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 Mesquite's senior population continues to grow (19.61% growth between 2014 and 2019), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment.
In Mesquite, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease increased by 49.9% between 2014 and 2019. To put that into perspective, the number of deaths from all causes for that same age group only increased by 9.4%, 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 (8.74% in Mesquite 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 Mesquite. 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 Mesquite, 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:
Christian Care Senior Living Community Mesquite gives individuals with dementia and Alzheimer's a supportive, safe place to call home. The spacious apartments can be decorated with furniture, photographs and other personal items, to help maintain seniors' connections to the past. A nurse is on-site 24/7 to respond to calls placed through the emergency response system. Family members are invited to participate in the development of care plans, which include medical and personal care support and custom-tailored activities that suit the interests of seniors. Pet therapy in common areas allows everyone to get to know furry friends and their fellow residents. When a break from the hustle and bustle of the day is needed, the Snoezelen multi-sensory therapy room awaits. Secure courtyards allow residents to go outside for fresh air when they desire.
Family members frequently touch on the cleanliness of the facility and the caring attitude of the staff. One relative says, "It was friendly, clean, and very adequate for him. The dining area was good. It's in a nice convenient location. They kept them active. The facility itself was very nice and well-maintained, and the staff was friendly too."
Cambridge Court boasts a sophisticated environment with amenities that help memory care residents to reinforce existing cognitive skills and build on new ones. Memory care is administered in The Cottage section of the community. Staff members take the time to get to know each resident so they can help to reinforce personal characteristics and memories. Sensory engagement is cultivated through fitness classes and hobby groups. The Montessori style of learning is used in educational classes within this community. Residents can also participate in the Art Throb club, the Green Thumb Club and are encouraged to make multithemed sensory boxes. The memory care activities coordinator rotates activities for residents each month to ensure they remain interested and fully engaged in programming.
Residents and their loved ones laud the community for the activities available to keep residents engaged, as well as the food, amenities and staff. One notes, "My mom lives in Cambridge Court and it is fantastic. From the very first time that we called them we were taken care of and they've helped along the way. Everything is just wonderful."
The Villages of Lake Highlands is a locally owned community that provides memory care services in a homelike environment. Memory care residents engage in family-style dining that promotes socialization during meal times, and a therapy gym on-site is dedicated specifically to memory care residents. Cognitive stimulation and scheduled outings to local attractions are also highlights of this program. Memory care residents have access to medication management and assistance with the activities of daily living as needed. In a demonstration kitchen, residents can view meal preparation each day for added engagement. Group fitness is also included in memory care programming to promote physical activity.
Reviewers appreciate the diversity of memory care programming as well as the range of amenities provided. One family member writes, "My loved one was a resident here for the past two years in the memory care unit. I can not say enough nice things about the management and all the staff here. They truly care about each resident as their own family."
Brookdale Lake Highlands is a vibrant community with a wide array of amenities for memory care residents. It is pet-friendly and offers an on-site library, beauty salon and barbershop, concierge service and greenhouse. Memory care programming is delivered through the Clare Bridge Daily Path construct. Activities are scheduled seven days a week, with at least six group activity options each day. This includes resident socials, group fitness and educational classes. Residents can also take advantage of touch screen technology to remain connected with family and friends. Dining assistance is available, meal areas are purposely kept small and eating times remain consistent for memory care residents. Community members may also engage in puzzles, arts projects and classic movie nights.
Reviews emphasize the community's setup and effectiveness with memory care programming. Residents and their loved ones also note the professionalism and experience of the staff. One writes, "I was just impressed with Brookdale Lake Highlands. I liked the rooms and I liked their dining hall too. The staff was very friendly and very open about everything."
Conveniently located in the historic city of Forney in Texas, just 30 minutes east of Dallas, Three Forks Senior Living of Forney is close to restaurants, shops, parks and medical facilities. The community's memory care staff scare for seniors with Alzheimer's, frontotemporal dementia, Lewy body dementia, Parkinson's and vascular dementia. The caregivers are available 24/7 to assist with activities of daily living, such as grooming, dressing and medication management, based on each resident's individualized treatment plan. They also handle household tasks, including laundry and housekeeping, and coordinate medical care with the residents' physicians. A team of chefs prepares tasty and nutritious meals every day using fresh ingredients. Many engaging activities are available daily, such as arts and crafts, fitness classes, spiritual services, study groups and planned outings. Amenities include a library, game room and courtyard.
Family members love the helpful staff. The wife of a resident writes, "My husband is at Three Forks Senior Living of Forney. The people are very helpful and friendly. The staff has been accommodating and informative. They will go out of their way to help you. The residents are very content there. The staff is compassionate."
Iris Memory Care of Rowlett is fully devoted to memory care with activities that reinforce cognition among residents. The environment is purposely intimate to ensure full focus on residents from staff members. Meals are served in an open space and families are encouraged to visit and share meals with their loved ones. There is an on-site game room, wander management protocols and full-service salon. The community has a covered porch for residents to enjoy as well as a full-service courtyard. Life safety systems reinforce resident safety. The purpose of the added security ensures that residents can freely wander around the campus without concern.
Residents talk about the relationship cultivated between staff and residents, as well as the activities offered to keep residents engaged. Of this, a family member writes, "We just recently put our mother at Iris Memory Care in Rowlett and are extremely pleased with the care she is receiving. My mother is thriving so much better than when she was home."
Avalon Memory Care - Garland focuses solely on memory care. Reminiscing games and activities are implemented in the programming to provide residents with extra stimulation that aids in memory retention. The entire community is secured to allow residents plenty of space to move around freely and safely. Amenities offered here include a fireside living room, large walk-in shower in each living space and a covered outdoor porch. Activities include gardening, games and puzzles and community sing-alongs. Community members also have the opportunity to participate in creative art classes and Bible studies. A rotating, fresh menu ensures that residents can create meal plans tailored to their personal preferences. Daily cleaning, maintenance and laundry and linen care are provided as well.
Residents and their loved ones appreciate the care and compassion staff provide their loved ones. One reviewer notes, "My husbands grandmother lived here for 7 years. They took very good care of her. Avalon did not disappoint. I am so thankful for everything they did for our Gramma over the years."
Rock Ridge Assisted Living and Memory Care is located in the heart of Rockwall, close to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. Seniors with memory impairment have access to 24/7 care by specially trained staff, medication assistance and housekeeping. The life enrichment program, which is designed to nourish body, mind and soul, features daily activities such as musical entertainment, group games and outings into the local community. All meals and snacks are provided by the in-house culinary team, and assistance is individualized to each resident. Residents can relax outside on the patio or socialize with loved ones and new friends in one of the spacious communal areas.
Visitors praise the welcoming community, with one reviewer saying, "It's incredibly homey, clean, perfect for that age group and very inviting. The staff member was amazing, informative and kind. She was great, very real and less of a salesperson than any of the others. We saw the activities in the schedule. It's incredible."
Lakeshore Assisted Living and Memory Care is located in Rockwall, 17 miles northeast of Mesquite. Several medical options are nearby, including Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, which is just a few minutes away. The community overlooks Rainbow Lake, making it an excellent choice for seniors who enjoy being around nature. On-site amenities include a beauty salon, a library and a garden. Each resident with dementia receives an individualized care plan, with 24/7 assistance, specialized programs and services customized to their needs. The trained staff leads daily enriching activities, designed to slow memory loss and optimize quality of life. Activities include cooking classes and ice cream socials. Residents can enjoy three delicious meals per day in the elegant dining area or in the private dining room for special events with loved ones.
Visitors appreciate the homey atmosphere and attentive staff, with one reviewer saying, "Lovely facility with comfortable rooms. The staff is caring and very well educated. We've had mom here more than a year and she is very happy. "
Revere Court of Rockwall offers a positive, supportive home for people dealing with the effects of dementia and Alzheimer's. Safety is front of mind in the design of the community with an emergency response system and handrails located throughout the building. Guided by the philosophy that boredom leads to unwanted behaviors, depression and loneliness in those with memory loss, the staff organizes numerous recreational opportunities. Activities like painting, listening to music, gardening, pet therapy and fitness classes typically last for 45 minutes and are highly structured to keep residents engaged. Seniors are invited to get involved with meal preparation by performing supervised tasks that are within their skill set. Meals are carefully selected to not only meet nutritional requirements but also provide a positive sensory experience. Numerous social events are held throughout the day to help everyone develop friendships.
Family members frequently describe how the community has improved their relatives' quality of life. One says, "The residents don't have to act like they're in a special place, They can be themselves. The facility is very clean, the food is excellent, there are many snack options."
Ariel Pointe of Sachse provides memory care services to seniors in a secure environment that encourages socialization and wellness. Available 24/7, caregivers deliver personalized care for those in all stages of dementia, handling any spontaneous needs, preventing accidents or injuries and assisting residents with activities of daily living, such as bathing or eating. They also manage medications to keep residents safe and on schedule. Personal laundry and housekeeping services are performed, and scheduled transportation is available as well. Ariel Pointe of Sachse has a dedicated activities director for its memory care neighborhood, who organizes activities involving exercise, gardening, art and sensory stimulation tailored to the capabilities and interests of residents with dementia. An Alzheimer's and dementia support group is available for residents and their loved ones as well. Meals are provided three times daily as well as snacks, and caregivers ensure everyone stays thoroughly hydrated. Several secured community spaces are available for residents to explore safely.
Reviews express appreciation of the campus and management at Ariel Pointe of Sachse. One says, "Great amenities and friendly helpful employees." Another adds, "The staff is so friendly and caring and have treated my mom as their own."
Mustang Creek Estates of Sachse helps individuals with Alzheimer's and dementia maintain a high quality of life. Memory care neighborhoods are located in separate secure houses, allowing residents to move around more independently. The 24-hour on-site staff receives ample training and can quickly respond to every need, thanks to an emergency alert monitoring system. With daily housekeeping, laundry and linen services provided for them, residents are able to spend their days enjoying enriching activities, fitness programs and supervised community outings. The backyard is enclosed to offer a safe setting for outdoor exercise and leisurely strolls. Beauty and barber services are available on-site, and transportation to medical appointments can be arranged. Three tasty home-cooked meals and snacks are served daily.
Friends and family members positively describe the staff and the activities provided by the community. One relative says, "They give me a call and inform me if she needs anything. Every time I'm there, they seem like they got a lot of stuff going on -- they do some chair aerobics, some little dancing games, and puzzles."
Oxford Glen Memory Care at Sachse is a welcoming senior living community that creates a homelike environment for residents. It's designed as five houses surrounding a beautiful atrium and support center. Houses each contain 12 suites, a living room with a fireplace, a full kitchen and a dining room that opens onto a courtyard. Suites can be decorated to residents' tastes and include full bathrooms with roll-in showers. A special memory care house has been specially designed for memory care residents and provides increased visibility for care staff and allows for easy navigation. Individualized care plans are created based on each resident's life experiences, helping them connect to friends and family. Care staff also provides assistance including 24-hour nursing care and medication management using electronic medication administration records. Its life engagement team additionally keeps every day filled with fun activities including musical performances, games, brain-stimulating activities and happy hours.
Residents routinely praise the care available for the community's memory care residents, with one saying, "Oxford Glen is an excellent facility and provides exceptional care. Ms. Knutson and her team's dedication is clearly visible to providing excellent care. I would recommend this facility without hesitation."
New Haven Assisted Living and Memory Care of Wylie is located in a residential area in Wylie, 33 miles northeast of Dallas. It is located close to several medical facilities, including Mercy Medical Clinic Wylie. The community is designed to give seniors a homelike environment in a secure setting. All of the suites open up onto common areas, making navigation easy and there are guideposts throughout the community to assist with recognition. For seniors with Alzheimer's or dementia there is a memory care program that includes 24/7 personalized assistance with daily tasks and services such as housekeeping and laundry. Residents can get involved in daily activities, which are designed to slow down cognitive decline and optimize wellbeing, such as gardening and pet therapy. The culinary team prepares three nutritious meal and a daily snack menu for residents to enjoy.
Family members praise the kind staff, with one saying, "I can't say enough about the patience of the leadership and staff. The facility is very nice and the individual rooms are very nice as well. There are a lot of activities for the residence and everyone seems to enjoy the meals."
Beehive Homes of Rowlett provides assisted living and memory care in a sublime region of Mesquite, Texas, near Waterview Park and Rowlett Community Park. The 24-hour support ensures seniors receive assistance with the activities of daily living, as well as regular medication monitoring and documentation. In addition, seniors get home-cooked, dietician-approved meals each day, and housekeeping and laundry services are taken care of so they can relax and enjoy life. When it comes to activities, everyone's taste is catered to, with opportunities to socialize being plentiful. Each private room has an accessible shower as well as telephone, cable TV and Wi-Fi for plenty of entertainment options. An on-site salon keeps everyone looking their best.
Residents love the sheer range of amenities, including the hair/nail salon at this community. Of particular note is the secured outdoor courtyard for memory care residents, who can enjoy the sun at their leisure while remaining secure, increasing family member's peace of mind.
Sunrise of Plano is a warm and welcoming senior community set in a convenient location, close to the city center. The community has a special welcoming committee to help residents adjust to their new lives at Sunrise. Its memory care residents are located in a secure neighborhood with special staff trained in assisting seniors with memory loss. Sunrise's senior living training is recognized by the Alzheimer's Association for incorporating dementia care practice recommendations, and memory care neighborhoods are located alongside living and dining areas to allow for ease of navigation. A memory care resident's care plan includes assistance with bathing, dressing and grooming, eating and mobility, as well as continence management. Professional chefs create delicious homemade meals based on residents' preferences which can be enjoyed with friends in the dining room or in the comfort of residents' own apartments.
Residents enthuse about the quality of life they enjoy at the community. One couple says, "It is clear that the staff is highly engaged and love where they work. It seems more like they are providing care for family members. The nutritious meals are outstanding and the residents truly enjoy their lifestyle of wellness at this community."
DaySpring Senior Living is a faith-based memory care and assisted living community committed to caring for the physical and spiritual well-being of each resident. The pet-friendly community designs a personal care plan tailored to meet the needs of seniors living with memory impairments. A compassionate team of caregivers is always available to assist with bathing, dressing, grooming as well as to escort seniors to and from dining and activities. Memory care residents are encouraged to improve their cognitive abilities and learn new information by participating in memory recall exercises and aromatherapy. DaySpring's kitchen staff prepares and serves three family-style meals each day. Seniors also have access to visiting physicians, dentists and podiatrist services. Other amenities include a beauty salon, an ice cream parlor, a store and a spa room with a whirlpool tub.
The staff works with families to provide the best care for their loved ones. A resident's daughter writes, "My father is in DaySpring Assisted Living. Their staff is very professional, very kind, and very patient. Everything is going great and he's loving the food. They do crafts, they've got music, therapy, bible study, and many different choices."
Brookdale Collin Oaks provides a family-like environment for seniors living with cognitive conditions through a blend of compassionate caregivers, a welcoming environment and fun-filled activities. Accommodations are comfortable, and residents can easily navigate their way to their private spaces through small biography boxes displayed near room entrances. Brookdale's Clare Bridge Daily Path programming focuses on individual abilities and passions, which residents can enjoy in small clustered groups. Designed to promote physical, mental and spiritual well-being, activities typically include fitness exercises, musical events and creative classes, with some programs making use of touchscreen devices, light therapy, robotics and other forms of innovative technology. In the community's dining room, seniors can feel at ease with consistent seating arrangements, soothing music and attractive centerpieces, and meal assistance is available for those with limiting conditions.
The staff's attention to small details leaves a positive impression on families. "My father stayed at Brookdale Collin Oaks," shares a daughter. "When he went to the hospital, they would come and visit him there. They did everything they possibly could to make him feel comfortable. It had a family environment with caring, kind, and compassionate people."
Offering assisted living and memory care, Prestonwood Court focuses on providing a lifestyle anchored on autonomy and comfort. The memory care neighborhood serves as a safe home for seniors with cognitive conditions, with safety protocols, security systems, secure perimeters and emergency response systems in place. There's an on-site nursing staff, and residents have access to regular wellness checks and transportation to medical appointments. The community's award-winning embrace program uses research-driven techniques in memory care, such as multisensory experiences, cognitive stimulation and social engagement. The Walk With Me program offers a stress-free move-in process and helps seniors settle comfortably into community living. Residents benefit from personalized dining programs, with meals tailored to their taste preferences, nutritional requirements and medical limitations. This pet-friendly community also allows residents to keep their beloved furry companions.
People like the senior-friendly layout, well-maintained surroundings and helpful staff. A resident's family member writes, "The staff is excellent, I have been impressed by how friendly and attentive they are. They keep it very clean, and the food seems to be good. We liked the cheerful atmosphere, the wide hallways, the decor is light and airy and cheerful. "
Focusing exclusively on memory care, Brookdale Creekside offers a safe, nurturing environment for seniors dealing with Alzheimer's and other cognitive issues. Designed for safe and independent movement, living areas feature large circular hallways, navigational cues and enclosed outdoor spaces with the added security of keypad entry systems and monitored exits. The atmosphere is warm and inviting, with plenty of natural light, familiar furnishings and cozy common areas. Residents receive attentive support from consistently assigned caregivers, who use the latest in dementia care techniques to effectively manage behaviors. Brookdale's Clare Bridge memory care program provides stimulating activities, ranging from B-Fit physical exercises and dancing to mental workouts. Seniors with late-stage cognitive conditions benefit from the Solace program, which provides comprehensive personal care and stimulating activities, such as music and aromatherapy.
Families like the homelike atmosphere and personalized care. "I decided to put my mother there because they came out and did a comprehensive assessment in her home," writes one family member. "I felt comfortable that it was going to be a good fit for her there. There are many activities of great variety offered all day long. The staff is just very caring, attentive, and patient."