Story Cottage at Meridian Hills
Our beautiful Indianapolis memory care home is located just north of the picturesque Meridian Hills
At our Story Cottage at Meridian Hills you’ll have peace of mind knowing your loved one resides in a comforting home with premium safety features, surrounded by peers and a nurturing staff.
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STORY COTTAGE at MERIDIAN HILLS, INDIANAPOLIS LOCATION
413 East 86th Street – Indianapolis, IN 46240
(On the corner of 86th & Washington)
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“Wonderful environment and beautiful atmosphere and great location. Comfortable and beautiful facility like a home. Women I met were amazing at cooking and caring with a gentle touch or sparkling smile. Just very impressed as an RN on my first steps in the door. Clean and welcoming. Felt safe and sound for my loving Uncle B., and made me feel much better when I had to leave him.“
“The Story Cottage staff creates individual and impactful experiences. At Story Cottage, my mother-in-law is not a “patient,” she is not a “dementia case.” She is a resident, neighbor and friend. Story Cottage is her home.“
“Nicole Pope, Esteem Nursing, was a major asset during my husband’s time at Story Cottage. She consistently provided the needed medical care with ongoing sensitivity and compassion. Her open and thorough communication provided comfort and understanding. If questions or concerns existed, Nicole was always available to offer professional and personal support. Having had experiences at other facilities, there is no doubt that her contribution to the care, comfort and meaningful communication of each resident is superior.“
“Story Cottage's Nicole adds joy and compassion to her excellence as a nurse and is an excellent communicator with both your loved one and your family.“
“As a neighbor and a physician, I am impressed by Story Cottage. Is it a great addition to our area and has helped a number of my patients have meaningful, connected lives in spite of memory loss.“
“I was so fortunate to have the care and support of Nurse Nicole during my dear Aunt Sondra’s year as a resident at Story Cottage. Nicole partnered with me throughout Sondra’s days as a resident as she listened to both my concerns for my aunt’s care and dignity, and my worry about her adjustment to the community. Her expertise in working with persons with dementia helped to make the last year of Sondra’s life meaningful and important. While Nicole and I had many discussions about medical and pharmaceutical options to manage Sondra’s behaviors and the challenges that she faced in her journey with dementia, her wise counsel was to seek balance and take time to see how Sondra responded to any change that I decided to make in her care. Nicole always put Sondra first. I remain grateful for her person AND professional care and friendship.“
“I have been serving patients with memory loss for more than 30 years and can honestly say that Story Cottage is likely providing the highest level of memory care I have seen in the State of Indiana. It fits perfectly in a neighborhood and allows residents to essentially age-in-place and maintain a sense of community and independence.“
Dr. Bill Arnold
Richard VanRheenen and Stephanie Martin
“Nicole is warm and caring. She is very thoughtful when suggesting care options. Nicole understands the unique needs of the residents. She made us feel very comfortable from the start at Story Cottage.“
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If you have a loved one with memory loss, you are not alone.
Are you exploring memory care options in the Indianapolis area? You probably have a lot of questions!
Fortunately, as one of Indianapolis’ leading memory care providers, we have a lot of answers. That’s why we’re breaking down the most frequently asked questions we encounter when new patients and their families are exploring care options.
Read on for an insider’s perspective on memory care benefits, costs, styles, and more.
What Is Memory Care?
Memory care is a specialized version of elder healthcare that aims to provide the support and care individuals need to lead secure, enriching, and fulfilling lives while navigating ongoing memory struggles.
Memory care typically includes services like:
- Medication Management
- 24-hour Staff Supervision
- Memory-Enriching Activities
- Nutrition and Meal Support
- Physical and Cognitive Therapy
- Assistance with Personal Grooming
- Housekeeping and Laundry Services
- Social Events, Opportunities, and Arrangements
Is Memory Care the Same as Alzheimer’s?
The benefits of memory care can be a great solution for individuals experiencing the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. At later stages, a dementia care facility may be better equipped to provide the intensive support, care, and supervision necessary to ensure those suffering from severe memory loss enjoy the highest quality of life possible.
What Does It Mean to Be in Memory Care?
Being in memory care means you or your loved one will finally have access to the mental, physical, and social support they need to lead a fulfilling life in the face of ongoing memory challenges.
It also means the burden of care will be passed from friends and family to licensed professionals trained to provide top-notch care for individuals experiencing memory degradation. Memory care homes are built from the ground up to provide comprehensive care solutions that empower patients to live happier, healthier lives without infringing on their independence or dignity.
How Much Does Memory Care Cost?
The average memory care facility cost per month across the U.S. is roughly $5,705 per month. However, it’s important to note this varies widely depending on location and required scope of care.
The highest average cost of memory care in the U.S. can be found in Washington D.C., where memory care facilities charge $11,490 per month. The lowest average monthly costs are in Georgia, where residents can expect to spend about $4,000 monthly.
How Much Does Dementia Care Cost in Indiana?
The average cost of care in Indiana is slightly cheaper than the national average, at $5,600 per month.
Costs can vary significantly depending on location, care needs, and local providers. For the most accurate cost estimates, we recommend searching for “memory care facilities near me” to locate local dementia care specialists for more information. The average cost of memory care in Indianapolis skews a bit higher than the state average, at roughly $6,500 per month.
How to Pay for Memory Care?
Paying for memory care is one of the most common concerns expressed by those suffering from memory loss and their families. Fortunately, there are many payment options for individuals interested in transitioning into memory care. Popular choices include:
- Savings & Retirement Accounts
- Long-Term Healthcare Insurance
- Home Equity or Proceeds from Sale
- Veterans’ Benefits
- Medicaid Waivers and Programs
Does Medicaid Pay for Memory Care in Indiana?
Unfortunately, Medicaid does not pay for residential memory care in Indiana.
However, there are waivers and specialized programs that, if qualified, can help individuals cover the costs of memory care. Exploring eligibility requirements for programs like Indiana’s Aged & Disabled Waiver can significantly lighten the financial impact of memory care.
How to Tell Your Parent They Are Going to Memory Care?
Telling your parent they are going to a memory care facility can be nerve-wracking. To make the experience as smooth as possible, we recommend the following:
- Choosing the Right Time and Place
- Being Empathetic and Respectful
- Using Clear, Straightforward Language
- Involving Them in the Process
- Calling In Professional Support if Needed
What Is the Difference Between a Care Facility and a Nursing Home?
Memory care facilities are designed for individuals suffering from memory loss and degradation.
While many nursing homes offer similar benefits, like 24/7 access to healthcare professionals, comfortable accommodations, and socialization opportunities with patients’ peers, they often fall short when it comes to providing the level of security, supervision, and specialized support those suffering from memory loss need to pursue healthy, happy, and engaging lives.
For more information on memory care vs. nursing homes, reach out to our team of memory care experts today.
How Story Cottage Can Help
Story Cottage proudly supports the health and happiness of our local communities by providing the finest memory care facilities in Indiana. Our clean, comfortable, and secure memory care homes are staffed by highly-trained healthcare professionals hand-selected for their medical skills and compassionate nature.
We ensure Story Cottage is navigating the challenges of memory loss continues to lead the fulfilling, multi-faceted lives they deserve by providing specialized mental, physical, and social care with a smile.
To learn more about memory care in Indianapolis, contact us today.
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