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 Miami Beach’s senior population continues to grow (18% growth between 2015 and 2020), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment.
In Miami Beach, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease rose 37% between 2015 and 2020. To put that in perspective, the number of deaths from all causes for that same age group only increased by 35%, 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 (7.19% in Miami Beach 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 Miami Beach. 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 Miami Beach, 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:
The Sterling Aventura is located only two miles south of HCA Florida Aventura Hospital. The community offers both Memory Care and Assisted Living communities, and the apartments feature internet and cable access, an in-room kitchenette and an emergency call system for additional safety and peace of mind. The skilled staff offers ambulatory, diabetic and incontinence care, as well as medication management and housekeeping services. The Memory Care community is secured and features indoor walking paths. Meal services, including anytime dining, are provided to all residents, and both the common and recreational areas boast a range of activities for daily engagement, such as the Arts and Crafts Center, beauty salon and piano room.
Residents and their loved ones enjoy the amiability and compassion of the staff. One says, "My mother was at the Sterling for about 3 years and I was very pleased with her care while she was there. It was a trying period during Covid and I could not visit but the staff kept me informed and were always available for questions . I would not hesitate to recommend the Sterling to anyone."
Courtyard Plaza residents requiring memory care are assured of personal assistance based on Individual Service Plans. The trained staff helps residents maintain their cognitive abilities and supports them in their emotional challenges, always focusing on retaining skills, dignity and privacy. Care is available around the clock for medication management, bathing, grooming or any needed support. Primary care physicians visit for medical needs. Security systems protect the community, and relatives can rely on access monitoring to ensure the safety of their loved ones. Daily activities include fitness exercise, social games and live entertainment, and outdoor excursions are available.
Reviewers appreciate the quality of staffing. One resident's child comments, "The staff is wonderful. They are very informative, kind to my mom, make sure all of her needs are met, and they are very pleasant to talk to. The staff manages all of her appointments and assists her with medications. They do her laundry and housekeeping very thoroughly as well.. My mom enjoys the activities and musical entertainment they have. The food is also pretty good and my mom enjoys being here."
Residential Plaza at Blue Lagoon's Memory Care Program provides a secure, homelike environment for seniors with Alzheimer's and other dementia-related conditions. Residents receive 24-hour specialized care through its Montessori for Aging and Dementia Program. The Montessori-based philosophy includes plenty of hands-on programming that engages residents to stay socially and physically active. Private accommodations are available, along with housekeeping services, assistance with daily living activities, medication management and three home-style meals every day. This senior living community features functional kitchens, social gathering areas, outdoor spaces and a beauty salon. Residents are encouraged to participate in various fitness and wellness programs as well as social and recreational activities.
Reviewers praise the exceptional care, uplifting environment and amazing meals. One relative writes, "My grand-aunt is very happy in Residential Plaza at Blue Lagoon, and we're very happy with the service. The rooms are very nice and very spacious. The facility is very upscale. I haven't eaten there, but my aunt has told me that the food is great."
Mi Casa Senior Living is an all-inclusive memory care community with an emphasis on customized programs and aging in place. The three-story villa, located in an urban residential Miami is secure with access control at all entrance and exit points. This clean modern building has back-up power generator to keep critical equipment operative in case of storms, as well as a continuously recording closed circuit TV system. Residents are provided with an alert pendant that allows them to call for help. The spacious private and shared rooms have Wi-Fi and cable TV, as well as customized furniture and wheel-chair bathrooms. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer sunshine and a view of trees. All residents can opt for assisted living services such as bathing, grooming, incontinence and medication supervision, as well as skilled nursing. Daily memory care activities are based on life enrichment programs that emphasize aging gracefully, socializing and daily exercise. The dining room menu features foods from different cultures to trigger reminiscence and make residents feel at home.
A family member praises the great staff and hygienic facility. "It has been a positive experience since the first visit. All of the staff are amazing, kind, caring, knowledgeable and always available to talk and keep you updated. The facility is top-notch, secure, clean, bright and safe."
Five Star Premier Residences of Hollywood in Florida offers the Bridge to Rediscovery memory care program and individualized care plans for each resident that are tailored to their unique interests and preferences. Secured entrances and memory-enhancing interior design help to create a sense of safety and familiarity. Trained staff is available 24/7, and on-site nurses look after residents' health and comfort. Bridge to Rediscovery focuses on maintaining and building upon each resident's current skills to help them live their fullest lives for as long as possible. Exercise classes and walking groups assist with building strength and mobility. Residents can enjoy a movie theater, a secure outdoor courtyard, a heated swimming pool and a pet-friendly community.
Family members appreciate the happy atmosphere. One notes, "The place is beautiful, modern, clean and spacious and more importantly, every resident we saw had a great big smile and seemed very happy to be there." Another loved one of a resident says, "The amenities and its surroundings are beautiful, they offer a lot of activities, the staff is friendly and attentive, the residents look happy in fact, we heard just that from a few."
The award-winning community of The Sheridan at Cooper City offers memory care options through their Embrace program, which is personalized for each resident to support the mind, body and soul. The registered nursing staff and doctors provide care plans, and support is available 24 hours a day. A full housekeeping and laundry service is included, and residents can choose from studio, one- or two-bedroom units with basic cable, heat and air-conditioning utilities. There are secured walking paths, an art center, a fitness studio, a cinema room, a courtyard and a beauty shop, as well as planned activities and social events that are designed to stimulate the senses. Three nutritious meals are provided daily and snacks are also offered. The building is smoke-free and there is free Wi-Fi. The Sheridan at Cooper City is also pet-friendly.
Family members are impressed with various aspects. One states, "The Sheridan was a breath of fresh air. Every time I spoke to my mother she told me how happy she was there. I could also see the difference when visiting or calling for info. When I left a message for the nurses [.] they actually called me back, something that was not typical at the other places she lived."
Oakmonte Village of Davie offers a range of specialized memory care services, including cognitive assessments, medication management, activities tailored to our residents' abilities and 24 hour supervision. Its goal is to ensure that all of it residents are able to enjoy life to the fullest by providing individualized care that focuses on their physical, mental and emotional needs. Its highly trained and compassionate staff are committed to providing a safe and secure environment for our residents as they continue to live as independently as possible. The staff also works with families to provide support and assistance with care planning and daily living tasks, giving them peace of mind knowing their loved one is in good hands. The community offers a variety of social and recreational activities that are designed to engage and entertain our residents.
Family members of residents have high praise for the community. One says, "I highly recommend Oakmonte Village assisted living in Davie. Through the entire process the staff was extremely helpful and accommodating to our needs. They worked tirelessly to help my family find the best place for my mother."
The Palace Renaissance in Miami, FL, is a 198-bed memory care community. The staff is on hand around the clock. Assistance with daily living includes bathing, dressing, grooming, personal care and medication management. Staff is able to help residents transfer to the dining room, and licensed nurses are available to monitor residents' health. Physical therapy, as well as a sensory stimulation program, is provided on-site. Each senior has an individual plan of care to keep track of their services. A diverse social program is designed specifically around memory needs. The dining room serves three meals a day, including a continental breakfast, and snacks. The community is able to accommodate special dietary needs, and room service is available when needed. Studio apartments come with cable TV, safety rails in the bathrooms and 24-hour call systems. Housekeeping and laundry services are included. An on-site library has several computers, and free Wi-Fi is provided. There is also an on-site beauty salon and barbershop.
Families offer high praise for staff. One family member writes, "I can say without a doubt The Palace has gone above and beyond to welcome and care for her by creating an atmosphere of positivity and comfort. The staff are always open to answering questions and providing answers whether it be the gatekeepers or management."
Residential Plaza at Blue Lagoon is a nonprofit assisted living, memory care and respite care community that has been providing compassionate care with a personalized approach to south Florida's low- and moderate-income seniors and disabled adults since 1990. Community residents live in a safe and caring, homelike environment where they can stay physically and socially engaged in a range of programming and activities, improving their confidence and self-esteem. The community uses Montessori approaches to increase the levels of engagement in activities for seniors with Alzheimer's and dementia-related disorders, including the use of signage, colors and more. Registered and licensed nurses are available on-site, and seniors receive 24-hour specialized care. Each resident can enjoy access to several services, including homestyle meals, housekeeping, laundry, routine maintenance and transportation. Amenities include a beauty salon and access to telephones, Wi-Fi and cable television.
Families and residents praise the quality of the community's care staff and the range of activities. One happy family member says, "The staff is AMAZING! We feel they truly care for the residents. They have activities throughout the day that keeps them entertained with choices, something I could not provide if she were living with me."
Colonial Assisted Living at Miami provides services designed to ensure that those living with memory impairment can live with dignity and respect. Its memory care services include cognitive support and stimulation, assistance with activities of daily living, medication management and personalized nutrition plans. Its staff is trained to provide a safe and secure environment, while also providing the necessary support and assistance. Staff members are also highly trained in dementia care, and they understand the importance of providing compassionate care while maintaining a high standard of safety. Other services include 24-hour monitoring, personalized care plans and activities designed to stimulate the mind. The community has specialized programming to help residents with memory impairment maintain their skills, as well as access to therapeutic interventions like music and art therapy.
Family members have express their admiration for the neighborhood. One says, "The location is beautiful and very well maintained. My parents are happy and well looked after. The team at Colonial are attentive and responsive. I would highly recommend their facility."
Avalon Park Retirement Residence provides senior care in a serene tropical environment. It has a secure memory care unit staffed 24/7 with professionals who care for residents with Alzheimer's disease and other memory loss-related conditions. They assist with daily activities such as mobility, dressing, bathing and toileting. On-site medical personnel assist with medication management and reminders as well as speech, physical and occupational therapy. Memory care residents stay in private and semi-private accommodations depending on their cognitive abilities. The apartments have security features such as round-the-clock alarm systems and a security guard. The community provides regular housekeeping and laundry services. A Florida-registered dietitian provides three home-cooked meals daily in a special dining room with colors and sitting arrangements designed to boost sensory and cognitive abilities. Memory care residents can remain active and fit through a broad range of activities, including musical entertainment and family visitation programs.
Reviewers have strong positive feedback for the community. One family member says, "The administration and staff of Avalon Park retirement residence are the most compassionate and caring crew I have seen within this industry. They have a high level of ethics and have treated my mother with the dignity and care she deserves."
Covenant Living in Plantation, FL, offers memory care services aimed toward helping residents live independently. The staff treats residents with respect and customizes care plans using memory support technology to create a secure environment for residents with Alzheimer's, dementia and other cognitive issues. Team members also administer medication and assist residents with activities of daily living, such as personal grooming and dressing. The residents have access to chef-prepared meals, which are made according to the needs of each person. Covenant Living has an on-site activities director who organizes activities and events, ranging from wellness to social activities, for the residents.
The residents appreciate the friendly staff and the general environment. One reviewer says, "There was nothing bad about the community. I enjoyed it and can't think of anything negative to say about it. The recreation space and the rooms were very good. I had great interactions with the residents and the staff was friendly. Also, the buildings and the grounds were clean and welcoming."
Located just off Interstate 75, The Palace at Weston in Florida is about 30 minutes from Miami, Boca Raton and Ft. Lauderdale. It's also just down the road from the Cleveland Clinic in case of medical emergencies. The community offers three levels of care in three different environments under one roof. Residents with Alzheimer's disease, dementia or other forms of memory loss participate in the community's Palace Pearl Memory Care Program. Life Stations are interactive settings within the community designed to bring back memories for cognitively impaired residents. Simulated Pet Therapy provides a tranquil environment where animal lovers with memory loss can nurture and interact with life-like pets. The Multi-sensory Room provides a relaxing and peaceful environment with multi-sensory touchpoints for those experiencing stress and anxiety. The Memory Care Plaza offers picturesque views of the Nature Wall, which offers the appearance of looking through a window at scenes from nature.
Residents and family members admire the luxurious setting and attentive caregivers. A relative writes, "The Palace is an elegant establishment, with wonderful staff and employees that cater to your needs. My grandparents moved in right when it opened, and they've had nothing but praises for the environment and the staff. It's always a great time to visit them."
Located on 73 acres of land, Pacifica Senior Living Forest Trace provides a peaceful and secure environment. The separate memory care unit is designed to be easy to navigate to encourage seniors to remain as independent as possible. Soothing colors and visual cues are used throughout the building. All of the activities offered are personalized to the cognitive and physical abilities of each resident. Activities offered on a daily basis may include art classes, singing, gardening, cooking and memory games. Residents are encouraged to take part in social events and physical activities to maintain or improve their current mental and physical abilities. The trained caregiving staff is on-site 24/7 to guide residents through their daily activities and gently redirect any difficult behaviors.
Family members appreciate the excellent care provided with one reviewer saying, "My father was always treated with the respect and dignity that he deserved. The members of the staff have been wonderful and caring to my family as well. I am so thankful and grateful to everyone at Pacifica Forest Trace for providing a beautiful, clean, safe, loving and caring environment for our loved ones. "
Vi at Aventura evaluates incoming residents to determine their needs and abilities before placement in the memory care program. This is a skilled nursing facility with a licensed nurse on staff 24 hours a day, and mild and moderate Alzheimer's and related care levels are available for residents. Early-stage memory care residents have greater independence while later-stage residents receive more intensive care. Vi at Aventura uses a Montessori-based activity program and common areas, and residents are intellectually stimulated and emotionally fulfilled during life enrichment activities. Medication management is provided by licensed aids and nurses, and residents can receive physical or occupational therapy with a doctor's order. Housekeeping, laundry and maintenance are included in the monthly cost. An executive chef provides three daily meals in addition to snacks.
Visitors to the community praise the decor, layout and attitude of the staff. One says, "The Vi is a magnificent place that feels like a resort. It's beautifully decorated and spacious. My friend recently moved here and couldn't be happier with her accommodations. Several of us enjoyed a lovely breakfast at Cafe Biscotti. Staff are friendly and accommodating."
The Pointe of North Gables, a gated community, provides 24/7 staffing for residents experiencing dementia and Alzheimer's disease. The staff is trained in both elderly care and Alzheimer's and provides assistance with daily living and medication management. Around the clock security prevents residents from wandering. Medical assistance includes physical therapy and additional services. Specialized medical equipment is available when needed. Residents are stimulated with organized games, activities and movie nights. The goal of this community is to foster independence while keeping resident's safety and well-being at the forefront.
Residents and their families comment on the attentiveness of the staff and the secure environment. "There's no doubt in my mind that my mother is receiving the BEST care possible.. [the] extraordinarily caring staff do their best daily to help our loved ones feel comfortable," a family member says. ".The Pointe's residents can't help but be greeted by natural light the second they open their doors. Thanks to The Pointe, I can enjoy some peace of mind knowing my mom is in the best of hands!"
Belmont Village Coral Gables has a partnership with Baptist Health South Florida. Incoming residents have the benefit of a close-knit medical community that provides personalized care and implements programs centered around memory care and the more intensive care needs of seniors with memory loss. All care and activities are correlated and coordinated with the Live Healthy program at Baptist Health, and there's a strong focus on disease prevention, healthy living and comprehensive clinical support. Belmont Village has its own Whole Brain Fitness Lifestyle, where caregivers focus on holistic healthcare of the mind, body and spirit in a safe, secured environment. Coral Gables has several great amenities, like indoor and outdoor dining spaces, a pool and deck, a bistro and bar, a wine cellar, a theater, a sports lounge, an art studio, a putting green, a sports center, valet, transportation and so much more.
Residents of The Peninsula Assisted Living & Memory Care can take advantage of Moments in Time, a Montessori dementia program that provides full support while helping participants live as independently as possible. Residents may make their own choices and can experience meaningful moments with their community. This program is individually tailored to each resident. Past history and individual preferences are used to help direct mood and engagement in positive socialization. The memory care neighborhood is designed to be home-like, with beautiful views, spacious common areas and supervised access to various amenities. Meals are served in a restaurant-style dining area. Residents can attend medical appointments through the community's regularly scheduled transportation service.
Residents and their families love the care program, activities and environment. One reviewer says, "Awesome culture, truly everyone we encountered that is a part of Mom's care team was incredibly friendly and caring. The activities are amazing in keeping the residents engaged and provide a purpose that they deserve to have."
Presidential Place is a memory care facility located near downtown Hollywood, FL, and the beaches of Fort Lauderdale that offers programs designed to assist those with dementia and Alzheimer's. Applicants to the facility are assessed for their personal strengths and then given assisted living, therapeutic and medical support where needed. Trained aides help individuals accomplish daily tasks, such as bathing and dressing. Memory care patients receive personalized attentive care that includes 24-hour health monitoring, 24-hour security and an emergency response system in each room. Housekeeping, meal preparation, financial arrangements and shopping may also be handled by staff. The goal at Presidential Palace is to keep memory patients engaged by sharing meals and stories in the dining room, special fitness programs and strolls in the local parks.
Reviewers appreciate the peace of mind Presidential provides. One relative says, "Presidential Place is the next best thing to mom's being at home. She has all the comfort and convenience of independent living (including privacy) with none of the work, worry or inconvenience. We couldn't be happier and I, for one, sleep better at night knowing that she's safe, happy and well cared for."
At Pacifica Senior Living Sunrise Memory Care, residents are supported in an inviting, homelike environment. Experienced professionals, including a dedicated clinical director and registered nurse, are available 24/7 to provide compassionate assistance with dressing, bathing, grooming and medication management. Pacifica's specialized memory care program adds an extra layer of comfort for those living with dementia and Alzheimer's. With customizable care offerings tailored to each resident's needs, seniors are able to feel secure as they traverse through their journey with cognitive impairment. The community features a private dining room where residents can indulge in gourmet meals. For individuals who require extra care, weekly housekeeping services provide a respite from tedious tasks, and 24-hour security ensures constant monitoring of their safety. Amenities include a screened lanai porch for relaxation, an on-site salon, a theater for viewing films and a courtyard and garden for enjoying the outdoors.
The relaxed atmosphere and friendliness of the people in the community help many residents choose the community. One reviewer writes, "We actually placed my mother here. We liked the warmth of the people, we liked the homey atmosphere of the memory unit, and we thought that the price was very fair."