Dementia, and specifically Alzheimers, is a serious, growing problem. In fact, 1 out of every 10 adults over the age of 65 has Alzheimer’s dementia. As Melbourne's senior population continues to grow (7.7% growth between 2015 and 2020), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment.
In Melbourne, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease increased 0% between 2015 and 2020. To put that in perspective, the number of deaths from all causes for that same age group increased by 21%, showing that while Alzheimer’s is a serious concern in the region, the associated deaths have decreased recently. Overall, the percentage of seniors’ deaths related to Alzheimer’s is lower than the rest of the nation (4% in Melbourne 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 Melbourne. 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.
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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 Melbourne, 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:
RiverView Senior Resort provides various services for seniors with Alzheimer's and other dementia. Memory care residences are in a close-knit neighborhood with central amenities designed to create a sense of community. The care home is equipped with the latest safety and security features to give residents peace of mind and prevent them from wandering and getting lost. The community has a balanced resident-to-staff ratio, and seniors can get quick assistance with daily living activities, such as medication reminders, dressing, mobility, bathing and toileting. Nutritious meals prepared by an award-winning chef are served daily at the restaurant-style dining area. Living options include apartments with comfort and security features and regular laundry and housekeeping services. Common areas, such as the game room, landscaped courtyard, pools and gym, encourage memory care residents to live a fun and engaging lifestyle.
Reviewers praise the care and activities available at the community. One says, "My mother is living in RiverView Senior Resort. We have had a very good experience with them. They take good care of my mom and have a lot of activities. They have very nice clean rooms. The people are friendly. They have crafts where they make things, watercolor painting, gardening, movies, bingo, and Sunday services."
Brookdale West Melbourne provides memory care services to senior residents, with a team of professionals dedicated to providing a safe, supportive and stimulating environment for those living with dementia. The team takes care of cleaning and laundry tasks while also offering 24/7 assistance, including during meals, medicine administration, bathing and other activities. The community's services include a personalized care plan, 24-hour nursing care, medication management and therapeutic activities. Its activities are designed to help engage residents and promote physical, mental and emotional well-being. Brookdale also offers a secure outdoor courtyard for those who wish to get some fresh air and exercise, as well as a full-service salon for those who want to look their best. Additionally, residents can benefit from a supportive dining environment that includes dementia-friendly meals, tailored service throughout meals and regular seating to promote familiarity.
Family members are happy with the community's memory care services. One remarks, "I am extremely happy with the care provided at the memory care unit at West Melbourne Brookdale. The staff is friendly and caring, and the residents look clean and neat. There are occasional outings that residents are invited to. The building is designed to allow walking in the building as well as enjoying a lovely garden area."
Zon Beachside offers luxury living to seniors with memory care needs. Its memory care neighborhood, Beacon Harbour Memory Care, was designed specifically with dementia and Alzheimer's seniors in mind. The living community is a clam, fully secured oasis for residents. The Memory Care Life Enrichment program "ZonMoments" centers on creating special moments of meaning in residents' day-to-day lives. This can be as simple as dancing to big band music with staff or as profound as sharing a previously forgotten memory with caregivers. As the professional caregivers assist with tasks of daily living, medication management, verbal cueing and ambulation, they also seek to remind each resident of their life story and previous preferences. These acts of compassion are a result from Zon Beachside's Hands with Heart training. Other services include meals, housekeeping, laundry, maintenance and planned activities.
Families are impressed with the competent staff and management at Zon Beachside. One reviewer says, "Zon is 5 Stars across the board. Most importantly my parents receive great care. The nursing staff, medic techs and CNAs are kind, competent, responsible and professional. The management team sets the tone with high standards and maintaining high morale amongst the entire staff."
The Palm Bay Memory Care community is specifically designed to meet the needs of its memory care residents. Physical design elements include circular hallways with visual cues, a secured courtyard and walking paths that offer opportunities for residents to safely spend time outside and life skills stations intended to spark memories and allow seniors to feel a sense of accomplishment. Staff members are Certified Dementia Practitioners, and are available around the clock to provide assistance to residents. Programming at the community includes the Music & Memory program, a research-based resource that utilizes personalized playlists for each resident to tap into deep memories and reduce agitation and anxiety. Seniors also participate in art therapy programming, exercise activities, and games designed with cognitive stimulation in mind. Residents receive three meals a day in a large and bright dining room, with menus designed to include easy-to-eat foods.
Residents and their families speak highly of the level of support provided at Palm Bay. One family member notes, "I could not be happier with the care and support (my sister) is receiving. The nurses and support staff keep her busy with various activities, and she has become much more engaged, and active, with the personal interaction she has making friends with other residents at the care center."
Palm Cottages of Rockledge is dedicated to providing comprehensive memory care services. Its staff has undergone extensive training in the specialized care and services that are essential to residents' well-being. The staff works to ensure that each resident receives the best possible care and attention while providing a safe, welcoming environment that encourages seniors to live life to the fullest. The memory care services include 24-hour monitoring and supervision, assistance with activities of daily living, specialized activities and therapies and personalized care plans. Various programs and events are scheduled throughout the day for residents' entertainment and engagement. The community also offers a variety of amenities such as a secure outdoor garden and patio, delicious meals and snacks and housekeeping and laundry services.
Family members are pleased with the care their loved ones receive at Palm Cottages. One reviewer writes, "It feels like home for my mom. This is my first experience with memory care, and I have to say I got really lucky picking this place. Sandy, the director, is awesome, and Lilly, the lady in charge of my mom's house, is fantastic and extremely caring. I looked at other places, more expensive places, and this just felt right."
Alura Senior Living offers different levels of care for seniors aged 62 and above, including memory care services. The memory care unit is in an enriching and secure location with 24-hour security monitoring. Seniors with Alzheimer's and other dementia get personalized help with daily activities, such as mobility, medication reminders and general hygiene from 24/7 available assistants with professional training in dementia care. The community offers concierge services, such as transportation to scheduled medical appointments, weekly laundry and housekeeping. Multiple common areas, such as the spa, salon, fitness center, secure courtyards and theatre room help memory care residents socialize and engage in brain-stimulating activities, like yoga, crafts and reading clubs. Multiple dining venues include special sensory features specifically designed for memory care residents.
Families and visitors compliment the amenities and services at Alura. One says,"My friend will be moving in. Our need was for memory care. Their memory care for their residential quarters was very open and very colorful. All rooms, as they came out face the inner court, which was beautifully done. That's probably what inspired me the most. The staff was very friendly, courteous, and ready and willing to answer all questions."
Market Street Viera is a senior living community that provides memory care accommodation to seniors with Alzheimer's and other memory loss-related impairments. It has a beautiful and unique design that allows residents to walk around freely and safely. The community takes a unique approach to memory care by stimulating residents through various sensory activities. The culinary team approaches dining with memory care in mind by using bright colors and trying to make food visually appealing to stimulate appetite. Residents stay in private rooms with personal bathrooms and large closets and can bring their furniture. The caregiving staff, including licensed nurses, provides medication assistance and personalized help with daily activities. The It's Never Too Late (IN2L) technology program helps to engage residents in topics of interest. The hands-on "Life Skills" stations help residents gain purposeful skills such as dressing up, homemaking and knitting.
Families seem satisfied with the quality of care, amenities and staff at Market Street Viera. One person says, "My husband is in Market Street. It is absolutely gorgeous. Everybody seems very well educated on how to deal with people like him. The food is Mediterranean and actually quite good. They have several activities that he participates in. They have painting, coloring, volleyball, walks, and various things like that."
CERTUS Premier Memory Care Living takes a whole person approach to care rather than focusing only on the symptoms of the condition causing memory loss. This approach addresses all needs of the residents, from intellectual and social to physical and nutritional, and starts with the design of the facility, which uses color theory and wayfinding. The MAPS program (Meaning and Purpose = Success) helps keeps residents engaged by tapping into their skill set and professional experience, while the Fit Moments program focuses on physical fitness, with consideration for residents preferences and capabilities. The SPIN program (Social, Physical, Intellectual, and Nutritional Wellness) addresses overall wellness with activities residents are able to do, and residents also benefit from music therapy and trips off-site. Residents have their own private studio apartments, and restaurant-style meals are served daily.
Residents' loved ones praise the caring, attentive staff and clean facilities. One reviewer focuses on the impact of the community's overall quality of care, writing, "Their personal care, interactions, and activities make every day a little better."
The Brennity at Melbourne Senior Living has a secure and friendly memory care unit designed to cater to the dynamic needs of seniors with Alzheimer's and other types of dementia. Dementia-trained caregivers provide 24-hour supervision and help with daily activities. Living options include comfortable studios with pull cords in restrooms, emergency response systems and safety-equipped bathrooms. Dining with G.R.A.C.E. offers an individualized culinary experience with chef-prepared meals depending on nutritional needs and preferences. The Cherished Memories Collections program incorporates residents' past belongings, such as pictures and letters, to encourage positive recognition, celebration and brain stimulation. Common areas, such as the multi-volume library, fitness center and tv room, are available for daily and weekly activities to improve social interaction. Health and wellness programs, including massage and aquatic therapy, are available.
Residents and their families appreciate the environment and the friendly staff in the community. One person says, "The staff members at The Brennity in Melbourne were kind and compassionate. They were informative and very willing to work with me. It was a convenient place. It was very much like a nice hotel, the room I saw was very nice, and well set up. They seemed to have activities that would involve most people's interests."
Brookdale Melbourne offers residents living with Alzheimer's or dementia a dementia-friendly setting that features secure and easy navigation. A team of trained staff is on-site 24/7 to help provide person-centered care. Each resident receives consistent care assignments to create a sense of familiarity and regularity. The community also provides the Solace program specifically designed for those in the advanced stages of dementia, which includes extra time for grooming and sensory activities, such as music and aromatherapy. The Personal Solutions program allows residents to have personal necessities delivered right to their doors. Residents also get access to amenities such as a library, a beauty salon and a barbershop. An array of activities is also offered, ranging from reading club and courtyard walks to cardio workouts and word puzzles.
Staff members are commended for their compassion toward residents and for making the community feel safe. One reviewer says, "I liked Brookdale Melbourne memory care a lot. They have a safe feeling community. The caregivers all seemed like they cared about their residents. Nobody from the staff looked tired or worn out."
Sonata Viera is a trilingual, multicultural community specializing in memory and other geriatric care. The community's memory care portion, Serenades, features award-winning programming that focuses on improving residents' quality of life. Strategically-planned design, activities and care are all part of Serenades. There are several security measures, such as double-barrier monitored exits, so family members can be assured that their loved ones are safe. Direct 24-hour nursing care is available to residents who need it, and medication is managed by the facility. Primary care as well as several therapies, including massage, occupational, physical and speech, are also available on-site. Residents have access to laundry and housekeeping services, assistance with ADLs, maintenance and more. There is a variety of activities and classes to choose from, like arts and crafts, cooking, exercise classes and games. Residents can speak Creole, English or Spanish and get along, as the residents come from diverse backgrounds.
Reviewers notice the level of care of the staff at Sonata Viera. One says, "The staff at Sonata Viera was amazingly kind, knowledgeable, and took the time to really talk to me . The facility was very convenient and very homelike. I saw people were putting together puzzles, playing cards, and in the gym. The rooms were very well-appointed, and very comfortable."
Residents at Century Oaks enjoy comfortable living spaces and a safe community with homelike amenities. Staff members and caregivers receive specialized training in dementia and Alzheimer's care to provide the most comprehensive support around the clock. Residents can participate in memory-building activities while receiving assistance with daily tasks such as bathing and dressing. Medication reminders are also provided. Recreational and educational events are planned on a regular basis to encourage socialization and mobility. Secure living spaces feature cable TV and other utilities, along with housekeeping and laundry services. Meals are served daily in a restaurant-style dining room, and a Sunday brunch buffet is also available. Residents can enjoy spending time in secure outdoor areas or visiting with friends in indoor lounges. In addition, the community includes a variety of exercise options and an on-site beauty salon. Pets are welcome.
Family members appreciate the engaging activities and inviting environment. One reviewer says, "My grandfather has been at the facility for roughly five years now. The staff is very welcoming and make my experience as well as my grandfather's very enjoyable! They treat him very well, and he has a loft of fun!"
The SHINE Memory Care program at Discovery Village At Melbourne focuses on building confidence, self-esteem and independence in seniors experiencing memory loss. Celebration of small accomplishments, an emphasis on strengths rather than limitations and encouragement toward connections are all major parts of the program. The community provides a set of daily activities that is geared to residents' abilities and may be accomplished individually or in groups. These include physical exercise, cognitive stimulation and entertainment. While caregivers help with daily living activities, residents participate as much as they can to give them a boost in the program's desired goals. The community's dining program offers gourmet meals served in a relaxed environment with as much assistance as required for easy eating. The "Food on the Run" option is specially designed for seniors who struggle to focus.
Residents and their families are pleased with the attentive staff and plentiful activities at Discovery Village At Melbourne. One says, "I am very impressed with the memory care community at the Discovery at Melbourne . The caregivers listen and keep in touch with me about my Father's condition . The design is superb with no long hallways so the nurses and caregivers can see everyone and all rooms . The activities Director keeps everyone involved with a variety of activities."
Residents of Victoria Landing Assisted Living and Memory Care experience a comfortable environment perfect for memory care on the community boardwalk. The boardwalk provides nutritious meals, walks and creative activities for residents with dementia. Residents are attended to by a trained staff available 24 hours a day that offers complete personal care for high acuity residents. The staff also provides incontinence care, assistance with medication management and insulin monitoring. A professional chef caters to everyone's dietary preferences with freshly cooked meals for residents and guests. The community is handicapped accessible, and rooms are fitted with wheelchair-accessible showers for less mobile residents. Community activities include devotionals and sensory-based programs that create a sense of community. Other activities are yoga, Tai Chi and water aerobics for physical fitness, as well as trivia games and wine tasting for residents who prefer low-key activities.
Reviewers compliment the friendly staff and overall environment at Victoria Landing. One says, "We moved my grandmother here 6 months ago, and she absolutely loves it. The staff is extremely welcoming, there's so many activities going on all day, and everything is kept very clean. The location is also what makes this place appealing as it overlooks the Banana River. Highly recommend!"
Grand Villa of Melbourne offers a continuum of care that includes a specialized memory care neighborhood where residents are strongly encouraged to "live life with a purpose." The secured neighborhood is staffed with trained caregivers who are available around the clock to help residents with the daily activities of living. Throughout the day residents are offered a variety of recreational and therapeutic activities to keep them busy and add meaning and dignity to their lives. Some of these programs include pet or music therapy, Dakim Brain Fitness classes and sensory stimulation exercises. Colors and themes are used to help make the memory care neighborhood easier to navigate, and motion sensors help notify caregivers to be on standby when a resident is moving around.
The Grand Villa of Melbourne has consistently positive reviews, with many reviewers mentioning the luxury accommodations and the great staff. One family member writes, "We're very happy with it. It's a very nice community, and my mom is getting the care that she needs. The food and atmosphere are great, and her room is really nice. "
Hibiscus Court offers residents a safe and comfortable memory care community with the benefits and amenities of home. As part of the Circle of Friends Memory Care Program, trained staff members provide 24-hour supervised care and support for those living with dementia and Alzheimer's. Residents can participate in enriching memory activities and receive assistance with personal tasks and medication reminders. Personalized care is given to residents as they engage in daily exercise and hobbies. Living spaces are located within The Garden, a secure community designed for memory care residents. Apartments are equipped with cable and Wi-Fi as well as emergency alert systems. Linen and housekeeping services are provided weekly. Restaurant-style dining is provided daily, with options for dietary restrictions. Monthly birthday parties are celebrated in a private patio area. Other amenities include a landscaped outdoor courtyard and scheduled transportation for off-site outings.
Residents and family members praise the community's friendly staff and warm environment. One reviewer writes, "We have been so very happy with our mom's experience at Hibiscus Court. Every single member of the staff has known her name since day one and everyone is always so caring and attentive. We could not ask for a better more caring environment."
Chateau Madeleine offers memory care services in a stunning location in Melbourne, FL, a few miles from hospitals such as Melbourne Regional Medical Center. The professional team of caregivers take a multi-level and holistic approach to caring for seniors with Alzheimer's and other dementia. Residents can get 24-hour support with daily activities and medication management. On-site medical physicians provide specialized health care services, such as therapy, psychological counseling, audiology, psychiatric and podiatry care. Residents stay in apartments with all-inclusive utilities and 24-hour emergency response monitoring. Three chef-prepared meals are served daily through the farm-to-table dining program. Common areas include Legends Bar, Beautify Me Hair Salon, a secured courtyard, multi-sensory Snoezelen room, community living room and Lake Madeleine, which has lighted walking paths. A robust calendar of memory and treatment programs is available.
Reviewers rave about the care at Chateau Madeleine. One says, "This place and the people who run it are truly amazing. Both the employees and the residents are wonderful caregiving folks who will do anything to help other residents. I have been to several facilities that provide similar services, but none are like Chateau Madeleine. The staff-to-resident ratio is more than double every other place I have seen or lived in."
HarborChase of Vero Beach provides memory care services for those living with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. It features two memory care programs. The Sound for mild dementia provides assistance for those with short-term or mild memory loss. The Cove is designed for residents with memory loss or impairment. The Life Enrichment Program allows residents, families and caregivers to collaborate on a plan for each resident. Residents are encouraged to participate in brain games, puzzles and physical activity to remain engaged and active. Additional activities include art classes, cooking classes and outings. Housekeeping, laundry and transportation services are provided, and chef prepared meals are served in the dining rooms.
Family members are content with HarborChase's care. One says, "I moved my mother to memory care four months ago, the adjustment for her in the beginning was difficult and they worked with her and constantly kept me informed. They have really helped in my opinion, every time I visit her, she is very happy and content."
The Promenade offers memory care according to the Montessori Method. Each resident receives a personal care plan designed to meet individual needs and abilities. The community's activities center around several skill sets. Cognitive skills receive a boost through trivia, current events and puzzles. Life skills activities focus on residents' personal histories and interests and incorporate familiar movements and routines like cooking and gardening. Exercise sessions also get seniors moving and stretching. Music and art are incorporated into the daily routine, and these provide the opportunity to be creative and capture memories. Finally, the community places an extra emphasis on socialization. Residents are encouraged to engage in conversation during meals and to spend time with family and friends. The community is fully secure, and caregivers are available 24 hours a day to provide support, care and guidance.
Reviewers of The Promenade comment on the community's helpful staff and pleasant environment. "Everybody is professional and very friendly," a reviewer remarks. She also appreciates the community's cleanliness, nice sized rooms, activity area and secure outdoor courtyard. "I have no complaints," she adds. "I've got nothing but great response," and the community is warm and inviting to her and her father.
Pelican Landing Assisted Living & Memory Care provides an extensive memory care program developed to engage the sensations, open up the mind and enrich the emotions of memory care residents. The core memory care program has three main areas: Personal Life Silhouettes, which focuses on discovering each resident's life history, including favorite holidays, personal interests, treasured memories, and talents, as this information helps in creating a resident's personalized care profile. Memories in the Making is another memory care area focusing on programs and classes designed to stretch and develop the mind. Residents are encouraged to participate in spiritual activities that may boost their happiness, resilience and contentment with life. Music & Memory is another memory care area where residents have access to a wide variety of artistic outlets, including music and visual arts, which aims to help residents find meaning in their lives and push them to develop further. Memory care residents live in private or companion suites and have access to a full-service salon, barbershop, laundry and housekeeping services. Family style meals are available to residents. The community offers a secure internal courtyard with groomed walking paths and a garden.
A loved one is pleased with the professionalism and friendliness of the staff. One reviewer says, "After visiting nine different facilities in four states and seeing what was available, we chose Pelican Landing for our mother's care."