I. How Memory Care Facilities Can Help

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.

II. Our Selection Process

To choose the best memory care facilities in Cary, 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:

  • Spent over 20 hours researching memory care facilities in Cary
  • Read more than 70 reviews written by residents and their loved ones
  • Interviewed 6 representatives from local communities

III. Reviews of the 9 Best Memory Care Facilities in Cary


Sunrise of Cary

  • Resident Capacity: 35
  • Room Types: Studios, 1-Bedroom Apartments, 2-Bedroom Apartments, Companion Suites
  • Care Provided: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Respite
  • Base Pricing: $5,700 including minimal care for a companion suite, $6,300 for private

Sunrise of Cary is a pet-friendly community providing assisted living, memory care and respite services. Staff members strive to create a warm, cheerful environment where residents participate daily in engaging activities such as invigorating group walks, brain-stimulating Jeopardy games and relaxing meditations. Outside, attractive park benches provide seating in the lush, manicured garden with walking paths, and inside, residents are free to enjoy the well-stocked library, television room and cozy lounge. Staff members in the Reminiscence memory care unit are trained in Validation therapy and use open-ended questions, rephrasing techniques and empathy to help residents feel connected and supported.

What Residents Are Saying

Family members are impressed by the community’s welcoming, accommodating staff and positive ambiance. One loved one says, “Sunrise of Cary has been an excellent facility for my mother who has dementia … The staff has been exceptional in communicating with me on a regular basis. The staff is caring, passionate and go out of their way to meet my mother’s individual physical, mental and emotional needs.”

Reviews: 3.6 out of 5 stars; 118 reviews

Phone: (919) 439-4583

Address: 1206 Chatham St., Cary, NC 27513

Web: sunriseseniorliving.com/sunrise-cary

Sunrise at North Hills

  • Resident Capacity: 48
  • Room Types: Studios, 1-Bedroom Apartments, 2-Bedroom Apartments, Companion Suites
  • Care Provided: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Respite
  • Base Pricing: $2,900 companion suite, $4,300 private, care costs range from $600-$3,500

Sunrise at North Hills provides assisted living, memory care and respite services in a convenient location close to Raleigh medical centers, movie theaters and restaurants. While the community takes residents on frequent group excursions to nearby attractions, facility amenities such as the putting green, physical therapy room and cozy living areas provide residents with plentiful opportunities for activity and social interaction. Life enrichment managers in the secure Reminiscence memory care neighborhood engage residents through personalized care and Validation therapy. Through techniques such as sincere eye contact, thoughtful questions and rephrasing, life enrichment managers empathize with dementia care residents to promote feelings of dignity, purpose and belonging. The custom dining program serves brain- and heart-healthy foods, provides nutritional information on the menus and supports modified diet requirements, such as purees and fortified foods.

What Residents Are Saying

Loved ones praise Sunrise at North Hills’ thoughtfully maintained, cheerful building and pet-friendly policy. One resident’s family member comments, “The facility is beautiful, well-kept and has a positive energy about it. They always have fresh flowers on display … They have therapy services on site and an abundance of activities all day long … All of the staff have good intentions and are very friendly.”

Reviews: 3.8 out of 5 stars; 92 reviews

Phone: (919) 439-4622

Address: 615 Spring Forest Rd., Raleigh, NC 27609

Web: sunriseseniorliving.com/sunrise-north-hills

Brighton Gardens of Raleigh

  • Resident Capacity: NA
  • Room Types: Studios, 1-Bedroom Apartments, Companion Suites
  • Care Provided: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Respite
  • Base Pricing: $3,900 companion suite, $4,300 private, care costs range from $600-$3,500

Seniors find stately Southern charm at Sunrise Senior Living’s Brighton Gardens of Raleigh. The beautiful architecture, traditionally furnished interiors and vibrantly colored landscapes create an attractive community for those seeking assisted living or memory care services. Assisted living seniors enjoy eight signature activity programs that keep them physically, creatively, educationally, musically and spiritually stimulated. Sunrise’s Reminiscence memory care program takes place in a calm, secure neighborhood where residents’ private or companion suites surround the common living areas for easy navigation. Individually assigned life enrichment managers trained in Validation therapy create a personalized care plan for each resident grounded in their unique preferences. The plan also includes any specific personal care assistance the resident needs, such as help with grooming, dressing, eating, toileting and medication management. Daily activities might include visits with pets and children, local outings, physical exercise and multisensory experiences.

What Residents Are Saying

Brighton Gardens’ “exceptionally helpful and accommodating” staff earns high praise from relatives. One son wrote, “My mom has been a resident here for five years. Staff is attentive to need. Food is great (I’ve stayed for lunch as a visitor many times). I am so glad we found this place; it has been a blessing.”

Reviews: 4.4 out of 5 stars; 57 reviews

Phone: (919) 439-4698

Address: 3101 Duraleigh Rd., Raleigh, NC 27612

Web: sunriseseniorliving.com/brighton-garden

Cadence Living

  • Resident Capacity: 36
  • Room Types: Companion Suites
  • Care Provided: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Respite
  • Base Pricing: $6,375 all-inclusive

The North Raleigh location is one of Cadence Living’s 7 assisted living homes in North Carolina. This community is nestled in a lush pine grove that provides a restful setting and features a special wing for those with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Residents with memory loss participate in Revere Memory Care, Cadence Living’s Alzheimer’s care program that’s based on the latest research. Designed for seniors with early- to mid-stage Alzheimer’s, the therapeutic approach includes a warm, familiar living environment that promotes feelings of safety. Cadence Living’s highly trained caregiving team provides assistance with the activities of daily living while helping residents maintain life skills and independence for as long as possible. The daily schedule blends cognitive, spiritual and physical activities to create a stimulating environment. Residents are free to safely explore the secure community, which includes bountiful fruit and flower gardens that surround a paved, circular walking path.

What Residents Are Saying

Family members appreciate meals served on fine china and frequent celebrations that include family. Good communication is also highlighted. One reviewer said, “We are given regular updates by phone, and we are encouraged to call with questions or concerns at any time. Social events and activities help keep everyone busy.”

Reviews: 3.4 out of 5 stars; 22 reviews

Phone: (919) 876-6316

Address: 5219 Old Wake Forest Rd., Raleigh, NC 27609

Web: cadencenorthcarolina.com

Elmcroft of Northridge

  • Resident Capacity: 161
  • Room Types: Studios
  • Care Provided: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Respite
  • Base Pricing: $3,345 for assisted living, $5,085 for memory care

Just a few miles north of all the action in downtown Raleigh lies Elmcroft of Northridge, a senior living community offering assisted living and memory care. Situated in its own dedicated neighborhood, Elmcroft offers residents maximum independence in a safe and secure environment. Residents can get their hair done in the on-site beauty shop and catch up on their favorite shows in the TV lounge. Indoor and outdoor common areas provide a relaxing setting to chat with neighbors, and the peaceful walking paths are great for taking a stroll with friends through the landscaped grounds. The robust event calendar features a variety of mind- and body-stimulating activities such as yoga, brain fitness exercises, games, live entertainment and pet therapy. Spiritual residents will appreciate the on-site religious services, and the scheduled transportation makes it easy to go shopping and attend medical appointments.

What Residents Are Saying

The number and variety of activities may be the most highly regarded aspect of this community. One resident’s family member said, “The rooms are nice and clean. Their dining room is pretty, and it is set up like a restaurant. They have activities like bingo, day trips and music. They have their days filled with things to do.”

Reviews: 3.9 out of 5 stars; 129 reviews

Phone: (919) 999-3611

Address: 600 Newton Rd., Raleigh, NC 27615

Web: elmcroft.com/northridge-nc

LiveWell - Cary

  • Resident Capacity: 6
  • Room Types: Companion Suites, Private Rooms, Shared Rooms
  • Care Provided: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Respite
  • Base Pricing: Assisted living and memory care start at $7,000 per month.

LiveWell Assisted Living is the result of the Beckett family’s experience in caring for their aged mother when she was battling cancer. The Becketts model their concierge-style assisted living communities after their own mother’s lifestyle standards, which included large doses of daily joy, excitement and spontaneity. With only six residents, the close-knit community environment lets the care team spend as much time as each resident needs to create a meaningful living experience. The memory care programs and activities are based on the current research on aging, Alzheimer’s and dementia. Each microcommunity is in a beautiful, serene setting that encourages connection with nature. LiveWell’s award-winning memory care model meets each resident wherever they are, honoring their current lifestyle interests, needs and preferences, with the ability to evolve when needed for maximum independence. Family members are always welcome, even if only for a quick hug.

What Residents Are Saying

Relatives love the peaceful homelike setting, high caregiver-to-resident ratio and individualized attention loved ones receive at LiveWell. One shared, “This is an excellent community for care. We are happy with the staff and the cleanliness of this good community environment. The menu is appealing, and many activities are offered to the residents.”

Reviews: 3 out of 5 stars; 4 reviews

Phone: (919) 678-0995

Address: 208 Midenhall Way, Cary, NC 27513

Web: livewellassistedliving.com

Waltonwood Cary Parkway

  • Resident Capacity: 24
  • Room Types: Studios, 1-Bedroom Apartments, 2-Bedroom Apartments
  • Care Provided: Assisted Living, Independent Living, Memory Care
  • Base Pricing: $6,895 for a studio, $7,195 for a 1-bedroom, care costs start at $495-$2,995, medication costs range from $300-$600. The community fee here is equal to one month’s rent.

Waltonwood Cary Parkway offers a warm, inviting environment with access to a variety of amenities. Seniors can get active in the wellness center, take a dip in the pool or enjoy gardening in the secured courtyard. Waltonwood’s EXPAND life enrichment program encourages personal growth and social interaction through multisensory experiences delivered in small group settings, including resident-run interest clubs, pet therapy and the Forever Fit exercise program. Trips to Hamrick’s grocery store and dinner outings are also scheduled to help residents retain a connection with the community. Apartment walls are painted different colors, and personalized room ledges and memory boxes are placed outside each door to help seniors associate the room as their home. A rotating, seasonal menu, tableside food preparation and specialty desserts made by the resident pastry chef are unique amenities that allow seniors to enjoy a sophisticated dining experience.

What Residents Are Saying

One family member of a resident shares, “The staff is knowledgeable and very good. They have activities throughout the day, like they play games, take them on rides, and they take them out to eat. The place is clean and homey, and they have done a really good job with my mom.”

Reviews: 3.81 out of 5 stars; 34 reviews

Phone: (919) 651-3964

Address: 750 SE Cary Pkwy., Cary, NC 27511

Web: waltonwood.com/waltonwood-cary-pkwy

Chatham Commons

  • Resident Capacity: 60
  • Room Types: Companion Suites, Private Rooms
  • Care Provided: Assisted Living, Independent Living, Memory Care, Respite
  • Base Pricing: $4,000 for semi-private, $4,700 private, care costs are an additional fee

Chatham Commons is an assisted living, memory care and respite facility near downtown Cary. While the convenient location makes it easy for residents to use the community’s transportation services for outings to local restaurants and shops, the spa, beauty salon and dining program fulfill many of the residents’ needs on-site. Alzheimer’s and dementia care residents receive personal care plans based on their unique preferences and abilities, and staff members ensure families receive support alongside their loved ones. When looking to take a stroll or breathe in the fresh air, residents can step outside to the manicured grounds and relax in the comfortable patio seating.

What Residents Are Saying

Loved ones praise the facility’s fun activities and friendly staff for helping residents socialize and stay engaged. One reviewer says, “My dad is busy and active at Chatham Commons. He plays bingo and goes to a senior center that is not far from there. Sometimes they have music, and he enjoys that as well. He made friends with the chef and is OK with the food.”

Reviews: 2.4 out of 5 stars; 22 reviews

Phone: (919) 469-9309

Address: 809 W. Chatham St., Cary, NC 27511

Web: affinitylivinggroup.com/chatham

Spring Arbor of Apex

  • Resident Capacity: 20, sometimes there is a short waiting list
  • Room Types: Studio
  • Care Provided: Assisted Living, Memory Care
  • Base Pricing: $5,395 for 480 square feet companion studio, includes minimal personal care services, extra care costs go up to an extra $800

Spring Arbor of Apex strives to help assisted living and memory care residents live creative, vibrant and fulfilling lives. Staff members in the Cottage Care Alzheimer’s and dementia program undergo a unique training initiative where their senses, such as hearing, sight and touch are temporarily restricted. Experiencing these impairments firsthand enables them to more deeply empathize with residents and understand their needs. Through the Hearts & Harmony music program, residents listen to curated playlists and play instruments such as drums and bells to stimulate their minds, connect with others and relieve stress. Residents are also able to enjoy on-site amenities including the brightly-lit sun room, well-stocked library and outdoor porches at their leisure.

What Residents Are Saying

Loved ones comment on the facility’s tranquil, homelike environment and well-maintained building. One reviewer says, “I came to Spring Arbor to visit a family friend, and was amazed … the building from the outside looked very presentable and exceeded my expectations. When I was greeted inside, I noticed that fellow residents all looked peaceful, and there was a positive aura in the room.”

Reviews: 3.9 out of 5 stars; 16 reviews

Phone: (919) 805-3861

Address: 901 Spring Arbor Cts., Apex, NC 27502

Web: springarborliving.com/apex-nc