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The 10 Best Memory Care Facilities in Eau Claire, WI for 2024

 

An estimated 6.7 million American adults aged 65 and older live with Alzheimer’s or dementia, according to the Alzheimer's Association. As the population ages, this figure is expected to rise to around 13 million by 2050 and, unfortunately, Eau Claire is no exception. Data from the CDC shows the city saw Alzheimer-related deaths increase by 141.3% between 2016 and 2020 despite the overall mortality rate rising by just 23.4%. With 14.9% of Eau Claire’s 69,737 inhabitants aged 65 and older, dementia care is more important than ever.

Memory care communities are a safe, nurturing environment for seniors with memory loss. Specially trained staff provide the 24-hour care residents need to live safely. They also implement proven therapies and activities to combat cognitive impairment, such as pet therapy, reminiscence sessions and art therapy.

This guide looks at the pros and cons of living in Eau Claire and lists local resources that help seniors and their families navigate the care system. It also discusses memory care prices and details programs that provide financial assistance to help cover those costs.

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What to Consider About Memory Care in Eau Claire

In Wisconsin, memory care communities fall under the category of community-based residential facilities and are licensed and regulated by The Division of Quality Assurance. Overseen by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, this agency is responsible for ensuring communities adhere to state laws and carry out appropriate background checks on caregivers.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Memory Care in Eau Claire

 

  • The cost of living in Eau Claire is 9.4% below the U.S. average, including lower prices for transportation, groceries, housing and utilities. Unfortunately, health care costs are 25.4% higher than elsewhere in the country, a possible concern for seniors. However, memory care in the city is more affordable than the national average, which can help offset these higher costs.
  • Wisconsin is considered a moderately tax-friendly state for Eau Claire's retirees, but how friendly it is depends on individual situations. Private pensions and withdrawals from retirement accounts are taxed between 3.54% and 7.65%, while public pensions and Social Security benefits are exempt from taxation. In addition, low-income adults aged 65 and older who meet certain financial criteria may qualify for a $5,000 retirement income exclusion.
  • Eau Claire is home to a large number of physicians, with a per capita ratio of 400 per 100,000 people, 90.4% more than the national norm. Seniors can find care at a number of local facilities, including HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital and Marshfield Medical Center - Eau Claire.
  • The air quality in Eau Claire is good, with low ozone and particle pollution levels, which can be beneficial for seniors affected by respiratory and cardiovascular conditions.
  • On a 100-point index, Eau Claire is rated 13.6 for violent crime, 9.1 points below the U.S. average. Property crime is more common, however, ranking 3 points higher than the national median at 38.4. However, seniors and their families can take comfort as memory care communities employ security systems to protect residents, such as 24-hour video surveillance and gated entries.
  • The local Aging & Disability Resource Center runs a number of programs to support Eau Claire seniors and families affected by dementia. In addition to organizing educational awareness, brain training and support groups, the center hosts the Chippewa Valley Memory Cafe. Held once a month, the cafe allows attendees to have fun while sharing experiences and connecting with other Eau Claire residents affected by memory impairment.

 

Paying for Memory Care in Eau Claire

Note: Residential memory care is usually offered in assisted living facilities, and in general, memory care rates tend to be 20-30% higher than assisted living rates. No national database currently tracks memory care costs in the United States, so we've estimated the monthly memory care costs listed below by adding 25% to the rates listed in Genworth's 2021 Cost of Care Survey.

Prices vary depending on the facility, but memory care in Eau Claire costs an average of $5,469 per month.

The Cost of Memory Care in Nearby Cities

At $5,469 per month, memory care in Eau Claire is 2.7% cheaper than the U.S. norm. The city is also one of the more affordable locations in Wisconsin, with rates 4.8% below the state average. Still, even lower prices can be found elsewhere, with memory care averaging $140 less in La Crosse and $250 less in Fond du Lac. On the other hand, rates increase by 9.7% in Madison, while Appleton seniors can expect monthly fees of $6,423, a 17.4% increase compared to Eau Claire.

Eau Claire

$5,469

Wisconsin

$5,750

United States

$5,625

Appleton

$6,423

La Crosse

$5,329

Madison

$6,000

Fond du Lac

$5,219

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Averaging $5,469 per month, memory care is one of the more expensive forms of senior care in Eau Claire, only surpassed by nursing home facilities that charge $8,167 for round-the-clock medical supervision in a semi private room. Seniors only requiring assistance with daily tasks can opt for assisted living for $1,094 below memory care fees. Alternatively, retirees who receive personal assistance via in-home care spend 2.3% less than those in memory care. Home health care is also 2.3% cheaper than memory care, serving seniors who need ongoing medical support, but adult day health care has the lowest rate of $2,356, on average.

Memory Care

$5,469

In-Home Care

$5,339

Home Health Care

$5,339

Adult Day Health Care

$2,356

Assisted Living Facility

$4,375

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$8,167

Financial Assistance for Memory Care in Eau Claire

Learn more about these programs, plus who’s eligible, on our Memory Care in Wisconsin page.

Financial Assistance for Memory Care in Wisconsin

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 Wisconsin page.

Free Memory Care Resources in Eau Claire

Eau Claire 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 Eau Claire, please visit our Memory Care in Wisconsin page.

Memory Care Laws and Regulations in Eau Claire

 

Eau Claire Memory Care Communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all Memory Care Facilities in Wisconsin are required to follow. Visit our Memory Care in Wisconsin page for more information about these laws.

Memory Care Laws and Regulations in Wisconsin

Reviews of Communities Nearby

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Lori

I visited this facility

Review of Azura Memory Care of Eau Claire

I loved my tour of Azura Memory Care of Eau Claire, but there was no opening at the time. It was beautiful, very nice, and friendly, and that would have been my first choice. When I was there, they...

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Memory Care

Sharon

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

Review of Care Partners Assisted Living and Memory Care in Eau Claire West

My uncle has moved into Care Partners Assisted Living and Memory Care in Eau Claire West. He started in the assisted living room and then he got moved to the memory care because he walked away. He...

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Memory Care

Joanne

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

Review of Beehive Homes of Eau Claire

My dad is in Beehive Homes Of Eau Claire. The help and the people that work with him are very, very nice and very helpful. Every time I stop in, the place is very nice and clean. They have all...

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