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I. Getting Help

I. How Memory Care Facilities Can Help

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.

II. Our Selection Process

To choose the best memory care facilities in Indianapolis, 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:

  • Spent over 18 hours researching memory care facilities in Indianapolis
  • Read more than 60 reviews written by residents and their loved ones
  • Interviewed 5 representatives from local communities

III. Reviews of the 8 Best Memory Care Facilities in Indianapolis

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Willow Lake Place

  • Resident Capacity: 60
  • Room Types: Studios, 1-Bedroom Apartments, 2-Bedroom Apartments
  • Care Provided: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Respite
  • Base Pricing: $2,000 for Assisted Living; $3,900 for Memory Care

Willow Lake Place provides assisted living, memory care and respite services in an elegant homelike setting. Surrounded by lush, manicured gardens, the building has a wrap-around porch, terrace and courtyard where residents can unwind and enjoy the outdoors. The staff, highly trained in moderate-to-severe dementia, is attentive to memory care residents’ evolving needs. Through brain-stimulating activities, personalized memory boxes placed outside residents’ doors and soothing aromatherapy, the community focuses on each individual’s sense of belonging, safety and well-being. Additionally, nearby stores, a movie theater and medical centers make the facility’s location convenient for both residents and visiting family members.

What Residents Are Saying

Loved ones compliment the facility’s cheerful ambiance and compassionate staff. One reviewer comments, “My 88-year-old mom has been a resident for almost three years … the atmosphere is very bright and welcoming. The staff is responsive and kind. My mom has advanced dementia and I couldn’t ask for her to receive better care … It is an excellent facility!”

Reviews: 3.8 out of 5 stars; 116 reviews

Phone: (317) 315-5294

Address: 2725 Lake Circle Dr., Indianapolis, IN 46268

Web: enlivant.com

American Village

  • Resident Capacity: 55
  • Room Types: Studios, 1-Bedroom Apartments, 2-Bedroom Apartments, Detached Homes
  • Care Provided: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Hospice, Respite, Skilled Nursing
  • Base Pricing: $4700 is starting rent, care costs start at $500

American Village offers a full continuum of living and health care services for seniors. The property is located near Midtown, Indianapolis, in close proximity to emergency health care, full-service hospitals, shopping centers and restaurants. In addition to independent and assisted living, memory care and rehabilitation services, American Village provides skilled nursing, respite and hospice care. Residents with memory loss live in Auguste’s Cottage. This research-based, person-centered memory care program uses a holistic, innovative model of care. Residents engage in a variety of daily activities that promote independence. Auguste’s Cottage is a secure home-like environment that gives residents a sense of belonging. This is partly achieved by surrounding residents with artwork and personal mementos. Live plants and pets add uplifting touches, and the protected environment reduces daily challenges, helping to foster autonomy and dignity. Private pay residents as well as Medicaid recipients are welcome here.

What Residents Are Saying

The well-maintained property and broad range of activities for residents in all care levels put family members with loved ones here at ease. Additionally, the warm atmosphere is reassuring. One daughter whose mother is a resident shared, “What stood out to me is the friendliness of the staff and the actual caring by staff. Everyone knew all of the names of everyone that lived there.”

Reviews: 3.9 out of 5 stars; 42 reviews

Phone: (317) 253-6950

Address: 2026 E. 54th St., Indianapolis, IN 46220

Web: asccare.com

Robin Run Village

  • Resident Capacity: 27
  • Room Types: Studios, Companion Suites
  • Care Provided: Assisted Living, Independent Living, Memory Care, Hospice, Respite, Skilled Nursing
  • Base Pricing: Call for pricing

Robin Run Village is a Brookdale continuum of care community nestled on 86 acres. The location offers a peaceful, pastoral setting with quick access to downtown Indianapolis. The manicured grounds include several acres of protected woodlands, hiking trails and ponds. Active seniors in independent or assisted living enjoy an indoor pool, tennis courts and a general store. Robin Run Village also provides respite, hospice, skilled nursing and memory care. Those with dementia participate in the Clare Bridge program. Each resident is assigned a caregiver who forms a deep partnership with them to foster connection and trust. A full calendar of daily activities is combined with the Clare Bridge daily path and includes six planned programs that utilize residents’ current skills. The facility over 30 years of dementia care experience result in a state-of-the-art, person-centered program.

What Residents Are Saying

Residents praise the caring, attentive staff and the ability to stay close to a partner who’s living in a Clare Bridge community. “The Spirit of Robin Run is something you just have to experience to understand. This special place is a group of residents and associates walking together in partnership and serving one another in times of need,” writes one man.

Reviews: 3.8 out of 5 stars; 105 reviews

Phone: (317) 597-0464 x413

Address: 5354 West 62nd St., Indianapolis, IN 46268

Web: lifecare.brookdale.com

Traditions at North Willow

  • Resident Capacity: 116
  • Room Types: Studios, 1-Bedroom Apartments, 2-Bedroom Apartments, Townhomes
  • Care Provided: Assisted Living, Independent Living, Memory Care
  • Base Pricing: $3,000 for independent living, $3,600 for assisted living, $5,100 for memory care

Traditions at North Willow is a senior living facility providing independent living, assisted living and memory care. Each resident has access to the on-site gym, and scheduled transportation is provided for group social outings and private medical appointments. Three tasty, nutritious meals are served daily in the restaurant-style dining hall. The Varietas memory care program ensures residents socialize and experience routines each day through creative arts and crafts, exercise classes and cognition-stimulating games. The staff implements behavior-based ergonomics therapy to reduce depressive symptoms, physical injuries and medication intake in residents with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Throughout the building, thoughtful touches such as the community’s inviting, professional decor, warm blankets and cloth napkins provide comfort to help residents feel at home.

What Residents Are Saying

Family members compliment the facility’s caring, engaging staff, attractive building and nice outdoor areas. One reviewer says of her mother, “She’s enjoyed the activities, the dining and how clean the facility is. She likes to walk around the safe courtyard to get some steps. It gives the whole family peace of mind that she’s there.”

Reviews: 4.5 out of 5 stars, 15 reviews

Phone: (317) 876-2916

Address: 1703 W. 86th St., Indianapolis, IN 46260

Web: traditionsatnorthwillow.com

Traditions at Solana

  • Resident Capacity: 150
  • Room Types: Studios, 1-Bedroom Apartments, 2-Bedroom Apartments, Private Rooms, Townhomes
  • Care Provided: Assisted Living, Independent Living, Memory Care, Hospice
  • Base Pricing: $2,450 for independent living, $3,195 for assisted living, $5,650 for memory care

Traditions at Solana in Indianapolis offers its residents serene, scenic views of the White River and its lake. The services provided at the Traditions community target physical, emotional and intellectual wellness for a comprehensive approach to care. Residents can enjoy safe, quiet walking paths along the waterfront or use the facility’s on-site fitness center for exercise. Scheduled events for religious, educational and recreational activities allow residents a choice for enrichment and entertainment within the community. Transportation for group outings helps residents visit local areas of interest or attend scheduled appointments. The facility’s own theater, chapel and salon are accessible to all residents as convenient extra amenities. Residents also have a choice between restaurant-inspired formal dining and an additional casual cafe for enjoying their meals.

What Residents Are Saying

People consistently praise the facility’s well-maintained grounds and its caring nursing staff, and this reviewer agrees: “Traditions at Solana is an amazing place to be. The nursing staff is very caring. The food is tasty. The office staff is always willing to help out wherever necessary. The building is clean and very well maintained, and the grounds are beautiful!”

Reviews: 4 out of 5 stars; 110 reviews.

Phone: (317) 860-0000

Address: 7721 Battery Pointe Way, Indianapolis, IN 46240

Web: traditionsatsolana.com

Magnolia Springs SouthPointe

  • Resident Capacity: 95
  • Room Types: Studios, 1-Bedroom Apartments, 2-Bedroom Apartments
  • Care Provided: Assisted Living, Memory Care
  • Base Pricing: $3,100 for assisted living, $5,434 for memory care

Magnolia Springs Senior Living Community at Southpointe provides assisted living and memory care with an emphasis on empowering residents and supporting their sense of freedom and independence. Through the Heartfelt Connections Alzheimer’s and dementia care program, highly trained staff members use reminiscence techniques to draw upon each resident’s unique story. Personalized activities such as aromatherapy, crafts and physical exercise provide sensory stimulation and are tailored to residents’ skills and talents. Residents enjoy exploring the outdoor walking paths, courtyards and gardens, and convenient indoor amenities include the beauty salon, library and spiritual center. Family celebrations in the private dining room, shuffleboard games and happy hours in the lounge keep things lively and fun.

What Residents Are Saying

Loved ones praise the facility’s delicious food, kind staff and well-maintained, attractive building. One reviewer says, “Magnolia Springs SouthPointe is fabulous, the staff had been welcoming and professional, and the food is so excellent that my father keeps saying he feels like he’s going to a wonderful 5-star restaurant every meal. The accommodations are good, and it’s a first-class place.”

Reviews: 4.6 out of 5 stars; 124 reviews

Phone: (317) 406-9585

Address: 4926 Sir Barton Way, Indianapolis, IN 46237

Web: mssouthpointe.com

Stonecrest of Meridian Hills

  • Resident Capacity: 110
  • Room Types: Studios, 1-Bedroom Apartments, 2-Bedroom Apartments, Companion Suites
  • Care Provided: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Respite
  • Base Pricing: $4,100 for assisted living, $4,700 for memory care

Stonecrest of Meridian Hills is a pet-friendly community providing assisted living and memory care in a sunny, light-filled building with large windows and an abundance of unique amenities. Residents can practice their swing on the outdoor putting green, view their favorite films in the movie theater or have their nails done in the on-site beauty salon. The wellness center’s Climb program provides physical therapy and movement classes specially designed to treat and strengthen the muscles of those with Parkinson’s disease. Staff members in the Bridges memory care program are attentive to residents’ emotions, preferences and daily routines. With a focus on compassionate communication, they facilitate dementia care residents’ participation in fun and stimulating activities such as gardening, bingo games and arts and crafts.

What Residents Are Saying

Family members rave about the facility’s nice, attractive apartments and numerous activities that keep residents engaged. One reviewer says, “We love Stonecrest of Meridian Hills. It’s a great place and brand spanking new. My mom’s room is great and she loves it. There are a ton of activities and the amenities are really nice. The staff is good.”

Reviews: 5 out of 5 stars; 10 reviews

Phone: (317) 225-4145

Address: 8549 N. Meridian Hills, Indianapolis, IN 46260

Web: stonecrestofmeridianhills.com

Rittenhouse Village at Northside

  • Resident Capacity: 22
  • Room Types: Studios, Private Rooms, Shared Rooms
  • Care Provided: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Respite
  • Base Pricing: Studio is $3,635, Companion Suite is $2,595, all-inclusive with first level of care, extra services are offered on a point system and they offer up to 3 levels of care

Rittenhouse Village at Northside provides respite, assisted living and memory care with a focus on stress-free, comfortable and enjoyable living. Concierge services make it easy for residents to get the assistance they need at any hour, and the fine dining room serves flavorful and healthy homemade, internationally-influenced meals. Residents enjoy ample opportunities for outings through the community’s regularly-scheduled transportation service, and many enjoy group trips to the nearby Hosier Park racetrack and casino. The staff facilitates specialized activities for memory care residents including creative painting classes, cognition-stimulating trivia games and social sing-alongs. This community does accept the medicaid waiver for those that qualify.

What Residents Are Saying

Family members comment on the well-maintained building, attractive apartments and kind staff. One loved one says, “I was impressed by the friendliness of the staff … They’re very caring. The apartments are very nice; the walls are painted, and you can put up anything you want … The dining setup is lovely.”

Reviews: 3.9 out of 5 stars; 88 reviews

Phone: (317) 584-5234

Address: 1251 West 96th St., Indianapolis, IN 46260

Web: rittenhousevillages.com