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 Delaware County’s senior population continues to grow (11.18% growth between 2014 and 2019), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment.
In Delaware County, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease increased by 6.57% between 2014 and 2019, 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 (3.37% in Delaware County 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 more than a dozen hours researching senior living communities in Vacaville. 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 Delaware County, 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:
Anthology of King of Prussia senior living community sits upon 122 acres of well-landscaped grounds in King of Prussia, PA, and serves residents with assisted living and dementia care needs. The secured memory care neighborhood is a protected unit with an outdoor courtyard and easily navigable access from residents’ studio apartments to common areas. Its 24-hour licensed nursing and caregiver staff observe each resident continuously to detect behavioral changes, and they assist with personal needs such as medication coordination and management, bathing and dressing. High tech devices protect against wandering and exit-seeking behaviors. Medical care is provided by a physician, podiatrist, dentist and optometrist while physical, occupational and speech therapists work to improve and maintain functional wellness. Among the many amenities at Anthology memory care are a separate dining room and common area, a sunroom and artwork that is both nostalgic and calming. Pets are welcome.
Residents and their families can enjoy the many amenities this community's memory care neighborhood offers, including an activity room, indoor pool, delicious gourmet meals and a dedicated salon and spa that feature hairstyling, manicures and massage.
Arbor Terrace Willistown is home to the Evergreen memory care neighborhood which provides compassionate care to seniors with cognitive impairment disorders. The memory care neighborhood is in a secure building and caregiving staff is always on hand to monitor the well-being of residents and provide assistance when needed. The Dining with Dignity program uses a variety of food preparation techniques to create nutritionally rich foods in a form that is easy for seniors to enjoy independently. Each resident has a personalized care plan that includes details of their life history, likes, dislikes, hobbies and favorite meals. This enables staff members to care for the residents as individuals and encourages them to discuss shared interests with the seniors. Activities offered include calming sensory groups, music therapy, outings to local attractions, wellness-focused exercise programs and participation in daily activities, including cooking and gardening.
Family members praise the staff and activities offered with one reviewer saying, "The staff has been wonderful. They're working with my mom to see what she can and can't eat. They're doing the best they can with that. ... I've seen them do exercise classes, do local outings, have movie days, and go out to different stores."
Located in the heart of Philadelphia, Atria Center City is a senior care community offering quality memory care services. The memory care neighborhood employs a bright, open-concept design and easily navigable hallways that keep residents both comfortable and safe. The spacious apartments are available in studio, one-bedroom or two-bedroom layouts and feature entryway memory display cases that help memory care residents find their rooms. Electronic locks on the apartment doors help identify visitors. The community's specialized staff is always ready to assist with any medical needs. From art classes and music programs to walking clubs and community outings to local museums, there are plenty of opportunities for residents to socialize and maintain wellness.
Residents enjoy the numerous activities and kind stuff. One resident writes, "The staff is extremely gracious and accommodating. There are so many activities and a very lovely dining area. They have three meals with a great variety of well-prepared and nutritionally balanced food every single day."
Atria Lafayette Hill is a luxury senior living community with a range of high-end amenities. The memory care unit is located in a secure building that has been purposefully designed to make life easier for seniors with cognitive disorders. The circular hallways allow for easier navigation while the brightly decorated open-plan communal areas maximize sightlines. The built-in memory display cases located next to each resident's door helps seniors to find their apartment and encourages visitors and staff to engage with the residents. A team of specially trained caregiving staff is always available to assist residents with personal care tasks and medication management. The Engage Life program aims to bring a sense of purpose to every day through participation in activities such as walking clubs, art classes and musical entertainment. Luxury amenities on-site include a library, full-service spa and outdoor courtyard.
Residents are impressed by the caring staff with one reviewer saying, "Atria Lafayette Hill is just terrific. The staff really cares for each person and they are so very kind, supportive and available. The staff not only cares about you physically but they care about your feelings."
The Homestead Floor of Chestnut Ridge Wallingford is a memory care community for seniors with Alzheimer's and dementia-related conditions. Seniors receive an individualized care plan focused on their needs and preferences to ensure they live a happy and meaningful life. Personal care is on hand 24 hours a day, assuring assistance is on hand when needed. Residents can participate in physical exercise and activities such as art classes, cooking classes, outings, a walking club, and entertainment. Cognitive memory-building exercises are also part of the program. The community has on-site licensed nurses and caregivers. Specialists such as occupational, speech and physical therapists, dentists and psychologists are on call. The community is secured and monitored for residents' safety, and seniors also receive an emergency pendant.
People love the atmosphere at Chestnut Ridge. One reviewer writes, "I am a resident in the Independent area of Chestnut Ridge (since June 2018) & am extremely happy with my decision to move here. I have been impressed with the quality of care & concern shown by the staff, who are very approachable & concerned with everyone's well-being. I made a wise & happy decision to make Chestnut Ridge my new home."
Impressions Memory Care at Bryn Mawr is a separate facility within the campus of Bryn Mawr Terrace, a continuing care retirement community by Main Line Senior Care Alliance. It’s steps away from Preston Park and conveniently close to Bryn Mawr Hospital. It has its own secured patio and greenhouse with raised gardening beds, and the large multi-use sunroom has dedicated activity spaces and a TV/movie area. The Tranquility Room offers a relaxing space for reading, knitting, praying and other solo activities. Impressions’ person-centered approach to care aims to promote a dignified lifestyle of Engaging Days and Meaningful Moments, recognizing the residents’ individual strengths. The facility’s 24-hour specialized care team is dedicated to providing compassionate care, and the small, intimate setting enables one-on-one interactions for enhanced familiarity and comfort among the residents and staff.
Loved ones are inspired by the connection between the community’s residents and caregivers. A resident’s daughter shares, "CNAs at Impressions engage mom in conversation, waiting for mom to have a response (it can take time). The CNAs redirect mom in an impressively patient manner I could not personally achieve. Impressions is a bright and clean space. Mom loves the food.”
Rose Tree Place, which offers memory care and assisted living, is located close to U.S. Route 1 and Rose Tree Park in Media, Pennsylvania. The community’s homelike memory care neighborhood provides a comfortable, familiar environment. Staff members are trained through a partnership with the National Council of Dementia Practitioners to work with residents while doing daily tasks as a way to cultivate a sense of purpose. The Pathways program helps residents learn and connect with one another using approaches that engage them mentally, physically and socially. Memory care residents can stimulate their minds and bodies by attending history and fitness classes, and they can socialize by participating in group outings to horse farms and nearby cities.
Rose Tree Place receives rave reviews from families for its team of kind, helpful staff members. One resident’s family member states, "The team really cares about the residents. They get to know every resident on an individual basis and will spend whatever time is necessary in discussing the needs of your loved one.”
Saunders House, which is located adjacent to Lankenau Hospital, offers seniors a range of comfortable short-term and long-term living options in serene surroundings. The on-site Care Traditions program for Alzheimer’s and dementia residents offers therapies to improve recall and physical mobility and activities to keep seniors active. Memory care residents have a quiet, separate dining area. Professional, understanding staff encourage residents to get involved in arts and crafts, discussion groups, cooking classes, adapted bowling and sports, pet therapy and outings. Seniors benefit from personalized care plans with skilled nurses available 24/7. Services include short-term rehabilitation, memory care, restorative care and highly specialized care for visually impaired seniors.
One relative says, "My mother is currently in Saunders House (in the short term rehab), and I am so amazingly happy and grateful for the amazing care she's receiving. The staff is so kind, the facility so pleasant – even the food is halfway decent. I can't say enough about how great they've been."
Life at Springfield Senior Living Community offers a comfortable and peaceful setting for all of its residents. The facility's secure memory unit features rooms with private bathrooms for residents with Alzheimer’s, dementia or other memory impairments. Specialized activities and recreational programs provide visual and tactile stimulation for seniors' physical and mental well-being. The highly qualified staff handles every memory loss case with diligence and support, providing round-the-clock services. Regular music therapy, arts and crafts, physical therapy and pet therapy sessions are offered. The in-house dining staff makes residents nutritious meals that adhere to their specific dietary requirements. Additional amenities include salon services, laundry, housekeeping and spiritual services. Respite care is also available.
People love the personalized care and attention provided to all residents at Springfield Senior Living Community. One reviewer writes, "Springfield Senior Living was nice, and the staff was friendly. The apartments were spacious. I saw the library, beauty/barber shop, and the staff who [gave us a tour] was good."
Summit at Glen Mills is located in a serene neighborhood close to leisure venues, churches and medical facilities. The community boasts an elevated retirement lifestyle with its resort-like amenities, including a rooftop deck, a full-service restaurant, a theater and a salon. Illuminations, the community’s specially designed memory care program, values the importance of connections in helping seniors and their families cope with the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Its activities are well-planned to foster meaningful relationships with families, caregivers and the environment. Seniors keep active bodies and minds through an array of engaging activities that include gardening, learning sessions, fitness exercises, and trips to off-site shopping and cultural attractions. Additionally, visiting providers help residents maintain their functional abilities through physical and occupational therapy services offered in the in-house wellness center.
The Summit leaves a good impression on reviewers, who mention the beautiful apartments, helpful staff and good food. One writes, "The facility is beautiful and the staff is friendly, kind and very compassionate and efficient. They are always receptive to any concerns we have and have done an excellent job in caring for our dad. The Summit and its staff have been a perfect fit for us.”
Sunrise of Granite Run is situated in a quiet, suburban area. The community focuses on cultivating a high quality of life for residents. The Reminiscence Neighborhood is the core of memory care programming in this community. Life enrichment managers in this neighborhood use Validation therapy as the main component of the program. It includes making eye contact with residents, matching emotional responses, rephrasing and asking open-ended questions when possible. Residents have access to assistance with the activities of daily living, as needed. They are also encouraged to take advantage of the many community amenities, including the large enclosed courtyard, on-site media library, group fitness and arts and crafts classes. There is also a beauty salon and barbershop as well as a computer room for residents interested in using technology.
Sunrise of Granite Run reviews emphasize the activities available for residents and the friendliness of the staff. Community cleanliness is also a common point of note. One writes, "Sunrise of Granite Run's rooms are very nice. The staff was very pleasant, and the amenities are very nice. I like the Bingo and the holiday activities they had."
Sunrise of Haverford is in a quiet community, and while the surrounding is serene, residents here have multiple opportunities for engagement. Memory care services are provided through the Reminiscence neighborhood. This special segment of the community is solely for those with memory care conditions. It not only emphasizes whole-person wellness but also relies on validation therapy techniques to make residents feel more comfortable. This includes rephrasing information as needed, asking open-ended questions and making direct eye contact during communication. Memory care residents are encouraged to socially interact with other residents and can freely do so given the secure nature of this environment. Activities include meditation, religious services, brain games and outdoor recreation. Residents have access to scheduled transportation, weekly housekeeping and laundry care.
One of the most common aspects of the community family members mention is the friendliness of everyone. One writes, "Sunrise of Haverford was fine, lovely, warm, and caring. The caregivers knew everybody's names and were accessible. ... I liked that everybody was so friendly."
Sunrise of Lafayette Hill is located in a quiet community and provides memory care services through the Reminiscence program. This specific neighborhood uses Validation therapy, which incorporates direct eye contact, rephrasing and emotional matching to cultivate a comforting environment for memory care residents. Memory care residents also enjoy a more secure environment and assistance with the activities of daily living, as needed. Residents are encouraged to participate in activities including physical activity to slow the progression of memory conditions, music and art therapy and outdoor recreation. In addition to the on-site beauty salon and barber shop, residents also have access to weekly housekeeping, laundry and linen service and medication assistance.
Residents and their loved ones enjoy the amenities and activities found in this community. They also emphasize staff professionalism. One notes, "My father is a resident at Sunrise of Lafayette Hill. The rooms and the whole place are beautiful. I don't have any problems so far. The food is good; he has a tremendous appetite."
Located in a wooded, residential area in the heart of Delaware County, PA, Sunrise of Newton Care provides memory care, personal care and short-term care for seniors. The community is conveniently located near shops, restaurants and health care facilities, including Bryn Mawr Hospital and Riddle Hospital. On-site amenities include a café, TV room, fireside living room, outdoor seating, gardens and walking paths. Residents receive a customized care plan, and services such as meals, housekeeping and transportation are included. A wide range of activities is also offered, including games, movie nights and group outings. Memory care residents live in a dedicated Reminiscence neighborhood, with comforting and secure areas that are easy to navigate. Staff is trained in the latest techniques in memory care, including validation therapy. Memory-specific activities and programs are also available to Reminiscence residents.
Family members really appreciate the helpful staff and excellent care that their loved ones receive. As one reviewer writes, "Our mother entered there a year ago and has had nothing but excellent care, even when she had to move to the memory care section. The staff have been unfailingly helpful and professional and the leadership has been responsive to our needs.”
Located in the suburbs of north Philadelphia, The Pinnacle at Plymouth Meeting is a personal care community that takes an individualized approach to memory care. After an intake assessment conducted by trained specialists, residents are welcomed into a holistic program that aims to optimize physical, mental and spiritual well-being. By employing compassionate staff and offering collaborative activities and events, the program creates a family-like atmosphere that stimulates the senses and fosters connections. The staff is available round-the-clock to provide help that includes medication management, daily living assistance and meal monitoring. Residents enjoy three nutritious meals daily, along with apartment maintenance and housekeeping and laundry services.
Residents enjoy the quality caregivers at The Pinnacle at Plymouth Meeting. One online reviewer writes, "Everything was very nice, it was very well kept, everything was clean, they're very attentive, and it's a nice facility. The staff was very good... The dining area was nice and roomy."
Suburban Haverford, PA, is home to The Quadrangle, an assisted living and memory care community that sits on 74 acres of forested grounds. Its 24-hour staff is responsible for helping residents attain their best physical, emotional and mental well-being. The Reminiscence Memory Care program focuses on residents’ individual needs on initial assessment, with adjustments as their conditions change. An emphasis on physical fitness, with intellectual and social activities, provides opportunities to promote health and happiness while preserving dignity. Assistance with daily living activities such as bathing, dressing and medications combines with proven dementia care principles. Among The Quadrangle’s many amenities are a library, 6-hole golf course, garden plots and a greenhouse. Community and personal pets calm residents and provide entertainment, and three delicious meals a day are served in the group dining room or a resident's own apartment.
Residents appreciate the expansive surroundings and many activities. As one resident wrote, "The staff have been helpful... The activities are extensive in many areas - art, fitness, books, current events, etc... Performers and movies abound on weekends. The art studios are exceptionally large and well-stocked. There is a pool, mini-golf course, tennis courts.”
The Residence at Glen Riddle is a senior living community in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, that offers memory care to those living with all forms of dementia, including Alzheimer's, and other memory-impacting diseases. Designed as a residential enclave, The Residence at Glen Riddle is surrounded by landscaped grounds, making it easy for residents to safely be close to nature. Experienced staff and nurses exercise compassion, respect and integrity as they help residents with their specific needs around the clock. Spacious rooms with cable and internet are paired with a busy calendar of activities like games, movies, yoga and gardening, keeping residents engaged and socially active. Off-site activities are also regularly organized. Three meals per day are served in a restaurant-like setting, but residents can also choose to consume meals in their rooms.
One reviewer was thankful for how staff at The Resident at Glen Riddle took care of her mother even with the challenges her rare disease posed. Another person praised the way the staff "does a fantastic job of providing attentive care to the patients consistently." Reviewers also praise the community's array of social activities.
The Terrace at Chestnut Hill, located in north Philadelphia, is a senior living community offering memory care services. Through a range of multisensory activities and individualized care plans based on personal assessments, residents enjoy an environment geared toward optimizing cognitive health. Trained caregivers are available round-the-clock to assist with medication monitoring, rehabilitation and activities of daily living. Visits from off-site dentists, physicians, podiatrists and psychiatrists are also available when needed. Special events and wellness activities are held on-site, giving residents an opportunity to socialize and maintain physical and mental health. When not engaged in activity, residents can relax in the comfortable studio apartments situated in the secure memory care neighborhood. All apartments come with weekly housekeeping services and an emergency call system.
Residents enjoy the comfortable atmosphere and kind staff. One reviewer writes, "I was very impressed with the facility, the Terrace and backyard settings, and the decor - it was very warm and inviting. I felt the offerings (food, activities, transportation, etc.) were on the more upscale side... the staff is also very impressive - friendly, professional, knowledgeable and helpful."
The Watermark at Logan Square is a retirement community located in the heart of Philadelphia and close to a number of health care facilities, including Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. The Watermark's homelike memory care neighborhood, The Gardens, provides 24/7 care in a safe and secure setting that still encourages independence. Each resident receives a memory care plan that's customized to their unique needs and interests. The community runs a wide variety of activities that help seniors stay social and active, including dance recitals, craft workshops and classes by Watermark University. On-site amenities include an auditorium for performances and movies, an art studio and a club room with a cocktail bar. The community's culinary team prepares nutritious meals three times per day.
Visitors praise the stunning community, with one reviewer saying, "The rooms were beautiful; they looked like model apartments. I would love to live there. And the views were very nice. I saw the gym, the auditorium, the restaurant -- which also looked like a cruise ship and had many windows -- and the craft room they had."
Nestled amid lush forest grounds, Wesley Enhanced Living at Stapeley is a charming retirement community with a historic architectural design. It offers a range of lifestyle options, including memory care at the Bridges, a secure neighborhood specially designed for seniors with cognitive conditions and supervised by a team of aides and professionals highly trained in dementia care. Living spaces are spacious and well-lit, and they make use of colors and visual clues to aid in safe, easy navigation. Structured daily programming includes activities that incorporate familiar routines from past experiences as well as an array of recreational activities that help residents build social connections, discover new skills and improve physical and cognitive health. Dining at Wesley’s Fireside restaurant offers opportunities for bonding with friends and families, with delightful menus prepared from fresh ingredients by the in-house chef.
Families appreciate the staff’s hospitality and are happy to see loved ones settle comfortably in their new surroundings. "Patrick and his team helped my mom stay calm and eased her anxiety about moving to a new home. My mom has been much more active and is benefitting from a more structured daily routine. She even loves the food!” says one family member.