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South Dakota is a remote state in the northern portion of the U.S., and one of the five least populated with less than 1 million residents. The weather can produce a very frigid winter, however, for those able to endure the cold months South Dakota provides very affordable senior living.

Memory Care in South Dakota - Cheapest & Most Expensive Places

What does it cost to live in memory care homes in South Dakota? Where are the cheapest and most expensive places to live? South Dakota memory care facilities cost approximately the national average based on monthly costs. Fittingly, you can find reasonable prices across the state though the selection and variety are more limited than the rest of the U.S.

The Most Affordable Cities for Memory Care in South Dakota are:

  1. Spearfish, SD                    $4,415         
  2. Sioux Falls, SD                 $5,515

The Most Affordable Counties in South Dakota for Alzheimer’s Care based on Monthly Median Average:

  1. Lawrence County              $4,400
  2. Lincoln County                  $5,485

South Dakota Dementia & Alzheimer’s Care - Services

South Dakota memory care facilities treat a number of different cognitive diseases related to dementia including:

  • Alzheimer’s
  • Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease
  • Dementia with Lewy Bodies
  • Frontotemporal Dementia
  • Huntington’s Disease
  • Parkinson’s
  • Vascular Dementia
  • Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome

Alzheimer’s represents the vast majority of cases of dementia with Vascular dementia being the second most common. Parkinson’s is also one of high focus for dementia care homes, while others like Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and Huntington’s disease are far rarer.

Regardless of the form of dementia, memory care facilities in South Dakota provide a lot of crossover as many of these cognitive disabilities share similar symptoms, while also having unique circumstances. There is no black and white with dementia, as each individual adult struggles with it slightly differently, thus caregiver treatment is generally very specialized.

Staff likes to focus every day on enhancing the lives of each resident by offering a variety of services. Among the most important is the variety of coordinated activities offered on a daily and weekly basis. The activities are traditionally varied, offering a fair balance of light physical exercise with small group activities designed to stimulate brain function. One-on-one interaction utilizes similar methods to enhance brain activity though in an intimate, private setting.

The living arrangements can vary based on the South Dakota Alzheimer’s care facility that you choose. Some homes are completely private with an individual room that includes a bed, desk, dresser and potentially other furniture. The oversized bathroom is also usually private and 100 percent handicap accessible. Some rooms at dementia care homes that are on the cheaper end may only have rooms that are considered semi-private, or have another resident in the same room with some type of divider in the middle of it.

The dining usually includes at least two entree choices for each meal, which are well-balanced. This includes meals that provide protein, and other foods are added as side dishes including a variety of fruits and vegetables. On special occasions and holidays the staff at Alzheimer’s care homes in South Dakota also do special dishes and ceremonies. provides comprehensive resources on various senior living options, including: assisted living facilities, senior living communities, nursing homes, independent living communities, continuing care retirement communities (CCRC) and all other long term senior care options, including memory care such as Alzheimer's or Dementia.

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