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 Fairfield’s senior population continues to grow (13.21% growth between 2014 and 2019), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment.
In Fairfield, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease increased by 0.4% between 2014 and 2019. Overall, the percentage of seniors’ deaths related to Alzheimer’s is lower than the rest of the nation (5.12% in Fairfield 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 Fairfield. 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 Fairfield, 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:
Atria Stamford is a community of active seniors who enjoy independence as well as the peace and comfort of care and assistance when the need arises. Located 30 miles northeast of Manhattan and across the New York-Connecticut border, the community is a modern high-rise building that features several amenities designed to provide fun and engagement. Residents live in newly renovated, private apartments of various floor plans, all complete with housekeeping services and emergency alert systems. Staff is available 24-hours a day to provide any needed care, such as medication reminders and daily living assistance. An on-site chef prepares delicious food in the restaurant and bistro, where special diets and nutritional requests are welcomed. The Engage Life program provides residents with daily opportunities for fun, fitness and learning through various events and activities in nine different categories, ranging from health and fitness to creative expression.
Residents and family applaud the friendly residents and caring staff, and the multitude of events and activities are highly appreciated, with one resident stating, "They have a lot of activities at this community like exercise classes, an on-site movie theater. They have different social clubs, knitting clubs and card clubs. They bring in a lot of outside speakers and guests. They have art shows as well. One of the reasons we chose this community was because of all the activities they offer for the residents."
Benchmark Senior Living at Split Rock offers a small-town community feel. Residents in the independent and assisted living communities can enjoy their independence while having staff available 24/7. With a ratio of six residents to one staff member, residents are always given proper attention. Nurses are available to help with medication management and physical therapy. Amenities available on-site include a library, fitness room, spa and coffee shop. Residents can participate in activities such as book clubs, religious services and gardening. Specialized programs to promote physical, emotional and spiritual wellness are available for memory care residents. Short-term residents in need of respite care receive the same amenities as permanent residents.
One child of a resident says, "Benchmark Senior Living is a well-run facility. The employees seem motivated. Everyone is very informative and eager to please their clients... The nurses and caregivers are nice and are good at their jobs... Everything is positive!"
Brightview on New Canaan is a purpose-built, luxury assisted living and memory care community in a picturesque New England town five minutes from Long Island Sound's beaches. Its specialized memory care focus helps more independent residents maintain an active lifestyle and provides a safe, homelike neighborhood, Wellspring Village, for residents with Alzheimer’s and more advanced memory care needs. Apartments and indoor and outdoor gathering areas are designed as stimulating yet manageable spaces. The care team, which is committed to the healing benefits of music, creates personalized playlists of favorite songs, musicians and genres that residents can enjoy through their own headphones and smart devices. Amenities include a beauty/barber shop, fitness room and resident transportation. Residents who can care for them are allowed to keep small pets.
My mom has lived at Brightview for three years. I am so happy she is there. I know that she is safe and continuously occupied with activities, one resident's family member declares. Others praise the "warm, professional and extremely caring" staff and applaud endless activities and the spotless environment.
Brookdale Wilton is situated in a quiet residential area and provides residents with an array of fun activities to enjoy. Memory care services incorporate the Clare Bridge Daily Path approach, which offers residents six preplanned activities each day. Activities for memory care residents run the gamut from a gardening club to karaoke. Wellness is also part of the community's offerings, with fitness classes available for memory care residents as well. Community amenities include a 24-hour security system, on-site arts and crafts studio and theater for movie nights. The community bistro offers snacks and beverages 24/7. Residents enjoy laundry and linen care, housekeeping, off-site transportation and concierge service.
Resident reviews discuss Brookdale Wilton's various amenities and effective memory care services. They also note the attentiveness of the staff, with one reviewer writing, "My mother has been in Brookdale Place of Wilton for about two months now. It is a fabulous place. The people are caring, loving... and they listen to the residents and follow them."
Carriage Green at Milford sits among a quiet residential neighborhood in the coastal town of Milford. Carriage Green affords residents many services and activities with a caring and highly-qualified staff available 24/7. Care options include medication management, wellness checks and memory loss care. Carriage Green uses Mind & Memory, a program that encourages creativity and self-expression and combats the effects of dementia such as Alzheimer’s disease. Residents with dementia attend individual and group activities. The facility includes beautifully landscaped grounds with sitting areas, walking paths and an on-site convenience store. Social activities include movie nights, game nights and off-site excursions. Chefs prepare three nutritious meals each day with accommodations for special dietary needs such as low-salt, low-sugar, vegetarian and kosher.
Many of the reviews from family and friends reflect an appreciation for the caring staff, beautiful facility and friendly environment. One family member expresses her satisfaction with her mom's experience at Carriage Green, saying, "Mom has been at Carriage Green for a couple of years now, and she is very happy! The staff is wonderful, so friendly, caring and always goes the extra mile to make the residents happy."
Situated in an appealing neighborhood close to Yale University, Coachman Square at Woodbridge offers a homey environment in tranquil surroundings. Residents benefit from friendly and communicative staff who are available 24/7 to assist with medication management, personal tasks and transportation to and from appointments. Programming engagement specialists offer tailor-made programs for seniors with Alzheimer’s, dementia and memory loss, and the Live Now, Live Well program signature program offers a daily calendar of activities for seniors. Activities include field trips, movie nights, gardening, arts and crafts, kickball and gentle exercises. Highlights include the daily ice-cream social in the ice-cream parlor and the pub's happy hour.
Reviews praise the friendly staff and fantastic facilities, with one commenting, "Coachman Square is just wonderful! From the staff to the food, it[']s more like a resort than a senior living community. Look no further for your loved ones' care, Coachman Square at Woodbridge is all you could want and more."
Maplewood at Darien is a beautiful, pet-friendly assisted living community 10 minutes northeast of Stamford, Connecticut. Seniors are provided with specialized care plans for memory care and independent living. The rooms are designed to feel like home and include cable, Wi-Fi, and kitchenettes. Medication management is available as well as transportation arrangements for medical and nonmedical needs. Residents have an abundance of quality of life options regarding on-site amenities, including restaurant-style dining, a library, a beauty salon, and a garden, a variety of daily activities and resident-run projects to encourage socialization and physical movement.
The reviews often compliment the friendly, helpful staff or the variety of activities available to the residents. One reviewer said, "Maplewood at Darien is my first choice and it is fabulous. The community is relatively new ... It's very clean, neat, inviting ... The grounds were beautiful, and they have a very nice area at the back with benches."
Maplewood at Orange is a senior living facility that provides a comfortable environment for seniors who need all care stages. The assisted living program allows residents a level of independence while fostering and creating opportunities for social and cultural engagement. A staff of highly-trained and licensed nurses is on-site 24 hours a day to ensure that residents received the care they require. For residents with memory care needs, Maplewood's patented HEART™ program (Humor, Empathy, Autonomy, Respect/Reaching out to others, and Trust and Triumph) enhances and encourages cognitive functioning. The facility is well-equipped and prepared to help residents at all degrees of memory loss.
Family members of residents are impressed with the many amenities and pleasant environment, "This is the most ideal place for my mother. Surrounded by structure, friends, and many activities to enjoy life to her fullest. Staff is always friendly and helpful. A very clean and refreshing atmosphere. Always quaint areas to sit down at to enjoy pitchers of great water, coffee, tea, fruit, freshly baked cookies, muffins. Maplewood is something like being on a mini cruise, but with your own spacious, cheerful apartment."
Maplewood at Southport is a luxury independent and assisted living and memory care community on 14 acres surrounded by the tranquil seaport village of Southport, CT. It offers 24/7 skilled nursing for residents. The staff encourage residents to take part in the numerous activities scheduled weekly. Some convenient amenities at Maplewood include housekeeping, laundry services and apartment maintenance. Skilled nurses offer medication management for their assisted living and memory care residents and help with daily care, such as bathing, dressing, and feeding. Residents enjoy three chef-prepared meals a day in the elegant dining room. There are walking trails through the outdoor gardens to enjoy, along with a game room and beauty salon. Residents have the opportunity for outings, including nearby dining, shopping and entertainment.
Family members truly appreciate the ease of transition for their loved ones at Maplewood of Southport. They also note the staff's professionalism and care, with one reviewer saying, "A+ experience at Maplewood Southport. From Senior Mgmt of the parent company to the individuals running the facility, you get a caring, focused, high-quality experience for both the residents as well as the families. They work there because they care! No need to look further if looking for a safe, happy place to care for parents. Highly recommend!”
Maplewood at Strawberry Hill strives to meet residents' needs with its integrated care model, enabling highly trained staff to tailor care programs specific to seniors' unique likes and dislikes. Based on a collaborative assessment with a registered nurse, seniors receive personalized, evidence-based care in one of two memory care programs, Tides or Currents, depending on the nature of their memory loss condition, integrating regular care services with a more structured, mentally-stimulating daily schedule. These services include assistance with activities for daily living, medication management, a full calendar of social events, medical care from visiting physicians and mind exercises in the Brain Fitness Center.
Maplewood at Strawberry Hill has impressed many residents and families. One reviewer was particularly pleased with the community, stating, "Maplewood at Strawberry Hill is the best of all. It's small, nice and feels comfortable. It doesn't feel like being in a facility because it's almost like an extended home. It's more cozy, and it's personalized care.”
Seniors who require assistance with daily tasks but still wish to enjoy independence and an active lifestyle can enjoy Middlebrook Farms at Trumbull. Each of the well-appointed rooms has an emergency call system monitored by staff members, who are available 24/7. Qualified nurses and staff can assist with medication management, physical therapy and daily tasks such as dressing, bathing and personal grooming. A chef is on hand to create individual menus suited to various dietary requirements, always ensuring residents are well-nourished and inspired during meal times. Seniors have the option of creating a personalized activity program to suit their needs. Activities include yoga, tai chi, lectures, gardening, arts and crafts, cooking classes and a book club. The community is situated on a wildlife reserve that's home to many easy-walking trails and beautiful gardens, which appeals to the outdoor-loving senior. A coffee shop and restaurant provide the perfect place for residents to socialize.
Residents often describe staff as being friendly and compassionate, with one family member saying, "Middlebrook Farms at Trumbull's rooms are all great. They have physical therapy rooms, many activities, and the staff is fabulous. My mother-in-law is a resident here."
Spring Village at Stratford is an Assisted Living and Memory Care community specializing in providing care for seniors, and it offers safe and affordable options for residents who need minimal assistance as well as for those requiring higher care needs. Chef prepared healthy and hearty meals along with meaningful and engaging activities provide daily opportunities for residents to socialize with new-found friends. Memory care is provided within the safety of the warm and welcoming Memory Care neighborhood where residents can freely explore the activity areas, living spaces and enclosed courtyard. The 24-hour Memory Care is staffed by specially trained serving heart caregivers and offers private and semi-private suites. Individualized care plans are developed for each resident in partnership with staff and family, and address the residents’ emotional, physical, and spiritual wellness through balanced nutrition, quality care, enriching activities, medication management and the creation of positive daily experiences.
Reviewers often express that they like and trust the staff at Spring Village. One family member said, "My mother is 89. Last January I noticed a marked decrease in memory and ability to handle everyday tasks. I searched for a care facility and was lucky to find Spring Village. The staff and management have proven professional and caring. She expresses trust and she likes it there. The management has done a commendable job in handling the COVID protocols. I receive notices of any changes in mom's needs or facility, visitors, etc. I rest assured that mom is in good hands and receiving quality care."
Sturges Ridge of Fairfield is a memory care and assisted living community that allows seniors to maintain their independence while engaging in a thriving residential community and busy activity schedule. The community offers memory care through individual and group activities tailored to the specific needs of individual residents along with a temporary Easy Stay respite care program for seniors who need to recover after a rehab or hospital stay. It features a number of common areas along with a large patio and dining area designed for frequent social gatherings and events. Daily activities include religious services, group exercise, games, art workshops, and various social clubs and engagements. Staff members at Sturges Ridge are available 24/7 to aid residents with bathing, dressing, medication management, off-site transportation and assistance with other day-to-day tasks.
Family members frequently praise the community's staff. One relative writes, "The staff, from senior management to the aids are exceptional, offering warm personalized attention and hospitality to every resident. My mom has settled in nicely and has her day filled with new friends and activities while the aids take care of her daily physical requirements.”
Sunrise of Stamford offers specialized memory care services to seniors in Stamford, Connecticut. Nestled in a parklike setting complete with walking paths and natural beauty, this facility enables residents to relax and recharge in its peaceful surroundings. The highly trained team specializes in caring for senior citizens living with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and other forms of memory loss. Memory care residences are carefully designed to keep residents safe at all times, and each senior has the opportunity to benefit from Sunrise CareConnect, an electronic health record system that meets their individual needs. In addition, residents have access to trained staff 24 hours a day, weekly personal laundry and housekeeping, three well-balanced meals daily, and various physical, social, educational, creative and spiritual programs.
Sunrise of Stamford visitors praise this facility for its caring staff and wide range of amenities. As one notes, "The staff was great, the person who gave me the tour was terrific, and the people that I met were very friendly. They have exercises, they have a large area where they have movies once a week, and they have a van that can take the people off the premises on field trips and to doctors' appointments.”
Sunrise of Wilton is an assisted living and memory care community offering a comfortable and enriching environment for seniors just 55 miles from New York City. On-site caregivers are available 24/7 to provide personalized care, and they regularly schedule fitness and leisure activities to help keep seniors fit. With a variety of outdoor pathways and gardens, the community encourages seniors to explore and spend time outdoors. Each resident has access to a dining room serving well-balanced, home-cooked meals that support their individual nutritional needs. This pet-friendly community is equipped with Wi-Fi throughout, making it easy to stay in touch with friends and family.
Family members regularly praise the quality of care, with one writing, "Staff and administration are invested in doing everything they can to protect the residents, while ensuring their activity level, good nutrition and personal well being are attended to."
The Greens at Cannondale is located on a 10-acre campus in Wilton. With a program that specializes in memory care, the highly trained staff provides expert care to those who have dementia, Alzheimer's or other memory loss issues. Residents benefit from a lightly structured schedule, group outings, monitored meals and medication and activities on a daily basis, and enrichment programs incorporate music, nature and sensory experiences to help encourage cognitive function. Medical services include respiratory, physical, occupational, lymphedema and speech therapy, as well as cardiac rehabilitation. Housekeeping and laundry are provided, as are meals and snacks, ensuring residents remain healthy and free from routine chores.
Family members are impressed with the level of care provided by the facility and staff, with one saying, "Our parents require more attention and assistance now than when they moved to the Greens over 3 years ago, and the staff at the Greens continues to provide that care in a very compassionate and kind manner. "
Nestled in a wooded campus with a small-town setting, The Linden at Woodbridge offers a peaceful home for countryside living. This Leisure Care community offers scenic views of West Rock and is conveniently near Yale New Haven Hospital and 5 miles from Downtown New Haven. Its Opal program is an innovative approach to memory care based on the Seven Pillars of Wellness, namely physical, social, emotional/spiritual, sensory, experiential, therapeutic and creative/artistic wellness. Memory care residents benefit from dementia-friendly meals, life skill stations and family support groups, as well as enriching activities such as music, arts and crafts, gardening, PrimeFit exercises and scenic drives. On-site health care services are provided by visiting physical and occupational therapists and podiatrists. The Linden at Woodbridge also has a concierge desk, chapel, full-service salon and bistro and hospitality bar for all-day snacks and coffee.
Families attest to the community’s dedicated and loving staff. A long-time resident’s relative shares, "My grandmother has lived here for 6 years in the dementia assisted living area. Her quality of care, which matters to me most, is better than I think anyone could give at home. No one is a ‘worker’. Everyone is FAMILY. The recreation is outstanding …”
The Residence at Selleck's Woods is a premium senior living community that takes a non-pharmacological approach to memory care. Staff in the Reflections Memory Care unit are trained to focus on the person instead of the disease and provide compassionate care and assistance. Activities offered in the unit are designed around the "Four Pillars of Engagement" and provide moments of joy in each resident's day through social, physical, cognitive and emotional experiences. This approach assists in creating a calm atmosphere and reducing confusion. The memory care unit is located in a secure neighborhood, where residents can safely wander and explore the buildings and courtyard at their own pace. The team of staff is available 24/7 to escort residents to meals, assist with personal care tasks and manage medication dispensation. Three healthy meals and snacks are served every day.
Family members praise the welcoming staff and activities offered, with one reviewer saying, "The warm and friendly staff goes above and beyond and treats every resident as if they are family. The food is delicious and the list of activities is mind-blowing. "
The Residence at Westport is a high-end care community that offers a variety of different care levels. Memory care services are delivered through the Reflections program, which uses various therapies, including those centered on art, cooking and cognitive skills, to help memory care residents retain their skills and develop new ones by creating experiences that perpetuate new and existing memories. The program relies upon the Four Pillars of Engagement, which is a whole-person approach to care. Memory care residents have access to housekeeping, medication management and personal care assistance. The community also provides additional amenities for all residents, from scheduled outings to taking language classes on-site.
Resident reviews underscore the amenities of the community as well as the innovative approach to memory care. They also highlight the professionalism of the staff and the quality of care offered to residents of all care levels.
East Haven, CT, is home to The Village at Mariner's Point. This assisted living community provides memory care, employing research-based methods focused on Alzheimer's, memory loss and dementia. Its Mind & Memory program offers individual and group experiences to encourage self-expression and optimize the residents' minds, bodies and spirits. 24-hour nursing care includes daily living activities such as dressing, bathing, hygiene and medication management. Pets improve and stabilize mood, and they are welcome at Mariner’s Point. Located on Connecticut's south shore, the community is surrounded by secured grounds featuring paths and gazebos along with views of Long Island Sound. Personalized services are adjusted to each resident's changing needs, including opportunities for calming hobbies and music. Amenities include room service or restaurant-style dining choices, housekeeping and linen service and an indoor heated pool.
Most written reviews praise the staff at The Village at Mariner's Point. Others compliment the food, the amenities, the care and the activities. Reviewers note, "It's a very clean and professional environment. The staff was very nice and very caring. The food was very good, and the activities were very good." Another reviewer comments, "…the employees are great.”