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 Charlottesville’s senior population continues to grow (4.44% growth between 2013 and 2017), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment.
In Charlottesville, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease rose by 8.82% between 2013 and 2017. To put that in perspective, the number of deaths from all causes for that same age group only increased by 10%, 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 (5.28% in Charlottesville 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 several hours researching senior living communities in Charlottesville. 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 Charlottesville, 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:
Commonwealth Senior Living at Charlottesville offers a multipronged approach to memory care that's known as Sweet Memories. This program is intended to guide seniors through the move-in and transition process. It accomplishes this by interviewing residents, learning their history and preferences and shaping their care accordingly. The facility's memory care services incorporate other interactions beyond language, including artistic expressions through painting and making connections through music. The property offers loved ones regular updates on residents' progress, and seniors engage in a wide range of activities to stimulate mental health, including bingo, ice cream parties and live concerts. Loved ones are encouraged to visit 24 hours a day, and family members are welcome at monthly dinners.
Residents and loved ones say that the facility is in good shape, and they praise the dining experience, saying, "The meals are nice, and their dining facility is good." Residents appreciate the community-feeling at the facility from both the staff members and other residents, with one stating, "Everybody has been really friendly, and I couldn’t ask for better friends."
Morningside of Charlottesville is an award-winning assisted living facility known for its southern charm and warm atmosphere. The community features all-day dining, an on-site beauty salon and in-house religious services. Meals are inspired by a celebrity chef, who incorporates high-quality, fresh ingredients whether they're serving a rich chicken Madeira or a special dietary meal. The activities program is designed to enhance residents' lives in five distinct waysspiritually, socially, intellectually, emotionally and physically. There's also a Bridge to Rediscovery program that helps those with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia transition into a new life. Active residents of Morningside will enjoy the community's close location to excellent dining, shopping, public parks, historic sites, museums, galleries and seasonal festivals.
A resident's daughter says, "I've visited my dad several times since the move last Monday, and he looks really good. I know it will take a little time; it took about two weeks for him to totally settle in when I moved him to my house. He loves the food at Morningside! Yay! The staff there is so marvelous. I can't thank everybody enough. I know what a big job it is to take care of other people, especially this segment of the population. Thank you so much for helping my family."
For over 35 years, RoseWood Village at Hollymead Town Center has provided a full spectrum of care services for seniors in a neighborhood-style community. Its charming Main-Street design offers a familiar feel, with amenities such as a library, movie theater and beauty shop. A number of themed social spaces are featured, including the Out-of-Africa and French-Quarter lounges. The facility's Innovations program provides around-the-clock supervision while respecting the autonomy of each resident and encouraging independent decision-making. A full schedule of events and daily recreational programs are offered, beginning with morning exercises and followed by activities such as sensory exploration, crafts, gardening, trivia and games. In their free time, residents can stroll through the landscaped garden, take in beautiful mountain views from the patio, go for a swim in the heated, indoor therapy pool or relax in the hydrotherapy tub.
People love the individualized care and support the facility provides. One man, whose parents have both lived at RoseWood Village, shares, "This is a wonderful facility focused on providing loving and dignified care for residents. The entire staff works hard to accommodate residents' needs and works with family to ensure everyone feels informed and supported."
The Colonnades is a Sunrise Senior Living community in Charlottesville, Virginia. Designed in the Jeffersonian architectural style, this facility offers seniors assisted living, independent living, memory care and respite care. No entrance fee is required, and residents can choose between one- or two-bedroom apartments or cottages. A primary care physician is available on-site to tend to seniors' health needs, and a University of Virginia medical clinic is also on the grounds. The facility offers a variety of meal plans, including a continental breakfast six days a week and a Sunday brunch. Memory care and assisted living residents have the option to select modified-diet alternatives. Seniors can enjoy concierge and transportation services as well as landscaping, snow removal and weekly housekeeping. Full home maintenance is also provided. The Colonnades features a fitness center and heated, indoor swimming pool to help residents stay active. Additionally, seniors with green thumbs can participate in the community gardens. Those that move in to independent living have priority
Reviewers of The Colonnades highlight the facility's caring staff. A previous resident's child writes, "Every day was filled [with] excellent care, kindness and compassion. The staff were amazing with my mother and with all of us. Mom chose to remain at the Colonnades instead of entering hospice care because she was so pleased with the experience."