Dementia, and specifically Alzheimer’s, is a serious, growing problem. In fact, 1 out of every 10 adults over the age of 65 has Alzheimer’s dementia. As Amarillo’s senior population continues to grow (11.2% growth between 2013 and 2017), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment. In Amarillo, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease rose 9.68% between 2013 and 2017. To put that in perspective, the number of deaths from all causes for that same age group decreased by 5.44%, showing that Alzheimer’s is a growing concern in the region. Overall, the percentage of seniors’ deaths related to Alzheimer’s is higher than the rest of the nation (7.73% in Amarillo vs. 6.46% in the U.S.). In order to help families and caregivers of those with Alzheimer's find the support and care that their loved ones need, we've compiled information below about the cost of Memory Care, how to get financial assistance to help make care more affordable, free resources, etc. Also included are reviews of the best memory care facilities in the area, which cover pricing, types of care provided, residents' reviews, and more.
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For memory care facilities, COVID-19 rules and regulations are typically set at the state level. You can view specific rules on our guide to memory care in Texas. These rules change often, and many communities have policies in place that go above and beyond what's required by the state, so you should contact your local community for more information. Additionally, you can contact your local Area Agency on Aging to learn more.
Note: Memory care is typically provided in communities licensed as assisted living facilities, and in general, costs 20-30% more than standard assisted living services. No authoritative cost data is available for this type of care, so we estimated memory care rates by adding 25% to assisted living fees in the Genworth 2021 Cost of Care Survey.
Memory care in Amarillo costs an average of $5,750 per month, $752 higher than the state average of $4,998 and comparable to the overall monthly average for the nation, $5,625.
Amarillo’s cost for memory care at $5,750 is higher than Lubbock to the south, which averages $4,938. Midland, farther south from Lubbock, comes in a little higher at $5,986, while Odessa, about 20 miles from Midland, is a little less expensive at $5,498. El Paso, with an average monthly cost of $4,688, is substantially less expensive than Amarillo. For seniors looking for the most affordable option, San Angelo, nearly 300 miles southeast of Amarillo, averages only $3,750.
Additional care options for seniors in Amarillo include adult day health care centers that operate weekdays, providing a safe care environment and averaging $1,408 a month. For seniors who choose to remain at home, in-home care provides personal care, housekeeping and cooking, and home health care offers the same plus some medical care, both at $4,052. Assisted living options provide help with daily living tasks and cost an average of $4,600. Seniors who require 24/7 higher-level medical care may need a nursing home, which averages $5,140 for a semiprivate room.
Since not everyone can afford to pay for memory care out-of-pocket, it's important to find alternative methods to help make memory care more affordable. Some of these options include:
For more information about your options for making assisted living more affordable, visit our guide to Memory Care in Amarillo.
Several local nonprofit and governmental agencies in Amarillo provide resources, support and information for seniors living with Alzheimer's. These organizations exist to help improve the quality of life for seniors through volunteer-led, free and low-cost programs.
|Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group in Amarillo||806-414-4402||The Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group in Amarillo is run by trained volunteers who provide support for caregivers, family and friends of loved ones living with dementia. Connections are made to develop a support system, share the challenges of caregiving and offer helpful solutions. Participants can talk about their struggles and needs and get information about community resources.||Amarillo, TX|
|Area Agency on Aging of the Panhandle||806-331-2227||The Area Agency on Aging (AAA) of the Panhandle provides advocacy for elderly residents of 26 counties located in the Texas Panhandle. The AAA implements a wide array of services and programs to foster quality of life and dignity for residents 60 and over. Services include assistance with legal issues and representation, benefits and long-term care options.||Amarillo, TX|
|The Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman||806-331-2227||The Long-Term Care Ombudsman advocates for the rights of residents living in long-term care facilities. Trained volunteers ensure residents know their rights and receive the care they need. Ombudsmen visit facilities and work with residents and management to resolve any issues or problems. They also provide information for residents about insurance, Medicaid and Medicare.||Amarillo, TX|
|Amarillo Senior Citizens Association||(806) 374-5500||The Amarillo Senior Citizens Association offers programs, activities and services to help seniors maintain quality of life. These services include health screenings, activities, benefits counseling, classes, gaming and exercise groups.||Amarillo, TX|
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 83% of all caregivers are unpaid family members, relatives, or other friends, and nearly half of all care is for older adults with some form of dementia. Caregiving, especially when it involves Alzheimer’s or dementia, is extremely exhausting and time-consuming, leading many caregivers to feel isolated and overwhelmed. As a loved one continues to progress through the stages of dementia and his or her cognitive abilities continue to decline, behavioral problems, safety, and general care often become more than one caregiver can handle. This is when it’s important to find extra help, and residential facilities that have specialized memory care programs are often the best solution. In addition to providing a safe environment, memory care programs seek to delay or halt cognitive decline while providing the opportunity for a social, independent lifestyle.
To choose the best memory care facilities in Amarillo, our team of researchers started by using our unique methodology to develop a list of contenders. We further refined the list in the next phase of our process by completing hands-on research for each one of the companies that we developed. Finally, we compiled online reviews from residents and families and wrote summaries of each facility that made it through our selection process.
Overall, our team:
A member of the National Activity Associates, the The Reserve at Amarillo is a community in Irving, Texas, that focuses on memory care. It boasts quality care delivered by a professional staff. All members of its team, not only the nursing staff but also non-caregiving personnel, have been trained in basic dementia care, giving the assurance that residents are in a safe, happy and comfortable environment. It employs an ongoing education program to provide the latest in high-quality memory care services. Maximum interaction between the staff and the residents is encouraged by employing an open door policy and placing the administrative offices amidst the living spaces. The Reserve also provides a carefully designed culinary program, which incorporates the residents’ preferred choices and nutritional needs. Believing that mealtimes are occasions for fellowships and socialization, the facility welcomes family members to join their loved ones for complimentary meals.
Relatives praise the wonderful staff and how they provide the residents with comfort and care, with one reviewer saying, “They always take time to stop and say kind words to Mother as they go about their very busy days.” Families also appreciate the excellent food and the chefs on site.
Brookdale Sleepy Hollow is located in Amarillo, Texas, and offers personalized memory care and assisted living services for seniors. This pet-friendly facility includes a library and a beauty and barber shop and features an emergency response system to keep residents safe. Residents can participate in an array of activities and clubs, including book clubs and arts and crafts. An ongoing cultural enrichment program is available along with special events and exercise classes. The staff provides personalized care based on each residents' needs and preferences. A person-centered approach is implemented through the Clare Bridge Program that's designed to support memory care residents, creating feelings of familiarity and purpose. Seniors with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia-related illnesses are provided with a structured routine of activities to encourage the use of their skill sets in a safe and secure environment.
Visitors and family members describe the facility as clean and beautifully decorated with an attentive, caring staff. One visitor to the facility said, “The overall atmosphere of Brookdale Sleepy Hollow was just very positive and bright. The residents seemed active and engaged in whatever was going on, and you could see the encouragement that the staff was giving them.”
Good Life Senior Living and Memory Care in Amarillo is a small facility that offers personalized care with a low staff-to-resident ratio. This facility is designed to look and feel just like a private home with a large central living room that is easily accessed from private bedrooms on adjoining halls. Two seperate homes provide a small-home feel, and residents are encouraged to provide their own furniture. Each meal is prepared fresh in Good Life's on-site kitchen and residents can enjoy the tight-knit community atmosphere with family-style meals. Regular events like football tailgate parties and holiday gatherings bring residents and staff together and welcome non-resident friends and family. Good Life's stated mission is to provide a welcoming facility that feels like home the moment a new resident walks through the doors.
Both residents and their families are satisfied with Good Life's small-home feel and attention to detail. One grateful family member said, "Amarillo Good Life is great! I'm very pleased with the staff and services. There has been a major turn around in my mother-in-law since being here. She's talking again and happy now. She's doing great. Overall, I'm very pleased."
People living with Alzheimer's and other dementias find a luxurious lifestyle and a warm, caring environment at The Cottages at Quail Creek. One all-inclusive rent provides access to the highly qualified, 24-hour staff and all personal services required in an intimate setting that fosters deep relationships. Residents live in beautifully appointed cottages that accommodate 8 to 12 people in private or shared rooms. Meals prepared by an on-site gourmet chef are served family style, and the elegant piano room encourages relaxed socializing. Caregivers are specially trained in Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Lewy Body dementia, and the full-time activities director is Alzheimer's Certified. Each resident receives a personalized activities program that provides a structured routine and comforting consistency. Time-specific activities are scheduled throughout the day to promote energy, personal interests, memory recall and then relaxation toward day’s end. Residents can also attend in-house religious services throughout the week.
Family members appreciate the cozy, homelike environment. One reviewer said, “My father passed away last Friday at The Cottages at Quail Creek. Their compassion is just amazing. They were helping dad with love, concern and patience and made sure he was OK. We could not have asked for a better place.”
The Legacy at Town Square is a luxury senior care facility with accommodations for independent living, assisted living and memory care residents. This facility offers a range of unique services to community members, including anytime meals with off-menu options. A full-time Lifestyle Director is on staff to facilitate daily activities designed to promote physical health, cognitive well being, and fun. The residences and grounds at The Legacy are designed with a rustic luxury to match Amarillo's rich Texas history. Common areas, for example, feature leather armchairs and regional art while apartments and bedrooms offer premium bedding and stainless steel appliances. Residents with memory care needs will be included in The Legacy's Connected program designed specifically to treat and manage Alzheimer's and dementia. This program is built on four central treatment philosophies for residents: be connected, stay active, remain purposeful and feel safe.
The Legacy at Town Square offers a high-end standard of living and this attention to detail is reflected in online reviews. A Texas native who visited the facility praised the unique programs and facilities, saying, "The most Innovative Senior Care community in the Panhandle. There is nothing like it around. Great group of people too."