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 Chandler’s senior population continues to grow (23.35% growth between 2013 and 2018), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment.
In Chandler, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease rose by 10.97% between 2013 and 2018, showing that Alzheimer’s is a growing concern in the region. Overall, the percentage of seniors’ deaths related to Alzheimer’s is higher than the rest of the nation (8.76% in Chandler vs. 6.46% in the U.S.).
In order to help families and caregivers of those with Alzheimer's find the support and care that their loved ones need, we've compiled information below about the cost of Memory Care, how to get financial assistance to help make care more affordable, free resources, etc. Also included are reviews of the best memory care facilities in the area, which cover pricing, types of care provided, residents' reviews, and more.
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For memory care facilities, COVID-19 rules and regulations are typically set at the state level. You can view specific rules on our guide to memory care in Arizona. These rules change often, and many communities have policies in place that go above and beyond what's required by the state, so you should contact your local community for more information. Additionally, you can contact your local Area Agency on Aging to learn more.
Note: Memory care is typically provided in communities licensed as assisted living facilities, and in general, costs 20-30% more than standard assisted living services. No authoritative cost data is available for this type of care, so we estimated memory care rates by adding 25% to assisted living fees in the Genworth 2021 Cost of Care Survey.
Chandler is a generally affordable option for residential dementia services, with rates averaging about $4,969 per month. By comparison, respective state and national rates are estimated at $5,000 and $5,625.
The nearest major city with lower memory care costs is Yuma, where seniors pay $4,750 per month. In Tucson, rates are a little higher than in Chandler at $5,063, and in Sierra Vista, rates come in at $5,188. In Prescott Valley, care costs are consistent with the national median at $5,625.
Older adults in Chandler have a range of care options available depending on their cognitive abilities and lifestyle preferences. Adult day health care is the most affordable option at $2,167 per month and may be good for those with mild cognitive impairments. Those seeking residential memory care pay an estimated $4,969 per month, and those who access in-home care or home health care in their own homes pay $5,958. Nursing home care is the costliest option at $6,418 for shared rooms. Assisted living, which is for those who need personal care services but don’t have dementia, is economically priced at $3,975.
Note: Data for Chandler was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Phoenix, was used instead.
Since not everyone can afford to pay for memory care out-of-pocket, it's important to find alternative methods to help make memory care more affordable. Some of these options include:
For more information about your options for making assisted living more affordable, visit our guide to Memory Care in Chandler.
The Chandler region offers several agencies and programs that support seniors and families living with dementia, including information and referral specialists, options counselors and legal and financial advisors. The following table highlights top resources in the community, helping older adults and families navigate dementia care.
|Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest Chapter||602-528-0545||The Desert Southwest Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association operates the Early-stage Partners In Care program, which provides practical training for those in the early stages of memory loss. The chapter also has a range of supportive services for seniors and families, including free care consultations, support groups and a free helpline, which provides callers with emotional support and help with finding long-term care options and dementia resources in the community.||Phoenix, AZ|
|Banner Alzheimer’s Institute||602-839-6900||Banner Alzheimer’s Institute is a regional nonprofit organization that provides opportunities for seniors with and without memory impairments to participate in clinical trials that explore dementia’s causes and treatments. The organization also operates the Dementia Untangled podcast, which discusses the challenges of caring for a loved one with dementia.||Phoenix, AZ|
|Area Agency on Aging, Region One||888-264-2258||The local Area Agency on Aging has information and referral specialists who help seniors and families living with dementia find programs and services in the community, including support groups, early-stage engagement activities and long-term care. The agency houses the region’s long-term care ombudsman, which helps to ensure older adults in memory care facilities have access to the quality and level of care they deserve.||Phoenix, AZ|
|Maricopa County Veterans Resources||602-506-3011||The Maricopa County Veterans Resources portal helps older veterans connect with programs and services, including those that may help them obtain affordable dementia services. Through this resource, individuals can find medical respite services, emergency financial assistance and help with enrolling in Aid and Attendance.||Phoenix, AZ|
|Community Legal Services||800-255-9031||Community Legal Services is a nonprofit organization that provides free civil legal services to those aged 60 and over. Through this office, older adults get help with applying for public benefits, such as Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Disability Insurance. The office can also help resolve consumer debt issues and assign powers of attorney.||Phoenix, AZ|
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 Chandler, 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:
Avenir Memory Care at Chandler offers a comfortable and secured environment with spacious living areas, as well as outside patios and courtyards. The community offers transportation to medical appointments, laundry and housekeeping. Residents can also enjoy on-site and off-site activities such as therapy sessions with miniature horses at a local riding academy, yoga and bowling. There are chef-prepared home-style meals and snacks everyday which residents can enjoy with old and new friends or with visiting loved ones. The team of experienced and caring staff is trained in Alzheimer's and dementia care, and they are available 24 hours a day to care for and assist residents.
Visitors praise the attentive care and peaceful environment, with one saying, "Mom has had the pleasure of living here for almost a year now she is happy and peaceful. The staff is very attentive and loving. Music is playing with the sounds that stir their memories of previous years, it is beautiful to see the residents contently reflecting."
Brookdale Central Chandler is a welcoming and friendly senior community that offers a range of activities and amenities. The Clare Bridge memory care unit is located in a secure section of the building that requires keypad access and is monitored by security systems 24/7. Residents have access to a landscaped courtyard where they can safely go for a walk or socialize with friends. The on-site beauty salon and barbershop keeps the residents looking their best at all times. A team of highly trained caregiving staff is always on hand to provide care and assistance as needed. Residents are encouraged to take part in activities on a daily basis for their physical and mental well-being. Some of the activities offered are musical entertainment, Bible study groups, gentle fitness classes, arts and crafts, baking and gardening in the greenhouse.
Family members praise the excellent staff with one reviewer saying, "If you're looking for a wonderful loving safe environment for your loved one this is the place. My brother was there and they took the best care of him like he was family. Great staff." Another states, "The caring attitude of the actual caregivers impresses me most."
Brookdale North Gilbert has created a community centered around memory care, providing a calm, soothing and natural environment for residents. From panoramic views of the nearby golf course to a large courtyard with community gardening beds, a water fountain and walking paths, there are multiple opportunities for residents to be active and engaged. The community offers group activities ranging from art classes to cultural enrichment. Memory care consists of helping residents to decorate living spaces with reminders of people and things they treasure, daily programs to help with skill retention and activities to emphasize physical and mental wellness.
Community reviews point out the well-kept grounds, positive interactions between staff and residents and the myriad activities that promote engagement. One notes, "The staff is especially great. … My mother has been in this facility for four years and she loves every one of them. I can't say enough about how well they have taken care of my mother.”
Brookdale Tempe is a community exclusively dedicated to memory care, which is reflected in its design. The enclosed courtyard offers a leisure space for residents to move around outdoors, while the on-site library provides an interior space for residents to enjoy. Yoga, religious services and pet therapy are also offered. Additional services include housekeeping and laundry assistance as well as the option of in-room or restaurant-style dining. Memory care services are designed to meet residents where they are in terms of skill-building and assistance with the activities of daily living.
Reviews of Brookdale Tempe focus on community design and how it promotes ease of movement among memory care residents. They also point out staff proficiency and the high level of engagement among residents. One writes, "My husband resided at Brookdale Tempe for 4 years. He was very content and happy here. I visited and even volunteered 3-4 times a week.”
Just southeast of Phoenix, Clarendale of Chandler's campus offers a relaxed atmosphere ideal for seniors, reinforcing their lives with its memory care, assisted living and independent living programs. Its secure courtyard facilitates outdoor enjoyment without compromising safety, perfect for preventing wandering among memory care residents. As part of the memory care program, its Navigation team monitors residents' health and values their inputs to address their holistic needs, including daily nutrition and physical activity. The community's in-house aesthetician runs its salon and provides manicures and pedicures, giving residents yet another chance to feel good about themselves.
People leave glowing reviews for this community's kind caregivers and well-balanced diets. One says, "I have visited Clarendale on numerous occasions and was very impressed by caretakers, staff, food, amenities and activities available. ... The food is excellent, healthy and balanced. The staff from top to bottom is very caring and it is evident the residents welfare is uppermost by all."
Copper Creek Inn Memory Care Community is close to local amenities, such as the Chandler Regional Medical Center and Chandler Fashion Center. There is also a range of on-site amenities for residents to take advantage of, including a beauty salon and an enclosed courtyard with walking paths. Residents can enjoy three nutritious homemade meals a day in the dining area with friends and there is a private dining room for special events with loved ones. There are specially trained dementia caregivers and licensed nurses on-site 24 hours a day to assist with daily tasks. Residents can get involved in activities and exercise programs designed for those with memory loss. Activities include gardening, pet therapy and music events.
Visitors praise the kind staff and the attentive care they give, with one saying, "Copper Creek cared for my Aunt as a family member and they cared for me during my visits and long distance calls checking in on my Aunt and her care. The staff has minimal turnover - a blessing which creates continuity, knowledgeable care, and a loving/caring environment."
Only one-and-a-half miles from Downtown Mesa, Fellowship Square Historic Mesa offers memory care, independent living and assisted living to seniors, guiding them through their sunset years by promoting overall wellness, good health and strong cognition. Fellowship Square Historic Mesa emphasizes safety, utilizing VirtuSense technology to assess fall risk and provide fitness recommendations, individually subjecting memory care residents to regularly scheduled VirtuSense scans. It also uses keyless door locks, requiring key codes for entry or exit. The community brings in primary care physicians to provide medical services to residents without requiring them to leave. Caregivers alleviate residents of medication administration, daily housekeeping and personal laundry responsibilities.
Visitors think highly of the community's kindhearted staff, well-kept campus, and friendly residents. One says, "The people at Fellowship Square were nice, they answered our questions, and everything went great. The rooms were nice, neat, and clean. The residents seemed pretty nice, everyone was friendly, and my mother ended up talking to another couple, who liked it there."
The Gardens at Ocotillo provides Memory Care services in a serene setting within the heart of the Southeast Valley. Trained resident assistants guide Memory Care residents through Montessori-based activities that promote mental well-being and a healthy sense of purpose. Flexible on-site dining options allow seniors to enjoy meals on their own time frames, and weekly housekeeping, linen and laundry services are provided for all residents. The community features a pool, full-service beauty salon, and beautiful common areas.
Family members appreciate the kind, competent staff members. One says, "I went in with a family member on a weekend afternoon to see a loved one who lives in the Memory Care unit. One caregiver, Lizette, really showed her love for caring for residents. I walked in to go see my family member while she was making the bed, picking up trash, and pretty making sure the room looked absolutely spotless! After she went around interacting with the residents making sure they were okay."
LivGenerations Agritopia community strives to provide memory care services that allow residents to live their lives on their own terms. Seniors receive help with all aspects of daily living within the community's secure neighborhood setting. All ingredients used in the formal dining room and farm-to-table outdoor dining space are made with fresh meats, fruits and vegetables. Daily movie showings, weekly live music entertainment, arts and crafts sessions and scheduled off-site activities help seniors remain as active as possible, and on-site physicians and nurses let seniors receive immediate medical care when necessary.
Spouses state that they are pleased with the care and amenities found in this community. One says, "My husband has been at Generations at Agritopia since October, and so far it’s good. They have holidays, there are children coming and staying, and they teach crafts. The facility is brand new, and it looks like a 5-star hotel but he is on the memory care side so they have limitations in what I can do. He seems to be comfortable."
At Mariposa Point of Gilbert, caregivers supervise members of its assisted living, respite care and memory care programs to ease residents through their golden years, promoting overall well-being through cognitively stimulating activities, physical wellness programs and enjoyable social opportunities. Not even five minutes away from a public pool, shopping center and Discovery Park, the community's convenient location in the Phoenix metro area offers residents quite a few recreational options. With its tranquil outdoor lounge spaces and walking trails, residents can exercise while getting close to nature. Those who love to learn might enjoy the community's quarterly continuing education programs, which are led by educators from Phoenix-based universities. Physicians regularly visit residents within their private living spaces, fostering clear, open communication. Keeping residents' personal preferences and individual needs in mind, the community offers engaging lectures, outings and shows, stimulating residents' minds.
Visitors like the community's innovative programs, integrating local students with residents. One says, "I liked Mariposa Point of Gilbert. ... They have a cooperation with the schools to have some intergenerational activities on a regular basis. They were good about following up with me and they were willing to hold a room for me until I had made a decision."
Mountain Park Senior Living provides a Montessori-based approach to memory care services that center around sensory activity and personal growth. Arts and crafts sessions, physical fitness classes, seminars and group participation in community volunteer programs encourage seniors to achieve optimal mental and physical health, as well as a sense of purpose. Flexible on-site dining options allow seniors to enjoy meals on their own time frames, and weekly housekeeping, linen and laundry services are provided for all residents. Trained team members assist residents with all aspects of daily living and concierge services help seniors arrange outside events and doctors’ appointments with ease.
Family members are pleased with this community. One says, "My grandmother's room was very nice, it had its own private bathroom and had a large flat-screen TV where she could watch some of her favorite shows. The staff was excellent and everyone in the facility made my grandmother feel warm and secure."
Surrounded by the scenic Arizona landscape, North Chandler Place is a continuing care community that offers different senior lifestyle options, including memory care for those living with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Armed with extensive knowledge of cognitive conditions and the challenges faced by families, the community’s dedicated team of specialists provides a care program anchored on warmth and compassion. A safe, stress-free environment is created through structured daily routines, all designed to provide a sense of purpose and orderliness. Residents are encouraged to participate in individual and group activities, such as planned social events, community excursions and nondenominational worship services. North Chandler is replete with modern amenities for residents’ enjoyment and convenience, including a therapy pool, putting green, fitness center and parking area, as well as guest suites for visiting families.
Family members appreciate the caregivers' attachment to their loved ones. One expresses gratitude over the staff’s support, saying, "We cannot say enough about the staff, the care they have provided our family member and the support they've shown us. Our family member loves this care community. Her health and outlook on life has dramatically improved since she moved there.”
Park Senior Villas provides residents with cognitive stimulation, social engagement and assistance with activities of daily living in a beautiful, secure neighborhood. Offering continuing care at all levels by a licensed clinical care team, this community encompasses seven separate villas set amongst lushly landscaped, secured grounds that feature a lovely courtyard with a relaxing fountain and large patio areas for socializing or dining al fresco. Seniors can take part in the variety of daily scheduled activities planned by a full-time activities director, in addition to local monthly outings. Activities that are geared toward memory care include live entertainment, music, intergenerational visits and pet therapy. Seniors dine on fresh, healthy meals that are available around the clock.
Visitors to Park Senior Villas at Chandler rave about the luxurious environment and the lovely landscaping that give seniors a chance to thoroughly enjoy the outdoors. A recent reviewer says, "It is such a beautiful place! The grounds are amazing with walking paths and a dog run."
Independence and dignity are at the core of the memory care service provided at Parkland Memory Care. Trained staff assist residents with everyday needs such as bathing and grooming, and the on-site beauty salon helps residents look their best. The community sports two neighborhoods with tree-lined lighted sidewalks and a secure walking path. Residents are served three custom meals per day and the therapy kitchen allows residents to explore new recipes and opportunities for social interaction. There are a number of dining and seating areas on the property, including private areas where families can enjoy some quality time together. Licensed nursing staff provides 24/7 care and residents enjoy personal care plans. Activities such as arts and music classes are designed to encourage autonomy and memory improvement.
Relatives are content with the level of care at Parkland, and one says, "My mother in law and father in law both live at Parkland Memory Care. The Facility is very beautiful and brand new! I have attached several photos. The staff truly care- as a Registered Nurse, I can tell! They hired people who love what they do. The facility has a van for the residents to take field trips, which is very important, there is also a hair salon on the premises."
Pennington Gardens provides memory care services within a harmonious, desert retreat-style community. Its specialized Alzheimer's and dementia-related care services include assistance with all aspects of daily living and a sensory-stimulating program that includes chores, music therapy and occupational tasks. Community members escort residents to both on and off-site resident activities, and freshly prepared meals are served each day in the communal dining room. The secured community features outside walking paths, a private courtyard, an emergency response system and an on-site beauty parlor. Visiting physical, occupational and speech therapists allow residents to receive specialized care without having to leave the community's grounds.
Family members appreciate the memory care program in this community. One says, "I found this facility online looking for Adult Daycare for my mother-in-law with Alzheimer's. She loves it and it's easy for me."
Quail Park at Morrison Ranch offers memory care in a beautiful tranquil setting on the doorstep of Morrison Ranch Lake and conveniently close to local amenities. The community offers a state-of-the-art emergency call system and motion monitoring system to keep residents safe, as well as around-the-clock team of caring staff trained in Alzheimer's and dementia care. Residents can relax in the familiar community spaces or take part in specialized activities, such as brain games and garden therapy. There are also health and wellness programs that include chef-prepared nutritious meals, as well as exercises such as yoga and dancing.
Visitors praise the attentive care, with one reviewer saying, "They have about 30 rooms, each one is individual and there are no shared rooms. He's getting really good care and attention there right now. In terms of activities for memory care, they work with the residents one on one, they play cards or they take them over to the gym."
Savanna House supplements senior citizens' lives with personalized care plans and cognitively enriching activities. No more than five minutes away from several pharmacies, churches, parks and shopping centers, as well as Ross Farnsworth – East Valley Family YMCA and Banner Gateway Medical Center, this community's favorable placement offers residents a relaxing residence without cutting them off from society. To provide residents with ample nutrition, an in-house professional culinary crew crafts three freshly prepared meals per day, eaten in its dining hall or hand-delivered to residents' rooms. Memory care residents are constantly involved in interactive programming like sensory-driven culinary exercises, personalized music therapy playlists and scenic local tours, stimulating their brains to slow the progression of dementia. Caregivers securely store and regularly administer residents' medication as directed by physicians.
Residents love the administrators' caring demeanor and hands-on attitude. One online reviewer says, "We're staying at Savanna House. It's like a family. I definitely would recommend them. They are very friendly, from the executive director down to the head nurse. They don't stay in their offices. They mingle with the people who come in and the people living there."
With a charming Craftsman-style structure and fully landscaped outdoor areas, Sunrise of Chandler offers a warm, inviting atmosphere for seniors. Beyond the beautiful surroundings, the community provides top-quality senior living services that have earned it numerous accolades. A nurturing environment awaits those living with cognitive conditions at this community's functionally designed Reminiscence neighborhood. Each resident has a designated life enrichment manager who utilizes special memory care techniques to focus on personal needs, efficiently manage challenging behaviors and provide dignified care. Reminiscence care plans include therapeutic activities, multisensory experiences and monthly wellness visits from licensed nurses. Through the CareConnect electronic system, caregivers and health care providers have access to residents’ records, allowing them to tailor-fit health and care delivery according to changing needs and preferences. Additionally, the system keeps families updated regarding loved ones’ status. The community’s proximity to numerous hospitals and physician offices provides prompt access to urgent medical care.
Visiting relatives appreciate that loved ones are attended to with patience and kindness. One family member describes the community as "a place where she can focus on enjoying her remaining years. A place where we can feel confident that we have offered her an opportunity to live out those years in truly caring comfort.”
Sunrise of Gilbert is an award-winning senior living community for people living with Alzheimer's and dementia. Through the community's Reminiscence Memory Care Program, life enrichment managers focus on creating person-centered care plans based on each resident’s preferences, talents and abilities. Personalized programs include multisensory experiences, daily exercise, outings, group activities and visits with children and pets. The Reminiscence Neighborhoods feature reflection rooms equipped with soft lighting and soothing music as well as large secure outdoor spaces. Lively country kitchens encourage residents to help prepare meals. Trained staff oversee the residents 24/7, and a registered nurse visits monthly to provide wellness checks. Residents can expect assistance with daily living activities, mobility and medication management. Other amenities include an on-site salon, market and a heated outdoor pool.
Family members appreciate the dedicated care given to their loved ones, along with the homey and calm environment. One says, "The staff at Sunrise went above and beyond EVERY day to make my mom's days the best that they can be. We are so glad that we chose Sunrise. Thank you to all of the staff for loving my Mom!"
The Oaks, A Merrill Gardens Community operates on the belief that each resident can live a full, joyous life, one moment at a time. Their memory care program is offered at Garden House, where caregivers focus on honoring each resident by seeking the meaningful details of their lives. With personalized plans based on wellness, routine and security, the memory care community strives to promote individuality, flexibility and freedom. Family members are encouraged to participate in daily activities to promote a family feel and positive social engagement. Residents can expect intimate, comfortable rooms, beautifully landscaped grounds and secure outdoor courtyards with 24 hour staff supervision. The anytime dining style means residents can enjoy healthy meals and snacks prepared to order, on their preferred schedule. Activities include lectures, outings, political discussions and religious interest events. The community also offers a fitness area, library, salon, bistro and movie theater.
Loved ones commend the staff for their warm and respectful care. One notes, "The staff at The Oaks were amazing with my father. They treated him with respect and honor. Even when he was hard to take care of in his final two weeks, the dignity they showed him was outstanding. Sure it's a business, but the people there really care."