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 Eugene’s senior population continues to grow (16.64% growth between 2013 and 2017), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment.
In Eugene, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease rose 64.05% between 2013 and 2017, To put that in perspective, the number of deaths from all causes for that same age group only increased by 9.8%, 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 (8.6% in Eugene 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 Eugene. 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 Eugene, 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:
Arbor Oaks Terrace Memory Care helps those living with dementia, Alzheimer’s and other memory impairments achieve a fulfilling, meaningful quality of life. This community provides a familiar homelike setting that helps residents to feel comfortable and relaxed. Adults in memory care can choose from private studios or suites with a shared bath. The caring staff fosters a bond with residents and uses a unique Montessori-inspired approach that encourages seniors to do what they are able. Arbor Oaks Terrace offers services to meet the needs of their residents when they cannot, including medication management, daily grooming and care coordination with outside professionals. The facility provides seniors with a sense of purpose and inclusion, the keys to a well-lived life. To that end, the community organizes many social gatherings, such as game nights and book clubs, and some residents even volunteer at local animal shelters and libraries.
Residents and their families praise Arbor Oak’s outstanding staff and their friendly helpful nature. One reviewer states that their family "will always be grateful for the fine care and overwhelming love [their mother] received from the wonderful staff.” Others applaud the varied activities available to residents.
At Aspen Ridge Memory Care, residents participate in enriching activities that promote independence and healthy living. Caring staff members encourage each senior to remain as independent as possible while offering a helping hand when needed. Activities and events include cocktail hours where residents can socialize and learn about wine and mentally engaging clubs that discuss books, movies and other topical events. The community's Lifelong Learning program uses Montessori-inspired programs to encourage self-expression and memory enrichment. The spacious dining area has a country-inspired theme and a homelike vibe that residents can soak up as they enjoy chef-prepared meals. Seniors who are able are welcome to participate in volunteer and fundraising activities.
Reviewers give the facility high marks for entertaining activities and a wide food selection. One former resident commented, "They have something going on every hour up until 6 or 7 o’clock at night from about 9 in the morning on. I lived there for a while for temporary assistance, and I was very pleased."
Locally owned and operated, Bayberry Commons Assisted Living & Memory Care offers a homelike setting for residents. The facility provides activities and services that let residents maintain and improve their capabilities. To meet that end, the highly qualified staff of Bayberry Commons offers residents the ability to have an active social schedule or a relaxed laid-back way of life, depending upon what suits them. The Life Enrichment program offered at Bayberry Commons provides residents with opportunities for new adventures, chances to learn and a variety of other recreational, social and wellness activities. The staff emphasizes building meaningful relationships and improving the self-esteem of residents while meeting residents’ health and wellness needs. The sense of community fostered by this care facility helps residents — especially those in memory care — feel like they are at home at Bayberry Commons.
Reviews of Bayberry Commons commend the facility for their knowledgeable friendly staff and homey atmosphere. They also applaud the entertainment and activity options available to residents. One resident’s family member stated that they would give this community six stars on a scale of one to five if they could.
Located on Oregon's southern coast, Bayside Terrace Assisted Living and Memory Care in Coos Bay offers spacious apartment living designed to meet the unique needs of every resident. Resort-style amenities include 24-hour staff, spacious private and semiprivate floor plans, an on-site beauty salon and chef-prepared dining with seasonal menus and fresh ingredients. Spark, the facility’s award-winning, Montessori-inspired life enrichment program, encourages residents to celebrate their personal histories and build on current and new abilities. Lifelong Learning is a program that facilitates self-expression and mental stimulation with guest speakers, art lessons and craft sessions. A dedicated space is available for spiritual gatherings. Bayside Terrace is just a few minutes away from parks, shopping centers, hotels and a college, and the facility encourages residents, their families and staff to participate in a variety of community projects and programs.
Families of residents have expressed relief and confidence that their loved ones are safe, comfortable and happy at Bayside Terrace. They appreciate that the staff is always available, welcoming and courteous. Regarding the staff and environment, one relative remarked, "Caring and loving [and] personal. Clean atmosphere. Very comfortable. Everyone looks so happy with smiles on their faces.”
At Blue Haven Memory Care, the goal is to provide personalized care in a warm, family-like environment. With only 16 guest rooms, residents have many opportunities to form friendships with each other and with the staff. The newly remodeled facilities include on-site kitchens where a chef prepares home-cooked meals each day. There is also a secured outdoor space allowing residents to safely enjoy nice weather and the chance to exercise outside. All residents receive laundry and housekeeping services, plus safety checks, medication management and nursing care as needed. Special services, such as monthly family educational programs, carefully planned activities, additional care staffing and thoughtful building modifications are some of the reasons that Blue Haven Memory Care of Independence has been recognized as an Oregon State Endorsed Memory Care facility.
Residents praise the care at Blue Haven Memory Care as competent and helpful. Family members say that staff at this location are "really friendly" and provide frequent updates about their loved ones. One family member said she could tell the staff was "genuinely concerned" with resident care.
Callahan Court is a memory care-specific facility located in the western part of Roseburg, Oregon, minutes from Stewart Park Wildlife Pond. It focuses on helping seniors who have suffered memory loss, and it does so using the Spark method, which encourages residents to do what they are able while maintaining a positive atmosphere at all times. Loved ones appreciate that the community has a higher staff-to-resident ratio at night to minimize the risk of incidents, and residents enjoy a quality day-to-day lifestyle that includes painting courses, guest lectures and fitness classes. The property also offers restaurant-style dining, including daily specials and regular favorites, with all meals prepared by an on-site executive chef.
Residents appreciate how wide the common areas are and that they "allow easy access to wheelchairs and walkers." Residents also say that the facility is "clean," the staff is "attentive" and the food deserves high praise.
Cedar Village Assisted Living & Memory Care invites residents to enjoy an active lifestyle that promotes independence and healthy living. The staff form bonds and close friendships with the residents, and they help determine services and programs that benefit each senior's needs. Memory care residents thrive with the award winning Spark program that helps with their transition and brings them a sense of home and belonging. The program also incorporates memory boxes and biography boards that celebrates individual's pasts and present. Seniors at Cedar Village can participate in life-enriching events and activities, including cocktail hour social gatherings, Life-Long Learning series book club and fitness classes. Off-site excursions into Salem, Oregon, to see movies, visit museums and volunteer at area businesses are available for resident participation.
A common theme gleaned from reviews of the Cedar Village community is the exceptional quality of life enjoyed by residents. In addition to the clean and inviting atmosphere, reviewers comment on the staff’s willingness to go beyond their standard duties to help residents. One person states, "They truly set my mind at ease!”
Located in a quiet Springfield neighborhood, Chateau Gardens Memory Care offers a family-like community for seniors diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and age-related dementia. It offers a secure, pleasant environment with a choice of private or semiprivate accommodations, a spacious backyard, raised gardening beds and a relaxing sunroom. Dementia-specific training lets the memory care team professionally handle aggressive behaviors and provide an environment of joy, independence and well-being. Physical therapists and care physicians are on hand to enhance functional fitness, and the life enrichment director creates daily social and recreational programs based on individual preferences and interests. Seniors and their families work with the dining services coordinator to create their choice of menus, which they can share in a formal sit-down service, casual setting in the sunroom or as an outdoor dinner at the patio.
The clean and pleasant surroundings, lots of activities and well-trained staff are highlighted in online reviews. Families praised the communicative staff and the attention they give to each resident, with one reviewer saying, "CGMC exceeded our expectations with their friendly staff, care of our mother who required multiple, unpleasant wound dressing changes per day and endless variety of activities and entertainment that went on throughout the day."
Cherrywood Memory Care in McMinnville specializes in caring for seniors with dementia. The community tailors its environment and activities to each resident’s cognition and physical ability while emphasizing safety. From the koi pond and water fountain at the entrance to the naturally lit, beautifully furnished common areas and spacious courtyard, residents and guests can enjoy a calm, inviting atmosphere designed to affirm and enhance life at every stage. Dietitians accommodate food preferences and restrictions while offering tasty, nutritious options that enhance mental clarity. A full calendar of activities helps lift spirits, stimulate minds and strengthen bodies with fitness classes, professional entertainment, games, pet visits and intergenerational activities. Cherrywood partners with the national Music and Memory organization to improve residents' quality of life through personalized music.
Families of Cherrywood residents have expressed deep gratitude for the tender, expert care given to their loved ones. Reviewers appreciate how the staff treats them with the same kindness that the residents receive. One relative writes, "Every one of you has helped to make her daily life the best it can be! You have also relieved me of worry about her daily care, as well as the kindness and friendship you have offered me."
Situated close to Churchill Sports Park and Churchill Community Garden in Eugene, Oregon, Churchill Estates Retirement Community provides independent living, assisted living and memory care in an idyllic location. This facility has well-maintained grounds, where residents have access to courtyards, garden space and walkways. Residents can also get pampered at the on-site beauty salon or find something to eat in the dining room, which has an all-day coffee and juice bar as well as a salad bar available during lunch and dinner. From bridge games to an annual senior prom, the facility plans plenty of engaging activities. The memory care staff even schedules creative writing, exercise and music-oriented activities to stimulate residents' bodies and minds.
Churchill Estates gets top marks for offering a variety of accommodations. "There are one-bedrooms, two-bedrooms, and no bedroom, and they have a kitchenette, so there are a lot of choices. Mine overlooks a little courtyard with trees, which is very nice. The kitchenette has a refrigerator, a counter, and a sink,” expresses one reviewer.
The staff at Conifer House are dedicated to providing seniors with a nurturing environment that promotes independence and focuses on their individual strengths. The facility's programs accommodate the limitations of its residents while engaging their interests and enriching their cognitive abilities. The decor is tasteful and classic with the intention of creating a comfortable homelike environment. Residents receive three nutritious meals daily. Multiple options are available at each meal, and the kitchen staff are happy to accommodate any dietary restrictions that residents may have. Conifer House has a facility shuttle that provides residents with safe transportation to and from appointments and social gatherings with friends or family.
Former residents and family members who have visited Conifer House praise its attentive, caring staff as well as the facility's cleanliness. One online reviewer says, "Conifer House's service was phenomenal. ... It was well-kept, clean and very nice."
Emerald Gardens Assisted Living & Memory Care provides a range of flexible senior living options designed to accommodate residents' changing needs. The facility creates a homelike atmosphere that offers a dedicated care team, social activities and wellness programs. Respite services provide temporary accommodations for seniors while their caregiver takes a break, and hospice care services provide comfort and dignity in the advanced stages of a terminal illness. Memory care residents are encouraged to participate in the numerous activities and events offered at this facility, which are designed to support a healthy mind, body and spirit. Those centered around promoting a healthy body include a walking club and seated tai chi classes. The mind is enriched with game nights and cultural excursions while the spirit is nurtured with worship services, art classes and live entertainment.
Relatives commend Emerald Gardens on its family-like atmosphere and caring staff. The activities also garnered praise from reviewers. One memory care reviewer comments that their mother "really enjoys the weekly scenic bus trips” while another simply states that "there are a lot of activities my loved one enjoys.”
At Farmington Square at Eugene, an assisted living and memory care community, residents are encouraged to live an active lifestyle. Its signature Healthy Living life enrichment program gives seniors the opportunity to participate in fitness classes, such as seated yoga and tai chi. Seniors can also explore the neighborhood with the walking club. The community’s meals are made in-house with fresh ingredients, and between meals, seniors can enjoy healthy snacks such as yogurt and fresh fruit. Residents are encouraged to decorate their studio apartments with memories of home, and weekly housekeeping and laundry services are provided. The community’s Transitions program is designed to meet the changing needs of residents with memory loss.
Visitors say Farmington Square at Eugene is clean and secure. They also speak highly of the community’s staff. "The staff has been wonderful,” says a resident’s relative. "I found the staff friendly, well trained and eager to help,” another relative agrees. Reviewers also mention the varied activities that keep residents active.
Farmington Square at Salem is an assisted living and memory care facility nestled below Woodmansee Park in Salem, Oregon. In addition to serving three nutritious meals each day, this community provides all-day access to snacks and beverages. The Healthy Living Life Enrichment program is designed to boost residents’ bodies, minds and spirits with engaging activities. Residents can stay physically active by taking strolls with the walking club or exercising in strength and balance classes. They can sharpen their minds by participating in game nights or attending a guest lecture. The facility also encourages residents to be in good spirits by scheduling art classes, holiday celebrations and live musical entertainment. When residents want to relax, they can watch cable television in the common areas.
People give top marks to Farmington Square for cultivating a homelike atmosphere and offering roomy accommodations. "Farmington Square has a homey feel. We had a positive visit, everybody was very friendly. The room is quite nice and spacious,” writes one online reviewer.
Founded in 2002, Gateway Gardens is a memory care facility in Eugene, Oregon. Located in a quiet neighborhood, this care facility consists of six detached buildings around a central courtyard housing 15 residents. The houses and community as a whole have been specially designed for those individuals living with dementia or Alzheimer’s. Each custom-built home has its own shared dining area and is designed for comfort and security. Residents receive 24-hour care that includes assistance with daily routines as well as enrichment activities and social events. A full-time on-site activity professional with an understanding of the unique needs of memory-impaired individuals designs and implements a wide variety of daily activities. These activities include dice and card games, pet and music therapy sessions, arts and crafts, movie nights and exercise classes, among others.
Gateway Gardens receives high marks from family members of residents for its friendly helpful staff as well as its clean spacious grounds. One reviewer praises the activities by saying, "They have music, they go to church, there are readings and painting." Even the food earns praise with reviewers using words such as "appetizing” and "excellent” to describe it.
Middlefield Oaks is located in Cottage Grove, near the town's theater. Its residents enjoy a customized care plan designed to build emotional bonds that help residents reconnect with past memories and make the facility feel like home. Staff members are available 24 hours a day, and emergency assistance is always on-site. Residents have ample opportunities to learn a new skill or socialize by taking part in book clubs, ice cream socials and cooking and art classes, and family members are welcome to participate along with their loved ones. Residents also have access to several amenities, such as a garden, patio, hiking trails and a spa. Meals are prepared from scratch by a professional chef, and residents are encouraged to offer input on meals so that their favorites can be served.
Residents and loved ones appreciate the pleasant demeanor of the staff members, saying, "The care staff are always willing to help (my) aunt whenever she needs them." Loved ones also say the facility is clean and well-kept and praise its robust activity schedule, stating, "The residents are always going out on outings and doing fun things."
Mt. Bachelor Memory Care offers assisted living services in a safe, secure neighborhood that's dedicated to Alzheimer's disease and dementia care. Management and staff focus on providing whole-person care by considering the physical, social, emotional and spiritual requirements of each resident. Spark, the facility's trademarked Montessori-inspired program for memory care, is designed to engage seniors and encourage their self-expression. The program helps residents find meaning and purpose by creating goals, maximizing their unique skills and abilities and discovering their social role in the community that suits them best. Mt. Bachelor Memory Care's amenities include an executive chef, who prepares a daily menu of home-style meals, and roomy, private studio apartments that are available with either private or shared bathrooms.
Reviewers praise the community for its "homey feel" and "very individualized activities." One resident describes Mt. Bachelor Memory Care as a "beautiful facility with lovely large private rooms, a wonderful dining room and interesting activities for the residents." She goes on to say that, "My husband and I have lived here for over a year and couldn't be happier."
Pacific View Senior Living is an assisted living facility in Bandon, Oregon, situated less than a mile from the Pacific Ocean. It focuses on providing a relaxed and comfortable environment for seniors and includes gourmet-style dining as part of its program. Meals are served in a dining room that overlooks the Pacific Coast, and residents have the option of choosing to eat in the dining area or in the privacy of their own rooms. Activities are plentiful, including Wii bowling, bingo and crafts, and residents have access to an on-site spa and beauty salon. The property also features 24-hour care from staff, and loved ones appreciate the positive mentality of the staff members.
In addition to the welcoming nature of the staff members, residents say that staff members are "informative and have good personalities." Loved ones describe the facility as "clean" and praise the variety of on-site activities.
At Pheasant Pointe Assisted Living & Memory Care, residents enjoy carefully designed communities that are geared towards nurturing a high quality of life with as much independence as possible. The memory care section offers residents semiprivate suites with shared bathrooms and is designed to foster familiarity by maintaining a consistent theme and style throughout the facility. Seniors in memory care receive assistance with daily activities such as grooming, dressing and medication management. Residents are provided with a program uniquely focused on supplementing areas where help is needed while encouraging areas of individual interest and skill. The Montessori-based approach that Pheasant Pointe utilizes encourages social roles, skill improvement and goal setting. This expands on research showing that seniors with a sense of community and purpose are happier and healthier.
Pheasant Pointe is commended in reviews for their patient caring staff who go beyond basic duties to help everyone feel at home. The activities and events offered also earn the facility points with reviewers. One resident said, "They have a lot of things to do … bingo and crafts, and they take us to movies and shopping.”
Located on a residential street in Eugene, River Grove Memory Care helps seniors with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia live life to the fullest. The community organizes a number of activities to keep residents engaged, such as indoor bowling, rock painting and fitness classes. Residents also get regular opportunities to participate in outings. On these outings, they may try new foods at local restaurants, enjoy their surroundings on scenic drives or even visit old friends at other senior living communities. Residents who enjoy more solitary pursuits can safely wander the walking paths in the enclosed courtyard. At mealtimes, seniors get to choose from several entrée options, and some modified diets can be accommodated.
Reviewers say River Grove Memory Care is clean and well-maintained, with a bright, cheerful atmosphere. The facility also receives praise for its compassionate, patient staff. "[They have] gone above and beyond to help my friend through this challenging time. My expectations have been exceeded,” a reviewer raves.
Silver Creek Senior Living offers assisted living and memory care in two separate areas. The special care wing encourages environmental familiarity and otherwise serves the unique needs of those living with memory loss related to dementia or Alzheimer’s. A Montessori-inspired Life Enrichment program allows residents to explore avenues of self-expression in a controlled environment. Seniors in both areas enjoy an engaging, active lifestyle that promotes independence and wellness. To meet this goal, residents have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of activities and events. These activities include fitness classes that encourage healthy habits, book clubs sponsored by the Life-Long Learning series and unique meals served in a restaurant-style setting.
Family members of residents at Silver Creek often remark on the facility’s caring staff, homelike setting and exceptional cleanliness. Another common theme among these reviews is praise for the community’s activities and events. One reviewer, whose mother lives at Silver Creek, summed up their satisfaction with the facility by saying, "She's actually thriving much better than at home."
Tucked away in a peaceful suburb of West Linn, Oregon, Tanner Spring is an assisted living and memory care community. Gardens and winding trails envelop the facility, creating a sense of serenity. Residents have scenic views of the Tualatin and Willamette Valleys as well as a choice of floor plans to suit different budgets and preferences. A continually evolving roster of social activities are available daily, including art classes and shopping trips, giving seniors the freedom to express themselves while connecting with others. For residents who prefer to relax and reflect, a library and chapel are available on-site. When it's time for refreshments, residents can drop by the community coffee shop or order a restaurant-style meal from a menu prepared by the facility's executive chef.
Tanner Spring receives compliments from reviewers for its appearance and serene setting. One visitor calls it "homey," while another writes, "the grounds were beautiful with a gorgeous grassy area."
The Rawlin at Riverbend memory care community is focused on providing a secure and stimulating environment for individuals who are living with dementia, Alzheimer’s and other memory impairments. Its staff develops individualized care plans based on each resident’s unique needs. Engaging activities are designed to enhance the lives of residents and are central to these care plans, which include music, cooking and exercise programs as well as weekly book clubs, movie nights and ice-cream socials. By providing these enrichment activities in a friendly, homelike environment, the staff at The Rawlin at Riverbend memory care community provides a stable and secure setting in which residents can thrive.
Family members of residents at The Rawlin at Riverbend memory care community commend its beautiful grounds, caring staff and dedication to people in its care. One such family member specifically mentions the executive director for going "above and beyond to ensure the residents are well cared for.”
The Village at Keizer Ridge offers seniors an engaging lifestyle in a resort-like environment that promotes wellness and independence. Inspired by Montessori methods, the facility's award-winning Spark lifestyle approach celebrates each individual as they are and encourages them to develop social roles within the community, improve their skills and set goals for success. Residents can fill their days with enriching activities organized by the facility's lifestyle coordinator, specifically catered to their interests and ideas. To promote healthy living, the facility has an on-site fitness room, daily exercise classes and outdoor areas for seniors to enjoy the fresh air. With an emphasis placed on the importance of lifelong learning, residents are treated to regular guest speakers, art lessons and educational seminars. Residents are strongly encouraged to remain involved in the greater Keizer community, with the opportunity to participate in intergenerational programs, volunteer work and community projects. Coordinated transportation to social engagements and appointments is also available.
Reviewers love the amenity-rich facility and caring staff. The daughter of a resident remarked, "...all we can say is WOW! Not only is the building beautiful, but the staff are so warm and welcoming that we really felt comfortable moving Mom into their care!"
Set in a quiet, affluent neighborhood, Timberwood Court is a memory care facility reflecting the warm, relaxed atmosphere of the surrounding community. Residents at Timberwood Court live with memory impairments, including dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The facility is designed to alleviate confusion and anxiety through consistency and familiarity. Residents are encouraged to participate in an active, engaging lifestyle that promotes overall good health. They're provided with beneficial activities that include exercise and wellness classes, social gatherings and group outings to events within the surrounding community. Through a Montessori-based philosophy, the caring staff at Timberwood Court create a unique life-enriching space where self-expression and individual needs are emphasized. Care is provided on an as-needed basis that allows residents to retain some independence in a structured, secure environment.
The residents of Timberwood Court and their family members commend the staff for their outstanding care of those with dementia, Alzheimer’s and other memory impairments. In fact, one family member, who is a registered nurse, stated that they're "very impressed [and has] never been disappointed or unhappy [with the care provided]."
Waterford Grand is a luxury community along the beautiful Willamette River that brings joy to its residents through a wide range of enriching activities. Seniors enjoy everything from leisurely strolls on the immaculately manicured grounds to host-themed parties in the elegantly decorated communal areas. There's even an EverFit program that energizes residents through fun and invigorating activities. The grand dining room offers three hot and delicious meals daily, which can be served wherever residents prefer. The highly trained and experienced staff at Waterford Grand is committed to creating meaningful experiences for seniors as well as volunteers who help connect the community with the rest of the city. A full-time concierge is available to help residents take advantage of the resort-like living this community has to offer.
One relative said, "Our family was very happy with the care the Waterford Grand gave our loved one. They loved her as family and went above and beyond to make her feel special. Thank you to the team for caring for her and working with hospice to ensure she could stay in her home when it mattered most."