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 Corvallis’s senior population continues to grow (18.58% growth between 2013 and 2017), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment.
In Corvallis, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease rose by 35.3% between 2013 and 2017. To put that in perspective, the number of deaths from all causes for that same age group only increased by 24.1%, 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 (9.41% in Corvallis 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 Corvallis. 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 Corvallis, 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:
Regent Court Senior Living has a convenient location just across from Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis. This homelike memory care facility provides a safe, supportive environment with its secure garden courtyard and inclusive neighborhood atmosphere. As a Compass Living senior community, Regent Court adheres to True North programs that engage and stimulate residents cognitively, physically and emotionally, while giving them a sense of purpose and value. These include the Tiny Stories project that records residents’ storytelling, and the Circle of Friends validating communication techniques for meaningful, interactive conversations. Music Makes Memories personal playlists and sing-along activities are utilized, along with True North Yoga for physical relaxation and aromatherapy to calm the senses. The nutritious home-cooked meals served to residents are based on the Brain Power Nutrition Boost diet that includes plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits.
A resident couple’s loved one praises Regent Court’s attentive staff and writes: “... I am blessed that my parents can receive care from such compassionate and talented people. My dad enjoys his meals and has attentive care whenever he needs it. My mom is completely bedridden and has unique needs that they are careful to attend to.”
The scenic location of Willamette Springs Memory Care community provides lush green views and convenient access to downtown Corvallis. The facility’s secure walking paths, outdoor spaces and indoor common areas encourage residents to enjoy the fresh air and socialize, while the spacious private and semiprivate rooms provide comfort and safety. Aside from being served three nutritious meals daily, residents can have snacks and beverages at any time. The facility’s individualized life enrichment program gives residents appropriate life skill tasks that help sustain their independence along with stimulating activities based on their interests, hobbies and personal routine. The Tender Heart, a dementia and Alzheimer's support group, holds monthly discussions when family members can express concerns about their resident loved ones and learn how to cope with memory loss.
Family members praise the compassionate staff of Willamette Springs, as one reviewer writes: “Mom was a resident for about one year at Willamette Springs. We never had a doubt that she was well cared for and loved. They went beyond our expectations in taking care of her, [and] we have only praise for the excellent administration, medical staff and caregivers that took care of our mom."