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Memory Care in Nevada

Alzheimer's disease is listed as the sixth-leading cause of death in Nevada, according to data from the CDC. In 2019 alone, 678 seniors in Nevada died from Alzheimer's-related causes. The number of cases of Alzheimer's in the state is projected to continue to increase. Information from the Alzheimer's Association shows that 49,000 seniors were diagnosed with the condition in 2020, and the number is expected to increase by 30.6% to 64,000 in 2025.

Memory care facilities provide those living with Alzheimer's and dementia with care that is tailored to their unique needs. Memory care can take place in its own facility, or as part of a designated wing of another residential care community. Staff members of memory care units or facilities undergo specialized training in caring for those with memory impairment, and the facilities often coordinate social activities and schedules specifically for the needs of those living with Alzheimer's or dementia.

This guide will cover the cost of memory care in Nevada, financial assistance options for paying for memory care, free memory care resources in the state, and a directory of memory care facilities in Nevada.

The Cost of Memory Care in Nevada

Because of the specialized staff training and resources required to provide high-quality memory care, memory care typically costs more than other types of residential care. On average, memory care will cost 20-30% more than assisted living.

To calculate the cost of memory care, we added 25% to the cost of assisted living as reported by the 2021 Genworth Cost of Care Survey

On average, memory care in Nevada costs $4,688 per month, which is almost $1,000 cheaper than the national average of $5,625. Communities in Nevada tend to charge less than those in the surrounding states of Idaho ($4,798), California ($6,563) and Oregon ($6,306). Seniors in Utah pay less than those in Nevada at a median cost of $4,375 per month.

The average cost of memory care in Nevada varies slightly across the state, depending on the location. In the state capital of Carson City, the median cost of care is $4,775. The city with the highest prices in the state is Reno, with a monthly average of $5,313. Seniors in Las Vegas pay the lowest average fees for memory care at $4,563 per month.

Nevada Medicaid Programs for Memory Care

Medicaid in Nevada doesn't cover the costs of memory care in an assisted living or memory care facility. There is a Home and Community Based Waiver for the Frail Elderly available that may cover some of the costs and make memory care more affordable. 

  • Who Is Eligible: To receive Medicaid in Nevada, applicants must meet financial and medical guidelines. In addition, they're required to be U.S. citizens or legal residents and reside in Nevada.
  • How To Apply: Seniors can apply for Medicaid through their local Division of Welfare and Support Services. Applications can be done online or in person.

Home and Community Based Waiver for the Frail Elderly

This waiver provides nonmedical support for qualifying seniors who live in a state-approved residential care facility. Applicants must require care services beyond those assisted living facilities normally offer, and the senior must be at risk of nursing home placement. The waiver doesn't cover room and board. Services that may be covered include case management, augmented personal care, nonmedical transport and some therapies.

  • Who Is Eligible: Applicants must be 65 or over and at risk of nursing home placement. Seniors are required to qualify for Medicaid coverage. Services covered will be determined depending on the requirements of the applicant.
  • How To Apply: Applicants must complete a community-based care referral form and submit it to their nearest ADSD Regional Office.

Medicaid Eligibility for Seniors in Nevada

Seniors in Nevada must meet strict income guidelines to qualify for Medicaid coverage. Single applicants have an annual income limit of $30,276, and their married counterparts are limited to $60,552 per year. Assets can't exceed $2,000 for single applicants or $4,000 for dual applicants. 

2022 Medicaid Income Limits for Seniors in Nevada

family sizeannual income limitsasset limits
Single Person$30,276$2,000
Two-Person Household (Single Applicant)$30,276 for applicant$2,000 for applicant and $137,400 for non-applicant
Two-Person Household (Dual Applicants)$60,552$4,000

There are additional requirements that seniors must meet to receive Medicaid in Nevada. With the application, seniors should hand in the following documents to show they meet all the requirements:

  • Proof of U.S. citizenship or legal residency
  • Birth certificate (include a translation if the document is not in English)
  • Proof of income
  • Proof of current address
  • Bank statement for the past 60 months
  • Insurance policies
  • Burial arrangements
  • Power of attorney 
  • Any other documents the applicant believes will support their case

How To Get Help Applying for Medicaid in Nevada

There are programs and organizations in Nevada to assist seniors and their loved ones in applying for Medicaid.

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Department of Health and Human Services888-729-0571The Department of Health and Human Services has offices located throughout the state. Volunteers at these offices can answer any questions about Medicaid and guide seniors through the application process. Assistance is available by phone or in person.
Nevada HealthLink800-547-2927This is an information portal that enables seniors to apply for Medicaid online. It offers a customer helpline to assist seniors with the application process.
Access Nevada800-992-0900This is a government website where seniors can apply for benefits, including Medicaid. The website includes an eligibility quiz so applicants can see if they qualify for cover before starting the application process. A helpline is available for those requiring additional assistance.

Can You Use Medicare To Pay for Memory Care in Nevada?

Unfortunately, Medicare does not generally cover the cost of Memory Care. Most Memory Care Facilities are considered to be "social settings," so Medicare does not cover the cost incurred in these facilities. The only exception to that is if you are receiving memory care services in a Nursing Home. While this situation is much less common, Medicare would sometimes cover the cost, depending on a number of circumstances.

That being said, Medicare does still cover qualified doctor visits, medications, etc., as it would if you were still at home, but it will not cover the cost of care received at the Memory Care Facility.

More Ways To Pay for Memory Care in Nevada

In addition to the state programs mentioned above, those looking for resources to finance memory care may consider:

  • Long-Term Care Insurance: Depending on the policy details, long-term care insurance may be used to pay for memory care services. It's best to sign up for a policy early, as coverage will likely be denied if one already has long-term care needs. More information about the intricacies of long-term care insurance can be found at longtermcare.acl.gov.
  • Reverse Mortgages: Reverse mortgages allow some homeowners to take out a loan as an advance from the eventual sale of their primary residence. This can be a good way to fund memory care in the short-term, but the loans will need to be paid back after the sale of the home. The most commonly used type of reverse mortgages for seniors is the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage, which is the only reverse mortgage insured by the federal government.
  • Veterans Benefits: The Department of Veterans Affairs offers several programs that veterans and their spouses may use to cover health care needs such as memory care. More information about these programs can be found on the VA website.
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Memory Care Laws and Regulations in Nevada

Memory Care Regulation

Facility-based memory care providers fall under the regulatory umbrella of the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services Bureau of Licensure and Certification. Known as residential facilities for groups, these facilities are inspected and monitored by the bureau for compliance, as well as to investigate complaints. The bureau publishes guidelines for care and standards for facility operation to ensure a high degree of compliance with state laws for memory care. All residential facilities for groups must provide written statements of basic costs, optional services and refund policies.

Facility Scope of Care

Residential facilities for groups are limited to providing nonmedical care for residents, apart from emergency care that staff members have been trained to administer as needed. Residents with an illness or an injury that is expected to last less than 14 days may be cared for in the facility. Longer expected terms of illness or injury may require admission to a hospital or transfer to a nursing care facility.

Staff may assist residents with activities of daily living and other non-skilled tasks, such as lift assistance and companionship. Memory care facilities must provide a regular program of activities that address the residents' gross motor skills, social relationships and interactions, sensory enhancement activities and outdoor access.

Admission Requirements

Memory care facilities in Nevada can admit a diverse range of residents, but not everyone is eligible for this type of care. The table below gives an overview of admission requirements for facility-based memory care in Nevada.

Residents Who May Be Admitted

Older adults and people with:

  • Dementia or other cognitive conditions
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Physical mobility limitations who can move unassisted from an unsafe area to safety in under four minutes

Residents Who May NOT Be Admitted

Those Who:

  • Are bed-bound
  • Are unable to move even with one-person assistance
  • Require 24-hour nursing care
  • Have contractures
  • Have pressure ulcers
  • Have diabetes
  • Have unmanageable incontinence

Care Plan Requirements

Facility administrators must develop a care plan on admission of the resident to the facility. Continuing assessments must be made to determine whether the resident's needs are changing. Care plans must be kept up to date with input from licensed health practitioners, whose advice must be followed.

Medication Management Requirements

Residents who are able to self-administer medications may do so. Non-licensed staff may assist with administration after completing a 16-hour course. Facility staff are prohibited from administering injections, though they may prepare prefilled syringes for residents' self-administration. Injections and other invasive treatments may only be administered by licensed RNs, LVNs or other nursing staff acting within their scope of practice.

Facility Requirements

Facilities may provide private or shared rooms with a maximum of three occupants. Units may be shared only by mutual consent. At least one toilet and sink is required for every four residents, and a shower or bathtub is required for every six residents.

Staffing Requirements

Residential facilities for groups must have at least one staff member who is awake and able to respond to residents' needs at all times. Staff members must be at least 18 years old and have completed at least two hours of training in dementia care before starting. Within three months, staff members must complete an annual eight-hour certification course. Administrators must meet the standards of staff caregivers and have a minimum of three years' experience working in licensed facilities.

Medicaid Policy

Nevada Medicaid does not specifically cover the cost of memory care. Two waiver programs, Personal Care Services (PCS) and Home and Community Based Waiver for the Frail Elderly (HCBW-FE), may help seniors manage the cost of memory care.

Reporting Abuse

Suspected cases of elder abuse may be reported to law enforcement, or by contacting the Aging and Disability Services Division (ADSD) via its online abuse reporting form. The division may be reached by phone at 888-729-0571, or by mailing the administration office at:

Aging and Disability Services Division Administrative Office 3416 Goni Road, Suite D-132 Carson City, NV 89706

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Free and Low-Cost Resources for Seniors in Nevada

Seniors with memory loss disorders and their loved ones have access to numerous programs and resources to support and assist them. 

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Alzheimer's Association Desert Southwest Chapter800-272-3900The Alzheimer's Association Desert Southwest Chapter caters to seniors in Southern Nevada. It hosts support groups for seniors and their loved ones. In addition, it raises funds for research and hosts events to raise awareness in the community.
Alzheimer's Association Desert Southwest Chapter800-272-3900The Alzheimer's Association Desert Southwest Chapter caters to seniors in Southern Nevada. It hosts support groups for seniors and their loved ones. In addition, it raises funds for research and hosts events to raise awareness in the community.
Dementia Friendly Nevada702-685-7072This is a federally funded program consisting of community action groups throughout the state. These groups provide free memory screening services and host support groups. The program also offers activities such as memory cafe events and dementia-friendly outings.
Nevada Care Connection702-486-3831Nevada Care Connection is operated by the Nevada Aging and Disability Resource Center. The program provides online information regarding long-term care and support services. Local offices are located throughout the state to enable seniors to access the information and assistance they need in person.
Alzheimer's Association Northern California and Northern Nevada Chapter800-272-3900This chapter of the Alzheimer's Association provides support and assistance to seniors and their loved ones in Northern Nevada. The organization runs educational programs for caregivers and seniors. The association has a national helpline that's available 24/7. Additionally, this chapter hosts fundraising events and support groups.
Nevada Senior Guide702-269-9290The Nevada Senior Guide is an online directory of all the services available to seniors in the state. It is updated quarterly and includes information on memory care facilities. A free printed version of the guide is available on request.
Taxi Assistance Program (TAP)702-486-3581Nevada’s Taxi Assistance Program provides discounted transportation assistance for seniors aged 60 and over and adults with limited mobility. Benefits include coupons for personal taxi service.

Nevada COVID-19 Rules for Memory Care Facilities

Note: The following information was compiled and most recently updated on 2/10/2022. Since COVID-19 is a rapidly evolving crisis, be sure to contact your Memory Care Facility or local Area Agency on Aging for the most up-to-date information.

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Am I allowed to visit my loved one in person?Yes (Conditions Apply)
Is my loved one required to quarantine after I visit him or her?No
Am I required to wear a mask if I visit my loved one in person?Yes
Are visitors screened for elevated temperatures?Yes
Are residents allowed to leave the facility at-will?Yes
Are residents of senior living facilities who leave required to quarantine when they get back?No (Conditions Apply)
Are staff members and contractors checked for elevated temperatures?Yes
Are staff members and contractors tested for COVID-19?Yes (Conditions Apply)
Do staff members have to regularly screen residents for COVID-19 symptoms?Yes
Do staff members have to regularly check residents for elevated temperatures?Yes
Do staff members have to regularly test residents for COVID-19?
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