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 Battle Creek’s senior population continues to grow (12.37% growth between 2014 and 2019), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment.
In Battle Creek, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease increased by 41.43% between 2014 and 2019. To put that in perspective, the number of deaths from all causes for that same age group only increased by 19.2%, 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 (8.35% in Battle Creek vs. 6.46% in the U.S.).
To help families and caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s or other forms of cognitive impairment find the support and care their loved ones need, we applied our unique methodology and spent more than a dozen hours researching senior living communities in Battle Creek. In addition to an overview of the communities’ best features, this guide highlights the best memory care facilities in the city, and gives information about pricing, types of care provided, residents’ reviews, and more.
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 Battle Creek, 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:
Beacon Pointe Memory Care is a memory care community located in Portage, MI. Residents receive personalized care based on the level of memory care needed, including assistance with daily tasks and routine housekeeping to ensure residences are kept free of clutter and safe to walk about. Activities and events promote continued health through group exercise, and healthy food is served in the community-style dining room, which creates a familiar location for residents to share a meal. The common areas are open and inviting, with natural light and several lounge areas for peaceful relaxation. The secured courtyard includes numerous easy-to-follow walking paths, and the community piano is often used for music and singing.
Residents appreciate the easily navigable community. One resident says, "Beacon Pointe was very nice, neat and not confusing. The executive director was available, very accommodating, informative and been great to work with. They're very flexible. They accommodate different kinds of diet. They have one dining area, which is kind of like an everything room, so it's less confusing for people."
Conveniently located near access to the M-66, Bickford of Battle Creek is close to several shopping centers in Battle Creek. Caregivers receive advanced dementia care training and provide companion services. The staff use memory care residents’ interests and hobbies to organize Lifesong stations, and they provide Moments of Happiness, a program of small group activities designed for seniors with memory issues. Registered nurses assist with personal care, coordinating with residents’ primary health providers and home health aides. The chaplain hosts regularly scheduled devotional services, Bible studies and one-on-one visits.
Reviewers like the kind staff, as well as the community’s programs and apartments. One relative writes, "My father-in-law is very happy with Bickford of Battle Creek... The place looks really elegant... The staff members are very pleasant. The residents go out to movies, they go to eat and they play bingo and cards.”
A small, close-knit community, Brookdale Battle Creek provides both assisted living and memory care in a quiet residential setting. The pet-friendly community features a 24-hour security system, therapy room, beauty salon and barbershop, a whirlpool and Wi-Fi access throughout. Residents living with memory loss benefit from the Clare Bridge program, which includes separate divisions for early and late-stage dementia. This approach ensures that seniors receive the level of support that suits their needs best, with access to the specially trained team of experienced 24/7 caregivers. Each day includes a structure of six unique programs, with art classes, journaling, puzzles, music therapy and museum outings. The atmosphere is welcoming, with abundant natural light, cheerful colors and easy-to-navigate floor plans. Security is a top priority, with additional measures like doorbells to monitor in/out movements and enclosed outdoor spaces.
Loved ones note the quality care and activities. "The people assisting us there provide excellent care," one visiting relative says. "They play bingo and crafts, and they have a happy hour. They can go on outings using a van that picks up the residents. They have all kinds of activities like exercises class every morning.”
For seniors living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, Brookdale Portage is a welcoming community to call home. Specializing exclusively in memory care, the skilled team of highly trained caregivers is on-site 24/7, assisting residents by utilizing the latest cognitive techniques. Through ongoing education, they stay up-to-date on dementia care, helping residents enjoy their days through a structure of six planned programs. These enriching activities include brain games, cooking and art classes, dancing and cognitive programs that encourage residents’ current interests. The atmosphere is designed with easily navigable floor plans, natural lighting, relaxing music and colors to help seniors feel more at home, and the community features a 24-hour security system with monitored entryways. An enclosed courtyard and walking path allow seniors to connect with nature while staying safe. Amenities include a beauty/barber shop, game room and art studio.
Loved ones are impressed by the community's high level of care. One says, "My mom is in Brookdale Portage. It looked great, the feel is good, and we've been very happy with all the care my mom has gotten. They're doing a great job, it's a pleasant place, she's safe, and she's cared for."
North Woods Village Kalamazoo is a dedicated memory care community near Battle Creek, MI. With a resident-centered approach to dementia care, its professionally trained staff creates a personalized care plan for each resident. Licensed nurses, caregivers and support staff are available 24 hours a day to assist seniors with daily grooming, walking, eating and medication management. Laundry and housekeeping services are also available. The community promotes autonomy and safety through its color-coded walls and the memory boxes outside each resident's suite, making it easier for residents to navigate the space. Professional chefs prepare daily meals tailored to their nutritional needs.
Relatives appreciate the warmhearted staff and comforting atmosphere. One says, "They were extremely knowledgeable about dementia and Alzheimer's and how to treat the people in their care. They were caring, attentive and the building was very beautiful. There were plenty of activities, the food looked amazing, the rooms were spacious and clean."
NorthPointe Woods offers a full spectrum of care options, including memory care. Memory care is part of the continuum of care programming, which has a strong focus on health and wellness. Residents can participate in arts classes, group fitness, bridge and other games or simply enjoy quiet time in the on-site library. There is a lounge area where many residents gather in the evenings for social time, and there are walking paths around the 50-acre campus so that residents can enjoy fresh air. Memory care residents receive assistance with activities based on the extent of their conditions, as safety is always a primary consideration here.
Residents and their loved ones laud the community for its positive environment, hardworking staff and emphasis on independence as much as is safe and possible. One resident writes, "I have been staying here in NorthPointe Woods for four years now. It is very positive. My room is very adequate. I love it and it is great."
StoryPoint Portage is in a modern residential area off Michigan Route 131, conveniently located near the Interstate 94 junction in Portage, Michigan. This retirement community is near medical clinics at Borgess Woodbridge Hills - North and about 6 miles from Bronson Medical Hospital in downtown Kalamazoo. The three-level apartment complex is wheelchair-accessible and features engaging amenities such as a 75-seat media center, the Prime Thyme dining room, Candlewick Bistro, a fitness room, a business center and a library. Residents benefit from on-site lifestyle services such as fitness classes, massage therapy, salon treatments, pet care and daily shuttle services. StoryPoint’s memory care community offers a secured environment with thoughtful design elements for familiarity and comfort. Its licensed and specially trained staff members provide 24-hour oversight and support. Memory care residents are offered structured daily activities that give them a sense of purpose.
Families feel blessed to be part of StoryPoint Portage’s clientele. A memory care resident’s loved one shares, "Center has been very attentive to my mother's needs. She has trouble communicating and can get agitated and they always handle the situation with respect and compassion. They include her in activities and make her feel a part of the community.”
The Oaks at NorthPointe Woods is located in a lush green landscape, surrounded by wooded grounds. The entire campus has been designed with residents’ needs in mind and apartments have features that create a sense of comfort and security. Community programs are endorsed by national Alzheimer’s Advocacy groups and provide a schedule and structure that residents can depend upon. Services provided by care staff include assistance with daily tasks, grooming, incontinence management, transportation and 24-hour emergency maintenance. Caregivers also offer clinical care and emotional support, using verbal and nonverbal communication such as smiles, hugs and compliments. The community has a number of signature programs that encourage physical movement, promote engagement among residents and allow residents to create music and play instruments. It also offers arts and crafts classes, youth and seniors get-togethers and frequent excursions.
A former resident praises the staff and appreciates the time she spent in the community, saying, "I loved The Oaks! The food was amazing and I love Chef Jason. They have such beautiful staff, that their voices sound like angels throughout the facility. I wanted to take the staff home with me. It was so hard leaving the facility.”
Vibrant Life Senior Living - Kalamazoo is an assisted living and memory care community located in Kalamazoo, MI. The Levels of Vibrant Engagement memory care program provides personalized activities for residents based on their interests, including hobbies and small jobs to create feelings of purpose and engagement. Residents live in lodges comprised of private suites, with a maximum of 20 residents per lodge to ensure familiar faces. Each suite has its own bathroom and walk-in shower, and daily housekeeping ensures residences are kept tidy and free of trip hazards. Trained staff assist with daily tasks, including bathing, grooming and medication management. The dining hall in each lodge is a community area where residents enjoy meals with friends and family.
Residents and their families praise the robust and engaging amenities. One family member says, "They're very kind and very responsive. She has a private room. They have plenty of activities, and I attended an event where the residents were making their own art. They're always watching movies in the evening, and they have flower arrangements."