Why We’re a Charity

Dementia is a family disease.

Dementia impacts not only the person with the illness but the family as well. MemoryCare strives to provide the best medical care for our participants living with dementia. Having input from family members who know the person well is essential for making and implementing appropriate plans. Over time, as the illness progresses, having a family that understands the disease and has access to an expert team who knows them and their loved one can make all the difference! At MemoryCare, when a person with dementia comes for a visit in our clinic, they come with family as well – every visit, every time.  One caregiver described visits to MemoryCare by saying, “You give us the tools we need to be the caregivers our mom needs.”

Family involvement is a necessary part of any “best-practice” dementia care program. For MemoryCare to operate, it costs, on average, $1500 per family, per year for the comprehensive care we provide.  Through grants, donations, and endowment income, we raise charitable funds for about 50% of our annual budget.  We ask families to contribute with an annual fee and offer fee waivers or payment schedules for those who find the fee to be a challenge.  We want the care to be available when it is needed! Ironically, while MemoryCare accepts any insurance, no insurance covers the full cost of educating, training, and supporting families in a way that every guideline says is necessary.  Each year, insurance reimbursement covers about a quarter of our costs.

Our staff is passionate about providing the best care possible, and our leadership is committed to making every effort to raise the funds necessary for us to be here for families.  We are dedicated to serving all those who need dementia care. In 2018, 41% of families were low income by federal poverty standards, and 19% of family caregiver fees were waived.  We focus resources on services, and 88 cents for every dollar raised goes to service provision.

We maintain a waiting list that averages 4 months and, with our new building, now we have room to grow.  We plan to add yet another care team in order to serve families more quickly.  This new care team will require additional financial support above and beyond what we currently raise for our Annual Fund. Of course, as our operating expenses increase each year so does our Annual Fund goal. If we are to serve more families or have other services available, we must continue to raise even more.

MemoryCare is a community-based, charitable, nonprofit organization – that is, we are local, we offer care to anyone with need, and we rely on support from the community to be here.

To learn more about how you can support MemoryCare and the families we serve, please click here.

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