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The 10 Best Memory Care Facilities in Spokane, WA for 2024

More than 229,000 people live in Spokane, WA. An estimated 15.6% of them are over 65, an age group that’s particularly at risk for cognitive impairment disorders and dementia. In Spokane, Alzheimer’s-related deaths rose by a staggering 59.35% between 2016 and 2020. In comparison, total deaths in the city rose by only 19.05% during the same period. This increase in dementia-related deaths is only expected to continue. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 12.7 million people are expected to live with the disease by 2050. Alarmingly, more than half of primary care physicians say there is already a lack of practicing dementia care professionals in health care.

Fortunately, Spokane has a broad selection of memory care communities employing specially trained staff. Available around the clock, these caregivers assist seniors with personal care while providing comfort throughout the day. In memory care communities, residents are supervised closely to ensure they remain hydrated, safe and on schedule with their medications.

This guide talks about the costs of memory care in Spokane as well as some of the city’s benefits and drawbacks.

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What to Consider About Memory Care in Spokane

Memory care facilities in Washington are monitored and licensed by the Aging and Long-Term Support Administration. All long-term care facilities must comply with the rules and regulations relevant to their operations. Those with suspicions, concerns or complaints about these facilities can report them on the agency’s online portal.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Memory Care in Spokane

  • Washington State has a higher cost of living than the national average, but the cost of living in Spokane is lower than both the national and Washington average, making it a good choice for cost-conscious seniors.  
  • Spokane has an international airport, which makes it convenient for friends and family who want to visit. 
  • Washington State has no personal income tax, making it possible for senior citizens to retain more of their Social Security and other retirement payments. 
  • Spokane winters can be cold, with temperatures dipping below freezing on a regular basis. On the plus side, Spokane’s climate offers warm, pleasant summers and less rain than the state and national averages. 
  • Spokane’s health cost index is 18% lower than the national average, making the city a good choice for those who want or need to keep their medical bills as low as possible. There are also a higher number of physicians practicing in Spokane than the national average. Hospitals in Spokane include the highly-rated Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and the Mann-Grandstaff Veterans Affairs Medical Center
  • Spokane has higher property and violent crime rates than the corresponding national averages.

Paying for Memory Care in Spokane, WA

When trying to decide how to pay for memory care, one of the first questions that comes up is "How much does it cost?" With the impact of inflation, it's more important than ever to have up-to-date information when making a financial plan for senior living. To help shed light on real senior living prices, Caring.com has compiled proprietary cost data from its network of more than 75,000 senior living providers to provide insight into the average cost of memory care in Spokane and 30 other cities in Washington.

Inflation's Impact on the Cost of Memory Care in Spokane, WA

In Spokane, inflation is likely to raise memory care costs from $7,705 in 2022 to a projected $9,177 in 2024, an increase of 19.1%. Costs are high compared to the U.S. average, which is projected to increase 19.1% from $4,863 to $5,792. The state's likely to see inflation of 27.1%, from $6,277 to $7,981, making Spokane a costly choice. In Seattle, costs will rise from $9,809 to $11,683 (19.1%). Yakima provides a cheaper option, with a projected increase of 19.1%, from $6,422 to $7,649.

Location2022 Cost (Historical)2023 Cost (Current)2024 Cost (Estimated)
Spokane$7,705$8,507$9,177
U.S. Average$4,863$5,369$5,792
Washington$6,277$6,893$7,981
Wenatchee5,344$5,900$6,365
Yakima$6,422$7,090$7,649
Seattle$9,809$10,830$11,683

The Cost of Memory Care in Nearby Cities

Memory care costs in Spokane are mid-range compared to other Washington communities. Residents of memory care facilities in the state’s largest metro, Seattle, pay the highest costs at $8,438, while their rural counterparts in Walla Walla pay an average of $4,014. Central Washington residents in Wenatchee pay $7,188, with costs falling to $5,750 in Washington’s northernmost city, Bellingham. 

Spokane

$6,110

Washington

$7,500

The United States

$5,625

Seattle

$8,438

Walla Walla

$4,014

Wenatchee

$7,188

Bellingham

$5,750

The Costs of Other Types of Senior Living

Senior living costs in Spokane trend higher than national norms due to the high cost of living in Washington. Monthly costs vary based on numerous factors, including the type of care provided and amenities. In Spokane, assisted living, which provides chore-free living and personal care support, averages $5,381 monthly. Memory care, which is typically provided by specially trained caregivers, averages around $8,507. Independent living provides the least amount of services, costing $4,365.

Assisted Living

$5,381

Memory Care

$8,507

Independent Living

$4,365

Financial Assistance for Memory Care in Spokane

In Spokane, 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

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 and Low-Cost Resources for Seniors in Spokane,WA

There are many resources in Spokane,WA that assist seniors in their retirement. Caring.com has compiled information on local organizations, programs and agencies and categorized them into care types for easy reference.

For information about statewide resources and those in nearby cities, go to Caring’s Washington state page.

Area Agency on Aging

Retirees can find support and advice on various senior-related issues from their local Area Agency on Aging. The agency provides advice on topics such as financial assistance programs, in-home care and long-term care planning. It also connects seniors and caregivers with community-based resources.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Aging & Long Term Care of Eastern Washington509-458-2509Area Agencies on Aging in Washington work with state, federal and local agencies to support the needs of older adults and their caregivers. Seniors can receive short-term and long-term in-home care for medical and nonmedical needs, such as hygiene, memory support, meal delivery, light housekeeping and mobility assistance. Other services include nonemergency medical and nonmedical transportation, adult day service programs, medication monitoring and community involvement options. These programs are designed to help older adults maintain their independence.

Food Assistance Programs

Local organizations help ensure elderly citizens have a balanced diet and receive essential vitamins and minerals to remain healthy. Through nutrition programs, congregate meals, home-delivered meals and food pantries, these programs help Spokane seniors afford the nutritious food they need.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Meals on Wheels - Spokane509-456-6597Meals on Wheels in Spokane, WA, delivers tasty and nutritionally balanced meals to seniors aged 60 years and over, living within the city limits. Eligibility is limited to residents who are homebound, unable to prepare their own meals or otherwise vulnerable. Applications for the program can be made on the Meals on Wheels website or by email or snail mail. Meals are delivered by friendly volunteers and are free of charge, although some recipients choose to give a small donation.
Our Place Food Bank509-326-7267Located in Spokane, WA, Our Place Food Bank offers food assistance for seniors and other people experiencing food insecurity. Operated by Our Place Community Church, the food pantry provides nourishing food to anyone who needs it. The organization uses a grocery-store-type distribution process in its free outdoor fresh market. Everyone qualifies for free food, and the food bank doesn't require income or residency verification. Personal hygiene items, clothing and housewares are also available.
Audobon Park United Methodist Church Food Pantry509-325-4541The Audobon Park United Methodist Church Food Pantry addresses food-related issues facing seniors, families and other needy individuals in the Spokane area. On the 2nd and 4th Tuesday mornings of each month, volunteers distribute donated food items, such as canned goods, pasta and nonperishables. During this time, the church also offers coffee, hot breakfast, baked goods and fresh produce. The pantry is located in the basement of the church.
MLK Jr. Community Center Food Bank509-868-0856MLK Jr. Community Center Food Bank gives out free food to seniors and others in need once per week. Seniors aged 60 and older can receive additional food through the Senior Commodity Supplemental Food Program if they earn 130% or less of the Federal Poverty Guideline. The food bank is open from 1 to 3 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Many organizations offer free or low-cost legal services to Spokane seniors. Older adults can access advice on issues such as estate planning, living wills and power of attorney. Some firms also act as long-term care ombudsmen, advocating for the rights of seniors in senior living communities.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Northwest Justice Project - Spokane Office888-201-1019Spokane Valley residents aged 60 and older who need legal advice can call the Northwest Justice Project's dedicated senior hotline for free assistance. Alternatively, they can complete an application on this nonprofit firm's website and receive a call back. Staff at the NJP can provide help with various civil legal problems, such as government benefit, consumer fraud and debt collection issues.

Home Repair and Modifications

Seniors and those with disabilities can access a variety of local resources to help them pay for home repairs and modifications. Programs in Spokane have different eligibility criteria and often assist retirees by providing grants or loans.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
SNAP Weatherization Assistance Program Whistalks Way509-456-7627Washington's Weatherization Assistance Program relies on state and federal funding, as well as matching payments from utility companies. It helps with energyefficient upgrades that can lower your utility bills and improve your health and safety, such as installing insulation and sealing air leaks.
Spokane Habitat for Humanity509-534-2552Washington offers numerous home repair programs, including grants and deferred-payment loans. Funds are administered by Area Agencies on Aging and various county offices. Nonprofits, such as Habitat for Humanity and Rebuilding Together, can also help you complete necessary home repairs and modifications.

Social Security Offices

Social Security offices in Spokane help seniors and disabled people access the benefits they're entitled to. Older adults can contact their local office for information about receiving retirement benefits, disability allowance and Supplemental Security Income.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Spokane Social Security Office 99202800-772-1213Social Security is a source of income available to retirees and people who can no longer work because of a disability. The money for Social Security comes from a payroll tax levied on employers, employees and self-employed individuals. When you retire, you'll receive monthly payments based on how much you earned when you were working

Tax Assistance

Seniors can apply for tax assistance from several Spokane resources. Elderly residents and those with disabilities could be eligible for tax exemptions on medical expenses, reductions on property tax and other tax assistance programs.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Senior/Disabled Person Tax Exemption - Spokane509-477-3698The Washington State Department of Revenue offers a property tax exemption, as well as a deferment program, to seniors and disabled adults. This program can reduce your school taxes and freeze your property's assessed value starting the first year that you qualify.

Transportation Assistance

Assistance is available for seniors unable to access or use private transportation. These community resources help elderly and disabled residents make journeys in and around Spokane, allowing them to run errands and attend appointments in the local area.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Spokane Transit Paratransit Service509-328-1552Spokane Transit provides wheelchair-accessible, door-to-door van transportation services throughout the metro area, including Spokane Valley. This service is available to approved residents who cannot use regular buses due to age or disability. Paratransit vans operate within a 3/4-mile radius of the fixed bus routes during the same hours, and rides must be scheduled in advance.

Utility & Energy Bill Assistance

Low-income seniors who are struggling to meet the costs of maintaining their homes can find support from organizations that offer assistance with utility and energy bills. Spokane retirees could also qualify for emergency funding programs if they're in danger of losing utility services due to unpaid invoices.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
SNAP Energy Assistance Valley509-456-7627SNAP Energy Assistance Valley seeks to relieve poverty in Spokane, WA, and surrounding areas through financial aid for those struggling to pay their utility bills. Programs include heating, cooling and shelter assistance, furnace repair and fireplace replacement. Eligibility criteria vary depending on the program; some aren't means tested, while others have income caps. Seniors and other in-need households can make an appointment to discuss their needs on the third Tuesday of each month.
SNAP Energy Assistance Northeast509-456-7627SNAP, which stands for Spokane Neighborhood Action Partners, is a human services agency offering long-term solutions to support the needs of low-income and vulnerable individuals throughout Spokane County, including seniors. Its Energy Assistance Program helps ease the financial burden of seniors' home energy costs. This financial aid is available once per heating season and can cover assistance with heating costs, shelter, furnace repair and air cooling. To qualify, seniors must have an income consistent with the federal poverty level.
SNAP Energy Assistance Whistalks Way509-456-7627SNAP Energy Assistance Whistalks Way serves seniors and other residents of Spokane County who need emergency help to meet their household energy needs. Programs include heating assistance, furnace maintenance and air cooling. To qualify, household incomes mustn't exceed 150% of the federal poverty level, and grants depend on funding availability. The Whistalks Way location operates weekdays with lunchtime closures. The office also houses the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program.

Veteran's Services

Spokane retirees who have served in the U.S. military can find support from local veteran services. These offices and organizations help vets access the benefits they're eligible for and provide advice and information on a variety of issues.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center800-325-7940Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center offers primary and specialty health care for veterans in Spokane, WA. The facility is open 24/7 and has a secure lot with 24-hour patrols by the Spokane Police Service. With a wide range of health services, including critical care, cardiology, dermatology, oncology and in-patient health and psychological care, the medical center offers visitors a wealth of medical access. Dental, chiropractic and alternative health, such as meditation, acupuncture and yoga, are also available.
Spokane Vet Center509-444-8387The Spokane Vet Center offers comprehensive support for local veterans and their families. Services are provided free of charge, including counseling for couples and families, grief and bereavement, PTSD and military sexual trauma. Mental health support is available for those struggling with anxiety, depression, stress, anger and substance abuse, and specialty care is provided for women and LGBTQ+ veterans. In addition, veterans can receive assistance in understanding, applying for and accessing VA medical and education benefits.

Memory Care Laws and Regulations in Spokane

Spokane 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

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I toured Ciel of Spokane. It's very, very nice. It was very welcoming. It had a warm feeling to it. It was a new building, and it had a very good tone to it. The staff who toured me was wonderful....

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