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 West Virginia’s senior population continues to grow (11.65% growth between 2014 and 2019), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment.
In Huntington, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease increased by 25.37% between 2014 and 2019. To put that in perspective, the number of deaths from all causes for that same age group decreased by 0.1%, 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 (9.13% in Huntington 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 nearly a dozen hours researching senior living communities in Huntington. 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 Huntington, 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:
Bellaire at Devonshire Assisted Living & Memory Care takes a holistic approach to caring for its residents with dementia and Alzheimer's disease, with staff members incorporating recommendations from each senior's physician, its on-site wellness team and the seniors' family members into each ongoing treatment plan. Residents are encouraged to decorate their studio accommodations with mementos from their past and life-work stations are erected throughout the dedicated memory care community that encourage seniors to maintain muscle flexibility and exercise their cognitive abilities. Staff members assist residents with daily living activities such as bathing and dressing and on-site physical and occupational therapy services are available. The community's chefs serve fresh, seasonally inspired dishes in the waiter-served dining room, and family members are encouraged to enjoy meals with residents as often as possible.
Loved ones are fond of this community, with one saying, "Bellaire is way better than any other facility that I have seen. My father-in-law was in the memory care unit before he passed. The staff and the management are outstanding. The building is kept clean and the architecture is beautiful. When I need senior living, I'm going there."
At Braley Care Homes Inc., seniors living with all forms of dementia receive specialized, professional care in a secure, purpose-designed homelike environment. The family-run community opened in 2005. Its dedicated staff members work to minimize anxiety levels and distressing dementia-related behaviors among residents. They provide 24-hour supervision and individualized support. On-staff professionals include dementia-trained caregivers, nurse aides, licensed practical nurses, clinical social workers, and house physicians. Optional activities residents can participate in include volunteer opportunities, daily exercise classes, holiday celebrations, on-site, catered family gatherings, pet therapy sessions, bible study and movie afternoons. Video camera surveillance-equipped common areas ensure the safety of all residents and staff. Additional resident amenities include weekly house salon services delivered by a licensed cosmetologist and hairstylist, scheduled transportation, parking facilities, a cafeteria, a 1950's reminiscing room and a spacious living room with cathedral-style feature ceilings.
Reviewers praise the dedicated owner, compassionate staff, homelike environment and variety of resident activities. "The rooms are very comfortable. The food is great. It is home-cooked," writes one. The staff members are "loving, caring, professional and respectful to all the residents" according to a late resident's wife. "I have only great memories of the great care my husband received."
Elmcroft of Teays Valley is a comfortable single-story community that offers assisted living and all-inclusive memory care for seniors. Trained staff provide respectful, compassionate care day and night. Caregivers develop in-depth connections with residents and understand their abilities, behavior patterns and interests. The memory care neighborhood features Chronicles, a program that safely nurtures community members to encourage as much independence as possible. Low staff-to-resident ratios mean residents receive personalized care and partake in guided activities. The indoor and outdoor areas are secure yet let residents navigate them easily.
Relatives feel this community offers compassionate care. A granddaughter says, "I am so comforted in the care, attention, and love he is receiving here." This daughter comments, "What stuck out to us about this facility was when we we walked in here it felt homey and not institutional and we really liked how they interacted with her."
Huntington Health And Rehabilitation Center provides a wide range of high-quality care services in a healthy, safe and nurturing environment. Care staff must pass the center's extensive life engagement training and learn how to maintain a calm atmosphere to care for older adults with dementia and other memory impairments. Seniors are given around-the-clock help with daily living needs, taking medications and managing pain. The center uses various social activities and music or memory programs to provide residents a more fulfilling and engaging life. Skilled nursing is available for those who need time to recover from an illness or surgery. Licensed physical, occupational and speech therapists help seniors regain their mobility, communication and cognitive skills. Other services at Huntington include housekeeping, laundry, transportation, dining and haircutting.
Huntington provides a variety of short and long-term care services by a compassionate and skilled team of caregivers. One reviewer writes, "Great staff full of caring and knowledgeable people. Convenient location in downtown Huntington 3 minutes off of interstate 64. Facilities are clean, well maintained and modern."
Paramount Senior Living at Cabell Midland is a senior living campus committed to providing a variety of care options that meets the needs of older adults. The community's social, educational, spiritual and recreational programs help memory care residents improve their cognitive abilities and physical fitness. An emergency call system and a secured garden terrace ensure seniors with Alzheimer's or dementia are kept safe and secure. Assistance with bathing, dressing, eating and other daily living tasks is provided by a team of caregivers. Licensed nurses and health care aides are available 24/7 to handle the administration of medications and any health issues. Seniors can also enjoy walks in the outdoor gardens, relaxing in the sitting areas and getting their hair done at the full-service beauty/barbershop.
Staff at Cabell Midland answer any questions that families have about their loved ones' care. One relative wrote, "My mother-in-law is at Paramount Senior Living at Cabell-Midland. The staff is very upbeat, friendly, and there to help you with any questions or anything you might need."