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 Dallas’s senior population continues to grow (20.72% growth between 2013 and 2018), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment.
In Dallas, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease increased by 83.5% between 2013 and 2018. To put that in perspective, the number of deaths from all causes for that same age group only increased by 10.3%, 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 (8.61% in Dallas 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 Dallas. 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 Dallas, 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:
Arden Courts of Richardson is a memory care community manned by trained caregivers with expertise and experience in Alzheimer’s and related dementia. Customized care plans accommodate individual routines, interests, capabilities and needs. They are developed through an initial assessment upon move-in and are regularly adjusted to meet changing conditions. Health services include hourly safety checks, vital sign monitoring, medication assistance and physical therapy. The community is functionally designed to provide a safe, secure environment with symbols, colors and visual cues strategically placed in hallways, pathways and living spaces for effortless navigation and memory stimulation. The Engagement Therapy Treatment program encourages social engagement through activities customized according to personal and historic information and current interests. Additionally, life skills programming incorporates the performance of everyday tasks, such as light housekeeping and kitchen chores, to create a sense of purpose and independence.
People observe that the caregivers at Arden Courts are trained to handle challenging situations. "The decision to place my husband was difficult, but it was made easier by the concern and care he has received during his time at Arden Court,” says a resident’s wife. Reviewers also like the well-rounded activities and clean, secure surroundings.
Avalon Memory Care is a community designed especially for individuals with dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and other cognitive impairments. It provides residents with a safe and secure homelike environment and follows a comprehensive philosophy that addresses the emotional, physical, social and spiritual needs of residents and focuses on individualized daily routines to maintain quality of life. The community promotes self-esteem and dignity with its activities, often resulting in reducing medications, increasing appetite and accepting new surroundings. The community's therapeutic and loving environment helps individuals maintain autonomy and reinforce positive memories. The customized care involves assisting with toileting, feeding, incontinence, bathing, dressing, grooming, walking and other activities. Residents are also encouraged to participate in a variety of other activities, including creative art and crafting of seasonal decorations, baking, gardening, singing, Bible studies, reminiscing and exercise.
Family members appreciate the friendliness of the staff and the safety precautions taken for residents, with one saying, "Avalon Quarterway did a spectacular service for my mother... for the last three years of her life. They were kind, courteous, helpful and loving. I highly recommend Avalon."
Belmont Village Turtle Creek is a memory care, assisted living and independent living community situated less than 3 miles from UT Southwestern Medical Center and Interstate 35 East in Dallas, Texas. The community’s Whole Brain Fitness program is designed to engage memory care residents by placing them in small groups based on their abilities that are guided by a specially-trained team. Memory care residents can receive occupational, physical and speech therapies at the fitness center and enjoy social and fitness-oriented activities. Seniors have access to an array of upscale amenities, including a salt-water swimming pool, theater and full-service salon. They can also spend time participating in bingo games and going on sightseeing drives.
Belmont Village Turtle Creek receives rave reviews for serving delicious food and scheduling fun activities. "The permanent and rotating menus are very good. The chef gets the fish from Veracruz, and he knows what he's doing. The desserts are super. The entertainment is good — they have a great happy hour,” writes one resident.
The staff at Brookdale Lake Highlands takes a person-centered approach to caring for seniors with Alzheimer's and related dementia issues. Residents are encouraged to partake in brain games, music programs, dancing, cooking classes and other daily activities that are gently structured and devised to engage the thought processes while preserving a person's unique personality and identity. The scientifically based activities encourage the skills and abilities residents currently possess, including pursuing their personal hobbies and interests. Caregivers also assist seniors with the tasks of daily living, medication management and redirection. Delicious home-style meals are offered in a peaceful restaurant-style setting where dining assistance is available and special dietary concerns are met. For residents' safety, the community's exterior doors are secured 24 hours a day.
The safe, stimulating environment and caring staff provide family members with the secure knowledge that their loved ones are happy and thriving. One family member states, "The place is clean, the people are caring and friendly, they give her 3 meals and day and keep her safe."
Situated in a residential neighborhood within a comfortable distance of several restaurants and shops, Brookdale Preston is an assisted living and memory care community. Situated over two acres of land, the Brookdale Preston features a scenic courtyard, library, porch and an on-site salon. Residents in the memory care community each receive a personalized care plan known as the “path of engagement.” The goal of the memory care program is to stimulate the strengths of weaknesses while filing in the gaps caused by memory loss. Licensed nursing and caregivers are available 24/7 to residents in the memory care community.
The Brookdale Preston has positive reviews with one family member describing the staff as "very friendly, and very helpful” and added they "like the ambiance” and that it is very "home-like.” Another family member described the community as "wonderful,” saying that they enjoy the presentation of the dining room.
At Cambridge Court Senior Living, residents live in spacious apartments with kitchenettes and the assistance of an attentive staff. Residents in assisted living and memory care receive help with ADLs, and all residents have access to laundry and housekeeping services to make their lifestyles more relaxing. Memory care residents live in The Cottage, a close-knit community with a homelike environment for resident comfort. The staff works to create bonds with residents while the personalized 'My Legacy' program helps residents record their memories. The 'Ageless Grace' program encourages physical activity. The community uses a Montessori approach to cognition and learning, with puzzles and brain teasers designed to keep residents mentally engaged.
Residents and guests often note the activities on offer at Cambridge Court Senior Living. One visitor said, "My mother is in memory care. There are many activities that she can take place in. They have movies and church services, and she participates in all of those. She is enjoying them very much.”
Armed with Discovery Senior Living’s award-winning management and more than 25 years of senior care experience, Caruth Haven Court offers a seamless transition into community living for Dallas retirees. It welcomes memory care residents in warm, inviting living spaces replete with modern amenities, such as functionally designed apartments, an engaging calendar of daily activities and a dining room where chefs serve international cuisine and homemade meals. The memory care team is specially trained in Alzheimer’s, dementia and other cognitive conditions, making them fully equipped to provide personalized care that helps build seniors' confidence, self-esteem and a strong sense of belonging that allows them to continue living full, purposeful lives. The community’s full-time activities director plans small-group or one-to-one activities that match each resident’s attention span, interests and abilities, including safe, non-competitive exercises.
Families love how the staff responds to residents’ challenging behaviors as one writes, "My mother used to have a tendency to wander, but with her being around people and they have things to keep her busy it has been really good for her.” Reviewers also like the comfortable, intimate setting, good location and great food.
Diversicare of Lake Highlands offers a full continuum of care, located conveniently on a single campus. Its services incorporate evidence-based and modern approaches to care and treatment, providing a safe environment for seniors who require additional assistance. The community seeks to engage residents with Alzheimer’s and related dementia in purposeful activities that are specifically designed to maximize their capabilities, interests and personal preferences. Its management team takes seriously the hiring of team members, looking at their skills, knowledge and attitude, then helping to grow employees to expand their expertise. Staff collaborate and communicate regularly with family concerning best practices and educational resources. The community's design maximizes safety and minimizes confusion and activities promote routine and structure. Amenities include an on-site hair salon, fitness center, health and wellness programs and entertainment.
Family members note the staff's communication as a benefit, with one saying, "My mom has been here for about eight months. The staff have been very helpful and pleasant. If I have any questions or concerns they are quick to respond or get me to the person who has the answers. I would highly recommend this facility."
Edgemere is a senior community that provides a continuum of care for residents, offering a well-rounded approach to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The community takes into account the individual, helping residents sharpen their physical fitness, while nurturing their spiritual, intellectual and emotional well-being. For residents suffering from memory loss related to Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, certified team members work with them and their families to handle the challenges inherent in these conditions. Technology and modern techniques, such as use of therapy dolls and robotic animal companions, are utilized for seniors in memory care. Residents receive 24/7 supervised care with medications managed and monitored, daily housekeeping, and three daily meals prepared by chefs. Common areas include an enclosed courtyard where residents may walk or garden. An on-site, full-service beauty salon allows residents to keep up their appearance without leaving the community.
Residents rave about the luxury lifestyle Edgemere offers. One resident says, "We have been here two years. No complaints. I don't have to cook or clean. Meals are outstanding, especially the desserts. We are spoiled. One could say that Edgemere is like being on a cruise ship."
Entrust of DeSoto is an assisted living community that focuses on resident-centered care. Its beautifully-furnished common areas, outdoor patios and walking paths offer spots for residents to socialize with family and friends. An on-site chef prepares three fresh gourmet meals a day in the community's dining room and alternative choices are offered. Transportation is provided for daily activities and outings, and residents participate in a variety of music events, arts and crafts and card games as well as intergenerational activities to promote satisfaction with life and a sense of belonging. Nurses monitor memory care residents and are available 24 hours a day to assist with bathing, toileting, dressing, grooming and other ADLs. Staff members build relationships with residents and promote independence while helping them meet their physical, emotional, mental, social and spiritual needs.
Visitors and family members comment about the well-trained and friendly staff. One family member says this, "They were caring, compassionate and above all well trained. My father was declining rapidly due to a stroke and I will always believe they gave him a few months of time... I really could not have asked for better care."
Iris Memory Care of Turtle Creek is a community for seniors diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Its specially-trained caregivers assist residents 24 hours per day with medication management, bathing, dressing, grooming and incontinence care as well as mobility and transfers. Using emotional and behavioral management skills, staff deliver compassionate care to residents while helping them maintain their dignity, prioritizing getting to know each resident on an individual level. A personalized daily program is developed with residents' families, gathering social and life histories that enable insight into past events, relationships, hobbies and interests of residents. Three chef-prepared and dietitian-approved meals are served daily, with healthy and nutritious snacks available throughout the day. The community has comfortable living areas as well as a game and activity room, full-service salon, beautiful courtyards and shaded porches.
Family members of residents praise the staff,with one saying, "Iris Memory Care at Turtle Creek is a wonderful place for people challenged with any form of memory impairment! The staff are amazing and many have been there for a very long time, which says so much about them! They have wonderful activities for the residents and the food is outstanding!!!"
Juliette Fowler Communities offers a continuum of care with apartments for independent living, assisted living and memory care, along with skilled nursing. Seniors reside in studio or one-bedroom suites with large windows that look onto the community's lush outdoor spaces. Utilizing modern techniques that shifted the paradigm on how to treat dementia, its memory care team are trained in a program developed by the Hearthstone Institute. The team uses communication techniques and offers life enrichment activities that help mitigate memory impairments, including music and art therapy and a sensory garden, and strengthen speech and motor skills. There is also a full-time pastor who performs worship services and offers spiritual counseling.
Family members love that there's so much to entertain residents. One says, "Mom lives in a beautiful place surrounded by love with plenty of interesting things to do." One resident explains why she loves living here, "I love living here. The staff is caring, organized and attentive to all issues. The residents are fun and happy and we have so many choices of daily activities."
Monticello West is a life plan senior living community that enables residents to age in place as their care needs change. The staff creates a sense of routine and balance in the lives of the memory care residents which helps to slow the progression of memory loss and reduces anxiety. The caregiving staff is always on hand to assist residents with personal care and grooming to ensure they look and feel their best. Activities are customized around the resident's previous career or vocation, giving them a sense of purpose. Each resident has the chance to engage in leisure activities that brought them joy in the past. A licensed nurse conducts regular health checks to ensure the well-being of the residents. The memory care neighborhood is secure and requires keypad access. Three nutritious chef-prepared meals are served on a daily basis.
Family members praise the compassion shown to residents with one reviewer saying, "We are grateful for the care and concern they have given both of our parents, working hard to accommodate their every need. This facility has life, love and laughter throughout with many long-term staff members giving their all."
Signature Pointe is a warm and welcoming memory care community on the banks of picturesque White Rock Creek. Situated in North Dallas less than 20 minutes from downtown, the memory care center is close to shops, restaurants and attractions. Memory care residents receive a high level of care with 24/7 support in a safe and comfortable environment. Skilled nursing, medication management and physical therapy ensure residents stay healthy and strong, while special virtual reality programs stimulate the mind, keeping residents engaged. Many seniors appreciate the in-room kitchens and regular housekeeping and laundry services. The community also offers a range of amenities including an on-site beauty salon and barbershop and party space for residents to reunite with their family and friends. Healthy meals are served daily in the dining room.
Signature Pointe is popular with residents and their families who acknowledge the strong sense of community and support services. "My mother is extremely happy here. The staff is very courteous and goes out of their way to be helpful in all aspects of caregiving. They keep me informed regarding my mother's care. It is very clean. I would highly recommend this facility," one resident's daughter said.
Sunrise on Hillcrest is located conveniently close to medical facilities, shopping centers and churches. The memory care neighborhood is designed so that the residents' private suites are located next to the communal living and dining areas to make navigation simple. The unit is secure and has access to a safe outdoor area with a shaded patio and raised garden beds for residents who enjoy gardening. Life Enrichment Managers develop activities customized to the needs and abilities of each resident, in conjunction with the caregiving staff. Activities include vocational activities related to residents' work history, leisure activities they used to enjoy, memory improvement games and musical entertainment. The staff is trained in working with seniors with memory impairment disorders and they're always available to provide assistance with personal care and medication management.
Family members praise the staff and activities available with one reviewer saying, "My mom is residing at Sunrise of Hillcrest and is very comfortable there in a one-bedroom apartment. She is doing activities and going shopping. It's very nice and very clean. ... The staff is very good. They seem to be very attentive to my mom."
The Avenues of Park Forest is a comfortable and homelike senior living community where residents can relax. The memory care neighborhood is in a separate and secure area known as The Cottage. In this section, the caregiver-to-resident ratio is kept high to ensure that every resident gets the best possible level of care. The highly qualified caregiving staff receives ongoing training in caring for seniors with cognitive impairment disorders. A licensed nurse and team of caregivers are available 24/7 to coordinate care and provide assistance with personal care tasks. The activity program is designed to enrich the lives of residents and slow the progress of mental regression. Activities offered on-site include Ageless Grace exercise classes, Montessori-based learning programs, themed sensory boxes, pet therapy and live musical entertainment. Three delicious meals are served daily, and special diets can be accommodated.
Friends and family members are impressed by the welcoming environment and activities offered, with one reviewer saying, "I'm very happy with the Avenues of Park Forest. It has a very positive environment, and they have lots of activities for the seniors. My friend moved in there, and the food is excellent."
When residents enter the elegant lobby of The Preston of the Park Cities, they get a feel for the upscale lifestyle at this boutique community. This Dallas assisted living and memory care community has a spa-like feel and a location near the city’s top shopping and dining options. Its caregivers act as guides, providing responsive care to residents with memory care needs. These caregivers receive training from the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners, and they work to involve residents in the rhythms of daily living throughout the community. They also assist with ADLs, including dressing and bathing. Recreational and fitness classes and trips into town keep residents active while living in the community. A spa and concierge are included as part of the community's luxury amenities.
The high level of training for dementia care stands out to guests. One said, "The Preston was our hands down selection and we have never regretted our decision. The transition for our mother was initially challenging but with the help of the lovely staff at The Preston, our mother is flourishing."
The resort-style atmosphere of The Tradition Lovers Lane allows seniors to relax and spend their retirement years in a beautiful, welcoming environment. Founder Jonathan Perlman created The Tradition with the goal of making it feel truly like home, just on a larger scale. Seniors receive dedicated care and attention from skilled nursing staff and caregivers who support residents with the activities of daily living. Laundry and housekeeping service is offered. Seniors have the option of taking meals in the community dining area or using their in-room kitchen to cook their own. The property features a gorgeous garden and quiet patio area, a beauty and barbershop, fitness center and dedicated space for parties and social events. The bustling schedule of exercise classes, socials and educational events keeps residents mentally and physically fit.
Residents report that the food is good and the atmosphere is friendly and pleasant. One reviewer says "They have everything. The food is excellent. Everything is a 5 here," adding that the staff has always assisted them in every way that they have asked. Reviewers are particularly happy that pets are welcomed at the facility.
The Villages of Lake Highlands is a memory care and skilled nursing community. It has a high staff-to-patient ratio, which eases the burden on families and seniors, and registered nurses are on the floor daily, even on weekends and holidays, to provide medication and personal care assistance. For additional medication needs, there's an on-site pharmacy. In cases of sudden illness, residents can use the emergency call system. Compassionate caregivers tailor activities to the individual care plan that evolves as senior's needs evolve. The staff also provides specialized daily activities to stimulate the mind and promote social interaction. Along with weekly laundry and housekeeping, certified chefs cook all meals from scratch daily. Residents have the option to dine however they wish, whether they want to eat alone with their beloved pet or chat with fellow residents over Belgian waffles on Saturdays.
Relatives appreciate the staff and how they work as a unit to help seniors effectively deal with the changes in their lives. They also commend the management and staff for going "above and beyond to make each resident comfortable and loved."
Windsor Senior Living is situated in a peaceful neighborhood close to parks and walking trails. The memory care unit is in a secure section of the building with access to a safe courtyard area with shaded seating. A team of highly-trained caregiving staff is available 24/7 to assist residents with personal care tasks, escort them to meals and provide comfort and friendship. Staff members focus on activities suitable for the ability of residents and praise and encourage them rather than focusing on skills or memories they have lost. Three healthy meals are served on a daily basis in the elegant communal dining room and special diets can be accommodated. Staff will cut up food or blend the food for residents if required. Activities offered in the memory care section include musical entertainment, religious services and fitness classes.
Residents praise the food and life plan community options with one reviewer saying, "Everyone is helpful, respectful, and congenial. The dining room is convenient and the food is good. I enjoy the activities. I like that if I should need additional care in the future it will be available & I will not have to move."