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 Lorain's senior population continues to grow (18.08% growth between 2014 and 2019), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment.
In Lorain, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease decreased by 23.52% between 2014 and 2019. The number of deaths from all causes for that same age group increased by 12.79%. Overall, the percentage of seniors’ deaths related to Alzheimer’s is slightly lower than the rest of the nation (5.21% in Lorain 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 Lorain. 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 Lorain, 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:
Lorain Estates community lets seniors age in place with different levels of care according to their needs. The memory care neighborhood uses the Meaningful Moments approach, which includes each resident's past daily routines to keep patterns of living familiar. The professional staff receives ongoing training in memory care to keep them up to date with the latest care techniques. A wide variety of activities, such as morning exercises, word games, crafts and music and movement, keeps residents engaged and purposeful every day. Warm, welcoming colors and furnishings make indoor communal areas inviting, and the secure outdoor courtyard with walking paths provides the opportunity for residents to enjoy the gardens. Tasty, healthy meals and nutritious snacks encourage residents to keep well.
Relatives of community members are impressed by the dedication of the staff at this community. A daughter says, "The nursing staff and aids have been wonderful in helping my father with all his needs." This family member states, "The staff is friendly, knowledgeable and accommodating."
The memory care services provided by Wesleyan Village are delivered with a person-centered approach and include cognitive activities designed to promote mental and social health. These are complemented by psychological medical services and therapies that may slow down cognitive decline. Seniors in the memory care unit benefit from the expansive, 17-acre campus, while the staff takes care to ensure their safety and security. Attractive amenities include a well-stocked arts and crafts room, hair salon, on-site chapel, heated indoor pool and library. Many units have patios with views of the Black River and the wildlife that frequents it.
Reviewers compliment the delicious food, beautiful outdoor areas and friendly, attentive staff. A relative writes, "I recently moved my mother to the memory care unit. It is beautiful and clean. My mother loves it there."
Avon Oaks is a senior community with over 50 years of experience providing memory care services. Residents living here have around-the-clock access to staff members when they have problems or face emergencies, and caregivers facilitate their daily bathing and grooming routines. This community encourages an active lifestyle via exercise and wellness activities and uses music and pet therapy programs to create positive experiences for residents. It also hosts various social events to keep residents interacting with one another. The Alzheimer's unit at Avon Oaks is specially designed to be less stressful for residents to discourage anxiety and reduce frustration, and this is integrated into design choices and care approaches. Residents can freely use a variety of indoor and outdoor common spaces, which are secured for their protection. Curated activities are planned for each day, so those with dementia can participate in tasks they find enjoyable.
Residents express satisfaction with the condition of the campus at Avon Oaks and describe caring, communicative staff members. A relative says, "The [community] is clean, staff are friendly, competent, and effectively communicate with family members in relation to the progression or deterioration of the patient or resident."
O'Neill Healthcare North Ridgeville provides a full spectrum of care using a holistic approach that includes memory care and skilled nursing. Care plans are based around each resident's history, cognitive function and family input. Physician supervision promotes positive well-being, and seniors have access to caregivers 24/7 and specialists as needed. Experienced staff are trained in dementia care and ready to lend a hand with bathing, dressing, personal care, dining, mobility, medication and transferring. Residents living with Alzheimer's and dementia reside in an easy-to-navigate neighborhood that promotes independence. The layout features a "Main Street," or wide path that creates maximum visibility and helps reduce wandering and confusion. Branching off of Main Street are a workshop, retail shop, laundromat, office and beauty salon, along with a dining room, covered patio and secured outdoor garden with walking paths.
Loved ones praise the compassionate team. "They have physical and mental restrictions. They are treated very well by the staff and are happy," says one relative. "There is great communication between doctor, staff and myself. Mom and Dad are treated as though they are family. I am at peace knowing that they are well taken care of."
The memory care program at Independence Village Avon Lake helps seniors with cognitive impairment live purposefully with dignity. The staff, who complete multiple training courses and certifications in dementia care, thoroughly assesses each resident's health and preferences before crafting an individualized care plan that includes activity programs customized to promote independence and social connections. The caregivers help with activities of daily living, such as grooming and bathing, according to each resident's needs, and seniors can get emergency help 24/7 through the safety call system. Maintenance, biweekly housekeeping and weekly linen services are available. The culinary team serves three gourmet meals in the dining room every day, while the cafe offers continental breakfasts, drinks and snacks round the clock. Residents can take exercise classes in the fitness room, enjoy live concerts at the atrium or curl up with a good book in the library.
People love the considerate staff, welcoming atmosphere, diverse activities and delicious meals. A reviewer writes, "The staff is so kind and very involved with the residents, and families and friends are warmly welcomed. There are opportunities to go on field trips, arts and craft activities, music, games, physical activities, and more."
Rose Senior Living in Avon, Ohio, cares for seniors living with dementia while also providing assisted living services for their related needs. Its Heartfelt Connections program focuses on each resident's strengths and helps them extend their areas of independence through cognitively stimulating activities and physical exercises. Daily social and recreational activities encourage positive interactions and keep residents communicating regularly with others for the benefit of their cognition. Creative activities including crafts, and musical events are available as well. Residents at Rose Senior Living receive housekeeping services and interact with caregivers and nurses on a daily basis so that their hygiene is well-maintained and they take their medications on time. A culinary team prepares three meals for them every day.
Residents remark on the welcoming community and compliment the food served at Rose Senior Living. One says, "Rose Senior Living Avon is such a warm and inviting community full of wonderful staff and residents. I enjoy all of the presentations and programs that they offer and the food is exceptional!"
Nestled in a quiet lakeside setting, O'Neill Healthcare Bay Village offers a full spectrum of care near shops, restaurants and medical venues. Care plans are personalized based on resident history, cognitive function and family input, and seniors are under physician supervision with 24/7 caregiver availability. Staff members receive ongoing dementia care training to ensure a high level of support, and they assist with bathing, dressing, transferring, medication and mobility as needed. Orthopedic rehabilitation is also available in the on-site therapy gym. The memory care neighborhood features a unique, easy-to-navigate design with a wide path that creates maximum visibility and helps prevent residents from feeling isolated or lost. Located off this path are interactive centers, including a workshop, retail shop, laundromat, office and beauty salon. Engaging activities include exercise classes, a wide range of games, puzzles, music and arts and crafts.
Visitors compliment the staff and ambiance. "The caregivers are very nice and very qualified, and the nurses are excellent," says a resident's daughter. "They seem to really care about my mom and are attentive to her. The new wing is very clean and very sunny. … When I visited one time, they were making milkshakes and watching movies."
Avenue Assisted Living at Towne Center Community Campus is a sprawling campus with numerous amenities. Memory care programming is a combination of new technology and holistic methodology. Memory care residents have access to aromatherapy, art therapy, music and memory programs and pet therapy. There is an on-site fitness center so that residents can work on everything from balance to mobility. The memory care unit is fully secured for resident safety. Memory care residents can also take advantage of movie nights, live music performances and spiritual services.
Residents and their loved ones point out the diverse array of activities provided to residents as well as the spacious living quarters. One writes, "My mother-in-law moved into the assisted living of Towne Center Community Campus. It's good, and she seems to be enjoying it. They seem to have activities every day, so she tends to like that, and she's doing good."
Vitalia North Olmsted promotes a proactive lifestyle that honors independence and dignity. The memory care neighborhood serves as a safe haven for seniors, with easy-to-navigate spaces and discreet monitoring. Memory care residents receive attentive care from consistently assigned life enrichment coordinators who strive to foster personalized connection and trust. The consistent care ensures close monitoring of residents, helping caregivers easily identify minute changes in health, wellness and behavior. The team encourages engagement through special events and entertainment opportunities. Life stations and life boxes that celebrate personal life stories are located around the neighborhood. Residents can look their best through grooming and pampering services at the salon. Technology, from emergency call buttons and monitoring systems to communication devices that help residents connect with loved ones, is widely used within the community.
The beautiful surroundings, welcoming environment and helpful staff earn positive reviews from families. "The sales team was so helpful through the whole process of finding a community for my dad," shares a son. "Another huge benefit is that there is an open meal plan, meaning the dining room is open from 7 to 7. This was a huge selling point for dad."
Danbury Senior Living North Ridgeville is a continuing care community with resort-style amenities. A secure neighborhood with specially trained caregivers is tailored for residents living with Alzheimer's and related dementias. Staff members understand how cognitive challenges affect daily living, so they offer supervision and support around the clock. A licensed nurse is also on-site 24 hours. The setting features familiar furniture and decor, and staff members eliminate unsettling stimuli that may confuse or irritate residents with dementia. Stimulating activities keep seniors engaged, from coffee and news in the morning to life stations highlighting different careers, dessert tastings, trivia, a wide range of exercise classes, crafts, puzzles and games. Chef-prepared meals feature healthy, nutritious choices. Safety features include a sprinkler system, a 24-hour response system and wireless pendants. Amenities include a movie theater, bistro, pub, library, spa with walk-in hydro tub and full-service salon.
Loved ones appreciate the caring team. "We have seen so much improvement in him. He hasn't stopped smiling!!" says one reviewer. "The staff will play games with him, take him for a walk, work on memory exercises, and all while making him laugh. EVERY SINGLE person we have met that works here has been so kind."
Brighton Gardens of Westlake provides relationship-based memory care in a landscaped setting minutes from Saint John's Medical Center. It features two Reminiscence neighborhoods for seniors living with Alzheimer's and related dementias. The secure, stimulating environment for those with memory loss includes a specially trained, around-the-clock team, easy-to-navigate floor plans and care tailored around every resident's needs. Seniors receive assistance with tasks such as bathing, grooming, mobility, medication and socialization. The Live With Fulfillment program provides a structured schedule that starts with meditation and continues with research-based activities centered around brain health and social engagement, from exercise classes to brain games, art projects and multisensory experiences. Amenities include secured outdoor spaces with gardens and walking paths, spacious living and dining areas, country kitchens, soft-lit reflection rooms with soothing music, a sunroom, media room and 24-hour bistro.
Family members praise the attentive team. "The staff at Brighton gardens are wonderful," says one relative. "They took excellent care of our mom. They were her family when we could not be there. … The caretakers had patience and compassion. They went above and beyond to make sure Mom did not feel like she was alone."
Situated on landscaped grounds with gardens and lakeside walking paths, Brookdale Westlake Village provides a full spectrum of care in a serene setting. Its Clare Bridge memory care program uses a person-centered approach to create a sense of belonging. Through consistent care assignments, 24/7 staff form close relationships with residents. Personalized care plans include assistance with tasks such as bathing, grooming, mobility and medication. Daily activities are tailored around residents' cognitive ability level. Standard Clare Bridge programming focuses on socialization and stimulation, with B-fit exercise programs, art projects, dancing, off-site excursions and journaling to explore life stories. Those in the advanced stages of dementia enjoy this same structured programming with an additional layer of sensory activities, therapies and extra time for personal care. The secure setting features keypad entry and doorbells to monitor in/out movements.
Family members compliment the caring team. "The nurses and caregivers have all been great and really make each person feel special," says one relative. "You can really tell that the staff loves what they do, they are so happy. The management team is always present and willing to listen. The activities on campus are many."
The Belvedere of Westlake provides a welcoming environment in a Tudor-style manor featuring both assisted living and memory care, with a secured neighborhood for residents living with Alzheimer's and related dementias. This intimate environment features higher staff-to-resident ratios for more personalized care, and all team members are specially trained to meet the challenges affecting seniors with memory loss. Many staff members are certified dementia practitioners (CDP), and they help with the activities of daily living around-the-clock, in addition to communicating with residents and encouraging socialization. Nurses are also on duty daily from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., and residents receive daily safety checks and monthly health and wellness assessments. Amenities include physical therapy, therapeutic massage from a geriatric massage therapist, restaurant-style dining with three daily meals, a beauty salon, an outdoor courtyard and a patio and garden.
Visiting relatives appreciate the attentive team. One says, "We're very pleased, he especially likes the meals, the people have been outstandingly kind and attentive to him, and since he is diabetic, he has nursing care all day. They've done a fabulous job of maintaining his sugar. His apartment is very nice, very roomy."
The Woodlands of Shaker Heights provides quality care with convenient access to downtown Cleveland. Magnolia Trails, a neighborhood for seniors with Alzheimer's and dementia, is staffed by a specially trained, 24-hour team of licensed nurses and caregivers. They develop personalized, flexible care plans for every resident, including help with mobility, medication, bathing, dressing, grooming, incontinence care, special nutrition counseling, escort and transfer assistance. The neighborhood features familiar decor, sounds and smells to help residents feel at home. Activities are tailored around individual needs, including programs to boost brain simulation, socialization and creativity. Wellness, walking, balance and exercise classes help seniors stay active. Residents enjoy fresh, homemade meals served family-style, and they can gather for happy hour, ice cream socials and parties in the on-site pub. Quarterly podiatry, physical, occupational and speech therapy are also available.
Visitors like the community ambiance. "They made me feel very welcomed," notes one reviewer. "They had an activities room, a little social where one could have an ice cream or a little bistro setting, and it was to me a place that made the seniors feel welcomed, and they had a variety of things to do."
Vitalia Senior Residences Westlake offers a nurturing environment where seniors can enjoy their golden years. The memory care cottage section provides security and safety without a feeling of restriction. Residents have easy access to outdoor courtyards or communal lounges, and they can quickly navigate to their own apartments if feeling confused or overwhelmed. Life Skills stations located throughout the building trigger memories and provide seniors with a sense of purpose. The stations recreate activities from everyday life such as woodwork benches, offices, nurseries and gardens. Trained caregivers are available 24/7 to engage with residents and provide personalized assistance. The dining program is specially crafted to rouse appetites and meet all dietary requirements.
Family members praise the compassionate staff. One relative says, "Not only is the physical environment beautiful and elegant, but the real gem here is the people. My husband spent his last year in the memory care area and the staff were loving, kind, thoughtful and became family to us. Their expertise was evident from administration to care partners to nursing staff, but their authentic love overshadowed all of that.
Devon Oaks Assisted Living Community, located in Lorain, Ohio, provides memory care, assisted and independent living, respite care, and skilled nursing services to residents aged 55 and upwards. Memory care residents receive specialized services, including SAIDO Learning cognitive therapy. SAIDO Learning is a leading non-pharmacological treatment that slows the progress of memory loss symptoms through a series of arithmetic, writing, and reading exercises performed five times per week. Dietician consultations, 24/7 nurse and physician care when needed, and medication management are also available. Extra services include physical therapy, housekeeping and laundry services, scheduled transportation, and professional-led wellness programs. The community also provides a home theater, exercise room, library, crafting lessons, and on-site entertainment. Additionally, residents are provided with chef-cooked meals and desserts and pastries baked fresh daily.
Family and friends of those living at Devon Oaks Assisted Living Community praise the high quality of care provided by the community's caring and compassionate team. One family member says, "My mom has lived at Devon Oaks for over a year. Our experience has been very positive. She receives excellent care from a very compassionate staff!"
Cardinal Court Assisted Living and Memory Care is a senior living community in Strongsville, Ohio, centrally located near Southwest General Strongsville Hospital, Bonnie Park and Mill Stream Run Reservation. In addition to its excellent location, Cardinal Court offers exemplary memory care services, including the Hope Blooms Life Enrichment program. The holistic memory care program utilizes physical engagement, sensory stimulation, social connections and emotional expression to reduce the impacts of memory loss. Residents can also benefit from a sensory spa that can help reduce anxiety and aggression in those suffering from Alzheimer's. Medication management, housekeeping services and assistance with bathing and grooming are also available. The community's amenities include a beauty salon and barbershop, a computer room and lush communal gardens as well as a party space, TV room and coffee shop to encourage socialization.
Relatives of those living at Cardinal court appreciate the attentive staff and excellent food. One says, "My father moved into Cardinal Court. We like it. He seems fine. The staff is very caring and very patient. They have the residents' best interests in mind. The food is actually good because I was there with him for several days making sure he's settled in."
Vitalia Senior Residences at Strongsville offers specialized memory care services near Lorain, Ohio. The memory care neighborhood at Vitalia is welcoming, comfortable and easily navigable, offering a balance between privacy and engagement. Caregivers are trained to focus on residents' dignity, quality of life and independence. Residents having freedom to move throughout the memory care neighborhood and socialize, while always remaining able to return to their private apartments. Each resident is paired with a Life Enrichment Coordinator to encourage personal bonds and trust. Discreet safety systems are in place to ensure security without residents feeling watched or monitored. Vitalia offers restaurant-style dining, a memory-loss-friendly gym, a library, a theater and secure, beautifully maintained outdoor grounds.
Residents and their loved ones appreciate the attentive staff and variety of activities and amenities available at Vitalia Senior Residences. One reviewer says, "The staff and residents have become like family to all of us! The amenities and activities offered create a lifestyle that is as active as you want it to be."
Kemper House provides specialized memory care near Lorain, Ohio. Kemper House offers a secured residence with 24/7 staff continuously trained in caring for those with memory loss. Common areas are designed with a cozy, comfortable atmosphere. Life Enrichment and Social Programs help improve quality of life and encourage engagement and friendship, with a calendar of activities tailored to residents' abilities, talents and interests. Kemper House offers dementia family coaching to foster understanding and encouraging relationships between residents and their loved ones. Home-cooked meals are provided, and an emergency response system is in place for safety.
Residents and their family members appreciate the kind staff and individualized care at Kemper House. One reviewer says, "Every minute of every day the management, nurses, caregivers, life enrichment, food service, laundry and maintenance staff emphasize highly individualized, person-centered care. … My husband's feelings were always validated, and he had a sense of community."
Located close to the shores of Lake Erie, Brighton Gardens of Westlake provides access to everyday amenities in scenic surroundings. The Reminiscence memory care communities are safe, stimulating and comfortable, with caregivers trained in the Validation Method available 24/7 to assist residents with day-to-day activities. Senior health is further supported by in-room emergency call systems and monthly wellness checks by a licensed nurse. The Live With Fulfillment program includes diverse enrichment activities, including meditation, brain-training games, physical exercise, devotional worship, social events and a range of hobbies. There are more opportunities to relax in the reminiscence room, which has a TV, books and items to prompt memory recall, such as a typewriter, an old-style telephone and clothing. Other on-site amenities include a bistro, games room, living room and salon. Nutritious fare is served in the restaurant-style dining hall, and smaller private dining rooms are available for family visits.
Residents appreciate the compassionate staff members and tailored care. One family member says, "The staff � are compassionate and caring. Residents' preferences and needs are important to the staff treating each resident as an individual. Family involvement is welcome and encouraged."