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 Corona’s senior population continues to grow (19.1% growth between 2014 and 2019), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment.
In Corona, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease increased by 21.25% between 2014 and 2019. To put that in perspective, the number of deaths from all causes for that same age group only increased by 16.55%, 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 (9.33% in Corona 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 Corona. 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 Corona, 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:
Aqua Ridge Senior Living, opening on June 1st, is a premier memory care and assisted living facility. The memory care program is based in a separate memory care community known as "Creekside," and includes support and education groups, wellness checks, individualized care plans and life enrichment programs. The community also provides 24/7 trained staff monitoring and medication management, as well as assisted living services. If needed, residents are aided with activities of daily living. Residents can also enjoy a variety of activities and amenities, such as ice cream socials, small group book readings, housekeeping and laundry services and cable TV.
Residents and their families enjoy the activity-focused care and home-like apartments. They also love the daily chef-prepared meals and pet therapy programs, along with the all-inclusive memory care program, which is tailored to each residents' individual needs.
Set against scenic mountain views. Atria Del Rey is ideally located near major highways and the vibrant downtown area. Seniors with varying care needs benefit from the community’s variety of lifestyle options, including the Life Guidance memory care program for those living with cognitive conditions. The dedicated neighborhood features a safe and comfortable layout, with familiar, nostalgic elements creating a homelike atmosphere and encouraging freedom of movement. Residents can easily identify their private spaces through personal memory boxes displayed outside each room. Well-planned social activities help alleviate feelings of isolation and depression, keeping residents engaged and connected with peers. Residents also participate in walking, yoga, dancing and other physical activities to maintain their strength and functional abilities. Atria’s Culinary Excellence program offers opportunities for friendly interaction while accommodating residents’ personal favorites and dietary needs.
Atria Del Rey earns high marks for its beautiful surroundings, good food and professional staff. A resident’s family member says the staff "do a fabulous job of making my dad feel special, comfortable and content. They are friendly, considerate, and go out of their way to help meet his needs and to make it as easy as possible for me, as well.”
Memory care is the sole focus at Brookdale Corona, so seniors can expect a high level of support each day. Known as Clare Bridge, the community memory program ensures that those living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia receive the service that meets their needs. All care is delivered with a person-centered approach. Crossings for early-stage dementia focuses on social activities like art and dance classes, journaling and visits to local cultural attractions. The Solace program, for late-stage dementia, centers around the senses, with music and aromatherapy. Both feature a 24/7 staff that receives ongoing training in dementia care and assists with bathing, grooming and medication. The environment has an easy-to-navigate layout, with rooms painted in soothing colors and plenty of natural light. All exterior doors are secured, and doorbells monitor movements for an extra layer of safety.
Loved ones like the knowledgeable team and busy schedule. "They have something going on every hour," one notes. "Many activities are helpful with memory and boost self esteem. Staff is attentive and professional. As his condition declines, the staff is there to guide us on this journey helping us to understand dementia and his changing needs."
Citrus Place is formerly Welbrook Arlington, an MBK Senior Living community that was renamed to honor the origins of California’s citrus industry in Riverside. Its convenient location in the Ramona neighborhood keeps seniors close to Parkview Community Hospital and minutes from Riverside Community Hospital and Kaiser Permanente Riverside Medical Center. Its well-kept campus consists of two standalone two-level residential buildings with central courtyards and landscaped wraparound gardens with walking paths. The courtyards feature a swimming pool, putting green a dedicated secured portion with raised garden beds for the safe enjoyment of memory care residents. Other attractive lifestyle amenities include a media theater, art studio, library, game room and salon/barbershop. The community’s Connections for Living memory care program nurtures its residents through physical wellness, a healthy environment, life enrichment activities and support for their families through TLC (Teaching, Learning and Connecting).
People recognize the consistently great care at Citrus Place. A memory care resident’s cousin shares, "They had a great staff-to-resident ratio. They always knew exactly where my cousin was with her care and always had answers immediately if I asked a question. There was never any issue with her medication. The activities in this part of the community were constant.”
Claremont Manor is centrally located near downtown Claremont and has a scenic setting at the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. This Front Porch retirement community is steps away from Larkin Park and less than 3 miles from Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center. Its village-style campus is surrounded by landscaped greenery and features state-of-the art lifestyle amenities at the Manor Hall and The Lodge Wellness Center. Summer House at Claremont Manor is the dedicated neighborhood for memory care, consisting of three standalone homes with a total of 17 private and shared suites. Its residents are welcome to visit various common areas around the Claremont Manor campus as long as they’re escorted by the staff. Innovative programs offered at Summer House include Music and Memory personalized playlists, PARO robotic seal therapy sessions and a variety of iN2L (It’s Never 2 Late) touchscreen activities.
The friendly staff at Claremont Manor receives high marks for their professionalism and sincerity. A resident’s loved one says, "Everyone who works there is caring and personable. They know my mom by name, warmly greet her and are always genuinely interested in helping her with whatever it is she needs.”
The staff members at Claremont Place strive to bring purpose and meaning to each senior living within its upscale memory care community. Its signature Montessori Moments in Time program includes agitation-soothing communication methods, daily personal care assistance, round-the-clock concierge services, in-room and pendant emergency response systems and weekly housekeeping and linen services. Three chef-prepared meals are served in the communal dining room each day, and residents can participate in daily billiards, library and multi-purpose activity room events. Offsite activities and religious services are also available throughout the month.
Family members praise the caring staff members. One says, "If you live in Southern California and have to place a parent in a memory care facility, Claremont Place should be your first call. After touring multiple facilities, it was obvious to my family and I that Claremont Place would be the best place for my father."
Estancia del Sol senior living community in Corona offers a full menu of senior living options that include services and amenities for intensive memory care support. Estancia del Sol offers specially outfitted studios for its memory care residents as part of its Living by MBK Memory Care area. Attractive visual and sensory cues guide residents, providing confident navigation near their apartments. Memory care support begins with personalized interviews between staff, residents and their families, leading to personalized care plans. The community's TLC Program revolves around teaching, learning and connecting through family nights, special event celebrations, and persistent cognitive stimulation by community caregivers. All residents can enjoy full restaurant dining service in elegantly appointed surroundings, medication management services, ample recreational spaces and outdoor garden patios.
Client and resident opinions of Estancia del Sol are almost overwhelmingly glowing. As one client happily explains, "Estancia Del Sol was an excellent community. We checked the rooms, outside areas and community areas. My parents like Estancia Del Sol a lot. Everybody was very friendly. We were there around lunchtime, and everything looked nice. They had a few different areas, like a juice bar, the main dining room, a small happy hour area, an exercise room, a library and a movie room.”
Residents at Montclair Royale enjoy picturesque San Bernardino Mountain views, 24/7 assistance with all daily living activities and nutritious daily snacks and meals. The community provides local dental and medical appointment transportation, as well as housekeeping and linen services. The community also features a beauty salon, a barbecue-ready picnic area, a library and a game room. Trained staff members develop personalized resident memory care treatment plans for seniors with mild, moderate and severe memory loss. These treatment plans can include incontinence management, medication management and escort services, when applicable.
Family members praise the staff. One says, "My mom was a resident of Montclair Royale for almost two years. Annamarie and her staff are amazing. They took such great care of my mom. The staff on the memory care floor are so kind and caring. They build relationships with residents and family."
Situated on over an acre of land in a quiet, residential area, Oak Park Manor is a dedicated memory care community with Medicare and Medicaid certification. Its 24-hour staff, which includes registered nurses, provides supervision and personalized care to seniors with all levels of memory loss disorders, including advanced Alzheimer's. The team uses compassionate behavior management strategies to keep community members who exhibit dementia-related behavioral disturbances calm. Licensed caregivers on-staff are also available to administer physician-directed medications and monitor diabetes. Community-created individualized recreation programs and social events calendars feature activities such as singing exercises, daily newspaper reading, devotional studies, ice cream socials and birthday parties to keep seniors engaged. Seniors at Oak Park Manor enjoy chore-free living and a choice of private or shared, furnished bedrooms. Beauticians provide salon services by appointment in a specially designed, on-site studio.
The sibling of one resident reports, "My brother is at Oak Park Manor ... He eats all the food. I've had a couple of meals there and [they're] good ... I like that there aren't too many people there and there's enough staff to handle all medication needs."
Oakmont of Chino Hills offers a lifestyle of vitality, joy and purpose for seniors facing the challenges of cognitive conditions. The Traditions memory care neighborhood provides a safe haven for residents, where they can freely navigate their way around the premises aided by familiar elements and helpful cues. Plenty of comfortable common areas offer endless opportunities for group activities, stimulating conversations and social connections. Fitness programs help promote physical well-being and include yoga, stretching exercises and walking clubs. Brain fitness classes and other cognitive activities help enhance mental acuity, and happy hours and outdoor trips encourage social engagement. An on-site nurse regularly monitors health needs, and the community partners with top doctors for its concierge medicine program. Oakmont also coordinates with therapists, psychologists and podiatrists for specialized wellness services.
People are impressed with the attentiveness of the staff. "The staff goes out of their way to make sure everybody is taken care of and accommodated. Even when the residents are not feeling well, they go out of their way to make sure they check up on them. If my mom is not feeling well, they bring her food to her room,” says a resident’s family member.
Oakmont of San Antonio Heights provides assisted living and memory care services in its luxurious community located close to modern city amenities. For seniors living with Alzheimer’s and other cognitive conditions, the dedicated memory care neighborhood serves as a secure residence designed with familiar elements and easy-to-navigate living spaces. Residents can gather around comfortable common areas to enjoy music, movies and art projects as a group, while an experienced care team is on hand to provide support and assistance. Oakmont’s Traditions memory care program provides dementia-specific activities for those with advanced conditions, helping them maintain cognitive abilities through music therapy, sensory experiences and tactile stimulation. Seniors with higher levels of care needs can avail of specialized services, such as diabetes management, incontinence care and ambulatory assistance. The team also assists in arranging medical appointments through the concierge medicine program.
Family members feel at peace in leaving loved ones at Oakmont, describing the team as compassionate and professional. One writes, "Excellent facility, very caring about the residents. I am so very pleased Mom is at Oakmont. The staff is lovely, the facility clean, modern, and all-around first-rate. … you know they are getting the very best care possible.”
With a high staff-to-resident ratio, Pacifica Senior Living Chino Hills ensures 24-hour personalized care. The team at the community’s Legacies memory care neighborhood are certified dementia care practitioners, adept at creating plans tailored to residents’ unique needs. The plans are dynamic and are adjusted accordingly as health conditions change. Services include behavioral management and licensed nursing assistance provided in a secure environment. Programs consist of dementia-specific activities, such as memory boxes, sensory stimulation classes and reminiscing exercises, and can come in the form of individual or group activities. Residents also participate in intergenerational and community projects to maintain a sense of purpose and belonging. This pet-friendly community offers plenty of comfortable common areas for leisurely activities, including a private dining room for intimate celebrations with visiting families.
Appreciative family members recall the staff’s polite and kind ways. One writes, "My family is very pleased at the care and attention he received. He required special needs that were met at every level by the very caring and patient staff. … My compliments and sincere appreciation for the above and beyond treatment and love shown to my father.”
Pacifica Senior Living Hillsborough offers a welcoming and homelike environment where seniors can feel comfortable. The Legacies Memory Care Program provides a safe and secure place for seniors with memory loss disorders. The caregivers are trained in the latest techniques for working with seniors with Alzheimer's or dementia, and they attend additional training on an annual basis. The caregiving staff is always on hand to provide emotional and physical support to the residents and to gently redirect any difficult behaviors. Each resident has a personalized care plan that includes information on their hobbies, past careers, interests, likes and dislikes to ensure they get the best care possible. Seniors are encouraged to partake in activities for their mental and physical wellbeing. Some of the activities offered include movies, card games, supervised outings and art classes.
Family members praise the well-maintained facility, excellent staff and range of activities offered. One relative says, "I love Pacifica Senior Living Hillsborough. The staff is great. It's nice, there are lots of interactions, and there are lots of things to do. It's a good place for my mom and it's clean."
Pacifica Senior Living at Riverside Legacies Memory Care is a community specifically dedicated to memory care. Accommodations include individual cottages tailored to comfortably house memory care residents and located behind gates that provide safety while allowing for exploration and cognitive stimulation. Each cottage comes with its own kitchen, dining area, living space and patio spaces. The program at Legacies Memory Care is tailored specifically for each resident and involves staff certified in Activities of Daily Living and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living assistance. Medical support is on-call at all times, as is staff presence. Activities in the form of crafts, games, outings and movie nights are also available. The community also offers reminiscence therapy, light therapy and other personal care services by staff trained specifically in Alzheimer’s care. Staff also handle medication management, full-service chef-prepared dining and resident hygiene.
Client and resident opinions of Pacifica Senior Living at Riverside are almost entirely positive. As one visitor says, "I specifically like this facility because of the overall environment. There are six single story cottages which makes it very "home" like. The grounds are well-kept and nice walking paths throughout. Our family is grateful for the wonderful care our father receives.”
For more than 30 years, Raincross at Riverside has provided memory care services that enhance each resident's daily life experiences through strong caregiver/senior interpersonal bonds and ongoing communication with medical professionals and family members. Three daily 'Gourmet Bites' meals are served in the communal dining room. These bite-sized meals are designed to be eaten by hand to encourage senior meals with friends and family members to remain uninterrupted and distraction-free. Residents live in private studio apartments that are serviced with weekly housekeeping and linen services, and structured and spontaneous wellness activities are offered each month that are designed to strengthen seniors' bodies and stimulate their cognitive abilities.
Family members are pleased with this community. One says, "My father has moved into Raincross at Riverside. It is very clean and very warm. They are very attentive to their residents. They have very good hospitality as far as family members coming in. The rooms are nice size rooms. They do a lot of activities with the residents."
Located in a scenic residential neighborhood, minutes from historic downtown San Dimas, Serento Casa is a vibrant senior living community with maintenance-free residences and multilevel care services. Its memory care suites and private studios with double occupancy options feature easy-to-navigate living spaces and the security of a trained dementia care team on-duty 24/7. On-staff caregivers provide transparent daily living support services that respect independence, dignity and autonomy while regular physical health and cognitive functioning assessments from a licensed vocational nurse ensure evolving personalized care plans remain up to date. Chef-prepared meals with dementia-friendly menu choices provide daily nutrients for optimal well-being in tasty morsels. Community perks include two gated courtyards, salon services, an acoustic piano, a fireside foyer, a billiards room and a skilled nursing unit offering physical therapy. Scheduled activities, such as themed word searches, keep seniors mentally engaged.
Residents appreciate the humbleness and professionalism of the nursing staff. Seniors with additional noncognitive-related ailments in the memory care unit praise the excellent on-site physical therapy available. One reviewer, who gave the community four stars, says his high rating was "due to the extremely awesome, caring [and] humble LVNs [and] CNAs."
Silverado Sierra Vista Memory Care Community features a campus built from the ground up to serve seniors with cognitive impairments. Its beautiful grounds feature inviting walking paths and garden beds where residents can stroll or grow their favorite flowers. Outdoor patios overlook the nearby San Gabriel Mountains, and a jacuzzi and heated pool are available for recreation and exercise. The pet-friendly building is furnished and decorated to create a soothing, homelike atmosphere. Management trains staff members in caring for older individuals with dementia, and the compassionate caregivers are on-site 24/7 to provide assistance, supervision and direction. Multiple signature programs, such as Nexus and specially designed sensory activities, keep residents engaged and happy while helping to slow the process of memory loss.
Visiting family members gush over the community's inviting atmosphere and friendly staff. One resident's relative says, "The rooms are very comfortable, homey, and of course they allow you to bring anything you want to make it feel homey. They allow the pets to stay with the residents and they help take care of them. They do a really super job."
An innovative community with scenic views and single-level cottage housing, Sunrise at Canyon Crest is an award-winning senior living community that immerses residents in nature. Offering both assisted living and memory care, seniors have access to a long-tenured staff of caregivers and life enrichment managers who get to know their needs and preferences well. With emergency response systems in every suite, the staff are available 24/7 for assistance with personal hygiene, medication, mobility and meals, which are chef-prepared using fresh, seasonal ingredients. The Reminiscence program is specially designed for memory care residents, with easy-to-navigate floor plans, soft lighting and common areas including a 24-hour bistro, a media room and activity spaces where seniors can explore new interests, from painting discussions and puzzles to music therapy and fitness classes. Through validation therapy, staff ask open-ended questions, match emotions and help keep residents engaged.
Visiting relatives like the ambiance and care. One says, "The thing that I liked about it was the longevity of the staff -- how long they worked there really impressed me -- and the level of care that they provide. They told me that no matter what condition my mother was in, they would see her through."
Nestled in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, Sunrise of Claremont offers award-winning assisted living and memory care within a short distance of Pomona Valley Hospital and Medical Center. Its Reminiscence neighborhood is staffed by highly trained experts with knowledge in Alzheimer’s and dementia care, including person-centered treatment and validation therapy. Together with life enrichment managers, they craft personalized support plans and are available for 24-hour assistance with activities of daily living, personal hygiene and grooming. Reminiscence features easy-to-navigate floor plans with adjacent living, dining and common areas as well as a community dining room that offers chef-designed meals, a 24-hour bistro for snacks and refreshments, and media and activity rooms. Softly lit reflection rooms offer space to unwind, while secured outdoor areas are ideal for strolling. The schedule features an assortment of mind- and body-enriching programming, including art classes, music therapy, gardening, puzzles and crafts.
Visitors like the friendly staff, serene setting and varied activities. One notes, "They're wonderful, they're kind, and the place is beautiful. It's a smaller place, I liked the setting, it's more country, and it's convenient for us. It's more laid back, too. They've got bus trips, and all kinds of stuff, we really liked it."
The Gardens of Riverside provides senior memory care services that focus on each resident's talents, strengths and preferences. The staff members get to know each senior personally, then incorporate their knowledge of the resident's familial background, career, hobbies and interests to create customized treatment plans that promote optimal senior satisfaction, comfort and dignity. Daily on-site activities stimulate seniors' minds and encourage socialization, while assistance with dressing, bathing and grooming help keep seniors looking and feeling their best. The community's tableside-service eatery serves three freshly prepared meals per day, and snacks and beverages are offered throughout the day. A full-time licensed nurse oversees resident care plans, and medication management and pharmacy services are also available.
Family members give five enthusiastic stars. One says, "I am so grateful for the day I called The Gardens and Maria answered. From that first conversation to today, she has been there the entire time (along with Stephanie and Shannon) helping me transition my 90-year-old mom who has Alzheimer's to a memory care facility."