Memory Care Centers

Quick Facts:

  • More than 50 in metropolitan area
  • Rent ranges from about $4,500 to over $10,00 a month
  • Some Medicaid facilities
  • Assistance with all personal care needs
  • Limited to the care of people with dementia
  • All units are secure
  • Most apartments are shared “companion suites”
  • Best option for exit-seekers
  • Ranges from one staff for every 5 residents on the day shift to one staff for approximately every 15 residents on the nightshift
  • Violent behavior not tolerated

What are they?

Most have shared rooms, but there are some private rooms. Some are part of, or attached to a Nursing Facility. A few are licensed as Assisted Living Facilities. Most are licensed as Residential Care Facilities.

Who regulates them?

Oregon Aging and People with Disabilities Program regulates Memory Care Centers. Monitoring visits take place every two years. Check here for substantiated complaints of abuse and neglect: https://ltclicensing.oregon.gov/Facilities

Please read these articles from The Oregonian regarding Memory Care Centers:

https://www.oregonlive.com/expo/news/erry-2018/10/07165d5cf21014/dementia-care-is-expensive-but.html

https://www.oregonlive.com/expo/news/erry-2018/10/17fb8964386666/rampant-turnover-low-pay-insid.html

Who lives in them?

Elders in need of a secure setting live in Memory Care Centers. Most admit younger persons with disabilities as long as they have a dementia diagnosis.

What type of care of provided?

Memory Care Centers provide care for memory-impaired persons. Violent behavior is not tolerated. Facilities designated by the State of Oregon as Memory Care Centers must provide extra training for the staff.

What services are provided?

Memory Care Centers provide assistance with all activities of daily living, housekeeping, linens, personal laundry, and activities. Some
provide transportation.

How much does it cost?
Monthly fees can range from about $4,500 to more than $10,000.

Will Medicaid Pay?

Medicaid will pay for some Memory Care Centers.