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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 Huntsville, 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:
HarborChase of Huntsville is a stately looking independent living and memory care facility brimming with Southern charm. Residents enjoy magnificent views of Walton’s Mountain and are minutes away from two area hospitals, including Crestwood Medical Center. The ambitious life-enrichment program provides over 21 daily activities to choose from, including exercise classes, board games, milkshake and coffee socials and outings to community events. Both assisted living and memory care residents enjoy elegant restaurant-style dining and are served chef-prepared meals from a menu that changes daily and seasonally. The community provides two levels of memory care. The Sound offers a supportive environment for high-functioning seniors experiencing mild memory impairments. Those with more progressed Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia reside in a secured unit supervised by an RN. Residents participate in a program that offers a full spectrum of memory care activities. Dogs and cats are welcome at HarborChase.
What Residents Are Saying
The accommodating, friendly staff puts family members at ease, and the spacious rooms are also appealing. One daughter shared, “My family LOVES HarborChase! My mother has been a resident for six years, beginning with a recovery stay from a fall. She says it’s the BEST decision she has ever made!”
Reviews: 4.3 out of 5 stars; 43 reviews
Phone: (256) 937-1018
Address: 4801 Whitesport Cir. SW., Huntsville, AL 35801
Located in a peaceful mountain valley neighborhood, Brookdale Hampton Cove is a senior living community dedicated to serving the special care needs of those with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. The facility is designed to provide a homelike atmosphere with a bright, cheery sun room for relaxation, family room for socialization, outdoor areas for gardening activities and a fully equipped kitchen for supervised cooking. Brookdale’s Optimum Life approach integrates the various dimensions of wellness into planned activities. The community also implements the Clare Bridge Daily Path program, which focuses on the specific needs of its memory care residents. It includes a mental workout, physical activities, life skills and person-centered life enrichment routine. These structured activities and other services are administered by well-trained staff and dedicated dementia care specialists who provide an individualized approach for each resident.
What Residents Are Saying
Relatives expressed appreciation for the care their loved ones get at Hampton Cove, putting in positive comments about the caring staff, clean surroundings, good food and activities. “The staff members were very friendly, and the clients seemed to be very happy with where they were staying … which is what matters the most,” shared one reviewer.
Reviews: 3.8 out of 5 stars; 36 reviews
Phone: (256) 248-9939
Address: 6379 Highway 431 S., Hampton Cove, AL 35763
Redstone Village is a Life Care CCRC located on Farley Mountain in Southeast Huntsville. In addition to inspiring views, the full-service Life Plan retirement community provides independent and assisted living, licensed skilled nursing and a state-of-the-art memory support neighborhood called Grandview Gardens. Residents live in three connected neighborhoods with a secured outdoor courtyard. Each of the 48 private one-bedroom suites features a full bath and automated security and monitoring systems for resident safety. Communal areas include a family-style dining room, a beauty/barber shop, a soda shop and an authentic general store stocked with familiar memorabilia. There’s even a 1950s car. Grandview Gardens utilizes the Masterful Moments holistic wellness program, which lets residents shape the community’s personality through individual preferences and open communication. This whole-person approach to memory care includes activities, outings and social events designed to provide physical, intellectual and spiritual fulfillment.
What Residents Are Saying
Relatives praise the high level of communication they enjoy with the memory care staff. One woman shared, “My first encounter with the staff was overwhelmingly great. Over the months that my relative has been there, the staff has always been friendly, outgoing and helpful … They make sure I know this is a team effort.”
Reviews: 4 out of 5 stars; 50 reviews
Phone: (800) 724-5535
Address: 12000 Turnmeyer Dr., Huntsville, AL 35803
Thrive at Jones Farm is located in southern Huntsville, next to the Walsingham Connector Trailhead. It emphasizes helping those with memory loss issues recapture their past and recognize important people in their lives. To that end, every staff member is certified by the National Institute for Dementia Education, ensuring that every employee a memory care resident encounters understands the basics about what they’re experiencing. Rather than emphasizing care for its residents, Thrive focuses on building meaningful relationships and providing assistance as necessary. All rooms feature open spaces and windows to allow in lots of light, and residents can enjoy a number of amenities, including property-wide Wi-Fi, a library and art room. The community further emphasizes meaningful activities, such as watching the sunset, observing the night sky and walking the facility’s outdoor trails.
What Residents are Saying
Residents and loved ones praise the staff members for their attitude and demeanor, saying “Whenever I saw my father-in-law, the first thing he would talk about is how nice the people were that took care of him.” Residents also enjoy the food and services the property provides, with one stating, “Living here, I don’t have a care in the world.”
Reviews: 3.5 out of 5 stars; 45 reviews
Phone: (256) 429-3008
Address: 2238 Cecil Ashburn Dr. SE, Huntsville, AL 38502
Regency Retirement Community of Huntsville is an independent living, assisted living and memory care community dedicated to creating a homelike atmosphere within a secure senior living setting. This is accomplished by encouraging residents to bring furniture from home to personalize their rooms and permitting unlimited visiting hours at any time of day. Seniors can choose between studio, one- or two-bedroom apartments to fit their individual needs, and transportation is provided for appointments and other errands. Skilled nursing and occupational, speech and physical therapies are also available to those recovering from injury or illness. Chef-prepared meals are served in the dining room or in a senior’s room during illness. Regency follows the Pathways program to develop individualized care plans for those in need of memory care, which uses pet, music and other therapies to stimulate brain activity.
What Residents Are Saying
Relatives and visitors comment positively about the rooms. “I liked their apartments. They were clean, they had a bigger refrigerator, and they had separate kitchen, living and dining areas. They had an exercise room and an outdoor pool,” writes one reviewer.
Reviews: 3.8 out of 5 stars; 67 reviews
Phone: (256) 852-0033
Address: 2004 Max Luther Dr., Huntsville, AL 35810