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 Cape Coral’s senior population continues to grow (27.84% growth between 2013 and 2018), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment.
In Cape Coral, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease rose by 64.67% between 2013 and 2018. To put that in perspective, the number of deaths from all causes for that same age group only increased by 14.%, showing that Alzheimer’s is a growing concern in the region. Overall, the percentage of seniors’ deaths related to Alzheimer’s is lower than the rest of the nation (5.35% in Cape Coral 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 Cape Coral. 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 Cape Coral, 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:
Designed to recreate seniors' lives from their younger years, Amavida Living's memory care and independent and assisted living programs enrich residents' overall health and welfare. Situated on a 32-acre plot in a laid-back countryside neighborhood, the community offers direct access to Lakes Park, home to more than 275 acres of land, and Hendry Creek — it's also less than 10 minutes away from Gulf Coast Medical Center. To keep memory care program members in safe hands, the community employs a public safety team around the clock. The person-centered approach and the positive approach to care philosophies are used by caretakers to honor residents' personal choices and highlight their strongest traits, improving self-confidence and instilling a sense of passion. Residents are free to use the community's Enclosed Meditation Courtyard, decked out with a gazebo, sitting areas and beautiful gardens.
Visitors appreciate the amenities available here. One says, "They had a hair styling salon on property which we liked because my mother-in-law uses that service. The lunch at the cafeteria or restaurant was lovely, we liked the pool, and the rooms were very nice. It's the number one in our list, and we're looking forward to moving my mother-in-law there."
American House Bonita Springs is a community focused on each important detail of residential care. It offers a variety of care types catered to each resident including the proprietary Love Is Ageless program. The community offers a variety of amenities to its residents, such as friendship suites, physical and massage therapy and a library. All of the food at American House Bonita Springs is made with locally sourced ingredients, ensuring the best of each resident. Residents are provided with extensive individualized care and amenities that let them enjoy life during a period of difficult transitions.
Residents and their families love the care and activities at American House Bonita Springs. One said, "My dad is now staying in American House Bonita Springs. They are very topnotch. The staff members are very good. They have great activities. They have a swimming pool and a great therapy program. The food has been very good when I have eaten there. The room is very nice."
Offering multiple care options in a single building, American House Coconut Point offers a complete continuum for those entering their golden years. This not only streamlines services but also makes it easier for residents to navigate. Amenities include a resort-style swimming pool, on-site bistro and salon/spa. Daily activities are coordinated by the community’s life enrichment director, who creates a calendar of events for residents that includes cultural, spiritual, recreational and social programs. Memory care services consist of 24-hour care and the Seven Dimensions of Wellness program, which provides enrichment activities to shore up quality of life for memory care residents. Each memory care resident is provided with five activities daily that underscore physical, mental and expressive action.
Residents laud the community's highly trained staff and the memory care program's approach. Reviewers also point out the high-end community amenities and diverse activities. One notes, "My mom seems very happy there. She's in the memory care. ... Her room is good; she has a studio and I think for a single person her age it's pretty comfortable."
American House Fort Myers offers memory care services to seniors across Florida. The community uses the Seven Dimensions of Wellness Program to provide life-enriching activities for residents that enhance their cognitive abilities and wellbeing. It focuses on ensuring that seniors with memory conditions are still able to retain their dignity and participate in their life as much as they can. Staff members are on hand 24/7 to assist residents with their daily needs, as well as helping them with the activities and events of the day. American House often runs special nights such as a Murder Mystery dinner party, and a Nibbles and Drinks games night, as well as concerts and bingo games. With American House offering a range of services from assisted living to hospice, seniors can feel secure in knowing they will be looked after throughout the stages of their condition.
Residents love the activities, and one family member noted, "To begin, the facility is gorgeous. ... It's almost a spa-like environment ... the staff were caring, respectful and professional. The nursing staff always seemed to arrive with a smile on their face and encouraging words. They have done everything possible to help. ... I am so thankful for American House."
Arden Courts of Ft. Myers provides memory and respite services for those with memory-related conditions. Residents live in a home environment, giving seniors a chance to build close-knit relationships with other residents and improve their mental well-being. Staff members are available 24/7 and can assist seniors with the ADLs; they also undertake hourly safety checks. Structured programs and activities run every day so seniors get to engage in arts and crafts, television, social outings and games. The chefs design meal plans to maintain and improve the health of residents by catering to their health needs and cultural choices. Staff members also make effort to create meals in a form that is easy for residents to consume, taking into consideration their abilities. The enclosed spaces provided allow residents to stay mobile.
Residents appreciate the staff's compassion, and a spouse wrote, "My wife was at this facility and lived very happy for her remaining years. The young ladies who cared for her did God's work. Everyone cared for one another. We always knew where my wife was and there was nobody better at dealing with folks with Alz than Arden Courts."
Atrium at Liberty Park invites seniors to a vibrant, maintenance-free life filled with opportunities to explore, cultivate relationships and nurture the body, mind and soul. This community offers memory care residents a secure, specialized neighborhood of generously sized private suites. A dementia-trained caring staff provides supervision and assistance with a wide range of upscale amenities and stimulating activities. Atrium's dementia program, Montessori Moments in Time, is a comprehensive, customized approach to foster meaningful moments and a sense of purpose into the residents’ daily lives. To encourage authentic engagement among residents, guests and staff, Atrium at Liberty Park hosts a luxurious dining experience and plentiful spaces for creating memories, including lush courtyards, a grand family room, a social lounge, a fitness center and spa, a creative studio, a theater and a chapel.
Visitors rave about the beautiful layout and genuinely compassionate caregivers here. One guest commented, "Not only a gorgeous community aesthetically but the staff are a group of people who truly love working with seniors!” Relatives give the memory care program many accolades, such as, "I am very impressed with the Memory Care unit where my mom is. The staff... has a genuine caring manner with the residents. ”
Barrington Terrace of Fort Myers guides seniors through their golden years with its assisted living and memory care programs in Cape Coral, providing a resort-style experience at its upscale campus. Residents are regularly taken to fun outings at the nearby Wa-Ke Hatchee Recreation Center, Lexington Country Club and Estero State Preserve State Park, all less than a mile away. The community sports a shady gazebo and several well-manicured, sunny courtyards that are ideal for enjoying the outdoors, not to mention several safe walking paths that weave through the campus's private gardens. Caretakers thoroughly clean residents' linens and clothes, even providing housekeeping services that relieve residents from the duties of cleaning. At its on-site, full dining room, caregivers help memory care members through their meals per Barrington Terrace's Dining with Dignity program. It also offers a healthy slate of financial assistance services, including home sale assistance and VA benefits consultations.
Family members praise the caregivers' never-wavering focus on satisfying residents. "My father was able to live at Barrington Terrace. The staff there was extremely caring and very supportive of my father. They treated him like he was a family member. They gave some of the best care that I have ever seen. They were all patient and focused," said one.
Brookdale Fort Myers Cypress Lake improves seniors' lives through the assisted living and memory care programs at its beautiful lakefront residence in Cape Coral. It's close to banks, churches, restaurants, Lakes Park and the Caloosahatchee River — it even provides coordinated transportation to all of these attractions. Here, residents can enjoy themselves at the community's upscale courtyard, well-manicured garden, greenhouse and screened-in porch. The community offers stimulating activities to facilitate residents' cognitive functions at its in-house arts and crafts studio and dedicated game room. At its fully-stocked pond, residents are welcome to go fishing without leaving the community's campus. Its in-house dining hall offers hands-on assistance with eating and willingly prepares specialized meal plans that meet residents' individual needs. The community even houses a clinic and therapy room to improve residents' mobility and promptly address medical issues.
Visitors like its full-size swimming pool and how friendly this community's staff members are. "The people we met there were very nice. We didn’t even tell them that we were coming and they had somebody to show us around. They had a nice swimming pool that was only four or five feet deep, which I thought was wonderful," said one.
Brookdale Fort Myers The Colony is a memory care focused community that offers a unique, research-based Clare Bridge program developed over 25 years ago. The community also focuses on enabling residents to socialize by grouping the residents with other residents who are at a similar level of memory care for activities and mingling. All of the amenities and activities at Brookdale Fort Myers The Colony are dementia-friendly, with visual cues intended to make comprehension easier. The community also offers a security system, library, game room, barbershop and garden. Brookdale Fort Myers The Colony is designed to give residents a comfortable and safe environment while still offering fun activities and amenities.
Residents and their families loved the environment and activities offered at the community. One said, "I liked Brookdale Fort Myers The Colony. The rooms were nice, clean, and spacious. They have outside people that come in to do pet therapy, music therapy, and entertainment. The staff was wonderful and very caring."
Brookdale Santa Barbara is a senior living community that specializes in assisting seniors with cognitive impairment disorders. A team of highly trained caregiving staff is always on hand to assist residents and provide compassionate care. The perimeter of the community is secure, allowing residents safe access to the landscaped garden and shaded seating areas. Residents are grouped with others who have similar cognitive and physical abilities for activities and social events. These activities may include musical entertainment, arts and crafts, pet therapy sessions and gentle exercise classes. Brookdale's Clare Bridge program includes at least six dementia-friendly activities each day to give residents a daily sense of purpose and accomplishment. The building is decorated with bright colors designed to help buoy the residents' moods, and all of the residents' rooms open onto the common areas to make it easy for them to navigate the premises.
Family members are impressed by the excellent staff. One reviewer states, "My mom is at the facility and I cannot say enough good things about the facility and staff; they are kind, compassionate, professional and have a genuine concern and love for their residents."
Cypress Point is a resort-style senior living community located close to medical facilities and golf courses. The secure memory care neighborhood requires keypad access for entry and exit. Each resident has a memory box next to the door to their apartment to help them to easily navigate back to their home. A dedicated team of caregivers is always available to assist residents with personal tasks and to provide compassionate care when required. The community uses a holistic approach to caring for seniors with cognitive impairment disorders. Caregivers take time to talk to the residents and their families to learn about each senior's history, skills and interests so that an individual care plan can be developed. Activities are personalized to the abilities and interests of each resident and may include gardening, fitness classes, religious services, musical entertainment and arts and crafts.
Family members praise the excellent staff and well-maintained facility with one saying, "The facility is beautifully kept clean and very welcoming. Everyone who you encounter is always smiling. The care is phenomenal, great communication and extremely dedicated. Love this facility best decision we as a family ever made."
Gladwell Fort Myers is situated across the Caloosahatchee River in Fort Meyer, Florida. This warm-hearted community gives residents who need help with assisted living and memory care a chance to explore new interests and create lasting connections. Also, the fitness center and on-site physical therapy suite offer daily exercise classes to keep residents active and healthy. Its professional staff is expertly trained in Alzheimer's and dementia care. Residents can enjoy meals in the dining room, take a stroll through the Edison and Ford Winter Estates or enjoy a film in the cozy theatre.
Residents and their loved ones are pleased with the community's cleanliness and attentive staff. One family member states, "They see to his medications. They do all the laundry, they do all the housekeeping, and they change the beds. They see to it that he gets showered and shaved. They pretty much do everything."
Inspired Living at Bonita Springs is a memory care community that employs a unique "Inspired Journeys" memory care program to address the needs of both residents and their families. The research-based program focuses on behavior redirection and lessening the need of medication. Inspired Living at Bonita Springs also offers a variety of amenities, including support groups, fitness classes, a community garden, and social lounges. Both the memory care program and diverse amenities have been individual designed to address the needs of the resident and connect them with the community and their families.
Residents and their families love the community and staff at Inspired Living at Bonita Springs. One said, "I absolutely loved Inspired Living at Bonita Springs. It's a beautiful place. I would rate them steps ahead of everybody else. It's state-of-the-art and the best I've seen. They had great staff. They're not lost in there nor stranded, and have not fallen down."
Keystone Place at Four Mile Cove is a senior living community located on a beautifully landscaped campus. The memory care section uses a holistic approach to caring for seniors with cognitive impairment disorders and focuses on creating connections and finding joy in each day. Residents have access to secure community spaces and a spacious courtyard where they can go for a walk or socialize with friends. Enrichment activities offered are designed to give residents purpose in each day and they are personalized to meet the cognitive and physical abilities of each resident. Activity options include musical therapy, exercise classes, cognitive games and arts and crafts. Three meals that follow the guidelines of the MIND diet are served each day in the bright and elegant dining room. Dietary restrictions can be accommodated by the chef.
Family members appreciate the professional staff with one reviewer saying, "The staff here are all very cooperative & more than helpful. They will go out of their way to help you & will answer any questions you may have promptly. The nursing staff is top rate and so are the people working at the front desk."
In an environment specifically designed to be homelike and easy to navigate, Pacifica Senior Living Fort Myers offers memory care to those with Alzheimer's and other memory-related conditions. The community uses the Legacies Memory Care Program to support the cognitive abilities of residents, along with their physical and emotional wellbeing. Some of the activities offered by Pacifica include arts and crafts, card and board games, golf, exercise programs, devotional services and movies among others. Staff members are on-site 24/7 and each residence has a 24-hour emergency response system for residents' safety. Additionally, the courtyards and grounds are kept secure to allow wandering without compromising resident safety. The facility is bilingual, with English and Spanish both being actively spoken. To support residents' wellbeing, small dogs and cats are allowed.
Residents love the staff, with one family member writing, "This team is amazing. The love and compassion that they show their families and residents is unmatched. This is a beautiful property specializing in small cottage-like homes that meets every resident's stage of the dementia process. The food is amazing, activities are fun. This community is the number one community."
The Palms of Fort Myers provides individualized care to senior citizens at its memory care and assisted and independent living program, fostering independence among residents and improving their standard of living. Situated in the middle of historic Fort Myers, its campus is close to a range of attractions, including pharmacies, schools, a post office, countless retail stores and Page Field. It offers scheduled local transportation, taking residents on shopping trips and social outings. Financial freedom is a priority for the community's administration, guiding residents through tough situations with VA benefits consultation and providing general personal finance advice. Residents can relax on the community's system of paved walking paths, complete with well-trimmed lawns and beautiful gardens. Its campus is home to a dedicated physical therapy feature and a private dining room, with meals prepared by the community's in-house culinary crew.
Residents like the community's amenity offerings and welcoming atmosphere. One says, "I moved into the Palms in June. It feels nice and open, it's got a great pool, the apartments have great sun coming in and feels nice. ... They have chair exercises in the morning, there's a library, a church, and they take you to doctors' appointments, and scheduled trips."
The Rose Garden of Fort Myers was established in 2016 to provide seniors with the privacy, dignity, independence and live music her late father enjoyed after developing dementia. It offers a secure yet homelike environment and regularly scheduled activities, including day trips, worship services, exercise classes, live entertainment, themed parties, gardening, educational lectures, bingo and movie nights. All rooms, studios and one-bedroom apartments have high-speed wireless internet, cable TV, courtyard views, remote motion sensor lighting and stand-alone air conditioning units, allowing for individualized room temperature control. Couples with differing care needs are welcome. Residents receive three nutritious meals each day via restaurant-style dining with many dishes cooked to order. Professional chefs cater to all special dietary requirements and residents can request a private dining room to entertain visitors. Hotels to accommodate residents' out-of-area visitors surround the community.
My husband was in their memory care facility. ... The food was excellent and the level of care was outstanding. expressed the wife of a past resident. "Rose Garden helped her transition from her independent lifestyle ... She was able to live the last part of her life in a loving, caring and family environment," said the daughter-in-law of another.
At The Waters of Cape Coral, seniors receive three freshly prepared meals a day with brain-healthy menu items and around-the-clock assistance with activities of daily living. Whether it's a suite or a private room, all of the accommodations in the memory care wing are pet-friendly and feature nonslip flooring to reduce falls. Select units come with private balconies. Steps outside of their doors, residents will find a peaceful, enclosed courtyard with walking paths, encouraging them to stay active and socialize while enjoying the safety of the secure environment. Due to research suggesting improvements in motor skills and memory connections, sensory-stimulating activities such as brainteasers, puzzles, gardening and music therapy appear frequently on the daily event calendar.
The Waters of Cape Coral is frequently praised for its upscale accommodations and friendly staff members. "I toured this place and talk about Luxury! It’s like living in an all-inclusive hotel or think about a cruise ship on a dock. It’s got everything. The staff is friendly and prepared for all the newcomers," wrote a visitor in an online review.
The Windsor of Cape Coral is a senior living community that offers a warm and comfortable environment. The memory care unit is in a secure neighborhood that requires keypad access for the safety of its residents. A team of dedicated and highly trained caregivers is always available to provide compassionate care and assistance. Residents have safe access to spacious communal areas and a landscaped courtyard where they can socialize with friends or go for a walk. The on-site registered nurse provides medical assistance and carries out regular health and well-being checks on all residents. Each resident has access to an FDA-approved therapeutic robot seal, and regular interaction with the seal has been shown to reduce stress and depression in seniors with cognitive impairment disorders. Additional activities are personalized to the abilities of each resident and include musical therapy and fitness classes.
Family members praise the compassionate staff and well-maintained facility, with one reviewer saying, "They seemed to understand what the senior citizens require, which is a great deal of dignity and respect, which we liked. The place itself was very clean, bright, and cheery. They seem to be focused on keeping their residents happy and safe."
Thrive at Beachwalk provides independent living, assisted living and memory care in a picturesque location situated near the Gulf of Mexico. The idyllic property includes a scenic lake with a secure nature trail for resident enjoyment and exercise. Memory care at this community includes NIDE-certified professionals at all levels, ensuring that everyone from the nurses to the chefs treat residents like people. Residents can also enjoy various activities such as shopping excursions, lunch outings, religious services, movies, karaoke and morning exercises. Restaurant-style dining is available three times a day. Additionally, residents are assessed for health and cognitive functioning regularly.
People love Thrive at Beachwalk for its friendly and caring atmosphere. Families appreciate open communication from staff, including the twice-weekly newsletter. As one stated, "Whether an employee or resident, what a blessing it must be to be part of such a fabulous community!"