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 Knoxville’s senior population continues to grow (13.87% growth between 2013 and 2017), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment.
In Knoxville, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease rose 8.37% between 2013 and 2017, showing that Alzheimer’s is a growing concern in the region. Overall, the percentage of seniors’ deaths related to Alzheimer’s is lower than the rest of the nation (4.8% in Knoxville 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 more than a dozen hours researching senior living communities in Knoxville. 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 Knoxville, 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:
Arbor Terrace of Knoxville is an assisted living and memory care community located less than a mile from Ten Mile Creek Greenway Park and Cedar Bluff Shopping Center in Knoxville, Tennessee. The facility offers a variety of wellness and entertainment programs meant to enrich residents’ minds and bodies. Residents can enjoy learning in computer classes or participating in craft-making projects. They can also spend time relaxing in the TV room, getting pampered at the beauty parlor and socializing outside in the garden patio area. Small pets are allowed at this facility. Guests are even welcome to join residents when meals are served in the community dining room.
People are impressed by Arbor Terrace of Knoxville’s tidy, well-appointed accommodations. According to the family member of one resident, "Her room is fully furnished and beautiful. The shower is just one-inch step in and they clean it once a week. They do her laundry and empty her trash daily.”
Conveniently located just minutes from downtown Knoxville in the beautiful neighborhood of West Hills, Atria Weston Place is a community where the necessities are taken care of so that residents can truly enjoy life. This facility includes a wide range of impressive features, including a community garden, a well-stocked library and even an ice cream parlor. The culinary experience is an important part of life at Atria. Residents benefit from special culinary events, a chef's table, master cooking classes, local cuisine and vendors and guest chef events. Atria also has a unique program called Engage Life, and it creates meaningful experiences for residents through events and activities. At this friendly community, each staff member is committed to treating residents like they're family.
A resident said, "What characterizes Atria Weston Place is what it offers that money cannot buy. The attitude - and honest feelings - of the service staff is not merely service, it is a heart-felt love for the residents being served." Other reviewers noted that the facility has beautiful landscaping and a homelike interior setup.
Intentionally designed to serve seniors with cognitive conditions, Avenir Memory Care at Knoxville offers a homelike environment complete with person-centered care plans. The community is composed of three neighborhoods that cater to different levels of cognitive function. These are identically designed to make the residents feel at home with the same familiar setting as they move into different levels of care. In order to match each resident with a neighborhood that fits their cognitive ability, the trained staff takes time to personally know each resident and their families through round-table discovery meetings prior to move-in. Services and amenities include transportation to medical appointments, laundry and housekeeping services and chef-prepared home-style meals. Residents look forward to on-campus and off-site activities, including the Minis in Motion program which consists of therapeutic sessions with miniature horses at a local riding academy.
Reviewers describe the facility as bright and beautiful with a thoughtfully designed building. They're impressed with the administrative staff who pays attention to small details, with one family member saying, "They really worked with us. They are so helpful. Everything we need is there. They're just very flexible. If something didn't work out, they would make it work."
Elmcroft of Halls is located in the northern Knoxville suburb of Halls Crossroads and focuses on maximizing experiences for its assisted living and memory care residents. To achieve that end, it offers several programs, including Second Wind Dreams, which allows residents to achieve a long-desired goal, and Vitality Club, which sets up a personalized plan for each resident to maintain and improve health during their golden years. Meals are served restaurant-style, and the chef offers several themed menus from cultures around the world via the Port of Call program. Amenities include a library and beauty salon, and the facility offers a wide range of activities, including interactive games, movie nights, bingo and religious services. Staff members are on-site 24 hours a day, and residents receive on-site physical, occupational and speech therapy as well as transportation to appointments, if needed.
Residents and loved ones are pleased with the demeanor of the staff, saying that they offer a "warm and friendly environment while caring for each individual need." Loved ones also appreciate the wide range of activities and say the facility is "very much a family environment."
Elmcroft of West Knoxville is located just west of the city center, giving residents access to local shops, restaurants and entertainment. At the facility, assisted living services, including hygiene, meal assistance and medication management, are provided in a homelike community setting. A variety of activities, such as Wii, miniature golf and morning stretches, keep seniors fit, while a night at the movies, ladies' tea and Bible study offer a chance for group fun and discussion. Common areas give residents and friends a place to socialize, dine and enjoy group games or a good book. Elmcroft of West Knoxville has a number of signature programs geared toward seniors. The Chronicles memory care program helps seniors cultivate their memories, and the Vitality Club and Second Wind Dreams programs let seniors explore unique fitness opportunities.
Visitors praise the activities and caring staff. One family member said, "I recommend Elmcroft of West Knoxville as a must-visit facility. This is a facility that has a majority of tenured staff."
Located in the quiet neighborhood of Woodland Acres, Manorhouse Assisted Living offers residents a unique experience that's designed to exceed the expectations of most families. The elegant exterior of this community features immaculately landscaped grounds and comfortable outdoor patios. Each resident has access to individual climate controls, 24-hour snacks and beverages, private dining options, scheduled transportation, a parlor and laundry facilities. Caregivers at Manorhouse promote the independence and dignity of each member by encouraging them to engage in a variety of social, physical and cognitive activities. Everything from gardening and painting to day trips and small group studies is available. Manorhouse consistently monitors its activities to ensure they're meeting the goals of residents, and they're always developing new programs to increase happiness and fulfillment.
A close family member of one of the residents said, "My father is at the Manorhouse memory care unit. They take good care of their residents. For me, the facility location is really convenient, and the grounds are very nicely kept up." Reviews also noted that there are always activities for residents to participate in throughout the year.
Maple Court is a memory care facility in the northern part of Knoxville, located near the North Knoxville Medical Center. Staff members work with residents to help create a daily schedule that both emphasizes their existing interests and encourages them to explore new ones. Residents receive personalized, 24-hour care, and staff work with family members to provide residents with tokens from their past to make the transition to memory care easier. Meals are provided three times a day as part of the Elevate Dining program, which emphasizes a mix of fresh foods and residents' favorites, while residents engage in making recipes from their past, known as Culinary Creations. Other activities include shopping trips, happy hours and movie nights, and the facility offers several popular amenities, including a game room, beauty salon and library.
Residents and loved ones appreciate the size of the facility and its living areas, calling them "very roomy and spacious." Staff are also praised for their compassionate attitudes, and a visitor remarked, "some of the most caring and knowledgeable staff I have ever spoken with."
Morning Pointe of Powell, an assisted living and memory care facility, is conveniently located near Interstate 75 and North Knoxville Medical Center. Licensed nurses are available 24 hours a day to oversee resident care. Speech therapy, physical therapy and other medical services are provided on-site. Through its signature Meaningful Day program, the community provides activities that are tailored to each resident’s interests and routines. These activities may include baking, bingo and chair exercise classes. The community also offers the SimpleC Companion program; seniors use touch-screen devices that are loaded with personal photos and recordings to stimulate their memories. The Dining with Dignity program, which includes a finger food menu, encourages residents to eat independently.
"The rooms are very spacious and very clean. It is just a beautiful place,” one reviewer says. Other reviewers compliment the facility for its hardworking staff and varied activity program. "I have been here in Morning Pointe for two months. I would say that I love it here,” a resident says.
Northshore Heights Senior Living is close to Northshore Town Center and Interstate 140 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Situated on seven acres of scenic land, this assisted living and memory care facility has a fire pit, pond and putting green for residents to enjoy. Seniors can also play pool in the billiards room, get styled at the hair salon or relax by the fireplace in the library. Dining options are plentiful, allowing residents to choose entrees from country club-style, seasonal menus. The Retreat at Northshore Heights Senior Living is the memory care program at this community, and it's located in a secure environment with an outdoor garden. The memory care team performs a customized assessment to ensure each resident receives care tailored to their preferences and needs.
Northshore Heights earns accolades for the top-notch service it provides its residents. A resident’s loved one writes, "Great staff!! Amazing adult activity program and wonderful unique food options. The residents always seem very happy and smiling when I visit.”
Prosperity Pointe is located just off Interstate 40, not far from Parkwest Medical Center. This assisted living and memory care facility offers many amenities to keep its residents comfortable, including a sunroom, theater room and full-service salon with heated massage chairs. The community offers many luxurious touches, such as the carved mantle fireplace and baby grand piano. Several memory care floor plans are available, and residents are encouraged to bring their favorite furnishings from home. When residents need assistance, they can push any of the three nurse call buttons in their suites. Small group activities, such as crafts and exercise, keep residents social and entertained. For residents safety and security, the exterior is fully gated.
Reviewers speak highly of the facility’s food, which they say is nutritious and delicious. "[My dad] enjoys three meals a day with his new friends,” one reviewer says. Relatives are also pleased with the care their loved ones receive. "My mother was lovingly cared for by the memory care staff. We could not have asked for better care,” says a relative.
Tucked inside a tranquil residential setting, the high ceilings and plentiful windows of Raintree Terrace's expansive, two-story common area provide residents with ample views of their serene surroundings. Paved pathways wind around this meticulously landscaped facility, which lets residents enjoy good weather at their leisure while taking their dog for a walk or sitting with friends at one of the several patio tables provided. Upscale touches include a carpeted billiards space on the second floor adjacent to a well-stocked library with plush furnishings. Residents of Raintree Terrace can also schedule appointments with the on-site salon, recreate beloved recipes through the facility's culinary program, share a display of their life story or personalize a jukebox with their favorite songs. Restaurant-style dining in the main hall features a stone hearth and fireplace nestled between floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the neighboring treetops. Residents can also reserve private dining accommodations to host meals for visiting friends and family.
Residents benefit from the convenience the transportation services provide, which this reviewer describes appreciatively, "They take people to the local Walmart, they have day trips where they take the residents to places, and they offer services twice a week for people with doctor's appointments."
The Pointe at Lifespring Senior Living provides assisted living and memory care to seniors in northeast Knoxville. The upscale facility offers a number of community spaces, including a fitness center, salon and café. The secured courtyard provides a safe place for memory care residents to soak up the sunshine. Residents can choose to participate in many engaging activities each day, such as miniature golf, watercolor painting and tai chi. Through the community’s signature memory care programs, residents can display a life story to reminisce about the past, create personalized jukeboxes of their favorite songs or prepare familiar recipes. To help residents cope with agitation, the community offers relaxing pet and music therapy.
Visitors are impressed by the community’s upscale environment. "The facility is remarkable … [it’s] like a resort.” They also mention its scenic surroundings, which include walking paths and a putting green. Other reviewers speak highly of the community’s staff. "The staff at The Pointe at Lifespring was so nice and accommodating to me,” a reviewer states.
Trinity Hills of Knoxville is located on the eastern side, minutes from the Knoxville Zoo and Tennessee River. It provides appropriate assisted living and memory care services by listening to residents and loved ones upon their initial move-in and getting a sense of what kind of care is required. Meals are prepared on-site by a chef three-times daily, and residents are given a card the night before to choose what they'd like to eat. The facility honors residents' birthdays with a monthly celebration, and activities are plentiful, including weekly sporting event watch parties, balloon volleyball, coffee and doughnuts and community trips.
Residents and their loved ones describe the staff as caring, helpful and very friendly, and visitors are "[impressed with the] clean, spacious rooms." The staff earned further praise for its communication with loved ones and "open door policy to discuss any concerns."