Those aged 65 and over account for over 16% of Eau Claire County’s population of over 100,000 people. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, about one in nine people from this demographic have Alzheimer’s, which is the sixth-leading cause of death in the state. Countywide, Alzheimer’s-related deaths have increased significantly in recent years. The CDC reports that in 2014, 31 deaths were attributed to Alzheimer’s, making up about 5% of deaths, and in 2018, there were 59 Alzheimer’s-related deaths, which accounts for over 8% of fatalities. While the total death rate went up by 11% during this time frame, Alzheimer’s deaths went up by over 90%. 

There are numerous memory care facilities in Eau Claire County that meet the needs of seniors and families affected by dementia. These facilities provide specialized services, such as brain games and failure-free recreational activities, along with around-the-clock care and monitoring. This guide outlines considerations for choosing memory care in Eau Claire County, including how much residents pay for services, regulations these facilities need to comply with and options for covering care costs. It also highlights local resources that provide support and guidance for those living with dementia.  

Memory Care Facilities in Eau Claire County, WI

HeatherWood Assisted Living & Memory Care

4510 Gateway Drive, Eau Claire, WI, 54701

HeatherWood Assisted Living & Memory Care is located in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, near I-94, restaurants and shopping centers. Visitors have high praise for the facility’s 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom apa … (read more)
HeatherWood Assisted Living & Memory Care is located in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, near I-94, restaurants and shopping centers. Visitors have high praise for the facility’s 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom apa … (read more)

Heritage Court Eau Claire

3515 E. Hamilton Ave, Eau Claire, WI, 54701

Heritage Court Eau Claire was good. The memory care facility was very nice. It was kind of set up like in a block where residents could walk around the facility. They had sitting areas with different … (read more)
Heritage Court Eau Claire was good. The memory care facility was very nice. It was kind of set up like in a block where residents could walk around the facility. They had sitting areas with different … (read more)

Azura Memory Care of Eau Claire

4803 Bullis Farm Road, Eau Claire, WI, 54701

We went to Azura Memory Care of Eau Claire. The manager was not there, so just one of the staff members showed us around. The tour was OK. He was friendly, but it was not as good as the other place. T … (read more)
We went to Azura Memory Care of Eau Claire. The manager was not there, so just one of the staff members showed us around. The tour was OK. He was friendly, but it was not as good as the other place. T … (read more)

Care Partners Assisted Living & Memory Care in Altoona

887 Briar Lane, Altoona, WI, 54720

We toured the Care Partners Assisted Living & Memory Care in Altoona. I thought it was OK. The facility seemed clean, the person that gave the tour seemed a little disorganized, but she was friend … (read more)
We toured the Care Partners Assisted Living & Memory Care in Altoona. I thought it was OK. The facility seemed clean, the person that gave the tour seemed a little disorganized, but she was friend … (read more)

Care Partners Assisted Living and Memory Care in Eau Claire West

5110 Stonewood Drive, Eau Claire, WI, 54703

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 ope … (read more)
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 ope … (read more)


Beehive Homes of Eau Claire

5075 Stonewood Drive, Eau Claire, WI, 54703

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 kinds o … (read more)
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 kinds o … (read more)

Our House Senior Living – Eau Claire Memory Care

733 W. Hamilton Avenue, Eau Claire, WI, 54701

I wasn’t really impressed with Our House Senior Living Eau Claire. It was very small, kind of dark, the people there were very friendly, but I didn’t like the location at all. When you looked out the … (read more)
I wasn’t really impressed with Our House Senior Living Eau Claire. It was very small, kind of dark, the people there were very friendly, but I didn’t like the location at all. When you looked out the … (read more)


Milestone Senior Living – Eau Claire

5512 Renee Drive, Eau Claire, WI, 54703

Milestone Senior Living Eau Claire is situated in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, just above Wild Ridge Golf Course. The facility is known for having a Snoezelen room which provides a multi-sensory environment … (read more)
Milestone Senior Living Eau Claire is situated in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, just above Wild Ridge Golf Course. The facility is known for having a Snoezelen room which provides a multi-sensory environment … (read more)

The Classic At Hillcrest Greens

2455 Sawgrass Place, Altoona, WI, 54720


COVID-19 Rules for Memory Care in Eau Claire County

Since most COVID-19 rules for Memory Care Communities and other Senior Living Facilities are set at the state level, you can view the specific rules for your state on our Guide to Memory Care in Wisconsin. Keep in mind that every community has specific policies that they put in place to protect their residents, so you should contact your local community for more information. Additionally, you can contact your local Area Agency on Aging to learn more – find contact information here.

What to Consider About Memory Care in Eau Claire County

Memory care facilities in Eau Claire County follow regulations set by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. These facilities are licensed as community-based residential facilities and undergo initial and annual licensing processes to ensure high-quality care for residents. The department ensures a high standard of care for residents through regular inspections and by conducting criminal background checks on employees. 

Benefits and Drawbacks of Memory Care in Eau Claire County

  • Eau Claire County is one of the cheaper places to live in Wisconsin. On a 100-point index based on the national average, the city scores 86.7 versus the state score of 90.9. To further make this region affordable for seniors with limited incomes, several local nonprofit agencies provide financial counseling and help with accessing public benefits that may cover memory care expenses.  
  • Wisconsin has some of the highest property taxes in the nation, but Eau Claire County seniors with dementia may avoid this living expense by transitioning to memory care. While seniors pay taxes on private pension income, dividends from investments and withdrawals from retirement savings accounts, Social Security benefits and government pensions aren’t taxed at the state level.  
  • Violent crime is relatively uncommon in Eau Claire County and property crime rates are comparable to the national average, which may provide peace of mind for those moving loved ones to local memory care facilities. On a 100-point index on which a lower rate indicates less crime, the county’s violent crime rate is 13.6, and property crime is rated 38.4 versus the national scores of 22.7 and 35.4, respectively.  
  • There are nearly double the number of doctors per capita in Eau Claire County compared to the nation as a whole, promoting accessible primary and specialty care for older residents. The region is home to top hospitals, such as the Mayo Clinic Health System Eau Claire campus and HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital. On average, seniors pay about 8% more for medical services in Eau Claire County compared to the United States as a whole.  
  • Eau Claire County offers comfortable summers with daytime temperatures in the low-80s, but winters tend to be harsh with lows in the single digits and approximately 46 inches of snow. Memory care facilities have indoor and outdoor recreational activities to keep residents engaged year-round. 

Paying for Memory Care in Eau Claire County

Eau Claire County seniors typically obtain residential memory care services in licensed assisted living facilities that comply with additional regulations. Nationwide memory care cost data isn’t available, but services are typically 20-30% more than standard assisted living. To calculate the following memory care rates, we’ve added 25% to the assisted living costs in the Genworth 2021 Cost of Care Survey. 

The Cost of Memory Care in Nearby Cities 

Residential memory services in Eau Claire County are competitively priced at $5,469 per month. This is nearly $300 lower than the state median of $5,750 and about $150 cheaper than the national rate of $5,625. The Wausau and La Crosse regions have even more economically priced care, with seniors paying $5,156 and $5,329, respectively. In Racine, fees exceed state and national averages at $6,813.  

$5469

Eau Claire County

$5750

Wisconsin

$5625

The United States

$6813

Racine

$5156

Wausau Area

$5329

La Crosse Area

he Cost of Other Types of Senior Care 

At $5,469 per month, memory care is one of the most expensive senior care options in Eau Claire County. Older adults without memory impairments pay $4,375 for assisted living, and seniors who live at home and obtain services via adult day health care pay $2,356. In-home care agencies charge $5,339 for basic home care and home health care services. Nursing home residents in semiprivate rooms pay $8,167 per month, while those in private rooms pay $8,593.  

$5469

Memory Care

$5339

Home Care

$5339

Home Health Care

$2356

Adult Day Health Care

$4375

Assisted Living

$8167

Nursing Home (semiprivate)

$8593

Nursing Home (private)

Note: Data for Eau Claire County was unavailable, so data for its principal city, Eau Claire, was used instead. 

Financial Assistance for Memory Care in Eau Claire County

In Eau Claire County, 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 Wisconsin page.

More ways to pay 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 County

Seniors and families in Eau Claire County can obtain support and guidance from various local nonprofit organizations and government programs. The following resources include long-term care options counselors, dementia specialists and health insurance advisors who provide free or low-cost services to those affected by Alzheimer’s. 

Resource

Contact 

Description 

(715) 839-4735 

Eau Claire County’s Aging and Disability Resource Center provides supportive services to those aged 60 and over. It publishes two online handbooks, including the Dementia Care Resource Guide and After the Diagnosis Guide, to help seniors and families navigate various stages of dementia. The organization facilitates the Brain and Body Group Fitness Program, an evidence-based program that has been shown to help improve the physical fitness and mood of participants living with dementia. It hosts the Chippewa Valley Memory Café, the Early Memory Loss and Dementia Support Group, Musical Memories and Stand in the Light Memory Choir to provide engaging opportunities for those with dementia. The Aging and Disability Resource Center also connects individuals with research studies in the region. 

(800) 272-3900 

The Wisconsin chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association has a live-staffed 24-hour helpline that seniors and family members can contact for emotional support and help with navigating dementia-related issues, such as care planning, applying for public benefits and accessing long-term care services in the community. The chapter also offers support groups, educational opportunities and early-stage engagement programming for those living with Alzheimer’s.

(800) 815-0015 

The long-term care ombudsman for Eau Claire County offers a variety of direct services to seniors in memory care. Ombudsmen help families research local residential dementia care options and provide information on residents’ rights and how to report abuse. They also field and investigate complaints regarding long-term care services and mediate issues between families and memory care facilities.

(855) 947-2529 

Legal Action of Wisconsin operates SeniorLAW, a free legal service for those aged 60 and over. Seniors and families can contact benefits specialists for help with accessing public benefits, such as Medicaid, Medicare, long-term care insurance, Social Security benefits and Supplemental Security Income. The program can also help resolve consumer debt issues or benefits overpayment.

Memory Care Laws and Regulations in Eau Claire County

Eau Claire County 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.

Laws and regulations for memory care in Wisconsin