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 Fargo’s senior population continues to grow (20.95% growth between 2013 and 2017), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment.
In Fargo, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease rose by 21.1% between 2013 and 2017. To put that in perspective, the number of deaths from all causes for that same age group only increased by 10.1%, 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 (10.25% in Fargo 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 North Dakota. 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.
Residents of Fargo, North Dakota, can expect to pay an average of $4,800 per month for memory care services, compared to the national average of $5,625 and the state average of $4,239.
Although Fargo costs less per month for memory care than the national average, it's somewhat more expensive than the state average and nearby cities. For instance, seniors would pay $4,638 in Bismarck and even less in Grand Forks, where it would cost them only $2,750. However, across the state line in St. Cloud, Minnesota, residents pay $5,125, $325 more.
In-home care and home health care are other care options available to seniors in Fargo. Each of these services costs $5,690, according to the Genworth Cost of Care Survey, to provide care and support to seniors living at home. Assisted living, which costs $3,840 per month, offers assistance with activities of daily living within a residential facility. Residents considering nursing home facilities can expect to pay $11,693 for a semiprivate room.
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 Fargo.
Residents seeking support, advice or information on matters relating to Alzheimer's or any other memory-related illness have access to several local and statewide resources.
|The Alzheimer's Association North Dakota Chapter||800-272-3900||The association's 24-hour helpline enables those living with memory loss, their families, caregivers and other health professionals to seek advice and information relating to all matters of Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. Support groups facilitated by professionals are open to those living with the brain disease and their caregivers. Education programs about signs of Alzheimer's disease and caregiving techniques help people better understand memory impairment. The North Dakota Chapter organizes special events and employs a nationwide emergency response service to members who wander and are reported missing.|
|State Health Insurance Counseling Program||701-328-2440||The SHIC program offers seniors free help with Medicare and other health insurance matters. By speaking to trained counselors, seniors can better understand insurance statements, hospital and clinic bills, filing claims and appeals, and future long-term care options.|
|Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program||855-462-5465||Those living in assisted living facilities or memory care communities who have concerns about their quality of care can seek help and advice through the Long-Term Care Ombudsman program, which investigates and addresses concerns regarding safety in memory care communities and helps resolve those concerns.|
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 Fargo, 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:
New Perspective Senior Living is located right across from the Cash Wise grocery store and Oak Ridge retail center in West Fargo and just minutes from Sanford Medical Center Fargo. The facility’s landscaped grounds and wrap-around porch provide a relaxing outdoor space for residents, while the pool, dance studio and fitness center with on-site physical and occupational therapy services support the residents’ holistic wellness. Other engaging amenities include a library, computer center, movie theater and billiards and game room to serve various interests. Residents living in the Betty’s Harbor memory care neighborhood receive individualized care based on New Perspective's Four Pillars of Living Life on Purpose, which addresses the physical, cognitive, social/spiritual and nutritional aspects of well-being. Cognitive activities include the Music and Memory program which lets residents enjoy their personal favorite music.
A highly satisfied family member attests to the positive experience of a resident loved one in New Perspective and writes, “As a daughter, I am grateful for this facility. I can tell he is so much happier and actually looks younger and has more spring in his step because he has new friends and something to do every day.”
Touchmark at Harwood Groves is conveniently located in the River Drive neighborhood of Fargo and just minutes from Essentia Health Hospital and Stanford Southpointe Clinic. This park-like retirement community lies on a 14-acre campus and offers resort-style amenities, including a fitness club with an indoor heated lap pool, warm-water spa, medically based fitness programs and massage therapy services. The facility's Pembrook memory care neighborhood provides a supportive and stimulating environment through color-coded hallways for guided wayfinding and spacious apartments for comfort and safety. The high staffing ratio and Best Friends approach to care lets caregivers develop meaningful relationships with residents to effectively improve their quality of life. Engaging activities offered through the Full Life Wellness and Life Enrichment program include hobby groups, art classes, outdoor trips and the Touchmark Trekkers walking program.
Residents’ loved ones feel at ease and at home at Touchmark. As one reviewer shares, “My mother has been a resident at Touchmark for a few years. It is a beautiful place and people feel both comfortable and welcome. I have eaten in the dining room a few times with her and the food is delicious as well!”