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 Las Vegas’s senior population continues to grow (15.6% growth between 2013 and 2017), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment.
In Las Vegas, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease rose 130.9% between 2013 and 2017. To put that in perspective, the number of deaths from all causes for that same age group only increased by 20.4%, 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 (4.6% in Las Vegas vs. 6.46% in the U.S.).
In order to help families and caregivers of those with Alzheimer's find the support and care that their loved ones need, we've compiled information below about the cost of Memory Care, how to get financial assistance to help make care more affordable, free resources, etc. Also included are reviews of the best memory care facilities in the area, which cover pricing, types of care provided, residents' reviews, and more.
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For memory care facilities, COVID-19 rules and regulations are typically set at the state level. You can view specific rules on our guide to memory care in Nevada. These rules change often, and many communities have policies in place that go above and beyond what's required by the state, so you should contact your local community for more information. Additionally, you can contact your local Area Agency on Aging to learn more.
Note: Memory care is typically provided in communities licensed as assisted living facilities, and in general, costs 20-30% more than standard assisted living services. No authoritative cost data is available for this type of care, so we estimated memory care rates by adding 25% to assisted living fees in the Genworth 2021 Cost of Care Survey.
Las Vegas has the lowest average cost for memory care in the state, at $4,563 per month. The state’s average is $4,688 per month and the national average is $5,625 per month.
When comparing the cost of memory care in nearby cities, Lake Havasu in Arizona runs an average of $5,875 per month, which is $1,312 more than Las Vegas’ average. Reno is the most expensive city in the state with an average cost of $5,313 per month, which is $750 more than Las Vegas. Memory care in the state capital, Carson City, costs $212 more than Las Vegas, with an average of $4,775 per month.
In Las Vegas, the cost of both in-home care and home health care averages $4,767 per month, which is about $200 more than the cost of memory care. Adult day health care is $2,743 less than memory care, costing an average of $1,820 per month. The cost of assisted living is $3,650 per month or $913 less than memory care. Nursing home fees start at $8,273 per month and can be $3,710 more than memory care.
Since not everyone can afford to pay for memory care out-of-pocket, it's important to find alternative methods to help make memory care more affordable. Some of these options include:
For more information about your options for making assisted living more affordable, visit our guide to Memory Care in Las Vegas.
Seniors and families looking for memory care resources in Las Vegas can find assistance and services through the organizations listed below. The Alzheimer’s Association can be a good place to start, since they can help families understand their loved ones' diagnosis and find local care providers with the proper experience.
|Alzheimer's Association -- Desert Southwest Chapter||Southern Nevada: 702-248-2770 Toll-free 24/7 hotline: 800-248-2770||Offering services in English and Spanish, Nevada's Desert Southwest Chapter of the nationwide Alzheimer's Association can assist seniors and families with planning for the future and finding programs that can delay the progression of cognitive decline. The association provides MedicAlert bracelets and necklaces to give families of seniors with cognitive conditions peace of mind.|
|Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health-- Cleveland Clinic Nevada||702-483-6000||Cleveland Clinic Nevada's medical team works with neurorehabilitation therapists and other professionals specializing in dementia, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and multiple sclerosis. The Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health also has educational opportunities and online resources for caregivers.|
|The Nevada Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program||702-616-4926||Ombudsmen advocate for the rights and wellbeing of seniors residing in memory care communities and other long-term care facilities. Seniors and loved ones can contact an ombudsman regarding lack of proper care and medication mismanagement. Ombudsmen can also help families search for local memory care communities.|
|Medicare Assistance Program (MAP)||888-282-1155||The Medicare Assistance Program provides free and unbiased insurance counseling and access to financial aid programs for Medicare beneficiaries. State-certified counselors can also assist seniors with reporting fraudulent Medicare charges and recognizing Medicare scams. In addition to explaining insurance policies and supplemental plans, counselors can help low-income individuals apply for financial aid to cover the cost of medical supplies and prescription medications.|
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 Las Vegas, 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:
Aegis of Las Vegas offers upscale assisted living and memory care. Nestled within a quiet neighborhood, the community is conveniently located near area attractions, shopping centers and medical facilities. Each resident receives a personalized care plan, and a licensed nurse observes and reports their changing healthcare needs. The facility is secure and includes features, such as camouflaged doorways, to help reduce residents’ anxieties, and staff who have have ongoing training specialized in dementia care, closely monitor residents for any behavior changes or agitation so their stress can be safely diverted. Seniors participate in daily activities, such as light and music therapy, to maintain their cognitive levels. Each day has a fun theme to keep seniors engaged, such as “Don’t Wear Green Day” or “Baseball Day.” At mealtimes, seniors can enjoy daily chef-prepared specials or order from the menu, and residents who need low-sodium, reduced-fat or other modified diets can be accommodated.
People are impressed by Aegis of Las Vegas’ comfortable environment. “It was very clean and there were lots of windows and light,” notes one visitor. Another says, “it has a genuine home-like atmosphere.” Reviewers compliment the community’s amenities, with one reviewer saying “the outdoor neighborhood gardens are most delightful.”
As Time Goes By is a memory care facility in Las Vegas featuring four separate living spaces, each housing 10 residents. The community offers round-the-clock staff to assist with a wide array of tasks, such as laundry, meal preparation, bathing, dressing and transportation to and from doctor appointments. Residents enjoy a cozy, intimate setting that feels like family-style living, and they're encouraged to bring personal belongings to decorate their spacious, furnished bedrooms and half bath. For recreation, they can enjoy the Las Vegas sunshine in the homes' large, secured backyard or relax on their covered patios, which feature misting systems to keep residents cool and comfortable.
Reviewers give As Time Goes By high marks for its caring staff, clean facilities, upbeat and positive ambiance and competitive pricing. Residents feel comfortable and safe in the small, intimate homes. Says one reviewer, "The staff was caring and always had smiles on their face and were willing to be helpful in anything I wanted."
Bella Vita Care Home is a cozy, intimate memory care facility for 10 residents located only a few miles away from the heart of Las Vegas. It offers comfortable family-style living where residents receive around-the-clock care from the specially trained memory care staff, who deliver supportive care and treat seniors with the respect and dignity they deserve. The community is located in the middle of a quiet, gated neighborhood, which contributes to its homelike feel; however, it's only minutes from the Las Vegas Strip which offers an abundance of recreation. Memory care residents can enjoy supervised scheduled activities or relax under one of the fruit trees in the facility's courtyard during Nevada's more than 300 sunny days per year.
Reviewers compliment Bella Vita Care Home on the level of comfort enjoyed by residents as well as on the facility's cleanliness. Several touched on how the facility's dedicated staff members were capable of tending to the needs of patients with all different functional capacities. One reviewer stated, "The rooms were very nice, and they're very caring. Everything looked good."
Located near the exciting Las Vegas strip, Brookdale Las Vegas is nestled in the heart of Las Vegas, Nevada, and provides memory care and assisted living services for seniors. The staff at Brookdale Las Vegas is specially trained to balance residents’ independence with the level of care they need. Not only do residents enjoy amenities, such as a library, game room and bistro, they also embark on group outings to nearby attractions, including the Springs Preserve. Residents participate in exercise classes and mind-stimulating memory games. Holiday parties and luncheon buffets with family and friends are enjoyed by seniors living at Brookdale.
A husband of a resident said in an online review, "My wife is in the memory care of Brookdale Las Vegas, and I'm very happy with it. They take care of her needs, and whatever has to be done. We're very happy with the food, the dining area looks like a dining area at home, and it's very well-kept."
Coronado Heights Senior Living is located in the south end of Las Vegas, close to St. Rose Dominican Hospital and numerous shopping centers. The community provides assisted living and memory care, and residents live in private or shared suites with private restrooms. Residents receive individualized care plans that may include medication education, nutrition programs and therapy services. Residents can participate in a variety of activities based on their own interests and capabilities, including gardening, stretching exercises and trivia. Special events, such as birthday parties, are also offered, and family members and friends are encouraged to participate. The community’s many amenities include a theater room, dining room and on-site salon. There are secure outdoor walking paths and courtyards for seniors who want to get some fresh air.
Visitors love the facility for its dining options. As one visitor explains, “there was a good variety on the menu." Another says “Mom often comments about how good the meals are.” Residents and visitors alike are pleased with the accommodating staff. “The caregivers are very friendly and the administrative staff is superb,” says one residentt.
Heritage Springs, located just seven miles from the Las Vegas strip, provides assisted living and memory care in a luxurious environment. Each apartment includes high-end touches, such as classic wood cabinetry and stainless steel appliances. Seniors who develop memory loss are gently transitioned from assisted living to memory care through the Illuminations program, which focuses on socialization and routine. The community’s memory care neighborhood, Kingswood Court, is protected with a security code, allowing residents to wander safely. Residents who enjoy spending time outdoors can explore the enclosed courtyard’s walking paths and gardens. Indoor amenities include a full-service salon, theater, exercise room, restaurant and casual bistro. The community’s Personal Preferences Coordinator ensures seniors participate in activities and programs that suit their interests. Activity offerings will vary depending on current residents’ unique interests, but may include karaoke, movie nights and scenic drives.
Reviewers speak highly of the facility’s rooms, which they say look like hotel rooms. “The room is freshly painted with new carpeting and new flooring in the bathroom,” one resident says. The community receives compliments for its luxurious common areas. As one reviewer states, “they set up the dining room like a five-star dining room.”
Legacy House of Centennial Hills provides personalized assisted living and memory care to Las Vegas seniors. The centrally located community offers easy access to Centennial Hills Hospital, shopping centers, restaurants and other nearby attractions. Memory care residents live in private apartment-style accommodations with individual climate control and private bathrooms, and fully accessible rooms are available. Residents are encouraged to bring personal belongings and keepsakes to feel comfortable and lessen anxieties. Keypads on the doors help keep residents safe, and there is a secure outdoor area with seating and walking paths. Memory care residents have their own family-style dining room along with craft and activity areas. They share some amenities with assisted living residents, such as the hair salon, theater and library. The community’s scheduled program includes social, physical and intellectual activities that meet residents’ individual needs.
Visitors speak highly of the facility’s helpful staff. “It seems well-staffed and they’re very attentive,” says a family member of a resident. Legacy House of Centennial Hills is praised for keeping residents entertained. “My wife has been socializing and playing dominoes with people, and they have trips,” comments a reviewer.
Legacy House of Southern Hills is close to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area in Las Vegas. While residents can enjoy the scenic surroundings, they’re also close to medical facilities, shopping centers and other city attractions. The upscale assisted living and memory care facility provides a number of amenities, including a library, fitness room and game room. The community’s apartment-style units have 24-hour emergency call systems for resident safety, and the memory care wing is secured with keypads. To improve residents’ quality of life, the facility offers a full schedule of activities, such as intellectual and physical activities. Seniors can also choose to spend time in the community’s secure outdoor area, which includes garden boxes and walking paths. Residents are monitored frequently by staff, and certified nursing staff are on site 24 hours a day.
Visitors are pleased with the facility’s upscale environment. “The entire facility was really well done,” explains one visitor. “It’s bright, well-lit, and everything was clean and brand new.” Legacy House of Southern Hills also receives praise for its staff. As one visitor says, “the staff was friendly and went out of their way to make me feel welcome.”
Merrill Gardens at Siena Hills is located in a residential neighborhood in Henderson only a few blocks away from St. Rose Dominican Hospital. The facility offers independent living, assisted living and memory care, allowing seniors to remain within the community as their needs change. Memory care residents live in the Garden House’s comfortable rooms, and they have access to secured outdoor courtyards. Activity offerings are personalized based on residents’ individual preferences through the Personal Pathways program. To help residents feel comfortable, family members are encouraged to participate in these activities, which may include bingo, card games and Bible study. Residents can play pool in the activity room, relax on the outdoor patio or get pampered in the on-site salon.
People love Merrill Gardens at Siena Hills for its comfortable environment. It has a “very nice, friendly and homey atmosphere,” explains one visitor. The community also receives many compliments for its friendly, caring staff. As one reviewer states, “the staff seem to really enjoy their job and genuinely care about all of the residents.”
Pacifica Senior Living San Martin is consistently recognized for its incredible staff, warm and welcoming environment and beautiful facility. Located in the heart of Las Vegas, this community offers a five-star, full-service experience in an elegant setting. Taking an active and open approach to senior care, the community focuses on creating a customized assistance plan for each individual resident, which is administered by fully trained and licensed staff members. An event-filled monthly calendar is organized with a variety of social, intellectual and religious activities, as well as occasional off-site outings to nearby landmarks and attractions, helping to keep seniors active and engaged. The facility encourages family members to remain actively involved in their loved one's lives by inviting them to join in on events and outings, partake in a meal or participate in daily activities.
As one family member of a resident shared about his experience, "I went in for a tour looking for a place for my grandma. We were dreading this process and expecting a major chore, but the staff at Pacifica was so nice and accommodating we felt it was the right decision almost immediately. They made the place feel like home."
Located about 30 minutes from downtown Las Vegas, Pacifica Senior Living Spring Valley is surrounded by meticulously kept grounds that are impressively green considering the desert location. This beautiful facility offers assisted living, memory care and respite care, and the compassionate, specially trained staff are known to create a fun, lively atmosphere that keeps residents entertained and smiling. Residents can socialize and enjoy structured games and activities scheduled daily, including morning stretch, bingo bonanza, daily discussions and trivia time. They also have access to a large outdoor patio, an elegant dining area and plenty of social spaces to entertain family and friends.
Says one family member of a memory care resident, "Residents were singing karaoke, painting and enjoying the music. Staff are always so helpful and they truly care." The facility's upbeat ambiance is a common theme among most of the reviews, many of which take the time to thank specific staff members by name for their tireless efforts.
Poet's Walk Henderson is an assisted living community specializing in holistic and compassionate memory care. The Signature Touches program helps residents connect with their thoughts, bodies and spirit through daily activities, such as morning workouts, gardening, brain games and storytelling. Residents also participate in cuddle therapy, which provides sensory stimulation and the satisfactory feeling of caring for another. Weekly happy hours and outings to nearby restaurants and heritage museums encourage socialization, while on-site community pets serve as playful companions. Through a unique digital tracking system that doesn't use cameras or microphones, staff members actively monitors residents' sleeping, bathroom and shower habits to ensure safety and detect changes as they occur.
Family members praise Poet’s Walk Henderson for its kind, capable staff and many high quality amenities that make the community feel like home. One reviewer says, “The staff is absolutely amazing and cares about the well being of their residents. The courtyards, residents rooms, ice cream parlor, dining rooms, along with all the activities they offer are exceptional.”
Located in Henderson, close enough to the Las Vegas Strip for fun excursions, Prestige at Mira Loma offers assisted living and memory care through the award-winning Expressions Memory Care Program. The two-story building is surrounded by nicely landscaped courtyards that are secured for residents' safety. The specially trained Expressions caregivers use the latest and most advanced forms of memory care, creating a warm, caring culture for residents with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of cognitive impairment. Personalized programs designed to reinforce the community’s philosophy that “Life is an Activity” include self-expression through arts, exercise, learning and spirituality. Caregivers strive to create an accepting, comfortable atmosphere for each resident, focusing on the person and not the disease. The goal is to become an extended family that acts as a source of calm in the face of the fear and stress often associated with dementia.
Family members with loved ones at Mira Loma repeatedly comment on how “happy, comfortable and well taken care of” residents are. One wrote, “It's so rare to see such flawless, upbeat performance from every single team member. From maintenance and dining to nursing and activities . . . this is a well-oiled machine.”
Summerlin Memory Care provides specialized memory care in northwest Las Vegas. Residents live in one of four memory care neighborhoods based on their level of cognitive ability. These neighborhoods are designed similarly to minimize anxiety and encourage socialization. The facility encourages residents to bring their own bedroom furnishings, and even their pets, to help them feel at home. Residents can explore the enclosed gardens and walking paths, read books on the patio or join one of the community’s many clubs, such as the restaurant club. Dietitian-approved meals are served in the dining room, and family members can dine with residents at any meal. Residents’ individual care plans are overseen by an on-staff doctor and provided by a range of on-site health services, such as dental services, are available.
Summerlin Memory Care receives consistent praise for its staff. As one family member says, “the staff is very attentive and seems to be very caring.” Reviewers are impressed by the community’s food and the variety of activities available to residents. “Overall, the place is absolutely stellar,” raves one visitor.
With amazing views of mountains, Sunrise of Henderson is located in Henderson, Nevada, and offers assisted living and memory care services for seniors. Surrounded by lemon groves and gardens, seniors can participate in walking and garden clubs. Exercise classes keep them physically active while the brain teaser social and bingo nights offer an opportunity to mingle with fellow residents. Transportation is provided for doctor appointments and group outings to local attractions, including movie matinees and casino nights. Reminiscence is an easily navigated neighborhood in the memory care unit of the facility that is specifically created for people living with Alzheimer’s, dementia and other forms of memory loss. It features areas that have specially designed safety features and programming for cognitive stimulation.
Family members and visitors describe the facility as beautiful with a great atmosphere and attentive, caring staff. They appreciate the many activities residents can participate in. One online reviewer said, “Excellent assisted living facility. Visited a loved one there and it was so nice, welcoming, clean. The resident really likes it there and is treated very well.”