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Bend, Oregon Memory Care: Search Near You, How To Pay, Licensing, Local Resources, and Questions To Ask

Bend is a beautiful location for those looking at memory care. Nicely nestled in one of the most popular tourist destinations in Oregon, Bend attracts a lot of outdoor enthusiasts, foodies and retirees. Facilities in this area could accept State Medicaid, private payers and long-term care insurance. 

CareAvailability.com has been used by families and care professionals in the Bend area to find real-time memory care openings and provide a comprehensive list of options for care. We do all the work for you when it comes to finding the best memory care in and around Bend. We do extensive research on the facilities and provide you with the most current information and care availability.

About Memory Care In Bend, OR

Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia is a difficult task at home, and it may be time to consider professional memory care. Memory care is one of the specialized types of residential care available in Oregon. Memory care facilities provide safe and effective care for individuals diagnosed with a form of dementia or severe cognitive impairment that warrants a locked-down community and specially trained staff. 

Considerations when looking for care in Bend, Oregon

Bend, located in Deschutes County Oregon, has seen explosive growth over the last 15 years with the population tipping over 100,000 in 2020’s census. The warm climate and healthy culture have led to a preferred location for senior citizens to retire and so the need for senior care has become more of a factor. 

Bend is also home to many universities and other higher education institutes, including Willamette University and Corban University. 

Cities near Bend, Oregon with Memory Care

  • Redmond – 17 miles northeast of Bend. Located in Deschutes County.
  • Sisters – 22.5 miles northwest of Bend. Located in Deschutes County.
  • Prineville – 36 miles northwest of Bend. …
  • Madras – 43 miles north of Bend. …
  • La Pine – 30 miles of Bend. …
  • SunRiver – 16 miles south of Bend.

How To Pay for Memory Care

Memory Care in Bend can be a surprise expense to a family, especially if the disease comes on suddenly, and having a savings large enough to cover it all isn’t always possible.  The average cost of nursing home care in Oregon is $270 per night and can vary depending on the location in the state. 

Health Insurance, such as Medicare, will often not cover the expense related to a long-term stay at a residential memory care facility. However, insurance may cover temporary care provided by a skilled nursing home after an individual with dementia is hospitalized. 

It’s important to note that if your loved-one or yourself is in need of long-term care at a memory facility, it will not be covered by standard health insurance. A person can find coverage for long-term care by having a long-term care insurance policy (linked to future article: What is long-term care insurance?). 

Other means for paying for memory care include: 

  • Long-term care insurance plans
  • Veteran’s Aid & Attendance benefits
  • Private funds
  • Whole life insurance plans
  • Reverse mortgages

How much does Memory Care in Bend, OR cost?

The average cost associate with care and room & board at an memory care community in Bend,, OR is $5000 / month.

Why is Memory Care in Bend, OR so expensive?

The costs associated with memory care can induce panic with the sticker shock effect, but it’s often not discussed as to why it costs $5000+ dollars per month.

The truth is that care, no matter the setting, but especially in nursing homes, requires robust staffing 24/7. The costs of hiring and keeping exceptional caregivers and medically trained staff such as nurses, is very costly. Add in the price of running a medical facility all day and night, pricey medical supplies and needed administrative staff, and you’ve got quite the overhead.

Although the cost can seem overwhelming, it’s smart to look into financial planning for end stage retirement and expected care needs.

Local hospital and healthcare providers in Bend, OR

St. Charles Bend
2500 NE Neff Rd
Bend, OR 97701

St. Charles Redmond
1253 NW Canal Blvd
Redmond, OR 97756

St. Charles Prineville
384 SE Combs Flat Rd
Prineville, OR 97754

St. Charles Madras
470 NE A St
Madras, OR 97741

Office of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman – The Office of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman is a free service available to residents, families, facility staff, and the general public.

Oregon Abuse Reporting Line for Children and Adults – To report elder abuse, please contact 1-855-503-SAFE (7233). State law protects the confidentiality of all people reporting abuse and anyone who reports suspected abuse in good faith. The department also accepts anonymous complaints of abuse or neglect.

Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians of Oregon-Elders Program – Caregiver Programs, Case Management, Home Health Services, Emergency Response System, Employment Services, Legal Assistance, Home Repair, Home Modification, Information and Referral/Assistance, Home Delivered Meals, Congregate Meals, Personal Care, Respite Care, Government-Assisted Housing, Sr. Center Programs

Nursing Facility Complaint Unit– If you suspect a nursing facility resident was neglected or abused, please contact the Nursing Facility Complaint Unit

Eldercare Locator This is a great resource to search for specific care in specific counties and cities. This database is a nationwide resource that connects older Americans and their caregivers with trustworthy local support resources. Connect with services such as meals, home care or transportation, or a caregiver education or respite from caregiving responsibilities. The Eldercare Locator is a public service of the Administration on Aging (AoA), an agency of the U.S. Administration for Community Living.

Medicare provides a search feature to find & compare providers near you, most senior housing and care providers are included on CareAvailability.com. Find & compare plans in your area. Determine if you qualify for premium savings

Medicaid offers information on how to apply for Medicaid, eligibility criteria, links to local state offices, and additional resources

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support, and research. Whether you are living with Alzheimer’s or caring for someone with the disease, information and resources are available.

Questions to Ask

Finding an assisted living community, can be overwhelming. Here are some tips on things to be observant of:

  • Make sure the facility is clean and well maintained. You can tell a lot about the operation by noting What is clean and maintained. Are doorknobs loose or damaged? Do you see any frayed carpet or trip hazards?
  • Visit during lunch hour to observe what the residents are eating. Ask questions about the nutrition program. Is there diversity in meals, healthy fruits and vegetables served at all meals, drink options?
  • Speak to residents and/or family members to learn their perspective.
  • Ask about staff and resident engagement. Get a feel for how staff interact with residents.
  • Ask about the life enrichment programs. Activities are crucial when it comes to quality of life and play a key role in care for older adults.
  • And finally (there is a plethora of more things to consider), get to know the leadership in the building. If you feel good around the executive director, head nurse, lead activities director and even the chef or janitor, it is a good sign you can trust them with the care of your loved one.

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