Dementia, and specifically Alzheimer's, is a serious, growing problem. In fact, 1 out of every 10 adults over the age of 65 has Alzheimer’s dementia. As Corvallis’s senior population continues to grow (18.58% growth between 2013 and 2017), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment.
In Corvallis, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease rose by 35.3% between 2013 and 2017. To put that in perspective, the number of deaths from all causes for that same age group only increased by 24.1%, showing that Alzheimer’s is a growing concern in the region. Overall, the percentage of seniors’ deaths related to Alzheimer’s is higher than the rest of the nation (9.41% in Corvallis vs. 6.46% in the U.S.).
In order to help families and caregivers of those with Alzheimer's find the support and care that their loved ones need, we've compiled information below about the cost of Memory Care, how to get financial assistance to help make care more affordable, free resources, etc. Also included are reviews of the best memory care facilities in the area, which cover pricing, types of care provided, residents' reviews, and more.
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For memory care facilities, COVID-19 rules and regulations are typically set at the state level. You can view specific rules on our guide to memory care in Oregon. These rules change often, and many communities have policies in place that go above and beyond what's required by the state, so you should contact your local community for more information. Additionally, you can contact your local Area Agency on Aging to learn more.
Note: Memory care is typically provided in communities licensed as assisted living facilities, and in general, costs 20-30% more than standard assisted living services. No authoritative cost data is available for this type of care, so we estimated memory care rates by adding 25% to assisted living fees in the Genworth 2021 Cost of Care Survey.
Memory care in Corvallis costs around $5,606 per month, which is similar to the national median of $5,625 and $1,000 less than the Oregon state average of $6,606.
Corvallis is the most affordable city for memory care in Oregon. At the upper end of the scale is Eugene at an average of $7,029 per month. Grant's Pass and Salem aren't much cheaper at $6,963 and $6,875, respectively. Seniors in Albany pay a similar amount to those in Corvallis at $5,663 each month.
Nursing home care is the most expensive care option in Corvallis, with a semiprivate room costing over $4,500 per month more than memory care at $10,190. Adult day health care is the cheapest option in Corvallis at $2,600. In-home care and home health care both cost $6,101, which is slightly higher than memory care, but they may be the best choices for seniors wanting to age in place. Assisted living costs less than memory care at $4,485 per month. Seniors in assisted living receive 24/7 caregiver assistance with some of the tasks of daily living and emergency medical assistance when needed.
Since not everyone can afford to pay for memory care out-of-pocket, it's important to find alternative methods to help make memory care more affordable. Some of these options include:
For more information about your options for making assisted living more affordable, visit our guide to Memory Care in Corvallis.
The following resources may be of interest to seniors in the early stages of Alzheimer's and their caregivers. These resources provide information on the progression of memory loss and connect seniors with possible treatment options and support groups.
|Alzheimer's Association Oregon Chapter||800-272-3900||The Alzheimer's Association Oregon Chapter has local offices in five cities in Oregon. It hosts support groups and educational workshops for seniors and their caregivers. In addition, it conducts regular events to raise funds for Alzheimer's research.|
|OHSU Brain Institute||503-494-7615||The OHSU Brain Institute is part of a teaching hospital that develops new treatments for seniors with memory loss disorders. The institute hosts regular educational lectures and workshops for seniors and caregivers. Support groups are offered to seniors in the early stages of memory loss. Seniors may have access to clinical trials run by the facility.|
|Aging and Disability Resource Center of Oregon||855-673-2372||The Aging and Disability Resource Center of Oregon provides 24/7 information for seniors and caregivers, connecting them to long-term care options and treatment services.|
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 83% of all caregivers are unpaid family members, relatives, or other friends, and nearly half of all care is for older adults with some form of dementia. Caregiving, especially when it involves Alzheimer’s or dementia, is extremely exhausting and time-consuming, leading many caregivers to feel isolated and overwhelmed.
As a loved one continues to progress through the stages of dementia and his or her cognitive abilities continue to decline, behavioral problems, safety, and general care often become more than one caregiver can handle. This is when it’s important to find extra help, and residential facilities that have specialized memory care programs are often the best solution.
In addition to providing a safe environment, memory care programs seek to delay or halt cognitive decline while providing the opportunity for a social, independent lifestyle.
To choose the best memory care facilities in Corvallis, our team of researchers started by using our unique methodology to develop a list of contenders. We further refined the list in the next phase of our process by completing hands-on research for each one of the companies that we developed. Finally, we compiled online reviews from residents and families and wrote summaries of each facility that made it through our selection process.
Overall, our team:
Regent Court Senior Living has a convenient location just across from Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis. This homelike memory care facility provides a safe, supportive environment with its secure garden courtyard and inclusive neighborhood atmosphere. As a Compass Living senior community, Regent Court adheres to True North programs that engage and stimulate residents cognitively, physically and emotionally, while giving them a sense of purpose and value. These include the Tiny Stories project that records residents’ storytelling, and the Circle of Friends validating communication techniques for meaningful, interactive conversations. Music Makes Memories personal playlists and sing-along activities are utilized, along with True North Yoga for physical relaxation and aromatherapy to calm the senses. The nutritious home-cooked meals served to residents are based on the Brain Power Nutrition Boost diet that includes plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits.
A resident couple’s loved one praises Regent Court’s attentive staff and writes: “... I am blessed that my parents can receive care from such compassionate and talented people. My dad enjoys his meals and has attentive care whenever he needs it. My mom is completely bedridden and has unique needs that they are careful to attend to.”
The scenic location of Willamette Springs Memory Care community provides lush green views and convenient access to downtown Corvallis. The facility’s secure walking paths, outdoor spaces and indoor common areas encourage residents to enjoy the fresh air and socialize, while the spacious private and semiprivate rooms provide comfort and safety. Aside from being served three nutritious meals daily, residents can have snacks and beverages at any time. The facility’s individualized life enrichment program gives residents appropriate life skill tasks that help sustain their independence along with stimulating activities based on their interests, hobbies and personal routine. The Tender Heart, a dementia and Alzheimer's support group, holds monthly discussions when family members can express concerns about their resident loved ones and learn how to cope with memory loss.
Family members praise the compassionate staff of Willamette Springs, as one reviewer writes: “Mom was a resident for about one year at Willamette Springs. We never had a doubt that she was well cared for and loved. They went beyond our expectations in taking care of her, [and] we have only praise for the excellent administration, medical staff and caregivers that took care of our mom."