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 Cincinnati’s senior population continues to grow (8% growth between 2013 and 2017), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment.
In Cincinnati, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease rose 45.8% between 2013 and 2017. To put that in perspective, the number of deaths from all causes for that same age group only increased by 7.3%, 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 (5.94% in Cincinnati 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 Ohio. 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.
In Cincinnati, memory care accommodations cost an average of $5,833 per month.
Cincinnati’s average memory care costs are among the highest compared to nearby cities in Ohio. An hour north in Dayton, facilities charge $5,313 per month. Prices fall to an average of $4,575 in Springfield, a little further northeast. Toward the middle of the state in Columbus, seniors pay an average of $5,106 per month. Lima, almost two hours north of Cincinnati, sees average rates of $5,754.
At an average rate of $5,833, memory care costs fall in the midrange compared to other senior care options in Cincinnati. Adult day health care is the least expensive service with an average monthly cost of $1,690. Assisted living is also cheaper than memory care, with an average price of $4,666. In-home care and home health care cost $5,148 per month. Nursing home care, the costliest arrangement, comes at $7,848 for a semiprivate room.
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 Cincinnati.
In Cincinnati, services and programs are available for people with dementia and their caregivers. Many of these informational, educational and social resources are free to the public or come at a nominal cost.
|Alzheimer's Association of Greater Cincinnati||513-721-4284 or 800-272-3900||The Alzheimer's Association of Greater Cincinnati provides free programs and services for individuals and families affected by dementia in southern Ohio, northern Kentucky and southeastern Indiana. It offers a 24/7 helpline, online dementia education, family support groups and information about other local, state and national resources.|
|Council on Aging's Aging and Disability Resource Center||513-721-1025 or 800-252-0155||The Council on Aging's Aging and Disability Resource Center is a portal for free information and services to help local older adults and their caregivers. Trained staff give guidance on options and point callers to appropriate community resources.|
|Opening Minds through Art (OMA)||513-529-2914||OMA is an intergenerational art creation program for people with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. Volunteers work with these individuals to foster self-expression and socialization. OMA is headquartered at Miami University's Scripps Gerontology Center.|
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 Cincinnati, 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:
Artis of Bridgetown is exclusively devoted to caring for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. The facility contains four distinct neighborhoods covering 7.5 acres of land west of Cincinnati. A Town Center connects the neighborhoods in the facility, each of which has its own unique theme and recognizable decor to help residents more easily navigate their space. Memory care residents enjoy spacious private suites and share a communal kitchen, dining room and living room. Access to private outdoor courtyards with walking paths and comfortable seating encourages relaxing time in nature. Care partners meet the individual needs of residents at all times, and the Town Center acts as the community’s hub. Residents gather here to socialize, exercise, create, learn and celebrate. Artis provides chef-prepared meals that follow the Mediterranean diet along with hydration and snack stations placed throughout the neighborhoods.
Reviewers consistently point out that Artis is a unique memory care facility that’s more like a family home. The personalized care and beautiful surroundings get high marks. “You will not find a more caring, compassionate and competent assisted living home than Artis. From top to bottom, the staff is outstanding,” wrote one family member.
Atria Summit Hills is located in Crestview Hills, Kentucky, near the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. It emphasizes an events and activities program called "Engage Life," which aims to stimulate residents with new goals for each day by asking which activities they enjoy doing regularly and which they've wanted to try. Staff members are available 24 hours daily, and resident transportation to events around the community is provided. Summit Hills offers residents with a restaurant-style dining experience. All meals are prepared by a culinary chef and the nutritious menu is Dietician approved. The facility has regular culinary competitions where the chefs demonstrate their many skills and and give cooking lessons to the seniors.
Residents and loved ones appreciate the facility's cleanliness and large, spacious rooms. Loved ones praise the staff members for their helpful demeanor and describe them as "very friendly and very helpful. They knew the residents by name."
Cottingham Retirement Community is a not-for-profit organization with four levels of care under one roof: Independent Living at Windsor Court, Assisted Living at Heather Court, Long-Term Care at Ivy Court and Memory Care at Elizabeth Court. A Resident Manager lives on the premises, and each apartment has a 24-hour emergency call system. Electronic monitoring and a night guard increase resident safety. Memory care residents live in a pet-friendly, secure unit with 11 private, spacious studio apartments and a private dining room. A landscaped courtyard only available to Elizabeth Court residents and a comfortable lounge encourage relaxed socializing. The full-time program director schedules enriching activities and local outings, and residents receive plentiful personalized attention thanks to the caregiver-to-resident ratio of 1 to 5.
The immaculate conditions and homelike environment appeal to people looking for a safe, cozy community for loved ones. The continuum of care is also attractive. “My 85-year-old mom moved into Cottingham's Independent Living, and we are all SO happy about her decision. We wanted a facility that had all levels of care so my mom could become comfortable in a facility and not have to move when/if her needs change,” wrote one reviewer.
Elmcroft of Deer Park is located on three acres of lush land in a residential area of Cincinnati, Ohio, and offers assisted living and memory care for seniors. This pet-friendly facility offers 24-hour security and scheduled transportation services along with an ice cream parlor and beauty and barber shop. Residents are kept active and socially engaged with activities, such as exercise classes and bingo games. Restaurant-style dining and a therapy room are available on-site.
Visitors and family members give high marks to the facility for its cleanliness, convenient location and caring staff. One online reviewer said, “Brookdale Deer Park was well-maintained and had nice people. They supplied three meals a day. Their facility had a library, computer room, and arts & crafts. Their price was fine.”
Seniors seeking an upscale retirement community where they can gracefully age in place can enjoy "all the perks of country club living without the expensive buy-in" at Evergreen. A sprawling complex of Independent Living apartments and cottages with a stately historic mansion as the centerpiece, Evergreen also offers Assisted Living, Memory Care, Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation. The small-group memory care program balances structure with freedom of movement. Residents receive an individual “embrace” narrative that uses their own specific life experiences to create a familiar, daily lifestyle attuned to their personal nature. Along with on-site physical, occupational and speech therapy, Evergreen offers an award-winning sensory stimulation program called Essence. Based on aromatherapy principles, Essence may improve muscle and joint movement while reducing anxiety and depression in memory care residents. Evergreen’s memory care director is always available to assist with questions from prospective residents and their families.
Active seniors love the outdoor pool, golf course and hotel-style dining room, along with the nonstop activities. The lush landscaping and elegant interiors are also very impressive. One woman wrote, “My parents moved to Evergreen in late November. Being their only child, I looked at many, many facilities before making a choice. They have been very pleased with both their spacious, well-appointed apartment and the friendly, helpful staff!”
The Christian Village at Mt. Healthy rests on 13 beautifully landscaped, park-like acres of land in suburban Cincinnati. The stately campus provides Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Short-Term Rehabilitation and Long-Term Nursing Care. As a not-for-profit organization, the locally owned community measures success “by the comfort and contentment of our residents, not the bottom line.” Residents enjoy 5 acres of peaceful, tree-lined walking paths and life-enriching activities and educational programs. The faith-based community offers Bible studies, pastoral care from an on-staff chaplain and weekly religious services in an on-site chapel. Memory Care residents live in private studio apartments in a secure, monitored area. Social, spiritual and wellness programs are delivered by the highly skilled, compassionate Memory Care staff. The continuum of care offered gives residents comfort in knowing that as needs change, they can receive excellent health services without having to leave the community.
Family members are generous with praise for the “amazing” caregivers who treat residents with respect and loving-kindness. One shared, “My father is in Mount Healthy Christian Home. I certainly appreciate the attitude of the staff and the administrators there. They seem very supportive and have a genuine interest in the residents.”
Perched on a cliff with sweeping views of Cincinnati, The Kenwood by Senior Star provides residents with a continuum of care in several distinct communities all housed in one large building. This lets spouses who require assisted living, memory care or skilled nursing stay close to partners who are able to remain in the independent living community. Residents with Alzheimer’s or dementia live in charming one- or two-bedroom apartments equipped with security technology that includes emergency call bracelets, a secure memory care entrance and a 24-hour nurses’ station. The Kenwood is a CARF-accredited community that incorporates many signature memory care programs to help residents thrive. These include Music and Memory personalized playlists and the Snoezelen Multi-Sensory Environment that provides calming, gentle stimulation of the primary senses.
In addition to the luxurious public areas and upscale amenities such as a cocktail lounge, billiards room and indoor therapy pool, family members appreciate the caring, dedicated staff. "Our Mother spent two years in Assisted Living at The Kenwood - and the love and care she received while in this unit was amazing. We chose this facility because of its excellent caregiver/resident ratio - and never regretted our decision,” wrote one reviewer.
The Wellington at North Bend Crossing offers assisted living and independent living services along with memory care to seniors in Cincinnati, Ohio. An array of activities fills the calendar to provide seniors with opportunities to stay physically active and socially engaged. Happy hours and monthly celebrations of holidays and birthdays allows residents a chance to unwind and visit with each other. The staff at North Bend Crossing is specially trained to create personalized care plans for each resident based on their needs and preferences. Security features throughout the facility are provided to keep residents safe and secure.
Family members and visitors love the Wellington at North Bend Crossing for its cleanliness and attentive staff. As one reviewer writes, “My sister has a really nice room at The Wellington at North Bend with a lot of windows. It was empty when she got there because they had it cleaned. They had bingo, card games and two masses a week which my sister likes. The place looked really nice, and she was very happy with it. They showed us a one-bedroom apartment that had a sun room, a big bedroom, a little kitchen, a place for the washer and dryer, a closet and a bathroom.”
As of 2019, Traditions at Camargo is a new memory care facility located in Maderia, Ohio, a suburb of Cincinnati. The staff at Traditions is available 24 hours per day to provide independent living, assisted living and memory care services for seniors. Memory care residents can participate in activities appropriate for seniors with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia to help them stay active and socially engaged. All residents can enjoy a variety of activities, such as exercise programs and musical entertainment. Special holiday celebrations are hosted by the staff along with summer cookouts and holiday shopping excursions. Restaurant-style dining, including daily specials, is provided for all meals.
Family members and visitors give props to the facility for its service and well-trained staff members. As the facility gears up for a grand opening in the summer of 2019, one online reviewer posted a comment via Facebook stating, “Thank you, Traditions at Camargo, for being a great corporate public partner with the city of Madeira! Your community space for seniors is going to be a fabulous addition to our community!”