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 Delray Beach’s senior population continues to grow (11.95% growth between 2013 and 2017), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment.
In Delray Beach, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease decreased by 6% between 2013 and 2017, showing that while Alzheimer’s is a serious concern in the region, the associated deaths have decreased recently. Overall, the percentage of seniors’ deaths related to Alzheimer’s is lower than the rest of the nation (3.28% in Delray Beach 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 Delray Beach. 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 Delray Beach, 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:
Aravilla Assisted Living and Memory Care prioritizes residents' independence, joy and health through sensory-stimulating and socially invigorating activities, including weekly ballroom dancing, live music performances and art classes. This luxurious, pet-friendly community pairs newcomers with a personal concierge, who welcomes them and aids in the creation of their personalized care plan. The resort-style facility employs a Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef and provides residents with transportation for errands in the community Tesla. Memory care residents enjoy access to an attractive, landscaped outdoor courtyard, individualized therapies and family-member support groups. Small touches, such as lavender-scented hand towels, help increase residents' appetites, and a well-trained staff, keyless entry system and call buttons in each apartment enhance their safety and security.
Loved ones express gratitude for the facility’s kind staff, good food and engaging activities that keep residents happy and social. One family member says, “Our family feels blessed to have found our mom the perfect home ... The staff is very loving and caring; she enjoys a wide variety of activities ... the Mediterranean style food served is homemade, which she enjoys very much.”
Arden Courts of Sarasota, Florida, is located in a residential neighborhood of the city's southern suburban area. The facility's focus on memory care is evidenced by the careful attention to safety and comfort provisions both indoors and outside. The courtyard and its walking paths are fully enclosed and offer residents shaded seating on the porch or beneath a gazebo. Living accommodations are split into four separate buildings designed to feel like homes, where residents can dine and socialize together in small groups. Common areas available to all include an on-site salon, fitness center and rooms for activities and hobbies. Residents can move freely within their community spaces while also enjoying easy access to assistance and guidance from the facility's nurses and staff members. Frequent visits from family and friends are encouraged, and the facility regularly hosts family nights and learning seminars to strengthen the bonds between residents and their loved ones. Arden Courts is now accredited by the Alzheimer's Association and is the only local memory care community to be issued that designation.
Reviews from loved ones consistently praise staff members for their attentive care"There are also many caregivers who recognized the residents, know their likes and dislikes and seem genuinely fond of the people living at Arden Courts."
Brookdale Phillippi Creek is an assisted living and memory care community aiming to provide a safe, active and personalized lifestyle for each resident. New residents undergo an assessment to determine their needs and identify individual preferences, skills and interests. On-site amenities such as the chapel, beauty salon and fitness center enable residents to participate in their preferred spiritual, grooming and exercise habits. The outdoor courtyard patio and cozy living room with a fireplace offer peaceful areas for relaxation and socializing. Staff members in the Clare Bridge Alzheimer's and Dementia program use visual cues and gentle communication to guide residents through sensory-stimulating activities, including gardening, pet therapy and B-Fit exercise classes. The community's chef prepares nutritious meals served in the sunny dining hall, and a private dining room is available for family events and celebrations.
Family members praise the facility’s good food and caring, informative and reassuring staff. One reviewer states, “The staff there were so helpful with helping me decide where to place my mom ... The food was amazing, and the staff were all involved in talking and helping us feel welcomed into the community … They helped with all our worries."
Set on the seventh tee of the Bobby Jones Golf Course, Cabot Reserve On The Green provides assisted living, memory care and respite stays for Sarasota seniors. The facility is owned and operated by the not-for-profit Family Extended Care, Inc., and holds an Extended Congregate Care (ECC) license that allows it to provide a continuum of care for residents wishing to age in place. The serene, country setting includes a backyard walking path and an enclosed lanai that overlooks the golf course. Assisted living residents choose between private and semiprivate accommodations and receive personal care services tailored to their individual needs and preferences. Planned activities, local excursions, transportation and three elegantly served meals per day are a few of the assisted living services offered. Seniors living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia are cared for at Bayberry Memory House, a small eight-bed secured unit.
Family members appreciate the many activities the residents enjoy and the frequent opportunities provided for families to attend celebrations. A daughter shares, “We love everything about Cabot. It is a very homey atmosphere, and the staff is amazingly loving and caring. We have trusted their judgment throughout mom's stay there.”
Located in the heart of Sarasota near the airport, Discovery Village at Sarasota Bay provides seniors with supervised independent living, assisted living and memory care services under a One Price Personal Care plan. The all-inclusive fee covers all levels of care and amenities, which are plentiful at this pet-friendly property. Residents enjoy an array of health and wellness, recreational, social and gourmet dining programs in the Grande Clubhouse. The memory care program, An Exploration of Discovery, focuses on each resident’s strengths to achieve small successes through purpose-driven activities in one-on-one and small-group settings. Every activity is tailored to a person’s attention span, age, abilities and the time of day to ensure a failure-free, positive experience. Nutrient-dense gourmet meals promote overall health, while Food on the Run ensures that residents who wander obtain adequate nourishment. The SHINE program certifies memory care center programming for cognitive enrichment and this facility is the only one in Sarasota with this program.
While the grounds, amenities, activities and dining program are frequently cited highlights of this community, the memory care neighborhood really shines. One reviewer wrote, “Discovery Village at Sarasota Bay has been a godsend for our friend and neighbor. He has blossomed since moving into this beautiful memory care facility. The staff is wonderful and very supportive of the residents as they look after their individual needs and tend to their well-being.”
The Elmcroft of Sarasota community provides assisted living, independent living and memory care on three acres of manicured grounds with garden and bayou views. The facility's numerous upscale amenities include a beauty and barber shop, on-site therapy room, community kitchen and library. The daily menu features dishes inspired by local and international cultures and prepared with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Stimulating group activities are offered, including ballroom dancing, movie nights and live music performances. Residents can shoot pool on the billiards table, stroll along landscaped walking paths and participate in fitness or cooking classes and organized field trips. The Chronicles memory care program provides personalized care tailored to each senior's unique history, interests and abilities in a calm, secure setting with 24-hour supervision.
Family members praise the facility for its cheerful atmosphere, tasty food and attentive staff, who engage residents in numerous activities. One reviewer says, “Brookdale Downtown Sarasota is really nice, very bright and clean. They have lots of activities. The staff is incredibly nice and caring … They seem to be taking very good care of my mother … The food is good and varied.”
Owned and operated by the faith-based Omega Communities, The Fountains of Hope in Sarasota provides assisted living, memory care and short-term respite stays on its eight-acre wooded campus adjacent to the Church of Hope. Assisted living residents choose from five floor plans in the 69 allocated apartments, and 38 studios with private baths house those in the memory care neighborhood. The nondenominational community offers a month-to-month rental structure with no upfront entry fee. All residents enjoy access to the facility’s holistic wellness programming and flexible all-day dining options between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. The memory care program is based on the nationally recognized Best Friends Approach to Alzheimer’s, which uses individualized care plans with personally meaningful and fulfilling activities along with structured social engagement to provide a sense of belonging.
The gorgeous grounds and beautiful furnishings create an inviting atmosphere, while the attentive, caring staff gives this community its comforting warmth. “I've lived at the Fountains of Hope for four months and believe it's a great place to live. The staff is always pleasant and helpful. The food is excellent, with a wide variety of items to choose from,” said one woman.
With the look, feel and high-quality amenities of an upscale resort, HarborChase of Sarasota provides Florida seniors with luxury assisted living, memory care and respite services. Elegant community spaces include a cocktail lounge with a daily happy hour, an on-site business center and a spacious dining room with a piano and exhibition kitchen. The community's robust life-enrichment program offers over 21 daily activities. Assisted living residents enjoy 60 well-appointed one-bedroom apartments with kitchenettes, and memory care residents live in 48 private or semiprivate one-bedroom apartments. HarborChase provides a full spectrum of memory care activities in The Cove, where those with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia participate in a variety of innovative therapies. These include Fit for Life, Memories Art, Alive Inside, choral music and the user-friendly technology program iN2L (It's Never Too Late).
Relatives appreciate the intimate environment of this state-of-the-art facility and the dedication of the caregivers. One relative shared, "Harbor Chase took care of my mother for almost three years until her recent passing. We were very pleased with their care and their love for mom. The memory care area is exactly what dementia patients need."
Nestled on the grassy banks of a serene lake, Heron Club at Prestancia offers customized senior living programs in both assisted living and memory care neighborhoods. Pets are welcome in assisted living, and residents enjoy a full calendar of social events, outings, classes, seminars, contests and tournaments. The homelike atmosphere in the secure memory care neighborhood includes easy-to-navigate suites and one-bedroom apartments, many with balconies. Residents dine on freshly made meals crafted from seasonal, locally sourced ingredients served restaurant-style in the lovely dining room. Research-based dining adaptations to encourage eating and drinking include red plates and cups, finely chopped foods with gravies and the use of puree art for easier swallowing. Residents participate in daily programming focused on mentally stimulating, socially engaging and fun activities tailored to individual needs and preferences. These include gentle physical exercise, karaoke, movies and popcorn, and art and music therapy.
The facility’s 24/7 visiting hours put family members at ease. One daughter shared, “Mommy just moved in and couldn't be HAPPIER! Her apartment IS an apartment, not just a room. The entire staff has made her feel like family already. Heron Club is a home, not a facility.”
Inspired Living at Sarasota provides compassionate care and an engaging lifestyle for seniors with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Surrounded by an expansive, beautifully landscaped courtyard, the memory care facility has paved walking paths, community gardens, a putting green and a gazebo as well as ponds with water features. A passionate activities director delivers a lively program of fun events, local outings and special celebrations to encourage socialization. Nutritious chef-prepared meals are served restaurant-style in the all-day dining program. Residents may choose from three studio floor plans ranging from 325 to 375 square feet. Motion sensors and GPS bracelets control apartment access and allow caregivers to track each person’s whereabouts for added safety.
“Excellent care focused on resident engagement and health” along with the delicious meals and spacious outdoor areas are a few things family members appreciate about this “inspired” community. The creative and energetic activities director and her team garner high praise. One daughter shares, “They have so many activities. Dad was hardly ever in the room.”
The Poet's Walk memory care facility is located in sunny Sarasota, Florida, close to a medical facility and within moments of shops and restaurants for outings with family and friends. Residents gather in the open, spacious indoor and outdoor common areas and socialize with guests at the on-site bistro. There's also a beauty parlor to keep everyone looking their best. The community takes a person-centered approach to resident care and works under the belief that holistic care best treats the mind, works the body and moves the spirit of each resident. Poet's Walk also uses tools, such as PointClickCare’s Point of Care (POC) technology, so caregivers can document assigned tasks and health care information about each resident. This allows for efficient care and more one-on-one time spent engaging with residents.
Visitors praise the caring staff. "The staff and the care they provide to their residents and families at Poet's Walk Sarasota are exemplary. To a person, I have found the staff to be knowledgeable and compassionate," according to one visitor. "This beautiful new memory care community is a jewel in the crown of Sarasota Assisted Living."
Set in a quiet, wooded area close to the gulf, The Cottages of Bradenton spans six park-like acres dotted with ponds and oak trees. Approximately 85 residents live in 60 studio and one-bedroom apartments located in seven single-story buildings with names such as Mermaid Cottage, Dolphin Cottage and Bungalow. Some residents enjoy a mostly independent lifestyle with limited assisted living services. Others who require more help with the activities of daily living find it here, as do seniors experiencing dementia and other cognitive impairments. A professionally trained, 24-hour on-site staff monitors each resident and provides the appropriate level of care required under the community’s all-inclusive lifestyle plan. This pet-friendly senior living community offers four dining rooms, a beauty and barber shop, and an on-site physician clinic.
Relatives who have made the decision to place family here rave about how happy their loved ones are. “I wish we would have moved her sooner,” is often heard. One daughter wrote, “This highly experienced team is creating some magic for its residents and families. The 6 acres of quiet grounds are so pleasant and peaceful. And the brightly painted cottages bring vitality to the compound.”
Windsor Reflections Memory Care is a Legend Senior Living community that specializes in innovative Alzheimer’s and dementia care. Legend’s cutting-edge memory care program includes the use of biofeedback therapy with PARO, an FDA-approved robotic seal. Engaging with PARO soothes the agitation and anxiety often experienced by those living with dementia and encourages the brain to form new neural pathways to reconnect old memories and create new ones. The Hear a Story, Share a Lifetime component of the memory care program involves a life-history book for each resident that contains significant achievements and cherished memories. Staff revisits the chronicles with seniors to forge deeper connections and further customize care programs. Residents live in small apartments with comfortable, light-filled common areas and secure outdoor spaces. Life Skills Stations are found throughout the neighborhood, and aromatherapy is used before meals to stimulate appetites.
The beautiful community with “high-end amenities” and professional caregivers impresses relatives. One wrote, “I am amazed with the staff and care here at Reflections. It’s the best thing we did for my Dad … It’s clean, the food is amazing, and they have activities that my Dad actually takes part in.”