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 Citrus Heights’s senior population continues to grow (19.72% growth between 2013 and 2018), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment.
In Citrus Heights, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease rose by a staggering 94.67% between 2013 and 2018. To put that in perspective, the number of deaths from all causes for that same age group only increased by 14.91%, 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 (11.77% in Citrus Heights 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 Citrus Heights. 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 Citrus Heights, 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:
Surrounded by the towering oaks and gorgeous surroundings of the city of Carmichael, Aegis Living provides a comprehensive memory care and assisted living experience in this suburb of Sacramento. The small, intimate community keeps residents physically, mentally and socially engaged through various programs to help those with Alzheimer's and dementia, promoting joy and peace of mind. Staff members are available around the clock for assistance with the activities of daily living, and housekeeping, laundry and transportation are provided. In the restaurant, the community's chef-prepared meals are designed to be easy to eat. Light and music therapy, memory care activities and a focus on health and wellness help those with memory issues enjoy the finer things in life.
Residents enjoy the reliability of the staff in this community. One family member writes, "Aegis of Carmichael was very helpful. ... They do what they say they will do, and they let us know what is going on. It is very clean, high-end, and has good food. The staff is very focused on the patients and the families."
All Seasons Residential Assisted Living is a warm and inviting small-scale community that boasts a high caregiver-to-resident ratio. Residents are grouped in two-story buildings set in groomed gardens, and they can enjoy well-appointed private rooms with en suite bathrooms. In addition to memory care programs for dementia and Alzheimer's, All Seasons offers hospice care with skilled nursing staff and other medical professionals always available for care and consultation. A dedicated activities director designs recreational and wellness programs as well as regular off-site activities.
Across the board, reviewers love that All Seasons feels like a real home. One commented, "...great attention is paid to furnishings, mobility, open spaces, entertainment, kitchen and dining, sunlight, and greenery everywhere. [Rooms] are secure, and equipped with the latest electronics so that the staff are made aware of any issues (e.g., falls, door openings, etc.) immediately and are always on the spot."
Located in Citrus Heights, Atria El Camino Gardens offers memory care and assisted living accommodations, in addition to independent living on a 12-acre campus, only 30 minutes away from Sacramento. The pet-friendly community features resident gardens and a full-service spa, in addition to a library. Active residents may enjoy the fitness center and walking paths. The staff is always happy to accept ideas for new activities and programs from residents, and include residents in the process of creating new programs, such as specific hobbies or other pastimes. Newspaper delivery is available and the community also provides Alzheimer’s disease and dementia support groups. Select floor plans include a balcony or patio and a full kitchen or kitchenette, as well as cable or satellite TV.
Online reviewers appreciated the dedicated staff’s attention to the residents. One reviewer wrote, "Our sister-in-law has received absolutely outstanding services. She has been a resident for over 6 months, both assisted living and memory care, receiving professional and loving care. The staff is knowledgeable, responsive, and supportive to the residents and their family.”
Providing a homely atmosphere for residents, Brookdale Citrus Heights is an assisted living facility that solely focuses on memory care. The facility is divided into four wings that each provide a different level of memory care so that residents get targeted cognitive therapy. Each room has an emergency response call system and state-of-the-art program WeCare to evaluate each resident. Brookdale Citrus Heights also provides a Join Their Journey program that provides a unique approach to Alzheimer's and other memory care conditions that support the family being a part of the resident's condition, facilitating understanding. The facility offers music, games, stories, gardening, cooking, and arts and crafts for residents to keep them entertained. A TV room is also available.
Residents enjoy having friendly staff that are so accommodating to each resident's likes and dislikes. One family member noted, "The communication between staff and my family is exceptional, I never worry about checking in on him because I know if anything is out of the ordinary they will call us right away … The facility itself is very nice. It’s clean, well decorated, homey, and well maintained."
Brookdale Folsom provides residents with a sense of safety and purpose. Designed to recreate the feel of a private home, residents enjoy a variety of living options, and can even bring their favorite pet. The community offers 24-hour care and security with bathing/dressing assistance, housekeeping and laundry services and help with reminders and walking around the grounds. With transportation services, a beauty salon and barbershop and concierge services available, residents have the independence they need to live happy lives. Walking paths and fitness rooms keep them active, and game rooms, billiards, an arts and crafts studio, a theater and a library provide social opportunities.
Residents and families love the care given by the staff, as well as the activities residents enjoy every day. One says, "The staff and caregivers are awesome and doing fine with my mother-in-law. They are very helpful and I think what they do is pretty darn good. The place is clean and lovely.
With an emphasis on individualized care, Carlton Senior Living Sacramento provides accommodation adapted to the occupier’s personal needs. Residents can benefit from an array of activities, including walks in the delightful garden and going out on day trips to local attractions in the city. Professional chefs prepare three delicious and healthy meals per day, served in the restaurant. Residents can also enjoy regular snacks and refreshments in the on-site cafe. The community's memory care programs are designed to enhance people’s quality of life, including Safely You, which helps prevent injuries from falls. Nurses encourage residents to partake in activities including creative time slips, poetry circles and evidence-based therapy such as Dakim BrainFitness. Family members can get involved by participating in on-site dementia support groups.
People online commended the community’s approach to memory care, along with the "very professional” staff members. One reviewer remarked how the range of activities on offer was "all appropriate for people with dementia.” Another noted how moving her mother into Carlton Senior Living was "the best decision we ever made.”
Citrus Heights Terrace is a memory care provider in Citrus Heights less than 30 minutes from Sacramento. Residents of various faiths can find several houses of worship within a few miles of the community. Numerous restaurants and shops, along with easy access to the I-80, are nearby. The quaint community provides a quiet, home-like setting for seniors who need 24-hour care. Highly trained caregivers can escort residents to their choice of a full range of life enrichment activities and games. The community features spaces that encourage social interaction with cozy fireplaces and pianos for musically inclined residents to enjoy as well as group presentations. Salon services and transportation for appointments and enjoying local amenities are also available.
The community has received praise for its variety of activities and attention to the residents. One reviewer wrote, "The place is always clean and the staff works extra hard to make sure all of the residents are taken care of. ... There is always something for the residents to do there."
CountryHouse - Granite Bay offers memory care services for seniors in a safe, homelike environment. Certified caregivers are available day and night to provide supervision and assistance with daily needs and medications, which helps residents maintain their independence and overall health. Social events, recreational activities and off-site outings are held daily to promote engagement and foster a sense of community. Seniors are invited to take outdoor leisure time inside a secured courtyard that features a charming circulating creek, mature shade tree, large lawn and walking path. Inviting decorations and interior designs are used to add a soothing atmosphere to dining and common areas, and a vintage piano and stone fireplace are available for residents' enjoyment.
Family members appreciate the staff's ongoing training, saying, "Country House is the perfect place for my parent. They are committed to continually improving, a worthy goal!" A resident's daughter also praises the community, noting its attention to detail, saying, "The staff is very caring and adjust their care approach based on what is best for the resident."
Empire Ranch provides residents with a warm and meaningful living environment in the foothills of Folsom, California. Positive experiences that enhance psychological, social, and spiritual well-being are the focus of this memory care center. Activities such as yoga, gardening, and cooking are available on-site, and additional amenities include a beauty and barber shop, TV room, and party space. Explore secure hiking trails, or relax in one of the regularly maintained one-bedroom apartments or companion suites. The Meaningful Moments program is designed to create a sense of individualized comfort. The Empire Ranch community, which is built to encourage walking, provides a safe and welcoming environment where engagement is tailored to each individual resident.
People love the great layout and caring and helpful staff at Empire Ranch. One reviewer said, "My mother is now in Empire Ranch, and it is excellent. It is a ... beautiful place for Alzheimer's and dementia people. They are well-staffed and have enough people who are very caring, helpful and loving. Mom is clean and is actually happy there."
Eskaton Lodge Gold River provides assisted living and memory care in a picturesque setting. Located right on the fringe of the American River Parkway, the community with its quiet tree-lined streets and peaceful pathways is within easy reach of Sacramento’s theaters, restaurants, museums and popular shopping areas. Twice weekly outings are planned for shopping and special local events. The community also offers a whole host of enriching activities to benefit each resident no matter their interests. The staff works closely with residents, delivering Eskaton’s unique programs, including Kid’s Connection, designed to keep seniors connected to the next generation. For those beginning to experience cognitive challenges, or living with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, the community’s pre-memory care and memory care programs provide the necessary support that allows them to remain as independent and engaged with the community as possible.
Residents and their families are extremely impressed with the community and the variety of different activities provided. They also mention how dedicated the staff is with one reviewer stating, "The staff is so involved with the care of the residents. They know their names, their dislikes and likes, so you know that the care is coming from the heart.”
Fair Oaks Estates is a community offering memory loss care to seniors in the Citrus Heights area, a bustling suburb of Sacramento. The community is situated on a gated campus with multiple security alarms for residents' safety. Caring staff tends to residents with memory loss according to their needs and individual care plans. To promote social activity, seniors can participate in planned group events and outings and enjoy meals together in the large common area. In addition to three nutritious daily meals, snacks are available to residents throughout the day. There is a beauty salon on-site and transportation to off-site medical and dental appointments is provided.
Residents of Fair Oaks Estates are well-cared for by compassionate staff in a clean, safe environment. One resident's spouse says, "My husband is in Fair Oaks. He is treated fantastically. The staff is on top of their game. Everything is wonderful. There are good care and food, and everything is clean. You couldn't ask for better."
Oakmont of Carmichael is a community providing care and support for seniors experiencing memory loss. It offers many opportunities for residents to remain both mentally and physically active through group games and guided fitness activities. Residents dine in a restaurant-style setting and are offered healthy options at every meal. Private dining experiences are also available for birthdays, holiday celebrations and special occasions. Seniors can socialize in the large indoor and outdoor common areas and participate in supervised community events throughout the neighborhood. All staff members at Oakmont of Carmichael receive dementia-specific training and education and are available to care for residents 24 hours a day.
Residents love the care they receive at Oakmont of Carmichael. One reviewer says, "This is probably the best place in town. The entire staff is caring and professional. Food is excellent; Equivalent to dining at a very nice restaurant."
Oakmont of Fair Oaks offers assisted living and memory care in Fair Oaks, California, and is located less than 2 miles from Fair Oaks Park and Quail Pointe Shopping Center. This community has a pet park and an aviary with a family of finches, where seniors can help tend to new chicks. Seniors can also spend time working out at the on-site fitness center, reading books in the library and watching films in the private movie theater. The Traditions program gives residents with advanced memory loss access to a soothing environment where they can enjoy music-, sensory- and tactile-based activities. The memory care staff encourages residents to stay physically active by participating in yoga and stretching exercises, socialize during happy hours and stimulate their minds with brain fitness classes.
Reviewers compliment Oakmont of Fair Oaks for cultivating an upscale atmosphere. "This is the Cadillac of all the facilities. It has gourmet cooking, a full slate of activities … comprehensive memory care, huge apartments, a fabulous staff, the surroundings are very elegant and posh,” writes one.
Oakmont of Folsom is a community providing memory care to seniors in Citrus Heights. This community cares for residents with Alzheimer's and dementia through offering stimulating activities that are designed to help them preserve their mental acuity and exercise their bodies. Staff members are specifically trained to provide dementia care and a licensed, full-time nurse oversees the memory care program. At Oakmont of Folsom, residents live in a safe, engaging environment surrounded by the outdoors and they can visit the family of finches living in the on-site aviary. At mealtimes, seniors dine restaurant-style in a large common area to foster socialization and a sense of independence.
Residents and their families enjoy high quality care at Oakmont of Folsom. One reviewer says, "Staff is warm and caring, the food is delicious and the environment is positive and lovely. We could not be more appreciative at the care and respect they provide."
Only a half-hour drive from Sacramento in Folsom, Prairie City Landing offers memory care and independent living services in modern private studios and apartments. Residents in the Alzheimer's and dementia wings enjoy the best friend approach by their care team. Each person can take part in daily activities planned by specialized staff seven days a week. Staff members are there to help with daily medication, bathing and grooming needs, along with safe access to a courtyard complete with raised planting beds. Social activities, including book clubs, arts and crafts, regular musical performances and even an in-house movie theater, are available for the residents’ enjoyment. The community organizes regular day trips to local attractions such as Sacramento Train Museum, Lake Tahoe and the Sacramento River. The Art of Life Club gives residents the chance to continue contributing to their community by participating in charitable and fundraising events.
Online reviewers praise Prairie City Landing for their friendly staff, delicious food and immaculate facilities. One resident was pleased with the array of social activities available, saying, "They have lots of activities, and we just had an event with camping, fishing, and being outdoors.” Another reviewer noted the "real home feel” of the accommodation.
With a number of on-site amenities, a secure community and attentive staff, Summerset Senior Living at Rancho Cordova provides a comfortable environment. This community has memory care and assisted living services with staff that helps with activities of daily living as well as laundry and housekeeping. Residents are free to spend time in the garden and patio, which are fully secure, or take advantage of the beauty and barbershop that is on-site. The Reflections program strives to bring together residents with similar cognitive abilities to engage in social activities that are in line with their mental health needs. Dining with Dignity, the community's dining program, provides support for medical needs that make dining difficult. Anytime dining allows residents the option to eat when they are comfortable doing so, and residents never have to rush through a meal.
Visitors to this community appreciate the attentive staff and the dining help. One said, "My mother-in-law is now staying at memory care at Summerset Senior Living - Rancho Cordova and it has been amazing so far. They take care of all her needs and they've been helpful in ensuring that she's eating correctly."
Sun Oak Assisted Living provides memory care to seniors in a warm, secure atmosphere situated in a lovely residential area. This community offers a specialized program to help seniors with Alzheimer's and other forms of memory loss live a rich, fulfilling life while receiving help with the daily tasks of living. The memory program provides residents with the self-confidence, brain-stimulating activities and independence they crave so they can safely enjoy a higher quality of life. Activities that engage the senses include music therapy, reminiscent discussions, exercise, creative arts and pet therapy. Some amenities offered include an on-site beauty salon, easily navigated walking paths and daily recreational activities. Seniors can relax, socialize, or enjoy a snack in the gated outdoor courtyard and gardens. Delicious restaurant-style meals are served in a beautiful dining room. A care team is available 24 hours a day to carry out personalized service plans and medication management. There is a memory care support group available for family members, and town hall meetings are regularly scheduled.
The friendly, compassionate staff truly work to enhance their residents' quality of life. One family member says, "My mother is treated with so much concern and love."
Located in a residential neighborhood close to parks and medical facilities, Sunrise of Rocklin offers an inviting environment with its Victorian-style architecture and beautifully landscaped outdoor areas. The community’s Reminiscence memory care program provides a safe, nurturing environment that features calm, secure living areas thoughtfully designed to support easy navigation and social interaction while encouraging independence. Each resident is cared for by a dedicated life enrichment manager who provides personalized attention and acts as a trusted friend. Caregivers are trained in the Validation Method, which uses memory-focused techniques, such as asking open-ended questions, making genuine eye contact and matching residents’ emotions. Residents have access to a variety of therapeutic and recreational activities as well as monthly wellness visits from a licensed nurse. Families and health care providers are regularly updated regarding residents’ status through the Sunrise CareConnect electronic health system.
Reviewers are impressed with how the staff strives to make residents comfortable, happy and active. A family member says, "For those in the memory care unit who are able to still go out, they take them out for drives to a farm where there are animals and a lake where they can feed the ducks.”
Located in eastern Sacramento, not far from shopping, restaurants and Sutter Memorial Hospital, Sunrise of Sacramento is a senior living community offering assisted living and memory care services in a homelike environment. Those with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia reside in the community's Reminiscence Neighborhood, with color schemes, furniture and lighting chosen to permit seniors to live with independence, purpose and dignity. Residents can help prepare meals in the country kitchen, participate in activities such as bingo, arts and crafts and puzzle completion in common areas and enjoy nature in the large, secure outdoor spaces. Living rooms are available to facilitate socialization with friends and family, and residents enjoy three daily meals crafted using fresh, seasonal ingredients.
Reviewers are happy with the care, cleanliness and amenities at Sunrise of Sacramento. One resident's daughter writes, "My Mom is safe, loved and well cared for during this difficult time. The facility is clean. They have 2 cats, a dog and birds. Every time I visit, the facility is spotless, and when Mom is ill, I get immediate phone calls."
Residents of The Courte at Citrus Heights live in beautiful, luxurious surroundings that provide all the comforts of home and much more. This community offers an award-winning approach to serving seniors living with Alzheimer's disease and dementia, with a specially designed, secure neighborhood that boasts a life-enriching environment. The trained staff uses the Spark lifestyle program's approach that encourages residents' independence, acknowledges their known and newly acquired abilities and gives them a true sense of belonging in the community. Seniors engage in stimulating, Montessori-inspired activities to exercise the mind, body and spirit. They receive compassionate help with daily life activities in addition to escorts, care coordination and dining assistance. Delicious, freshly prepared meals consisting of seasonal foods are served in a pretty, light-filled dining room. Each studio apartment has either a private or shared bathroom and is nicely outfitted with comfort and security in mind. Amenities include a well-equipped fitness studio, various outdoor seating options, a beauty salon and a theater/game/snack room.
People are happy with the variety of amenities offered in this community. One online reviewer says, "There are many daily activities and the residents are encouraged to participate."