Dementia, and specifically Alzheimers, is a serious, growing problem. In fact, 1 out of every 10 adults over the age of 65 has Alzheimer’s dementia. As Brockton's senior population continues to grow (9% growth between 2015 and 2020), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment.
In Brockton, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease rose 25% between 2015 and 2020. Additionally, the number of deaths from all causes for that same age group increased by 26%, showing that while Alzheimer’s is a serious concern in the region, the associated deaths have decreased recently. Overall, the percentage of seniors’ deaths related to Alzheimer’s is lower than the rest of the nation (5% in Brockton 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 Brockton. 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 Brockton, 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:
The Atrium at Faxon Woods is a state-of-the-art memory care facility that provides six levels of care for residents with Alzheimer's disease, dementia and other cognitive impairments. In addition to 24-hour supervision and support, the Atrium offers a range of amenities and therapies designed to improve cognition and quality of life. These include spacious living areas, walking paths, enclosed courtyards, multisensory therapy and custom meal plans packed with essential nutrition. The Atrium's health care team is also on hand to provide support and assistance with everything from basic daily living tasks to more complex emotional and behavioral issues. Each resident is assessed by nurses to determine the level of care required and receives personalized services. No matter the level of care, every Benchmark resident at Faxon Woods can enjoy a thriving social community full of activities. Daily programming, such as the Benchmark Strong fitness program and the Benchmark Dream Now bucket list program, is designed to help residents live fulfilling and healthy lives for as long as possible.
Family members praise the helpful and compassionate staff. One says, "I felt like everyone genuinely cared about my father's well being, from the receptionists to the aides to the managers and especially the nurses. Very helpful in getting him settled in."
Windrose at Weymouth provides memory care seniors with holistic, award-winning ThriveCare services in Brockton, MA. All caregivers in the community are specially trained in Alzheimer's care, and nurses are available around the clock. The community uses Behavior-Based Ergonomics Therapy, which has been clinically proven to improve outcomes for seniors with dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Consistency is key for residents, and the daily schedule does not fluctuate from day to day. A full calendar of activities keeps seniors physically active and socially engaged with activities such as cooking lessons, exercise classes, musical programming and read-alouds. Nutritious meals are prepared according to each resident's specialized diet plan and served in the communal dining room. The community also boasts a large library and several beautifully appointed common areas.
Families love the small community atmosphere and the many activities for residents. One reviewer says, "I liked that it wasn't very big, for someone with memory problems, it didn't seem overwhelming. The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. They offer a lot of activities for people with memory problems, different group activities when the weather is nice."
The Reminiscence Memory Care area in Sunrise of Norwood is fully secured and specifically designed for seniors with dementia and Alzheimer's. The private resident suites are located right next to the dining and activity rooms so seniors can confidently navigate independently. Caregivers are trained in evidence-based dementia care practices and are available to assist residents around the clock. Seniors can also receive dental care, podiatry, various therapies and nursing services. A culinary team accommodates a variety of special diets, and residents are served three freshly prepared meals a day. A full calendar of activities offers seniors enriching activities to help them remain socially, physically and mentally active. Life Enrichment Managers get to know each memory care resident personally and plan activities specifically tailored to their interests, skills and life history. Sunrise of Norwood is a pet-friendly community.
Families praise the helpful staff and activities at Sunrise of Norwood. One reviewer says, "I have situated mom at Sunrise of Norwood, and I am really happy with it. She is ecstatic being there . They do take them out and do different things. She is comfortable and happy, and the staff has been extremely helpful."
The Parc at Harbor View Senior Living is located in the heart of Winthrop, close to Atlantis Marina. The homelike community accommodates seniors with Alzheimer's and dementia and utilizes the award-winning SPARK program, inspired by Montessori techniques, encouraging independence and resident choice. SPARK gives purpose and meaning to residents' activities through increasing engagement and skills. Residents can feel right at home with dedicated rooms for every interest, including a library, a theater room and a pub. The culinary team prepares three nutritious meals per day for residents to enjoy, including seasonal fare and dishes that remind seniors of their youth. A wide variety of activities is offered, designed to slow memory decline. Activities include movie nights, exercise classes and outings to tea parties.
Visitors appreciate the kind staff, with one reviewer saying, "It is local and they are very friendly, very caring, and supportive. My mom is in memory care and our move-in experience was excellent. They were very helpful. She seems to enjoy the meals. It is very clean and they have excellent housekeeping."
Sunrise of Newton in Newton, MA, provides assisted living and memory care to residents. Seniors in the memory care program reside in the Reminiscence Neighborhood, which combines security and specialized care with additional perks, such as safe outdoor areas and fun activities. The community uses the Reminisce Memory Care Program, which focuses on keeping residents safe, calm and happy through individualized care plans that may include socialization, the use of reflection rooms and quality time with a resident dog or cat. Caregivers use Validation Therapy and other memory care techniques to help connect with each resident. Support with activities of daily living includes help with regular care tasks, ranging from medication management to bathing. Staff is available 24/7, a nurse conducts wellness visits monthly and an emergency response system provides extra safety. Trash removal, laundry services and housekeeping are available, and a chef provides residents with three meals each day. When family members aren't visiting, they can stay up-to-date on their loved one and Sunrise of Newton via the Sunrise family engagement app.
People love the way residents are cared for at Sunrise of Newton. One reviewer says, "This place is special. They give very good care and compassion to their residents."
Allerton House at Harbor Park offers compassionate assistance around the clock to seniors requiring memory care. The staff has been trained in dementia-specific care and offers help with personal care services, medical scheduling and medication management. The community is fully secured, and an enclosed outdoor courtyard allows residents to explore independently and safely. All apartments in the memory care unit have spacious closets, large windows and private bathrooms. A dedicated Program Director plans 10 hours of activities a day, which are designed to help residents retain skills and abilities for as long as possible. Some of these activities include yoga, stretching, alternative art classes, baking, walking clubs and gardening. The professional culinary team prepares three from-scratch meals a day and accommodates special diets, such as low-salt or pureed requirements. Housekeeping, utilities and laundry services are included.
Families appreciate the compassionate staff and safe environment at Allerton House. One reviewer states, "It's very bright and has a very warm feeling. I can't say enough good things about it. The food is good. The staff is very kind, they know everybody's name . and they always have a smile on their faces. They're very involved with the residents."
Following the Green House model of long-term care provision, White Oak Cottages offers its residents smaller, easy-to-navigate living spaces designed to increase independence. Each of the community's residences is designed specifically for memory care, with circular floor plans that allow seniors to wander without getting lost or needing to be redirected. The community's outdoor spaces are laid out in much the same way, inviting seniors to enjoy the fresh air without intervention from staff. Residents are encouraged to participate in daily household tasks such as gardening or setting the table. Daily activities are planned with senior input in order to ensure interest and engagement. Lunch and dinner are served as communal meals, and residents' favorite recipes are incorporated into meal planning when appropriate. A nurse is on-site 24/7 and all care aides are certified nurse assistants.
Residents and family members appreciate the design and staffing levels at White Oaks Cottages. One reviewer writes, "White Oak Cottages was very nice. The doors are locked from the inside so the residents can't wander. They have a lot of staff on board and you know the people are going to be watched on a regular basis.There was a beautiful living area with a fireplace and couches with daily papers. The place was very nicely done with beautiful grounds around it."
Evans Park at Newton Corner provides memory care services for seniors ages 55 and above in a secure and multi-sensory environment. Caregivers available 24/7 have specialized training in memory care, apathy and the award-winning Connect First communication program. Care services are provided through the Our Mind & Memory Plan, which categorizes memory care into six different groups depending on residents' level of cognitive ability. Residents get 24/7 assistance with need-based activities of daily living, and they choose to stay in decorated private or shared rooms with accessibility features. They get the means of the restaurant-style dining room with adaptive dining options, including feeding assistance and texture-modified diets. Secure common areas such as the salon and outdoor courtyard have lighting, special colors and visual cues designed to support independence and cognition. Supervised transportation to medical appointments, community events and shopping trips is available.
Residents and their families appreciate the services and amenities of the community. One person notes, "My mom moved into Evans Park at Newton Corner a month ago. It was very clean and calm. They had programs running all around. Every time I was there, something was going on. They have music, great videos, and entertainment. The staff members were very helpful and very friendly."
Located in a sprawling suburban area south of Boston, Benchmark Senior Living on Clapboardtree provides luxury memory care and assisted living services as well as respite and skilled nursing care. Benchmark's memory care community features private apartments with convenient access to common areas and amenities. Memory care residents receive specialized services supported by geriatric neurologists and other memory specialists. Benchmark Senior Living's assisted living community offers individualized care levels with services that include physical assistance with daily activities and personal hygiene as well as ambulatory care and medication management. The community provides concierge services such as appointment and transportation scheduling in addition to weekly housekeeping and linen services. The property features an on-site beauty shop and fitness room as well as landscaped garden and patio areas.
Residents and their families appreciate the community's "very caring and warm" atmosphere. One reviewer adds, "The activities are amazing and there is always something fun to do." The facility is also praised for its "lighthearted environment" and is described by reviewers as "beautiful" and "safe" and "clean."
Residents of Providence House Assisted Living have access to many structured memory-based activities in a safe environment. These include exercise opportunities, crafts, entertainment and various social events. There is a walking club perfect for making new friends and pet therapy to help with socialization and the struggles of dementia. Residents can also participate in educational programs meant to keep them focused and their brains active. The staff encourages a familiar daily routine and offers support while residents are given input and the opportunity to use their skills to remain engaged and feel accomplished. The low-stress environment features restaurant-quality meals and the choice between a number of assisted living floor plans. Amenities include keyed entry doors, a kitchenette, private bathrooms and an emergency call system.
Providence House Assisted Living residents enjoy the support, activities and sense of community the facility offers. One resident states, "One felt at home, because it was my home."
Seniors at Adelaide of Newton Centre each have individual plans as assessed by the nursing staff. Memory care residents live in specially designed apartments that allow them a safe, yet independent lifestyle, according to their needs. They receive specially prepared meals that take into account various sensory needs of memory care residents, including a sensory-based dining experience and meals that reinforce textural preferences. Residents have ample opportunities to explore and engage their minds and bodies with various courtyards, gardens, interactive art displays, and recreation areas. The community has Certified Dementia Practitioners and employs various helpful strategies to help residents, including music therapy, visual cues throughout the buildings and all the normal daily care assistance residents need.
Residents and families appreciate the great food and consistent, caring staff. One reviewer writes about her husband's stay, saying, "My husband is receiving the medical care he needs, and he is clean and well-groomed. At his previous facility, he never left his room. At Adelaide, he goes to the dining area for all three meals�a triumph!"
Traditions of Dedham is situated close to Wigwam Pond and Interstate 95 in Dedham, MA, approximately 30 minutes north of Brockton. This memory care, assisted and independent living community has a hair salon, library and several living rooms and entertainment spaces for residents to enjoy. Staff members here are NIDE-certified dementia care professionals trained in understanding the complex needs of memory care residents. The Reflections Memory Care program is centered around the Four Pillars of Engagement, which aims to connect with each resident's whole self by providing cognitive, emotional, physical and social experiences. Residents in memory care can benefit from art and music therapy and cognitive and sensory exercises designed to help them cultivate feelings of connection, joy and success.
Traditions of Dedham receives high marks for employing friendly, attentive staff members. "The staff is amazing. They are all so kind and caring and have also been a support to us in navigating her care. Attention to detail is where they excel. Mom always looks so nice. Her outfits are clean and even coordinated," writes a resident's loved one.
As a dedicated community solely serving residents in need of memory care, Bridges by EPOCH in Hingham fosters an atmosphere of creative pursuits and facilitates living a life of purpose often lost for those suffering from memory-related illnesses. Three unique homes are connected to the central building, and all design elements are selected with residents in mind. From softer and warmer color schemes to spacious and inviting fully-furnished suites, the living spaces give residents a feel of home. Personal relationships are formed with residents, and on-call skilled medical staff are available 24/7 for whatever need arises. The goal is to allow residents to age in place through all stages, with customized care and a daily program of activities to support the utmost independence and high quality of life. Secure courtyards, raised garden beds and an easy-to-navigate layout enhance residential life.
Those with loved ones at Bridges praise the staff and the care given. One writes, "The atmosphere is one of caring, kindness, and love for residents and their family members. The staff is superb. The management team, in addition to individual responsibilities, each spend time with residents either overseeing a group activity or just visiting briefly throughout the day in each house."
Bridges by EPOCH at Westwood is a dedicated memory care assisted living community focused on helping residents live full and interesting lives. It employs the Bridgesapproach to daily living for seniors with Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia, which promotes dignity and fulfillment. Here, residents are encouraged to experience meaningful connections with other residents, staff and family members. This kind of cognitive stimulation from connecting with others helps keep residents healthier and stronger for longer. Residents are encouraged to take part in the daily activities provided on- and off-site, like baking a family recipe together, taking an exercise class, putting on makeup or taking a nostalgic trip to the beach. Healthy, chef-prepared foods, clean laundry, housekeeping, medication management and help with activities of daily living are provided by the staff at EPOCH at Westwood.
Incoming residents appreciate the classes at this community. One reviewer says, "I have attended several caregiver support workshops by Bridges by EPOCH at Westwood and have found them very helpful. The experience, compassion and professionalism conveyed during these groups are wonderful and again, very helpful."
Allerton Hosue at Central Park offers a secured memory care neighborhood with trained staff and caregivers that provide around-the-clock support and assistance with the daily activities of living. In addition to studio apartments and companion suites, the memory care neighborhood also features a secured courtyard, two sunrooms, a hair salon, a country kitchen and a living room area for residents to explore throughout the day. Every day ten hours of activities are provided, and residents are encouraged to jump into activities that meet their interests. Medical management is provided, and each room features an emergency and security system. Residents receive three meals daily prepared by a chef and served in a bright dining area.
Many reviewers note Allerton House at Central Park's friendly staff and bright decor. One says, "Allerton House at Central Park is very nice. The location is good. There are plenty of grounds to walk outside. The staff was really very friendly. They were quite nice. The facility is newer and very bright. There is a lot of natural sunlight and a lot of bright colors."
Located in the bustling suburban neighborhood of Revere, MA, Prospect House is just 6 miles from Boston and 30 miles from Brockton. Its staff takes the time to learn the specific details of each memory care resident's life story, including the people, places and events that define them, to connect their personal strengths to their precious memories. Memory care residents are encouraged to make their own decisions whenever possible and stay physically active by participating in activities and events tailored to their unique preferences. They can spend their time gardening, making holiday cards and attending cardio fitness, yoga and Zumba classes. This community also gives residents access to on-site salon services and the option to attend off-site excursions.
Families are impressed by Prospect House's helpful, accommodating staff. One resident's family member remarks, "The staff has been super. They are taking her around and to activities to get used to her surroundings On the first night she was there, a staff member checked on her several times to make sure she was ok."
Atria Marina Place is an intimate senior living community with a robust memory care program. Community amenities include walking paths, a fully stocked library and a fitness center. The memory care neighborhood has added layers of security at the entrances for enhanced safety. Residents receive care plans upon arrival so that added care, such as help with grooming or dressing, is noted at the outset. Family-style dining helps to increase social engagement, and those with special diets are accommodated. Activity options for memory care residents include trivia and book clubs, both of which help with cognitive issues. Physical activity is also emphasized, with options like volleyball and tai chi. There are also support groups specifically for patients dealing with memory care conditions to share coping mechanisms for residents and their family members.
Family members emphasize the caring nature of the staff in reviews. One reviewer says, "My mother has been a resident of Atria Marina Place for five years. To anyone considering Atria., do everything in your power to make it happen. I was sure no one would care for her the way I would. I very quickly learned I was wrong. The staff is just incredible."
Chestnut Park at Cleveland Circle provides assisted living and memory care services to residents with dementia, all from a convenient location near Boston. Residents choose their own care providers, and caregivers are available 24 hours a day. All care plans are customized to each resident. An active lifestyle is encouraged, and comfortable common spaces, including gardens and a patio, offer the opportunity to socialize or relax in familiar surroundings. Cleveland Park has daily morning exercises and social hours with various classes and clubs, along with chef-inspired cuisine. Memory care services include activities to stimulate the mind and provide both physical and social support. There are several care levels available to suit differing needs and cognitive impairments. Experienced and highly trained caregivers help with everything from daily needs like bathing and getting dressed to behavioral and emotional support. Private and shared suites are available, providing a homelike feel to help residents feel more comfortable and secure.
The staff members at Chestnut Park are excellent. Residents have ample opportunities to make new friends and engage in fun and stimulating activities, all while receiving the support and care they need. As a reviewer says, "Chestnut Park has great people, great food, great care, great activities and a sense of community in the heart of one of Boston's most diverse neighborhoods."
Sunrise of Braintree provides memory care services to seniors with Alzheimer's Disease and other forms of dementia. Memory care services are tailored to meet the unique needs of each individual, from personalized assessments to engaging activities. The community's Reminiscence Memory Care Program and Sunrise Senior Living Orientation Training are the core of their memory care services. Residents get individualized care in a safe and secure environment to help them maintain their dignity, respect, and autonomy. Memory-focused activities in the community help stimulate cognitive functioning, promote social interaction, and enhance the quality of life. Life Enrichment Managers trained in Validation Therapy and other special memory care techniques are available to provide personalized attention to each resident. Sunrise of Braintree is designed to promote easy navigation and social interaction, with resident suites next to living and dining areas.
Sunrise of Braintree's residents and their families have had great things to say about the community. One says, "Staff is attentive and caring and have developed wonderful relationships with my parents."
Sunrise at Cohasset is located minutes away from the South Shore coastline of Cohasset, MA. For residents requiring memory care, Sunrise at Cohasset contains a Reminiscence Memory Care Program. Resident suites are close to dining and living areas facilitating social interaction and easier navigation. Life Enrichment managers are trained in memory care techniques and Validation Therapy. Trained professionals make it their mission to personally know each resident. Team members become acquainted with the resident's talents, abilities, individual preferences and experiences. This is so they can formulate an all-encompassing plan designed to nurture their body, mind and spirit. They also trained to use the Validation method which allows them to see the world through the resident's perspective. This method increases team members' empathy while preserving the resident's dignity. Memory care is located in a separate section and provides memory-focused events.
Family members praise the entire facility from cleanliness to care to resident activities. One individual remarks, "Sunrise of Cohasset was incredible. The care was very good, they were very respectful, and they were responsive to any questions or concerns that we had."