points higher than the national average of 100. Although seniors can expect to pay less for healthcare and transportation, groceries and housing also rank higher than the average at 107.8 and 168.1, respectively. Seniors’ families thinking of relocating to the area might want to take the higher housing costs into consideration.
- Washington doesn't tax seniors' Social Security benefits, pensions or retirement savings account income. Douglas County seniors may find that these tax laws result in more money to allocate toward memory care budgets.
- Douglas County has a comfortable year-round climate with July highs reaching 87 degrees and January lows of 22, which might be of interest to seniors who enjoy mild temperatures throughout the year. Sperling’s Comfort Index gives the county a rank of 71 out of 100, which means the area might be a good location for seniors with arthritis or other joint pain.
Note: Data reported on this page was updated in 2019 and based on the latest 2018 figures.
Paying for Memory Care in Douglas County
Average Monthly Costs
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Memory Care costs in Douglas County start around $4,397 per month on average, while the nationwide average cost of memory care is $4,855 per month.
It’s important to note that memory care rates in Douglas County 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.
Financial Assistance for Memory Care in Douglas County
Learn more about these programs, plus who’s eligible, on 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 Memory Care Resources in Douglas County
Douglas County 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 Douglas County, please visit our Memory Care in Washington page.
Directory of Winners in the Douglas County Area
Memory Care Laws and Regulations in Douglas County
Douglas County-area memory care communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all memory care communities in Washington are required to follow. Visit our Memory Care in Washington page for more information about these laws.