The 3 Best Memory Care Facilities in Charleston, WV for 2023
Also serving communities of Dunbar, Glasgow.
There are 4 Memory Care Facilities in the Charleston area, with 3 in Charleston and 1 nearby.
The average cost of memory care in Charleston is $5,110 per month. This is lower than the national median of $5,500. Cheaper rated regions include Hurricane with an average starting cost of 4,410.
To help you with your search, browse the 2 reviews below for memory care facilities in Charleston. On average, consumers rate memory care in Charleston 5 out of 5 stars.
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Directory of Memory Care Facilities in Charleston, West Virginia
Harmony at Southridge
801 Peyton Way, Charleston, WV, 25309
"My relative enjoys the movies, craft classes and weekly Bingo. The programs are run to include everyone and the staff are very kind. All of the meals have been very good with a large variety. Overall, they do a great job - getting everyone invol..."READ MORE
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What to Consider About Memory Care in Charleston
Charleston is a city in West Virginia, a state where the Alzheimer's Association estimates that 37,000 people are living with Alzheimer's disease. The city is home to roughly 48,000 people and has a senior community that makes up more than 17 percent of the total population. In addition to serving as the headquarters of the local Alzheimer's Association chapter, the city supports local seniors with dementia by offering two memory care facilities, with three more facilities nearby for families to choose from.
In Charleston, as in all of the state, memory care facilities may also be called Alzheimer's/dementia special care units, or ASCUs. Some ASCUs occupy their own building, while others are housed in assisted living facilities. Facilities that care for residents with dementia must obtain a separate license as either an assisted living residence or a skilled nursing facility. ASCUs are monitored and licensed through the Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Public Health, Office of Health Facilities Licensure and Certification.
Benefits and Drawbacks of Memory Care in Charleston
- West Virginia is among the few states that tax Social Security benefits, and it isn't a tax-friendly city for who are relocating to Charleston from outside of the state. Other types of retirement income are taxed as well, but seniors can claim deductions to offset the expense.
- The American Lung Association gives Kanawha County, the county in which Charleston is located, an A for 24-hour particle pollution, a C for ozone pollution and a passing grade for annual particle pollution. This may be important for seniors with respiratory issues to consider.
- While Charleston's cost of living is slightly higher than the state's overall average, it is about 14 percent lower than the national average. Healthcare here is slightly more expensive than it is elsewhere in the country. Loved ones of seniors with dementia may want to consider how the state's living costs will impact their memory care budget.
- Summers in Charleston are hot and humid with temperatures in the mid-80s, which may be a consideration for seniors who are sensitive to heat. Winters are chilly, with lows in the 20s and about 30 inches of annual snowfall, and it is partly cloudy year round.
Paying for Memory Care in Charleston
Memory Care costs in Charleston start around $5,110 per month on average, while the nationwide average cost of memory care is $5,694 per month.
It’s important to note that memory care rates in Charleston 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.
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Financial Assistance for Memory Care in Charleston
Learn more about these programs, plus who’s eligible, on our Memory Care in West Virginia 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 West Virginia page.
Free Memory Care Resources in Charleston
Charleston 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 Charleston, please visit our Memory Care in West Virginia page.
Memory Care Laws and Regulations in Charleston
Charleston-area memory care communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all memory care communities in West Virginia are required to follow. Visit our Memory Care in West Virginia page for more information about these laws.