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 Frisco’s senior population continues to grow (39.81% growth between 2013 and 2018), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment.
In Frisco, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease rose by a staggering 169.92% between 2013 and 2018. To put that in perspective, the number of deaths from all causes for that same age group only increased by 36.21%, 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 (10.4% in Frisco vs. 6.46% in the U.S.).
In order to help families and caregivers of those with Alzheimer's find the support and care that their loved ones need, we've compiled information below about the cost of Memory Care, how to get financial assistance to help make care more affordable, free resources, etc. Also included are reviews of the best memory care facilities in the area, which cover pricing, types of care provided, residents' reviews, and more.
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For memory care facilities, COVID-19 rules and regulations are typically set at the state level. You can view specific rules on our guide to memory care in Texas. These rules change often, and many communities have policies in place that go above and beyond what's required by the state, so you should contact your local community for more information. Additionally, you can contact your local Area Agency on Aging to learn more.
Note: Memory care is typically provided in communities licensed as assisted living facilities, and in general, costs 20-30% more than standard assisted living services. No authoritative cost data is available for this type of care, so we estimated memory care rates by adding 25% to assisted living fees in the Genworth 2021 Cost of Care Survey.
Frisco has a monthly average of $5,244 per month, which is higher than the state average of $4,998 per month. This figure is lower than the national average, $5,625.
Frisco's average cost is $246 higher than the state average and $382 lower than the national average. In Victoria, memory care runs $7,000 per month. This is $1,756 less than Frisco. Costing $1,427 less per month than Frisco, memory care in the state capital of Austin is $6,681 per month. The least expensive city in the state, located on the northeastern border, is Texarkana. It's $3,463 per month, which is $1,781 less than Frisco.
In-home care in Frisco costs $4,862 per month, and home health care services cost the same. This is $382 less than memory care. Adult day health care is $1,517 per month, making it the most affordable option. It costs $3,727 less than memory care. Assisted living costs $1,049 less than memory care, averaging $4,195 per month. Costing $383 less than memory care, nursing home care starts at $5,627 per month.
Note: Data for Frisco was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Dallas, was used instead.
Since not everyone can afford to pay for memory care out-of-pocket, it's important to find alternative methods to help make memory care more affordable. Some of these options include:
For more information about your options for making assisted living more affordable, visit our guide to Memory Care in Frisco.
The organizations and clinics listed below can help seniors and families find memory care services and programs that can help slow the progression of the disease and get guidance with how to manage their daily needs. Once diagnosed, trained, compassionate professionals at the Alzheimer’s Association can provide personal assessments and develop care plans.
|Alzheimer's Association -- Dallas and Northeast Texas Chapter||Toll-free 24/7 Hotline: 800-272-3900||The Dallas and Northeast Texas Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association provides early-stage programs and support groups for caregivers. Care consultations can give seniors and families a better understanding of their diagnosis and help them explore their treatment options. Seniors and caregivers can use any of the free online tools provided by the organization, such as AlzConnected, an online forum, and the Online Training & Education Center.||Dallas, TX|
|Alzheimer's Texas||512-241-0430||Alzheimer's Texas is a statewide initiative with the goal of improving the quality of life for seniors with various forms of dementia and their caregivers. In addition to the 24/7 helpline, the trained and dedicated staff provide information regarding local support services and education programs. Families can also find assistance for early-stage support and how to plan for the future.||Austin, TX|
|UT Southwest Medical Center -- Neurology Clinic||214-645-8800||The Neurology Clinic at UT Southwest Medical Center is an outpatient clinic offering diagnostic evaluations and comprehensive treatment plans, in addition to research opportunities. The clinical staff have experience caring for seniors with Alzheimer's and other forms of cognitive impairment.||Dallas, TX|
|The Office of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman||817-695-9196||Ombudsmen advocate for the health and well-being of seniors residing in memory communities and other types of long-term residential care facilities. They investigate complaints regarding lack of proper care and other forms of neglect and work with the staff to mediate the issue. Families can reach out to the Area Agency on Aging of North Central Texas to find a local ombudsman.||Arlington, TX|
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 Frisco, 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:
Bader House of Plano is designed with an intimate, homelike layout, including a large, secured backyard, comfortable chairs by a fireplace and beautifully landscaped grounds for walking. Residents gather for home-cooked meals offered five times a day, and a piano in the communal area invites residents to play a tune or enjoy regular guest performances. From birthday parties to picnics and even karaoke nights, residents and their families enjoy diverse events. For the less socially inclined seniors, Bader House offers pet therapy to aid in positive stimulation. Bader House is a memory care facility with activities and treatments, including Dakim BrainFitness training, which helps residents with mental functioning and cognizance. Caregivers also use the Montessori Method as a guidance to help with treating the symptoms of dementia and memory loss. A high staff to resident ratio means caregivers can work with each resident without the urgency of time constraints.
One reviewer complimented the dementia care for her mom; "My family and I loved the whole concept of a smaller facility (they house only 24 residents) who specialize only in dementia care. The leadership there understands the disease and embraces the unique care they require.”
Hidden Springs is a luxury community in the North Dallas corridor just minutes away from major medical centers, shopping malls, golf courses and sporting arenas. Seniors and their families can enjoy social activities in the facility’s resort-style amenities that include a movie theater, card room and a restaurant-style dining room. Memory care residents follow the Symphony of Life program, which provides a complete wellness regimen for the mind, body, and spirit through a variety of activities designed to stimulate the five senses. The state-of-the art fitness center boasts an indoor pool and workout classes curated by highly trained staff. Residents can enjoy outdoor activities in the landscaped courtyards, outdoor kitchen or with their pet in the dog park. Valet, porter, housekeeping and concierge services alleviate the day-to-day burden for seniors and enable them to focus on their well-being.
Visitors to the community report being impressed by the wide range of amenities and overall beauty as well as the facility’s extensively trained medical, fitness, culinary and service staff members.
La Fontaine Memory Care is driven by its mission to provide compassionate care, protection and safety to its residents. It offers all the comforts of home in a uniquely designed neighborhood, providing private and semiprivate accommodations complemented with comprehensive individualized services. Bathrooms are equipped with heated floors and calcium-infused showers, and the staff conducts regular two-hour well-being checks on residents. The facility’s activities program is specifically designed for those living with Alzheimer’s and dementia and help promote socialization and increase quality of life. While the program includes traditional activities, such as group outings, it also incorporates residents’ individual interests to encourage participation. La Fontaine welcomes small pets and offers additional services, such as pet walking and litter box cleaning.
La Fontaine receives mostly five-star ratings for its patient, caring staff and bright, peaceful environment. Families like how the staff gets residents involved in activities and feel assured that their loved ones are well taken care of. "I know that my Dad is in great hands, and I rest easier with my busy work, family schedule knowing they love him just as much as I do,” says one reviewer.
Residents of Mustang Creek Estates Allen can expect to receive 24-hour compassionate care in a homelike environment. The facility consists of six separate homes spread across a beautifully landscaped campus that's designed to resemble a cozy neighborhood. This more intimate setting allows staff to develop specialized care plans for each resident that preserve their sense of dignity and independence. Staff members are specially trained in memory care to ensure residents receive the attention and service they need. Seniors are treated to three home-cooked meals every day, plus snacks, and can live hassle-free without having to worry about housekeeping, laundry and linens. To create a stimulating environment that supports intellectual growth and memory function, the facility offers ongoing enrichment programs, exercises and outings. Residents can also enjoy some sunshine in the secured backyard area, or a soak in the spa tub.
Many residents and their family members appreciate that "it's not a big community, and the house is separated according to the care you need." Not only are the surroundings beautiful but "the staff is very friendly, very kind, and very knowledgeable." As one happy reviewer shares, "it feels like a home for everyone."
Rockbrook Memory Care provides a secure, caring environment that supports the unique cognitive needs of its residents. Seniors feel right at home with its bright, comfortable accommodations, spacious living room and lush, enclosed courtyards with walking paths. Around-the-clock care services focus on individual wellness and are delivered by a well-trained team. To further ensure residents’ health, safety and well-being, the facility works with outside providers for additional health care services. A full-time engagement coordinator creates daily schedules to help stimulate the body, mind and spirit, including activities that incorporate residents’ skills and interests, such as trivia games, dancing, music and arts. Home-cooked meals are served three times a day and live entertainment is provided at least once a week. Rockbrook Memory Care coordinates with local churches and volunteers for regular religious services that accommodate everyone regardless of faith preferences.
The facility earns great reviews with positive comments for its secure, well-kept surroundings, unique layout, cheerful atmosphere and authentically caring staff. People say the team is well-organized and interacts well with seniors. One pleased reviewer says, "The residents are kept busy, but each at their own pace. But most importantly, what I see here in abundance is TLC!”
Settlers Ridge Care Center is a nursing and memory care facility located in Celina, with picturesque country views of gardens, fields, horses and cattle. Not only does the atmosphere provide a homey, ranch-like feel, but it allows residents the opportunity to interact with nature daily. The community has a secure neighborhood for memory care residents and a team of compassionate staff specially trained in Alzheimer’s and dementia care. The facility’s memory care program focuses on respect for individual autonomy and puts an emphasis on family and community involvement, with activities such as movie nights, sporting events and exercise groups. Amenities include a restaurant-style dining room, aviary, beauty salon, fitness center and plenty of outdoor gardens and walking paths. Spiritual services, including Bible studies, hymn sings and holiday celebrations are also provided.
Reviews of Settlers Ridge Care Center praise the staff’s professionalism and compassion. One reviewer says that their mother is "thriving in a facility where she's playing cards, bingo, dominoes and enjoying meals in the dining room with other folks who are as active as she is.”
Signature Pointe is located near Bert Fields Park in the quiet suburb of Far North Dallas in Texas, and it offers independent living, assisted living and memory care services. The facility’s Heartfelt Connections memory care program is designed to support residents’ dignity, self-esteem and self-worth by emphasizing the importance of personal care, leisure and productivity. The memory care neighborhood’s staff plans an array of life-enriching activities, such as music therapy, mind aerobics and gardening. Seniors can also spend time socializing in the club room, relaxing in the shaded outdoor seating areas and playing golf on the putting green. Residents can also enjoy home-style meals prepared on-site daily and made with the help of a certified dietitian.
Families appreciate Signature Pointe’s kind staff members and well-appointed accommodations. "The place was like a hotel; it was above average. The staff were very nice, and we were satisfied with them. They had new carpet put in before my parents moved in. There was furniture in the room, like dressers and end tables,” writes one resident’s family member.
At Sonoma House Assisted Living, seniors have access to a wide range of care services in a homelike setting with state-of-the-art amenities. The facility offers a separate and secure environment specifically designed to serve the needs of memory care residents. Its innovative small-house concept supports its person-centered approach to care, and staff members are fully licensed to provide specialized attention and support to seniors with cognitive disorders and dementia. In addition to personal care services, residents receive help with laundry, housekeeping and meal preparation for maintenance-free living. Each 16-resident home features a cozy living area with a gas fireplace, open kitchen and hair salon, and private, secure garden areas where seniors can safely enjoy the outdoors. Specialized memory therapy is also offered to provide intellectual stimulation, support recall and enhance concentration.
Sonoma House strives to create an environment that's warm and supportive, according to one family member: "The caregivers are always friendly and helpful and seem to truly care for the residents." People appreciate that the facility's robust programming gives residents the opportunity to participate in "activities all day long like coloring, bowling, games and reading."
Spring Creek is in the Hunters Glen neighborhood, a well-established residential area of Plano. Amenities include an enclosed courtyard and indoor garden with year-round greenery, a sunroom, and community fireside living room. The community’s secure Valeo memory care neighborhood is staffed by highly trained doctors, nurses, and caregivers who take the time to form personal bonds with each resident. The Valeo memory care program is customized to each resident’s preferences and focuses on physical, social, intellectual and spiritual wellness. All residents have access to a fitness center, game room, library, beauty salon and anytime restaurant-style dining.
Families of residents praise the facility’s cleanliness and the welcoming nature of its staff. "We ate a meal there, and it was better than a five-star restaurant; it was just perfect. We liked the rooms; they were nice and large,” said a prospective resident.
The Auberge at Plano caters to individuals living with Alzheimer’s, dementia and other cognitive conditions, providing quality memory care services that enhance physical, social, spiritual and emotional well-being. It collaborates with the Center for Applied Research in Dementia for its thoughtfully designed community and the staff’s specialized training. Through its award-winning, Montessori-inspired Spark lifestyle program, residents engage in activities that help maintain current abilities and discover new ones. Biography boards and memory boxes celebrate residents’ life stories, and learning opportunities and community service projects cultivate a sense of purpose and belonging. Along with a healthy mind, the facility also promotes physical well-being through diverse fitness programs and outdoor activities. Mealtimes create enjoyable experiences with friends and families and feature delicious, freshly prepared menus that delight the senses.
Reviewers describe The Auberge at Plano as a clean, upscale community and praise the good accommodations, healthy meals and brain-stimulating activities. Families appreciate the openness of the staff, with one saying, "I drop in all the time to visit or pick up my mother-in-law to take her shopping or out to eat. I have never felt like the staff is trying to conceal anything from the families.”
The Cottages at Chapel Creek is situated across J.C. Grant Park in the Chapel Creek neighborhood development of Frisco, Texas, and it’s minutes away from Frisco Square and Baylor Scott & White Medical Center - Frisco. This elegant memory care community features the state-of-the-art Vigil Dementia System, which uses motion sensors and wireless access for enhanced 24-hour security and discreet, unobtrusive resident monitoring. The manicured gardens are complemented by an expansive covered porch for outdoor lounging and alfresco dining. Multiple well-appointed living spaces with library sections and a piano area allow for socializing with fellow residents and entertaining guests. The luxurious kitchen with a center island, granite countertops and stainless-steel appliances provides an attractive place for baking and cooking demos, while the large multifunction common room is used for various activities and social gatherings.
High marks are given to the caring staff and aesthetically pleasing environment of The Cottages at Chapel Creek. One family member shares, "Our loved one has been at the Cottages 11 months, and we only have the highest recommendations for the wonderful loving facility … We love that it is small, so there is great attention to each resident’s care needs.”
The Ivy of McKinney is an assisted living and memory care community located close to the Medical City McKinney hospital and the McKinney Marketplace shopping mall. The facility’s memory care neighborhood is designed to encourage residents to socialize with their friends in a secure environment and provides access to a library, full-service salon and raised outdoor gardens. Seniors can also stay active by spending time outside walking along the paths in the courtyards, participating in balloon volleyball games, taking fitness classes or making tasty food by joining a cooking group. Residents can enjoy family-style dining with seasonal cuisine prepared fresh by an in-house chef.
Families compliment The Ivy of McKinney for having spacious accommodations and scheduling plenty of activities. According to one resident’s family member, "My mom's apartment is very large, and the feel of the community is very homey. They have several outings every week and a plethora of activities every day that they can participate in.”
The Tradition is a resort-style community in Prestonwood that features spacious rooms with high ceilings and a first-class feel. Amenities include an elegant common area, a spa offering manicures, pedicures, facials and massage therapy and a great room for gatherings and performances. A dining room and country kitchen offer a flexible gourmet dining experience with three square meals per day, and a private dining space is available for celebrations. Memory care residents have access to a diverse range of activities, such as a walking garden, a fitness calendar, regular outings and a physical therapy center. The community provides housekeeping, transportation services and around-the-clock medical providers.
Visitors are impressed by the facility’s beautiful common areas, both indoor and outdoor. "The staff couldn't be nicer. My favorite activity is probably water aerobics. It's very nice; it feels wonderful. The Tradition is better than all the others,” said one resident.
The Village at Stonebridge is a boutique senior living facility that's centrally located near Highway 121 in McKinney. The community features the Elevated Dining program, an enhanced culinary experience prepared by expert chefs. The customizable menu includes classic homestyle favorites and exciting seasonal fare, all made with top-quality ingredients. The facility’s Generations Memory Care program provides individualized, resident-centered care with activities that include preparing old recipes and creating personalized jukeboxes. The community’s Vibrant Life program provides a varied calendar of outings and activities designed to improve fitness and provide mental stimulation for all residents. Memory care residents have access to a fitness center, game room, chapel, movie theater and library.
Families of residents continually praise the staff’s attentive and enthusiastic nature. "I was delighted to find a very welcoming staff and a beautiful facility. The food was incredible. Over the last year, I have witnessed the staff's genuine care for the residents,” said one man.
Wyndham Court of Plano is an assisted living and memory care facility located just minutes from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano and Arbor Hills Nature Preserve. Seniors can spend time working out in exercise classes, participating in happy hours and taking strolls with the walking club. They can also enjoy being pampered at the on-site beauty shop or relaxing under the covered verandas or outdoor courtyards. The memory care staff makes use of a person-centered care model that honors the life story of each resident by designing a personalized plan that nurtures their physical and mental well-being. Memory care residents can also benefit from the specialized dining program developed to encourage nutritious eating habits.
Wyndham Court of Plano earns high praise from loved ones for cultivating a close-knit environment and offering many activities. One resident’s family member writes, "This is a small community, so my mom is known and loved by all! She is so involved in the daily activities, and I am so happy to have the support from this friendly staff!”