5 Memory Care Facilities in Whatcom County, WA
The average cost of memory care in Whatcom County is $5,146 per month. This is higher than the national median of $4,860. Cheaper nearby regions include Skagit County with an average starting cost of $4,622.
To help you with your search, browse the 6 reviews below for memory care facilities in Whatcom County. On average, consumers rate memory care in Whatcom County 3.5 out of 5 stars.
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Top 5 Memory Care Facilities in Whatcom County, WA
What to Consider About Memory Care in Whatcom County
Whatcom County, located 25 miles south of the Canadian border in extreme northwest Washington, is home to more than 200,000 residents. Over 26,000 of these residents are seniors aged 65 or older, the vulnerable age group for a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and other cognitive impairments. Whatcom County is home to three memory care facilities designed to meet the needs of these seniors, all of which are located in Bellingham.
Memory care facilities, known as Assisted Living Facilities (ALFs) in Whatcom County and the rest of Washington, are governed by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), Aging and Long-term Support Administration Department.
- Residents of Whatcom County enjoy pleasant summers with highs of 74 degrees. The area receives 42 inches of rain per year, only slightly more than the U.S. average of 39 inches. In the winter, temperatures rarely drop below 34. Sperling’s Comfort Index gives the county a rating of 76 out of 100, more than 20 points higher than the U.S. average of 54, indicating that seniors who enjoy cooler temperatures during the summer months might like living in Whatcom County.
- Washington does not tax seniors on retirement income including pensions, retirement savings account income and social security benefits. Seniors who rely on these types of income may find that living in Whatcom County results in more money for their facility expenses.
- The air quality in Whatcom County has a rating of 68 compared to the lower national average of 58. The better air quality in the county may be beneficial to seniors with chronic respiratory ailments.
- Whatcom County has a violent crime rating of 40.7 on a scale where 100 represents the U.S. median, and a property crime rating of 42.4, both of which are only slightly higher than the national averages of 31.1 and 38.1, respectively. Despite the slightly higher crime rates, memory care facilities usually have security measures like self-locking doors and surveillance cameras in place to keep their residents safe.
Paying for Memory Care in Whatcom County
Average Monthly Costs
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Memory Care costs in Whatcom County start around $5,146 per month on average, while the nationwide average cost of memory care is $4,999 per month.
It’s important to note that memory care rates in Whatcom 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 Whatcom 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 Whatcom County
Whatcom 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 Whatcom County, please visit our Memory Care in Washington page.
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Memory Care Laws and Regulations in Whatcom County
Whatcom 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.
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Recent Reviews of Memory Care in Whatcom County
Review of Silverado Bellingham
Silverado Bellingham is beautiful and my mom's room is small but very nice. The staff members all seemed really nice and they seem to like my mom a lot. There are 2 dining areas and they are both v... Read more
Review of The Bellingham at Orchard Memory Care
The Bellingham at Orchard seemed clean, bright, and cheerful. It didn't have an overwhelming smell of urine like some of the places do. We're pretty pleased with it. My friend has only been there f... Read more
Review of The Bellingham at Orchard Memory Care
Our mother spent two months living at the Bellingham at Orchard, starting in late December 2015. She came in under difficult personal circumstances, and because of that she was not cooperative in h... Read more