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 Mesa’s senior population continues to grow (19.7% growth between 2013 and 2017), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment.
In Mesa, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease rose 12.4% between 2013 and 2017. To put that in perspective, the number of deaths from all causes for that same age group only increased by 16.3%, showing that Alzheimer’s is a growing concern in the region. Overall, the percentage of seniors’ deaths related to Alzheimer’s is higher than the rest of the nation (9.49% in Mesa 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 Arizona. 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.
Memory care communities provide specialized treatment options and an increased level of security at a higher cost. The average cost for memory care in Mesa is $4,969 per month.
The cost for memory care in the Mesa averages $4,969 monthly, comparable to the state average but less than the national average of $5,625. Compared to other Arizona cities, Mesa is very affordable. Yuma in Southwest Arizona represents the lowest in the state at $4,750, about $200 less per month. Other southern cities such as Tucson and Sierra Vista are only slightly higher, with a difference of $100 and $200 per month, respectively. North of the Phoenix metro in Prescott Valley, the average cost for memory care matches the national average.
Mesa's average cost of memory care, at $4,969, is $1,000 more than assisted living and almost $3,000 more per month than adult day health care. However, in-home care or home health care costs $5,958, an increase of $1,000 per month. Nursing homes are even more expensive, with a semiprivate room priced at $6,418 per month.
Note: Data for Mesa was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Phoenix, was used instead.
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 Mesa.
The city of Mesa is one of many in the Phoenix metro area that offers seniors access to special programming and services. However, with so many programs available, it can be hard for seniors to navigate through all the options to find those that would benefit them the most. The table below provides a succinct directory of free and low-cost assisted living resources for Mesa seniors.
|Alzheimer's Association Desert Southwest||800-272-3900||The Desert Southwest Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association provides educational and support services to seniors who live in and around Maricopa County. The chapter offers regular support group meetings and hosts local fundraising events, as well as fun social gatherings. It also offers early-stage programs for seniors who have recently been diagnosed with dementia.||Phoenix, AZ|
|Banner Alzheimer's Institute||602-839-6900||The institute has two memory center locations in the Phoenix area that cater to seniors and their families who are impacted by a diagnosis of dementia. The centers offer virtual education and support groups and access to innovative therapies and treatments, in addition to opportunities to join in clinical studies. The Institute also collaborates with other dementia support agencies and local businesses to bring seniors together in designated Memory Cafes across the county.||Phoenix, AZ|
|Area Agency on Aging, Region One||888-264-2258||The Area Agency on Aging is a nonprofit organization that's certified as a behavioral health provider through the Arizona Department of Health Services. It operates the Senior Help Line that links seniors with resources across the county and offers other services such as virtual and in-person education classes and transportation coordination.||Phoenix, AZ|
|VerdeCares||480-471-8944||VerdeCares is a nonprofit agency that provides non-medical assistance to seniors across central Arizona. It's a no-cost provider of transportation, transition services and care management assistance. The organization also hosts a memory loss sharing group that meets monthly for seniors and family members who are coping with a dementia diagnosis.||Rio Verde, AZ|
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 Mesa, 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:
At American Orchards, specially-trained staff members care for residents with patience and compassion in an enriching, homelike environment. The facility is designed to be relaxing and therapeutic, with large windows for natural light, an outdoor flower garden and indoor nature room. Water features, aquariums and plants can be found throughout the facility to minimize stress and anxiety. The facility employs a needs-centric home model, grouping residents with similar types of dementia together to cultivate a cooperative living dynamic. A number of resident-focused activities are offered, including its Soul Purpose signature wellness program, which encourages everyday engagement through art, music, exercise, social gatherings and clubs. The facility also hosts the exclusive Pathways of Promise care program, which focuses on cognitive function, social interaction, physical health and spiritual well-being. Meals are offered family style with home-cooked meals.
One man whose mother is a resident describes American Orchards as, "New and modern yet feels like home and not a facility. Its truly a beautiful place for your loved ones." When it comes to the staff, "It's hard to put into words the type of care that Orchards provides. It's much more than people doing their job and more about a group of people that truly care."
Broadway Mesa Village is a warm and welcoming community focused on providing personalized care that preserves the dignity and integrity of each individual. The facility has adopted a holistic community philosophy, so staff members can work together to identify a resident's needs and ensure they are met. During the day, residents can garden in the enclosed courtyard, take a stroll with their pets along the walking paths or participate in some of the many activities offered, which cater to individual talents and use meaningful life skills. The facility also organizes daily events and frequent outings for residents. Memory-friendly meals are served in the facility's full-service dining room, which is decorated with colorful centerpieces and has music playing to enhance the dining experience. A private dining room is also available for special celebrations.
Guests and residents are impressed with the atmosphere of Broadway Mesa Village. One family member of a resident shared her overall impression: "Clean, new facility. Creative, energetic staff. Residents were engaged in activities and smiling and waving." Another reviewer noted, "The residents were smiling and waved each visit, while being busy on creative activities. The staff was out with them, not sitting behind a desk."
Avenir Memory Care at Chandler is an elegant community located just steps from world-class medical facilities and amenities. Staff supports the physical, mental and emotional health of residents by creating a detailed care plan that's delivered with compassion. All of the residents in this community have access to three professionally prepared meals in a restaurant-like setting, local transportation to appointments and thorough housekeeping and laundry. Social activities, fitness classes and club events take place on a daily basis. Avenir Memory Care at Chandler is committed to upholding traditional family values, meaning each resident is taken care of as if they were members of the family.
Chandler Memory Care is a wonderful facility. We used the respite care for my mother for almost three years. She is now a permanent resident. The staff is excellent. I know that my mother is in a safe environment and that she is receiving the best care. The facility is very clean; I can't thank them enough for everything that they have done...and all that they do! said a daughter of one of the residents.
Opened in late 2018, Emerald Glen is an assisted living facility in Mesa that specializes in making life safe and comfortable for residents with cognitive disabilities. Great consideration was given to the layout of the interior during design and construction, so that residents could move about easily in an environment that feels just like home. The decor includes vintage memorabilia and plenty of things to touch and look at that can spark the memories of residents. Staff members are not only skilled in meeting the needs of those with cognitive impairments, but also specialize in helping residents with complex medical needs.
The daughter of two parents who reside at this facility said, "My family is very happy with Emerald Glen. My parents have been there since day one, and the staff is so kind and attentive. Whatever we need, they are so willing to listen and implement. The activities and entertainment is a bonus that my parents love. I highly recommend this home."
With a focus on flexibility and freedom, Grand Court Mesa offers a warm and comfortable community for residents with a wide range of needs and expectations. Located next to quality shopping and restaurants, this facility is designed and operated to make residents feel right at home. Amenities include a beauty shop, sparkling pool, billiards room, fitness center and on-site convenience store. Staff is available to assist residents with everything from wardrobe coordination to medication reminders. They consistently monitor the needs of each person to help them maintain a high quality of life. Family members and other guests are welcome to stay with residents any night of the week. Small pets are also welcome.
Grand Court Mesa is very clean, and the spaces they have are very large — the bathroom, the showers and the doorways. ... The staff is very friendly, and we felt welcomed. My mom tried the food and said the food was excellent. They have 3-4 different activities every single day, and the ones that appeal to her were the craft, bingo, Rubik’s cube, and church services with communion, said a relative of one of the residents.
Heritage Village provides residents with the opportunity to socialize with other seniors who require similar levels of care. With eight houses on the property, each with 16 studio apartments, staff work diligently to ensure residents in need of memory care are housed together, as are those capable of more independent living. The community provides regular life-enhancing activities and has trained staff on-site 24 hours a day. Residents are served three meals per day, with special diet options available to those who require them. The monthly fee covers all utilities except phone, including cable television, and the community provides weekly linen and housekeeping services. Residents who need to keep appointments off-site have scheduled transportation available if needed.
Online reviewers frequently mention appreciation for the family-style living arrangement the facility provides and the beautifully maintained residences. One reviewer says, "The care and attention to detail of this community is incredible. Everyone who works here is passionate about the level of individualized care they give each of their residents."
Located in a modern neighborhood on urban farmland, LivGenerations Agritopia offers seniors a healthy lifestyle and sense of community. Residents can participate in fitness classes at the Liv Fit Fitness Center, treat themselves to a massage at the Orchid Spa and enjoy chef-prepared meals that are served fresh daily. Spiritual activities include yoga and meditation along with nondenominational church services. The Infusions Wine Cellar and Silk Tassel Tea Room offer welcoming venues for socialization with fellow residents and visiting loved ones. Seniors can also visit the Mosaic Art Studio for enriching art classes. Other engaging activities include movies, musical entertainment, outings and guest lectures. The community’s Alla Vita Memory Care unit takes a holistic approach in caring for its residents through calming multisensory therapies and specialized programs for meaningful interactions and improved wellness.
A resident’s loved one who admires LivGenerations Agritopia for its compassionate staff and interesting amenities writes, “It's very clean, and everybody is very friendly ... lots of activities, so she has lots of things to keep herself occupied. They bring in musicians to do performances every Friday ... The staff is very friendly and concerned about my grandmother's well-being. They check in with her daily.”
Mariposa Point of Mesa, Arizona, offers residents a quiet, suburban experience and a personalized, multidimensional wellness program. The on-site beauty and barber salon offers a full range of services, and residents can also receive professional health care services in the privacy of their own rooms through the facility's providers. Secure outdoor areas feature gardens, walking paths and a variety of seating options. A rotating schedule of activities emphasizes social connections between residents and their visitors, and week-long educational sessions provide residents with additional learning opportunities. Friends, family members and residents can keep track of the events and activities schedule, as well as news and other updates, through the facility's convenient mobile app. Dining at Mariposa Point includes three nutritious, homemade meals and all-day access to a variety of snacks and beverages.
The facility’s comfortable, active environment receives consistent praise. One reviewer remarks: “They keep the residents busy first thing in the morning with exercises, puzzles and a TV where they play old movies and so on, so they can be active as much as they want. I like the very beautiful courtyard with a big fountain. It’s peaceful and pretty.”
Quail Park at Morrison Ranch is a farmhouse-style, two-story senior living community surrounded by landscaped lawn, garden and lake views within a 4.5-acre campus. The 99,000-square-foot facility’s H-plan configuration gives residents convenient access to central common areas for activities and socialization. The Covey Restaurant, Gabel’s Landing Pub and Elusive Rooster Cafe offer plenty of dining options, while the Four Seasons Room provides a venue for live entertainment. There is an art studio, a movie theater, library, game room and gym to serve various interests. The facility’s Life Engagement Program offers diverse activities such as traditional and Wii games, community outings and family festivals. Through the Tribute Program for memory care residents, the team provides resident-directed care with effective communication and understanding by honoring the person’s life story and partnering with family members.
One resident’s relative writes, “The facility is comfortable, inviting and so beautiful. You can tell that the staff love what they do and go above and beyond to assist the residents (and their families). I’ve personally had the food when visiting, and it’s top-notch. There are so many activities going on every week, including parties for the holidays.”
Located in Gilbert, Arizona, Savanna House provides a first-class senior living environment that blends safety, security, privacy and community. The facility is thoughtfully designed with spacious and bright common areas, cozy fireplaces and a secured courtyard and has a number of amenities, including a beauty salon, movie theater and an art room. Residents can enjoy research-based, innovative activities, including music, art and pet therapy, as well as the opportunity to dine privately with friends and family. Specifically catering to its memory care residents, Savanna House offers signature programs that are designed to create an immersive environment focused on residents' strengths and interests. These include Life Story Display personal story exploration, Tune Into Me jukebox creation, intergenerational programming and interactive community exploration.
People love the focus Savanna House places on the resident as an individual. As one reviewer shares, "They look at the residents as people beyond their diagnosis, and they facilitate their life dreams and their choice of music and activities. If a resident comes in with a particular interest or hobby, they adapt their activities around their interest. It's very resident centered."
Styled as a southwestern oasis with scenic desert views, Scottsdale Village Square, just east of Phoenix, provides residents with comfortable, modern accommodations and amenities. Residents can attend in-house physical therapy appointments, enjoy the pool or stroll along the walking paths that wind through the courtyard and pet-friendly outdoor common areas. Scheduled activities include holiday events, visiting entertainers, birthday celebrations and group trips to local dining and shopping districts. The facility‘s own library, beautician and church services offer additional conveniences to the available on-site amenities. A monthly newsletter, available on the facility's website, helps members and their loved ones stay up-to-date on community news and upcoming events. Residents can choose between enjoying their meals in the restaurant-style dining hall or receiving private meal service.
A relative of one resident writes: "The staff is very helpful, accommodating and friendly. The rooms are very nice, the dining room is very lovely and the food is excellent. ... They’ve always got things for the residents to get involved in —exercise classes as well as music going on, celebration of birthdays every month, bingo, games and movies.”
Sunrise of Gilbert is comfortably situated in the tranquil surroundings of the Gilbert Historical and Heritage District. Residents have an abundance of choices for exploring their interests and taking part in events both on-site and through local group trips. Regularly scheduled activities focus on physical fitness, creative expression, social engagement and personal enrichment. Resident-led clubs help members connect with their community and stay active with their hobbies. The facility’s focus on creating an inviting and dynamic experience for residents includes recreational and educational programs that family members and friends can enjoy with their loved one. Chef-inspired meals are provided three times a day in addition to other snacks and beverages, and residents may submit their own recipes for the kitchen to consider when planning special menus.
Reviews frequently compliment the helpful staff and variety of activities, which one family member points out specifically: "The staff has been wonderfully friendly and helpful. There is a great quantity and variety of activities, and the staff is very open to residents' requests and suggestions. The food has been good, and our mother enjoys the dining room experience."
The Citadel Senior Living in Mesa, Arizona, offers a range of lifestyle options and personalized care services in an inviting environment with resort amenities. Residents who love the outdoors can enjoy the facility's swimming pool, hot tub and therapeutic whirlpool bath, as well the outside patio and garden area, complete with a putting green. The facility also has a billiards room, arts and crafts center and fitness room. A full schedule of activities is available each day, including arts and crafts classes, lectures and ice cream socials, as well as performances from local artists and musicians. New residents meet with the Activities Department to discuss hobbies and interests to ensure there are activities and social programming that suit their individual interests. Regular scheduled trips and excursions, as well as transportation to local churches every Sunday, are provided so residents can explore and connect with the greater community.
Highlights of life at The Citadel Senior Living include its diverse programming and caring staff. One current resident shares, "There's so much to do, you'd go crazy trying to do it all. I'm very happy I moved here. ... The staff is very helpful and welcoming. The food is very good, and you really get a lot. They have transportation to any medical appointments within a 10-mile radius, and they go to just about any store you would want every week."
The Summit at Sunland Spring offers a holistic approach to memory care, focused on helping residents maintain a sense of dignity and independence. Specially trained staff learn each resident's personal history to develop an effective plan to suit their needs and abilities, a model supported by the facility's 1:8 staff-to-resident ratio. With the help of A Mind for All Seasons, The Summit on Sunland Spring developed the Enhance Protocal treatment program, designed to improve the cognitive functioning of residents, and its activity programming is based on the philosophy of life. The facility is purposefully designed to serve residents with forms of dementia, with easy to navigate common areas and a number of on-site services, including a professional beauty salon and various medical resources. Residents can enjoy time in the secured outdoor courtyard, use the putting green or take a dip in the therapy tub.
The community is consistently regarded for its dedicated staff members that make residents feel at home. One family member of a resident shares, "I have never experienced such a caring community — from the top down, everyone cares and strives to provide as loving a community as possible for the residents and the family."
Visions Senior Living at Mesa is an assisted living community that's focused on providing the care families need while maintaining the feeling of home. This conveniently located facility provides specialized activities and programs within a beautiful environment that has gardens, walking paths, covered patios and a beauty salon. The Life Enrichment Program has three tiers to cater to residents with different care requirements. At Visions Senior Living at Mesa, residents are cared for by Super Caregivers. These are highly trained and dedicated professionals who go through extensive background checks and certifications. Every staff member is focused on providing “WOW” experiences for residents.
Visions of Mesa has been the best place for my dad!! Every one of the staff has been so incredibly caring and helpful right from the moment we walked in the door to when we brought my father there to live. The assisted living facility is very bright, airy, clean and has a small homelike environment that helps in the transition of a loved one ... I highly recommend this facility!!, said the daughter of one of the residents.