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 Hampton’s senior population continues to grow (14.74% growth between 2014 and 2019), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment.
In Hampton, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease increased by 52.63% between 2014 and 2019. To put that in perspective, the number of deaths from all causes for that same age group decreased by 1%, showing that Alzheimer’s is a growing concern in the region. Overall, the percentage of seniors’ deaths related to Alzheimer’s is slightly higher than the rest of the nation (6.52% in Hampton 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 Hampton. 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 Hampton, 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:
Bay Lake Retirement and Assisted Living Community provides assisted living and memory care in a classic neighborhood of the Tidewater area of Virginia. A dedicated, secure neighborhood - Inspiritas, features private units with beautiful gardens, screened courtyards, and alert vigilance for the enhanced safety of residents with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Highly trained Inspiritas workers provide round-the-clock services to satisfy the social, emotional, physical, cognitive and spiritual needs of the residents. The community features progressive enrichment programs, an emergency call system and 24/7 licensed nursing for the emergency needs of the residents. Well-orchestrated, customized life enrichment programs stimulate residents' brains and encourage an active lifestyle. Residents can relish three nutritional meals daily in the spacious dining room.
Families and residents praise the ambiance of the community. One writes, "An upscale community that has wonderful food and friendly staff. Variety of activities and nursing staff available at all times. Was able to get assurance that my loved one was getting the proper care at all times. Variety of different rooms to choose from and views.”
Caregivers at Bickford Assisted Living & Memory Care of Suffolk create familiar settings and activities to make its dementia and Alzheimer's disease residents feel more comfortable and secure each day. Its LifeSong documents detail each senior's history so that all staff members know how to interact with each individual on their own terms, while its LifeSong basket stations keep the resident's favorite hobby items close at hand throughout the day. Seniors participate in memory care-specific small group activities and also enjoy one-on-one activity sessions with staff members who've undergone advanced dementia care training. Three high-quality, freshly prepared meals are served in the community's dining room each day, with special dietary menu items available for residents as needed.
Family members are pleased, with one saying, "I'm the daughter of a resident who has lived there for over a year. While my father has dementia, he is still able to do things for himself to a certain extent. He has fallen two times after which I have received immediately a call letting me know how he was and the extent of any injuries."
Brookdale Chambrel Williamsburg is a senior community that provides services ranging from independent living to hospice care in a calm and secure setting. The memory care community features easy-to-navigate apartments that residents are free to decorate with their own furniture, pictures and belongings. Highly trained staff are always available to lend a hand with housekeeping, laundry, medications, bathing and other daily chores. Brain games, dancing, art classes and music programs allow older adults to improve their cognitive abilities and physical skills. Chefs prepare nutritious meals from a dementia-friendly menu that is easy for memory care residents to eat. Other amenities include a beauty salon/barber shop, fitness center, library, patio and theater.
Brookdale offers great services for its residents. One reviewer says, "Brookdale is an incredible facility. Very clean, well kept and beautiful. The staff is excellent and is incredibly friendly. Their services for seniors are also excellent. I highly recommend them!"
Nestled in a peaceful neighborhood, Brookdale Virginia Beach is a memory care community, minutes away from Sentara Leigh Hospital and Orthopedic Hospital at Sentara Leigh. Trained staff provides 24-hour service and is vigilant to the needs of residents with Alzheimer’s, dementia and other memory impairments. The community follows The Clare Bridge Daily Path approach, which provides a daily planned structure of six programs to help residents maintain their physical and mental well-being. Activities include fitness programs, such as the B-Fit program, as well as art classes, brain games, walking classes, gardening and yoga. The community features industry-leading safety features, including a 24-hour security system, keypad entry and secure walking paths. Residents can savor dementia-friendly menus with easy-to-manage selections and personal dining assistance. Seniors have access to a billiards room, courtyards, gardens, an on-site salon, a clinic and a games room, where they can socialize and connect.
Families praise the professional staff and ambiance of the community. One writes, "Clean environment, professionally structured around the clock care. Warm and welcoming staff. Therapeutic activities with spa notions. I think this place does not show what it has. Life stations are beautifully designed. Everything is designed for the best interest of the residents. Very nice!”
Nestled in the southeastern corner of Virginia, Chesapeake Place Senior Living is close to a variety of parks and nature sites and provides an assortment of benefits to seniors with memory conditions. This community offers the dedicated attention of a staff that's highly experienced with memory care and can help residents complete their daily routines and deal with any other challenges experienced due to conditions such as dementia. Chesapeake Place Senior Living uses its own Legacies Memory Care program to tailor care and amenities to each resident's tastes; residents can also bring a variety of items that remind them of home, and apartments here are pet-friendly as well. Housekeeping and laundry services are provided and specialty dining options are available.
Many reviewers are pleased with Chesapeake Place Senior Living's level of care. A relative of one resident says, "Thank you for taking such good care of my mom. The staff is so helpful and make me feel like family. My mom resides in memory care and I couldn't ask for a better home for her. Thanks for all you do!"
Commonwealth Memory Care at Chesapeake is a welcoming community for seniors with Alzheimer’s and related dementias. Its award-winning Sweet Memory program is staffed by caregivers certified in Virtual Dementia Tour training, so they know how to address the challenges facing those living with memory loss. Available 24/7, caregivers assist with the activities of daily living and medication management. Using a resident-focused approach, they get to know every senior’s physical, cognitive and emotional needs to customize individualized care plans. The Signature program includes Special Touch, a multisensory experience that incorporates scent and taste throughout the day, such as lavender and citrus scented towels to boost the senses. Expressions uses art to help stimulate memories, while Sweet Melodies uses music chosen by loved ones. Family-style dining features healthy options crafted around nutritional needs, and family members can stay involved through SMILE technology.
Visitors like the welcoming ambiance, kind staff and activities. One reviewer says, "It was very homey, very cozy and warm. The staff was very welcoming and informative. ... They have outdoor facilities so they can go outside, they have arts and crafts, they have celebrations for holidays and they just do things to keep everybody occupied."
Commonwealth Senior Living at Churchland House provides award-winning care for residents with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia, with a specialized Sweet Memories program designed just for them. Specially trained and certified in Virtual Dementia Tour training, caregivers are available 24 hours a day. By developing individualized plans, they get to know each resident’s life story and medical, intellectual and emotional needs, ensuring that they always receive the support they need. Signature programs help stimulate the mind and body, with a full schedule of events each day. With Expressions, residents can express themselves through art. Through Special Touch, they can enjoy lavender-scented towels to promote relaxation, citrus scents to awaken the taste buds and other multisensory touches. For those who have lost verbal skills, Sweet Melodies uses family-chosen songs to stimulate memories. An open-door policy and SMILE technology encourage loved ones to stay involved.
Visiting family members praise the dedicated staff. "These folks are the best. Love what they do & the folks they do it for, their residents, & it shows," says one relative, who goes on to say, "Helpful, friendly, caring, giving, loving & the list goes on... A new life for my precious adopted mom & one she's enjoying living now!"
Commonwealth Senior Living at Georgian Manor provides award-winning memory care in the heart of Chesapeake, Virginia. Its Sweet Memories program uses a resident-focused approach to support those living with Alzheimer’s and related dementias, with individualized care plans tailored around their unique needs and preferences. On-site 24 hours a day, the community's caregivers are highly trained in managing dementia symptoms and addressing cognitive issues. Signature programs are designed to stimulate memory and improve well-being; Expressions keeps residents engaged through numerous art mediums, while Sweet Melodies incorporates nostalgic music chosen by family members. Through the Special Touch program, seniors with late-stage memory loss enjoy citrus- or lavender-scented towels that enliven the senses, and the community's life stations spark recollection by recreating favorite moments from past jobs or hobbies.
Loved ones complement the staff and activities. "[Georgian] Manor has been such a blessing to our family," says one relative. "We couldn’t have asked for a more caring and thoughtful staff ... The activities, arts, games, birthdays and other fun events always kept the residents on their toes and smiling."
At Commonwealth Senior Living at Hampton, residents living with Alzheimer’s and related dementias receive award-winning care through the Sweet Memories program, which tailors services around their distinct needs. Program components include guiding seniors through the move-in process, learning their life stories to understand their mental, emotional and intellectual needs, and crafting resident-centered plans to address personal habits and preferences. The specially trained team is certified in virtual dementia tour training, so they know how to address the cognitive challenges facing their residents. Available 24/7, caregivers help with the activities of daily living and encourage involvement in daily programs including Expressions, which uses arts to stimulate memories; Special Touch, a multisensory program that helps reinforce the natural circadian rhythm; and Sweet Melodies, which uses nostalgic music to stir happy memories. Smile Technology keeps residents and loved ones connected.
Loved praise the caring team, meals and activities. One reviewer says, "Exceptional, professional, caring and positive staff. I never worry about the quality of care my Dad receives. Excellent meals and very engaging activities program. I can finally sleep at night because i am not worried about my Dad. I highly recommend this community."
Easily accessible from I-64, Commonwealth Senior Living at Leigh Hall is a three-story residence built around a relaxing open-air atrium. The memory care neighborhood has a cozy, homelike setting and serves as a safe haven for seniors living with Alzheimer’s and other cognitive conditions. Through the Sweet Memories memory care program, residents experience a supportive lifestyle, beginning with a smooth move-in process that helps them easily adjust to their new environment. The team works with families to complete a comprehensive profile that details residents’ life stories, habits and preferences. This ensures that care plans are tailored to their needs. Dementia-specific programs provide daily stimulating activities, which families can monitor through the Smile computer app. Seniors with late-stage conditions benefit from sensory experiences and music therapy. Monthly support group meetings and dinners help strengthen family connections.
People describe the community as a great option for their loved ones. "Leigh Hall as a whole has been a blessing!" writes one relative of a resident. "They continue to take great care of my grandmother ... They have taken the worry out of my day and let me be more concerned with just visiting instead of caretaking.”
Located within 10 miles of major hospitals, medical offices and amenities, Commonwealth Senior Living at the Ballentine provides award-winning memory care in a lively environment. Its Sweet Memories program is designed for residents living with Alzheimer’s and related dementias, with a specially-trained staff that’s certified in Virtual Dementia tour training. Available 24 hours, they help address cognitive challenges while assisting residents with the activities of daily living. Signature programs help stimulate memory, with multisensory options crafted around each senior’s life story, needs and personal preferences. Expressions uses art to encourage creativity, Special Touch incorporates scent and taste to help reinforce the natural circadian rhythm and Sweet Melodies helps those who have lost verbal skills through nostalgic music chosen by loved ones. With Life Stations, seniors have access to thoughtful spaces where they can explore past hobbies, professions and skills.
Visitors compliment the staff and diverse programming. "At The Ballentine, the staff were wonderful, the chef was amazing, and the rooms were quite nice," says one reviewer. "For their activities, they had gardening. Most people come in to get lectures. They have a lot of activities, and it is a really nice place."
Dominion Village at Poquoson is a senior living community offering spacious assisted living and memory care apartments in a calm, inviting setting. Its award-winning Bridge to Rediscovery Alzheimer’s and dementia care program provides individualized care and support for seniors with memory loss. Care team members are specially trained to assist each resident with their daily needs. Enriching activities and therapies keep seniors mentally engaged by focusing on their emotional wellness and social interaction with others. Residents enjoy restaurant-style meals, a fun activity center and a full-service barber and beauty salon. A wide range of other amenities, including room service, housekeeping, laundry, transportation and concierge services, are available at Dominion Village. The community also provides short-term respite care for those recovering from an illness or surgery.
Families describe Dominion's Village staff as caring and hardworking. "I moved my father-in-law in almost a month ago and my family and I couldn't be happier," writes one relative of a resident. "The staff are attentive and really try hard to go above and beyond ... The whole team here really care about the people that live there."
Residents of Greenfield Senior Living in Williamsburg feel welcome in the community’s family-like atmosphere. The right balance of amenities, personalized care and a safe, secure environment ensures a vibrant, fulfilling lifestyle. The community’s Reflections program uses the latest in memory care research and provides stimulating activities that revolve around residents’ individuality. The historic colonial residence is replete with convenient amenities for maintenance-free senior living, including warm, inviting common spaces, relaxing outdoor courtyards, and access to a full-service hair salon and barbershop. Residents have access to life enrichment programs and complimentary transportation to off-site events and activities. Care plans include a full range of health and wellness services, including routine checks, laboratory services, and visits from rehabilitation therapy specialists and geriatric health professionals. Regular planning meetings ensure the active involvement of family members in loved ones’ care.
People report being impressed with the community's amenities and care services. A resident’s family member writes, "The main things are its cleanliness and level of care shown by the staff for the residents. It's the best that I've seen so far. The staff is just very caring and committed to the welfare of my mom."
Harmony at Harbour View supports seniors as they age and deal with memory-related challenges. This community is close to several natural landmarks, such as the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, and residents can enjoy attractions throughout the Suffolk area. Caregivers use the Best Friends approach to keep residents involved with their surroundings and interacting with their neighbors. This community also provides 24/7 assistance, and seniors enjoy maintenance-free rooms that come with housekeeping and laundry services. Residents can choose from several common areas and dining spaces that allow them to socialize or participate in activities. Harmony at Harbour View has a fitness center, barbershop and beauty salon on the premises for convenience. One- and two-bedroom accommodations are available as well as studio units.
Reviewers are pleased with the quality of the community and the management of residents. One person says "My mom moved there in December. She loves it and enjoys the activities and meals. We are blessed to have her close by now. The apartments are nice with upgraded appliances."
Harmony at Independence provides memory care services to seniors who need assistance with daily routines within a secure environment. Frequent trips into the city for group activities keep residents engaged with the community. Caregivers make residents feel at home while offering support at all times, and Harmony at Independence uses the Best Friends Approach to keep residents socially engaged with one another and their family members. Amenities include on-site beautician and barber services as well as housekeeping and laundry services. A fitness center and a multitude of community spaces are available for use. Studio, one- and two-bedroom units are available along with companion suite options.
Friends and family appreciate the level of service provided by caregivers and the community's excellent upkeep. One person remarks, "Beautiful, well maintained facility, amazing hospitality, and the staff are some of the nicest, most cheerful people you'll ever meet! Enjoyed visiting the loved ones here and feel so thankful they are part of this community."
With its range of lifestyle options, Harmony at Oakbrooke caters to seniors’ varying needs, including round-the-clock compassionate memory care for those living with Alzheimer’s and other cognitive issues. Residents experience homelike amenities in well-appointed private or companion suites, and a state-of-the-art emergency call system provides prompt staff response to urgent issues. A high caregiver-to-resident ratio ensures attentive, personalized care through the community’s Best Friends approach. The program values meaningful connections among residents, their families and the staff by providing opportunities for regular interaction where fun, food and learning can be shared. A life enrichment director schedules daily engagement programs designed to promote physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. Licensed nurses are available on-site to monitor seniors’ basic health needs and oversee specially designed health and wellness programs.
The community's staff draws plaudits from residents' relatives. "My grandma's attitude has flipped 180 since she’s been living [at Harmony at Oakbrooke]," says one. "She told me she finally feels safe and that’s something I never thought I would hear her say … I can trust everyone there to provide her with the best care.”
Harmony on the Peninsula allows seniors to receive the memory care they need while preserving as much independence as they can. This community has a high ratio of 24/7 caregivers to residents, so everyone receives adequate attention. Personalized memory care programs keep residents engaged at the level of their abilities. Those with memory challenges live close to one another and are encouraged to socialize via the Best Friends Approach. Services and amenities include restaurant-style dining, an on-site beauty salon and health and wellness activities designed for memory care residents. Studio, one bedroom and two-bedroom apartments are available.
Reviewers say positive things about this community and the treatment provided. One relative states "I was very impressed with the place. It was beautiful and very clean with big rooms. The staff was very nice, and the food was good with a variety of choices. My mother-in-law is very happy with her new home."
Morningside of Newport News is a senior living community offering a wide variety of senior care services. Morningside’s memory care program, the Five-Star Bridge to Rediscovery, provides a safe environment, medical resources, including medical care and a dementia-care-trained staff. Morningside also offers assisted living and respite care services with a focus on spiritual wellness and intellectual stimulation. Morningside of Newport News provides the Lifestyle360 program, a holistic approach to active community living. Additionally, residents can enjoy various activities. For example, activities popular among residents are happy hour, pet therapy, low-impact exercise classes and the bistro. The amenities available to residents include restaurant-style dining, a library, housekeeping services and a beauty salon.
Residents and families love the care and welcoming environment at Morningside of Newport News. One said, "We're extremely satisfied with Morningside of Newport News. The very friendly and competent staff is very attentive to the needs of the residents, and we're extremely pleased. They offer any number of activities, they have daily activities of various types, the food is outstanding..."
The Gardens of Virginia Beach offers memory care, assisted living and respite services to residents in a homelike atmosphere. Residents with memory care needs are provided with individualized programs to stay engaged, including meal preparation and a variety of therapies. A spacious activity center and regularly scheduled activities and events give residents the opportunity to stay active and social with other community members and can include things such as auctions, bingo, arts and crafts and trips to shopping centers. Other amenities include a full-service barber and beauty salon, restaurant-style dining, party spaces and outdoor gardens.
A family member of a resident spoke highly about the activities offered, saying, "I chose The Gardens of Virginia Beach for my mom because it has a very active activity department. They have activities like an auction, bingo, crafts, go shopping and to a restaurant. They also have a book club, gardening, do exercise, and have music appreciation activities."
The Waterford at Virginia Beach enables seniors who have memory-related conditions to live safely in an environment beneficial to their physical and mental health. This community manages each resident's daily routine and incorporates programming intended to engage their senses and keep them socially active. Respite care is also available. Caregivers provide housekeeping and laundry services to each resident as well as restaurant-style dining. Residents have use of several common areas including a lounge, activity room and courtyard. The Waterford at Virginia Beach has one-bedroom apartments and studio apartments available.
Several reviewers are satisfied with the responsiveness of caregivers at this community. One says, "The Waterford at Virginia Beach is fantastic and clean. My husband is in Reflections, which is their locked down or memory care unit. They listen to you. If you have a problem and go to the right people, you can get things fixed."