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 Medford’s senior population continues to grow (16% growth between 2013 and 2017), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment.
In Medford, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease rose 29.1% between 2013 and 2017. To put that in perspective, the number of deaths from all causes for that same age group only increased by 12.7%, 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 (7.63% in Medford 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.
With an average price tag of $5,800 per month, memory care in Medford costs less Oregon's median price of $6,306, although prices vary throughout individual communities in the state. At an average of $6,875, the cost in the capital city of Salem is higher than in Medford, and Eugene residents pay the highest rates at $7,029 per month. The lowest memory care costs in the state of Oregon are found in Albany and Corvallis at $5,606 and $5,663, respectively.
In-home care in Medford averages $6,101 per month, which is several hundred dollars higher than the monthly average cost of memory care. Assisted living facilities come with a lower price tag of $4,640 per month. Nursing home residents pay significantly more than their counterparts in memory care communities. A semiprivate room in a nursing home costs an average of $10,190 in Medford.
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 Medford.
The families and caregivers of Oregon residents who need memory care have the following resources available to them.
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 Medford, 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:
Farmington Square at Medford is a pet-friendly community offering assisted living, memory care, respite and hospice services. Memory care residents enjoy a nutritious dining program of three well-balanced meals served family- style per day to nourish their bodies, while facilitated group exercises promote flexibility, improve balance and increase circulation. The staff encourages residents to engage in their unique interests through creative art lessons, Bible study sessions and live classical music entertainment. Additionally, frequent guest lecturers and discussion groups provide mental stimulation for both assisted living and memory care residents. For those wanting to enjoy Medford's cultural attractions, the facility provides scheduled transportation for fun group excursions.
Loved ones comment on the quality of care provided by the kind and communicative staff members. One resident’s family member says, “I am very pleased with the care he is receiving … the staff is also very attentive to my concerns and questions. I feel fortunate to have him in such a compassionate and well-run environment.”
Prestige Senior Living Arbor Place offers assisted living and memory care communities to older adults in Medford. Assisted living residents can engage in Prestige Senior Living’s wellness-focused lifestyle program, Celebrations. Residents with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia participate in the award-winning Expressions memory care program. Delivered by a specially trained, compassionate staff, the Expressions program uses activities that stimulate the body and mind to alleviate some of the fear and stress associated with cognitive impairment. Residents participate in regular physical exercise, a lively arts program, and educational and spiritual activities. The Tasty Expressions component encourages residents to delight in the joy of cooking and celebrate eating activities. Prestige’s stated goal is to use the latest, most innovative memory care life-enrichment techniques to turn daily activities into memorable, meaningful events.
The secure, clean and well-lit memory care neighborhood that permits residents to stroll freely is important to family members. One son wrote, “From the beginning of our journey to find my mother a safe, quality assisted living environment to live in, Arbor Place stood out. I moved my mother in and the kind, caring staff, along with many activities, has not disappointed me. She loves the environment.”
Roxy Ann Memory Community is family owned, and it's Oregon's only memory care facility that's a certified Eden Alternative Community. The 10,000-square-foot facility can accommodate 16 residents, known as “elders,” in a secure, homelike environment. A large outdoor area contains a garden and covered picnic area that hosts numerous gatherings with friends and family. A high staff-to-resident ratio and low caregiver turnover combined with the concepts of Eden Alternative create a special memory care environment. This “habitat for human beings” enriches the lives of not only the elders and their families, who are invited to participate fully, but also their collaborative care partners. The focus is on creating a community built on deep relationships where the loneliness, helplessness and boredom often experienced by those with memory loss are eliminated.
Family members love the clean, bright atmosphere and exceptionally caring staff. One daughter wrote, “Mom had been at two other facilities, recovering from a hip fracture, and we were surprised at what a difference it made to have staff so well-trained and experienced with dementia. When we moved her to Roxy Ann, finally I was able to sleep at night knowing she was well cared for.”