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 Lincoln’s senior population continues to grow (24.64% growth between 2013 and 2018), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment.
In Lincoln, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease rose by 61.19% between 2013 and 2018. To put that in perspective, the number of deaths from all causes for that same age group only increased by 15%, showing that Alzheimer’s is a growing concern in the region. Overall, the percentage of seniors’ deaths related to Alzheimer’s is slightly lower than the rest of the nation (6.1% in Lincoln 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 dozens of hours researching senior living communities in Lincoln. 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 Lincoln, 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:
Bickford of Lincoln is a pet-friendly assisted living and memory care facility that specializes in dementia programs that focus on connecting residents with their memories, interests and hobbies. Its staff members keep information about residents in a specific Lifesong Document, which includes historical information about what makes each member of the community unique. Service plans are reviewed every 90 days to ensure they continue to meet residents' needs, and tenants have access to call cords that enable them to contact staff members 24/7 for assistance. The facility's Bread Basket Dining Experience focuses on meals prepared from scratch by an on-site chef, and the property offers a wide range of activities, including theme days, group trips in the community and holiday events, where family members are welcome to participate.
Residents and loved ones appreciate the patient, caring demeanor of the staff members, with one stating "The staff was very nice and very eager to answer questions that we had with as much as information as possible." Loved ones also note the pleasant atmosphere, with one saying, "The rooms were much more like home."
Brighton Gardens of Omaha is centrally located with easy access to malls, restaurants and medical centers. The calm and secure Reminiscence memory care neighborhood is designed to promote social interaction with its layout — instead of hallways, each room opens into a common area. These common areas include a sunroom, a cafe, sitting and dining rooms and a 24-hour bistro. This community features Sunrise Signature Dining, a highly customizable menu made from a variety of fresh ingredients. This socially-focused dining experience caters to seniors with restricted diets and provides a mix of classic comforts and seasonal flavors to stimulate the senses. Seniors can choose from a robust daily activity calendar that includes several worship services, games and films, or meetings for crafting, exercise or reading clubs.
Staff here are lauded for their personal touch with each interaction. One reviewer notes, "From the moment we had contact with any of the staff members it was easy to tell how much they truly cared about the residents. My dad is the most challenging resident in the community. They have met every challenge with compassion and creativity.”
CountryHouse at 70th & O has an ideal location across from shopping centers on U.S. Highway 34 and a couple of blocks from CHI Health St. Elizabeth Hospital in Lincoln, Nebraska. This purpose-built memory care community is a two-story, colonial-style brick house with therapeutically attractive grounds that feature a fountain, pergola-covered patio, fire pit sitting area and raised gardens. The indoor areas are enhanced with vintage accent furniture and memorabilia to give residents a familiar, comforting feel. Leisure time can be spent at the fireplace library, movie room/arts and crafts studio, on-site salon and recreation area, which has a shuffleboard and poker table. The facility uses iN2L (It’s Never 2 Late) and LifeLoop programs to optimize the residents’ engagement in activities and to maintain connections and share real-time updates with their families.
Satisfied loved ones highly recommend CountryHouse at 70th & O for its excellent approach to memory care. A resident’s daughter writes, "Caring staff and administrator. They all work well together to see that my mother’s needs are met. Extremely clean facility and prompt in responding to questions or requests. Family engagement is a priority and activities are well planned and attended.”
Fallbrook Assisted Living and Memory Care is located in the calm outskirts of Northern Lincoln. This community offers MJ Signature Memory Care, a cutting-edge and multifaceted program that focuses on freedom and individualism. Journey Stations throughout the community encourage seniors to interact with sights, sounds and smells that pique interest and promote reflection. The Alzheimer’s Lounge is designed to engage residents with activities that endow a sense of purpose in a social setting. The Providence Place memory care neighborhood is secure and staffed around the clock. Residents are provided three meals a day in the restaurant-style dining room as well as smaller prepared snacks throughout the day. Amenities include a chapel, theater, coffee shop and wellness room as well as housekeeping and laundry services.
Visitors here note a positive atmosphere and lively residents. "Meeting and visiting with so many wonderful and happy residents has brought so much joy and comfort to my heart,” said one reviewer. "This is such an elegant, cheerful, clean, and safe place to call home.”
GracePointe Assisted Living & Memory Care is centrally located in Lincoln’s well-manicured Witherbee neighborhood, just a few minutes away from an array of supermarkets, banks, churches and medical centers. The neighborhood is rich in attractions, such as the Lincoln Children’s Zoo, Sunken Gardens, Capitol Beach and several parks. This elegant, modern community provides 24-hour care, a maintenance-free lifestyle and specialized memory care services. In partnership with the University of Nebraska, the facility’s Memory Workshop teaches seniors and their families solutions for retaining independence and safety. Amenities include outdoor patios and walking paths, a pub-style gathering place, fireside lounge and both private and community dining rooms. Spiritual services, game nights, exercise clubs and cooking clubs are designed to keep seniors socially and spiritually engaged.
GracePointe staff is known for going the extra mile to keep seniors cheerful and safe. One review said, "I can see the effort to involve residents in activities on a daily basis and keep an optimistic and home-like environment. It seems that many of the residents have developed close, friend-like relationships with the staff and everyone is happy & patient.”
High Plains Alzheimer’s Special Care Center is located less than 5 miles from Holmes Lake Park and the Bryan Medical Center East Campus hospital in Lincoln, Nebraska. The facility’s exclusive Meaningful Moments program is developed to assist memory care residents by learning about their memories and personal preferences and then using these details to create a familiar atmosphere and promote a sense of meaning. Seniors may spend time relaxing in the secure landscaped courtyard or socializing in a living room, where they can enjoy the warm glow of a fireplace or watch cable TV. Residents may also participate in morning snack socials, ball tosses and sing-alongs or attend supervised trips to nearby attractions.
Reviewers give High Plains Alzheimer’s Special Care Center top marks for being a tidy, well-designed community. "It was clean and it looked great. The rooms were an adequate size and had plenty of daylight as far as windows were concerned … The facility had nice wide hallways and was well lit,” writes one online reviewer.
The Independence Houses at Northview is conveniently next to a fire station in the neighborhood of Landon’s, near Lincoln Crossing Shopping Center and the Loren Corey Eiseley Branch Library in the northern area of Lincoln, Nebraska. This single-level residential memory care facility offers a homelike setting for a familiar, comforting feel, and it has secured outdoor walking paths with landscaped gardens to let residents enjoy sunlight and fresh air. In addition to specialized Alzheimer’s and dementia care services provided by the highly trained staff, medical oversight is provided by two registered nurses and a physician who does monthly rounds, and monthly support groups are conducted for families. Residents are offered enriching activities including Art from the Heart, baking classes, trivia, pet therapy and outings. Exercises, sing-alongs, newspaper reading and devotions are done daily.
Relatives find The Independence Houses at Northview to have the perfect environment for their loved ones. A resident’s daughter comments, "I quickly gained peace of mind having Dad in a safe environment where he has great facilities, food, activities and most importantly caring staff that truly understand his condition and needs ... Dad is well adjusted and has made new friends.”
Providence Place Memory Care is in Fremont, Nebraska, minutes from the city's historic downtown, and the scenic Fremont Lakes State Recreation Area. This facility provides a safe, welcoming environment for seniors in need of memory care services. At Providence Place, residents stay engaged thanks to the MJ Signature Memory Care Program, which is designed to foster inclusion, purpose and curiosity. In the Alzheimer's lounge, seniors engage in activities designed to trigger skill-related, procedural or service-oriented memories. At the themed journey stations, seniors interact with unique objects that engage the senses. The Providence Place staff also provides services that make daily life easier for residents, including housekeeping, laundry and maintenance. Certified care professionals are on-site 24 hours per day to provide assistance, and the facility is equipped with the SARA nurse call system, which monitors the environment and sends alerts in emergency situations.
Reviewers praise the facility's highly qualified caregiving team, with one saying that "the staff often goes above & beyond as they use the exceptional dementia training they have received." Thanks to Providence Place's unique memory care program, the reviewer has "seen many wonderful things happen in the daily lives of those cared for."
Richmont Senior Living has a central location near Bellevue University and the U.S. Route 75 interchange on Cornhusker Road, keeping seniors close to city-center amenities and minutes away from Nebraska Medicine Bellevue Medical Center. This MJ Senior Housing retirement community consists of Richmont Village for independent living, and Richmont Terrace for assisted living and memory care. Providence Place at Richmont Terrace is dedicated to memory care and features thoughtfully designed amenities for Alzheimer’s and dementia residents. These include appropriate colors and lighting, a dedicated sound system for musical cueing, an Alzheimer’s lounge and journey stations that spark reminiscence and promote movement. Through the MJ Signature Memory Care Program, residents benefit from specialized care, as well as brain-healthy meals and educational opportunities for families. Memory care activities include morning stretches, social hours, devotionals, baking, crafting and outings.
Residents and their families find care transitions at Richmont to be a pleasant experience. A long-time resident’s daughter shares, "As [mom's] age progressed she needed to move to AL and shortly after to memory care. The directors … as well as their staff, made a very difficult and heartbreaking circumstance bearable … The facilities are beautiful, warm and inviting …”
The Knolls Senior Living is in the southwest portion of Lincoln, Nebraska, conveniently near Southpointe Pavilions shopping center, the Bess Dodson Walt Public Library and Nebraska Highway 2, and it’s also minutes away from Bryan Medical Center East. This Dial Senior Living community offers residents plenty of recreational and social opportunities with its fitness center, movie theater, ice cream parlor and patio dining area. There’s an on-site chapel for spiritual activities, and a salon/barbershop for hair and nail treatments and residents may opt for a relaxing whirlpool bath. Because Dial has adopted the I’m Still Here approach to memory care, Alzheimer’s and dementia residents at The Knolls are given meaningful experiences that enhance their quality of life. Some of the facility’s memory care activities include morning exercises, sing-alongs, book clubs, happy hours and movie nights.
Relatives admire the warm atmosphere and community spirit at The Knolls. A resident’s grandson notes, "... Getting maintenance or other requests taken care of super fast, residents coming up to welcome my grandma … I am just in awe and SO THANKFUL … It is so wonderful to see my grandma active and happy and enjoying life again!”
The Waterford at Wilderness Hills Memory Care is located minutes from Porter Park and the SouthPointe Pavilions shopping mall in Lincoln, Nebraska. The community has a high staff-to-resident ratio, and a responsive team to provide assistance and support around-the-clock. Each resident receives a customized memory care plan designed to address their unique needs and personality. Seniors may spend time participating in exercises and appreciating the outdoors in the open-air enclosed patio or unwinding in a therapeutic whirlpool bath and relaxing in the tranquility and activity sensory rooms. They can also enjoy three home-cooked, family-style meals daily, with snacks available throughout the day. This facility also welcomes pets.
Families compliment The Waterford at Wilderness Hills for having kind staff members and keeping residents active. According to one resident’s loved one, "They are very caring workers for all the residents who live there … I know that they go outside with residents for activities and go for walks inside when they can't be outside.”
The Woodlands at Hillcrest has an idyllic setting adjacent to the Hillcrest Country Club along the eastern border of Lincoln, Nebraska. Its convenient location on U.S. Highway 34 provides easy access to the state capital’s vibrant downtown. The community’s aesthetically pleasing surroundings are complemented by landscaped grounds with a putting green and areas for pets and gardening, and the four-season porch allows comfortable year-round enjoyment of outdoor views. Wellness amenities include a fitness room, massage area, salon and on-site therapy services. The facility’s memory care neighborhood has its own secured courtyard, sunroom, activity area, salon and dining area. Individualized memory care services are provided through the Heartfelt CONNECTIONS program which involves engaging activities, such as morning exercises, bingo, social hours, arts and crafts, music and outings.
Residents and family members love the vibrant atmosphere at The Woodlands at Hillcrest. A loved one of a resident couple says, "It is SO good to see Dad smiling again and Mom is loving all the crafts. Dad was so pleased with the way they honor the residents who are veterans … I look forward to living here in the future as well!”
Via Christe Assisted Living is a locally owned Christian community with a unique family-style atmosphere. The facility is nestled in the historic Joslyn Castle neighborhood, right next to the stunning Saint Cecilia Cathedral. Mass is held each day in the on-site chapel, as well as frequent Protestant hymn singing and Divine Mercy prayers. The memory care neighborhood is made up of two secure floors staffed by experts in early onset memory support and Alzheimer’s and dementia care. Educational and support groups help family members understand changes with their loved ones and develop care plans. Residents can choose to eat from the ever-changing daily menu prepared by nutritional experts or request alternative favorites. Amenities here include a beauty and barber shop, patio, garden, pub area and bird aviary.
Worship services here are top-notch and help foster a lively, engaged community. "Via Christe is hands down the most impressive community I've ever seen. It has a religious background, rich in Christian values. My grandfather immediately fell in love with the services, staff, and residents,” said one family member.