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 Bridgeport’s senior population continues to grow (13.21% growth between 2014 and 2019), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment.
In Bridgeport, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease increased by 0.4% between 2014 and 2019. Overall, the percentage of seniors’ deaths related to Alzheimer’s is lower than the rest of the nation (5.12% in Bridgeport 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 dozens of hours researching senior living communities in Bridgeport. 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 Bridgeport, 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:
Benchmark at Split Rock has a sought-after location in a mixed-use development off Bridgeport Avenue in Shelton, Connecticut, close to commercial conveniences and only 10 miles from downtown Bridgeport. Its three-level building has a large landscaped backyard with a spacious patio area, gazebo, barbecue grill, benches and walking paths. Well-appointed indoor amenities include fireside lounges, fitness and therapy room, community room, bistro and salon. Benchmark’s Mind & Memory approach to care uses research-based programming that focuses on six dimensions of wellness for the holistic wellness of memory care residents. Its "Live Now, Live Engaged" lifestyle program offers personal and group activities that enhance the residents’ physical, cognitive, emotional, social and spiritual well-being. Memory care residents and their families also benefit from the dedicated leadership by a Certified Dementia Practitioner and family support groups and dementia-focused community events.
A resident’s daughter claims that Benchmark at Split Rock has exceeded her expectations. She says, "I would give the staff a 10 if I could! … The overall concern for the residents is great and they are clearly personally invested in the well-being of each of them … The food is good … and the menu they offer the residents is image-based.”
Bridges by EPOCH at Norwalk is a quiet and comfortable community with plenty of activities for residents of all care levels. Memory care services are centered on individual needs, with each segment of the community's program targeted towards specific requirements. An enclosed, secured courtyard enables memory care residents to safely spend time outdoors, and the layout of the community makes it easy for memory care residents to navigate. Community amenities include chef-prepared meals, life-enrichment programs and an on-site library with a fireplace. There are several large common areas that promote socializing among residents to ensure that everyone remains engaged and connected.
Reviews of this community compliment the quality of care provided by the staff and the efficacy of the memory care services provided to residents. The wide range of amenities is also a point of note. One writes, "Bridges by EPOCH at Norwalk is very nice. The staff is very caring and everything works out very nicely."
Bridges by EPOCH at Trumbull emphasizes compassion in its approach to memory care services. From an enclosed courtyard for secure outdoor interactions to scheduled activities that keep memory care residents engaged, the Bridges program is personalized to each resident's memory condition. The program also emphasizes the maintenance of existing cognitive skills and anxiety-reduction where possible. Memory care services also include programming that helps with memory stimulation. On-site amenities include a library, specialized fitness program and landscaped grounds that promote outside recreation. The community purposely keeps staff-to-resident ratios low so that they can focus on providing individual attention.
Residents emphasize the community's intimate nature, which allows for plenty of individual attention and quality care. Activities are also a positive note. One writes, "My mother is at Bridges. The staff seems very involved, they know all the clients' first names ... they have a yard for the residents, with walking paths and garden beds."
Brightview on New Canaan offers premium senior living in a mature neighborhood in Norwalk. Its accessible location on Connecticut Route 123 is about 2 miles from Norwalk Hospital and a short drive from Stamford and Bridgeport. Inviting amenities include landscaped grounds, a fitness and therapy room, a movie theater, a library and a salon. There’s a dedicated office space for consultations with visiting physicians, as well as a multipurpose area for social gatherings and live entertainment. The community’s SPICE in Motion resident program includes fall prevention and other resident-centered programs that promote a healthy lifestyle. Memory care residents thrive in the supportive environment of Wellspring Village, which incorporates the Mind & Music program into the residents’ routines to effectively improve their mood, sleep and overall quality of life. Memory care dining features custom menus and plated specials that accommodate special diets.
Loved ones highly recommend Brightview on New Canaan. A long-time resident’s daughter writes, "My mom has lived at Brightview for 3 years. … I know that she is safe and continuously occupied with activities. The staff are attentive and they are easy for me to communicate with. … They did an incredible job keeping everyone safe during COVID.”
Brookdale Wilton is an assisted living and memory care community located just steps from the Norwalk River. Caregivers are available to assist residents with medication management, daily recreational activities and cognitive programming. Seniors have access to beautifully landscaped grounds and an outdoor courtyard to take in the fresh air, socialize and relax. Conveniences include an on-site medical clinic and a full-service hair salon. Available leisure activities range from daily fitness classes to watching movies with friends. Healthy and delicious meals are available in the main dining room, or residents can choose to prepare their favorites in their own personal kitchens.
Family members praise the staff, with one indicating, "The food was good. They have a very stable staff who did a very good job of managing my mom’s medication and medical needs. Everything that my mom needed to do, they were willing to help. Their nurses were very efficient. They have a lot of in-house activities and events, including concerts, programs for families, and holiday parties."
The Greens at Cannondale and Wilton Meadows, both part of Cannondale Senior Living, are assisted living memory care communities on ten acres in Wilton, CT. The grounds feature both evergreen and deciduous trees and an enclosed courtyard filled with colorful blooms in warmer months to take advantage of the four-season climate. The Cannondale memory care programs help residents thrive. Designed to optimize cognitive ability and social engagement while maintaining a sense of independence, the secured memory care units allow residents to move through the indoor and outdoor spaces. Interventions addressing anxiety and depression include aromatherapy, sensory exercises, music therapy and psychosocial therapies. The program stimulates the senses, satisfies curiosity and allows for safe exploration. Nursing supports daily living activities and medication management, and residents can enjoy nutritious meals and snacks in the dining room or individual apartments.
A five-star reviewer writes, "The staff is so caring and efficient. Everything is well thought out and managed. The staff is always watching to make sure all the resident’s needs are met in a proactive manner. Medical care is handled by the full-time nursing staff and is coordinated with my mom’s doctors ... every day there is so much for the residents to do to keep them active and engaged."
Carriage Green at Milford is an assisted living facility that has been serving local seniors for over 20 years. As a Benchmark Senior Living facility, Carriage Green uses a signature Live Now, Live Well program to customize care plans based on seniors’ unique interests and experiences. Depending on their needs, seniors are placed in assisted living, memory care or respite care and can participate in a wide variety of enriching activities, including regular exercise classes, volunteer opportunities, art workshops, book clubs and gardening. Staff members are available 24 hours a day to provide care for all residents, including medication management and assistance with activities for daily living. Seniors also have access to physical, occupational and speech therapy through coordination with local care providers. An on-staff certified dementia practitioner works with residents who require memory care.
Several families are impressed with the level of care this community has provided their loved ones. One person gave a glowing endorsement, saying, "The staff is wonderful, so friendly, caring and always goes the extra mile to make the residents happy.” Another reviewer stated, "I've been very impressed with how they take care of the seniors.”
Coachman Square at Woodbridge provides memory care, assisted living and respite care in the quaint town of Woodbridge. Residents enjoy the benefits of small-town living but also have access to the amenities of New Haven. On-site, amenities include a garden and patio, library, TV room, gym, pub and ice cream parlor. Meals, housekeeping and transportation are provided, enabling a worry-free lifestyle. Trained staff is available 24/7 and can provide care and assistance, including with the activities of daily living and medication management. The community’s dedicated and secure memory care neighborhood is specially designed with visual cues, special lighting and contrasting colors for easy navigation. A certified, experienced dementia practitioner runs the signature Mind and Memory program, which offers individualized care and assistance for memory care residents, along with individualized and group activities that encourage creativity and self-expression.
The community's staff receives high praise from family members and loved ones for their care and support. One reviewer writes, "The staff here is fantastic, they really go above and beyond when it comes to helping out the residents and making them feel at home.” Another reviewer adds, "The staff is very friendly, attentive and responsive.”
Maplewood at Darien is a luxury senior living community with on-site licensed nurses available 24/7 and two secure memory care neighborhoods for residents with progressing stages of dementia. Community staff provides medication oversight, transportation to medical appointments, personal care, hotel-style housekeeping and appointment scheduling services. Dedicated coordinators oversee each resident's daily routine and personalized care plan, which are both designed to optimize independence and wellbeing. Residents have ample opportunities to participate in brain fitness enrichment programs and organized social activities, including faith-based services, exercise classes, reading groups, pet therapy and games clubs. The professional in-house kitchen team prepares three flavor-rich meals from locally sourced ingredients each day. Meals are served in the community's dining rooms, which offer views of the waterfall and landscaped gardens. The community also has an on-site spa and salon where residents can access professional hairstylists, beauty treatments, and a menu of rejuvenating spa services.
Residents praise the dedicated staff, freshly prepared meals, engaging activities and community gardens. One says, "This is a wonderful community with great staff. I especially enjoy the food and activities program". A visitor said, "The grounds were beautiful ... just like being in a park".
Maplewood at Orange is an elegantly decorated community that brings comfort and support to seniors needing help with assisted living and memory care. Licensed nurses and other dedicated staff are on-site 24/7 so seniors can live a happy, robust lifestyle. There are two neighborhoods available for residents affected by Alzheimer's and dementia: The Tides neighborhood provides a safe environment for independent seniors in the early stages of memory loss, while the Currents neighborhood provides a more structured living environment for residents who need later-stage memory care. Maplewood at Orange offers an Inspired Dining program to allow residents to engage in a sensory dining experience that is both healthy and flavorful.
People praise the staff at Maplewood at Orange for their compassion, with one saying, "Maplewood at Orange has exceeded our families' expectations. The care and kindness they have shown my Mom and our family has been exceptional. Maplewood at Orange in my opinion is unlike any other community in the area."
Located in the coastal hamlet of Southport, Maplewood at Southport provides memory care, assisted living, independent living and respite care in luxurious surroundings. The resort-style community is set on 27 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds that include walking paths, terraced gardens and enclosed courtyards. Residences feature smart-home technology and an emergency call system. Amenities are plentiful and include a beauty salon and spa, fitness center, multiple dining areas and tastefully appointed common areas. Meals are provided and feature farm-fresh ingredients and a sensory dining program designed for memory care residents. Two dedicated neighborhoods offer care for residents with early-stage and moderate to advanced-stage memory impairment. Highly trained staff is available around the clock and provide care using the emotion-based HEART program to engage residents and offer enrichment programs, including at the Brain Fitness Center.
Reviewers love the beautiful community and give high praise to the caring staff. As one reviewer writes, "A+ experience at Maplewood Southport. From Senior Mgmt of the parent company to the individuals running the facility, you get a caring, focused, high-quality experience for both the residents as well as the families.”
Maplewood at Strawberry Hill is an assisted living facility that also offers memory care services to seniors in Norwalk, Connecticut. Located just beyond the Westport line, this facility affords seniors the opportunity to enjoy the rich natural beauty and welcoming community of Norwalk. Staff members offer several levels of individualized memory care that aim to address early-stage, mid-stage and late-stage memory loss. The Tides program, which caters to seniors with early-stage dementia, includes a full calendar of social and cultural activities, well-maintained common areas and private apartments complete with various accommodations. Residents with mid-stage or late-stage memory loss can participate in the Currents program, which includes a Brain Fitness Center, common areas for social and cultural engagement and an emphasis on safety and security. Seniors also have access to a sensory dining experience that incorporates healthy ingredients and rich flavors into every meal.
Residents of Maplewood at Strawberry Hill appreciate the facility’s warm and inviting atmosphere. One resident notes, "It's small, nice, and feels comfortable. It doesn't feel like being in a facility, because it's almost like an extended home. It's more cozy, and it's personalized care.”
As an assisted living facility, Middlebrook Farms at Trumbull offers personalized assisted living and memory care services to residents in Trumbull, Connecticut. Situated on a 3.5-acre wildlife habitat preserve, this community allows seniors to find solace in gardens, scenic walking trails and other stunning natural features. The community's memory care program addresses the needs of seniors living with Alzheimer’s, dementia and other forms of memory loss. The skilled and caring staff at Middlebrook Farms is available 24 hours a day to assist residents with bathing, dressing, transportation to doctor’s appointments, medication management and other essential activities. With spacious living quarters and a tight-knit neighborhood feel, this community helps seniors feel at home during their stay. Other amenities include regular housekeeping and laundry service, grounds keeping, linen service, trash removal and emergency response systems.
Both residents and their loved ones applaud Middlebrook Farms at Trumbull for its diverse selection of activities and highly capable staff. One family member writes, "My father has resided here for 4 months. ... His caretakers are wonderful. They have concern for the well-being of their residents. They provide activities, music, lunches out, and love. He is getting what we could not provide.”
Sturges Ridge of Fairfield - Assisted Living & Memory Care provides seniors with high-quality memory care services. Each aspect of this facility is specifically designed to ensure that residents are safe and properly cared for. Sturges Ridge’s residences are fully equipped with aromatherapy, sensory dining, tactile stimulation, and carefully chosen colors and lighting to enhance the atmosphere and minimize sundowning effects. The facility also incorporates visual cues and themes that sharpen residents’ memory, making it easier for them to navigate their surroundings. While staying at Sturges Ridge of Fairfield, seniors have access to secure outdoor courtyards, innovative programs that stimulate the mind and Engagement Boxes that include meaningful reminders of residents’ families, hobbies and more. Other amenities include housekeeping, laundry and linen service, trash removal, ground-keeping, and emergency response systems.
Residents praise this facility for its dedicated and highly skilled staff, with one resident writing, "It is beautiful, but what makes it so spectacular is the staff. Every single person. From the fantastic communication they keep with the family, to the individualized care they show the residents, every staff member seems to go above and beyond for their residents.”
Sunrise of Fairfield offers memory care and assisted living to seniors in the pleasant city of Fairfield, CT. The community’s unique program incorporates research-backed memory care techniques. A trained, compassionate staff is available 24/7 to help with day-to-day activities, such as eating, grooming, toileting and managing medications. Residents with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia stay in the Reminiscence Neighborhood, a specialized on-site unit with easy access to the center’s amenities and living spaces. Three homemade meals are provided per day in a family-style dining room, with specific options for those with dietary restrictions. Life Enrichment Managers trained in Validation Therapy design a daily schedule that stimulates seniors’ cognitive functions, and residents can take part in multiple recreational activities, including exercises, board games, reading groups, music and excursions. Devotional and transportation services are available as well.
Sunrise of Fairfield distinguishes itself for its family-style approach to care. The experienced, compassionate team of specialists working at the community keeps residents’ well-being and interests in mind to create a homelike, welcoming environment for all seniors.
Sunrise of Wilton is situated in a quiet community surrounded by lush gardens and easy walking paths. The community provides highly individualized care, and staff is available 24/7 to assist with daily tasks and medication management, while a visiting nurse conducts monthly wellness checks. There are various activity programs designed to keep both the mind and body in shape, including music therapy, which helps soothe Alzheimer's and dementia patients. The book club and general trivia sessions help with recall in memory care patients and provide an inspiring space for seniors to exercise their brains. On-site chefs prepare three nutritious meals a day using seasonal ingredients and can cater to seniors in need of a pureed diet.
Residents enjoy the attentive staff and holistic health care, with one saying, "Sunrise of Wilton is a beautiful senior living option with excellent services and caring staff 24 hrs a day, with personalized programming and activities! I would recommend Sunrise to family friends and colleagues."
The Linden at Woodbridge is located on a multi-acre landscaped site in the quiet countryside near top-rated national medical care facilities, such as Yale-New Haven Hospital. The community's secure memory care unit for residents with Alzheimer's and dementia offers daily individual and group sessions featuring brain-stimulating games, engaging discussions and creative activities that provide sensory stimulation, such as flower arranging, painting and clay sculpting. Trained staff are available round-the-clock to assist residents with all daily living activities. On-site amenities include a fitness center, salon, courtyard, chapel and full-service dining with special dietary menus. Regular social activities include weekly music concerts, bingo, exercise classes, movie night, horticulture therapy, themed dinners and day trips to local attractions.
The staff "go over and above all the time," expresses one family member, commenting that his mother "needed the extra care and is thriving... Her room overlooks the patio and is bright and large."
The Residence at Selleck's Woods is nestled in serene nature, with Dunlap Lake and Woodland Park just a stone's throw away. A patio lets residents enjoy the outdoors in a secure setting, while indoors, the theater room makes rainy-day entertainment simple. The community also features a wireless headphone system to listen to lectures and music. With a carefully crafted memory care program, seniors with dementia can enjoy physical, social, cognitive and emotional activities, including music therapy, tai chi and baking club. This multifaceted approach aims to slow down cognitive decline and optimize well-being. Chefs prepare nutritious meals three times a day, and there is anytime dining available. With a 24/7 caring team available, residents can feel safe and secure.
Visitors praise the stunning community, with one saying, "I can't say enough about how wonderful they were. It is the lap of luxury, and I saw filet mignon on the menu. The day we went there the vice president was there, and he gave us the tour. The setting was magnificent and the place was absolutely gorgeous."
The Residence at Westport is a modern senior living community that features upscale amenities and top-notch hospitality. Its Reflections Memory Care program offers a robust calendar of activities designed to engage the senses and promote mental acuity with physical, social, cognitive and emotional experiences. A specialized memory care wing is staffed 24/7 by certified dementia and Alzheimer's care practitioners. Personalized memory care plans include medication reminders, mobility escorts and assistance with activities of daily living. Residents can stay active and socially engaged in the gym, entertainment room, bistro and pub. Alongside first-class concierge and transportation services, housekeeping, laundry and maintenance staff help provide a carefree lifestyle. Fully furnished apartments are available to decrease the stress of moving.
The Residence at Westport has a variety of upscale amenities that help keep residents active and involved. Its spacious common rooms include a salon and spa, theater and large yard with walking paths.
Situated on a hillside overlooking the ocean in East Haven, The Village at Mariner’s Point provides memory care, assisted living, independent living and respite care in luxury surroundings. Memory care residents live in a specialized neighborhood designed with their needs in mind, including visual cues and contrasting colors that help with navigation, as well as secure doors inside and out. The signature Live Now, Live Engaged and Mind and Memory care programs provide individualized care that helps seniors engage in physical, social, emotional, intellectual, purposeful and spiritual wellness through individual and group activities. Beautifully manicured grounds include walking paths, gardens and gazebos for residents to enjoy the fresh ocean air and views, while indoor amenities include a heated pool, movie theater, health spa and pub. Meals, housekeeping and transportation are provided, along with 24/7 skilled care.
Family members give the community praise for its beautiful facilities and caring staff. One reviewer writes, "The facility is beautiful, food is good, desserts are the best... We're very happy with Mariner's Point, where it seems, everyone cares.” Another adds, "The staff here is really friendly, and they are helpful… My loved one loves it here, and they have a bunch of activities for her to get involved.”