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 Greensboro’s senior population continues to grow (16.1% growth between 2013 and 2017), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment.
In Greensboro, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease rose 55.3% between 2013 and 2017. To put that in perspective, the number of deaths from all causes for that same age group only increased by 12.4%, 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 (8.08% in Greensboro 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 Carolina. 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.
At an estimated $4,750 a month, Greensboro is a relatively inexpensive area for memory care services. That cost is nearly a thousand dollars below national averages in addition to being a few hundred dollars below state averages.
Nationwide, U.S. citizens pay an average of $5,625 per month for memory care, with North Carolinians seeing a lower average cost of $5,013. The state capital of Raleigh is much higher than Greensboro at $6,735, and Wilmington is just off that high mark at $6,568. Charlotte's estimated monthly memory care costs of $5,550 are close to national averages, while Goldsboro is home to North Carolina's lowest costs at a relatively inexpensive $3,375.
Adult day health care costs roughly $1,053 per month in Greensboro, making it a less extensive but much cheaper option than memory care. Choosing to stay in an assisted living facility carries average costs of $3,800 per month. Both in-home care and home health care, which allow seniors to age in place, can be had for $4,195 a month. There's a significant price jump for nursing home care, though, with a semiprivate room costing $7,574 per month.
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 Greensboro.
Support for Greensboro's senior population is available from a variety of sources, both public and private. Some focus on issues specific to those living with dementia, while others address older-adult concerns in general. These agencies and entities can help connect eligible older adults with local opportunities for social engagement, cognitive care, benefits-related advice and legal representation.
|Dementia Alliance of North Carolina||919-832-3732||This state nonprofit offers an array of programs for North Carolina adults living with cognitive challenges. Its Music & Memory program is aimed at helping seniors with dementia easily access their favorite music, which can help elevate mood and ease anxiety. The DA also runs a caregiver assistance program funded by private donors; it offers financial assistance that can help offset the cost of one-time respite care, initial assessments, home safety evaluations and more.|
|Duke Dementia Family Support Program||919-660-7510||A part of Duke University, this program serves the whole state with free telephone-based help for caregivers and seniors. Caregivers in central North Carolina can also take advantage of its Project CARE, which provides consultation services, dementia education and respite care options.|
|Legal Aid NC||866-219-5262||This nonprofit offers pro bono legal help in some civil cases. Its lawyers can help area seniors and their families navigate issues related to accessing government benefits such as Medicare and SSI. Seniors in group living situations can also turn to LANC for help with cases related to community discharge.|
|Alzheimer's Association - Eastern North Carolina||800-272-3900||This nationwide organization's local chapter helps North Carolina seniors find and vet potential care options, offers support groups for caregivers and runs a 24/7 helpline for people dealing with dementias such as Alzheimer's. In addition to its other initiatives, it runs an early-stage social engagement program that helps seniors experiencing mild to moderate dementia continue to interact in their communities.|
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 Greensboro, 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:
Brighton Gardens of Greensboro is nestled in a garden-style setting in the city of Greensboro, North Carolina, close to shopping centers, dining and major hospitals. The pet-friendly senior community offers memory care and assisted living services along with short-term stays. Buffet-style dining is available in the beautiful on-site dining room, or seniors can enjoy room service. Residents participate in a variety of activities, such as exercise classes and religious services. The staff is specially trained to customize care plans for each resident, and security is provided around-the-clock to keep residents safe and happy.
Family members and visitors give high marks to the facility for its cleanliness and caring staff. One family member said in an online review, “The rooms at Brighton Gardens of Greensboro were very nice, very cheery and very bright, and the whole place was very nice. I saw an activity in action while I was there. They were doing some music and a visit from a therapy dog, and the residents seemed to be very engaged. The staff people were very nice; everybody was very friendly and very nice. They seemed to know the residents, addressed them by name and talked to them.”
Cambridge Hills Assisted Living is a community that offers all-inclusive care for residents with Alzheimer's and other cognitive care needs. This facility offers private or semi-private rooming accommodations, which have its own private bathroom and step-in showers. The Aging-in-Place program at Cambridge Hills gives residents a long-term option that reduces relocation as care needs increase. Residents without memory care needs can opt for Cambridge Hills' on-site independent living quarters The Nook for increased flexibility with a la carte meal and amenity plans. Daily meals are prepared fresh on location with direction from Cambridge Hills' Dietary Supervisor. This ensures that meals are not only delicious but also well balanced for seniors. The facility is located within North Carolina's scenic Chatham County and sightseeing outings are offered regularly.
Residents and their families have been consistently impressed with the Cambridge Hills staff, including this reviewer, whose mother is a resident. "They've done a great job. Her health has improved significantly since she got there. They help with incontinence, meal preparation and feeding. She's pretty much completely dependent right now. They're very caring, good people, and it's a very comfortable atmosphere for her."
Located on a quiet street near the Durham downtown area in North Carolina, the Carolina Reserve of Durham is close to city amenities but shielded enough from noise and disruptions, making it a charming community amidst lush trees and greenery. Well-appointed apartments coupled with supportive services provide a comfortable, secure community. Its picturesque surroundings and friendly residential environment are complimented with compassionate care professionals to create a family-like ambiance. Led by a dementia care specialist, the facility’s Pathways to Discovery is a memory care program that uses life skills, music and art therapies, and other support services to provide a secure, active and happy life for the residents. In addition, the Carolina Reserve offers a wide variety of life enrichment activities through the Daily Living Program, nurturing the physical, social, intellectual, emotional, purposeful and spiritual needs of its residents. These activities encourage the residents to remain active and foster connections.
The facility's clean, open environment and good location received praise from reviewers. Families also like the variety of activities and services they provide to residents. A resident’s brother says, “They have day trips. They have a barber come around if they want a haircut."
Spring Arbor of Greensboro is located in Greensboro, North Carolina, and offers memory care and assisted living services to seniors. The facility’s staff is specially trained to nurture the independence of residents through customized care plans to allow them the privacy and compassionate care they need. From restaurant-style foods cooked by an on-site chef to the beautiful, cozy library, residents are treated well. They enjoy an array of activities, such as games and exercise classes, to keep them physically and socially active.
Family members and visitors give high marks for the patient to staff ratio and cleanliness of the facility. One online reviewer said, “Spring Arbor of Greensboro had a really nice and open 1-bedroom. They're all on one level which was a plus. It's newer, has high ceilings, and a lot of nice features. The people in the office were very nice."