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

Nearly 66,000 people live in Washington’s state capital of Olympia. About 10,000 of these residents are senior citizens, and it’s this population that is most likely to need dementia care because older adults have the highest risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease. The fatality rate from this disease in Olympia rose by 59.18% from 2016 to 2020 and contributed to 12.01% of all deaths in 2020.

Seniors can live with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias for many years, and memory care can enhance their quality of life during this time. Not only do memory care communities provide room, board and assistance with activities of daily living, they also coordinate programs stimulating the brain, such as music therapy, art classes and gardening. With this guide, families can learn about the cost of memory care in Olympia and find links to resources to help them through all phases of Alzheimer’s disease.

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What to Consider About Memory Care in Olympia

The Aging and Long-Term Support Administration team, within the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, monitors and regulates memory care communities throughout the state, including Olympia. The department ensures facilities abide with relevant legislative provisions as well as carrying out background checks on caregivers, approving some staff training curriculums and inspecting facilities.      

Benefits and Drawbacks of Memory Care in Olympia

  • The overall cost of living in Olympia is about 6% higher than the national average. It’s around 12% cheaper than the state’s average, meaning it could be a good financial option for lower income seniors in Washington. Average costs for health and transportation are lower than the state average, and higher-than-average housing costs may help to make residential memory care a more affordable option when compared to care at home.
  • While Olympia’s sales tax rate is slightly above the U.S. average, a lack of income tax in Washington can help seniors in Olympia to stretch their retirement funds further. Several Medicaid programs and the Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly are among funding options that may help seniors to pay for memory care.
  • There are several hospitals in and around Olympia, including Providence St. Peter Hospital, which ranks as one of the best hospitals in the state and features on the top 40 list of hospitals nationwide for common care. Other highly rated hospitals near Olympia include MultiCare Capital Medical Center and St. Clare Hospital in Lakewood. 
  • Property crime is substantially higher in Olympia as compared to national figures; on a 100-point crime scale, Olympia scores 61.2 while the U.S. average is 35.4. Residential memory care may, therefore, provide more peace of mind to seniors and their loved ones as opposed to living alone. On a positive note, violent crime figures in Olympia are slightly lower than the nationwide average.
  • All Intercity Transit’s bus routes are free for everyone, and all vehicles have ramps or lifts along with other accessibility features. Buses connect various destinations around Olympia and beyond, including transit hubs to connect with other services. Seniors over the age of 65 and people with disabilities can obtain a Regional Reduced Fare Permit for discounted fares on partner transport agencies throughout the Puget Sound region. Seniors aged 60 or above who have no other transportation options for medical appointments or essential errands around Thurston and Mason Counties can use Senior Services for South Sound’s Transportation Program.       

Paying for Memory Care in Olympia

Memory care is typically provided as an additional service within assisted living communities and rates are usually 20-30% higher than standard assisted living residential care. As there is no comprehensive nationwide data for costs of dementia care, we have estimated costs by adding 25% to the rates for assisted living care per Genworth’s 2021 Cost of Care Survey. Memory care in Olympia costs, on average, $6,006 per month.

The Cost of Memory Care in Nearby Cities

While the average monthly memory care rate of $6,006 in Olympia is more expensive than the nationwide average of $5,625, seniors in the state capital of Olympia pay almost $1,500 less per month than the state average of $7,500. Costs are higher in nearby Seattle and Bremerton, where the respective prices for memory care are around $8,438 and $7,188. While the price difference lessens in Longview and Yakima, where average rates are $6,625 and $6,219 respectively, seniors in Olympia still pay less per month for dementia care.  

Olympia

$6,006

Washington

$7,500

The United States

$5,625

Seattle

$8,438

Bremerton

$7,188

Longview

$6,625

Yakima

$6,219

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

With an average monthly cost of $6,006, residential memory care is a mid-range senior care choice in Olympia. Nursing home care is the priciest option, at $9,764 for a semiprivate room and $10,707 for a private room, while seniors who wish to remain at home will also pay more for home care or home health care, both of which cost $6,673 each month. At $4,805, assisted living is more than $1,000 cheaper per month than memory care. The most affordable option is adult day health care, with an average monthly cost of $1,625.  

Memory Care

$6,006

Home Care

$6,673

Home Health Care

$6,673

Adult Day Health Care

$1,625

Assisted Living

$4,805

Nursing Home (semiprivate)

$9,764

Nursing Home (private)

$10,707

Financial Assistance for Memory Care in Olympia

In Olympia, 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, Memory Care in Washington page.

More ways to pay for memory care in Washington

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 Olympia

Olympia and surrounding areas are home to several government and nonprofit groups that provide information, assistance and support to seniors and loved ones affected by dementia. We’ve compiled a list of resources that assist locals in finding suitable residential memory care options and sourcing legal, financial and social support.

ResourceContactService
Alzheimer’s Association Washington State Chapter(800) 272-3900A major dementia resource in the Pacific Northwest, the Washington State Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association operates a free 24/7 hotline for anyone experiencing dementia and their loved ones. Services include free online educational programs, community forums and advocacy programs, and there’s a monthly support group for caregivers in Olympia.
Olympia Senior Center(360) 586-6181While not solely focused on seniors with Alzheimer’s, the programs at Olympia Senior Center are suitable for those experiencing early-stage memory loss. The center provides a safe space where older citizens can socialize and enjoy a range of activities, including exercise sessions, educational classes, games and wellness programs.
Lewis-Mason-Thurston Area Agency on Aging(888) 545-0910LMTAAA provides diverse free and affordable services for senior citizens and people with disabilities. Advisors can signpost and provide detailed information on topics including benefits, long-term housing options, elder law and cultural groups.

Memory Care Laws and Regulations in Olympia

Olympia 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.

Laws and regulations for memory care in Washington

Reviews of Communities Nearby

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Monty

I visited this facility

Review of Brookdale Olympia West

I went to look at Brookdale Olympia West. The thing I liked least about it was the smell. It was not fresh and clean-smelling. You see a bunch of senior citizens just kind of sitting around in...

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Angie

I visited this facility

Review of Brookdale Olympia West

Brookdale Olympia West was a nice and secure community. It was very clean and appealing. It looked like there was a town square inside with a place for socializing. The lady who showed me around...

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Caileen

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

Review of Garden Courte Memory Care Community

My dad was at Garden Courte Memory Care Community. It was a wonderful facility and I highly recommend them. They had caring staff and the facility was very clean. Dad had a shared room and it...

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